Friday, August 16, 2013

Carmelo Garcia's scam political loser lawsuit


MSV subscribers will see the lawsuit arrive to their email.

Everyone else, have a nice weekend.

Hear ye, hear ye, on behalf of Carmelo Garcia I have a distraction for you.
Don't look at the tapes I'm making, look at my proclamation. I'm a victim.
Oh and please allow us to make millions on Vision 20/20.
Thank you very much suckers, I mean Hoboken.

Grist for the Mill: Pupie Wave as Jamie Cryan takes out petitions for new slate

Third slate could be in the Pupie Process

The suspected Frank "Pupie" Raia third slate may be materializing based on multiple sources confirming Hoboken Democratic Chair Jamie Cryan withdrew candidate petitions.

The lineup with the objective of "slipping one past the goalie" on the City Council to wrest the upended council majority is thought to be Jamie Cryan with Frank "Pupie" Raia and a yet to be determined woman candidate for the three at-large council seats.

One name floated recently was Kim Glatt, a former Hoboken judge and 2009 mayoral candidate but one source questioned whether she would be willing to join the council slate meaning a final at-large council seat is still unclear.

Tim Occhipinti is the figurehead inserted atop the ticket for mayor.

Occhipinti desperately wanted to run for mayor even with his checkered stint on the City Council where he's been providing unintentional comic relief in meetings since he "won" as a self-declared "independent" with suspect massive vote-by-mail ballots inside the Hoboken Housing Authority back in the 2010 fourth ward special election.

Unable to muster financial backing outside of the Mason family or serious consideration among the Old Guard, the Timmy for Mayor candidacy looked inert - until now.

A reliable source told MSV Wednesday night a plan for a third wave was very much alive and word was for the Mason family and Frank "Pupie" Raia to throw in $250,000 each toward the November campaign.

While Raia's investment in a candidate slate he's a part of is legal, an amount equal or anything approaching it from Beth Mason would not.

Of course this is Beth Mason who flouts laws she opts out of based on personal whim.  Last November, Mason pumped thousands into the BoE Move Forward slate determined in violation of the City's anti-wheeling ordinance even hosting the campaign from her Mason Civic League "charity" office on Washington.

Perhaps for Mason's investment she can get a woman Masonista named to the council slate list.  The original plan to have such a move completed has all but died with Beth Mason unable to buy a political ticket out of Hoboken.

Jamie Cryan an Old Guard figurehead may finally be
making his first run for elected office.  His cousin
is Joe Cryan who is the former NJ Assembly leader.

Is this all a grand bluff by Pupie or will he go through with it?  Stay tuned!

Talking Ed Note: Timmy for Mayor?! Stop laughing.  While some may find this fall off the chair funny, Occhipinti wouldn't mind losing atop a ticket now believing it will make him an inevitable mayoral choice later.  (Shudder)

Carmelo Garcia secret tape revelation: Ruben Ramos chucked under the bus

Carmelo Garcia taping revelation: Offered to throw mayoral candidate Ruben Ramos under the bus for unrestricted HHA power

Faced with a torturous drip, drip, drip being unmasked as secretly taping local politicos and officials over weeks, Carmelo Garcia the front man for the controversial Vision 20/20 redevelopment plan could do nothing as local media closed in on incontrovertible evidence of his transgression.

Then Attorney Louis Zayas added to his clientele of lawsuits against the City of Hoboken with another civil suit announcing Carmelo Garcia to the active list.

A hunt for a transcript, possibly doctored with a "matching" audio tape became the center of a media chase when Garcia's attorney mistakenly exposed it in an unrelated lawsuit with another client, Angel Alicea, the former Hoboken Public Safety Director suing the city over his termination.

Yesterday the Hudson Reporter revealed it holds a transcript where Carmelo Garcia threw mayoral candidate Ruben Ramos under the bus at a lunch he "set up" last January in Manhattan with the mayor's husband Stan Grossbard and former State Senator Bernard Kenny.  From the online article,

... according to a transcript of the tape, Garcia tells Grossbard that he may be willing to support Mayor Zimmer for re-election this November if she allows him greater leeway to do what he wants to do.

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, a friend of Garcia was well known to be exiting his existing role and planning to throw his hat into the ring for Hoboken mayor.

The Garcia legal spin is he was secretly taping the lunch to build a case that the mayor's husband was acting as a "political emissary," but how spouses speaking to one another would constitute illegal activity is unclear.

The mayor in an issued statement Thursday all but called Garcia's taping of her husband at the January lunch an out and out attempt at extortion.

Yesterday, HHA residents said Carmelo Garcia was known to be secretly taping people in conversations "for a long time."  Hudson County figures over weeks have been quietly discussing with one another Garcia's secret taping(s) and wondering if they may have been "set up."

Most prominent among them, none other than State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack who held numerous meetings and conversations with Garcia leading to his selection as his choice for an Assembly seat last spring.

Garcia is on the ballot in November after being named to the county slate and considered an easy winner after a process where Brian Stack reportedly considered Frank "Pupie" Raia and Councilwoman Beth Mason for the slot.

Ruben Ramos, the departing Assemblyman who lost support of Stack due to disagreement over statewide pension reform advocated for Garcia as his replacement surprising many when Stack's announcement was made.

Carmelo Garcia "set up" a lunch to record the mayor's husband and former State Senator Bernard Kenny offering to throw mayoral candidate Ruben Ramos under the bus for unilateral powers in the HHA.

The full transcript, audiotape and legal filing are not available to the public.  It can't be too much longer before it all does.  It's likely to deliver weeks of Hoboken politico and blogosphere chatter as the November election approaches.

Leading into an HHA meeting earlier this year, Carmelo Garcia bragged he would be the next Assemblyman and said he had a brilliant idea in a brief Q&A.  He effusively praised MSV saying he wanted to bring Da Horsey into "his cabinet" when he is sworn in after the November election.

The job offer was laughed off and immediately dismissed but Garcia insisted he was a "maverick" and the offer was real. Was the conversation being taped by Garcia as part of another "set up?"

Talking Ed Note: Commenters have noted in addition to Carmelo Garcia's pictures disappearing from the Ruben Ramos' mayoral campaign media, election signs disappeared from Garica's home windows at least two weeks ago.

The speculation is Ramos' mayoral campaign being pitched as a "Vision for Hoboken" needed to immediately decouple from Garcia's controversial Vision 20/20 plan with the decision to go on offense with a civil suit.

While New York and New Jersey permit taping one's conversations, doing so among political friend and foe is certainly not being received with joyous celebration among politicos in Hoboken and Hudson County.

If the FBI wants to follow up on its Hoboken investigation, there may be a library of interesting audio tapes on Bloomfield St. waiting to be taken into evidence.