Thursday, August 21, 2014

HUD Newark obliterates the reign of Carmelo Garcia in scathing oversight letter

From the desk of Hoboken Housing Authority Chair Dana Wefer:

Attached please find HUD's letter to the HHA concerning the procurement review they conducted the week of July 28th. Attached and below is my statement on the letter.  

                            Update to the Community on Status of the Hoboken Housing Authority and HUD Procurement Review

Yesterday HUD released its report from the procurement review it conducted the week of July 28th.  As part of the procurement review, HUD sampled eight contracts and did a cursory inspection of HHA properties.   The report contains a major finding, which has prompted HUD to put the HHA on a “zero dollar threshold,” and ten observations. 

HUD found that the HHA has no comprehensive vendor log, that the procurement process was flawed in each of the eight contracts sampled, and that the sampled contracts constituted $3 million in “unjustified non-competitive procurement.”  It’s important to emphasize that these findings are just for the eight files HUD sampled.   Extrapolating this data to the whole of the HHA lays bare how dire the situation is. 

In addition to the procurement issues, the HUD report found that the HHA “lacks systematic and organized records keeping for all aspects of maintenance operation, including work orders, unit turnaround, preventative maintenance and annual inspections. “  HUD further found that there is a lack of institutional ability to manage the maintenance of a housing authority of this size.  HUD has informed the Board that due to the cumulative lack of maintenance to the HHA properties, the HHA is at high risk of receiving the designation “Troubled” this Fall when they come to do their full physical assessment.   This risk is compounded by the fact that the HHA lacks the funds to correct all the deficiencies before the physical inspection. 

To be sure, all of these problems are huge.  The strict zero dollar threshold imposed by HUD demonstrates the gravity of their findings.  However, all of these issues are also fixable.   And that’s what we’re going to do.  These issues did not develop overnight, and they are not going to be fixed overnight, especially considering the financial constraints the HHA is facing.  But, with the right management and a dedicated Board, the HHA will come out of this much stronger. 

The Board is having a Special Meeting Tuesday August 26th to formally enter into the shared services agreement with the West New York Housing Authority.  In addition, Mr. Fox will also continue his service to the HHA.   Together the staff and Board are going to put together the Corrective Action Plan to address HUD’s findings.  In addition, we are working on developing comprehensive procurement, personnel, and preventative maintenance policies that will be implemented by HHA management.   

The Board will keep all stakeholders apprised of what is going on with the HHA.  All are invited to come to our meetings and speak to the Board about their concerns, and hopes, for the HHA.  A year from now, the HHA will be on much better financial and physical footing.  We invite you to be a part of the recovery process.


Dana Wefer, Chair of the Hoboken Housing Authority 


Talking Ed Note: And here is your penciled in but incomplete epitaph of one Carmelo Garcia, former Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director.

One can safely say that HUD does not "revere" Mr. Carmelo Garcia as he liked to so often tell others.

Counte$$ of Hoboken Beth Mason bequeaths another message to Hoboken

And now... more words descending from Counte$$ Beth Mason:

People of Hoboken, I come bearing greetings to you from me, myself, and I: Counte$$ Beth Mason, the high holy triumvirate trinity of the Mile Square!

As you my unwilling subjects are bound by law, custom and my SLAPP suits know, I am currently once again in ascendency and you who I reign over with benevolence are under my protection from the K-9 police dogs unleashed by the heinous Mayor Zimmer.

While the illegitimate mayor fraudulently holds the second floor chair at City Hall without my expressed authorization, many are confused with her insistence on balanced budgets, lower taxes, new and refurbished parks and stealing my money to stop your flooding.

What most do not know is she is secretly training a bevy of new Zimmerists dogs to attack Hoboken residents with further "ethnic cleansing" upon my great city. (I paid every goon around, it's mine.)

Even as I have mustered my minions to once and forever destroy that big toothed horse who has continually attempted to liberate my plantation, the Zimmerists and their mindless zombies dare to oppose me. (Whatever you do don't read any of that stuff on It's really bad and will give you hives and ebola. If you heard this in my earlier missal, that stuff is all true.)

The Bet Eagle has Landed?

Currently, I am working with my Old Guard friends to rally the people on my payroll and launch an attack on City Hall which will once and for all devastate and rid our land of the hated Zimmerists.

Then under my direction and edicts, we will deploy Vision 20/20 on the masses who will tremble before our mighty new develop or die marvel. See before you, a political architectural masterpiece, a prophecy come to fruition with more than double the size of the new revitalized Hoboken Housing Authority. (With a Sandy proof basement for mating jackals and their Zigsbee managed semitic females.)

Each floor of the new buildings will have a designated Masonista. Upon each and every election this captain will knock on every door and assist our voter filling out a voucher, who will then sign and collect a Vote by Mail ballot on their behalf. My personal goon Mongo will ensure the safe passage of our votes to be tallied not once but thrice.

In this way, those who are true Hoboken will regain their lofty status, lord it over the yuppie scum in our midst and rule over all of Old Hoboken who will bow down in fealty to our Old Guard mantle. Once again, you will know and kneel before my never ending maleficence.

I pay homage in your fealty to me. That's about $50 per vote or $140 per in street money. Someone has to do something about the leakage in my elections in this town. 

Please email me at and tell me you want to be in on my loot.

Let the peace of my vindictiveness be upon you all.

Original graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger