Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Boys are back in town

Das Feds are poking around in Hoboken. Nerves are jangled, fear and trepidation in the air and political livelihoods among the Old Guard weigh in the balance.

The wreckage is only beginning to make its wake.

This time it isn't the folks in Newark calling the shots: not the US Attorney's Office nor the Department of Justice overlapping from down yonder.


This visit comes courtesy of the Southern District of New York from across the Hudson. Fabled personalities with one who eventually became New York mayor (and is one of several key insiders advising Donald Trump) and the current US Attorney in Preet Bharara who blew through the accepted corrupt practices in the state taking down former political powerhouse Shelly Silver.

Unlike the tepid results from the 2011 FBI investigation in Hoboken when the mayor's office saw tens of thousands of emails systematically looted, New York's US Attorney Office is the A team.

The Old Guard is less than thrilled with some of its core membership but how does one rambling motor mouth suddenly fall so eerily silent?

Well, the investigation into an alleged bank and wire fraud scheme employing car loans landed a lot of people in trouble and isn't over. More likely, it's only the beginning.

And one Hoboken Old Guard anti-hero knows he's in trouble.

Carmelo Garcia (l) is all smiles in this photo with his "brother"
Chris Campos (r) but the Feds investigation on a car loan ring
alleging bank and wire fraud is no laughing matter.

Of the four publicized arrests, some of the alleged felons are being treated better than others. Deals will be cut and deliverables must be... delivered.


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Related: In 2013, MSV called on the Feds to come to Hoboken. They didn't exactly burn up the roadways in getting here. This time, it's the express boat arriving from across the Hudson.

Better late than never.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sign of the Times: Switch hitter?

Grafix Avenger highlights the behind the scenes politics of the Old Guard on the Hoboken Board of Education.

Some of it is clearly not so behind the scenes but playing politics is a familiar venue even when it comes to the Board of Education in Hoboken.




Talking Ed Note: When does politics justify a sitting BoE trustee aid and abet its competitors for financial and other local resources to the detriment of the students you're elected to serve?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hudson County Young Republican Chair - 'Progress comes with ending absolute power'

From the desk of Joshua Einstein -Chairman, Hudson County Young Republicans

Regardless of who one supports in the presidential primary race, it is important that Republicans in Hudson County and all urban areas are constantly engaged in outreach. It is important not only for our local county and municipal GOP groups and clubs but for the general population as well. A one party county devoid of a credible opposition will inevitably succumb to the timeless observation of Lord Acton that "power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

On behalf of the public good and our party, the Hudson County Young Republicans (HCYR’s) are dedicated to this mission. Engaging the public and exposing communities that traditionally lean liberal to the common sense conservative ideas of small government and individual liberty is just as important as collecting signatures for a particular candidate. In fact, it can be argued that engaging the unengaged has more potential value because it expands and grows our local GOP even in the absence of a looming election.


To this end, the Hudson County Young Republicans are proud to say that our programing has been geared toward this and that we will continue to outreach and engage different communities of faith, ethnicity, and economic background to develop a relationship between them and our party.

That government should "be giving people a hand up, not a hand out" is as common a saying as it is a sound idea. That the liberal policy of central planning has resulted in massive failures that particularly wound the working poor but hurt us all; that raising taxes has encouraged employers to limit hours and downsize their workforce; that while liberal big government policies have buoyed Wall Street, Main Street has been strangled by regulatory red tape; that healthcare costs have risen and that prices have gone up while the purchasing power of the dollar has gone down, are facts known to all.

The party must begin, and we in the HCYR's are, reaching out to professionals AND the working class, white folks AND people of color, native English speakers AND new immigrants, Evangelicals AND Jews (and everything in-between) because these issue affect us all. For too long, we Republicans have let Democrats win by playing the partisan politics of division and for too long have we relied on individual campaigns to bring our message of small government and individual liberty to traditionally Democratic voting groups. We must, and the HCYR's have begun, to develop relationships in these communities even when there is no immediate election on the horizon. We must co-sponsor programs and hold events in their communities and institutions to show the African American, Jewish, Catholic, Hispanic, Gay etc... communities that we are there for more than just the obligatory campaign one-off. We must be a persistent presence in their communities engaging them in a civil discourse about issues facing their communities, our municipalities, our county, our state and nation until we are excepted as fellow communal stakeholders.

This is not an easy task. It is not a small challenge, and it will not happen overnight. Some may see bringing our message where we have not dared to go for decades, whether into the synagogue community or public housing, as a tall order. But it is worth the effort to save our cities, county and country.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ping! POW! the FBI is back in action at MSV with love for the Mile Square City

It's the love that keeps bringing them back. Or is it the corruption?

