Thursday, May 9, 2013

Reform crushed in HHA Re-org

Pro-Old Guard Carmelo Garcia surprise vote overturns Reform 4-3

In yet another debacle in a series against the reform movement in the Hoboken Housing Authority, the reorg meeting saw a shocking pick to replace Jake Stuiver as Chairman.

In a 4-3 vote, Judy Burrell flipped to vote with the Old Guard Russo backed commissioner Rob Davis.
The shock vote continues a series of poor outcomes to reform any aspect within the HHA.

Judy Burrell a governor appointment flipped to Carmelo Garica and the
Old Guard voting for pro-Russo commissioner Rob Davis for chair.

ED Carmelo Garcia continues with another in a spate of continuous victories trouncing any new oversight of the HHA. Garcia is expected to retain control over all proceedings with Rob Davis acting as Chair.

Burrell was threatened in a previous HHA meeting last month. Some think the legal costs to her may have played a role in the vote just earlier tonight.  Her vote flipping the majority to Carmelo Garcia and the Old Guard is a radical surprise.

Jake Stuiver walked out of the meeting after the re-org vote according to reliable sources.

Talking Ed Note: The meeting is underway. The question is who got to her?

The HHA is now back under the thumb of Carmelo Garcia.

Questions are being raised about an incident at an earlier meeting.  At the end of an April meeting Burrell was quite upset by a verbal attack made toward her by someone attending.

Lt. Campbell was standing nearby and came over to intercede as a line had clearly been crossed from the usual rabble rousing in the audience.  This was a personal attack apparently made directly on Judy Burrell.

MSV saw no incident but at a previous meeting a secondary unconfirmed report said Burrell was being blocked from leaving her seating area by two men: one reportedly a well known Mason political operative known for his thuggish tendencies toward women and another favorable to the HHA ED.  Burrell made it clear she would not go along with any attempts at intimidation and departed.

MSV can not say more but understands protection requests were made to the HHA ED Carmelo Garcia and not fulfilled.  There is a court case reportedly making accusations against Burrell and it's unknown if the HHA is providing representation.

No additional details can be stated as MSV was a witness and may need to testify on Burrell's behalf.  Using the courts as a political tool is very common in Hoboken with Beth Mason political operatives being supported by her in those efforts.

MSV knows it well first hand.  The eighth commandment "thou shall not bear false witness," does not exist to these people.  In Union City, Judge Macias was stunned by the willingness,eagerness to lie on the stand.

Maybe a little lecture by the rabbi this weekend can spell out underwriting others for their bearing false witnesses is as bad if not worse than doing it yourself.

HudCo kicks Hoboken in the teeth with 10% tax hike

Mayor Zimmer along with two local Hudson County town mayors were joined yesterday at City Hall with Freeholder Anthony Romano to protest the archaic tax formula leveling double digit taxes at Hoboken in a proposed Hudson County budget.

Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonneli were equal opportunity victims to Hudson County's tax chomping whims seeing proposed increases of 20% and 10% respectively.

In a Jersey Journal story, Mayor Zimmer is quoted saying:

Ten percent is too much for the City of Hoboken. They (Hudson County) need to think more about how they are going to tighten their belts. They really have got to roll up their sleeves and look under every stone and decide where to make the cuts.”

People recognize the City is recovering from Hurricane Sandy and many have not been able to return to their homes.  Those people are not the running Hudson County.

The County is expected to conduct a review of spending seeking reductions.  However, the budget is already announced with the massive tax hikes.

Talking Ed Note: HudCo doesn't care.  The beast demands to be fed and the beast of corruption, nepotism and one party rule always looks after its own.  It ain't the taxpayer and the "yuppies" in Hoboken.

The Democratic Primary is June 4th, so put that in your calendar and you can marvel at the fine HudCo lineup who will be leading the one party corruption theocracy into the future.  You could lodge a protest by voting against the machine slate too.

With the FBI investigations around Hudson County, the only hope is they will pull the trigger and cart away enough county employees at least reducing the corruption overhead.

More at the Jersey Journal:

The Reval is up for discussion tonight at Hoboken High School 7:00 pm.  It's the first in over two decades so the tax leveling in town is heading this way and will go into effect in 2014.