Hoboken’s Carmelo Garcia appointed acting director of housing agency in Newark


HOBOKEN — Carmelo Garcia, Hoboken resident and former executive director of the Hoboken Housing Authority, has been appointed acting director of the Newark Department of Economic Development, according to reports.
Garcia has replaced Baye Adofo-Wilson, who according to reports handed in his letter of resignation a few weeks ago.
Garcia has been serving as the chief real estate officer and executive vice president of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation and joined the NCEDC in 2015. He previously served as a New Jersey State Assemblyman before recently stepping down.
Garcia was terminated as the executive director of Hoboken’s federally funded Hoboken Housing Authority in 2014 after a vote by the HHA’s board of commissioners and Hoboken City Council. The HHA sued Garcia in the Hudson County Superior Court, alleging that Garcia violated U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations and broke “good faith and faith dealing” by allegedly approving or rejecting procurement contracts without the board’s consent in April 2016.
But Garcia has filed a lawsuit that claimed that Zimmer, her husband Stan Grossbard, and members of the HHA conspired to have him removed from his position because he did not support the mayor’s agenda. He also said he was discriminated against because of his race. He said Zimmer had tried to cleanse town leadership positions of minorities.
Garcia did not immediately return a call for further confirmation or questions on Wednesday afternoon.
For past articles on Garcia and related subjects, see hudsonreporter.com.