Thursday, December 20, 2012

Beth Mason calls for suppressing the public in City Council

Councilwoman Beth Mason, the transparently anti-democratic council member with a hyperactive litigious streak called for the suppression of the public speaking before the City Council at Wednesday night's meeting.

After a blistering deconstruction of the Old Guard Council's legal subterfuge by Hoboken resident Phil Cohen, Mason demanded the Corporation Counsel intervene and silence the public from applying their First Amendment rights when addressing the City Council saying as part of her job she should halt them telling them "to stop," when they "start crossing the line" before adding "we've talked about (this) before."

Beth Mason called for suppression of the public's speech rights in the City Council Wednesday night.
She complained vociferously in July to Corporation Counsel when MSV asked that public information
of the Mason Civic League be released to the general public.

The volley demanding censorship of the public erupted after Cohen stated the Old Guard Council had intentionally staged absences, first by Beth Mason and then Michael Russo in order to avoid a 4-4 tie where the mayor would cast a tie-breaking vote on the open council seat appointment.

MSV cemented Cohen's charges shortly after noting Beth Mason was seen driving in her vehicle in Hoboken not two hours before the early October council meeting.  She gave no notification she would be absent and the entire council was already noticed the important at-large council seat appointment was on the agenda.

Wednesday night Terry Castellano tried to rebut Cohen saying Mason "was out of the country," then harangued former Councilwoman Carol Marsh who she said staged a "calculated resignation" setting up a council back filling appointment of the body and "don't you think that was a little disingenuous?"  (Castellano herself conveniently forgets she cast a vote in an earlier council appointment years ago voting for her own godson and cousin - Michael Russo!)

Not minutes later Castellano would deny she made any such a claim when challenged how she could support her contention Carol Marsh had made a calculation when her resignation came due to a family incident beyond her control.

In the video, Corporation Counsel Melissa Longo patiently explains the council members should not discuss or respond to the public's comments on a live legal matter in the courts.  To this sound legal advice, Mason interjects the Corporation Counsel is not her lawyer.

Sounding flippant, the comment is not incorrect.  Beth Mason has an army of lawyers on the payroll and they are suing four of her fellow council members, the City Clerk, the mayor, the Corporation Counsel, the Hoboken public as a whole and what many believe is another dozen or more Hoboken residents in a civil suit Mason herself announced in a July council meeting before it was filed in Hudson Superior Court.

Just don't call Beth Mason overly lititgious or she'll sue you.

The short video clip here begins with Councilwoman Terry Castellano looking out to Phil Cohen as she bitterly complains about Carol Marsh's "calculated" resignation not once but twice.

Beth Mason later calls for the public's speech to be repressed as Castellano points her left arm out toward the audience in agreement with that call.  MSV can also confirm, Michael Russo would make a similar demand after the meeting.

Melissa Longo informs the council the public's speech rights has wide leeway including on legal matters although it's not prudent for the council to act likewise in matters of ongoing lititgation.

Are Beth Mason's totalitarian demands sufficiently transparent in this video?

Talking Ed Note: The Old Guard council members are very frustrated with the election results.  Although the expenditures for the Nazi Truck, hundreds of vote-by-mail "campaign workers" are invisible and likely to remain missing from ELEC reports, the investment in suppressing the public (and this website) failed miserably leading into the November elections.

SLAPP suits, political operative intimidation tactics, Masonista paid online blogging operations, Nazi Truck videos, midnight fliers yielded not just a miserable campaign sweep across the board but signalled a complete waste of both time and money well into six figures when tallied together.

What's left other than stopping the freedom loving hordes at the gates of the City Council dais itself?

Beth Mason is running out of rope (in more ways than one).  MSV has obtained additional problematic information on the Mason Civic League. In due course, it will be presented for all the public and law enforcement authorities to review at a time and place of our choosing.

Happy Nightmares minions.

Today's MSV smash mouth feature stories are dedicated to my great friend Reformus Gianticus and my brother Dino.
Both never back down to a bully, no matter the form it appears.

Occhipinti insults residents as they didn't "have their homes razed to the ground"

Occhipinti argues against emergency appropriation and insults Hoboken residents suffering flood losses

Last night, the creeping petty insults and grandstanding started to overcome the good behavior in recent meetings where much of the agenda was dedicated to recovery efforts on behalf of the City.

The bubbling to the surface petulance of one Tim Occhipinti, the occupant of the fourth ward council seat was sadly on display again with his usual petty interruptions of others but the signal of the Old Guard's back to sabotage business came with the discussion of a $2.65 million emergency appropriation.

The edging of the Old Guard to their business as usual obstruction on regular business (outside of their legal action to block the appointment of Jim Doyle) became clear when Occhipinti questioned why the emergency appropriation should be approved since there was no ironclad guarantee from FEMA on reimbursement.

It was only at the previous meeting where Business Administrator Quentin Wiest explained the City could expect about 70% compensation for recovery efforts taking both FEMA and Hoboken's insurance into consideration with payment collected in not months but years.

Occhipinti decided it was worth grandstanding on the matter and promptly insulted fourth ward residents by saying their losses were not all that bad since their homes had not been "razed to the ground" as homes on the Jersey Shore.

Okay, let's admit Occhipinti was insulting not only residents who have seen huge losses in the fourth ward but every resident of Hoboken who has suffered at the destructive impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Councilwoman Jen Giattino, a model for good government and good behavior in her service as the sixth ward council representative could not stomach the insult and interjected "speak for yourself," before quickly apologizing without prompting.

