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LaBruno to step down in wake of SWAT scandal

The Jeresy Journal is reporting that Police Chief Carmen LaBruno will announce his retirement next week in the wake of the department's SWAT team scandal, city sources said tonight.

Police Chief Carmen LaBruno will announce his retirement next week in the wake of the department's SWAT team scandal, city sources said tonight.

LaBruno, 59, is expected to make a formal declaration ending his 37-year law enforcement career sometime next week, according to sources.

The chief is expected to stay during a transition period that would end in June.

Mason: Kleinman's letter was out of line

During the "new business" portion of tonight's council meeting, Councilwoman Beth Mason read a multi-page statement in response to a letter Corporation Counsel Steven Kleinman wrote to the Hoboken Reporter two weeks ago criticizing Mason.

Beth Mason, reading her letter.  At one point she suggested Kleinman resign or barring that, that the council should hire its own attorney.  Kleinman responded that the letter was "factually accurate" and that he wrote it on his own time.

Hoboken SWAT Team: We Were Forced To Go To Hooters. Disgraced Officers Say Embarrassing Photos Are Superior's Fault

Is Mayor Roberts conducting a flawed internal investigation? "It's like Alice in Wonderland," Attorney Charles Sciarra said. "This is all political and not a legitimate investigation. The city is trying to undo the damage that was done when the mayor watched all this happen."

The racy photos of cops cavorting with Hooters waitresses rocked the Hoboken Police Department. Now, officers face disciplinary charges after a scathing report on their conduct was released.

The photos embarrassed and brought unwanted attention to the Hoboken police.

Officers of the disbanded SWAT team and their chief are seen in the photos having a ball during Mardi Gras, and with Hooters waitresses during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

Retiring Hoboken patrolman John Camile told CBS 2 HD he's moving on with a bit of a heavy heart.

"You feel that weight that people are taking everything and putting down the police department," retiring Hoboken cop John Camile told CBS 2 HD.

Cammarano under review

Hoboken Democrats for Hudson County raised $28,000 for City Council candidates Michael Russo, Richard Tremetiedi, Chris Campos and Nino Giacchi

Hoboken Councilman-at-large Peter Cammarano is currently under review by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission for what some allege is improper activity in this past June's state Senate, Assembly and Hoboken municipal elections.

Eric Kurta, a Hoboken resident and president of the reform group People for Open Government, filed the complaint against Cammarano and received a letter from ELEC stating it is opening a review to determine if Cammarano violated election law as the chairman of Hoboken Democrats for Hudson County.

Corzine's long-overdue education

When you begin your political education by purchasing a seat in the U.S. Senate, there are certain things you miss out on. Like everything.

When you begin your political education by purchasing a seat in the U.S. Senate, there are certain things you miss out on.

Like everything.

By going straight from the boardroom to the Beltway, Jon Corzine insulated himself from learning the most basic lessons of practical politics. If Corzine had been better schooled in the political arts and sciences, that budget speech he gave yesterday would have come before his proposal to borrow $38 billion against future toll revenues, not after.

Here's how it's supposed to work: First you announce a financial crisis so dire that no one can figure a way out of it. Then you travel the state telling the people of the disaster that awaits them. And only then, when all of the news stories have been written and all of the interest groups have started to bombard the politicians with phone calls and e-mail, do you propose your solution.

Councilwoman

Beth Mason filed her first lawsuit against the city in March 2004. She filed her second just six months later. Then she filed another, and another, and four more after that.

Even after winning a seat on the City Council here in May 2007, Ms. Mason, 47, has continued to press her cases, leading other officials here to complain that she is a one-woman litigation machine, costing the city time and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ms. Mason, a management consultant, contends that the suits she filed before her election are simply intended to better understand how this city on the Hudson River is spending its $79 million budget.

Money doesn't grow on trees

Parks consultant Cynthia Nikitin

Wednesday night's City Council meeting began with a presentation from Cynthia Nikitin, vice president of a non-profit organization called Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City. The group assists municipalities in creating and sustaining public places.

At the meeting, Nikitin delivered a presentation on ideas and opportunities for Hoboken's existing and future parks.

Top Jersey court to decide how open public records are Hoboken councilwoman at center of the suit

The state Supreme Court is considering whether to extend the deadline to sue for failure to turn over documents under the state Open Public Records Act and if a government should pay legal fees for forcing a lawsuit.

The high court heard arguments yesterday in an appeal by Hoboken Councilwoman Elizabeth "Beth" Mason, who wants to see the 45-day deadline extended to two years and the Hoboken government ordered to cover her attorney costs. Mason contends the open records law has no specific deadline -- lower courts have held it is 45 days -- and claims she was forced to sue when the city failed to respond in a reasonable amount of time.

Justices to hear suit on access to Hoboken records

The tug-of-war between Councilwoman Beth Mason and City Hall over public access to municipal records reaches the state Supreme Court today.

A decision in the case could have broad implications for the Open Public Records Act.

The specific issues raised by Mason's suit are how long a person has to file a lawsuit if an OPRA request is not fulfilled, and whether a plaintiff should be awarded attorney's fees if requested documents are provided after a lawsuit is filed, but before a court decision is made.

Punishment pledged on SWAT report

The city's long awaited disciplinary report into the infamous SWAT scandal is due today and the public can expect those responsible to face "penalties," Mayor David Roberts said yesterday.

Roberts' announcement comes on the heels of more embarrassing video footage of SWAT team members featured on Fox News 5 Monday night, showing SWAT team members cavorting with girls during a post-Hurricane Katrina trip to Kenner, La., in September 2005.

In one scene, Lt. Angelo Andriani, the former SWAT team commander - and the main target of a discrimination lawsuit against the department filed by five Hispanic officers - is shown distributing bullets from the magazine of his gun to Kenner real estate developer Henry Shane and his wife, Patricia.