Monday, December 25, 2017


Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Patriots past, George Washington in Christmas victory at Trenton

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mayor Zimmer celebrates Festivus vetoing council approved public referendum on runoffs

Mayor Zimmer makes last divisive, partisan act against Hoboken voters for Ravi Bhalla

In what will likely be her final major act as mayor, Dawn Zimmer vetoed a decisive 7-2 council vote to let Hoboken voters decide next November if runoff elections should return to the Mile Square City.

The mayor's final major action was her final slap at a City Council where her support evaporated last June when she cut a backroom deal late into election season announcing she would not run for a third term and immediately put up Councilman Ravi Bhalla as her endorsed alternative. She had ignored her council allies backing her earlier third term bid before publicly announcing her decision.

Hudson County View reported on the story where Mayor Zimmer defended her veto calling the City Council vote an act by a lame duck body ignoring the irony of her last days as a lame duck mayor.

In the story, Mayor Zimmer noted numerous grievances before Festivus against the City Council that voted to allow the public to decide if they want a return to runoff elections next November. Festivus is an imaginary holiday with one plank of the Seinfeld inspired holiday being the "airing of grievances."

The mayor claimed a runoff in December would lead to "political deals" ignoring that her baton pass to Ravi Bhalla saw most of his political contributions come from outside Hoboken and a shadowy PAC that spent tens of thousands of dollars on cable TV ads and negative mailers.

In January new council members Vanessa Falco and Emily Jabbour will join the nine member council but another vote is not expected to see any change in the lopsided vote. Some observers expect the 7-2 vote will be duplicated come January.

The need to have the council vote on the question of runoffs again means the City Council will likely act in strong unity opposing mayoral-elect Ravi Bhalla. There's been no public apology for the scorched earth campaign Bhalla ran against opponents but pointedly the smears against City Council President Jen Giattino who had called him a friend.

Six votes are required by the City Council to erase a mayoral veto and an ordinance will require two readings for passage.

Nancy Pincus who runs the Sybil Cave uber cult Ravi Bhalla blog
annoyed former HHA Chairwoman Dana Wefer who spoke out against the
$700,000 payoff to Carmelo Garcia. Wefer said in a Facebook post
she is not the reason for the action as alleged and the public will be "shocked"
when the truth eventually comes out.

Talking Ed Note: MSV supports instant-runoffs and does not favor the old runoff system. However, the issue is one for the voters to decide not a lame duck hyperpartisan elitist, re: Mayor Zimmer.

Council members have stated the professional manner of meetings in recent years is not changing with the change in mayors. Many council votes back to 2016 have been unanimous and disagreement has been voiced respectfully unlike in earlier years.  A small group of rabid Bhalla backers have continuously attacked council members Peter Cunningham, Tiffanie Fisher and Jen Giattino who while not vocalizing any opposition to the incoming administration, have not bowed to kiss "the ring."

Mayor Zimmer's veto however is not expected to bridge any potential differences with a new administration while the new council in January should continue its professional working posture.

In the matter of the recent public outcry over Carmelo Garcia being approved for a $700,000 payoff, re: "the settlement," former Hoboken Housing Authority Chair Dana Wefer blasted the decision further in a Facebook post late Friday saying the public outrage will turn to "shock" when more facts about the litigation is learned.

Wefer was responding in part to an allegation she is to blame for the Garcia $700,000 payoff as claimed on the rabid pro-Bhalla Sybil Cave's website. In the usual Hoboken411 style practiced there, Wefer was not invited to comment to an allegation made with no evidence.

In her Facebook post, Wefer who is an attorney said she had not been deposed and her testimony would not have aided Carmelo Garcia's "ethnic cleansing"civil lawsuit.

The Facebook post pointed at one rumored source of the allegation against her calling Stan Grossbard, a defendant in the same litigation "a bad person." Wefer added she stayed away from Grossbard calling that action, "the smartest thing I did."

Housing & Urban Development (HUD) is reviewing the $700,000 settlement/payoff. MSV will highlight more on how residents can communicate their concern to HUD on the outrageous payoff under review to Garcia.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

HCV: Secret deal sees Carmelo Garcia net $700,000 in ethnic cleansing lawsuit

In a follow-up to the MSV exclusive report last month, the Hudson County View confirms the Hoboken Housing Authority approved less than a million: $700,000 in a payoff for Carmelo Garcia's "ethnic cleansing" civil suit.

The HCV story adds that the payout is conditional upon review of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. More on this later.

Former Hoboken Housing Authority Chair Dana Wefer who uncovered seven figure contracts never approved by the HHA board but paid out to political contributors of the former and then executive director Carmelo Garcia called the settlement "a travesty" and blasted the potential payoff as another example of the HHA residents being victimized.

According to the HCV story, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her husband Stan Grossbard although both named in the Garcia lawsuit will pay nothing toward the settlement.
The full cost of Garcia's "ethnic cleansing" lawsuit will be borne by the poorest population in town, mostly through higher insurance premiums coming out of their annual operating budget - for years to come.
Former HHA Chair Dana Wefer in action against Carmelo Garcia who stands to net $700,000 in his infamous
ethnic cleansing lawsuit. She blasted the payoff re: settlement saying the HHA residents are victimized twice.

Talking Ed Note: MSV can exclusively report, terms of the settlement were approved two days after the November 7th Hoboken election and as part of the agreement; it specified there was to be no revelation during the Hoboken election.

Why was this payoff concealed from the Hoboken public before the election? 

Mayor Dawn Zimmer endorsed Ravi Bhalla for mayor. You can probably figure out the rest.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer was not contacted for comment on this story and if she was, she wouldn't say a damn thing. 

Hey Dawn, got transparency?


Remember when that old standby of Reform demanded transparency as part of good governance?

How did the Hoboken Housing Authority go from filing a strong counter complaint in 2016 to seeing the agency and its residents and taxpayers victimized again?

How did Mister Carmelo cost the HHA hundreds of thousands of dollars in another settlement two days after the election last month?

What did the Shadow know and when did he know/do it?

More of the truth is going to come out! Like in the US Congress, #UnsealTheDeals

Related: MSV broke the story first last month even with silence from ALL government officials:

Almost a cool million for Carmelo

Monday, December 18, 2017

Mister Carmelo misses $1,300,000 in Christmas dough payoff


The big payoff for Carmelo Garcia anticipated with word of a settlement offer at the Hoboken Housing Authority evaporated at last Thursday's monthly board meeting when the proposed closed session never occurred.

It's unclear if the settlement set for approval is on hold or if some of the likely six voting commissioners of the HHA board and or its executive director are balking at the utter insanity of paying for more looting out of the agency. One commissioner is not expected to vote for her role in the four year long civil case.

While there's expectations the HHA insurance carrier will pay most of the anticipated price tag, the burden of higher annual insurance costs will be taken out of the HHA's operating budget and its residents for years.

A non-governmental source aligned with Mister Carmelo expressed interests in seeing the HHA vote to approve and suggested the payoff won't be restricted to the HHA as has been thought. The suggested payoff, uhh settlement is noted as follows:

Hoboken Housing Authority payment to Carmelo Garcia:         $330,000
City of Hoboken, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Stan Grossbard:    $990,000

Others have put the Carmelo slush payoff in the $1.2 million range. MSV published a payout being under a million. On Wednesday, the City Council will hold its final meeting for 2017. A scheduled closed session shows no such item for council approval where a payment would be made to Mister Carmelo.

In "Rounders" Teddy KGB recommends a payout to a high stakes poker player.
Hoboken and HHA resident for Mister Carmelo, not so much.

City Council Appointments up in 2018

The lack of closure in the Carmelo civil case means the decks will not be cleared for Councilman Ravi Bhalla when he's sworn next month as Hoboken mayor.

By the way, the Hoboken mayor does not appoint Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment commissioners nor those to the North Hudson Sewerage Authority. Those appointments are made by the Hoboken City Council by law and the mayor does not get a vote.

No amount of crying at Sybil's Cave will change the law nor the majority of votes required by council members. The City Council will be making appointments to numerous positions on both the Zoning Board and NHSA. Will their criteria be performance or attendance?

Expect at least three or more applicants for the NHSA up for a five year term in January. Several former NHSA members are considering applying and some already have. It's the only paying board position in Hoboken. The stakes: $25,000 for a five year term.

Talking Ed Note: The street whispers of a big payoff in a settlement to Carmelo Garcia have been hush hush at government levels for weeks. No City or HHA commissioner sources will discuss the matter on the record. No one is denying MSV hit the bulls eye with its exclusive series of stories. Folks are hunkered down and looking for a way out, all without any public knowledge until the deed was done. It's like the Hoboken version of Congress with millions paid in sealed settlements for sexual harassment or worse. Some say it's past time to #UnsealTheDeals.

Don't Hoboken residents have a right to know?

Maybe some are getting cold feet over the ridiculous payoff and want to fight. After all, a serious complaint was filed by the HHA against Carmelo Garcia. They have all the evidence to show a jury what he did and the state of the agency when the end of his five year contract was terminated.

Higher up the official food chain, some say expect an onslaught of elected federal officials in Congress to hit the exits in a huge double digit wave this week and next. Maybe Dawn Zimmer can hire them in her fight against President Trump and global warming. How many ex-Congressman does it take to change a green light bulb?

How to overturn an election, holiday tidings and fundraiser

Help MSV raise money to locate women who gave a phone number and were never called or were sexually assaulted with a glance while sitting in a robe when Donald Trump walked by.  At least one of three women went on TV to tell their tales of woe. One allegedly needed twice over seven figures or so to move ahead with harassment claims. You want to overturn the failed outcome of the Russian Collusion Hoax and impeach the President for something really "good" don't ya?

It's the end of the eight and so years for MSV and more than a million views per. So to all those who enjoyed the free stuff and never offered a nickel through multiple phony criminal charges and one big frivolous civil claim in all that time; the meter's ticking.


Hey, this is going to be such a great holiday season and New Year filled with ankle bracelets galore. That's what Santa gets you when your boat's sinking and there's not an Ohr to paddle you to safety anywhere to be found.

2017 isn't over and 2018 is going to be simply epic. Merry Christmas everyone!

Update: Now there's word an earlier rumor the HHA approved a settlement approving an unknown amount of cash to Carmelo Garcia last month.

How much was he given and why? Obviously, this was kept quiet so it would not be a public issue DURING THE ELECTION!

So now ask yourself, who benefits?

Why is this matter of public concern being handled this way? No one would talk about the payoff, uhh cough cough, settlement.  Also the HHA website had nothing available on its agenda in advance of its meetings and transcripts going back months.

Suddenly, all the information appears and the November transcript now shows a settlement approved by the HHA board for Carmelo Garcia on November 9th, two days after the Hoboken election.

Notice how this was conveniently fed to a paid operative on the Bhalla for Mayor campaign?
Right before Christmas, convenient.


This is not different than the US Congress payoffs for sexual harassment. Those costs are in the millions and this settlement was as MSV originally believed under a million.

