| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Stossel Confronts Politicians about Corruption Allegations


That mayor was unhappy with me because I’d just asked if he and his fellow politicians were on the take. I asked because they want to seize a valuable piece of land. Check out this view. Wouldn’t you like to have an apartment with this view of the New York City skyline? It’s a rare, gorgeous location, right on the Hudson River. Right now there’s nothing here but dirt, so this man, who works for the developer Maxal Group, wants to build apartments like these. Thousands of people could live here with this great view. And this whole pier would be open to the public. They’d also build a facility for ferries, so people on this side of the river could commute to Manhattan on ferries like that one. Ferry would come right in here and go from here straight to midtown Manhattan. Sounds good to me, but then the politicians in this town said, “No! Forget about it!” We’re gonna seize the property and spend millions of taxpayer dollars to put our Department of Public Works here. This little department… It has just 13 employees plus these trucks. The garbage trucks will like this. This is — You’re absolutely right. The city does says it will also put in a park and parking, but at taxpayer expense. Maxal offered parking and parks at no cost. Parks, we were offering mass transit and all at no cost to taxpayers. Plus, the town would collect an additional $12 million dollars in taxes every year. Why would Edgewater say no to that? The unsuccessful bidder is a fellow named Fred Daibes, told us “you will never be able to develop this property.” Fred Daibes says he’s the biggest apartment developer in town. He also says, “you can’t be in Edgewater and not be affiliated with me.” Daibes also controls this New Jersey bank, and I wonder if he controls the politicians in town too, because a lawsuit filed by Maxal alleges “corrupt transactions” between Daibes and Edgewater’s politicians. Ongoing relationships with him, jobs, undervalued rentals, loans for their business purposes through a bank that Mr. Daibes started and has the controlling interest in. Sounds like Mr. Daibes controls the town. That seems unfortunately self-evident. Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland’s connected to Daibes. The mayor lives in this building. It’s quite elegant, with statues and fountains, and it happens to be owned by… Fred Daibes. According the lawsuit, the mayor pays below market rent, though the Mayor told the New York Times he doesn’t pay below market rent. The mayor and the city council say they have a good reason for using eminent domain and taxpayer money to seize Maxal’s development. They say Maxal’s project was “just too much”. The developer’s proposal is too big, says the Mayor. They just approved a larger project with a more intense density and guess for whom? For Fred Daibes. Work is already going on on his site, because somehow Daibes got approvals for a density and population of people that would occupy in excess of what we were seeking. 250 more apartments. 4 giant buildings, twice as tall as Maxal’s proposal. We tried to ask Fred Daibes about all this, but he didn’t respond to our calls and emails. How can the town justify approving dense development for Daibes, while rejecting a smaller proposal from a competitor? I tried to ask Edgewater’s mayor and the city council about this, but not one would agree to talk. So I came here, to a city council meeting, and I asked — I should explain why I’m asking that in a largely empty room. The council session was full earlier, but questions from people like me weren’t allowed until most everyone had left. So I tried. At this point, I thought I might actually get my questions answered. But no, no answers. And that was that. Maxal’s lawsuit claims the mayor and the council have engaged in “corrupt transactions” to favor Fred Daibes. He’s killing off the competition. It’s as simple as that. A great thing about capitalism is that the way to get rich is to serve your customers well. Developers can’t really be thugs, they can’t use force, they can’t tell other developers “you can’t build here” unless they have cronies in government. And that’s not capitalism, that’s crony capitalism. Actually, it’s corruption. To me, that sure seems to be what’s going on here.

100 Comments

Nicholas B

Aug 8, 2019, 8:11 pm Reply

In our faces, every day, JUST US system in the US……

Richard Warnock

Aug 8, 2019, 8:21 pm Reply

But But We like our Apartments in its ours jobs to like to like opportunities!!!

Bkat 2d11

Aug 8, 2019, 8:57 pm Reply

you got to be at ignorant moron in America if you don't believe this government lifers are in it for themselves it's U.S. against them government lifers bitches

Nitroracing71 Ho-Boa

Aug 8, 2019, 10:18 pm Reply

FUKING thief!!!

dubtownman

Aug 8, 2019, 10:57 pm Reply

Corrupt to the core

William Jarvis

Aug 8, 2019, 11:54 pm Reply

Love your effort to expose the truth! Sad that major media is the official partner of the demo party. There are no journalists left, sad state of affairs.

Flip Ya

Aug 8, 2019, 1:40 am Reply

The FBI should be looking into all those crooks

Wanted Wario

Aug 8, 2019, 1:57 am Reply

When monopolies are worsened and prolonged by the same government powers who vow to swear against "evil capitalists"

Danny Diesel

Aug 8, 2019, 2:04 am Reply

Don’t give up on this John, get to the truth.

