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Re: With Number Of Carjackings Soaring, Hudson County And JC Expand Task Force To Target Perpetrators
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Prevention magazine says Jersey City is the 3rd best US city for walkers. Is there a correlation to the number of carjackings?

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/fit ... -walkers/3-jersey-city-nj

Posted on: 2012/3/27 12:57
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Re: With Number Of Carjackings Soaring, Hudson County And JC Expand Task Force To Target Perpetrators
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Two weeks ago in Beverly Hills Downtown JC, there was one attempted (Shop Rite) and one successful (Pavonia PATH station) carjacking at gunpoint, both involving Mercedes SUVs. They were of the "just walk up and wave a gun" variety.

While I am glad that the JJ is covering these stories, I have to laugh at this article:

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Most carjackings in Hudson County, Jersey City involve threats with weapons that can't be ignored

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3:00 AM
By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

Several schemes are employed in carjackings, and being alert is the best defense, officials say.

In one scheme, the attacker bumps the victim’s vehicle and when the victim gets out to assess damage and exchange information, their vehicle is taken.

In another scenario, an accident is staged that can include a simulated injury. When the victim stops to assist, their vehicle is taken, officials say.

Sometimes the driver of the vehicle behind the victim gets the victim’s attention and indicates there is a problem with the victim’s car. The victim pulls over and their vehicle is taken.

Finally, sometimes carjackers follow the victim and when the victim pulls into a driveway, the carjackers pull up, trap the vehicle and take it.

In the Jersey City area, most carjackings simply involve a carjacker approaching a vehicle and threatening to use a weapon if the driver does not comply.


All that information about how other folks carjack really is beside the point if the MO in JC is simply to walk up and wave a gun. But then I guess that would be a really short article.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 12:11
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Oh, wait, there is one: The Jersey Sting.
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Re: With Number Of Carjackings Soaring, Hudson County And JC Expand Task Force To Target Perpetrators
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That is only blocks from my house. Wow... Of course, no mention of skin tone or ethnicity of the perp in the article....

Posted on: 2012/3/27 11:26
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Re: Signs / Billboards in Downtown
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Heights, you're right I shouldn't have said the planning board WILL approve it. They vote. I expect they'd approve it since it opens the doors for other politicans to do the same, which would suit city hall and I think city hall at a minimum influences the planning board.

The advertisement is for Sandra Cunningham. Exactly what the words are I have no idea. It was the size as much as the content that offended me. And the fact that private stores can't do this but a politician is given a pass.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 11:05
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Re: Another Store gets faded out on Newark... gentrification still at work.
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If everytime someone writes a post they need to reread it over for grammar and spelling the blogoshpere would be half the size it is now.


That would really be a good thing.

Instead of spell check letting you know that you have misspelled a word, they should scan for proper grammer and spelling. If YOUR post has a certain amount or percentage of errors, it gets deleted.

This way the adults can have a conversation.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 11:04
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Re: With Number Of Carjackings Soaring, Hudson County And JC Expand Task Force To Target Perpetrators
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Jersey City Heights man ordered out of BMW while parking it near his home; recovered in Hillside

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3:00 AM
By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

A Jersey City Heights man was carjacked at gunpoint as he parked his 2008 BMW near his Oakland Avenue home Sunday night, police said.

A about 10:15 p.m., the carjacker approached the driver of the BMW saying, “This is nothing personal. You’re gonna get your car back. I’m hungry,” according to police reports.

The car robber ordered the 48-year-old victim out of the car and told him to leave his cellphone behind, reports said.
The carjacker got in the BMW and drove west on Jefferson Avenue toward Central Avenue, reports said.

Yesterday morning, Hillside police spotted the BMW and chased it, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said, adding that the car was later found abandoned in Hillside.

The carjacker was not caught, but he was described as having a goatee, about 5-feet-9, and wearing a black hat and gray sweatshirt, officials said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Jersey City police tip line at (201) 547-JAIL.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:56
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Jersey City police say man and woman arrested after shots are fired in Lincoln Park
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Jersey City police say man and woman arrested after shots are fired in Lincoln Park

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3:01 AM
By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

A Jersey City man walking his dog with a friend in Lincoln Park was arrested after he allegedly fired a few rounds with a handgun on Thursday, officials said yesterday.

Tony Jamison, 28, of Bergen Avenue, was arrested at 9:52 p.m. and charged with crimes including weapons offenses, tampering with evidence, and obstructing, as well as municipal violations of unlawful possession of a firearm in a park and unlawful discharge of a firearm in a park, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Makarski said.

Jamison was in the company of Melissa Bosch, 27, of West Side Avenue, at the time of the incident and she was charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing, Makarski said.

Sheriff’s Officer Michael Babiak was on patrol in the park when he heard three shots come from the area of a playground and he called for backup after seeing a man and woman in the area and it appeared the man was armed, officials said.

When the two people were approached and ordered to the ground, Jamison tossed something, which turned out to be a handgun, reports said, adding that Bosch was found to have four spent rounds in her pocket.

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Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:51
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Re: Signs / Billboards in Downtown
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Did you see the beautiful new signage at 350 Montgomery Street on the old Jersey City Museum building which is now the new JCMC building? Six massive blue signs draped over the front and sides of the building advertizing the JCMC . Does the JCMC really need to advertize IN Jersey City?

Also isn’t 350 Montgomery smack dab in the middle of a DT historic district? (or very close)

Hey they at least gave the City Council a warning a few weeks ago that they were going to do it? I guess the JCMC advertisements are just temporary until they find a sponsor. Just think in the future you may very well be seeing an advertisement for maybe KFC and the JCMC. “We give all of our chicken’s breast exams, had one lately? Set up an appointment today at the JCMC.”

“JCMC CEO Joe Scott told the City Council last night that he is seeking a sponsor to pay to have the sponsor's name placed on the building.”

Also what is the zoning law regarding advertising signage on buildings ? I see it all the time on those huge apartment towers down by the river in the Newport section of J.C.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:47
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Jersey City man, 36, beaten unconscious in street fight
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Jersey City man, 36, beaten unconscious in street fight

Published: Monday, March 26, 2012, 3:00 AM
By Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal

Responding to reports of a street fight early yesterday, Jersey City cops found a 36-year-old man who had been beaten so severely his eyes were swollen shut, according to police reports.

Cops found the Jersey City man at 12:55 a.m. at Woodlawn and West Side avenues, reports said.

The man, whose face was bruised and swollen, told cops he was attacked from behind and briefly lost consciousness while he was being assaulted, reports said.

The victim was treated at Jersey City Medical Center for his injuries, and it wasn't clear from reports if he told police he could recognize his attackers.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:45
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Jersey City deli worker shot; cops catch suspect
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Jersey City deli worker shot; cops catch suspect

Published: Monday, March 26, 2012, 3:03 AM
By Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal

A Jersey City police officer wrestled a robbery suspect to the ground Friday after the man allegedly shot a 48-year-old deli worker in the left shoulder, according to police reports.

Responding to the C&H Mini Market at Bergen Avenue and Union Street at 9:21 p.m., cops found the wounded store employee who told them that a tall man with a silver revolver chased him down a store aisle before opening fire, reports said.

The cash register was open and cash was strewn across the counter and the floor, reports said, adding the victim was treated at the scene and then at the Jersey City Medical Center for a non-life threatening injury.

Based on the description given by the store employee, officers spotted Sean White, 26, of Union Street, walking along Union Street toward Martin Luther King Drive, police said.

The officers saw White had a gun and ordered him to drop the weapon, but White fled and the officers chased him, reports said.

At one point during the chase, White turned and pointed the gun at Police Officer Collin Congleton, a plainclothes officer with the Violent Crimes Unit who also served two tours in Iraq as a Marine, police officials said.

Congleton tackled the suspect and with the help of fellow officers made the arrest, officials said.

Police recovered a silver .38 special Ruger revolver loaded with three hollow point and two ballpoint bullets and one spent shell in the chamber, police said.

White was charged with robbery, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of weapons, shots fired, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, prohibited weapons and devices, and certain person not to have a weapon, officials said.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:40
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Re: Another Store gets faded out on Newark... gentrification still at work.
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Due to the amount of people picking at my post becuase I wrote Your as opposed to You're I feel i should respond.