Does the Secretary of HUD Ben Carson know what was done? Well, maybe he needs to hear about this smelly deal.

Friday, December 15, 2017

HCV interviews Ravi Bhalla

In an interview with Hudson County View, editor and publisher John Heinis sits down with Councilman Ravi Bhalla for an interview. On January 1, Bhalla will be sworn-in as Hoboken mayor.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Attempted suicide bomber captured in premature detonation outside Port Authority

Early morning reports from various news sources state an attempted suicide bomber is captured in an attempted attack outside the Port Authority.

The man believed of South Asian origin reportedly saw a pipe bomb explode outside the Port Authority and is believed sympathetic to ISIS.

The only injury reportedly in the explosion may be the attempter bomber.

Subways were shut down, Times Square area reportedly seeing evacuations in the subway underneath the Port Authority.

This video is suggested as authentic capturing the moment of the explosion.

A woman on the scene stated she was caught in a stampede at the Port Authority:

The NY Post tweeted a photo of the alleged ISIS sympathizer:

From the linked NY Post article:

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the man was inspired by ISIS and originally from Bangladesh.
There was at least one injury and the wounded was the suspect. The man, who was seriously injured, was taken to Bellevue Hospital.
Investigators briefly spoke to the man, who told them he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works.

Update: Alleged ISIS sympathizer is Okayed Ullah per NYPD commissioner.
AP reports three others injured but non-life threatening in addition to the alleged terrorist. 

Friday, December 8, 2017



Chris Campos, a former Hoboken City Councilman was sentenced earlier today to 30 months in federal prison in a livery car loan scheme running into the millions of dollars.

Chris Campos in better days at the Hoboken Elks in 2013 for a Hoboken mayoral forum.

Ted Sherman, who covers corruption in the Soprano State filed this story on earlier:

The US Department of Justice, Southern District of New York issued the following release.

Former Hoboken City Council President Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For His Participation In A $7 Million Car Loan Scheme 

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that former Hoboken, New Jersey, City Council president and attorney CHRISTOPHER CAMPOS was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 30 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in car loans.  CAMPOS used approximately 20 straw buyers to purchase 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, CAMPOS and his co-conspirators obtained the vehicles in order to lease them as livery cabs.  After a week-long trial, CAMPOS was found guilty on June 22, 2017, of bank and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.  U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni presided over that trial and imposed today’s sentence.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said:  “Christopher Campos, an attorney and former Hoboken City Council president, defrauded lenders out of millions of dollars.  He put up straw buyers to obtain loans for ‘personal use’ cars that in fact comprised a fleet of over 200 vehicles leased to livery drivers.  Campos has now received the significant sentence his crimes merit.”
According to the allegations contained in the Complaint, Indictment, and the evidence presented in Court during the trial:

Between approximately October 2012 and September 2013, CAMPOS and his co-conspirator Julio Alvarez, among others, orchestrated a scheme to fraudulently obtain new automobiles that they intended to lease to livery cab drivers.  In order to secure financing in connection with the purchase of these new cars, CAMPOS and other co-conspirators 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, CAMPOS and other co-conspirators sent straw buyers to several car dealerships located throughout the New York City area, where dealership employees 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.  CAMPOS 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 CAMPOS, Alvarez, and others involved approximately 20 straw buyers, the purchase of approximately 200 new vehicles, and ultimately resulted in lenders disbursing over $7,000,000 in fraudulently obtained car loans.  Most of those loans ultimately went into default. 

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Mr. Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Mr. Kim also thanked the National Insurance Crime Bureau (“NICB”), the New York Automobile Insurance Plan (“NYAIP”), and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for their substantial assistance in the investigation and trial.

The prosecution of this case is being handled by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Dina McLeod, Sagar K. Ravi, and Niketh Velamoor are in charge of the prosecution.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sign of the Times: Dashing through the Dough

It's happening.

Hoboken Housing Authority Meeting - December 14, 2017 - 220 Adams St. 

Oh and my friend Jimmy at City Hall.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hoboken Campaign $$$ Splash: Bhalla campaign exceeds half-a-million!

The post campaign election reports through NJ ELEC are beginning to become available and the numbers are going to bowl Hoboken over.

The first campaign to become available is the Bhalla Campaign and their campaign receipts are going to be tough to beat. The campaign splash of funds according to a breaking report on the Hoboken Resistance and Advocate show the Bhalla campaign report netting over $468,000.

In addition, the pro Bhalla PAC, Stronger Foundations spent over $70,000. The NJ PAC ran cable TV ads over the last week of the campaign urging Hoboken to vote for Councilman Ravi Bhalla.

The total expenditures in support of the Bhalla campaign efforts is over $538,000! 

The information was never disclosed during the campaign and further explains all the misinformation, personal attacks and yes, defamation noted during this campaign cycle. 

For more details on this breaking story please see:

Talking Ed Note: By way of comparison, Councilman Mike DeFusco is anticipated to show a campaign report in the ballpark of $400,000. City Council President Jen Giattino did a remarkable job in a grass roots four month standing start effort of approximately $155,000 the vast majority coming from Hoboken residents. Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano was largely self-funded and his amount should be in a similar vicinity.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Community meeting tonight on Northwest (BASF) Park

What: Communinty Meeting regarding the Design concepts for Northwest(BASF) Park at 12th and Adams
When: Tonight 11/29 from 7pm to 9pm 
Where: Wallace School cafeteria.  

A survey linked below seeks community input:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Grist for the Mill: Carmelo million dollar back door payoff through the HHA?


