Ed Mecka

Hoboken Police Captain Ed Mecka (ret) is a 28 year veteran of the Hoboken, New Jersey Police Department. 

But retirement hasn't stopped Ed from doing what he does best, investigations into political curruption and managing his Hoboken Community Activist website "edmecka.com"

New Jersey's OPRA "Open Public Records Act" and OPMA "Open Public Meetings Act" are the citizens' window into the inner workings of New Jersey government. 

The Open Public Records Act "OPRA" provides guidelines for the dissemination of “public” government records.  Not every government record is “public” and there are restrictions.  But for the most part, OPRA does a good job in providing record access.  Unfortunately, sometimes even the simplest request for a "public" document can be a nightmare for many citizens.  If you know your rights under OPRA and the record is “public”… you should have an easier time getting the requested information.   Learn more about OPRA.

The Open Public Meetings Act “OPMA” sets a standard for government meetings, i.e. City Council meetings, Freeholders meetings, etc.  Learn more about OPMA.

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July 23, 2009, New Jersey Public Corruption Arrests

07-23-09 -- NEWARK -- The mayors of Hoboken Secaucus and Ridgefield, the Jersey City deputy mayor and council president, two state assemblymen, numerous other public officials and political figures and five rabbis from New York and New Jersey were among 44 individuals charged today in a two-track federal investigation of public corruption and a high-volume, international money laundering conspiracy.

Department of Justice Official Press Release, July 23, 2009 detailing public corruption, money laundering and brokering the sale of human organs.

NEWARK, N.J. - The mayors of Hoboken, Secaucus and Ridgefield, the Jersey City deputy mayor and council president, two state assemblymen, numerous other public officials and political figures and five rabbis from New York and New Jersey were among 44 individuals charged today in a two-track federal investigation of public corruption and a high-volume, international money laundering conspiracy, Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr., announced.

Among those charged in criminal Complaints are:

A seminar on New Jersey

PUBLIC RECORDS

Access to government records can be as difficult as walking a high wire across the Grand Canyon. The public’s right to know must be balanced against the government’s obligation to keep certain records confidential.

The New Jersey's Open Public Records Act (OPRA) has made releasing records easier than it once was, but the law can be confusing. The New Jersey Press Association, The Record and the Herald News are sponsoring a one-day seminar that will help people walk the OPRA tight rope.

For everyone interested in government records:
• Editors & Reporters
• Elected & Appointed Local Officials
• Municipal Clerks*
• Attorneys
• Citizen Activists
* This seminar has been approved by the Department of Community Affairs for 4 continuing education units (CEUs) in Records for Municipal Clerks (RMC).

10th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

NYC - Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
NYC - Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
February 1, Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Free!
Begins @ Canal Street and Mott Street

The parade usually winds throughout Chinatown along Mott, Canal, and Bayard streets, and along East Broadway.

The spectacle features elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dances galore, Asian musicians, magicians, acrobats and procession by local organizations. Over 5,000 people are expected to march in the parade, which will start at Mott Street and promenade through practically every street in of Chinatown, finally dispersing at Worth Street. The parade is expected to conclude at 3:00 pm, at which time an outdoor cultural festival will take place on Bayard Street featuring more performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists.

Quotable quotes: Obama Economics, spread the wealth

33985. Thanks Obama by onedoor
10/24/08 14:34 ET

Yesterday on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed.

Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference -- just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

Obama & DNC Admit All Allegations of Federal Court Lawsuit - Obama

Obama Should Immediately Withdraw his Candidacy for President


Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama’s lack of “qualifications” to serve as President of the United States, announced today that Obama and the DNC “ADMITTED”, by way of failure to timely respond to Requests for Admissions, all of the numerous specific requests in the Federal lawsuit. Obama is “NOT QUALIFIED” to be President and therefore Obama must immediately withdraw his candidacy for President and the DNC shall substitute a qualified candidate. The case is Berg v. Obama, No. 08-cv-04083.

Berg stated that he filed Requests for Admissions on September 15, 2008 with a response by way of answer or objection had to be served within thirty [30] days. No response to the Requests for Admissions was served by way of response or objection. Thus, all of the Admissions directed to Obama and the DNC are deemed “ADMITTED.” Therefore, Obama must immediately withdraw his candidacy for President.

Does Barack Obama qualify to run for President under the Constitution

Federal lawsuit claims Obama is not a US Citizen.

