HOBOKEN AND BEYOND - Carmelo Garcia, one of the Hudson County Democratic Organization's two candidates for state Assembly in the 33rd District, said today that if elected he would step down from his position on the Hoboken Board of Education. He has served on the board for 11 years. The position is unpaid.
Garcia's opponents have raised questions about whether he would be able to manage all of his prior commitments in addition to his duties in the Assembly, particularly since he serves full-time as the executive director of the Hoboken Housing Authority, a position that pays him $155,000 per year, according to Garcia. In that job, he oversees the city's 1,300+ units of public housing.
In addition to stepping down from the school board, he would also quit his part time job with the county, a legislative aide position that pays $2,500 a year, according to Garcia.
Garcia is running on a slate with State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Raj Mukerjee in the June 4 Democratic primary. For a story about all the candidates, check out next weekend's edition. - Dean DeChiaro