Friday, May 19, 2017

Being there for Hoboken's LGBTQ Community



GA is still floored by Councilman DeFusco's narcissistic rant about Councilman Bhalla "selectivity" in prosecuting 'hate speech'; that Bhalla never stood up for him (DeFusco) when he alleged to be slurred online, but he (Bhalla) responded when a private citizen was assaulted with hate speech on the streets of Hoboken.

DeFusco called it  "selectivity."

In other words, the councilman equated anonymous message board attacks on himself, a politician, with a private citizen seen verbally assaulted on the streets of Hoboken by a licensed vendor on YouTube.

In a DeFusco-centric universe, those are the same. The rest of us live in the real world.

Then (incredibly), DeFusco said to Bhalla:
 " ...you have not been there for the LGBTQ Community." 
Time for a reality check.

2011
Where was Mike Defusco?

Mike DeFusco wasn't here. 

He was here:


In 2011 ZBA Commissioner DeFusco was networking with anti-Reform politicians, operatives and activists.

Bajardi v Pincus exhibit- Pincus' MSJ

In fact, GA has found no record of Mike Defusco publicly supporting the LGBTQ community prior to his 2015 election.   

So, let's keep it real.

Watch Hudson County View's 2015 interview with then-candidate DeFusco and see if you can find the part where he discusses how he's "been there for the LGBTQ community."


Neither could I.

The fact is, nobody ever questioned him about it and nobody cared... not until he attacked Councilman Bhalla for  "not being there for the LGBTQ community." 

In fact, Bhalla has been there for Hoboken's LGBTQ community.

Here is one example.

In 2015, Councilman Bhalla sponsored an ordinance amending a 1959 law banning cross-dressing in Hoboken; Bhalla's ordinance passed on September 2, 2015.  



Thank you, Councilman Bhalla for "being there" for Hoboken's LGBTQ community.

34 comments:

  1. I'm sure you have the Mason campaign emails with Jake Stuiver and Dan Bryans name too... If Mike is so bad, why worry?

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    1. Are Jake Stuiver or Dan Bryan running for office? Are they serving in office?

      Letting people know who Mike is now and was before ain't "worry." It's fun. And its the kind of stuff the public is entitled to know.

      Ask Mike's "friend." Since he's infallible in politics he should know that.

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    2. Why bring up those losers? Ines, Kim and Sara made the right move when they ditched them and started spending more time with quality people like Joe Branco, Matt Calicchio and Tony Soares.

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    3. Soares was never with any of those folks. Zimmer, DB , JS and PC were!
      False Narratives by former Mason people sucking off city hall's teet still...

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    4. Stiring the pot, I never seen Tony or Joe in any email exchange with Ines, Kim or Sara. Unless I'm mistaken.

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    5. 5:26- Beth Mason is backing DeFusco which puts Soares with Mason. By DB do you mean Dave Barry? I hear a lot of teat sucking is going on. Those developers teats are juicy.

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    6. No she's not, you guys will all be proven wrong

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  2. Because of Ravi, it is no longer illegal to dress in accordance with one's gender identity in Hoboken. DeFusco has no clue.

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  3. insider news.. NB is OUT, Hoboken developers are IN. stay tuned

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    1. Developers salivating over the rail yard and Neumann Leather no doubt.

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    2. who is nb? too much inside baseball.

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    3. North Bergen - Mayor Nick Sacco ?

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  4. 6:09- that jives with what I've heard. A shit load of developer money on reserve if/when MDF takes the plunge.

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    1. If true the long rumored MDF's vehemently vocal anti-development ticket mate CF would certainly be a very uncomfortable fit.

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  5. Eduardo Gonzalez will probably step back in. And probably Peter Biancamanno. Notwithstanding Nason asked him, he's Frank's boy. And frank is behind MDF. Maybe Corey Johnson or Aron Bautista tonround it out? Just guessing....

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  6. I can't understand my Defusco's team would come here and post negative things or slurs? It doesn't add up. This is a pro ZImmer blog read and commented on by majority Zimmer people. If Defusco's people wanted to set up Zimmer's people they would head to patch or 411, Hudson Reporter? Coming here makes no sense. Sounds like someone in the Zimmer camp is setting the guy up and it wouldn't be the first time. It's how operatives work, the dirty side of local politics. I like Mike and I like Dawn too, both have their pluses and minuses but the operative stuff here from the Defusco camp seems far fetched. My 2 cents.

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  7. the 1st sentence is was to read why Defusco's team would come here, not my.

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    1. As we all know DeFusco's "friend" is obsessed with this site.
      My two cents is you probably know that better than anyone.

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  8. Anon 11:49 what's hard to understand is how any operative could be dumb enough to think your post would do anything more than ID you as an operative.

    I've heard that DeFusco's ticket is Mello, Biancamano and Eduardo Gonzales. The sticking point is that Mello is afraid to pull the trigger, as is DeFusco so Monday is unlikely to happen. Maybe later in the week.

    Can you confirm? Or are you not high enough in the food chain to know?

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    1. Really?

      Hard to believe Mello would throw in with that crew- the VBM Harvest Queen, Carmelo's HHA Yes Man, and Mr. Not-Ready-For-Prime time. I would rather run solo and keep my principles. Well, I guess we'll find out on Monday or never.

