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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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Lots of great information, so as I am searching, these are the areas I am looking at?

Grove Street - Van Vorst Park area
Heights - near elevator (what does that mean?), Congress, Palisades
Hell's Kitchen
Weehawken
Bergen Light Rail Station in West New York
Queens

Did I miss any? Many of the craigslist listings in the Heights differentiate the areas by the light rail stop...which lightrail stop is near the elevator?, Congress or Palisades?

These buses and gypsy cabs (Erin why no more gypsy cabs?), do they run into the night? I go to quite a few events in NYC for business that sometimes has me coming home at 1 - 2am...are the buses, gypsies frequent?

You guys are very helpful!
Monif

Posted on: 2007/5/14 14:18
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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sam
where does the 99S pick up in nyc? also, how much is it, one of these days i have to give it a try. especially once the winter comes again, the walk from hoboken in the bitter cold is not the best part of the day...
thanks!

Posted on: 2007/5/14 13:36
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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Hi there. I live in the Heights (on Congress) and work on 8th and 37th. On a good day it can take me 25 minutes from the Heights to PA on the 99s (if I am lucky enough to get it) or gypsy bus. Bad day about 40 minutes. The 99s is fast when you can catch it, and the best time to get it is usually before 8 in the am. After that the schedule is unreliable. Schedule is much more reliable on the way back and it takes about 20-25 minutes in the evening.

The Heights has some good restaurants on Central, the Corkscrew is great, and it is easy/fast to get to restaurants and shopping in Hoboken.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 13:30
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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mc-

we've lived in the heights about a year and a half, and live about a 2 minute walk from the elevator. I don't really get around the heights that much, but central has some shops (pretty much 99 cents, but you get that on newark). I'm not a fan of hoboken (never was much for frat boys) but i have to say, i love being close enough to walk down there and enjoy a decent dinner before the morons come out at night. Not to mention we're about an 8 minute (oh yes, i time this!) walk from a great bar DC's, not to mention a 4 minute walk to the corkscrew- which now has fun weekend night festivities..(heights corner of congress and webster). driving around this weekend, i'm seeing a bunch of more conversions in the heights. they may only be for sale, but i'm sure you could find apts too. i'd just stay close to palisades or the elevator, b/c the farther west you go, the longer your commute will be. as for the gypsy vans, i used to take them too but haven't recently..

i've lived downtown and in the heights, and i like them both. and like i said, working in midtown my commute is the same (it was a bit longer actually when i lived in hamilton park). We just lucked out w/ backyard and way more space than we could afford downtown moving up to the heights, and i'm really glad we did.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 13:18
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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i've never done the 99S. i used to live in weehawken and took the 123 and the approach they take to the tunnel took FOREVER, thats why i just take the 126 in hoboken, b/c they come in the back way. i should try it, but i haven't gotten around to it yet. is it frequent in the morning?

Posted on: 2007/5/14 13:09
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Barack Obama Receives Endorsements From Two New Jersey Mayors
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Saw this on bloomberg news:
By Terrence Dopp
May 14 (Bloomberg) -- Illinois Senator Barack Obama's run for the Democratic presidential nomination was endorsed by the mayors of New Jersey's two largest cities, his campaign said.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Jerramiah Healy, mayor of Jersey City, announced the endorsements today in Teterboro, New Jersey, during an event to promote Obama's plan to provide more affordable housing for low-income families. Obama is scheduled to hold a town hall-style meeting in Trenton at 3:30 p.m.

``Barack Obama has a substantive approach to our enduring national challenges,'' Booker, a black Rhodes scholar who won election last year with financial backing from Wall Street and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, said in a statement. ``I believe he is committed to expanding access to economic abundance and opportunity.''

