Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Beth Mason confesses: 'I've spoken to the FBI'

In a story on the meeting last night at the Hoboken City Council, the failure of Beth Mason's special meeting to advance her witch hunt on City Hall emails and the mayor's staffers is now overshadowed by the latest revelation - Beth Mason admits to speaking to the FBI. 

According to a review of the non-meeting last night at City Hall, Hoboken Patch reveals Beth Mason has been in contact with the FBI.  While the story glosses over the particulars of that discussion with no answers from Mason to its details, the story focuses on Mason's complaint that other people in Hoboken City Hall may have more information on the criminal investigation than she.

Beth Mason's pathological desire to stab the FBI investigation in the heart is now 
overshadowed by another bomb:
Beth Mason admits she's spoken to the FBI.  

She however won't say what it's about. 

Why is it so necessary for Mason to pursue this speculation during an ongoing FBI criminal investigation?  The story doesn't say but mentions various wild charges from Mason who calls council members Carol Marsh and Dave Mello hypocritical for walking out on her special meeting she privately colluded with others in the Beth Russo hydra to instigate.  (For two weeks Beth Mason tried to organize a special meeting all behind closed doors and private phone calls.)

The story also states Beth Mason rejects the Corporation Counsel's claim that releasing emails may compromise the FBI investigation.  The story doesn't show Beth Mason providing any evidence demonstrating her point.

The FBI has not commented on the case other than informing Mayor Dawn Zimmer in a conversation last Friday that no additional information on an ongoing FEDERAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION will or should be provided to anyone.

Proving once again that Beth Mason can't take no for an answer.  Not even from the investigators at the FBI.

Talking Ed Note: Does anyone believe Beth Mason was interrogating the FBI on their criminal investigation?

Why is she so desperate to get more information on a federal criminal investigation from the FBI?

Hey Beth, got emails?

Hey did you get your FBI target letter?

This is no doubt going to be the question of the week, of the month, of the summer for a lot of folks if the rumor that's reached MSV proves true.  Not gristable with two independent sources, we'll have to chalk it up for now as rumor but it did come from different places.

The latest criminal melodrama in this town will be escalating.  Whether it leads to more summer time hijinks brought to you courtesy of the Boys of Summer in Newark (and/or Paula Dow's AG Office) or not is of course entirely dependent on them and their professional timetable.

One of the people we enjoyed most reading about recently in "The Jersey Sting," was US Federal Attorney and Hoboken's own Ralph Marra.  Too often in Hoboken we hear the refrain, everyone does it.  Not true and Ralph Marra was proof of people in Hoboken who not only don't accept the culture of corruption; he was a prime example of someone who stood up to it as a US Federal Attorney.

Hoboken's own and first generation Italian-American hero Ralph Marra

Here's some great quotes by Ralph Marra back in 2009 from reporter and now "Jersey Sting" co-author Josh Margolin:

"Whether they're drug organizations, white-collar crime organizations, corrupt political organizations," he remarked. "I always look at us as disrupting those things, turning those things upside down."

And then this:

Corruption seems to anger Marra most. He spoke of one grandmother telling stories of shakedowns at a family owned bar in Hoboken.
"I vividly remember her showing me -- I must've been 9 years old -- one of her best friends had another saloon. She'd take me in the back and show me where they used to stuff the ballot boxes," he said.
All Da Horsey wants for Christmas is an autographed picture suitable for framing of Ralph Marra.  While wishing his successor US Federal Attorney Paul Fishman godspeed in his work, we have a soft spot for Mr. Marra, a son of Hoboken.

Talking Ed Note:  Okay how about another FBI video from the last City Council meeting Horsey?  Well you asked for it, you got it.  Here's Episode IV from the Empire Strikes Back: How the Old Guard tried to take on the FBI in City Council Chambers.  With Beth Mason leading the way in an attempt to sully the ongoing FBI criminal investigation and obtain some nuggets for the lawyers falling flat on its face last night, it's worth a visit.

MSV has a very large professional readership including quite a few lawyers.  This video is fascinating, humorous, informative, and perplexing on multiple levels.  To all you legal beagles out there, enjoy!  But why haven't more of you (cough, cough) signed up?

Sign of the Times: Frank "Pupie" Raia at Dem Committee

Frank "Pupie" Raia attended the Hoboken Democratic meeting last night or rather we both hung around outside Room 84 before, during and after the reorganization meeting.

As a number of photos were taken, Raia posed and invited others to wave for the camera or would pose and ask for a picture. Here's one we obliged but later another was declined as the 'victim' looked less than enthusiastic.

Frank "Pupie" Raia snared former 2nd ward council candidate Franz Paetzhold to pose for a photo while everyone awaited the vote tallies outside of Room 84 on lower Washington Street.
Raia made jokes what seemed like every few minutes asking people to wave for the camera. At points, some did and later Raia approached Franz and said, "Aren't you happy to be on our team? We're happy and nice," later adding something along the lines about corruption not totally clear. As Franz Paetzhold was standing less than two feet away, MSV is not sure he was thrilled with Raia's line of questions toward him. Franz was friendly enough to extend an invitation for a beer later but based on the incident below, we said it's best not to do so this time with the "Real Dems" group. We agreed to huddle next time at the Hudson Tavern.

Later Raia would joke to MSV, "I bet you also vote by mail." To that we flat out lied, "Sometimes."

Ruben Ramos (l), not a fan
There were some surreal moments and this following the quorumless City Council just earlier fit the bill as one. The other was Assemblyman Ruben Ramos going by and greeting people nearby but not saying a word then saying within earshot he doesn't read the site. So Da Horsey aired a rumor, that a family member reads MSV and loves it.

To that, he retorted sharply, "(She) thinks you're a piece of shit." He then repeated the statement with emphasis and added, "And so do I."

Later we recalled two stories here where we criticized Assemblyman Ramos' positions as being beneath his office. The Assemblyman should know some of his friends also agree with that assessment and it's not a unique conclusion.

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos who many feel is aiming for the mayor's race in 2013 probably won't be giving MSV an interview if he prevails. Que sera, sera.

Talking Ed Note: If this isn't enough of a local political buzz, by far the biggest rumor is the FBI is cranking up some letters for targets. How many we don't know. People are speculating on a lot of things but MSV has not seen it all hitting the atmosphere like this in quite a while. What it means in terms of timing is not clear but commenter Reasoner is only fueling the fire writing:

"The wind in the hallways still whispers that Newark has audio and video on the 4th Ward Council win. Tim was so much of an emasculated puppet that he is not even going to be charged so long as he goes State."

For the record MSV does not know who Reasoner is and isn't trying to find out. It's policy here not to share information on who people are even if we do know and there's no reason to make this an exception.

If Reasoner wishes to be provocative, they've succeeded.