Friday, April 29, 2016

Assemblyman Emeritus


GA had no idea that anyone can be an Emeritus... until I saw this poster:


According to the poster,  Carmelos Garcia is a self-titled "Assemblyman Emeritus."

Wow.  I thought "Emeritis" was a title conferred by others at retirement as an honor for having served a long, successful career.

I had no idea that one could do anything for more than 5 minutes, resign or fail, and call him/herself "Emeritis!"

Which makes GA a Glee Club Emeritis, a Sleepaway Camper Emeritis, and a Shower and Tooth-Brushing Emeritus... and so many more!

What about you?

Anyway...

 GA has some NEWS about Assemblyman Emeritus' "ethnic cleansing" lawsuit....

Here we go!

The last iteration of  "ethnic cleansing suit" (or the $2.4 Million Taxpayer Shakedown Lawsuit) was withdrawn without prejudice a couple of weeks ago, with consent of the parties.  

But don't get too excited, people.... because the deadline for re-filing the lawsuit fast approaches.  So expect the NEXT iteration of the lawsuit will come- it promises to be strident and peculiar!

In the meantime, until it comes back like a bad burrito, just call it the "Ethnic Cleansing complaint Emeritus."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Tale of Two Treasurers


Riddle:  How many Treasurers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer: Ummm... two?

No, just one.

But, there's no rule against two Treasurers screwing in a light bulb-- or even a dozen.

The same with a 501(c)3.  A 501(c)3's Board can do whatever it wants - it can fill a stadium with Treasurers.  You know the saying: it takes a village of Treasurers to raise a 501(c)3.  

GA brings up this Tale of Two Treasurers because I was wondering which one- Treasurer No. 1 or Treasurer No. 2- has been tallying the gross receipts for the Mason Civic League, Inc...   

Because for the past 5 years, the 501(c)3 has reported "gross receipts not greater than $50,000" on its e-Postcard returns.

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Now GA is really confused.

Since at least 2011 the Mason Civic League, Inc. has held "community space"  and administrative office space at 1200 Washington Street, Hoboken NJ- the address used by Treasurer James Barracato on the charity's business filings with the state.

But.... GA's understanding is that the IRS calls office space donations "in-kind donations"...and  the recipient must be a tax-exempt charitable organization or 501(c)(3)- like the Mason Civic League, Inc.

In turn, the recipient charity files the "in-kind donation" of office space (fair market value of rent) on "Non Cash Contributions" Schedule M of Form 990.  

GA is stumped.  I am a layperson, no expert on business accounting... but where is the Civic League reporting the non-cash contribution of the 1200 Washington Street space?

I know, we need more Treasurers to figure this out!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Puzzle Pieces


GA needs your help!

 Can anyone put these 5 puzzle pieces together?

PUZZLE PIECE #1

Here is a NJ Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services Business Status report for Newton Lao Leonard & Locke, LLC dated- today!

According to the report,  Newton Lao Leonard & Locke, LLC's business charter was suspended on November 16, 2012.  It's current charter status is "REVOKED for not filing annual report for 2 consecutive years." In fact,   Newton Lao Leonard & Locke, LLC's charter with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury was revoked in 2012.   Putting it simply, since 2012 this company has been "off the books."




PUZZLE PIECE #2

On February 5, 2015, the Principal/Agent of Newton Lao Leonard & Locke, LLC, Elizabeth Mason, testified under oath at Plaintiff Lane Bajardi's trial in Jersey City.

Under oath, Mason testified:
"I have a company, Newton Lau [sp] Leonard & Locke" and that company has employees "now."


PUZZLE PIECE #3

Hoboken elected officials are required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. The  2014 Financial Disclosure Statement, Section II-A, Councilwoman Elizabeth Mason lists Newton Lao Leonard & Locke, LLC as a  "source of income... in excess of $2,000."   On Financial Disclosure Report Section II-D, she reports an interest in (only) two business entities,Newton Lao Leonard & Locke, LLC and Cooper Place, LLC. 





 

GA is totally confused!   I am a layperson, not a financial expert!  I pay an accountant to figure out my taxes.  None of this makes sense to me.

