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Re: Sounds like WFUV on my block!
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The water mains are being cleaned by this huge truck. The LOUD DRONING sound is driving me crazy! Not sure if they are doing it city wide, but they will be here m-f for the next two weeks.


why would you disparage wfmu? they are one of the finest independent radio stations on earth!


Second to Album 88 of course...

Posted on: 2010/4/28 18:37
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Re: City To Conduct First Property Revaluation Since 1988
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My condo is assessed WAY below what I paid in 2007. However, even though my condo is worth less than it was worth in 2007, it is STILL worth way more than its assessed value. This is great for me, but it really isn't fair. Any comparable place that has been built or for any other reason, reassessed since 1988, will have a higher assessed value.

Take this example: Person1 has a house assessed at 100k from 1988 and their neighbor, Person2 is assessed at 200k because for whatever reason it was reassessed in 1998. They pay the same tax rate, so Person2 pays double taxes to Person1. Based on market value, their houses would probably sell for let's say $500k and $550k. So how come the guy whose house is only worth 10% more, is paying double taxes?

Here is my guess as to what will happen:
1) nearly everyone's assessed value will go WAY, WAY up (that's just what happens after 20 years)

2) the actual tax rate will go down

3) everyone will pay a lower tax rate on a higher valued home. the total dollar amount will go up for some people and go down for others. But it will be more fair.

And yes, there should be some protection for the elderly living on fixed income...

Posted on: 2010/4/27 18:55
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Re: Which one is the truth Mr. Dehere?
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... can find ways to impact things they don't have immediate control over. Get creative. Can't never could...


I will start work tomorrow on fixing the overburdened budget in California.


So JUST to be clear:

You giving California budget advice is comparable to a Jersey City Board of Education member having indirect influence over Jersey City education personnel decisions?

Interesting...

Posted on: 2010/4/16 3:41
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Re: School Board Election, Apr 20: Fulop Announces Candidates Support
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I suppose I have a slightly different view from others which is that to me, it is more about getting certain people OFF the board than getting other people on. So I will back a Fulop slate (i.e. including Valentin) if it means:

Dehere and McCann are out (someone CONVICTED of bank fraud shouldn't be allowed near $600 million budget)

I'll worry about picking off Valentin the next time. Slowly, but surely and one step at a time. For now I'll take the lesser of two evils. And to me anyone next to McCann is the lesser of two evils...

Posted on: 2010/4/16 2:05
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Re: Which one is the truth Mr. Dehere?
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He deserves NO ONE's vote. All I heard was "this isn't in my control", "that isn't in my control"....

Cry me a river Dehere. I want someone on that board who thinks things can change and that can find ways to impact things they don't have immediate control over. Get creative. Can't never could...

Posted on: 2010/4/16 1:49
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Re: Council may approve contract with police this month -- Union President and Mayor traded barbs
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Perhaps if there were NOT ALL THE SCANDALOUS TAX ABATEMENTS lovingly handed by OUR CORRUPT CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS (Vega, Brennan, all of them,....) to the exclusive condos and wealthy DEVELOPERS (think the DWEK sting) at NEWPORT and elsewhere in JC--perhaps, perhaps perhaps.....THERE WOULD BE ENOUGH FUNDS for our public servants--the POLICE and the FIREFIGHTERS!

What a DAMN shame.

VOTE THIS COUNCIL OUT!
REPEAL the LAST ELECTION NOW!

THROW THE BUMS OUT!


Well done, JCP. You constructed an argument that stuck to local dynamics and didn't once mention the war or the bailouts. Your statement is factually inaccurate, but at least it's based on items related to the topic.

Developers don't live in the abated buildings, the people they sell to do. Some have gotten sweetened deals recently, but by and large the people paying PILOTs as they are called, pay as much or more in taxes than the unabated. In fact, you can't have it both ways - since PILOTs go straight to the city (and there is no allocation for the schools from these payments), people scream that the abated aren't carrying their share on the schools.

If that is true, than the other side must also be true: since ALL of my payment goes to the city and none to the schools, I am paying a disproportionately larger share of the police and fire wage.

You're welcome.


hahaha . Now T-Bird, how come you are using logic on this message board? Silly, silly you!

In all seriousness though, everyone I know in an abated building pays (a lot) more in taxes than I do....

Posted on: 2010/4/15 14:18
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Re: City Hires Former Mayor and Felon, Gerry McCann
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Luckily most people know the scoop on this guy because he UNFORTUNATELY came across as one of the more intelligent folks up there last night. Without knowing a thing about him other than he is a felon convicted of bank fraud that has no business being near my tax dollars, it was hard to sort through what was the truth and what was a lie from what he was saying. Anyone have a clue about the point of 1100 teachers that he kept harping about who have no teaching assignment?????

Posted on: 2010/4/14 11:25
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Re: State calls for renegotiating 'too expensive' Jersey City police and fire contracts
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Pensions ARE the big issue, because the benefit doesn't really "run out" (at least I don't think it does.) And it seems simple math to me (unless I am missing something) that it will be made worse if life expectancy increases continue to outpace retirement age increases, especially with a high number of baby boomers retiring.

