Michele Russo – Getting job on the BoE

Michele Russo’s quest for the grail – a taxpayer position in Hudson County with pay and prized health benefits may have reached an end.  This based on local sources who state confirmation will come at a board meeting later this month in the Board of Education (BoE).  But it’s not the BoE here in town with the million dollar surplus she’s been haunting of late – it’s Union City!

Michele Russo – heading to the BoE – but it’s not Hoboken, it’s Union City.

Hudson County felt the summer heat from Hoboken when word got out Michele Russo applied and was likely to obtain a managerial housekeeping position in Jersey City.  Some suspected the powers there would lie low and await a time to push her in when distractions would lead people elsewhere.

When it comes to the public dime, the Russo machine searches high and low to suckle from the taxpayers with the relentlessness of “The Terminator.”  So who’s coming to their aid?  It’s none other than Union City mayor Brian Stack who according to a recent PolitickerNJ story is looking to hook Michele Russo up with a comfy BoE position in his backyard.

The PolitickerNJ story provides some handy calculus on what Brian Stack can get from Hoboken in purchasing himself a Russo clan member noting he would overcome some uncertainty from conflicts with Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Stack who is in almost a constant state of low level war with the HCDO is looking to obtain some insurance with the recent realignments in state districting for his State Senator seat.  His underling Assemblyman Ruben Ramos who aspires for the Hoboken mayor’s chair refused to vote for the pension reforms advocated by Governor Christie earlier and some speculate there’s unhappiness between the two.

It’s unclear what this BoE position in Union City pays but one source said it’s likely to anger others in Union City to see such a prize handed over to someone in Hoboken.  Unlike Hoboken where the BoE operates independently from City Hall, Stack has de rigueur control over the BoE in Union City.

The real question is what Michael Russo gave to Brian Stack to fork over a BoE job in Union City.  Someone ask Michael Russo.

Union City Mayor Brian Stack
Michele my bell?

Talking Ed Note:  Voting to reform state pensions would have killed Ramos’ expectation for union backing in Hoboken, something he can ill afford with additional campaign finance reforms waiting in the wings.  Those reforms sponsored by Councilman Peter Cunningham have been botched now twice in recent months on the City Council agenda by the City Clerk’s office.

Ramos can’t expect his luck to hold out and his being the only local official taking money from Bayonne’s HoldCo is also suggested in some quarters as problematic.  Regardless of whether Ramos can consolidate the Old Guard behind him for a mayoral run, Brian Stack is looking to move above and beyond.

His timing could not be better.  He gets to buy the Russo’s cheap who have the for sale sign in the window since spring when their appeal to stay on Hoboken’s health benefits was shot down.

See there’s taxpayer advocates and then there’s tough and there’s Michele Russo tough.  When Michele Russo gets going, the taxpayers start paying.

Only in Hoboken folks, only in Hoboken.

Brian Stack photo courtesy of

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