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The single August meeting of the Hoboken City Council is this evening. Expect former IT Manager Patrick Ricciardi's ghost to be present and haunting the closed session highlighted below.
This pre-meeting closed session item is one of two and is related to the MetroStop building:RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS MATTERS
PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(B)(7) AND ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE
(ANDREW BREWER, ESQ.) RELATING TO ANTICIPATED LITIGATION
BETWEEN THE CITY OF HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY AND METROSTOP
CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION REGARDING METROSTOP WORKFORCEHOUSING (submitted by Administration)
The other closed session item relates to the BASF five acre property which the City is clearly looking to obtain for a continguous park. This has been the topic of numerous closed sessions in recent months. You might be able to smell eminent domain creeping closer.
The agenda shows the Hoboken Police Department will get body armor, a livestreaming contract for meetings to go into affect in November and the construction repairs to Sinatra Field is going down.
The complete detailed resolutions are available in the resolution pack here.
This meeting will be the last before the official petition filing deadline of August 31 to run for any of the six City Council ward seats. That makes it interesting if for no other reason.
Update: In public portion, a string of residents from the Metro Stop building came to plead the City of Hoboken stop blocking the eviction of a workforce housing tenant. The tenant it was said owes $65,000 in fees for the common operation of the building. That was only the beginning of a series of stories of outright criminal behavior recounted by the residents about the same apartment going on over years.
No one said his name. No one said a word about his kids, young adults allegedly all high school drop outs running amok with dozens of their druggie "friends" who have hijacked the building leading to dozens of calls to the Hoboken Police Department overruning the premises on an almost daily basis.
The unsaid name throughout was the City of Hoboken's former IT Manager, convicted felon Patrick Ricciardi. He's a pal and ally of another dirtbag, the owner of Hoboken411 reported in yet another MSV exclusive back in May 2012.
All this took place while Ricciardi raked in almost $400,000 in 2009 and 2010 on a municipal base salary of $73,000!
It was conveyed by his neighbors that he has not paid ANY common building fees at all since 2009 when he moved into the building through the City of Hoboken's workforce housing program. Patrick Riccardi's arrest by the FBI for looting approximately 100,000 electronic communications out of the mayor's office followed in November 2011.
The theater of the absurd has continued ever since as Patrick Ricciardi was not sentenced in his plea conviction with the US Attorney's Office in Newark to federal prison but issued five years probation.
Several council members expressed sympathy and even apology while admitting knowledge of the issue over years.
It's an absolute outrage. Advance the video to the one hour and eight minute (1:08) mark to hear the Hoboken residents one after another calmly and professionally offer their personal testimony. Watch as each of the residents recount their personal nightmare and how their families and children have been affected.
It's an utter disgrace and black mark on this town.
Related: MSV broke this exclusive story the day previous in "Sign of the Times: A parade of felons."
Update: Timmy Occhipinti asked for Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante to speak on the law enforcement issues and he (properly) touched on it lightly noting arrests have been made at the apartment and declined to further publicly discuss the situation adding he had not been a party to the closed session earlier.