The FBI missed Hoboken over the Easter holidays if their visits to MSV today are any indication.

The boys of summer and our newest friends from the US Attorney's Office, the Southern District of New York have been pinging up a storm visiting MSV dozens of times today alone.

Das Feds are enjoying many of the related articles, the beloved Grist for the Mill edition: Carmelo Garcia in hiding as federal heat stirs merely one among others.



Grafix Avenger celebrated her fondness for the Boys of Summer with a special Easter visit edition:


In its March 9th release, the US Southern District of NY offered contact information if you believe you were a victim of this car loan crime ring and are entitled to payment as a result.

If you wish to provide information to law enforcement as a victim or witness who hasn't provided all the complete information on the alleged bank and wire fraud please contact the Victim/Witness Unit at the US Attorney's Office at:

(866) 874-8900.


Talking Ed Note: MSV interviewed our law enforcement friends across the Hudson and will be doing a special premium release this week. You won't want to miss it.

Stay tuned.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla: Water Mains and Budget update

From the desk of City Councilman Ravi Bhalla:


Dear Friends and Neighbors – 

Here are a few updates on what’s going on in Hoboken City Government and some fun happenings around the city as Spring is finally here!
Mark Your Calendars: Arts & Music Festival and More
music festival

The Hoboken Arts and Music Festival will be held on May 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. I will be sponsoring a table to meet with constituents and register new voters. I find this day to be a great opportunity to meet new people and hear any concerns our residents have about Hoboken. Please make sure to stop by and say hello!
I want to call your attention to the newly formed Hoboken Democratic Social Club, which was initiated by Dana Wefer, who also serves as Chair of the Hoboken Housing Authority. The Club is free to join and serves as a great way to meet other like-minded individuals in our community.  I encourage you to join the group on Facebook by clicking here and coming out to future events!
With the warm weather on its way, the City began the registration process for outdoor activities and classes. These include sunrise yoga classes, family yoga, zumba, and more. Click here to learn more or sign up. 
Update on Water Main System
As you may be aware, the City and Suez Water have been dealing with more water main breaks. I can assure you that the City is working to find a solution to the lack of significant infrastructure improvement to our water system, which is over 100 years old. The City is financing upgrades to the system, preparing to re-bid the contract to maintain and operate the water distribution system, and renegotiating the current contract.
Please click here to read important information from the City that will hopefully answer some questions you may have.
Budget Update
This year’s municipal budget was presented to the City Council for introduction at our last meeting, and includes a slight increase in municipal taxes, largely due to increases in health insurance premiums for city employees.  Between now and April 11, the City Council is holding budget workshops, which members of the public are invited to attend, to learn more about the budget and consider amendments to the budget as introduced. On April 20 at 7 p.m., you are invited to speak on the budget during a public hearing at City Hall.
I’ll always be working hard for you and I hope you’ll reach out to me by e-mailing me at councilmanbhalla@gmail.com if you have any concerns! Feel free to follow along on my Facebook for more community news and updates.
Sincerely,
Councilman Ravinder S. Bhalla

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mayor to Carmelo: No million dollars for you!

A message equivalent to "no soup for you" is the message from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer to Carmelo Garcia, he of ethnic cleansing infamy in his attempt to extract taxpayer money.

The shakedown civil lawsuit originally charging Hoboken's first Jewish mayor with "ethnic cleansing" was filed by Louis Zayas back in August 2013.

At the first hearing back in late December 2013, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Lawrence M. Maron ordered Zayas not to repeat the inflammatory language in his courtroom before throwing the lawsuit out.

The court described the civil suit as both "offensive and insufficient" a message Carmelo Garcia did not wish to hear. He's been refiling and amending his lawsuit ever since.

Garcia and Zayas are once again reportedly threatening to refile their ethnic cleansing lawsuit after both the City of Hoboken and the embattled Hoboken Housing Authority refuse to yield to their demands they be handed over $2,400,000 of taxpayers money.

This is not how the shakedown is intended to work.

Back in 2013, Mayor Dawn Zimmer was a candidate for re-election and the civil lawsuit was obviously believed to be the perfect political tool to extract money out of Hoboken City Hall before an election where she would not wish to have controversey surrounding her name.

Garcia took out his trusty tape recording device and asked for a meeting in NYC with the mayor's husband in the hope he could get build some trusty entrapment conversation to his advantage. (The only person exposed for any proposed wrongdoing in the filthy exercise was Garcia himself.)

The Old Guard has misread the mayor on many occasions, particularly regarding her fortitude. She has an inner streak more akin to Margaret Thatcher than Bernie Sanders when it comes to how she treats city funds.

