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Jersey City council votes to take away — yes, take away — a tax break
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Jersey City council votes to take away — yes, take away — a tax break

JERSEY CITY — Jersey City’s council did something stunning on Wednesday. It took away a tax break from a Downtown real estate developer.

Under its last two mayors, the city has approved tax abatements for nearly every developer who asked for one, unless they are related to President Trump. But Mayor Steve Fulop, who asked the council to rescind the tax break, characterized the move as a fulfillment of his 2013 promise to curtail tax long-term abatements.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/01/jers ... ake-away-a-tax-break.html


Posted on: 1/10 19:03
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Re: McGreevey alleges he is victim of Fulop retaliation
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McGreevey fired as head of Jersey City job, prisoner re-entry nonprofit

JERSEY CITY — Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who was hired nearly six years ago to run a nonprofit that manages Jersey City’s job training and prisoner re-entry program, was fired at a special meeting of the nonprofit’s board on Monday night.

The nine-member board of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program voted 5-3-1 in favor of terminating McGreevey at the tail end of a meeting that ran over two hours and featured pro-McGreevey testimonials from nearly 30 people crowded inside in a conference room in JCETP’s Martin Luther King Drive office, called Martin’s Place.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/01/mcgr ... r-re-entry-nonprofit.html


Posted on: 1/9 6:34
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Re: JC Man Arrested in Grizzly Murder of CT Man in NYC
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Man pleads guilty for his role in NYC party death

| Associated Press |Jan 08, 2019

A man has pleaded guilty for his role in the beating and stabbing death of a party guest at a luxury Manhattan apartment.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said Tuesday that Lawrence Dilione of Jersey City, New Jersey has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

https://www.courant.com/breaking-news/ ... vhwujqqt644ihu-story.html


Posted on: 1/9 6:27
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Re: JC Woman Accuses Murphy Staffer of Rape
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Murphy staffer accused of rape told his boss it was consensual

Albert J. Alvarez, the former official in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration accused of sexually assaulting Katie Brennan during the 2017 campaign, told his boss before resigning in October that he was being falsely accused of rape and the encounter was consensual.

Lizette Delgado-Polanco, CEO of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority and Alvarez’s former boss, testified before a special legislative committee Tuesday that Alvarez abruptly submitted his resignation in person on Oct. 2.

https://www.nj.com/politics/2019/01/mu ... ss-it-was-consensual.html


Posted on: 1/9 5:54
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3 Ways To Avoid Shoveling Snow In New Jersey
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3 Ways To Avoid Shoveling Snow In New Jersey

Read some snow slaying suggestions for NJ senior citizens, disabled residents, tech lovers and people who simply hate to shovel.

By Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff | Jan 7, 2019 9:00 am ET | Updated Jan 7, 2019 9:30 am ET

In Jersey City, the municipal "JC Shovels" program uses volunteer power to help seniors with low incomes and disabled homeowners with snow removal. (Learn how to sign up or volunteer here)

https://patch.com/new-jersey/hoboken/3 ... shoveling-snow-new-jersey


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Re: McGreevey alleges he is victim of Fulop retaliation
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Jim McGreevey’s career in Jersey City may end Monday

Former Gov. Jim McGreevey’s nearly six-year tenure as the head of Jersey City’s prisoner re-entry program may come to an end as soon as Monday, with McGreevey scheduled to face a hostile board of directors that may determine his fate.

McGreevey, the embattled chief of the nonprofit Jersey City Employment and Training Program, has been told its nine-member board may discuss actions that could “adversely impact” his employment, sources with knowledge of the communication have told The Jersey Journal. That’s a sign that suspension or termination for the ex-governor may be on the horizon.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/01/jim- ... -city-may-end-monday.html


Posted on: 1/6 8:11
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Re: Worst traffic ever
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Mayors' texts, emails show little communication during chaotic snowstorm

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, whose eyes are usually glued to his phone when he’s not speaking to someone in person, sent not one work email or text during the Nov. 15 snowstorm that created citywide gridlock.

