Friday, April 28, 2017

Preparing for the run...

According to a report yesterday on Insidernj, Councilman Mike DeFusco is preparing to launch his bid for a mayoral run next month. MSV addressed this same topic in yesterday's premium content.

Clifton, NJ based political operative Ryan Yacco is reportedly set to act as campaign manager.

According to the brief article, Ryan Yacco a former campaign manager of the 2011 Beth Mason council campaign was also listed as the "program director" of the Mason Civic League "charity" in an exclusive MSV report back in a June 2012 report.

The NJ based political operative is listed on his Linkedin page as a field/media consultant for his firm, Bluewater Operations.

Ryan Yacco, the northern NJ political operative of Bluewater Operations is reportedly making a return to Hoboken
as campaign manager of Councilman Mike DeFusco's pending bid for mayor. Here he's seen in at a Hoboken
City Council meeting years earlier filming a speaker at the microphone, former Councilman Mike Lenz.

Back in early 2014, monies that allegedly flowed through Bluewater Operations became a target of interest at the civil trial investigating Vote by Mail inconsistencies on the rent control ballot question in the Hoboken November 2013 election.

MSV exclusively reported Bluewater Operations through Yacco was targeted for a trial witness subpoena to testify on how the company managed over $20,000 from the Hoboken political committee, "Let the People Decide," backed by Frank "Pupie" Raia, opponents to the ballot question.

The civil trial soon after was short-circuited as the plaintiffs connected to big developer group MSTA threw in the towel and the narrow ballot question victory stood.

Bluewater Operations had received two payments of more than $20,000 from the Raia backed political committee. Some suspect the funds were part of a strategy to circumvent earlier investigative methods tying Vote by Mail operations to purchase votes mostly in the Hoboken Housing Authority and senior buildings.

In recent years, the questionable vote gathering methods in parts of Hoboken have seen interests from federal law enforcement. MSV reported the US Department of Justice having a presence in Hoboken during the 2013 election.

In 2011, MSV reported Bluewater Operations distributed $52,000 in street money on behalf of the Beth Mason campaign.

According to the Insidernj article, a DeFusco ticket would feature Cheryl Fallick and Tony Soares on his council at-large slate with former council candidate and HHA commissioner Eduardo Gonzalez as campaign treasurer. None have responded to requests for comment.

Update: Insidernj updated their story today saying neither Soares nor Fallick will be the council candidates on any DeFusco ticket.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Getting your Jihad on

It's almost that time.

The rest of this jihad is MSV Premium and will be sent out to members later today.
It's da bomb!

Councilman Jihad graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

About the bullying...

My Way Productions and the Hoboken Historical Museum Present

“Breaking The Silence”

(Hoboken, NJ)  My Way Productions and The Hoboken Historical Museum, present the screening of “Breaking The Silence” A short Anti-bullying Docu-fiction film by Anti-bullying activist and filmmaker Frank Gigante on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St, Hoboken, NJ.  The event will open with a violin performance dedicated to Tyler Clementi by violinist Anna Mancini. The Host for the event will be Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano.

There will be a Q & A and light refreshments following the screening featuring a cake made by Carlos Bakery for the event in support of the fight against bullying. Free Admission. Parking available at the Little man Parking Independence Garage.  (Shipyard Lane, at 12th St) The Parking lot Offers 3 hours of free parking with museum validation.

"Breaking The Silence"
An interview documentary that is a must see for parents and teens

Suicide on account of bullying is growing fast. Experts and victims of bullying share their thoughts on how we can stop this growing epidemic killing our kids.Joseph and Jane Clementi parents of the late Tyler Clementi participated in the film.The film is written by Frank Gigante & Kevin Shipp, - Exec producer Mike Sciarra, - Music : “Mother Love”, Tyler theme”, “Alone” Hope” and Ostinato” Composed by Manuele Carli Ballola. “Crying in the rain” written by Ken Cummings and Charlie Jones and is performed by Sicily.

Special guest for the evening will be Joseph and Jane Clementi (Tyler Clementi Foundation), Anti-Bullying Activist Sergeant First Class Gregory M Williams (New Jersey State police.)

Artie Pasquale (Actor - The Sopranos)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hamburglar strikes Hoboken?

In the words of that famous tax evader Bono, there's been a lot of talk, maybe too much talk about.....

Coming soon to a megadevelopment near you? Can Councilman Hamburglar D Variance his way into the mayor's office?
Mike DeFusco is taking lots of heat for promoting a lower Washington St. development in the guise of a burger joint.

Can one suffer the slings and arrows of a Shake Shack burger with an overgrown building, a permanent fixture courtesy of some beefy building variances?

Councilman Mike DeFusco, himself a veteran of the Zoning Board and a friend to D variance seeking developers everywhere finds himself in a peculiar pickle. Or did he say hold the pickle? It's getting difficult to keep up with the Hoboken melodrama as election season begins to take its toll on Mile Square residents who dare to put a toe in those waters.

