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Old 12-17-2008, 05:49 PM
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Gregory & Daibes together again

It appears that not only Edgewater, but now also Lyndhurst, are dependent on the generosity of Mr. Daibes in order to comply with affordable housing obligations. Wonder what Ms. Gregory promised he could expect in return?

Lyndhurst sets affordable housing plan
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(by Michael Lamendola - December 17, 2008)

Lyndhurst has completed the draft of its updated affordable housing plan as required by the end of the month by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) and pending approval Dec. 17 by the planning board, it will be sent down to Trenton for certification.

The plan projects that Lyndhurst will not only satisfy its plan by covering prior round obligations and meeting a third round growth share, but have a surplus of seven units that will be banked for any future obligations imposed by COAH. All this, the plan said, can be done without constructing any new affordable housing units, according to the plan prepared by Kathryn Gregory of Gregory Associates. Most of the obligation will come from existing resources and credits provided to the township by COAH as well as negotiations with developers who built since 2004 when the growth share began, but failed to properly meet requirements then to supply the proper amount of affordable units.

"This plan is to address a two-fold concern, making sure we are safe from builder’s remedy, but we also want to fulfill our obligation and do it properly, not the way things were handled in the past," said Mayor Richard DiLascio. "One part of that obligation we are working on at Riverside Plaza."

According to the plan, Lyndhurst’s prior round obligations amounted to 100 affordable housing units. The third round obligation, according to the plan, is minimal, however, at 26 projected affordable units when adjusted compared to figures provided by COAH as of October. COAH projected Lyndhurst’s obligation at 128 units, mapping open space in the township, space that could house new affordable housing.

DiLascio said the numbers COAH projected used about 17 acres of vacant land in the township classified as open space, but neglected to see that it was composed of cemeteries and the Bergen County Park.

"We pretty much went through all our property records and came up with small strips of land that would by no way constitute development," said DiLascio. "Towns really need to look at the number COAH is mandating on them because it’s probably nowhere near that."

The township’s plan does not include any development proposals that are subject to zoning and approval by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC). The plan says that the commission is responsible to enforce affordable housing obligations in its zoned properties, thus is not a responsibility of the township to project in its growth share plan. Lyndhurst has also constituted its own growth share ordinance requiring a builder to provide one affordable unit for every five.

"The property in the NJM [New Jersey Meadowlands] is not controlled by the Lyndhurst land use ordinances and development plans in the NJM are not reviewed by the land use boards in Lyndhurst," wrote Gregory in her report. "This includes the growth share obligation to provide affordable housing in the NJM."

The township has taken staunch criticism against one development proposal recently announced, a 374-unit rental complex where the Bedroc contracting recently resided, one that sits in a zone not controlled by the powers of the township, but the NJMC. If that project or any other project, however, were built there or anywhere else in NJMC zoned land, the commission would be obligated by new rules it enacted to force the developer to provide affordable housing in accordance with the COAH third round rules, according to the plan.

"Take the Bedroc property for example, even if it’s proposed now, it’s something that would come under our growth share ordinance," said DiLascio. "That’s the argument we’re making, we have a growth share ordinance in place, unlike what was done in the past and they would have to provide for it, if not, they’re in violation of our ordinances."

For the 100 prior round affordable housing obligations, Gregory said the township will rely on "prior cycle credits", credits given by COAH for low and moderate income units constructed between 1980 and 1986. Ninety-nine of the credits will come from the Joseph A. Carucci Center on Stuyvesant Avenue, which houses 89 age-restricted senior housing units and 10 non-age restricted units designed for the handicapped. The other credit will derive from one of three group homes that accommodate a total of 17 bedrooms, including Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare and the Developmental Disabilities Association of NJ.

For its growth share, Lyndhurst is relying on only four properties already existing to provide the 26 units that are projected by Gregory, the three already existing group homes and Riverside Plaza. That apartment complex on Riverside Avenue was originally planned as a major stimulus for affordable housing opportunities in 2003 upon approval, but never materialized that way.

From the three group homes, the township anticipates credit for 13 units and five units of rental bonus credit. At the 160-unit Riverside Plaza, the development currently provides only 21 Section 8 housing units, not in compliance with the 80 that were originally thought to have been provided as per the developer’s agreement. The township is banking on negotiations with the developer and property management firm, Daibes Enterprises, to alter non-leased rental space on the bottom floor of the building to family rental units or restrict occupancy of current market rate leaseholds to affordable rental leases. The township, pending negotiations and a settlement is hopeful this will create at minimum, 16 family rental units. In all, under the new COAH guidelines, it would give the township 13 family unit credits and two rental bonus credits, leaving the township with a total of 33 affordable units, seven more than the projected 26 required under the third round.

Nailing down affordability

Prior round obligations: 100 units.

Prior round solution: "Prior Cycle Credits".

Prior round locations: Group homes and Joseph A Carucci senior center.

State’s third round projection: 128 affordable units.

Municipality's third round projection: 26 affordable units.

Third round solution: Group home credits and family units at Riverside Plaza.

Pending: Township needs to lock down negotiations for Riverside Plaza obligation.

Projected surplus: Seven affordable units.

Unexpected development: Would be bound by Lyndhurst's growth share ordinance.
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Re: Gregory & Daibes together again

Disability housing receives OK in Lyndhurst

By Susan C. Moeller / Senior Reporter

LYNDHURST (March 25, 2010) — People with disabilities will soon have a new option for housing in Lyndhurst.

The Bergen County Housing Authority unanimously approved rental subsidies for 40 apartment units in Riverside Plaza, located at the intersection of Kingsland and Riverside avenues. According to the resolution, passed Tuesday, March 9, an additional 40 vouchers can also be issued at the discretion of the Housing Authority.

The vouchers were awarded after the property owner submitted a plan detailing how space in the building could be allocated to financially help adults with multiple sclerosis and autism.

As part of the plan, a portion of the building’s first floor will be used by support service providers, who will rent the space from the owner for $1 per year, according to the resolution.

The combination of subsidized units for those with disabilities, regular units for their non-disabled peers and support services under the same roof, will be the first of its kind in the United States, according to Lyndhurst Mayor Richard DiLascio.

The model will be followed nationwide, predicted Berek Don, from Daibes Enterprises, the building’s owner.

Riverside Plaza will help to meet a critical need for those in New Jersey who are diagnosed with a disabling condition after they are 21 years old, according to state Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk (R-39), who was instrumental in bringing the Riverside Plaza plan to fruition.

For more information about subsidized housing at Riverside Plaza, contact the Bergen County Housing Authority at 201-569-7454, ext. 111.

— Susan C. Moeller

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Old 03-25-2010, 01:11 PM
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Re: Gregory & Daibes together again

Republicans and Democrats scamming the people of New Jersey, perfect together. They just keep on keeping on...

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2000 (202) 616-2777

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Carmine Alampi, a Bergen County New Jersey attorney, was sentenced to pay a $5,000 fine by a New Jersey federal court for violating federal election law by making a contribution to the campaign of a United States Senator in his own name and being reimbursed by funds he received from a former partner of his law firm, who in turn received the funds from a client of the law firm. Alampi also solicited an associate of the firm to make a donation which he reimbursed with the client's funds he received from his former partner.

Alampi is one of 25persons charged by the Campaign Financing Task Force, which was established by Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate allegations of campaign financing abuses in the 1996 election cycle.

In December of 1999, Alampi pleaded guilty to a one-count information filed in U.S. District Court in Newark. The information alleged alleged that during the 1996 election cycle, Alampi, a partner in the Englewood Cliffs Law Firm of Smith, Don, Alampi, D'Argenio & Arturi, aided and abetted his former partner Berek Don in making illegal campaign contributions to United States Senator Robert Torricelli's 1996 Campaign. By his plea, Alampi admitted that he made $2,000 in illegal ontributions to the Torricelli campaign. Alampi made a $1,000 contribution in his own name that was reimbursed by the client's funds he received from Berek Don and he solicited an associate of the law firm to make a $1,000 donation which he reimbursed with the client's funds he received from Don.

The Task Force is acting as the U.S. Attorney in Newark in the Alampi case because the former U.S. Attorney recused herself from the case. Under the plea agreement, Alampi agreed to cooperate in the Task Force's ongoing investigation. The case has been investigated by the Newark Divisions of the FBI and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

A provision of the Federal Elections Campaign Act (FECA) prohibits campaign contributions in the name of another person. For his offense, Alampi faced a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000 or 300 percent of the illegal contributions. Due in part to his cooperation with federal prosecutors, Alampi was sentenced to pay a $5,000 fine.

