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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Meeting Dates
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Not too shy to talk


Thanks for posting the videos...I missed the meeting, and it was great to see some of what went on.

Also, at this point, does anyone have a timeline for when renovation will BEGIN??

Posted on: 2007/3/27 9:54
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Re: Randolph Ave Block Assoc. Needs Help!
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Hello Randolph Ave! I patrolled with your group last year. Another group is the www.embankment.org. they have a great understanding of the system. Align yourself with the others who are fighting as well....

good luck!

Posted on: 2007/3/26 23:27
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Re: Need Honest Mechanic for my Car
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I've used Tune & Tire on Communipaw a few times for my Beemer, they were good and fair with the charges.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 20:23
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Re: Taqueria
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Very good Huevos Rancheros.

Very good tacos (fish or cactus for the non-carnivores among us).

I hope that the nearby Liberty Harbor development brings them more business and keeps them successful.

Every time we stopped by Andrea was gracious and talked to us about how the business is doing, the idea behind it, and plans for the future.

We're big fans.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 20:01
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Re: Taqueria
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That's my problem too. I'll usually order 4 tacos and a tamale (sp) and i'll be stuffed after taco number 3. The thing is, i never learn and i always order too much.

Did you know that they put negative JClist reviews of their restaurant on the wall? (it's funny).

Posted on: 2007/3/26 18:53
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Re: Taqueria
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Not too shy to talk


I have now been there about 10 times and loved it every time. I usually get the tacos but last Sat. night I tried the chuletas with green sauce and it was outstanding. I wish they delivered.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 14:26
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Re: So much for all of you folks who predicted a JC/NYC RE Crash
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Quote:

alb wrote:
Quote:

wibbit wrote:
I think the real estate market will get a lot worse, but even then it wont be at the price level 40 years ago including inflation and interest costs.


But it's still a pain of my neighbors thought they could get $X for their house and, in reality, they can only get 70 percent of that price because the market is so soft. And maybe the original price was 10% higher than they ever could have realistically expected to get, but it's still a shame.


If you've been here 10 years as I have and seen prices quadruple, a 30% correction doesn't seem like the end of the world, just the end of insanity.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 13:24
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Re: So much for all of you folks who predicted a JC/NYC RE Crash
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Quote:

wibbit wrote:
I think the real estate market will get a lot worse, but even then it wont be at the price level 40 years ago including inflation and interest costs.


But it's still a pain of my neighbors thought they could get $X for their house and, in reality, they can only get 70 percent of that price because the market is so soft. And maybe the original price was 10% higher than they ever could have realistically expected to get, but it's still a shame.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 13:05
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Re: So much for all of you folks who predicted a JC/NYC RE Crash
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Quote:

alb wrote:

I feel really terrible for a hard-working elderly couple that bought a modestly priced house in a modestly priced neighborhood 40 years ago, paid off the mortgage 10 years ago, and now will see the value of the paid-off house drop simply because the neighbors got in over their heads.


what are you talking about? if they bought 40 years ago, the value of their current real estate will most likely have doubled and tripled on average. Even if they missed the high point at 2006 and sell right now they will still walk away with very nice profit.

I think the real estate market will get a lot worse, but even then it wont be at the price level 40 years ago including inflation and interest costs.

some more bright news: http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/26/news/ ... e_sales/index.htm?cnn=yes

Posted on: 2007/3/26 12:50
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Re: City might have to pay 2 fire chiefs because of union contract
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I don't understand. I thought that the Chief was appointed outside the Merit System and not a civil service position- that's how the JCPD is. Also, the Chief should not be in a Union. He is management.

On the other hand, if it is civil service, the City can utilize the so called rule of three to skip candidates on the list- it lets you skip two people on the list to get to a third. Since the other individuals on the list are said to be uninterested, it would work. Another strange thing here- the article says the Fire Director solicited an opinion from an outside firm. This sounds like insubordination. The Fire Director has no authority to solicit a legal opinion from an outside firm. The Fire Director has to go the Corporation Counsel who issues opinions that bind the City. I wonder who paid this outside lawyer? Outside legal bills have to be approved by the City Counsel. Also, this firm, I think, has a reputation as a union side shop- not the place the Mayor should be getting the skinny on the relevant law.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 11:33
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Re: Hamilton Park Ale House jersey Ave.
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since you asked: the white star is on the corner of pavonia and brunswick; the merchant is across the street from town hall. as for the food at white star, I think its awesome for the price and they do some great daily specials

Posted on: 2007/3/26 11:32
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Re: Hamilton Park Ale House jersey Ave.
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Quite a regular


The food sucks. Went there for brunch and it was just diner quality food at higher prices. Not impressed.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 11:32
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Re: Taqueria
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Quite a regular


So Good! I lived in LA for a couple years, and this is still the best Mexican food. Fish Tacos!!! A few things done extremly well, that what I like. So many JC places look all nice but the food is crap.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 11:30
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Re: Taqueria
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Not too shy to talk


I agree with JSalt. While I appreciate that Taqueria's authenticitiy, it's not the authenticity that brings me back there week after week. It's the deliciosity. And the lard, probably. And the huevos rancheros. And the salsa verde. Oh, and the tortillas. Those are some good tortillas.

It's funny, when Fang and I were in Austin last week, we had plenty of authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex food. Some of it was good, some of it was really really good, but even though some of it was as good as Taqueria, nothing was better than Taqueria.

I feel comfortable saying this, because this is my 126th post, so I don't have to worry about being accused of crypto-blogging.

Oh, and the hot chocolate! I almost forgot the hot chocolate.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 10:56
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Re: City might have to pay 2 fire chiefs because of union contract
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Gary-

The thing you missed though, is that taxpayers are going to be stuck paying a higher pension for this guy once he does retire.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 10:53
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Meeting Dates
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Quite a regular


Yes - having these videos online is a great public service for those of us who weren't able to attend the meeting. Thank you!

Posted on: 2007/3/26 10:52
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Meeting Dates
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Just can't stay away


Thanks for posting the videos.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 10:47
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Re: City might have to pay 2 fire chiefs because of union contract
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Thank god this guy is elder and going to be forced to retire in the next 6 months. Can you imagine if he was younger and the taxpayers would get stuck with two salaries for any legnth of time? God I sure wish that I got promoted based on my senority. I'd be close to CEO now. Regardless this is neglegience by the mayor, and I love how he is using ignorance as an excuse.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 10:41
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Re: Hamilton Park Ale House jersey Ave.
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Newbie


Well Ms. or Mr. (?) Pinkowitz my connection to the Ale House is this...nothing. (To paraphrase Michael Correlone)

I originally thought I was just joing a local message board. Since I had seen nothing about this place I found (the Ale House) that had these big high-def TV's and good food...I thought, why not write that?

Who knew I had - unwittingly - wandered into a firestorm?

I guess bars are just like anything else. Everyone knows what they like...has their favorites...and it's never going to change.

BTW...I was only there the one time...but I didn't hear any Bon Jovi. But, what's wrong with Bon Jovi anyway? It's cool and they're from NJ. Everywhere else I've been so far has got hip hop music blaring through their speakers!

Posted on: 2007/3/26 10:36
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City might have to pay 2 fire chiefs because of union contract
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City might have to pay 2 fire chiefs

Jersey Journal
Monday, March 26, 2007

Let's call this one the tale of two chiefs, because by possibly violating a union contract with its fire department, Jersey City could find itself in the odd position of having to pay for not one, but two fire chiefs.

A confidential letter penned by an attorney hired by the city indicates that the city "does not have strong defense," in opposing a grievance filed by Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Gallagher, who claims he was passed over for a promotion to fire chief - despite being No. 1 on the seniority list.

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy instead appointed William Sinnott, who was fifth on the seniority list.

The letter, dated March 7, from Florham Park attorney Stephani Schwartz of the law firm Schwartz and Edelstein, says Fire Department Director Armando Roman asked her firm's advice concerning the chief's promotion in January.

At the time, Roman was warned that promoting Sinnott over Gallagher would potentially violate the union agreement. "Gallagher indicated an interest in the promotion," Schwartz said in the letter.

The attorney also said the contract's language concerning provisional appointments says they must be based on seniority. "Numbers 2, 3, and 4 (on the seniority list) advised Jersey City, in writing, they were not interested in the position," Schwartz continued.

"There are no other provisions in the contract which permit Jersey City to bypass someone on the seniority list for a provisional appointment," Schwartz said.

If Roman sought advice pertaining to the appointment in January, it was already too late. Healy named Sinnott to the $155,677-a-year fire chief's post on Dec. 28.

"Jersey City does not have strong defense in this matter," Schwartz continues in the letter. She goes on to suggest offering Gallagher a "monetary settlement."

However, Gallagher said he's not interested in a settlement. He wants to be chief of the department. And why not? The $149,204-a-year salary he currently makes would increase, as would the size of his pension.

But the mayor said he believed when he made the appointment and continues to believe now that he has the authority to appoint the fire chief. He claims he had no knowledge when he tapped Sinnott to be chief that he was bound by the union contract to name someone from the seniority list.

"No one ever told me that," the mayor said. "When I served as a member of the Jersey City City Council, Deputy Chief Sinnott appeared from time to time to brief the council on various matters.

"I was impressed with him then and I still am. He still lives in Jersey City."

The mayor noted that Gallagher, who has been a Jersey City firefighter since 1965, will reach the state's mandatory retirement age of 65 in August, giving him barely five months on the job and requiring yet another appointment.

On the other hand, Sinnott, at 63, can continue on the job for at least another year and a half before reaching the mandatory retirement age.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 10:12
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Meeting Dates
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Hamilton Park's makeover: More active or passive?
Monday, March 26, 2007
By COTTON DELO
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Downtown Jersey City activists filled a room at 1 McWilliams Place on Thursday night to evaluate options for Hamilton Park's long-awaited renovation.

The engineering firm Schoor DePalma presented three park designs, relying heavily on community feedback from balloting conducted in 2005 when 1,113 ballots were cast, according to Jen Greely, president of the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association.

An expanded children's playground, a dog run, benches, picnic tables and a Victorian-era water fountain were included in all three designs.

The first two options are essentially differentiated by the addition of a putting green. A third option calls for eliminating one of the park's two tennis courts.

Several attendees showed concern over the third option - expressing the view that elimination of active space would discourage residents from other parts of the city from using the park.

Others worried it would have a disruptive effect on passive areas.

"I'm worried if we don't have that (second) tennis court for the cricketers, they're going to move into other areas of the park," said Bob Garner, a 15-year Hamilton Park resident who suggested that a multi-use court for net sports replace one tennis court.

But some Hamilton Park residents were chagrined that removal of the basketball court wasn't included in the options.

"When they have games, there's trash that's left all over the place," said Alfred Martino, a resident since 1998. "Why isn't getting rid of the court an option?"

"This is not a gated community," responded local event producer Dale Hardman.

Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop, who moderated the meeting, said that the City Council was unlikely to approve a design that drastically reduced active space - especially in light of the thriving youth basketball leagues in Hamilton Park.

One skeptic of the process was Janet Allen, chairman of the Friends of Hamilton Park, who has advocated a park design with less active space and larger areas for landscaping and gardening.

She was met by a chorus of boos from the crowd of about 70 after commenting at length on the plans' lack of an irrigation system.

"They said they were going to spend $2 million, but how are they spending it?" asked Allen, who said a breakdown of budget and cost should be provided before the final balloting - as well as plans with more clearly decipherable features.

The final vote to choose a design to be submitted to the Council is tentatively scheduled for April 21, but voters should visit the HPNA's Web site (www.hamiltonpark.org) for confirmation.

Voting is open to all Jersey City residents ages 18 and older. Call 201-222-9070 or e-mail hpnajc@gmail.com for an absentee ballot.


© 2007 The Jersey Journal
© 2007 NJ.com All Rights Reserved.

The article can be found at nj.com

Posted on: 2007/3/26 9:46
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Meeting Dates
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Who cares! Post her address, phone number and anything else. You want to play hard ball, then be ready to get up to the plate and play in the major leagues Sonia! Be prepared to defend your filth! You are nothing! NOTHING!

Posted on: 2007/3/26 6:00
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Meeting Dates
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Here is the video from the March 22, 2007 meeting... the new camera has acceptable video and sound but is not the greatest for low light situations.

It was a two hour meeting and I did my best to include the important comments from the public in the two ten minute parts. Not much was included from the officials because they were there mainly to take notes on public comment and concern...
PART 1:


PART 2:

Posted on: 2007/3/26 3:49
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Re: Taqueria
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Just can't stay away


Very nice. Thank you.

Posted on: 2007/3/26 1:36
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Re: Need Honest Mechanic for my Car
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B&B on Bright Street between Grove and Barrow. Ron is very good, honest and reasonable. I've known him for over four years and I've never had a problem.

Posted on: 2007/3/25 23:43
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Re: Taqueria
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My favorite taqueria in the world finally made it into the Quick Bite section of the NYTimes last week (I'm catching up on my reading)
NYT - took you long enough to "discover" this JC gem.


As Authentic as Authentic Gets

Posted on: 2007/3/25 12:22
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Re: Liberty Harbor North
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I can only guess that the area is cleaned up and all the correct precautions are taken with new pipes for water etc.

Then again, go down there and get some soil samples from any dirt mound and get it checked out!

Also can anyone tell me if they have installed the 'midget' sized toilet bowls in these apartments / condo's to save a buck? It seems to be a trend to install those small-ass toilet bowls these days.

Posted on: 2007/3/25 11:24
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Re: Liberty Harbor North
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Is there anything BIG or TALL being built south of the Light-Rail that might block the views to LSP, the boat marina or Lady Liberty in the future?
Those views from LHN must have a $ value, that could be lost in the future if so, should it be a selling point and will you be reimbursed if you lose that view?

Posted on: 2007/3/25 11:12
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Slots in the swamp - Casino could come to Meadowlands
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Slots in the swamp - Casino could come to Meadowlands

Mark J. Bonamo - Hudson Reporter -- 03/25/2007


BOARDWALK NORTH? – Casino development could soon be coming to the Meadowlands region.

If Hudson County Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D-31st Dist.) has his way, the sight of slot machines flashing and the sound of roulette wheels spinning might soon arrive in the Meadowlands.

In an attempt to raise revenue for the region and ameliorate New Jersey's burgeoning debt, Manzo has raised the ante by backing a referendum that would allow the area to host casino gambling, an economic option that is currently only allowed in Atlantic City.

Manzo also wants to create conditions that would allow the introduction of slot machines at the Meadowlands Racetrack in nearby East Rutherford.

Casinos could create cash

Manzo, whose district includes all of Bayonne and parts of Jersey City, put his cards on the table when he explained his initiative and the potential benefits of bringing the gaming industry to the Meadowlands region.

"We want to go to the voters with a referendum to ratify putting casinos in the Meadowlands in the same way that it was done in Atlantic City in the 1970s," he said. "We're not changing any existing law. We're creating a new law that would amend the New Jersey constitution."

Manzo noted that the potential introduction of the gaming industry to the Meadowlands could also boost a venture that many observers see as a dice roll: the Xanadu entertainment and retail project, tentatively scheduled to open in 2008.

The controversial $2 billion development has suffered a series of setbacks, including construction delays, cost overruns, lawsuits, and severe financial problems suffered by the original developer, the Mills Corp.

The project is now under the guidance of Colony Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm, which obtained control of the development in November 2006. The deal was approved by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), which oversees the Meadowlands sports complex.

"This plan jumpstarts Xanadu and potentially saves it from the scrap heap," Manzo said. "The economy has turned a little bit, and there doesn't seem to be the incentive to invest the revenue needed to get Xanadu up and running. A casino would generate immense pressure to get Xanadu off the ground, because Xanadu's investors and builders would want to get it going by the time the casino gets there."

Manzo's plan includes the construction of only one casino, with the number of slot machines to be determined by population and other economic factors. Manzo also hopes to tax Meadowlands gambling profits by 50 percent, with the accumulated revenue to be used to help pay off New Jersey's debt, estimated to be as high as $100 billion.

Better than selling roads

Manzo believes his idea is better than other ideas recently introduced to tackle the deficit, including the proposed privatization of the New Jersey Turnpike.

"When you sell state roads, there is a consequence," he said. "Now that Indiana has privatized its toll roads, the toll rates are going to rise 70 percent through 2011. Meanwhile, the roadway conditions in Indiana have seriously deteriorated since privatization. The hundreds of millions of dollars that casinos could generate for New Jersey would pay down the debt, which would then make funds available for needed social programs for the elderly and for children."

Some critics of Manzo's plan maintain that it would harm the gaming business in Atlantic City, which is already facing serious challenges from new casinos and slot machines in nearby Pennsylvania, Connecticut and upstate New York.

However, Manzo stated that his plan could actually wind up helping southern New Jersey's gambling Mecca.

"Atlantic City has lost a lot of north Jersey clientele lately," he said. "But in Nevada, Reno and Las Vegas have enhanced each other's situation. When you go to Reno, you see advertisements for a different type of gambling atmosphere in Las Vegas, and vice versa. The same thing could happen here. The Meadowlands and Atlantic City could actually complement each other and reinforce New Jersey's position as the number two gambling spot in the United States."

Manzo noted that he is ready to sit down with Atlantic City officials to make a casino deal that would leave both parties with a full house.

"We are scheduling meetings with the Casino Association of New Jersey (an Atlantic City-based gaming industry trade group that represents 9 out of 11 Atlantic City casinos) and South Jersey legislators over their concerns about our proposal," he said. "I'm not adverse to making sure a significant percentage of our profits goes to continued urban redevelopment in Atlantic City. We hope to get this on the November 2007 ballot, so it would have to pass in the state legislature by June."

Concerns of competing Chambers of Commerce

One of the officials that Manzo is likely to woo is Jeffrey Vasser, executive director of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority. Vasser considered Manzo's Meadowlands casino concept with an open mind.

"I haven't seen what Assemblyman Manzo has proposed, but at the end of the day, it's Governor Corzine's call," he said. "He's studying the impact of video lottery terminals [or VLTs, which are similar to slot machines], and he has been committed to the success of Atlantic City. He is certainly not going to sign off on anything that's going to hurt the investment that's been made here."

Vasser noted that Atlantic City and the gaming industry as a whole has to reinvest in itself by reconsidering what it takes to succeed.

"If somebody simply wants to pull a lever on a slot machine, they aren't going to have to go very far from home in the very near future," he said. "We need to give people a compelling reason to come to Atlantic City, and it's no longer our slot machines. It's going to be our entertainment, dining, nightlife, beach, golf courses, Boardwalk and other full service destination non-gaming amenities that are going to make the difference."

Vasser added that along with the new rebranding of Atlantic City, redevelopment will continue.

"In the past 10 years, about a third of the housing stock in the city has been replaced, led by the efforts of the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (which is funded by a tax of casino earnings). The CRDA has also committed over $100 million to fixing up all of the facades along the Boardwalk. Many people come to Atlantic City with old and negative perceptions of the place, and we're going to convert them into regular customers when they see what's taking place. Our business has seen a dip in the last couple of months, but in the long term we are going to be fine."

Up the Garden State Parkway in north Jersey, Jim Kirkos, president of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, had a cautious assessment of Manzo's proposal.

"I am very much in favor of slot machines at the Meadowlands, but I haven't yet assessed the impact of a casino," he said. "My initial reaction is that I'm more supportive of slot machines and VLT's being placed at the Meadowlands racetrack because it would be complimentary to existing investment."

When asked how much the fortunes of a casino would be intertwined with the future of the Xanadu project and the Continental sports arena, Kirkos said, "I believe that Xanadu and the arena are perfectly complementary. A casino may draw a totally different crowd, as opposed to a complementary crowd. But knowing the casino industry and their opposition to even slot machines or VLT's at the racetrack, I think that there could be a big fight over this. We probably have a better chance at getting slot machines or VLT's rather than a single full-fledged casino, which could seriously help the racetrack. We have to look at the proposal further before we come to any conclusions."

Mark J. Bonamo can be reached at mbonamo@hudsonreporter.com.

Posted on: 2007/3/25 5:14
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Re: Liberty Harbor North
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I also bought in LHN recently and I am looking forward to the completion date. New construction always has a big ? for a closing date. Anybody have any new info on when they might have this done?

Posted on: 2007/3/24 22:06
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