Friday, April 8, 2011

Public Safety Director Alicea resigns; met with Solomon Dwek twice while council candidate under Peter Cammarano

Office of the Mayor announces:

Statement from Mayor Zimmer Regarding Director Alicea

Yesterday, Public Safety Director Angel Alicea advised me that he had attended two meetings with Solomon Dwek, the confidential informant in Operation Bid Rig. These meetings occurred when he was a candidate for City Council on Peter Cammarano’s ticket in 2009. After the election, Peter Cammarano, with the approval of our State Fiscal Monitor Judy Tripodi, appointed Mr. Alicea to the position of Public Safety Director at a salary of $27,000 per year. Since Mr. Alicea was doing an excellent job in that position, he continued to serve at the same salary in my Administration.

He and I mutually agreed today that in light of Hoboken’s recent history and the fact that he had failed to disclose this information either publicly or to me, he could no longer serve effectively in his position as Public Safety Director. He therefore submitted and I have accepted his resignation. On behalf of the City, I thank him for his service to Hoboken.

“This is a difficult decision, but the best interests of Hoboken are my most important consideration. It has been an honor to serve the City of Hoboken as Public Safety Director,” explained Director Alicea.

I have written to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman to request that his office make public all tapes, recordings, transcripts and other documents related to the Bid Rig investigation involving Hoboken public officials, their close associates, and family members. We have also submitted a corresponding Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Justice.

What Mike Russo really thinks about (his) corruption

Even before he's fallen, the resurrection of Councilman Mike Russo had begun with a campaign to sully any and all others you could mention in the same sentence as Solomon Dwek.  Even if you appear in the index of "The Jersey Sting," Beth Mason's political operatives are willing to put you in the same category as Mike Russo.

Here's Mike Russo in his own words on a speech he's crafted, along with other family and friends no doubt.  Listen along and follow the words below the video.  MSV's words are in brackets.

You will draw some remarkable conclusions.

Mike Russo's words to ponder:

political season... just words... I didn't have that power.... "appeared" to betray my office.... out of context..... they were just words... not actions... didn't take the money... 2 and half years ago (?).... I wasn't arrested.... political transgressions but no crime.... none of (my) political flesh (for you)...stopped municipal garage in ward (lie) (let's talk about) 3rd ward park (parks).... budget surplus (lie).... I'm moving forward... judge me (but not on the tapes)...

Does this sound like a heartfelt apology to the community?

Beth Mason leads the strategy on moving on from Mike Russo's corruption

Many people will be fairly unhappy with the rendering of any sense of justice for the betrayal by Mike Russo toward the people of Hoboken.  What makes matters worse is not one of his allies spoke out on the substance of his betrayal, not one of them addressed the seriousness of the underlying transgressions against our community and not one of them asked for him to resign.

Not one.

Here's Beth Mason trying to put distance between herself and Mike Russo's obvious "issues," but note she finds time to suggest we "move on," and not focus to hard on the serious matters of conspiracy to conduct bribes on behalf of a developer just met, or the takeover of the city government and control all development by "having a supermajority," as Mike Russo so eloquently put it.

Note how utterly dismissive Beth Mason is of these numerous and serious transgressions and how swiftly she moves on to the Mason-Russo strategy to tarnish others on the City Council and in the mayor's campaign with unsubstantiated claims others met with Solomon Dwek.

Then ask yourself, is she someone you want in office at all, let alone re-elected in May to the 2nd ward council seat where she can immediately scheme to takeover the whole town and get her hands on the mayor's office?


Talking Ed Note: This is a fascinating case study in bad politics.  In order to garner the good will of the people, you're suppose to allow them time to digest an apology and offer forgiveness.  Beth Mason will have none of that.  She determines it's inappropriate for people to hold Mike Russo to account for his ACTIONS, not his braggadocio.

She goes on a tirade pointed at the mayor.  It's the mayor's fault for not allowing "both sides," of the story to appear on the city website.  This from a woman who is working hand in hand with the most vile website in town - Hoboken411.

That website is beneath contempt in its service to her.  Is it even necessary to list the number of people smeared in service to her there, one most recently being her former legislative aide who resigned to take a civil service position?  

Does anyone else find it ironic that Beth Mason's less than democratic temperament towards the public, her colleagues, the executive branch and the institutions of government mirror the iron fist of censorship enforced on behalf of Hoboken411?

Related:  The Russo insider Deep Uvula offered more insight into the new smokescreen:

But without Mike, she was in danger of losing the presidency. She and Mike now have a new election theme message - “who else is on the tapes”, which will be replayed until the election. What about Stan? Alicea? Stuiver? Keep everyone on their toes and off base. And give us those damn emails.

See Grafix Avenger for more on the mole who is giving advanced blow by blow: