Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ravi Bhalla identified in new PAC campaign violations


Ravi Bhalla PAC Rush sees excessive campaign contributions.

The money machine in the Hoboken's mayor's office is spinning and spinning. That's the impression the public will get from Mayor Ravi Bhalla's latest campaign filing earlier this month for the end of 2018.

Political Action Committees and PAC monies exceeding Hoboken's 2011 limits highlight Bhalla's latest in a string of questionable money related issues. Among them, several of these special interest groups contributed to Ravi Bhalla beyond legal limits last month.

The Hoboken ordinance states PACs and political committees are limited to a maximum contribution of $500 to individual campaigns. Any excessive amount under the ordinance is non-curable.

According to the Ravi Bhalla ELEC report, there are three separate PAC violations.

Here we go again.

On the back of allegations for wheeling/pay-to-play
HudCo contracts to his Republican law firm "second job," Ravi Bhalla is seen rolling in
illicit PAC monies. In 2011, he passed the Hoboken ordinance he's now seen violating.

A gold rush occurred on the last day of the year in 2018. There's the New Jersey Teacher's union, the NJEA. On December 31st, that union PAC cut a check to Ravi Bhalla for $750.

On the same date, the political committee NY Hotel Trades Council gave Ravi Bhalla $1,000 and yet another PAC, Local 6 Committee on Political Education (NY) kicked in another $1,000.

According to Hoboken's ordinance, contributions exceeding the legal limit of $500 for any PAC/political committees must be returned in 30 days. The Hoboken ordinance states in its penalties clause, that the "violation of this chapter shall be liable to a penalty equal to four times the amount of the contribution made."

The violations of the three related entities here total $1250. The penalties for the violations are $5,000. Under the Hoboken ordinance, Bhalla must return the excessive contributions in 30 days.

The last person cited for violating the Hoboken ordinance was former Councilwoman Beth Mason in the 2012 BoE race. She backed the infamous Move Forward Nazi Truck.

Bhalla is also oddly popular with Inserra Supermarkets of Mahwah, NJ for $2,000, a West New York firefighter for $2,000, his former law firm for $2,000 and the listed owner of the Malibu Diner for $500.

For all these and other oddities, the latest Ravi Bhalla campaign report filing is here.

Talking Ed Note: We're not even drilling into the thousands of campaign dollars spent on "staff" partying in Atlantic City. Would those be Hoboken municipal "staff" employees?

The mayor's office offered no comment early am for this story.

Nancy Pincus, the paid political operative to Ravi Bhalla
caught endlessly in lie after lie after lie.

As previewed, on January 13th, former BoE trustee Peter Biancamano was one of many afternoon and evening interviews conducted for MSV Premium this month. Among the items discussed: the 2015 election and the upcoming 2018 November council elections. The interviews were efforts toward MSV premium released the next day. In a separate unrelated article, Councilman Michael Russo, an ally of Ravi Bhalla was highlighted in "rumored consideration" seeking to place Biancamano on Ravi Bhalla's council ticket. No one from the eternal Bhalla campaign has commented and Biancamano is giving mixed signals about running with an active FBI investigation looking into the Hoboken 2015 election.

Yesterday, Peter Biancamano confirmed by text the MSV interview had in fact taken place as recorded in reporter notes on the 13th. Nancy Pincus with no fact-checking of the parties claimed there had been "no contact," although he admitted to her IN WRITING a phone interview took place. Her blatant pathological lying for Ravi Bhalla is endless. She's wildly lashing out with his recent unseemly exposure and projecting because she was busted as a paid political operative to Ravi Bhalla by the Hoboken Resistance. It's sent her and her little coterie of Ravibot campaign operatives talking to each other (and themselves) foaming and gnashing their teeth as Ravi Bhalla hides from the financial revelations.

Hey cave-dwellers, how 'bout some pizza? Is this the PizzaGate you were looking for? MSV has it!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Suez Water contract update in the works

The dreadful Suez Water contract is finally seeing some progress from the decades-long terrible contract terms. Perhaps its end is in sight with a decent contract. We'll have to await the full details.
Related: The Jersey Journal covered last night's speechifying event. Someone working hard on infrastructure re: Suez was ignored. That's what your hard work gets you when others play politics.

Update: Coming up, EXCLUSIVE news on the latest daring Bhalla money deeds. Yes, there's more. We'll also highlight some of the usual scurrilous and insistent lyings by Nancy Pincus. She falsely claims (in another lie) there was no interview by MSV and Peter Biancamano. It's only the latest among her continuous fabrications, her staple.

This is what happens to everyone who dares to tell the truth and not support Ravi Bhalla. That's how Nancy Pincus rolls.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

State of the City: Corrupt

You can all go home now.

There's a full court press to get people out tonight to see Mayor Ravi Bhalla make a State of the City address. People promised millions on stalled development deals will be there. People who feel the need to bow and kiss the ring in the hopes that one of these development deals cooked up behind closed doors will see their respective group rewarded with seven-figure checks at some point in the future.

There will be others who feel obligated or need to believe other than what the facts show in plain sight one year into the Bhalla Administration.

Pa "Antuny" Russo, the face of Hoboken's corruption past
and welcomed friend of Ravi Bhalla.
He was an invited guest on day one when Ravi Bhalla took office.
The more you know...

The State of the City is corrupt. 

That's the state of our city. Reform is a foregone distant memory, its principles relegated to a whisper with a Hudco Machine mob mentality of power at all costs and political payoffs using taxpayer monies to obtain votes and further unethical abuses of power, seen and unseen.

The mayor's office is occupied not by a Dawn Zimmer type reformer who treated the office with integrity but as a tool for self-enrichment seeking ahead an angle to finagle a congressional seat.

In a single year, Hoboken has seen some positive but limited success under Ravi Bhalla. His mostly inherited budget last spring was thankfully flat. Washington St. is mostly renovated, albeit its completion delayed into this year; coming in more than 50% over budget and likely over $20 million when it's all said and done. That's not Ravi Bhalla's fault. He inherited a boondoggle and had to make the best of it.

What is Ravi Bhalla's fault is his utter contempt for the people of Hoboken as he acts like a part-time mayor and collects from a second "job" at least $60,000 a year in a very shady law firm contract. Many are split on whether it's a no show job or a payoff set up by the law firm he departed as part of a promise to deliver Hudco legal and government contracts under his mayoralty.

In the space of a year, Hoboken has learned much about how Ravi Bhalla conducts government business and learned more than it would like about his executive political personality. Whether it's by choice or by pique, he simply can't work with anyone. An olive branch out of the gate by the City Council to act unified on the challenge at Union Dry Dock was quickly thrown aside as so much garbage.

In its place, Bhalla announced he would destroy most of the council after alleging some members were "beneficiaries" of voter fraud. He had to quickly walk it back without even looking in the direction of his ally, Michael Russo who is in a very sticky situation with the FBI examining voter fraud in the Hoboken 2015 election.  One can only wonder if there was a double cheek kiss on January 1st of 2018 when Ravi Bhalla brought back the unrepentant absolute symbol of Hoboken corruption in former mayor and convicted felon Anthony Russo - right back into the mayor's office! Did they make an eternal pledge of loyalty with Councilman Michael Russo that day right where Dawn Zimmer sat and fought tooth and nail against for over eight years?

Hoboken was shocked when it learned of a deep dark secret involving Bhalla last March. A former employee and fellow lawyer was forced to seek justice to the highest court in the state, the NJ Supreme Court to reacquire missing thousands of dollars in monies intended for his retirement account. Bhalla had his former campaign spokesman lie through his teeth calling it an accounting issue. The former employee's complaint took years to find justice but in the end the NJ Supreme Court determined he deserved to have his money given back. In doing so, they also came within one vote of yanking Bhalla's law license outright.

Would that dark secret revealed during the 2017 mayoral race have seen a different outcome? Probably but it's water under the bridge and no one is litigating or come any closer to breaking the Ravi Terror Flyer case to date. Do we really need to see that story break before more eyes are opened?

In recent days, a typical Soprano State pay-to-play scheme has come to light with Ravi Bhalla's employer, a Morristown based Republican law firm that never did business in HudCo materialized. Suddenly, a $20,000 initial contract up the hill in Union City was upgraded $50,000 and flooded the bank account of Ravi Bhalla's employer in 2018. A dwindling but feckless group of Ravibots and his fanatical political operatives claim it's a Festivus miracle, worthy of much rejoicing. Others see the seedy antics and note the picture of the Bhalla Administration becoming all too clear.

None of this is important in light of past elections but it's deadly serious in what currently occupies the mayor's office in 2019. There must be strong oversight over Ravi Bhalla and his administration and people who claimed to wear the Reform mantle must step up and speak truth to power. Without it, Hoboken is subject to very underhanded and seedy corruption ahead.

Correction: it already is.

"Shut up about Ravi and his money or we'll punch you in the face."
Ravi Bhalla's highly paid face punchers don't discriminate, girls included.

Talking Ed Note: There's so much to catch up to with the follow-up to the former BoE trustee Peter Biancamano interview. Yes, there was an interview despite what big fat liars write from a dank, dark cave. There's an upcoming Nixle abuse story not going away either.

Also ahead, a Ravi-PAC story (another one) to break once the final inquiries are made to all the parties inclusive of the mayor's office thoroughly occupied with its many political face punching chores. With all that face punching, how do they ever find the time to handle constituent services? Oh yeah, someone else was hired and is being paid to shoulder that real work so three political operatives in the mayor's office can spend all their time recruiting their friends to attack the City Council members at their meetings and write phony "organic" ethics complaints. That is when they don't censor the City of Hoboken Twitter and Facebook pages.

What can $300,000 in paid political operatives do for you?

Monday, January 28, 2019

Alleged pay-to-play scheme goes full circle as Ravi Bhalla pays Brian Stack's civic association


The late Friday blockbuster news showing a flow of tens of thousands of dollars from up the hill to Mayor Ravi Bhalla's "employer," a Morristown-based Republican law firm weaves ever tighter.

Fully $70,000 is seen flowing from Union City led by Mayor Brian Stack in legal contracts down the hill past Hoboken and to Ravi Bhalla's second job.

In addition, Ravi Bhalla is seen kicking a $1,000 payment to Brian Stack's civic association up the hill. That transaction is dated in late August, coming not long after Stack's failed bid to take control of the Hudson County Democratic Party.

Bhalla and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop were key players in the failed insurrection.

The original transaction is captured below on August 22, 2018.

In addition a PAC reportedly gave Bhalla a late 2018 gift of $750. That PAC is not Stronger Foundations. The $750 reported exceeds Hoboken's pay-to-play limits where $500 is the maximum allowed.

Among the majority of the City Council voting to enshrine those limits into law in October 2011? Ravi Bhalla.

More to come as all Hoboken tries to obtain an explanation from the mayor's office.

Talking Ed Note: Does any of this sound like something former mayor Dawn Zimmer would do?

Related: The alleged pay-to-play scandal news late Friday:

Update: No answer has been forthcoming from Ravi Bhalla after both the Friday HCV story and the Monday MSV story were put before him.

On another front, Peter Biancamano was interviewed the previous weekend and the battle over political messaging in Nixle alerts are both coming this week.

The claims that Peter Biancamano was never contacted by this website are 100% certified fabrications as MSV Premium members know from the release of the FBI issue where his interview among others was highlighted.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Horse Sense: Monday exclusive coming on the new Ravi Bhalla $$$ scandal

On Monday, more is coming out into the sunlight on Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his biggest money scandal to date, where tens of thousands found their way rolling down the hill to his Republican law firm pals.

The scandal broke late Friday on the Hudson County View and has been gaining steam and attention since with a whining noise of RaviBots hysterically wailing their guy got caught in what every mindful Hoboken politico saw in the tea leaves prior to the 2017 mayoral election.

Former mayor Dawn Zimmer can't be happy with  what's been transpiring
when she promoted Ravi Bhalla as the only candidate she "trusts" to be mayor.
It must be painful having chosen politics rewarding a solider with known "issues."
One has to feel bad for her but does she remain silent about Ravi and his money deals?

If one was among those deceived because of former mayor Dawn Zimmer's endorsement or the hate distractions strewed about leading into the despicable application of a Ravi Terror Flyer to save the day in the 2017 mayoral election, you could be forgiven. Absolution is available to you.

As for those who pointed out the inevitable then and the obvious scandal now knew all along; you don't immediately break a major campaign promise and sign up with a remote Republican law firm in what was called a "no show job" unless you intend to use the office of mayor as a vehicle for this type of obvious corruption.

So a whole lot of people, a few mentally challenged fanatics and RaviBots have egg on their faces. What they can't even begin to cope with is Ravi Bhalla will as many political observers suspect continue trading on the office and spit in the face of every Hoboken resident. Many who should have known better were warned and chose to buy into low brow hate and political propaganda.

So forget about crazy Sybil, Nancy Pincus and the handful of political operatives from the Bhalla for mayor campaign like DangCatfish and LindaStan NumbersCruncher who talk to themselves incessantly trying to distract from their massive failures, willfully, half-blind and stupid. They were long overdue to collectively have their mental-health Rx adjusted before becoming pied pipers to impending corruption. Sad!

Those fanatics and those unfortunate RaviBots owe all of Hoboken an apology but don't expect most to step up and do the right thing. Instead, Hoboken should anticipate more wailing and gnashing of teeth as they fail to make any coherent argument how their hero got caught a la Peter Cammarano with his hand in the cookie jar. They're not too crazy to blame others for making Ravi do it. Poor Ravi, woe is him. Yes, they're that nuts!

There's nothing you can do for any of those miserable people who are stewing like turds in a punch bowl of their own creation. That Councilman Peter Cunningham with Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher joined City Council President Jen Giattino after the mayoral race choosing to stand apart as an independent good government trio of three on the City Council is more laudable as additional sunlight illuminates and seeks to disinfect the corrupt rot that is the Ravi Bhalla Administration. Their independent posture to defend Hoboken is self-evident and merits further support. They were right. They knew. Now all of Hoboken does too.

This Horse Sense editorial is dedicated to my brother Dino, who never backed down on principle to any band of howling hyenas. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Ravi Bhalla in alleged $70,000 Pay-to-Play scheme tied to his Republican law firm deal

Mayor Ravi Bhalla saw an atomic bomb drop with details of $70,000 municipal law contracts out of Union City heading to the Republican law firm where he's being paid in a second job.

The breaking atomic-level alleged pay-to-play scheme was reported in a news story on the Hudson County View.

From that breaking story on the Republican law firm: Lavry, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen where Ravi Bhalla holds a second job with a base salary of $60,000 annually:

Back in February when Bhalla revealed that he would be serving as of counsel for LSAC, he released a copy of his contract, which said, in part, that he would receive “20 percent of all gross revenue paid by clients in excess of $60,000 up to $750,000.”
Then in June, Bhalla released a memo indicating that he had not earned any money in commissions since joining the new firm. He has not released a public update since then and his critics on the city council haven’t pressed him much on the subject, either.
Several Union City and Hoboken officials declined to comment, but Hoboken 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher questioned if politics were in play here.
“A coincidence? Or maybe something as ‘apolitical’ as the Mayor needing to generate revenues by year end to justify his $60K base salary at his second job and Union City helped him out. It’s why we ask questions,” she said in an email.
The Jersey Journal's senior reporter Terence Mcdonald added this Twitter nugget on the political ties between Ravi Bhalla & Brian Stack:

Coming up: Nixle abuse

There's more coming in the NixleGate affair or whatever you want to call the abuse of service in the Bhalla Administration.

