Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hoboken City Hall site of Hudson County budget hearing @ 6:00

The new annual ritual of Hoboken hosting a HudCo budget meeting makes a pilgrimage to the Mile Square City tonight.

So, on this frightful day of a chill spring rain, Hoboken residents and taxpayers will have an opportunity to see its legislative body responsible for the double digit year over year tax increases with no negligible improved services before us.

Tonight at 6:00 PM the Hudson County budget hearing begins. A Public Portion will be available and if you have something to pass along to HudCo, this is your chance to do so on your home turf.

Beth Mason once looked upon Hudson County as an escape route to move up the political ladder.
Perhaps she'll show up tonight to pitch her newest episode of "Counte$$ goes to Washington." 

Talking Ed Note: Hoboken may wish to see HudCo make serious spending reductions but it wasn't long ago that one Hoboken resident thought there was a road etched in her name with County Executive paved on it. The thinking being some checks with the right names could open that door.

It didn't pan out but the Mason family checks continue being written and sent all over Hudson, Bergen, Passiac and Monmouth counties in the search to get Beth Mason something, anything other than lowly ward council member in a one square mile hamlet.

Many checks in many Soprano State places are in the five figure range or more, but no donut.


Beth Mason - FinBoy Nazi Truck graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger 

Flash Flood Watch in effect for Hoboken

The City of Hoboken announces:


FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT & DISCOUNTED GARAGE PARKING AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. Heavy rain and rainfall totals of 3 to 4 inches or more are currently forecast, with the potential for widespread flooding in urban areas.

The City of Hoboken is taking preparations including pre-positioning barricades to close streets as necessary.

Residents are advised to closely monitor forecasts and make appropriate preparations, including moving their vehicles from flood-prone streets. If heavy rain beyond the capacity of Hoboken's flood pump occurs during high tide, flooding is expected.

Due to the potential for flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets), Garage D (215 Hudson Street), and Midtown Garage (371 4th Street) beginning Wednesday, April 30 at 6pm through 8am on Thursday, May 1 for $5 for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.

Garage parking space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. When discounted parking is offered, garages frequently fill before the start of the discount period. Residents who wish to park in the garage outside of the discounted hours will be charged the regular garage fees during non-discount hours.

A map of flood-prone areas and additional information is available on the City website: www.hobokennj.org/flooding.

Remains recovered from Hudson River confirmed as Andrew Jarzyk





The family posted a message on a Facebook page:

Family/Friends/Great People we’ve met along the way 4/29/14

On behalf of my family, we would like to thank everyone for all of their continued support over the past 4 weeks. This has been an extremely difficult journey of many emotions during this time. Although this has been a very tragic ending, we have been able to get through this because of love, faith, and outpouring support that we have received from everyone. Andrew would be so proud. As we begin the healing process, please continue to be positive. Do not hang your heads on the “what if’s” in life. Andrew’s life on this earth was indeed cut very short. If you’ve crossed paths with him over these 27 years, consider yourself lucky.

The entire message is available at the link.

Sympathy and condolences to the family in this difficult time.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Beth Mason takes the BoE?

Beth Mason releases statement a lawsuit is wrong.

(No really.)

A story on Hoboken Patch announced statements attributed to Councilwoman Beth Mason criticizing the legal dispute between the school district, HoLa, the dual language charter school and the State of NJ.

Beth Mason criticizing a lawsuit?

No, that's not a joke. It just happens to be a lawsuit about a difference on policy, starkly different from the recent lawsuit activity being conducted by Hoboken's litigious councilwoman.

There's the legal maneuvering of the high powered Genova Burns law firm representing Beth Mason in her legal wrangle with the State of New Jersey's campaign watchdog. In that legal dispute, Mason and her husband, Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are trying to negotiate their way out of potential millions in fines for hundreds of campaign violations cited in her 2009 and 2011 campaigns.

Then there's the whopper of them all. Multiple Hoboken political observers have independently attributed the SLAPP suit to Beth Mason against 24 Hoboken bloggers. Mason herself has never said a word denying her role in underwriting the staged attack on political speech with a civil lawsuit.

Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason released a statement criticizing the BoE schools petition to the State of NJ appealing the expansion of the dual language charter school, HoLa. She's previously said council members should not interfere or politicize the BoE.

Now Beth Mason's approved a release with statements criticizing the Hoboken Board of Education in its legal petition to the State of New Jersey on HoLa's approved expansion for 7th and 8th grades.
Beth Mason reportedly did not send her two children to any Hoboken school.  They were sent to Manhattan for their education.

Hoboken Patch released a short story with Mason's prepared statement which says in part:

“It is very unfortunate that the Hoboken Board of Education is wasting precious resources on a politically charged lawsuit, instead of using this money in classrooms to improve the learning environment for our students and teachers," Mason said in a statement. 

Our children should not be forced to stand in two lines with one versus the other, public school student versus charter school student, but rather in one circle where each student is given the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams. The Board of Education should drop this lawsuit immediately. Two Board Trustees, Peter Biancamano and Frances Rhodes-Kearns, objected to the lawsuit, but their concerns were ignored by Board of Education President Leon Gold."

