Monday, January 6, 2014

Beth Mason operative Matt Calicchio to again face Union City Judge Macias on latest harassment charge


Second harassment charge by a Hoboken woman will be heard before same Union City judge in last two years

He's back! Matt Calicchio, the Beth Mason political operative and personal escort at numerous events is returning to Union City Municipal Court this Wednesday facing another thug charge for allegedly harassing an elderly Hoboken woman.

This time it's senior Jackie Carmody from Fox Hills who also heads the building's tenant association.

Calicchio who is seeing his second harassment charge from a woman in as many years had a change of venue from a Hoboken court hearing reported exclusively by MSV last month.

Calicchio will once again be seeing Judge Sixto Macias, the same judge who conducted his harassment trial and slammed the fourth ward Democratic Committeeman's testimony against former BoE trustee Theresa Minutillo.

Calicchio escaped being found guilty but the judge said worse than the harassment charge, he lied under oath and lamented the "bullying" of an elected official.

Beth Mason ignored her seat in the first row with other council members Saturday choosing to sit in the last row with her political operative Matt Calicchio who will be in court for another harassment charge by a Hoboken woman.  
This time it's an elderly resident of Fox Hills.

Judge Macias was severely critical of Matt Calicchio and his witness Tania Garcia (she describes Carmelo Garcia as her "son's uncle.")

At the 2012 trail the judge said of Beth Mason's sidekick:
  • "I also believe that the whole testimony of Ms. -- Ms. Garcia and Mr. Calicchio -- Calicchio were fabricated."
  • "... (Calicchio's lawyer Elise DiNardo's claim) that it was politically motivated for this complainant to file a complaint against this defendant is completely garbage."
  • "He's being used in exchange for a job." 
The complete charges against Calicchio are not confirmed but court observers say the conflict between Calicchio and the 71 year old Fox Hills resident involve at least one incident in the building where he "raised his fist" against her.

The charges reportedly include harassment, attempted assault and trespassing.

Mason's full time political operative has been said to be illegally living in his grandmother's residence in the uptown Fox Hills senior building on Willow Avenue over "years."

Several months ago, HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garica denied Matt Calicchio resides in the senior building.

Matt Calicchio most recently worked on the "One Hoboken" Raia-Mason campaign with Timmy Occhipinti running for mayor.  They are seen in the MSV story here at an HHA meeting last year.

The first row seat at the ceremony Saturday for Beth Mason was empty 
as she choose to hang in the last row with Matt Calicchio.
Da Horsey took advantage using it as a staging area to work the event.  Thanks Beth!

Talking Ed Note:  Some commenters question why Beth Mason employs Matt Calicchio as her full time political operative.  One asked why she doesn't pay Calicchio a living wage so he can live somewhere other than the location of the alleged harassment, the Fox Hills seniors building or an HHA apartment.

Matt Calicchio is fond of social media.  This twitter entry above
raises further questions why Beth Mason employs him.

The question of who may truly reside at the Hoboken Housing Authority Marshall Drive apartment listed in Matt Calicchio's name is another riddle to a lengthening list of problematic behavior with women and other allegations of credit card usage involving Beth Mason for trips by Calicchio to wrestling events around the country.

In 2012, Matt Calicchio told Hoboken Municipal Judge Mongiello he worked for the Mason Art Gallery implying he was not a paid political operative.  At the December hearing on the harassment charge by the Fox Hills senior, the judge asked Calicchio if he was an employee of Beth Mason and on confirmation moved the case out of Hoboken on a change of venue.

The hearing is set for 9:00 am in Union City Municipal Court.

Related: The MSV exclusive breaking this story in early December.

Grafix Avenger attended Matt Calicchio's 2012 Union City trial and filed this first hand report.

Ethic Cleanser returns?

Unrelated T.EN.: The Hudson Reporter quotes "ethnic cleansing" lawyer Louis Zayas saying he will amend Carmelo Garcia's civil lawsuit because "there is a clear violation of the law."  It's left completely unsaid what law Garcia will claim he's the victim of this time since the entire basis of all his earlier claims were throughly dismantled and tossed out by the Hudson County judge.

One of the obviously falsified claims in the earlier complaint was Mayor Zimmer had a competing Vision 20/20 plan.  In truth, the claim is incorrect as none exists.

In a letter to Garcia last spring, the mayor request a number of existing problems in the HHA be addressed. The political scheme this time is clearly altered from what another political county website called an "extortion plot" against Mayor Zimmer.

