Councilman Accused of 'Railroading' Housing Authority Meeting

Hoboken residents' group reacts to last week's meeting.

Hoboken Council member David Mello in Patch file photo
Hoboken Council member David Mello in Patch file photo
The following is a statement from Debra Morrissette and Sigsby Cheatham the Hoboken Housing Authority Resident Advisory Board/Tenant Association:

At the Jan. 9 Hoboken Housing Authority meeting, Councilman David Mello attempted to remove the first black chairman of the Hoboken Housing Authority, inciting a riot with the residents of the Housing Authority. 

Councilman Mello [who was appointed to the Housing Authority in 2012] attended the meeting with a pocket resolution to change the bylaws of the commissioners, which stated that if during the term of the chair and vice chair of the HHA board of commissioners there occurs a change in the composition of the membership of the board for any reason, then a meeting of the full board must be held within 60 days of the change. At this meeting, by motion appropriately made and seconded and by a vote of the majority of its full membership, the board may remove and replace the board chair and/or vice-chair. In the event such a change in leadership is made, the new officers shall assume office immediately after the vote and shall serve until the expiration of the original one-year term, until they are replaced pursuant to this rule or until they resign. Any newly elected officers whose position was gained by set vote shall be immediately empowered to make any changes to the composition of any sub-committees established by the board that they deem appropriate.

Councilman Mello not only attempted to bully Chairman Davis but also railroaded the meeting. He attempted to obstruct Chairman Davis’ ability to run the meeting as is his duty.

As residents attending and observing what is going on with the political bullying that the city of Hoboken is facing, we must ask:

Did Councilman Mello discuss the resolution at an earlier time with the majority commissioners? The certainty and assurance he had that the resolution would pass by the majority only leaves one to believe that the resolution may have been discussed earlier, whether by telephone conference, in person or electronically. If such a thing did occur then this would constitute a violation of the Sunshine Law and should be addressed immediately.  

This is a mirror situation of what occurred at the City Council meeting on Tuesday evening when the minority council members were not provided with a list of potential candidates to serve on a variety of city boards until two minutes prior to voting. When questioned, no one could answer how or when the names were selected and were told they could either vote yes or no as they had a full board to conduct the vote.

As researched by a resident of the HHA, not one member appointed to the city boards is a minority, which serves contrary to the mayor’s inaugural speech of all elected officials working together for ONE Hoboken and being transparent with the processes used in the City’s government.   

Carol Harrison January 15, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Mr. Cheatham, Thank you for ending the all caps, it was very poor etiquette. If you are truly a author (and not self published) please reread and grammar check your posts, as they consist of incomplete sentences and other examples of inept writing. It is painful to read. I find your jackal beliefs very insulting and an fine example of hate speech. Also an example of your ignorance of science. Jackals and humans are not capable of bearing offspring. The species are to different. Even closely related species as horse and donkeys which can bear offspring, the mule is almost always a sterile creature incapable of reproducing. Now if jackal is being used to describe humans of a certain character, it is still extremely insulting. For example based on your manner, behavior, and intellect (as displayed on these posts) one of your parents was either a panda, Kakapo, or a cane toad. I don't normally insult people, but you have chosen to insult an entire ethnic group, and I will make an exception for you.
Sigsby Cheatham January 15, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Hey Hermes/ mercury wore wings on his feet near the back next to the ankle! messenger or news boy Merk! would you care to engage in a diatribe? and elaborate you statement How do you know that God is a myth? Anything you let control you is a god to you. for instance Adidas sneakers is your god! Look at you! You have a god at or in this case on your feet! The Greek Gods and goddesses are a MYTH! But God all mighty, a myth(smile) could you prove or show me where you got that information?
Carol Harrison January 15, 2014 at 06:47 PM
I true word warrior is someone like this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Kondratiev, and he would not twist words to justify using language to insult people. There are facts left out of his bio he was also knew languages from Africa. After his passing his Facebook page was filled with people from all over the world saying farewell, in so many languages.
Pops January 15, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Sigsby, you make no sense at all and are embarrassing yourself with all these long-winded, nonsensical comments. We get that you like to hear yourself talk, we get that you are an attention seeker, and an internet comment thread gives you an unlimited platform for all your verbal diarrhea. So blab away, if it makes you feel good. Sadly, no one cares.
Sigsby Cheatham January 15, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Hermes wears Adidas says god is a myth! Does anyone care to take him to task to prove that statement? Where did he get that information? If God is a myth then all that we have been taught is a lie! If god the father is a myth then are you also saying that Jesus the son of god is a myth. That powerful statement destroys all religions! Oh my God! that means that heaven is a myth. and the people who we loved that died are where? if not in heaven. Hermes wears adidas you just opened up a can of worms with that statement! Then that means when I die after believing in God and heaven all my life, just what does that mean Hermes wear Adidas? They call me Anti Semitic. But you saying that God All mighty is a myth what does that make you? Atheist? Wow so there is no heaven, and Jesus died on the cross for what? with that statement you just caused an AVALANCHE of beliefs and faith in god? to released! Now I wonder who will take up the slack? where is all the hate mongers? Its early yet Hermes wears Adidas. If no one else I will fan the fires of discourse! If the anonymous of the Patch don't question this, then all that was spewed at me was just to condemn Carmelo Garcia and his 20/20 plan! Atheist! If god is a myth does that make the Devil the real God? Then tell me please Hermes wears Adidas where do we go when we die! Can you give information to prove that God is a myth? So you are saying that all the prays sent god went where? and to whom? lets see who responds to this ...
Sigsby Cheatham January 15, 2014 at 07:24 PM
Oh my lord in heaven? Hermes wears adidas just shattered our belief in god, Jesus, angels and heaven. when he said that GOD IS A MYTH!!! Nahhh I don't think he really meant that he was just getting emotional, or was he? what if he is correct and god is a myth where is my dead mother, father and all of our loved ones? Please some one explain this to me?
Ojo Rojo January 15, 2014 at 07:48 PM
It is really hard to take someone seriously who supports a redevelopment plan that would tear down their home and have no idea what that plan says or even if the plan contains a legal requirement to make sure they had a new place to live for the rest of their natural life so long as they remained eligible for HUD housing. Talk about complete foolishness.
300Marshall January 15, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Carol "If you are truly a author (and not self published) please reread and grammar check your posts, as they consist of incomplete sentences and other examples of inept writing." People get on my back about my grammar so I will get on your back. You complain about poor grammar and you say in the sentence A AUTHOR. Shouldnt it be AN AUTHOR! A typical Zimmy Zombie, bashing people over the head about grammar when infact your spelling is poor it self!
Henry Ford January 15, 2014 at 08:28 PM
300Marshall is correct, we could all serve the discourse better by running spell check. Except the Jews. They can be forgiven for their ignorance, given the jackal genes in their ancestry and all that.
Grafix Avenger January 15, 2014 at 08:34 PM
Woof! Woof!
Campaign news January 15, 2014 at 08:41 PM
@sigsby, I see where your deep reading on Jew/dog breeding has left you little time to comprehend the internet. Hence your concern with who said what. Let me explain. What we have here is a pure meritocracy. We are our words, and all the honor or dishonor we enjoy is the sum of those words. Here's an example. Someone referred to his questioner as an, "insecure mendacious, miscreant" and closed by saying, "have a blessed evening." I don't know this person but I can tell you 3 very important facts about him. 1) He is a pretentious fop who hopes the sheer volume of excess syllables will cause him to be thought of as a man of letters. 2) He insults his target then wishes him "a blessed evening." He wishes to be thought of as a man of high spiritual purpose. Yet he can't leave his seething anger aside long enough to avoid the preceding insult. In short his own anger is hidden from him while it is plain to everyone else while him imagines himself as a prophet and bringer of light. 3) He needs public validation of his intellect and other gifts. He won't get it. See how easy that was? And I don't even know the person. But I know from his words what he's all about.