The beatdown has been horrific on Grafix Avenger, utter savagery above and below the fold in the bountiful anonymous comment section. A Hamburglar Jihad is clearly begun, praise be upon him, and a twitter war has taken over after some selective blocking on Facebook. Another colleague caught a Love Shack whiff, was seduced and then discovered he'd been jilted.

Can't we all just get along? Or alternatively meet at the Love Shack where everyone can get together and revel in the Hamburglar.

Funky little shack; funky little shack with a big ass building to boot! 


Talking Ed Note: Is this any way to begin a mayoral campaign? Hey, it's more entertaining than reading an ELEC report with people from all around the country who can't help but write multiple thousand dollar checks.

They must be in a famished state seeking a vanilla shake and Hamburglar too.

Councilman Mike DeFusco Hamburglar graphic courtesy of Grafix Avenger

Monday, April 24, 2017

Guest of the Stable William Bayard: 'Hoboken school choice policy ending'

As a parent of a soon to be kindergartener, the raging emotion of my peers has to do with the sudden decision by the school board to stop accepting "preference" choices in school applications. 

Whereas Hoboken used to be a school choice district, it now is not. The frustrating part of this move is there is no communication of what areas are sent to what schools. Nor is there a public acknowledgement of the strategy or change in policy. Just a very quiet decision and implementation. 

The downside is for families who live downtown and are subject to send their kids to Connors school which is decidedly the worst performing school in the district. 

Years past, parents would submit a few schools ranked in preference to send their child. That is removed from this years application and the town is moving people to "neighborhood" schools. They don't want to publish this anywhere or face the backlash. They also won't articulate what neighborhood streets would send to what school. 

As a Hoboken parent, all of this is very frustrating. 

William Bayard is a pseudonym. 

Guest submissions of 1,000 words or less are welcome. Please submit to and include a phone number for verification purposes. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

DeFusco eyeopener: $87,000 in 1st Quarter fundraising


Councilman Michael DeFusco scores major campaign fundraising coup with 87K in first quarter

In a shot across the bow to his once former ally and supporter in Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the first ward councilman backed up the earlier reports of a major fundraising coup in the first quarter in 2017.

Based on the above original copy filed with NJ ELEC earlier this week, Councilman DeFusco netted $87,838 in the first quarter ending last month.

The tally likely means a face-off will be expected this November for the mayor's seat and three at-large council seats. The results of the November election will hold major consequences for Hoboken governance.

The Hudson County View weighs in with more on this story:

Talking Ed Note: Monies from inside and outside Hoboken are seen in the report. Resident James Vance gave $1,000 but many other individuals mostly outside the Mile Square gave larger amounts.

NJ LGBT offered $500 and Union Local 169 gave $1500.

Among local business, realty with the union are represented among numerous people who live outside Hoboken with Jersey City represented with several individual donors.

Unrelated: The Clerk's Office lost the case earlier today on the Democratic Committee late filings in favor of Peter Biancamano and Ines Garcia Keim. The Old Guard is counting this as a victory since their 2-1 district uptown candidates will be unopposed on the ballot.

The candidates however will not be allowed to be slotted under Phil Murphy and the mayor's Democratic committee candidates on their line. No legal fees will be paid either. Some conclude the massive legal filing by well known lawyer Steve Kleinman meant this was another Beth Mason action.

BoE trustee Sheillah Dallara and her husband Aaron are bumped off the ballot as a result.

When Hoboken was "Delivered Vacant"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Taxes are going up

No, not in Hoboken but the biggest part of your tax bill will be raised again, courtesy of Hudson County.

Tom DeGise in an exclusive interview with MSV admits Hoboken will see another tax increase, courtesy of
Hudson County.

The rest of this story is MSV Premium and is out to members.

Related: The barbs are flying between the pending Zimmer-DeFusco mayoral camps:

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017


City of Hoboken announces:


Tonight the City Council will vote on a $175 Million PSE&G project that will combine the Marshall Street substation with the Madison Street substation and elevate and modernize the substation with the most reliable technology. Both of these substations are over 50 years old and are at risk from flooding. PSE&G has already invested $130 million to upgrade and elevate Hoboken's 16th Street substation, and the Madison Street substation project will complete efforts to bring Hoboken’s entire energy system to 21st century resiliency and reliability standards.

"This project will ensure that all Hoboken residents, including our most in need residents in the Housing Authority, have reliable electricity for lights and heat through future severe storm events and other emergencies,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “All of our residents and our business community need reliable energy, and this project will make certain that we never again have to endure weeks without lights or heat like we did during Sandy. I have also advocated strongly for an innovative design for the substation, and I want to thank PSE&G for continuing to work with the City to create a design that integrates with our urban landscape and replaces the unattractive substations surrounded by chain link fences and barbed wire. With the Council's support, this vital project will start construction this summer and when completed, will ensure a resilient and reliable energy source for our entire City.”