While the Ravi-Russo deal exclusively reported here last week generated most of the recent heat in Hoboken, now comes word of an almost seven figure payoff to Carmelo Garcia being prepared through the back door using the Hoboken Housing Authority.

The HHA is the federal housing agency in town left in financial straits after Garcia had seen the remainder of his contract as Executive Director of the agency terminated in August 2013. The agency as the City, the HHA board members, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Stan Grossbard and former HHA chair Jake Stuiver were all named defendants in the Garcia civil lawsuit.

Sources say a possible major payout in the form of a settlement may be up for a vote through the agency's board of commissioners. This even before Stan Grossbard, husband of the Mayor Zimmer was spotted by witnesses the other day walking with one of the HHA commissioners who was doing "a lot of listening."

Speculation of a possible settlement are rife as are the possible reasons. Grossbard's emails with former HHA chair Jake Stuiver are reportedly a concern among others for any rumored major payout.

In 2015, the Observer reported those emails obtained in discovery could be problematic where Grossbard discussed termination of Garcia's contract required before seeing the HHA procurement process reformed.

Carmelo Garcia who saw his initial 2013 civil complaint thrown out of court and the second mostly tossed may be back from the grave even while facing legal counterclaims of his own. The HHA had filed a detailed civil lawsuit against Garcia. Those allegations unlike Garcia's were specific and pointed to millions allegedly handed out in unapproved contracts to vendors who later made political contributions to his campaign coffers.

Who is proposed to pay the tab for this rumored settlement? Why it's the federal housing agency financially wrecked, the Hoboken Housing Authority. While Mayor Zimmer and the City of Hoboken were also named in the civil lawsuit, an exchange to clear the way releasing her, her husband and the City of Hoboken may all be part of the final mix.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her husband Stan Grossbard at a recent
City Council meeting are both named in the years long Carmelo Garcia
civil lawsuit. Is there a plan to use the HHA to make it go away?

The HHA consists of a seven member board of commissioners who could be asked to vote on a Garcia settlement. Among its more recent newly approved members: Barbara Reyes. It was Reyes, who spearhead the Carmelitos, a band of residents who would show up and raise a ruckus on his behalf. Last summer the City Council approved her to a seat on the HHA board after repeatedly voting down earlier attempts by Garcia to have her installed. Reyes also appeared as a deposed witness in testimony supporting Mister Carmelo while other HHA residents balked at doing so when they learned of the financial shenanigans uncovered after his departure.

Another member of the seven member board may already be lined up to vote for approval.  Earlier rumors said this HHA commissioner was promised a job by the incoming Administration before the November election. Will this board member recuse themselves voluntarily?

Another member of the earlier HHA board who voted to terminate the remainder of Carmelo Garcia's contract at the HHA is Councilman Dave Mello. Will the board attorney advise he not vote due to a personal conflict of interest having been named in the lawsuit? James Sanford among others may face a similar dilemma in participation.

Can someone give a shout out to HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson? His agency may be about to be walloped for almost a cool million.

Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column. Got a tasty carrot for the Horsey? Send it to All email is kept confidential and is protected by Da Horsey's proven Reporter Privilege upheld under the NJ Shield Law in Hudson County Superior Court. In farm animals we trust.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Almost a cool million for Carmelo, First Amendment trashing and the Ravi flyer suspects

What follows comes way of MSV's exclusive sourcing and the reasoned analysis/opinion gained in over eight years of reporting on Hoboken government, politics and corruption.

Here comes Mr. Carmelo now? 

Is a sweetheart of a Hoboken payoff for almost a cool million about to be made to Carmelo Garcia? That's what's being heard on the Mile Square streets after his squalid years long civil litigation and depositions finally took place with Mayor Dawn Zimmer preparing to exit office next month.

Carmelo Garcia: expecting Hoboken to show him the money?

Word of the almost seven figure settlement from non-governmental sources arose last week.  In late 2013, Carmelo Garcia filed what was seen by many as a political lawsuit after his contract at the Hoboken Housing Authority was terminated earlier that summer. He filed it against the City of Hoboken, Mayor Zimmer, her husband Stan Grossbard and the HHA. The complaint was thrown out of court on the first attempt, refiled and mostly thrown out on its second filing. It was later withdrawn and refiled a third time. The HHA would then file a civil lawsuit of its own making specific complaint against Garcia operating as its executive director.

Back in February, MSV had an encounter with Carmelo Garcia at the fundraiser of Councilman Mike DeFusco. He kept repeating the City needed to make him an offer in a settlement.

There are two council meetings left next month before Mayor Zimmer finishes her term. The City would keep secret from Hoboken residents paying the bill in a Garcia settlement much like the recent First Amendment case payout to Perry Belfiore who was kicked out of a council meeting chaired by Councilman Ravi Bhalla. (How would this differ from the secret slush fund discovered in Washington DC paying off sexual harassment victims? Talk amongst yourselves.)

In the 2015 Hoboken incident, Belfiore would see a payout settlement to him reportedly in the vicinity of $54,000. Another civil lawsuit originating from the same evening is pending filed by David Liebler. The story behind their being tossed by Bhalla on the orders of Mayor Zimmer broke on MSV exclusively last month.

A black cloud emerging over Hoboken City Hall and the mayor's office grows larger without a single block of Washington Street's repair completed. According to the Hoboken Resistance & Advocate website, Hoboken's Main St. reconstruction may be almost an entire year behind schedule. Other problems mount basic to the oath of office.

A hit is a hit. Hoboken dirty politics rears its power hungry head.

The top snippet on the Ravi Bhalla "attack" flyer days before the Hoboken November election.
More evidence and questions are surfacing how the flyer may have actually achieved its desired effect: electing Ravi Bhalla mayor.

