Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hudson Reporter shows no interest in corruption other than abetting it

This week's Hudson Reporter again made no mention of the problematic missing financial transactions re: the deposits into Councilman Michael Russo's campaign account "Russo for Hoboken."

Those bank transactions are definitive in showing whether Michael Russo told the truth when he said he did not accept $5,000 as agreed over a Jersey City lunch with Solomon Dwek back in the spring of 2009.

Of similar importance, the Hudson Reporter editors: Caren Matzner and Gene Ritchings see a different problem: bloggers.  Well not paid political operatives feeding them weekly narratives and/or writing on Hoboken Patch, their website and elsewhere but the anti-corruption, pro-reform bloggers.

Their repeated efforts working with paid political operatives attacking Reform directly and indirectly is a scandal in and of itself.  They shouldn't wonder why any honest official or citizen would be wary of speaking to them.  They repeatedly write about you as they have MSV; they just won't contact you or allow you an adequate opportunity to do so.  Speaking to paid political operatives is sufficient "journalism," objectively getting all sides.

Does anyone remotely believe a story on a bloggers lawsuit has the Hudson Reporter completely unaware of the political operative(s) they have direct and indirect dealings with at present and over years?

Unlike Augie Torres, the Hudson Reporter hid that information from the public in its story.

The Hudson Reporter knows exactly who the political operatives are in Hoboken, knows exactly who is paying them and is well aware of who is underwriting the effort and to what ends it serves.

There is only one word to describe their lies of commission and ommission: corruption.

Anti-corruption, pro-reform bloggers are the enemy.  Using paid political operatives flagrantly making up phony stories about Nazi parody videos gets their editors ginned up.  Hiding the truth on political operatives they've had DIRECT DEALINGS while doing lengthy feature stories about million dollar lawsuits is opportunity for more fun and games.

Meanwhile the political operatives' paymasters skate along with some very large questions looming about Michael Russo and Solomon Dwek.

Here's just one obvious example from last fall showing the bias at the Hudson Reporter with commentary on the massive Data Theft Ring conspiracy at City Hall where tens of thousands of emails into and out of the mayor's office on every sensitive communication and document imaginable.

Not one word appeared on the pages of the Hudson Reporter mentioning the damage to Hoboken, the taxpayers and its citizens.

The arrest of the IT manager Patrick Ricciardi caught looting communications for approximately a year and a half - the exact same time period both Michael Russo and Beth Mason LATER attempted to see the same emails released en masse to the public hasn't ever raised the hackles of the Hudson Reporter.

Dishonestly working with the underwriters of political operatives targeting reform oriented citizens is far more fun.

Hoboken has no fourth estate of merit.  It's quite literally naked in the face of corruption.  Worse, the Hudson Reporter goes far beyond just looking the other way.  It's actively abetting it.

Below is a link to the MSV Horse Sense editorial from last year detailing the reaction of the Hudson Reporter to the arrest of IT Manager Patrick Ricciardi and the massive Data Theft Conspiracy at City Hall.

Hudson Reporter scorecard after the FBI arrest:
Blogger mentions: 9  Patrick Ricciardi mentions: 0
What else needs to be said?

Michael Russo at his final Hoboken Housing Authority meeting in April.  The Hudson Reporter has failed to mention the issue of unascertained deposits in his "Russo for Hoboken" campaign.  The pro-Old Guard rag didn't have anything bad to say about Russo trading on his office with ex-commissioner Hector Claveria captured on FBI surveillance video either.  So in their editorial style, at least the HR's consistent.

Talking Ed Note: The Mason Civic League office on 12th and Washington doesn't look like its going away before an election. There's a notice on the door referencing an upcoming event for Hoboken Charter. No doubt it will be used politically to advance the Frank Raia BoE slate no matter what "banner" the space is officially under. 

MSV has added a poll on the top right of the page asking, 

"Does the Hudson Reporter support corruption?"

Mile Square Theater Saturday matinee in support of Hoboken Charter School

The Mile Square Theater announces:

Go, Kids, Go to Mile Square Theatre’s Production of Go, Dog. Go!

Big dogs, little dogs and dogs of all shapes, sizes and colors will fill the stage in Mile Square Theatre’s upcoming production of P.D. Eastman’s timeless children’s book, Go, Dog. Go!  It is a fast-moving, comical adaptation by Steven Deitz and Allison Gregory, with music by Michael Koerner.  Performances run weekends starting September 29th through October 14th at Monroe Theatrespace in Hoboken.

This latest production from Mile Square Theatre (MST) brings the classic children’s picture book to life with the kind of inventive staging of plays for young people for which the company is known.  Both Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse in 2009 and The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi in 2011 received critical acclaim for their excellent acting and beautiful design.  Go, Dog.  Go! Continues this tradition of quality family productions.

“Every year, we dedicate a main stage slot to a play for kids”, say Chris O’Connor, MST’s Artistic Director. “We feel it’s important to offer good quality theatre to young people to let them gain an appreciation for theatre at a young age.  To go to the theatre as a family is such a great experience, too.”

Performances are Saturdays at 2pm and 5pm, and Sundays at 11am and 3pm at Monroe Theatrespace, 720 Monroe Street in Hoboken. Tickets are available online at ( or before each performance. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children and seniors.  Parking is available behind the theatre.
About Mile Square Theatre

Mile Square Theatre (MST) is the leading professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Since 2003, MST has presented full-scale productions for adults and children, in addition to providing theatre education programs. Chris O’Connor is artistic director.  MST receives support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs. For company information, please visit

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos on Port Authority Audit of Capital Costs

NJ Assembly Democrats announce:

Ramos Statement on Port Authority Audit of Capital Costs

(HOBOKEN, NJ) – Following the release of two independent auditing agent reports of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr., a member of the Assembly Transportation Committee, released the following statement:

“An audit of Port Authority finances was a crucial step towards curbing waste, fraud and abuse. The best disinfectant for this agency remains sunlight, which is why it’s unfortunate that the Governor vetoed the Port Authority Transparency and Accountability Act. Anything less than permanent, statutory requirements for transparency will only help perpetuate the culture of waste that previous audits of the Port Authority have discovered.

“This report may paint a rosy picture at the Port Authority, but let us not forget the recent dismissal of two politically-appointed employees for abusing their position and exaggerating their resume. The point is: more work needs to be done. As a member of the Assembly Transportation Committee, I am eager to analyze the results of this report and pledge to continue my efforts to hold this authority accountable for its spending and hiring.”