PHILIP J. BERG, ESQUIRE
                                       Plaintiff

                   vs.

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, a/k/a

BARRY SOETORO, a/k/a

BARRY OBAMA, a/k/a

BARACK DUNHAM, a/k/a

BARRY DUNHAM,

THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

DOES 1-50 INCLUSIVE
                                        Defendants

Plaintiff Philip J. Berg alleged that Defendant Barack Obama is not eligible for the Office of the President because Obama lost his U.S. citizenship when his mother married an Indonesian citizen and naturalized in Indonesia. Plaintiff further alleged that Obama followed her naturalization and failed to take an oath of allegiance when he turned 18 years old to regain his U.S. citizenship status.

Plaintiff:  PHILIP J. BERG 
Defendant:  BARACK OBAMA, THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE, THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION and DOES 1-50 INCLUSIVE 
  
Case Number:  2:2008cv04083 
Filed:  August 21, 2008 
  
Court:  Pennsylvania Eastern District Court 
Office:  Other Statutory Actions Office [ Court Info ] 
County:  Montgomery 
Presiding Judge:  HONORABLE R. BARCLAY SURRICK 
  
Nature of Suit:  Other Statutes - Other Statutory Actions 
Cause:  U.S. Government Defendant 
Jurisdiction:  U.S. Government Defendant 
Jury Demanded By:  28:2201 Injunction 

OPRA: Private Citizen vs. City Official. Why You Can

Record requests that, in the opinion of the Hoboken Law Department, create a legal concern/liability for illegal dissemination of "lawfully protected information" should only be made available to City Council members who have attended a "government official" OPRA training seminar.

For several years, Hoboken Community Activist Beth Mason has been in the forefront advocating "transparency" in government.  Mason and I, along eleven Hoboken citizens, were founding members of People for Open Government, a Hoboken-based civic organization dedicated to campaign finance reform, ethics, OPRA, public access and other open government issues. 

In addition, Mason serves as the president of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government which seeks to increase transparency, accountability, honesty and democracy in government at all levels by defending and expanding public access to government records and meetings. Mason, as a private citizen, built a reputation across the State as a leader in government reform.

POLITICAL TRANSITION:

On July 1, 2008, Mason's political status changed from "private citizen" to "government official" when she was sworn into political office representing Hoboken's Second Ward as "Councilwoman Beth Mason." With several "private citizen" initated OPRA lawsuits against the City of Hoboken still pending in the Courts, Councilwoman Mason now finds herself in the political quagmire of suing herself as a Hoboken Government Official.

City Hall Shutdown, Can it Happen Again?

"The train has already left the station" said Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer in response to attempts to make major financial cuts "eight months into the FY2008 budget year."

How ironic...  Almost three years to the day that Hoboken City Government "closed down" back in March, 2005, Hoboken Mayor David Roberts and the City Council are once again battling over the City budget. 

Deja vu.  And even more remarkable is that the City finds itself with another budget funding shortfall and once again must rely upon a cash advance (LOAN) on the sale of the Municipal garage complex.    

Thus far, budget years FY2005, FY2006, and FY2007 have all relied upon cash advances from the sale of the Municipal garage and “budget magic” to balance the City’s budget.  This past November, the Roberts Administration introduced the FY2008 budget.  The $ 87M spending plan relied upon a $ 4M cash advance from the sale of the garage and the potential for a 2.5% tax increase.

City Hall Shutdown?  Can it happen again?  YOU DECIDE! Read this five page report with two News4 videos on the 2005 City Hall shutdown.

City Council Meeting Excerpt Report for March 19, 2008: City Budget FY2008

Life in the fast lane. City asking State to approve another $ 7M "cash advance" on the Municipal Garage sale to balance this years budget. Lawsuit to overturn Garage Sale filed by unsuccessful developer and a private citizen.

The March 19, 2008 Hoboken City Council meeting lasted almost 5 hours. The hot topic of the night was the $ 93M AMENDED FY2008 BUDGET, a $ 16M INCREASE over last year's $ 78M budget.

City administrators are awaiting State approval of several revenue items, including a $ 7M upfront cash loan against the proceeds of the $ 25.5 M Municipal Garage sale. To date, the City currently owes a finance company $ 13.5M that was used to offset previous year's budget deficits.