There's a brewing legal and vendor problem as members of the Hoboken public don't find it endearing to be contacted with political propaganda paid at taxpayer expense reaching out and touching them.

They are none too happy, nor is the Hoboken City Council with the political messaging, re: lying to the public using the Nixle system.
Hoboken residents are angry with the abuse of the Nixle notification service
coming out of the mayor's office and his highly paid face punchers. 

Once again, the Corporation Counsel who donated $600 to the Bhalla for mayor campaign, also known as the "I'd like to keep my job Ravi program" finds himself in the midst of controversy.

Does Mr. Brian Aloia ever come up with a legal opinion based on the law and not just siding with his boss who keeps him on the payroll?

There's more coming on all this as Nixle discovers that Hoboken residents are none too pleased with the work of the mayor's political face punchers.

As for the legal opinion coming from the Corporation Counsel Office, it's being mocked as wet and limp.

More to come.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Council shocked with massive $7,500 raise to head "face puncher" John Allen

Mayor Ravi Bhalla tries to sneak by more than 7% increase of $7,500 to John Allen

At last week's City Council meeting, the members inadvertently came upon another less than transparent ploy out of the mayor's office. This time it was handing a massive $7,500 raise to Ravi Bhalla's Chief of Staff (and head face puncher) John Allen.

The discovery comes about with yet another inadvertent financial inquiry, this time by Council VP Ruben Ramos. As seen in the video, the hilarity ensues.

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher is taken aback by the news and finds it offensive that a member of the mayor's office who organizes political attacks against them at their meetings is seeing the largest pay increase in all of Hoboken municipal government.

Councilman Peter Cunningham moves to reverse the retroactive increase and Councilman Mike DeFusco blasts the less than transparent action before the entire council shoots it down.

The video concludes with Councilman Cunningham sarcastically noting this less than transparent scheme is worthy of a citywide Nixle alert.

Talking Ed Note: John Allen's six figure salary of $105,000 is padded $7,500 to $112,500 on the down low by Ravi Bhalla. It's believed Jason Freeman, the assistant to the Chief of Staff saw an increase with a $10,000 stipend to $90,000.

Last, Vijay Chaudhuri who came in on December 5th also is believed bumped to $95,000 in the new year. He replaces the previous communications manager who was paid $72,500 for a whooping budget busting increase of $22,500.

That brings Ravi Bhalla's army of face punchers officially near the $300,000 mark just after his first year in office. Former mayor Dawn Zimmer's first year with one mayoral aide: $35,000.

Had enough Hoboken?

Related: The Ravi Bhalla concept of transparency: a transparent political attack hatched out of the mayor's office by his head face puncher. Give that man a massive $7,500 raise! Ssssssh.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Welcome back to Hoboken the new and improved Federal Bureau of Investigation

Hoboken dearly missed the boys of summer back in 2011 when the massive theft of emails in and out of former mayor Dawn Zimmer's office uncovered a massive illicit political operation arrayed against her.

The stolen emails, numbering in the tens of thousands or more spread near and far finding their way to Hoboken public safety unions which were in protracted contract negotiations and the boys of hate at Hoboken411.

In the end, no one went to jail. 

Fast forward to 2019 and the FBI under new Department of Justice leadership in Newark is diving into one of Hoboken's most treasured traditions: voter fraud.

Not a year ago, the Hoboken City Council became a free for all as the topic of voter fraud erupted spontaneously with Councilman Michael Russo recounting, or bragging there'd never been an arrest in Hoboken for voter fraud. 

These days, Russo is a welcomed member of Mayor Ravi Bhalla's inner political circle making recommendations. One rumored consideration anticipates Peter Biancamano's return as a candidate for City Council in the second ward this November on a Ravi Bhalla council ticket.

Last year, however, it was one Councilman Michael Russo speaking on the topic of Hoboken voter fraud saying, "I don't think anyone really bought a vote... Anybody who tells you different is lying to you. When they say someone bought Vote by Mails, no they didn't...."

Four arrests have followed with Mikie Squared finding himself at the epicenter of suspicion swirling around his amassed army of paid campaign workers. Almost to a person, each was paid $50 and their personal ballots using vote-by-mail in the 2015 election. Only 20 among hundreds worked in his Third Ward campaign where he faced no opposition.

The FBI, under new management, has little concern for the local political hypocrisy of HudCo mayors and is not done with Hoboken. Not by a long shot.

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Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher - 'Pedestrian safety'

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors
I hope you are all managing to stay warm.  I consider myself a hearty Rochester girl with too many decades of frigid weather and snow under my belt, and yesterday and today are even cold for me.  Stay warm and please check in on any of your neighbors who are more vulnerable.  Other than the weather...

