Monday, October 26, 2015

Bonnie Murray, the Stealth 2nd ward candidate

The Hoboken City Council races have begun busting at the seams. Did you see the letter Councilwoman Jen Giattino fired off to NJ Assembly Leader Prieto?  (Someone get medication for Al Sullivan; he's going to need it. Who has the story wrong again?)

Bonnie Murray is one of three candidates for the Hoboken City Council in the second ward.

An ELEC report was filed by Bonnie Murray but it's late and some would suggest lackluster. (Better late than never which is another law broken by one Carmelo Garcia.)

Calling the Murray ELEC lackluster overstated? See for yourself:
Portion of Bonnie Murray's actual filed ELEC report.

Murray's ELEC shows funds of $1250 and expenditures of $250. This conflicts with second hand reports of t-shirts and flyers but there's been no major campaign effort witnessed.

For example, there's been four mailers received in the second ward to date from council candidates.
Two each have come from Tiffanie Fisher and Peter Biancamano.

Third party candidacies are often interesting and unique in American politics and have a role in Hoboken. In this instance however, it's unclear what Bonnie Murray's unique calling card is if she's running on an idea unrepresented as a matter of policy.

Some critics feel this is not a real run but since her husband is a twice failed Board of Education candidate aligned with the Carmelo Ticket previously, her council run is more about detracting votes from Tiffanie Fisher as an Old Guard favor.

Ms. Murray says she wants to move away from factional politics in Hoboken. Lots of candidates share that view, most recently mouthed by Ruben Ramos. Ms. Murray should know Ramos' positions/history as she attended his kickoff event.

All of which leads many to conclude, third party candidacy or not, Bonnie Murray's stealth candidacy serves only to aid and abet Peter Biancamano. Similar criticisms fair or not were voiced in the second ward back in 2011.

One imagines Mr. Murray has a perspective on all this. Would it be farfetched to think he's not silently still bleating his lungs out for Ruben Ramos and the Russo faction Carmelo Ticket as seen here in August 2014 when one HHA contract was terminated?

Not that anyone in the family's heart beats for the Russo faction Carmelo Ticket.

Talking Ed Note: Heaven forbid.

Brian Murray, a twice failed candidate for Hoboken's Board of Education on the Carmelo Ticket seen here in August 2014 bleating his lungs out for the very troubled Carmelo Garcia who finally saw his contract in the HHA terminated in a special meeting at City Hall. 

Councilwoman Jen Giattino: 'Remembering our hardships' with the approaching third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Councilwoman Jen Giattino announces:

Dear Neighbors:

As we approach the third anniversary of Super-storm Sandy, my thoughts 
are with our friends and neighbors who are still recovering from the damage.
We all know many people whose homes were damaged and consequently experienced financial hardships and disruptions that lasted for an extended period of time.

However, when I think back to the hours 
and days following the storm I am most 
struck by how people banded together to help their fellow Hobokenites through
this difficult time. So many people stepped up and volunteered—not because they wanted recognition - but because they truly wanted to lend a helping hand. 
For myself and my family we are forever grateful to those who helped us while we
were displaced from our home to repair the significant damage caused by Sandy. 

Hoboken’s sense of community shone through in a time of chaos which
enabled us to pull through. As we reflect back on the impact of super storm
Sandy on our lives and our neighbors we should feel a sense of pride as we
remember how we demonstrated not only to ourselves but to an entire 
nation the strength and resilience of our town.


Jen Giattino

Carmelo Garcia responds to VBM fraud inquiry by going on the warpath

Hoboken election heat erupts on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter is not the usual media for political flame wars in Hoboken; at least not yet. That's why we have Facebook (and Al Sullivan of the Hudson Reporter to thank).

So the sixth ward council candidate challenging Jen Giattino did not take kindly to a resident inquiry about the controversial, suspect usage of Vote-by-Mail ballots in Hoboken. Here's their actual exchange:

Carmelo doesn't "know." Unless it's an election and his spokespeople voice concern when they are out muscled with the creative use of VBMs in that election cycle. Then of course VBM fraud is a problem. 

Here's a Carmelo Garcia acolyte he tried to install on the Hoboken Housing Authority in 2013 more than once but failed talking about VBM fraud and "guinea pigs."

Apparently, there's an Old Guard view, any Hoboken citizen who dares question the Old Guard on any topic of public interest, especially corruption means that someone must be paying them to do it. Let's put aside the example above, Councilwoman Terry Castellano's reaction appears less than enamored as Beth Mason happily nods to Matty's voter "assistance" referenced.
The Old Guard is not endeared by the Hoboken public seeing the dirty laundry in public.

Al Sullivan, you and the Hudson Reporter appear to be suffering from a similar problematic perspective calling me on Facebook a "Puppet for Zimmer." That's not only incorrect; it's defamatory and you can look at your hundreds of emails donated to you in a live litigation by Carmelo Garcia and print anything you believe proves your claim. While you're at it, the Hudson Reporter can go ahead and print any Beth Mason - Ricky Mason connected email to the Bajardi v. Pincus case when it awakens from its cover up slumber.