The Ravi "attack" flyer is seeing more not less suspicion arising since the election earlier this month. At least five people paid to distribute the flyers in midtown Hoboken are captured on various video cameras. Thoughts of a rogue operative broadened into a theory by some pointing to the shadowy union PAC that backed Ravi Bhalla for mayor at the center. New evidence has been turned over to the Hoboken Police Department and their investigative efforts are continuing. Perhaps those taking a bow for the Hoboken election results are premature.

As one close political observer noted about the Ravi "attack" flyer; the distribution limited to an area of midtown in Hoboken on a Friday near sundown doesn't speak to the intent of your usual midnight flyer desirous to change voter minds. The limited distribution early that Friday was designed to be quickly found and generate maximum media publicity not deter voters across the Mile Square City from voting to elect Bhalla a third time to citywide office.

The ensuing publicity continued before and after the election with plenty of prime time TV coverage taking all of the air out of the room for competing mayoral candidates. Last week, another Bhalla is victim story appeared on CNN, the Leader in Fake News as Councilman Mike DeFusco might say. He's called coverage of the hit job flyer using his Bhalla campaign mailer fake news. No one can prove he's wrong.

The question of the flyer's intent was raised to MSV where the observer said, "Who was responsible for the flyer... its production, distribution and political manipulation? We know it wasn't a hate flyer... so who did it? Suddenly it's not of importance to those who spent four days being aggrieved by it. They want the HPD investigation stopped."

The observer was referencing Ravi Bhalla insiders who are publicly vocalizing the HPD investigation into the culprits behind the flyer be halted. Why do these Ravi people want to see justice denied? Those and other questions raise an interesting point about the true motives behind the flyer.

If you can't think of a motive, here's one from the union's website touting the NJ Transit mega development for downtown Hoboken. Who has a bigger investment in seeing that outcome with their choice sitting in the Hoboken mayor's chair come January?

While the whispers have been elevating in recent weeks about where the real evidence may lead, the pro construction unions are united from Trenton to Hoboken to see the proposed NJ Transit big development get rolling in the Mile Square City. Who's going to stop them? It won't be the politicians who embraced their support here and there. Expect lots of posturing and political crybaby tears coming to naught. And make way for the cranes!

Another attack on the First Amendment out of the mayor's office?

The First Amendment took it on the chin Election Day Weekend when a suspect action many believe originated out of the mayor's office with some shadowy legal advice instructed the Hoboken Police Department to inform the four major mayoral campaigns to cease and desist distributing political leaflets after the Ravi flyer appeared early Friday evening the day before.

Well, like the flyer itself, isn't that convenient?

Legal pushback from the Jen Giattino campaign Saturday quickly saw reversed the dictum and the political operation against the First Amendment in the Mile Square City quickly ended. Who thought up this latest in a series of First Amendment gaffes out of the mayor's office?

Mayor Dawn Zimmer only trusts Ravi Bhalla to follow through. No doubt.

What should be the penalty for those blatantly disregarding the oath of office swearing to uphold the NJ and US Constitution? Perhaps a military tribunal could help.

Talking Ed Note: The earlier story about the Ravi-Russo alliance to make Michael Russo the City Council President created indigestion for some on Thanksgiving as some inconvenient truth got out. Russo is prepared to be vote no. 3 on the council for Ravi Bhalla joining Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour.

MSV stands by the story as it became widely known with additional sourcing but would like complete details on their transactional deal and what they ordered for dessert.

MSV also stands by Election Day challenger work in an earlier story in the face of continued propaganda and defamation falsely claiming this editor was electioneering for anyone anywhere that day. A lying propagandist blown out of the water must publish a retraction.

Related: Hudson County View published a story Tuesday where Councilman Mike DeFusco states five of the suspected flyer distributors were identified. This confirms part of the MSV story from yesterday.

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Grist Special: Ravi Bhalla backs Michael Russo for Council President!


MSV fired up the barbie one last time before the Thanksgiving feast to share this gristy chewable to mix with your cranberry sauce. You'll need something to wash this one down as it confirms what you've been told consistently through the election.

A source says Ravi Bhalla, the Hoboken mayoral-elect is pushing Councilman Michael Russo to succeed the highly respected Jen Giattino as Hoboken City Council President come January.

Rumors at the last council meeting of a deal between Russo and Ravi Bhalla began circulating almost immediately before the meeting had even finished.

Ravi Bhalla's choice for Hoboken City Council President: Michael Russo.

If the votes for such a move become available, it'll be reconfirmation on what MSV has stated, the Hoboken Reform Movement is kaput. Five of nine council member votes are required to approve the next chair.

There's no single member on the City Council who more represents the Old Guard and is antithetical to the Reform Movement than Michael Russo. He was the de facto leader of the Old Guard for years and gave the most agita to Mayor Zimmer in her two terms as mayor.

Of course Russo is infamous for appearing on FBI surveillance tape in 2009. The video became available after a series of reports exclusively appearing on MSV leading to their release.

In addition, John Allen is officially named by Mayor Zimmer as Chief of Staff who will remain on with the Bhalla administration. He was picked out of nowhere with no experience on any issue in Hoboken Reform to replace Councilman Dave Mello last summer. He however failed to win a council at-large seat and came like Bhalla from a politically connected law firm which rakes in millions in NJ government contracts.

You were all warned. Now prepare the roadway for the cranes to come in on behalf of NJ Transit!

