Monday, August 31, 2015

No Unity Ticket


Thanks to Horsey's coverage of today's unfolding election drama, we now know who our candidates for Hoboken's municipal elections are.

First ward: Terry Castellano vs. Michael DeFusco

Second ward: Tiffanie Fisher, Bonnie Murray and Peter Biancamano.

Third ward: Michael Russo vs. Frank "Pupie" Raia

Fourth ward: Timmy Occhipinti vs. Ruben Ramos and Dana Wefer

Fifth ward: Peter Cunningham vs. Eduardo Gonzalez and Melissa Blanco

Sixth Ward: Jen Giattino vs. Carmelo Garcia


GA will have more to say tomorrow, but my initial thought was, "whatever happened to unity?"  There are two Dark Side tickets- it's Ramos vs. Raia.  

Another thought: "where are the Independents?"  No Patty Waiters?  No one but a Melissa Blanco?

GA finds the 2nd Ward race one of the more interesting; all candidates are 'newbies' whereas other wards are running an incumbent.

OK folks, that 's it for this evening.

SPECIAL Beth Mason EDITION


HOBOKEN- In news that has stunned the Hoboken political world, 2-term Councilwoman Beth Mason has rejected the pleas of her constituents, deciding not to seek a third term in office.

Apparently Mason ignored the roar heard all weekend throughout the 2nd Ward, "Run, Beth run!" when early this morning she issued a statement on Hoboken's most respected news source, Hoboken411.com.  In it, Mason pledges to remain involved and continue to help improve Hoboken in the way that has made her so popular citywide.

A lucid, coherent "Editor's note" penned by the mentally stable, Lithium non-user Perry Klaussen gives insight into... well, it is not clear:


Not to be scooped by a blog,  Hoboken's second most credible news source, The Hoboken Reporter, followed with it's own SPECIAL Beth Mason EDITION.  In an exclusive, Mason reveals she is departing Hoboken politics to focus on her other business ventures.

In a 2013-2014 application to New Jersey's Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board obtained by GA, the liquor license for a Weehawken bar was transfered from it's original sole owner to a partnership: Councilwoman Beth Mason and James Barracato. The application shows Mason and Barracato each"owns or controls" a 50% share of the applicant business.



The 2013-2014 application shows the "license period applied for" is 07/01/2012 through 06/30/2015.

Bajardi v Pincus was filed on July 26, 2012, 3 weeks after the "partnership" obtained the license. Voluminous documetary proofs (emails) show "business partner" James Barracato acting as the SLAPP's Project Manager.


The "(bar) business partnership" created between a serving member of Hoboken's legislative body and her business partner involved in a very, very expensive SLAPP suit against her political enemies is a developing story.

For example, how do parties "running out of cash" in 2011 file an (estimated) $500,000, 3-year  SLAPP suit in 2012? 


Councilwoman Mason's mournful constituents can look forward to more on this developing story.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Much ado about Russo

Russo's 2011 campaign "fighting hate with love:"  mocking opponent's Mormon religion under screen name "LincolnWives"


GA can't figure out the hullabalo our local paper is making over the (so far) uncontested race in Ward 3.

Of course, Reform would like to run someone, or at least have Dark Side candidates firing cannons at each other.  But the fact that Reform does not have a candidate in the Third Ward is not all that deep.  It's not a metric of Zimmer's influence, nor a predictor of anything.  In fact, the Zim-bot Theory is disproven in Ward Three; Reform does have substantial support in Russo-ville as evidenced by the 2011 Election Results.


Reform candidate Greg Lincoln garnered 1/3 of the votes in 2011.  The fact is this: those interested in seeking public office are not evenly distributed in Hoboken's six wards, like sprinkles on a sundae.  No, some wards have plenty of sprinkles, others have less. In 2015, (so far) it looks like the Third Ward has none.

That's the way it goes, Dark Siders. Why get your bloomers in a twist?

As for Pupie Raia, GA would like to see him take on Mike Russo.  But the following came from a source:
Frank Raia will not be a candidate in this election. He's under doctor's orders not to run. Told me himself.
Was Frank telling the truth?

GA would implore Raia not to run if this is true.  But you know, people do what they want to do and not what they should do  (If GA had Frank's dough, I'd cash out of Hoboken in a heartbeat and buy a lakeside camp in the Adirondacks.)  So, who knows what Pupie is going to do, but MSV is reporting a rumor that "petitions were picked up late Friday on behalf of Frank "Pupie" Raia for the third ward City Council seat."