During his plea hearing, Alampi admitted to U.S. District Judge Alfred M. Wolin that he was a member of the fund-raising committee for the Torricelli for Senate Campaign and that he knew that federal law prohibited campaign contributions by individuals in excess of $1,000 per individual, per campaign, in an election cycle, and banned campaign contributions in the name of another person.

In addition to Alampi, the Task Force has charged 24 other individuals and one corporation for offenses relating to violations of the campaign financing laws.

On June 21, 2000, Pauline Kanchanalak, a Thai national and Duangnet Kronenberg, pleaded guilty to campaign financing-related offenses. Kanchanalak pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to cause false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission from 1992-1996. Her husband, Duangnet Kronenberg, pleaded guilty to a causing an illegal corporate contribution to the Democratic National Committee.

On June 6, 2000, Audrey Yu, an employee of David Chang, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., to conspiring to obstruct justice by providing a false document to a federal district court during the grand jury's investigation into campaign financing violations in New Jersey.

On June 2, 2000, David Chang pled guilty to charges that as a principal of Nikko Enterprises, Bright & Bright Corporation, Panacom Inc., and Hudson Terrace Realty Management Corporation, he conspired to funnel illegal campaign contributions to Senator Robert Torricelli's 1996 campaign. Chang also pled guilty to four substantive violations of the FECA for his role in funneling illegal campaign contributions in others names. Chang further pled guilty to corruptly attempting to persuade a potential grand jury witness to give false statements related to a financial transaction which was material to the grand jury investigation.

On June 1, 2000, Cha-Kuek Koo, a Korean national residing in New Jersey, pled guilty to violating federal election law by making illegal contributions to Senator Torricelli's campaign. Koo admitted to assisting David Chang in making conduit contributions using Koo's employees at LG Group, Executive Office of the Americas.

On April 5, 2000, a federal grand jury indicted two Buddhist nuns, Venerables Yi Chu and Man Ho, with contempt of court for failing to appear as witnesses in the government's criminal trial against Maria Hsia. Yi Chu and Man Ho remain fugitives.

On March 2, 2000, Maria Hsia was convicted in federal district court in Washington, D.C., on charges of causing false statements to be submitted to the FEC. The trial had been postponed pending an appeal of a ruling by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., which had dismissed some of the false statement counts. In May 1999, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. overturned the ruling and reinstated those counts. The task force dismissed a second indictment on tax charges after a jury in Los Angeles failed to reach a verdict.

On December 17, 1999, Yogesh Gandhi was sentenced to one year in prison for mail fraud, tax evasion, and violating federal election laws by aiding and abetting the making of a political campaign contribution by a foreign national.

On November 1, 1999, Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie, a Little Rock, Arkansas businessman, was sentenced, after pleading guilty, to a two-count information filed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to three years probation, four months home detention, 200 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine for violating federal campaign finance laws by making political contributions in someone else's name and by causing a false statement to be made the FEC. Antonio Pan was also indicted with Trie in the District of Columbia, but has not yet been prosecuted because he has remained outside the United States.

On September 15, 1999, Lawrence Penna, the former President of a now-defunct New Jersey securities firm, was charged with violating election laws by funneling illegal campaign contributions to the 1996 federal election campaigns of President Clinton and Senator Torricelli. Penna's case was transferred by agreement to the Southern District of New York, where charges relating to his violation of United States' securities laws were pending.

On August 16, 1999, a federal judge sentenced Robert S. Lee to three years of probation and 250 hours of community service for aiding and abetting the making of an illegal foreign campaign contribution to the Democratic National Committee.

On August 12, 1999, former Lippo Executive John Huang pleaded guilty to a felony charge, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, that he conspired with other employees of the Indonesia-based Lippo Group to make campaign contributions and reimburse employees with corporate funds or with funds from Indonesia. He was sentenced to one year of probation, 500 hours of community service, a $10,000 fine and directed by the judge to continue cooperating with the investigation as a condition of his probation.

On May 27, 1999 Berek Don, former GOP party leader in Bergen County, NJ, pled guilty to another conduit contribution scheme to the Senator Torricelli Campaign. Don awaits sentencing.

On March 23, 1999, Juan C. Ortiz, the Chief Financial Officer of Future Tech International, Inc., was sentenced to two years probation, $20,000 in fines, and 200 hours in community service for acting as a conduit for an illegal campaign contribution and participating in the reimbursement of eight other conduit contributions.