Seriously people since when do blog posts need to have perfect spelling on order to be valid.

If everytime someone writes a post they need to reread it over for grammar and spelling the blogoshpere would be half the size it is now.

Get over YOURselves.


It matters because we assume you are an educated adult. It is a reflection of you, like it or not. Sure, we all make typos now and then, but to defend it is ridiculous. Would you send in a resume or cover letter with "your" instead of "you're?" Just because it's a "blog" or "forum" isn't an excuse for ignorance.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:37
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Jersey City police say pizza delivery man robbed of cellphone, $185
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Jersey City police say pizza delivery man robbed of cellphone, $185

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3:00 AM
By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

A Jersey City pizza delivery man was robbed at knifepoint Sunday night in Greenville, police report.

At about 10:30 p.m., officers responded to the Grand Street pizzeria and spoke to the 38-year-old victim, who said he was delivering food on Bostwick Avenue when he saw a man standing next to the front porch, reports said.

The man approached him from behind and held a knife to his throat while going through his pockets. The robber took the victim’s cellphone and $185, reports said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Jersey City police tip line at (201) 547-JAIL.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:36
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Man robbed, another stabbed two hours apart on Virginia Avenue in Jersey City, police say
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Man robbed, another stabbed two hours apart on Virginia Avenue in Jersey City, police say

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3:00 AM
By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

A gunpoint robbery and a stabbing took place Sunday on Virginia Avenue in Jersey City in what appears to be unrelated incidents, officials said.

“Give me the money and don’t make this into a homicide,” was the demand a gunman made at about 9:30 p.m. after following a 23-year-old Virginia Avenue man home from West Side Avenue Light Rail station, reports said.

The victim gave the masked robber his wallet. But when the robber saw it contained no money, he tossed it back saying, “This ain’t worth it for a debit card,” reports said, adding the robber walked away toward Mallory Avenue.

A 29-year-old Forrest Street man told police that at about 11:40 p.m. he was walking out of a Virginia Avenue bar when he saw a fight. He was stabbed while trying to break up the fracas, he told cops.

Responding officers found the victim bleeding on the side of his body. He was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center, where doctors said he was in stable but guarded condition, reports said.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call the Jersey City police tip line at (201) 547-JAIL.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:31
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With Number Of Carjackings Soaring, Hudson County And JC Expand Task Force To Target Perpetrators
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With number of carjackings soaring, Hudson County and Jersey City expand task force to target perpetrators

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3:03 AM
By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

A rise in the number of reported carjackings has triggered formation of a task force comprised of Jersey City police and members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, officials said yesterday, noting the crime has proven fatal in two cases in recent months.

“We have had a task force in existence in Jersey City, and we are expanding it,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio, adding that uniformed units and plainclothes detectives will operate “simultaneously at various areas in Jersey City and beyond.”

The task force is designed to be both proactive and reactive, he said, declining to give specifics on the size of the task force or its methods of operation.

Twenty-five carjackings have been reported in Jersey City in the past six months, compared with only 17 during this same stretch a year ago, police said. Since Christmas, there has been 11 carjackings in Jersey City, the prosecutor said.

As recently as Sunday night, a man driving a 2008 BMW on Oakland Avenue was ordered out of his car at gunpoint and told to leave his cellphone in the vehicle, DeFazio said.
Beyond losing their vehicles, some carjack victims have lost their lives.

At about 3:25 a.m. last July 12, Jose Pazmino, 52, of Brooklyn, was fatally shot through the window of his BMW during a carjacking in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot at Tonnelle and Manhattan avenues in Jersey City, officials said. He was making a stop as he headed home from his job in Carlstadt.”

”And on May 26, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Adams was in his 2002 Ford Explorer on Bidwell Avenue in Jersey City when he was shot once in the chest and once in the left ear during a carjacking, officials said. Earl Austin, 20, of Bartholdi Avenue, has been charged in the murder, officials said, noting he has gang tattoos.

In late January, Latoya Campbell, 20, was convicted of a brutal carjacking that occurred at the Newport Centre Mall in Downtown Jersey City in 2009 in which a woman was beaten and robbed.

Campbell was not present when the verdict was read. She had told officials she was sick and had gone to the hospital. Campbell was not in the hospital and she had to be tracked down, officials said.

