Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mayor Zimmer - 'Hoboken Needs the Entire Zimmer Team'


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Dear Horsey and MSV readers --

Throughout this campaign I have often been asked why the people of Hoboken should support the Zimmer Team Council Slate of David Mello, Ravi Bhalla and James Doyle.  

For me the answer is simple — we accomplish our goals.
For the last four years, I have had the honor of having Councilman David Mello and Councilman Ravi Bhalla as a part of my Team.  Our record is clear and I am proud of our accomplishments.

We saved our Hospital, getting the City off the hook for the $52 million bond guarantee. We cut City taxes by nearly 12%.  We renovated existing parks and opened new ones.  We brought great concerts to Pier A like Mumford & Sons, Bob Dylan and the New Jersey Orchestra.  And we all came together as a community to emerge from Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, stronger than ever. 
All good leaders know that difference between success and failure rests with the quality of the people on their team.  After working side by side with Dave and Ravi on the council, and with Jim Doyle during our negotiations to save the hospital and create 1600 Park—I know we are the Team that will continue to lead Hoboken forward.

This team is ready to keep working for Hoboken, we understand the challenges and the work ahead.  As we head into the final days of this election I hope you all will “team-up” with us once again to help Get Hoboken Out to Vote.

On election day, together, we can make sure we return the best Team to City Hall and the Council Chambers.

Yours,
Mayor Dawn Zimmer
www.dawnzimmer.com

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WABC Radio Host on Tim Occhipinti and Beth Mason - 'dumb and dumber'

The WABC radio dude in Hoboken had a little chat about the mayoral election here. It went like this:




 In a switchover from NYC's mayoral race, Hoboken came up leading to this host telling how me met Tim Occhipinti outside his building.

"This guy is a total idiot... He's so stupid.  Beth Mason is funding his campaign... (so) she might be stupider than he is."

Talking Ed Note: There's mention of a Mason funded anti-Ramos ad last night on ESPN.  The chatter is missing because people haven't seen the ad.  So get it and send it to Da Horsey.

Thank you very much WABC Radio!

Grist for the Mill: Old Guard breakdown - "just vote for me"

There's a rampant disease airborne in the mile square and it isn't only the vote-by-mail 'troubles.' (More on that later.)

The air of desperation is in the air for candidates trying to save themselves from impending defeat or what may be the end of a hoped for career.

Atop that list is one report where a resident received a knock on the door from mayoral wannabe Tim Occhipinti. After hearing out the litany of complaints against Frank "Pupie" Raia, Occhipinti acknowledged the Pupie problem but ended with a plea, "just vote for me."

Raia has reportedly been doing similarly for a while and there's nothing changing that in recent days although Occhipinti and Peter Biancamano did come together last weekend to glad hand food shoppers outside Shop Rite.

Two other independent reports reveal phone banking calls to residents meeting similar responses from the callers.  One phone caller identified themselves as coming from the Occhipinti-Raia-Biancamano team and asked if the respondent would get their vote?  What about poor Brit?

Another call to another resident, this time on behalf of the Ruben Ramos campaign was met with skepticism and told they didn't know much of the council candidates but they did know they wouldn't vote for Laura Miani.  "Just vote for Ruben," came the response.

With little less than a week to the election, the in-fighting between camps has turned to a desperate cannibalistic feeding frenzy.  Every man, woman and vbm for themselves!

Tim Occhipinti, self-preservation door knocking?

Talking Ed Note: Speaking of cannibalism, the Hudson Reporter did get around to writing about the impending defamation lawsuit against Councilwoman Beth Mason announced yesterday morning by Councilman Ravi Bhalla. They spilled lots of pixels on the distraction trotted out by Mason but didn't even bother to detail or link to the heart of the defamation issue Bhalla made available.

If Beth Mason thinks her team's 20 questions are the heart of a defamation suit; she needs a new consulting team. Better to prepare yourself for questioning Beth.  You and your political operatives with Hoboken411 are going to need to answer for the organized character assassination over years.  The Hudson Reporter can ignore that long time story but they can't help you with that.

Related: Grafix Avenger spoofed the Mason attempt at changing the subject and holding a kangaroo court of her creation at the W Hotel.  As if.

Justin says "Get out the vote!"


Mayor Zimmer addressing a throng of supporters last night.




Last night the Zimmer Team held a get out the vote rally at the 10th and Willow Bar & Grill.  An energized room of supporters enthusiastically greeted Mayor Zimmer and council members Dave Mello, Ravi Bhalla and candidate Jim Doyle.  The room featured a strong contingent of support for Kids First Jennifer Evans, Leon Gold and Irene Sobolov.








This original video comes courtesy of Bond, Greg Bond.