As for Mister Carmelo's reference, you can call Stan the Godfather if you like, but my friends call me Horsey. You may call me Mr. Horse.

On Election Day, Reform intends to show how wrong both Carmelo Garcia and Al Sullivan are.  

Talking Ed Note: What some refuse to see staring them in the face is that Hoboken residents have had enough. We're fed up with the suppression of facts, real news, the tacit wink to corruption at every turn in all its forms and we're not taking it anymore.

This is our town.

Ruben Ramos discovery: Operation Bid Rig's Jack Shaw on his Assembly payroll; and like Garcia, suing City of Hoboken


4th Ward Council Candidate Ruben Ramos's Assembly aide records show political fixer Jack Shaw on his payroll when Fed's Operation Bid Rig struck for political corruption in 2009

Ramos also believed suing the City of Hoboken as Russo faction running mate Carmelo Garcia

Official state documents detailing the Assembly aide payroll of former Assemblyman Ruben Ramos reveals a notorious Hudson County figure on his payroll at the time of the statewide arrests in the FBI's 2009's sting for political corruption.

Jack Shaw, a well-known long time political fixer was arrested in Operation Bid Rig for his role in facilitating extortion through FBI informant Solomon Dwek. According to NJ State records, Jack Shaw was paid $13,020 in 2008 and $7,327.91 in 2009 by Ramos who is currently a candidate for Hoboken's fourth ward City Council.

Shaw snared in a statewide federal political corruption sweep in July 2009 reportedly flipped to the Feds but died not long after his arrest in what was later deemed a likely suicide.

Shaw isn't alone among those some believe flipped during and after the Feds' 2009 Operation Bid Rig investigation. One long time council member in Hoboken has also seen smoke circling around him.

In 2011, Ramos running mate Council Michael Russo responded to a report on MSV he met with  FBI informant Solomon Dwek saying he turned his unsavory offer down.  Russo then told another publication anyone saying he agreed to a bribe were liars.

The denial led MSV to seek comment from the authors of The Jersey Sting who wrote a comprehensive inside look at Operation Bid Rig and the dozens snared in a statewide sting. They stood by their story Russo had not declined bribes from Dwek.  Their stand followed with FBI surveillance video made public and published on various NJ media outlets shortly after showing Russo agreeing to a series of bribes in 2009.

In the video, Russo directs another Jersey City fixer Maher Khalil to accept the first bribe payment of $5,000 and launder it via a campaign account he called "Russo for Hoboken." After agreeing to the first payment in advance of the 2009 Hoboken mayoral election, Solomon Dwek tells Russo a few months later "they'll be more," suggesting another later bribe.

The only person to walk away from the criminal luncheon unscathed by the Feds: Michael Russo.

Russo is currently a City Council running mate with Ruben Ramos, Eduardo Gonzalez, Peter Biancamano, Terry Castellano, and senior official of the ticket Carmelo Garcia and seen in FBI surveillance video below in-between bites at the White Horse Tavern in Jersey City.

On the video, Russo's heard bragging he picked all three council running mates of then mayoral candidate Beth Mason and after the Hoboken elections he'll be running the City.

Michael Russo explains his plan for a six voter "super majority" on the Hoboken City Council
"I'm going to have total control of the City."

Last month, the Carmelo ticket factional leader Michael Russo called for a sweep of the City Council ward elections saying it was time to "Change it back to the Hoboken we all know" and its former "glory."

MSV exclusively reported Councilman Michael Russo cut a deal at a popular Weehawken Steak House to have his opponent Frank "Pupie" Raia withdraw from the third ward council race.

Also shown on the Ruben Ramos Assembly payroll is Perry Belfiore who was ejected after last week's City Council meeting by his long time nemesis Council President Ravi Bhalla. In 2008, the first year Ramos was an Assemblyman, state records show he paid Perry Belfiore $1,500.

Requests for clarification on both Jack Shaw's work for then Assemblyman Ramos and details of his ongoing lawsuit against the Hoboken were emailed simultaenously to Paul Swibinski of Vision Media and Ramos over the weekend but did not yield any response before publication. If that changes, this story will be updated.

The Russo faction Carmelo Ticket: (l) Eduardo Gonzalez, lame duck Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia, Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano, Council members Terry Castellano, Michael Russo and Ruben Ramos. Not pictured but seen below: Peter Biancamano, aka Monarch Man.

In an OPRA request to the City of Hoboken, MSV's request for legal documents pertaining to Ruben Ramos' lawsuit thought connected to an underground oil tank leak from the Boys & Girls Club after Hurricane Sandy was rejected.

Without denying Ramos is suing the City of Hoboken, the Legal Department stated they required a docket number and without it were unable to provide assistance.

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