I have so many questions.

Can an LLC still operate as a business after their charter is revoked?   Is it "invisible" to the state? How does it report revenue to the state and federal government?  How does it report payroll, and  how do employees report income? 

PUZZLE PIECE #4

Here is a NJ Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services Business Status report for Mason Civic League, Inc. dated- today!

The Mason Civic League is a non-profit corporation. The current status is "active."   There are (3) Principals to this non-profit corporation: President Beth Mason,  Treasurer Ricky Mason and Treasurer James Barracato.

The Mason Civic League, Inc, has TWO Treasurers. 

Treasurer James Barracato, a Weekhawken resident,  reports his address is 1200 Washington Street in Hoboken.   



Why two Treasurers- does one put money in and the other take it out?

PUZZLE PIECE #5

On February 8, 2012,  Lane Bajardi sent an email to  Treasurer James Barracato. Bajardi attached a document, Attorney Intro.doc, and wrote:

"If this  isn't enough to sue somebody I don't know what is... I realize going with an attorney who Ricky and Beth are comfortable with is key." 


Now, those are a couple of puzzle pieces. Maybe they complete more than one puzzle.

As a Hoboken taxpayer subsidizing the Mason Civic League, Inc. non-profit corporation, and a SLAPP suit Defendant, GA wants to solve puzzles.

The public is allowed to access IRS 990 tax returns for 501(c)3 non-profits- that is why the public cannot see the deposits of money into, and expenditures out of the Mason Civic League, Inc.

The Mason Civic League, Inc has filed IRS e-Postcard Forms since 2010.

Maybe that's another puzzle piece. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NJ Senator Stephen Sweeney on masoncivic.org

 There he is, South Jersey's Senate President Sweeney 
Look!  There's NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney posing with Beth Mason, on the home page of masoncivic.org,!

Why shouldn't Sweeney lend his support to the Mason Civic League?  There could be a Sweeney fundraiser in it for him at 1200 Washington- you never know.

Speaking of 1200 Washington Street, home of the taxpayer-subsidized Mason Civic League...

Did you know, the IRS permits 'small' 501(c)3 charitable organizations ($50,000 or less in annual gross receipts) to file a an "e-Postcard" federal tax return?

e-Postcard returns allow small charities to circumvent filing IRS 990 'long form'.
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The IRS 990 'long form' is detailed, through and transparent: a line item reporting of the charity's income and expenses; amounts of money in and from where (program service revenue, investment income, contributions, grants, other revenue), how monies were spent, the charity's total assets and total liabilities, the structure and staff of the organization: number of individuals employed, salaries, compensation, employees benefits, and so on.

You can see what GA means- here is a completed copy of an IRS 990 Form executed for a large charitable organization.

This is what an e-Postcard filing looks like:



That's the whole thing!  Can you believe it?

Well, GA has a question (or two) about this e-Postcard filed for the 2014 Tax Year.

Why is the "mailing address" provided to the IRS for Mason Civic League different from its advertised address-- the 1200 Washington Street storefront that 'hosts' the Mason Civic League?



Why is the "mailing address" provided to the IRS for Mason Civic League different from the address published on its own web site?   




Next...

This is the current listing on NJ Directory of Registered Charities for the Mason Civic League. 

For "income" the Charity does NOT show the  in-kind contribution' of the 1200 Washington Street space.   The value of the RENT is "income" which GA believes should be filed as "Other Support."
GA estimates the rent for 1200 Washington is approximately $3000-$4000/month. 


What would most likely happen if the rental contribution of  the 1200 Washington Street space were added as 'income' to the Mason Civic League?  

No  more e-Postcard filings.  The 501(c)3 would submit an IRS 990 (or 990-EZ) Return (like the Boy Scouts of America Greater New York Councils). 

Maybe that's why the IRS hasn't been provided with the "charitable organization's" 1200 Washington Street address? 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Omitting Accomplishments in the Hoboken Public Schools



GA respects works of authentic scholarship written by the eminently qualified Dr Jekyll.