On December 14, 1998, Johnny Chung was sentenced to probation and 3,000 hours of community service for bank fraud, tax evasion and two misdemeanor counts of conspiring to violate election law.
On November 24, 1998, Howard Glicken, a fund-raiser for the Democratic party, was sentenced to 18 months probation, an $80,000 fine, and ordered to perform 500 hours of community service for violating campaign finance laws.

On November 4, 1998, Franklin Haney was indicted on more than 40 counts, including among others, conspiring with another to defraud the United States by impairing and impeding the FEC and conspiring to violate specific provisions of federal election law. He was acquitted of all charges on June 30, 1999.

On September 30, 1998, Democratic fund-raiser Mark B. Jimenez was indicted in Washington, D.C. on 17 counts of organizing, making and concealing illegal conduit contributions to a number of Democratic campaigns, including the Torricelli Campaign. In December 1998, Future Tech International, Jimenez's Miami based computer sales company, pleaded guilty to tax offenses resulting from its illegal deduction of a $100,000 contribution to the DNC and employee campaign contributions reimbursed through the company's payroll. On April, 15, 1999, Jimenez, who is now in the Philippines, was indicted in Miami on additional charges of tax evasion and fraud. The task force is pursuing Jimenez's extradition from the Philippines.

In 1997, the Task Force obtained guilty pleas from Democratic fund-raisers Nora and Gene Lum, and their daughter Trisha, and Michael Brown for illegal fund-raising activities after their cases were referred from Independent Counsel Daniel Pearson. In August 1998, Gene Lum pleaded guilty to filing a false 1994 tax return and falsely preparing Nora Lum's 1994 tax return. After cooperating with the government, he was sentenced in June 1999, to two years in prison. Nora Lum was sentenced to 5 months in a halfway house, 5 months in home detention, and ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, a sentence which Gene Lum also served separate and apart from the sentence he received for his tax-related conviction. Trisha Lum and Michael Brown each received probation, a $5,000 fine, costs of more than $7,000, and were ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.
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Edgewater planner denies she worked with Daibes
Friday, December 24, 2010
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EDGEWATER — For several years, Kathryn Gregory, the borough's official planner, has had to deal with comments made by some in the borough that she has worked with developer Fred Daibes.

The issue came up again recently after Gregory presented the re-examination master plan to the Planning Board on Nov. 22.

Gregory’s report made reference to recommendations by the River Road/Waterfront Circulation Study, which suggested using an unused freight tunnel under the Palisades to connect rail service with ferry service.

The tunnel is located at a site owned by Daibes, which has been in front of the planning board several times since 2003 as an application for a mix-use hotel and office project at 440 River Road.

Gregory was a principal in a firm that worked with Daibes on the original application but has since moved on to become the borough planner and start her own firm, Gregory Associates, based in Fort Lee.

After the re-examination meeting, a former councilwoman, Valory Bardinas, cited what she said was a conflict of interest on the part of Gregory with Daibes on the original application.

But Gregory denies having worked for Daibes.

"I never worked for Daibes when I was a partner with Michael F. Kauker. Michael F. Kauker was solely responsible for all the work," she said. "I had nothing to do with it or any Daibes development in Edgewater."

Borough Administrator Greg Franz said he was told by the borough construction official, John Candelmo, that Gregory was not personally involved with Daibes on that application, but that Michael F. Kauker Associates did some plan review on that particular application.

But Bardinas said Gregory’s name appears on the original application and that’s how she learned there was a conflict of interest, which she brought up at a Board of Adjustment meeting.

"That’s why she had to recuse herself in the subsequential hearings," said Bardinas. "How can she deny she had a conflict at this point when she admitted it on public record about six months ago at the board of adjustment meeting? Was she lying then or is she lying now?"

According to a Feb 19 article in The Record, the application was put on hold because of a possible conflict of interest.

In the article, Board of Adjustment Chairman Robert Christiansen said he did not want to put the board in jeopardy by a perceived conflict of interest before asking Gregory to step aside for the duration of the hearings.

In the same article, the board attorney, Robert Montecallo, said that although Gregory's work history with Daibes wasn't a conflict, the applicant and application are now in a "precarious position" because the issue was raised and the "prudent" thing was for Gregory to step aside.

James Demetrakis, the attorney representing Daibes agreed with Montecallo and said, "Given there are objectors to this application, the better course is that you get a new planner."

Since then, Gregory has recused herself from sitting in on any applications involving Daibes.

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