Saturday, January 30, 2016

Perjury Penalties in the State of New Jersey


Source eHow:
"The penalties for perjury and related offenses in New Jersey depend on which class the offense is defined as in state law. New Jersey classifies crimes by degrees, and, with a few exceptions, all crimes within a degree carry the same penalties. The penalties are:

First degree -- 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $200,000.
Second degree -- 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $150,000.
Third degree -- 3 to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.
Fourth degree -- up to 18 months in prison and a fine up to $10,000."



Source Ask.com:  
Q: What is the average size of a prison cell?
A: The average size of a prison cell will vary; however, a typical solitary cell dimensions are approximately 6 feet by 8 feet in size. Double occupancy cells are typically larger in size.



Source Wikipedia: 
"Most prison food in the United States is prepared with the blast-chill method, which allows a large number of meals to be prepared and then reheated at mealtimes. In the US, this technique was pioneered by the New Jersey correctional system, in January 1982.

Inmates may also purchase food at the prison commissary, such as chocolate bars, beef jerky, honey, peanut butter, bread, coffee, and snack cakes."

Source: Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut 


Source: Youtube:

Friday, January 29, 2016

"They can't pursue witnesses in another state?"



GA was contacted by an incredulous out-of-state resident who was visited 3 times at his Pennsylvania home by a process server hired by the Bajardis' attorney, Jonathan Z. Cohen  to subpoena his testimony for deposition.

Another NJ resident was served a subpoena at her New York City business office by a NYC law firm hired by Cohen, Seiger Gfeller Laurie, LLP.  New York City is considered by most New Jerseyans to be "out-of-state".

So why did an officer of the court,  Jonathan Z. Cohen, Esq., tell a trial judge that Lane Bajardi's supervisor, Ben Mevorach, "could not be compelled" as a witness because he "doesn't even live or work in New Jersey"? 

The Bajardis had no problem serving an out-of-state subpoena to this Pennsylvania resident:

Bajardi subpoena served at witness' suburban Pennsylvania home
Bajardi out-of-state subpoena 
Appearance fee

The Bajardis had no problem serving an out-of-state subpoena to this New Jersey resident:




Now people, I want you to note WHERE the Bajardis wanted to depose this NJ resident: at 330 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Most New Jersey maps would agree that is out-of-state.



Folks, this is only part of the story. These subpoenas were accompanied by unsolicited email contacts which recipients called "harassing."



Unsolicited contacts included witness' personal Facebook pages.



 Mr. Cohen seems to know there are many ways to pursue witnesses in another state.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Heads up, Hoboken Dems!

What's this?...


Sounds like a blast!

Thanks, Donald for negotiating such a great deal on drinks... because nothing brings Hoboken Dems together like $3 drafts, barstools and watching the New Hampshire Presidential Primary Results together!

That's right!  

Celebrate the official kickoff of the Presidential Primary season with new and old friends on Tuesday, February 9th at 7PM at Moran's Pub, located at 501 Garden Street (northeast corner of Church Square Park.) 

Root for your fave: Bernie, Hillary or Martin... and the Donald has agreed to lend us his comb-over to wipe up spilled drinks.


Whether or not you can make it, check us out (and 'like' us) on Facebook !

And everybody, THANK the Donald!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

One year ago...



GA can hardly believe the trial of Plaintiff Lane Bajardi was one year ago!

Where did the time go?

Well folks, here's what's on my mind...

SLAPP victims everywhere: fight back!  Even if you must go it alone.  Do not fold; "The  [SLAPP] Plaintiff's goals are accomplished if the Defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism."    

Further, it is a matter of public interest and public concern that our courts be relieved of costly and resource consuming SLAPP suits expensed to the taxpayer.

The trial of Plaintiff Lane Bajardi is instructive to SLAPP victims.  In the event frivolous [defamation] claims survive to trial, one sees an example of how a trial court works in these cases.

In GA's opinion, Bajardi v Pincus is a textbook cautionary tale about the perils of litigating a SLAPP suit disguised as a defamation case.