Well, it looks like the Dark Side is blowing a lot of smoke about the Third Ward, which tells you they're sh*tting pickles about the others. Ouch!  There goes another one!   

GA figures the Dark Side wants Reform to blow resources in the Third Ward, and so, this ado about Russo.   

To anyone who cares to step up: you've got 24 hours to get your petitions in.  But don't hold your breath, Dark Siders!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Who's the Boss?

And I object to being sued by pathological liars

As you know, "the SLAPP suit disguised as a defamation case" Bajardi v Pincus pulled back the curtain on years of political machinations that SLAPPers Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal were involved in.

The evidence produced by the SLAPPers plus existing evidence on film, in newspapers and miscellaneous documents was overwhelming.   As Judge Arre said when he threw the case out:
 
Here's a summary of my trial exhibits alone,  some presented during Bajardi's cross-examination by my attorney.
Videos: Exhibits D1a,D1b, D2-D7
Emails:
Lane Bajardi Emails to Beth Mason: D8- D26
Lane Bajardi Emails to Perry Klaussen: D27- D67
Lane Bajardi Emails to James Barracato: D68-D75
Lane Bajardi to Ricky Mason: D76-D78
Micellaneous Emails by Lane Bajardi: D79, D80
Hoboken411 articles: D81-D87
Newspaper Exhibits: D88-D119
Other Documentary Exhibits: D120-D123
Interogatory Answers to be read to the jury: Answers:68,70,72,73,75,103,105
Deposition testimony to be read to the jury: excerpts from (7) pages 
 WOW. 

But I digress! 

One of the major reveals of the discovery phase was the "working relationship" between Lane Bajardi and Hoboken411.com.  It was a relationship cloaked in secrecy, as described in these email exhibits:

THE SECRET


BEST LINE:  "My off the record comment to you is that the lawsuit is politically motivated bullshit designed to screw the political enemies of those who launched the suit.

While it was widely believed that Bajardi was writing for Hoboken411, their own discovery reveals the dynamic ("working relationship") between the two.  In particular the extent, influence and control that Bajardi held over that website.

It is a tale told by the email exhibits.  Below are 7 exhibits selected from thousands between Bajardi and Hoboken411, which have led GA and others to ask:



WHO'S THE BOSS?
EXHIBIT 1

EXHIBIT 2

EXHIBIT 3

EXHIBIT 4



EXHIBIT 5
read from the bottom up



EXHIBIT 6

EXHIBIT 7 
read from the bottom up



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hash Tuesday


GA's end-of-summer schedule does not allow time for another timeline-type narrative of emails produced by SLAPPers Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal Bajardi (and filed as exhibits to my MSJ in Bajardi v Pincus.)  

No, but while narratives may show the flow of communications among the network of Mason operatives, single email communications are equally vivid snapshots  of the "misrepresentations" (Judge Arre's language) made by SLAPPer-Plaintiffs to the court, and upon which their "SLAPP-suit" was predicated.   


Everytime GA peruses the Bajardi emails, the SLAPPers' duplicitousness is exposed in new ways.

These communications between SLAPPer Kim Cardinal and 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason concern cellphone photos Cardinal took of [City official, name redacted] "shredding truck" allegedly "shredding documents."


On March 24, 2008,  Lane "not an operative" Bajardi writes to Beth Mason, his wife and others that her is "anxious to help" with (as Ricky Mason put it) "public relations" concerning an application before Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment.  The zoning application concerned a property on Castle Point Terrace, behind the Masons' Hudson Street home.



On March 28, 2008, a Mason consultant writes "WE NEED MORE BLOGGERS" to Councilwoman Beth Mason, referring to a story about Ruben Ramos on NJ.com.

Who does Beth Mason turn to, to ask: "How do we get more people [bloggers]?"

Next, we have the trafficking of confidential information and use for publication on Hoboken411.com.

Part 1-- At 9:35 PM on March 31, 2008, Lane "not an operative"  Bajardi desseminates "confidential information regarding closed Museum Board of Trustees discussions."


Part 2-- Several hours earlier, at 11:10 AM  Lane Bajardi forwards a link to his Hoboken411 article, boasting: "The eagle has landed."

