Stuiver out as Hoboken Housing Authority chairman, Davis voted in with fanfare
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HOBOKEN — Hoboken Housing Authority residents cheered as Robert Davis III, a longtime city resident, was elected the Authority's new board chairman by a 4-3 vote.

Davis was nominated by HHA Commissioner Jean Rodriguez. Outgoing chairman Jake Stuiver nominated Greg Lincoln, but the measure was defeated also by a 4-3 vote.

"I'm excited, I'm nervous, and my priority is going to be to bring everything back to the people," said Davis after the vote.

The housing authority's bylaws require it to elect a new chairman (or reelect the sitting chairman) and vice chairman each year. Stuiver also recently moved out of town.

The vice-chair position remained open as of the end of the meeting, due to deadlocked votes on nominees Commissioner Rodriguez and Commissioner and Councilman-at-Large David Mello.

After Stuiver stated a few months ago that he was moving to Pennsylvania, it was assumed he would step down as chairman, though nothing in the bylaws states that the chairman must be a resident of the municipality.

Before the vote took place, Debra Morrissette, a representative of the Columbus Gardens resident advisor board, submitted a petition requesting that the new director be a Hoboken resident.

Residents jeered Stuiver as he left the meeting immediately following the vote, and cheered for Davis as he took Stuiver's seat.

"Rob is one of us, he's there when we need him," said one Housing Authority resident, who wished to remain nameless. "He's the type of person we need, not someone like Jake."

Stuiver is an ally of Mayor Dawn Zimmer, and was part of Zimmer's majority on the all-volunteer housing board. His faction of the board has been criticizing HHA Executive Director Carmelo Garcia's work, which does not sit well with some HHA residents.

Sandra Smith, a HHA resident, said that she felt that the Housing Authority has been manipulated for political purposes in the past year, and expressed hope that Davis would change that.

"It's felt like we've been downgraded," she said. "As residents, we should know what's going on but we always get the tail end. Rob is going to do great things for us."

For more background on this issue, see related stories linked below. — Dean DeChiaro

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jcboyz
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May 12, 2013
HOBOKEN POLITICS IS LAUGHABLE!!!

WHILE THE REST OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD IS TEARING DOWN HOUSING PROJECTS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST BLUNDER OF OUR OUR TIME, RIDDLED WITH DRUGS, CRIME, MURDER AND A COMPLETE DRAIN ON OUR TAX DOLLARS AND OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS.

YET POLITICAL HACKS LIKE CARMELO GARCIA WANT TO BUILD MORE???????????????? ITS RIDICULOUS HOW HE WANTS TO USE OUR TAX DOLLARS TO PUT MORE VOTERS IN TOWN THAT MAY VOTE FOR HIM. HOPEFULLY THEY ARE EDUCATED ENOUGH TO REALIZE THAT THE PROJECTS SHOULD BE A STEPPING STONE TO A BETTER LIFE AS OPPOSED TO A PERMANENT ADDRESS FOR THE OPPRESSED! WAKE UP HOBOKEN!!! MORE PROJECTS, MORE CRIME. I PAY $16,000 IN TAXES PER YEAR AND I CANT EVEN SEND MY KID TO THE HIGH SCHOOL!! WASNT IT LAST YEAR THAT THE HIGH SCHOOL QUARTER BACK (FROM THE PROJECTS) BEAT AND ALMOST KILLED A RETIRED FBI AGENT WHO LIVED IN TOWN WITH HIS WIFE!

TEAR DOWN THE PROJECTS, DONT BUILD MORE!!
xcellt
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May 11, 2013
The full meeting on video can be found here http://wp.me/p2PQWA-LM
bontoady
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May 10, 2013
Yes, yes, and yea...it is true that the housing authority needs to be given back to the community. The Zimmer faction tried to make it a political playground, as they have made the real estate of Hoboken into a joke, controlling the zoning board, the historical society, eminent domain, with a 6 million dollar guarantee of a no park policy until litigation is finished or fraud charges are pressed, electoral process that is up far sale....Oh, I could go on and on, but it seems that the people of Hoboken are coming out to fight for their government....Oh, and they made Carmello Garcia play politics to get anything done at the housing authority and then they did not want him to run.....come on!!! Good Luck to all
recallbethmason
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May 10, 2013
Bontoady, clearly Carmelo (one of your people) has done such a good job with the housing authority so far? Drugs, meth labs, violence, attempted murders....give me a break? The bottomline, until there is proper accountability at the HHA, no new buildings should be built to insure there is no corruption or any unintended consequences on the community at large. Good luck moving forward without the support of 90% of the Hoboken population.
HobokenLeaks
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May 11, 2013
Electoral process up for sale? You mean like Tim Occhipinti having 575 paid 'workers' when he only had 1240 votes?

You really are a toady. Well done, go collect your check.