Monday, November 2, 2015

The face of Hoboken voter fraud peeled back

According to another report broken earlier today by Grafix Avenger, the lid blown off Vote-by-Mail collected at 400 First Street with Hudson County Board of Election investigators has led to blow back and an odd but telling response from council candidate Ruben Ramos.

The report in part highlights action urged by Vote-by-Mail voters who may see their vote thrown out for unstated reasons.

How does the Ruben Ramos campaign know about all these problematic Vote-by-Mail voters, it's coming out in the Old Guard dirty wash so they are forced to issue a flyer?

Is the advice being offered by the Ruben Ramos campaign even legal?

See the breaking Grafix Avenger story here:

Grafix Avenger has come out and asked voters to support 2, 4, 6 on the Hoboken BoE:

Tom Kluepfel,  Sheillah Dallara and Addys Velez.

And on the City Council, GA writes:

From the desk of Hoboken Council President Ravi Bhalla:

Dear Friends,

Hoboken’s City Council Elections are tomorrow, November 3rd! 
I was hoping for a few minutes of your time to tell you about who I am supporting. Please feel free to forward this message on to other members of the community. Elections are always close in Hoboken, and your vote makes a difference!
1st Ward: Michael DeFusco 
I am happy to be supporting Mike DeFusco, a Commissioner on Hoboken’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. Running against a long time incumbent, DeFusco has highlighted the flaws of the current 1st Ward Councilwoman’s voting record. Mike has run a truly positive, issue-based campaign, and has put forth alternatives and his own ideas on how his fresh voice will spruce up our City with innovative new plans – the way campaigns should be! To learn more about Mike’s campaign, check out his website here:
2nd Ward: Tiffanie Fisher 
Tiffanie has also been out and about meeting voters in the 2nd Ward, spreading the word about her plans for her neighborhood. I have been happy to join her, meeting so many great residents along the way. Tiffanie has already been working for her neighbors as a great voice for the Hoboken community. She has been a strong voice of opposition against the Monarch at Shipyard development. Tiffanie is also the co-founder of Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront, and serves on the Hoboken Zoning Board. Additionally, she serves as the President of the Hudson Tea Buildings’ condominium association. Her leadership in the community is extremely commendable, and I know she would make a fantastic representative on the City Council. For more information, please view her website and platform here:
4th Ward: Dana Wefer 
Dana would provide southwest Hoboken residents with a much needed, consistent representative. Her public service experience includes work as the Chair of the Hoboken Housing Authority, where she uncovered serious mismanagement and helped clean up an organization in serious need of reform. She would use the same professionalism and efficient leadership on the Council to serve her neighborhood as a true leader. Dana has released an extensive platform outlining her plans for when she represents the 4th Ward – including holding the line on taxes, ensuring smart development which considers its impact on our infrastructure, and harnessing innovative technology to help solve our parking problem. For more about Dana’s campaign, please view her website here:
5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham 
Councilman Cunningham has been a tremendous voice for our community, providing his expertise and financial prowess to ensure our City taxes have stayed flat or lowered. He has also been an overall great partner in moving Hoboken away from its troubled past and toward a brighter future. He listens to the residents who live in his ward, and works hard to ensure that the future of Hoboken reflects what they want. Peter has been an extremely valuable asset in the City’s planning of development projects as well. Peter represents an area of Hoboken with so much potential for smart growth, and with his leadership, not only will his neighborhood continue to blossom, but the whole City will benefit from having him on the Council. For more information, check out his Facebook page here:
6th Ward Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino 
Councilwoman Giattino is another vital member of our City Council. She is responsive, friendly, intelligent, and willing to work for her residents until she gets an answer! Her victory in 2011 helped Hoboken more than you can imagine. With her on board, the City Council has been able to improve Church Square Park with Jen helping lead the charge. We’ve passed responsible budgets that kept taxes low while maintaining a surplus to ensure our bond rating remains high (saving the City even more money in the long run). Giattino’s opponent and his allies have tried to sully the name and stellar record of Councilwoman Giattino through mailers filled with distortions – but in the 6th Ward there really is only one clear choice for council – Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino. For more on her campaign, click here:

I am also happy to endorse Annette Chaparro and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji in their election to represent the 33rd District in the General Assembly!

