|Mayor Dawn Zimmer certification|
At last night's City Council meeting, two members of the public questioned 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason about how 60,000 emails between the mayor/HMHA and the hospital buyer, Holdco, got into the hands of her "business partner" James Barracato one month before the hospital sale closed.
The speakers were HHA Commissioner James Sanford and 2nd Ward resident Franz Paetzold. Paetzold was clearly disturbed about the breech of security involving emails obtained by unauthorized personnel during the sale of the hospital. Further, he asked the City to investigate how the email breech happened, so we may "learn" how to prevent it from happening again.
The fact that James Barracato obtained the 60,000 emails and gave a disk to Ray Smith of the Hoboken Reporter is not in dispute.
Mason looked very uncomfortable when confronted by Sanford and Paetzold. GA observed Castellano's eyes darting around like a rat spying a predator. Tellingly, at the end of the meeting in the 'New Business' portion, Mason passed on her turn to speak; time she should have answered Sanford and Paetzold's questions.
How about telling the public the truth? Don't we have a right to know?
Email discovery provided by Plaintiffs in Bajardi v Pincus shows Barracato bragging to an anti-Zimmer associate he is "getting the 60,000 emails that the HMHA/Zimmer exchanged with the hospital buyer during the sale process."
The public wants to know what Mason knew and when she knew it. Mason very publicly had opposed the sale of the hospital to HoldCo. It is clear from Barracato's emails that the unauthorized breech of confidential communications was intended to undermine the pending sale.
GA stands with Franz.
This matter calls for an investigation. If crimes were committed, the guilty parties should face punishment.
This kind of illicit document trafficking to undermine the sale of a public asset should NEVER happen again, and how can we prevent it from happening if we don't know WHAT happened and WHO is responsible.