Wednesday, June 5, 2013

City payments jeopardized as Hoboken Sopranos vote down payment of claims

The claims portion of the meeting, often used for ridiculous grandstanding on bills of ridiculously low amounts in the hundreds in a $100 million budget entered a dire position when a 4-4 vote rendered payments void.

According to the Business Administrator Quentin Wiest, garbage collections for the firm Cali among many others were not paid in advance of the meeting although checks may be have been prepared.

In response to an impact inquiry after the claims were voted down, Councilman Michael Russo began yelling why every time his allies vote down an item, an inquiry is often made to the BA.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla replied saying, "The reason we ask the effect of these votes (on occasion)... is so the public can see what you're doing... You're preventing Medicare payments to get paid... You're preventing the payment for trash (hauling).

Voting down the City claims for payment: Council members Terry Castellano, Beth Mason, Tim Occhipinti and Michael Russo.

Councilman Michael Russo joins MORTe in voting down payment of the City's bills.  He'd follow that complaining
why the BA is asked about what harm is done to the City as a result.

Talking Ed Note: The all out sabotage of Hoboken as predicted is underway.  Hoboken's budget is under duress even before being presented.

The Hoboken Sopranos are eager to harm the City.

Update 11:30 PM Tim Occhipinti reversed himself on the claims at the end of the meeting to pay for a number of items including the carting for the firm Cali.  The total for various amounts was $1,116,495.10  Michael Russo stood by his sabotage as the rest of his allies folded.

Someone must have gotten to the Hoboken Sopranos and let them know word on their damage to the City was out.  Well it was reported here.  Word gets around fast.

An emergency temporary appropriations budget finally was approved with many sidesteps attempted to completely deplete the surplus.  The back and forth has reduced it to a mere 1.3 million.  No one among   the Hoboken Sopranos ever says what municipal finance expert of renown advocates for a zero budget surplus.

Advancing the ball to set the City up for harm and failure is their expertise.  Without Jim Doyle, the City is being harmed more with every subsequent meeting.  You can thank the Mason family for that.

Hoboken Sopranos bringing on more ugly at 7:00

What do you do when your political agenda is exposed and voted down after midnight power plays without even a required minimum of council members present and you've played the race card twice right down to the KKK pillow case?

If you're the Old Guard you do the dog and pony show all over ginning up the most exploited part of town to coerce others into doing your bidding.

That's the grist for the mill rumor of what is on tap this evening. Expect maximum grandstanding from the Old Guard council. If the question about their playing the race card arises again as it was two meetings ago, will Councilwoman Terry Castellano again respond in the affirmative saying "yes?"

That's the only real drama in this astroturf version of the "We want, we demand, watch us get it," cult of Carmelo rumored to be making another appearance.

With all the problems and questions unanswered as part of the historical record, you'd be surprised how little scrutiny comes in certain quarters. Has anyone even seen a true, fully documented Vision 20/20 plan?

If you ask for one and question the impact on ALL OF HOBOKEN, well you know what the answer is?


The person telling you will be a councilman who's lived all his life in subsidized lily white housing. At the last council meeting, one HHA resident said they can never get into Clock Towers or Church Towers.

Got racial hypocrisy?

The resolutions tonight:

Grist for the Mill: More Hoboken Housing Authority demands due tonight in City Council with return of rejected HHA candidate

Rumors of a "rally" and more "protesting" at the City Council with the Carmelo Garcia dog and pony show is anticipated at the meeting tonight with the repeated vote for the same candidate as HHA commissioner being pushed forward by the Old Guard council members.

In case you had any thought as to why, Carmelo Garcia needs to get a majority back under control.  The Old Guard also wants those votes in the HHA, even though these people had no clue the developer RPM was going to control the list for any new building.

Here is exhibit A on the candidate who was rejected at the last meeting.  Do you think this person will bring any professional oversight to the contractor in the form of Director Carmelo Garcia?  Watch Garcia's reaction to her talking points, he almost looks eager to join her in saying them, there's the answer to your question.

She apparently thinks the HHA board's job is to rubber stamp whatever Carmelo Garcia says.  What she's advocating of course is politics, Hoboken Syndicate Old School Style.

If you want to help the residents, help them and the commissioners often do but that's not the crux of the position.  Jake Stuiver shelled out thousands of dollars for a Thanksgiving Dinner for the HHA residents for three years.

His reward?  He's been defamed, screamed at in meetings, and seen both his name and family attacked in a coordinated attack by the HHA "leadership" - all because he tried to rotate in new counsel and an auditor.

To Carmelo Garcia that was a red line never to be crossed.  What exactly is the problem that needs hiding?

If you want to see the size of the HHA more than doubled with the unwritten Vision 20/20 plan, this is where it needs to start with a HHA board of commissioner yes votes for Garcia.

