That's the HHA match-up according to yesterday's MSV exclusive.
The two main contenders, a prominent Hoboken bar business owner and a prominent Reformer who took on Michael Russo in 2011's 3rd Ward City Council race, are vying for the seat vacated by the 'resignation' of HHA Commissioner Marianne Camporeale.
Joe is an affable guy, one of our community's 'go-to' fellas to donate his time and resources in a pinch or an emergency. He never refuses but has always lent a hand. GA believes not for any 'quid pro quo' from our mayor or City Council, but out of good will and civic responsibility. That's why he was honored here with GA's first-ever Mensch Award.
So I hope Joe understands how his close personal friendship with HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia compromises his ability to act in an oversight position.
Would Joe vote for an audit of the HHA books? Or enforce the request for an employee list: names, positions, salaries, etc? Would Joe take any oversight initiative which may make his friend uncomfortable?
Branco may say, 'Yes' but would he?
Even the appearance of potential personal conflict is unacceptable.
Not when there is an excellent candidate, without bias or personal relationship with Carmelo Garcia, Greg Lincoln, willing to step up. Greg's an impeccably honest and decent man, and took on the thankless 'job' of opposing Mike Russo for City Council. There his mettle and integrity were on full display, battling that Goliath. We know Greg's dedication to Reform principles is unwavering, and he scored an impressive 400 votes with his 'little campaign that could'.
So, for what it's worth here's my graphic endorsement:
Joe, there are many other volunteer positions in our City, so if you are not selected do not give up.
If that happens, I'd take a cue from Lincoln, who seeing you getting knocked around on MSV had this to say:
I'd like to intercede here, with a plea for civil discourse.That's the man he is. Not a bad word for you and a plea for civility. All class.
While I am pleased to see support for me, I am very disappointed in the personal attacks on both Joe and Brian. I consider them to both be men who are active in the community, and while we may not always agree on everything, I think their efforts to benefit the community (through block parties, HobokenDads, etc.) are to be appreciated.
I've known Joe for awhile, and have a lot of respect for him. We are friendly towards each other, and I don't want that to change. Again, we may not always agree, but I hope there is at least mutual respect.
I hope people will stop trying to belittle one another. If you want to support one person over another, that is fine, and everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Best wishes to all.