Although the Hoboken City Council pushed their vote on a new contract with Suez Water, council colleagues/mayoral hopefuls Mike DeFusco and Ravi Bhalla sparred over whether or not the latter had a conflict of interest.
“Councilman Bhalla is also a partner [at Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader], I question whether this is a conflict of interest,” DeFusco said at last night’s council meeting.
According to the New Jersey Law Journal, the aforementioned law firm received at least $130,000 in lobby fees from Suez.
For the complete story, please see the Hudson County View:
Talking Ed Note: Councilman DeFusco is feeling his oats. He recently sent out a four color four page mailer to residents. It's an investment that doesn't come cheap. His website further detailed his position undercutting Ravi Bhalla on this topic of the negotiations on updating the Suez contract.
The Hoboken Corporation Counsel will review the matter but as stated doesn't rule on ethical matters "on the fly."
What's clear here is that the Shinny Penny, Mike DeFusco is on the move.
Rare Sunday Update: The grip on reality is getting shorter over at Sybil's Cave. This website is again attacked for not following the party line on the less than transparent attempted baton pass. Does anyone in Hoboken's Reform Movement remember this principle called transparency?
Well, this Horse does. Lying about this website won't fix that less than slight oversight.
As for this story; it's credited and linked as is typical to the Hudson County View. Only a top portion of HCV stories are published on MSV, the rest is linked there to give proper credit to HCV for its efforts in covering the news. This as opposed to making crap up and not speaking to your "designated enemies" or anyone deemed not following the party line: a Sybil's Cave specialty. The ugly face of Hoboken411 is mirrored there more and more frequently. It's pathetic but no one should in any shape or form blame Councilman Ravi Bhalla for those repeated disgraces. Maybe those on his campaign or closely connected to feeding propaganda there should rethink their efforts. (We're all out of free advice here.)
So here's Councilman Ravi Bhalla's quote with all due respect to Hudson County View taken from lower in that story. "I'm happy to recuse myself immediately, pending a legal opinion," Bhalla said. This is/was available unedited in the original video MSV published here on Friday.
Please note Councilman Ravi Bhalla did not recuse himself during the discussion of Suez at the council meeting Wednesday night. If the Bhalla for mayor campaign wishes to make further comment on this issue or related; they are welcome to contact MSV.