Last week, a 2nd Ward neighbor was hit by a car at the corner of 15th & Bloomfield.  A car driving north on Bloomfield Street, barely stopped at the stop sign and turned left onto 15th and hit him in the crosswalk in the middle of the day and did not stop.  Thankfully, his injuries were limited to a broken leg.  This is a picture of the Black Jeep (notice the rims and the formation of the stickers on the windshield).  If you have any information please call Hoboken Police at 201/420-2100.
This is a story we are hearing with more frequency not across 15th Street, but across the city.  
Pedestrian Safety has been in our local vernacular for a long time, especially under former Mayor Zimmer, with the main focus being improved street design and planning where we have made a number of positive changes.  Last week, the administration put out this video which highlights Parking and Transportation Director Ryan Sharpe (who specializes in street planning) discussing Complete Streets for Hoboken.  With this video, the administration also announced that they will soon be introducing Vision Zero for Hoboken with their stated goal of reducing traffic-related injuries to zero by 2034.  This is a great initiative and you can click here to learn more about what Jersey City has done since they announced their own version of Vision Zero last February.  
There is certainly more we can and need to do now, in parallel – some lower hanging fruit that focuses on changing the behavior of everyone who uses our streets.  Just after the accident in my neighborhood I reached out to Mayor Bhalla and shared just a few ideas centered around creating a Culture of Safety in Hoboken that we don't yet have:  
  • Branding Hoboken as a pedestrian city - eg. having signs at our entrances that say something like “Welcome to Hoboken, where pedestrian safety is our number one priority”.  
  • Creating a #ShareTheResponsibility type campaign - Although some residents believe car drivers should bear most of the burden of changing behavior, I believe it is as much about making all users of our streets do their part including:  Cars stopping at stop signs, bikes stopping at all stop signs and riding with traffic instead of against, and pedestrians not crossing midblock and not looking at their phones as they cross at an intersection.  
  • Educating Hoboken residents on how they can and need to do their part today. 
  • Creating safety weeks throughout the year and include resident advocacy - eg - residents donning t-shirts and handing flyers out to every car entering and leaving Hoboken that say "Pedestrian Safety is Our Priority" to raise awareness.  
How you can be more involved now:  
  • if you see something, say something.  Take a photo or video and email it to the recently established traffic@hobokenpd.govand also post on social media.  
  • Join the Hoboken Parents Advocating for Safer Streets Facebook Group.  
  • Start a social media/email group in your neighborhood to organize focus on your own street.  
This is about raising as much awareness as possible and you know I believe that more voices are always better.   
Almost every person in Hoboken walks out their door every day to go somewhere.  That means everyone is a pedestrian.  Even if you own a car and use it a lot or ride your bike to and from places.  I know it sounds like I am stating the obvious, but we forget this sometimes when we talk about how best to use our roads.  At the core, we are all pedestrians and ensuring pedestrian safety touches everyone one of us.  And we all need to do our part. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Ravi Bhalla's face punchers and calling councilwomen "bitches" who dare to ask a question

A litany of lies and savage cringe-worthy attacks are dropping like so much sludge below sea level in the overloaded Mile Square City sewer lines.

The Martin Luther King holiday weekend was selected for delivering more fanciful lies and outrageous hate. The reason? A question at the January 2nd City Council meeting followed by other council members' questions at the next in what was dubbed PayrollGate.

Like the Jersey Journal and the Hudson County View, the news reported here highlighted the lack of an answer to a basic question raised prior to the January 2nd City Council meeting about increased salaries inside the mayor's office.

City Council President Jen Giattino inquired on the morning of January 2nd why the mayor's office, bloated as it is at $300,000 in Mayor Ravi Bhalla's first year grew larger in 2019? By way of comparison, former mayor Dawn Zimmer had one aide at $35,000 in her first year.

Seeing no truthful response from the Bhalla Administration, the Council President posed a simple question during the council meeting that evening. For asking that one question, Jen Giattino was called a bitch on the City of Hoboken Facebook page by Ravi Bhalla's paid political operative, Nancy Pincus. She runs the fanatical blog for Ravi Bhalla, coordinating directly with the mayor's office in an endless stream of filth and fabrications against the good government councilwomen Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher.

The scummy attacks there make Hoboken411 look like a Pulitzer Prize-winning operation in its heyday. As a prescient revelatory paid political operative exposure previously declared, Ravi Bhalla owns it.

The Bhalla Administration cover-up

No answer came at the January 2nd meeting leading to additional reasonable questions at the last City Council meeting, this time by most council members. Among them: Vanessa Falco, Mike DeFusco and Peter Cunningham but only one council member is being declared one of the "bitches" at Ravi Bhalla's paid political operative blog site for merely asking questions, Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

If the Hoboken public awaits any transparency from the Ravi Bhalla Administration; it's received none. Maybe the mayor, one year in office is too busy wheeling HudCo contracts to his second job at a Republican land use law firm.

How it started. The Corporation Counsel Brian Aloia and business administrator both stated on the record at the January 2nd meeting there were currently four employees - four mayoral aides on the mayor's office payroll - into 2019.

That's no fault of any question by any council member. Its' a statement of fact.

Did anyone see a Nixle alert with an explanation by Mayor Ravi Bhalla or his $300,000 army of political face punchers? Nothing but vile attacks spewed at increasing levels with zero answers to the public.

