Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Brian Stack covers up the shame Hudson County style

Union City Mayor Brian Stack issued this communication in response to the Fox 5 Shame Shame Shame on You episode revealing the use of a fully fueled, insured, vehicle for his estranged wife Katia Stack.  In addition to the vehicle, the report showed the local day care center is hosted by a city owned building paying nothing for its use.

Brian Stack Shame on You

A Hoboken reader who submitted the document offered the following comment:


I received this in the mail today from our "esteemed" State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack. It's a response to the expose that "Shame on You" did on Brian Stack's administration which exposed the free rent, free cars and free gas his administration gives his former wife, Katia Stack and her place of business.


Brian Stack's excuse is that the City owned car was never purchased with tax dollars. While this is true he neglects to mention the city would have benefited by selling the car or using it instead of purchasing other vehicles. This doesn't explain the cost of free gas and possibly maintenance on the vehicle.


Brian Stack feigns ignorance on the matter but how was his former wife able to take free gas? I doubt anyone can do it and some sort of identification or card must be needed. If so who authorized Katia Stack to take gas on the tax payer's dime? Who was afraid to say no to Brian Stack and why?


There are many questions raised by the "Shame on You" investigation but instead of addressing them or taking responsibility for his actions Brian Stack is blaming the fraud not only his ex-wife, who could not have done this unaided, but he also blames the investigator who helped uncover the fraud.


Defrauding the taxpayer is a crime but don't expect Katia Stack or the people who authorized her to steal gas to be prosecuted. This is just another example of the Hudson County machine flagrantly using our dollars to give benefits to their privileged class.


Shame on Brian Stack, Shame on Katia Stack and shame on all of us for not holding both responsible.

Katia Stack - estranged ex-wife of Union City Mayor & State Sen. Brian Stack

Talking Ed Note:  Katia Stack currently serves on the board of the North Hudson Sewerage Authority.  She was the campaign manager for ex-municipal judge Kimberly Glatt's 2009 mayoral campaign.


Union City Mayor Brian Stack made a rare visit to Hoboken's 4th ward prior to the November special election and is closely aligned with Assemblyman Ruben Ramos. 

Related: Grafix Avenger did a feature on this noting the typical disgust among estranged spouses.  For some reason, the Hudson Reporter found this to be worth mentioning - not only naming GA's website but even providing a link.

MSV notes most of the mentions of the work here are anonymous and not linked unless it's Old Guard sexy, like a disagreement among reform minded Hoboken websites or such.  On more than a few occasions Da Horsey has seen a story making reference to a local Hoboken website after the fact and noting, oh that's MSV.


The Hudson Reporter editors are clearly biased against horses.  Here's the link to Grafix Avenger if you must see this story and the best satire in Hoboken but this one didn't touch the earlier story about people reading GA on vacation:
http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2011/02/breaking-stack-disgusted-by-ex-wife.html

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