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Re: Would MTA be a better operator for PATH? And other ideas...
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Before you laugh, there are six stations in NYC. Integration with NYC Transit would be a godsend.

Although MTA has it's problems, they look like a well-run Swiss organization compared to the Port Authority or NJ Transit.

My other ideal is much more radical... PATH should add a dollar or more surcharge for swipes during peak periods to reduce overcrowding. Maybe just from 8-9am and 5-6pm, with the extra revenue being used for service improvements... like direct to JSQ from 33rd during late nights and weekends. Let's face it, the overcrowding situation is at crisis levels. A fare increase is the only way to reduce overcrowding until PTC/CBTC and 10-car trains arrive. The problem is I have no confidence in the Port Authority as they will waste any extra revenue derived from PATH. The finances are already a blackhole.

I expect to be annihilated for suggesting a fare increase, but I would be interested to hear at least one another alternative to reduce overcrowding in the short term. I'll wait.


While demand pricing is not the worst idea to reduce crowding during peak, the idea of money helping anything is misguided. The PA is swimming in cash, has always been. They get far more from the Hudson crossings than they spend on their maintenance, and have always struggled to spend it to justify the tolls.

So it is just a matter of PA financial priorities, not available monies. Tolls and fares were raised to spend $8B on the Oculus and 1 WTC, neither of which are transportation facilities. This is just the PA doing the PA, ignoring it's core mission of interstate transportation. It was created a century ago to build an trans-Hudson freight rail, something it has yet to do.

Posted on: 1/5 12:55
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Re: For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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There have been plenty of issues of policy and accountability. There was Lyles's funnelling of resources to outside vendors for "professional development", the creation of a "leadership academy" with vague accountability, the loss of the entire reserve fund, toxic labor relations and poor morale, flaunting of civil service requirements that meant the board was painted as being "dysfunctional" when they finally said "enough" and refused to renew the appointments, chicanery on the health insurance switch.


Sorry, but to someone uninterested in the "inside baseball", back office nonsense, that all looks like bullshit. I take a "black box" view, I'm interested in what goes in, and what comes out of the BOE sausage factory. We see extraordinary sums go in, and continued failure and dysfunction come out.

Now, I'm not Monroe, who's only interested in cutting the budget and uses poor outcomes as justification, but letting business as usual continue just because it always has, and the employees are in favor of it, is madness.

How can one justify our ranking of 11 of 98 in extracurricular budgeting per pupil and 97 of 98 in "Salaries and Benefits for Operations and Maintenance". The message there is the schools are run for the benefit of the staff not the students. It's well known that extracurriculars like sports, music, and drama help students who might otherwise be disaffected with school become engaged. Http://www.ascd.org/publications/educ ... d-Student-Motivation.aspx

So why do we put such a low priority on them vs paying staff the most in the whole state? Isn't it clear this is what we get when the unions control the BOE?

Posted on: 1/5 12:18
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Re: For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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What's amazing about the whole Lyles thing, and I can't tell if it's bad reporting or murky conflict, is there's no policy being debated, just personal hurts. If the teachers are resistant to change in a failing system, maybe "us vs them" is necessary.

We have serious misallocations of resources in our system, we pay more to our staffs than almost anybody and provide less extracurriculars than almost anybody. There's no afterschool music in the entire district yet we pay our Janitors more than 98% of other comparable districts. WTF? Why is this taken as normal??????

District budget data
https://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/csg/18/csg.pl

I can only hope the next Superintendent is chosen for their vision and strength, not for hitting the right identity buttons.

Posted on: 1/4 11:06
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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I really don't care one way or the other about the statue itself, but I'm saddened by the victory of the "never change ANYTHING!!" forces. Whether it's this, Serra's Tilted Arc sculpture or graffiti on a Queens warehouse building, the expectation that public art is permanent will bode ill for anyone allowing art in public or private in the future. I actually have a wall that would look good with a mural, but I'd never allow it on my property if it meant I could never, ever change my mind.

Posted on: 12/21 12:59
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Re: Anybody had their fire extinguishers dinged in a green card inspection?
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Well, no comments about the extinguishers, but I think they're going to tell me to paint the fire escape. Fair nuff, I've been telling myself it needs painting. Despite the posting on the door and 2 emails from me, one tenant still did not have a smoke detector up!

Posted on: 12/19 11:02
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Re: Anybody had their fire extinguishers dinged in a green card inspection?
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MDM wrote:
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On what grounds are cracked tiles a safety issue?

Robin.


My report had something about "maintaining smooth surfaces". It was written like I had tank trap size holes in the floor.. instead of hairline cracks.

It is just annoying mostly. The financial devastating ruling for me was being ordered to add a fire escape 10 years after being told I didn't need one by DCA. The ruling came at a time when I was really short on $$$$.