The project would include a land swap through which the City would transfer the lot adjacent to the existing Madison Street Substation to PSE&G in exchange for PSE&G transferring the Marshall Street Substation property to the City. PSE&G would also make a payment of $1.245 million to the City to compensate for the difference in the appraised value of the properties as well as an annual “loss of use” payment of $275,250 until PSE&G has completed the decommissioning and remediation of the Marshall Street Substation property.

View memos to the City Council for additional project information:

And then there were three?

Another entry into the Hoboken mayoral sweepstakes is official. Well at least the initial paperwork is official.

Hoboken resident Ronald Bautista an occasional speaker at council meetings and a vocal supporter for bicycle lanes filed his entry as a mayoral candidate earlier this month.

Bautista's entry means there are three official candidates in the race. Mayor Dawn Zimmer and local businesswoman Karen Nason have already announced their intention to run for the top elected office in the Mile Square City.

Some observers viewed Bautista as a natural constituent of the growing Reform Movement in town but others thought his interests went beyond advocacy for bike lanes with higher aspirations in mind.

This should confirm it. Bautista did not return a call left earlier.

Talking Ed Note: Councilman Mike DeFusco made the news yesterday with word of an exceedingly strong fundraising campaign effort in the first quarter in the 90K ballpark. His mayoral candidacy and the official figures filed with NJ ELEC are questions awaiting answers.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Breaking: Councilman Mike DeFusco raises near $90,000 in first quarter

The big barnstorming event last night for Mayor Zimmer is not all the news that's fit to print in the Mile Square City today.

There's word confirmed from the Team DeFusco camp his first quarter campaign report filed with NJ-ELEC and it's a bonanza of riches almost certain to raise eyebrows.

The reported Team DeFusco net for the first quarter is in the vicinity of $90,000.

A source close to DeFusco confirmed the campaign proceeds approaches $90,000!

How to net $90,000 in the first quarter of 2017?
Be Mike DeFusco and have a bounty of a quarter in fund raising.

The benchmark haul is sure to generate lots of attention, surprise and some heated phone lines in and outside the Mile Square City. If the figure turns out to be in the ballpark of $90,000 assumptions will be made concluding a race for the Hoboken November mayoral and three at-large seats is most definitely on.

The ballpark 90K figure is most likely significantly higher than what Mayor Dawn Zimmer has on hand not counting proceeds from last night's fundraiser. Add last night's tally and at best you're likely to have an on par cash situation for each of the respective if unannounced campaigns.

NJ ELEC will publish online the campaign reports for the first quarter shortly and all eyes will be looking to see if the reported figure is true.

In the meantime, everyone will be sitting back and chewing their cud while swapping stories around the water cooler.

Brace for impact. There could be a very serious mayoral race this fall after all.

Remarks from last night's Mayor Zimmer fundraiser with Phil Murphy

Remarks at Mayor Dawn Zimmer's fundraiser last night, courtesy of The Hudson County View.

For more on this story, please see The Hudson County View:

Hoboken's big bang effect with Phil Murphy & Mayor Dawn Zimmer

The planets aligned with the stars shining favorably on the political fundraiser for Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

One rising star brought plenty of supernova power with him. That would be presumed Democratic nominee for governor Phil Murphy. Hundreds filled the room at the new restaurant at 14th and Willow, Porter Collins and the good will overflowed embracing most of Hoboken if not Hudson County.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla acts as emcee to the big bash at Porter Collins last night. Missing from this photo among the political signatories is State Senator Sandra Cunningham who arrived late for this photo but stood near the new Hudson County Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner (l).
To the rear of Councilman Bhalla is Phil Murphy and State Senator Brian Stack.

The new large uptown restaurant was jammed wall to wall with politicos of all stripes mixing with long time Hoboken Reform activists. The crowd into the hundreds was a mosh pit mingling in the juice of those in the know, in power or anticipating both.

This was the biggest fundraiser in Hoboken in some years if not in earnings, certainly in political powers. Most of Hudson County paid homage to Mayor Zimmer and also to its rising adopted son in Phil Murphy.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer addresses the huge crowd at Porter Collins last night.

The atmosphere was one less of pending campaigns than a celebration. The celebration of expectancy and some harsh words for the current governor didn't dampen the overall positive event.

Inevitability was in all practicality, the theme of the evening and spirits were high with a slew of campaign hands from near and far. One observer commented, "I saw a lot of architects, engineers and lawyers" and chuckled this must be the winner's circle. No one would muster an argument to disagree.

Former US Ambassador to Germany, Phil Murphy gives Mayor Dawn Zimmer a hug after her remarks last night.