In the Board of Education race, I have expressed my support for the Reach Higher Hoboken slate - Sheillah Dallara, Addys Velez, and Tom Kluepfel.
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
Please go out and vote tomorrow! 
Ravinder S. Bhalla
Hoboken Councilman-at-Large and City Council President
Councilman Ravinder Bhalla

The Barry's - Applied Housing - Ironstate Development get behind Peter Biancamano

Outside a grated basement window on 12th between Washington St. and Hudson St, management has inserted its approval. Peter Biancamano received all the machinery from Beth Mason in Applied Housing in this election as she had in 2011.

Councilman Tim Occhipinti: 'Tomorrow I ask for your vote'

From the desk of Councilman Tim Occhipinti:

Friends and Neighbors,

I'm asking for your vote tomorrow, Nov. 3! Polls are open 6AM to 8PM.

It has been an honor and a privilege to represent you over the last five years. I respectfully ask for your continued support and that you vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to re-elect me as your 4th Ward council representative. 

Let's continue working together and move the 4th Ward Forward for four more years!

Our campaign headquarters on Tuesday is located at 4th and Jackson Street. We'll be there starting at 5:30 am as polls are open from 6 am to 8 pm.

If you have an hour or two to spare anytime on Tuesday please stop by and see our volunteer coordinator. We'll give you a location and literature to hand out.

You have been a witness to all of our quality of life improvements in our neighborhood. The Southwest Park, new open space at 1st and Jackson Street, getting our roads repaved, upgrading both pocket parks on Jackson & Jefferson Streets, the revitalization of Mama Johnson Field and our revamped Community Garden.

Results Matter. Experience Counts. 

Watch this video and see the progress we've made and the challenges we need to address over the next four years.

Please forward this e-mail and tell your friends and neighbors that you'll be voting to re-elect Tim Occhipinti on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Moving the 4th Ward Forward With Tim Occhipinti
Moving the 4th Ward Forward With Tim Occhipinti

Tim Occhipinti
4th Ward Councilman
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The Hoboken Republican Party calls for apology from Carmelo Garcia; endorses Councilwoman Jen Giattino

The Hoboken Republican Party stands for accountability. Therefore, we call upon Democratic Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia to formally apologize to New Jersey taxpayers, District 33 constituents and especially 6th Ward residents for abusing his office. We also request that Assemblyman Garcia apologize to Republican District 1 Assemblyman Fiocchi for using his office’s stationary without permission.

We share the concerns of 6th Ward Councilwoman Giattino. She correctly directed Democrat Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto’s attention to Rule 19 of the Joint Rules of the Senate and State Assembly. Democrat Assemblyman Garcia is making a mockery of the “good name, integrity, and representation of the Legislature.” Local government officials cannot use their office for targeted campaign purposes.
Perhaps Speaker Preito isn’t taking Assembly Garcia’s latest shenanigan seriously. After all, who can take a politician like Mr. Garcia seriously when he demands donations in exchange for no bid contracts, but apparently lacks the nerve to ask for stamps? Does Assemblyman Garcia have so little support that he has to go to South Jersey for a box of envelopes?

Apparently Mr. Garcia’s woeful level of support is exactly why he is desperately flailing about for attention. It is why he is lying and smearing Councilwoman Giattino. If you are new to Hoboken and its politics then we have faith that you will look beyond the politics of personal destruction that Mr. Garcia has embraced. We encourage you to look at both of their records. The comparison is not even close. Councilwoman Giattino is clearly the best choice!

The Hoboken Republican Party asks all residents of the 6th Ward to re-elect Councilwoman Giattino to another term not simply because her opponent, Mr. Garcia, is a terrible candidate, but because Ms. Giattino is an excellent representative of the 6th Ward and Hoboken. She is a sincere advocate for the welfare of her constituents. Whether it is working to lower city taxes, visiting elderly neighbors, or supporting the local homeless shelter; Councilwoman Giattino is someone that all of us can be proud to vote for!

On Tuesday, November 3rd, please remember to vote for Jennifer Giattino (1C)!

James Sanford

Hoboken Republican Party Chair

Special interests comes "door" knocking in Hoboken

The barbarians are at the gates is a rallying cry highlighted in critical moments as this.

Could you say the same about llicit money working to deliver big development to Hoboken?

Hoboken's future will be largely defined for the next two years but far likely longer with the final vote count Tuesday night.

Notice, vote count differs from voters actually voting as Vote-by-Mail "activities" are in question (and under investigation), robocalls are being made to unsuspecting Mile Square Citizens, and special interests are pouring in money and resources in an furious effort to retake the reins of government power and development approvals.

It's largely being driven by the desire to turn Hoboken into different vision and skyline: Manhattan.