Speaking of fire escapes, I have been informed there is a very aggressive fire inspector dinging buildings for lack of fire escapes and requiring that they be retrofitted in 10 days or face fines. The state at least gave me 6 months.


My experience with fire inspectors is they are really poorly trained. I took a plan drawing to the firehouse on Marin to ask EXACTLY where they wanted detectors, and the inspector shat the bed.

Posted on: 12/18 13:21
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Re: Anybody had their fire extinguishers dinged in a green card inspection?
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Haggis wrote:
A bit off topic, but FWIW,
Our last building inspector said all 6 storage doors in the basement (6 unit building, each unit has an enclosed built in storage, not caged storage) would need to have louvers installed on each door in order to pass future inspections.
He would "let us go" this time, but not next.


Not OT IMO, it's good to hear about all the possibilities. I've often wondered if it's best to leave them some low hanging fruit like smoke detectors or pots on the fire escape so they don't feel they need to get creative to look like they were thorough.

Ex: though they've been inspecting for decades, somehow they suddenly discover that there's no handrail on a sidewalk hatch from the basement. I've gotten this twice. Is there a list of fallback citations?

Posted on: 12/18 11:47
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Re: Anybody had their fire extinguishers dinged in a green card inspection?
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Uh oh, if I get Mr. Cracked Tile fetish I have trouble, one of those hallway extinguishers kept getting knocked down by tenants and cracked the hell out of the hallway tiles. It's amazing the variation of these inspections. I've had them do nothing but check the E-lights and smokes, and some that go over the place with a fine tooth comb. I guess if they ding my extinguishers I just get new ones, some of these are more than a decade old anyway. $35 at Costco.

I have a considerable workshop in my basement and have always had a fear of one of them getting a bug up their ass about it for some reason. But most of them never even look in the basement!

Posted on: 12/17 21:31
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Anybody had their fire extinguishers dinged in a green card inspection?
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I'm wondering if I still have to remove my hallway fire extinguishers to avoid having to get them expensively inspected. It's so stupid that they're not required at all, but if you have them they will cite you for non-inspection.

Posted on: 12/17 18:43
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Re: Post Office-Parking
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JCman24 wrote:
To park on the sidewalk, you need to drive on the sidewalk. City and state law are very clear on this.


I've often wondered about this concept when I see cars parked facing the wrong way on 2 way streets. Clearly at some point they were driving on the wrong side of the road. I don't recall seeing it in JC, but there are places this is accepted culture.

Posted on: 12/16 13:45
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Re: Post Office-Parking
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I have more of a problem with them taking the metered parking spots, always in short supply. I hate having to go there to pick up a package they never even tried to deliver.

Posted on: 12/15 14:12
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Re: Jersey City’s Hidden Gem: The Sociable Southside
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Is this "Southside" another realtor re-branding of a neighborhood? Those sure are purty pictures, but we all know most of Greenville is butt ugly. Nice looking property like that is typically alone on a block surrounded by Bayonne Boxes and rundown frame houses.

It'd be fun to have competing public postable slideshows of best and worst of Greenville. Which platform can do that?

Posted on: 12/15 14:07
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Re: Man so annoyed with Holland Tunnel wreaths, he starts petition to get them changed
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I heard this idiot on NPR today, saying how the wreaths drive people with OCD crazy. OMG. Is that where we are now? Wreaths as triggers that cannot be tolerated? Of all the insane things on JC roads, this is the one to make a crusade about?

Posted on: 12/12 22:40
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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RichMauro wrote:
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Stringer wrote:

Mayor Fulop: Distribution convictions should be expunged if weed is legalized

JERSEY CITY -

A strong supporter of legalizing marijuana in the state is not satisfied with the current bill to do so in the state Legislature.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is in full support of the legalization of marijuana, but only if the state will also eliminate prior distribution convictions.

http://newjersey.news12.com/story/396 ... nged-if-weed-is-legalized



I can't go with that for the most part as to it's holding up the legalization process. Expungement has many facets and it can be dealt with as a separate issue while the legalization process moves along.

In the Jersey City that I grew up in bookies were the order of the day if you wanted to play a number. When the lottery was initiated did all of the bookies who were arrested have the records cleaned up?--no.

Go back further to prohibition and people who broke that law and were arrested. Were their records cleaned up?

To me it makes no difference whether a record for possession is erased, but let's get it out of the way and move along.


Sadly, US history is not a place to look for justice. It would not be as big a deal if a felony conviction didn't utterly fuck you for life in terms of your employability. Having sold a little weed at 19 doesn't mean that you'll steal from your employer at 30, but no one will hire you for a good job with a felony record. I can understand the reasoning to push for expungment now when there's leverage to be had, rather than later when there's none.

