|page 291- The 2005-2006 BoE wrote a $560K P.O. to itself- and paid itself $55.9K- BoE unable to provide supporting documentation to auditor. The SAME crew are behind the Move Forward BoE slate.|
My Dad used to call the comics section of our newspaper the 'funny papers' .
We've got funny papers here in Hoboken, they're called The Hoboken Reporter.
Unlike the funny papers I grew up with, ours are darkly comic. The punch lines are actual punches delivered by operatives whose spin goes to straight to print without fact-checking, concern for accuracy or fairness.
These funny papers never come with a retraction or an apology. The operatives are friends who confide in the paper about their next dirty truck. After it's done, the paper 'reports' the 'news' with a straight face, protecting the operatives while bleeding their victim in black and white. It's a symbiotic relationship; the ops churn out narratives, the paper gets news. Like making sausage. Everybody wins.
|Read how this political operative tried and FAILED to plant a 'Nazi story' about this blog in the HR!|
Except for the losers.
And of course, real news which doesn't get reported.
Like Councilwoman Beth Mason's 501(c)(3) fraud charity. It employs political operatives, uses an alias, did not submit mandatory income and expense reports to the NJ Attorney General ever, and files e-Postcard federal tax returns instead of the required 990 form for charities with gross receipts of over 50K. GA sent all that to the Hoboken Reporter with documentation.
You'll never see it.
Because there is only one kind of news the Hoboken Reporter prints. The kind that helps their political friends. Friends who advertise, support the interests of its management and dispatch operatives to plant spin.
So what was in this week's funny papers?
Nothing about a Blogger's imaginary excursion to Queens. No ginned up political-operative dirty trick on another Blogger ( alleged 'threats' on a "toddler", a non-existent 'criminal investigation' or rigged Nazi 'death chamber' story.)
This week's funny papers 'exonerate' Russo on the the missing $18K from the Russo for Hoboken account. GA will look at that this week.
What caught my attention was the sappy letter from BoE member Peter Biancamano. In it he bemoans his vote to approve $268K in legal fees, which reminded me of this famous John Kerry stinker from 2004:
Peter B. was AGAINST it before he voted FOR it.
GA found the reason for his public opposition to paying our lawyers- "taking money out of the classrooms" to be laughably ironic.
Because Biancamano is allied with Frank Raia to 'take back' control of the BoE from Kids First.
Kids First, the majority of whom are public school moms, and have been 'cleaning' the mess left by Raia and his ilk since they took control in 2009.
And Biancamano wants to give Raia, Russo and Castellano control of the School Board because THEY won't take money out of the classrooms?
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HAW HAW HAW... oh, those funny papers.
Frank Raia and Carmelo Garcia were President and VP of the BoE in 2005-2006, the year THEY "took money from the classrooms" like it was going out of style. Jobs! Cell phones! Steak dinners!
The 2005-2006 Board used the schools' money like a personal slush fund. Jobs! Cell phones! Steak dinners!
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GA sympathizes; no juicy steak dinners at fancy restaurants, mysterious hires, junkets for friends to Atlantic City, or free cell phones under Kids First. It's rough, actually using money for running the district.
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Well, Biancamano's disingenuous complaint inspired GA to peruse the 2005-2006 audit- all 297 pages, and oh boy... you'll see MORE shocking misappropriation of our kids' education money here in the days to come.
Folks, our schools are FINALLY being managed properly, and the hard work is getting done, but the people who ran our schools into the ground want their snouts back in the $60M kitty. We CAN'T let them.
So have a gander at the top image- a screenshot from the audit which shows the 2005-2006 BoE making a purchase order for $560K to ITSELF. And paying ITSELF $55.9K. What the hell for? The auditor couldn't say-- there was NO back-up documentation.
Under Kids First, those days are OVER. And that's why the Dark Side is fighting hard to Move Forward to the dark past.