Mayoral candidate Ruben Ramos and his slate with HHA commissioner Eduardo Gonzalez, Joe Mindak and Laura Miani are supporting Garcia and Vision 20/20.

What say you Hoboken?

Victory celebration at Scotland Yard for Brian Stack's Assembly candidates Camelo Garcia and Raj Mukherji

Running mates for Assembly in the 33rd Legislative District Carmelo Garcia and Raj Mukherji were interviewed at Scotland Yard last night in downtown Hoboken, courtesy of Hudson County TV.

Attending the event included Ruben Ramos council slate members Joe Mindak and Eduardo Gonzalez who also holds a seat on the Hoboken Housing Authority. Politico David Liebler, a long time Old Guard supporter is also seen in the video with bar owner Joe Bronco and Hoboken Housing Authority residents.

Token opposition made the outcome moot leading into the Democratic Primary with about 20% of the registered Democratic Hudson County voters taking part going to the polls.

Talking Ed Note: MSV received an invitation but was unable to attend due to family issues. Congratulations to yesterday's primary winners.

Unrelated: Grafix Avenger has an exclusive story Beth Mason is attempting to limit the massive political damage with her 50K ingratiating investment into re-electing Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy. With the Jersey City mayor-elect Steve Fulop be satisfied? Will it encourage the Mason family to again begin trying to curry, re: buy favor with the new HCDO powers that be to revive her foundering dead ender political "career?"

Da Horsey has no idea but the best thing to do with such a problem buried in the tundra of Siberia is a mercy killing to let them quietly die there, politically speaking of course.  

City Council returns @ 7:00 with budget chaos in its sights

In the din of the primary yesterday lurks the ghost of Hoboken present and another City Council meeting.  Spared from the relentless grinding scheming of the Hoboken Sopranos one extra week, the follies return tonight with the lawsuit preventing Jim Doyle's appointment (and swing vote) pushing Hoboken into a tipping point on its budget.

There isn't a fifth vote in support of the reasonable Hoboken budget featuring a two percent tax cut. There's no way Hoboken's Old Guard will stand for that so the City is headed for trouble and chaos if the appeal before the NJ Appellate Court forestalls Doyle much longer.

Chaos is the political choice for the Old Guard, embraced as a tactic previously to bankrupt the City and close Hoboken University Medical Center. With that having failed, in large part to the intervention of Gov. Chris Christie, they need something to shake up the election in November with a popular and effective mayor sitting in City Hall.

How to do Mayor Zimmer maximum harm? Do the worst whenever possible against the City of Hoboken.  That means killing the budget and then blaming the mayor for the murder is job number one.

On the agenda is a non-binding resolution protesting the Hudson County proposed 10% tax increase for Hoboken.  The real public protest begins at 6:00 PM Thursday evening in Council Chambers.

Also, the same candidate who failed to obtain approval to the HHA as a commissioner is back on the agenda.  For the purpose of sparing further embarrassment, MSV will not name the candidate.  Can you say Hoboken Soprano pawn?  Just another example of the cynical exploitation of the people in the HHA.

Councilman-at-large in waiting Jim Doyle can be expected to be seen in the council audience with the appeal to keep his appointment stayed continuing.  Without his presence on the dais, the ugliness from the Hoboken Sopranos will continue. Recent meetings have revealed their true colors for everyone to see: midnight power grabs without a quorum, KKK charges and greed to score millions on a developer deal non-existent on paper.

Talking Ed Note: What oversight should the City of Hoboken have over the Hoboken Housing Authority? A closed session resolution will explore this issues pointing to the oversight powers the HHA "is an instrumentality and agency of the City of Hoboken."

Former Chair Jake Stuiver attempted a standard rotation of professionals re: an attorney and auditor.  For that professional effort, he and his family have become targets of the ugliest personal attacks organized by the HHA's contracted "leadership."

Some whether in pay, naiveté, or ignorance call this being "good" to people. Let's call it what it really is: gutter politics of the most cynical kind. 

What the Old Guard wants is to discourage oversight, participation and voter turnout. Then the Machine can do as it wishes: massive tax hikes, 10% courtesy of HudCo this year alone in the county portion of the tax bill, more than double the size and density of the Hoboken Housing Authority in the fourth and third wards and maintain complete control over all City institutions with an eager compliant media that can't even tell the truth about the racial makeup of different subsidized housing units. (The Hudson Reporter in response to the racist KKK garbage strewn about mustered the understatement of the year calling the Church Towers buildings "not as well integrated" as the HHA.)

As for HHA commissioner appointments, at a minimum a selection needs the ability to fulfill fiduciary and oversight responsibility.  It's not a tenant group helping to change burned out lightbulbs or being part of a friends and family program to a contractor hired by the HHA Board - no matter who holds the title of Director.