Posted on: 12/12 11:54
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Re: Developers Planning to Relocate St. Lucy's - Create Market Rate Housing
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dr_nick_riviera wrote:
Do you have any published evidence at all to back up that statement, other than the words of your fellow crank Boggiano?


That would be a "no". Just more rabble rousing from the usual suspects.

Posted on: 12/7 14:22
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Re: Durable Flooring
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iGreg wrote:
I found the laminate floors end up look cheap as well but maybe with the newer more durable types that is not case, the attached image shows the different materials in the layering system and the variety of colors is very good.

Ceramic plank tiles with wood grain are very nice my issue is chipping and cracking and you'll pay 5x to 7x as much to lay that
then laminate.

Hardwood floors are what I am going over, they are great but have a lifespan after being refinished a few times although they are original to this apartment that is close to 100 years old and that is not too shabby of a return on investment.


I'm not sure what anyone is referring to when they say "looks cheap". There's a lot of variables, like thickness, texture, and just how good a picture of wood is printed on the board. I laid this floor below in 2002 for my 3 year old son. It's still nearly perfect, and that floor had a dramatic dip in the middle where the 5/4 subfloor had apparently been scraped multiple times down to the tongue of the planks.

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If it's a valuable home and you like hardwood, but it's beyond another resanding, why not just replace the hardwood?

Posted on: 12/7 12:41
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Re: Durable Flooring
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iGreg wrote:
Where you can't go under existing molding, how are you trapping the edges?
Just running clamshell molding over it ?


1/4 round molding. I prefer 5/8, since it give more room for error as the flooring shifts. Most directions say to leave at least 1/4" from the wall, at least for the wood fiber based product. I'm not familiar with the product you're showing, but it's possible it can be cut and snapped with a box cutter like the 5mm planks I'm working with, rather than needing a saw. Check the directions.

Posted on: 12/6 21:33
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Re: Durable Flooring
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Looks nice but very pricey, the 5mm planks from Lumber Liquidators I'm currently installing are half that. I'd buy it if I was replacing 8mm laminate, so the molding undercuts matched.



I revisited some of the laminate today and the newer stuff is made much better, the hard top coating seems very durable
with a rubber or cork type base - looks quite good actually.

What are you cutting the panels with when needing to made edges or openings say for radiator legs?

The stuff I looked at advertised a 20 year lifespan and the hard top surface has me wondering how to get clean cuts.

It's not hard to cut but the silica heavy coating destroys blades quickly. I have a table rig for my hand jigsaw that makes it like a little tablesaw. Jigsaw blades are much cheaper than carbide circular saw blades, and you'd need it anyway for cutting details. There trickiest part of laying this stuff is scribing it to the uneven walls in these old houses and getting it under the moldings you undercut with an oscillating saw.

Posted on: 12/6 20:49
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Re: Durable Flooring
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hero69 wrote:
I haven't seen where laminate buckles, but after awhile they start to swell at the ends and end up looking cheap. that has been my experience.


Are you talking about water damage, or that slight lifting of the edge where they meet if there's no bevel? I think that comes from the flexing of the planks sinking slightly into the foam underlayment. I've started buying the type with the small bevel for exactly that reason, and I'm sure that's why it was developed. The way you can get buckling is installing it too tight in cool dry weather like now, and then it expands in summer.

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I have heard many positive things about COREtec.
https://www.flooringinc.com/vinyl/planks/usfloors-coretec-plus.html


Looks nice but very pricey, the 5mm planks from Lumber Liquidators I'm currently installing are half that. I'd buy it if I was replacing 8mm laminate, so the molding undercuts matched.

Posted on: 12/6 18:30
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Re: Durable Flooring
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iGreg wrote:
The tongue and groove floating systems I find can buckle and not particularly overly durable unless adhesive is used underneath them.

That's not been my experience with thousands of feet of the locking planks, but I don't use thinner than 8mm. Whatever.

Posted on: 12/6 13:39
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Re: Durable Flooring
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iGreg wrote:
What base layer are you adhering the tiles to?
Waffle Board?
Sheets of plywood?


Https://www.homedepot.com/b/Flooring-V ... y-Vinyl-Tile/N-5yc1vZaq27


If you're addressing me, the products I'm using all float. That way you can pull it up and replace a plank if it comes to that. The subfloor can be quite bad and it will still be fine. For what you linked or what's commonly called 'linoleum tile' AKA vinyl composition tile or VCT, that needs a perfect subfloor to glue down to. I'd NEVER do the peel and stick, been there done that. Comes up.

Posted on: 12/5 22:23
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Re: Durable Flooring
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papadage wrote:
Try looking at Luxury Vinyl Tile.

