Tuesday, September 24, 2013

HHA's Carmelo Garcia promotes Hoboken411 smear of Councilman Bhalla


Smear and dehumanization of Councilman Bhalla hearkens back to violence and murder against South Asians in Hoboken

Controversial Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia promoted via Facebook a Hoboken411 article smearing Ravi Bhalla featuring the council meeting video where fellow Ruben Ramos backer Perry Belfiore calls the minority councilman "an animal."

Garcia who has advocated other local websites be "denounced" at a recent meeting alleging "misinformation" about his stewardship and Vision 20/20 redevelopment at the HHA is oddly advocating for the notorious website where iron-fisted censorship is the norm and smear jobs of residents, city employees, local officials, local businesses and even the local hospital have been a Beth Mason sponsored staple over years.

Both Belfiore and Garcia are intimate supporters of Assemblyman Ruben Ramos' run for mayor.  Last Thursday evening both Belfiore and Garcia were seen outside the Ramos HQ offices conversing with campaign staff.

Has Carmelo Garcia ever once denounced the years long defamation of so many in the community by Hoboken411?  It appears not as the Old Guard is united in respect to smearing a minority councilman.

Back in 1987, insulting South Asians was the least of the problems as a gang of local teens attacked and killed one South Asian in Hoboken who was visiting a local cafe.

Carmelo Garcia who is under fire for secretly taping others and trying
to "set them up" for his lawsuit is trumpeting another Hoboken411 smear job.

Are Perry Belfiore, Carmelo Garcia and Hoboken411 hearkening back to the "good old days working together in a familiar dog whistle leading into Election Day?

A local racist group calling themselves "Dotbusters" in a letter to the Jersey Journal publicly vowed to rid the area of South Asians and were responsible for more than a dozen attacks in less than a year.  One attack led to the murder of one victim in Hoboken back in the late 80's.

One of the four teens sentenced in the savage attack which led to the death of Navroze Mody has been on the payroll of the HHA under Carmelo Garcia in recent years. Employee records out of the HHA are not readily available even to HHA commissioners under Garcia's less than transparent "leadership," and it's unknown if limited employee records are accurate.

At the time of the sentencing for the crime leading to the coma and death of Navroze Mody, many in the Indian community felt neither "karma" or "justice" was served.

Related: Background on the local areas's "Dotbusters" and the systematic violence they delivered as retold in a paper written by Elizabeth Guttierez.

This story is dedicated to the memory of Navroze Mody who was murdered in Hoboken while visiting a cafe with a friend in 1987.

White House salutes Hoboken CERT Team and Lou Casciano

City of Hoboken announces:


FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino (left), Hoboken CERT Coordinator Lou Casciano (right), and other Champions of Change honorees at the White House.

Hoboken’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers were recognized as “Community Preparedness Heroes” by FEMA and CERT Coordinator Lou Casciano was honored as a Community Preparedness and Resilience “Champion of Change” by the White House.

“Lou Casciano and our CERT volunteers helped save lives during Hurricane Sandy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I congratulate them on this incredible honor and thank them for their ongoing work to educate and prepare our community for future emergencies through the Hoboken Ready initiative. Their efforts are an essential part of a comprehensive plan to make Hoboken more resilient.”

Lou Casciano – Community Preparedness and Resilience “Champion of Change”
On September 24, 2013, Hoboken CERT Coordinator Lou Casciano was honored at the White House as a Community Preparedness and Resilience “Champion of Change.”

Lou joined the Hoboken Community Emergency Response Team in April 2010 and during his tenure was instrumental in managing the response to Hurricane Irene which led to his appointment as CERT Coordinator in June 2012.  In this new role, Lou recognized the need to plan for the next incident.  His techniques proved invaluable when Hoboken experienced the significant effects of Superstorm Sandy just one year later, including: (i) identifying and training key volunteer leaders to help manage the influx of 5,000 volunteers; (ii) identifying and recruiting doctors, pharmacists and nurse practitioners; (iii) opening Hoboken High School to accept and distribute more than 23,000 Meals Ready to Eat, and tens of thousands of donations from around the country; (iv) managing and supplying six Points of Distribution throughout the City; and (v) manning the Emergency Operations Center throughout the entire 14-day tour. In August 2013, Lou was appointed as Operations and Training Officer for the Office of Emergency Management with the City of Hoboken.

Hoboken CERT Volunteers – “Community Preparedness Heroes”
The volunteers of the Hoboken CERT program were recognized as “Community Preparedness Heroes” as part of the 2013 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

After Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in October 2012, the Hoboken CERT team was deployed to assist Hoboken’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in recovery efforts. The program distributed Hurricane Sandy information flyers throughout the Hoboken Housing Authority and locked down its HAM radio frequency to all communications with the exception of emergency traffic.  Additionally, the CERT program set up and manned the Emergency Operation Center with the Hoboken OEM and began the process of soliciting volunteers and staffing shelters.  On October 30, 2012, the CERT program started with recovery operations by identifying leaders and organizing hundreds of volunteers.  Hoboken CERT was able to utilize its amateur radio repeater as the primary means of communication for shelter operations, shuttle bus communications, and volunteer communications.

Former allies now the most bitter of foes

A screen shot from a 2010 YouTube ad featured Assemblyman Ruben Ramos and Tim Occhipinti together.
The bad blood between the political camps is beyond anything seen on the campaign trail in recent years.

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Sign of the Times: Buying and selling votes is illegal?

A reader sent in this pic as seen on 2nd and Willow.  Perhaps they need to move west.
Please keep in mind HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia claims you need his prior approval
to use your First Amendment rights in the HHA.

Latest updates from the campaigns

The Mayor Dawn Zimmer campaign announces:

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Dear Horsey and MSV readers --

We need you to get in the game.  The Zimmer Team along with fellow Hoboken residents, Abby and Eli Manning are preparing for our biggest event yet.The fight for doing what is right for our City is challenging. But my Council team Ravi Bhalla, David Mello, Jim Doyle and I are deeply committed to our community and we want keep building on our record. Together we saved our hospital, taking the City off of a $52 million bond guarantee, and completed 1600 Park--a project that members of my team have been fighting for since the 90s.

I know there is more work to do, which is why I am fighting to protect and preserve our treasured waterfront and bring more park space to all corners of Hoboken. I am pleased to report that we now have renovated and upgraded nearly all our existing city parks, providing a broader array of active recreational opportunities.
The completion of 1600 Park and upcoming renovation to Elysian Park and Sinatra Park are just the beginning of the great things happening in our City. With your support we look forward to bringing a beautiful waterfront park at Hoboken Cove including a new boathouse to expand everyone’s access to the Hudson River, and most importantly, we are fighting to make sure that developers follow through on their legal obligations to bring open space instead of over-development with the Monarch project.
So join us  on Monday September 30th!  Your support can make a huge difference in the future of our City and it will be a great night out with Abby and Eli!  Get in the Game!
Mayor Dawn Zimmer

Vision for Hoboken announces:

Support our Vision for Hoboken tomorrow, September 24th at Cadillac Cantina!

Just a reminder that our next fundraiser is taking place tomorrow night at the new Hoboken hot spot Cadillac Cantina. Join Ruben, Laura, Eduardo, Joe and fellow supporters for drinks and appetizers from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. As we prepare for the non-stop madness of October, your financial support is crucial to our operation. Please help us continue to reach out to Hoboken residents and realize our vision for our city.

When:  Tuesday, September 24th
               from 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Where: Cadillac Cantina
               80 River Street
                Hoboken, NJ 07030

Contribution: $100 per person

Please make checks payable to:
Vision for Hoboken
107 Jefferson Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030