Belfiore under investigation
I got an unexpected chuckle today, when I casually flipped through the latest Hoboken Reporter.
As you will read below in the 4/1/2008 update, Mr. Belfiore is under investigation for non-compliance with the State’s Election Laws. Apparently, this upset him, and he chose the least-read venue for his response (why? you ask).
For one, he elaborately sets up his whole letter by claiming he hasn’t used the internet, and someone “told” him about this piece. HA! Then, he said Hoboken411 “editorialized,” when I just just reported the known facts – Nice try! Lastly, he really grasped at straws by calling Hoboken411 (if printed) “bird cage liner” – showing originality while using the same reference 411 used for the Reporter back in May of 2007 (did someone from the Reporter actually write his letter?)
Regardless, HERE IS ERIC KURTA’S RESPONSE:
“In this weekend’s edition of the Hoboken Reporter, Perry Belfiore writes:
“I am not and never have been under any investigation regarding my candidacy in last year’s Fifth Ward Council Election…”
Attached is a letter from ELEC that says otherwise.”
Hey, that letter looks like an open investigation to me, unless I’m missing something.
Don’t shoot the messenger! Hoboken411 was just stating what the facts are. Mr. Belfiore was more than welcome to submit a response (sans 411 jabs) to me, and I would have gladly published. This again, is proof that certain individuals in Hoboken purposely try to create a divide between newcomers and B&R’s, and often use 411 as the scapegoat. If they’d just communicate with me, they’d get their word out to more and more people. When will they learn?
Added to the list of alleged election-law scofflaws here in Hoboken:
Peter “Perry” Belfiore, whose months-late filing for last year’s Fifth Ward City Council election and non-filing for the subsequent runoff election has brought him under investigation by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
Timely and accurate financial disclosures of campaign contributions enable voters to make informed decisions at the polls. Candidates for office, whether for City Council or State Governor, must file reports detailing campaign contributors, amounts of contributions made, and all expenditures made on behalf of the candidate.
In 2007, Belfiore did not file his two pre-election reports (due April 9th and April 27th) until June 7th, well after the May 8th municipal election had passed. His reports for contributions and expenditures for his unsuccessful effort in the June runoff have not been filed to date. Last October, ELEC opened an investigation of Belfiore’s reporting obligations, based on Hoboken resident Eric Kurta’s request. Results of that investigation are still pending.
Kurta said, “More and more, it appears that some local candidates and officeholders here in Hoboken pay scant attention to these laws.” Belfiore is currently the committee chairperson for the Parents for Progressive Education slate of candidates running in the upcoming Board of Education election.
“Why Belfiore, who apparently has little interest in complying with state law, is currently chairing another candidates committee is beyond comprehension. Candidates Carmelo Garcia, Francis Rhodes-Kearns, and Philip DeFalco are, at the very least, guilty of poor judgment. Their dubious choice for chairperson calls into question the legitimacy of their own campaign,” Kurta added.
How do you feel about local politicos not complying with election law?