Lane "not an operative" Bajardi's Hoboken411.com screed includes an excerpt about a "secret vote" taken by Museum Board trustees,"in exchange for the promise of a 7500 square foot payoff."

Museum Board ignores Plan, groups, election results…
Despite opposition from museum volunteers, the Board of Trustees took a secret vote to enter into a letter of intent to support Salvemini’s 10-story high-rise in exchange for the promise of a 7500 square foot payoff. Led by Chairman Larry Henriques (who along with his wife was also an active proponent of the rejected plan to build a high rise on the Church of the Holy Innocents) the Museum Board ignored the Master Plan’s parks mandate and years of work by open space advocates and the city council to build a park on Block 11. In response to this criticism, museum board supporters claim they are just saying they would take the space if a building is built there. Opponents say what they neglect to note is there would be no plan for a ten story high rise if they had not consented to it. No museum board approval would have meant no application for a high-rise condo proposal called “Museum Place”. 


Shocking, isn't it.

We were sued for telling the truth about these people. 

Judge Arre: February 10, 2015- Dismissal of Bajardi v Pincus

Monday, August 24, 2015

Carmelo's "White Haven" Lawsuit is Alive


One of the stranger, more interesting tales in Hoboken's unfolding election season remains unreported in the press: PolitickerNJ and now, The Hudson Reporter.

That is, a candidate for Hoboken City Council is currently suing an at-Large Councilman, Mayor Zimmer, her husband, a(nother) candidate for City Council and the former HHA chairman.

The candidate is Carmelo Garcia, who is running against incumbent Jen Giattino in the 6th Ward.  The latest iteration of Garcia's ever-evolving lawsuit against members of the governing body he aspires to join, was filed on April 7, 2015- only 4 months and 19 days ago.

Folks, IF you CAN put aside the fact that (1) defending Garcia's lawsuit has cost taxpayers $150,000 (the City's deductible),  (2) Garcia failed to protect Hoboken taxpayers from harm by settling his dispute before dipping into our pockets, (3) Garcia is conflicted out of serving on a governing body with Defendants of his "rackeetering, discrimination, etc." claim...  

IF you can put all of that aside, GA implores you to READ Garcia's April 7, 2015 complaint, embedded below. 

In my opinion, both as a Hoboken taxpayer and 6th Ward resident  there is some seriously batshit crazy stuff in here.

Batshit Crazy* SAMPLE 
*OPINION
 Mayor  Zimmer sought to "transform Hoboken into a white haven..."


White haven?  

What's a "white haven?"  Anybody know?   Is that where white people dine on crustless watercress sandwiches and play golf all day?

Are Jews allowed?  Some white havens don't care for my people, the Chosen. In fact, some white havens tell Jews to "get lost"- you call those, "WASP havens."   Mayor Zimmer, please make sure our white haven takes Jews and Hispanics (90% of whom are "white".)

Just ask that white guy, Carmelo Garcia

I am not sure I'll get into white haven when I die; there's always white Hell.  Please Mayor, let me in! 

I hope white haven has a swimming pool and the life guard allows floaties.  Mayor, can you put in a swim-up tiki bar? In white haven, I want to float around in a heated pool with one of these in my hand:


Now that's white haven!

Garcia's "white haven" lawsuit is fascinating!  There is so much more to it, it may take weeks of analysis for Hoboken taxpayers to understand WHAT they are paying to defend.

Is that why The Hoboken Reporter forgot to mention that Garcia is suing Mayor Zimmer, et. al because she wanted to transform Hoboken into a "white haven?" ( Is publisher Dave Unger afraid of getting booted from white haven?) And that this lawsuit is alive and well heading into November elections?

Here is all the  Hoboken Reporter wrote about Garcia's lawsuit: "In a 2013 lawsuit alleging illegal interference in the HHA, Garcia accused Zimmer of pursuing a campaign of “ethnic cleansing.”  

Hey guys, the best part is yet to come.  There is a trial pending.

See you in white haven!?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

WiIl she run?

left: Councilwoman Beth Mason all smiles in 2009, right: Ed & Joes Tavern purchased by Mason's LLC in 2012

2nd Ward Councilwoman and "General Partner" in a Weehawken bar, Beth Mason, has (so far) declined to notify allies whether or not she will seek re-election.

Mason's snub has directly impacted Peter Biancamano, who appears to be in a holding pattern until Mason announces one way or another.  Consider this a finger in the eye of Frank Raia, who is backing his friend, Biancamano.