One Hoboken uniting behind Mayor Zimmer with endorsement from former Fifth Ward Councilman Michael Cricco

The Zimmer Team for Hoboken announces:



Former Fifth Ward City Councilman Michael Cricco Endorses Mayor Dawn Zimmer

Former undefeated City Councilman Michael Cricco, who represented Hoboken's Fifth Ward for 12 years from 1995- 2007 has endorsed Mayor Dawn's Zimmer for re-election on November 5th.

Councilman Cricco, whose family has lived in Hoboken for generations, explained his decision to support Mayor Zimmer saying: “Mayor Zimmer inherited a city in ļ¬nancial disarray, righted the ship, and then led us through difficult times with Superstorm Sandy with true compassion.  She is a winner and she deserves a second term.”

Mayor Zimmer thanked Councilman Cricco for his support saying "Councilman Cricco was an outstanding City Councilman who always did what he felt was best for the City that he loves. I am proud to have his support.”

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Truth, Justice and the Real Hoboken Way


MSV and the Hoboken Journal are proud to announce Operation Bounty is increasing its reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud in the upcoming Hoboken election.

Thanks to those who care to fight for the integrity of our elections making this possible.

If you have any information regarding voter fraud in this election please contact smartyjones@me.com.  All information will kept in strict confidence.

Thank you.

Councilman Bhalla to Beth Mason: 'Enough of your vicious lies and defamation'

The following is a point by point refutation of the "vicious lies" and defamation linked by Councilman Ravi Bhalla to Councilwoman Beth Mason in a release earlier today:


Setting the Record Straight About Beth Mason’s Vicious Lies

The following is a specific and factual response, for the benefit of Hoboken’s residents, to the malicious lies being spread by Councilwoman Beth Mason:

LIE:
Recently, Bhalla was fined by the New Jersey Local Finance Board for violating the Government Ethics Law

TRUTH:
Almost four years ago, Councilman Bhalla sought advice from Hoboken’s City Attorney about whether he may vote on the continuation of an existing contract with an attorney with whom he shared office space.

He was advised by Hoboken’s City Attorney that it was perfectly permissible to cast a vote.Upon advice of Counsel, Councilman Bhalla cast his vote. The vote was unanimous as the matter in question was routine business to renew an pre-existing contract.
Four years later, the New Jersey Local Finance Board determined they disagreed with the Hoboken City Attorney’s advice to Councilman Bhalla and issued a “Notice of Violation” The notice of violation from the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) makes clear on its face that it is simply an accusation, and not a conclusion or adjudication. The notice and cover letter prominently and expressly says, “Please be advised that the NOTICE is not a final determination if you desire to avail yourself of the right to request an administrative hearing.” To further demonstrate how minor this matter was, the Local Finance Board stated that the $100 fine associated with the notice was being voluntarily waived by the Local Finance Board.

There is absolutely nothing ambiguous in the Local Finance Board’s statements above. After reading it, it would be clear to anyone that it is not a finding of guilt on Councilman Bhalla’s part. Saying or suggesting otherwise is false and defamatory. Councilwoman Mason has apparently made no effort to contact any DCA personnel and confirm that Councilman Bhalla has challenged the DCA’s charges, or confirm that the notice of violation is not a finding of a violation.


LIE:
Ravi Bhalla became partners with a law firm that represents the City of Hoboken and the firm continued to represent the City after he became a partner.

TRUTH:
This is an outright false statement. The facts are the following. Councilman Bhalla’s commenced employment with his employer, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader (“Florio Perrucci”) on August 1, 2013. The firm did work for the City most recently in two matters, one, the Sweeney v. Hoboken litigation in the Appellate Division, and second, in connection with labor negotiations.

Hoboken’s briefing closed in the Sweeney matter on January 22, 2013, and Florio Perrucci has done no work and has billed no time in that matter since January 2013. Councilman Bhalla was not associated with, or in discussions to become associated with, Florio Perrucci, in January 2013. In fact, the discussions that led to Councilman Bhalla becoming associated with Florio Perrucci occurred in mid-June and early July 2013.

As to the labor negotiation services rendered to the City by the Florio Perrucci firm, this activity was terminated by early July 2013, when Councilman Bhalla advised Hoboken Corporation Counsel that he was about to accept a position there. Councilman Bhalla has abstained from voting on approving any bills to the Florio Perrucci firm since mid-June 2013, when active employment discussions got underway, and since that date, and has not voted “to pay the . . . legal bills” as Councilwoman Mason falsely claims. The recent memorandum from Corporation Counsel Mellissa Longo, which lays out Councilman Bhalla’s abstentions on Florio Perrucci bills since mid-June, is a matter of pubic record which Councilwoman Mason continues to ignore.

Put simply, when Florio Perrucci took Councilman Bhalla on as a partner, it did not gain any benefit with respect to its relationship with the City of Hoboken. To the contrary, it lost both the benefit of its modest existing legal contract with the City of Hoboken and the opportunity to benefit from future contracts. Councilwoman Mason’s reckless publishing of information that is false, and which she knows to be false, is defamatory. There appears to have been no effort on the part of Councilwoman Mason to contact the City Clerk, Corporation Counsel, the Mayor, or Florio Perrucci management about these allegations, any one of whom could have easily confirmed and corroborated the timing and sequence of events that are outlined above.


