Friday, August 30, 2013


Multiple independent sources confirm there's been onsite inquiries made at the Hoboken Housing Authority by unidentified federal agents.

The week looked headed into a lovely, sleepy holiday weekend when a buzz of rumors erupted about  "a Federal raid" at the HHA.

Late this morning HHA Chairman Rob Davis said he had not heard about any visits from the Feds and repeated efforts to obtain comment from Emil Kotherithara, HHA Chief Financial Officer were fruitless.  A voicemail left for him this morning inquiring on visits by the Feds was not returned although he was said to be in the building.

The Feds are investigating at the Hoboken Housing Authority.
The interest however is not limited to one issue.
What's next?

After Hurricane Irene, FEMA is believed to have extended a substantial grant to the HHA to elevate their generators and protect them in any future flooding event.  More than a year later, after Hurricane Sandy hit, the generators were  flooded since they remained underground.

The Feds investigation re: "the suits" as mentioned in a brief on Grafix Avenger earlier today are looking into more than one issue within the HHA adding to the exploding controversy swimming around both Vision 20/20 and Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.

An inquiry to Carmelo Garcia, to confirm or deny the visit by the Feds did not elicit any response.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tim Ochippinti and mystery girl out and about collecting petitions

Tim Occhipinti is venturing into the hinterlands of the fourth ward scrounging up petitions with an eye toward his heartfelt desire to run for mayor.

That's not news here but Timmy has a mystery girl and it's neither his girlfriend nor a pal out and about collecting signatures.

There's a reasonable expectation the mystery girl is not out doing this for her health or because she's dumbstruck by the geekiness of Timmy.  It looks like she's the final "female to be named" on a ticket underwritten by Frank "Pupie" Raia.

Da Horsey who was recently challenged by someone on another campaign to impress is officially saying this is one filly you can expect to see entering the starting gate on Tuesday when the petition deadline determines who will be on the ballot for Hoboken's November election..

Timmy Occhipinti is out with a mystery
girl collecting petitions.
Will she be on the ballot Tuesday?
Da Horsey says yes.
While most Hobokenites will be enjoying the last unofficial weekend of summer, Raia will be plotting out his strategy to become the swing seat on the City Council where he will reign as the king of all council folk.

Perhaps Raia will have a little weekend party, on the menu roast beef and mutz sandwiches.

Although our cybercolleague Hoboken Girl was raving about Fiore's mutz doing a full spread feature recently, Da Horsey is confident that's not the mutz in Raia's plans.

Some will say that's a Cryan shame but it's all award winning yummy.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone.  When you get back to business Tuesday, Hoboken will have a full plate with three campaign slates on the ballot for November.

Buon appetito!

Carmelo Garcia sees latest scheme go kaput

No meeting quorum spells doom for sixth attempt to renew Charles Daglian legal contract

In the latest setback for Executive Director Carmelo Garcia, the HHA meeting questionably rescheduled for the end of the month failed last night when it lacked a required minimum of HHA board members.

In typical fashion, Garcia had unilaterally set the meeting during a popular time when many schedule family vacations apparently in the belief he could reverse the previous majority 4-3 vote with a sixth attempt to renew Charles Daglian as the HHA legal counsel.

No vote took place as the plan failed.

Here's the video courtesy of Hudson County TV and John Heinis.  Chair Rob Davis says he is shocked, shocked to hear of the quorum failure for the illegally set up meeting while commissioner Jake Stuiver offered a statement reiterating his concerns on how Carmelo Garcia moved the meeting from the original August date.

Although Garcia had his reflexive reliable three votes including Ruben Ramos city council slate candidate Eduardo Gonzalez on hand, the meeting requires four voting members, a quorum to start an official meeting.

The four reform oriented members were away all points globally: Greg Lincoln relocating his family to Qatar, Florida, an ocean cruise - away as in there's no way this meeting happens.

Crosstown, the City Council in recent meetings nixed three attempts to approve Garcia friendly pro-Vision 20/20 pick Barbara Reyes as a new commissioner and see the HHA board majority back under his control.

Last night was the stark political reality in Vision 20/20.

Some think Carmelo Garcia's civil lawsuit is nuts but it didn't stop him from attempting to treat the HHA as a
banana republic setting up a questionable meeting last night.  Add it to the latest Carmelo Garcia fail.

Talking Ed Note:  If the Hoboken Sopranos in the City Council had succeeded in elevating Reyes, Hoboken would perhaps be spared the endless rhetoric of Carmelo Garcia's continuous whining he's a victim, how he's been forced "to corroborate" his victimization setting up people with his little tape recorder because he can't run the Hoboken Housing Authority like a banana republic.

Last night Carmelo Garcia's agenda was destined for failure.  Get used to it.  There's plenty more where that came from ahead.

Original graphic modified by Jhnny "to the butter" Newman.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Carmelo Garcia emerges for first interview since his infamous Rat Tapes surface

Hudson County TV highlights Garica's claim how he had no choice but to 'set people up'

In a rambling, ranting interview with Hudson County TV, the embattled HHA Director Carmelo Garcia repeats a number of allegations in his civil suit and points the finger at others he says forced him to try and set them up in a recorded lunch with former State Senator Bernard Kenny and the mayor's husband, Stan Grossbard.

