Pagan-Milano, along with her Team Bhalla slate mates, pledged last week to not hire any election day workers, relying on volunteers to conduct get-out-the-vote activities and challenged all candidates running for Council in Hoboken to do the same. The Stamp Out Voter Fraud Pledge is aimed at the illegal practice of candidates paying people to vote for them and then falsely reporting the payments as compensation for working election day.
This was the design of the large-scale voter fraud scheme that Frank Raia was found guilty of organizing and overseeing in City elections. Two other long time Hoboken political operatives, Matt Calicchio and Lizaida Camis pled guilty for their roles in the scheme and several other Hoboken politicos have been implicated.
Migdalia Pagan-Milano said, “It is disappointing that Councilman DeFusco has so far refused to sign-on to our pledge, protecting the integrity of Hoboken elections, especially given that one of his largest political contributors, Frank Raia was the mastermind of the cash for votes scheme and his former campaign manager, Ryan Yacco, was at the heart of the operation. I call on him to do so today.”
Migdalia Pagan-Milano works in the City’s newly resurrected Constituent Affairs department, where she listens to resident complaints, addresses their concerns and finds them solutions. She recently assisted residents of Marineview with a large scale unit inspection in the wake of two recent fires.
Councilman Mike DeFusco released the following statement to dispute his opponent’s allegations that he refused to sign an Election Integrity Pledge:
“This is another attempt by the mayor and his council slate to distract voters away from the politically connected Super PAC supporting their campaigns. The facts here speak for themselves, I accepted Mr. Sanford’s request the same day he contacted City Council members. Instead of looking to manufacture misleading headlines, perhaps my opponent should try running a campaign based on policy and integrity by denouncing the influence of dark money in our local election.”