Let's examine the latest fabrications and see them quickly implode as further face punching fabrications against the Hoboken public have ensued.

Listen to what Corporation Counsel Brian Aloia said in regard to Mayor Ravi Bhalla bringing in criminal defense attorney John Lynch. He states: "Mr. Lynch was hired to do an investigation..."

Is that why a criminal defense lawyer is needed, to answer investigators?

Now listen closely to what Aloia says when the criminal attorney was hired. He delineates the exact timeline on the Bhalla Administration efforts to hire this criminal defense attorney and states it began around January 6th and was confirmed on January 8th.

Click on the video to hear that exact portion in the meeting.

Now, according to the anonymous paid political operatives connected to the Hoboken mayor's office and relayed to another confirmed Ravi Bhalla paid political operative outside it; the reason for the NJ Municipal Joint Insurance Fund (JIF) providing a criminal defense attorney out of Union City is simple. It's this website raising questions about the potential allegations over weeks surrounding the Bhalla Administration.

But the first time those questions were raised wasn't published until January 10th. And no one else asked those questions: not City Council President Jen Giattino, not Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher and not any other council member.

Oh, the lies paid political operative liars tell when their aim is to deceive.

The Bhalla Administration's criminal defense attorney request & calling councilwomen "bitches"

Further, Aloia states it was the Bhalla Administration that contacted the JIF seeking assistance of his referral for a criminal defense attorney. There's no evidence the JIF is reading or that questions asked by council members in the two January council meeting required their assigning a criminal defense attorney to Ravi Bhalla's office of the mayor for "an investigation."

The City Council couldn't get straight answers from the Bhalla Administration. Why would an investigation be needed in 2019 if a "separation agreement" for a former employee took place last year?

Add this to the latest litany of lies being shoveled "anonymously" at the Hoboken public. There are more tissue paper thin lies about a payroll error but if that were true, would it take months to be addressed by their paid political operative liar-on-call?

These latest lies and vilest attacks followed, calling councilwomen bitches. Because they dared to simply ask a few questions at two council meetings. Enter Ravi Bhalla adding another communications manager on the payroll in early December who ran his dirty mayoral campaign at almost $25,000 in salary more than the last.

Expect more anonymous lies, fabricated finger pointing projection and vileness spewed at the Hoboken public. The only people responsible for any of this less than transparent disaster are in the mayor's office. Take a bow Ravi.

Talking Ed Note: In yet another less than transparent maneuver discovered in claims, Ravi Bhalla tried to shovel a $7,500 raise under the radar to his Chief of Staff John Allen. Upon discovery, that went over with the City Council like the Hindenburg's arrival in New Jersey. The City Council immediately reversed the less than transparent increase.

It's only January. If you thought the disgusting race-baiting attacks orchestrated out of the mayor's office against the City Council was the end of the vile behavior, think again. Hoboken will be lucky if it can make it through November and its council ward elections without the appearance of another well-timed Ravi Terror Flyer.

It was Martin Luther King Day yesterday but with Ravi Bhalla's well-paid political operatives and their unquenchable desire for unchecked power, it's strictly Macolm X's motto, "by any means necessary."

Monday, January 21, 2019

Liars are gonna lie

The hysteria is reaching a feverish pitch along with a coterie of well-established fabricators, endlessly talking to themselves over and over and well, fabricating.

Anyone impressed with all that "anonymous" lying? Where's the mayor's office and the mayor providing documented proof contradicting what was said mere hours and days ago?

It's clear that the exclusive about Payroll Gate has sent some rats scurrying over and into one another, lying with furious anger that comes with the limited exposure of the truth.

The truth doesn't always set you free. Sometimes, it sends you to jail.

More to come.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Criminal or Coverup, PayrollGate explodes!


The following exclusive investigative report is an accumulation of MSV's efforts, analysis, and opinion now into the tenth year covering Hoboken government, politics, and corruption. All the opinions as stated below are the sole responsibility and copyright of

City Council learns high-powered criminal defense attorney brought in by the Bhalla Administration to "investigate" its payroll discrepancies after prior communications manager's separation agreement 

Hoboken PayrollGate lands like a bomb on City Hall

In a stunning development, City Council President Jen Giattino learned her query on inflated payroll inside the Hoboken mayor's office has led to the Bhalla Administration hiring a criminal defense attorney.

At the first council meeting on January 2nd, Giattino inquired about an odd increase in payroll out of the Hoboken mayor's office.

Her query saw offered first incorrect information of "partial" salary adjustments among three mayoral aides and later, the discovery that four mayoral aides were on the payroll with two communication managers simultaneously.

Both the public and the City Council saw nothing by way of clarification on any details about the oddity last month or prior to the January 2nd meeting.

Behind the scenes, however, the Bhalla Administration was scrambling.

After her initial announcement last night, Giattino stated she'd been given dozens of pages on the matter including a "separation agreement" apparently for former communications manager Santiago Melli-Huber.

Enter criminal defense attorney, John Lynch, who briefly said he was in Hoboken on the matter for an unspecified "investigation" and "potential litigation."

Lynch is a criminal defense attorney based in Union City.

Senior criminal defense attorney John Lynch last night appearing before
the Hoboken City Council.

The criminal defense attorney was hired at the recommendation of Corporation Counsel Brian Aloia through the Joint Insurance Fund (JIF).

Why has the Bhalla Administration hired a senior criminal defense attorney for a former employee who worked inside the mayor's office for eight months and apparently departed not with a resignation as previously announced but under a separation agreement?

A public announcement from the Office of the Mayor declared the departure a resignation, effective the end of November and then later amended to mid-December.

A separation agreement of any kind between a municipal employee and the mayor's office and City of Hoboken suggests an added financial benefit and waiver to any and all future claims to litigation.

Any settlement package however agreed upon would require City Council approval and nothing of the kind was presented to the legislative body by the Bhalla Administration.

First, let's review the series of facts that have come to light at last night's City Council meeting.

Let's go to the videotape!


Key comments:

Council President Jen Giattino, on not immediately diving into closed session on the "payroll discrepancies" out of the mayor's office and newly revealed "separation agreement" with the former communications manager.

"There's been no transparency with the public or the council (on PayrollGate) and if we only discuss things in closed session; it will continue."

Councilman Mike DeFusco to Corporation Counsel Brian Aloia:
"...excessive payment for a (former) employee? What litigation are we talking about?"
"Why was an employee on the payroll that was no longer employed with the City?"
Aloia offered no response and DeFusco said that had nothing to do with any (potential) litigation.

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher to Corporation Counsel Brian Aloia.
"Why wasn't the JIF notified when you thought there was potential litigation previously? Why did you wait until January 7th?"

"We're trying to decide are we erring on the side of transparency or are we erring on the side of what feels like a coverup?... It's pretty damn frustrating."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: Nixle system "used for political propaganda for the mayor and political attacks"