She was additionally charged with jumping her $100,000 bail, reports said, adding she is also charged with a drug offense. Campbell faces 10 to 30 when she is sentenced Thursday by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Patrick Arre.

Mostly high-end vehicles are being targeted, but DeFazio said that is not true in all cases.
Carjacked vehicles are sometimes shipped out of the country, but they often wind up in chop shops, where they are disassembled and sold for parts, officials said.

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In the BMW in Dunkin Donuts parking lot, at the intersection of Tonnelle Avenue and Manhattan Avenue, Jose Pazmino, 52, was shot dead in his car in July.



Most carjackings in Hudson County, Jersey City involve threats with weapons that can't be ignored

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3:00 AM
By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

Several schemes are employed in carjackings, and being alert is the best defense, officials say.

In one scheme, the attacker bumps the victim’s vehicle and when the victim gets out to assess damage and exchange information, their vehicle is taken.

In another scenario, an accident is staged that can include a simulated injury. When the victim stops to assist, their vehicle is taken, officials say.

Sometimes the driver of the vehicle behind the victim gets the victim’s attention and indicates there is a problem with the victim’s car. The victim pulls over and their vehicle is taken.

Finally, sometimes carjackers follow the victim and when the victim pulls into a driveway, the carjackers pull up, trap the vehicle and take it.

In the Jersey City area, most carjackings simply involve a carjacker approaching a vehicle and threatening to use a weapon if the driver does not comply.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:23
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Re: Signs / Billboards in Downtown
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Did you see the beautiful new signage at 350 Montgomery Street on the old Jersey City Museum building which is now the new JCMC building? Six massive blue signs draped over the front and sides of the building advertizing the JCMC . Does the JCMC really need to advertize IN Jersey City?

Also isn’t 350 Montgomery smack dab in the middle of a DT historic district? (or very close)

Hey they at least gave the City Council a warning a few weeks ago that they were going to do it? I guess the JCMC advertisements are just temporary until they find a sponsor. Just think in the future you may very well be seeing an advertisement for maybe KFC and the JCMC. “We give all of our chicken’s breast exams, had one lately? Set up an appointment today at the JCMC.”

“JCMC CEO Joe Scott told the City Council last night that he is seeking a sponsor to pay to have the sponsor's name placed on the building.”

Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:09
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Please go to Shutterfly to see a picture/info on my cat who's been missing since Saturday. I have spoken to JC Animal control and no dead cats were removed over the weekend, so I am hoping he is trapped in a garage or something where he can't get out.

Thanks

Shutterfly

Posted on: 2012/3/27 10:09
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Re: Eight candidates vying for three open seats on Jersey City Board of Education
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Talking Politics talks to the school board candidates - hear what they have to say.

http://www.talkingpolitics.net/tp032312.wmv

Posted on: 2012/3/27 9:56
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Re: Another Store gets faded out on Newark... gentrification still at work.
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Due to the amount of people picking at my post becuase I wrote Your as opposed to You're I feel i should respond.

Seriously people since when do blog posts need to have perfect spelling on order to be valid.

If everytime someone writes a post they need to reread it over for grammar and spelling the blogoshpere would be half the size it is now.

Get over YOURselves.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 9:50
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Re: Jersey City holds hearing about Comcast's effort to take over channel 1
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I have been cable free for 2 years now, don't miss it, anything I do miss I can watch online. Comcast is the worst! Hope JC is successful in getting its channel, the channel that rarely informs.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 9:19
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Re: Signs / Billboards in Downtown
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You are not over reacting. How do you know if the planning board will approve this ? I would go down and protest this to the board. In addition, what type of advertisement is on the billboard ? Have you gone to the zoning board to question how this was applied ?