"What they had been asking of me to do," Garcia says claiming harassment and intimidation forced him to corroborate so he "had to record the meeting."

Nowhere in this interview or his civil lawsuit does it say what Garcia was coerced or illegally asked to do.  In what MSV calls the Carmelo Garcia Rat Tapes, the only attempt at steering a contract illegally outside of a legal bidding process is made by Garcia himself.

Although Garcia repeats his allegations how he's a victim, there's no evidence that he is being intimidated and harrassed into doing anything.  In the transcript, the mayor's husband urges Garcia to make a stronger effort in the bidding process to identify a lawyer from a wider range of responsive bidders and earn the trust of the HHA commissioners.

At the previous HHA meeting where a fifth vote on the counsel contract occurred, the vote itself was deemed illegal by HHA commissioner Jake Stuiver in a 4-3 vote.  The reason for his statement was no HUD bidding process had been completed as required under federal law.

Garcia would later claim the stenographer recorded the vote 4-3 in favor of Daglian's re-appointment at the meeting but a video later published by MSV showed it false.  Garcia's plan to have it reviewed by outside legal counsel in Hudson County was stopped and HUD did not need to come in once again to inform Garcia his attempts at steering the HHA counsel contract to Daglian was "legally flawed" as it did last March in a MSV exclusive.

In an attempt to defend the charge of "ethnic cleansing," Louis Zayas the attorney for Garcia says the mayor in not supporting Garcia's Vision 20/20 plan is akin to an action to "obstruct" and has "the effect" of "ethnic cleansing."

This new ethnic cleansing definition is a departure from the civil suit's claim the mayor had a competing Vision 20/20 plan.  MSV has earlier stated no such plan exists.

Garcia airs a number of gripes against the HHA board no longer under his total control including their continued resistance as his boss to re-appoint Charles Daglian for legal counsel, raising the possible creation of a deputy director position and that he was Rice noticed and saw a potential discussion with possible termination of his contract.

The specter of Vision 20/20 also is raised by Garcia what he calls in connection to his lawsuit "a big issue."  In his civil claim, reference to Vision 20/20 is said to have incurred economic loss to him personally.  It's not clear how that would occur or how much compensation Garcia expects to reap if Vision 20/20 does not move forward as he wishes, a plan which he says is for "the people."

The last time there was a deputy director position created in the HHA, the job went to - Carmelo Garcia  - who then would eventually move up to executive director.

In the video, Garcia accuses the mayor's husband of impropriety at a lunch meeting he pursued and set up saying he "... should not be the wheeler and dealer.. should not be negotiating."  The transcripts made public which Garcia himself made never expecting they would be legally obtained and publicized show the opposite as Grossbard urges him to work with the HHA board and enhance the width of the HUD contract bidding process.

In the transcript, Garcia attempts to get agreement on one local attorney, Joe Garcia, but his offer is not accepted by anyone at the lunch.  Joe Garcia was briefly chief of staff under mayor Peter Cammarano and does some work in his existing firm for the City of Hoboken in an ongoing rent control case.

Garcia also accuses the mayor's husband of calling him "a janitor" and adds, "I felt I was being threatened... under the iron fists of these people... to get me to do what they want to do."

Carmelo Garcia late in the interview calls himself "a man of great integrity."

Both Garcia and Zayas declined to discuss if any additional secret recordings of others were made.  While Hudson County pols are asking themselves what they may have said to Garcia, there's at least two other meetings where Garcia may have gone in wired in an attempt to "set up" others.

Earlier last spring, Garcia held a meeting with the mayor in a last second attempt to present an "emergency" to gain her support to approve phase one of Vision 20/20.  The mayor replied with a formal letter stating her list of concerns.  At least one other lunch is known to have been requested by Garcia with HHA commissioner Jake Stuiver.

Was the Carmelo Garcia rat machine also rolling at these two meetings?

Talking Ed Note: Let's restate the incontrovertible fact that the Carmelo Garcia Rat Tapes were not made public by him or his lawyer or submitted to law enforcement as part of his self-appointed "Entrapment Crime Wave."

The lawsuit was a response to their knowing they had been legally obtained by other parties against his will and were discussed here and elsewhere at great length leading up what was clearly coming: their exposure.

You can say the sky is brown when a video shows it's blue, but it hardly makes a case for you to point to the video and say it proves your case.

This will certainly provide lots of weekend entertainment and for some such as State Senator Brian Stack, additional sweating.

Garcia isn't denying he's taped others in his attempt to set up others.  Obviously he never expected his rat tapes to become public.  MSV continues to hear the secret tape recordings were a Carmelo Garcia staple and he's been at it "a long time."

The word on the Hudson County streets now extending to Trenton and all NJ points beyond is that Carmelo Garcia is a pariah.  Union City Mayor Brian Stack who made a recent visit to Hoboken is said to be steering clear of Carmelo Garcia and the visit to Hoboken with Garcia out of town is no accident.