Carol Harrison January 15, 2014 at 08:42 PM
One typo. I don't claim to be an author. I freely admit to having dyslexia and dysgraphia. The spell checker takes care of the spelling. I did not use the computer grammar checker, which would have caught the error. Yet I think most of the other poster would find my writing better than Mr. Cheatham's. He is an author and I'm learning disabled. I don't have grammar checking program on my iPad or iPhone.
Campaign news January 15, 2014 at 08:46 PM
@300, typing 'a' instead of 'an' is hardly a pattern of illiteracy. More likely, give the balance of her posts, it's a typo. Get over your dumb self. Still haven't heard from you about dogs having sex with Jewish women. I notice you have no problem with Sigsby so I assume you're down with his, um, theories. So, enlighten us. Know any Jewish women who, um, partake?
Sigsby Cheatham January 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Sigsby Cheatham January 15, 2014 at 09:54 pm Again I thank you for all of your attention heaped on me! I am going to let the seedy thoughts of whatever is in your mind, remain in your mind! To continue to harp on past thoughts leads one to believe you have a learning defect! A tale of two cities. The gentry and the soon to be new village now called HHA! Only a demented minded insecure person would continue to fan the flames of a fire gone out! Jewish women are some of the most virtuous women in this sick society! They are more suppressed and oppressed then black people! Surely my heart goes out to them. Golda Meir a great woman! The woman warriors in the Israeli army strong role models of virtue are they not? The Sephardic Jew also called oriental long persecuted by the Ashkenazi Jew were exiled from Spain in 1492 along with the Moors have been denigrated all most as worse, if NOT as worse than black slave! The Ashkenazi Jew forced to live on the out skirts of cities in ghetto squalor that they did business with during the middle ages and even long after! The Ashkenazi and the Sephardim Jews have been fighting each other for centuries. Even today their differences have yet to be resolved! And you try to focus on history I got from the civilization of the Jews as narrated the renowned Abba Eban ! Only a deceitful minded mean spirited soul would stir up old ashes! I know this. One man! One man has brought the city of Hoboken to its knees by winning a racial discrimination suit for how much? One million DOLLARS! All we ask is for a letter of need that cost the city nothing, and in the short run of things will pay the city 5,000 dollars in much needed revenue. I suggest Dawn better hurry up and let us build our new village so we can help pay off that new million debt they are going to have to pay very shortly. Also two of the faithful four are women of Jewish descent I hold in the highest of regard. As a matter of Fact I would like to appear on Elsbeth’S TV program which by the way her name means the house of El a ancient name for god who Hermes wears Adidas claims is a MYTH. I would like to see a strong united Hoboken then the sorrowful tale of two cities that is a black eye for this up and coming city! How dare you continue to spew discord, and dissention between HHA, and the gentry!!!
Sigsby Cheatham January 15, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Oh by the way this story so far has 8o and counting comments. Is there a record for comment to any one story? we'll get as many as a hundred comments before it petered out! I say lets go for a record of comments! Can some body contact what is name of the company that documents the most and the longest things, what is the name? Dang, it'll come to me. but in the mean time one of you anonymous folks contact them for us! I feel a record of some kind is about to be set! Y'all I mean you have a blessed evening....
Dr.Scott January 16, 2014 at 01:03 AM
i wasn't at the meeting and don't know about this specific incident, but i do know that councilman mello is a good man
puzzledone January 16, 2014 at 07:11 AM
As I discussed earlier, there is no convincing you on matters of faith, so I will not try bit to say different people have taught different things and it's impossible that all are right. As for your actual political arguments, if 1 million settlement to one person, to be appealed and paid by insurance, brought the city to its knees, then what of ignoring 1 million in quarters gone missing by the faithful four? What about a larger win against a developer, on the type of move so typically seen in past administrations. This man was involved in leaking confidential negotiations, and probably cost the city 10x his payout, I would call 20 dollars per resident a bargain. As for your letter of need, since this started in April, Carmelo has done nothing to try to get plans, establish a tenant bill of rights, or generally improve buildings. He did, however further his personal political career. If you believe the appropriate reward for this non action is more money, we will have to agree to disagree.
pdq January 16, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Sigsby the normal number for a debatable subject matter is around 150. A high is around 750. It seems that people are responding to you because of the hypocrisy of your writing, the shallowness of your views and the ease of your ideals being manipulated by those with bad intentions. Many posters here are not used to debating issues with people who display such characteristics.
Campaign news January 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM
@pdq, I'm more concerned with the free pass this frothing anti-semite is getting from the ostensibly Jewish Beth Mason, and his FB friend, the Director of the federally funded HHA. Can you imagine the manufactured public outrage if anyone associated with reform said a tenth of what Cheatham has said and stood behind?
Carol Harrison January 16, 2014 at 01:29 PM
So you want quantity over quality, Mr. Cheatham? Most of these posts are about how detestable your beliefs are and not about anything else. I'm concerned about Vision 20/20 because the plan has not been detailed. What safety net is there that there will be enough low income units for the current and future needs of Hoboken and too many will not be made market rate. My personal feelings about cities is that we need diversity, not just working here but living here. We need the people working at McDonalds and the shops, we need the bakers, cops, firemen, bankers, dry cleaners. That is complete city. Realistically if only the rich can afford to live here, why would anyone commute into Hoboken to stand behind the counter at the dry cleaners? I have a friend, more like family. He grew up in the projects in Newark in the 70's. My daughter knows him as her uncle. His mom worked hard, but that was what she could afford. I know the importance affordable housing. It should be safe. I think it should be mixed. I think it should not feel like an encampment. But without a plan I would not sign off on anything. I want to see safeguards. I want to know that there will be affordable housing, today, tomorrow and years and years down the road. Can you show me proof that there are safeguards?
