HFHA enters fray to counter MSTA in court election battle

HFHA announces:

Files Motion to Intervene in Latest Attempt by MSTA to Thwart the Will of the
People of Hoboken
The Hoboken Fair Housing
Association (HFHA) recently filed a motion to intervene in connection with the
election contest filed by supporters of the Mile Square Taxpayers Association
(MSTA) a developer/real estate interests group. 
The MSTA-friendly petitioners are attempting to overturn the election
results on Hoboken Ballot Question #1, an initiative this developer group
sponsored that would have severely weakened Hoboken’s rent control protections.
For the second year in a row the majority of Hoboken’s citizens voted “no” on
this dangerous ballot question which resulted in Hoboken maintaining its
current rent control protections.
The petitioners
who are contesting the election include 31 Hudson County residents, 28 of whom are
Hoboken residents who are primarily developers and/or real estate agents.  One of the petitioners is Frank Raia, who ran
for council-at-large on the 2013 ballot,  
Several of them were also participants in the 2012 election contest
where the developer group’s attorney submitted non-credible evidence in order
to ultimately overturn HFHA’s 2012 election victory on the same ballot question.  The remaining three petitioners contesting
the election reside in Jersey City, including an attorney at Brach Eichler, the
law firm that represents the developer group, his wife, and a Jersey City
realtor.  The developer group is
attempting to steal the election by overturning the results and being declared
the winners in the courtroom

The contest
brief alleges that over 200 vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots were illegally rejected
and, if those VBMs are counted, the election results will be changed.  As with the 2012 election contest, the developers’
lawyer’s petition does not specify the names or addresses on the VBM rejections
that they are contesting and why they believe those VBMs were improperly  rejected.

being represented by Renee Steinhagen of NJ Appleseed.  HFHA believes that the Board of Elections
properly rejected the ballots and that its side once again rightfully prevailed
on the election ballot question.  HFHA believes
that Hoboken residents deserve fair elections and, like many in Hoboken, have
serious concerns about VBM practices in Hoboken. 
Fair Housing Association (HFHA),
an affiliate of the New Jersey Tenants Organization (NJTO),
fights for decent and affordable housing for Hoboken’s tenants.

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