Thursday, July 26, 2012

Albany woman on Beth Mason Civic League "charity" employee - Matt Calicchio, 'I just wanted to warn everyone and women'


The Albany woman who made an earlier call for a petition against Mason Civic League employee Matt Calicchio is now saying she only hopes to share a warning for women and everyone... for safety.

Earlier Grafix Avenger detailed an account of a conversation where Matt Calicchio who works for the Beth Mason family makes some less than savory sexual requests for "a lot of cash."

MSV originally broke the story that has received national and international attention on Monday after a clash between Matt Calicchio and WWE wrestler CM Punk brought TSA and police to the area of the clash at the St. Louis airport Monday night.

Ashley Myers doesn't identify which Hoboken reporters contacted her but MSV will confess to being one.  Da Horsey is pretty confident Grafix Avenger may be another who reached out but we're equally confident nothing came from the Hudson Reporter, the Jersey Journal or Hoboken Patch.

It's not like this is about a council member getting a traffic ticket.  That's what they call news.

Matt Calicchio's Facebook page was yanked into the internet ether yesterday.  So all the photos of him with WWE wrestlers is gone with it.

Meanwhile another person has tweeted Da Horsey some information claiming the use of credit cards so Matt Calicchio can attend to his WWE fix taking trips around the country alleging:

Talking Ed Note: The joke in Hoboken is when someone connected to Reform sneezes the local media will report it when they forget to cover their mouth but when the Old Guard is caught redhanded in less than unseemly and possibly very illegal things, only the FBI making an arrest can force them to act and even then you may not get a picture of the guilty in the story.

Hey Da Horsey offered the editor one but the Hudson Reporter didn't want to offend their pals/advertisers.

As for Ashley Myers, you can't blame her for not wanting to be a bigger, possibly national story in some ugly offers for sexual services in return for money rethinking her earlier call of a petition.  She clearly read the stories here and commenters.

Is this the end of the story or are there other victims?

Has anyone seen Beth Mason or is she still in hiding ripping down the wallpaper with her fingernails?  Does she get to pretend nothing is going on (again) as the local media contacts her only to discuss advertising rates?

Corruption is as corruption does.  Are you folks in Newark getting all this?

Horse Sense: The past is prologue in the war for Hoboken's soul

Three years ago this very week the State of NJ was turned on its ear with the biggest corruption case in its history.  Hoboken became a late casualty relatively speaking when FBI informant Solomon Dwek visited Hudson County and netted a network of good ole boys between Hoboken and Jersey City.

The short lived term of less than a month of Peter Cammarano as Hoboken mayor hit like a tsunami but left almost as quickly as the receding waters.  The Old Guard paused, smirked, and re-assembled for business as usual installing Tim Occhipinti as its rejoinder, running an incalculable amount of "campaign workers" producing 500 paper ballots for a ward election where less than 800 votes total would normally win the election outright.

That familiar scowl.  Peter Cammarano is gone but his legacy lives on with Hoboken's Old Guard.

Cynical?  The Old Guard wasn't done yet.  Viewing Mayor Zimmer as illegitimate when she took the reins from day one, there's been no respite, no detente, no objective but her and Hoboken's destruction. A buyer for the local hospital, a miracle drawn out in a legitimate, legal and future standard for similar institutions became the target of sabotage, venal hatreds and closure.

Bankrupting the City of Hoboken considered a mere side political benefit in what Tim Occhipinti would so smugly declare of the hospital sale, "It's not our deal."  Meaning of course the hospital's demise was merely a side benefit to take down the mayor.  Sabotaging the sale of a century old institution and putting 1,000 people out of work mere cannon fodder. 

The Old Guard abhorred a legal process where the hospital authority board acted independently, not cutting them into a side deal where they and their cronies could benefit.  Beth Mason saw the subterfuge of undermining the sale as a vindictive win for her dual defeats to Mayor Zimmer and went about bringing bankruptcy to Hoboken falling just short.

Progress in Hoboken has been fought at every turn, obstruction for its own sake the most basic weapon in a longer unseemly arsenal.  Even the Hoboken Police Department became victims with overdue infrastructure improvements stonewalled for months.  The Old Guard's veneration of nepotism had to take a back seat with public safety and decent working conditions pushed aside.

A packed City Council chambers last October applauds Dr. Abby Jacobs of HUMC and Mayor Dawn Zimmer after the City Council finally stood down and allowed the hospital parking agreement to become effective and thus complete its sale.  The Old Guard sabotage came within an eyelash of success and would have destroyed a century old institution, over 1,000 jobs and bankrupted Hoboken.

It's been this way for three years.    Reform needs every solider, every family, every citizen to remain vigilante.  It stands against the tide of Hoboken's On the Waterfront past, a local media at best indifferent but mostly hostile to Reform and sympathetic to an intractable, unrelenting corrupt Old Guard.

It's why the past is prologue and why the war for the soul of this town goes on.