Hoboken's Iron Lady refused to bend to intimidation in 2013 leading into a mayoral election and she's dug in refusing to budge today.

According to a story on Grafix Avenger, the shakedown attempt demanded is $2.4 million divided equally between the City of Hoboken and the very financially strapped HHA. (Of course the latter inherited a financial disaster from the very person charged to ensure the good health of the agency who is suing them: Carmelo Garcia.)

Shameless doesn't begin to accurately describe the atrociousness of this gutter ghetto threat from Hoboken's shady ethic cleanser.

The appalling mess left in the wake of Carmelo Garcia's contract termination is out sized by the lengthy controversies of his actions much of it unreported in other local media.

Whether it was a scathing internal audit or handing out millions without the legal authority to do so to vendors who in turn handed him thousands of dollars in loot, Garcia always has a ready made excuse and manages to slither away from the long arm of the law.

His silence over recent weeks however, since the arrests of his former Chief of Staff, Chris Campos has gone beyond raising eyebrows. The whispers on the street are becoming a low murmur and rumblings the handcuffs may not be far off this time being openly discussed.

Meanwhile, a withered Old Guard seeks to move forward as if their coalition mate last November no longer matters. Rumors of meetings sought to smooth over the latest corruption problems are claimed in the works to settle the jangled nerves of would be mayoral candidates next year.

As reported in MSV Premium earlier this week, one meeting between Carmelo Garcia and Chris Campos is said to have already taken place. Oh to be a fly on the wall and not a horse.

The years long shakedown could see itself suddenly and permanently off course.

Carmelo Garcia wants you. Not you per se, your money.

Related: Last November, the Garcia headed the Carmelo Ticket in the city ward races when he ran one of the most dirty campaigns in recent memory against City Council President Jen Giattino.

Other media failed to note the obvious conflict of a candidate seeking to represent them on the council while simultaneously suing them.

The Carmelo Rat Tapes are exposed after a boondoogled effort by his attorney.


Carmelo million dollar shakedown graphic courtesy Grafix Avenger

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hudson Reporter goes kaput in Hoboken

The Hudson Reporter, the community paper covering the county of the same name in New Jersey is turning out the lights in Hoboken.

According to reliable sources, the building hosting operations is shutting its doors and will be moving to the location of a small satellite office in Bayonne by next month.

Last November, the uptown building owned by co-publisher Dave Unger was put up for sale. In recent years, word of salary cuts and staffing reductions became the norm at the weekly.

The Hudson Reporter building at Washington  and 14th,
soon to be the former home of the declining community paper.
Begun in 1983, the Hudson Reporter called the Distorter for its biased suppression of news coverage, the paper was founded by prominent real estate developer Joseph Barry who also co-founded Applied Housing with his father.

The Hudson Reporter eventually changed ownership but its political leanings often tilted heavily toward its connected development origins, along with numerous arrests and convictions of county politicos including its founder.

Nicknamed the pro Old Guard Rag, the paper saw its influence wane in recent years as more copies strewn about Hoboken went unread and the letters to the editor section became a retread from a familiar batch of names.

Locally, the Hudson Reporter maintained enthusiastic political support for the Mile Square's Old Guard and innate hostility toward the Reform Movement, led to success in Hoboken by Mayor Dawn Zimmer's ascent to City Hall in 2009.

Its zeal in seeking to undo Mayor Zimmer and Reform saw wild, often bizzare political and election coverage promoting Old Guard candidates and targeting anything it could construe as unseemly to their opposition. Most recently, the Hudson Reporter insisted over months going back to last year the popular Hoboken mayor would resign.

The decline of the weekly community paper, a national trend but especially vivid in Hoboken was accelerated by the rise of what it called "the blogs" - re: Grafix Avenger and Mile Square View (MSV), two online reform oriented anti-corruption websites.

In recent years, political battling in Hoboken saw coordinated political operations between the Hudson Reporter and Hoboken Old Guard elements aiming to destroy the independently owned Reform websites, most visibly when a coordinated hit job back in May 2012 came to light before publication could occur.

It soon followed with the spectacular failure of a SLAPP-suit filed in July of that year by hard core political operatives Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi. The civil lawsuit, first trumpeted at the Hudson Reporter then saw the publication completely fall silent after the frivolous lawsuit was thrown out of court and scores of damaging emails published exposing its Hoboken political allies last July. 

An internal gag order reportedly remains in place and those emails' contents have never been mentioned.

In another recent civil suit, emails from the Carmelo Garcia ethnic cleansing complaint, stated as determinative in a City Hall led effort to undermine him at the Hoboken Housing Authority never saw publication as its political columnist failed to make good on that claim.

