Friday, October 23, 2015

Hudson County View: Exclusive early 2013 emails show plan to redo Carmelo Garcia's contract

Three emails surfaced in the Carmelo Garcia "ethnic cleansing" civil lawsuit currently ongoing in Hudson Superior Court with Hoboken's City Council elections just off in the distance on November 3rd.

Hudson County View obtained and published exclusive emails detailing email communications between the mayor's husband Stan Grossbard and several Hoboken Housing Authority commissioners from early 2013.

Three alleged emails published reveal actual context of discussions in how the HHA board might deal with an obstinate Executive Director in Carmelo Garcia and the outcome of one procurement contract, a renewal for HHA legal counsel Charles Daglian later rejected by HUD calling it "legally flawed."

The HUD story was broken and exclusively reported on MSV back in March 2013. In that meeting, Garcia threatened members of the board they could face criminal charges if they did not approve a renewal of Daglian's legal contract.

One of the HHA commissioners, Greg Lincoln appeared to be influenced by Garcia's suggestion/threat and voted to approve a contract renewal thus passing the measure.

Daglian himself sat as a legal advisor at the board meeting advocating for his own contract's reapproval.

In the first email dated February 26, 2013, an idea is proposed for consideration how to deal with restructuring an Executive Director contract whereby similar vendor problems as the "legally flawed" one for Daglian would be avoided in the future.

A recommendation was offered by Grossbard to terminate the contract and restructure it so that it would fairly reflect similar provisions of other Executive Directors in New Jersey.

After HUD deemed Garcia's contract resolution for Daglian "legally flawed," he subsequently presented the same renewal contract to the HHA commissioners a half dozen times refusing to take "no" for an answer.

Garcia's termination came in August 2014, almost a year and a half later after a number of problems were uncovered under a new HHA board led by current chair Dana Wefer.

Talking Ed Note: The discussion of termination had been far more limited and out of context in the original PolitickerNJ story on Wednesday.

The Hudson Reporter is expected to do its story this weekend which will likely fail to publish any full emails in their true context.  It's not illegal for a newspaper to be biased and use limited emails to advance bias.

As many know the Hudson Reporter never published nor reported a single email in the Bajardi v Pincus litigation after that case was thrown out of court. Those emails reported here and on Grafix Avenger pointed to the extensive and nefarious activities of Beth Mason political operatives against Hoboken residents and to sabotage the Hoboken University Medical Center.

Garcia is quoted in the story claiming vindication re: his ethnic cleansing lawsuit. His contract however was never put up for any termination however in early 2013.

At the last City Council meeting, one close Carmelo Garcia and Ruben Ramos ally, Perry Belfiore waved documents he claimed was a resolution terminating Garcia written by Grossbard. But the termination of Garcia took place much later under a different board.

The contract termination came almost a full year and a half later when a lengthy list of additional Garcia transgression were illuminated to the public.

For the full Hudson County View story and the three complete emails see:

Anthony "Stick" Romano: "Don't read the blogs"

At the Wednesday MSTA sponsored "Hoboken Spoken" event hosted at the Elks, Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano was an early, featured speaker on a "fiscal administration panel."

Among several suggestions and critiques, he claimed the "City makes it look like the County (HudCo) is raising taxes... it makes them look good," before adding, "The City is dumping on the County."

Romano further opined Hoboken was a victim of its success and pointed to the NJ formula on county taxes as a driving reason for Mile Square residents feeling the tax pinch advising the audience, "Part of the press we have to do as a group is request the state legislature... make a change."

On the subject of revals, Romano expressed disdain for any rolling reval noting the pain on some residents, "Revals have certainly hurt you," and shot down the idea offered by Joe Hottendorf earlier Hoboken should conduct them regularly, termed a "rolling reval."

On the topic of rent control, Romano expressed concern about how to "grow affordable housing," but complained about people who work on Wall St. making good salaries paying low rent. "Rent control is a bitter issue.... It was never meant for people making $300,000 a year paying $600 a month."

Romano did not mention his annual six figure earnings and other business interests while living in Marine View, a subsidized housing complex supporting Hoboken middle income workers.

Unlike remarks he made at the Peter Biancamano kickoff where he leads the Old Guard faction vs. a Reform council ticket saying, "This is a war," the mostly realtor audience heard a kinder, more gentler Freeholder. "Stop blaming, pointing fingers...born and raised... everyone sit down... we seem to have lost respect."

On the oft discussed topic of Washington Street's overdue infrastructure and repaving, Romano was more critical. "Why is Washington Street like a third world country?" He pointed to needed PSE&G and United Water work needed before rhetorically asking, "What's the solution?"

Although no one asked any questions, Romano went out of his way to call out MSV early in his presentation asking for accurate reporting before later saying, "I don't read blogs... It's constantly divisive. Divisiveness has to be healed" and admonishing the real estate audience, "Don't read the blogs."

How people view Hoboken was another area of interest for the Freeholder. Perhaps signaling his support of big development, he barked emphatically, "I hate when people say they want to keep the small town feel. It's a city! Not a village!"

Yesterday, Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued a statement to Hudson County View on the MSTA event co-sponsored with the Liberty Board of Realtors blasting it as a "coordinated misinformation campaign."

The statement also highlighted while the City has lowered taxes since 2010, Hudson County has hammered Hoboken with massive tax increases and not all due to increasing market values.

The mayor also went public for the first time on a criminal complaint where she alleged a threat by Joe Hottendorf jr. to "run me over." The comment was made among a group of people on the Facebook page of Rory Chadwick, a former Hoboken resident and used boutique bag seller.

MSV will have more on that story.

On Wednesday, Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano was a featured speaker addressing an audience of Realtors on issues ranging from taxes, rent control, Washington St. and blogs. Of the latter he advised, "Don't read" them.

Talking Ed Note: After speaking Freeholder Romano went out of his way to come over and shake the hoof of a horse. Da Horsey quipped letting him know a thought on his presentation before he exited.

Best of luck in "the war."