BREAKING: Audit Discovery – Ex-mayor Anthony Russo received illegal city paid benefits into 2011!


A review of the City Council resolution pac before Wednesday’s meeting reveals this startling discovery: convicted felon Anthony Russo, who served a prison sentence for extorting $300,000 from one city vendor while serving as mayor of Hoboken was earlier this month kicked off the city’s health benefits insurance program.

As mentioned in a mayoral letter with multiple items to the Council following ethics training is this blockbuster:

It’s unknown how long the felon and Hoboken mayor was receiving taxpayer paid health benefits but it must have been going on for quite some time.  It’s clear in the letter, the former mayor did not qualify for health benefits and certainly his family must have known about the scam.

Is this the reason the hostility from Council members Mike Russo and Theresa Castellano has been even more vitriolic than usual for them toward the mayor’s administration?

Without doubt as both are relatives of the convicted mayor, they must have known Anthony Russo did not qualify for city paid benefits as neither appears to have voiced a complaint when the freebie was halted earlier this month.

Former Hoboken mayor Anthony Russo – caught illegally receiving taxpayer health benefits

At the last City Council meeting, a host of bond ordinances for open space and parks were tabled in rapid order with Councilman Mike Russo moving to table (and eject) each while Councilwoman Theresa Castellano quickly seconded.  The only measure to survive (for the moment) was the $20 million bond ordinance to purchase parks but not without their effort to catapult that measure out of the council too.

The last bond ordinance survived the rapid fire tabling motions when Councilwoman Beth Mason put in a final vote NOT to table the measure.

What did Anthony Russo’s cousin Terry Castellano know about the latest Russo ripoff?
Councilwoman Castellano like Mike Russo is running for re-election.

The City Council letter from Mayor Zimmer can be found on the City Council website and at the link:

Talking Ed Note: Hoboken residents will certainly be buzzing about the latest Russo scandal to emerge just as election season begins.  The question is what did the Russo clan know and when did they know it?

There needs to be a full scale investigation into this latest Russo fraud on Hoboken taxpayers.  While the FBI is here, maybe they can finish the job.  As many know, Anthony Russo has an outstanding bill of over $300,000 to the city of Hoboken.  He claims he gambled away all the ill-begotten gains of his extortion on businesses doing work for the city.

Mason411 and its minions have been in assault mode on the loose coalition of reform candidates both on Hoboken411 and in a recent article on Hoboken Patch about 3rd ward candidate Greg Lincoln.  The Russo’s are allies of Beth Mason and have been getting the full monty of support from that website and the political operatives posting most recently on patch believed by some to be Mason minion Lane Bajardi and Tim Occipinti campaign spokesman David Cruz.

What pathological lies will they toss out now to avert taxpayer’s eyes on the latest Russo ripoff?

Photo Anthony Russo, courtesy the Star Ledger

Notes from the Barn:  The filings are in and the match ups now set for May:
1st ward: Eric Kurta takes on incumbent Terry Castellano
2nd ward: Beth Mason faces Tom Greaney, Franz Paetzold and Patricia Waiters
3rd ward: It’s Mike Russo versus Greg “Honest” Lincoln
4th ward: Tim Occhipinti faces off against Rami Pinchevsky
5th ward: Peter Cunningham takes on a group including old challengers Perry Belfiore and Scott Dela along with Leonard Luizzi.  Scott Delea would not admit he was challenging but did allow a photo at the ROH dinner as he was featured prominently in a Bet Mazin push poll.  Leonard Luizzi was not featured in the same poll although he had publicly stated his intention to run.  Hmmmmmnnnn.
6th ward: Long time incumbent Nino Giacchi faces Jen Giattino

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