Money laundering is the tool bankrolling numerous political operations in Hoboken in an attempt to turn the City Council election. Carmelo Garcia is the big recipients of untold funds spent in a series of vicious mailers intended to take out Councilwoman Jen Giattino in the sixth ward. The contempt for Hoboken's ordinance is unmistakable. It limits PACs to $500 but been broken repeatedly by political operatives with one illicit PAC identified: Real Democrats for Hoboken. 

With one day before the polls open, Mason family checks are spewing filth at a fervid pace laundering untold political operations through some well known and unknown political operatives breaking Hoboken's anti-wheeling law left and right.

Carmelo Garcia is a law breaking heir as he again shows his contempt for authority and NJ law having not filed with NJ ELEC a single nickel on the origins of his vast expenditures. Contempt for the law is Mister Carmelo's signature action. Rinse, repeat.

Last week, Carmelo Garcia was the intended recipient of a series of four Beth Mason spewed fabrications directed at Councilwoman Jen Giattino. The PAC, Real Democrats for Hoboken is "led" by Chairman John Keim and his wife and Treaurer Ines Garcia Keim who are certainly not the benefactors underwriting the vicious lies. Swish-swish.

The Old Guard promises to make this election the cleanest in Hoboken history. The laundry is working overtime to deliver the results. Thanks Mikie!

MSV actually predicted the fourth nasty mailer accusing Jen Giattino of going to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers dime exactly one day before it hit Hoboken mailboxes. (We're not going to tell you how the Horsey nailed the truth again.)

The money launders are 100% in agreement. Bring back the Hoboken Sopranos for more of that old time back door cynical law-breaking so many rationalize and overlook. It's not hiding in this election cycle; it's hiding in plain sight.

Toss in some of the usual Masonic Hate411 fare from the sleaziest "friends of Beth Mason" and the Mile Square City is guaranteed to be a toxic stew right up until the polls close.

Another PAC, Democrats for Democrats, believed to be the Communications Workers of America are diving into the Hoboken Council races. They've officially endorsed Ruben Ramos and are also the power behind those mysterious text messages unsuspecting Hoboken voters are receiving on behalf of Eduardo Gonzalez. Why does the CWA care about a Hoboken council race?

There's more money exceeding Hoboken's rules on outside activity arriving without a doubt.

All these efforts are telling in the obvious endgame: big development. Hoboken voters will have an opportunity to choose if it's the people who decide the look and feel of Hoboken or the people who will sell it out at far less than a premium as witnessed in the long, ugly saga of Vision 20/20.

Every council candidate seen in the picture below backed that massive undocumented plan to more than double the size of the Hoboken Housing Authority downtown with nothing more than a color brochure. It was one of the ugliest chapters in the Mile Square City in recent years. 

Hoboken's City Council election is distinctive between slates vying for votes with big development the endgame. If you want big development, here's your ticket: Eduardo Gonzalez, Carmelo Garcia, Terry Castellano, Michael Russo, Ruben Ramos and Peter "Monarch Man" Biancamano (below).
They'll work hard to deliver it whether you like it or not.

Can Monarch Man renounce his Applied / Ironstate Development super powers?
Some reports said he actually did in one room of voters at Maxwell Place.
As if.

Talking Ed Note: There's over 1500 Vote-by-Mail ballots in the Hoboken universe. Over 400 are concentrated in the fourth ward, an area where the Hoboken Housing Authority is typically exploited.

On Saturday, Grafix Avenger offered an inside view on the rising anger among a group from the Russo faction Carmelo Ticket including Michael Russo, Kim Glatt and Beth Mason's pet Matt Calicchio. They were reportedly screaming at Hudson County Board of Election officials.

MSV confirms the scene of election investigators at 400 First Street and alarm for the Ruben Ramos camp. A request for comment from his campaign has tellingly been met with silence.

Of real concern outside of that senior building is an uptown counterpart in the fifth ward: Fox Hills.
MSV identified almost 100 Vote-by-mail farmed at that location on behalf of Eduardo Gonzalez.

The Russo faction Carmelo Ticket is concerned those votes may see investigation from the Hudson Board of Election investigators putting its hopes to overturn Councilman Peter Cunningham in jeopardy.

And so it goes...

Message from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer on tomorrow's election

Hoboken's one and only Mayor Dawn Zimmer announces:

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Dear Friends,

On Tuesday, we have another critically important Hoboken election for City Council and school board. In previous weeks, I have written to express my support for Mike DeFusco in the 1st Ward, Tiffanie Fisher in the 2nd Ward, Dana Wefer in the 4th Ward, Peter Cunningham in the 5th Ward, and Jen Giattino in the 6th Ward.