The following is a discussion between the judge and Plaintiffs' attorney that occurred in open court on the morning of January 29, 2015. The jury had not yet been brought in.  Note, exchanges on the two allegedly defamatory words "political operative."    Note further, the Plaintiff's lack of an "expert witness" and introduction of "anonymous witness[es]."




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Campos: "He can run for dog catcher and I'll be with him."



Chris Campos is in luck!

According to a January 16, 2016 article on nj.com, Campos will follow former Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia to run for dog catcher, and (see ad above) it looks like a dog catcher position has opened up! 

In Hoboken!

With an Assistant Dog Catcher opening, which would allow Mr. Campos to "be with him" all day!

Isn't that terrific?

 article and photo by  Steve Strunsky

According to the article,  attending Garcia's recent "Night of Celebration"  were "80 supporters, staffers, public housing residents, family and friends who took in the food and drink, testimonials, thanks to and from Garcia, a video with lots of comic relief for the bitter-sweet occasion, and a final chant — for the meantime, at least — of Garcia's signature call to action: "We can! We will! Watch us!"

80?  The other 64 must have been sitting behind the camera.  Maybe nj.com counted the elk-heads?


Um... I don't think there was any Zimmer "engineering" involved in Assemblyman Garcia's removal from the ticket.  Stack "engineering" is more like it.



Oh, well.  One should always look toward a brighter future, and not dwell on the past.


GA's guess is that Carmelo Garcia will be on Ruben's 2017 ticket- if only he can catch him....

BEEP! BEEP!

Ramos zipped through Garcia's party like The Roadrunner!

In the meantime, GA wishes Garcia and Campos luck in their new positions with the City of Hoboken!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Connie Francis: "You had your way, Now you must pay"


Right to the end...  
I tried to warn you somehow 
You had your way 
Now you must pay 
I'm glad that you're sorry now

Friday, January 22, 2016

Let it snow!


Let it Snow


Oh the weather outside is frightful
Today's court order is so delightful
And since they've no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

We won't show signs of stopping
Until our wallets are popping
With the funds they SLAPPed out restored
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

When we finally kiss our Benjamins
How we'll hate going out in the storm!
We'll hold their garnished wages tight
All the way home we'll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
As their assets they are goodbying
But as long as we get our dough
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Santa or Repo Man?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

"The people have spoken"

Whack!
It's a fine day for Reform.

You know about the process of tempering, right?

Tempering is when extreme heat is applied to alloys like steel or iron, to make those metals stronger, tougher.   The same goes for glass.

The strength comes after the tempered matter cools down.

GA believes our voices, texts, emails, phone calls, on line comments to our elected reps on the Council in support of Reform, worked like heat on steel.    Public speakers Greg Bond and Cheryl Fallick were especially eloquent, and (I thought) effective.

Councilman Bhalla said it best:"The people have spoken."

GA cannot think of a healthier, better result for our Mile Square democracy.

Yes, it hurt.  But our Council, as a body  listened, showed our voices matter,  see that we hold them accountable to keep faith with us--and they did not disappoint.  Folks, that is how government is supposed to work.

Now it's time to cool down.  That means gratuitous attacks against our own. 

Reform is a family, and even the 'best' family has a dope, or somebody who makes a bad choice. Right?  You know it's true. My family has 3 or 4.  Maybe a dozen. Don't tell me YOU don't have a dope in the family, or worse, a Republican (just kiddin').  

Think about what NEEDS to get done for Hoboken.  There's hard work for the Council ahead.

Giattino, Bhalla, Cunningham, Mello and Doyle have done a helluva lot of GOOD for Hoboken. DeFusco and Fisher will.

So has Brian Assadourian, albeit quietly.  Brian is a  good soul . Before last nights meeting, he quietly asked the council not to nominate him because he believed that was in the best interest of Reform going forward.

So peeps, we will stay vigilant. Know that when we need to raise our voices again, we'll be heard.

We're a tempered Reform, stronger and wiser.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Council Agenda Resolution 4- Live Blog (sort of)

8:05 pm-

Tiffanie Fisher gave the first nomination- Kurt Gardiner.  Seconded by Ravi Bhalla.