Posted on: 2012/3/27 9:15
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Re: Signs / Billboards in Downtown
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I agree with you...I don't want to see billboards all over the place especially in the historic districts. If they want to put it up by the tunnel fine but not in residential areas.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 9:01
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Re: Jersey City holds hearing about Comcast's effort to take over channel 1
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my bitterness stems from the realization that television does nothing to serve the public interest or the greater good of our nation. Instead, TV is simply a video advertising display that panders to the lowest common standard in a effort to sell products for private commercial gain. Producers at TV networks are interested in making money, not upholding moral values or curing social injustices. Television treats its viewers as receptacles for commercial and consumer messages to increase the profits of the corporations involved.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 9:00
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Re: Jersey City holds hearing about Comcast's effort to take over channel 1
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guys ,netflix 8 bucks a month and verizon dsl thats the move,If you have time to watch sh!tty cable you have no life.do you need to see stupid football games,what the fck with this cable,never had it never will.waste your money on the empire.cable is for idiots,read a book

Posted on: 2012/3/27 8:54
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Signs / Billboards in Downtown
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Tell me if I'm overreacting....

Some time ago, I was told that billboards in downtown are prohibited. I was helping a friend open a store, and this information didn't really bother me, in fact I thought it was a great law to keep the area looking nice.

Yesterday it was brought to my attention that downtown is now getting TWO 40x40 billboards on one of the old warehouse buildings along Marin Blvd.

How convenient, these billboards will be advertising Sandra Cunningham. The planning board will be approving this on April 3.

My question is as follows:
- Am I overreacting in my reaction?
- Doesn't this imply that Cunningham might be running for mayor?
- If cunningham does this what is to stop others (other politicians) from doing the same and covering our entire neighborhood in billboards that are bigger than some apartments??????

If I'm overreacting I'll bite my tongue. On the other hand, if this is something that the neighborhood agrees is a problem I think we need to speak out.

Your opinion will guide me.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 7:37
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Re: Governor Christie halts new train tunnel into Manhattan due to cost overun
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A job is a job. Every year a lot of students come out of high school. Not everyone of them will go on to join college for various reasons. They need jobs too. A large number of students coming out of JC school system probably belong to this category. Mayor Bloomberg does not think the same way as you do because he is smart. Calling some lower paying job, which needs as much hard work as yours, as bullshit shows what kind of person you are. It is pointless to discuss with people like you.


Not every job is created equal, just as every tax receipt is not created equal.

If you are arguing: "I want a job at Hunts Point Market and New Jersey should spend money to bring it here," you make an excellent example of how self interest never serves good public good.

Moving the market isn't creating jobs. Its not even moving jobs from one of the country to this area. New Jersey tax incentives aren't keeping jobs here. The jobs aren't moving the jobs to Detroit or Kansas or Mexico or Thailand. You don't need a work visa to get a job in New York state.

If you are arguing: "Creating tax incentives for blue collar jobs has a better rate of return than providing access to high paying white collar jobs in Manhattan," you are either making incorrect assumptions, working with faulty data or simply don't know what you are talking about.

Maybe the market would bring jobs to New Jersey, maybe about 3,000 blue collar union jobs. Given that you believe these jobs to be so excellent, why would the existing employees give them up just because they moved 15 miles west? This isn't job creation.

And not only will New Jersey end up giving away millions in tax incentives, but we'll also gain higher costs in maintaining the roadways servicing the facility, increased congestion, and higher pollution.

And for what? $1,500 a year in income tax? $2,000? Compare that to the tax bills of the white collar workers in Manhattan. Shorter commutes to the high paying white collar jobs brings in more in state income tax because salaries are higher and will taxed at a higher rate. Those people will also spend more money generating more sales tax. They will have larger, more expensive houses, meaning they will pay more in property taxes. They will have fewer children and rely on fewer services for the tax dollars they generate.

Take for example, the Regional Plan Association report that analyzed property value and transit access:

"A statistical analysis of the effect of three recent improvements to NJ TRANSIT’s rail system on home values predicts that ARC – a new commuter rail tunnel to Midtown Manhattan – could add a cumulative $18 billion to home values within two miles of NJ TRANSIT and Metro-North Port Jervis and Pascack Valley train stations"

http://www.rpa.org/pdf/RPA-The-ARC-Effect.pdf

Posted on: 2012/3/27 0:05
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Re: What does Downtown Jersey City need in a new restaurant?
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I agree with the previous posts. A 24 diner would do really well here along with a korean bbq restaurant.

However, the places that seem to be the most successful in similar areas are the places with good drinks and food at a reasonable price. A spitzer's from the LES or a five leaves in Greenpoint are two examples that would thrive in a place like JC. no frills type of place with good beers on tap, quality food at a decent price.

Posted on: 2012/3/26 22:40
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Re: 'Jersey Shore' Spin-Off in Jersey City
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Before their emotional goodbye, leaving to go to the Westin Hotel, the two walked down Mercer Street to thank neighbors with cookies and oranges.

But only four people answered - two people slammed the door in their face, and one was planted by the production team.


Pretty much sums up this crap show.

Posted on: 2012/3/26 21:27
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Re: Jersey City holds hearing about Comcast's effort to take over channel 1
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Residents: We want our JC 1 TV!
At cable hearing residents say they want more from Comcast

by E. Assata Wright
Hudson Reporter staff writer
Mar 25, 2012

Residents, members of the City Council, and Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy were all unified last week in what they want to see in the city’s next cable TV franchise agreement with Comcast.

The list of requirements includes continuation of Jersey City 1 TV and a dedicated public access channel; a station set aside for the Board of Education; discounted rates for senior citizens; a service suspension option for seasonal residents; equipment upgrades; improved training opportunities for lay producers; and scholarship, internship, and employment opportunities for Jersey City students.

Whether or not the city gets any or all of these “wish list” requests will depend on the state’s Board of Public Utilities.

In 1998, the city signed a 15-year local franchise agreement with Comcast to supply cable service to Jersey City residents. This agreement expires May 13, 2013, but the city is required by law to file a report this May 13 that evaluates Comcast’s service and details the future cable needs of residents. This report will be filed with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

As a first step in this process, the city held a public hearing at City Hall last Tuesday so residents could discuss their experiences with Comcast and which services they’d like to see from their local cable provider in the future.

Based on the comments made at the public hearing before the City Council, the city will renew its cable franchise agreement with Comcast – but is likely to include its wish list of desired services and resources in the agreement.

“As the process moves forward, my staff will be reviewing the current agreement with Comcast to determine what provisions need to be added, omitted, or amended,” Healy said on Tuesday. “We will listen to the public’s concerns and weigh those issues as we work to develop a new contract with Comcast.”

Jersey City getting shortchanged?

According to City Clerk Robert Byrne, there are only a limited number of circumstances that would allow the city to deny a franchise renewal to Comcast: if the company hasn’t complied with its 1998 agreement; if Comcast’s service is poor; if Comcast lacks the financial or legal capacity to deliver service in the future; or if the company is unable to meet the future needs of the community.

Thus, it is unlikely the city will cut ties with Comcast altogether. But the city can build a number of requirements into its contract with the company that address service problems and other concerns residents raised last week.

In a nutshell, residents, including Mayor Healy, believe that Jersey City receives fewer services from Comcast than other communities receive from their local cable TV providers.

“In other cities, there’s actually money set aside for public access where there is a studio and people can receive training,” said resident and cable access producer Yvonne Balcer. “In Union City, you have a great [public access studio], where the public can receive training and there available equipment. That’s not the case here. In Jersey City, the public has to bring a finished product to the public access station [Channel 51].”

Another resident, Mia Scanga, who produces the public access show “Talking Politics” for Channel 51, agreed.

“Some of us, like myself and Yvonne Balcer, we’ve gone out and purchased our own equipment,” Scanga noted. “But video cameras and other equipment can be $2,000 or $2,500. A lot of people can’t afford that. We are not getting nearly the services at our public access station that other cites get. That [public access] studio on Kennedy Boulevard has nothing in it. In other cities, not only do people get a studio, they get trained how to film, how to edit.”

Throughout the hearing, several community members stated that Comcast’s rates, even for the most basic packages, are not affordable for seniors living on a fixed incomes. This, they argued, posed a problem should there be an emergency, since seniors without cable might miss important information that is broadcast on TV.

Others, including seasonal resident Jim Morley, complained that the city’s current agreement with Comcast does not allow customers to suspend their service during months of the year when they are living out-of-state. Local cable agreements in other cities allow for such service suspensions for “snow birds.”

One sticking point in the city’s new franchise agreement with Comcast could be whether the city is able to keep Channel 1, known as Jersey City 1 TV, a station dedicated to municipal government meetings and city news. City officials believe that Comcast may want to capture the channel for its own purposes.

“My understanding is that 30 yeas ago the cable company gave this station to the city because no one would watch it,” said Esther Wintner. “Over the course of the past 30 years, the city has worked hard to brand this station. It is now ours. There are a lot of people here who look forward to that JC 1 TV, and they should be watching that JC 1 TV. In my home I call the television the Idiot Box. But if anybody is going to turn it on, that should be the first thing that they see.”

Board of Public Utilities: ‘Final arbiter’

Some residents at the hearing suggested cutting ties with Comcast altogether, especially if the company appears unwilling to offer all the services the city is likely to request.

Byrne, however, said that completely severing ties with Comcast is not possible, since it is the company that built up Jersey City’s cable infrastructure and, as such, it has the permanent right to offer local cable service, unless the city can make a strong case against renewing the franchise agreement to the Board of Public Utilities. Still, he insisted the city has negotiating power and leverage.

“Comcast has to be reasonable,” explained Byrne. “The final arbiter in all this is the Board of Public Utilities. They are the mediator if one side or the other makes silly requests. If we’re not reasonable, the BPU is not going to approve our ordinance [to renew the franchise agreement with Comcast]. But at the same time, if Comcast denies all the things we’re asking for the BPU will intervene on our behalf and require that Comcast negotiate.”

Read more: Hudson Reporter - Residents We want our JC 1 TV At cable hearing residents say they want more from Comcast
http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/fu ... ndary_stories_left_column

Posted on: 2012/3/26 21:08
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Re: 'Jersey Shore' Spin-Off in Jersey City
Home away from home
Home away from home


Filming wraps up for Snooki, JWoww spinoff

Monday, March 26, 2012, 6:05 PM
By Stephanie Musat/ For The Jersey Journal

With a hug goodbye and the reminder of Snooki's pending child, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley got into their own cars and drove away from their Mercer Street home to end their spin-off filming, closing five weeks of production that took over downtown Jersey City.

"Don't forget I'm pregnant," Snooki yelled to JWoww, before she climbed into her Cadillac and drove away from a film crew taping her exit to end the show.

Before their emotional goodbye, leaving to go to the Westin Hotel, the two walked down Mercer Street to thank neighbors with cookies and oranges.

But only four people answered - two people slammed the door in their face, and one was planted by the production team.

Even if they slammed the door, Snooki replied with an upbeat "Love You," before shoving a cookie through the mail slot and walking to the next door.

Earlier in the day, the boyfriends - Jionni LaValle and Roger Matthews - loaded cars with animal print suitcases and Snooki's favorite alligator. The couples began playing tricks on each other, with LaValle pouring water out of their window onto Matthews.

You might still see production teams around town, as their filming permit goes through next week.

"I'm happy that they're leaving," said Linda Jameson, who stopped by the house to check out the stars. "They didn't bother me much, but at least it's one less thing to worry about."

She said filming didn't interrupt downtown too much, but when production was happening, it was clear that they were out of their element.

"I don't have to worry about being stopped when they're filming or worry about what restaurants to go to in case they are there," she said.

Despite the "annoyance" she said she will tune into the show when it airs on MTV to see how they portray Jersey City.

There was the biggest crowd outside the house today besides the first week of filming, as people took out their camera phones to catch the duo and their significant others as they packed their cars before leaving.

"I wanted to get a picture before they leave," said Nicholas Remin. "It's cool they spent some time here, it gives some place else in New Jersey exposure. But I don't think they liked it very much."

He said he thinks the show will be boring, mostly because there isn't a lot of action in Jersey City. He said the city was a poor choice for the spin-off because it's not "very lively," but is still excited to tune in.

"My town will be on television," he said. "I can say I went to that restaurant or that bar. That's pretty cool."
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... aps_up_for_snooki_jw.html

Posted on: 2012/3/26 20:58
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Re: HUGE GAS PIPELINE COMING - through Jersey City
Home away from home
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Isn't the next step suing Spectra - both the city and nogaspipeline?

Who is really surprised that FERC (many of whom have actually worked for energy companies in the past) approved the pipeline?

Posted on: 2012/3/26 20:44
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