A message to all members of Hoboken Revolt
|Hoboken Revolt is calling for the immediate resignation of Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo. Yesterday’s release of videos filmed by the FBI showing Russo’s meeting with informant Soloman Dwek revealed conduct unacceptable of an elected official. While Councilman Russo was not formally charged with criminal conduct, the court of public opinion finds his behavior to be a brazen misuse of power that violates the trust of every Hoboken citizen. As residents, taxpayers and voters we deserve more from our elected officials.
In July of 2009 the residents of Hoboken were subjected to a Mayor who was convicted of criminal actions in connection with what appears to be the same federal investigation. He disrespected the integrity and sacred trust of his constituency. Former Mayor Peter Cammarano infamously said something like ” Those who are not with me will…. be ground into powder”. Now we have a sitting Councilman who openly acknowledges his influence peddling and general lack of respect for Hoboken residents who aren’t in his “family”.
Councilman Russo spoke of conversations he had with Council President Beth Mason where she agreed to Russo’s request for picking her three council seats in the last mayoral election, in return for his involvement in her campaign. He bragged about having a six vote majority, “I have a supermajority, a veto proof majority. At the end of the day I am going to have total control of the City Council.” Russo spoke of his “friends to help move things along” for Dwek when he inquired about development in Hoboken. He went as far as saying, “Once we get all those people in place we will expedite.” Russo also admitted to getting Hector Claveria appointed to the Housing Authority and providing him with an apartment covering four months back rent. When Hector said he would not campaign with Russo, Russo said, “Hector let me explain to you how this works. I do for you, you do for me.” In another part of the conversation Russo stated “the world is losing common sense with all this nonsense pay to play stuff.” These statements are deplorable and show the Councilman’s blatant arrogance and disrespect for his office and the residents of Hoboken.
Hoboken Revolt asks Council President Beth Mason and the entire City Council to denounce this behavior and publicly demand the resignation of Councilman Russo. We need to send a message that corruption will no longer be tolerated in Hoboken!
Revolt encourages all Hoboken residents to attend a rally calling for the resignation of Councilman Michael Russo at City Hall tomorrow night at 6pm before the City Council Meeting.
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