Next, Dave Mello nominated Frank Raia, Peter Cunningham seconded.

No nominations for Brian Assadourian.

Speech by Ravi, supports Brian but hears the will of the people and will give Kurt a chance (don't quote me).

Dave Mello, speaking for Pupie; "He's been a friend to me, not going to disrespect that... Frank Raia has been a friend to me and I appreciate the friendship and I think he's done a fine job..."

Peter Cunningham: " I seconded Mr. Raia's application for good reasons... my evaluation is based on experience, relationships and success... pulled in more funding relative to the other towns and successfully... relationships are important here...  Kurt's application came in a little bit late... and I had given Mr. Raia my word that I had supported him... not going to let politics influence my decision. This is about what's best for Hoboken."

Jen Giattino: "Most people don't want to put in the time and the effort... and in particular, thank you for Mr. Raia..."

"Call the vote for Kurt Gardiner"

Bhalla- Yes
Cunningham-No
DeFusco-Yes
Doyle-Yes 
Fisher-Yes
Mello-Yes
Ramos-Yes 
Russo- Yes
Giattino-Yes

Congratulations, Kurt!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fear and Trust


GA cannot tell a lie.

I fear that what's underlying this brouhaha over filling Raia's open 5-year North Hudson Sewerage Authority seat, is a Herculean council effort to accommodate Poopie with somewhere to land on the NHSA.

fear this accommodation to appease the Poopster will break the trust Reform's most active supporters and volunteers have in those we helped elect.

I fear a 7-2 Council misunderstands the power of optics.

I fear a perfect storm of miscommunication has inflamed Reform supporters.

I trust the people we've elected will listen to our concerns, not break faith with Reform principles.

I trust the people we've elected will do what is best for Hoboken and not themselves (politically.)

I trust if the decision they make is not well understood, they will communicate directly to us why that decision was best for Hoboken. 

I trust there's been no "Let' Make a Deal" with Raia to get him a board seat.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Alphabet soup


What's so complicated about a local board appointment?  Here is how it is supposed to work.

and B put in applications to a 5-year appointment, may the best letter of the alphabet win, right?

Wrong! 

Our chefs, instead of following the recipe which made them chefs in the first place, have planned (behind closed doors) to cook the letters, an old Hudson County recipe, into alphabet soup.

The soup, a compromise that tastes like shit and smells like it, is supposed to be eaten by the folks who believed in the chefs, and the transparency of their soup.   In fact, without the belief in the chefs' transparent cooking, they might not be chefs!



What the heck, you say?  Me, too!

I've been eating tasty, transparent soup for years! I've given my personal time and effort to keep eating transparent soup for years to come!

I don't want Hudson County cooking, some call "Let's make a Deal."

We (believers in clear soup) will NOT eat it! But it's not too late....

Our chefs can accomplish great things if they FOLLOW the friggin' RECIPE in the RECIPE BOOK:
 P.L. 1946, c. 138, § 1, eff. April 23, 1946.  40:14A-2 (b) Each member of a sewerage authority shall hold office for the term for which he was appointed and until his successor has been appointed and has qualified. 
GA understands that there may be artful ways to wiggle around the above recipe.

That's what WEASELS do.  

WEASELS do not belong in the kitchen- not in mine nor yours.

Our chefs, whom GA has long supported, believed in and admired, can accomplish great things if they don't get sucked into the soup



Friday, January 15, 2016

BREAKING: Russo paid 244 "campaign workers" $14,140 - UPDATED


The crown has been passed!

Russo for Council reported a $14,140 payment made to 244 "campaign workers" in the 3rd Ward uncontested race on it's 20 day Post-Election ELEC report, filed on December 17.  More...

The 3rd Ward "campaign workers" appear to live exclusively in the 4th and 5th Wards!

Fox Hills, a 5th Ward senior residential building, reported 71 Russo for Council campaign workers alone!

Well, folks who like to analyze data and add, below is Russo For Council's Schedule (D) and attached list of campaign workers.



The above Schedule D is from this report, the most current to-date.


Can anyone figure out why Russo for Council dumped so much loot into the 4th and 5th Wards?

