Tuesday, January 22, 2013

HHA Special Meeting Called for 2/7/2013

There recently has been an editorial war between HHA Chairman Jake Stuiver and and HHA Board Member Eduardo Gonzales as of late over the pursuit of a new attorney (special counsel) and auditor. I honestly don't understand what the fuss is coming from Eduardo Gonzalez who is a supporter and political ally of HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia who is an Old Guard glad handler and enemy of Education Reform in Hoboken.

Read on MSV for the back and forth between the two officials: 


It is considered best practice to rotate auditors periodically and if the current board majority wished to hire the appropriate resource for a complex redevelopment process that has been largely kept from the public.  that is their prerogative and quite frankly responsibility to all Hoboken residents. If Executive Director is on the up and up he should dial down his rhetoric and tell his political allies to do the same. What has been the general experience in Hoboken when the Old Guard protests about such normal practices as an RFQ?

Me thinks someone doth protest a bit too much... 

Political Power Play or possible coverup? Orange jumpsuits anyone?

Here is the press release for the special meeting....


The Hoboken Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will have a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the community room of Monroe Gardens, 221 Jackson Street, Chairman Jake Stuiver announced today.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss responses to the Request for Qualifications for general counsel to the Hoboken Housing Authority, whose bid deadline is Feb. 1. Action will likely be taken to make an appointment based on the responses.

The timing of the meeting will give commissioners a week to review all the submissions, while allowing another week before the regular monthly board meeting on Feb. 14.

Also on the agenda will be a discussion and review of the status of Phase 1 of the Vision 20/20 redevelopment project to recap where things stand and ensure that all stakeholders’ understanding of the project is clear.

Stuiver requested that the HHA staff provide all commissioners with all RFQ submissions by the end of business on the deadline day of Feb. 1. He also requested that the staff acquire and implement a new public-address system with a microphone for each commissioner in time for the special meeting to resolve ongoing problems with the existing sound system and its limitations, to avert any future episodes resembling the disruptions of the Jan. 10 meeting. ◦