Friday, May 3, 2013

Garcia Assembly ballot appeal reaches the New Jersey Supreme Court!


In a new development in the Garica Assembly ballot battle, the New Jersey Supreme Court has requested briefs from the lawyer representing the five Hoboken residents due at 3:00 pm today.

The legal team representing Carmelo Garcia will have until Monday noon to submit their brief on the case.

The latest action means the state's highest court will determine the outcome of whether Carmelo Garcia can run for the 33rd legislative district.

Yesterday, the NJ Appellate Court declined to reverse its decision with a second look at the case with the issue of Carmelo Garcia's salary being paid in full by the federal government through his position as Executive Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority (HHA).  The HHA is part of the federal agency HUD - the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The New Jersey Supreme Court is taking briefs from attorneys in the Carmelo Garcia Assembly ballot case.

The decision at the appellate level does not mean ballots are being printed with Garcia's name for the June 4th primary.  Hudson County is taking a practical view and has only printed absentee ballots with Garcia listed, about 300 in total.

Flavio Komuves, the lawyer for the five Hoboken plaintiffs called that position by Hudson County prudent adding a request to the NJ Supreme Court asks that all ballot dissemination of any kind be stayed while the merits of the appeal are reviewed.

"We're asking the New Jersey Supreme Court the same thing we asked the appellate," Komuves said adding, "As long as there's a possibility Garcia will be off the ballot, it just risks public confusion and taxpayer expense."

The emergent appeal before the Supreme Court can go one of three ways.  The Court could decline the case after review of the briefs and allow the appellate court decision to stand or it could rule in favor of Hudson County Judge Peter Bariso's decision.  The third option is oral arguments could be called and both legal representatives would present their positions before the seven members of the Court.

Carmelo Garcia was contacted for his perspective on the latest development but was not available at the time of publication.

Talking Ed Note: The headline on the Hudson Reporter saying the appellate court "orders 33rd District primary ballots to be printed with Garcia's name" is incorrect.  The Hudson County Board of Elections is not printing ballots nor has it been ordered to print all the ballots.

Go ahead and break the bad news to the Hudson Reporter if you like.  They'll no doubt be happy to hear from you.

NJ Supreme Court photo courtesy by arrangement

The attack of racist from Hoboken's Michael Russo has one color in mind: green

Wednesday night was a revelation.  The meeting was moving along at its typical backbiting pace but with no earth shattering surprises.  Then a "brief" presentation by Hoboken Housing Authority executives at the end would allow council members and the public to get to sleep at a normal hour.  Instead, it transformed into a verbal brawl for more than an hour with a less than official ending as reform council members departed, refusing to be held hostage to the artificial deadlock sans Councilman-in-waiting Jim Doyle's open seat.

Councilman Michael Russo added to the storied history he's made for himself attacking the mayor as he did during the hospital sale calling her a con.  Coming from the Head of State to the City's senior grifter family, his fact-less charge was at a minimum entertaining.

Michael Russo in a moment of insight sees racism in Reform for not immediately caving in to the green visions of the Vision 20/20 plan
but he's color blind on the uniformity of color at home, re: Church Towers.  How come no HHA residents ever find their
way moving "uptown" becoming neighbors with Michael Russo?  He doesn't have the foggiest.

Then Russo grew frustrated he couldn't advance phase one of the Vision 20/20 plan in one fell swoop.  And all hell broke loose.

Working himself into a semi-frenzy (real or not makes no difference, he'll always give a grade B- or better performance).  Russo laid into Councilman Ravi Bhalla the last minute resolution for the 20/20 plan was not going to occur.  What then came out of Russo's mouth may be less a personal problem in his ward where he's not held accountable for flapping (or much else), but it certainly is damaging.

Seeing he wasn't going to inch the Vision 20/20's first building toward the finish line, Russo first launched into one charge saying to Councilman Ravi Bhalla, a civil rights attorney and the reform council members this was "class warfare at its best."  But not satisfied to play the Old Guard divide and conquer game which Tim Occhipinti immediately brayed in assent, he upped the ante and went into the gutter charging "racism."

When an astonished Councilman Dave Mello asked if they were really going to play that card, Councilwoman Terry Castellano is heard replying with a one word answer: yes.

Now why would Michael Russo reach to the bottom of the deck dealing the race card?  Is it possible as in the Solomon Dwek tapes, Russo is just misunderstood?

This is after all the same Michael Russo seen not only trading on his office as a councilman in the 2009 FBI surveillance tape with government informant Solomon Dwek; he's the guy taped bragging about his influence over the Hoboken Housing Authority via one former HHA commissioner who magically found himself arrested.  If the Hudson Reporter is correct in its implication, Russo got an assist there from HHA ED Carmelo Garcia who finked out fellow HHA commissioner, Hector Claveria.

Here's Michael Russo's most famous contribution to the Hoboken Housing Authority.  It's a key moment in the now infamous Russoism, "I did for you, you do for me."  Except when poor Hector didn't do for Russo, he found himself having a dime dropped on him only months after this video was recorded by the Boys of Summer surveillance team:

Others may not recall a 2010 November council meeting where a little staged performance by a Beth Mason political operative took a movie poster from a film made famous for its use of early 20th century propaganda cinematography and tried to make Mason a 21st century poster child of victim hood.  At that meeting, Michael Russo who certainly knew of that staged political operation in advance called Grafix Avenger who happens to be Jewish, anti-Semetic.

As one Hobokenite said to MSV later of the same faith after that performance, "Yeah Michael Russo, defender of the Jews."

In the body politic, the charge of racist has lost its thunder and many eyebrows are raised when the charge is lobbed but often it's toward the bomb thrower.  For the Russo clan, long time residents see it as more a family tradition and it's been applied in similar and other nefarious ways back to when Anthony Russo was Hoboken mayor.

Now it's coming to light the HHA building pilot being shoved down Hoboken's throat will hand over the building outright to the developer.  The people living there will be at the mercy of the developer/owner and everyone involved will have been paid and long gone.

I thought it was the "yuppies" always charged with looking to do away with the HHA? 
Do you think Russo and his fellow Hoboken Sopranos don't know this?

This is exactly the same formula used in Hoboken in the past.

In the end, Michael Russo's favorite Vision 20/20 color is green.  It has nothing to do with the poor, housing for minorities, or fairness.  This is a continuous war in the exploitation of the people in the southwest corner of town who are farmed during election season in the hundreds as 'campaign workers' with millions of dollars dancing in the Russo clan's Vision 20/20 eyes.

Talking Ed Note: This Horse Sense editorial is dedicated to my colleague The Wizard who like MSV Executive Publisher Jimmy the K never shies away from a fight on the high ground or surrenders the low ground, come hell or high water.

All for Heaven, Hell or Hoboken. We are Reform.

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