That's too bad.

Thuggery on the record: Letter to HHA landlord Carmelo Garcia

The following letter was sent to HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia:

Jessica Coco
                                                                                                                  Hoboken, NJ 07030
                                                                                                                  Aug. 26, 2013

Carmelo Garcia
Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority
401 Marshall Drive
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Dear Mr. Garcia:

According to NJ State N.J.A.C. 5:10-1.1 and HUD regulation 24 CFR 966.4(e)(1) and 24 CFR 966.4 (e)(4), it is the responsibility of the landlord to provide a safe and habitable living environment. By law, the landlord guarantees that the residential rental property will be maintained in livable condition. Habitability according to law encompasses the element of security in person and property, and protection from foreseeable criminal activity. This warranty applies not only to individual living spaces, but also to areas used in common with other tenants like entryways, stairwells, elevators, and parking lots. Common areas must be reasonably safe for the use of both tenants and their guests.

This letter officially advises you as landlord (as HHA Director) and your office that the HHA under your direction has failed to provide adequate protection to me as a tenant, my apartment and vehicle in the HHA parking lot as required by law. Repeated physical threats against me combined with the repeated vandalizing/burglarizing of my apartment and vehicle parked in the HHA parking lot behind 320 Jackson St shows a pattern of inadequacy, failing to provide a safe habitable environment currently and the reasonable expectation from foreseeable criminal activity in the future.

Below is a partial list of criminal activity suffered as an HHA tenant since June 2013:

1)     Late-June. Car vandalized. The complete mirror panel of my 1992 Plymouth Voyager was ripped off its mount, as was the emblem of my car hood.
2)    Late June. Car vandalized. The door latch to my Plymouth Caravan was broken.
3)    Late June. Car vandalized. A/C not working. Car’s air-conditioning not working due to damage to the electrical wiring, causing a power shortage.
4)    Late June. Apartment vandalized. My apartment was vandalized and the deadbolt lock inside damaged. Several items were later discovered stolen from my apartment. 
5)    Aug. 8th. Car vandalized.  Car rear side door damaged. Back rear window glued shut.  My work ID stolen and HHA flyer found placed inside the vehicle in its place.
6)    Aug. 8th. Threats to me with bodily injury. An HHA employee threatens me with eviction, “set-up” by police, having my car further vandalized or destroyed outright or having my arm broken because of my skepticism about Vision20/20.
7)    Aug. 13th. Threats to me with bodily injury. Ms. Arlette Braxton and another unidentified woman working in the polling station on HHA property attempted to block me from voting neither confirming my name or address to verify in the voting records but created a hostile voting environment directing racial epithets against me, blocking the exit from the polling station and motioning near me with threats of physical attack as they identified me by my opposition to your Vision 20/20 “plan.”
8)    Aug. 15th. Threats to me with bodily injury. Ms. Arlette Braxton, President of the HHA Tenant Association physically threatened to do physical harm to me.
9)    Aug. 16th. Car vandalized. The car’s relay wires have been pulled out.
10) Aug. 20th. Apartment is illegally entered, burglarized and vandalized again. Chain to the door is damaged and removed. Several items were stolen.
11) Aug. 23th. 2nd Car vandalized.  Damage to door handle, gas tank, and scratches to rear window, where Hoboken Resident Parking Sticker is.
12) Aug. 25th. Car vandalized. 2 lawn chairs stolen from car.
13) Aug. 25th. 2nd Car vandalized.  Water added to gas tank, rear gasket punctured, causing oil leak, transmission dipstick broken so can no longer pull out.
14) Aug. 25th. Apt vandalized. On 2 occasions, I noticed someone trying to gain access to my apt.

By law, a landlord is liable for failing to provide the tenant with a secure and habitable living environment. The repeated patterns of vandalism, burglary, illegal entry to my apartment and car parked on HHA property and the consistent bodily threats against me by HHA related personnel is a breach by the landlord to provide a secure and habitable living environment.

The HHA has so far provided inadequate security to my person and property clearly stated in the listed details in this letter. I demand the HHA provide me with a safe and secure living environment as stipulated by law.


Jessica Coco

Talking Ed Note: So far three Hoboken residents connected to the HHA have gone on the record opposing Carmelo Garcia's Vision 20/20.  In doing so, each one has said they faced thug tactics: vandalism to property, eviction threats, burglary, and worse.

Yet Carmelo Garcia (and his lawyer) claim he's the victim of some imagined contrary Vision 20/20 plan coupled with "ethnic cleansing" put forward by the mayor.  No one has seen Carmelo Garcia's Vision 20/20 plan only a concept brochure from 2010 let alone a Mayor Zimmer Vision 20/20 plan.

Hoboken residents have been demanding Carmelo Garcia produce ONE Vision 20/20 plan?  

Who do you think is telling the truth?

