Monday, December 25, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS



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

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Patriots past, George Washington in Christmas victory at Trenton

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mayor Zimmer celebrates Festivus vetoing council approved public referendum on runoffs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hey Dawn, got transparency?

UNSEAL THE DEAL?




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

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

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

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

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

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

Almost a cool million for Carmelo



Monday, December 18, 2017

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

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City Council Appointments up in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Don't Hoboken residents have a right to know?

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

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



How to overturn an election, holiday tidings and fundraiser

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

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

                                                             


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

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

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

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

So now ask yourself, who benefits?

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

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

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

WHEN DOES THE PUBLIC GET THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAYOFF AND THE TRUTH WHY?

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

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

Friday, December 15, 2017

HCV interviews Ravi Bhalla

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


           

Monday, December 11, 2017

Attempted suicide bomber captured in premature detonation outside Port Authority

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


From the linked NY Post article:

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

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

Friday, December 8, 2017

FORMER COUNCILMAN CHRIS CAMPOS SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN PRISON

MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE

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

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

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

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


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

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that former Hoboken, New Jersey, City Council president and attorney CHRISTOPHER CAMPOS was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 30 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in car loans.  CAMPOS used approximately 20 straw buyers to purchase more than 200 new automobiles based on false representations that, among other things, the straw buyers would use the cars for their personal use when, in fact, CAMPOS and his co-conspirators obtained the vehicles in order to lease them as livery cabs.  After a week-long trial, CAMPOS was found guilty on June 22, 2017, of bank and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.  U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni presided over that trial and imposed today’s sentence.

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

Between approximately October 2012 and September 2013, CAMPOS and his co-conspirator Julio Alvarez, among others, orchestrated a scheme to fraudulently obtain new automobiles that they intended to lease to livery cab drivers.  In order to secure financing in connection with the purchase of these new cars, CAMPOS and other co-conspirators enlisted and aided individuals with good credit histories (“straw buyers”) to submit fraudulent car loan applications to numerous lenders.  In order to obtain the new vehicles, CAMPOS and other co-conspirators sent straw buyers to several car dealerships located throughout the New York City area, where dealership employees helped straw buyers submit fraudulent loan applications.  

The auto loan applications submitted by the straw buyers falsely represented that the vehicles would be used for the buyers’ personal use, rather than as part of the defendants’ leasing business.  In addition, in many cases, the car loan applications misrepresented personal information about the straw buyers, including their incomes and assets.  CAMPOS also caused financing applications to be sent to multiple financial institutions at the same time so that the lenders would not know that the straw buyers were incurring obligations to other lenders in connection with the purchase of multiple new automobiles.

In total, the scheme carried out by CAMPOS, Alvarez, and others involved approximately 20 straw buyers, the purchase of approximately 200 new vehicles, and ultimately resulted in lenders disbursing over $7,000,000 in fraudulently obtained car loans.  Most of those loans ultimately went into default. 

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

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sign of the Times: Dashing through the Dough

It's happening.




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


Oh and my friend Jimmy at City Hall.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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




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

For more details on this breaking story please see:


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