Further, Mason is the fly in the ointment of the Dark Side's "Unity Ticket," a fragile coalition of  enemies uniting to whip Reform in November.  Or so that is the theory, supported by the disappearance of a 2nd ward Ramos candidate (thought to be Bonnie Murray) and replacement by Biancamano,  'Frank's guy.'  The Ramos folks do not like Biancamano, who ran on 2013's "third ticket" with Tim Occhipinti, a ticket they believe handed Zimmer the win.

Crushed Ruben Ramos' dream in 2013, running with him in 2015?

Reportedly, Mason was livid at the Russos, Romano and Carmelo from bumping her from a title in  Hoboken's Democratic Committee.  Livid enough to screw them over, which her silence appears to be doing.

In addition to missing every council meeting since the last one she attended on June 17, 2015 sources tell GA that Mason was "devastated" by the court rulings against SLAPPers Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal. 

One source in particular said what really drove Mason "over the edge" was Judge Arre's harsh wording in his July 8th opinion, presumably including these:


In GA's OPINION, Beth Mason's alleged reaction is inconsistent with her trial testimony (and affidavit) that she was not involved in this litigation.  Further, any shock at the outcome shows a striking level of cognitive dissonance.


Which leads us back to the question, will she run?

GA has no strong opinion either way.

Does Mason want to further deplete the Treasury for one more campaign?   Is she being pushed by her "business partner?" 

Since 2011 many, many facts about her reliance on staff to govern, her competence, ethics and conduct, and that of her political operatives including her "business partner" have entered the public domain.

For example, the amount of people the 2nd Ward Councilwoman relies on to perform her part-time job in a mile square city is astonishing.

A source who once worked with her told GA:  "Mason surrounds herself with people, talks to everyone, then takes the advice of the last person she spoke to.  She'll agree with what you tell her, then after she speaks to the next person, she does what they say."



Then of course there's the breach of communications during the sale of Hoboken's hospital, a sale vehemently opposed by Beth Mason.  The matter of 60,000 emails the Mayor/HMHA exchanged with the buyer, Holdco, in the unauthorized hands of Mason's "business partner"  is one she must answer for.

Oh yeah, Mason's "business partner" with whom she purchased a bar in 2012- the same year the SLAPP suit was filed.  What a coincidence.  Here is one example of the "business partner" sending an internet posting critical of Beth Mason, to Lane Bajardi.  The author of this post was later thrown into the SLAPP suit:

Here is SLAPPer Lane Bajardi ADMITTING at this deposition that he knew the identity of SS1959.




SLAPP, anyone?

In the tens of thousands of emails, there are example  after example of other SLAPP victims whose identites were known by Bajardi yet were thrown into his SLAPP, which as Judge Arre correctly wrote, was "pursued in bad faith, for the purpose of harrassment, delay and malicious injury."   This includes a victim who awaits a court ordered refund of substantial legal fees.

The Mason camp will have to answer for these on the campaign trail, and perhaps in another venue.

So will Beth Mason run with all of this baggage?

Who knows.  Congnitive dissonance has a habit of making baggage disappear.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Horny Booboo, Hired Gun


What exactly is a "hired gun?"

Beth Mason "business partner" James Barracato enjoys being a "hired gun who does things that make people love and hate politics."   Okay, so what is it?

GA consulted the Urban Dictonary:


Hired guns are women good at getting men to spend absurd amounts of money?

What about men... like Horny Booboo.

Horny Booboo is good at getting a woman to spend absurd amounts of money.

left: Hoboken Councilwoman Mason, right: Ed & Joe's Tavern before Mason's LLC bought the bar and the liquor license

Here's the "Free Dictionary" definition of "hired gun":


Which is Horny Booboo?

Which kind traffics in confidential city business like the sale of a public asset to a private buyer with $52,000,000 of public debt at stake?


Which kind peddles thousands of the mayor's emails to the press? 


Note, the "hired gun's" associate, Sara Stojkovic, laments that press coverage about Zimmer was "sympathetic" and  there's "Nothing about Authority emails, etc..."

How many in the Mason camp knew about the "hired gun's" unauthorized possession of the "60,000 emails" exchanged  between Zimmer/HUMC and the buyer?" 

Folks in the 2nd ward should urge an investigation, and everyone on these emails should be deposed under oath- that is my OPINION, as a Hoboken resident and taxpayer.