Same for Jimmy Davis, the mayor of Bayonne, where the storm led to a complete closure of the Bayonne Bridge for more than five hours. North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, whose township includes steep hills that are treacherous for drivers during the mildest of storms, also sent no emails or texts. Ditto for Union City Mayor Brian Stack.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/01/mayo ... ng-chaotic-snowstorm.html


Posted on: 1/4 5:05
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Re: Fatal shooting at mini-market in JC, (Greenville) according to persons at scene
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Did Jersey City killer want to apologize to victim’s family? ‘No sir,’ he tells judge

JERSEY CITY — The court case that included a mistrial, a contempt charge, and an 11th hour guilty plea ended Thursday when a 26-year-old Jersey City man was sentenced to eight years in prison for killing a man inside an illegal gambling joint in 2015.

In October, DeAndre Thomas pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for fatally shooting Davonte Carswell, 23, on Nov. 15, 2015, inside a bodega that doubled as an illegal gambling joint on Ocean Avenue in Jersey City.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/01/did- ... o-sir-he-tells-judge.html


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For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict

JERSEY CITY — Over the last six years, Schools Superintendent Marcia V. Lyles has been one of the city’s most divisive public officials, a woman lauded by her supporters as someone who cares only for making public education work for all Jersey City children, but vilified by critics as a cold, calculating interloper.

Lyles’ tenure is coming to an end, with the school board voting Wednesday to say they will not rehire her when her contract expires in 2020. Speaking to education advocates about the board’s action illustrates how deep the divide is when it comes to Jersey City’s schools chief.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/01/for- ... t-center-of-conflict.html


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McGreevey alleges he is victim of Fulop retaliation
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McGreevey alleges he is victim of Fulop retaliation

JERSEY CITY ? Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who is potentially on his way out as chief of Jersey City’s prisoner re-entry program, alleges he is the victim of retaliation by Mayor Steve Fulop and is threatening to file a lawsuit against Fulop if he is fired.

In a Jan. 3 letter to Fulop, McGreevey attorney Michael Critchley said any termination of McGreevey as executive director of the Jersey City Employment & Training Program would violate New Jersey’s whistleblower act. The “apparent basis” for Fulop punishing McGreevey, Critchley claims, is McGreevey’s termination of a Fulop operative from JCETP last year.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/01/mcgr ... M_iI3wVo-0_hid5l7NfVApubQ


Posted on: 1/4 4:43
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Re: Kushner in New Jersey unraveling
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Kushner firm wins records dispute against Jersey City

JERSEY CITY — A Hudson County judge ruled Friday that the Fulop administration must hand over documents requested by Kushner Companies related to the developer’s stalled Journal Square project, a plan that is at the center of a separate legal proceeding in federal court.

Judge Francis B. Schultz’ five-page decision, which also slaps Jersey City for not devoting enough resources to answering public-records requests, comes as the administration faces renewed criticism over its transparency.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/01/kush ... -against-jersey-city.html


Posted on: 1/2 21:41
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The 18 most popular New Jersey bars of 2018
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The 18 most popular New Jersey bars of 2018


Posted on: 12/30 18:10
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Jersey City police will be at DWI checkpoints this weekend
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Jersey City police will be at DWI checkpoints this weekend

'Tis the season -- to drink and have a good time.

That's fine, Jersey City police say, as long as you don't get behind the wheel afterward. To make sure people aren't driving when they've had one too many, police will have sobriety checkpoints in the city this weekend, Jersey City spokeswoman Ashley Manz said.

As part of the Jersey City Comprehensive Traffic Safety Program, the police department has been awarded the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety Grant in the amount of $28,440, to be used for initiatives such as sobriety checkpoints.

https://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... ty_police_will_be_at.html


Posted on: 12/30 18:08
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Jersey City Approves New Contract for Police Benevolent Association Through 2025 Impacting Nearly 70
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Jersey City Approves New Contract for Police Benevolent Association Through 2025 Impacting Nearly 700 Officers  


Posted on: 12/30 18:07
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These are NYC’s biggest rental landlords
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These are NYC’s biggest rental landlords

Blackstone extends lead with big Queens play
By Kevin Sun | December 24, 2018 05:00PM

3) LeFrak Organization
Estimated holdings: 12,111 units across 85 buildings

Headed by one of the few people Donald Trump has referred to as a “best friend,” Richard LeFrak, the LeFrak Organization has been a force in the New York rental world for generations. Richard’s father, Samuel, was one of Fred Trump’s biggest competitors when it came to building apartments across the city.

