Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Beth Mason connected to shady Weehawken bar

In a developing investigation first reported on Grafix Avenger, a shady Weehawken bar thought managed by Councilwoman Beth Mason's senior political operative, James "FinBoy" Barracato is the subject of questions including its ownership.

Beth Mason is listed as a "general partner" in a state entity filing holding an unknown interest in Cooper Place, a Weehawken based bar since at least last year.

Weehawken dive bar Cooper Place is owned in some portion by Councilwoman Beth Mason.
She's listed as a general partner in NJ business entity documents.

MSV first reported Beth Mason's ties to the bar earlier this year after obtaining her 2014 financial disclosure forms showing an interest in a Cooper Place, LLC. A reputed bar business, Cooper Place is situated in Weehawken within short walking distance of Barracato's Weehawken residence.

Mason who has not been seen at any public council meeting since last month's electrifying Hudson Superior Court decision concluding the three year Hoboken SLAPP-suit she publicly backed against a dozen Hoboken residents, (Bajardi v Pincus) is listed as a "general partner" of the Weehawken dive bar.

Long time Beth Mason political operatives, Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi were ordered to pay the dozen Hoboken residents $276,000 in legal costs for a frivolous litigation. The court described the Bajardi civil suit as a "SLAPP-suit disguised as a defamation case."

Mason herself has not made any public remarks about the highly reported First Amendment case since the final verdict issued by Judge Patrick Arre. Reports among uptown residents of Applied Housing suggests she returned to Hoboken recently and is making plans to run for re-election.

James "FinBoy" Barracato is believed to feature this reconstituted
logo based on the gangster rapper film, "Straight outta Compton"
on his Facebook page with "Hawken" representing Weehawken.

The controversial councilwoman, a virulent opponent of Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the Hoboken Reform Movement aligned with the Russo Clan back in 2009 in her first doomed run for mayor. She dropped out of sight last month missing four consecutive City Council meetings and lives in a multi-million dollar home on a hill overlooking upper Hudson Street. Questions why she's a business partner in a Weehawken dive bar are the latest in a series of seeming unending questions on her conduct and behavior as the sitting second ward council member.

Last February, in limited testimony at the Bajardi v Pincus SLAPP-suit trial, Mason offered James Barracato was her "business partner" who she "pays." She did not describe details of their business partnership.

In a MSV exclusive, James Barracato aka FinBoy was revealed last February as the mastermind of the Nazi Truck, a vehicle with four screens parading an attack video against Mayor Zimmer and Reform featuring a Nazi flag all over town on two consecutive nights in 2012. A public request by both local rabbis for an apology was ignored.

Former Mason 2009 senior political operative Tom Bertoli testified in a 2014 deposition Barracato had been hired full time as a chief political operative for Beth Mason back in 2008. He also testified the Nazi Truck was conceived and executed by Barracato, Beth Mason's self-declared business partner.

Barracato's name surfaced in a Hoboken City Council meeting when Councilwoman Terry Castellano was unwittingly revealed adding his name in place of Mason's in an emailed request for litigation information of Hoboken's Corporation Counsel. Castellano would say she hit "the wrong button" as a reason for Barracato appearing on the request listing Old Guard council members.

A daytime view of the location of the shady bar connected to Beth Mason in Weehawken.

A recent rumor suggested James Barracato was in hiding from service of legal papers in Weehawken and Hoboken at the site of the Mason Civic Association, a Mason claimed charity where he also sits as one of three board members with Mason and her husband, Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Emails numbering in the four digit range obtained in the Bajardi v Pincus litigation offer evidence for a reasonable belief Barracato could be a co-conspirator in what the court in the end declared approaches a "fraud upon the Court."

Some of the bombshell emails have been exclusively published on MSV and Grafix Avenger, most recently here and here.

Talking Ed Note: Beth Mason was not contacted for comment on this story as a pending criminal trial related to the SLAPP-suit filed by her against this editor last fall is scheduled September 9th in Jersey City.