Maybe Ruben Ramos (winner) and Eduardo Gonzales (loser) can explain?
__________________________________ 
Updated:

IMPACT OF VBMS on BoE ELECTION


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Once Upon a Time (on the NHSA)

Hudson Dispatch Editorial, August 27, 1990

Does anybody remember The Hudson Dispatch?  Neither do I.

It was a newspaper serving Hudson and Bergen counties from 1874 until 1991.  In 1991, the Dispatch was bought, and merged with it's competitor, The Jersey Journal.  

Anyway, today's topic was introduced yesterday in a series of anonymous comments, one of whom concluded: "Posting the article would certainly be better than just characterizing it so I hope that you will."

 Good idea, Anon @ 2:25 PM.  

We can leave it to our City Councilpersons to decide on the relevance of this information when they appoint the next North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) commissioner.

click image to enlarge


There you go, for the purpose of full disclosure.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Giant Opportunity: Kurt Gardiner for NHSA

original photo: Kurt Gardiner

GA is delighted to announce that Hoboken's long-time, TALL good government activist, Kurt Gardiner, has thrown in his, uh... leaf, to replace Frank Raia on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA).

GA thanks Frank for his NHSA service, but he does not own the seat which he's held since cave people were banging rocks to make fire.
 
Kurt is no giant-come-lately; he has been documenting the northwest flooding problem for years, and wants to help residents who get whacked every time it rains (a lot).

True, one NHSA commissioner cannot alone remediate flooding in Hoboken's northwest, but ask yourself: why hasn't Frank  advocated for solving the flooding in that part of town, which includes his development, ShopRite?  

Hoboken's ShopRite after 2012's Superstorm Sandy 

The next disaster looms for 5th Ward residents, ShopRite shoppers, and the 4 or 5 dogs that take a dump in Pupie Park (a patch of concrete on the north side of ShopRite that was Raia's "developer giveback" to the City of Hoboken.)

Ask yourself, why is a multi-millionaire like Raia still on the dole for taxpayer-funded health insurance, a benefit not provided to new NHSA commissioners?  

Finally, GA will address the elephant in the room: his money. 

Yes, Raia is LOADED.  So what? Did Frank's money matter in the 2015 municipal race?  NO.  Did it matter in 2013?  NO. Will it matter in 2017?

NO, it will NOT.

GA has observed a trend: Hoboken races are not being won by MONEY nor SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, they are being won by PERFORMANCE and HARD WORK.  Dirty tricks don't resonate the way they used to, our electorate has changed.

Gardiner's full statement can be read on MSV; here is why our City Council should appoint Kurt Gardiner to the NHSA
As a dedicated reformer and good government advocate for many years I have a skill set that I know can contribute to the sewerage board's continued progress. With an extensive background in project management, budgeted for multimillion dollar projects, I am familiar with procurement processes given my Enterprise Resource Planning experience, and a passion for policy as it pertains to infrastructure improvement such as traffic management and flood abatement to name a few. For those reasons I am a strong candidate to serve on the board. I believe that this vacancy should go to a supporter of good government and to someone who is willing to communicate effectively with the public and current administration and I posses the desire and capabilities to do so. It is time Hoboken capitalized on the political capital that the good government movement has earned fairly at the ballot box and bring some fresh ideas to the board to address sewage issues comprehensibly, cooperatively and openly. --- Kurt Gardiner
Oh yeah, GA endorses the appointment of Kurt Gardiner to the NHSA. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

1 degree of separation

photo credit: Charles Hack, Jersey Journal

GA had heard a rumor that former 2nd Ward Councilwoman Mason had "given money to the Ramos campaign."

If true, it's a slap in the face to her old ally, then- incumbent Councilman, Tim Occhipinti.

