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.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A "major election violation" in Hoboken


Yesterday, MSV alluded to a "major election violation" at the polls.

Here is what occurred midday at 220 Adams Street in the 3-1. The following is a photo sent up to the Hudson County Board of Elections showing a Hoboken resident sitting at a table going through a book of voters who signed in to vote earlier that day.

The voters' signed materials are being reviewed against a spreadsheet. The man in the photo is George DeStefano, the Hoboken CFO at City Hall.

Those poll worker materials are not allowed to be touched by anyone under NJ law but the certified municipal poll workers. Destefano was in the polling station going through the booklet of signed in voters. As seen in the photo, he has no credential to be in the room while sitting at the challengers table.

George DeStefano is seen with the voter's booklet after they signed in
during the vote. The booklet of the voters with their signatures is seen
in his left hand.

A closer view of the voters' signature book held by George DeStefano.
The Hudson Board of Elections sent a representative who arrived and demanded to know who was illegally accessing the voter data. He then went over to George DeStefano and asked him for his challenger credentials. DeStefano having none attempted to point to something on a pillar but was thrown off the premises. He would return later that day with approved credentials saying aloud, "Thanks for letting me update my list."

The Hudson County Election official announced a warning to the entire polling station that no election materials of the voters be touched by anyone other than the poll workers and declared it "a major violation."  The same warning was issued across to the other side of the room for polling station 4-7.

Talking Ed Note: Anger at the Hudson County Board of Elections was registered by the illicit activity. Reportedly one person said if any similar violation as the one that took place by DeStefano occurred, he would be "locked up."

The incident led to the eventual stalking of one Horse with a photo taken in the lobby strolling by and fed to Nancy Pincus for her false and defamatory hit job later the same day. Maybe she should change her name to Nancy Russo.

MSV would like to thank the Hoboken Police Officers who worked both in the 4-4 and the 3-1 polling stations. In particular, the two officers in the 3-1 were a great help during the vote and provided some light-hearted relief through the long end of day hours. To all the poll workers who put in such a hard effort through a long day and were so very kind to this farm animal, thank you.

Minutes after the election incident, Councilman Mike Russo appeared with coffee and sandwiches. He would later return with pizza. Thanks again Mike. It's not personal, just election integrity business. Service.

A tale of election integrity and Nancy Pincus fabrications

The challenger credential in yesterday's
Hoboken election where MSV worked in
both the 4-4 and 3-1 from 6:00 am until
the polls closed at 8:00 last night.
Yesterday, a journey began on election day in the early hours to prepare to enter the belly of the beast as an election challenger. That path began in the infamous fourth ward district of the 4-4. Later certified credentials would be presented at the 3-1 working there at 220 Adams until the polls closed.

It was in the 3-1 where a major election violation was uncovered involving the Russo Syndicate. When word got back to the Hudson County Board of Elections, an effort to take vengeance followed. Nancy Pincus was the tool of the Russo vengeance.

With the "major violation" reported up the chain to the Hudson County Board of Elections and their public response at 220 Adams, a photo in the lobby area was taken and passed to Nancy Pincus of Sybil's Cave. She then took the photo and heaped on the lies without talking to anyone making up false and defamatory accusations of "loitering inside 4th ward polling location (220 Adams) allegedly asking voters to vote for Jen Giattino!!!" Nancy Pincus' allegations are completely false and defamatory. In recent days she also made an earlier criminal accusation of perjury. She calls this her "work" for Hoboken.

Nancy Pincus is seen here as previously proven, a fanatical liar for Ravi Bhalla. She lost all sense of decency when Reform was detonated at the June press conference at City Hall and a back room deal was hatched before the public as Mayor Zimmer withdrew from the mayoral election and simultaneously announced her endorsement of Councilman Ravi Bhalla.

Nancy Pincus dumpster dove with the Russo Clan and couldn't care a shred about a fact or the truth.

Nancy Pincus at the Stevens mayoral forum performing her Bonkers for Bhalla effort.
There's no lie she won't stoop to in her fanatical support.
She's gone right into the gutter with the Russo Clan making another false and defamatory attack about certified and approved challenger work yesterday.
Hey Nancy, got a shred of ethics?

Talking Ed Note: More to come on the story of a major election violation during the vote yesterday.
In all fairness, MSV must thank Councilman Mike Russo for the pizza to the poll workers yesterday.
Thank you Mike. But the truth is the truth and it's going to be reported.

The Hoboken Municipal Election results

Here are the final tallies  for mayor from the Hudson County Board of Elections:

The order of finish: Ravi Bhalla, Mike DeFusco, Jen Giattino, Anthony Romano, Karen Nason and Ron Bautista.

Councilman Ravi Bhalla won the mayoral election and will take office
as Hoboken mayor in January.

For Hoboken City Council at-large:

Vanessa Falco, Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour are elected council members at large.

On the Hoboken BoE, Hoboken Proud saw a clean sweep.

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro easily won re-election to another term.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sikhing the Vote

Ravi Bhalla may be on the cusp of a mayoral win. But the magic of Mike DeFusco Old Guard Vote by Mail may still win the day for him. This may take a bit of time.

Waiting for more results but the big money and power made their effect and there's expectations of some result.

The bottom line, the four way race where the money poured in to Hoboken by the hundreds of thousands of dollars for both the DeFusco and Bhalla campaigns will likely see one the victor.

So we may be living the final moments of the Hoboken era of reform and sovereignty.
Hoboken will likely then be the tool of others combined with local political ambitions.

Update: Ravi Bhalla appears to have held off the VBM run and will win and be Hoboken mayor.
Congratulations to him and the winners of the election.

City Council winners: Vanessa Falco, Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour.

City Council will seat: Peter Cunningham, Jen Giattino, Tiffanie Fisher, Mike DeFusco, Vanessa Falco, Ruben Ramos, Michael Russo, Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour come January.

Reform is as clearly seen since June a distant memory now.

Final numbers are pending but Ravi Bhalla is followed by Mike DeFusco, Jen Giattino in third with Anthony "Stick" Romano in fourth among the major campaigns. Karen Nason and Ron Bautista came in with about a couple of hundred votes each.

The BoE slate of Hoboken Proud swept their election knocking off Peter Biancamano and his ticket.

Talking Ed Note: With the huge flow of monies and the partisan ugly attacks leveled, Jen Giattino rose above all the negativity and stayed strong to running a positive campaign vastly outspent by special interests from outside Hoboken.

A party earlier this evening for Team Giattino was packed and there's no regret in standing up for Reform and the principles of the movement back to its rise in 2009. None whatsoever was heard amongst anyone of the dozens in attendance. To a person, everyone said they'd do it all over again. Why not, they were ignored as a movement back in June. Stand up for Hoboken, that's what it's all about.

Bitter Cave Dweller goes Hoboken411 and lies about challenger work

Nancy at Sybil's Cave caught in latest whopper of a lie on a legitimate challenger - the Horse!  

Apparently, the lies fed to the public by that flaming asshole Nancy, head cave dweller  knows no bounds.

She put up a picture of an actual challenger, yours truly, who is recognized by the poll authorities and with challenger identification in the 3-1 and claims that voters are being harassed.

Nancy can you sink any lower? Maybe you can but it will be hard.
Nancy Pincus is a bitter "Loser" and a full-fledged liar.

Before you open your mouth and flap ridiculous made up lies, try to have a clue what you are doing before you are proven the absolute lying jerk you've been for months.

Challengers don't harass voters as a practice and are allowed to be in the polling stations they are ASSIGNED! They are also allowed to go to the bathroom in the polling station and go outside for air when things take a lull.

Too bad for Nancy at Sybil's Cave, she's become a worse liar than the worst we've seen on Hoboken411.

Well, we have Nancy's latest stupidity and certified lying making up bullshit out of the way.

Great work Nancy!  Do you ever tire of making shit up?
Wow, you suck really bad.

Election Official: - Hoboken polling station sees "major violation"


Earlier this afternoon, a Hudson County Election Official entered a Hoboken polling station to inquire on the subject of a serious election complaint.

He announced to all in attendance of a "major violation" that is not be repeated.

The incident reportedly is a "lockable offense" according to one reliable source.

More to come.

There is six hours left to legally vote. Get out and vote Hoboken!

Posted by Hoboken Horse at full gallop

Voting explosion in the 6-5

It's a full blown election in process and there's some early word of pocketed enthusiasm.

Hundreds of votes were recorded in the 6-5, the home voting district of the Jen Giattino family after only a few hours of the polls opening.

On the streets, it's a full-out Romano assault. Outside the 4-4, a contingent is out front of the polling station and they are enthused as one said to another, "You wanted a job and I'm getting you paid."

Marine View is very heavy early reports say, the home base of Anthony Romano. In the 4-4 in the heart of the Hoboken Housing Authority, a steady stream of voters into triple figures came in before noon.

There's word of a technical glitch at the 6-1. Lights not going on with an "X" is fine now.

But there's been a report of a "major violation" in another polling station.

The polls are open until 8:00 pm.

The Jen Army takes the streets of Hoboken, now it's your turn

All the noise and fanfare have come to a close as the Jen Giattino Army took the streets of Hoboken. Dozens of volunteers swarmed Washington St. in a show of force getting out the word. 

Let the Reform Resistance and Hoboken sovereignty reign!

No more special interests, political games and outside PACS dictate our future. 

City Council President Jen Giattino for Hoboken Mayor! 

Dozens join City Council President Jen Giattino and former NJ State Senate Majority Leader Bernie Kenny (D) as they make a
show of volunteer grass roots Reform Resistance power on Washington St.

Protect City Hall! The Jen Army takes the steps in front of City Hall.
Hoboken is not for sale and we're here to show you why! 

The political truck was back in action running on Washington Street lambasting Ravi Bhalla the "conflicted politician."
Jen Giattino is the only major mayoral candidate without any conflicts, scandal, special interests or PAC behind her.
She's the Hoboken People's mayoral candidate.

Polls are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm - Make your voice heard!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Councilwoman Fisher pounds Jim Doyle and the Bhalla campaign

The following letter excerpts come courtesy of the Hudson County View:

In a letter to the editor, Hoboken 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher refutes some claims made by her council colleague James Doyle on the recent downtown hotel plan.

From the letter:

With almost 1/3 of Hoboken to be redeveloped, we need to elect the person who is best equipped to make sure that future development works for Hoboken.

To me the only candidate who is positioned to do this is Council President Jen Giattino.

Two weeks ago, Councilman Jim Doyle wrote a letter to the editor here citing the strengths of Team Bhalla as it relates to addressing development in Hoboken. I wanted to take this opportunity to refute a number of statements he made.

My background is commercial real estate finance, having worked 22 years for both real estate companies and banks financing real estate projects and companies.

Which brings me to the plan for a Hotel at the Post Office site. In Jim’s letter, he leads the reader to believe that the City has approved an actual hotel to be built – which is not the case.

What was approved by City Council with a 7-2 vote, including a ‘yes’ vote from me, is just a plan. There is no agreement to build, and KMS, the proposed developer of the hotel that is being contemplated has not yet even been designated as developer, and you cannot negotiate a development agreement until the developer is determined.

Jim (Doyle) actually made this point repeatedly during the council meeting where the plan was being discussed – that the plan was not an agreement with the developer, because the developer had not yet been designated, but that it was just a plan.

So I’m a little confused by his assertions in his letter that contradict this.

Jim also makes the statement that he and Councilman Ravi Bhalla both support a “12-14 story ‘boutique’ hotel to this location, in line with the heights of the surrounding buildings.” That sounds nice but this is neither feasible nor a realistic alternative.

And this is where in my opinion Team Bhalla and Team Giattino diverge.

Hotel development is more complicated than other types of development. Jen, who is on the subcommittee that oversaw the plan along with Ravi, Councilmen Cunningham and DeFusco, insisted that the City hire a financial and real estate consultant with hotel industry expertise to advise the City.

It is fair for Jim to say that he and Ravi don’t want to see building heights greater than 12-14 stories in that area, most in Hoboken including Jen and me have sensitivities to height, but he and Team Bhalla have no basis to say that they can somehow deliver a hotel in that location at those heights.

And just a couple more corrections for the record:

- When Jim says “12-14 stories….in line with the heights of the surrounding buildings” and “the building will be 29 stories and 290 ft. high and the 2nd highest building in Hoboken”, he excludes the Hoboken Yard Development Plan that he championed in his role as the Chair of the subcommittee for the project.

- Jim wrote that the hotel, if built, will overshadow Pier A park.

But he doesn’t mention that the subcommittee was extremely sensitive to the shadow concerns which reflect those of many in our community and included the following in the plan “the City may evaluate design proposals that necessitate deviating from these requirements in order to achieve a design that creates the least possible shadow impact on Pier A Park.”
Finally, I find it unfortunate that Jim believes Team Bhalla to have a better understanding of how to negotiate development. Just look to the 7th and Jackson Project that was also approved by a vote of 7-2.

In that project, again led by Councilman Doyle and voted ‘yes’ by he and Councilman Bhalla, the City gave the developer $128 million of tax abatements for the next 30 years. How did this happen?

For the entire letter from Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, please see the Hudson County View. 

MSV Exclusive: Whole lot of VBMs are MIA


UPDATEDNew figures from the Hudson County Board of Elections from today show 1157 Vote by Mail ballots returned of 1858 issued overall.

According to the official Hudson County Board of Elections Vote-by-Mail report, there's a whole lot of potential votes outstanding and unaccounted for as of last Thursday.

An update will be available prior to the election tomorrow but as of the November 2nd date, the report showed less than one-thousand, only 919 of 1819 issued to voters had been returned. However, those numbers returned may see a substantial increase prior to the election.

A civil war conflict for the Vote-by-Mails in sections of the Hoboken Housing Authority and senior buildings has been whispered in recent weeks. The Old Guard camps rumored to be warring over them are the DeFusco and Romano campaigns.

Previously, MSV exclusively reported a flyer was found in one HHA building where residents were urged not to turn over their ballot to anyone "you didn't know."

While most Vote-by-Mail votes will be legitimate, there will be a percentage unreturned as well, typically in the 10-15% range. Those regular accounted votes are most often returned by the voter using the regular postal mail service.

NJ law changed the number of ballots that can be physically dropped off at the Hudson County Board of Elections at one time. A bearer is restricted from handling any more than three Vote-by-Mail ballots.

The indication on the flyer however to "not give your ballot to anyone you don't know!" speaks to a different voting "culture." There's been an illicit practice in Hoboken of paying for votes using VBM ballots typically in the range of $35 to $50. MSV originally brought the issue into focus in 2010.

That reporting and the wider coverage that followed statewide brought Hoboken vote buying out of the shadows and to the attention of law enforcement.

This flyer was discovered in a HHA building and backs the Mike DeFusco campaign.

Talking Ed Note: In 2014, this editor testified for more than a day over contested VBMs thrown out by the Hudson County Board of Elections on the numerical problems on the high percentages of VBMs coming out of Hoboken in comparison to other Hudson County municipal elections.

In 2013, MSV exclusively reported the Department of Justice entered Hoboken concerned with the voting irregularities surrounding the vote and specifically related to Hoboken Vote by Mail. This election cycle is exactly four years later leading into another gubernatorial and Hoboken mayor's race. The official federal law enforcement file is believed not closed.

Related: The 2014 VBM related story:

Hoboken police release video of alleged weekend bias flyer distribution

The following story comes courtesy of the Hudson County View:

The Hoboken Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify the men suspected of distributing a campaign flyer that linked Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla to “terrorism” over the weekend.

Photo courtesy of Hoboken police.
Photo courtesy of Hoboken police
For the complete story please see the Hudson County View:
From the Hoboken Police Department:
If anyone has information as to the identity of any of these people or you are the person pictured please contact the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420- 2131 or 201-420- 2106 and ask to speak with a Detective.

Vote 5-6-7 in Column J for Hoboken School Board Elections!

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

On Tuesday, vote Jen Giattino for Hoboken mayor

Who will be the best mayor working for Hoboken?

This Tuesday, all the campaigning, mailers and arguments in Hoboken will end. Voters will go to the polls and decide who should be the next Hoboken mayor.

This election is by any measure contentious and the flood of outside monies in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, PAC activities and some underhanded actions will cause some to recoil in horror and disgust.

Nevertheless, it's a decision that voters will decide who should lead Hoboken for the next four years. Mayor Zimmer's successes are notable but her second term, especially over the last two years shows she lost her desire to listen or work with others. She's been pushing for her third term via her council whip, Councilman Ravi Bhalla. It's her last and final partisan action as Washington St. sits resembling more a Third World  thoroughfare and a debt approaching $10 million owed to Suez Water remains less than fully explained. A third Zimmer term in any guise is ill-advised.

Jen Giattino with a local supporter last summer at her kickoff campaign event.
Her record and devotion to Hoboken makes her the easy choice for voters

on Tuesday for Hoboken mayor. 

So who is best situated and experienced to lead Hoboken? Someone who is not only willing but eager to listen to others before pushing forward with a decision? There's but one choice: Jen Giattino.

City Council President Jen Giattino has served honorably on and off the City Council for more than six years. Prior to her involvement in elected office she volunteered as a citizen at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and supporting good governance reforms at City Hall and the district schools. She's applied a business-like approach to City Council meetings earning the trust of her colleagues and been elected 50% of her time there as its council president.

When Giattino arrived as the sixth ward councilwoman on July 1st, 2011, Hoboken politics was a mess. Fractured ugly partisanship reigned with petty power squabbles and attempts to do the City in and an effort to stop any progress financially harming Hoboken by forcing the local hospital to close.  It was so bad Hudson County officials who consider themselves hardened politicos winced.

Jen Giattino's arrival would change all of it. Her steady leadership throughout faced down numerous challenges big and small. Her decisive votes on the City Council aided passage for many important changes keeping Hoboken spending down and taxes flat, saving the hospital and obtaining the largest parcel of land, almost six acres at the Henkel site on the upper west side of Hoboken to name a few.

These however are only some of the most visible accomplishments. Most important is Jen Giattino's character where she's respected and trusted by both friend and foe alike. Having watched her growth on the council over six plus years, she's exercised restraint in seeking to find consensus with others. This was a quality Mayor Zimmer attempted early on but in recent years opted not to follow. Recent Team Giattino photos on Facebook show volunteers out and about engaging with Hoboken voters. One of those volunteers is former Hoboken councilman Tim Occhipinti. He was part of the opposition when he served on the council in 2010 and nothing speaks more to earned respect than winning over the hearts and minds of those who didn't always agree with you. It also speaks highly of the respect, esteem and trust earned by Jen Giattino.

Hoboken in the end is a municipality of 55,000 and a small mile square in Hudson County. It's regained some dignity in recent years but likely loses it should an alternative to Giattino take office. This is no small matter with the revelation of more than $50,000 spent by a PAC backing Ravi Bhalla and hundreds of thousands pouring in for him and others from outside Hoboken. Recent analysis of the campaign funds of the top four candidates shows only Jen Giattino running with close to 90% of her campaign funding coming from Hoboken residents. She's beholden to no one outside the Mile Square City, any special interest group or big developer PAC.

This is not an inconsequential matter and will be decisive on Tuesday when voters head to the polls. While Ravi Bhalla has a strong eight years on the council, he's tried to escape local office in 2011 for NJ Assembly after only two years and made another similar attempt in 2013 for that office before bowing out. His heart is not in local elective office but he may turn into a good regional legislator.

Longstanding concerns about Bhalla trading on Hoboken are real, demonstrable and problematic: witness the PAC spending over $50,000 to see Ravi Bhalla elected mayor. These outside special interests are threatening with Hoboken coming to finality on the proposed massive redevelopment plan by NJ Transit downtown. Hoboken will be facing citywide major decisions on development in the next four years and getting it right is a focus Jen Giattino made a central plank of her mayoral run.

Councilman Bhalla showed why so many whispered concerns prior and the Stronger Together PAC is not showering tens of thousands on him as part of any Festivus miracle.

     No, the more than $50,000 in PAC money backing Ravi Bhalla is not a Festivus miracle

The other major choices fare little better in comparison to Jen Giattino. Councilman Mike DeFusco has shown a lack of reliability on his word demonstrating a blind ambition problematic with the most scant review. He's surrounded himself with Old Guard politicos who many feel should not be allowed any hand on the wheel at City Hall. Freeholder Anthony Romano has a long political career but it's not demonstrated any result of note outside of massive county tax increases and he's not backed Reform in Hoboken at any point in time. Residents know that means more of the same.

Jen Giattino has a vision for Hoboken inclusive of all residents. Hoboken voters should take time to learn the facts today and the history of yesteryear as this will be a major decision for the Mile Square City's future. You can read more about Team Giattino and learn why Jen Giattino seeks your vote and support for her council at-large slate of Jim Aibel, Jason Ellis and Sal Starace.

On Tuesday, voters should strongly consider track records and histories inside and outside of local government and choose Jen Giattino to be Hoboken's next mayor. She's demonstrated through action why she'll be the best mayor working for all Hoboken.