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Re: Jersey City's Parks and Open Space Master Plan
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There are some "interesting" recomendations in the draft plan.

The draft plan can be viewed here - Jersey City Draft Master Plan

Warning, it is a big pdf file.

After reviewing, if you have comments/concerns, please share with info@civicjc.org. Of course, please attend the public meetings and provide feedback to the study.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 10:50
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Re: Developer Pay-to-Play Press Release- Steven Fulop
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Good questions and points.

Yes, it covers professionals and consultants here -

[/quote]Section XXXX.4. Contribution Restrictions and Disclosure Requirement Applicability to Consultants.


(a) The contribution and disclosure requirements in this Ordinance shall apply to all Redevelopers
as well as professionals, as defined in N.J.S.A 40A:11-1 et seq., consultants or lobbyists contracted or employed by the Redeveloper ultimately designated as the Redeveloper to provide services related to the:

1. Lobbying of municipal government officials in connection with the examination of an area and its designation as an area in need of redevelopment or in connection with the preparation, consultation and adoption of the redevelopment plan;

2. Obtaining the designation or appointment as Redeveloper;

3. Negotiating the terms of a redevelopment agreement or any amendments or modifications Thereto; and/or

4. The performance of professional services in completing the terms of the redevelopment Agreement by consultants, lobbyists, or professional; it being understood that nothing
herein shall be interpreted to include tradesmen, craftsmen, or other persons licensed in connection with performing construction or construction related services (e.g. electricians, plumbers, etc.) in this prohibition.

(b) It shall be a violation of this ordinance, and shall require immediate termination of the consultant’s contract, for a consultant to violate the contribution limits or fail to disclose a contribution as required in this Ordinance.

(c) A redeveloper who participates in, or facilitates, the circumvention of the contribution restrictions through consultants or professionals shall be deemed to be in Violation of this
Ordinance.

(d) All redevelopment agreements or amendments thereto shall include a provision proving for the enforcement of the consultant’s termination in the event of violation of this ordinance.


The proposed ordinance also addresses spouses, children etct here-

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(c) As defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-3, ( the “Act”) a “Redeveloper” means any person, firm, corporation partnership or limited liability company that shall enter into or propose to Enter into a contract with the City or its designated Redevelopment Entity for the Redevelopment or rehabilitation of an area in need of redevelopment, or an area in need of rehabilitation , or any part thereof, under the provisions of the Act, or for any construction or other work forming part of a redevelopment or rehabilitation project. For purposes of this ordinance the definition of a Redeveloper includes an individual, including an individual’s spouse, an any non-emancipated child living at the same address; firm; corporation; professional corporation; partnership; organization or association, including all principals who own ten percent (10%) or more of the equity in the corporation or business trust, partners and officers employed by the entity as well as nay subsidiaries directly controlled by the Redeveloper, and excluding sub-contractors or subsidiaries in which Redeveloper has a ten (10%) percent or more ownership interest.


I hope that everyone who concurs with Councilman Fulop's proposal, besides posting here will also send the emails to their councilperson, the three at large and Mayor Healy, along with letters/emails to the Jersey Journal and Jersey City Reporter.


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Gary wrote:
The mayor's weak argument speaks more to the need for public financing of elections than to the need to continue to allow developers to contribute.

His suggestion that Fulop turn down developer dollars while the competition rakes in their cash is unrealistic. I commend the councilman for proposing a set of rules that will set a level playing field for all candidates.

Healy's letter raises one important question, though. Will this ordinance leave the cadre of attorneys, engineers, architects, etc. who are part of the "development community" here free to continue contributing? If so, would this ordinance achieve the desired results? And beyond that, what would be in place to stop a developer's spouse, parent, child or best friend from writing a big fat check to the mayor's re-election kitty?

Posted on: 2007/1/9 10:40
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Re: Montgomery Gardens Housing Complex -- Dent in Gangs Reign of Terror
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Mouse-

Yes there is, IIRC, but the city/housing authority has to do so via a lawsuit- or perhaps some kind of administrative court action.

-edit- 1337 posts! I'm so 'leet! Bah humbug.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 10:39
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Re: Montgomery Gardens Housing Complex -- Dent in Gangs Reign of Terror
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GrovePath wrote:


After a 19-year-old Jersey City woman was shot five times Wednesday at Claremont and Woodlawn avenues, South District detectives found a link to a murder case and the next day they arrested, Jalil Spears, 19, of the Montgomery Gardens Public Housing Complex, officials said.




