Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sign of the Times: Mayor Zimmer gets autographed copy of "The Jersey Sting"

The Jersey Sting Authors Ted Sherman (l) and Josh Margolin sign two copies for Mayor Dawn Zimmer in front of the Malibu Diner Wednesday afternoon.

About 50 Hoboken residents turned up in the middle of a weekday to catch a bit of Hoboken's corruption past and present as captured in the hot new book "The Jersey Sting."

Co-author Josh Margolin addressed remarks contesting the accuracy of the book by Councilman Mike Russo who said anyone who claimed his meeting with FBI informant Solomon Dwek involved a bribe was "lying."  Margolin stated the authors had reviewed the tapes again and "what we recounted in the book is accurate."

As to when the surveillance tapes might be available with additional detail surrounding Mike Russo and Solomon Dwek breaking bread while discussing multiple payments with an intial $5,000 agreed upon, Margolin added a decision may come soon on releasing the tape(s).

Although there were rumors Mike Russo might send people to harass and heckle the authors, no one from his camp appeared. 

Mike Russo claimed he explained he would not accept a cash payment from Solomon Dwek.  But his retelling of the events with the Fed's star witness Solomon Dwek was kept a secret for almost two years.  On Sunday, MSV was first in revealing the meeting and the government's tape as recounted in the recently released book.

According to another claim made by Mike Russo, the story had been reported previously.  However no one can confirm where any story of Russo and Dwek meeting appeared.  A local reporter told MSV,  there's nothing to be found in the Jersey Journal (or anyone else). 

More to come...

Who gave the police report on last week's City Hall incident to Hoboken411?

Hoboken411 the website in service to Councilwoman Beth Mason obtained the police report on the incident last week involving a city bus and Director Ian Sacs posting the document earlier today. 

While Hoboken police reports are not publicly available based on policy set by Hoboken Police Chief Falco, the document somehow found its way onto the website where it was intermingled with unsubstantiated hearsay and every manner of lies strewn in-between.

But the big question is, who gave it to them?

  The police are investigating who accessed its report system and gave the above report to  Beth Mason's propaganda site where censorship is enforced with an iron fist.

Hoboken Police Detective Anthony Falco stated the police report is not made available to the public especially when "certain information shouldn't be released before court," he said referencing the fact the case has not been deliberated before a judge.

MSV requested a copy and Detective Falco restated the existing policy on not releasing police reports set by Hoboken Police Chief Falco .  "I'm not sure how it got out," he said without mentioning where it was released.  "We're checking the system to see how it got out," he said later confirming he was referring to the police report appearing on Hoboken411.

The police report mentions Sgt. Gigante observing a city bus driver "interlocking" with Director Sacs who calls out for help.  Interlocking?

MSV later saw the same Hoboken411 document posted on's Hoboken Forum by a poster named Antinucci.  Minutes later it was deleted.  Another poster stated Antinucci is one handle of many by a well known Weehawken based political operative who's been employed by Councilwoman Beth Mason.  Among his duties has been registering a website for the Councilwoman. 

MSV contacted the Weehawken political operative several times asking why the the Hoboken411 police report pdf document was removed.  He hung up and after another call shouted, "Get a life!" before once again hanging up.   He later sent a text he did not wish to receive phone calls.

So who in the Hoboken Police Department is releasing its police report to Beth Mason political operatives?

Talking Ed Note: Councilwoman Beth Mason is a well known political ally of Councilman Mike Russo.  She's made no public comment nor returned calls after excerpts from The Jersey Sting revealed Mike Russo had met and kept secret a meeting with FBI informant Solomon Dwek.  The book states federal surveillance tapes revealed Mike Russo agreeing to accept cash payments in installments of $5,000 each.  The book notes Mike Russo did not return to receive payment.

Calls to Councilman Mike Russo have not been returned. 

Update 3-31: It's unclear where the police report is being disseminated from but for the purpose of clarity, it's important to note the police department is not the sole locale for it being publicized.  

On Wednesday, sources indicated Hoboken411 is not the only place where the report has been leaked.  What the computer forensics reveal at the Hoboken Police Department is not certain, nor does MSV wish to convey it is.

It's 'Good Rat' Day at the Malibu - 3:30 for The Jersey Sting

Today is a celebration of Hoboken past, present and most likely future as that authors of The Jersey Sting retake the scene of many bribes recounted in their book and will host an event at the Malibu Diner.