Another series of outlandish forecasts followed on a related Facebook page stating emails would be published in the paper showing collusion between "the blogs" and Hoboken City Hall. Those conspiracy theories would so too follow with silence.

Word of screaming matches from the embarrassment among its editorial staff made its way to the Mile Square streets in tandem with the paper's negative exposure.

Neither publisher Dave Unger nor editor Caren Matzner responded to requests for comment on the Hudson Reporter's impending departure.

The move to Bayonne is foreseen by some as a harbinger of the Hudson Reporter's demise.

Related: Last year, 30 questions for Caren Matzner added further evidence of failed journalistic minimums.
http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2015/02/30-questions-for-caren-matzner-editor_16.html

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Carmelo Garcia's ethnic cleansing suit goes awry

According to an Earwitness Report on Grafix Avenger, recent legal mediation discussions saw Carmelo Garcia increase his money demands to see his years long ethnic cleansing lawsuit go away.

The astronomical figure bandied about, $2,000,000, is the same figure Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi expected from each of a dozen defendants in their SLAPP-suit.

Is this civil suit headed in the same wrong direction?

Garcia, the one time controverisal head of the Hoboken Housing Authority reportedly sought to extract seven figures from the battered agency recovering under new management from the financial disaster he left in his wake when his contract was cut short in 2014.

Star Trek's Doomsday Machine is sucking Carmelo Garcia into
its ethnic cleansing vortex. Hopefully no harm comes to his bag of loot.
The HHA and City of Hoboken however isn't turning the cash over.
Hoboken's infamous Ethic Cleanser will have to go fill the bag elsewhere. 

All told, Garcia reportedly asked for $1.2 million from both the HHA and another $1.2 from the City of Hoboken before the door was slammed shut on his fingers.

With the Feds in town again, perhaps Mister Carmelo really needs the money - for a defense lawyer.
His "brother" Chris Campos landed a former US Attorney for his defense in a bank and wire fraud car scheme involving 200 vehicles. That quality level defense doesn't run cheap.

Is there an inclusive rate for massive ELEC filing violations? Both Campos and Garcia have problems on that front too but the former has some strange oddities uncovered on Grafix Avenger yesterday.

Related: The corruption bomb fell in Hoboken earlier this month but as is so often the case, it's a family affair. 

Western civilization...


Not a bad idea after you let children run amok playing with their ISMs...




Monday, March 21, 2016

Breaking: Chris Campos' wife and brother snagged in federal arrests in alleged car loan scheme


MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE



More than one member of Chris Campos's family reportedly saw arrest as part of a federal investigation into bank and wire fraud based out of Manhattan's US Attorney's Office earlier this month.

Based on individual sources, former fourth ward City Councilman Chris Campos along with his wife and one brother were also arrested in a car loan scheme alleging bank and wire fraud back on March 9th.


Chris Campos was not available in a call earlier and the Department of Justice in Manhattan's Southern District was not immediately available for comment.

The car scheme as outlined by the Southern District of New York's US Attorney Preet Bharara and the FBI alleged the announced defendants took out loans under false pretenses purchasing more than 200 vehicles involving at least 20 straw buyers.

Carmelo Garcia, the former NJ Assemblyman who put Campos in as his Chief of Staff at a reported $40,000 per year has remained mum with media since the announcement of his close friend's arrest earlier this month.

An earlier invitation to Garcia here for an interview has been met with silence. Other reports of pending interviews with the former controversial head of the Hoboken Housing Authority have similarly been stymied.

The Feds in a public release on March 9th announced if you believe you were a victim of this crime and entitled to restitution and wish to provide information to law enforcement and/or receive notice of future developments in the case or additional information contact the Victim/Witness Unit at the United States Attorney's Office at (866) 874-8900.

For additional information see: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/nys/victimwitness.html

The rest of this story is MSV Premium content and will be sent out to members via email later today.



Talking Ed Note: Last week, Grafix Avenger referenced "calling cards" by the FBI and DOJ to that website. MSV notes it has received at least double the "calling card" visits here.

Perhaps Grafix Avenger isn't so much the popular girl and the Feds like horses in Hoboken too.
(For those slow on the draw, this is some levity and humor on a serious ongoing story.)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Details on the 2016 introduced budget

The following story comes courtesy of Jeannette Josue of the Hudson County View:

The Hoboken City Council moved forward with a proposed $107 million budget, which up $4.2 million in spending from last year - mainly due to healthcare costs for city employees and capital improvements for the city.




