Friday, February 1, 2013

HHA Chairman Stuiver calls on Director to release attorney bids to HHA board

From the desk of Hoboken Housing Authority Chairman Jake Stuiver:


Hoboken Housing Authority Chairman Jake Stuiver is calling on HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia to release all received submissions to the RFQ for the Board of Commissioners’ general-counsel contract to all members of the board by the end of business today. The bid deadline was 11 a.m. today.

Chairman Stuiver has requested numerous times over the past month that each member of the Board of Commissioners receive copies of all RFQ responses by 5 p.m. today, giving Director Garcia and his staff ample time after the 11 a.m. deadline to get all submissions copied and distributed. Compliance with this request would allow each Commissioner one full weekend and most of next week to review the responses thoroughly and responsibly in time for the special meeting of Thursday, February 7, when a selection is expected to be nominated and voted on.

The Chairman e-mailed a reminder of this request to the Director on Thursday, January 31, and received no response until 10:39 a.m. today, in which Director Garcia stated he was not feeling well and intended to take the rest of the day as sick time, making it impossible for the responses to be opened and distributed until Monday. Chairman Stuiver responded that this position is unacceptable.

“While I’m always sympathetic to any of our employees’ health and wellness, this is a very important process whose steps I outlined repeatedly in multiple formats,” Stuiver said. “Director Garcia’s job is to do everything in his power to comply with the requests, instructions and policies of the Board of Commissioners. His inability to complete this very clear and long-established request because of an unexpected illness further highlights the need to hire a Deputy
Executive Director as soon as possible.”

Mayor Zimmer announces legal victory in Jim Doyle's council appointment

From Mayor Dawn Zimmer's twitter feed:

Talking Ed Note: The announcement by Mayor Dawn Zimmer via twitter confirms Judge Peter Bariso has approved the vote of the full City Council appointing Jim Doyle to the legislative body.  The appointment contested by Beth Mason and her MORTe allies Michael Russo, Terry Castellano and Tim Occhipinti in a series of staged absences last October as a pretext to prevent a full vote of the council and use abstentions to avoid a tie breaking vote by Mayor Zimmer has failed.

MORTe led by an army of highly paid lawyers by the Mason family can again make an emergency appeal to the Appellate Court in an attempt to stay Judge Bariso's decision.  Their earlier appeal casting themselves as victims similar to Florida voters in the Bush-Gore 2000 case was tossed out of court with a single word from the appellate judges: denied!

More on this breaking story Monday.

Sign of the Times: When justice is not for sale

Today at about 1:00 pm at Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City, a hearing is scheduled on the matter of one Hoboken council seat, elected by the people on behalf of reform in 2009 and appointment late 2012 due to Carol Marsh's unfortunate family circumstances resulting from an accident severely impacting her family.

Judge Peter Bariso will rule how abstentions are weighed in appointments by the Hoboken City Council.

The replacement appointment, typically a normal clear process within NJ law became a political football where MORTe staged absences to pursue what former Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman said off camera at the last council appointment in late 2009 to back fill Mayor Dawn Zimmer's fourth ward council seat.   "It could be litigated," he said off mic as the council went into break after a grueling hours long appointment process.

No one did.  That was then and this is Beth Mason now.

Arriving late at the last City Council meeting, Beth Mason extends greetings to Da Horsey.  It's unclear if her intention
was to pet or scratch Da Horsey's eyes out.  The litigious loving councilwoman gets a verdict in one of her vested interested
lawsuits this afternoon in Hudson County Superior Court on the "Doyle Seat" saga.