84, passed away on May 21, 2018. He was born in Bayonne to the late Elizabeth (nee: Leahy) and Charles Ryan. He was the sexton at St. Andrew the Apostle Church and a member of the Holy Name Society. James is survived by his siblings, John (retired Bayonne Fire Department) and Elizabeth Tranberg; his niece and nephew, Anne Marie and Martin Juenge; and several other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Robert and Michael Ryan, Margaret Levandowksi, Catherine Rosario, Anne Juenge and Marie Lombardi. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franciscan Friars of Atonement, 40 Franciscan Way, Garrison, NY 10524. Condolences may be received at bayonnememorialhome.com. Funeral arrangements by BAYONNE MEMORIAL HOME, 854 Avenue C.
Support The Guardian Ben Carson and his wife personally selected a $31,000 furniture set for his office at the department of housing and urban development, according to a newly released email that contradicts past statements by Carson and his aides.Carson and his spokesman Raffi Williams repeatedly claimed that the Hud secretary was not involved in a decision to make the purchase, after the Guardian revealed a controversy at the department around the furnishing of his office. “Nobody was more surprised than me,” Carson said in a statement, before saying that he would cancel the order amid the controversy. Williams, who initially denied that the furniture order existed, also insisted that Carson had no involvement.But in an email on 29 August last year that was released on Wednesday, an official at Hud wrote that Carson and his wife, Candy, had “picked out” the furniture themselves. @jonswaine Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Last modified on Thu 15 Mar 2018 08.21 EDT Read more Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary.Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP Ben Carson Jon Swaine in New York Ben Carson and his wife ‘picked out’ $31,000 furniture set, new email shows Share via Email Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 1 year old Carson and his aides have repeatedly claimed that the Hud secretary was not involved in the purchase, but an email contradicts that claim US official: I was demoted for rejecting Ben Carson’s costly office revamp Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… This article is more than 1 year old Shares339339 Share on Facebook Topics Share via Email news Share on Twitter Ben Carson Share on Twitter That email – first reported by CNN – followed months of internal discussion about the Carsons’ views on the furniture available to them. In one email in March last year, a facilities staffer said Carson’s team had called to complain that Carson “doesn’t like his chairs”.The emails were released in response to a freedom of information request by American Oversight, a pro-transparency group founded by former Obama administration officials and ethics campaigners.Another email released to the group showed Helen Foster, then Hud’s chief administrative officer, stating more than a year ago that she had been “asked about ‘finding’ additional money for furnishing the secretary’s office”.Foster has alleged in a complaint to a whistleblower agency that she was demoted and replaced with a Donald Trump appointee after refusing to break the law by breaking a $5,000 spending cap for improvements to Carson’s office.Carson’s team later claimed that the legal cap did not apply to the $31,000 furniture order, because the dining set would be for the benefit of the entire Hud headquarters staff.Foster’s allegations are now under investigation by Congress. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who chairs the powerful House oversight committee, has asked Carson to turn over all documents relating to the subject. Wed 14 Mar 2018 08.43 EDT … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content