Should Hoboken expect more of the same from Louis Zayas?  He has a group of clients suing Hoboken but he can't get a claim on the prize.  He's been told by Hoboken to go have his ticket verified in a NJ Appellate Court.

Unlike the "ethnic cleansing" case, that's actually required if loot is the objective.

Jake Stuiver completes his service on the Hoboken Housing Authority

In a letter to the mayor and Council President Peter Cunningham, former HHA Chairman and commissioner Jake Stuiver submitted the following letter officially completing his service.

He was appointed in a unanimous vote of the City Council back in 2009.

January 4, 2014

Dear Mayor Zimmer and Council President Cunningham,

I hereby tender my resignation from the Hoboken Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, effective January 6, 2014, bringing to a close a protracted holdover period extending from my term’s official end eight months ago. It has been a genuine pleasure serving the City of Hoboken, but the time has come to move on with my life and focus on other priorities. I wish to thank the City Council, which unanimously appointed me in September 2009, for the opportunity to serve in this incredibly important and consequential position.

Among the accomplishments during my term of which I am particularly proud are the establishment of tighter accountability and disciplinary guidelines for site managers, who are the agency’s most direct interface with its residents; the raising of fundamental concerns about the Vision 20/20 redevelopment plan; the passage of the agency’s first Pay-to-Play reform policy, modeled on the one previously adopted by the City of Hoboken; the holding accountable of all of the agency’s professional-services contractors and assertion of board’s right to demand the utmost integrity; the organizing of the annual Health, Nutrition & Fitness Fairs (typically sponsored in conjunction with the United Synagogue of Hoboken) and the Family & Friends Thanksgiving Buffet dinners; and strident efforts to maintain fairness and transparency in the agency’s waitlist management.

While the last 18 months of my tenure on the board have been extremely challenging and at times painfully disappointing, I did not sign up for this expecting it to be easy, and I deeply appreciate the strong and empowering support that came from throughout the community as I attempted to bring oversight, accountability and professionalism to the Housing Authority. In my efforts to hold the line against a resolute opposition, the dais often proved to be a rather lonely place. Nevertheless, the appreciation and moral support I received from many community stakeholders played an extraordinary role in my ability to maintain my composure and determination to press onward. I sincerely believe that I leave the Hoboken Housing Authority in a far better position to reach its true potential than I found it four years ago, and am proud of the policies, changes and new traditions I helped establish.

These positive changes would not have been possible without the support and generosity of Hobokenites who donated to fund events for the residents, came out to speak publicly on controversial issues, offered helpful advice drawing from their professional experience, or even simply attended meetings to offer a friendly face in an angry crowd. I cannot thank everyone enough for these acts of courage and generosity. The future of the Hoboken Housing Authority will be determined by those who put their money where their mouths are, not the armchair quarterbacks whose talk-without-action blame games are part of the problem, not the solution.

I believe public housing is an essential component in any community. In Hoboken, it is especially critical, as the cost of living continues to pose challenges to lower-income families. However, a public-housing program without accountable management, under the illusory safeguard of ineffectual HUD bureaucrats, can pose real risks to the greater community, not least because of the political exploitation that can result. I am confident the Hoboken Housing Authority’s best years are yet to come, and one day it stands to grow more fully integrated into the broader community to be seen chiefly as the provider of a valuable workforce rather than an illegal vote-buying enterprise preyed upon by the old rogue’s gallery of election hijackers and political profiteers.

While there are some who may have formed negative opinions of the Housing Authority based on the public spectacles being orchestrated in relation to Vision 20/20 over the past several months, I earnestly hope they will come to reconsider their position. The Hoboken Housing Authority contains 1,353 apartments serving as homes to over 4,000 residents. The odious behavior of a dozen or so paid political operatives waging a reprehensible organized effort to derail public meetings and intimidate public officials presents an ugly image indeed. Rest assured, these political prostitutes do not in any way speak for the silent majority who want nothing more than to participate in the Hoboken community with the same safety, opportunity and honest representation as everyone else in this amazing city.


                                                Jake Stuiver

Jake Stuiver announced his resignation from the Hoboken Housing Authority in a letter to Mayor Zimmer and Council President Peter Cunningham.  His was a powerful voice standing for good government seen here leading a protest in April 2011 outside City Hall when a FBI video surfaced showing Councilman Michael Russo
 agreeing to bribes with government informant Solomon Dwek.