Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sign of the Times: Pier C closed by the Hoboken Sopranos

Many people are heading to the Irish cultural festival down at Sinatra Park.  Just a stone's throw from there is Pier C.  Unfortunately, no one will be enjoying Pier C any time soon.  

The Hoboken Sopranos: Michael Russo, Beth Abruzese Mason, Terry Castellano and Timmy Occhipinti voted down the work required to reopen it just last week.  Although the funds are available, they refused to allow the work to proceed and see Pier C reopen.

That's how the Hoboken Sopranos roll!  1st ward Councilwoman Terry Castellano gets a special shout out.

Hey Terry, way to represent!  First ward sabotage and proud!

A sign hangs outside Pier C showing the fine effort of Terry Castellano to keep it closed. Sign reads bottom: 
"Terry voted against repairing damage from Sandy along with Tim Occhipinti, Michael Russo and Beth Mason."

HUD slams HHA procurement process, calls counsel contract "legally flawed"

MILE SQUARE VIEW BREAKING EXCLUSIVE




Bombshell HUD letter exposes major problems in the Hoboken Housing Authority procurement process in a counsel contract issued to Charles Daglian last month

In a letter sure to have major repercussions in the Hoboken Housing Authority, the Housing & Urban Development (HUD) agency, a federal department with guiding oversight issued a letter citing major problems within the HHA procurement process calling the repeated efforts since August last year to appoint a legal counsel "legally flawed."

The letter issued by Director Sonia Burgos advises the governing body, the HHA board of commissioners' actions must be "properly adopted" if they "can be held to be legally valid."

Charles Daglian the current HHA counsel the last six years was reappointed in a controversial meeting last month.

HUD's letter questioned the entire appointment process describing the repeated series of counsel bids as failing to meet its guidelines and called Charles Daglian's set of lowering bids "concerning."

In one section of the letter HUD bluntly heads, "Perceived impropriety of current General Counsel," it says Charles Daglian "should have recused himself from discussions," on his own contract concluding it could be seen as "an unfair advantage."

HHA's letter states numerous other problems in the HHA procurement process from improperly bidding out the contract repeatedly to pricing and an improper scoring process not following its own stated criteria.  In doing so, it all but invalidated the meeting last month where Charles Daglian was reappointed.

Jake Stuiver, HHA Chairman in a brief phone interview declined to discuss the HUD letter saying, "It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the HUD ruling at this time due to the fact the letter may be central to a closed session discussion at tomorrow's meeting."

Carmelo Garcia, Executive Director of the HHA was also contacted for this story but was unavailable at the time of publishing. The story will be updated if he does.

At the HHA meeting last month, Garcia said a vote in favor of another legal counsel and against his resolution for Charles Daglian was "criminal and unethical."

Another letter issued within an advise and consent capacity by Hoboken Corporation Counsel Melissa Longo may have called into question the counsel contract.  MSV is attempting to obtain a copy.

The HUD letter is likely to be a central part of tomorrow's HHA meeting at 220 Adams Street.