The actual haul from the event should significantly give a lift to the current funds on hand for the mayor's upcoming re-election set for November. Her opposition is not exactly set and the squabble among them is not making the likelihood of an upset appear any more likely.

The YUGE crowd at Porter Collins for the Mayor Zimmer fundraiser.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Krime spree of the Century?

Breaking News with Analysis re: MSV Opinion on the Hudson County View story

That might be too much to stomach with the change of seasons to a lovely spring but Hudson County View has the latest breaking Beth Mason lawsuit courtesy of (her) ever ready lawyer in former Hoboken Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman.

Steve Kleinman leaves Hoboken Municipal Court with his client former Councilwoman Beth Mason in September 2014
after phony criminal charges were filed against this editor later thrown out of court.

Based on the legal filing publicly available, the plaintiffs are second ward residents complaining about their apparent Democrat Committee opponents. The named plaintiffs are BoE trustee Peter Biancamano and long time Beth Mason political suck-up Ines Garcia Keim. (A rumored hand-me-down second ward council seat bestowed on the underling by counte$$ never quite panned out.)

The defendants are Democratic committee candidate and sitting BoE trustee Sheillah Dallara and her husband Aaron.

According to the Hudson County View story:

For more on this story, please see the Hudson County View.

Ines Garcia Keim gives shade to former councilwoman Beth Mason in this post Hurricane Sandy photo taken
at the scene of an assault against this editor in broad daylight on upper Washington St.
She didn't complain then but has filed a complaint about alleged late filers for Democratic Committee against her.
Left is James Barracato, business partner and long time political operative for Beth Mason, aka FinBoy.

Talking Ed Note: In the scheme of the Democratic Committeee and wider political import; this won't add up to much but MSV can safely conclude who isn't paying for this litigation. If you said it ain't the plaintiffs, you'd be correctomundo.

It's premature to conclude on the merits of a late candidate filing; it could go either way. As for the motley cast of characters involved, those conclusions rang up the sleaze bag scale past red a long time ago.

Phil Murphy returns to Hoboken for Mayor Zimmer fundraiser tonight

Hi MSV readers, I'm sending a friendly reminder about my re-election fundraiser tonight at 6:30 pm at Hoboken's new restaurant, Porter Collins (1426 Willow Ave).  I'm thrilled Phil Murphy, Democratic candidate for Governor, will be attending as my special guest and I hope you can join us as well.

Please feel free to RSVP here or email me at to let me know if you can make it.

As always, thank you for your support.  I hope to see you on Monday!


You are cordially invited to join
A fundraising reception in support of
Mayor Dawn Zimmer's
2017 re-election campaign
with special guest
Ambassador Phil Murphy
Democratic candidate for Governor
Date: April 17, 2017
Location: Porter Collins
1426 Willow Ave., Hoboken, NJ
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Click here to RSVP and purchase your tickets online

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In the heat of the night...

Sidney, you got this?
Or sometimes the early am. One could wince with the "anonymous" rantings over on Grafix Avenger and no one would say you're out of order.

Is accusing an event cafe of illegally serving alcohol at private events fair comment?

That's the musings among a select crowd that is less selective about ranting about such things and going overboard with the vodka and the baby water.

The weather is too nice and Passover and the Holy Week of Easter are upon us. There's little desire to see an outbreak of villainy here. Horsey believes in free speech; it's not an extreme position but basic First Amendment advocating will get you stifled with politically correct suppression laws and literal lashings in certain corners.

MSV sees the election season of declared and undeclared candidates and won't be changing the comment policy here. Keep it simple and do unto others, blah blah blah. Advocating for a candidate or position is fine but be responsible and please do register with the third party software Intense Debate and make a "name" for yourself. For the thousands of readers week in and week out this is never a problem. Among a select group of commenters; there's almost always an issue. The third party software system weeds most of this out.

Otherwise, comments are automatically moderated by the system and must be hoof approved; the horsey kind not the demonic version. Speaking of demonic, here's the type of thing allowing the rampant use of "anonymous" or "guest" among the select devolves:

Actual commenter on Grafix Avenger
There certainly was a good crowd of people at Cadillac Cantina for Councilman Mike DeFusco's fundraiser. Mayoral candidate Karen Nason was certainly in attendance. So was a Horse.

Did a retired Triple Crown wannabe farm animal imbibe without paying? You bet. This horse quaffed a few suds at the back bar and was entertained by one fine fellow in Jimmy Farina. Councilman Mike DeFusco was a fine host and warmly greeted a woe begotten critter at the door.

One might expect this horse wasn't the only one in the room who didn't pony up. The councilman has every right to allow local media and guests in without charge. Everyone pretty much surmised that one likely gatecrasher in Mister Carmelo didn't pay the $300 entrance fee either.

