Friday, May 1, 2015

US Attorney Paul Fishman - Live - on BridgeGate

Fishman press conference over. NJTV coverage including the US Attorney presser begins just past the 5:00 minute mark:

Breaking: Indictments of Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly for wire fraud in BridgeGate: 9 counts in total. No additional indictments anticipated according to Fishman.

David Wildstein indictment and plea agreement:


NJTV LIVE: (earlier newscast of events this morning).


David Wildstein has pled guilty on two charges in Bridgegate. Indictments are anticipated later today.

Fort Lee Mayor said to have been subject of political retaliation. One senior legal beagle on the federal court scene says the early announcement of a plea deal with a key player (Wildstein) cooperating and related BridgeGate indictments makes the issues raised by local mayors Steve Fulop of Jersey City and Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken "credible."

From the story:

US Attorney Paul Fishman will be holding the news conference at 1:00 PM.

US Attorney Paul Fishman

Mayor Dawn Zimmer just released (12:37 PM) the following statement:


“The closing of the Fort Lee access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of political retaliation was an egregious abuse of power, and I am gratified that some of the individuals involved are being held accountable.

The U.S. Attorney has so far taken no action regarding the conversation the Lieutenant Governor had with me in which she linked Superstorm Sandy aid with redevelopment decisions in Hoboken that were important to a client of David Samson.

I stand behind my account which was corroborated by substantial additional evidence. In addition to my contemporaneous journal entry, I told six people about the conversation on the day it occurred, including a lawyer representing the City of Hoboken.

In our conversation, the Lieutenant Governor implied to me that she was speaking for the Governor who she said she was with that Friday night. I learned for the first time, months later, upon reading the report of the Governor’s own Counsel Randy Mastro, that the Lieutenant Governor and Governor were indeed together that Friday night at a retreat, as she had told me.

Finally, Melissa Orsen, the Lieutenant Governor’s Chief of Staff told the Mastro investigators that Luciano DiMaggio, the Lieutenant Governor’s Aide had reported to her the following about the immediate aftermath of my conversation with the Lieutenant Governor:

‘The Lieutenant Governor got back into the suburban and said she had to be firm and tell Mayor Zimmer to play ball.’

My responsibility is to cooperate with all legitimate investigations, tell the truth both to the public and to the U.S. Attorney, and to protect the best interests of the people of Hoboken. That is what I have done and what I will continue to do.

It is the U.S. Attorney's responsibility to determine whether these facts, as well as whatever other information they obtained as a result of their investigation, constitute a criminal offense provable beyond a reasonable doubt. 

I believe that they have taken this matter seriously and respect the judgment that they have made.”

Councilman Bhalla: 'Join us at the festival Sunday'

From the desk of Hoboken City Council President Ravi Bhalla:

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As you may know, this Sunday is the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival. This year I will be setting up a table, and would like to invite you to stop by during the festivities!

During the fair, we will be registering new voters (or you can register to change your address if you have moved within Hoboken), distributing information about various new and exciting city initiatives, and holding "office hours", of sorts, for residents to discuss any issues with me and several of my council colleagues who will join us at the table during the day. If you or your friends/neighbors recently moved to Hoboken or just have never registered to vote, Sunday is the easiest way to ensure you can vote in future elections and make your voice heard.

You may also have questions about city issues or service requests. We will be there on Sunday to get you answers and provide you with assistance.

What are the plans for Washington Street and when will it be repaved? How about Observer Highway? 

Will my property taxes go up or down this year and why? 

What is the Rebuild By Design Resist, Store, Delay and Discharge project, and why is it so important to Hoboken's future?

When are we finally building a park in the Southwest and what will it look like? Are there any other major park initiatives in the works? 

What is the new composting program - is it mandatory and how do I sign up?

 How are we handling development as new neighborhoods develop and thrive? What is being done to reduce flooding, both short and long term?

Come by our table this Sunday to discuss these issues and more. Your input is valuable and I want to hear from you! The weather should be great on Sunday, so we hope to see you there!

I will post the location of our table on my Facebook page, or on Twitter @RaviBhalla once we receive that information.

Hope to see you on Sunday!


Ravi Bhalla
City Council President