Dr. Jekyll is well-educated and accomplished enough in his field to have been invited to speak at various universities such as Carmelo Garcia's alma mater, Harvard.  You know, Jekyll is fluent in mumbo-jumbo, the high-falutin' jargon of the academic world.  

It's Mr. Hyde who shapes D-J's high-falutin' jargon into machetes to throw at the Hoboken School District and its Board members.  GA calls the destructive projectiles  'crapademia.'

Whack! Whack! Whack!  Chop! Chop! Chop! 

When the naughty Hyde gets busted for truth-chopping, the erudite Dr. Jekyll steps in to change the subject; he'll publish genuine academic filler on  "Dr. Jekyll's Education Project."  Recently, he changed the subject from a Hyde hit piece by writing about his accomplishments in the Hoboken Public Schools.

Unfortunately, Dr. Jekyll omitted his most lucrative accomplishments!

For example, there's the 'double-employment' accomplishment and working  nearly 2 years without a contract accomplishment.

Not a peep about those!

Starting with the "double employment" accomplishment...

A full-time job paying $140,000 (base salary) with the Hoboken School District from 2007-2009 is an accomplishment...

"2008-2009  Administrative Contracts" 

...while teaching classes in Austin, Texas!

 Exhibit, Anthony Petrosino v Hoboken Board of Education , Docket L-5230-09


 Exhibit, Anthony Petrosino v Hoboken Board of Education , Docket L-5230-09

What an accomplishment!

The Austin payroll which overlapped the Hoboken employment [in yellow] totals $58,378.

And even more accomplishments:  no employment contract for the Hoboken job until April 7, 2009!


Deposition of A. Petrosino, Anthony Petrosino v Hoboken Board of Education , Docket L-5230-09


The late arrival was signed and dated by Hoboken School Board President Frances Rhodes-Kearns on April 7, 2009.  Better late than never?

Don't miss ONE MORE accomplishment buried in that contract.

How MANY professional days may be "devoted to duties as a Professor in Austin, Texas as approved by the Superintendent" (after-the-fact)?

 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Controversy


People call me rude, I wish we all were nude 
I wish there was no black and white, I wish there were no rules 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Texan Muzzled


Oh, NO!

Sometime this afternoon the Texas Truth-Twister's Facebook page suffered a casualty...

His April 18 Crapademic excretion in which he outed his collusion with the 3 Hoboken School Board Trustees and a 2017 mayoral candidate has disappeared!  

Somebody put out an Amber Alert for a runaway turdblossom!

Yep, this afternoon the post attacking the Hoboken school district went POOF! And with it, the names of Count Crapula's co-conspirators-in-Crapademia!

I guess SOMEBODY wasn't supposed to let the rat out of the bag... TOO LATE.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Biancamano, Madigan & Montgomery endorse attack on Colleagues?


Really?  

The disgruntled former Hoboken district employee who flings poo from Austin, Texas at the Hoboken Board members who canned him (or declined to renew his contract in 2009), later sued (he lost and had to pay the BoE) has added new members to "Team Crapademia."

You see, the mad miscreant's latest pile of cyber-dung, lovingly excreted with the pretense of scholarship is called, "2015 Hudson County High School Graduation Rates- Hoboken Falls Below State Average for 5th Consecutive Year Under "Kids First/Reach Higher Hoboken!" Leadership."  

In response to this dung missile, GA handed him his ass.  But, instead of slinking off into the Texas sunset, he's planted his flag in his own crap-heap and is standing his ground... doubling down on Facebook with (political) celebrity endorsements.


Incredibly, the Crapademic Crackpot took his political operative role public by tagging his post "with" sitting Hoboken School Board Trustees, Peter Biancamano, John Madigan and Britney Montgomery.   

Are these three sitting Board members really "with" Count Crapula?

 If so, welcome to "Team Crapademia."

Hoboken Public School Superintendent Christine Johnson may have something to say about  a public endorsement of a false, politically motivated attack by Board Members against fellow Board members.

GA suggests potential Team Crapdemia Board Trustees study New Jersey School Board Association's "Basic Boardmanship" by B. Robert Anderson.