The Hoboken Patch story is available at the link.

Talking Ed Note: Perhaps Hoboken should give Beth Mason a pass on this release. Even though she's claims she writes her own stuff, she doesn't.

She's just doing what she typically does - playing politics.
Hoboken should be grateful she's not underwriting another lawsuit. Yet.

Monday, April 28, 2014

BOMBSHELL: $15,000 bribe uncovered at the Malibu

If it isn't the history or the food that keeps them coming back for more, the fascination the Old Guard holds for the Malibu is steeped in corrupt affection.  Is it something in the water?

MSV for the first time is reporting the infamous diner connected to Hoboken corruption history was the scene of another $15,000 bribe and this one is most certainly not connected to any federal sting.

Subscribers will see the story arrive via email later today.

The Malibu - scene of a real $15,000 bribe?

Talking Ed Note: Everyone else is welcome to chew on the latest advertorial in the weekend rag, Bethy goes to Washington.
Try not to puke.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hack attempt on Da Horsey's iPad?

Coming on the back of the possible hackery against Grafix Avenger, is said hacking part of a concerted effort to stop a legal defense or to force Hoboken's reform oriented websites to shut down?

Grafix Avenger suffered loss of her main computer when it appeared to be hijacked by a force not her own (or her cat.)

Here's video of what appears an attempt to break through Da Horsey's iPad which is password protected. Since the Grafix Avenger story, MSV has taken additional steps to enhance internet security.

An old saying about our freedoms, the only thing protecting the First Amendment is the Second Amendment comes to mind. If that rankles, well I don't see you standing outside guarding the gate.

During the Hurricane Sandy emergency after being twice assaulted with no warning or word said by a fishy minion of counte$$ (who stood by ignoring the violence not ten feet away) another hired minion would remark "It must be nice to have power," letting it be known they were aware the stable had electricity.

How far or low will they go? Well that incident was months after the SLAPP was announced in a live City Council meeting in July 2012 two weeks prior to the day filed (and ignored by local media). Perhaps a bounty on Horsey is outstanding. The existing budget is said to be well into six figures and the ongoing political operation using the courts is according to some well heeled observers likely double that to date.

It's the worst kept secret in the Mile Square but the silence among the fourth estate is a real howler.
Page three ads buy lots of complicity and that's not the only "business" among the conspirators.

Here's the video taken of the odd behavior with the iPad turned on all by itself but repeated actions entering codes fail to break through. There's no external hands or hooves anywhere in sight. Perhaps there are unseen hooves on call acting on behalf of she who will not be named.





Was it a hack attempt or merely a ghost in the machine?

Friday, April 25, 2014

James Sanford announces run for Hoboken Chairman of the Republican Party - June 3rd

From the desk of Hoboken Republican Chair candidate James Sanford:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

My name is James Sanford and today begins our team’s campaign for Chair of the Hoboken Republican Party.  As your nominee I have recruited a team of talented young professionals who bring with them passion, experience, and a renewed dedication to building the Hoboken Republican Party.  Thank you to the dozens of men and women who have stepped forward as Republican candidates to represent your districts and support my bid for Hoboken Republican Chair.  Your time and effort is sincerely appreciated.  Also, much thanks goes to our team of campaign volunteers who continue to work tirelessly for change.  Thank you for the privilege of leading this spectacular team.

Organizing the Republican party is the goal.  As Chair of the Hudson County Young Republicans the greatest achievement of my tenure was expanding the club to over 60 members; almost half of whom were women.  As Northern Vice Chair of the NJ Young Republicans it was a pleasure assisting two talented young women to found and lead the creation of new clubs in Passaic and Union counties.  Lastly, leading a delegation of 15 Hudson County members in Ohio to volunteer on behalf of Mitt Romney for President was an unforgettable experience that taught us a great deal about organizing and campaigning.

As the manager of the Purchasing Department for a prestigious global financial institution; my experience managing staff, preparing budgets, and accomplishing projects will help us to achieve our goals.  As last year’s Republican candidate for NJ State Senate my campaign gained valuable insights that will be used to support other potential candidates for local office.  With your support and our leadership we will build the crucial infrastructure and raise the necessary funds to support candidates with the courage and persistence to hold local politicians accountable.

Our team is also proud to introduce Ted Conrad as our nominee for Vice Chair of the Hoboken Republican Committee.  Ted’s years of experience serving in political campaigns is an invaluable asset as we undertake the challenge of growing the Hoboken Republican Party.  Ted is going to do a great job!

Over the coming weeks, we look forward to earning your vote.  Election Day is June 3rd; if you want to help make a difference then please join our team.  Below, is my cell# and e-mail.  Also, please join us at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, Sunday, May 4th from 11:00AM to 5:00PM.  You can help register new voters at our Republican table or if you are new to town get registered with us and make some new friends.

Please remember to vote for the “Hudson County Republican Party” team.  Together we will make a difference!