If you find all this hysterical and nonsensical; join the crowd. This Horsey is departing for other pastures this week with the good weather and the good Lord calling out for repentance and salvation.

The election banter will restart soon enough. Good luck to all the candidates, announced, unannounced and those who will be defeated. For yours is the kingdom of losers.

Try not to be so sore about it.

For the more reasonably sane in the Mile Square, a Happy Passover and Blessed Easter to you.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Grist for the Mill: The DeFusco Spring Swoon

Enter spring and the tide of the seasons is sweeping out pretenders and wannabe contenders for the Mile Square City mayoral sweepstakes. The November mayoral election contest is off in the distance this fall but it's the descent of improbable candidacies looming in the spring.

Councilman Mike DeFusco, the ambitious First Ward Councilman is discovering some of these lessons the hard way. Mayor Dawn Zimmer will be bringing in big gun Phil Murphy, former US Ambassador to Germany and likely NJ gubernatorial candidate for her fundraiser next week. The favored Democratic candidate for NJ governor sheds his light of inevitability: on both himself and Mayor Zimmer's prospects for a third term as mayor. It's less a campaign stop of mutual admiration than the prelude to the parade of a conquering hero.

Worse for the first term councilman, the April 15th NJ ELEC campaign reports are looming and word is DeFusco's fundraising efforts through March won't be bowling over anyone, even a minor mayoral candidate in Karen Nason. The local businesswoman who already announced her bid for Hoboken mayor is none too pleased with some of Team DeFusco's antics and one reported incident alleging the councilman sent a condescending text message to her during a recent council meeting. The local businesswoman was less than enamored with its contents and angered sufficiently to have it released into the wild.

Nason, who suffers from the lack of name recognition and a platform for her mayoral bid is troubled with the unfortunate close name proximity of she who will not be named but is pushing back from some behind the scenes bullying. Those claims appeared on Grafix Avenger and will do little to help DeFusco's waning mayoral prospects this year. How does an unannounced candidate for mayor force an announced candidate to get out of his way exactly?

The Old Guard descent into the abyss continues with the generally insider local Democratic committee elections heading toward disaster. Councilman Mike Russo's effort to rally the troops under another primary line gubernatorial candidate failed at week's end. The impotence in that failure sends a dire message to the Old Guard and its flailing ranks. A deal to stave off defeat prior to the critical mayoral election isn't in the making either. Mayor Dawn Zimmer holding Column A with Phil Murphy atop and Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano underneath puts the Old Guard Russo faction into borderline irrelevance. Horsey uses the word borderline liberally.

Councilman DeFusco according to one source tried to resurrect the Old Guard's cratering in the Democratic Committee races and rally the committee around himself. He soon realized it was hard going and after gaining barely a handful of prospective candidates threw in the towel.

Most of DeFusco's council colleagues have thrown in the towel on him. While he worked feverishly to oust Russo clan godmother Terry Castellano in the first ward in 2015, he did so under the banner of Mayor Zimmer. Recent council outbursts have soured DeFusco's relationships and none of those colleagues will consider backing him as a mayoral candidate. Councilman Ruben Ramos deemed here the closest to DeFusco would see little reason not to kick the tires and try to beat Zimmer since his bid came up short in 2013 but that's the short list. No one thinks Councilman Michael Russo is going all-in for DeFusco. Believe it or not, there's whispers Russo thinks he's a viable mayoral candidate in 2021. Expect to hear a lot about his FBI surveillance performance and the folly of youth. Who's buying?

If Team DeFusco doesn't do something soon; they're likely to discover the door has been slammed shut long after they thought their candidate viable. Ambition can only get a one year councilman so far and the drain is circling with a g-force sufficient to pull down the Titanic.

All aboard!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Old Guard Russo faction in chaos

Russo Faction is denied the line for June primary under NJ Assemblyman running for Governor

According to a late Friday report on InsiderNJ, attempts by the Hoboken's Old Guard Russo faction to win the primary line under Assemblyman John Wesniewski who is running for NJ governor failed.

The effort came after Mayor Zimmer's Reform team rebuffed attempts to share the local Democratic committee Line A under NJ gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in the June primary.

From the late breaking Friday report:

“Yesterday they reached out to us and we told them we didn’t want to bracket with them,” Minchak told InsiderNJ.

A day earlier, April 6th InsiderNJ story reporting the Russo faction Democrat committee candidates would run under Wisnewski was either premature, inaccurate or in retrospect rejected.

Old Guard leader Councilman Michael Russo saw a Plan B to run his Democratic Committee slate under NJ Assemblyman John Wisniewski crushed as news broke late Friday it isn't happening.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer has already acquired the line under the Democratic favorite for NJ governor, former US Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy.

Anthony "Stick" Romano is also on the same Line A leading to some serious agita in the Old Guard camp. As one Old Guard source excerpted from the last issue of MSV Premium said, "Romano is running above his line without his committee under him."