Has any Hoboken Housing Authority resident received a legal letter with their Bill of Rights as stated in the 2010 Vision 20/20 brochure?  It's been three years, why haven't they?  Do you think they will fare any better than the people who signed their extinction notice when they answered the door and signed a petition from a smiling Carmelo Garcia, the Applied Housing chosen leader of the tenants association back in 2000?

Those residents mostly Hispanic low to moderate income are gone now - thanks to Carmelo Garcia.

Carmelo Garcia continues to push his 2010 dog and pony show brochure as if this is a sufficient legally binding plan.  It's most certainly not.  You know it, he knows it and the people of Hoboken know it.

There's thousands of residents in the HHA and over 52,000 in the City of Hoboken.  They share one common area of agreement.  They are not buying into the scam Carmelo Garcia and his little band of carmelitos are attempting to foster on Hoboken with no review, no input and most certainly no scrutiny.

Do you hear any of Carmelo Garcia's friends, political allies such as Michael Russo, Beth Mason, Ruben Ramos, Tim Occhipinti or Terry Castellano offering any semblance of an answer on the numerous questions on Vision 20/20 or as important the terror tactics going on within the HHA when residents raise a voice questioning Vision 20/20/.

Which tells you all you need to know about them and Vision 20/20.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hoboken third slate chatter and a vandalism penalty for not supporting Vision 20/20

Second woman Hoboken activist claims victimization for not supporting Vision 20/20

The Pupie Power slate remains unofficially up in the air but the rumors of a woman candidate is a back and forth affair, at least for one choice.

Patricia Waiters at a council meeting.
Yet another victim of Vision 20/20?

Patricia Waiters like Pupie a perennial candidate is out collecting signatures for mayor and council-at-large.  While she was initially unsure which office she'd choose to officially run, she's made it clear it would be as an independent and leaning to run for council.

Not only is Waiters standing aside of the Pupie slate with Timmy Occhipinti rumored as the figurehead atop and a council-at-large slate of Frank "Pupie" Raia, possibly Jamie Cryan or another Raia acolyte with the clock ticking down to the filing the someone to be named later.  Hey, how's the mutz today?

Augie Torres at the Jersey Journal wrote a rare column focused on Hoboken recently and a third slate clearly dancing to a Cryan jig where the odd figure of Hoboken's electorate being 50% undecided was floated.

The truth is no one believes the political lines strewn about this close to an election filing deadline. Posturing is the normal course of business with Hoboken elections and the odd suggestion Cryan was merely taking out petitions should Timmy Occhipinti decide to run for mayor is more of the same.

Neither Cryan nor Occhipinti decide any such weighty matters as neither has the ability, support or funding to do so.

If Raia's money gets in with a full slate and is matched with matching funds of 250K or thereabouts from the Mason family, Hoboken's grass roots campaign to take the battle to every inch of the mile square will be an all out war zone.

The Ramos campaign is dreading such an outcome and is sitting by seeing their campaign more than a little frozen as a result.  The cry weeks back about getting in or just shut up about a third slate in an Al Sullivan column was leveled with the hope of seeing it go away.  Fund raising, support and organization are not going to leap forward with big money and significant political support weighing on the sidelines.

The Ramos campaign already struggling to get traction among any Hoboken voting bloc is reeling with the news of his fellow Vision 20/20 friend Carmelo Garcia and his secret Rat Tapes transcript getting out.  The last thing they need is a big money slate underwritten by Raia getting in.  For all intents and purposes, the Ramos acolytes are on death row awaiting a date with the grim reaper.  Raia himself hasn't shown any public moves while Occhipinti and Cryan were seen the other evening collecting petitions in the fourth ward.

Vision 20/20 ugly

In a chance encounter uptown, Patricia Waiters told Da Horsey she has NEVER supported Carmelo Garcia's Vision 20/20 redevelopment concept.  She marveled how MSV had seen the truth on what was going on "from the beginning," and wanted to know how it was pegged.  (Just watch their lips move Pat.)

She reported that at the last City Council meeting she attended where she spoke on an issue unrelated to  Vision 20/20, she was later berated by Carmelitos in attendance angry she did not "defend Carmelo."

The next day Waiters claims two of her car's tires were destroyed.  She has a receipt for the replacements and promises to get a copy for MSV.  She all but pointed the finger at a known Mason thug political operative on the Mason "Civic" payroll.

Waiters also stated the spin from the Carmelo Garcia crowd was that the mayor's husband had invited him to lunch.  Told the invite among the troika attending was sought out by Carmelo Garcia who clearly orchestrated his own Garcia recording production on his person, she laughed and realized that she was earwitness to another ruse.

Another HHA activist opposing Carmelo Garcia's Vision 20/20 continues to allege she's at the center of numerous threats, intimidation, vandalism and attempted break-ins into her apartment with new allegations they've now occurred with her at home.

The repeated break-ins show small acts of burglary of papers and small items taken.  Is the intent not burglary but seeking to obtain papers or plant drugs to see Coco evicted?  Suffering from a pulmonary condition, Coco doesn't smoke, drink or use any drugs not prescribed by a doctor.  Documents related to her rent payments and lease are not kept in the apartment as that's been determined as a target for another possible "set up."

