Meth Lab Accused a BoE Campaign Worker

Last week, GA broke the news that the woman accused of operating a meth lab at her HHA apartment, Cynthia Rivera of 501 Marshall Drive,was paid by Councilman Tim Occhipinti in 2010 and 2011 for "campaign work".

Rivera was charged with operating a drug production facility, fortified premises, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school and 500 feet of public housing, and possession of methamphetamine, hypodermic syringe, and toxic chemicals.

Well, that same Ms. Rivera was also tapped for the Hoboken School Board election, which was on  April 27, 2011.

Ms. Rivera was an election day worker for the "Independents for Education" slate (which opposed Kids First).   The 'Independents' slate was HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia, Frances Rhodes-Kearns and Peter Biancamano; they paid Ms Rivera $35 on April 27, 2011 (election Day).

Here's the whole she-bang by-numbers.

1- The ELEC report for the 'Independents for Education" filed in July 2011 with lists of campaign workers, including Ms. Rivera (page 8) paid on Election Day- 4/27/11.  On line 2 of this report, a single contribution of $7,540 is shown.

2- The April 4, 2013 Jersey Journal article with the details of Ms. Rivera's arrest.

3- Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz- onetime campaign Treasurer for his wife Councilwoman Beth Mason, is the contributor of $7,540.  His donation was used for "palm cards, t-shirts and election day workers."

4-ELEC line item for payment of Election day worker, Cynthia Rivera, now charged with running a drug production facility (meth lab) out of her HHA apartment.

So, Ms. Rivera was paid by both Tim Occhipinti and Carmelo Garcia, Frances Rhodes Kearns and Peter B. campaigns.  Not surprisingly, the Move Forward ELECs are BLANK. Otherwise GA would not be surprised to see Rivera's name pop up there, too.

After the Nazi Truck debacle, no one seems to want to touch that campaign's accounting.  NO ONE.

The Move Forward ELEC does not show who paid for the Nazi Truck,  though we know who filmed and produced that offensive video.


  1. If the Mason's have all that money and are just going to buy everyone off anyway, why not give them enough money so they don't need to operate a meth lab out of HHA?


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