Horse Sense: In the week that is…

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.

On a separate note, Hoboken Patch confirms the sentencing for Patrick Ricciardi has been moved to Friday in Newark Federal court 11:00 am.  MSV’s story earlier this month recounts Ricciardi telling others he has a deal and won’t be going to federal prison.

Talking Ed Note: Hoboken is about to heat up. 
Are you ready for this?

This Horse Sense editorial is dedicated to the memory of Hoboken resident James (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:

Jimmy passed away July 17th.

A Widowed Male 59 years old living in hoboken nj. wife passed 2005 from lung cancer.Im dealing with advanced Prosate cancer. A day at a time. each day is a gift

Jimmy Barry’s twitter account spoke of his battle against cancer and to value life as a gift.
Godspeed to the angels in heaven my friend.

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