Tuesday, May 7, 2013

BREAKING: Hoboken residents denied by NJSC in Garcia ballot case

Late this afternoon the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the decision to permit HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia to appear on the Hudson County Democratic Organization line for the 33rd legislative district Assembly seat.

The decision signed by Stuart Rabner, NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice means the Hoboken residents who challenged Garcia's eligibility have exhausted their legal avenues.

Rajiv Parikh, the attorney for Garcia wrote via email, "We are pleased with the (NJ) Supreme Court's affirmation of last week's Appellate Division decision.  I know Mr. Garcia is looking forward to addressing the issues and advocating for the people."

The attorney for the five Hoboken residents who took up the challenge had a decidedly different perspective.  Flavio Komuves called the decision "disappointing," but added he took pride in representing the five Hoboken residents who took on Hudson County and "business as usual."

Garcia's salary paid with federal monies was the bone of contention with Judge Peter Bariso referencing the guiding State Administrative Code and the appellate court siding with the 2012 updated Hatch Act.

With the HCDO line, Garcia is expected to win easily one of two Assembly seats in the June 4th primary.  Councilman Ravi Bhalla the strongest challenger among five candidates will have an uphill battle in trying to earn one of two Assembly seats.

Garcia is expected to follow through after a November general election and resign from his unpaid position on the Hoboken Board of Education, as required by state law.  Gov. Christie sought restrictions where no one can hold two elected positions in NJ.  Garcia retains paid positions in the HHA with a salary of $165,000 as of September and a $5,000 county stipend through Freeholder Anthony Romano.

The Assembly position pays $49,000 annually.

Garcia reportedly said he felt "vindicated" by the legal determination he could run for partisan office while holding the ED position of the the Hoboken Housing Authority, a subsidiary to a federal agency (HUD).

Carmelo Garcia seen here in the original Vision 20/20 plan brochure is cleared to appear on the ballot for Assembly.

Related: Hoboken Patch reports Hoboken Police have discovered 300 bags of heroin in an apartment in the Hoboken Housing Authority at 221 Jackson Street.  Patch reports the police cooperated with Carmelo Garcia in the investigation.

Hoboken's Beth Mason tries to buy Jersey City mayoral race!

Mayor Healy the recipient of tens of thousands of dollars from Ricky and Beth Mason raises questions why

It's not officially "fity" large yet, but the buzz is out with "Beth takes Jersey City" and it's not going to be corked back into the bottle with a week left before the Jersey City mayoral election next week.

A counterpart to the Hoboken universe in Jersey City, Johnny Action Space Punk caught wind of the Grafix Avenger story yesterday along with the largesse of the Mason family's almost $50,000 mega-donation to the Healy campaign and doesn't sound too happy about it.

The Jersey City action hero says "Beth Mason must like Mayor Healy a WHOLE lot."

Meanwhile, Grafix Avenger who owns the story lock, stock and barrel continues to fire away with another early am update on what Beth Mason gets for taking Jersey City with bags of family loot.

Insiders from the Fulop camp are dishing on Beth Mason but first they had to work the shiv out of their back firmly nestled with this huge Healy check wrapped around it.  They say a toxic Beth Mason betrayed a years long relationship with the downtown Councilman who even gave aid and comfort to a less than capable fourth ward candidate.

According to the insider dish on Grafix Avenger, Mason has bought herself an exit visa out of Hoboken with HudCo.

Beth Mason needs a political job and the HCDO said pass the loot to Jersey City now and you'll escape your Hoboken death spiral of a political career.

First however, Mayor Healy has to win re-election for the transaction to be completed.

Beth Mason presents Mayor Healy a check for lots of loot in a secret ceremony
at the Mason Civic League making one Jersey City action hero less than thrilled.

The latest dish: http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2013/05/mason-sticks-46k-shiv-in-fulops-back.html

Talking Ed Note: News of the Mason brinks job on behalf of the Jersey City mayor has been overshadowed by a "Hispanic problem," yesterday where Mayor Healy spoke less than cogently about several Hispanic girls removing a towel and doing untoward things to him on a porch.  Yikes!

If this mayoral thing doesn't work out, will Mayor Healy help Beth Mason payoff the campaign "debt" assisting with a write-in campaign for Assembly on June 4th should Carmelo Garcia be bounced off the ballot by the NJ Supreme Court?

Stay tuned for the next episode of Beth Mason buys/sues you all?