Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Beth Mason's transparent violations in City Council @ 7:00?

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The City Council will be meeting tonight, amidst some very lengthy campaign complaint charges against Beth Mason and her husband Ricky Mason. If the shoe was on the other foot, a full blown political operation would be staged featuring Mason political operatives rushing the microphone complaining about the transgressions.

The question is did Beth Mason know about her latest problems when she tried to make her questions about the employer of Councilman Ravi Bhalla an issue?  Mason forced the City to put up $20,000 to handle her inquiries on issues the City says are attorney-client privilege at just the last meeting.

The Old Guard typically operates with the idea offense is the best response to situations when their caught doing bad and this would be Exhibit A.

But will anyone from the reform council even ask Beth Mason for an explanation? Typically, they just do the City's business and allow the Old Guard to skate. On rare occasions, things will come up when the Old Guard council is so out of control, they have to be reminded of their numerous outstanding transgressions against the people of Hoboken. Lots of uncollected monies from the Hoboken Sopranos well into six figures!

So tonight expect to get some paint approvals for bike lanes but anything more sizzling may be a bonus.

Of course the Old Guard council could stage some other distraction. They have enough people who appear regularly in front of the council on the payroll to launch a distraction from transgressions.

Beth Mason has however, hit the motherlode of transparent bad behavior.  Again.

Here's tonight's agenda:

PolitickerNJ: NJ ELEC whacks Beth and Richard Mason


Beth and Richard Mason smacked with six ELEC violations

According to a story on PolitickerNJ, Hoboken's litigious power couple just got whacked with a complaint by NJ ELEC for half a dozen violations stemming from the 2011 Beth Mason for council campaign.

The Mason's are both listed as Richard Mason, a partner in the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz was the official Treasurer of the 2011 Mason campaign in the race for second ward city council.

MSV has written extensively on the problems stemming from financial improprieties in the 2011 Beth Mason for council campaign, her $52,000 in street money distribution being one.

According to NJPoliticker:

Hoboken Mayoral candidate Beth Mason and her campaign treasurer husband failed to file in a timely way and filed numerous late reports tied to Mason’s 2011 mayoral campaign, according to the Election Law enforcement Commission (ELEC). 
In a complaint released today by ELEC, Mason allegedly failed to report expenditure information relevant to the receipt of in-kind contributions totaling thousands of dollars in the outstanding 2011 municipal election, according to ELEC.
The complaint contains six counts against Mason and her husband, Richard Mason.
Read the full story on the Mason family's numerous violations certified in the NJ ELEC complaint:

Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
The underwriter of all things Beth Mason and six counts of ELEC violations
as the treasurer to the 2011 Beth Mason for council campaign.

The 2011 Beth Mason for council campaign recently made the news when the campaign firm which ran the her campaign was subpoenaed for its role in the shady Vote-by-Mail operation in the recent case in Hudson County Superior Court where MSTA and the political committee Let the People Decide withdrew when the exposure on massive voter fraud became overwhelmingly obvious.

The early February MSV exclusive:

BREAKING: Beth Mason connected political firm Bluewater Operations subpoenaed

Beth Mason, Hoboken's litigious councilwoman just got nailed by the law
for half a dozen ELEC violations.

Talking Ed Note: MSV has been reporting on the nefarious practices of Beth Mason for years and inquired directly and indirectly about numerous questions surrounding her late and incomplete campaign filings. 

Where does Beth Mason pay all her numerous political operatives? Who makes payment for all the advertising she's done for TV and on Hoboken411, the cybersewer censored website she's sponsored for years?

Lots of questions circling the Beth Mason shell company Newton, Lao, Leonard & Locke.

ELEC better crank up the fines because the Mason family will barely register notice. 

Related: MSV sounded the alarms and the media indifference back in 2011 in this story:

Unaccounted $52,000 from Street Money Mason and silence of the media lambs

Update: The violations also occurred during Beth Mason's 2009 mayoral campaign. Lots to catch up on Hoboken's litigious councilwoman.

City Hall: Carmelo Garcia "the wire" is here

It may have not made it on Hangin 'on the Vine yet but Carmelo Garcia the unwelcome Trenton Assemblyman is having karmic problems all over.

Recently, he wanted to have a meeting with officials at City Hall. No issue but on arrival, Mr. Carmelo was politely asked to sign a form he was not recording the participants.

Did Carmelo Garcia sign the document he wasn't trying to "set up" others as he had at his infamous lunch he requested with former State Senator Bernard Kenny and the mayor's husband?

The word all over City Hall is an angry Carmelo refused to sign the document and angrily stormed out of the building. One can only presume with his trusty wire running.

Hangin' on the Vine filled in some blanks on an earlier MSV story about how Garcia was received in Trenton obtaining the details of his reception. The website provided an actual note sent to all legislators:


Beware of incoming Assemblyman

Carmelo Garcia (33rd Dist. Hudson).

He likes to tape conversations without your

Knowledge. For proof, check with former
State Senator Bernard Kenny Jr.
Instead of greeting Carmelo with a handshake,
Give him a body pat-down!

Sounds like things are tough all over for "The Wire."

City Hall: "The Wire is here."

Talking Ed Note: Hangin' on the Vine, the Hudson County political website made another splash reporting a county resident has filed a Hatch Act violation with the Office of Special Counsel in Washington.

The website was first to publish there were problems for Garcia on that front months ago. All the waves are getting the website attention. MSV can add that it's a target of interest by Beth Mason and her political operatives who want to know who is running the website.

The Vine has made Beth Mason's hit list for reporting on her political operative caught en flagrant taking photos outside the home of a BoE trustee before the November election.  The Vine is also the first media to publicly ask what role Beth Mason is playing in the SLAPP suit against numerous Hoboken residents.

All of this makes Beth Mason unhappy. She's paying a lot of people to keep the truth from coming out. It's coming out drip, drip, drip and a leak sprang from right within her own camp.

All of this places further scrutiny on the editors of the Hudson Reporter and its direct relationship and what they knew about a Masonista "Hoboken couple" but failed to report to its readers.  The editors of the pro Old Guard rag found it newsworthy to put Beth Mason in the middle of their SLAPP story allowing the litigious councilwoman to yap incessantly about cyberbullying without once writing about her family's alleged underwriting of the lawsuit against numerous Hoboken residents. The operative word here is numerous.

The Beth Mason knives are out for the Vine and the Hudson Reporter cashed the two years of Mason family page three ads without once revealing its role in the "little" conspiracy.

The Hudson Reporter sure has come a long way from trying to sell restaurant reviews ala Hoboken411!