Hector Claveria arrested: Bribery charges
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
HHA Commissioner Claveria charged with bribery
It’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.