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors:
2019 is off and running with a lot going on.  Below are some up and comings, updates and dot connections and remember, everything in RED is a link.  I also wanted to let you know that the City Council had its reorganization meeting on January 2nd with Councilwoman Giattino (6th Ward) being elected (8-0-1) as Council President for the 4th time/3rd in 4 years and Councilman Ramos (4th Ward) being elected (8-0-1) as Council Vice President.  I was elected council representative to the Planning Board and will be advocating for you on the following City Council subcommittees:
  • Revenue, Finance, and Infrastructure – Chair for the 4th year.  Its what it sounds like – Budget, all infrastructure projects, and also administrative topics.
  • Community Development North – NW Park, North End redevelopment plan, any redevelopments in the northern half of Hoboken.
  • Zoning – mainly looks at updates to our zoning code.  
  • Affordable Housing – looking to find ways to add affordable housing in Hoboken.
  • Health & Human Services – this includes the recreation department.  
Last week the Appellate court rendered what I personally believe will be the last ruling in the long litigation.  You can read the ruling HERE.  Effectively what this means is that Applied / Ironstate has no further barriers to being able to build.  This has been a frustrating process for everyone involved.  This being said, I and many believe that if offered a better way to keep or exceed their economic value in the Monarch site, that Applied / Ironstate would consider and arguably prefer not building there.  It is a difficult site to build on – not only would they have to reconstruct the entire platform, but given DEP environment restrictions on not building in the water during migration season, the time to build will be longer than other buildings.  Additionally, although the building feels big – it is actually only 150K square feet across 77 residential units with a lot of common space that will be costly to build and does not generate revenue.  
Mayor Bhalla has been in negotiations with Applied/Ironstate and at the last council meeting, the City Council approved hiring an appraiser to evaluate both the Monarch site and the Hoboken’s DPW garage.  Once the city has a better understanding of what the net value of Monarch is we can then better understand if there is a trade that can happen that would be satisfactory and beneficial to all parties.  So more to come...  PS on this – I am told that Toll has included Monarch in its sales materials for its nearby properties.  They don’t know more than any of us – they are just having to protect themselves and disclose the possibility of it being built.
I am befuddled.  More meters.  Increased rates.  I wanted to include some sort of link that would give you more information, but alas, there are none...  As I have stated before, I opposed most of these changes mainly driven by the City’s lack of communication on such an important topic.  But one, in particular, I want to make sure you are aware of is that electronic meters have been “installed” citywide converting all free, four-hour visitor parking to metered parking.  To use the meters, you need to either use the ParkMobile APP or call them and pay by credit card (see sign below).  
Latest update.  City Council approved an ordinance for 3 medical marijuana dispensaries on December 19th.  I voted 'no' because the legislation does not include, in my opinion, the proper oversight and management of the licenses (one person is contemplated to make those decisions as opposed to a board/committee).  Two of my council colleagues are working on making revisions that will hopefully address this issue.  Of note, Hoboken was not selected as a location by the state for the dispensary so we will not see establishments anytime soon.
That night I sponsored a parallel, protective ordinance that would have temporarily made all other marijuana establishments a prohibited use under our zoning code until after the State voted and we agreed on a plan for recreational use in Hoboken.  This would give us time to figure out what makes sense for Hoboken, and not allow applicants to circumvent the process and seek and receive approval from our land use boards / officers.  This type of legislation was passed in a number of cities across New Jersey, including many of our neighboring ones like Weehawken and Union City.  Although I thought I had the support of most of the council going into the meeting, I was surprised when only four voted in favor so it did not pass.  
Here is an interesting article that wrote this week on the subject.  It focuses mainly on the revenues that NJ would make (if passed) before NY legalizes it.  And the revenues we will lose once NY does.  Think specifically what this would mean for Hoboken both before and after NY legalizes it.  At the State level, there is still no agreement (ie. not enough votes) on what the legislation should be put forward.  More to come…  
As part of our regular discussion in our infrastructure subcommittee meetings including yesterday’s, I have urged the city to provide better updates on Washington St. which they did yesterday.  Long story short, we are in the final stages with the hope that the project will be completed in April.  11th and 13th street corners are being finished and paving north of 11th street will occur when the weather is warmer.  You will see work happening up and down Washington Street to address final punch list items which are normal for a project like this (or any project).
Of note, although we will be re-installing the bases at the corners, we have not yet decided on the design for the 11th street intersection to replace the baseball that is being removed.  This is what was proposed by the administration, that the council politely suggested should be reconsidered.  Any suggestions are welcome as we look at redesigning it.
With a new year comes a new communications manager for the city of Hoboken and apparently a new philosophy that the City’s emergency and community alert system should be used for political propaganda for the mayor and political attacks against certain city council members.  The two messages that are prompting this are the ones sent out on January 10th and January 11th.  Not only is this not appropriate on any level, it is also a breach of the Terms of Service under the city’s contract with Nixle.  Nixle is an important tool for our community and one that we should not risk losing because of actions like this. 
I appreciate the feedback that several of you (and others) sent to me, other council members and the mayor about your frustration with the politicizing of community messages.  I encourage more of you to do so and, if interested, to come to the City Council meeting tonight to let the entire council know that it is not acceptable and help us nip this in the bud.  
I have reached out to the mayor and business administrator on this (no response yet), have sponsored a resolution requesting an end to this practice that will be voted on tonight and will be submitting a letter today from six of nine council members to Nixle requesting that they take action as well (yet preserving this important service).   Please note that nothing is stopping the mayor from using his own personal / campaign email for whatever message he wants to put out, but we feel strongly, and I hope you do as well, that Nixle, as a city platform, or the communications manager, as a city employee, should not be used for political purposes.
Hoboken is a very special community as I know all of you are aware.  And a hidden strength of our community is the many examples of our broad commitment to those with special needs.  The Hoboken Special Needs Parents Group is one of those many examples.  Founded by two amazing moms (both 2nd ward!) - Sheillah Dallara, who is also on Hoboken’s Board of Ed, and Megan Yavoich, who is also a children’s ministry leader at Hoboken Grace.  They and the group are a wealth of information for parents who are seeking more support, resources and information as they care for their children with special needs.  Please go to the HSNPG website to find out more information.  And I hope you will attend their first ever Support & Resource Fair on 2/2.
I want to thank everyone who donated to my fundraiser for the Together We Rise shopping spree for foster teens.  Because of your generosity, we raised almost $1000 to help fund a shopping spree for 10 teens.  I have to say, that it was a very moving and emotional experience.  Any child separated from their family is only done so for safety reasons.  The goal is to keep families together.  But sometimes it just doesn’t work out.  Teens in foster care are particularly heartbreaking to me because they are often less apt to find a forever home.  
At the event, I shopped with two sisters – 14 and 16 - who were together in a loving foster home.  Although typically not allowed, the foster mom shopped with us and helped them decide how to spend their money and you could see how much the girls seemed to appreciate and love their foster mom.   You are also not allowed to ask about their story, but the foster mom told me how good both girls are and how both want to be with their mother but their mother disappoints them weekly by not showing up or to not doing the things required to regain custody.  It was heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.
But the most amazing person is the guy in the photo below.  A young guy, he was with us all day taking pictures and was a wealth of information.  I just assumed that he was one of the team running the event.  But no… he is Danny Mendoza who founded Together We Rise in 2008 when is was 21 and in college.  You can read about his brief story HERE...
I spoke with Danny about the possibility of doing an event like this closer to our own backyard, maybe at Newport Mall and will also speak to the incredible Bev Savage, our Hoboken neighbor, who runs CASA for Hudson County.  Let me know if you would like to help put this together.
Finally, with this, we officially start together the last year of my first, four year term serving you.  If this past year is any indication, it is going to be a constructive, albeit bumpy year.  I want all of you to know that I am 1,000% committed to working and getting things done for you.  The reality we live in is that we are in an incredibly political environment like Hoboken has never seen.  And my guess is with the upcoming elections this fall for all six ward seats, and a mayor who has announced that he wants to run a slate against all incumbents (whoever decides to run), that it probably won't change.  But notwithstanding the politics that you may witness, know that often not seen is the constructive dialogue between the council and City Hall, that A LOT gets done, that I regularly communicate with the mayor on important issues, and that the city council votes in support of the mayor’s agenda 90+% of the time.  
As always please forward this to anyone you think may be interested and feel free to reach out via email, text or phone (201-208-1674) about this or anything else important to you.   
Best wishes, 
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
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