Who would possibly be behind such an attempted set-up?

Vandalized gas tank leaking in the HHA's parking lot.
Who would do such a thing to Jessica Coco's car?
The insistent harassment, intimidation and break-ins to her apartment
are alleged to be continuing and escalating with her even inside.
Are Garcia's HHA workers busy or what?

In a comment on Grafix Avenger, Jessica Coco said in part:

My apt is not secure. They even try to break-in when I'm home. They repeatedly damage my minivan. I get threats constantly....maintenance men are paid to watch every step. I get followed throughout town.

Reading this transcript online, am I'm supposed to believe Mr. Garcia believes in God? None of the actions I experience seem Godly to me. Particularly his backing of Vision 2020...

Talking Ed Note: As for powers unseen, would Carmelo Garcia describe these alleged actions as ones by a landlord supported by God or Satan?  Is a vandalized ruptured gas tank which could easily catch on fire in the HHA parking lot symbolic enough of an answer for you?

Feel free to put your answer on your little tape recorder Mr. Garcia.

Gas tank vandalism photo courtesy of Grafix Avenger

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Rat Confessional: conversations with God from the can

You don't have to go to France for the theater of the absurd although Camus would certainly appreciate whatever royalties come if you buy some of his work and Samuel Beckett would feel likewise as you are about to wish you were merely "Waiting for Godot," instead of waiting for a different delivery system to complete.

Enough of the literary references, Da Horsey is not about trying to impress you with horsey literary prowess or being a show horse; we're all about the finish line.

So with that comes the latest excerpt from the Carmelo Garcia Rat Tapes.  Enter the theatre of the absurd in the can at Jack Dempsey's restaurant in midtown Manhattan.  A place where Mr. Carmelo decides it's a good time to speak to both God and his tape recorder where he concludes his performance has been Grade A and the Lord must be equally pleased.

Isn't God always on the side of rats?  Is there an 11th commandment saying, "Thou shall betray and record others to set them up and rat them out later for personal gain?"

In the Carmelo Garcia moral universe, apparently there is.  If it's good for Carmelo Garcia.

Carmelo Garcia has a little conversation with God with the tape rolling.
If someone looks to rotate an auditor or legal counsel against his wishes, that apparently constitutes
a "hostile work environment."

Grafix Avenger who has the latest excerpt in the Carmelo Garcia Rat Tapes riffs off the megalomania evident here and the continued CURRENT harassment and intimidation tactics being deployed against HHA activist Jessica Coco.

Excuse me Mr. Garcia, but are the alleged HHA employees behind some of these alleged actions creating something akin to a hostile living environment?

What would God have to say about that?

Here's the latest tape revelation from Grafix Avenger:

Sign of the Times: Timmy Occhipinti.... to run for mayor!


Pupie Power assault on Hoboken about to be unleashed!

Former municipal judge Kim Glatt swears in Tim Occhipinti in 2011.  He'd like to do it again for mayor.

Frank "Pupie" Raia, Hoboken's perennial candidate and monied political power developer is making his move in the 2013 race putting himself on a council at-large slate bringing along former Tim Occhipinti 2010 campaign manager and local Democratic Chair Jamie Cryan for the ride with a woman to be named sooner rounding out the ticket.  The date for submitting candidate petitions for the Pupie Slate is the day after Labor Day.

Atop the Pupie fueled ticket will be Tim Occhipinti, occupant of the fourth ward council seat who has in his short time on the Hoboken City Council served as a loyal foot soldier to the Hoboken Sopranos and is best known for his petulant immature behavior and hectoring of his reform council colleagues, fighting against good government practices such as a budget surplus to attacking the First Amendment.

Occhipinti's been a reliable backer of big developers voting in line with Beth Mason who via her family political committee likely wheeled tens of thousands of dollars to flip the Hoboken City Council to her and Michael Russo's control with his elevation.  Occhipinti has supported backing for NJ Transit's massive downtown redevelopment plan, the Rockefeller Group which pushed to build a huge buildings with a 40 story tower centerpiece in western Hoboken and left a live City Council meeting to go speak on behalf of his developer contributor in a Hoboken Zoning Board meeting.  That last action was not legal and was stopped by the Zoning Board attorney.

While the expected third slate is clearly a creature of Raia's design to put him in the ninth open swing seat on the City Council, Occhipinti believes he is the most popular City Council member in Hoboken (registering over 1200 votes in the 2011 council election) and will win the mayoral election.  People are saying he'll tell anyone who'll listen he will beat Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Ruben Ramos for the mayor's chair.

Part of the difficulty in identifying a female candidate to round out the slate is the conventional wisdom the seat is sure to lose even if Raia can extract sufficient votes to take one at-large seat for himself.

Jamie Cryan a former bartender and mortgage broker is the cousin of former NJ Assembly leader Joe Cryan.  This is his first foray for elected office.  He's been consistently propelled forward as a friendly figurehead of the Old Guard.  Cryan was the campaign manager for Occhipinti's controversial election in 2010 where hundreds of vote-by-mail ballots were contested in court and were forwarded from the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office to the NJ Attorney General's office.  There's been no action since.