Talking Ed Note: MSV believes the best choice who may see support from a council majority to become city council president is Ruben Ramos. Since his return to the council, Ramos has demonstrated a remarkable professionalism and maturity. It's not likely to have gone unnoticed by his colleagues.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In the aftermath of the fallout, born is the Hoboken Resistance

Reform is kaput. There's nothing more to say about the movement after more than eight years on MSV where the death knell saw one mayoral candidate member turn on another in a cynical divisive mission to exploit and wreck any challenge to the baton handoff last June before City Hall.

The nuclear fallout from injecting the poison of partisanship into Hoboken's non-partisan election and decimating Reform is past. The fallout is here. What's left? It must be a return by Hoboken citizens to a focus on government accountability.

The thousands of readers here are urged to read on and keep an eye on government to ensure maximum accountability. The telltale signs are already ripped from many's eyes as NJ Transit is revealed last night AFTER THE ELECTION making a move on the Dry Dock and downtown Hoboken with the outgoing Zimmer Administration. This, mere days after the election and a union connected PAC spent tens of thousands, maybe six figures to see Ravi Bhalla elected.

Don't say you weren't warned. 

In the end, Hoboken as any municipality gets the government it deserves.

Talking Ed Note: Time for some R&R heading to the hinterlands of the bluegrass state. In the interim, avoid the toxicity of lies, smears and defamation relied upon by those who enthusiastically condescend, lie and manipulate the reader from the cave. There's been far too much of it in this campaign season. As we know, scum on occasion rises and is often visible on the surface and some very scummy individuals placed their petty politics above all. Would you be surprised some don't even live in Hoboken?

The Hoboken Police have additional new evidence late yesterday and there's allegations of a local printer who has been used in midnight flyers in Hoboken possibly recently in this prior campaign. MSV has never had any connection to any political operation with midnight flyers but there's one toxic dark dank cave dweller website which is alleged to have one. All that evidence is now in the hands of the Hoboken police. Let the truth come to the fore!

See you on the backstretch but also see:

The Hoboken Resistance

Mike DeFusco asks for unity in face of being attacked as racist; Ravi Bhalla declines unless he "is absolved"

New Business last night opened the door to the fallout from the Hoboken mayoral campaign. Councilman Mike DeFusco took the floor asking Councilman Ravi Bhalla to come together as a community and stand together as they were both harmed in the last midnight flyer. He played voicemails on his phone lambasting him as a racist he said he had received that day.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla voiced regret for the attacks and declined to support DeFusco until the results of a police investigation saying he would "if he was absolved."

It further fueled the bad blood from the campaign and frustrated both DeFusco and Councilman Ruben Ramos who was astounded at what he was hearing. Mayoral-elect Bhalla brushed off his remarks as grandstanding.

Scroll ahead to the 1:57 and thirty five second mark:

Employee Communication

Talking Ed Note: Insight into the scorched earth victory? Certainly looks that way.

Ravi Bhalla: "We are non-partisan local officials"


In 2013, Ravi Bhalla declares partisan resolution request in Hoboken the effort of a 
"Democratic partisan hack aimed at a Republican Governor"

The Hoboken mayoral election is over and the fallout from the nuke deployed has only begun to rain down on the victims and the victors. Councilman Ravi Bhalla was successful in bringing all the advantage of outside money, a shadowy union connected PAC and establishment influence but lacking confidence for reasons unknown, introduced the poison of party partisanship into Hoboken's distinctly non-partisan municipal election.

With the mayor's success and support waning, the ultimate in destruction was launched to smear and do harm to the superb contributions of a critical reform legislator who was not only a friend to Reform but also a personal friend to Ravi Bhalla for over six years: council member Jen Giattino.

Back in 2013, the concept of partisan politics in Hoboken was anathema to the Reform Movement, its Big Tent philosophy of principles first not party partisanship and the resulting hard fought progress since 2009.

Here's an exchange of emails discussing a response to a Hoboken resident who wants to push a partisan resolution to expand Medicaid in the City Council in February 2013. Let the howls of hypocrisy ring in their jaded cynical ears.
On Feb 18, 2013, at 11:20 AM, Ravinder Bhalla <> wrote:
This is a: Partisan (D’s v. R’s) subject in a resolution;
Where we are non-partisan local officials;
Being pushed by a Democratic partisan hack aimed at a Republican Governor.
Should Assemblyman Ramos be introducing this Resolution in the Assembly?
I’m sure you can tell I’m a bit suspicious about the motives here, since the Resolution itself will have zero impact on the outcome of its substance.  I understand we passed legislation urging more gun control at the last week, but that resolution was topical, did not specify a pending action to be taken but expressed a generic sentiment, and it was not aimed at a particular public official, but was sent to D’s and R’s at multiple levels of government.
Let me know if you have any input as to how to address this matter.

The complete chain of emails follows unedited in reverse chronological order among Council members Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino and Stan Grossbard.

From: stan grossbard <>
Subject: Re: Resolution to urge Gov. Christie to expand Medicaid
Date: February 18, 2013 at 7:29:25 PM EST
To: Peter Cunningham <>
Cc: Jen Giattino <>, Ravinder Bhalla <>

IMHO the provision in the CC rules re new business ought to be strictly enforced on all sides - ie in order to introduce non agenda items there must be a written statement setting out facts establishing exigent nature as defined in CC rules and the statement must either be accepted by the CC president or passed by a majority of the CC in order for a vote on the item to be permitted.  

It's hard to see the exigent nature of this - there's no such thing as a grandstanding emergency.  It seems to me that if it missed the deadline it must, by the CC rules, wait for the next meeting.  

