Mason Civic League or Mason Family Civic League – that’s the question
MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE
One of the intriguing aspects, one among many of the Union City Municipal Court trial involving two Beth Mason employees is the interchangeable use of the name of the employer: the Mason Civic League and/or Mason Family Civic League.
It’s a key aspect rivaling the false testimony the judge would slam from both Mason Civic League employees.
At the June trial, both Tania Garcia and Matt Calicchio reference their employer but it’s evasive or intentionally deceitful how they do so – with Garcia being quite unclear and Calicchio attempting to color his employment for the “gallery.”
Judge Sixto Macias did not buy any of it. He called both of their employment “political jobs” even though they are being paid from a taxpayer supported “charity.”
Here’s the segments related to the discussion on the Mason Civic League’s name.
Prosecutor Coviello questions Tania Garcia who is appearing on behalf of the defendant, her Mason Civic League co-worker Matt Calicchio:
Q = Questioner re: Prosecutor A = Answer by Tania Garcia
Q Oh. Okay.
In — where do you work?
A In the Mason Civic.
Okay. Mason Civic. You do know that — that Ms.
Minutillo is a member of the board of education, correct?
A Now I
Now you do. Okay. Is it fair to say that civically
— the civic association that you work for,
is let’s say a non-supporter of Ms. Minutillo?
A To be honest, I?m not sure about that, if
she is or she
Okay. Do you — do you know a
Carmelo Garcia (phonetic)?
A Yes, I do.
Who is that?
A That?s my son?s uncle.
And Mr. Garcia is also a member of the board of
education of Hoboken?
A Yes, he is.
And how do you — how — is it fair to say that Mr.
Garcia is, let’s say, not on the same political
fence — side of the political fence as Ms. Minutillo?
A Again, I’m not sure. I’m not — I’ve never, ever had a
conversation involving Ms. Minutillo, and I had no — even
aware that she was actually on the board, because
I’ve never even went to a board of education meeting.
|Beth Mason tells seniors at Fox Hills she has two Mason Civic League employees who do her bidding in court.
Judge Sixto Macias didn’t believe a shred of testimony from either of them.
How long have you worked for the Mason Civic League?
A Since January of 2012.
And the head of the civic league is a councilwoman. Is she a councilwoman in Hoboken?
A Yes, she is.
What do you do for the civic league?
A Just secretarial work.
Have you ever seen Ms. Minutillo in the civil league
actually inside my office.
Have you ever worked with her on any projects with the
Mason Civic League?
you reside in Hoboken?
And how long have you lived in Hoboken?
A Since I was about six.
And that’s how many years?
Q By whom are you employed?
A Mason Family Civic.
And how long have you been employed by the Mason
A Since June of last year.
And what do you do for the Mason Civic League?
A I work in their Gallery 1200.
would essentially renew my
argument from earlier with regard to the
that the State has failed to prove beyond a reasonable
doubt that my client harassed Ms. Minutillo on October
the 18th of 2011 outside of Wallace School.
Honor has already stated, you’re very much well aware that
this is a political case, that there’s some political
motivation here… Clearly this complaint
was filed strictly for
is worse than the incident. I — I am
aback by — by the testimony of Ms. — Ms. Garcia. It’s completely incredible. I do not believe one word
of what she told me. I — I — I believe
that if instead
of reading the blogs, I think if you’re going to
bring somebody to court to testify on your behalf you
should at least get your stories together.
of October the defendant was in the — in the — in the
playgrounds of Wallace Street (sic).
complainant walked by him. That the
second time the
complainant walked by the defendant the defendant told her I will get you. I’m coming after
you. April is around
that — I — I believe that beyond a reasonable
doubt. I — I also believe that the
of Ms. — Ms. Garcia and Mr. Calicchio — Calicchio
were fabricated. It — it is
unreasonable to believe
that two individuals can take off from work anytime
they want to pick up a child. Two
people. At a serious
political job, and I understand this is Hudson
County. But that’s beyond what I’d —
what I think
political jobs are.
they wish to make — that she could walk into
that job any time she wanted to according to her
testimony. Afternoons, mornings. And — and really
evasive. The defendant was asked, you
know, what did
he do for — at his job. He said I work
400 (sic) – Gallery1200…
through Union City without people accosting me because of
my job. Same way that — that the complainant (BoE Trustee Minutillo) should be able to walk through Hoboken without
anybody — anybody bothering this woman.
Now as to
the allegations or the situation that —
that — that it was politically motivated for this
complainant to file a complaint against this defendant
is completely garbage. He’s not a
candidate (for the BoE election)
nobody in the political system of Hoboken.
think he is. He’s being used in exchange
for a job…
very disturbing, very uncivilized. Very
— it’s like
that’s been used by — by — by whoever (Beth Mason).
And what I find
really, really, really, really disturbing is that
people lied in that, you know, after swearing that they would
tell the truth. People lied. Openly lied, which is
— which is worse than — than a harassment charge,
have — I would have taken a charge of
harassment better than somebody calling me a liar….