Recently I read some posts/blogs on a website regarding “terror at the HHA”. I was so saddened and disheartened to read some posts by supposedly “residents”. I have been living in Hoboken all my life, hung out in the housing, made many friends there and think of many of these residents as family. The beginning of the posts states “You have no idea how alone & frighten we feel”, in addition, this person also states “I've just had someone tell me they have been threatened with eviction and even bodily harm to their children”, this statement is absurd. The last paragraph of his/hers post most concerns me “I am not alone in my feelings as you are aware. We are too afraid to come forward and be vocal at meetings or even show our faces at meetings or go door to door. With people being threatened and now it’s stooped to threatening resident's children, you can understand. I fear for my children. If we had supporters who would join us in our battle, we would feel more confident coming forward & really organizing a resistance perhaps even throwing C****** out of office as he should be. We are really afraid.”
These are only a few statements but there are many more that concern me. First and foremost those of you who know me know I will not tolerate bullying or threatening of any kind from anyone, including Mr. Carmelo Garcia. Those of you who don’t know me and the “resident” who posted the above remarks are welcome to speak to me, advise me who is the person threatening and your comments and name will remain with me and will not be divulged to anyone.
The residents who are trying to educate you are not the ones who are looking to hurt you. Yes there are pros and cons with any development and yes there are people who will be for or against it, but do you hate Carmelo that much you are willing to slander his name or anyone else’s name for that matter?
I have been restraining myself from commenting on any website, but I do read the posts and find some of them so vicious. I thought the “old/new” agenda was over and done with back in the 80s or 90s. Everyone deserves to live in a safe, clean, well-maintained and neighborly fashion.
One last thing, it was said in another blog that Mr. Garcia was giving out shirts and a ten dollar bill at the recent block party. This is a blatant lie; he was not giving out shirts or money. He was mingling with the residents, talking with reporters and later at an open forum.
In closing, I would invite those who want more information to the forums and our board meetings. Sign up to speak, ask your questions and make your suggestions. We welcome all and are not here to hurt or threaten anyone.
Hoboken Housing Authority
Resident Advisory Board