On Feb 18, 2013, at 7:14 PM, Peter Cunningham wrote:
I agree with All your comments. I shot it down on the basis that it missed te deadline, if they want to bring it up in NB - fine. Councilmembers can or do as they wish.

Peter H. Cunningham

On Feb 18, 2013, at 5:39 PM, Stan Grossbard <> wrote:
Think it may b time to say that its time for the cc to stop grandstanding on issues that have nothing to do with its job and start focusing on the jibs u were elected to do and then say you will be abstaining on all resolutions that involve national or statewide issues that involve matters over which the cc has no authority.  Let it pass 4-0.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

Jen Giattino <> wrote:

I know this is nothing more than a political game.


Sent from my iPhone

Talking Ed Note: As stated during the election, the Reform Movement had worked through great effort and sacrifice under a Big Tent for years where all who adopted the principles were accepted no matter what party they were registered or Independents with no party.

The only aspect that changed was the cynical manipulation of voters for power in this last election. It worked seeing an election day victory with almost one-third of the vote last Tuesday. Thus is born, the new Hoboken political caste system.

Peter Cunningham: Here's to the victors and "one of the ugliest campaigns" in Hoboken history

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors, 

Tuesday night’s post-election results were sobering to many of us.  The message of hope we tried to deliver from our candidates for Mayor and Council was overshadowed by factors in which we had little control.  Given the short runway and limited funding sources at the start, we were severely handicapped, but felt strongly about overcoming these odds.  

With the exception of time, money, and party affiliation, I wouldn’t change a thing.  There are always parts of a campaign to tweak, but the major things were out of our control.  The Bhalla campaign knew that and took a bet which paid off.  Unfortunately, the overall result was one of the ugliest campaigns on record in Hoboken.  Even though we didn’t win, I am happy to congratulate the victors.  I hope our campaign message of inclusion, accountability, and constituent services will resonate as priorities with the Bhalla Administration.   My door is open to each of of the newly elected with any help I can give.   

Lastly, I extend my thanks to: my family and all of the other candidate families who also experienced the stress of a campaign day in and day out; Jen, Jim, Jason and Sal for being great candidates, our volunteers who demonstrated a commitment like none other, our Campaign Steering Committee, and above all, you the voters who believed in Jen and her team.  We love you for your support and hope to earn it again in the future.  

Councilman Peter Cunningham

Monday, November 13, 2017

Toxic "person of interest" identified in midnight flyers?


Hoboken Police obtain new evidence in midnight flyers investigation

Nancy Pincus claims innocence, fears DeFusco Campaign allegation/action

MSV can exclusively report the Hoboken Police Department has obtained critical new evidence in the midnight flyer attack on Councilman Ravi Bhalla.

The new evidence provides clarity in the ongoing investigation identifying new leads. Rumors of additional police interviews reportedly have taken place in recent days with more expected leading to a person of interest.

Two midnight flyers appeared in the last Hoboken mayoral campaign with one coming days before the election last Tuesday attempting to link Councilman Ravi Bhalla to terrorism. The flyer backfired leading to an astounding turnout of over 15,000 Hobokenites going to the polls. Fully a third sympathetically voted to elect Bhalla Hoboken's first Sikh mayor in a six person field.

An earlier midnight flyer against Mike DeFusco linked him to Old Guard politicos including the notorious Carmelo Garcia and former councilman Chris Campos who was convicted earlier this year of bank fraud. Another version of that midnight flyer appeared with the words "Crime Family."

The DeFusco campaign is furious about the flyers. Councilman Mike DeFusco denounced both in the strongest terms a week ago last Saturday. His campaign believes the flyers were detrimental to his campaign efforts when he came in second last Tuesday.

Additional frustration comes with reports of DeFusco's attempts to work with the Bhalla campaign to present a united front in the Hoboken community. His initial efforts to contact Ravi Bhalla on the terrorist flyer were reportedly ignored. Post election efforts to see a united front with a reward to identify who is behind the midnight flyer attacks were similarly rebuffed by the Bhalla camp. DeFusco's sister announced a GoFundMe over the weekend leading to conviction for the midnight flyer attacks against her brother and Ravi Bhalla seeing more than $6,400 pledged. 

Councilman Bhalla has instead been seen on a media blitz showing the midnight flyer directed against him on TV with DeFusco's name on it. The flyer is a hacked version of an earlier DeFusco campaign mailer further enflaming the first ward councilman.

Some suggest the lettering added is similar to the hack on the DeFusco "Crime" Family midnight flyer.

The weekend paper stated some people believe both flyers were created by the same parties. Al Sullivan wrote, "Some sources believe both flyers were designed by the same people... The second flyer aimed at Bhalla actually seems to have helped Bhalla by giving him a sympathy vote, which some believe it was intended to do."

Over the weekend, Nancy Pincus claimed innocence with the midnight flyers. She also claimed she was innocent of "creating" the DeFusco Crime Family flyer.

Sybil Cave toxicity has led to fears there the DeFusco campaign
may be planning action against Nancy Pincus.

Talking Ed Note: Nancy Pincus, the controversial and toxic avenger blogger at Sybil's Cave responded to an innocuous comment here fearful the DeFusco campaign is preparing action against her.

MSV does not add important story information by way of the comments section. Story information appears independently or by way of an update.

Last week, Nancy Pincus published an article alleging criminal activity by this editor in a Hoboken polling station. This is her second criminal allegation against MSV in recent weeks. An earlier story she published made an allegation of perjury. The Pincus allegation of voter poll criminality was completely crushed as MSV followed with  a breaking story of a major election violation uncovered by this editor. Nancy Pincus is revealed conspiring with the Russo Clan publishing a false and defamatory hit job. Last week, MSV publicly requested a retraction.

