Hoboken City Council to vote on two potential housing authority appointments

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The Hoboken City Council is set to vote on two potential housing authority appointments, where both are a part of the Elysian Chart School community and one who previously served on the HHA. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Eduardo Gonzalez, a former HHA commissioner from 2009 through 2014, is on Wednesday’s agenda for a five-year term that would run through May 3rd, 2022.

Also the board president for Elysian Charter School, Gonzalez unsuccessfully challenged Peter Cunningham for his 5th Ward council seat in 2015.

The resolution for his appointment is sponsored by Council President Ruben Ramos and Councilwoman-at-Large Vanessa Falco, both who have a strong presence in the HHA community.

Additionally, Aaron Lewit, the vice chair of the Fund for a Better Waterfront board, will also be seeking the council’s approval for a five-year term on the housing authority.

Lewit, who works as a consultant to non-profit, low-income housing programs, is also a founder of Elysian Chart School who served as the project manager for moving to their new location at 1460 Garden St.

The resolution regarding Lewit’s appointment is sponsored by Councilwomen Jen Giattino and Tiffanie Fisher.

Sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told Hudson County View that at least seven individuals expressed an interest in filling the vacancies left by now former HHA Chair David Denning and Commissioner Barbara Reyes.

Coincidentally, Denning was appointed in 2014 and replaced Gonzalez. He resigned last month and former Councilman Dave Mello has since taken over as chair.

The HHA board has seven seats: six are appointed by the council and one commissioner is named by the governor.

Former Councilwoman Beth Mason was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie (R) in one of his last actions in office back in January, but she is yet to actually sit on the board as she has not received clearance from the state Department of Community Affairs.

The Hoboken council meets at City Hall, 94 Washington St., at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

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  1. It is too bad that some on the Hoboken City Council would even consider trying to appoint someone so mired in the sketchy past of the HHA again and then adding a guy who works for him as a second vote.

    I guess the former reformers feel the need to destroy the gains of the past to secure their own political future.

    • “”The number of thousand- and multi-thousand-dollar checks I’ve written over the past four years to ensure that residents have quality events and activities from a board that cares about the community should stand as a testament to my sincere concern for the residents and the quality of life in the HHA,” Stuiver said Saturday, explaining his ask.

      The request did not sit well with Joe Branco, a resident and local bar owner who aspires to sit on the HHA board.

      “I’m pretty astonished that you would actually ask for a total of how much you donated to the housing authority. If you give from the heart, you give. You don’t ask to keep track of how much you gave,” Branco said during public comment before announcing that Stuiver’s request had itself inspired him to give back to the residents. ”

      https://patch.com/new-jersey/hoboken/housing-authority-residents-taking-vision-2020-protest-to-commissioners-pa-home
      Money back is something Masonista’s do– she did so why wouldn’t her ex manager?

  2. Eduardo is head of Elysian Charter School Board where Zimmer, Giattino and many reformers send their kids.
    HOBOKEN ( not outta state residents or those who send their kids to COUNTY HI-TECH run by NICK SACCO…) Know Eduardo is a great guy — BUT you guys destroy him because he’s not a BhallaBot

    You people are obsessed ex loves

  3. Reform and The Horse should use their “Wayback Machines ”
    Barbara Reyes was supported 9-0 just a few months back. Nobody was more tied to Carmelo than she.
    Why is Eduardo who is President of Elysian Charter School ( Where Jen, Zimmer and other reformers kids went ) now a problem?

    This year: http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/27458481/article-City-Council-appoints-Barbara-Reyes-to-Hoboken-Housing-Authority-board–?instance=top_story

    A few years back : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fzk43GE6VE

  4. Nancy Pincus is a menace to this community.
    What the matter Gee Aye you lose your cockiness after your paymaster ( on ELEC) Ravi Bhalla gets a major Censure?

    Boy- he’s like Jon Corea and Anthony Russo had a Baby had it was named Ravi

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