Isn't there some sort of law that if you (get caught) dealing drugs in public housing that you get kicked out?

Of course, if the city really wanted to stick it to them, they could turn around and offer them "insider prices" to the Beacon.

-M

Posted on: 2007/1/9 10:38
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Re: Montgomery Gardens Housing Complex -- Dent in Gangs Reign of Terror
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Tear the roof off the sucker.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 10:30
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Re: Montgomery Gardens Housing Complex -- Dent in Gangs Reign of Terror
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"Lifted the rock off"?

Posted on: 2007/1/9 10:25
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Montgomery Gardens Housing Complex -- Dent in Gangs Reign of Terror
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DENT IN THEIR REIGN OF TERROR

MICHAELANGELO CONTE - JERSEY JOURNAL - JAN 9

Police have lifted the rock off an alleged group of Jersey City criminals whose associates have now been charged in three shootings, two of them fatal, officials said.

"It would appear that they are acting as a gang," Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said, adding he believes recent arrests have hit the group's hierarchy and hurt its ability to function.

"The cast of characters remains constant. We have to keep trying to focus our investigative efforts on these alleged repeat offenders."

After a 19-year-old Jersey City woman was shot five times Wednesday at Claremont and Woodlawn avenues, South District detectives found a link to a murder case and the next day they arrested, Jalil Spears, 19, of the Montgomery Gardens Public Housing Complex, officials said.

Spears was charged with felony murder in the death of Antwon Hill, 19, of Jersey City, who was fatally shot during a robbery attempt on Oct. 20 near the Montgomery Shopping Plaza, DeFazio said. A search revealed Hill had drugs and money on him, DeFazio said.

Police suspect Wednesday's shooting was a botched hit between rival gangs and the intended victim, a man, jumped out of the car and ran away, leaving the woman in the vehicle to be shot.

Markell Brown, 18, of Van Wagenen Street, was arrested yesterday, and charged in that shooting, in which doctors had to leave two bullets in the woman because they are lodged near nerves, officials said.

Brown had been arrested with eight others in September during raids in Jersey City triggered by the investigation into the Aug. 6 shooting outside a Martin Luther King Jr. Drive club during which Adia Reid, 26, was killed in the crossfire of rival gangs.

Arrested in the raids were Latoya Simmons, 23, Morris Tondee, 20, Lionel Nash, 18, Eric P. Bonds, 20, Porsche Speaks, 22, Leslie Speaks, 49, Marquis Speaks, 19, a juvenile and Markell Brown, officials said.

During those raids police recovered three guns, 100 grams of cocaine and $8,000, leading to a warrant for the arrest of Morris Tondee's brother, Damielle Tondee, 23, of Garfield Avenue, accusing him of leading of a drug distribution network.

Damielle Tondee; Calvin Clark, 19; Lamont Martin, 25; and Dennis Reid, 31, were then charged with Adia Reid's murder and Damielle Tondee was later arrested in Trenton.

Damielle Tondee, Brown and Spears were out on bail at the time of the shootings in which they have been charged, DeFazio said.

"The fact that people can make bail in some instances, that's a function of our system," DeFazio said. "It's an area of considerable concern to the law enforcement community, and it requires continued scrutiny."

Posted on: 2007/1/9 10:20
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Re: Developer Pay-to-Play Press Release- Steven Fulop
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Quote:

Telecomreg wrote:
The mayor uses the tired argument that developers are important to JC therefore they must be allowed to participate in the "democratic process".


Is anyone shocked that Mayor "Heal"ee is siding with the developers and against the citizens of Jersey City?

By the way Mayor Heal-ee, what happened to all the "green spaces" that were promised by your "democracy loving" "flag waving" "coffer filling" buddies?

The waterfront is a virtual concrete jungle. Nary a blade of grass to be seen.

Oh, and, by the way Mayor, how do you suppose us citizens should feel about your lackies (oh, I am sorry, I mean government officials) receiving favors, preferencial treatment and other "just-this-side-of-the-law" treats?

I can tell you how this citizen feels... This is just more of the same "cesspool" government that has existed for years.

Jolly good of you to support democracy!

Cheers and happy New Year.

-M


P.S. You get extra credit for Deputy Mayors getting greased for weddings.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 10:20
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Dog Snow's owners file complaint charging Liberty Humane Society and C.A.R.E. with theft
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Snow's owners file complaint charging agencies with theft

KEN THORBOURNE - JERSEY JOURNAL - JAN 9

Aided by a city councilman, a Jersey City family whose escaped dog is now living in Long Island has filed theft charges against the two agencies that held the dog after it was picked up.

Sandra Roca, whose mother Lucy Roca was the dog's owner, filed theft complaints Friday against the Liberty Humane Society shelter in Jersey City and Companion Animal Rescue and Education in Bayonne.

Journal Square Councilman Steve Lipski accompanied Sandra Roca to court and supported her through the filing process.

Neither agency was aware yesterday that the complaints had been filed.

Vivian Kiggins, executive director of LHS, declined to comment. Nancy Carr, CARE's director, said, "We've been exonerated as far as the state Board of Health is concerned."

The Rocas' family dog, Snow - a 7-year-old Maltese - escaped from their Journal Square apartment on Oct. 15.

Snow was picked up by a Jersey City Animal Control officer that night and the dog was taken to the LHS shelter. Liberty Humane held her for five days before she was released to CARE and taken to the Animal Clinic and Hospital on West Side Avenue for treatment of an ear infection.

On Oct. 26, CARE adopted out the dog to a Long Island man.

By state law, LHS must hold a dog seven days to give its owner a chance to find their missing pet.

Lipski contends LHS violated the seven-day rule by releasing the dog to CARE on the sixth day.

The state Department of Health and Senior Services reviewed this matter and found that LHS officially kept the dog for seven days, even if she wasn't at the shelter, and was justified in allowing CARE to take the dog to the hospital.

A court hearing is set for Jan. 29, Lipski said.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 10:06
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Re: Greenville and West Side: Planning aims to save large Victorian homes - by increasing min. lot size
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Oh yeah and if anyone would like to speak for [or against ] the R-1a ordinance, the council will be meeting this wednesday. You just need to call before 12:00 pm tomorrow.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 9:28
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Re: Greenville and West Side: Planning aims to save large Victorian homes - by increasing min. lot s
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Can anyone provide information in regards to Jersey City's "Master Plan"? I have been told that the city apparantly has a "master plan" in regards to what the architecture of the city should look like, but because it has not been passed as an ordinance it can only be viewed as a suggestion. So, for example, on streets where the houses are set back 20 feet, any new construction would have to comply with this.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 9:25
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Re: Greenville and West Side: Planning aims to save large Victorian homes - by increasing min. lot s
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GrovePath,

There is a bill in the state legislature, the Historic Properties Reinvestment Act, that would provide state income tax credits to people who restore properties that are a) on the National or State Register of Historic Places or b) in Historic Districts on the National or State Reigster of Historic Places. The bill is A896 and S2030.

The bill would allow owners of these properties to deduct 25% of the cost of restoration, so long as the restoration is done according to historic standards. 28 other states have such bills, and studies have shown that the tax credits actually increase revenue over the long term.

The Assembly Bill is sponsored by Lou Manzo, the Senate Bill is sponsored by Barbara Buono. Both bills were referred out of their initial committees and now go to the Budget Committee.

In the Senate, two of Hudson County's Senators are on the budget Committee, Joseph Doria and Bernard Kenny, who sits as chair. So it is important to contact these Senators and tell them to support moving S2030 through the Budget Committee. Most legislators support this bill, but the Governor's office is saying that, while they support it in principal, that they do not want to support any tax credits at this time for budgetary reasons. This makes no sense in this case, because the act would ultimately lead to INCREASED revenues. So it would be helpful to contact Corzine's office on this matter as well.

This bill would not provide credits at this time for the buildings in West Bergen, because they're not in a historic district. One thing the bill may do, however, is to encourage more residents to seek historic designation of their neighborhoods. There are plenty of residents in West Bergen and other areas, such as the Heights, that would like such designation, but their neighbors are sometimes concerned about the cost of renovations. This bill would help alleviate that concern.

Joshua Parkhurst
President
Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy

Posted on: 2007/1/9 9:09
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Re: Developer Pay-to-Play Press Release- Steven Fulop
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[quote]
Saturday January 6, 2007
Letter to the Editor - MAYOR JERRAMIAH HEALY

Fulop’s plan wrong for city.
As I have said publicly, the basic credo of the administration is simple and was borrowed from the honor code of the U.S. Military Academies and is worth repeating here: “Don’t Lie, Don’t Cheat, and Don’t Steal.”

MAYOR JERRAMIAH HEALY
JERSEY CITY



Today we are going to learn about the word Don't.
It's a very powerful word.It also has no business being in the quote above.If you remove it you will have the true essence of the healy administration.Lie,Cheat and Steal.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 9:06
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Re: Developer Pay-to-Play Press Release- Steven Fulop
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Healy may be out, but my question is, 'who will take his place?' It seems that no matter who it is, they adhere to the same MO. Or they are stymied by the council. Or we get Schundler, who refinances the debt and sells off our assets like all good repugnantmen.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 9:03
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Re: Developer Pay-to-Play Press Release- Steven Fulop
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Healy could be out or resign even earlier pending the outcome of his court case.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 8:21
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Re: Jersey City's Parks and Open Space Master Plan
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Minnie wrote:

January 23, 2007 6:00 - 9:00 PM City Hall, Anna Cucci Memorial Council Chambers, 280 Grove Street



I'm going to take an extremelly large guess that this is WARD E.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 7:38
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Jersey City's Parks and Open Space Master Plan
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Here is the schedule from the Division of Architecture's website:

TONIGHT: WARD F
January 9, 2007 6:00 - 9:00 PM Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center, 140 Martin Luther King Drive

UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS:

January 16, 2007 6:00 - 9:00 PM Moose Hall, 60 West Side Avenue (WARD A)

January 23, 2007 6:00 - 9:00 PM City Hall, Anna Cucci Memorial Council Chambers, 280 Grove Street

January 25, 2007 6:00 - 9:00 PM School #28, 167 Hancock Ave.

February 6, 2007 6:00 - 9:00 PM Hank Gallo Hall, Lincoln Park

February 13, 2007 6:00 - 9:00 PM Pershing Field Community Center, 201 Central Avenue

Posted on: 2007/1/9 7:10

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Re: Developer Pay-to-Play Press Release- Steven Fulop
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The mayor uses the tired argument that developers are important to JC therefore they must be allowed to participate in the "democratic process". Time after time, courts have declared that restrictions on political contributions do not inhibit the democratic process, but make it stronger. Reminds me of the arguments against the Mcain/Feingold statute. Fortunately, mostly those oppposing that statute were kicked out of Congress in November. The same will probably happen to Healy in '09.

Posted on: 2007/1/9 0:21
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Re: Developer Pay-to-Play Press Release- Steven Fulop
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The mayor's weak argument speaks more to the need for public financing of elections than to the need to continue to allow developers to contribute.

His suggestion that Fulop turn down developer dollars while the competition rakes in their cash is unrealistic. I commend the councilman for proposing a set of rules that will set a level playing field for all candidates.

Healy's letter raises one important question, though. Will this ordinance leave the cadre of attorneys, engineers, architects, etc. who are part of the "development community" here free to continue contributing? If so, would this ordinance achieve the desired results? And beyond that, what would be in place to stop a developer's spouse, parent, child or best friend from writing a big fat check to the mayor's re-election kitty?

Posted on: 2007/1/8 23:40
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Re: Developer Pay-to-Play Press Release- Steven Fulop
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Saturday January 6, 2007
Letter to the Editor - MAYOR JERRAMIAH HEALY

Fulop’s plan wrong for city
I am opposed to the ordinance submitted to the Jersey City Council by Councilman Fulop that would bar campaign contributions from persons or companies that have been designated developers by the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) because such persons should not be prevented from fully participating in the democratic process simply because they have agreed to invest in our city.
The JCRA and private developers have historically partnered together to engage in development that is the envy of the entire state and for Councilman Fulop to insinuate that the JCRA or the developers that it has designated have acted improperly does a great disservice to this city. Councilman Fulop’s proposal is particularly mystifying since a review of his ELEC reports demonstrates that he has relied heavily upon donations from developers, as well as their consultants and lawyers.
As Bill Dressell, the president of the League of Municipalities, recently wrote in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, December 2006: “At the local level, contributions are scarce, but the costs of getting out just one or two mailings is intimidating for candidates who do not have the personal resources to fund their own campaigns. The issues are complex, but if they are not addressed fairly, the league believes the result will be that only those with personal financial resources will be able to run for elective office.” Councilman Fulop’s ordinance would give a disproportionate advantage to the wealthy that have the means to finance their own campaigns.
I do support transparency in government and we have been following recently adopted state legislation when awarding contracts for professional services by requiring providers of such services to disclose their campaign contributions. I have asked the Law Department to prepare an ordinance that would require all designated developers or those seeking to be designated to declare their political contributions as well. However, developers play an important role in this city and they should not be completely kept out of the political process.
This administration and this City Council have only one criterion for the designation of developers or the awarding of professional service contracts: Who will provide the best services to the City of Jersey City. Contributions to this mayor’s campaign or the City Council members campaigns has never been a criterion for the designation of developers or for the awarding of any professional service contracts.
As I have said publicly, the basic credo of the administration is simple and was borrowed from the honor code of the U.S. Military Academies and is worth repeating here: “Don’t Lie, Don’t Cheat, and Don’t Steal.”

MAYOR JERRAMIAH HEALY
JERSEY CITY

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I wish someone ...would repost the Mayor's comments here.

Posted on: 2007/1/8 21:18
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Re: Anybody have any idea if/when Washington will be a two way street again?
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Washington used to end at second then start again at sixth. Second to sixth was Conrail property and fenced off.

Posted on: 2007/1/8 20:53
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Re: Best things to order at the Vietnamese place on Newark
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#58 - Beef & scallions rolled and with sesame suace over vermicelli & veggies.

My total favorite and usually keeps me from trying new stuff. Love those pring rolls with peanut sauce too!! Drool!

Posted on: 2007/1/8 20:32
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Re: Best things to order at the Vietnamese place on Newark
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Wow I am so happy with what we ate tonight!

#22 -- Vegetable Summer Rolls with the peanut sauce.

#? -- Chicken with mixed Vegetables -- no onions (we had them put it in their Curry Sauce.

#?? -- Squid in a Sate Sauce (no oninion -- we had them add green pepper)

So much food and so cheap! As good as anywhere!!!

Posted on: 2007/1/8 20:26
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Re: What do the E's in Newport PATH stand for?
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Quote:

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More importantly, what does the E in Grove PointE stand for?


It is a reference to Elgoodo.

Posted on: 2007/1/8 19:16
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Re: Anybody have any idea if/when Washington will be a two way street again?
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Makes you crazy,don't it.
If they ever open Greene street up past the Power plant then Greene is to become one way going toward newport and washington will be one way toward paulus hook.
Right now its just a complete circle jerk.

Their still waiting for the light rail signals on greene street by the powerplant.It is amazing what you can learn when you eat at the same roach coaches as the contractors.

Since greene swings back toward washington,at that point washington will be two way again.

Posted on: 2007/1/8 18:31
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Re: Developer Pay-to-Play Press Release- Steven Fulop
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25mc applauds any proposal that seeks to remove any ethical "gray areas" to development in Jersey City.

The Fulop "pay to play" proposal seeks to ban political contributions by developers one year before and one year after the proposed development. This would serve to protect politicians from allegations of favoritism to developers. It would also serve to level the playing field by providing protection for smaller developers and non-profits who cannot give hefty donations to politicians. Cynics will say that this will only drive "contributions" under the table. We prefer to be optimists and hope that this proposal will usher in a more ethical era of development in Jersey City and will preserve the integrity of our political representatives.

We join Civic JC in urging our members to contact all the Council members and the Mayor in requesting the passage of this proposal. Their passage of this proposal will serve to uphold the covenant we made with them when we elected them to manage our city with ethics and integrity for the betterment of the citizenry.

Posted on: 2007/1/8 17:44

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Re: What do the E's in Newport PATH stand for?
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More importantly, what does the E in Grove PointE stand for?

Posted on: 2007/1/8 16:34
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Re: Jersey City's Hal Turner -- 'HATE' Radio Host is Hacked.
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elgoodo wrote:
Whatever. I'm not losing any sleep that poor Hal Turner can't broadcast his message of violence and hatred for a few days. I'm not losing any sleep that this will cost him money. If any of you guys wanna contribute to a fund to get his website up and running again in the name of free speech, more power to ya. Just don't ask me to contribute.


Hear hear! elgoodo said it better than I can what I feel about this. I know hacking into his site is a crime, but it's one that I'm just not worrying over. I don't think is some systematic attack on free speech. It's just one of those feel-good crimes.

Posted on: 2007/1/8 15:36
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Re: Anybody have any idea if/when Washington will be a two way street again?
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Exactly what i was thinking.  The fact that they've installed that "Do Not Enter" sign and painted the road makes it appear permanent.  And the main reason it annoys me is all the Newport Mall traffic & occaisionally Tunnel traffic too....


Just wondering if any JC insiders knew what the hell they were/are thinking...


Thx


 


Posted on: 2007/1/8 15:25
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Re: What do the E's in Newport PATH stand for?
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The "E" logos around Pavonia are for Erie, as in railroad and canal. That terminus was called Erie before it became
Pavonia Path station.

Posted on: 2007/1/8 15:23
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