LIE:
Councilman Bhalla advocated for Florio Perrucci to get legal work from the Hoboken Housing Authority.

TRUTH:
This is completely false, and Councilman Bhalla has never “advocated” for Florio Perrucci for any legal work from the City or its instrumentalities including the Hoboken Housing Authority, at any time.


LIE:
Councilman Bhalla has not answered questions about when his negotiations with Florio Perrucci began.

TRUTH:
In an article in the Hoboken Reporter, published October 26, 2013, Councilman Bhalla fully answered this question, indicating that they began in mid-June, and he began abstaining from votes for payments to the firm immediately thereafter. In that same article, for which Councilwoman Mason was interviewed, she not only acknowledged Councilman Bhalla’s explanation, but said she found it to be a “reasonable answer.” Why Councilwoman Mason would resort to a lie in an email to her constituents just days later is baffling.


LIE:
Councilman Bhalla “made maximum campaign contributions that resulted in hundreds- of-thousands of dollars in no-bid contracts for his law firm.”

TRUTH:
While Councilman Bhalla has, as a private attorney, been a party to professional services agreements with Union City and Newark, a review of public records will show that he never made any reportable “campaign contributions” to any officeholder or candidate in either of those municipalities, or to an entity that could legally be managed or controlled by any officeholder or candidate, in any municipality.

Even if Councilman Bhalla had made what Councilwoman Mason calls “campaign contributions,” the assertion that contributions “resulted” in contracts for his firm is per se libelous, as it implies the commission of a crime. To be clear, there were no reportable contributions to candidates or officeholders, or to entities that could lawfully be managed by candidates or officeholders, and there is no link between contributions and the contracts he received. Nor, for that matter, has the Star-Ledger or the Jersey Journal ever said so. This statement is recklessly defamatory.


LIE:
Councilman Bhalla “bounced checks from his trust account.”

TRUTH:
This is false because no check was bounced, i.e., returned or not processed for insufficient funds, from his trust account. In fact, the check in question was cleared by his bank and his client received all his money. Never was there a return for insufficient funds. The bank immediately released all funds due to his client and nothing “bounced.”


LIE:
Councilman Bhalla “voted for a contract for a lawyer who paid him rent.”

TRUTH:
The attorney at issue, Paul Condon, never paid any rent to Councilman Bhalla. Messrs. Condon and Bhalla paid rent to a common landlord, but neither was the landlord or tenant of the other, and no rent had ever been exchanged between them.

Beth Mason is being called out for her repeated, alleged defamation by Councilman Ravi Bhalla.

Campaigns gear up final push

Friends of Dawn Zimmer Hoboken mayor announce:




The Ruben Ramos for mayor campaign announces:

Happy Halloween

Join Us Tomorrow at HQ!

Celebrate Halloween with the Vision For Hoboken Team

Dear Friend,

Trick or Treat! Tomorrow is Halloween and I wanted to invite you and your family to join our team at campaign headquarters to celebrate the season and watch the annual Ragamuffin parade. Starting at 3 pm, we will be watching the parade and working hard to support our candidates. All are welcome and costumes are encouraged.

We hope you will join us Tomorrow at 3 pm!

Thank you for your support,

-Ruben

Guest of the Stable: Jake Stuiver - 'Let's work together for Hoboken and GOTV'

Dear friends,

As many of you may know, I relocated to the Philadelphia area in March and do not currently reside in Hoboken.

However, I'm not finished with the work I was doing there, and the stakes in next week's election are astronomically high for all of us. Mayor Zimmer and her City Council team have been doing an absolutely incredible job of setting things on the right track, delivering on tax relief, responsible development, honesty and accountability in city government, flooding relief, and overall high-quality, responsive, engaged and professional local government. Mayor Zimmer and her team have stared down and defeated those who would return the city to the days of millions being stolen from parking-meter coffers and mayors being arrested for bribery with an alarming degree of regularity.

Without wasting any more time telling you what most of you already know about how good of a job the Reform team is doing and how important it is that they be re-elected to continue their incredible and tireless work, there's one very important thing I need to share with you.

In this final stretch -- the last weekend and days before Election Day next Tuesday, the campaign of Dawn Zimmer, Ravi Bhalla, Jim Doyle and David Mello really need your help. This is a grassroots, volunteer-driven effort, and while it is a positive thing that the elections have finally been moved to November, as they should be, an unfortunate by-product is that volunteers are generally busier and have less spare time on their hands than during the spring and summer. That is why it is so important that each and every one of you who cares about good government and defeating corrupt bullies who want to resume their family business of stealing from all of you so they can maintain lifestyles where they get to sit around in deck chairs on Washington Street all day and instead of working regular jobs like the rest of us.