The organization’s most prominent properties include the eponymous LeFrak City in Queens, which spans 19 buildings totaling 4,392 units alongside the Long Island Expressway, and the six-building, 1,712-unit Gateway Plaza complex in Battery Park City.

Much like Cammeby’s, with whom the organization is neck and neck in our rankings, the LeFrak Organization is going through a bit of a generational transition. LeFrak’s sons Harry and Jamie have started hiring brand-name architects and moving into upscale development, though rental remains the company’s focus.

Outside of the city, LeFrak is currently undertaking a major development at the Newport site in Jersey City, as well as the mixed-use SoLe Mia project in Miami.

https://therealdeal.com/2018/12/24/the ... biggest-rental-landlords/


Posted on: 12/25 19:42
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Re: Jersey City’s priciest rental is this $11K/month penthouse
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The Top 10 New Skyscrapers of 2018

5: The Ellipse / Arquitectonica with Haines Lundberg Waehler

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5: The Ellipse / Arquitectonica with Haines Lundberg Waehler. Image © Royce Douglas 5: The Ellipse / Arquitectonica with Haines Lundberg Waehler. Image © Royce Douglas

Location: Jersey City, USA
Height: 444 ft (135m)

https://www.archdaily.com/908226/the-top-10-new-skyscrapers-of-2018


Posted on: 12/25 19:36
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Surprise in Jersey City at biz district suing over new tax

JERSEY CITY — When the lawsuit aimed at stopping Jersey City’s new business tax dropped last week, the name of one of the 14 plaintiffs raised some eyebrows.

The Exchange Place Alliance – a partially tax-funded business district created by the City Council in 2016 – joined with Mack-Cali and others in suing the city, the state of New Jersey, the council and two city officials over the tax, saying it violates the state constitution.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2018/12/surp ... t-suing-over-new-tax.html


Posted on: 12/23 3:35
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Council approves new Special Improvement District on West Side
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Council approves new biz district in Jersey City after 4-hour hearing

JERSEY CITY — The City Council approved the creation of a tax-funded business district on the West Side on Wednesday after a four-hour hearing that included emotional pleas from business owners urging the council to halt the plan.

The council adopted the measure by a 7-1 vote, with only Council President Rolando Lavarro voting no. The district, known as a special improvement district and funded with a new tax on all commercial properties inside its boundaries, will be the city’s seventh. Proponents say the SID will pay for added security, litter cleanup and marketing, among other items.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2018/12/coun ... after-4-hour-hearing.html


Posted on: 12/21 3:34
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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Post-midnight, Jersey City council ends nine-month Polish statue mess. Finally.

JERSEY CITY — The Katyn statue controversy, which spanned nine months, was the focus of hours of clamorous public debate and caused a bit of an international incident between the mayor and the Polish Senate president, finally come to an end on Thursday at 1:16 a.m. when the City Council voted to … keep the statue exactly where it’s been for nearly 30 years.

It was the second time Mayor Steve Fulop’s now-scuttled plan to relocate the monument kept council members on the dais past midnight: a hearing at their June 13 meeting did not end until nearly 3 a.m. City officials were exhausted when the statue discussion began early Thursday, six hours after the council meeting began, and their frustration showed.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2018/12/post ... -statue-mess-finally.html


Posted on: 12/21 3:22
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Jersey City cop arrested after pursuit: police
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Jersey City cop arrested after pursuit: police

A 50-year-old Jersey City police lieutenant was arrested by New Jersey State Police early Friday morning after leading police on a chase, according to a state police spokesman.

Michael Dillon, of Neptune, was pulled over on Interstate 195 in Upper Freehold Township in Monmouth County. Dillon was charged with moving violations and released, the spokesman told The Jersey Journal.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2018/12/jers ... after-pursuit-police.html


Posted on: 12/15 3:05
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Re: Woman & Child Found Dead in the Heights
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Jersey City man admits to killing wife and 4-year-old son in 2015

A Jersey City man faces decades in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to killing his wife and their 4-year-old son in their Jersey City home in 2015.