Both Cryan and Occhipinti backed former mayor and felon Peter Cammarano and were proteges of the late Maurice Fitzgibbons who sought to put forward fresh faces loyal to the Old Guard.  Both Cammarano and Occhipinti were examples of Fitzgibbons' success. 

The Ruben Ramos campaign aware a well funded third slate from its Old Guard flank means certain doom has been apoplectic about Raia getting into the race.  In recent weeks, Ramos online operatives have assaulted Raia with a barrage of criticism saying he would be running on the Zimmer at-large council slate then quickly switching to stating he would endorse her when Jim Doyle was announced completing the reform oriented council slate.  Although wrong on both counts, the bad blood between the Raia and Ramos camps has been further fueled in what's been described as old beefs between the parties going back years.

Most recently, departing Assemblyman Ruben Ramos managed to get his good friend Carmelo Garcia named to his Assembly slate ticket under Union City Mayor Brian Stack. The choice by Stack who is also a State Senator and Hudson County force surprised many who thought a seven figure bidding war would be decided between Frank Raia and Beth Mason.  Stack is carrying a $600,000 campaign debt with many local Union City businesses holding huge unpaid bills.

Ramos' campaign efforts from earlier this year to dissuade other Old Guard candidacies from taking on Mayor Zimmer's popular and effective administration will be deemed a failure the minute Raia's candidate slate petitions are filed in the City Clerks' office.

In addition to a sizable Raia investment for the slate, the Mason family is rumored to have agreed to put in matching funds up to 250K as reported earlier on MSV.  Those matching funds although illegal would not be the first time Beth Mason has flouted election law. In last November's Hoboken election, Mason's unknown funding believed to be in the tens of thousands on behalf of the Nazi Truck Move Forward slate in the BoE race was highlighted in a letter by the Hoboken Corporation Counsel which identified excessive expenditure of $6,000 contrary to Hoboken's anti-wheeling ordinance.  

Beth Mason ignored the legal reprimand delineating the law breaking and is likely to do so again - at far greater amounts.  At the last City Council meeting, Mason declared the two year FBI investigation "over" since no other arrests have followed conspirator Patrick Ricciardi who looted the mayor's electronic communications at will for well over a year. 

The major campaign investment coupling Raia and the Mason family funding means Mayor Zimmer will once again be outspent in the 5-1 range putting her grass roots based reform campaign to the test.

As Raia works to find a way to put himself into the catbird's seat and control Hoboken with the decisive swing seat on the City Council, the November election is certain to see escalating heat.  He previously ran a strong positive campaign for mayor back in 2009 running neck and neck with Beth Mason although both fell far short to Mayor Zimmer's clear cut election victory.

Friday, August 23, 2013

New transcript reveals Carmelo Garcia and Charles Daglian shady complicity in HHA voting

HCTV reveals Garcia and Daglian trying to circumvent legal auditor appointment without majority vote

Another day, another disaster for Carmelo Garcia as his dirty secret taping of a lunch with former State Senator Bernard Kenny and the mayor's husband, Stan Grossbard exposes the underbelly how he conducts HHA business.

This time it's a discussion surrounding the attempt to appoint a Carmelo Garcia choice for auditor.  Charles Daglian is part of the discussion in what Garcia calls an "unexpected" 3-3 vote.

As anyone knows on a government board or not, a 3-3 vote does not constitute a majority and so the item in question doesn't pass.  But as Carmelo Garcia wanted to pass his choice for auditor, HHA counsel Charles Daglian claims he doesn't know what the 3-3 vote means and that he will need to research it further.

This of course was done to please Carmelo Garcia and was not pleasing to the HHA board who see what's going on.  Months later, HHA commissioner Jake Stuiver would cite Daglian's actions as giving the board no confidence to see him continue under any circumstance.

Both Garcia and Daglian have predicted a sixth vote on renewing his contract in a story on Hoboken Patch last June and highlighted in the Hudson County TV video. Early this year one vote was dismissed by HUD in what it described as "legally flawed."  Daglian sat on the dais of the meeting working with Garcia to see his own contract renewed.

In one portion, Garcia attempts to smooth over why the failed resolution for the auditor needs more review but is "schooled" by Grossbard who explains what the failure means to both the resolution and HHA counsel Charles Daglian and how his action would lose confidence to keep him on as the HHA attorney.

Carmelo Garcia needed to be "educated" on what a failed resolution means and the implications on a
HHA counsel Charles Daglian who doesn't know the obvious meaning for the resolution and himself.

At the most recent vote on the HHA legal counsel contract last month, Garcia brought it back without the bidding process and after the vote attempted to say HHA commissioner Judy Burrell had voted by phone in favor of Daglian (transcribed in the minutes) but MSV later produced its incontrovertible video, Burrell had voted "no" on Daglian.