For the complete story, please see the Hudson County View:

http://hudsoncountyview.com/hoboken-council-moves-forward-proposed-107m-budget-up-4-2m-from-2015/

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tidbits on the scene and a Horse in the Court

The Mile Square City made some news but it was more like the news next door as West New York is rumored to be moving former Hoboken Democratic Chair Jamie Cryan from parking director to Business Administrator.

The move comes with an increase in pay from $90,000 to $120,000 according to a report on the Hudson County View.

Update: HCV reports it's no longer a rumor and filed this video report.



Observer Highway and rush hour traffic has been a feature of much commentary among those making noise here in the Stable in recent days.

Last night, a cost free test to free up cars moving north on Jackson Street from Observer however did not make it to resolution for the council meeting. Councilman Ruben Ramos who spearheaded the idea expressed disappointment the idea has languished since January.

An earlier transportation meeting is said to have ironed out some additional wrinkles but Director Morgan did not have a resolution prepared in time. Two more weeks or is it three? The delay shows there's lack of enthusiasm to have the idea implemented and foot dragging the government action.

Perhaps some are afraid the public will like the improved result and it isn't their idea.

Word is a horse managed to get past security last Friday in Hudson Superior Court. Yes, Horsey managed to snag a seat and watch Lane Bajardi storm out of court after the latest in a string of defeats since his biggest political operation ever failed. He won't be ghostwriting the results on Hoboken411.

Think of the people disappointed he aimed to please. Pathological lying only gets you so far.
Now they're stuck with the tab. Too bad, so sad.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Introduction of 2016 Budget - City Council @ 7:00





Tonight's City Council meeting will see the introduction of this year's budget. Once again, it's exploding health insurance costs in the seven figure range the dilemma.

Previous years have seen savings squeezed out of every corner of the budget but this year's increases will likely see the need for a one or two percent municipal tax increase.

Also on the agenda, extending the PILOT for Clock Towers but income verification may be part of the new equation in Hoboken.

The 9-11 Memorial is aiming for final commission and construction this year. Let's hope.

Grist for the Mill: Carmelo Garcia in hiding as federal heat stirs

It's one week since the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York announced it broke up an alleged bank fraud conspiracy snaring four participants including Hoboken's Chris Campos and the tension in Hoboken is palbable.

200 leased car vehicles were the claimed booty before the federal sting took down the operation with arrests last Wednesday.

There's been murmuring about the whereabouts of Carmelo Garcia who has reportedly interfaced with the media he'll interview only to disappear back into the ether saying nothing about his "brother" Chris, his hand selected choice as Chief of Staff to his former NJ Assembly seat.

The FBI highlighted 20 straw buyers involving fraudulent leases for 200 vehicles. Something doesn't add up in that equation and it isn't solely the loan qualifications of straw purchasers.

Rumors are circulating about the origins of those straw buyers recruited in the alleged scam. Hoboken may be the nervous system for that recruitment or more pointedly, the fourth ward.

The nexus of the Old Guard power center for Carmelo Garcia and Chris Campos is the fourth ward and many suspect more than a few of the straw purchases for the leased vehicles may have originated there.

Perry Belfiore, a longtime active Hoboken politico offered his view on the FBI investigation questioning the extent of Campos' involvement in the alleged car leasing scheme.

Speaking by phone Belfiore offered, "I love Chris Campos and time will tell the magnitude of his involvement." He suggested Campos may have been ensnared but was not the ringleader nor part and parcel of the years long efforts involving up to 200 leased vehicles.

"It was ongoing when he got involved and after he got out. (Campos) made good on the loans he borrowed (his) cars on," he added before concluding, "Chris Campos will always be a friend of mine."

Campos is unsurprisingly engaged in his criminal case and isn't speaking to media but to date no one has been able to collar any on the record comment from the usually loquacious Carmelo Garcia.

An observer however offered insight on that front saying, "I know Carmelo was caught flat footed (but) he thinks it's a sin." Concerning the overlapping timing of Campos serving as his NJ Assembly Chief of Staff, the observer added, Carmelo "had no indication there was any investigation going on into him while he served" in support of the Assembly seat.

Another party speaking on background highlighted a recent Willow Avenue sighting of Campos' brother who reportedly said he had been questioned by the Feds about the alleged car leasing scam two and a half years ago.

Talking Ed Note: MSV regularly interviewed Carmelo Garcia up until about a couple of years ago when while an elected official he replied to a question by text message out of the blue threatening to file a criminal complaint.

While he never did follow in the vein of abuse of the courts as others, the message of political intimidation was made clear and MSV ceased making any inquiry to Carmelo Garcia whatsoever electing not to see added another to the almost half-dozen outrageous perjured charges leveled previous in criminal and civil court.

