Despite hundreds marching in his support, and a chaotic atmosphere that almost ended the meeting, Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia’s contract was terminated by the board of commissioners.
Hoboken Housing Authority (HHA) tenants marched from 221 Jackson St. to Hoboken City Hall in support of Executive Director Carmelo Garcia before a special meeting to terminate his contract with the housing authority. (rough cuts, no narration)
Hoboken citizens squeezed into city hall for the special meeting of the HHA Board of Commissioners. Chaos erupted when Margarita Garcia, wife of Carmelo Garcia, had an altercation with a member of the crowd in support of terminating Garcia’s contract.
Editor’s Note: Portions of Roman Brice’s first person accounts of the meeting can be viewed here and here.
Amidst a raucous crowd that refused to be silenced despite a heavy police presence, Chairwoman Dana Wefer was finally able to call a vote to terminate Garciaâ€™s contract. As the crowd continued to loudly voice their displeasure, the board passed the measure by a vote of 5-2 – with only commissioners Jeanne Rodriguez and Rob Davis voting no.
The best coverage of the meeting, so congratulations to the Hudson County View.
One bit of good news. We won't have to listen any more to Carmelo Garcia's unending litany of lies.
MSV support a nondemocratic and discriminatory abuse of power.
Mr. Garcia in 2001 shouted "Viva Applied" in management-sponsored rallies urging tenants to sign a petition to drop Section 8 housing. When the lawsuit was dropped Applied Housing went from 90% affordable housing to 70%; evicting thousands. This is how Mr. Garcia got his start in politics; betraying his own as the residents most affected were of Puerto-Rican origin like him. Later here in Public Housing he tried to push Vision 20/20 in 2013 which would have evicted and displaced over 806 families. Everyone is aware some of his supporters are paid to be at these meetings. However, It's very sad to see other Residents of the HHA so deluded defending a man who they should know better to defend-a man who has no ethics nor scruples. Good riddance to Mr. Garcia. It's about time we have a more honest director. Hopefully one who cares more about us and will not sell us out.
its sad that Jessica coco thinks the next director would care about the people in pubic housing !
What about the scandal that the HHA is keeping mum on?… Karol Lorde who was the assistant manager for Fox Hills getting arrested. She was stealing from the tenants? She prayed on the elderly. No one has said a word but a large amount of elderly tenants had to go to court to keep from getting evicted. No answers from any of the HHA. (We can’t comment was what I was told) I am glad Mr. Garcia was terminated. He did nothing but keep quiet.
now where do they expect us to move too most of us cant afford a regular apartment
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