The Russo Vote

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GA had a chat with a friend this morning about the intriguing Russo vote.

At last night's City Council meeting, his was the single 'NO' on the 3 million-dollar bonding for repairs to the HPD headquarters, HFD infrastructure needs and equipment for Environmental Services.  The fact that Mason and Occhipinti missed the vote made Russo's purely symbolic.

Because his cousin, Terry "It's Been Cleared Up" Castellano voted 'YES'.

So why the symbolic 'NO' vote?

Let's revisit the  repairs needed at the police headquarters so you may remember their urgency:
Now, GA counted (4) immediate threats to life-safety in the above.

And ALL impact the ability of the police department to serve the public in one way or another, be it through physical discomfort of the officers, the efficiency of  processing suspects, taking phone calls or the simple ability to preserve evidence. But...

The item that really jumped out at me was the defective electrical wiring which has caused at least one fire and (possibly) the lack of heat.

Because at GA's house last Saturday night, there was a mini-explosion due to bad wiring which knocked out my heat and half the circuits in my electrical panel.  True story.

Bad wiring, no heat... it was pretty uncomfortable in the GA residence.

Thank goodness Mike Russo wasn't answering the phone at my house, because here's what he would have told my electician:
Russo: (to electrician)  No thanks, we're not going to pay for repairs today.  That's putting a band-aid on a problem. This panel is old, and you've fixed it before in the last decade. We're going to build a whole new house instead. It'll have new doors, new windows, a fancy microwave- a GE Profile!   GA's new house will be bigger and better than this dump.

GA: But... I'm FREEZING my ASS off!  My antiquated wiring can't power this whole house safely!  My thermostats don't work!  My phone doesn't work!  And even if it did, my answering machine has no power!

Russo: (grinning) Glad I don't live here. But why keep fixing things piecemeal when you can build yourself a brand new house?  

GA: Because it'll take months, maybe  years to do that. I can't wait that long. Can't you smell the burnt wires?  It's not safe to live here.

Russo:  If the Hoboken police can do it, so can you.  It's not safe there either!   

GA:  WHAT?  They've got no heat?  AND bad wiring?

Russo: Yup!  For years! (grinning)

GA:  So why don't you bond for the money to fix it?

Russo:  Because it's TOO expensive! 3 million bucks!  Better to build them a NEW headquarters in a couple of years for 50 million! Imagine all those contracts... (wipes drool from chin)

GA: But.. but... the police have no HEAT and the bad wiring could cause another FIRE.  You want them to WAIT a "couple of years"?

Russo: Why not?  I don't have to work there.

GA: Can I fix my electricity now?

Russo: No.
 I am SO glad Mike Russo doesn't answer the phone at my house.

So GA wonders... why the symbolic 'NO' vote  (middle finger') to the HPD last night?

There's a reason for everything.  Remember what Russo said to informant Dwek on the F.B.I. surveillance video, "YOu do for me, I do for you"

What DIDN'T Chief Falco DO for the Russo clan?

That's the question.


  1. Bonding for these and other capital expenditures when interest is at a record low is the fiscally responsible thing to do and in so doing, the cost is spread out over years so that we don't take a hit for emergency expenditures in a single year.

    Knowing that simple fact would require:
    A) That the Mason / Russo cabal understands their job and
    B) That they wish to do the jobs they were "elected" to.

    But we all know, neither is true.

  2. really.....i call the projects buildings the money pit.....he keeps allowing repairs there and not for the police dept.... very odd

  3. The projects, like the Applied buildings, represent voting blocks of people whose votes, it would seem, can be bought, which keep the corrupt officials in office. This is not the case with the police station, especially since most officers don't live in town.

    The housing authority is even planning on re-building the projects, with a no-bid contract that has been handed to Dean Marchetto, for an updated version of the warehouse-style of apartment of what's there, even though the new standards, concepts and directions for low-income housing are very different than this archaic, flawed model.


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