Lots of concern springing up out of the Ruben Ramos campaign as everyone and anyone has advice for its lack of traction against the popular and effective Mayor Dawn Zimmer. Even with campaign dollars, almost all of it from outside Hoboken outpacing Mayor Zimmer’s fundraising in the quarter confidence is not oozing out. Then Frank “Pupie” Raia is laying in the weeds ready to spring a council ticket headless or with Councilwoman Terry Castellano atop aiming a crushing poison pill at Ramos’ campaign.
The claim of 175 “volunteers” signed up at the campaign HQ posited to Augie Torres is fanciful to say the least. Or are they counting all those HHA people who will be “campaigning” at $40 per vote-by-mail ballot? By the way, how come the going vbm rate at Church Towers is $75 a pop? Isn’t that discriminatory or “racist” as Councilman Michael Russo likes to yell?
If that’s not bad enough, the Vision for Hoboken efforts regarding their backing for the undocumented Vision 20/20 plan is causing more agita even with obscure dog and pony meetings scheduled in hostile HHA buildings.
Of course that’s exactly what HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia has in mind as he’s marshaled his spokespeople, a small HHA group of Carmelitos who hang on his every word even as the rest of Hoboken is less than impressed with the utter lack of documentation on the various descriptions of the Vision 20/20 plan, Vision Money/Money plan.
Is it more than double the size downtown with almost 1900 units as described in Garcia’s only Vision 20/20 brochure? Or is it 806 units replacing the current number in the downtown HHA campus as Old Guard political operative David Liebler claimed in a recent City Council meeting while he hysterically yelled about “scumbag Zimmer bloggers” for pointing to the lack of written verifiable details.
There’s only one thing you can be sure of regarding Vision 20/20 and that’s there will be no comprehensive documentation provided to the public for scrutiny merely a moving target of whatever is the last thing Carmelo Garcia says.
What anyone else says has Garcia’s interest in a different way but unfortunately it has nothing to do with open government and transparency.
Which should make for an entertaining remaining summer even with the heat moderating; the crime, greed and dirty deeds in Hoboken are always at the ready.
That’s how they roll.
Hoboken Housing Authority ED Carmelo Garcia (c) shares a happy moment with mayoral candidate Ruben Ramos and council slate candidate Laura Miani at the spring kickoff. The Vision 20/20 is under equal scrutiny as is the Vision for Hoboken campaign.
This Horse Sense editorial is dedicated to the memory of Hoboken residentJames (Jimmy) Barry a MSV reader who while fighting a losing battle with cancer encouraged this website’s engagement against corruption and spoke highly of his respect and support for Mayor Zimmer.
Back in November, Jimmy wrote this twitter post after SuperStorm Sandy:
Thank you Dawn Zimmer for leadership during storm, So tired of attacks on her. seniors are mislead by greedy few.
— jimmy b (@justbazz1) November 8, 2012