Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Beth Mason, show tune counte$$ sings "I sue you. I sue you"

The following soon to be classic guest cartoon comes courtesy of Hoboken resident Yo Gregory! who penned the following guest piece below with the original cartoon creation.

By way of explanation, let's add that Beth Mason has not sent out a press release for her latest lawsuit but attempted at the last council meeting to sway others on the legislative body speaking from the public's microphone to feed her unquenchable litigious hunger as she seeks to re-engage the prey who got away in the form of Councilman Ravi Bhalla. To her colleagues inquiry where this latest Mason lawsuit is coming from, Beth Mason coyly responded, "It's been out there."

Well Beth Mason knows what lawsuits are out there. She even knows when a lawsuit is "out there" against Hoboken residents weeks before it's filed!

Councilman Bhalla accepted a position last year with law firm Florio Perrucci. Beth Mason who heavily invested in Timmy Occhipinti with developer Frank "Pupie" Raia was humiliated when the Hoboken voting public rejected her support by way of a landslide and re-elected Bhalla in a complete Reform sweep. Leading into the November election, Mason said the Hoboken voter is very discerning. No kidding, get a clue yet?

While Mason orchestrated and slung enough mud to generate the threat of a lawsuit from Councilman Bhalla during the campaign, the Hoboken voters crushed her third try at the Hoboken mayor's chair yielding a mere 17% of the vote. (Her two prior direct attempts came in 2009.)

Who says Beth Mason has no talent. Clearly, Broadway show tunes are her forte. That and of course being a litigious councilwoman focused on suing and destroying anyone she sees as in her way.

Even more bizarre, other media are pretending the latest Mason family lawsuit doesn't exist even as they have failed to ask her the simple question of her role in the 2012 SLAPP suit she personally publicly announced in a live City Council meeting in reply to an inquiry for public information on her suspect Mason Civic League "charity."

For now Da Horsey turns over the wheel - Yo Gregory!




I Sue You!
When your only tool is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail. Such as it is with Hoboken 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason who is suing the City for the release of documents exchanged between the City and one of the law firms it's contracted in the past. Mason's tool of choice is the lawsuit - a great tool for depleting the resources, both time and finances, of its target. For this reason it's a terrific tool for revenge and obstruction. Of course, it's a terrible tool for carrying out the day-to-day duties of a ward councilperson. But when revenge and obstruction are all your councilperson is interested in, then that's what ward residents have to settle for. For the record, let's take a brief look at Councilwoman Mason's history of lawsuits against Hoboken and its residents.

Most recently, there is the aforementioned lawsuit against the City of Hoboken that some believe is tied to politically motivated attacks against recently re-elected Hoboken Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla.

There is also the lawsuit filed against Hoboken  Councilpersons Bhalla, Cunningham, Giattino and Mello that prevented newly elected Councilman Jim Doyle from serving as interim Councilman after Councilwoman Carol Marsh resigned in October 2012. This lawsuit blocked a reform majority on City Council allowing Mason and her fellow Council plaintiffs to obstruct city progress for more than a year.

Then there is the sordid SLAPP-suit (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) filed against two dozen Hoboken bloggers in August 2012. While Mason's name is not on the complaint, the names of two of her closest supporters are. More damning though is that Councilwoman Mason publicly disclosed the lawsuit's existence prior to its receipt by the targeted bloggers. Needless to say, the bloggers were not, and are not, Mason cheerleaders.

Prior to Councilwoman Mason's failed attempts for election as Mayor in 2008 and 2009, Mason filed at least eleven lawsuits against the city, the school board and the city's now defunct hospital board. Back then, these actions may have been viewed as heroic attempts to shine light on possible corruption. But, as I've written about elsewhere, in light of Mason's behavior after losing these elections, all her actions are now suspect.

In 2008, the New York Times estimated that Mason's lawsuits cost the city about $200,000. Just imagine the total cost to her constituents, our city's bloggers, and the city to date.

The original story and video are available with other knock it out of the park gems at the link:

Hoboken author Alan Skontra: "Legendary locals of Hoboken" - 4:00 pm this Sunday at the Hoboken Historical Museum

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Join us this Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m., to celebrate the launch of a new book by historian John Gomez, "Legendary Locals of Jersey City." 
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Carmelo Garcia celebrates motto of me with county spelling bee champion

Carmelo Garcia who has a hearing on his "ethnic cleansing" redux civil lawsuit Friday in Hudson County Superior Court shared some words with the Hudson County Spelling Bee Champion, Ed Horan of the Hudson School.

From the official release, he shared his motto of me with the students:

"Garcia, also treated the students to a powerful message of inspiration during the presentation, as they recited his creed, "I can, I will, watch me."

It's a sign of the times.