Just yesterday, Grafix Avenger scooped everyone with an inside look on what La Familia is up to here in town. Her source hits all the right notes and suggests the Russo's are planning to strike back hard for the revelation of Mike Russo's well kept secret - he had a sit down with the famous FBI informant Solomon Dwek and agreed to multiple payments of $5,000.

Yesterday while having a bite, spoke to one local business owner who was still lost in last week's news. Told him this week's news was about Mike Russo. His reaction was beyond non-pulsed. He said much like someone in the 'Association.' Well he didn't take the money right? All I could tell him was, "Have you ever heard of the word conspiracy?"

If you wonder why the crooks run rampant in New Jersey, this is the perfect illustration why. Thankfully, this owner is not a Hoboken voter, but plenty share his sentiments as they are and at one point he says to me, "You guys are all the same." No joke.

Today's celebration of Hoboken corruption begins at 3:30 and continues to 5:00. It promises to be a great time, except if you are a supporter of the Russo crime syndicate. Because as Mike Russo once said knowingly back after his campaign manager Peter Cammarano's arrest, calling attention to Hoboken doesn't do any good for anybody.

What he meant was any more light cast on Hoboken is going to get him busted.

With that Da Horsey proudly brings you the satire from August 9th, 2009 to tide you over until the 3:30 event at the Malibu:

No negative light on Hoboken. Capesh?

Word around town is that Pulitzer Prize winner, Jimmy Breslin now 80 is patrolling our streets looking for stories on NJ corruption. He made an appearance at the Jersey City protest earlier this week. Breslin arrives just days after the passing of “On the Waterfront” screenwriter Budd Schulberg. Schulberg had just visited Hoboken last week for a reading of his famous Hoboken based movie.

Now who would Breslin speak to for background on his book in Hoboken? Well how could he not speak to say Mike Russo, Hoboken City Council representative and someone who might know something.

Jimmy Breslin: So Mr. Russo, your father Anthony, former mayor had some run ins with the law.

Mike Russo: My family doesn’t know nuthin about dat. And if we did, it would shed a negative light on Hoboken.

JB: So you aren’t denying that your father was a party to the culture of corruption in New Jersey?

Mike Russo: All I can say is that my family has nuthin to say about no corruption. It would be negative to be talkin about any corruption in Hoboken.

JB: Well I happen to be writing a book right now about New Jersey corruption. You know I’m 80 years old and could use some helpful background.

MR: If you want to see Hoboken as it should be, consider speaking to our potential new mayor Terry Castellano.

JB: Does she know anything about corruption in Hoboken?

MR: You can ask her but she’s busy getting ready for my wedding. Don’t think she’ll recall anything. You know it wouldn’t shed a positive light on Hoboken.

JB: You seem very concerned about Hoboken’s public image.

MR: I do not, and will not speak bad about Hoboken. We have rules here, no negative light on nutin. It's bad for business.

JB: And what about those who differ and have protested after the FBI’s information released on the former mayor?

MR: They are not the real Hoboken. Ask them if they were born here.

JB: Well don’t all residents of Hoboken have the same rights as other Americans?

MR: They have their rights. And they have the right not to put negative attention on Hoboken.

JB: I think I’m getting the picture here.

MR: Glad that you are understanding.

JB: Last question, Mike, do you know what century this is and have you ever heard of the US Constitution?

MR: Have you ever heard the saying don’t rat?

JB: Recall that came up in, “On the Waterfront” a famous movie filmed in Hoboken.

MR: I refuse to watch that movie or have anything to do with anything negative about Hoboken.

JB: Okay, got it. Thanks.

Related: Carly Baldwin's famous interview with Mike Russo:

"Calling attention to Hoboken doesn't do any good for anybody"

Talking Ed Note:  Funny enough, it's not only Councilwoman Beth Mason, Mike Russo's ally who doesn't want to call attention to this, but Hoboken411 is posting the police report on the assault on Director Ian Sacs in the most yellow journalism style with Beth Mason's minon interjecting lies and inneuendo throughout.  

(Grafix Avenger's source indicates the Russo clan had hoped to see Ian Sacs fired and worked hard to bring that result.  They are frustrated they haven't achieved those ends to use against Mayor Zimmer.  Looks like they will give it another try to deflect from Mike Russo.)

That's how desperate they are. They want to keep people from finding out about Mike Russo's sit down.

The Jersey Journal hasn't breathed a word about Mike Russo and Solomon Dwek breaking bread either. Editor Augie Torres had a nice interview published with Mike Russo a few weeks back. Just yesterday the Jersey Journal mentioned the book, but nary a word about Councilman Russo who appears inside.