Two Fishes

Aug 8, 2019, 3:34 am Reply

Stossel has been exposing the truth in a friendly polite manner since a TV was a tube with 12 channels and rabbit ears. That man's got backbone
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RafaeLLL MAGA

Aug 8, 2019, 3:42 am Reply

Wow, they all are so rude.
Unbelievable.

Joe Citizen

Aug 8, 2019, 7:53 am Reply

Funny how when the tax payer is getting fucked over and the polititions are caught being corrupt. THESE VIDEOS NEVER GO VIRAL.only videos that some douche bag squishing baloons filled with jello with their car tire gets millions of views .

xabc1

Aug 8, 2019, 2:20 pm Reply

Maxal group needs to kill daibes

Blaise The great

Aug 8, 2019, 2:47 pm Reply

Can you bring a couple dozen people there to all ask the same questions?

Mr. Skeptical

Aug 8, 2019, 5:36 pm Reply

I'd build there anyway!!

Hippie Farmer

Aug 8, 2019, 6:01 pm Reply

Time to vote OUT every one of these low life, scumbag politicians!

Cris LeRose

Aug 8, 2019, 6:06 pm Reply

I see stripes for about 4 people

Skytyme

Aug 8, 2019, 6:45 pm Reply

These scum bags need to be executed

Reg-Tek Hughes

Aug 8, 2019, 9:37 pm Reply

Corruption.

Ron Workman

Aug 8, 2019, 9:46 pm Reply

What fine public “servants”

JB GTO

Aug 8, 2019, 10:27 pm Reply

That city council is filled with massive ASSHOLES!! GET EM!!

hellavadeal

Aug 8, 2019, 2:04 am Reply

your the best journalist in the country.

Jeff S

Aug 8, 2019, 3:05 am Reply

Love how they don’t even care to try and cover it up. East Coast mafia style I guess.

Dino Silvani

Aug 8, 2019, 4:32 am Reply

Actually do we need another massive building on the waterfront ?? I'd rather see them build a park like they said they were going to build even if it is taxpayers pay for it..

A building like that adds vehicle congestion and sewerage waste , does anybody ever wonder where all the sewage goes .. there are enough Condominiums built.. now I don't know what a corrupt Endeavor this mayor has but I'd rather not see another building

Dino Silvani

Aug 8, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

This is Mayor and his Council are completely corrupt you could hear it in their demeanor evading questions

Mike Miller

Aug 8, 2019, 5:59 am Reply

Any updates on this story? How about some records requests? They are public officials, so let’s see their business dealings.

Bruce Kim

Aug 8, 2019, 10:01 am Reply

I smell a potential Epstein shinanigan…. Watch your back Stossel, big brother maybe at your door step!

DJ DJ

Aug 8, 2019, 10:08 am Reply

It crazy how the leach is tell him not to speech.

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Aug 8, 2019, 10:41 am Reply

I hope they're still getting thousands of phone calls about this alleged corruption right now that would be great put the pressure on them we the people have the power not them we're sick and tired of this corruption a man tries to do good for other people and tries not to put the burden on the citizens while the corrupt few stop him and let some corrupt fat slob continue to rule this has to be stopped….

S. Uzzer

Aug 8, 2019, 10:57 am Reply

What ever became of this?

YAHUSHA is Torah

Aug 8, 2019, 11:24 am Reply

This is why you guys have the 2nd amendment by the way….

Gary Anderson

Aug 8, 2019, 12:04 pm Reply

I know those politicians were lying- their lips were moving.

jkeegs1963

Aug 8, 2019, 12:22 pm Reply

Omg u need to dig dig dig

STS 1

Aug 8, 2019, 1:05 pm Reply

Those politicians are on the take and guilty as charged. $$$ in their pockets, that's all they care for. It is a shame that they get re-elected , year after year after year.

Jesse Saxon

Aug 8, 2019, 1:13 pm Reply

Stossel’s a superhero!

Steve Wood

Aug 8, 2019, 1:31 pm Reply

Keep on exposing the bastards

MrCyclist68

Aug 8, 2019, 1:53 pm Reply

Thes are the type people that trump spent decades negotiating with
Is it any wonder he is the tiger negotiator that he is?

Michael Anderson

Aug 8, 2019, 2:07 pm Reply

hey CNN, this is what you call journalism.