HHA commissioner Jake Stuiver also described the entire vote as illegal after Daglian again failed to be re-appointed.  It's apparently a culture of corruption ingrained in every repeated misstep along the way.

Talking Ed Note: Hudson County TV has broken an important story on the transcript but it's relevance is not merely historical.  For the full story and latest transcript release, see the link below:

Former State Senator and Hoboken mayor’s husband slam HHA attorney for trying to appoint auditor after tie vote

Ramos Campaign on parks: 'Don't believe your eyes Hoboken, it's all talk'

Labor Day is off in the distance but the political campaign season is underway and ubermensch Mason mercenary Perry Klaussen has the green light to go after Mayor Zimmer's administration.  After months of failing to acknowledge Ruben Ramos was a mayoral candidate, the Masonista sponsored cybersewer is giving propaganda time to the campaign.

It's not clear if others will see the full iron fisted fascist censorship Das Klaussen is famous for or a less scrubbed version where an occasional comment of truth is allowed to stand.  One thing for sure, Hoboken411 is a shadow of where it was in 2009 and most people in Hoboken know he's been bought and sold more times over than a cheap hooker.

Here's the latest release from mayoral candidate Ruben Ramos and for the moment anyway, council candidate Laura Miani (more on that later).  Rumors Miani sleeps with the fishes are only that, rumors.  

Last night, a very odd Pupie appearance on Washington Street.  Frank Raia was having dinner with Hoboken Democratic Chairman Jamie Cryan right across the street of the Ruben Ramos campaign HQ.  Or is it the new and improved Frank Raia council slated campaign?  (More on that soon too.)

Dangerous park? According to Masonista propagandist Perry Klaussen of Hoboken411 and the Ramos campaign,
this is unsafe.  Here kids are playing a game as they brave potential assault - from a rainbow.

Here's the Ramos and Miani political park chatter of the day:

Reflections on Dawn Zimmer’s long promised “The Year of the Parks.”
With summer coming to an end and soccer season set to begin, let’s review the status of the Mayor’s promises on Parks.
In her State of the City address in 2011 Mayor Zimmer said 1600 Park would be the next big park to come online. This park, which has been in the works for years, was stalled for another 4 years due to the inability of the administration to complete the project. Now we have a field, but due to nearby ongoing construction, Park Avenue is still not safe for pedestrians.
Furthermore, since this field will also be contracted out to adult leagues, it will be really hard for older kids to use this field just for play. It is so sad that with all this talk about “The Year of Parks” it is so hard for kids to find a place to just throw a Frisbee or play a game of a catch.
  • Sinatra Park still has cranes on the field and it looks like that won’t be ready for play until the end of September.
  • Elysian Park hasn’t had any upgrades. We have the money, but the work hasn’t been done.
  • Legion Park hasn’t had any upgrades – we’re still having community meetings on that.
The City has been unsuccessful in acquiring any NEW park land in the Southwest despite promises of this in 2011 and 2012. Now the mayor is saying she won the “right” to purchase Block 12. A panel of judges will determine what that land is valued at, and we could end up paying millions more than the $2.3 million Zimmer offered. With legal fees and a purchase price that could be millions more than expected, what will we get from a block of land that is less than an acre, especially since Dawn Zimmer has no plan in place to build a larger park? If it takes Dawn Zimmer 4 years to put a field on 1600, imagine how long will it take for her to build the promised 6-acre park in SW Hoboken.
It’s not “The Year of Parks.” It’s “The Year of Talk.”
Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. for Mayor
Laura Miani, for City Council at Large

Talking Ed Note: Nothing unsafe about 1600 Park.  From several visits, MSV can confirm it's a great field, people are using it and the needed traffic light works fine for safe crossing.  Yes, this as it turns out was the next big park to come online. 

Sinatra Park is a disaster inherited from Michael Russo's father - ex-mayor and felon Anthony Russo who overruled engineers and put timber which rotted underneath leading it to crumble and fall into the river.  It's taken much time with US Army Corp of Engineer and State required approvals to begin the fix which is slated to open for this fall at a cost of more than $12 million.  

Planks going down on Sinatra Park  The end is in sight after another costly Russo debacle.

Elysian Park concept plan and public meetings are completed and the park will see upgrades as most every park in the City including Church Square Park has been undergoing. Somehow this is bad news?  

Legion Park - one isolated pocket park where meetings have been held and more upgrades planned.  As MSV has noted before, there's not a park bench changed in Hoboken without a public meeting and input from the public.  Almost every park in Hoboken is seeing or has seen improvements made.

Southwest Park - the mother of all political parks.  The court green lighting the City on this one is making Old Guard heads explode especially Timmy Occhipinti's who wouldn't support it although he talked about it a lot and even took video on the location.

The "hope" higher costs will enter here is just that, political hope. The money is coming from a County grant and will most likely cover not only the purchase of the surface parking lot but the initial design work for a long held dream of a Southwest Park.

The only true "hope" in stopping the Southwest Park now is sabotage by the City Council.  With the ninth swing seat open, the Hoboken Sopranos can do what they do best - harm Hoboken - and vote no to approving the land purchase for a Southwest park.

