Joe Garcia withdraws from Cabinet


Chief of Staff Designee Resigns

Before Mayor Peter Cammarano was arrested, he assembled a (mostly) impressive group of people to run the city, led by Columbia Law-educated attorney Joe Garcia. Today, Garcia became the first member of the cabinet to step down. Parks and good government advocates were enthusiastic about the Garcia appointment when Cammarano named his cabinet, but he says the Mayor’s arrest makes it impossible to do the job he signed on to do.

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Today he notified Mayor Cammarano and State Fiscal Monitor Judy Tripodi that he would like his nomination to the position of Chief of Staff withdrawn. Garcia says:

“When Peter first offered me this opportunity I was excited because I believed this administration would finally be able to tackle the problems that have effected my hometown – the only place I have ever called home — for far too long. The opportunities were great to build a government that worked for the people, planning new parks and recreational facilities, and working to bring a strong sense of confidence and professionalism to city operations.

I was honored to be considered, along with other young professionals coming on board with a new Mayor working to plan four years of progress for the city. I no longer believe this is possible under the current circumstances so I feel I must resign.”

As Hoboken 411 reported just two days before the Cammarano arrest:

Joe has been an active member of the Hoboken Southwest Parks Coalition advocating for the SW6 plan and was an early supporter of Beth Mason’s Mayoral campaign before joining Cammarano for the runoff… Joe will bring a wealth of institutional knowledge about Hoboken to the job, with an eye toward fixing what’s wrong.

It’s a shame he won’t get the chance to do it.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 2:03 pm

so to sum it up…. if the cc doesn’t approve the picks, they don’t get a dime. If Judy Tripodi overrules the cc, they START to get their pay until there is a new mayor, or, can they get bounced? If so, do they get their full pay?

Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:00 am

36: Terry Labruno is married to Joe Labruno, fire battalion chief, who was not up for the chief’s position so far as I know.

He makes $170K+, she’d be making $115+. Together they’re closing in on $300K. Bought their house in 1985 for $120K. That’s a power couple.

37: I’m looking at lots of things.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 11:39 pm

Estevens, I get the feeling, you are thinking bigger fish?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 11:18 pm

so just so we’re clear: LaBruno got her Appointment ’cause her husband didn’t get the Police Chief job, and Fred Bado got the Hospital job because he’s so easily manipulated that the shenanigans and sleight-of-hand can continue at the Hospital under the slight-of-mind?
hmm… so WHAT exactly has changed?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 9:55 pm

Alicea would have started at $27,500 just as promised. However, the $115K ceiling on the position’s salary would mean that his pay could be quietly increased at some point in the future.

Sometimes these guys are wholly transparent without our having to demand it.

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