Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Jake Stuiver will complete the duration of his term, which officially ends in May.
Hoboken Housing Authority Chairman Jake Stuiver has moved out of Hoboken but is allowed to finish out his term on the seven-member housing board, he said Tuesday. "I am thankful and honored to receive corroboration of my belief, that I am able to continue serving on the HHA in full compliance with all local, state and federal laws," Stuiver wrote in an email, "and consider it not only lawful and proper to serve out my term but in fact imperative that I honor my commitment." Stuiver and Executive Director of the HHA, Carmelo Garcia, have gone head to head lately, in a fight that involves the executive director's appointing authority and contract terms. The HHA's attorney, Charlie Daglian, ruled that there is no residency requirement for …
Friday, March 15, 2013
A last minute resolution was put forward at a Hoboken Housing Authority meeting on Thursday night, in which chairman Jake Stuiver and his allies on the board proposed to terminate Executive Director Carmelo Garcia's contract.
Hoboken Housing Authority Chairman Jake Stuiver and his allies on the HHA board proposed a resolution to terminate Executive Director Carmelo Garcia's contract on Thursday night, in what appears to be an ongoing struggle about who has the power to hire professionals at the Housing Authority. Ultimately, both parties agreed to renegotiate some terms of the contract in the coming 90 days, according to several people who attended Thursday's meeting. The executive director's contract — Garcia is currently two and a half years into his five year contract at an annual salary of $150,000 — can only be terminated unilaterally by the Housing board 120 days before the end date of the contract, Garcia as well as Commissioner Eduardo Gonzalez said. …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Hoboken Housing Authority Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet on Thursday night.
Carmelo Garcia, the executive director of the Hoboken Housing Authority, has received a Rice notice in preparation for Thursday night’s board meeting. A Rice notice is usually given out to employees to discuss the terms of their employment. Such matters can be discussed in public or in private. In this case, that’s up to Garcia. According to the Open Public Meetings Act, a Rice notice can involve “the employment, appointment, termination of employment, terms and conditions of employment, evaluation of the performance of, promotion or disciplining of any specific prospective public officer or employee or current public officer or employee employed or appointed by the public body, unless all the individual employees or appointees whose …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Hoboken Housing Authority Chairman Jake Stuiver defends the process of hiring an auditor and an attorney for the authority.
Friday, January 18
Dear Editor: I commend Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner Eduardo Gonzalez for recognizing that it has taken an unconscionably long time to complete our process of hiring a general counsel and auditor. It has indeed taken more than five months to conclude what should have been standard, straightforward procedures under normal circumstances, and it is to my not inconsequential and frequently vocalized frustration that we have been unable to do so. However, I'd like to invite Commissioner Gonzalez to reevaluate the reasons these important and normally uneventful processes have become bogged down. As Commissioner Gonzalez should know, the Board of Commissioners is the appointing authority for all contractual vendors and contract …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Hoboken Housing Authority Chairman Jake Stuiver asks for healthy debate and cooperation from a fellow board member.
Wednesday, January 16
Dear Editor: As Chairman of the Hoboken Housing Authority, I am pleased to say that our past several board meetings have been filled with healthy debate and occasionally contentious discussion over a wide variety of important issues. I think I speak for the entire Reform majority when I say debate and even friction are positive attributes of a governing body that’s doing its job properly and digging into the hard work of hashing out the issues and making informed decisions. I do not wince at serious, meaty engagement with my fellow commissioners -- I welcome it. Unfortunately, at our last meeting, Housing Authority Commissioner Eduardo Gonzalez took an important discussion about an auditing proposal and digressed into what appeared to be …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The resolution was added to Thursday night's agenda around noon on Thursday.
The Hoboken Housing Authority is considering hiring a deputy executive director, according to multiple board members. On Thursday night, the board of commissioners was scheduled to vote on the position. The resolution was added around noon on Thursday. The deputy executive director — which essentially would be the number two — would be in charge when Carmelo Garcia, the current Executive Director of the HHA, is out of town or otherwise unavailable. The deputy would be hired as a consultant, rather than a full time employee. Garcia said he was "suprised" by the proposal to hire a deputy on a consulting basis and called it "unfair and unjust." "I don't need one," Garcia said. "I was surprised." Furthermore, Garcia said, the housing authority…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The payments are part of an old PILOT payment that hasn't been budgeted for since 2008.
The Hoboken Housing Authority owes the city of Hoboken more than $400,000 in back payments, because it stopped paying fees to the city in 2008, according to HHA chairman Jake Stuiver. According to a 1949 cooperation agreement (which was amended in 1953), the Housing Authority owes the city 10 percent of its annual rent revenue, in lieu of tax payments. In return, the city provides the area served by the housing authority with municipal services. The issue came to light at a Hoboken Housing Authority meeting last week during a discussion of the authority's annual audit. In what seems to have been an unwritten agreement, the HHA stopped paying the annual cost to the city in 2008 and stopped budgeting for it in its annual budget, Stuiver said…
Friday, July 13, 2012
In a 4-2 vote at the end of Thursday night's meeting, the board was re-organized.
Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner Jake Stuiver was appointed as the new chairman of the seven-people board on Thursday night, in a 4-2 vote. The majority of the HHA board changed recently, when the city council appointed former council candidate Greg Lincoln. Commissioners Eduardo Gonzalez and Jean Rodriguez voted "no." Commissioners David Mello, Judy Burell—who was appointed to the HHA by the Governor in April 2011— and Stuiver voted "yes." Commissioner Rob Davis was not present for the vote. Lincoln filled former Commissioner Marianne Camporeale's seat. Camporeale had not finished the required classes all HHA commissioners have to complete within the alloted time. With Lincoln's appointment, the balance on the board shifted, …