Thank you,
James Sanford
Hoboken Republican Chair Nominee
Ward 4 District 3 Committeeman
Cell#:   973-800-6634


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

GA: 'Cyber attack revealed in connection to the Hoboken SLAPP case'

Today was not going to be an ordinary day. There were some telltale indicators but sharing that with the 'darksiders' as Grafix Avenger endearingly calls them isn't in the cards.

Today GA announced news of a cyber attack and the culprit is most definitely not her cat.

She issued a public notice "anyone in possession of materials obtained illegally" will face prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.


The hacker decided to quite literally interject in revealing themselves while she was writing a legal motion against the Hoboken SLAPP suit.

Wonder what is so scary about that Grafix Avenger legal motion for the hacker to expose themselves and run naked through her living room in the middle of the day yelling "Stop that right now!" figuratively speaking?

Let's just say the timing is nothing short of fascinating as Star Trek's Spock might say and answers may be available peering through the Locke, stock and barrel if one elects to connect the dots.




It's a good time to review your internet security. Once your personal privacy is compromised, you will not know what data is accessed, reviewed, watched and/or collected. Worse, the intruder can compromise all your documents, email and anything else indefinitely without your knowledge.

Until of course they decide to suddenly pop out of your closet, re: your internet connection and quite literally seize a Microsoft Word document you are writing an important legal motion opposing a politically inspired SLAPP suit.

The War on Speech in Hoboken has taken a dramatically new and dangerous turn for the worse.

Da Horsey's shield is up!
So is the Stable's firewall.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On tap: Special City Council meeting @ 7:00





Tonight's special meeting is focused on budget matters and waterfront surveillance equipment.
Here's the agenda:

SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING AND FINAL VOTE

1.* ORDINANCE TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION LIMITS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP BANK (N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.14)
(sponsored by Councilman Bhalla and Councilman Cunningham) (Z
-287) (carried to May 7, 2014 city council meeting)

RESOLUTIONS
  1. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CY 2014 MUNICIPAL BUDGET TO BE READ BY TITLE ONLY (submitted by City Clerk’s office)
    PUBLIC HEARING ON THE CALENDAR YEAR 2014 MUNICIPAL BUDGET
    PUBLIC COMMENTS RESOLUTIONS(CONTINUED)

  2. RESOLUTION TO AMEND BUDGET (submitted by administration) (PULLED)

  3. RESOLUTION TO RESCIND A SERVICE CONTRACT WITH BIKE THE GREENWAY AS BIKE SHARE SERVICE OPERATOR TO THE CITY OF HOBOKEN, AS WELL AS THE CITY OF JERSEY CITY AND THE TOWNSHIP OF WEEHAWKEN (submitted by administration)
  1. RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE A SERVICE CONTRACT WITH NJ BIKESHARE, LLC/dba BIKE THE SKYLINE AS BIKE SHARE SERVICE OPERATOR TO THE CITY OF HOBOKEN, AS WELL AS THE CITY OF JERSEY CITY AND THE TOWNSHIP OF WEEHAWKEN, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNDERLYING SHARED SERVICE AGREEMENT FOR BIKE SHARE SERVICES BETWEEN THE THREE MUNICIPALITIES, FOR A FIVE-YEAR TERM, WITH A CITY COMMISSION OF 10% PROFIT SHARE PAYABLE TO THE THREE MUNICIPALITIES AFTER CAPITAL EXPENDITURES HAVE BEEN RECOUPED (submitted by administration)

  2. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY TEMPORARY APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2014 BUDGET (submitted by administration)

  3. RESOLUTION AWARDING A CONTRACT TO MILLENNIUM COMMUNICATIONS GROUP INC TO PURCHASE WATERFRONT SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE CONTRACT M-7000/A83083 IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $177,023.98 (submitted by administration)

  4. RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF OBTAINING A SECURITY CAMERA NETWORK ON HOBOKEN’S WATERFRONT (sponsored by Councilwoman Castellano and Councilman Russo) 

Mayor Zimmer letter to State investigative oversight committee explains SandyGate "nightmare"

MILE SQUARE VIEW HOBOKEN EXCLUSIVE FEATURE


Mayor's letter explains her fear in coming forward on SandyGate

A letter from Mayor Zimmer to the State investigative committee looking into the BridgeGate and SandyGate scandals addresses for the first time her reason for not going public sooner when she was allegedly pressured to approve the billion dollar Rockefeller project.

According to a Star Ledger story, Mayor Zimmer felt links between the governor and the US Attorneys Office would make coming forward "a nightmare."

The story says she discussed the dilemma when it first surfaced with Hoboken land use attorney Joe Maritziti. The Hoboken City Council recently voted its approval permitting the City attorney to waive attorney-client privilege so he could fully cooperate with a subpoena issued from the US Attorney's Office in Newark.

At the time of the incident with the Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, the mayor maintained notes in a  personal journal and additional entries were photographed and recently shared with the State investigative committee.