In light of the challenges of maintaining the usual volunteer surge during this time of year, I am humbly and sincerely asking that you join me this weekend in donating some time to help the election effort. I will be driving up from Philly this weekend and working nonstop for the campaign until the numbers are tallied on Tuesday night. One of the things I have always loved about Reform campaigns is the friendship, camaraderie, fun times, generosity of spirit and united sense of purpose that ensues when we all come together around a common goal. Some of you I have met and become very good friends with purely through our work together on these campaigns over the years -- campaigns that built on one another further and further to get us where we are today.

I very much look forward to seeing, catching up with, having fun with, and WINNING with all of you over the next week, and cannot wait to see you when I get there.

We all have many priorities -- I have two kids, a small business and a new home that needs attending to -- but we've come to far with all of this to let up now. Let's all commit to managing our various obligations in a way that enables us to come together this weekend to MAKE IT HAPPEN AGAIN!!!!

Love to you all, and see you in a few.

Best,
Jake

Jake Stuiver was one of the leading voices in an April 2011 protest with dozens of Hoboken residents against
Councilman Michael Russo's corruption captured on FBI surveillance tape with informant Solomon Dwek.

Hoboken Police Department receives new vehicles and uniforms

City of Hoboken announces:

HOBOKEN POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES NEW VEHICLES & UNIFORMS


Left to right: Police Officer Willie Montanez, Police Chief Anthony Falco, Detective Vince Lombardi, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Sergeant John Petrosino, Police Officer Robert Truppner

Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined by Police Chief Anthony Falco, Sergeant John Petrosino, President of the Hoboken Police Superior Officers, and Detective Vince Lombardi, President of Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association and Police Officers Willie Montanez and Robert Truppner to display the Hoboken Police Department’s newly purchased vehicles and new uniforms.

“Our Police Department is always there for our community when we need them most,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “They deserve to be as well-equipped and prepared as possible to do their jobs and keep us safe, and I thank our Police Officers for partnering with us on investing in their new uniforms.”

“This is a big morale booster for our department,” said Police Chief Falco. “The new uniforms have the full support of our rank-and-file, meet the needs of professionalism and utility, and are more adaptable for the daily rigors of the job.”

“The steady hiring of new officers, ongoing replacement of our aging patrol vehicles, renovations of police headquarters, approval of new work uniforms, and future K9 unit are just a few of many positive and progressive endeavors supported by the mayor, and we thank her for her strong commitment to public safety.” said Detective Lombardi, President of Hoboken Policemen’s Benevolent Association. “Protecting the public and keeping the peace is our purpose, and Mayor Zimmer has proven our purpose is her priority.”

The Police Department recently acquired one 15-seat Ford Econovan, two Ford Interceptors, two Ford Explorers and four Harley Davidson Road King motorcycles. As of this week, the Police Department also has a new uniform more appropriate for patrol work - the first comprehensive revisiting of uniform policy in recent history.

“After three years of careful planning, the Hoboken Police Department’s uniform motorized patrol are now wearing BDUs, the more casual and community-friendly uniform,” said Sergeant Petrosino, President of the Hoboken Police Superior Officers. “Hopefully this change will bring the residents and the officers closer together, by making their appearance seem more approachable, rather than authoritative. With the new additions to our fleet and our brand new uniform change, the citizens of Hoboken will now not only have one of the most professional and well educated officers in the county, but also one of the better equipped. The residents of Hoboken deserve nothing less.”

Councilman Bhalla: 'Counter Beth Mason's defamation at the polls Tuesday'

Councilman Ravi Bhalla announces: 

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Dear Friends,
  
As election season heats up, you may have come across a series of false and malicious personal attacks against me by Councilwoman Beth Mason.

Let me be clear: Ms. Mason's pre-election day stunts are rife with intentional lies and defamatory statements.  To set the record straight, I have put together a detailed factual response to Ms. Mason. You can read it here.
  
As this document demonstrates, Ms. Mason has crossed a line.  These are no ordinary election year dirty political tricks. Ms. Mason's defamatory conduct towards me has negatively impacted my reputation within the Hoboken community where I reside with my wife and two children, as well as my private employment.

For now, however, we have an election to win this Tuesday. It is critical to Hoboken's future that we deliver victory for Mayor Zimmer, Councilman David Mello, James Doyle, and I next Tuesday. If our opponents control the City Council they will retain power over zoning board appointments and redevelopment decisions, a source of corruption among prior elected officials. Our opponents are also attempting to rush through a massive redevelopment project called Vision 20/20 in the city's housing authority with poor vetting and no credible leadership. 

Ms. Mason and others are spreading these lies so that they can take control of the City Council. I hope, however, that their lies will motivate you and your friends to turn out on election day to vote for the Zimmer team.