Jose Ronald Santos-Alvarez, 29, admitted to the murder of his son, Christopher Potoczniak, and the aggravated manslaughter of his wife, Monika Potoczniak, inside the family’s Lincoln Street home on Oct. 7, 2015.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2018/12/jers ... year-old-son-in-2015.html


Posted on: 12/14 3:00
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Mack-Cali Unveils $75-Million Harborside Renovations
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Mack-Cali Unveils $75-Million Harborside Renovations


Posted on: 12/13 17:47
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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Construction underway for Jersey City’s Journal Squared


Posted on: 12/13 17:41
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Re: Citi Bike
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Citi Bike Jersey City offering $5 monthly memberships for food stamp recipients

JERSEY CITY — Citi Bike Jersey City will offer $5 monthly memberships to any city resident who receives food stamps, part of an effort to boost ridership among the city’s low-income residents.

The $5 monthly cost is the same discount given to residents of Jersey City’s public housing buildings. Normally annual memberships are $169, or about $14 a month.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2018/12/citi ... ood-stamp-recipients.html


Posted on: 12/13 17:37
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Re: Jersey City has big plans for 100 acres on West Side along Hackensack River
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Bayfront contract widens divide between Fulop, Lavarro

JERSEY CITY — A Facebook post from Jersey City Councilman Rolando Lavarro on Wednesday that is critical of a no-bid contract awarded by the city’s redevelopment agency has led to another flare-up in Lavarro’s feud with Mayor Steve Fulop.

Fulop last month denied he and Lavarro were at odds, but the mayor’s spokeswoman on Wednesday responded to Lavarro’s post by saying the councilman “is either confused or he is dishonest” and confirming Fulop is dumping Lavarro from the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency board. Lavarro said he was only attempting to “raise the bar” for governmental transparency.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2018/12/bayf ... etween-fulop-lavarro.html


Posted on: 12/13 2:15
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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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


Posted on: 12/12 6:16
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N.J. lost Amazon to Long Island City; can it win Gucci with $14.7M EDA incentive?
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N.J. lost Amazon to Long Island City; can it win Gucci with $14.7M EDA incentive?

By Anjalee Khemlani
Trenton | Dec 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Tuesday approved a $14.7 million Grow New Jersey grant over 10 years to entice luxury brand Gucci to open a central U.S. customer hub in Jersey City, rather than Long Island City, Queens.

The company currently has 25 jobs in Secaucus and many customer service jobs around the country.

The company wants to bring 210 jobs to the planned hub, according to the application.

It plans a $6.6 million capital investment for the proposed office space at 70 Hudson St. near the Exchange Place PATH station.

http://www.roi-nj.com/2018/12/11/poli ... with-14-7m-eda-incentive/


Posted on: 12/11 18:40
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Man so annoyed with Holland Tunnel wreaths, he starts petition to get them changed
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Man so annoyed with Holland Tunnel wreaths, he starts petition to get them changed


Posted on: 12/11 18:27
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N.J. mayor promises police transparency, but refuses to answer questions on what that means
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N.J. mayor promises police transparency, but refuses to answer questions on what that means

Jersey City’s mayor made a promise to hundreds of faith and community leaders this weekend that he would make the police department the “most transparent” that there is.

Steven Fulop made this vow on Sunday in a public forum when asked about NJ.com’s reporting on police use of force, but he has failed for more than a week to respond to this news organization, first not returning phone calls and later refusing comment about possible reforms.

https://www.nj.com/news/2018/12/nj-may ... s-on-what-that-means.html


Posted on: 12/11 18:22
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Police took $5.5 million from residents in 5 months — and few have the means to challenge it, ACLU r
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Police took $5.5 million from residents in 5 months — and few have the means to challenge it, ACLU report says

The drugs didn’t belong to Latonya Shaw. That was what authorities determined when they reduced her drug charges to a single count of obstruction, according to her lawyer. She was later sentenced to a year’s probation.

But that didn’t stop authorities in Hudson County from taking the $7,020 she had planned to use on a new apartment for her three children. Instead, prosecutors went after the money under a controversial legal maneuver that allows law enforcement take money used in criminal enterprises and use it to toward their own budgets.

https://www.nj.com/news/2018/12/police ... -it-aclu-report-says.html


Posted on: 12/11 18:19
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