Recall that Mason was rumored to have planned Tim's 2013 mayoral run months in advance.  An insider laid out her November election strategy months earlier, in March:
Mason wants Tim to run for Mayor so she can pick his ticket. They know he can't win but would put all their effort into winning at least one at large seat so they could take back control and she could get the council Pres.back. They have blown so much smoke up Tims ass that he is actively bad mouthing Reuben which is the second part of her plan. If she can't have it,nobody can.
By the time Tim announced his run in September 2013, a "One Hoboken" machine was in place funded directly by Frank Raia and with in-kind contributions by Mason.   Recall,  Mason's pop-up cable access TV  show,  Hoboken Today, that lasted at least 2 episodes:  candidate Frank Raia was featured one week, and Tim Occhipinti the next. Here's a clip from that appearance:


So if Mason and Frank Raia's  One Hoboken  campaign set out to wreck Ramos' mayoral race in 2013, would  she be giving money to  Ramos for Council  in 2015?

No direct contribution from Mason is reported on Ramos' ELECs.

But... the wife of Mason business partner, Sara Barracato, reported a $2,600 contribution to Ramos for Council on November 2, Election day,  filed on a 48-HR form.



Hubby James Barracato gave $1,000 to  Garcia for Council


Odd, no?   Yes it is perfectly legal.

As a Hoboken resident taxpayer, GA asks why is money flowing in from Weehawken residents to influence Hoboken's local elections? 

Can Hoboken expect to see more money flowing from 'across the border' with Weehawken in the 2017 election cycle?    

Monday, January 11, 2016

Does Mason know that....

..Tiffanie Fisher is the Second Ward Councilwoman?

"Elizabeth Abruzese Mason, Councilwoman, Second Ward" sends Hoboken resident this card in 2016

One of Tiffanie's 2nd Ward constituents sent the pic with this note:
After receiving a Christmas card from the Mason family... we then received a Happy New Year card on Friday from “Second Ward Councilwoman Mason” which had to have been planned for, produced (if not paid for) and mailed AFTER she was no longer our councilwoman. What the hell is she thinking???? It’s like a form of harassment.
I agree, it's weird.  And what's with the P.O. Box?

R.I.P. David Bowie


GA was shocked to learn of the passing of musical icon/genius/actor/poet/artist Davie Bowie.

1974's "Diamond Dogs" is still my favorite Bowie album;  the instant I heard it I was hooked.  Bowie's originality, lyrics, style, androgyny- but most of all his music.   It was like no one else's.   I can't believe he is gone.

Rest in peace, David Bowie.  You live on in your music.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

An Earwitness Not-Special Report



Fresh off a Q-Tipster...

GA received an Earwitness dispatch from a drop-in at Thursday's "Night of Celebration" at the Elks Club.

GA calls it a "not-special" report because my Earwitness was a little waxy on the details.

As you know, Thursday's celebration was held "for Carmelo Garcia, Assemblyman, 33rd District, in appreciation of his work and achievements in the NJ Assembly" featuring free food, wine, beer and entertainment.

Here is what GA's Earwitness shared in this not-Special report:
Carmelo's Party a complete dud.  Not one politico. For some reason Nj.com here though. So is HCV. No Mason crew. Food is pretty good. Sandwich platter, pizza, Yeungling beer, cheap wine and "Carmelo margaritas."  Not kidding. That dude Holmes is here. No Branco. They're not friends anymore. I hear they say hello and goodbye, thats it. I don't see Barbara Reyes or the Braxtons.  40 or 50 people here max.  The nj.com guy is really making this a thing, he's interviewing every staffer. The entertainment was some guy lip synching for 90 minutes. Supposedly Romano and Ramos both said hi and left around 7.
Left around 7????  The "Night of Celebration" started at 7 (PM.)

Holy cow.

Romano and Ramos were pretty anxious to beat it out of there before any photographers,  videographers and/or media showed up!  They must have slipped in before it got started, then hoofed it.  I wonder if they had track shoes on, or even came to a full stop when they said "hi" to Carmelo.

Did anyone clock how fast were those two were going when they fled out the door?

The Romano-Ramos courtesy visit sounds an episode of The Road Runner. 


First in Romano...


Then Ramos...


What happened to Wiley Coyote?

Well, GA thanks Hudson County View for capturing the flight of Romano and Ramos on film (beep! beep!) and for their excellent coverage.   

It appears NJ.com scrapped their story; maybe they would have ran it if Romano or Ramos had stuck around.

Beep! Beep!