And thanks to Hoboken's "credentialed media," the buzz just grew louder.
Because this week, The Hoboken Reporter stepped in to explain-away the appearance of these steel Goliaths still wrapped in their shipping plastic. Since no one who should know why they are there wants to claim them, the HR introduced a nameless "HUD spokesman" who explains that the 14 units of various shapes and sizes "were delivered in fall on purpose"!
Yep. And whose idea was it to ship generators in the Fall when installation is set for Spring?
The manufacturer's! It's true. I read it in our "credentialed media."
"Garcia, HUD and the vendor" were aware that the "inclement weather was looming but the manufacturer wanted to prove its new model generator, more powerful than previous iterations, could withstand the elements."
I've never personally dealt with this generator company (or actually heard of them until now, but they don't seem to raise any flags) so I don't have any contacts there, but the line where the manufacturer wanted them to sit around in a lot on purpose sends the bs meter off the charts. They're proving how powerful their brand new models are by... leaving them sitting uninstalled in the corner of a parking lot for half a year? Seems like the best way to make sure your product can withstand the elements is to actually OPERATE THEM in the cold weather - you know, make sure the diesel engine fires up when the temps are near zero and things start to turn to gel; make sure the charging system keeps the batteries in top shape during weeks of temperatures in the teens, etc. What a load of crap.Great point!
So who is this idiot, I mean "HUD spokesman", anyway? GA emailed reporter Dean DeChiaro yesterday to find out.
Hi Dean,No response. Hmmmm. Well, the name of a spokesperson of a federal agency talking about the use of taxpayer-dollars is not privileged information.
I thought you did a great job w the VBM story.
I want to know the name of the HUD spokesman who provided you with the information for the Generator story. I’m interesting in contacting him/her. Please get back to me ASAP.
So GA contacted some HUD officials today to see if any of them know WHO told The Hoboken Reporter that 14 generators were ordered on purpose" to stand outside in a parking lot for 6 months.
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:37 AM
Subject: Hoboken Reporter Attribution to HUD spokesman
I am trying to find out the name of the HUD official spokesperson who provided the following information for the Hoboken Reporter story: HUD: Installation of generators in public housing slated for spring.
The article discusses the future of 14 generators delivered to the Hoboken Housing Authority in “September and October” but sit in a snow-covered parking lot, uninstalled. The article cites an un-named “HUD spokesman” for the explanation. Some of the “HUD spokesman’s” statements do not make sense- including:
In fact, HUD said, the generators were delivered in fall on purpose. At the time, HUD, Garcia and the vendor were aware that inclement weather might be looming, but the manufacturer wanted to prove that its new model generator, more powerful than previous iterations, could withstand the elements. The HHA is currently in the process of seeking a contractor who will install the generators.
Can you please advise who represented your agency for the information provided to the Hoboken Reporter? Please provide his/her contact information. A spokesman for HUD expenditure of federal dollars should not be anonymously sourced.
I have been writing about these generators since contacted by a resident of the HHA who was concerned about why they have been sitting out all winter and have not been installed.
Very truly yours,
In the meantime, maybe Dean will answer his email (?).
Hey Dean, why didn't you name the "HUD spokesman"? Maybe someone from HUD will have that information handy.
In the meantime, I've decided to unplug my washing machine and move it outside with the rest of my appliances (did those yesterday). I'm leaving them outside until Spring, since half of them are under warranty and the other half, oh well.