A comment late Friday about possible big news was not about Hoboken. The councilman has made his national partisan positions central to his mayoral candidacy. One can expect that to continue or as one independent observer noted about the recent media blitz by Bhalla, "He's already running for his next position."

MSV's reference late Friday in the comments section is connected to the rumors of wider unrelated Hoboken news. #TheStorm

Specific details of the newest evidence obtained by the Hoboken Police have been withheld to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sign of the Times: Anatomy of a Campaign Hit Job

The graphic below features a compilation of the hit jobs on a noble public servant, Jen Giattino. Congratulations to Ravi Bhalla and Dawn Zimmer for the successful smears against their ally and "friend" Jen Giattino.

What prompted it other than a leaked poll published on MSV?

Reform's eulogy, the end of Hoboken sovereignty and more Sybil Cave defamation

The election is over and the die is cast for better or worse. Hoboken returns into the hands of special interests as the flood of outside monies impacting its local election is now the de riguer standard. 

Vive Le Special Interests! Let us worship in the shadow of the rising NJ Transit towers!

Hoboken pay-to-play ordinances have been rendered inert and Hoboken Reform is over as its cynical controllers opted to destroy the concept of the Big Tent centered on the principles of lower taxes, transparency and good governance. 

You can be an advocate of political violence and an honorary member of Hoboken Antifa but registered Independents, Libertarians and Republicans are the political equivalent of untouchables in the new Mile Square caste system. Oh, and all the Democrats who didn't follow lockstep with the orchestrated baton toss from Mayor Zimmer to Ravi Bhalla in one fell swoop. That means all of them who backed Jen Giattino. How dare you "mutiny" against a back room deal with the democratic process! 

What's truly beyond the pale is the amount of lying, smears and destructive attacks in the Hoboken mayoral election this year. The irony being that it was so bad by the self-proclaimed "positive" Bhalla campaign than some others. Of course Sybil's Cave led the way into the gutter as its fanatical HQ online, always eager and enthusiastic to lie, cover-up, and trash people: be it honorable council members, those not following the Hoboken Antifa party line or an election challenger for voting integrity.

Nancy Pincus-Russo, Clan member
Some people like Nancy Pincus did zero work but got a Bhalla campaign challenger badge to show up in the 4-1 right before the polls closed to obtain voting tallies off the machine. That's zero service to voting integrity, 100% service to politics.

If lies and taking the most spurious garbage peddled was helpful to the Bhalla campaign, Nancy Pincus-Russo was all-in. That is, when she isn't creating the many "Deep Uvula" voices in her head. Ok, sometimes she has a co-creator. Who can keep track of all Sybil's personalities?

Here's an Election Day rerun on only some of her lies from her insanity. Nancy Pincus writes of this credentialed election challenger who worked all day in 4-4 and the 3-1, "Meanwhile, I couldn't help but notice that the photo taken in 220 Adams of a horse loitering in a polling location that he was not assigned to Challenge in, well..."

Nancy, if you don't want to see your false and defamatory lies exposed further, maybe you should finally learn when it's time to shut the pie hole, step away from the keyboard and go pet the cats. Stick to the creative writing with your "Deep Uvula" and similarly made up characters.

There was no "loitering" in any polling station." It's called working in the polling station. A picture of anyone walking through the lobby of a building is not "loitering in a polling station." There's no polling station in the building lobby at 220 Jackson.

More lunatic lies courtesy of Nancy Pincus-Russo: "In his own words he was credentialed to challenge in 3-1. So then why was he in 4-7? What was he doing there?"

If the deranged were a tad less dumb, lazy and an insipid Bonkers for Bhalla hack, one might identify the locations where the polling is done for the 3-1 and the 4-7. Not so when you're so eager to do the hatchet work for the Russo Clan. The polling for the 3-1 and the 4-7 is in the same community room at 220 Adams. Duh!

Sybil Cave's core values this election season

Does Nancy Pincus-Russo stupidity end there? More fabrications followed with this moronic garbage:
"Does he disagree with what witnesses have alleged -- that he talked to voters, tried to persuade them to vote for Jen Giattino?"

What witnesses? This stupidity was already declared false and defamatory. Oh yeah, in front of the building, I did ask someone if more rain was in the forecast? That's not electioneering you dolt. Another person who supports Ravi Bhalla also asked to meet me there to say hello. That's what normal people do even when they support different candidates: talk. Versus what you do, lie.

Nancy Pincus-Russo then acts like she's somehow innocent of the repeated false accusations and defamation writing, "No need to get mad at ME." There's no reason to be mad with your litany of lies. You are a certified fanatical liar for Ravi Bhalla. This is once again a proven fact.

Here's a suggestion, re: a request. Go retract your false and defamatory lies Nancy Pincus-Russo! Not that people will be returning your childish text demands anymore. 

Is there anyone, a lawyer or someone with common sense who can get Nancy Pincus-Russo to stop? Not likely, they will defend if not praise her bad behavior, defamation and scurrilous lies until the next time she steps into it which won't be long now.

Talking Ed Note: The election night win wasn't so celebratory for the Bhalla campaign. Word of an "enemies list" filtered out from Moran's. Among those named for retribution for daring to dissent, a Horse. There's whining yet about the Grist column on the leaked poll and the revelation of the special interest PAC first reported on MSV and later the Hudson County View.

What's wrong with these "bitter winners?" After smearing the reputation of Hoboken's finest public servant in City Council President Jen Giattino, what more blood do you want? 

Go ahead, make my day.