In the school board election, an election of particular importance to me since my son Alex is a freshman at Hoboken High School (having graduated from Elysian Charter School last year), I have expressed my enthusiastic support for the Reach Higher slate of Tom Kluepfel, Sheillah Dallara and Addys Velez.

Local elections are often more important to our everyday lives than national elections, so please come out and vote!

Thanks for listening.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer

Mayor Dawn Zimmer

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Dear Neighbors:

I write to ask for your support this Tuesday, so I can continue to fight to keep Hoboken on the right path.

This begins with ensuring that we stay on a sound fiscal course, including maintaining an adequate Rainy Day Fund. As Council President and Chair of the Finance Committee, I played a key role in replacing the reckless overspending that nearly bankrupted our City with sound budget practices and cost-efficiencies, moving our Bond Rating from nearly junk to AA+. We simply can’t afford to go back.

We face big development decisions that will determine the shape of Hoboken’s future. I will continue to fight for more parks and open space, to make sure the developers contribute their fair share, and to ensure that any new development meets our community’s needs. We paid too a high a price for the years we gave the big developers a blank check.

Like all Hoboken elections, this will be close. I ask for your support November 3rd, and please Vote 1C to keep Hoboken and its 5th Ward moving forward.


Peter Cunningham

Dear Neighbors:

I ask for your support on Tuesday, so I can continue to fight for the neighborhood improvements essential to our quality of life, for holding
the line on taxes and spending and for open and honest government. 
We all know how important Church Square Park is to our neighborhood.  That’s why I made it improving it on of my highest priorities, securing new basketball courts and playground equipment,
among other substantial improvements.  I will continue to push for securing more park space and for ensuring that all of our parks are regularly maintained and upgraded. 
I insisted on a no increase in the City tax rate in this year’s budget and will work hard to hold the line on taxes. We’ve put Hoboken on a sound long-term fiscal path, through implementing cost-efficiencies and professional budget practices, including maintaining an adequate Rainy Day Fund. 
We simply can’t afford t return to the reckless, costly and corrupt fiscal practices that nearly bankrupted our City—the kind of fiscal practices employed by my opponent when he ran up deficits and handed out contracts to his campaign contributors as Chair of the Hoboken Housing Authority.

I am proud to represent to the best of my ability the best neighborhood in the best small City in New Jersey.
I ask for your vote, so I can continue to work hard for all of us—and we 
can send a strong message that outrageous false and negative attacks have 
no place in our City’s politics and government.

Jen Giattino

Mike DefuscoFriends and Neighbors,

This Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day and I'm writing to ask for your support. During my two-terms as a Commissioner on Hoboken's Zoning Board of Adjustment, I've been honored to represent you on land use projects that impact all aspects of our community. I've voted on applications that maintain our City's scale and charm while ensuring our neighborhoods move forward, responsibly. I've advocated for small business and to increase affordable housing inventory. 

As your Councilman, I will fight for common sense issues - pedestrian safety, regular street repaving, and ensuring our streets are kept clean. I may agree with City Hall, I may not, but I will never put politics before progress. I will advocate for the creation of green space adjacent to the PATH terminal, encouraging outdoor caf├ęs and recreation while resisting storm water. I will propose a Chelsea Market-type approach to our train terminal and fight to keep artists in the Neumann building while encouraging ground floor galleries where they can co-op and sell their work.

Fiscally, I will ensure that we maintain the line on municipal taxes, ensuring that sound financial planning is at the forefront of every decision. We've come too far to return to the not-too-distant past where our City was under the watch of a state fiscal monitor and had a credit rating just above junk status. On the transportation front, I will stand up to PATH and demand that service levels are restored, the recent service cuts have hurt all commuters and our downtown businesses, too. 

During this campaign, I have steered clear of personal attacks, keeping my criticisms to my opponent's voting record and performance in office. Unfortunately, Terry Castellano has chosen to respond with false attacks and name calling. I believe it's time for a different approach, a more constructive approach to politics. I am looking to bring professionalism, ideas and compromise to the Council. 

You can hear more about my plans for the Council in my latest video.
Defusco Video
Without your support, positive change is not possible. Vote 1D this Tuesday, November 3rd and together we will put the First Ward, First!

Your neighbor,
Mike DeFusco

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Get Out the Vote on Election Day: This is the most important thing you can do! We need to make sure voters don’t forget to cast their three votes on November 3rd for Tom, Sheillah and Addys. Just one or two hours of your time on election day will make a world of a difference in this election. Reply to this email to let us know you can help.

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