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Did you know that ethnically and culturally diverse Hudson County is served by a newspaper whose staff is whiter than the linen department at Macy's?
It's true! Look at their leadership!
They're whiter than a double-scoop of Ben and Jerry's Vanilla Bean- not one chocolate chip, toffee bar or fudge brownie. (Even vanilla-based Americone Dream has fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl.)
GA brings that up because I couldn't help but notice this on the cover of my paper this week:
walked away from 14 new generators sitting uninstalled in a parking lot last February, who published HUD promises they are going to be installed "in Spring." Those generators are intended to provide emergency power to the largely minority population at the HHA.
An honest newspaper would be asking, "How come the lights went out on the minority residents of the HHA last Wednesday when they ordered brand new generators after Hurricane Sandy to prevent power outages and potential life safety threats? How come an HHA resident got trapped in the elevator when new building generators are sitting uninstalled in plastic wrap?" An honest newspaper might have even contacted HFD Chief Blohm to ask whether his department intends to inspect the HHA buildings to bring them up to code and make sure dead and/or malfunctioning generators are installed. That's what an honest newspaper might have done after a blackout at the HHA. Instead, the only "blackout" in the Hoboken Reporter is anything written to endanger the control of current HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia.
And so, in a spin-ridden, ugly article, the HR played the race card in advance of the Hoboken Housing Authority reorganization this Thursday. The expected outcome is that a 'Carmelo-friendly' Chairman Rob Davis- an African American- will be replaced by a less- Carmelo-friendly whitey. Apparently 'someone' ordered up a hit-piece attacking the Zimmer administration as 'racist.' The piece is all spin, and wrong. For example:
"Not counting the Housing Authority board, there are no Latin-Americans filling the 37 major Hoboken board positions and City Hall directorships."WRONG.
GA's counted 8 Latino/Hispanic members on the following Municipal Boards: Historic Preservation Commission (Ana Sanchez), Library Board (Arturo Martinez), North Hudson Sewage Authority (Tony Soares), Rent Leveling and Stabilization (Rosemary Orozco), Zoning Board of Adjustment (Anotonio Grana), HHA (Eduardo Gonzales, Jean Rodriguez) and Shade Tree Commission ( Larry Henriques- just resigned).
She's white, by the way.