From Chapter 1:


New Jersey School Board Association's "Basic Boardmanship" by B. Robert Anderson 

In my opinion, BoE Trustee Britney Montgomery has a heart and a mind (like anyone who has taught Special Education kids) and is being played by the Dark Side. She'll figure it out... Hope springs eternal!

In the meantime, this is one of Count Crapula's CRAPOLA-graphs "endorsed" by sitting Hoboken district Board members Peter Biancamano, John Madigan and Britney Montgomery.   .


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

When Hoboken's BoE was a patronage mill and piggy bank...



As GA wrote yesterday, one of the shocking 2007-2008  Hoboken School Audit findings [No. 2008-10] included the "transfer out" of Charter School appropriations "without prior approval" in "unknown" amounts,  for "cause" unknown.
"But GA, that was 7 years ago!  Kids First/Reach Higher has put a STOP to the abuse of public monies and turned around the mess that was left by Anthony Petrosino and his boss, Superintendent Raslowsky!"
Yes... but let me remind you...

3 school board seats will be contested soon.  

We are 2 seats away from Dark Side hands (back) in the $69M cookie jar.

Hence, these 'old'  BoE audits are a giant red flag for 2016.

The unauthorized "transfer" of money out of Charter School appropriations is just one shocking example; these 'old' audits reveal that Hoboken's public schools were pillaged by a Dark Side cabal- disastrous record-keeping, checks cashed without proper signatures, no-bid contracts, students not found in class registers....

Here's one: in 2005-2006 the Hoboken Public School District had no pay ledger.

source: Hoboken Public Schools audit ending June 30, 2007 

A different audit for Hoboken Public Schools reported a staggering 1,050 employees on the payroll in the [same] 2005-2006 school year.

The 2005-2006 School Board  included Jack Raslowsky, VP Carmelo Garcia and President Frank Raia.

Page 40- NJDOE Performance Audit of Hoboken Public Schools 

When a school district operates without a pay ledger and/or incomplete HR/payroll file, it always helps to circumvent the 3-signature requirement  [N.J.S.A. 18:A- 19-1] for drawing checks from the School Board's general account.   That makes it much easier to write checks for friends or for a favor- just in case!

The 2006-2007 audit, found the district was not following the 3-signature rule.  The auditor put it this way:

"Lack of controls pertaining to cash disbursements may result in unauthorized payments."

Ummm... you think?

Note, the 2006-2007 School Board included Anthony Romano, Carmelo Garcia, Frank Raia and Jack Raslowsky (until he left to become Superintendent).

source: Hoboken Public Schools audit ending June 30, 2007 

Did you recognize any of those Hoboken School Board Trustees from the era when the BoE was a patronage mill and piggy bank?

You should.

The same names are vying for control of City Hall and the Hoboken BoE in 2017.

Freeholder Anthony Romano, presumptive mayoral candidate, got John Madigan and Britney Montgomery elected to the BoE.

The Dark Side's numero uno attack dog to regain control of the Hoboken BoE, is vendetta-driven Anthony "Curious Gal" Petrosino.   Petrosino may live and work in Austin, Texas, but he's obsessed with the Hoboken School District.  

Petro tirelessly churns out Crapademic hit pieces against Board majority Kids First/Reach Higher for use by his political allies.  The fact is, Petrosino writes political messaging poorly disguised as scholarship, and it is deployed by Hoboken-based allies at election time.

Now... should you read the two BoE audits for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 (The Petro Years)- you will shudder to think how close Hoboken is to sliding back to its patronage mill/ piggy bank days.

More to come.   

June 3, 2014:  Anthony Petrosino (circled) celebrates with Anthony "Stick" Romano, John Madigan, Beth Mason, Mike Russo, Terry Castellano, and Frank Raia.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Petro Years Audit: "Transfers out of Charter school appropriations..."

Anthony Petrosino was employed at an annual salary of $144,900 as Assistant to Hoboken Superintendent Raslowsky for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years.

GA's dug up some dynamite called The Hoboken Public Schools Comprehensive Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ending June 2008... 