Should Carmelo Garcia wish to come out from the cold and state his case, this Horse is all ears.
Apparently, others are already tuning into the Hoboken Horse at MSV:







Related: Grafix Avenger further probes her legal beagle source Larry "Not Stempler" for additional insight into the federal investigation on the Campos situation:

http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2016/03/not-stempler-returns-campos-situation.html


Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column. Got a tasty carrot for Da Horsey? Send it to smartyjones@me.com. All email is kept confidential until mutual agreement and is protected by Da Horsey's proven Reporter Privilege upheld under the NJ Shield Law in Hudson Superior Court.

Silence of Carmelo graphic courtesy Grafix Avenger

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mayor Zimmer announces run in 2017 for third term

To the surprise of few, Mayor Dawn Zimmer is running for a third term in 2017.

The announcement however did come with some surprise with the timing in a podcast on NJ.com's "The Backgrounder."

Another surprise, the mayor shared her family has ties to Joisey, south Jersey as a matter of fact.

Here's the full hour long podcast:




Monday, March 14, 2016

Court orders Lane Bajardi to begin paying 25% of income for frivolous lawsuit


Hudson Superior Court orders Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal Bajardi to pay the piper for SLAPP-suit


Lane Bajardi exits court
after ordered to make 
payments for SLAPP-suit


BREAKINGHudson County View published its story with court video of Friday's hearing in Superior Court where Lane Bajardi is ordered to pay 25% of his income to a SLAPP-suit victim of the frivolous lawsuit by him and his wife, Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi. 







More than a year after the NJ First Amendment case was thrown out of court mid-trial, Judge Barry Sarkisian issued a court order in Hudson Superior Court Friday afternoon Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi must make payments to one of the defendants consisting of 25% of his net income.

The payments of approximately $1815 a month will come from his earnings as a newsreader on the graveyard shift at 1010 WINS radio.

Kim Cardinal Bajardi is an unemployed freelance journalist so the court ordered payments will come solely from Lane Bajardi's earnings to satisfy one of the defendants victimized by their SLAPP-suit.

The Bajardis sought a stay on making any payments to Hudson Superior Court and in an appeal to the NJ Appellate for their frivolous lawsuit against a dozen Hoboken residents.

Both legal maneuvers were denied with the NJ Appellate Court reviewing the appeal last week and quickly deciding in less than 48 hours to deny the motion.

In January, Judge Sarkisian ordered $4,223.75 in funds frozen in the Bajardis TD Bank accounts last December be turned over to another frivolous lawsuit party, counsel Alexander W. Booth on behalf of this MSV editor.

The bulk of the legal fees exceeding $275,000 ordered paid by Lane Bajardi and Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi which saw all three of their attorneys also sanctioned for an additional $4,000 remains to be satisfied.

That booming legal cannon heard across NJ was issued last July by Judge Patrick Arre in a scathing legal decision designating the three years long litigation a frivolous lawsuit attacking the rights of NJ residents' political speech.



Talking Ed Note:  More to come!


Hudson Superior Court video footage and photo courtesy of the Hudson County View

Councilman Ruben Ramos: Improve traffic flow in south Hoboken

From the desk of Councilman Ruben Ramos:


Friday, March 11, 2016

Corruption bomb drops in Hoboken with Chris Campos and Carmelo Garcia at epicenter

Initial analysis on the latest string of federal corruption arrests on Hoboken's Old Guard

The arrest by the FBI of former Hoboken City Councilman Chris Campos for alleged multi-million bank and wire fraud dovetails across the Hudson with federal investigation into the Hoboken Housing Authority under his controversial friend and former head of that agency, Carmelo Garcia.

The public may find it intriguing the US Attorney's Offices involved are the NY Southern District in Manhattan, (as high profile as it gets) and Newark, NJ where lots of churn has gone on with Hoboken but seen little in the way of results since 2009 when former mayor and convicted felon Peter Cammarano was nabbed in a massive statewide federal sting under former management.

Chris Campos (r) appears in this photo from his law firm's website Camposlegal.com with Carmelo Garcia (l) and a third unidentified man. Campos and Garcia's relationship will face further scrutiny with his arrest Wednesday by the FBI for alleged bank and wire fraud.

Some of you may remember the person who began that 2009 investigation and the federal informant star Solomon Dwek who held meetings with other Old Guard Hoboken figures; the person who greenlighted the statewide sting: Chris Christie.

MSV first to report the Campos arrest yesterday in Hoboken actually came a day after the actual frog marching took place as the Old Guard no doubt knew very well one of their own core members had been snagged but kept mum.

No one in the Old Guard is talking but everyone in Hoboken and Hudson County is asking the same question. Where's Carmelo?

