Friday, February 15, 2013

Sign of the Times: Thugging it out at the HHA meeting

The special meeting a week back Thursday didn't end the chaos and organized rabble rousing at the regular scheduled meeting last night.  The shady, disputed attorney contract battle didn't precipitate a peace, it's precipitated a war with HHA Chairman Jake Stuiver being targeted with attack t-shirts and other reform members targeted seeing abuse and a taste of Old Guard thug style attacks up close and personal.

Taking it for the Reform Team: HHA Chairman Jake Stuiver has been a model of decorum in the face of savage,
organized attacks for doing nothing more than trying to see new professionals take roles within the HHA.

MSV will have more but don't expect one complaint on the less than ugly race baiting and personal attacks being a "distraction" from Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.

It's his carnival after all, a street carnival.

Actual video still of taping at HHA meeting last night.  Accidental interruption or thuggery?

The front of the astroturf t-shirts reportedly distributed by Beth Mason political operative and 4th ward Democratic Committeeman Matt Calicchio:

Stuiver who has served on the HHA board for three years is like other commissioners unpaid.  He's personally sponsored a Thanksgiving Dinner for HHA residents with this website and dug deep into his own pocket to ensure its success.

A family emergency required he leave early.  When the unspecified family emergency was announced, people in the crowd cheered.

Talking Ed Note: MSV won't say this is representative of all HHA residents, but certainly the misinformed, easily led who answer to the call of the Hoboken Syndicate.  The same people who captain and are paid $40 for their votes at election time.

MSV will be back with more but for the moment let's give a shout out to Carmelo, "No County Job in Da House!"

That's the word on the street.

Related: Grafix Avenger wrote about dangerous unaddressed safety issues in HHA buildings discussed at the meeting with an appearance by Fire Chief Blohm.

Beth Mason's creepy Valentine

If you thought it was beyond tasteless for Beth Mason to use the family checkbook and sue the population of Hoboken in a desperate bid for power with one hand while underwriting a Valentine to select, random residents - you just don't know Beth.

For those unaware or distracted, the Mason family is still underwriting a lawsuit in the appeals court to nullify the legal appointment of Jim Doyle.

If you had forgotten about the ugly, staged power grab who could blame you.  Some local editors who hold Mason (or her weekly ads) in high esteem on their power list won't even mention the culprits by name anymore.  They are now a faceless City Council entity spoken of as an opposition to the mayor while news in the lawsuit is relegated to less column inches than towing cars.

As for Mason's allies in the lawsuit, at least Michael Russo, Terry Castellano and Tim Occhipinti have enough sense just to stick with suing the people of Hoboken in a power grab and not add insult to the situation by deploying a cheap pr stunt on Valentine's Day.

That anyone would think there's political mileage gained.  As if.

Here's the Beth Mason latest political tin ear in action.

Beth Mason creepy Valentine: I'm suing you but I love you.  Random handouts on Valentine's Day
won't help her dreadful public image.  How many people is Beth suing again?