|left: tenant activist alleges the threat: "I'm going to hurt you" right: police report of incident|
On Thursday, August 15, 2013 State Senator Brian Stack's running mate, Assembly candidate Carmelo Garcia dropped an ethnic-cleansing bomb on Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, her husband and an HHA Commissioner.
In a lawsuit filed by Louis Zayas in Hudson Superior Court, Stack's running mate charged Zimmer with executing a long-term methodical "quest" to "transform Hoboken politically and ethnically consistent with their own political, cultural, and ethnic derivation," sweeping out minorities to turn Hoboken all-white and affluent. One way Stack's running mate claimed Zimmer planned to transform Hoboken through "construction projects"which included her OWN Vision 20/20 plan, he described as an "ethnic cleansing initiative".
Amidst this "ethnic cleansing" brouhaha continues the ugly saga of HHA tenant Jessica Coco.
Because on Thursday, August 15, 2013 something else happened which nobody noticed.
Coco was allegedly warned: "I'm going to hurt you" by a close associate of Stack's running mate. Coco filed a police complaint.
Jessica Coco is the public face of Save the Projects, a group of HHA tenants who BELIEVE that Vision 20/20 is in fact Garcia's 'ethnic cleansing initiative' to demolish projects and displace the current tenant population out of Hoboken for lucrative deals with private developers, such one rumored with a West New York developer for a portion of HHA property. GA has no confirmation such a deal was struck, perhaps the credentialed media can find out.
How about it, credentialed media?
Since Coco has spoken to WBAI FM, The Hoboken Reporter, Grafix Avenger and Mile Square View and continues to do so, she has been served with an eviction 'statement', Charles Daglian's 'Cease and Desist' Order (with a FAKE flyer attached), her apartment burglarized her car vandalized. Fake flyers, designed to look like they are the product of Coco's group, are being circulated around the HHA to gin up charges against the group. About the use of flyers to "get" Coco, she spoke to someone close to Stack's running mate:
**** insisted there is in fact a police investigation going on against me and I better take it seriously. She insisted the flyers don't matter, he wants to get you on anything he can and he will and he'll pay others to get you for him, so watch out.Now she alleges she is being watched, followed, and her apartment entered while out (belongings are moved and/or small items missing) all of this a designed to let her know there is no corner of her life-- not even her own home, where she can feel safe.
I had gone to Brian Stack’s secret public meeting, the maintenance man called management in front of me to tell them I had just stepped outside and was now walking towards the meeting. When I came home, I noticed my apt had once again been entered into, because a newspaper article I printed about Applied with phone numbers I wrote about the organizations that supported the tenants was missing. These people are continuously coming in and out my door.Ms. Coco, who is afflicted with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), is physically frail and frequently too ill to work, but neither she nor Save the Projects is backing down. They are fighting to protect their home.
Near the end of May I was able to recover from chronic bronchitis and asthma torturing me since last year with little relief- I was in and out of the hospital emergency room more times than I can count, certain neighbors impressed upon me that I needed to do something about Vision 2020 now. I was the only person they knew who had any skills in organizing and had connections to any activist organizations. Because of this, I attended the July 28th meeting and after listening to Mr. Garcia speak and reviewing the online brochure, I joined the group.
Coco has spoken for those who are too afraid to, she is an example of what happens to those who do speak out. So while you're at it credentialed media, ask WHY residents like Jessica Coco who speak out against Stack's running mate and his Vision 20/20 are being harassed?
Better yet, why not ask State Senator Brian Stack?
The Senator brought his "Mobile Senate Office" to the HHA on August 20, 2013:
Here is Stack's exchange with Jessica Coco at that meeting:
Does he sound like he was concerned and ready to help?
As State Senator for poor, minority HHA resident-constituents, it si incumbent upon him to PROTECT them from harassment by their tenant management.
GA IMPLORES Senator Stack to use your authority to DO SOMEHING to protect Jessica Coco and all the residents of the HHA who speak out against Vision 20/20.
HOW do you plan to help, Senator Stack?