While I remain focused on this election, please rest assured that after the election is over, I intend to file a defamation lawsuit against Ms. Mason to protect my reputation as a proud member of the Hoboken community. I have retained an excellent attorney who has already served an appropriate written communication upon Ms. Mason. If what Ms. Mason says is the truth, she will have an opportunity to present that defense under oath in a court of law. I know she will fail completely.  

Again, let's keep our eyes on the ball and remember that we have a race to win!  Let Ms. Mason's tactics serve to remind us how much really is at stake in this election. Let's make our voices heard loud and clear on Tuesday by voting for a Mayor and a Council that will continue to move Hoboken forward. Please vote for the Zimmer team this Tuesday, November 5 (polls open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and ask your friends and family to do the same. Together, we will clean up Hoboken one vote at a time.
  
Sincerely,
  
Ravi S. Bhalla
Councilman-at-Large
City of Hoboken




BoE forum

Courtesy QLC:



Video streaming by Ustream Beginning of forum available only but it should be going to Cablevision channel 78 as the rent control forum will also.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Raia-Mason ticket decides? ATTACK!!

Flyer indicts Ruben Ramos for "allegiance to the criminals of Hoboken past!"

We're a week out from the election and who are Old Guard friends today are over the side tomorrow. So with that, here's a flyer attacking Ruben Ramos for his Russo clan alliance. Someone got ahold of this recent photo and put it on a flyer.

It's up on a Hudson Street pole barely a block away from Chez Mason Civic.  Beth Mason who has been a checkbook for the Russo's going back to 2009 and every election since is most definitely a suspect.  Grafix Avenger has a story on the same flyer making an appearance.

Say it isn't so Beth.  Say it isn't so.

A flyer with a photo of Ruben Ramos and his council slate candidates Eduardo Gonzalez, Joe Mindak and felon ex-mayor
Anthony Russo appears on upper Hudson Street. The last line wasn't proofed and should read "can't."

Dire threat to the City: Vision 20/20

The oft overused term "defining election" is bereft of substance with endless election cycle after election cycle. In Hoboken's case, it's not true as a redevelopment plan has been presented as compassion for the poor or rather not presented but the concept is quite dangerous.

Presented originally as part of a marketing concept brochure, the 100 plus pages featured some singular odd contradictions: examples of low density structures in Jersey City in contrast to the only detail of a plan more than doubling of the Hoboken Housing Authority's downtown campus of 800 units.

Since MSV and Grafix Avenger have blown the whistle on the rancid underbelly of Executive Director Carmelo Garcia's "plan" the blowback has been harsh, continuous and the rancor at public meetings more foul than ever with taunts of "racist" and "KKK" being directed against the Council President and anyone agreeing with reform minded citizens that a full plan requires vetting as any Master Plan would in Hoboken.

Except there is no Master Plan - at least not any available to the public.  Vision 20/20 is being sold to the public as an idea but it's all a sham.

There's certainly shadowy individuals in the background and others eager to cash in on the million dollar profits.  It's a builder's wet dream but it doesn't end there. For the Old Guard and their connected friends and family, it's a 401(k), a new beach home, a final goodbye to Hoboken before enough people awake and stop the corruption, the greed and looting of the public trough anytime eyes are not peering over their shoulder.

Only one of the three candidate for mayor is questioning Vision 20/20 on both its current and future plans: Mayor Zimmer.  The other two candidates, Ramos and Occhipinti are already on board without any legal documentation presented to HHA residents and the Hoboken public as a whole.  Meaning they can do whatever they want, however they like and once green-lighted, it will not be stopped and the scam will go on and on for 17 acres.  Or more.  The developers will control the buildings, the residents who get in and the land titled to the federal government.

That's what Vision 20/20 has in its sights.

Here's the council forum video.  Listen to the candidates and other than Council members Ravi Bhalla, Dave Mello and the vigilant Jim Doyle does anyone show the least interest in due diligence or do they mouth empty platitudes or distractions eager to throw the public off from a massive redevelopment which would change the very character of Hoboken and see services requiring major tax increases to serve the HHA expansion?





Talking Ed Note: This doesn't even scratch the surface of Vision 20/20 problems.  Let's start with Carmelo Garcia, the circus barker who thinks he can fool anyone to agree and look away without anything legally binding presented to the public.  He's been doing this carnival act for months for anyone foolish enough to listen to a marketing pitch.

Since it didn't go over too well and he was about to be exposed for attempted blackmail in making recordings of others, he took to a lawsuit binge accusing the mayor of "ethnic cleansing" making a mockery of Hoboken in the national media.

Anyone supporting Garcia's pet project needs their heads examined.  Everyone else needs to take note and go to the voting booth and stop Vision 20/20 - or forever hold your piece.

The Old Guard is hoping you do.

Related: "Racist" is the bellowing charge.

The "KKK" pillow case follow up.  (Do you think they really want this development money?)

MSV and the Hoboken Journal announce: Operation Bounty is back!

