Scott Delea is a Hoboken resident with a dream. His dream aims for elected office and likely higher office. That he would throw away cursory reform cred having joined Hoboken Revolt's board, a pillar of Reform electing Dawn Zimmer and a new majority City Council may have surprised some keen observers but not many.
Delea threw down for the backing of Reform's largest enemy, Russo-Mason and their poker table gang who are likely to face the full might of the Boys of Summer at the FBI in Newark before the season's out. What he calculated was the winning team taking him to elected heights, or so he thought. Delea had made those twists before having backed the heavy money behind Dave Roberts against Carol Marsh for mayor in 2005 when he made his first of three bids for a City Council seat. The betting money with this throw of the die is coming up craps, perhaps in consecutive throws.
The questions on what Scott Delea stands for is a puzzling one over years. People who know him in various local circles have remarked at his odd inability to answer the most simple question or state a position on the most trifling of matters. For Delea life is one big triangulation party, he's constantly holding firm to no position or stating one so unclear, no one can conclude anything or hold him to it. It's all by design along with the self-promotion via the charity group Party with Purpose.
For some time, questions have been placed to MSV asking for a look into Party with Purpose. Rumors abound but even with friction coming from certain quarters questioning aspects, it didn't appear to be a valid focus. That changed with the arrogant copyright theft from MSV, and the covers being torn off the facade of Mr. Integrity Scott Delea. But if you peel back from the veneer, there's much more than political posturing.
MSV has obtained tax records for Party with Purpose raising additional questions to its true "purpose." It's a fact there's been monies raised for local worthy charities, but is it a charity designed to enlist volunteers and help the community or is it a vehicle to promote Scott Delea in his ceaseless quest for elected office? Well the volunteers certainly appear to be on the right side of the ledger, none of them are paid. Scott Delea however has openly trumpeted his work in PWP for political advancement, most recently using it in self-promotion at the Council forum hosted by Our Lady of Grace when he again ran for the 5th ward council seat.
Here are established facts from the 2009 records. Party with Purpose raised over $50,000 that year from the 5K run event. $26,000 would be given to two local charities but oddly, a large amount is kept in a fund balance - more than $10,000 in fact. In the prior year, the same balance carried over was less than $500.
If you contribute to a local charitable cause, isn't there a reasonable expectation your money for a small one person led charity with no appreciable overhead like paid employees and office rent will go to a charity and not its fund balance, in this case to the tune of five figures? But ask yourself, what would better serve the political purpose of advancing its senior member than a five figure piggy bank?
There's another $49,296 came from unknown "other activities." None of those funds appear earmarked to any charity.
Here's the top line data:
Outside of the money given, the bottom line is if you are doing charitable work, you don't use it as a political prop and pitch it for votes in in a debate as Scott Delea did at the council forum. It's crass to speak about charity work in a political debate, unless of course you want everyone to know that's why you did it in the first place.
Anyone wishing to see the complete 2009 Form 990, send your request via email.
Additional details on copyright theft
In addition, MSV has metadata embedded into its photos showing our personalized information and its origin. You can't strip that out and use the photo without severe penalties. (Someone break the bad news to Hoboken411.) As MSV was advised, the penalty for just that action is severe:
Section 1202 of the U.S. Copyright Act makes it illegal for someone to remove your CMI (Copyright Management Information) from your photo. The fines start at $2,500 and go to $25,000 in addition to attorneys’ fees and any damages for the infringement.
Clearly when the photo was taken from this website, the CMI was stripped out as a matter of course for use in his 5th ward mailer. The policy on this site for unauthorized copyright use as noted previously has been posted.
Scott goes slate shopping for a Board of Education Seat
In 2010 a Board of Education seat became available due to resignation. What followed was a bizarre push from Real Results then Kids First BoE member Maureen Sullivan who gave Scott Delea her nomination for the seat. She would be his sole vote of the eight voting BoE members and Scott was again stymied from elected office. People are still scratching their heads how Scott Delea could even fit into her ideology on dismantling the public schools and rebuilding them within a North Carolina cost structure. (Sullivan can't explain it either so don't ask.)
After this setback and with a BoE election just ahead, Scott Delea would go slate shopping among three BoE groups. Only problem, he didn't have an answer to a basic question about supporting education. One question put to him after his canned answer on how much he supports the schools, "Scott you live right across the street from the BoE, how come you've never came to one meeting?" Slate shopping game over.
Then there's the unclear association with the now self-exiled Al Arezzo. The whispers about a partnership with the club "Nine" on Washington St have not been verified. Arezzo who was the terror of Hoboken's construction office for years is no longer employed by the city and last MSV heard evacuated to Florida.
Talking Ed Note: As of today, both Beth Mason and Scott Delea have not filed their respective post election campaign reports. They were due THE END OF LAST MONTH. There's questions to be answered on and between both.
Who funded the thousands of mailers Scott Delea mailed out all over the 5th ward?
Will the Beth Mason-Scott Delea alliance show evidence of financial support after his public support appearing at her HQ 2nd ward council kickoff?
Scott Delea and Beth Mason perhaps share someone in common. Eduardo Gonzalez is listed as Scott Delea's Treasurer, an important and key position on a campaign responsible for all accounting activities. He's said to have played a similar role for Beth Mason's wheely operation, "Friends of Beth Mason for City Council." Is Delea also a beneficiary of Beth Mason's largess?
(That committee re: Beth Mason forked over 15 large, that's $15,000 to Tim Occhipinti in his latest 4th ward council run. Unlike last fall, that loot doesn't buy a council presidency.)
THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. There's more and as you well know,
Scott Delea also likes to steal copyrighted information.
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A big thanks to all the folks who emailed on Scott Delea's mailer. Those details now dot the map across the 5th ward!
The more you know...