Obama and fellow U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton are in a statistical tie among voters in a Rasmussen poll released today. Obama trails the former first lady 33 percent to 35 percent in the tally of 789 likely Democratic voters, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards was third among Democratic primary voters in the Rasmussen poll, with 14 percent, and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson received 3 percent support.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 12:57
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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Now I live right near the elevator (congress) and i just walk to the bus in hoboken (on clinton in bound and willow outbound). the walk to the bus is about 10-12 minutes and the ride can be 15-20 or if there's an accident you could be 45 but normally i'm ok.
good luck!


Have you found this to be better than the 91S (?) bus that stops at Congress & Palisade? I thought that was the "accepted route" to PA from there.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 12:43
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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Thanks for the tips!!

I have been in and around Grove Street and like the area for the closeness to the city but also for the shops/restaurants, etc. in the area, so I have been looking at Grove.

Now, tell me a bit about the Heights near Congress? ErinMaiden, your commute doesn't sound that bad...if I was searching Craigslist for apartments in that area, what keywords should I look for? Are those apartments near a particular rail station?

Also, a friend of mine lives in Hague Street near Paterson Plank and she keeps telling me that there are $2 vans or something that take you directly into the city and that the Heights should be considered, but I don't know the area, so I wanted to get suggestions...Plus I will need to be in the city by 10am which isn't necessarily the height of peak but isn't late either, so do you all think taking buses would be a pain?

If you all have any other area suggestions, let me know!

Posted on: 2007/5/14 12:34
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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mclarke wrote:
What areas would you suggest I check out? I want to be able to get to work in 25-30 minutes by public transport.
Diane


What about this: live by Port Imperial in Weehawken and walk to the ferry, or else live near the Bergenline light rail station in West New York (2 minutes to the Port Imperial ferry terminal)?

If you took the ferry to the New York Waterway terminal on 39th Street, you\'d already be on 39th when you got to Manhattan, and you could even take the New York Waterway bus if you didn\'t want to cross the West Side Highway on foot.

If the Port Imperial ferry stopped working for some reason, you could take the light rail to Hoboken and take the Hoboken PATH to 33rd Street.

My impression, from Craigslist listings, is that there are probably plenty of nice 1 bedrooms and even 2 bedrooms in West New York for under $1,500.

Also: I\'m 5 feet tall and the least street smart person who ever existed. I\'ve taken the light rail up to the Bergenline light rail stop as a kind of light rail day tripper. I thought that the area around the Bergenline light rail stop seemed to be very safe and home to a lot of interesting shops and restaurants. There are plenty of dollar stores, but I also found a great, reasonably priced shoe store with good leather shoes, for example.

Other ideas: Hoboken (maybe a broker could find you a 1 bedroom there for $1,500) or somewhere in Queens between Queens Plaza and Roosevelt Avenue in Queens.

Also, if you ditched your car and paid a broker\'s fee, maybe you could move to Hell\'s Kitchen. When I search Craiglist for 1 bedrooms under $1,800, I get 43 hits. Maybe the apartments aren\'t that great, but, if you had an apartment right by your boutique, maybe you could use the boutique as an annex to your apartment.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 12:33
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Re: Pet Boarding/Kennelling
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I know others have had mixed experiences but we (both humans and doggies) love Boca's Play n Stay (www.bocasplaynstay.com). I judge a place by our dogs' reactions when we pull up to it and I can tell you that our dogs know the route there and start getting excited 1/2 mile away. They pull on their leashes all the way inside and don't look back when we leave.



To be fair, I used to work at boca's, but knowing that, I would still recommend them as a pet sitting service. They can come to your house, or you can leave your dogs with them for the weekend, either way the people who will be taking care of your dogs care greatly about the animals and will give them plenty of care and attention.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 12:32
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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i work in the garment district and i live in the heights. My commute depends on traffic, but normally i can be there in about 30-40 minutes. I used to live on Grove near the path, and my commute was the same. ( I agree w/ brewster the walk up broadway is enough to drive you mental at 9am) Now I live right near the elevator (congress) and i just walk to the bus in hoboken (on clinton in bound and willow outbound). the walk to the bus is about 10-12 minutes and the ride can be 15-20 or if there's an accident you could be 45 but normally i'm ok.

i leave my house around 8.45 and am at my desk (42nd and broadway) by 9.25 (stopping to get coffee too). so its really not that bad.

if you're running a boutique, not sure of your hours, if you leave later and go home later, you shouldn't hit too much traffic.

good luck!

Posted on: 2007/5/14 12:23
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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The path from Grove is great to 33 & 6th, but the obstructed walk through the clueless milling crowds to my frequent client on 8th at 36th gets me postal. A place with good bus service to Port Authority, like the Heights or Weehawken, should be considered, particularly if you can avoid peak rush.

I recommend scouting expeditions of the routes, don't take our word for it either. Come and spend a few hours looking at hoods and traveling rails & wheels.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 12:19
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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Friends don't let friends live in Jersey City!

Posted on: 2007/5/14 12:04
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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I live on third street in Jersey City and i work on 34th Street and 10th Avenue in NYC. Door to Door takes me about 45 minutes. I take the path to 33rd street and i walk to my office. I guess i could shave some time off my commute if i took the bus from 6th avenue.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 11:50
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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Yes, I agree. Van Vorst Park area around grove st or the south eastern side of Harsimus Cove. Roughly 5-8 minute walk to the PATH and 17 minute PATH Ride to 33rd Street Herald Square. Or Alternately 10 minute PATH to WTC, ACE,2,3 uptown from Park Place

Posted on: 2007/5/14 11:47
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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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mclarke wrote:
Hi everyone, I am new to the board and a bit clueless about Jersey City (and surrounding towns) geography, so I am hoping you all can help? I have friends that live in the Heights, near Grove, Union City, Weehawken, and I am getting conflicting stories about the commute time to NYC.

I am opening my own boutique in the Garment District and want to move from Central New Jersey so I can be 25 - 30 minutes away from my boutique. My boutique will be on 38th betw. 8th/9th aves so I can come into Penn Station, 33rd Path, or Port Authority 42nd. What areas would you suggest I check out? I want to be able to get to work in 25-30 minutes by public transport. I have a car, but I don't want to have to pay the high prices of parking/Ezpass, etc. Oh, and I don't want to spend more than $1500/month for rent...if I could get a 1 bedroom or squeeze out 1 bedroom plus small den/office that I can have guests stay in, that would be perfect.

Hope you all can help!
Diane


you have options. the best in my opinion is grove street.


I concur. The ride to 33rd is about 20 min so it would be just your walk time on either side that would dictate the rest. And - I think the rents around there would fit into that budget as opposed to being closer to Newport. I think JSQ would put you outside that timeframe.

I have a lot of friends that do the bus into Port Authority but it's very unpredictable because of traffic.

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Re: Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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mclarke wrote:
Hi everyone, I am new to the board and a bit clueless about Jersey City (and surrounding towns) geography, so I am hoping you all can help? I have friends that live in the Heights, near Grove, Union City, Weehawken, and I am getting conflicting stories about the commute time to NYC.

I am opening my own boutique in the Garment District and want to move from Central New Jersey so I can be 25 - 30 minutes away from my boutique. My boutique will be on 38th betw. 8th/9th aves so I can come into Penn Station, 33rd Path, or Port Authority 42nd. What areas would you suggest I check out? I want to be able to get to work in 25-30 minutes by public transport. I have a car, but I don't want to have to pay the high prices of parking/Ezpass, etc. Oh, and I don't want to spend more than $1500/month for rent...if I could get a 1 bedroom or squeeze out 1 bedroom plus small den/office that I can have guests stay in, that would be perfect.

Hope you all can help!
Diane


you have options. the best in my opinion is grove street.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 11:41
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Where can I live and be 25 - 30 minutes from Midtown?
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Hi everyone, I am new to the board and a bit clueless about Jersey City (and surrounding towns) geography, so I am hoping you all can help? I have friends that live in the Heights, near Grove, Union City, Weehawken, and I am getting conflicting stories about the commute time to NYC.

I am opening my own boutique in the Garment District and want to move from Central New Jersey so I can be 25 - 30 minutes away from my boutique. My boutique will be on 38th betw. 8th/9th aves so I can come into Penn Station, 33rd Path, or Port Authority 42nd. What areas would you suggest I check out? I want to be able to get to work in 25-30 minutes by public transport. I have a car, but I don't want to have to pay the high prices of parking/Ezpass, etc. Oh, and I don't want to spend more than $1500/month for rent...if I could get a 1 bedroom or squeeze out 1 bedroom plus small den/office that I can have guests stay in, that would be perfect.

Hope you all can help!
Diane

Posted on: 2007/5/14 11:38
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Re: Pet Boarding/Kennelling
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Yep - I second Boca's. Alternatives are Petsmart in Secaucus, and North Bergen Animal Hospital 9018 Kennedy Blvd. North Bergen, NJ.

Make sure you get all your dog's shots updated at least 4 days before boarding them. No place will take them without updated shots, including Bordatella.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 11:09
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Re: Pet Boarding/Kennelling
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[size=small]My usual dogsitter has also got to leave town while I am away over Memorial day weekend. Does anyone have any recommendations or advice on kennels/dog boarding in JC. I have 2 smallish dogs. I appreciate any feedback.
Thanks


I know others have had mixed experiences but we (both humans and doggies) love Boca's Play n Stay (www.bocasplaynstay.com). I judge a place by our dogs' reactions when we pull up to it and I can tell you that our dogs know the route there and start getting excited 1/2 mile away. They pull on their leashes all the way inside and don't look back when we leave.

They have both indoor and outdoor play areas now which is great with the nice weather.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 11:00
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Re: JCMUA Flood Forms
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There's certainly been more local media coverage and FEMA response on this over the past few weeks.


I saw some FEMA people walking around Journal Square.

Does someone know how many FEMA people are here and what they're doing?

Of course, FEMA should help people devastated by flooding, and the MUA and city and state should compensate people hurt by flooding caused by government negligence, but I wonder if FEMA really has to send FEMA people to provide aid in an area in which almost everyone is fine.

Couldn't FEMA save money by just sending private insurance adjusters to go look at people's homes, for example?

If FEMA were making inefficient use of resources to help Jersey City at a time when the Gulf Coast still looks as if it had survived a nuclear war, that would really frustrate me.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 10:39
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Pet Boarding/Kennelling
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[size=small]My usual dogsitter has also got to leave town while I am away over Memorial day weekend. Does anyone have any recommendations or advice on kennels/dog boarding in JC. I have 2 smallish dogs. I appreciate any feedback.
Thanks

Posted on: 2007/5/14 10:13
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Re: Fire at Newark & Bay
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And the new building looks like s**t. Is that the best design they could have come up with?

Posted on: 2007/5/14 9:22
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Re: Fire at Newark & Bay
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So it looks as if the old Beauty Land location is going to become . . . . Beauty Land. So if you were a fan of this place, have no fear, it is going to return.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 9:16
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Re: Website Policy & first person banned on jclist.com
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For what it's worth, good riddance to NON. He never attacked me, I just found him extremely annoying.

Posted on: 2007/5/14 8:30
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Re: JCMUA Flood Forms
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Unfortunately the MUA is an independent municipal authority and does not answer to City Hall. Thank Brett Schundler for that as he contemplates running again for Mayor.


Bright -- What does this mean, exactly? To whom do they report? And who controls their funding and budget? And who hires and fires their top guys?

Thanks for the info,
PG


JCMUA Meeting Notice

The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be held May 31, 2007 at 5pm in the Main Conference Room of the JCMUA, 555 Route 440, Jersey City, NJ 07305.

THE JERSEY CITY MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY
555 Route 440 Jersey City, NJ 07305
Tel: 201-432-1150 - Fax: 201-432-1576


About the JCMUA

The Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA) operates both the sewerage and water systems of Jersey City. We do our best to be sure that all wastewater and storm water flow to the treatment plant and that fresh water reaches your home. A Board of Commissioners consisting of five regular appointments and two alternates governs the JCMUA. The Mayor of Jersey City with the consent of the City Council appoints the Commissioners.




From Mia Scanga's excellent site on all things JC:

JC Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA)
The more departments, divisions, authorities.... the more patronage...
The more confusion.... the more corruption....


Current newspaper articles on problems with other cities MUAs' /// the City Council ordinance
approving a reduced revenue stream from the JC MUA

Flooding Fact Sheet

In the spring of 2004, Mark Curtis Esq., the former attorney for the JC MUA in consultation with the former Director of Finance Jennifer Bloom and with the MUA board's approval hired RGL, Forensic Accountants and Consultants. Their assignment was to review the current operations of the water billing process United Water Jersey City provides the JC Municipal Utility Authority. Schundler had revised the JCMUA contract with United Water in January 2000.
RGL's findings in their report was issued in May 2004.
click> PDF file of this 48 page report.

The MUA pays United Water more than $8 million a year to run the city's water system, maintaining everything from the Boonton Reservoir to the aqueducts and water mains that carry the water to the meters in individual households.


Excerpts from the report:
I. United NJ and its affiliated company United Hoboken have diverted JCMUA water resources and perhaps other resources for its own benefit without properly compensating the JCMUA. ...page 2

II. United JC has been deficient in its oversight and enforcement of JCMUA's wholesale water contracts with bulk water contractors....page 3

V. 1. The underpayment by United NJ for water transactions in 2003 total approximately $717,000 plus an additional $216,000 of underpaid water deliveries occurring in 2000 and 2002. United NJ owes JCMUA a total of $933,000 before interest is added for underpayments related to Bulk Water deliveries.....page 6

V 2. JCMUA supplies Hoboken their water. The report goes on to highlight the sweet heart deal Hoboken has including no minimum water purchases unlike JCMUA's other 4 bulk water customers/towns.. In addition, Hoboken pays the lowest price for water and has 60 days to pay unlike the 45 days the other 4 customers have. The report describes the "wheeling" of excess water through the Hoboken system to other customers/systems that have no direct connection to the JCMUA. Hoboken gets a cheap price and United Water sells their excess water to other systems at our expense...Sounds to me they're describing United Water is siphoning off our water through Hoboken and pocketing the extra cash. During 2002 United JC supplied United Hoboken 58 MG (water) free of any charge. During 2003 an additional 5 MG was supplied without charge to United Hoboken...... These two transactions represent $70,000 in lost water sales..... page 7

V 3. Lyndhurst ---- During 2003 United JC under-billed Lyndhurst $127,000 in Bulk Water....page 8

Under-payments for United affiliates for bulk water deliveries have occurred in each of the contract years reviewed 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. ( United Water has had the contract since 1998.) The levels of under-payments are significant in amount and aggregate $1,004,000 before adjustments for accrued interest.... page 17

BULK WATER SALES CONCLUSION: United JC has diverted JCMUA assets without compensating the JCMUA.


RETAIL WATER BILLING SERVICES:
IV. The Billing Process has serious, if not fatal, flaws of operations from the acquisition of customer information, through the meter reading, and billing of water and sewer revenues.....
1. There is a systematic and fundamental problem in the process for adding or charging new accounts for water services in the JCMUA service area. .... page 4

450 accounts had ZERO billing even though the buildings were occupied and being served water and sewer services. These found properties included all types of structures including single and multi-family residential dwellings, commercial businesses, and public properties including a state hospital and a cemetery...... between $270,000 and $675,000 (annually) is not being billed and collected from these accounts.... page 11

RGL did a computer match between JCMUA's customer records and the city's property tax records. After adjusting for vacant lots that are taxed but don't use water, they found 4,600 more buildings on the tax rolls than water customers! What these people don't take showers or flush the toilet??? Assuming most found buildings are served water and sewer, un-billed revenues could produce revenues in the range of $1.5 million in the most conservative estimate of all parcels being single family dwellings to $5.5 Million of yearly income assuming a mix of multi-family dwellings, commercial and industrial customers. These estimates are estimates and the actual could be higher than the estimates..... page 12
f. The prospect that 4,600 buildings have been constructed within the City and not been included by United JC in the Water and Sewer billings database is shocking to contemplate and alarming.... page 13

New housing developments in the City are not being included in the water and sewer billings database and accordingly, the City is supplying free water and/of sewer services..... page 12 (It's not enough they're getting cheap tax abatements but now also water while the paying customers see constant massive increases.)

We recommend the appointment of an independent monitor to observe all aspects of the United JC Operations Contract until a through review and evaluation of the services provided JCMUA are fully evaluated..... United JC should pay for the cost of the independent monitor. The report goes on to discuss the problems the City of Atlanta had with United Water. Atlanta eventually fired United Water and killed the contract.... page 19

We recommend that JCMUA bring in a team of skilled utility system operators to assemble a seamless new customer accounts process. .... RGL also recommends 2 service providers to provide a team of experienced water system professionals. The recommendations included San Jose Water Company or Itron. Itron has past experience with the City of Philadelphia. ... page 20

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So what was the response from the JCMUA board???..... Ignore the report ! The auditor & author of the report flew in from San Francisco to meet with the board at one of their meetings. The board's response was to adjourn the meeting and go into closed session. Shortly thereafter they fired Mark Curtis Esq. and Jennifer Bloom.

In April 2005, the JCMUA board had no problem passing a 15% water & sewer rate increase plus about 200% increase in the monthly meter equipment. The increases were retroactive to January 1st. These increases follows numerous others including an 8.8% increase in 2003... See the chart below for the non-stop operating losses and rate increases.

The report point blank recommends an investigation by the County Prosecutor's office. Personally I've never heard them ever doing a white collar crime investigation especially on this scale. They have their hands full investigating all the JC homicides! As for the state, they're worthless. I've called and been passed along to 5 different departments under the Attorney General's office... It's an election year and the Democrats can't afford any more scandals.... The 2 top issues in the Governor's election are property taxes and corruption..... This is Jersey City's ENRON.... The victims are the residents of Jersey City who pay for water... Soon it'll cost $10 to take a shower in Jersey City!


To make matter worse, in September 2005, the JC City Council adopted ordinance 05-106, approving a reduced revenue stream from the JC MUA! click > PDF copy of the ordinance. The revenue from the JC MUA, our water & sewer payments, drop from $14 million to $7 million in five years! Look around at all the new condo developments in the city coming on-line now let alone in the next 5 years and we'll be collecting less!


Our only hope is an investigation by US Attorney Christopher Christie.... He's located at:
US Attorney's Office 970 Broad Street, Room 700, Newark, NJ 07102... 973-645-2700

We need your help! Contact Christopher Christie and demand an investigation!
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history........

In February 1998, Schundler formed the Municipal Utilities Authority from the defunct JC Sewage Authority with the promise of improved service, and fiscal savings through streamlined services. None of it materialized. "While the administration officials have promoted the MUA as a way to streamline services, the ordinance.. has left the city with two agencies with state authorization to handle solid waste" the MUA and the JC Incinerator Authority (JJ 11/27/97). " Prior to the reorganization of the Authority, the City operated its water system as a utility within the City's budget. The City determined that it was in the best interest of the users of the water system for the Authority to operate both the sewage system and the water system, creating economies for both systems." (from the December 1999 and 1998 audited financial statements, page 11)

Within weeks of the MUA formation, April 1998, Schundler bonded $36 Million through the MUA to plug his FYE 98 budget, which ended in June 1998! Schundler financed the 10-year bonds through a 42% increase in water and sewer bills, 8% annually in the early years, 25% in the first 3 years, paid by JC ratepayers,! So much for Schundler's promise of no rate increases for five years when he promoted the sale of the City's water to United Water in 1996…. Soon it'll cost $5 to take a shower in Jersey City… Elect Schundler Governor and you can forget promoting New Jersey as the "Garden State " …

"The biggest issue for residents is high taxes, he said. "I'm going to lower your property taxes, to lower your income taxes and to lower those darn toll taxes," Schundler said. (Candidate promises tax relief, Courier News - LINK )... so he raises all the other fees...

As explained by former Business Administrator Rob Lombard in a JJ article dated 11/25/97 when the MUA was being voted on "'This is a way of realizing long term stability for property taxes in the city' by raising water rates every year.".. City Council President Thomas DeGise defended the 10-year plan that sees a privatized, MUA-administered water utility as the city's new cash cow. "It's more democratic than a tax increase,' DeGise said."

The "democratic" DeGise is referring to is that tax abated properties will also pay the increase as opposed to only the small businesses and 1 to 4 family homeowners always picking up the tab with tax increases. Property taxes are tax deductible, which is not the case for water & sewer bills unless you're a multiple family with rental income. When Schundler discusses JC tax rates, he won't admit the annual increases in the water & sewer rates to finance the bonds he used to plug his budget deficits or the sale of Caven Point or his practically bankrupting the autonomous agencies.

State legislation had been introduced by Assemblymen Joseph Doria and Paul DiGaetano and passed by the Assembly in February 1999 to disallow the bonding within MUA's to plug a municipal operating deficit, like what Schundler did. It stalled in the Republican controlled Senate's Community and Urban Affairs Committee ever since… Even with the plug of a net $31 million of bonding ( $5 million went to the bond counsel, auditors & investment bankers) , municipal taxes went up 15% and water & sewer bills went up 8% in 1998!


For the 1995 and 1996 FYE budgets, Schundler took the JC Sewage Authority's $15 million reserve for repairs and plugged the funds into his general operating budget deficits. Since the JC Sewage Authority was an autonomous authority, the $15 million reserve should have been refunded to the ratepayers of JC or used to repair the 100 year old system. So as to appear legal, the City sold the CATCHBASINS and NEWPORT SEWER SYSTEM to the MUA for the $15 Million! Of course the MUA has no staff to clean the catchbasins and you can gag from the sewer stench while standing on a corner waiting for the light and this is on Grove Street, a major commercial street....

The Authority should never have approved the transfer of the $15 Million which was and still is desperately needed for repairs to the 100 year old, combined sewer/rainstorm system. But most of the sewage authority board members were city employees, a consistent Schundler tactic. This system is a combined storm and sanitary sewer lines that dates from the 19th century in many parts of the City.

Even with the $15 million plug, municipal taxes went up 51% in 1995 and in October 1996 the City had to authorize $11 million in bonds for needed capital repairs. (See LAYOFFS) The City also ended the 1995 year $ 8.6 MILLION in the red, against state municipal law. In other words, Schundler overspent the city's budget by $8.6 million. The JJ's 8/2/96 front page article tells it all… "Tax bills will bring a defense…. Don't blame me, says Schundler's letter" … it's always somebody else's fault…

In May 1996, Schundler signed a 5 year deal to have United Water Company operate and manage the city's water system. Prior to it's take-over by United Water, the JC Water Department and Sewage Authority made about a $2 Million profit annually. Schundler promoted the sale by saying the improved collection management would guarantee no rate increase for the next five years! By 1998, see above, they raised rates 42% over the next ten years and the MUA is broke! After the sale, many residents got exorbitant water bills and many went into lien.

Schundler stated that the City would realize $38.5 million from the sale. On the Mayor's web site in May 2001 the numbers are even better: In his article Turning Cities' "Liquid" Assets Into Cash! by Mayor Bret Schundler, LINK, "Over the five year term of our contract, United Water is guaranteeing the City a minimum of $19 million in surplus water sales (actual $7,884,678 in 2000), $16 million in operational savings (NONE), and $2.5 million in up-front concession fees (that he got of course). Through stanching water leakage and improving billing and collections, United Water further projects $20 million to $35 million of additional future economic benefits to the City and our local sewerage authority, for which the municipal water utility does billing and bill collection (hasn't materialized). Add it up and the total economic benefit to our citizens should fall between $58 million and $73 million over five years -- or as much as $14 million per year! (well they're behind by $42 Million @ Dec 2000). This represents enormous savings for a City our size (total FY '96 property tax levy: $88 million). " The litany of benefits continues, "United Water is promising the city's Municipal Utilities Authority $145 million in savings and revenue if it agrees to add an additional 10 years to the current contract" (JJ 10/21/98). .... (They got the contract & we got nothing.)

As it turns out, more of Schundler lies ... more of Schundler's wiz finance in which he gets a quick $$$ plug for his budget deficits and the taxpayers LOOSE over the short & long term!!

The audited financials show a measly Bulk Water revenue increase from 1998 to 2000 of $787,741 and no decrease in operating expenses... Now bonding debt & expenses, legal fees etc, that's another issue... all up!

By the way, the Director of the MUA Bill Macchi told me that to rehab 200 feet of the sewage system costs $ 2 MILLION & to solve just the downtown problems is about $150 Million! When I stated it ain't going to get cheaper & the flooding & sewage back-up problems in downtown are just not going to just go away, he didn't respond.. ( 9/30/01)
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2005 Amended and Restated Water Services Franchise
and Service Agreement between The City of Jersey City
and The Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority dated as of
September 30, 2005

for the complete agreement... part 1 PDF file
part 2 PDF file


Take a look at this revenue stream being paid from the MUA to JC! As the ratepayers keep getting socked with rate increases & thousands of units of new housing are built, the JC taxpayers get LESS! By 2009, the city will be collecting HALF of what we collect today! Does this make sense? The difference will have to be made up in additional services or less service. Can't imagine a dirtier city or more crime which is skyrocketing!
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But let's look at the debt.

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Remember the JC MUA HAS UNLIMITED BONDING CAPACITY!
The original intent was to bond and the net proceeds fund the "structural deficit" of the city. The structural deficit= expenses exceed revenues. Years of phenominal building and the city is always broke! Bear in mind, within weeks of forming the MUA former Mayor Schundler bonded $36 million and $31 million went into the city's 1998 budget to cover the deficit. The accountants, attorneys and bond sales people got a 15% take, $5 Million! WOW! Now you
see why they're always, besides the developers, MAJOR contributors to the mayoral campaigns. The infrastructure is collapsing since the sewers are well over 100 years old and a combined runoff/sewer system. The catch basins stink. Stand at a corner especially Grove Street. Major areas of the city constantly flood after minor rain.

Immediately after the 15% rate increase was approved in August, the MUA floated more bonds. This schedule is outdated since Cunningham floated more bonds in 2003.
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Posted on: 2007/5/14 2:10
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Unfortunately the MUA is an independent municipal authority and does not answer to City Hall. Thank Brett Schundler for that as he contemplates running again for Mayor.


Bright -- What does this mean, exactly? To whom do they report? And who controls their funding and budget? And who hires and fires their top guys?

Thanks for the info,
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They must answer to Thulsa Doom.

Crucify them!

Posted on: 2007/5/14 0:29
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2. Given 1, it's better to tackle the problem on an individual home basis (divide and conquer).


This is about right - the 'lucky' individuals will have their problem repaired and the build-up of crap and water during storms will only get worse for your neighbor and person down the end of the street.
If you don't change the pipes and divide the water and sewer, city hall is just pissing our money away.


Unfortunately the MUA is an independent municipal authority and does not answer to City Hall. Thank Brett Schundler for that as he contemplates running again for Mayor.

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where can I get a JCMUA form?

Posted on: 2007/5/14 0:19
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