Monday, October 14, 2019

Grist for the Mill: Special Columbus Day Mikie Squared Edition

Hoboken's ward elections are not far off in the November distance but there's little doubt in the outcome of the third ward council race. Councilman Michael Russo sits poised for re-election and has begun a flurry of email releases going far beyond the confines of the third ward.

The email releases are almost weekly as Russo joins the e-campaigning approach as others but this is different. The target isn't clearly third ward residents as his emails travel across the Mile Square City. Topics Russo is asking for feedback range from e-Scooters, protected bike lanes and the biggest one: the Hoboken Rail Yards Redevelopment put up by Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

On the last Russo plays it fast and loose writing: "If the development is passed, 68 percent of the development will be offices, about 29 percent will be residential and 4 percent will be retail.

Famous last words as it's "economic conditions" written into the gigantic redevelopment which will dictate which comes first meaning Hoboken will see 100% residential first with a 28-story residential building at the base of Hudson St where a parking lot currently resides.

Besides, Russo along with almost the entirety of the Ravi Bhalla council slate received the full-fledged endorsement of the big construction union PAC, Stronger Foundations. Does he really care about your opinion for his upcoming vote this Wednesday on the massive NJ Transit redevelopment or is he collecting emails and profiles for something beyond the November ward race?

The Ravi-Russo Alliance borne the day Ravi Bhalla brought back the Russo King of Corruption, Anthony Russo into the mayor's office for his private inauguration on January 1st, 2018 is coming to a close with the November election. Russo sees himself as sufficiently far away from the past and the days where he was last seen agreeing to take $5,000 from FBI informant Solomon Dwek with the promise, "there'll be more."

This website broke that story in March 2010 and local media quickly picked up the story. Russo in his typical refrain objected to anyone calling the deal with Dwek a bribe. When this editor went back to the authors of the Jersey Sting relaying that Russo quote, they promised a response. A week later the Solomon Dwek - Russo luncheon FBI surveillance video came out.

Fast forward to 2019 and the Feds in Newark under new management are deep into a probe of Hoboken voter fraud closing out 2013 with a string of convictions topped off with Frank "Pupie" Raia. 2017 is believed underway and Russo in 2015 is seen as a mirror image of financing "campaign workers" as Raia in 2013.

How does equal application of the law work with the 14th Amendment again? Should Hoboken residents be equally protected from 15 large hitting the streets for similar applications as in the 2013 and 2015 elections?

After the November election, some of those answers may begin to make themselves apparent.

Grist for the Mill is MSV's rumor column but its success makes it the most popular column in all the Mile Square City. Have a tasty carrot for Horsey? Send it to and be assured your confidentiality is protected with MSV's State of NJ Shield Law protections upheld repeatedly in Hudson County Superior Court.

Jen Giattino: 'Thanks and campaign help'

Official release:

Dear friends and neighbors,

Election Day is only 23 days away!  I am grateful and humbled by the outpouring of your support so far!  As we approach election day, this is when I need even more from you!  I am seeking Election Day volunteers.  If you have just a few hours that day, in particular in the morning or evening, please let me know.  Here are a couple of ways you can help me get to the finish line!

Challengers on Election Day - Thank you to the many who have already volunteered.  

There are just a few spots left, mainly in the morning.
- Sit at polling locations in the morning (6-11) and / or evenings (4-8)
- helps keep track of who has voted so far
- gets the final vote tally from the machines at 8pm

Visibility on Election Day
- 2-4 hour commitment
- wear T-shirts, carry signs

Election Day Canvassing and Work
- 2-4 hour commitment
- phone calls and door knocking of supporters
- updating voter database
- helping deliver food and drinks to poll workers and challengers

If you are available on Election Day please reach out to me at or text 201-780-6779.

Need a window sign?
We have several dogs willing to deliver one. Email or text 201.780.6779 with your address.

T-shirts and buttons have also arrived:
If you would like my son to deliver one please reach out to or text 201-780-6779.

Donations are still appreciated! 
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THANK YOU for your continued support and generosity.  Please reach out to me with any issues, questions or concerns you may have.

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