Monday, September 21, 2015

Former parking utility quarters thief and felon John Corea attends Peter Biancamano fundraiser


In his first public appearance since being convicted of looting almost a million dollars in Hoboken Parking Utility quarters, John Corea attended last Thursday's fundraiser and kickoff for second ward council candidate Peter Biancamano.

Last year, MSV exclusively reported in its "Grist for the Mill" rumor column John Corea was spotted in Hoboken and believed out of prison on a work release program.

Asked about Corea involvement on his "team" to be elected to the second ward council, Peter Biancamano offered via text, "All I'm saying is, you have over 60 residents of the ward there and it was a great night."

A phone interview with Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano confirmed he had not seen Frank "Pupie" Raia, the third ward council candidate who ran with Biancamano as council at-large candidates in 2013 at the event.

On the question of John Corea's attendance, Romano said, "He's a citizen... I have no comment."

John Corea the former Hoboken Parking Utility head convicted and sentenced to prison
for his role in the theft of almost $1,000,000 in Parking Utility quarters is seen (l) in this
video of Peter Biancamano's second ward kickoff/fundraiser.
First Ward Councilwoman Terry Castellano is pictured right with Councilman Michael
Russo behind Biancamano next to Corea.

Biancamano's main rival for the second ward Tiffanie Fisher saw a declaration of war delivered by Freeholder Romano minutes before Biancamano spoke. 

The Tiffanie Fisher campaign could not be reached for immediate comment.

The full video from the Biancanmano event shows Corea in the background through the remarks by Romano and Biancamano.

According to the NJ Department of Corrections records, John Corea was released on parole last April 1st having been admitted originally April 2, 2012 serving three years of his seven year sentence.

Are you ready for a war?

Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano declares war on Tiffanie Fisher and Reform

Anthony "Stick" Romano, the Hoboken Freeholder presiding over the massive Hudson County annual tax increases on bewildered Mile Square residents attended the Thursday night kickoff of second ward City Council candidate Peter Biancamano.

Romano offered some words of counsel on the upcoming second ward race and by extension to those Old Guard "darksiders" in attendance with a declaration:
"This is a war!"
                                                                                            - Anthony "Stick" Romano

The declaration of war on Reform's second ward candidate in Tiffanie Fisher and by extension its citywide council candidates ups the ante and the stakes this November with the council majority up for grabs.

Six ward seats of the Hoboken City Council are up for election November 3rd in the nine member body.

Sprinkling his war declaration with heavy accented Spanish, Freeholder Romano conveyed the Spanish speaking population of uptown Applied Housing, owned by the Barry family are a critical voting bloc to Biancamano's chances.

The kickoff video report here comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

Seen in attendance much of the Carmelo Ticket with Council members seeking re-election Terry Castellano, Michael Russo, Eduardo Gonzalez and Carmelo Garcia.

Fourth ward City Council candidate Ruben Ramos was notably missing and reportedly sports a grudge to those like Peter Biancamano who ran on a slate against his mayoral ticket in 2013.

In Biancamano's remarks, he stated his campaign was "going to do something crazy. "We're going to tell the truth." The topics he highlighted: taxes, rent increases, and alleged lack of maintenance in Elysian Park.

One second ward topic missing not detailed: the much litigated Barry family backed Monarch project towers in northeast Hoboken.

Biancamano reportedly said at the event he seeks "a resolution" to the Monarch Project which the City of Hoboken is fighting on multiple legal fronts.

Tiffanie Fisher is a leader in the opposition to the Monarch Project towers and supports the City's legal efforts to see the proposed development stopped.

The site of the controversial Monarch project towers was originally contractually agreed to be parking and tennis courts as part of the approval for the Shipyard buildings.

Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano who declared war on Reform and its City Council candidates
this November is seen here last month at the spaghetti dinner with the Carmelo Garcia Ticket
candidates seeking re-election: Michael Russo and Terry Castellano.

Talking Ed Note: The Monarch towers represent for Hoboken the latest in a long line of developer promises reneged against Hoboken people.

Biancamano in a letter to Hoboken residents last week offered more information should be given on the Monarch Project. The conclusion one can draw is they would be swayed the Monarch towers are acceptable and desireable in place of the promised parking and tennis courts.

At the last City Council meeting, developer deals was a topic on the question of acquiring six acres of BASF in northwest Hoboken.

Once again, it was the Old Guard council Russo faction arguing on behalf of a "developer deal," articulated by Councilman Michael Russo and his running mate, fifth ward council candidate Eduardo Gonzalez.

The Carmelo Ticket is clearly articulating a big development agenda for Hoboken with the Monarch Towers in the northeast and matching residential towers in the northwest.

The City Council however took off the table any alleged BASF towers and moved to acquire all six acres for public application envisioning a resiliency effort in a park and a first of its kind municipal parking garage.

The Hoboken public weighs in on these hefty matters November 3rd in critical council elections.