The oft overused term “defining election” is bereft of substance with endless election cycle after election cycle. In Hoboken’s case, it’s not true as a redevelopment plan has been presented as compassion for the poor or rather not presented but the concept is quite dangerous.
Presented originally as part of a marketing concept brochure, the 100 plus pages featured some singular odd contradictions: examples of low density structures in Jersey City in contrast to the only detail of a plan more than doubling of the Hoboken Housing Authority’s downtown campus of 800 units.
Since MSV and Grafix Avenger have blown the whistle on the rancid underbelly of Executive Director Carmelo Garcia’s “plan” the blowback has been harsh, continuous and the rancor at public meetings more foul than ever with taunts of “racist“
” being directed against the Council President and anyone agreeing with reform minded citizens that a full plan requires vetting as any Master Plan would in Hoboken.
Except there is no Master Plan – at least not any available to the public. Vision 20/20 is being sold to the public as an idea but it’s all a sham.
There’s certainly shadowy individuals in the background and others eager to cash in on the million dollar profits. It’s a builder’s wet dream but it doesn’t end there. For the Old Guard and their connected friends and family, it’s a 401(k), a new beach home, a final goodbye to Hoboken before enough people awake and stop the corruption, the greed and looting of the public trough anytime eyes are not peering over their shoulder.
Only one of the three candidate for mayor is questioning Vision 20/20 on both its current and future plans: Mayor Zimmer. The other two candidates, Ramos and Occhipinti are already on board without any legal documentation presented to HHA residents and the Hoboken public as a whole. Meaning they can do whatever they want, however they like and once green-lighted, it will not be stopped and the scam will go on and on for 17 acres. Or more. The developers will control the buildings, the residents who get in and the land titled to the federal government.
That’s what Vision 20/20 has in its sights.
Here’s the council forum video. Listen to the candidates and other than Council members Ravi Bhalla, Dave Mello and the vigilant Jim Doyle does anyone show the least interest in due diligence or do they mouth empty platitudes or distractions eager to throw the public off from a massive redevelopment which would change the very character of Hoboken and see services requiring major tax increases to serve the HHA expansion?
Talking Ed Note: This doesn’t even scratch the surface of Vision 20/20 problems. Let’s start with Carmelo Garcia, the circus barker who thinks he can fool anyone to agree and look away without anything legally binding presented to the public. He’s been doing this carnival act for months for anyone foolish enough to listen to a marketing pitch.
Since it didn’t go over too well and he was about to be exposed for attempted blackmail in making recordings of others, he took to a lawsuit binge accusing the mayor of “ethnic cleansing” making a mockery of Hoboken in the national media.
Anyone supporting Garcia’s pet project needs their heads examined. Everyone else needs to take note and go to the voting booth and stop Vision 20/20 – or forever hold your piece.
The Old Guard is hoping you do.
Related: “Racist” is the bellowing charge.
The “KKK” pillow case follow up. (Do you think they really want this development money?)