Tuesday, October 27, 2015

This day in Mighty Petz history....

The Dark Knight takes the mound to open the 2015 World Series.

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They'll make great Pets!

BREAKING: Michael Russo routes $2,500 to Peter Biancamano through his medical biz


UPDATE: The Biancamano for Council campaign responded to this story. Pablo Fonseca on behalf of the campaign said in a phone interview:

“Peter will continue to focus on the issues of the campaign, which are the priorities of the residents of the second ward.  We will continue to reach out to the voters. We will continue to give them our message of integrity and transparency and we are six days away from victory.”


Questions are swishing and dishing, rocking and rolling with some curious eyebrows raised on Peter Biancamano's campaign report.

According to the Peter Biancamano campaign's latest ELEC filing, the second ward Hoboken council candidate accepted a strange $2,500 loan from the NJ Institute of Balance in Elizabeth, NJ.

A look into that physical therapy business shows its owned by a Hoboken based therapist: Councilman Michael Russo.

The campaign entry reveals the loan was made early last month on September 8th listing the full Elizabeth address of the NJ Institute of Balance:

MSV contacted the Peter Biancamano campaign asking why it's accepted a $2,500 loan not only from a Hoboken slate mate but via his personal business?

A voicemail was left for Councilman Michael Russo similarly this morning inquiring why monies are being routed through his personal medical business to Peter Biancamano.

Oddly, Michael Russo took on a bigger expense last month with the birth of a baby boy.

Councilman Michael Russo is back in the news with an odd 'loan' appearing for $2,500 on the campaign report of Peter Biancamano. The oddly timed loan arrives in the same month as a baby boy for Russo.
There's no comment from either Peter Biancamano's campaign or Michael Russo.
Set the spin cycle to "launder." Congratulations Mikie!
Talking Ed Note: As expected, MSV traffic is seeing a strong ascent adding to the thousands of regular readers all of last week as the City Council election is in full swing.

Creating awareness of the election is an important role anyone can do. If you don't have a campaign sign up for your ward, please consider doing so. On the Reform side, you can contact Christian Duffy via email @ duffy.christian12@gmail.com or mobile: (732) 221-8532.

Social media is an important venue for heightening election awareness and getting citizens engaged. Use Twitter to retweet or the share buttons below MSV as but one example. On twitter make sure to add #Hoboken into your tweet.

Facebook is a great way to share information and engage Hoboken voters. Similarly, there's share buttons here below each story but if you see a candidate's post on Facebook take a second to SHARE IT!

Liking a post is nice but sharing is how information get amplified. Just do it now through Election Day.

Mikie Russo Laugh & Launder graphic courtesy of Jhnny "to the butter" Newman.

Where in the world is Carmelo Garcia's campaign report?

Carmelo Garcia, Hoboken's controversial and eternal ethically challenged political personality is once again in the throes of brushing up against the law.

While all other Hoboken City Council races have filed campaign reports showing initial campaign  activities right down to dollars and cents for campaign buttons, signs and loans, Carmelo Garcia has one big donut on his hands.

Zero, zilch, nada.

Garcia who arrived late and left early at his council debate last month sponsored by the Quality of Life Coalition, ironically to attend a fundraiser isn't telling the public where all his campaign loot is coming from.

Is he too busy wading through his "ethnic cleansing" civil litigation emails to file?

Or is this just one more example of arrogance as the laws simply don't apply to one Carmelo Garcia?

Carmelo Garcia must be too busy to fulfill the NJ law for campaign filings. He is the lone Hoboken Council candidate not to do so. Perhaps he's too busy counting the loot from his numerous fundraisers hauling in the greenbacks from outside the Mile Square City. 

Talking Ed Note: Another example of the threat to good governance. The threat doesn't end here. On Election Day, Hoboken residents can choose to end the never ending saga of Mister Carmelo.

Related: The scandal uncovered by Grafix Avenger on the alleged abuse of taxpayer funds using Assembly funds for electioneering in the sixth ward isn't over. (This in contrast to bizarre Facebook claims by one Hudson Reporter staffer there is no story. Did you even bother to ask anyone outside of Hoboken's sixth ward if they received the suspect mailer Al? Did anyone at the HR? Was the question even asked?)

Councilwoman Jen Giattino has asked the NJ Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to stop further abuse of taxpayer funds and freeze any future mailings by the lame duck outgoing Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia.

MSV hears it's an ever-growing list of local, county and state officials who can't wait to see Carmelo Garcia gone.

Council President Ravi Bhalla: 'Vigilence at the ballot box for good council candidates is the difference'

From the desk of Hoboken City Council President Ravi Bhalla:

Dear Friends,
In Hoboken, local elections matter.  They really do. Every vote counts, including yours.  And there is so much on the line in one week on Election Day, November 3rd
When I first came into office in 2009, Hoboken government was a complete mess.  The municipal budget was overspent by over $10 million dollars, property taxes increased by 47% and the State of New Jersey took control over the operations of our City because of the incompetence of our local officials.
In six short years, look how much progress we’ve made together!  Municipal taxes are under control and our fiscal house is in order. Our bond rating went from junk bond status to our current AA+ credit rating, enabling us to borrow at attractive rates of interest.  We saved St. Mary’s Hospital from closing, saving over 1,000 jobs and a critical resource for our community.  We’ve built, opened or renovated new parks like 1600 Park, Pier C and Sinatra Park.  And we’ve rooted out so much corruption and waste in municipal government.  All this occurred in the face of fierce opposition by those that do everything possible to prevent good things from happening while Dawn Zimmer is our Mayor.
My friends, we really need to stay vigilant and active to continue the progress.  One thing I’ve learned as a City Council Member is that you may not always agree with your colleagues or the Administration, but you have to be willing to work together toward the greater good of our community.  We have done that – as a team – in order to move our community forward during these years.
On Election Day, please go to the polls and vote to continue the fantastic progress our great City has seen in the past few years. Residents have the chance to vote to continue to support flood mitigation projects, decreasing/flat city taxes, a smart and thoughtful approach to development, and an administration and council majority working only for the taxpayers - and the options are clear. On Nov. 3, please vote for:
1st Ward Candidate Michael DeFusco
2nd Ward Candidate Tiffanie Fisher
4th Ward Candidate Dana Wefer
5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham
6th Ward Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance with anything, feel free to call me at (201) 647-6090 or email me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com. You can also follow along with what I’m working on through Facebook, by liking my page here.
Ravinder S. Bhalla
Hoboken Councilman-at-Large and City Council President