Campos not only was the paid Chief of Staff to Carmelo Garcia's short one term two year stint as NJ Assemblyman for $40,000 a year ending last year; he was the point man in attending Hoboken Housing Authority meetings trying to run interference on the burgeoning problems for Mister Carmelo being uncovered by its Chair Dana Wefer.

The clashes became intense as Campos would inject surly remarks of objection aloud and out of order in meetings most Hoboken professionals would not be comfortable let alone be pleased to deal with but for Hoboken's Old Guard, especially out of the fourth ward - it's SOP - Standard Operating Procedure.

Campos and Wefer would later clash over the HHA bidding process when his law firm's fax number appeared on a bid for the agency's legal contract. He voiced being "flabbergasted" she questioned the impropriety of his role with another law firm while simultaneously acting as Chief of Staff to Carmelo Garcia.

That was prescient to the other FBI alleged nefarious activities going on outside the HHA.

The big question on some minds: what will the US Attorney's Offices in New York and New Jersey do in cooperating to puncture the culture of corruption impacting the Old Guard in Hoboken?

Talking Ed Note: Commenter GoodGovernusGiantus offered his giant thoughts on the latest Old Guard corruption bomb to hit Hoboken writing,

"Another example of the greased wheels of HUDCO incorporated in action. No surprise here given the ethical record of Chris Compost as a matter of public record and privately as well. No way he gets 30 years. If he is smart he will plea out and give the FEDs something useful.  

My money is on 3-5 years. Nay stickup men get 20-30. White collar crime is not punished enough. 

If Chris Campos turns into a singing birdie, I wonder if any other Hoboken "actors" will feel the pinch. Garcia quaking in his boots? We shall see. Stay tuned. Car loans is interesting given Garcia's history with mortgages. A good source rejected a shady deal proposal from Garcia over ten years ago regarding the mortgage broker business. 

Another Mason ally caught in the muck of a Hoboken Kreim spree. LOL."



Thursday, March 10, 2016

Former fourth ward councilman Chris Campos and three others charged in conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud



BREAKING FEDERAL ARRESTS


Old Guard favorite son of the fourth ward and long time intimate friend of Carmelo Garcia - Christopher Campos, a former fourth ward Hoboken City Councilman is charged by the New York Department of Justice being part of a four member group conspiring to obtain 200 new cars through fraudulent means.


Campos was the top paid Assembly aide to Carmelo Garcia at $40,000 annually when his term expired and he was replaced last November.

According to a DOJ criminal filing, the alleged conspiracy involving Campos and three other men was under investigation while he was the paid Chief of Staff to former NJ Assemblyman and failed Hoboken sixth ward council candidate Carmelo Garcia.


As reported on NorthJersey.com:

Two Bergen County men were among four people arrested Wednesday and charged in a $7 million scheme to use straw buyers and phony loan applications to fraudulently obtain more than 200 new automobiles, federal authorities in Manhattan said.

Chris Campos, former fourth ward City Councilman and NJ Assembly Chief of Staff to Carmelo Garcia seen in this 2013 MSV photo attending the mayoral debate was arrested for conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.


The Department of Justice - US Attorney's Office, 

Southern District of New York announces:


Four Individuals Charged In $7 Million Car Loan Scheme Involving Dealerships Throughout The New York City Area 

