Hector Claveria arrested: Bribery charges

7/15/2009 Update:

Here’s a statement from Mayor Peter Cammarano (whom Hector Claveria volunteered for during the recent elections – and served on Cammarano’s “transition team”):

“These are serious allegations which are currently proceeding through the judicial system. This Administration has a clear-cut, zero tolerance policy against any violation of the public trust and I am calling for Housing Authority Commissioner Claveria to resign his position with the Hoboken Housing Authority immediately. Should he refuse to resign, I am demanding that the City Council President immediately begin proceedings for his removal pursuant to New Jersey State statute 40A:12A-17.”

– Mayor Peter J. Cammarano

7/15/2009:

HHA Commissioner Claveria charged with bribery

Hector Claveria arrested in Hoboken NJIt’s often rumored that certain officials have a “price” to provide favors for individuals willing to pay – in this instance, “getting to the top of the waiting list” for affordable Section 8 Housing.

Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner Hector Claveria was charged with accepting such bribes, as Hudson Country Prosecutor Ed DeFazio said “The allegation is he generally accepted cash to expediate someone on the waiting list for section 8 housing.”

As you know from the first City Council meeting since the new council members were sworn in, President Dawn Zimmer wants to create an “Ad Hoc Committee” to analyze any appointments that new Mayor Peter Cammarano chooses. Hector Claveria was the one and only recommendation that Zimmer had made, and is now sitting in jail.

Back in September of 2008, Zimmer said “I believe Hector Claveria brings a very strong financial background that would be an asset to the Housing Authority Board and Housing Authority residents.” I suppose she left out that he also had a very strong will to help his own financial situation.

Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman is now awaiting the charges against Claveria – and under Statute 40A:12A-17 the city has 10 days to remove him:

“For inefficiency or neglect of duty or misconduct in office a member of an authority may be removed by the governing body or officer by which he was appointed; but a member may be removed only after he has been given a copy of the charges at least 10 days prior to a hearing thereon and has had the opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel.”

Which means that this may not be in time for the July 22nd Council meeting, and too long to wait for the August 5th Council meeting. So unless Claveria resigns, a Special Council meeting may need to be called to handle this situation.

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78 Comments on "Hector Claveria arrested: Bribery charges"

MidnightRacer
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If they only were aware of the details en masse, there’d be hell to pay.

truth1
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truth1

Your welcome Colin. Your not perfect, but ‘closest thing to it’.LOL

yourbrainondrugs
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yourbrainondrugs

Only in Hoboken do the BTK Killer,Timothy McVeigh,Abortion,
Mushroom Clouds,Slavery & Jim Crow Laws get referenced in a Post about the Housing Commissoner accepting bribes…

MidnightRacer
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Ignore 2, 3, right? TODAY, that party’s policies on supporting abortion and generational government dependency do nothing to improve the lives of African Americans. Think about it. The political party who once held African Americans as slaves, today hold African Americans as generational dependents – spending money to grow government into larger bureaucracies instead of improving the students’ education (see Hoboken’s BoE spending on themselves instead of students’ achievements). TODAY, that political party hopes to place justices and government officials into office to uphold abortion. I don’t know the exact numbers, but I do know that abortion disproportionately affects African Americans in a huge huge way than any other race, and the politicians know this. Millions of deaths = genocide. TODAY, that party seeks to keep generational dependency in order to keep votes. Self serving. And a continuance of the injustice that party has ALWAYS brought down on the African American race. MLK said he dreamed of a time when no one judged a person on the color of their skin. That party does. That other party is responsible for Jim Crow laws only half a century ago. That’s why MLK and his father were republicans. TODAY, that party screws over them, and then blames everything on the other party. If only they knew what this party has done to them all these years. Ask Bill Cosby what he thinks. It’s the same as the political machine in Hudson county today. All the bribes, corruption, keeping the voting populace dependent… Read more »
adam2d
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adam2d

BTW, agreeing with a few earlier posts about innocent before being proved guilty, has anyone actually read this New Jersey State statute 40A:12A-17 (http://www.state.nj.us/dca/lgs/authreg/statutes/40a_12a_1.pdf), its all that legalese writing, so not sure, but this quote “For inefficiency or neglect of duty or misconduct in office a member of an authority may be removed by the governing body or officer by which he was appointed”. Wouldn’t he have to be proved guilt of misconduct?

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