Tuesday, June 13, 2017
DeFusco For Hoboken Mayor's Treasurer?
Finally, Councilman Michael DeFusco has made it official by opening Mike DeFusco for Hoboken Mayor with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)!
If you weren't aware, a campaign's first ELEC filing is Form D-1. The D-1 registers the candidate(s), the chairperson (manager), the Treasurer and the campaign's bank account.
And a campaign's single most important administrative position is the Treasurer.
The Treasurer's duties include (but are not limited) to: taking in money, cutting checks, making deposits, timely filing of complete and accurate financial reports to ELEC, fundraising compliance with ELEC law. Moreover, the Treasurer certifies every ELEC report with his/her signature, making him/her "subject to punishment" for "willfully false" statements.
Simply put, the Treasurer handles the money side of a campaign.
Which brings us back to DeFusco for Mayor's D-1 report filed on June 5, 2017.
Note that in 2015, Mike DeFusco for Hoboken City Council's Treasurer was Nicole DeFusco. She filed a complete D-1: with a Hoboken residential address, day/evening telephone numbers and her mailing address (Mike DeFusco's residence).
It seems to have all fallen apart.
Mike DeFusco for Hoboken Mayor's Treasurer is a fellow named Pedro M. Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzales's D-1 Form is woefully incomplete; he only gave a "mailing address": 23 Belmont Avenue, Clifton NJ 07012. No day/evening telephone, no residential address.
Well, it turns out that 23 Belmont Avenue is Pedro M. Gonzalez' home address in Clifton, NJ, and further online searches show...
Pedro M. Gonzalez is 71 years old.
An elderly man in Clifton NJ has the most important administrative position ("money man") on Mike DeFusco for Hoboken Mayor?
It doesn't appear that he's involved in politics nor has ever lived in Hoboken. He appears to be from Elizabeth, New Jersey.
It certainly is curious to GA that a senior citizen in Clifton was designated Mike DeFusco for Hoboken Mayor's Treasurer, when DeFusco has so much ground support right here in Hoboken.
Don't you think?
Why wouldn't a Hoboken local want this very important campaign role- like Perry Belefiore or Pupie Raia or Mike Russo or Ruben Ramos?
What is this septuagenarian's connection to Hoboken, if not through politics?
Media can ask Mike DeFusco for Hoboken Mayor Treasurer Gonzalez tomorrow night at the Mike DeFusco for Hoboken Mayor fundraiser.... unless the event is after his bedtime!