Campaign news January 16, 2014 at 02:11 PM
@Carol, ask Jessica Coco about safeguards. http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2014/01/new-harassment-for-hha-activist-jessica.html Sigsby considers Carmelo akin to MLK, so don't be expecting him to care how a real HHA tenant is treated when daring to criticize the director.
Hoboken Answer January 16, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Sadly, Mr. Cheatham is relatively new to Hoboken but has quickly risen in the ranks of Carmelo Garcia spokespeople with his primitive anti-Semitic views. Mr. Cheatham believes perhaps honestly this is the road for him to achieve his dream of eating and sleeping in a new apartment where no one else has slept or eaten in. Sadly, Mr. Cheatham is wrong and been sold a very bad bill of goods. Look up the Hudson Reporter stories on the role of Carmelo Garcia siding against low and moderate income people on behalf of Applied, the landlord. You will learn very well Mr. Cheatham who Carmelo Garcia stands with and in that illumination, it wasn't with any minorities. Carmelo Garcia is a relentless self-promoter who places above all his self-interest and his pockets. Vision 20/20 is a complete and transparent scam. You and the Carmelitos may think you will be compensated and taken care of but I assure you selling out other poor and low income HHA residents does not endear you to anyone there or in Hoboken overall. You have some explaining to do sir. Followed with an apology to all the residents of Hoboken for what you are doing and what you've done in your short time as a resident of Hoboken. Jessica Coco is a well known victim in the HHA. You can start with an apology there and move on to the local rabbis. Get to it!
Sigsby Cheatham January 16, 2014 at 06:08 PM
This is the last time I'll address the ignorance and vehement abject hate displayed here. You all should apologize to HHA for the abuse heaped on them for the years they have trusted the politico of Hoboken and disappointed time and time again. this is a two way street. Have the Mayor apologize for using HHA residents as a stepping stone to where she is now. Have the City Council apologize for there disrespect of the HHA residents who come them for help, and they laugh in their faces. apologies are due across the board.
Carol Harrison January 16, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Mr. Cheatham, I have said and done nothing for which to apologies. Please tell what is wrong with wanting a detailed plan for Vision 20/20.
puzzledone January 16, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Mr. Cheatham, if you are looking for apologies, I have a few thoughts...1. Why should I apologize to you for the fact that the taxes I pay to support you are not applied to your liking? 2. Shouldn't you be complaining most about Mike Russo given his statements on tape about what he has done to the housing authority? 3. Ditto past administrations, and your "faithful four" are really just holdovers from them. 4. Why are you not blaming Carmelo Garcia? What has he done to improve the situation, given that over the years he has failed to use federal monies allocated to move generators for their stated purpose and has failed to adequately provide fire safety? As for hate, I have shown none.
Ojo Rojo January 16, 2014 at 07:48 PM
The only ignorance I see here is put forward by the people who support approving plans while remaining ignorant of the contents of that plan. That is you Sigsby. You support something you have never seen on the word of a man who refuses to make that plan publicly available for scrutiny. Get it through your skull already, the reforms will never act out of ignorance and approve that plan the way you wish them to. We will see it, we will study it and we will not let the ignorant vocal few like yourself who blindly support it despite being ignorant on the details of the plan ram it down our throats.
Pops January 16, 2014 at 08:06 PM
sigsby is living in fantasyland, his arguments make no sense and there's no reasoning with him. he's just a troll, knowingly or not.
Grafix Avenger January 16, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Arf! Arf!
Campaign news January 17, 2014 at 05:21 AM
Following are the words of a man who things *other people* should apologize. "Is the so called Jew really the chosen people of god? Let's review their story: While the Caveman was having sex with the women from the Indus valley. The cave women were left to relieve themselves as best they could. Their best effort was to have sex with the Jackals of the cave. (WO) man’s best friend. The jackal served other purposes as well. The jackal would distinctly lick the festering sores of their cave consorts. Also when food became scarce the people of the cave would eat the dogs." Sigsby Cheatham, racist, anti-semite, all around loon. https://www.facebook.com/scheatham09/posts/773977352615895?stream_ref=10
Jackalgate January 17, 2014 at 08:15 AM
The problem here is that Sigsby Cheatham's racist, anti-Semitic hate speech has been exposed on this site for a full week now, and he has continued ejaculating ardent defenses of his hate speech all over this comment thread, yet not one other authority figure from the Hoboken Housing Authority has spoken up to denounce this vile rhetoric and rein it in. Mr. Cheatham is a co-author of this article in his official capacity with the Resident Advisory Board/Tenants Association. Despite FAP's astute questions above, no one has provided any clarity as to how tenants become officials with this Association, leaving us no choice but to conclude that the selection process is as every other process appears to run in the Hoboken Housing Authority, which is under the exclusive, autocratic control of Carmelo Garcia. One would think Mr. Garcia would step forward and denounce the words and actions of his tenants association representative, but this has not occurred. At least Chris Christie has taken ownership of the bridge scandal and dismissed the chief perpetrator from his staff. Mr. Garcia continues to silently abide and tacitly stand behind Mr. Cheatham's hate speech, and that is unacceptable.


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