The story reveals an excerpt of the mayor's letter to the committee which says in part:

"I have now heard it from Lt. Gov. and Com. Constable," she says in apparent reference to the threats to her Sandy aid, which she says were made by both Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable.  "Yes – this is illegal.  I debated with Joe Marzati whether or not to go to US Attorney – we decided that Christie has friends throughout US Attorney's office - ..[therefore] not much chance in getting help from them & it could create a nightmare for us. A little scary to realize that there's nowhere to turn for help against this threat from Gov. Christie.  My best defense is to stand up to the bully – my beloved Gov who wants to run for president."

The mayor's letter also addresses a comment by Governor Christie he would like to have a bill making it illegal not to come forward and report misconduct. The mayor has alleged several members of the governor's administration pushed the Rockefeller project, linking it to Sandy aid.

In the letter, the mayor addressed her concerns in how such well intentioned legislation could backfire and have a "chilling effect" writing:


Councilman Michael Russo has publicly criticized the mayor for not coming forward and immediately reporting "a crime." His cousin, Councilwoman Terry Castellano agreed in the same council meeting saying the mayor should have reported the "bribe." 

But Councilman Jim Doyle corrected them saying a bribe has an element of self-interest which is not the case with the mayor's situation as she stood not to gain in any way personally in not immediately coming forward with the allegations as currently understood. (More likely Hoboken stood to lose with critical open Sandy aid requests weighing in the balance.)

Back in 2009, Councilman Russo was seen on FBI videotape agreeing to accept a series of bribes and instructed a Jersey City colleague to make out a $5,000 check to his "Russo for Hoboken" from FBI informant Solomon Dwek who was posing as a real estate developer. 

Russo claimed never to have received the check and he never reported it to the authorities. The FBI videotape was first released in Hoboken by MSV following its investigative stories on the matter after the release of "The Jersey Sting."

Better days: Governor Chris Christie came to Hoboken during the Sandy emergency and embraced Mayor Zimmer in an unannounced visit to the Elks. They won't be hugging it out again.


Talking Ed Note: Severe criticism questioning the mayor's allegations surrounding Sandy aid to Hoboken have been loud, crass and personal. As information continues to come to light, those allegations appear more credible not less.

A tip of the hat to Hoboken's Iron Lady is in order. Even from those of us who voted for Governor Christie not once but twice. Did any of us doing so wish to support corruption or the corrupt when we voted for the corruption busting governor?

No, but that's the crow we may yet have to eat if the allegations prove true.

Update: The full letter appeared in a WYNC story yesterday with entries from the mayor's journal:

Monday, April 21, 2014

BoE school district suing HoLa charter school on legal "technicality"

Earlier this month, the Hoboken BoE district filed a lawsuit against the two grade expansion of HoLA, the downtown Spanish immersion charter school.

The cold war between the BoE school district and Hoboken charter schools has gone red hot since the announcement last month dozens of layoffs were likely with a tax increase in its preliminary budget. There's no financial figures attached to that announcement and no additional details are available on the district website.

A legal complaint filed earlier this month challenges the charter school's expansion according to a Jersey Journal story filed the end of last week.

According to the story, the lawsuit is based on a technicality looking to reverse the approval of a state approved expansion for the seventh and eighth grades at HoLa. The sixth grade was approved previously and is slated to open next year. The two higher grades are scheduled to follow the year after.

From the Jersey Journal:




The story states the BoE district complains its bearing the weight of more minority students versus HoLa, what's been described as "the segregation affect" saying:

"The percentage of minority students at the bilingual school has been consistently about half that of the district’s for the past three years, the district states in its lawsuit."

The co-founder of HoLa called the lawsuit on the charter school an "attack" and "outrageous" while the BoE school district declined to comment. The story does add a comment via email from Hoboken Superintendent Mark Toback the lawsuit "is not an attack on HoLA Charter School or charter schools in general."

HoLa parents appeared at a BoE meeting to speak on behalf of that's school's
expansion. Now it's part of a legal battle opposed by the BoE earlier this month.

Talking Ed Note: It's not clear how this legal technicality will aid the BoE school district. The State has ample time to address the approval process with the added seventh and eight grades more than a year off.

The immediate result means the softening cold war between the BoE school district and HoLa goes red hot. Again.

Residential Parking Permit Renewal Process

Councilman Peter Cunningham announces:

Happy spring and happy holidays to all.

This weekend's local paper had a public service announcement for parking permit renewals for Hoboken residents.  Many of you may not be aware that renewals are on a rolling basis, not within the first quarter of the year as it had been for as long as we can remember.

April 2013 permits are to be renewed at this time.  To check on when your permit renewal is due, please login to www.hobokennj.org/hpuonline.  This is a GovOnline System where you login to create an account, view your updated contact info, or renew your permit.  You can also call 201-653-1919 to check on your renewal during the hours of M-F, 8:15am to 9:30pm; Sat from 9-1pm.  If you are not signed up to receive your renewal via email, you should receive a letter.  I advise that if you haven't renewed in over a year to do so as soon as possible.

As the new Chair of the Transportation and Parking Committee of the City Council, is our job to improve the policies of the Utility to create more parking for our residents with out jeopardizing pedestrian safety, and study traffic patterns to reduce congestion and improve traffic flows.  Obviously these are two lofty challenges.  There are many other initiatives being undertaken to assist in this endeavour, such as a Parking Master Plan.  