There's been so much misinformation on this effort, it's unclear if the Old Guard council can sit by and allow another success for Hoboken.  They delayed the opening of Pier C even with budget funds available to complete repairs after Hurricane Sandy.

Michael Russo is backing Ruben Ramos so watch the next council meeting for the answer on what the Hoboken Sopranos will attempt.  Russo has shown some bizarre frustration in recent months because others are running for office and he can't run for mayor because an FBI surveillance tape showed him for what he is on celluloid.  That's forever.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Carmelo Garcia slams Frank "Pupie" Raia in new secret taping revelation

Frank "Pupie" Raia's goes under the bus as Carmelo Garcia slams him in his secret tape

Once again a new transcript revelation courtesy of Carmelo Garcia secret tape productions is making its way into the Hoboken summer ether.

This time it's Frank "Pupie" Raia on the short end of Garcia's self-proclaimed "destined for greatness" wrath.

In the latest transcript expose courtesy of Grafix Avenger, Carmelo Garcia unloads on Frank Raia calling him "a disgrace," a "bully" and a "f@$%ing buffoon."

In addition, Carmelo Garcia says he was told an operation to manufacture 750 vote-by-mail in the November 2012 elections was "flooded out," with Hurricane Sandy although he informs his secret tape recorder he's against it.

Back in 2011, Raia underwrote the BoE ticket that swept Kids First with Carmelo Garcia on the ballot. Although it appeared to be a record turnout of vote-by-mail, Garcia nor his running mates ever made a sound against the hundreds of vote-by-mails stacked in their column.

The latest transcript bomb exploded when Garcia's secret recording of a midtown lunch with former State Senator Bernard Kenny and the mayor's husband was obtained in evidence in Louis Zayas' inopportune exposure with the Angel Alicea City discrimination lawsuit.  The transcript used in the Alicea case opened up multiple legal problems.

Now Garcia's tape prowess is being exposed for everyone to see and the list of people he throws under the bus including his close friends Ruben Ramos and Joe Branco has a name added to the list.

"This is Carmelo 'destined for greatness' Garcia.
Testing, testing, Frank Raia is next to go under my bus."

Read the new Carmelo Garcia secret transcript release at Grafix Avenger.

Related: The 2011 story on the BoE election results.

Original Carmelo Garcia King Rat graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger

FinBoy's death on NYC subway a hoax!

Finboy death "staged" in uncovered Bet Mazin political operation

In what one political observer is calling a desperate bid to revive a failed political consulting career, new evidence has emerged reports of FinBoy's untimely death on a NYC subway are in fact part of an elaborate hoax.

One NYC subway rider alleges they witnessed from an adjacent car an apparent staged set up (not of the Carmelo Garcia secret taping kind) where FinBoy rolled over on his back, belly up posing for cameras. Later a press release to the HudCo Reporter, a reliable source which conspires with advertiser Bet Mazin announced the death per her instruction.  The HudCo Reporter has never revealed the extensive relationships with Bet Mazin political operatives and its role in political conspiracies using the HudCo courts.

One insider said, "All the money dried up for the stupid fish in the county.  The Mazin family wanted to distance themselves from all the failure FinBoy brought upon them so they agreed to sponsor the hoax.  You see what crap they've been feeding the Mazin Media Complex? They have them doing features on the daughter's synchronized swimming exhibitions with sea monkeys."

Another Mazin political operative said of the latest imploding political operation, "I always told Bet he was no good and he needs to go from her permanent campaign. I warned her, she will not win or be allowed to buy any political office if she doesn't listen to me and get rid of him."

As for Finboy, the long time Mazin political operative added, "He's done a number of improper things which I do not approve.  He tried to circumvent my ghostwriting editorial control on Hobroken411.  He'll do anything to stay on the Mazin family payroll and has shown no workable plan to see Bet made a US Senator."

Another successful Bet Mazin political operation? FinBoy takes a break on a NYC subway
with a cig and a Red Bull where an elaborate hoax of his death was staged.

FinBoy's father, who neither admits nor denies he spawned the Weehawken bottom feeder was angered upon hearing the news. "If I see the little creep again, I'll hook, line and gut the little bastard myself," he yelled before slamming down the phone.

A FinBoy associate said he's babysitting a pupie larvae hatching which will be used to infect and take over the Hrubyn Amos campaign.  "We're almost there," the associate said.  "One way or another Bet Mazin is going to buy up every cheap political crook in Hobroken and then when she gets the power she so badly craves, she's going to deliver some payback to the people of this town who wouldn't let her be mayor."

"She's still really pissed about that hospital being open," he said with a smirk adding, "She's reviewing a final plan where she sues all 52,000 Hoboken residents so her and Mikie Squared can overthrow the mayor and take over City Hall.  First thing she's putting in is an astronomical hospital tax but they're calling it a hospital death tax to finish them off and close the doors."

Finboy could not be reached for comment.

Photo courtesy Juan D Cano
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