Sunday, April 7, 2013

Is the Coalition for Open Government backed by the "Zisa/Hurwitz Political Machine?"

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To my knowledge there is NOTHING ILLEGAL regarding any actions or associations written about in this article nor do I allege, or intend to allege, same.  It is rumored that the Coalition for Open Government has ties to the alleged "Zisa/Hurwitz Political Machine," all I seek to do in writing this article is identify those possible alleged ties. 

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With a police department turned upside down by lawsuit after lawsuita police chief convicted of criminal charges, legal bills piling up, and tax appeals breaking our budget , the residents of Hackensack should be looking for a change of direction--not more of the same.  

Now I learned at a young age to always have my own opinion, because that which may be popular, is not always what may be right.  However, when making a decision it doesn't mean you shouldn't look around and see who may share your opinion, how others feel, and seek guidance from trusted sources--you should be aware of the company that you keep. 

After having heard opinions that the Coalition for Open Government was a "machine" ticket, I took some time to try to understand if this may be true.  I looked at campaign filings and took a ride around town to get an idea of who was supporting the ticket.  

Now you can draw your own conclusion but, it seems that (based on the information available to me and displayed below) the rumors may have merit.  It appears that those supporting the Coalition for Open Government is a collection of familiar faces with alleged ties to the "Zisa/Hurwitz Political Machine."

Who is running the Coalition for Open Government's campaign?


Roger Mattei was a councilman who served on alleged "machine" controlled tickets with Jack Zisa (brother of the ex-Chief).   

George Diana served as the campaign manager for alleged "machine" controlled tickets for the City Council in 2009.

Who is supporting the Coalition for Open Government?


Francisco (former Board of Education Trustee) and Lara (candidate for Board of Education) Rodriguez display signs in support of the Coalition for Open Government.  I have previously written regarding their alleged ties to the "machine."

 

Francis Albolino who I have previously written regarding his alleged ties to the "machine" displays signs for the Coalition for Open Government.

 

Robert Mortorano, who ran for the Board of Education in 2009 on an alleged "machine" ticket and subsequently served as the chairman of an alleged "machine" ticket for Board of Education in 2011 displays his support for the Coalition for Open Government.  Mortorano ran with Philip Carroll and Mark Stein (former council member and deputy mayor serving alongside Jack Zisa), and had the familiar campaign treasurer of Donald Lenner who as The Bergen Record reported served as the "longtime treasurer for several political fundraising committees that benefited the chief and other prominent Bergen Democrats as well as several members of the current council who ran together." 



Current Councilwoman Karen Sasso's home displays support for the Coalition for Open Government.  Sasso ran in 2005 and 2009 on alleged "machine" tickets.  


The home of current Board of Education Trustee and former Deputy Mayor Mark Stein displays support for the Coalition of Open Government.  Mark Stein is an alleged pawn for the "machine." 

 

The home of Charles Mc Auliffe former campaign manager to the "New Visions for Hackensack" ticket that ran in 2005 under alleged "machine" control displays support for the Coalition for Open Government.  Mc Auliffe was appointed to the council to fill the vacancy of Joseph DeFalco who passed away on election day.

 

Current Councilman Marlin Townes's home displays support for the Coalition for Open Government.  Townes ran in 2005 and 2009 on alleged "machine" tickets.  

 
Current Mayor Michael Melfi's home displays support for the Coalition for Open Government.  Melfi ran in 2005 and 2009 on alleged "machine" tickets.  


Richard Salkin, the current municipal prosecutor, Board of Education attorney, and former city attorney has been appointed to his post(s) by alleged "machine" controlled Councils and Boards since 1989.  Salkin, aside from displaying his support for the Coalition for Open Government, was influential in the selection of the candidates running (reported by The Bergen Record).  Mr Salkin has also been seen accompanying the Coalition for Open Government candidates to public events (pictured below at a recent City Council meeting).



 
The home of Donald Lenner who is an alleged operative of "machine" tickets and as The Bergen Record reported as the "longtime treasurer for several political fundraising committees that benefited the chief and other prominent Bergen Democrats as well as several members of the current council who ran together" displays his support of the Coalition for Open Government.


Richard Malagiere, is an attorney who was a frequent contributor to PAC's and political campaigns for alleged "machine" controlled candidates.  He faced questions of a conflict of interest by the Bergen County Prosecutor while collecting more than $750,000 for his involvement in defending civil actions against the City of Hackensack, he also represented convicted ex-Chief Zisa in personal civil matters.  He displays his support of the Coalition for Open Government.



Councilmen Meneses and Townes and City Manager Stephen LoIacono are seen above full of smiles exchanging pleasantries with Coalition for Open Government candidates Nunnermacker, Barreto, and Mania Colon.






2 comments:

  1. Nice work connecting those dots. Coalition for Open Government should be open about their connections.

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  2. Good work, Steve. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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