Friday, April 1, 2011

Beth Mason and Mike Russo counterattack, claim "apparent abuse" of tax dollars in demand for mayoral staff emails

The City Council agenda is out for Hoboken's meeting next Wednesday and apparently Mike Russo and Beth Mason have finally come up with an idea to try and make the Hoboken public forget the revelation of the 3rd ward councilman's secret meeting with an FBI informant almost two years ago. 


They have declared war on the mayor's communication manager's and chief of staff's emails demanding they be turned over to them as "the Council believes that a full investigation into an apparent abuse of tax dollars is warranted." The apparent abuses are not stated or listed other than a claim communications "have become highly politicized."


Local Hoboken websites' comments by the public on Mike Russo's defense have been relatively silent since the Sunday revelation in MSV of the 3rd ward councilman's meeting with the same FBI informant who sat with Peter Cammarano, sending the ex-mayor and the 3rd ward councilman's campaign manager to prison. 


Mike Russo claims he never accepted a bribe but he has failed to explain why he was reported in "The Jersey Sting" accepting a series of offers on surveillance tapes for money beginning with a $5,000 payment and a reason he never reported the illicit cash offer to the authorities.  The surveillance tapes, according to the co-authors may be released based on a decision in the near future.


Hoboken Patch has been lightning fast with the Mason-Russo charges posting its story: http://hoboken.patch.com/articles/council-president-wants-mayors-staffers-e-mails

Talking Ed Note: It's is April 1st, the Fool's Day but Beth Mason (sponsor) and Mike Russo (co-sponsor) are not kidding.  This is their line of attack and idea of how to best address the exposure of Mike Russo agreeing to a bribe with FBI informant Solomon Dwek.  

The City Council may be interested in obtaining more information on Mike Russo's meeting with Solomon Dwek and the surveillance tape of that meeting in Jersey City.

Mason Russo Email Attack Distraction from Solomon Dwek meeting: