Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Official release: US Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

A Hudson County, New Jersey woman was indicted today for promoting a voter bribery scheme by use of the U.S. mail. Today's indictment of Lizaida Camis, 55, of Hoboken, adds one count of conspiracy to use the mails to promote a voter bribery scheme to the original count of using the mails in a voter bribery scheme, as described in the press release of Sept. 20, 2018.

Hudson County, New Jersey, Woman Charged With Using U.S. Mails To Promote Voter Bribery Scheme 

NEWARK, N.J. – A Hudson County, New Jersey woman was arrested and charged today for promoting a voter bribery scheme by use of the U.S. mail, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Lizaida Camis, 55, of Hoboken, is charged by complaint with a violation of the Travel Act for causing the mails to be used to aid voter bribery contrary to New Jersey state law. She is scheduled to have her initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Under New Jersey law, registered voters are permitted to cast a ballot by mail rather than in person. To receive a mail-in ballot, voters must complete and submit to their county clerk’s office an Application for Vote By Mail Ballot (VBM Application). After the application is processed, voters receive a mail-in ballot.
From October 2013 through November 2013, Camis agreed to pay certain Hoboken voters $50 each if those voters applied for and cast mail-in ballots for the November 2013 Hoboken municipal election. Camis provided these voters with VBM Applications and then delivered the completed applications to the Hudson County Clerk’s office. After the mail-in ballots were delivered to the voters, Camis went to their apartments and, in some cases, instructed the voters to vote for the candidates for whom Camis was working. Camis promised the voters that they would be paid $50 for casting their mail-in ballots and told them that they could pick up their checks after the election at an office on Jefferson Street in Hoboken. Bank records show that voters living in Hoboken received $50 checks from entities associated with the campaigns that employed Camis.
Camis faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, and special agents of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christina Scaringi, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Farrell of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Agarwal, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.
The charge and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Related: How MSV broked the exclusive story in November of 2013 reporting live from the west side of Hoboken:

Councilwoman Jen Giattino offers clarification on Ravi Bhalla's scam email about pending council passage on Hilton Hotel

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors,
Upon reading the Mayor's last email I realized there must be some confusion in the Mayor's office. Just last Friday the Mayor and Post Office Hotel sub-committee (Councilmembers Cunningham, DeFusco, Giattino, Fisher) issued a joint press release with the subject line stating:

His email from today reads: 
Help convince the Council to vote YES!
That's why your help is critical - we can't take any chances on this important vote. We need you show up to ensure that the Councilmembers put politics aside and support these benefits at Wednesday's council meeting!

Perhaps, the Mayor's email is referencing the councilmembers not on the subcommittee (Councilmembers Doyle, Falco, Jabbour and Russo).
Finally, I would like to share a quote from Mayor Bhalla from our joint press release, in which he highlights our working relationship.

"I want to also thank the City Council for their commitment to Hoboken and working together with me to raise the standards of development in Hoboken,” said Mayor Bhalla. Click here for press release or see below for the press release.

If you need any other clarifications please don't hesitate to reach out.