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.   

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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