Friday, October 30, 2015

Resident Cites Election Law Violation and Requests Investigation of Candidate Jason Some

A Hackensack resident who has requested to remain anonymous has filed a confidential request for an investigation with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC).

Jason Some, a candidate for the Hackensack City Council, has published campaign literature that according to the confidential report filed with the Commission violates NJSA 19:44A-22.3 which requires that all campaign literature clearly identifies the person or committe financing the campaign materials and literature.  While the offense carries a penalty of up to $6,000, a review of NJ ELEC final decisions shows that similar infractions have carried fines of a few hundred dollars.

Of the omission, Some states it was an "error" in the printing process.  Some contends that proofs of the material had the disclosure but the printed material did not.  It seems like a pass the buck excuse, so I can't help but say that Some's literature also lacks a Union Bug.  This is notable as Some is backed by the Citizens for Change (current administration) who have appointed Anthony Rottino and David Troast to the position of City Manager.  Both Rottino and Troast have taken a hard line stance in negotiating with our Collective Bargaining Units.  Perhaps Some, the Citizens for Change, and Troast will all take this campaign literature snafu as a lesson in the benefits of supporting union labor.

At a recent debate Some was critiqued for calling the Anderson Street area "blighted."  Some fired back stating that he never referred to the area as "blighted." The piece of literature, which Some has admitted to Hackensack Scoop lacks the required disclosures, calls for aggressive "development to other blighted areas in the City such as Anderson and Hudson streets."  Despite being superficially offended by being "accused" of calling areas of Hackensack blighted, in an email Some says "I did in fact use that term" and went on that "it is a common term used when discussing redevelopment."


  1. What's most concerning is how close Some is with the folks who stand to make bundles of cash in real estate commissions as a result of the furious redevelopment he espouses. Was this lit financed by developers looking for some quid pro quo? It's a fair question, given how close he is to those who look at Main Street and see dollar signs for themselves.

  2. This city has been is such decline for so many years that to continue to read of these type of postings is dispiriting It is an insidious constant nit picking that begs the words, Cease Fire, already. Do you really think Jerry Some's (may he rest in peace) son would do anything with malicious intent? Our family goes back some 75 years in the city of Hackensack. Parents owned a retail store; grandparents owned a retail store. Until the malls arrived and everything changed. The city had no plan for adaptation. Businesses went out of business. And businesses essentially stayed that way for 40 years, even though their signs on Main Street read, Open For Business. Yea, right.
    I involved myself in the development aspect of Main Street several years ago, and was at the forefront of getting the city up, let alone running. Background in the entertainment industry; NY real estate. So here we are. Bickering after so much has kind of happened. It was and still is a difficult city to do business in. Am reading of complaints some of the citizens have about developers and relief for deelopers, and how developers are filthy rich and so on. And oh yes, the "aggressive development plan", For the record, this is one of the by far slowest rollouts for development I have ever seen. And if anyone wants to make money, in the development game, they build in NYC or in more affluent suburbs, or more open municipalities. Time is money and the slow building process and approval process and planning process does nothing but burn a developer's money. Hackensack has been a tough place to do business for a long time. Is it not time to change that image.? Folks. Main Street is in ICU. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.The business owners really do nothing other than sit and wait for a big bankroll of cash, as do the other sellers, at unrealistic selling prices. They are all waiting for someone to step up and make them an offer. Developers I represent say let them wait. The city needs development as a fish needs water. Or if there is disagreement to this statement, , leave it alone; with stores with no customers, and sidewalks after 6pm empty. The Hack Is Back? Not exactly. (Watch, the Upper Main Alliance will use it as a branding tool). So about Some.The young councilman made a mistake, and someone is now going to sue him. This is what Hackensack is famous for. Lawsuits. It is a not very appealing characteristic of the city. Folks. Try a little harder to adapt to the changes that are essential to the life blood of the city. I was born in this city. I do remember a city radically different. It will be radically different again. Different, not the same. This incessant finger pointing on what can be considered the small stuff in the scheme of things is discouraging. This city needs so much. What it does not need are more lawsuits, and more misinformation. If a statistic is quoted, own it, and understand it. Fear mongering is not an intelligent action. And if you do not like Some, vote for one of the other candidates.

  3. It is clear this candidate has some sort of agenda or game on her mind. No one in their right and clear mind would act this way if there was a real intention to do the right thing. Do remember those email exchanges with the former city manager she had. Very palsy with Rotino. Goldman too.