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the unsealing of a complaint charging JULIO ALVAREZ, CHRISTOPHER CAMPOS, MARCO BLASIO, and GEURIS RAMOS with bank and wire fraud charges for perpetrating a scheme to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in car loans. The defendants used at least 20 straw buyers to obtain more than 200 new automobiles based on false representations that, among other things, the straw buyers would use the cars for their personal use when, in fact, the defendants obtained the vehicles in order to lease them to livery cab drivers.  ALVAREZ, CAMPOS, BLASIO, and RAMOS were arrested this morning and will be presented later today before Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated:  “As alleged, the defendants carried out a scheme to obtain millions of dollars in loans under false pretenses at the expense of financial institutions who were deceived into funding the purchase of more than 200 new vehicles.  Thanks to the efforts of our partners at the FBI, these defendants will now be held to account for their criminal misconduct.”
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez stated:  “The charges announced today describe a scheme in which the defendants allegedly benefitted from fraudulently obtained car loans.  The funding was used by the defendants and their co-conspirators to finance the purchase of more than 200 new automobiles.  The cost of these loans, which ultimately went into default, will eventually be transferred to ordinary citizens seeking financial assistance.  We take these crimes very seriously as we continue to seek out those who exploit the lending industry.”          
According to the allegations contained in the Complaint[1] unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:
Between approximately October 2012 and September 2013, ALVAREZ, CAMPOS – who was a practicing attorney, BLASIO, and RAMOS orchestrated a scheme to fraudulently obtain new automobiles that ALVAREZ, CAMPOS, and RAMOS, among others, intended to lease to livery cab drivers.  In order to secure financing in connection with the purchase of these new cars without having to pay the higher interest rates typically charged for commercial vehicles or borrow the cost of the vehicles based on their own ability to pay, ALVAREZ and CAMPOS enlisted and aided individuals with good credit histories (“straw buyers”) to submit fraudulent car loan applications to numerous lenders.  In order to obtain the new vehicles, the defendants sent straw buyers, including RAMOS, to several car dealerships located throughout the New York City area, where dealership employees, including BLASIO, helped straw buyers submit fraudulent loan applications. 
The auto loan applications submitted by the straw buyers falsely represented that the vehicles would be used for the buyers’ personal use, rather than as part of the defendants’ leasing business.  In addition, in many cases, the car loan applications misrepresented personal information about the straw buyers, including their incomes and assets.  ALVAREZ, CAMPOS, BLASIO, and RAMOS also caused financing applications to be sent to multiple financial institutions at the same time so that the lenders would not know that the straw buyers were incurring obligations to other lenders in connection with the purchase of multiple new automobiles.
In total, the scheme carried out by ALVAREZ, CAMPOS, BLASIO, and RAMOS, among others, involved at least approximately 20 straw purchasers, the purchase of more than approximately 200 new vehicles, and more than $7,000,000 in fraudulently obtained loans from a variety of financial institutions.  Most of the loans ultimately went into default.
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ALVAREZ, 47, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, CAMPOS, 39, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, BLASIO, 52, of Commack, New York, and RAMOS, 38, of Bronx, New York, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, one count of bank fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the FBI, and noted that the investigation remains ongoing.
If you believe you were a victim of this crime, including a victim entitled to restitution, and you wish to provide information to law enforcement and/or receive notice of future developments in the case or additional information, please contact the Victim/Witness Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, at (866) 874-8900.  For additional information, go to:
The prosecution of this case is being handled by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Niketh Velamoor and Sidhardha Kamaraju are in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint, and the description of the Complaint set forth herein, constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Related: Chris Campos sued and failed to win a lawsuit against Hoboken claiming his DUI arrest was part of a conspiracy against him back in 2010.

In 2007, Campos faced off for the fourth ward council seat in a legendary series of election battles. It took three elections for the matter between Campos and then council candidate Dawn Zimmer to be settled.

An indictment against Campos would mean both of Dawn Zimmer's predecessors to elected office have faced federal charges.

The predecessor to Mayor Zimmer's ascent to the second floor at City Hall of course being Peter Cammarano who in one month's time as Hoboken mayor managed to be arrested and later convicted of taking $25,000 in brbes from federal informant Solomon Dwek.

Sign of the Times: Spring has sprung?

Hoboken sees the finest day of the year if you aren't among those who miss the record snowfall the Mile Square experienced this winter season.

Snow gone and so is winter if today's spring like temperatures stick around.

Some commenters may take note of the weather and leave their axes to grind for another day. Or maybe just leave them behind. How many times do you think the same point you don't like someone needs to be made?

Hey everyone, enjoy the day!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hoboken Democratic Social Club honors former State Senator Bernard Kenny

On Sunday, three dozen people gathered for a brunch at the Paul Vincent gallery showing to honor former State Senator Bernard Kenny.

Among the native son honoree, a notable list of elected officials: Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise,  Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano and council members Ravi Bhalla, Mike DeFusco and Jim Doyle.

While the event was off the record and MSV can't disclose details of the numerous remarks made to the audience in attendance (after all we're not the NY Times) there was quite a bit of reflection on Senator Kenny's sage advice and support, both personal and professional from the speakers.

Since it's St. Patrick's season here, a personal reflection on Irish immigration from the time of the famine and succeeding generations highlighted the struggle for survival while preserving the cultural identity both in the United States and other Irish destinations.

Former State Senator Bernard Kenny poses with the plaque honoring him from the  Hoboken Democratic Social Club with his law partners at Sunday's brunch.


Bernard Kenny addresses the attendees and spoke about Irish immigration and his family's roots.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and County Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano share lighthearted chatter.
2017?

Hoboken Democratic Social Club organizer Dana Wefer shared her prize as Baby Josephine soaks up the love from Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro.

Councilman, my councilman. A claque of council members past and present: Councilman Ravi Bhalla, Councilman Mike DeFusco and former councilman Tim Occhipinti with Stan Grossbard enjoy some late brunch banter. 

Former Hoboken councilman Tim Occhipinti feels the love as he's embraced by Grafix Avenger.