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Silence of the Minions and Das Pump

There’s been no story that has received more orgasmic anticipation than this criminal investigation by “outside” law enforcement agencies at City Hall.  But for the moment it’s radio silence – the adults are in charge.

While the drama is yet to unfold, keep in mind it’s always the Beth Russo team that leaks information, usually limited, always distorted with playing politics the goal.  The mayor led side plays by the rules and doesn’t throw people under the bus during a criminal investigation for short term political gain and is honoring the ethical standards by not speaking or discussing the employees involved in the matter at this time.

What is raising eyebrows of course is there is not even an attempt at spinning the potential time bomb that can explode at any moment by the Old Guard including its standby Hoboken411 with the Bet Mazin full time ghostwriting paid minion at the ready; who is always available to put in overtime to smear elected officials, city employees, unpaid Hoboken Board members and Hoboken residents at the drop of a hat, even into the wee hours after City Council meeting duty.  People in City Hall are even asking MSV when the big kahuna is going to hit.

Beth Mason’s friend Lane Bajardi is awaiting orders as 
Team Beth Russo remains tight lipped with law enforcement visitors in town 

Other people who work tirelessly for Reform on both the BoE and City Hall side have remarked to MSV how disciplined the mayor’s and City Council allies are and won’t even breathe in the direction of a question on this one.

This isn’t surprising.  The legal staff on board at City Hall is impressive both in their professionalism and in their competence on day to day matters.  Corporate Counsel Mark Tabakin is tough as nails at the top and the one time we reached out he got back on an inquiry days later on a Saturday.  Most people doing municipal work Monday through Friday wouldn’t be returning a call and working on a Saturday but he was and we thanked him for doing so.

While we’re on a stand-by for something, anything to go down, it’s important to note the discipline now being exhibited by “The Association,” and their cohorts Team Mazin.  Even the Mason minion is on restricted duty, a sort of suspended with pay order and he has resorted either in boredom or anger to posting on The Hoboken Journal and MSV under one of his hundred screen names although he’s not allowed to post here and was put into permanent moderation.

One insightful commenter emailed on the media silence though saying in part:

“Cops found a dead body in city hall” and a week later, the body isn’t named, cause of death isn’t compelling enough to ask about, etc.  Smells not right.


My hunch is that a few calls were made asking to limit speculation and chatter.”

One thing you can say for Michele Russo and “The Association,” is they are media savy and they work it hard.  Their friends will certainly cooperate and they do have ‘friends’ in the media.  Hi Augie!  Mike Russo himself is about the friendliest glad handing, back slapping pol you’ll find in town.  It doesn’t mean he likes you, just that he wants to work that angle as best he can.  (No one does it better by the way.)

As we await what one emailer wistfully called MasonGate to develop, it should be noted the delicious irony that it’s city data and maybe emails being a central part of potential law breaking.  MSV like other local media has reviewed its limited emails back to City Hall among the hundreds received in press releases and identified a few humorous ones.

While there’s nothing useful for the Beth Russo team in their political witch-hunt, there’s a few that will delight and entertain.  We’re weighing printing them here or reading them at the next City Council meeting.  Some will not be amused.

In the interim, doesn’t anyone think it’s worth asking Beth Mason about this delicious irony?

Patrick Ricciardi back in late 2009 

Talking Ed Note:  While it’s common knowledge one of the two parties likely involved in this investigation is Patrick Ricciardi (it’s the door with his name on it padlocked after all), no one has named the other person who is also in “suspended animation,” who acts as the IT Assistant and has performed the cameraman duties in City Council most recently.

So we’re posting our very own late 2009 photo of Mr. Ricciardi and note it’s absolutely copyrighted and will be protected.  That means you Perry “Crazy Shorts” Klaussen of Hoboken411.  MSV is already in the middle of one copyright problem with Mr. Integrity Scott Delea and will get to you later.

MSV is dead serious about protecting its copyright and notes again the fees have been previously listed as $5.00 per view for unauthorized use.  Scott Delea after given much latitude to respond on the centerpiece of his theft used in his campaign’s political mailer was finally issued an invoice based on exactly that.  He finally followed up with his “people,” and replied not to the repeated request of how many thousands of mailers went out with the MSV photo but that his attorney will be following up.  MSV thanked him and is continuing to confer with ours.

On a different tact, congratulations to the North Hudson Sewerage Authority for getting the pumps installed in the downtown Observer and Hudson location.  The pumps are expected to go online later this year.  Here’s to hoping that timeline sticks.

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