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Where can I find Belgian pearl sugar?
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I want to make my own sugar waffles, so I'm looking for Belgian pearl sugar. I can crush sugar cubes if I have to, but it'd be nice to find the real stuff.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 12:12
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Re: PUBLIC NOTICE’s like the JC SFY 2010 Municipal Budget
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Sorry if the thread subject was confusing (along with the numbers not being lined up) Yes the purpose of my thread was 2 fold. I wanted to get the public notice budget summary posted which had the Feb 24th date and where to pick up copies of the full budget. I also wanted to let everyone know that the State/ County/ City (all cities around JC) post (hide) their public notices in the paper copy of the JJ. I am betting that many of the DTJC newcomers (and old-timers) don’t even bother picking up a paper copy of the JJ.

Like I said up above maybe someone can get Steve F. to propose a resolution to have the public notices put on County and City official websites. It is like we are living in the 1920’s having notices posted in a paper copy of a newspaper that doesn’t have much of a circulation. Put it in the paper along with a link.

The DTJC newcomers are probably the best and bightest financial people in the country. (don’t get a big head) A lot of you work on Wall Street. You would think that the city would tap into that talent. Instead they appoint some JC political hack to do the books.

Getting back to the notices in the last three days here are examples of what was hidden in the paper copy of the JJ.

- Entertainment license renewals for almost every bar in DTJC...Light Horse Tavern, Michael Anthony’s, O’Hara’s Downtown, York Street Tavern, Puccini’s, Lamp Post, Ringside Lounge, just to mention a few. These are the notices that say if you have an objection to the renewal send in a letter within 20 days of the date of the publication of the notice.

- I see that there are some people on this site that have catering businesses. There were two notices looking for bids for food services for a nursery on Westside Ave. and today one looking for bids for the food service at Bayonne pool for the next 5 years.

- meeting notices...the JC Redevelopment Agency will hold its next meeting on Feb 16 at 6:00 pm 14th floor of 30 Montgomery St.....Hudson County Mental Health Board 2010 meeting schedule is posted....

- all kinds of requests for bids for street repaving, trucks, bus services, it software, and elevator work in Hoboken.

- yesterdays JJ had a very long notice of sale (bid for bonds?) by Hudson County for 32 million dollar County College Bonds. It went on for pages all kinds of legal mumbo jumbo do they think that the average citizen of JC will ever see it or if they did read it actually know what it all means? (I don’t and I would bet that 225,000 out of a city of 230,000 doesn't either)

You young people from DTJC are the ones who should be reading these public notices....you have the energy and smarts to get things done!!

(buy support the JJ)

Posted on: 2010/2/12 12:12
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Re: Shoveling Snow on Sidewalks
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Re: Furloughs coming for Jersey City workers; Mayor Healy to take pay cut
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I have a sneaky suspicion that if I go back to the office of the Construction Code, the dozen people who sit around and do nothing but ignore homeowners all day will still be there.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 11:42
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Re: Retail in Hamilton Park
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What type of place will open next door to Basic?

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Anyone willing to pay Vladimir $10k/month. Not a long list.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 11:28
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Re: Retail in Hamilton Park
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There will be a restaurant and a furniture boutique in Hamilton Square. There is supposed to be an Italian Restaurant opening next to Basic. There was one there a few years ago and then a raw bar but neither one did that well. Hamilton Inn should be opening anyday now. There is also a GIANT MALL just 3 blocks away.

I hope the Russkie czar doesn't screw things up.


Vladimir, is some character! However, the Italian restaurant that was there a few years ago was, according to Vladimir, stealing water from Basic's plumbing when Mr. Lee owned Basic, and once Mr. Lee found this out (his water bill was enormous)he cut them off so they had no water.

Caveat Emptor.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 11:24
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Cocoa will also be a restaurant, with a menu created by Chef Edwyn Ferrari, but the bakery will open first.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 11:18
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Re: Shoveling Snow on Sidewalks
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Hey all,

Isn't it a law that all homeowners must shovel the sidewalks outside of their house?

Is there a fine associated with this? What number should one call?

I hate to be a tattle tail, but man there are some houses in the neighborhood whose sidewalks are extremely dangerous.


Yes it's a city ordinance and they can be issued a ticket (for not shoveling sidewalks or for shoveling snow into the street).

You should call the Mayor's Action Bureau at 201 547-4900 or the Neighborhood Improvement District at 201 547-5683 to report sidewalks that haven't yet been shoveled. You can also try the Office of Emergency Management at 201 547-5566 or 201 547-5681.

Complete info here: http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploa ... s/Snow%20Storm%202010.pdf

(Of course, the sidewalk on my block that's in front of publicly owned property hasn't been shoveled except for what I did myself...)


Thanks for that ... but there is no answer at 3 of those numbers (and no answering machine?!?), and the 4th is busy. W...T...F, lol.


Typical, right? That same site also claims that JCIA workers will shovel out all crosswalks by hand once the major part of the snowfall and associated plowing is done. If I ever see that happening, I'll know that it's no ordinary snowstorm but hell freezing over...

Posted on: 2010/2/12 11:15
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Re: Shoveling Snow on Sidewalks
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Hey all,

Isn't it a law that all homeowners must shovel the sidewalks outside of their house?

Is there a fine associated with this? What number should one call?

I hate to be a tattle tail, but man there are some houses in the neighborhood whose sidewalks are extremely dangerous.


Yes it's a city ordinance and they can be issued a ticket (for not shoveling sidewalks or for shoveling snow into the street).

You should call the Mayor's Action Bureau at 201 547-4900 or the Neighborhood Improvement District at 201 547-5683 to report sidewalks that haven't yet been shoveled. You can also try the Office of Emergency Management at 201 547-5566 or 201 547-5681.

Complete info here: http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploa ... s/Snow%20Storm%202010.pdf

(Of course, the sidewalk on my block that's in front of publicly owned property hasn't been shoveled except for what I did myself...)


Thanks for that ... but there is no answer at 3 of those numbers (and no answering machine?!?), and the 4th is busy. W...T...F, lol.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 11:03
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Re: Shoveling Snow on Sidewalks
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Quote:

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Hey all,

Isn't it a law that all homeowners must shovel the sidewalks outside of their house?

Is there a fine associated with this? What number should one call?

I hate to be a tattle tail, but man there are some houses in the neighborhood whose sidewalks are extremely dangerous.


Yes it's a city ordinance and they can be issued a ticket (for not shoveling sidewalks or for shoveling snow into the street).

You should call the Mayor's Action Bureau at 201 547-4900 or the Neighborhood Improvement District at 201 547-5683 to report sidewalks that haven't yet been shoveled. You can also try the Office of Emergency Management at 201 547-5566 or 201 547-5681.

Complete info here: http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploa ... s/Snow%20Storm%202010.pdf

(Of course, the sidewalk on my block that's in front of publicly owned property hasn't been shoveled except for what I did myself...)

Posted on: 2010/2/12 10:28
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Re: Furloughs coming for Jersey City workers; Mayor Healy to take pay cut
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A tiny drop in the bucket. Don't we have at least a $40 Million hole to fill? And won't it be even larger with the state pulling aid?

Posted on: 2010/2/12 10:14
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Re: Shoveling Snow on Sidewalks
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Hey post some pictures!

Posted on: 2010/2/12 10:13
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Re: Shoveling Snow on Sidewalks
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I note that a lot of detached single family homes in town have gradually paved over every bit of lawn in order to ad two or three parking spots to their properties. I have always deplored this since it’s a bit soul crushing to see an entire block of homes with not a single one sporting an actual green lawn- just a continuous vista of cement and parked S.U.V.s. Now they pay the price as they find there is no place left upon which they can heap the snow as they try to dig out. One or two have a single 7 foot high mound on the only patch of dirt they didn’t sacrifice for parking.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 10:13
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Re: Shoveling Snow on Sidewalks
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...and once again Barrrow Street Bar forgets it has a Mercer Street sidewalk in addition to a Barrow Street sidewalk. The latter is clear; the former, a sheet of ice.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 10:11
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Re: Christie Declares Fiscal Emergency as Deficits Loom
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This is statewide - not just JC.

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Gov. Chris Christie fires the first shot....

...Most of the education savings will be attained by forcing school boards to use up surpluses in their budgets. When Democrats have tried this trick in the past, the Republicans charged that it was a property tax increase in disguise. Those surpluses should be used to reduce the next year’s tax bill, they said...


From the Princeton Packet:

STATE: Gov. Christie imposes emergency fiscal measures
Education aid, pension contributions are curtailed

Friday, February 12, 2010
By Fred Tuccillo

TRENTON -- Declaring New Jersey in "a state of financial crisis" and its budget in "a shambles", Gov. Chris Christie Thursday invoked executive authority to freeze funds for education aid, forcing school districts to spend down current surpluses and face potential property tax increases next year.

To close the state's $2.2 billion budget gap, the governor also revoked state subsidies for higher education, NJ Transit and hospitals and eliminated the Department of Public Advocate and said was making cuts in 375 state programs.

The unprecedented actions were announced in an address to the state legislature, in which Gov. Christie condemned New Jersey's current budget and past fiscal practices.

"For the current fiscal year 2010, which has only four and one-half months left to go, the budget we have inherited has a two billion dollar gap," he said. "The budget passed less than eight months ago, in June of last year, contained all of the same worn out tricks of the trade that have become common place in Trenton, that have driven our citizens to anger and frustration and our wonderful state to the edge of bankruptcy."

The governor added: "Today, we come to terms with the fact that we cannot spend money on everything we want."
Noting that the state constitution requires a balanced budget, Gov. Christie outlined his emergency measures:

-- freezing $550 million in "unspent technical balances" including state funding aimed at assisting local government consolidation planning and energy system upgrades;

-- terminating various state subsidies ranging from the $50 million job creation program known as "InvestNJ" to the municipal aid program currently running a $3.2 million balance previously intended to help local governments with "overhead costs;"

-- delaying capital improvements to state prisons, parks and other facilities to save $90 million during the current fiscal year;

-- accelerating revenue collection practices including resolution of disputed tax settlements and repayment by urban enterprise zones of state subsidies used to grant property tax relief.

Declaring that state government must "shrink" rather than raise taxes, the governor made his clear that his fiscal strategy will be designed to force other New Jersey governmental units -- principally municipalities, school districts and authorities -- to choose between deep cuts or increased property taxes and service fees.

"For example, the state cannot continue to subsidize New Jersey transit to the extent it does," Gov. Christie said. "So I am cutting that subsidy. New Jersey transit will have to improve the efficiency of its operations, revisit its rich union contracts, end the patronage hiring that has typified its past, and may also have to consider service reductions or fare increases."

He praised recently-announced legislative initiatives to reform public employee pensions, saying the state cannot afford to spend "another $100 million" contributing to the pension system this year and citing specific cases to illustrate pension excesses:

"One state retiree, 49 years old, paid, over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 towards his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life and nearly $500,000 for health care benefits -- a total of $3.8m on a $120,000 investment," the governor said. "Is that fair?"

"A retired teacher paid $62,000 towards her pension and nothing, yes nothing, for full family medical, dental and vision coverage over her entire career," he continued. "What will we pay her? $1.4 million in pension benefits and another $215,000 in health care benefit premiums over her lifetime. Is it 'fair' for all of us and our children to have to pay for this excess?"

The governor devoted much of his address to education aid, acknowledging that it will be both the "biggest" and "most controversial" category of his reductions. He added, however, that his solution would "not take one penny from an approved school instructional budget. Not one dime out of the classroom. Not one text book left unbought. Not one teacher laid off. Not one child’s education compromised for one minute. Not one dollar of new property taxes will be needed."

Instead, he said, the cuts would come from $475 million in reductions from "so called reserve surpluses" to insure that individual school districts do not have state aid withheld in amounts greater than their current reserve accounts. He acknowledged, however, that "more than 500 school districts will be affected, and more than 100 districts will lose all state aid for the remainder of the year."

"Make no mistake: our priorities are to reduce and reform New Jersey’s habit of excessive government spending, to reduce taxes, to encourage job creation, to shrink our bloated government, and to fund our responsibilities on a pay-as-you-go basis and not leave them for future generations," Gov. Christie said. "In short, to make new jersey a home for growth instead of a fiscal basket case. "

The governor's speech quickly drew a mix of criticism and praise, some of it along party lines.
Senator Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, said the governor's solutions "would disproportionately impact low and middle-income taxpayers, our children, and students struggling to afford the costs of higher education" and place "an upward pressure on property taxes at the local level."

However, state GOP chairman Jay Webber, praised the Republican governor's actions, calling them "tough, responsible decisions to balance the budget without raising taxes."

Webber said, "Gov. Christie correctly diagnosed New Jersey’s budget condition as being in a ‘state of fiscal emergency,’ and put forth a plan to address it that is both creative and necessary."

As the governor himself predicted, the sharpest attacks were aimed at this school aid cuts.

Barbara Keshishian, president of the New Jersey Education Assocation said the cuts in education aid and pension fund freeze "could have serious unintended consequences for the future of our public schools."

While Gov. Christie's reduction of surplus funds would not affect current school district budgets, Ms. Keshishian said, "Many school districts use the excess surplus funds from one budget year as revenue to support programs or property tax reductions the following year."

She said that a further state failure to contribute to the pension system would be "outrageous" and a continuation of "the fiscally irresponsible practices" of prior administrations.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 10:10
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Re: Shoveling Snow on Sidewalks
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I believe the law is 8 hours or sunrise, whichever comes first.
It's in the snow thread. Not sure who to call.
We have a repeat offender. I was gonna tattle on them this time, but for the first time in years it was shoveled.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 10:04
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Re: Furloughs coming for Jersey City workers; Mayor Healy to take pay cut
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Better than a pay cut Healy can RESIGN!!!!!!!!

Posted on: 2010/2/12 10:03
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Shoveling Snow on Sidewalks
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Hey all,

Isn't it a law that all homeowners must shovel the sidewalks outside of their house?

Is there a fine associated with this? What number should one call?

I hate to be a tattle tail, but man there are some houses in the neighborhood whose sidewalks are extremely dangerous.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 10:00
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Re: PUBLIC NOTICE’s like the JC SFY 2010 Municipal Budget
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There are discussions raging on a number of threads about various aspects of the budget - and you can't really talk about taxes or the budget without involving the other.

I think this thread is confusing - it seemed like it was about how effective the city's public notices are.

What would be great is if the city had a website where they posted things other than a couple of pictures of themselves and a phone number that will often lead to a dead end. Why on earth isn't there a calendar tab that lists EVERY meeting the city is holding for the day/week/month? I challenge anyone to go onto the city's site and find where the next meeting of the budget committee, the ABC board and the tax enhancement committees are posted.

Saying you've fulfilled your obligations under the sunshine act by posting a notice in the middle of the classified section of the Jersey Journal is disingenuous, at best. The city has a website. People use computers (and probably don't read the JJ classifieds.) If you really want to promote transparency and inform the public of the happenings of their government, wouldn't you use the most effective means possible? You could still use the JJ, the Reporter, smoke signals - whatever. But why not post to the website in a well-marked, easy to locate manner as well?

Posted on: 2010/2/12 9:37
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Re: PUBLIC NOTICE’s like the JC SFY 2010 Municipal Budget
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I know. I was thinking the same thing.
But you're right when you asked "What is 171 Mil for other expenses?"
and I add
What are sources of the "Miscellaneous Revenues?"
"Local Tax for Municipal Purposes" is going up 44 mil. Is that the new property tax? What is the breakdown of where those new taxes are coming from?
What are "Other Appropriations?"

It's hard to comment when so many item lines are so vague. Maybe that's the point.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 9:35
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Re: PUBLIC NOTICE’s like the JC SFY 2010 Municipal Budget
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Actually - it's a bit disappointing that everyone wants to march on town hall about their taxes, but wont comment on the budget.

I expected this post to be a hot topic.

Scream it people:
DON'T RAISE MY TAXES, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHY!

Posted on: 2010/2/12 9:02
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Re: Christie Declares Fiscal Emergency as Deficits Loom
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... real fiscal change will not happen unless the public service unions (fireman, police, and teachers) see their power severely curtailed.


And unfortunately, the current administration is ill-suited to bring about meaningful change as it relates to unions. The mayor, his council team and the HCDO took close to $1 million dollars in contributions from unions (of all flavors) in the May '09 and November '09 election cycles.

I would argue that our system more closely resembles that of EASTERN Europe, pre-1989. Sure, the unions have power but the politicians enable it and then the unions reciprocate. It is a well-crafted, almost self-perpetuating closed loop that siphons our money into their machine, all designed for their self-betterment and little else. Really.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 8:55
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Re: First N.J. corruption trial in FBI sweep ends in split verdict, leaves future uncertain
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Beldini's attorney: 'Political contributions are not bribes'
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No, he's right. Political contributions aren't bribes.

but

OVER THE LIMIT AMOUNT CONTRIBUTIONS GIVEN IN ENVELOPES STUFFED WITH CASH THEN FILTERED THRU STRAW DONORS are bribes.

It's like if I got stopped for running a red light and my defense was "cars aren't illegal."

Posted on: 2010/2/12 8:39
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Re: Christie Declares Fiscal Emergency as Deficits Loom
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Jersey City and New Jersey reminds me more and more of any Western European country where the unions have accumulated so much power that no change is possible.

The proposed solution of terminating seasonal employees is also a convenient solution that further marginalizes a lot of people, but it does not touch the problems stemming from patronage and entrenchment, which are the cause of most of the problems here.

The stats someone mentioned a few days (week) ago, on the relationship between the number of fireman and captains in Jersey City relative to New York City show that real fiscal change will not happen unless the public service unions (fireman, police, and teachers) see their power severely curtailed.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 8:22
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At a minimum, the mayor owes the city a comment.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 8:08
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Does the mayor owe Jersey City residents an apology for the actions of (Beldini, Catrillo, & co.) ? Take our poll, will ya?

Posted on: 2010/2/12 8:05
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Re: Christie Declares Fiscal Emergency as Deficits Loom
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They always go after the Teachers, Police Officers, and Firefighters. How about they go after all these political positions that are just draining the taxpayers here in Jersey City!


But the biggest draining of taxpayers dollars happens in the schools and police and fire departments. You could cut at least $50 million out of the $630 million school budget before you touch a teacher. The bloat in the police and fire departments related to overly generous compensation, obscene accumulated sick and vacation pay windfalls and top-heavy management makes cuts in those areas no brainers.

Here's one for you: 280 people will lose their jobs as a result of these layoffs, saving the city about $4.3 million over a full year. The top 180 people in the fire department make ~ $24 million. I'm not suggesting you get rid of the top 180 people in the fire department, but certainly the compensation needs to be addressed over the long-term and promotion policies need to be examined (initiated?) Saving $4.3 million is real and it helps. But it's hard to take the layoffs seriously when the fire budget is not going down one penny in the proposed budget.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 7:58
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Jersey City to Lay Off Nearly 300 Employees

By Shane Smith • Feb 11th, 2010 • Category: Blog, News

Hundreds of seasonal and provisional employees will be terminated on Feb. 26 as the administration attempts to rein in a proposed budget that has many residents fuming about a potential 25 percent property tax increase.

The city confirmed the layoff rumors this afternoon; it will send notice to the 280 affected workers Tuesday. The city predicts the move will save more than $1.3 million between now and June, the end of the 2010 fiscal year. Anticipated savings for the 2011 fiscal year are nearly $4.3 million.

http://www.jerseycityindependent.com/ ... off-nearly-300-employees/

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Gov. Chris Christie fires the first shot in what will be a long war

By Paul Mulshine/The Star Ledger
February 12, 2010, 5:31AM

AMANDA BROWN/THE STAR-LEDGER
State education commissioner Bret Schundler, Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno at a press conference in Trenton.

They used to call singer Mel Torme "the Velvet Fog." But after yesterday, I’m ready to hand that nickname to Bret Schundler.

The former Jersey City mayor and unsuccessful 2001 Republican gubernatorial nominee is the new state education commissioner. In that role he was left to explain away $560 million in school-aid cuts after Gov. Chris Christie had finished telling a joint session of the Legislature that the state faces a fiscal emergency.

Most of the education savings will be attained by forcing school boards to use up surpluses in their budgets. When Democrats have tried this trick in the past, the Republicans charged that it was a property tax increase in disguise. Those surpluses should be used to reduce the next year’s tax bill, they said.

That was a good argument back then. So how did Schundler defend against it when the Democrats were pushing the exact same line of reasoning?

"We’ll give them tools to avoid tax hikes," Schundler said of the school boards. It sounded nice, like a trip to Home Depot. But you can buy a screwdriver in one aisle and a chainsaw a few aisles over. Schundler didn’t say which tool he was recommending. And with Schundler, the press doesn’t want to get him started anyway. Ask a question and you get a dissertation.

That’s not a bad way to handle the critics the administration will meet in the long battle that began with yesterday’s skirmish. The teachers’ unions don’t want to confront the unpleasant reality that there simply is no more revenue available for their endless "breathing bonuses."

That unflattering term for longevity pay comes from the leader of the loyal opposition, Senate President Steve Sweeney. The Democrat from South Jersey enraged the public employee unions a few years ago when he employed that term during Jon Corzine’s failed effort to deal with property taxes.

Yesterday, Christie alluded to the climax of that battle when he told the legislators, "unlike in the past when you stood up and did what was right, this governor will not pull the rug out from under you." It was an obvious reference to Corzine’s infamous letter to legislative leaders in 2007 informing them that he was going to ignore the reforms they had worked on for months.

But the Democratic leaders made it obvious after the speech that they felt Christie had pulled the rug out from under them this time around. The Dems complained about getting little or no notice of many of the cuts before the speech.
They also made it clear there’s not a whole lot they can do about the cuts — for this year’s budget anyway. But the battle is just beginning. Next month, Christie will be unveiling the Fiscal 2011 budget, which covers the year beginning July 1. And that’s when the real fun begins.
The public expects Christie to deliver the property-tax reform that Corzine failed to produce. In fact, Christie never promised much in the way of property tax reform, focusing instead on cutting the income tax. If he does want to finally reform property taxes, he’ll have to come up with that funding formula for education which has eluded every Legislature since the income tax was introduced in 1976. And that would mean a conflict with the state Supreme Court, which has ruled that most of the funding must go to a handful of urban districts.

Christie took a chainsaw-sized chunk out of one of one of those district’s budgets yesterday. The Hudson County town of Union City — notorious for a contract that paid bus drivers overtime for recharging their cell phones — had its state aid cut by an astounding $29.3 million. That exceeds the cuts for all of the school districts in Christie’s own Morris County combined.

Some Democrats saw the Union City cut as perhaps the first shot in a battle against the Abbott funding system. Christie himself gave few hints. And whether the new governor will be serious about producing property tax relief remains an open question. But if he chooses to do so, he can count on Schundler to leave the opponents in a fog.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 7:00
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Re: First N.J. corruption trial in FBI sweep ends in split verdict, leaves future uncertain
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Beldini's attorney: 'Political contributions are not bribes'
fine ... but if political contributions are not bribes, what are they? i really want to hear his explanation ...

Posted on: 2010/2/12 6:58
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