Monday, July 15, 2013

HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia pal Joe Branco threatens to lead protest outside HHA commissioner's home

Former co-campaign manager of last November's Move Forward BoE slate offers to fund protest 

In a breaking story on Hoboken Patch, Hoboken Housing Authority ED Carmelo Garcia friend Joe Branco threatened to sponsor a protest at Jake's Stuvier's home in Pennsylvania.

Branco himself sought a seat on the HHA but was rejected by the reform members of the City Council a little more than a year ago.

Joe Branco outside a City Council meeting he attended last year.
The friend of HHA ED Carmelo Garcia says he'll sponsor a vehicle
to bus HHA residents to a protest outside Jake Stuiver's home.

Stuiver moved to Pennsylvania this year and legally continues as an HHA commissioner in a holdover capacity.

Branco was quoted at the Thursday HHA meeting saying,

“I think Jake feels left out, that nobody’s protesting in front of his house in Pennsylvania."

In the Monday Hoboken Patch story, Branco reconfirmed his willingness to bus residents to Jake Stuiver's home for a protest.  In the story, Stuiver says he will not resign as requested in a phone call from Carmelo Garcia last Friday where he was "warned" things could get ugly.

Link to the Hoboken Patch story: http://hoboken.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/housing-authority-residents-taking-vision-2020-protest-to-commissioners-pa-home


Talking Ed Note: Carmelo Garcia currently does not have control over the seven member HHA board of commissioners.  Councilwoman Beth Mason said she will sponsor a resolution to have Carmelo Garcia friendly HHA resident Barbara Reyes put up for a third vote on the HHA to replace Stuiver.  Mason's also visible at the brouhaha in the Hudson County TV video in Saturday's story below.

There's word from the HHA meeting, Stuiver may move back to Hoboken but the details are not confirmed.

In the past year, Stuiver led an effort to rotate new professionals for legal counsel and auditor at the HHA against the wishes of Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.

Last week Stuiver criticized Garcia for not replying to his request early this year to reach out to hold a public process on the controversial Vision 20/20 plan.