It has better wear and water resistance than laminate, doesn't crack, has a lot of different patterns and styles, and is not very expensive.


I've been using the click type 5mm LVP in kitchens and am currently laying it in a stairwell. It's pretty good, but I find it much harder to lay than standard 8-10mm laminate, of which I've laid thousands of feet. Most of which is doing fine, even my son's room which survived him from 3 to off to college.

Water is the real enemy of laminate, but there's some new products advertised as more resistant. Costco, where I've bought the most, has a product saying it can resist spills for 24 hrs. Plus it's around $1.30/ft.

Posted on: 12/5 15:42
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Re: Tax Lien
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How many times, in how many slightly different ways, will this argument be had before JCList seizes up from too many people simultaneously banging their heads on their keyboards?


The problem is if we don't slap her down people new to these issues might take what she says at face value and be totally misled. I remember many years ago when I was a newby believing some nonsense she posted about vans of vote fraudsters being shuttled around Hudson County. The woman is dangerous.

Posted on: 12/3 21:26
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Re: Tax Lien
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Yvonne wrote:
I find it amazing that people here says $16,000 is an underpayment.


Shame on you. Shame.


Good luck with that, Yvonne quite clearly has no shame, it's possible she never did. She whined endlessly about high taxes while other people were subsidizing her very low taxes in VVP, and sold when she thought the party was over to get out before higher taxes reduced her gains. And now she still is petulant that people have to pay their fair share. She also shamelessly conflates the budget with the reval, deliberately confusing people not versed in the details. She's like Iago, a force of chaos and conflict.

Posted on: 12/3 18:43
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Re: Tax Lien
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Yvonne wrote:
Dolomiti, it is about time you read budgets. It has not been revenue neutral since the spending created by Fulop, read the Healy's 2012 budget and the present budget under Fulop. Furthermore, it is not neutral to those people on the tax/water lien list for 2018.


You're either deliberately trying to confuse or you really still have no idea what happens in a reval. There's no other option since at this point you have no excuse not to know that in this context "revenue neutral" refers to the tax levy being the same before and after the reval, and nothing else.

Posted on: 12/3 12:48
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Re: Tax Lien
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RichMauro wrote:
Try to understand what it would mean to people who are in their seventies and eighties being told: " aww, just move out or take a reverse mortgage".


I'm so tired of battling this "reverse mortgage BAD" trope. It's a financial tool, that can be good or be abused like any other tool. You can take out just enough every year to pay your taxes, or take it all out at once to go blow it in Vegas. A senior sitting in a 'paid for' million dollar house can easily pay their taxes, it's that simple.

Explain why not, if you can, without mushy "feelz" reasoning like your desire for JC to be set in amber and not change like cities inevitably do. Thank God it's changing for the better and not worse, as it did for decades. Yvonne is nostalgic for the 20% vacancy rate of the 70s!

Posted on: 12/1 15:10
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Yvonne wrote:
most legal and illegal [imigrants] live in tax abated buildings.


Just when you think Yvonne can't say any shit that's crazier. There isn't enough abated units in all of JC to hold a fraction of our roughly 90k foreign born residents, even if there were no non-immigrants living in them. But with the exception of the H1B crowd, most immigrants live in the shitty old unabated housing beyond ward E.

Posted on: 2018/11/27 22:12
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Re: Anyone planning to appeal 2018 property tax increases?
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66romaine wrote:
Thanks for all the feedback. I'll read through the links. In the meantime, what are these "comps"? Also, the use of "professionals" was mentioned but I'm not sure who would fit into that description. Are we talking about lawyers or something else? Any specific recommendations?

Thanks again


Read up and all will be clear. Yes, there are law firms that specialize in this. They've been sending a lot of mailings around. They often choose their recipients by the tax data, so if you didn't get any it might mean you aren't a good appeal candidate.

https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/lpt/ptappeal.pdf

Posted on: 2018/11/27 20:30
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Re: Anyone planning to appeal 2018 property tax increases?
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Why didn't you do the informal appeal process last spring? Who knows, the formal process might end up raising your taxes!

FWIW, I did DIY appeals a few years back on 2 properties, got one reduced. Unless your property is extremely generic, I were in your shoes I'd let pros handle it. Finding the right comps, and knowing which ones are the best for your property is an art form. You don't want them to throw out your comps, which is what happened to me.

Posted on: 2018/11/26 20:45
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Re: George R.R. Martin will bring winter to (JC) N.J. with 'Fire & Blood' book launch
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papadage wrote:
It was a great event, and John Hodgeman gave the great man time to expound. He was a delightful interviewee, with a lot of fun nuggets about JC and Bayonne.


Any chance it was being recorded?

Posted on: 2018/11/25 19:34
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