Monday, October 21, 2013

Councilman Bhalla slams Beth Mason on "vicious lies"

Wednesday night, Councilman Ravi Bhalla calmly blasted Councilman Beth Mason for the political operation she was pushing in her resolution to the local media. One of her signature hit pieces on the fascist website she sponsors, Hoboken411 appeared in typical fashion with numerous lies.

Other than the place bludiamonds notes Mason slings mud on a regular basis, no one else picked up her narrative Councilman Bhalla had done anything wrong accepting employment with a prestigious NJ law firm.

In the New Business portion, Bhalla referred to Council President's Peter Cunningham memo outlining the numerous errors of fact and said:

"Despite having that memo, you continue on this vendetta of vicious lies about not just me but my employement.  At this point, it's not just getting political, this is personal... I'm rooted in the community."

The reference to his employment was Bhalla having joined Florio Perrucci back in August. He's refrained from approving their bills from the work they completed last winter at the beginning of the year.

The firm is not doing nor seeking any additional work with the City of Hoboken, a direct concession to the value they placed in hiring Councilman Bhalla.

On Hudson County TV, the specious circular argument was captured as Beth Mason attempts in her typical manner to start with a demand for an investigation first and search for guilt later. Asked specifically about when Florio Perruci did business with the City of Hoboken last, Mason claimed she doesn't have an answer. She refers the reporter to OPRA the records.

If Mason doesn't know when the law firm last did business with the City (last winter) then why is she claiming Bhalla did anything wrong in accepting a job later in the summer ?

Councilman Bhalla concluded his remarks saying:
"You're trying to destroy my personal reputation. You crossed a line that will not be forgotten." 

At the last City Council meeting, Beth Mason's resolution was deemed placing the City at risk of being sued.
She didn't take it to well and her media strategy backfired except for a screed of lies on Hoboken411.
While looking prepared to stab her prey, she talks like she's a victim.  As if.

Talking Ed Note: Hudson County TV interviewed Beth Mason during the City Council meeting. You can see her and Councilwoman Terry Castellano making disparaging remarks but you'll have to count the fabrications for yourself.

You can view and comment on the HCTV video here.

Ramos campaign extends invite for final fundraiser

The Ruben Ramos campaign for mayor announces:

Support our team as we close in on election day!

Join Us for Our Final Fundraiser!

As we draw closer to election day, we are asking for your support in the final weeks of the campaign!

Our candidates have been working hard all year to achieve our Vision for Hoboken, but we need your help! As you may know, Ruben announced his candidacy in February, and has been working hard ever since to inform voters about his Vision for Hoboken. In May we launched our website, in July we opened our campaign headquarters, and we are knocking on the final doors right now. As election day nears, we are asking for your help to make sure we can reach as many voters as possible between now and November 5th.

Please see the event information for our final fundraiser below and let us know if you can attend. If you can't make it to this event, please consider making a contribution through our website at , or by donating your time and volunteering to door-to-door canvas with one of our candidates. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on the 28th!

Final Campaign Fundraiser
When: Monday, October 28th from 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Where: Cooper's Union, 104 Hudson Street
Contribution Levels: $75 Supporter, $150 Patron, $250 Visionary
Checks should be made payable to Vision for Hoboken

Thanks again and we hope to see you next Monday!



Next stop for Timmy Occhipinti: Recall!

Assemblyman Ruben Ramos has eye on retaking his fourth ward council seat

The rumor started with three weeks left in the mayoral and at-large council election November 5th. Ruben Ramos the former councilman for the fourth ward with lifetime roots to the area isn't going to forget Occhipinti "stabbing him in the back" as one supporter said in last week's council meeting. (See video below.)

Confirming what many see as inevitable, the two mayoral candidates not anticipated to see victory in the mayoral race have been in a present and future face-off of sorts, first for who will be in second place this November and then the expectation it will bleed over long after the Hoboken mayoral contest is over and Mayor Zimmer sees re-election.  MSV outlined the coming bad blood between Ramos and Occhipinti last January in their emerging Cold War in a Grist for the Mill story.

The Political Insider column on Saturday acknowledged this likelihood and made reference to the bad blood between the Old Guard camps. Assemblyman Ruben Ramos all but announced his intentions to run for Hoboken mayor last winter at the beginning of the year and the Raia-Mason slate jumped in right after Labor Day at the deadline making the long shot for the Ramos campaign far harder splitting the voter base both sides desperately needed in building any winning coalition.

From the column:

After the Hoboken municipal election, look for Assemblyman Ruben Ramos to go after Tim Occhipinti's council seat and, unless Frank Raia gets on the City Council in November, look for Raia to then target Michael Russo's council seat. The animosity is getting that bad.

What the column didn't identify is when Assemblyman Ramos will make his move.  The fourth ward council seat is up in 2015 but Ramos clearly has marshaled his allies to get behind him in the Hoboken Housing Authority and Occhipinti got a taste of it but on the receiving end Wednesday night.  The Carmelitos would oooh and awww at anything favorable to Ramos during public portion.

It was a reality check for Occhipinti who loved to play to the mob when he thought he was their guy.
From the sounds of it, the whispers are Assemblyman Ramos has some other ideas with the "Education of Timmy Occhipinti," the new game in town.

With the Ramos campaign already mobilized in a war going up against the Vote-by-Mail machine, what better way to keep his fourth ward base engaged after November 5th?


Timmy Occhipinti reality check? According to the NJ Political Insider column, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos
isn't going to forget what one supporter called Occhipinti "stabbing him in the back" 

Talking Ed Note: Frank "Pupie" Raia is also mentioned as a possible candidate in the third ward going up against Councilman Michael Russo.  If Raia is not successful in his council at-large bid, he'll be motivated for payback too.  For years Raia has been expected to support the Russo family in their election actions but his camp never sees anything resembling reciprocity.

The Russo clan notorious for never laying out a dime, (the ATM only works in one direction) have benefitted often over the years by Raia's largesse.  While the "family business" as they call Hoboken government is a cash machine they tap into whenever possible, even the Mason family's bottomless checkbook may not be available much longer.

Beth Mason perhaps finally figured out it's better to partner with someone who will share the financial load for mutual political objectives then vacuum the Mason checkbook endlessly as she spins her wheels into political oblivion.