Anti-voter fraud program reintroduced by MSV and the Hoboken Journal with $1,000 reward



Back in the fourth ward special election in 2010, MSV broke new ground in the battle against rampant voter fraud - in this case shedding light on the paper trail left by hundreds of Vote by Mail ballots purportedly paid $40 per vote on behalf of the Timmy Occhipinti for City Council campaign

MSV is again rejoining forces with the Hoboken Journal announcing the return of Operation Bounty!

With hundreds of Vote by Mail ballots already confirmed coming out of the corner of the 4th Ward Hoboken Housing Authority, it is again time to shine the light on the daring illicit acts of those who wish to undermine the integrity of the Hoboken election and disenfranchise YOUR VOTE!

"Operation Bounty," is a plan to take Vote-by-Mail fraud (previously known as absentee ballot fraud) head on with at least a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any individual disenfranchising the vote and/or illegally paying for Vote by Mail to secure votes for any candidate in the Hoboken Novemer 5th election. 

“Operation Bounty” is non-partisan and is not affiliated with any campaign, political group or organization.*

No matter the campaign responsible for any illicit voter fraud activity, both the Hoboken Journal and Mile Square View commit to reimburse the person responsible for reporting the incident. The reward is payable for the first legitimate tip leading to an arrest and conviction.

We encourage our readers to spread the word throughout the 4th Ward and elsewhere that the citizens of Hoboken demand fair elections and do not subscribe to the notion of “winning at all costs”. This offer pertains not only to using Vote by Mail to buy votes but doing so leading into and on Election Day itself (another purported illicit program). We in no way wish to prevent voters from using VBM's to cast legal votes. When used properly, Vote by Mail can increase voter participation.

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*Operation Bounty is paid for by friends of the Hoboken Journal and Mile Square View but will not accept any funds from elected officials or their families. If you wish to make a pledge to support the goal, email kurt.gardiner@gmail.com or smartyjones@me.com. The $1,000 reward will be increased if sufficient pledges become available. Any difference not covered by fundraising will be underwritten equally by the Hoboken Journal and Mile Square View. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

MSV special announcement





Tomorrow at 9:00 am Da Horsey will have a special announcement.  See ya then.



Rent control forum

Courtesy QLC:

Scroll to the six minute minute for start of forum
Video streaming by Ustream


The forum is incomplete. If the remaining segments become available, MSV will post them.

Grist for the Mill II: Raia-Mason shuttle to Hudson County Board of Elections?

A reported shuttle ferrying people to the Hudson County Board of Elections is underway making an unknown number of trips to the county office where votes can be cast in person.

Called by one first hand observer the "Mason Shuttle," there's concern yet another front in the voter fraud effort suspected with numerous alleged instances already retold by residents including one commenter on MSV just today.  (See Grist for the Mill below.)

Since there's no voter identification of any kind required when voting, no one can be sure who is exactly being sent out in the shuttle to the Hudson County Board of Elections to vote in the Hoboken election.

The major concern is that another front has been opened in an organized large scale voter fraud operation.  The "voters" appear to be congregating outside a candidate's office space on Jefferson Street.

MSV is working on this voter fraud story among others.  Is there a Department of Justice in da house?

The Nazi Truck seen above at the midway point of its five trips to Hoboken last November has been replaced with what
one observer believes is a "Beth Mason Shuttle."  This one is ferrying suspect voters to the Hudson County Board of Elections.

Grist for the Mill: Raia-Mason poll leak - Timmy Occhipinti is in last

The MSV exclusive report a two question automated poll went out asking who Hoboken voters would vote for mayor and between only two of the ten council candidates may have generated an interesting outcome.

While the poll is thought to have been funded by the Raia-Mason slate, the results leaked out from the campaign and found their way from a recent reliable source to Da Horsey.  According to the source who would only speak on background, any thought Timmy Occhipinti would be the next mayor is already a foregone conclusion.  The poll showed Occhipinti a distant third bringing up the rear to incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos.

The numbers are nowhere near "striking distance" as was fed to the Hudson Reporter in a recent column however it should be given some pause.  MSV can confirm there are already a disproportionate amount of vote-by-mail ballots coming out of the Hoboken Housing Authority, where farming votes are paid for by residents who love to circle the block "campaigning" and "talking up the candidate," as the 2010 Occhipinti for Council campaign claimed.

No telephone poll is going to account for the amount of paid "campaigners" in the back of the fourth ward or certain affordable housing and senior buildings.  It does mean however, any vote-by-mail effort undertaken by the usual suspects will come up far short with what's needed to take the mayor's seat.

That may go for any council seat too.

Which means of course the face-off that matters most is next Tuesday.  Whoever can turn out the vote best will likely be the next mayor.
The council will likely fall into the hands of the same person leading the ticket.

Bringing up the rear.  The Raia-Mason slate is thought to have an anchor atop the ticket with Timmy Occhipinti
firmly entrenched in last place according to a source who had access to a recent poll.  Holy GuacaMoley!

