Temporary budget finally passes and transparency asked of Beth Mason

The first City Council meeting met after the May 10th elections and began with a bang.  The Hoboken Technology office was padlocked as reported here earlier and Patrick Ricciardi was not present in the evening for the video work tonight.

In the pictures posted earlier, you can clearly see it’s his name on the door.  We hear that the pathological screed of lies were flowing mightily at Hoboken411 calling the person doing the emergency video effort “a scab.”  The so called scab is actually a local video company very often employed by Beth Mason.  Someone didn’t get the memo (or the text) to Perry.

The medication is either not being taken or ignored but the next outlandish claim the mayor wants to shut down the live feed of council meetings is utter foolishness.  MSV was asked to help get the video feed up after emergency session.  We had a discussion with the video person brought in and the only real concern was just getting logged in to get the feed up.  After an initial audio glitch it was and under the circumstances, a good job all around.

The big item on the agenda was the temporary budget.  Council members Beth Mason and Mike Russo gave early indications it would again be blocked and Business Administrator Arch Liston expressed strong reservations it would be problematic shutting down city operations. A lot of back and forth with Beth Mason indicating she was not moved by any of it.

Finally, Councilman Nino Giacchi inspired perhaps by the end of his days on the council suggested the matter be voted on as there was nothing new to the usual issues arising.  The vote was called and when Councilman Nino Giacchi voted yes, all resistance broke and everyone voted yes.

Councilwoman Mason voted last and put in her lone meaningless vote of no.

Finally progress.

The other big item was the showdown on the resolution by Beth Mason and Mike Russo to obtain emails from the mayor’s staff interacting with local media and previous political campaigns.  Beth Mason pulled it off the agenda but Da Horsey took some time to make some limited remarks during public portion and posed some questions to Beth Mason and her witch-hunt of a resolution. 

All the questions asked follow beginning with the resolution’s claim to honor confidentiality:

Confidentiality?  Well coming from Beth Mason that’s farcical on its face but hey while we’re doing electronic intrustions, can we see all the text messages, email between Beth Mason and her friend Lane Bajardi limited to the resulting stories on Hoboken411?

Would we discover the leak referenced in today’s Hudson Reporter story on the settlement of the police discrimination suit?  (The story says a council member leaded the story to Mason411.)

Confidentiality? Like when your friend Tom Greaney supported you for City Council in 2007 and confided in you a distant time in his life more than a decade back when he had run into financial problems and the information landed on Hoboken411 two weeks before the City Council elections?

Can we add to this resolution, all emails detailing compensation between Beth Mason and her minions on Hoboken411? 

Isn’t it time we get even a bare minimum of transparency on the work between Beth Mason, her friend Lane Bajardi and the hatchet jobs and smears on Hoboken elected officials, city employees and residents of Hoboken appearing on Mason411?

For the record, Beth Mason didn’t answer these questions.

At the end of public portion, Lane Bajardi appeared to claim he had been “slandered,” and demanded time to speak.  How you can claim you were slandered with questions asked to Councilwoman Beth Mason is besides the point of course, as she immediately granted him time.  Whereby Lane Bajardi then claimed to be slandered by an “earlier” speaker who was part of the mayor’s bloggers and who slandered him on “his website and his other associated websites.”

He concludes his weak wounded spiel asking if Beth Mason paid him for his friendship.  She replies no.  But who pays a political operative for his friendship?  You pay political operatives to do your dirty work.

Nowhere during the video clip does Lane Bajardi say he has not ghostwritten for Hoboken411.  In fact, although the question has been posed to him many times in many places, including about a year ago on Hoboken Revolt, he’s never  denied it to our knowledge.

The witch-hunt on the mayoral staff’s emails seemed like a good as time as any to ask Beth Mason these questions and the oddities of convenient smear jobs appearing on Hoboken411 to her benefit.

Maybe Beth and her friend would like to issue a joint statement on the matter.

Good luck with that.

Talking Ed Note:  Lane Bajardi was clearly not pleased with the questions put to Councilwoman Beth Mason tonight.  He was spotted (and photographed) taking video while they were being asked. 

That’s too bad.

If the video from the camera phone shows up on Hoboken411, you heard it here first.

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