I am always open to hear suggestions, and questions and concerns.  Please pass this note along to your neighbors, and look forward to speaking with you soon.  Thanks, 

Peter Cunningham
cunninghamforhoboken@gmail.com

Sunday, April 20, 2014





He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.       

                                                    Matthew 28:6

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hoboken BoE v. NJ Department of Education, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School





The complete legal filing by the Hoboken BoE vs. State of NJ DoE, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School.

Some highlights:

The filing includes original letters by the Superintendent objecting to the expansion of HoLa and "urged the DoE further study and analyze the issue of major demographic differences."

In Exhibit C, a reference to school performance demonstrate "de facto segregation" with BoE vs. Hoboken charters. A comparison between Connors and HoLA states the former has 3.9% white students vs. 60.6% at HoLa. Further comparison references a 76% minority population in the BoE district vs. 30% in 2011-2012.

In comparison, Jersey City is examined revealing a more consistent cross section of the overall student population in its charter schools.

Additional data documents differences in disabled, disadvantaged student populations and makes a request to "correct' the lottery process fueling the figures presented.

The legal question raised is on the determination made in HoLa's proposed expansion for seventh and eights grades over the next two years and claims the approval is not valid under NJ statute and the Commissioner of Eduction reassess both the renewal and expansion.

Funding is requested as part of the overall re-evaluation.

A claim is put forward the NJ DOE failed to address the "segregation effect and funding issues."

Talking Ed Note: It's unclear what remedies may be considered by the State's Department of Education. The broadest impact would come from a successful challenge to the existing lottery system for Hoboken charter schools.

The complete document is also available at the link.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What happens when you "mess" with Vision 20/20 and "politicians"


MSV has previously written of evidence of direct threats made against Hoboken resident Jessica Coco. There's more to that story.




What you weren't told were the threats made against this editor.

The continuing political efforts surrounding the undocumented plan Vision 20/20 and the hostilities surrounding its lack of approval have led to numerous antagonistic actions, games being played and pawns pushed into the fray.

For the first time, MSV will make public the evidence of a threat directed against this editor.
It ended thusly:

You should hope that your home doesn't get vandalized like Ms. Coco's did. Don't mess with politicians. 

Things won't end well.

Complete details were turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Have a great holiday everyone.

MSV Exclusive: Carmelo Garcia's paid staff and accountability to the People

Carmelo Garcia and his important but controversial dual roles as HHA Executive Director and Assemblyman saw that issue arise this past week in both the HHA and last night's City Council meeting.

A question was posed to one of his staff members Patricia Waiters, when Councilman Ravi Bhalla asked if she was a paid staff member of Carmelo Garcia.

Waiters responded "no" and provided a long confusing dually confessed and obfuscated answer. She along with several others is in fact on the payroll of Assemblyman Garcia.  Councilman Ravi Bhalla finished requesting a legal opinion if it's appropriate to vote someone on as a HHA commissioner who is also a paid staff member of Assemblyman Garcia.

It's discussed near the end of public portion:


In the video, Waiters also claims among other problematic issues surrounding antisemitic remarks alleged at the Thursday HHA meeting to being harassed and said MSV was "chasing us" and "that's why we had him removed out of the meeting."  MSV categorically denies all the false allegations.

A complete transcript from the April HHA meeting will be made available to the public.

The following people are on the taxpayers payroll as paid aides to Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia:

Former Hoboken councilman and
former Hoboken resident                           Chris Campos - $40,000

Former Chief of Staff to former
Mayor Sal Vega of West New York           Daniel Ortega - $38,000

Communications professional:                  Frank Rosner - $15,000

Hoboken resident                                       Patricia Waiters - $10,000

Former Hoboken resident                          Nick Calicchio - $7,000


MSV is adding Patricia Waiters to the short list of public officials receiving taxpayer funds who will no longer be contacted on occasion for comment on issues of public concern. While she has called MSV a few months back seeking advice and she had been called once a month ago, there's been an obvious change in demeanor since her new job with Assemblyman Garcia.

After her appearance in City Council a month ago, a text conversation that evening ended with a question unanswered if she was being paid by Carmelo Garcia. A conversation followed the next day and she did admit she worked under him "for constituents." Told getting paid and doing work was no issue but that comments made outside of accepted political norms was problematic, Waiters would finally agree and the conversation ended on an up note.

None of that information however was reported until details could be verified.

It's not been an up note with the public remarks made before the HHA and City Council since.  MSV will allow the public to draw its own conclusions and stands by its first person account of the last HHA meeting a week ago.

The other person who is on the "no questions" list is fourth ward Democratic Committeeman Matt Calicchio who filed false charges claiming he was being "followed" by MSV after a single phone call asking about his upcoming trial. He however continues to approach MSV (from behind) or on the street and makes less than savory remarks which won't be printed here.

Those false charges were later thrown out of court.