Ruben Ramos campaign flunks out Mayor Zimmer

The Ruben Ramos for mayor campaign announces:

Surging 
Ramos Campaign Surges Following Decisive Debate Victory
Zimmer Unable to Defend Failed Policies, Ethical Lapses

At last week's mayoral and council debates, my Vision for Hoboken team galvanized those in attendance by articulating clear and concise plans to restore competence and ethics to City Hall and to fix Hoboken's crumbling infrastructure, misplaced budgeting priorities, lack of parking, and failing high school.

Conversely, Team Zimmer struggled to defend its failed policies, out-of-control legal spending, violations of the state's ethics code and the city's pay-to-play ordinance, or how it intended to fix our schools.
I urge all of you to watch the debates on Cablevision Channel 78, the City's government access channel, where they are now playing, so you can see for yourself why our supporters are excited and the momentum is firmly behind the Vision for Hoboken team.

Rest assured, we will not rest on our laurels, or take your support for granted.  We will continue to bring our message directly to the voters by knocking on doors, greeting residents at the ferry, PATH and bus stops and inviting people to stop by ourheadquarters to ask questions and get involved in the campaign.

Thank you for your support.  Nine days to go!

-Ruben 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Beth Mason's fanatical attack on Ravi Bhalla continues

As MSV predicted, the reappearance of a Beth Mason political operative at the recent City Council meeting filming Ravi Bhalla would lead to a commercial.  The prediction came about based on the filming at the last City Council meeting.  The observation led to this story, "It' all about Ravi."

Inter sped with the footage of Bhalla taken by a known Mason operative filming are outtakes from the pathological lying website serving Beth Mason for years - Hoboken411.  The giveaway proving MSV correct in its assessment is the footage of Councilwoman Terry Castellano who attacks Councilman Bhalla with the assured "litany" of accusations the Russo clan is famous for even as their own history of unethical and illegal behavior trumps everyone.  Hey, it's all cleared up.

Of course repeating the lies trotted out on Hoboken411 over and over is a Beth Mason staple. Once seasoned there, they are then presented for incorporation at the Hudson Reporter.  Then the stories reference anonymous "critics" and "opponents" who aren't named but figure prominently with their outlandish tales.  This follows with bizarre questions to others, be it the mayor or in this case Councilman Bhalla who is expected to defend himself or see years old accusations rehashed on the front page.

There's a story there but that's a whole other story showing the questionable relationship between Beth Mason as a big advertiser, her political operatives and their questionable access to the Hudson Reporter and that paper's editors.  Da Horsey thinks that may be worth further investigation - of the legal variety.

For now, here's another story that won't be covered on Hoboken411 and the Hudson Reporter.

Note below the camera angle of the footage taken of Councilwoman Castellano's remarks. It mirrors the exact location of the photo from the MSV photo in the "It's all about Ravi," story.

So do we get a prize for investigative journalism? Well, we don't need it. MSV is focused on serving the Hoboken community, getting at the truth and exposing the hypocrisy and power mad, greedy people in our midst.

They're pretty hungry. It's election season.





Talking Ed Note: Before this YouTube commercial can be taken down, MSV should let Beth Mason know that the full production value has been copied, analyzed and critiqued for its news value in this story capturing the true original intent right down to the professional voice over.  (End legal copyright explanation.)

So when does this screed of lies get shown on Hoboken411 or Cablevision?  Or is it up already?
A reader says it's appearing on YouTube as a pop up ad, so there you have it.

That and of course this story among countless others which will never be covered by the Hudson Reporter.

You can ask the editors Caren Matzner Lissner or Gene Ritchins but you may need to sit out a long silence or see the related scandal when the "Silence of the Shims" was exposed as a junior reporter was sent out on a kamikaze mission by the editors cozy with Beth Mason's paid hacks.  Poor kid never had a chance before getting ground up by the machinations of the Mason Media Complex.

It's been quieter than a 10% across the board pay cut ever since.

Related: The Hudson Reporter fails to disclose its relationship with Mason political operatives.

Ramos campaign charges "another legal defeat" for Mayor Zimmer

The Ruben Ramos campaign for mayor announces:

Unacceptable!
Zimmer Loses Another Lawsuit
City's Disparate Treatment of Retired Municipal Workers Cost Taxpayers Millions
In an October 21st opinion, a New Jersey appellate court ruled that the City of Hoboken's "disparate treatment of its retiring workforce" required that the City pay almost a million dollars in damages.  Unfortunately, Zimmer's inability to manage a legal department and settle this matter will, as the court notes, result in "adverse fiscal consequences to the city."

This latest admonishment from the court of appeals comes despite Zimmer's increasing the City's spending on politically connected law firms by more than 200% in the past four years.

When I am Mayor, I will not only bring common sense to fixing our city's schools and crumbling infrastructure, but also to our out of control legal spending that has resulted in embarrassing legal loss after embarrassing legal loss.  Under Zimmer taxpayers suffer while politically connected law firms thrive.

