|In hot water?|
According to MSV, the Special Council will investigate alleged vendor contributions to Executive Director Carmelo Garcia and procurement outside of federal guidelines in the millions of dollars.
About those contributions, according to the Hoboken Reporter:
Wow! There's more...This past March, Garcia’s campaign fund accepted three contributions totaling $3,100 from two firms contracted to do work for the Housing Authority, according to his campaign’s April filing with the Election Law Enforcement Committee (ELEC). A third contribution of $1,000 came from the owner of another firm with HHA contracts. According to figures provided by housing board Chairwoman Dana Wefer, those firms – AM Construction, Hauser Brothers Inc., and Haddad Electrical – have billed the Housing Authority over $2.1 million since September of 2011.
Wefer also raised questions about the legitimacy of the contracts themselves. The $2.3 million paid to the contributing firms is part of a larger pot of authority money, totaling nearly $3.5 million, which has been awarded to firms without going through the regular procurement policies. Authority contracts normally go out to bid in a public process, and the executive director and his staff must choose either the lowest or the best bid. But none of the contracts that make up the $3.5 million, paid to plumbing, cabinetry, electrical, heating, and kitchen appliance firms, went through that process.Holy cow!
Here are those March contributions from those three HHA vendors- reported on Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia's 2015 Garcia for Assembly campaign.
|Garcia for Assembly 2015 campaign donors with HHA contracts|
What's that smell?
GA is curious who filed for permits for the HHA to install generators and electrical panels below the flood plane? I have no idea.
Were the contractors hired to install electric panels in basements that flood and generators below the flood plane procured through a competitive bid process?
Were they told where to locate the equipment?
|HHA spent $385K for vinyl flooring replacement in 10 elevator cabs , $106,100 for ONE roof replacement (655 6th Street), $656,100 to renovate 3 rooms...|
In the meantime, MSV reports a bi-lingual flyer was distributed at the HHA, urging residents to attend tonight's meeting (buses will be provided!) with the frightening claim "Our Homes are at Stake!"
Anyway, GA heard the HHA rented this bus again:
|Cancelled Field trip?|