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    2. I can't believe Mello would associate w/ that crew at all. I can completely believe Defusco would associate those other two rumored candidates. Defusco really does like to double down on bad decisions.

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  9. Yet here you are being a political op to spread rumors to try to undermine Zimmer.

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    1. I'm not an operative. I am a reader who somewhat frequents the blogs. I depend on nj.com Hoboken Reporter and the word around town for my go to sources. I see the blogs as one sided fan pages. Reading the comments I see people's ISP addresses are frequently scrutinized. This is my first time commenting here. I am sure the editor can concur based on my ISP.

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    2. ISPs are not really looked at much except with respect to people who are obviously political operatives posting here on behalf of the dark side. The dark side has a long history of engaging in hiring operatives to post online, censorship, attempts to silence or intimidate critics and so forth. This goes back years and includes an attempt to financially bankrupt more than a dozen people by filing suit against bloggers and posters on this and another site. To the extent this is a "one sided" blog (and posters), it is that we are one sided against people like that. And the folks reformers reflexively dislike - well those are the sorts of people who engage in all the behaviors I listed up above. I don't know if Mike is that kind of person, but he seems awfully cozy with a lot of those kind of people which make me think he is completely disqualified for public service. Hopefully the voters will take notice of his new friends, their tactics and come to the same conclusion I have come to.

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    3. @4:28pm It is a one sided blog though I made a simple observation and got 7 responses within a few hours on a blog where people almost never comment on weekends? I firmly believe the comments are all made by the editor. In recent weeks and months, I see the time stamps of comments and not a few minutes later a rash of responses? It is as if someone is refreshing the page once a minute? Have a nice day and thanks

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    4. @4:55, with all due respect, your argument doesn't really make a whole lot of sense. since when do "people almost never comment on weekends"? sure, there are more comments during weekdays but there's always comments on sat/sun. and what the heck do time stamps have to do with the theory of it being the same person posting? why is it so hard to believe that this blogs has many readers, and many of them share similar opinions to GA? This blog has been around for a number of years and known as the place for discussion of local politics and things happening in town.

      Not sure what your point is, feel free to explain, if you want.

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    5. 3:35, 4:55, 5:05- you are a disengenuous arsehole who frequents this blog, and came here to throw shade. You don't live in Hoboken. The fact that you're trash talking here on a Saturday shows how much this blog has gotten under your skin. SAD. Isn't it? No, I don't babysit the message board. As for "no one in the mom and dad's circles know this blog"... well, it certainly had an impact on the boe race. Which may be why you're here spinning. Nice try, op.

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  10. I'd be sad if Mello went in with this crew, seems hard to believe. I understand he's had some differences with the administration on a few issues over the years but that's fine, debate and discussion make for a better government. I just hope he hasn't been convinced that these occasional differences of opinion are grave enough to abandon reform. Maybe it's all just rumor, hope so. Stay with the good guys, Dave. This DeFusco crew has "compromised developer money" written all over it, don't get that stain on you.

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    1. I respect him for disagreeing. I find that healthy for the democratic process.

      I'd lose all respect for him if he aligned w/ this crew. Getting in bed w/ this crew isn't disagreeing - it is turning your back on the basic tenants of good and honest governance.

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  11. The man hasn't even announced running yet? Would make some sense if it his candidacy was announced, but it wasn't. Seems highly suspicious. And in the mom and dad circles in town nobody knows of the blogs. I knew Hoboken moms on yahoo and the reporter, NJ.com, only stumbled on the site a few months ago by chance off of a google search. To each is own I guess?

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    1. Not sure you understand this point but most people can smell something foul far before they can see it. The potential candidacy of this individual has a rather foul odor that has been wafting through town for some time ;-)

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  12. It would be a shame if Mello ran with MDF. Not so much because of the "developer money" that is of concern - because the mayor gets her fair share. But rather becoming grouped in with the people who have to pay for votes to get any votes at all. Raia is the King organizer of the paid for votes. And throw in Ramos and Russo who ran the effort in 2015 (including helping Eduardo by paying for the Fox Hill votes) and Romano who together with Raia for some strange reason supports Biancamano - and what you have is all of Hoboken's worst in one bucket together. What they - Hoboken's worst - dont understand is the paid for votes are finite numbers and are much smaller overall and on a relative basis than they used to be. Even a modest effort by the Mayor with the support of the council members in the 2nd, 5th and 6th wards will deliver numbers much greater than those that can be bought. And the Mayor is not making a modest effort - she is acting scared and is doing everything she can to make sure she has the most voters show up on election day. That type of effort, with the help of the general positive feeling people have about living in hoboken, will be difficult for any candidate to beat. And... what MDF and others should listen to more closely... when they hear the anti-zimmer cries from constituents... is how many actually come from people who are not paid to vote, nor live in Marineview, Church Towers and Marion Towers.

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  13. As we have watch MDF fumble and stumble his way onto the ballot, the overriding question is why anyone would vote for him who wasn't being paid ?

    What has also become very evident is MDF and those he chose to surround himself is the petulance, vindictiveness and willingness to out right lie to gain some sort of elusive traction.

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