Michael Anderson

Aug 8, 2019, 2:09 pm Reply

this is what fascism looks like. mexico doesnt even pull this crap. what a bunch of goombas. there needs to be a federal investigation.

jack phillips

Aug 8, 2019, 2:13 pm Reply

This is most of California in a Nut Shell. Corrupt criminal governments at the local level is the real reason why America is collapsing.

LARRY PARLIAMENT

Aug 8, 2019, 2:30 pm Reply

The voters not only need to boot these criminals out of office, seek criminal prosecution on charges of corruption & possible bribery

walshamatic

Aug 8, 2019, 3:55 pm Reply

They are crooks!!!!

Stonehands 024

Aug 8, 2019, 4:24 pm Reply

So whatever happened to this?

Casey Waller

Aug 8, 2019, 4:30 pm Reply

You need to take that shit to Trump I guarantee you he'll know how to handle it it is what he does you know

OneMore Thing

Aug 8, 2019, 4:55 pm Reply

Billionaires arguing over a piece of land that will never be affordable to regular people. HAHAHA. you idiots fall for it. Like Diabes or Maxal are in it for the general public.

San Mcnellis

Aug 8, 2019, 5:00 pm Reply

Through those douche bags in prison where they belong.

Felisa Cortez

Aug 8, 2019, 5:24 pm Reply

So take this to AG: BARR N SEEIF ANYTHING CAN BE DONE OR TO JUDICIAL WATCH; TOM FITTON DO NOT LET BE I AM FROM MILWAUKEE N I CAN SEE HOW THIS GUY IS SPEAKING HE KNEW WHAT THIS MAN WAS QUESTIONING IS TRUE. CORRUP POLITICIAN’S EVERY WHERE…….

EnraEnerato

Aug 8, 2019, 5:40 pm Reply

UHHH! Someone got exposed! Shame nothing will change though?

Nicholas Daw

Aug 8, 2019, 6:07 pm Reply

Sounds expensive

Renee Mills

Aug 8, 2019, 6:12 pm Reply

What else is new? Our states & cities are being consumed by corruption.

Renee Mills

Aug 8, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

And so they are exposed? Is accountability & justice coming?

NinjaOnANinja

Aug 8, 2019, 6:22 pm Reply

So whatever happened. It's been a year

Maurder

Aug 8, 2019, 6:35 pm Reply

Way to go John….. i would be willing to bet all these govt officials are DEMs too! When will NJ, MA, ME, MD, ect learn when watching the hiring…. please stop voting in corrupt politicians who are screwing over America and pocketing our money!!??

Paul Knight

Aug 8, 2019, 8:20 pm Reply

I hope the federal government gets involved!
This is why we dont trust the government too much corruption!

Rebecca Thomas

Aug 8, 2019, 8:42 pm Reply

Why does this not surprise me. Corruption is on every city Council as it is in Government. They aren’t even trying to hide it anymore.

james mayo

Aug 8, 2019, 9:55 pm Reply

Clown World ? NYC

Enthusiastic Gamer

Aug 8, 2019, 11:09 pm Reply

Fuck those politicians, they can't see the bigger picture as a whole. You can have huge skyrise apartments next to the Hudson river, but instead like the corrupt assholes the majority of them are they're involved in on their own schemes for their personal agendas and simply don't give a fuck.

They're not seeing the longterm investment of something like this. They need to be kicked out for life, and replaced with younger people who don't have any agendas.

DMAX I

Aug 8, 2019, 11:32 pm Reply

Clown make-up removed…Exposed!

gary kovac

Aug 8, 2019, 11:44 pm Reply

Yep, I fought these guys for years. The Polottas of Palisdades Park, those in Edgewater, North Bergen, all involved in crimes of some sought or another, voter fraud being the largest of the crimes.

Sam Fusaro

Aug 8, 2019, 12:05 am Reply

That board is corrupt as hell what do you expect from the sorry-ass motherfukers start looking into their bank accounts and their assets and the people in that districts need to vote them out cuz they are corrupt evidence leads it that way and just by their town they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar We the People we just busted your sorry asses

Jim Ferriter

Aug 8, 2019, 12:35 am Reply

Corruption. Great job!

Jim Jensen

Aug 8, 2019, 3:04 am Reply

Why haven’t you continued to go after these guys?

Michael Vaughn

Aug 8, 2019, 5:37 am Reply

And gets ignored and shown how useless he is .

David Behrman

Aug 8, 2019, 6:34 am Reply

One of the last and best true journalist John stossel thank you

R P

Aug 8, 2019, 8:07 am Reply

This happens at City Councils all over this country. As reference to the futures ? About the Lawyer it probably was the City attorney.

Parris Price

Aug 8, 2019, 10:03 am Reply

Sounds like something dump would do and no doubt has done, corruption

Joe Blow

Aug 8, 2019, 11:43 am Reply

Lmfao Corrupt little pieces of shit

Joe Blow

Aug 8, 2019, 11:46 am Reply

That’s what’s going on everywhere in America people get put into positions because of who they no.not for what they know and then they become little assholes and they feed their friends work and jobs if you people are just coming around the realize that you’ve had your fucking head in the sand for the last 30 years

Chuck Feazell Sr.

Aug 8, 2019, 12:22 pm Reply

Make em muck our barns …

wealthy black man

Aug 8, 2019, 1:22 pm Reply

The word "Racketeering " .

Rodney Cox

Aug 8, 2019, 2:30 pm Reply

They are on the take, that's from body language analysis, I think the woman is not on the take and the only one.

Donald H. Tyers

Aug 8, 2019, 3:14 pm Reply

Investigate the Mayor by the FBI … now! Throw the Mayor and his conspirators in JAIL!

Link 24

Aug 8, 2019, 3:21 pm Reply

All involved in this corruption are Democrats

bombud1

Aug 8, 2019, 3:42 pm Reply

Why would you ever need to ask a Democrat if they are "on the take"?
You already know this answer.

American Nacirema

Aug 8, 2019, 3:53 pm Reply

New York, California and D.C. are a blight on the American Republic.

Troy Bradley

Aug 8, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

Any update on this? Did it air on TV, or just YouTube?

momentinpassing

Aug 8, 2019, 5:19 pm Reply

Corruption makes everyone else poorer for the benefit of a few. Unfortunately it's complicated and thus emotionally resonates less than its impact suggests. Think of all the people who would have had a good job. Stealing jobs from people should be deeply offensive.

DougZ73

Aug 8, 2019, 5:32 pm Reply

So, as a NJ resident…at least for now, I am very curious how this all turned out? Any resolution?

Corvus Crow

Aug 8, 2019, 6:52 pm Reply

Guys like this change their tune when they're hanging upside down by their ankles from the top of a 10 story build…js

H H

Aug 8, 2019, 8:42 pm Reply

They did not even deny! Did I miss something? THEY DID NOT EVEN DENY !!!!!

Barbara Supkow

Aug 8, 2019, 9:15 pm Reply

They should build a prison on Epstein island!!!!!

Nicholas Glasser

Aug 8, 2019, 10:12 pm Reply

Corrupt politicians , SOooooooo Typical , I hope there is a huge lawsuit over this

Martin Barbeau

Aug 8, 2019, 10:14 pm Reply

Mr Stossel, you should use your influence to oust this mayor on his next election and let his constituents know why!!!

Phil Neubauer

Aug 8, 2019, 10:53 pm Reply

Imagine that. Politicians lining thier pockets.

yes3443

Aug 8, 2019, 1:37 am Reply

They sound like Republicans

bingo boy

Aug 8, 2019, 2:23 am Reply

Cronys as always!

Kroban3

Aug 8, 2019, 3:56 am Reply

It totally doesn't matter but how is it that the text on the thumbnail pic is crooked?

NJD314

Aug 8, 2019, 6:14 am Reply

Anyonne have a follow-up link to this story?

neilsthepoet

Aug 8, 2019, 6:56 am Reply

Investigate indict trial
Convict……… Prison!!!!!!

Crony Capitalism

CORRUPTION!!!!!

sticky170

Aug 8, 2019, 7:58 am Reply

By not answering they already answered. Aren't public officials business expenses public record?

Wise Guy

Aug 8, 2019, 9:21 am Reply

Good to know the Edgewater mayor is on the take. Not that I'm surprised.

Harsesis Hok’tar

Aug 8, 2019, 2:06 pm Reply

Was anything done about this?

Tony T

Aug 8, 2019, 3:01 pm Reply

So what's the town going to do? Like most probably nothing and live their lemming life not holding anyone accountable.

tntkop

Aug 8, 2019, 4:19 pm Reply

Liberal politicians are corrupt?
Say it ain’t so.

Steve Harcar

Aug 8, 2019, 7:29 pm Reply

This is worse than Chicago

Kelly Hill

Aug 8, 2019, 7:52 pm Reply

Put them in prison

Jack Jones

Aug 8, 2019, 9:38 pm Reply

Liers and theivs

timoteo

Aug 8, 2019, 11:34 pm Reply

So how did this turn out??

The Beast

Aug 8, 2019, 11:51 pm Reply

Vote that POS out!!!!

Ninjamaster77

Aug 8, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

Is there going to be an investigation?

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