Carmelo Garcia even as a public figure holding dual taxpayer paid public positions is the other person who is not contacted in any private setting. While there's no concern about his recording a conversation, there's been too much of the "woe is me" cries to do so without witnesses as in a question on a single public matter last year he refused to comment and threatened to file a complaint he was being harassed.

Since then, Garcia's filed frivolous lawsuits and it appears the aim is more of the same.

Anyone in the public, resident, constituent or citizen journalist has every right to ask elected and appointed officials a question in person, by phone or text. Doing so does not constitute "harassment."

Of course anyone has the right to comment here or contact MSV on any concern of public policy. That's the accountability to the public owed. Too bad some elected and paid government officials believe they are exceptions to that obvious fact.

As many people know, the Old Guard is using the courts as a tool of real intimidation in their personal politics of destruction. It's what some do who can't muster a rational argument.


Correction: MSV has written Carmelo Garcia is on the public taxpayer roles in three positions: HHA Executive Director, NJ Assemblyman and as an aide to Freeholder Anthony Romano.

The last position is no longer true as Garcia no longer holds that $5,000 position as aide to the Freeholder effective last fall. The position of aide to the Freeholder was one Garcia originally obtained through appointment of the former Freeholder, the late Maurice Fitzgibbons.

No Master Plan, zero transparency as Beth Mason pushes the Vision 20/20 scam

One of the aspects of Hoboken's changing political climate is the never say die mentality of those who stand in the way of not just good government but decent government. It's the shame of our City.

How else to explain this video of Councilwoman Beth Mason speaking on Vision 20/20? As has been pointed out numerous times, this monstrosity was thrust upon the Hoboken public and the unsuspecting residents of the HHA with zero transparency.

To date all the public has seen is a bunch of words and a glossy brochure.

A brochure.

To date, there is no Master Plan, this is a Master Scam being offered by an emperor with no clothes.

There's reference to mysterious support in Washington and New Orleans who it's claimed back the undocumented Vision 20/20 project. How or why anyone in New Orleans would back an undocumented massive redevelopment in New Jersey is not answered.

When the vaguest question on opposition to Vision 20/20 is asked, Mason offers not a single shred of illumination. There is no argument to the lack of a Master Plan or anything remotely resembling same to the Office of the Mayor, the City Council, the Hoboken Housing Authority or the Hoboken public at large.

How does one argue against criticism of an undocumented massive redevelopment of the HHA?

The first proposed structure turning over the management rights of the building featured a cool, clean one million dollars in profit.

The plan calls for well over a dozen more similar buildings with oversight rights removed and a fat subsidy, a PILOT of course courtesy of you the taxpayer.

Whatever happened to the promised tenant "Bill of Rights?" That too doesn't exist.

Shameless, absolutely shameless. Here's Beth Mason:


Video courtesy of Hudson County TV


Talking Ed Note: One commenter at HCTV is not amused by the "infomercial" without any credible information.

No kidding.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Attack of the Carmelitos @ 7:00

Tonight's City Council meeting comes with a fairly light agenda although there's some financial moves for budgeting on deck but without a neutralized reform council member absent, MORTe (Mason-Occhipinti-Russo and Terry Castellano) can not hope to stop merely delay or obfuscate needed approvals on budget matters.

But the war over the fiefdom of the HHA's contracted and self-appointed leader Carmelo Garcia should see some noise coming from his small, merry band of Carmelitos this evening.

Posters up within the HHA buildings are urging residents to come out and support Garcia's unilateral control before the City Council. At the HHA meeting last week, the race card is de rigueur and antisemitism is being openly voiced on the record.

Led by Carmlo Garcia's employee/Assembly aide Patricia Waiters, the Carmelitos are noisily fighting to stem off any oversight of the Hoboken Housing Authority and liberally apply the race card in the attempt to keep any professional not reflexively willing to vote in favor of the secretive Vision 20/20 plan. (The seat expiring held by Eduardo Gonzalez up next month becomes the swing vote since the vote of commissioner Judy Burrell has flipped backing Garcia's agenda.)

Some of the Carmelitos may actually believe Garcia saying Vision 20/20 is what he "says" it is even as none of the residents in the HHA received any "bill of rights" promised with the massive, undocumented  redevelopment proposal.

Others in the HHA think they will benefit with the powers of the HHA Executive Director used to benefit some (think bigger HHA units in favorable locations already allocated for bellowing at the microphone as his spokespeople.)

How do the other HHA residents feel about being sold out? MSV has heard its divided some and ended friendships with others who tried to enlist them saying they would be "taken care of" and it's everyone for themselves.

One who has raised her voice in skepticism about Vision 20/20 has seen a series of criminal attacks on her property and home since last year with the mere suspicion she was not "on board." That resident and the criminality evidenced prior on MSV in the person of Jessica Coco has been overlooked entirely in the "debate" as MORTe has intensely backed the razing of the HHA with some undetermined monstrosity in its place - exceeding its existing density and size more than twice over in the brochure put forward.

All this with not a single page of a Master Plan produced to the Mayor's Office, the City Council or the Hoboken public.