...but you can call it the (first) "Petro Years Audit."

The details of this audit for the 2007-2008 school year were never presented to the public-- and you know what they say: details are where the devil hides.

In this case, the devils were running the show*.
*For the first time, after Kids First took control in 2009, the details of the Hoboken Public Schools 2008-2009 audit (the second Petro Years Audit) were publicly presented, putting the Petro Years devils on public display.   Hoboken Now reported the shocking Petro Years audit findings in its article: "Scathing audit of Hoboken Board of Education shows more than two dozen irregularities." 
Well, the never-before-presented details of the 2007-2008 Petro Years Audit will be shared with the public for the first time here on GA.  

The 2007-2008 Petro Years Audit is 224 pages. Today we'll look at this excerpt of Finding 2008-10 below:

"...the District also made transfers out of charter school appropriations without prior approval from Department of Education."

 Those unapproved transfers of Elysian Charter School and Hoboken Charter School monies occurred under Anthony Petrosino and Raslowsky in 2007-2008....  

...and STOPPED by Kids First in 2009.   

Here it is, Petro-Years Audit page 167:


Questions:

How much $ was transferred OUT of Elysian and Hoboken Charter School appropriations?
The Auditor did not identify the amount.

Why was money transferred OUT of Elysian and Hoboken Charter School appropriations?
The Auditor says "cause" is "unknown."

Where did the money go?
GA says, "Who the hell knows."

Here are some puzzle pieces.

From the PetroYears audit-- page 159, check out how  expenditures on Charter Schools take a dive from 2006 to 2007 (normally would increase), then in the fiscal year ending in 2008 (Petrosino's first year assisting Raslowsky) the expenditures were  "ZERO."

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 Zero expenditures for Charter Schools?  How can that be?

Let's check the Hoboken Board of Education "User Friendly" Budget to see what they reported for "Transfer of Funds to Charter Schools" in that year, 2007-2008.  

That figure was $2,873,499, found on the 2008-2009 "User Friendly Budget"- page 2:

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So, in the Petro Years, the Hoboken Board of Education reports $2.8M transfer of funds to Charters in 2007-2008, then appropriates almost double for 2008-2009...

Meanwhile the auditor,  who looks at the books, including bank statements, reported  zero  expenditures on Charter schools...

And the auditor reports transfer out of Charter School appropriations....

Is that why so much crapademia flows from Texas.: bullshit graphs,  lies about how everything's gotten worse in Public Schools since Kids First took out the garbage in 2009 - the OPPOSITE is true.

 In fact, the truth is hidden in plain sight in those Petro Years docs- from botoxing enrollment to falsely claiming rising "cost-per-pupil".

So, what were these "transfers out of Charter School appropriations?"  

Hoboken taxpayers have a right to know.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Crapademic crack-up

He's ba-a-a-a-ck....

Ever hear of a Texas Twister?

There's the kind that can rip off a roof...

Then there's the kind that spins internet-cow patties at 200 mph.

Well, better watch out 'cause a tornado of graphs, data, and bullshit just blew in from Austin, Texas!

Yes, ANOTHER  moronic manifesto has been excreted.

Only this rambling, incoherent mess is a Texas-sized crack-up SEVEN crapademic graphs, NINE "peer-reviewed" references, mumbo-jumbo mixed with political spin, a vintage lament over Paula OHaus, (never heard of Danielle Miller?), and more circa-2010 talking points that fell out of a dusty time machine.

In short: a frantic, nutty effort to patch up a quick-sinking S.S. Crapademic.

GA sank that ship  last Friday by (simply) pointing out omissions from the Crapademic's "graph" which purported to compare Hudson County districts' graduation rates with the NJ state average.

So what did Count Crapula do?

He excluded districts with lower grad rates than Hoboken's, and omitted the "economically disadvantaged" as a factor impacting graduation rate. (Which GA pointed out very politely.)

Hence, this weekend's Crapademic crack-up, edited by Count Crapula several times over the weekend.