Later, Occhipinti a proponent of the "hospitality" industry in town spoke during New Business about bringing back the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  He's concerned about the losses in revenue the bars and restaurants have gone through since the hurricane.

On Occhipinti's Facebook prior to the meeting he announced his plan to bring back the St. Patrick's Day Parade, enraging Hoboken residents.  Here's a sample of the fire and brimstone blow back from residents:

- hospitality industry my ass... what happened to the residents and what they want, what about " quality of life" .. Let the leprechauns go party in Newark, see if pissing in the streets is tolerated there for St. Patty's day!

- Lets see...... we are still in december, people in the fourth ward are trying to get there lives back in order.... hopefully everybody is coming along... some people had to relocate to other places ( friends, hotels, family etc.....) some people ARE HOMELESS BECAUSE OWNERS ARE OPTING TO SELL. (MY MOM IS HOMELESS. SHE CAN'T STAY WITH ME IN MY ONE BR APT, CAUSE ITS AGAINST MY LEASE AGREEMENT. BUT, WE WILL TRY TO GET THE ST.PADDY'S DAY PARADE FIXED.... PRIORITIES........ WHERE ARE URS...... 4TH WARD PROBLEMS SHOULD BE UR CONCERN!!!!! ALSO UR THE FIRST TO COMPLAIN ABOUT TRAFFIC LIGHT 1ST MONROE.....BUT WHEN IT GOT FIXED NEW CONTROLLER AND ALL...... NOT EVEN A TY.... COMPASSION IS PART OF POLITICS.....

-Tim, although I may not have used CAPS, I think Kevin's point is extraordinarily valid. Couldn't agree more. Homelessness, property damage, traffic, no PATH, and while we're at it... fiscal cliff, gun control, health care >>>>> FAKE St. Patty's Day. #priorities

To be fair, some residents were supportive of his idea.  One was a former Cammarano campaign staffer and wife of County Clerk candidate Paul Lichstein who worked on the Occhipinti campaign.  Another voiced support who was a donor to Tim Occhipinti's campaign.

But most were Hoboken residents outraged Tim Occhipinti would be looking to bring back a day when the town's citizenry is held hostage in their homes by thousands and thousands of people viewing Hoboken as a place for debauchery and an all day pukefest.

Talking Ed Note: None of this comes as a surprise here.  Tim Occhipinti learned about government operations from his Old Guard allies on the council as their bought and paid yes man.  Occhipinti "the independent candidate" immediately morphed into an Old Guard soldier paying back Beth Mason for her wheeled campaign dollars.  (She got to play Council President for a bit before voters had her booted.)

In almost every single meeting you will see Tim Occhipinti's petulance, grandstanding and dopiness without fail.  
Oh and he makes your ears hurt; it's that awful.

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More on all this at Grafix Avenger:

SW Park under judge's bid review

Lots of questions erupted when Perry "the bloviator" Belfiore took to the microphone to crow about the City's legal defeat in the eminent domain case to purchase a surface parking lot for building a Southwest Park.

The Old Guard stalwart created some confusion at the meeting and also here on MSV where comments were raised about the matter.  As it turns out, the judge is analyzing the apparent disparity of a several year old assessment of the property versus the analysis of the City's current assessment.

Although the City has shown interest in using eminent domain powers to obtain the property, it has not deposited funds and committed to do so as part of a legal strategy apparently based on some comments late in the evening with BA Quentin Wiest.

The judge is deposing the City's assessor to better understand the difference in valuations and will then make a determination.

The idea the City of Hoboken has lost the case and owes 300K in legal fees is in fact a canard.

Councilman Dave Mello would note later the judge is looking at the disparity in the appraisals.

Talking Ed Note: There was more legal back and forth revealing frustration by the Old Guard Council which is clearly looking to cause more trouble for the City on any number of fronts.  One derailed was an attempt to have legal matters decided by the executive branch (mayor) reviewed and approved in advance by the council (legislative) which votes on the legal contracts.

Tim Occhipinti began the theoretical and Michael Russo tried to jam his foot in and pry the door open but Corporation Counsel Melissa Longo deftly explained the fine line of differentiation between the two.

The cracks however in the power struggle the Old Guard council lives for were all too apparent last night.  And ugly.

More on that later.

Phil Cohen gets the "led" out on MORTe obstruction

Phil Cohen a Hoboken resident, zoning board member and a reform activist has appeared before the City Council on several occasions but last night he sprayed more "led" than Jimmy Page at a Led Zepplin concert in his heyday.

This is not your low key lawyerly Phil.  This was guns blazing, blistering logic and scorched MORTe in his wake.

It was stupendous.

And it made MORTe hopping mad because well, the truth really hurts.  Phil Cohen decimated the Old Guard council laying waste to their obstructionist tactics in their avoidance behavior using legal stalling tactics to avoid voting as a full council on the Jim Doyle appointment.

It was the hit of the night.  MSV missed his live remarks but followed former Councilman Michael Lenz providing additional background on the first appointment vote in October when a reliable source contacted this website and said they saw Beth Mason driving around town with her younger daughter two hours before a council meeting she would later not appear with no excuse given to any of her colleagues or the Council President.

Mr. Cohen hit the mark and set off a combustion of commotion and defensive obstruction from the Russo clan.

It was a lovely sight to behold.  Respeck.