Now the Russo faction Democrat committee candidates may be as close to Phil Murphy's Line A as Siberia.

Councilman Michael Russo's Solomon Dwek FBI informant problems aren't gone nor forgotten.

Related: MSV's exclusive series of stories in 2011 of Councilman Russo's Jersey City lunch meeting with FBI information Solomon Dwek re: the Jersey Sting, directly led to the release of the FBI surveillance tape.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Perjuries, bearing false witness and videotape

On Monday, Grafix Avenger scooped media across Hudson County with an exclusive report on a potential sale of the Hudson Reporter to Beth Mason.

The Bayonne based paper is reportedly looking to pawn itself off to a buyer and in is talks with Beth Mason.

Yesterday, MSV confirmed the exclusive Grafix Avenger report with a confidential Hudson Reporter source who admitted the widespread concerns among the Hudson Reporter staff on any possible sale to the notorious former councilwoman.

Today, Grafix Avenger published another never seen exclusive involving Beth Mason.

Beth Mason in a Hoboken Police Department video with Detective Jonathan Mecka.
Isn't filing phony criminal charges against the law in NJ?

See the breaking story at the link:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mason Media Complex 2.0?

Beth Mason reportedly in talks to purchase the Hudson Reporter

The Mason Media Complex, a subverted form of  local "journalism" so dubbed here based on the influence of money and power in the local fish wrap may be on the verge of a comeback.

Beth Mason, the notorious former councilwoman in Hoboken is said to be in talks to purchase the Hudson Reporter now based in Bayonne.

That's the word gleaned from a panicked group of Hudson Reporter employees based on a report yesterday on Grafix Avenger.

Beth Mason who fled the political scene of Hoboken after the July 2015 legal decision issuing hundreds of thousands of dollars in sanctions against her "friends" in the infamous SLAPP-suit against a dozen or so Hoboken residents may be looking to get in again.

From GA, "the entire Hudson Reporter staff "from top to bottom" is in a PANIC over the pending deal."

One source at the Hudson Reporter speaking confidentially to MSV admitted word is out of a potential Beth Mason purchase among the flagging paper's staff saying, "We heard it. We heard the rumors. Until someone signs on the dotted line, it's only a rumor."

"The problem (here) is all the reporters are new. They don't have experience with Beth Mason. This is just a name to them. My feeling is that if it's happening, we've only heard it as rumors. No one has talked to us."

Accuracy on the political operations of Beth Mason against Hoboken's local hospital, its elected officials, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the Reform movement and City itself was never a strong point in the Hudson Reporter. A plethora of ads by Mason at the paper never led to her desired political outcomes.

Beth Mason's last public actions were reported here when her phony criminal charges were thrown out of court last year against this Editor and went unreported there as her profile in town evaporated and she was often shunned at Hoboken public events.

Mason alleged she had been assaulted with a white no. 10 envelope containing a witness subpoena to appear at trial in the frivolous civil suit Bajardi v Pincus. She claimed it occurred right on the dais of the City Council chambers before the start of a September 2014 City Council meeting. Witnesses were ready to testify against her "story" no such thing happened when the proceedings like Bajardi v Pincus was thrown out of court mid-trial.

After criminal charges were thrown out of court, MSV published the story and the actual video of what occurred in the hand off of the envelope with the subpoena.

Emails obtained from the Bajardi v Pincus lawsuit were published here and on Grafix Avenger after that case was thrown out of court and the judge declared there was no evidence to support the claims of the plaintiffs. Those emails lit up Hoboken as Mason's behind the scenes political operations came to light.

Some were covered on this website in "The Bench Slapped" series. Others appeared on Grafix Avenger and Beth Mason disappeared soon after Hudson Superior Court issued sanctions and legal fees for over $275,000 against the plaintiffs. She went to ground missing five consecutive council meetings before exiting the council.

Beth Mason publicly announced the frivolous lawsuit in a live City Council meeting back in July 2012 in reply to questions by this editor. The SLAPP-suit was filed exactly 15 days later.

Beth Mason, the notorious former Hoboken councilwoman is reported in talks to purchase the Hudson Reporter. 

Talking Ed Note: If you can't win using them, buy them? If you can't win a frivolous lawsuit, put your political operatives on the "journalism" payroll and cover their legal bills into the hundreds of thousands of dollars hiring them as consultants/editors?

And strike terror into truth, justice and the American way by having everyone answer to a stinking, slimy fish?
Ghastly and heinous, beware!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mayor Zimmer infrastructure updates on tap

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Community: Update from Mayor Zimmer on Numerous Infrastructure Initiatives

Dear MSV readers,

This week’s City Council agenda includes a number of very important infrastructure initiatives from water main investments to energy resiliency to Southwest Traffic and pedestrian safety improvements and Pier A investments. Below is an overview of items that the Council will be asked to approve at the Council meeting tomorrow:
  1. Water main investments: The agenda includes a $276,000 contract for the design of water main upgrades at priority locations. The locations, which were chosen based on the need for upgrades as well as overlap with the PSE&G energy resiliency project to avoid the need to pave the roadway twice, include:
  • Jefferson St. between 8th St. and 9th St. (overlaps with PSE&G project)
  • Bloomfield St. between 2nd St. and 4th St. (overlaps with PSE&G project)
  • Garden St. between 3rd St. and 5th St. (overlaps with PSE&G project)
  • Monroe St. between 3rd St. and 4th St. (overlaps with PSE&G project)
  • Monroe St. between 8th St. and 11th St. (overlaps with PSE&G project)
  • Jefferson St. between 10th St. and 11th St. (overlaps with PSE&G project)
  • Garden St. between 12th St. and 14th St.
  • Garden St. between Observer Hwy and 2nd St.
  1. Electrical substation upgrade for improved energy resiliency: The city is working on a project with PSE&G to fully upgrade our two remaining electrical substations by decommissioning the Marshall Street substation and building a new larger substation at the existing 12th and Madison Street site. The new substation will be designed to integrate with the urban landscape of our City. The following memo provides an overview of the measures the Council will be asked to authorize to move this project forward:
  1. Southwest Traffic Circulation improvements: With the increased population in Jersey City and Hoboken and the increase of pedestrians walking to daycares, gyms, new local businesses, and soon the Southwest Park, it is important to ensure that all modes of transportation can safely and efficiently travel through Southwest Hoboken. The new plan includes opening up Jackson Street to two lanes of traffic while also adding a traffic light at Jackson and Observer so pedestrians can safety cross the street. It will also alleviate the gridlock at the Monroe and Observer intersection and includes other important elements for a comprehensive approach to address the traffic and pedestrian safety challenges in Southwest Hoboken. With the support of the City Council and the County, these important improvements are targeted to be completed by the end of the summer. A presentation of the plan will be made at the City Council meeting.
  1. Pier A: The agenda includes a construction management contract for the repairs of Pier A Park. Improvements are necessary to ensure that our treasured park remains open and safe for the long term. The work will move ahead while, on a parallel track, the City remains in negotiations with the Port Authority and will pursue all legal options related to the use of the South Waterfront Trust Fund that was created as a giveback for the level of development on our waterfront (The fund has over $3 million and generates $1 million annually and should be used for all necessary repairs to Pier A). The park will remain open to the public during repairs.
  1. Northwest Resiliency Park: The Council will be asked to authorize an ordinance to reaffirm the City’s commitment to the construction of a resiliency park that detains stormwater and possibly reuses rain water within the City through the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust low-interest loan program which will save the City an estimated $13 million. The approval of this ordinance is required by the NJEIT prior to the start of construction of the temporary Northwest Pop-Up Park. The conceptual plans for the pop-up park can be viewed at

Hoboken Opens Waiting List For New Affordable Housing Units

City of Hoboken announces:

Community: Hoboken Opens Waiting List For New Affordable Housing Units

Dear MSV readers,

The City of Hoboken is creating a housing waiting list for all future affordable rental units regulated by the City. Members of the public are invited to submit a preliminary application by visiting without internet access may call 609-664-2769 X5). The deadline to submit applications for the random drawing to generate the affordable housing waiting list is May 8, 2017. Anyone who may be interested in current or future affordable housing units in Hoboken should apply by May 8th.

“Dozens of new affordable housing units under construction throughout our city will help to ensure that Hoboken remains a vibrant mixed income community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We have created procedures to make sure that these affordable housing units are available to those who need it most through a fair and open process.”

Monday, April 3, 2017

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It's perennial candidate Patty Waiters.

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All Systems DeFusco!

Ready or not; it's the mayoral campaign heading your way. It's all systems DeFusco!

Councilman Mike DeFusco (r) speaks at his fundraiser earlier this year at the Cadillac Cantina.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mayor Zimmer: No third term, 'I must stand aside for the sake of diversity'

Shocking decision will see Councilman Mike DeFusco handed baton becoming Hoboken mayor

MSV is exclusively reporting Mayor Dawn Zimmer who sought a third term as mayor will be stepping down and not seek re-election after all. The surprising turnaround coincides with the rise of Councilman Mike DeFusco who the mayor endorsed for the City Council on her 2015 council ticket.

The real reason for Zimmer’s change of heart is reportedly due to an agreement reached with her once expected electoral challenger, Mike DeFusco. A hastily scheduled news conference will see both jointly announce the passing of the baton from Zimmer to DeFusco in a news conference with the theme “Diversity is Our Strength.” The mayor has held her current office for almost eight years.

Councilman Mike DeFusco, de facto winner of the diversity mayoral sweepstakes.
A Diversity Dossier pinned questionable burka activities on Mayor Zimmer forcing her to endorse him for her job.

Reports of a Mayor Zimmer resignation were first reported by the Hudson Reporter almost three years ago. The reasons for Mayor Zimmer not seeking a third term are however radically different than those put forward there. Al Sullivan in his weekly political column cited anonymous Old Guard sources claiming an arrest by the FBI imminent.

To the dismay of Zimmer insiders, the two term mayor capitulated to Team DeFusco’s demands she step aside and endorse DeFusco as a diversity “Pride” mayoral candidate. Councilman DeFusco recently hosted a LGBT event in Hoboken and was expected to see a big endorsement from the NJ group.  

The backdrop to Zimmer’s sudden and shocking tumble will be deemed genius by media  and close political observers covering Team DeFusco and may lead to implications for Progressive candidates seeking elected office in the state. One political observer marveled, "It was a masterstroke. This kid is smart and a quick study. He stole this right out of the Donald Trump playbook. Draw your opponent in and then come right over the top slamming them with a winning hand."

For several months a “Diversity Dossier” against Mayor Zimmer had been circulating among local Mile Square media. It highlights salacious details in a 200,000 page report of a trip Zimmer secretly took to Saudi Arabia last year where she was seen cavorting around Riyadh in a burka. While some insiders claimed it was for a documentary on diversity geared for her re-election campaign, others say it was a full-blown joint Al Qaeda-ISIS operation sponsored to infiltrate the US and install gullible officials into the Muslim Brotherhood. A burka wearing American mayor is seen as quite a coup.

Jordanian intelligence officials say Mayor Zimmer was surveilled and overheard well aware of a plot by Councilman Mike DeFusco to diversity her out of office. She was going to beat him at his own political game becoming the first Jewish Muslim burka-wearing mayor in America.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer captured in this 2016 photo in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A plan to go toe to toe with Councilman Mike DeFusco to see who is more pro-diversity has degenerated into scandal seeing her decline seeking a third term.
Photo courtesy Jordanian Intelligence.

But the plan to out-diversity DeFusco would soon take a calamitous turn.  Surveillance videos taken by Jordanian intelligence saw Zimmer in parking lots of buildings where she’d lie in wait if any Saudi women attempted to get into a driver’s seat without a male family member escort.

“She was a bit overzealous,” one Jordanian intel source said. “We have her literally threatening to drop a dime on two Saudi women who were only trying to remove items from a car trunk. She really took to Sharia Law in a hurry. It was almost like she was reprogrammed for it."

Things deteriorated further when Zimmer in full burka was seen grabbing car keys and throwing them into the dessert yelling “Aloha Snackbar!” demanding energy drinks not to turn the women into the Saudi religious police. The Kingdom's religious police patrol the streets enforcing dress codes, gender separation and prayer times under Sharia law.

Jordanian sources confirmed the Diversity Dossier was underwritten by Hoboken resident Beth Mason. The former councilwoman with her coterie of paid political operatives bankrolled anti-Reform candidates and civil litigation against alleged “Zimmerists” in Hoboken for years.  Jordanian intelligence reportedly received a ransom type payment in line with what Iran received for American hostages to put together the Zimmer dossier.  

Councilman Mike DeFusco is expected to announce at the press conference that his first official act as mayor will be to order by executive fiat all Hoboken businesses remove any gender markings on restrooms. “Bathrooms are a universal human right and no one can define how one feels about any self-designated choice among dozens of gender options. I’m hereby announcing Hoboken bathrooms are open for business,” the anticipated mayor will say.

One Team DeFusco advisor was gleeful over the mayor’s sudden capitulation. “This plan went far better than we even imagined. The Diversity Dossier deflated Zimmer and her team to the point they were ready to throw someone off the roof at City Hall. When she read the Diversity Dossier’s contents she just threw in the towel.”

Mayor Dawn Zimmer after surrendering office may join a New Hampshire investigation into Russian Salad Dressing connecting President Donald Trump to Russia.

It’s unclear what Mayor Zimmer will do in the future but she’s mulling options. One would see her return to her home state of New Hampshire where Russian salad dressing was created and join an investigation into that dressing's Trump connection to Russia. The creator of Russian salad dressing knows a guy who knows a guy who once rode a bus with Vladimir Putin in East Germany and reportedly attended a Trump rally. "It’s a bonafide Russia connection,” a source close to Zimmer said.

Another option for Zimmer is as Green Czar in a NJ Governor administration under Phil Murphy. Her staff would go door-to-door seizing inefficient light bulbs decreed morally unsuitable and declare them environmental offenses against the State. Penalties for six or more inefficient light bulbs per household will trigger the seizure of property to house illegal aliens in what will be designated sanctuary safe houses for new voters.