Monday, June 25, 2012

Ex-mayor Russo price tag never ends: More damage at Sinatra Park

Live at City Council:

 MSV believed most of the special meeting would be closed session but this was before learning of the added damage to Sinatra Park just earlier. The price tag already $7.8 million will see millions added in the end but we can't provide the exact figure yet as it will need to be tallied before becoming public.

 Mayor Zimmer has advised the council a legal investigation for the on-going damages to Sinatra Park will likely be fruitless and costly. A memo to the council advising any efforts seeking out members of the Mayor Anthony Russo administration will probably not yield any gain to Hoboken taxpayers.

 Once again the cost for the culture of corruption to Hoboken is boosted and the final tally from one Mayor Anthony Russo is not even in going back to the 1990s.

Deep Dish from the Deep Throat, uhm Uvula

Here's a snippet from Grafix Avenger's Deep Throated Uvula:

There are plenty of pissed off folks behind the scenes. That is why you saw the ones that are out in front so desperate – this could get ugly. 

Gotta love the excuses about her being a poor old disabled lady. And Russo said that crap with a straight face. Pretty impressive. 

You thought 300k for new floors in the elevators was wild, that is peanuts compared to what people are planning to take out of the tear down of the HHA. That is what last Wednesday was all about. 

Sure the votes had something to do with it as well, but the idea is to keep just enough HHA units spread out in the new buildings to keep the lock on the fourth ward. But it may not be for Occhipinti ... 

Grafix Avenger's source behind the Russo clan lines, Deep Uvula came in from the cold 
to talk about the millions at stake for many unhappy folks with the new HHA appointment.  
The Feds still worry him but the Old Guard is bracing for that hit too.
Hopes to protect the HHA redevelopment from the Feds may be over as well.

Talking Ed Note: Darn, that's some juicy dish there Uvula.  Apparently, the warbling dangling bit of flesh has no stake in the millions sure to be going around with a massive reconstruction expanding the HHA and the surrounding areas with it.

MSV saw clearly the expanded HHA voter fraud angle but now understands we entirely missed the money pit here.  For that Da Horsey wishes to apologize to our readers for not getting all the story.  Okay two mea culpas and we're ready to go back to more back room dealing, scamming and going safari in the HHA.  There's lots of Old Guard loot at stake here.

Maybe there will not be another Russo shore house built after all.  That's a shame.

There's millions to be made in razing the HHA buildings alone.  See more at Grafix Avenger: 

Under the radar HHA plan: Massive Construction for huge, expanded HHA projects with Old Guard bigger $40 "voter base" with $$$ galore!

According to a story on Grafix Avenger, the act of desperation on behalf of former HHA commissioner Marianne Camporeale had nothing to do with her "disability" and everything to do with holding on to an area for the Old Guard's skimming via a massive construction project and Tim Occhipinti's "base."

Camporeale not a shy violet after her screaming outbursts at the last City Council meeting was a sure rubber stamp for a "redevelopment" plan flying under the radar to the public and the HHA.  She's believed to have thought of her HHA role as a way to support "her boy" Carmelo Garcia.

Over the weekend, the Hudson Reporter did ask the question, why is there so much scuttlebutt over one HHA seat?  MSV noted its importance as a swing seat on the seven member HHA.

Now we learn why the Old Guard was going to the mattresses.  According to Deep Uvula, an Old Guard source connected to the Russo clan, they saw a bigger HHA project with huge buildings as a gold mine Reform couldn't lay a finger on.

The HHA is regulated by state and federal agencies.  City Hall wouldn't be able to stop the Old Guard from building a bigger army of $40 voters and profit handsomely from the massive structures coming in.

The four reform oriented members of the HHA just got a big job to do and they better hop to it.  This "redevelopment" is being quietly, if not secretly being moved along by its Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.

It's all being done under the cover of darkness.  Just as the Old Guard likes it.