Thank you for your support.

-Ruben


Talking Ed Note: MSV does not comment on campaign releases but did reach out to the Ramos campaign for clarification. The case referenced is the early retirements filed by former Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman under the Roberts Administration.

The City of Hoboken paid out the cost under Mayor Zimmer some time ago and this is referencing that specific case and the ensuing costs since.

Kids First invite to the BoE forum

Kids First announces:

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Mayor Zimmer: 'Vote buying is a crime'

The topic of vote buying overall and specifically the vote buying utilizing vote-by-mail continues to be a hot button issue in the campaign.  Mayor Zimmer followed comments at the mayoral forum re-emphamsizing the clear cut criminality saying in twitter:


The candidates have some interesting perspectives on the matter.  

Meanwhile, the same hundreds of ballots from the same corners of Hoboken and the Hoboken Housing Authority is plagued with the viral disease of vote-by-mail not being mailed.  MSV will have an exclusive statistical breakdown feature detailing exactly what is going down.

Anyone with detailed insight into the rampant on-going vote buying is encouraged to reach out for assistance. Da Horsey is willing and eager to help you protect your legal exposure in any vote buying scheme.

Please contact smartyones@me.com.  Confidentiality will be maintained at your direction.



Now for an analysis of the vote-by-mail chatter at the mayoral forum.  Assemblyman Ruben Ramos hasn't found religion on vote buying and refused to endorse the mayor's suggestion not to pay "campaign workers" but he did reference problems with the Raia-Mason slate and Tim Occhipinti's campaign.  He also lobbed a bomb back to 2007 to the mayor's former council campaign which she immediately rebutted as false.

Ramos was a strong backer of Timmy Occhipinti in the 2010 fourth ward special election riddled with systematic vote-by-mail problems. Almost 500 vbms were submitted in that race and the Hudson County Board of Elections tossed almost 100 out of the gate they were so blatantly and obviously fraudulent.

You didn't hear a peep out of Assemblyman Ramos then and even some among the Old Guard whispered he was making a big mistake putting his statewide office into disrepute by connecting himself so closely to Timmy Occhipinti's controversial campaign.  Ramos' mom actually sat next to a Beth Mason political operative named in the voter fraud on more than one occasion in that election cycle prior to the 2010 special election.

MSV back then had an encounter with Ramos right outside the Occhipinti campaign office while speaking to its campaign manager Jamie Cryan.  They did not like the attention MSV generated on voter fraud and the exclusive story broken on MSV regarding the one to one absentee ballots of "campaign workers" uncovered leading into election day and picked up by PolitickerNJ.  A certain councilman's mother was reportedly screaming how stupid that information was allowed to escape the campaign leading into the election.

As for Tim Occhipinti, he skirts most of the voter fraud issue and there was angry murmuring in the crowd when he began speaking as it's an open secret the vast bulk of vote-by-mails being churned out by the hundreds in the recesses of the fourth ward are once again expected to come in for himself and his running mates. He did say the vote-by-mail ballots are not being returned to the Raia-Mason slate office on Washington Street. At least that part is true.

MSV can confirm they are going to the Hudson County Board of Elections - not by mail -but by messenger!  There's no reports of basement ballot drownings this time.  Recall the Carmelo Garcia Rat Tapes and the transcript of "750" lost vbms last November.

While clearly nervous the issue arose, Occhipinti had prepared an answer attempting to muddy the waters claiming many vote-by-mail voters voting for him have voted for Ramos and Zimmer in past elections.  The only problem - there's nowhere near the number (almost 500) which more than doubled from one fourth ward election to the next as illustrated in this telling chart from 2010:

Vote-by-mail percentages in Hudson County from November 2010.
Which of these lines doesn't fit?

So unlike in the past, the problem is Timmy Occhipinti and his running mates are fighting a defensive action in advance of the November 5th election for what they obviously know will be another rainmaker tsunami of vote-by-mail ballots coming out of the Hoboken Housing Authority on their behalf.  MSV can confirm there are already hundreds of the paper ballots coming out of the fourth ward as is typical from the corner of town which just loves campaigning for whoever doles out $40 a vote.

In the video clip, Occhipinti throws a light dart toward Ramos complaining about irregularities of ballots in the senior buildings.  It's just another front between the warring Old Guard campaigns.

Word within the back of the fourth ward suggests it's Armageddon between the usual vote-by-mail soldiers in support of the Raia-Mason slate versus their one time allies (and vbm recipients) now divided in resistance led by HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia and his "tenant" groups on behalf of Ruben Ramos.  But who has the cash now is the arbiter not who promises to pay later or so the word on the street says.

Perhaps it's time for MSV and the Hoboken Journal to bring back its anti-voter fraud campaign "Operation Bounty!"

It didn't stop this affidavit of voter fraud connected to the Tim Occhipinti campaign: