Friday, August 14, 2015

Partners

left: Mason is invested in James Barracato's Weehawken bar,  right: James Barracato, SLAPP suit architect, Mason "business partner"
Hundreds, if not thousands of emails prove that Beth Mason's chief political operative, James Barracato, was involved in the planning and execution of the SLAPP suit for SLAPPers Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal.  

Emails also show that Barracato's political operations have impacted all Hoboken residents on matters of public interest and public concern, such as his efforts to undermine the sale of our public asset, the HUMC.  In the context of Hoboken politics, Barracato is a public figure.


We also know:
  • In 2011, Lane Bajardi wrote he"did not have unlimited resources to fight a protracted legal battle" and his cash reserves were so low, he needed to "focus on revenue-generating opportunities" for fear he would "end up dipping into [his] 401K."  
  •  Six months later, Bajardi was sending Barracato an "AttorneyIntro.doc" and telling him "obviously an attorney Ricky and Beth are comfortable with is key." 
  •  On May 17, 2012, Kim Cardinal asked James Barracato, "Was she [Pincus] served yet?" Barracato answered "Not sure she's been served yet, I'll find out tomorrow."
In short, James Barracato was up to his greasy flippers in the planning, coordination and execution of the SLAPP.   But it wasn't his money paying the bills.

Hundreds, if not thousands of emails provide reasonable basis to believe the SLAPP suit was substantially funded by Mason. 

If that is true, then how was the money routed to the Bajardi's attorneys ?

Beth Mason testified at the SLAPP trial on February 5, 2015: 


Councilwoman Beth Mason reported on her 2014 Financial Disclosure form she is invested in James Barracato's bar.

BETH MASON'S 2014 FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FORM

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The puzzle of how "assistance" could have been routed to pay for a 3-year, (estimated) $500,000 SLAPP suit has yet to be solved.

25 comments:

  1. Remember when Councilwoman Castallano was caught forwarding James Barracotto confidential City Council communications.

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    1. In fairness she did say she might have been drunk at the time.


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    2. Terry, - Google - James Barracato

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  2. I had to dig into this as it is too juicy. We all should know that Mason's Newton, et al. "company" is just a front for her political activities. Doreen Catanio appears to be a CPA that must represent Cooper Place. Cooper Place appears to be a "company" headquartered at Ed and Joe's Tavern in Weehawken. Things that make you go "hmmm."
    mcgato

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    1. Yes, indeed. Note that Newton, et. al, the front for Mason's political operation, used to be headquartered in Lyndhurst. Now, according her Financial Disclosure form, it's run out of 1200 Washington- the home of the (tax-exempt) 501c3 Mason Civic League. Did you know Finboy was on the Mason Civic League board? It gets funnier, you will see what I mean when I post her Bajardi v Pincus testimony.

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    2. There is no Ed and Joe's Tavern. It's now a dive bar named "Cooper Place."

      The updated name is in the photo on Yelp:
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/ed-and-joes-tavern-weehawken

      The CPA is a person who setup the paperwork and "gets the mail" for FinBoy.

      Mason is listed as an owner of "Cooper Place." The full business interest with FinBoy is not listed but at trial in February in limited testimony, Beth Mason called him her "business partner."

      Obviously, in addition to being a bar, Cooper Place is a superwash laundromat for Beth and her "business partner" FinBoy.

      SWISH-SWISH!

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  3. What happened to Finboy's head? He looks like an over fed sperm.

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    1. One way to break up a quite Friday in August.
      FinBoy is going with the skinhead look.

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  4. Maybe Beth Mason bought the bar. Does she own it or does he? Whose name is on the liquor license? No offense, but it looks like a flea-infested dump. You'd think Councilwoman Mason would own a classier joint.

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  5. It doesn't seem right that Jimmy the Shark should skate after the huge mess he created. He jerks everyone around, never puts his own skin in the game. He schemes and cons, gets other people to file lawsuits. They lose, he skates away. Just try to subpoena the pussy and he hides. Big pussy if you ask me.

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  6. Laundry. Watch out for the armadillos- or are they rats?

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  7. "Nazi Truck" would be a great dive bar name. It goes with finboy's half-assed skinhead look. Think of all the themed drinks and platters.....

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    1. You're right. Dweeb is going for the skin head look. Maybe explains his Nazi fixation.

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  8. There is no "good" reason Councilwoman Mason should be partners in that dive.

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  9. FinBoy you can run, but you can't hide.
    Lawyer up fish.

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    1. Google will give up jamesbarracato@gmail.com, but for good measure get a court order for his hard drives. Paybacks a bitch.

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  10. I'm advising my client that the combination of nazi truck and skinhead will be, as we say, unhelpful with most juries, unless we get one comprised of bitter, middle-aged, basement-dwelling pamphleteers. There's always that.

    I'm also advising my client that Straight Outta Hawken is barely less absurd than "Straight Outta the Old Navy Catalog." Although the ridiculously white-bread notion of being a badass suggested does help soften the disturbing impression created by the nazi truck in tandem with the skinned head, making it seem more like the moronic prank of an ignorant mall rat than an act of domestic terrorism.

    Oh, we'll be ready by the trial date all right. Assuming we're pleading guilty.

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  11. Let me guess. Mason's poured cash for renovations, repairs, equipment, employees, etc. of their jointly owned bar, for use of her "business partner."

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  12. Was wondering if Beth Mason called FinBoy her business partner and he also is on the board for her phony charity Mason Civic with Ricky Mason, doesn't that mean FinBoy is also business partners with Ricky?

    That means they're all culpable for the SLAPP-suit right?

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  13. The bar was purchased for Finboy. A part of an agreement.

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    1. Fascinating. Please share more. What was Finboy's side of the agreement... he gets the bar for doing what?

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    2. What could that POS have offered Beth Mason in exchange for buying him the bar? It couldn't have been his big one inch. Ted and Joe's changed hands in 2012 or 2013. What was in it for her if she bought the scumbag a bar?

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  14. Not only did Lane not have "unlimited resources" for a protracted civil litigation, he didn't even have a job when he wrote that email and had been out of work for almost two years.

    Did FinBoy sell the Berjerdi twins on how great a SLAPP-suit would work out?
    If you've been out of work for two years and don't have "unlimited resources," why would you sue a dozen Hoboken residents and think no one would fight back.

    Looks like Beth and Ricky made a most unfortunate decision. Maybe the worst one they ever did listening to a stinkin bottom-feeding fish.

    Oh well, I'm sure a little more public humiliation can be fixed by writing adequate checks to the defendants. Hey, after, you guys should throw a party!

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  15. Does Beth own FinBoy's bar?

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