In the face of this utter outrage, it's Councilwoman Beth Mason who has voiced support of Vision 20/20 in recent council meetings and also in a new video.

This from the woman who has made a career of saying she needs "more information."

When it comes to Vision 20/20, Mason like her MORTe allies don't need a single, solitary page.

'Develop or Die!' Or is it overdevelop and get rich or die trying? 





Tonight's agenda: http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/council/agenda14/revised-ccm-4-16-14.pdf

City Council @ 7:00 but network problems may blink out live broadcast

There's been networking problems at City Hall and live broadcasts of the City Council meetings have been down in recent weeks. Unclear if that's fixed for tonight.

The last meeting led to the first interview with Councilwoman Beth Mason on her and her husband's hundreds of campaign violations, (Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz)

Speaking for the first time on their state violations where up to seven figure fines are on the table by NJ's watchdog agency, Beth Mason made her first public comment on the controversy. 

Her comments however were not congruent with the complaint against her 2011 and 2009 campaigns. She claimed the "numbers are false," and NJ Elec, the oversight agency 'doesn't write their own stuff.'

It's unclear where the review process Mason called "hyped up" stands or if the rumors floating around on Grafix Avenger are true - that the Mason family is unhappy with pending fines for their lawbreaking.

Back later with more. This City Council meeting may be live but it won't be available on Maxell.


                         

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Report: NJ Mayors suffer for not backing governor

The parallel investigations between the US Attorney's Office and a state committee investigating missteps into the BridgeGate and SandyGate swarm rolls on. With it the latest report from today's Star Ledger details how the governor's staff was allegedly directed not to work with mayors across the state who weren't politically supportive of the governor as he sought re-election last November.

The issue is illustrated here with the statement of an aide for Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno upon leaving a Shoprite parking lot after speaking privately with the mayor. The aide testified upon departure from Hoboken the Lt. Governor said "Mayor Zimmer was not playing ball."

While the conversation isn't directly linked to the mayor's contention she was told a quid pro quo for Sandy aid required her support for the proposed billion dollar Rockefeller project in north Hoboken, the theme of "playing ball" is central in today's Star Ledger report.

The Lt. Governor's comments aren't featured in today's SL story but were highlighted in the governor's office internal report.

Hoboken gets a nod in relation to Hurricane Sandy assistance and the mayor's failure to endorse the governor:



Mayor Zimmer supported many of Governor Christie's initiatives and spoke of the many positive things he did as governor but came short allegedly in the eyes of the governor's staff for her refusal to endorse him leading into last November's election.

With no small amount of irony, Governor Christie was the top vote getter in Hoboken last November, seeing 200 more votes than Mayor Zimmer herself.

As bits and pieces continue to emerge, the Mayor's statements tied to her allegations appear more not less consistent. That should give many pause.

Mayor Zimmer addressing Hoboken residents during the Hurricane Sandy emergency has withstood another storm
in the political wake of SandyGate. Evidence emerging in the case appears to support her allegations Hoboken saw
inadequate aid after Hurricane Sandy for political reasons.

Related: Playing ball. http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/04/10/playing-ball-with-chris-christie

Governor's staff accused of bleeding over to political operative work to re-elect the governor.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Gangsterism at the HHA as Chair Rob Davis orders MSV ejected for being yelled at by Patricia Waiters

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE


A first hand account and analysis of the HHA meeting Thursday night

At the Hoboken Housing Authority Thursday evening, the official standard of a federal meeting is it’s open to the public and all are welcome to attend including the taxpayers subsidizing the agency. Theoretically, that includes without fear of reprisal, harassment or worse.

In the land of the Carmelo Garcia Banana Republic however, none of these laws apply. Submitted for your approval a federal meeting of the Hoboken Housing Authority held at Fox Hills in the confines of uptown Hoboken. Said federal meeting broke out into a political rally attacking those who are feared overseeing their desired contractor in the form of the Executive Director, Carmelo Garcia.

Before the meeting began, MSV and Patricia Waiters arrived at the same time. No friendly chatter, not even a hello at the entrance outside. Minutes later, a joke followed at the front of the room Da Horsey would be “hijacking the meeting 20 minutes" in so if that was an objective doing so five minutes earlier might be the way to go.

That joke would prove prophetic.

HHA commissioner Dana Wefer during the billing review asked a host of questions on payments, contracts and HUD governing rules while absorbing a barrage of constant verbal attacks from select members of the audience over the course of thirty minutes. On limited occasions, they were asked by Chairman Rob Davis to settle down. No warning was given to any member of the audience yelling out re: Carmelitos. The disruptions continued throughout and Wefer maintained professional composure ignoring the personal attacks.

Later one outburst led to Chairman Davis in a rare instance replying to the crowd, “Okay let’s have some respect” as commissioner Wefer was attempting to obtain some clarification on HUD policy with Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.

His admonition was followed immediately with quite literally a double wink to the audience. MSV seeing this, said aloud “wink, wink” easily within hearing range of the Chair. Was that an incentive to eject this reporter when yelled at by Patricia Waiters later?

