Monday, November 9, 2015

Why did the Hudson Reporter ignore the "legally flawed" HUD report on Carmelo Garcia's procurement of Charles Daglian?


Hudson Reporter's political bias covering up for former HHA ED Carmelo Garcia after HUD issues highly critical report.

The Hudson Reporter is feeling the heat after its recent pre-election hit job directed at Councilman Ravi Bhalla.

In a rare correction over the weekend, the Hudson Reporter backed off its repeated misstatements claiming Ravi Bhalla's law firm held the Hoboken Housing Authority legal contract.

It then followed up incorrectly stating the firm he later joined was a bidder for the same contract - a year and half later  - under interim HHA Executive Director Bob DiVincent. But it did so implying a timeline never mentioned as the bidding took place more than a year apart under a different HHA chair and board.

Now another bombshell is falling. In early 2013, MSV exclusively covered a HUD report showing the attempt by then HHA ED Carmelo Garcia to have a contract reissued to Charles Daglian was "legally flawed."

Many have wondered why there's never been any mention of the scathing critique by the HHA's federal oversight agency at the Hudson Reporter?

Now the mystery how such a big story never came to pass can be explained. Information exclusively obtained reveals a complete lack of interest at the Hudson Reporter on the federal report severely criticizing Carmelo Garcia's procurement action.

At the February 2013 HHA meeting, Charles Daglian sat as representative counsel in support of his own contract being renewed and Carmelo Garcia announced threats against the HHA commissioners if they failed to yield to his desires and rubber stamp its approval.

Garica threatened that the HHA commissioners would be held personally liable if they failed to vote yes, implying criminal charges could occur saying a vote for a legal counsel other than Daglian would be "criminal and unethical."

The Hudson Reporter took a rather limited interest in the HHA at the time. Declining to report anything on the HUD report, it took a different tack using anonymous critics seeking to do a story on then HHA Chair Jake Stuiver.

MSV has obtained emails from the Carmelo Garica "ethnic cleansing" litigation showing at best journalistic malfeasance, at worst, politically motivated yellow journalism.

Unlike the Hudson Reporter, MSV won't tell you what to think and make qualifying remarks about what unpublished emails "may" mean or posit conspiracy theories.

MSV will publish the complete unedited emails.

More to come.

The Hudson Reporter building on 14th Street in uptown Hoboken recently announced for sale.
New revelations on its "journalistic" practices have arisen surrounding Hoboken's November City Council election.
Photo courtesy of Kurt Gardiner

Talking Ed Note: MSV notified the Hudson Reporter with this email to publisher Dave Unger, editor Caren Matzner and Al Sullivan in order to give them adequate opportunity to "defend" themselves.

In 2012, a Hudson Reporter hit piece on "the blogs" was in the works and that's how they framed their inquiries which disappeared into the bowels of the interenet when an apparent  hit job was uncovered.

The email sent earlier today:

Caren,

The Hudson Reporter showed a great interest in the HHA legal contract when it mistakenly believed Ravi Bhalla’s law firm held it.

MSV has obtained information showing the Hudson Reporter had the “legally flawed” HUD report at the time but did not report anything on it.


Would you like to offer a reason for ignoring the findings on Carmelo Garcia’s legal counsel procurement practices?

Thank you