Another Carmelo Garcia scandal? Somebody, keep count.
You know, GA likes Hoboken politico Perry Belfiore. In fact, I showed him my eggplant at ShopRite recently and he let me pet his hair. So, it is with sadness GA finds him at the center of the breaking "Hair-gate" scandal, although without him at the center, we'd have to call it something else.
Here it is.
Until recently, few Hoboken residents knew that 6th Ward candidate Carmelo Garcia's moronic "ethnic cleansing" lawsuit against the Mayor of Hoboken, hubby Stan, Councilman Dave Mello, HHA Chairwoman Dana Wefer and the prior HHA Chairman was still going on.
Not any more.
At 4:34 PM on October 21, 2015 PolitickerNJ dropped a bomb for Carmelo Garcia, timed within 3 hours of the final Hoboken City Council meeting before municipal elections on November 3.
What was it?
'Ethnic cleansing' Plaintiff Garcia unleashed 500 emails produced by Defendants in the discovery phase of his litigation to the media! Discovery emails are not public documents; they are exchanged by parties for use in depositions, and in the trial to support/prove Plaintiffs' or Defendants' case.
GA has a reasonable basis to believe that Garcia's litigation, launched in 2013, was in design a fishing expedition to abuse discovery in order to damage Mayor Zimmer and her administration prior to the 2015 election.
Well, it looks like the Dark Side gang was in on it. That is my OPINION. Defendants may need to issue a slew of subpoenas to depose parties who may have had knowledge of/or enabled this political operation to go forward.
There is no other reason than POLITICS, to have unleashed 500 discovery documents during the discovery phase of the litigation into the public domain.
Who got copies of Garcia's discovery emails, other than the press and when did they get them?
Perry Belfiore carried a manila folder up to the podium on Wednesday night to speak during the public portion.
Thank you Council. Since I’ve been involved in politics there’s been a raging question: what is the extent to which a sitting mayor can intrude upon the sovereign function of an independent body or board? What is that extent? Detractors of the mayor would say, “no”. Fans of the mayor would say, “as far as he could go, or she could go and then some.” The question has never been posed, what of the mayor’s spouse. What right does the mayor’s spouse have… (Council President Ravi Bhalla interrupts) You’re censoring me, Ravi… you’re censoring me...(Belfiore opens his folder and takes out one of the papers) I’m not gonna let you talk over me… (he takes out a second paper from the folder, is holding 'emails' in both hands) do you know that the mayor’s husband wrote a resolution firing Carmelo Garcia.. Here it is, right here (thrusts the paper in his right hand forward) … Here it is, right here… (moves paper into position to read… police approach Belfiore, Beth Mason protests to Ravi, Belfiore escorted out).Ummm...
Why did Hoboken politico Perry 'The Hair' Belfiore have custody of unpublished discovery emails produced by Defendants in Carmelo Garcia's litigation?
That's Hair-gate. GA would like to know the answer.
The choreography of this political operation is told in video stills: from the Mason political operative who filmed it, to 'The Hair' who waved around copies of Garcia emails from the podium, to the wriggling Beth Mason griming smugly in her chair until 'The Hair" is escorted out without executing his attempt to read one email into the public record.
GA Note: It's fascinating that Garcia, who was fired from his HHA Executive Director position for cause, an action supported by the trail of HUD reports, audits and ELECs in the public domain, thinks this stunt gets him elected.
In my OPINION, this email dump is the beginning of the end of Carmelo's 'ethnic cleansing' lawsuit. In my OPINION, this email dump has given all Defendants- including the City of Hoboken, a case for malicious abuse of process complaints against Garcia, and possibly others.
GA hopes the City moves to recover the $150,000 of taxpayer money spent to defend this garbage from whomever the Court deems liable.