Did I mention this crapademic excretion listed NINE Academic and Peer Peviewed Sources "used in part or in whole in the preparation of the post" ?

Any academic knows when publishing other people's research "in part or in whole " it is a matter of ethics to footnote the "part(s) or the whole" of other people's work you publish. 

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WOW... just imagine.

Let's say you were a Crapademic. A real hack.

Let's say you lived in a state that had a lot of cows.

Let's say you left a school district in shambles after a Board Majority canned you and/or failed to renew your contract, after which you sued and lost.

Let's say you became so disgruntled that you would jeopardize your real academic life for the fake one-- where you excrete crapademic dung by the cyber-barrel.

Let's say that your crapademic dung fertilizes 2 or 3 members of the current Hoboken School Board.

Let's say you fertilize them with dung from your "education blog," in order to grow an election platform in order to remove the School Board members (or faction) who canned your sorry ass in 2009...

Can you imagine that?

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Crapademic Strikes Again

Anthony Petrosino's latest crapademic attack on Hoboken High School: rigged chart

Welcome to another excretion by the Dark Side's most prolific propagandist, University of Austin Professor and "education" blogger  Anthony "Curious Gal" Petrosino.

For folks who are unfamiliar with "Dr. Petrosino's Education Project" the blog purports to be "Dr. Petrosino's perspective on education at the local, state and national levels."  Um, no...

"Dr. Petrosino's Education Project" has its cross-hairs on Hoboken.

Yes, under the pretense of academia, the former Hoboken Assistant to Superintendent Jack Raslowsky blogs from Austin to influence Hoboken School Board elections by relentlessly attacking the Hoboken School District and Kids First/Reach Higher Trustees.

One weapon of choice seems to be the Crapademic Chart. 

Oh, those charts!  Cooked to perfection. Like a chef preparing a stew, Petrosino picks data, washes off the inconvenient truths, spins and chops it up, garnishes it with bars, stars and clovers. A Crapademic Chart is born!

In fact, "Dr. Petrosino's Education Project" is a crapademic-stew seasoned with the occasional posting of actual academic research that Hyde does when he's Jekyll.    This way, the real academic piece sits atop his crapademic pile for awhile... did everybody see it? Then he goes back to battering the Hoboken district with more crapademic postings...

Like yesterday's excretion:


And don't forget the CHART (see top of page.)

The "data: NJDOE" that Petrosino sources is a spreadsheet " 2015 Adjusted Cohort 4 year Graduation Rates (Excel)"-  you can download it HERE.

Petrosino's pulled his chart recipe straight from the Crapademic's Cookbook.   The chart
(1) omitted  Hudson County school districts with lower graduation rates than Hoboken's
2)  ignored the impact of poverty on graduation rate.   Petrosino invoked a false "apples-to apples" comparison where Hoboken- with it's high percentage of economically disadvantaged children compared unfavorably districts (and a state average) that had fewer economically disadvantaged children

The intellectual dishonesty of such a "chart" is amazing- and it's conclusion that Hoboken's slightly lower graduation rate than the state's average is the fault of "Kids First/Reach Higher."

Petrosino reported the 2015 state average graduation rate was 89.67%  and Hoboken's was 83.3%- 6.3% below the state's average... while the Crapademic excluded the data that 29% of state graduates were "economically disadvantaged," versus 66.3% of  economically disadvantaged" Hoboken graduates  "

What a piece of CRAP(ademia)!

GA to the rescue!

I fixed  the crapdemic chart by adding the omitted districts:  Jersey City, Bayonne, West New York, Kearny and North Bergen.  and showing a (gray) bar to represent % of economically disadvantaged  graduates.


Hard to read? Click on this:
LARGE VERSION CHART
 click chart to read 

See what I mean, people?

Except for Union City, an outlier, the original Crapademic chart compares Hoboken (unfavorably) against districts with markedly lower proportions of economically disadvantaged graduates. 

The original Crapademic chart omits the districts with percentages of economically-disadvantaged similar to Hoboken's.

 Another day, another rigged Crapademic blog post to hurt he Hoboken school district.  

Aren't  there any schools in Austin he can play with?