Back in May 2011, the Hoboken Journal uncovered proposed plans for the bigger, grander projects expanding in the 4th ward:

Here is the latest gem from Carmelo Garcia who is the head of the HHA. He is rewarding his loyal voting base (loyal for the $40 a vote) by razing the projects. Of course there are assurances that no one will be displaced. Yeah right! Oh yeah, increased density too! Winner winner chicken dinner! Where is David Liebler to pump up this project? Fi fi fo fum, I smell a political operative to make me a deal/meal.To my knowledge this plan wasn't presented to the residents of the Housing Authority first. Talk about a lack of transparency by Beth Mason supported candidate Carmelo Garcia. ...

Hoboken Housing Authority Vision 20/20 Plan, Hoboken.......


Hoboken Housing Authority; Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects and Planners

Hoboken's rebirth from a former industrial working-class city to a more affluent, modern, bustling, comeback city has made it a poster child for 21st-century urban revitalization. But the city’s success has not come without consequences; popular demand has diminished the availability of affordable housing, as many older apartments have been converted to market-rate rentals and expensive luxury condominiums. As a result, Hoboken's low-income residents have had to rely increasingly on the availability of housing in the public housing projects. 

The Hoboken Housing Authority (HHA) is the largest provider of low-income housing in the city. Like other older, urban public housing agencies in New Jersey, the HHA has a housing stock that is obsolete, below current safety and environmental standards and costly to maintain. The main campus of the HHA, constructed in 1949, contains 806 family-oriented public housing units in 25 separate buildings on a 17-acre site in the southwestern portion of the city. The buildings are poorly configured, isolated at the back of town and challenged by issues typical of World War II-era public housing projects: concentration of poverty, wasteful energy consumption, inability to serve handicapped residents, lack of opportunity for upward migration and poorly planned placement of buildings, creating hidden outdoor spaces giving rise to crime-related safety issues. 

When evaluating whether to renovate or to rebuild its housing stock, the HHA determined that rebuilding was the only option. Over time, the cost to upgrade, repair and maintain the existing buildings would exceed the cost of providing new modern, sustainable, affordable housing in a mixed-income neighborhood. Two recent developments gave the housing authority an extraordinary opportunity to proceed with a rebuilding plan. Completion of NJ Transit’s Hudson Bergen Light Rail, with stops at Second Street and Ninth Street directly adjacent to the HHA campus, greatly improved access to the neighborhood. This, together with relatively high property values associated with the recent influx of new market-rate luxury housing directly adjacent along Jackson Street, created a unique set of conditions ripe for total transformation. 

The combination of its own equity in the property along with the capacity for more dense redevelopment on site, gave the housing authority confidence that it could attract public and private investment for the transformation of the HHA campus into a sustainable, transit-oriented, mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood. The Vision 20/20 Plan adopted by the HHA calls for phased development, with residents relocated into new buildings in order to vacate the older buildings one at a time. Each empty building would then be razed to create a development site for a new residential building that would mirror the style of the surrounding residential neighborhood. At the completion of each phase, the number of new units would exceed the number of decommissioned units, ensuring that existing residents will not be displaced and, at the same time, providing for a variety of mixed-income housing options, allowing for upward mobility within the neighborhood and a deconcentration of poverty. 

While most areas of the country rescale public housing into smaller, more manageable buildings, the under wraps plan here is to make it far larger, far bigger and spreading its footprint in the 4th ward and all of Hoboken.

The neighborhood redevelopment plan also allows for the extension of the city street grid through the site and includes facilities for recreation, transit, early childhood education and charter schools, retail space, shops and restaurants, and community program space for job skills training. ◦

There's a lot more on this and why it was so critical to keep Reform out of the HHA

The actual blueprint of the Old Guard and developer's wet dream: the 20/20 plan:

From the actual plan, not smaller lower density, but a bigger and expanded HHA!
This is a plan to create far more concentrated development. 

Talking Ed Note: We're nothing without an Uvuala. The cat's out of the bag and Reform is now in place to get to the bottom of this.  Pronto!

The plan clearly calls for more buildings, more construction and density and more of the Old Guard development dreams to put money into the right hands.  Theirs!

Mayor Zimmer calls special City Council meeting tonight

Office of the Mayor announces: