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Re: Should inmates be allowed to vote?
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Here's the more obvious question - why is Senator Cunningham even bothering with this B.S. ? This is another case of cart before the horse.

Voter turnout among people who actually are allowed to vote in the USA is abysmal - around 55% in national elections (49% in the 1996 presidential election!). Even less in local elections that don't run concurrently with national elections - Jersey City mayoral and city council races of 25, 30% if we're lucky. Former mayor Healy loved the low turnout because it's exactly what kept him in office for three terms. When turnout went up a few percentage points more in 2013, it was enough to get him out of office. School board elections? Unless they are concurrent with some other election, fuhgeddaboudit.

If turnout is so pitiful among people with clean background checks, can you imagine the turnout among people who have felonies on their record, can't find jobs and some of whom (not all) are contemplating a return to crime? This whole effort is a total waste of time and won't bring very many more people to the polling stations.

Rather than focusing on something that will do nothing, politicians and their constituents should be focusing on increasing voter turnout in this country and strive for the 70 to 80% levels that Canada and Europe have had (maybe not quite that high now but I can assure you both places are still significantly higher than the United States). Then we reach the voter turnout levels we should be having, that's when this issue should be addressed. Of course no politician is going to make an effort toward such a goal unless it increases their own chances of being elected.

Posted on: 2019/4/17 19:36
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Re: Baby found dead in suitcase on PATH tracks
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Well, he probably won't roam very long in prison. People who committed crimes against children get their ass kicked on a daily basis and usually killed, eventually. Only pedophiles would rank lower than him on the prison totem pole.


Have you actually served time or are you echoing the received wisdom of Hollywood, which we've all undoubtedly encountered thousands of times at this point?


No I never served time. My uncle, however, is a retired prison guard.

Posted on: 2019/4/11 23:27
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Re: Baby found dead in suitcase on PATH tracks
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Adonis wrote:
WTF.....People like this are allowed to roam this earth??!!


Well, he probably won't roam very long in prison. People who committed crimes against children get their ass kicked on a daily basis and usually killed, eventually. Only pedophiles would rank lower than him on the prison totem pole.

Posted on: 2019/4/10 13:22
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Re: Springsteen’s son could land firefighter gig in Jersey City
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Is his son a Jersey City resident? I'm sure they checked up on that and made sure that requirement in the city code for all city employees (with a few exceptions, firefighters are not among them) was being followed. >sarcascm<


411: there's no city residency requirement


There used to be, and I think it's lame that the city didn't even enforce when the law was in effect and lame that they don't have such a requirement now.

Posted on: 2019/3/28 16:03
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Re: Springsteen’s son could land firefighter gig in Jersey City
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Is his son a Jersey City resident? I'm sure they checked up on that and made sure that requirement in the city code for all city employees (with a few exceptions, firefighters are not among them) was being followed. >sarcascm<

Posted on: 2019/3/27 17:17
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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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Dolomiti wrote:
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i wonder if co-living buildings will be coming to jc anytime soon...it seems to be gaining momentum.

https://sf.curbed.com/2019/2/27/182432 ... s-starcity-housing-crisis


It has become all the rage in DC and Boston. I really don't get it...

It's high-density, it's efficient, it's cheap, it's like getting a big apartment without the hassle of finding roommates and hoping they pay their share of the rent. The JC units are prefurnished, the building includes laundry and a gym.

I'd add that several cities now have a major problem with affordable housing, and increasing density is one of the few options.


It's all of those things you mention except cheap. I've looked at the rental prices being charged on the various websites and the differential between either getting your own studio or living just a little further from the city center and I'm not seeing more than a few hundred dollars a month savings, at most.

I suppose you have a point about finding roommates and hoping they pay their share of the rent though - if one of the people in these spaces quits paying, it's not your problem, and that can be a major headache for someone whose name is on the lease but sublets a room to someone, especially in New York City. I know someone in New York City who sublet a room in the apartment he was renting and the person suddenly quit paying and it took six months to get them evicted. Six months without getting their share of the rent, not to mention the attorney fees.

At the end of the day it's like those old SRO/boardinghouses they had in NYC which were mostly gone by the 70s, with private bathrooms for each unit and a communal kitchen instead of a full-service dining room. What goes around comes around, I guess.

Posted on: 2019/3/1 21:00
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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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hero69 wrote:
i wonder if co-living buildings will be coming to jc anytime soon...it seems to be gaining momentum.

https://sf.curbed.com/2019/2/27/182432 ... s-starcity-housing-crisis


It has become all the rage in DC and Boston. I really don't get it... seems to be nothing more than a long-term youth hostel, or a glorified rooming house (much like those SRO buildings they used to have in NYC). I've seen the websites of Oslo, WeLive and Ollie, and they really make it look all so glamorous and wonderful... at the end of the day, there's no privacy unless you're asleep in your bedroom. The rents don't seem that cheap, considering you don't have your own kitchen space.

Co - working I could do. Co - living? Hell no!

Posted on: 2019/3/1 3:35
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Re: Overheard at Word
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Because of the title of this thread, I feel the need to insert the clip featuring this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gc4QTqslN4

On another note, it's amazing a bookstore can make any money at all these days in an age of Amazon. The only time I ever even enter a bookstore these days is to buy Christmas gifts. The owners can do whatever they want I suppose, but seems like listening to your customers' requests seems more important than ever.

Posted on: 2019/2/28 23:20
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Re: Early Dismissal at 12:45pm on 2/20 for JCBOE
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Back in *my* day, they didn't close school unless there was actual serious snow and ice on the ground and the roads were truly impassible (and that was often a very touch call). Closing based on an "anticipated snow storm" ? Ha!

Posted on: 2019/2/20 16:24
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Anybody around here go to the ill-fated Fyre Festival, or know someone that did?
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I figure with Jersey City's close proximity to New York there must be some people around here who either went or knew somebody that did. For those who don't know, it was supposed to be a large, luxury music festival in the Bahamas with several headliners including Blink 182, with luxury villas on a beautiful beach located on a private island, with top-line catering and all kinds of things that would make it a five star experience. Then people got there and the accommodations were these unsecured disaster relief tents on a mostly gravel beach, port-a-potties and three portable showers, none of the promised headliner music acts, and a local caterer that served these crummy boxed lunches. People desperately tried to get back to the USA but ended up locked in a small airport for something like 12 hours with no food or water (some people passed out from the heat). It was something like Lord of the Flies meets Woodstock, except the music sucked.

It happened almost two years ago but is now back in the news because of two different documentaries released about it.

If you walk around New York long enough you either meet someone who went or meet someone who knew someone that went. Anyone out there care to share some firsthand accounts? Just curious.

Posted on: 2019/2/11 19:04
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Re: A new N.J. bar’s dress code was called racist. The owner says it was ‘an oversight.’
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Yvonne wrote:
There are signs in many shore restaurants that says: No Shirt, No Service. That means restaurant owners can discriminate.


Yes, that means they can discriminate against people who are not wearing a shirt. Being shirtless is not a classification subject to any legal scrutiny.

Posted on: 2019/1/16 22:14
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Re: A new N.J. bar’s dress code was called racist. The owner says it was ‘an oversight.’
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How was this dress code racist? I've seen people of all races wearing the items described on the list. It is within the owner's rights to say what he doesn't want people wearing inside his establishment. Did somebody see some kind of subtle overtone from the list and get offended? Just don't patronize the place if you have a problem with it.

Posted on: 2019/1/16 18:00
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Re: JC Council to Vote on Canceling Two Abatement Deals for Non Compliance
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"The city told Shuster in an October notice that it had not met requirements of local employment required by the tax abatement and could not prove it made a “good faith” effort to hire locally. In one instance, Shuster offered as proof a Craig’s List post seeking Jersey City laborers that was posted online in the final weeks of construction, according to the city."

A Craigs List posting in the final weeks of construction, I love it! Yeah, they really went all out to hire local residents. This story just made my day.

Posted on: 2019/1/10 18:51
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Re: Owner of JC Massage Parlor Arrested for Promoting Prostitution
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Though I have to say it is pretty funny the place was right across the street from the courthouse. Lady should have had a less conspicuous location.


There was another one that operated for years right across from the courthouse. It was in one the buildings that was recently demolished. They had a neon sign in the window advertising services at one point.


Oh right, I kind of remember. I guess demolishing the building was the only way they could get rid of the business! Ha

Posted on: 2018/10/5 19:28
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Re: Owner of JC Massage Parlor Arrested for Promoting Prostitution
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Glad that law enforcement has its priorities in order. I feel so much safer in Jersey City now! :) :eye roll:

Though I have to say it is pretty funny the place was right across the street from the courthouse. Lady should have had a less conspicuous location.

Posted on: 2018/10/5 18:26
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Re: The Rivet
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Can't speak to the amenities, they seem decent enough at the place, but the map showing the so-called shopping and dining near the place is hilarious. Nearby shopping consists of Acme, Walgreens, Home Depot and the Hudson Mall. Nearby dining consists of Wendys, Jollibee and Wonder Bagels. Oh boy! Sign me up, I can't wait to move in.

The monthly rents are insane for that area, and the place has no pool, but they are waiving the application and amenity fees, so I guess that's something. They must be banking on the place being so new inside to attract renters.

Posted on: 2018/8/24 4:13
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Re: Eyebrow help
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This place isn't cheap, but he and his employees are very good at what they do, and it is not that far away from the 9th street PATH station:

https://joeyhealy.com/

I believe Joey Healy himself charges a premium over the over stylists, being more experienced and booking an appointment ahead of time is probably a good idea. You can book the appointment online or call.

Posted on: 2018/6/14 15:36
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Re: Am I allowed to put up fliers informing neighbors about a felon who has moved into the neighborh
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Perhaps the one thing nobody has mentioned here is that even though the guy is a convicted felon, he is not a sex offender, so Megan's Law doesn't apply and there was no obligation to inform the building tenants ahead of time, nor any issues with the guy living within a certain distance of children.

If the guy is truly causing problems in the building and the landlord is not doing anything about it, you can always call the police.

Posted on: 2018/5/23 15:00
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Re: Am I allowed to put up fliers informing neighbors about a felon who has moved into the neighborh
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You can put up whatever you want in the building, if the landlord allows it. Whether you can post this in a park or some other public area, I don't know, but I see peoples' posters for all kinds of things in public areas throughout the city all the time (although not for something like this). You could always put it up and see how long before a city worker notices it, and takes it down. Once the cat is out of the bag, it doesn't go back in so easily.

Posted on: 2018/5/22 21:22
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Re: Logistics of 2 Family Home in the Heights
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I'll put in my 2 cents here, hopefully it helps.

When looking at a 2-family home like the one you spoke of, because the duplex shared a sewer line, a realtor told me the law required an HOA to be formed and an outside management company to handle payment of water and sewer bills. I don't know if there is such a law, and though it seems silly to use an outside management company just to pay a water bill for 2 units (because there probably won't be much else for them to do), but I think it is a necessary evil because the water/sewer bill has to be paid somehow and who wants to deal with the awkwardness of asking your neighbor for money every month.

Posted on: 2018/4/10 16:28
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Re: New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster
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What extra money? With the SALT limitation at $10k, the extra take home is wiped out and then some.


With the lower tax rates, most people still come out paying less. Not that I particularly care for this new tax scheme, it might be worse than anything Ronald Reagan or George Bush Jr. ever did.

Posted on: 2018/3/15 15:48
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Re: Tab for public workers' unused sick days tops $2 billion
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Sick days are banked for sickness. If you aren't sick, you don't take them. If you retire healthy, lucky you, you were healthy, but why do you get to cash them out?


+1

Every job I ever worked that gave me separate sick and vacation time, paid you for your vacation time when you left the job, but gave you nothing for the sick time.

I do not understand New Jersey's logic.

Posted on: 2018/3/14 15:00
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Re: what to bring to jury duty?
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The elevators up to the jury pool room are notoriously slow. Giver yourself extra time to get there. Also, get there early if you want one of those cubicles on the side of the room with more privacy to use a laptop and a power outlet. Those get taken up real fast. The WiFi signal is good though.

They do show the Discovery Channel or some other noncontroversial tv channel on a big screen if you're really bored.

Plenty of good lunch options within walking distance.

Posted on: 2018/2/26 18:01
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Re: I-Team: FBI Investigates Alleged Corruption in Jersey City Police Department
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CatDog wrote:
While it's obvious that the overtime / off-duty program needs a rework...
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Of the roughly 120 cops who joined the force since 2016, 27 made more than $45,000 last year counting overtime, city payroll records show. If their off-duty work is included, 29 topped $60,000.

$37k is an astoundingly low number for a police officer, and $45k with overtime is still really low. Maybe the pay scale needs a total rework so that officers start off with higher numbers and don't get crazy raises to the point of making $250k/year eventually.


It does seem awfully low, however they do get nice pensions and/or that "boat check" when they retire from cashing in their hundreds of unused sick days, a common practice among county and city employees. Never understood that one. Paid sick and vacation days at any job I worked were on a "use it or lose it" policy, although one place I left did pay you for unused vacation days when you quit, but there is no way they'd let it build up to require a very large payout.

Posted on: 2018/2/1 19:15
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Re: CleanChoice Energy
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Got their New Jersey Resident letter today. Price I receive for first 3 billing months will be 14.80/kw. Thereafter charged at a variable rate. BYE. Anyone else receive this scam?


Run in the other direction. These energy re-sellers result in you having a cheaper rate for a few months, then end up costing you far more in the long run.

Posted on: 2018/1/27 2:31
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Re: Is Downtown JC next? Out-Of-Town Drivers Banned From Using Leonia As Shortcut
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How do they enforce this anyway?

Do they stop the cars, ask to see the license so they can see where the driver lives, and then ask, why are you here?

Then, who's to say the driver will tell the truth anyway?

Posted on: 2018/1/23 17:35
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Re: Booker T. Washington - No Heat Plagues Tenants - RIDICULOUS!
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JCGuys wrote:
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No one should live in JC and not contribute to government especially if you vote, so I believe in a city income tax instead of property tax.


HAHAHAHAHA - the last thing Jersey City needs is a city income tax, like NYC.

And renters do pay property taxes indirectly. Where do you think landlords get the funds to pay property taxes on their rental properties, as well as other expenses? NJ's tax code recognizes this and offers a tax break for renters for implied property taxes paid, based on a function of the amount of rent paid.

A city income tax is literally the worst idea I've ever read on JCList. Even worse than the guy who wanted the Port Authority to run double-decker PATH trains to increase capacity...


Literally the worst idea I've ever read as well, and it could never happen anyway. The way the New Jersey law is written, localities in New Jersey have no right to impose their own taxes, other than property taxes. Atlantic City does have a special hotel tax and Newark airport has some kind of parking tax, but both required special state legislation and were a hassle to set up, plus a kickback from those taxes goes back to the state.

Posted on: 2018/1/10 15:53
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Re: Booker T. Washington - No Heat Plagues Tenants - RIDICULOUS!
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I couldn't post on the NJ.com website so I'm posting about this here:

A few comments in response to those people on NJ.com who regard the residents of this complex as freeloaders who pay little or nothing to live at Booker T Washington, and should supposedly work harder to change their situation and live somewhere better where the heat works -


First of all, many of these so-called freeloaders have children living there who have zero control over their economic status. Should the children living there suffer and freeze too?


Second of all, I'm sure many people who live there would live to live elsewhere with better living conditions. But even if you have a job, moving costs money and coming up with a security deposit and first month's rent at a new apartment is not that easy for some people, while they still have their belongings at their old apartment.


Third, regardless of what these residents pay or don't pay to live in the complex and what you think about that, if the heat goes out in the building long enough, the pipes will eventually freeze and burst. This will cost the city even more money to rectify. Is this what you want as a taxpayer?


The way this situation is being handled is just shortsighted at best, and in my opinion, inhumane and unacceptable. I have no problem with my tax dollars going for this (generally), but if the city can't even maintain an emergency phone line properly, there are some serious issues here that need to be handled, YESTERDAY, or else we will all pay even more, both monetarily and potentially in human lives.

Posted on: 2018/1/8 17:14

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Re: $512K payout for top Jersey City cop renews call for reform
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So he has to pay $ 24,700 although he stole more than
$ 31,000, and I assume he still gets his $ 512,000 vacation payout. He retires with a few dollars less, no real fine, no jail time and despite whatever criminal record he now has, it doesn't matter because he's retiring anyway. Whoop de do. He got off so f---ing easy. I'm not sure what sickens me more - the fact that he stole from the housing authority and is not paying it all back, or his ridiculously large vacation payout.

Also, at every job I ever worked, you could not horde vacation days and then cash them out when you quit or retired, it was always a policy of "use it or lose it" with only a small portion of days that could get rolled over to the next year. Really, they don't need to cap vacation day payouts, they just need to change the policy on the number of days you can accumulate and roll over to the next year and be like most other employers. Such an easy answer, yet they can't seem to implement the policy.

Posted on: 2018/1/7 5:40
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I_heart_JC wrote:
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hamhock wrote:
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iGreg wrote:
Well now when trying to get on a train @ 33rd station it is packed out with riders coming up from 23rd who already grabbed a seat.

Amazing how when doors opened half the ppl in the car stayed in place, maybe it's a life hack I'll need to start doing as well.

I used to do that on hot summer late evenings from 9th Street - why wait for the same train to come back down 15 minutes later packed full of people? Ride in comfort.


Yeah this is my late-night go-to maneuver, as well.


Well, don't tell too many people about it, then everyone will get the same idea and it won't work too well anymore.

Posted on: 2018/1/3 5:49
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