Friday, October 18, 2013

Slander, Rev. Al, Carmelo Garcia and Vision Money/Money

Is there a lawyer available to help Mr. Carmelo Garcia on the law regarding slander?
Mr. Garcia showed up in public portion with what appeared to be his lawyer.

Here he begins his remarks in public portion to the City Council with an attack on Da Horsey and alleges the appearance  of harassment "as he normally does in his coward ways," before he was stopped by the Council President from continuing in that line of attack.

Garcia would later morph into a bad imitation of Rev. Al Sharpton knowing full well his demands and credibility are not at zero but below zero.  Later in the New Business portion, Councilman Michael Russo would allude to similar baseless charges.

Is attacking a citizen horse going to garner more votes for Assemblyman Ruben Ramos?

The Carmelitos in attendance spoke, some markedly improved in polite language and demeanor Carmelo Garcia should be given time to present his years old brochure on Vision 20/20 even though the City of Hoboken has yet to receive any Master Plan.

Oddly, the Old Guard has no interest whatsoever in seeking a required comprehensive and legal document.  There's so many millions of dollars to make on the backs of the poor.

If it means ignoring a basic tenet of redevelopment and presenting a comprehensive plan for review, this is one area where the Old Guard camps agree, forget a plan show us the money.

Divided on Old Guard candidacies, Council members Michael Russo, Beth Mason, Terry Castellano and Timmy Occhipinti completely agree on one point- approving Vision 20/20 with no scrutiny whatsoever.

It's the true shame of our City.

Talking Ed Note: After trying to browbeat approvals to begin Vision 20/20, the next attack on Hoboken was to launch a disgraceful "ethnic cleansing" lawsuit. What followed the national ridicule and severe criticism in that legal tactic is a shameless demand for time to present a marketing brochure.

The City of Hoboken rightfully needs to protect itself and all the people. Any redevelopment plan would impact the entire town for generations to come and strongly impact services: police, fire, education, etc.  The idea there is zero cost to the City of Hoboken is completely baseless.

The first place to begin a redevelopment plan is with credible leadership.  As it stands, this is most definitely not the case.  Recognition is owed first to Mayor Dawn Zimmer for objectively looking at the overall impact of any HHA redevelopment and asking basic questions to properly service the existing safety requirements of the HHA.

Then the City Council members should reasonably ask for a Master Plan to evaluate on behalf of all Hoboken's citizenry.  This is where the HHA redevelopment needs to start and is sorely lacking and overdue.

Thanks to Council President Peter Cunningham and council members Jen Giattino, Ravi Bhalla and David Mello.  They have not been cowed into overlooking their fiduciary duties to all the people of our City we call home.

As for Da Horsey, the preference here is for slander; if there's a choice, slander is preferred over assault which is preferred over threats to one's home and worse.

More on that at a time and place of our choosing.  Thank you very much Mr. Carmelo.

Correction:  The person with Carmelo Garcia was not the attorney Louis Zayas, but a former Chief of Staff to West New York's Sal Vega.  It's Daniel Ortega.

Now what is Sal Vega's former Chief of Staff doing in a Hoboken City Council meeting?

Carmelo Garcia (l) and the former West New York Chief of Staff Daniel Ortega.
Ortega worked as Chief of Staff to former West New York Mayor Sal Vega.
What's the connection here in Vision 20/20?

The sound and the fury of Perry Belfiore

Hoboken politico Perry Belfiore kicked off public portion with a bang refusing to surrender the microphone after five minutes and being escorted by not one but two Hoboken Police Officers after ranting and yelling well beyond the allotted time.

With the last City Council meeting before the Hoboken November 5th municipal elections, the crowd was filled with political operatives and Belfiore sought to do the most damage to aid his candidate, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos.

It was not a good result.

Belfiore sometimes humorous can be pointed and focused.  On this occasion he was not clearly misplacing facts on a counsel contract for the Hoboken Housing Authority and as his five minutes expired he announced he would not be surrendering the microphone until the police took him away.

He was not bluffing.

And so, here is the attack dog seeking his prey once again in the form of Councilman Ravi Bhalla or as Mr. Belfiore described him at the prior meeting, an "animal." In almost eight minutes, Belfiore did not find a few seconds to apologize for those unfortunate remarks.

Later Councilman Michael Russo would defend Belfiore and insist Council President Cunningham needed to show him more respect. Russo along with his mother, Michele Russo is backing Ruben Ramos for mayor.

And now the sound and the fury of Perry Belfiore. On substance, he never laid a a glove on his prey.

Talking Ed Note: The Carmelitos in attendance enjoyed Perry Belfiore's performance but beyond that small group in the HHA, the show, Act 1, Scene 2 may not be as well received by the rest of the Hoboken electorate.

Vision for Hoboken announces victory on first debate

The Ruben Ramos for mayor campaign announces:

Debate Highlights 

Dear Friend, 

Last week Ruben participated in a debate hosted by the Hoboken Reporter. He was the most aggressive, prepared and eloquent candidate for Mayor by a long shot. We put together this highlight video to show you Ruben's vision for a Better Hoboken -- 

Ruben needs your help to get the message out in this election. Will you share this video with five friends to show people who the best candidate for Hoboken's future really is? This is a close race and every vote counts.

Thank you for your support!

- V4H Team

Threats, a fight and "vote-by-mail payments are illegal"

Ramos backer David Liebler details alleged encounter with Occhipinti campaign manager Jamie Cryan

The bad blood between campaigns bled over outside the political arena when Ramos campaign supporter David Liebler alleged an encounter on Washington Street yesterday with the campaign manager for the Raia-Mason slate Jamie Cryan.

Cryan who is friends with Tim Occhipinti, the occupant of the fourth ward seat once held by Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, ran his controversial 2010 special election fourth ward campaign. Cryan was contacted for his version of events early this morning. For the moment here's David Liebler detailing his account and complaining to Tim Occhipinti for "stabbing" Ruben Ramos in the back.

Ramos had backed Occhipinti in 2010.

Liebler said he had been challenged to a fight on Washington Street earlier that day by Jamie Cryan.
He asked for Jamie Cryan's resignation after he was threatened to be "punched in the face," and demanded an apology.

He added the conflict came from a friendly bet Ruben Ramos would defeat Tim Occhipinti in the race.
"Paying people for their vote-by-mail is illegal," he said.  The HHA residents supporting Ruben Ramos in attendance were vocally supportive of his remarks.

Talking Ed Note: The back of the room was as much a player last night as the front of the room. On the whole better than expected but bad behavior from some, bad words and an assault on yours truly.

Ramos campaign supporter and Hoboken politico Perry Belfiore had his five minutes but he declined to conclude his remarks and he continued to attack his prey, "Ravee" Bhalla until the police had to remove him from the microphone.  He said he wouldn't give up the mic until he was taken away. On this point, he was proven correct.

The award to Mayor Zimmer from the APA went off with two dozen people participating and no interference from the 12 Carmelitos in attendance. The behavior was model for more than an hour. The boss however was not as well behaved on his late arrival coordinated for a public portion appearance.

Carmelo Garcia gave grandiose remarks morphing into Al Sharpton as he demanded "respect" to present his Vision 20/20 brochure.  He was applauded by his fellow Ruben Ramos campaign supporter Councilman Michael Russo and a his familiar group of ten HHA residents who align with him.

He also appeared to have brought his "ethnic cleansing" lawyer.
Let me say again and for the record: Mr. Carmelo Garcia - keep your hands off me.