After the agenda was completed, the public portion was scheduled to begin. The stenographer got up and stepped away from her seat for a short break but Patricia Waiters, who is on the payroll of the Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia had already taken his microphone.

Carmelo Garcia strikes a pose for MSV before the HHA meeting as his Assembly aide employee Patricia Waiters checks in
to "work." Waiters disrupted the meeting early with regular outbursts and later took over while the stenographer stepped away momentarily so she could politick or as she said "address the crowd."

Waiters declared she was going to “address the crowd” while the stenographer was off the record, not transcripting the meeting away from her seat. As she began to let fly her political brand of Waiterisms, MSV began filming the hijack but looked to the Chair and Mr. Garcia saying, “She’s politicking? She’s suppose to be addressing the board.”

Garcia immediately saw this as problematic. Last April, the Appellate Court overruled Hudson County Superior Court Assignment Judge Peter Bariso making toothless the Hatch Act allowing Garcia to be paid as a federal contractor to the HHA while running for the partisan Assembly seat he now holds.  

Here was the failure of enforcing the Hatch Act live and in action. Garcia stood attempting to dissuade Waiters from continuing her "State of the HHA address" to the audience. She initially ignored him and then turning at her leisure decided to face the commissioners after she she felt it adequate to denigrate commissioner Wefer to the audience with the stenographer still “off the record.” 

Waiters then looked toward Wefer and continued her litany of personal attacks, all unrelated to the work of a commissioner on the federal agency. “She doesn’t live here… She’s from Bergen. She lost twice...” Waiters bellowed from the mic as some Carmelitos in the audience chimed in. Ironically, commissioner Wefer along with fellow commissioners Dave Mello and James Sanford live adjacent to the HHA downtown while Waiters lives in an Applied Housing building uptown closer to the Hudson Tea Building than the HHA.

The stenographer was still not in her seat. Commissioner Wefer sat passively absorbing the tirade. “You lost too Pat,” MSV said 10 feet from her left with the smartphone filming, distracting her from her verbal attack. Waiters turned and began to let fly in the opposite direction toward Da Horsey. “That’s okay Roman, you can write I’m an animal tomorrow.”

“I’ve never written that about you ever Pat,” came the immediate reply. As a matter of fact, in over four years, very little has been written about Waiters, although she’s often been a candidate in elections and spoken many an absurdity before the City Council. (Her perennial candidacy recently ended with her latest petitions to run for Freeholder being pulled; one source says at the behest of her boss, Carmelo Garcia. Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano is running for re-election and Garcia is also on that public payroll, $5,000 annually as a Freeholder aide.)

Repetition of ugly comments followed with Waiters defending same at a recent City Council meeting several weeks ago where she ended her remarks in public portion complaining about the recent appointments to the HHA with something approximating ‘People should should do the right thing but people (council members) are doing the white thing.’  (That close followed with Councilwoman Terry Castellano's exclamation: "Good for you Pat.")

The ranting continued as Waiters recounted a private conversation between us following that public portion “performance” and how race baiting was not acceptable before any Hoboken government body.

Video still of Rob Davis, Chairman of the Hoboken Housing Authority after ordering MSV's ejection. Seconds earlier, the woman on the left approached before public portion saying during an impromptu exchange while Patricia Waiters hijacked the meeting, "You need to shut up."

A woman (photo above) came over filming on her camera phone saying “You need to shut up.”
The stenographer seeing the scene unfolding moved to take her seat reluctantly to begin recording as Waiters continued ranting her right to claim racial victimization. (One can surmise for the Hoboken City Council declining to appoint her, an employee of Carmelo Garcia to be a HHA commissioner.)

Chairman Rob Davis watching the situation unfold, then addressed Da Horsey complaining/saying what sounded like a request to go to the back of the room ending with “you’re instigating.” His complaint to MSV came during the actual political hijacking of a federal meeting as the stenographer had stepped away. 

Did Chairman Davis miss Patricia Waiters, an employee of Carmelo Garcia who is paid with taxpayer money politicking to an audience directly in front of him at a federal meeting?

“OK, sure” was the response followed with the urging, “Mr. Chairman control your meeting.” With that, Chairman Davis rose from his seat walked to his right from the dais, several feet away and without warning announced the immediate ejection - of MSV. He then called the two police officers over who suffered a low key boring affair to that point.

What is coming next may jeopardize the safety of HHA commissioners. Consider this story fair warning.

A video still of Carmelo Garcia Assembly aide Patricia Waiters
as she hijacks the HHA meeting on a brief break before public portion
delivering a political speech attacking commissioner Dana Wefer.

Talking Ed Note: We’ll have to await the transcript of the meeting to see more of Patricia Waiters' political attack in action. We’ll spare the public the ludicrous video of the ridiculous ordered ejection.

Patricia Waiters is reportedly earning $10,000 annually as an aide to Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia.

Repeated calls to speak to Chairman Rob Davis after the meeting failed. The first call he said he couldn't hear and hung up. Several calls followed unanswered and a voicemail was not returned.

Is this transparent or gangster?