Posted on: 2010/4/12 0:37
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Re: School Board Election, Apr 20: Fulop Announces Candidates Support
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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/27/nyr ... ial2/27jerseynj.html?_r=1

Text from the article:

SOME things just don?t change in Jersey City. But at least no one is accusing anyone of collecting votes from the dead.

In the month since Gerald McCann was elected to the school board here, he has been sued by the losing candidate in a vote fraud case involving nursing homes, he has demanded the resignation of the head of the teachers? union, and he has accused the mayor?s chief of staff of being a bad son.

Mr. McCann, the one-time mayor, who was convicted and removed from office in 1992 for bank fraud (he still says he is innocent), is back, after serving more than two years in federal prison, in all his brawling, brash glory. It matters little to him that he is just one of nine members on the board, which wields little power because the school district remains under state control.

?I?m not in it to get into fights with people,? Mr. McCann, 57, a Democrat and real estate consultant, said in a recent interview, ?but to do what?s best for the students of Jersey City.?

Oh, but fighting there has been.

In a challenge that could upend his razor-thin victory margin of 21 votes, Jenny Garcia, the fourth-place finisher, has sued Mr. McCann, accusing him of hoodwinking ?incompetent or otherwise elderly and ill? residents of multiple nursing homes into casting absentee ballots for him in the April 17 election.

Mr. McCann has acknowledged that he helped sign up nursing home residents for ballot applications, but said he did not help fill out actual ballots, which would be illegal.

Ms. Garcia, who was backed by the local teachers? union and Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, has obtained a sworn statement from a man inside one nursing home ? the father of the mayor?s chief of staff, Carl S. Czaplicki Jr.

The statement contends that Mr. McCann got hold of a mailed ballot and tried to get Mr. Czaplicki?s father to fill it out. When he refused, the statement says, a person who Mr. McCann later acknowledged was a campaign supporter came to help fill out the ballot. Mr. Czaplicki refused again, according to the statement. Last week, television commercials began airing locally that deride Mr. McCann over the incident.

Mr. McCann has taken offense to the accusations and has sprayed his own at the mayor, the mayor?s chief of staff and Ms. Garcia. ?I plan to shoot bullets,? Mr. McCann said. ?She shoots at me, I?ll shoot right back at her. Except my bullets will be bigger.? He was not finished. ?Remember, you throw a rock, I?m throwing a boulder. You throw mud, I?ll throw a mountain.?

He?s not kidding. He said that Mr. Czaplicki had forgotten his father?s birthday last year. Mr. Czaplicki did not return calls for comment.

He also accused Mayor Healy of financing the lawsuit out of spite. Mr. McCann said the mayor was probably still mad at him for photographs that surfaced in 2004 that showed Mr. Healy on his front porch nude after a night of drinking. Mr. McCann denies having anything to do with the photos.

A spokesman for Mr. Healy, Stan H. Eason, had few kind words for Mr. McCann, calling him ?a proven liar and fraud.? He characterized the issues surrounding the ballot fight as ?astounding and troubling at the same time? and denied that the mayor was helping in any way with the legal case against Mr. McCann.

Mr. McCann won by garnering 1,476 votes, and around town these days, from a diner in Journal Square to the county courthouse, he is often greeted with clasped hands and smiles. ?Hey, mayor!? exclaimed one man on Newark Avenue, who warmly patted Mr. McCann on the shoulder. Mr. McCann had no idea who the man was.

His popularity might be explained in other ways. In this city, many owe a lot to Gerald McCann. For instance, in 1991, he appointed a lawyer ? Mr. Healy ? as chief judge of the local municipal court. Others talk about Mr. McCann?s cunning and uncanny memory for numbers and history. He is currently helping a successful opponent in the school board race, the former professional basketball player Terry DeHere, in trying to save the varsity football team at a local high school from elimination.

During a hearing this month regarding the 216 disputed votes, the judge in the case, Maurice J. Gallipoli, said one didn?t ?need to be a rocket scientist? to conclude something fishy might be afoot. He wondered why Mr. McCann was trolling for votes in nursing homes.

?Do you think these people in the nursing homes were fully interested in a school board election?? Judge Gallipoli asked Mr. McCann?s lawyer, Mark C. Curtis, saying that under normal circumstances, ?You have to drag them out to get them to vote.?

The case is scheduled to go to trial in mid-June.

Posted on: 2010/4/8 17:46
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Re: question about safety around Path Grove St Station
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Here are the crime heat maps - a bit older (2007 data I think) if anything I would guess it has gotten better...:


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Violent Crime
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Posted on: 2010/4/8 16:24
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Re: question about safety around Path Grove St Station
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I think the area is pretty safe. On this page in the crime section, you can choose a link to the Jersey City crime map.

http://www.nj.com/news/bythenumbers/

Posted on: 2010/4/8 15:53
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Re: Jersey City Board of Ed fails to pass teachers contract
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McCann is NOT the person we need in the BOE. He is a FELON. Call me crazy, but I have to think that there are plenty of non-felons who will be willing to challenge the status quo.

To those who don't agree with increases in this climate: Don't be be fooled into voting him in because of this one stance he has taken. Non-felons can vote no too!

Posted on: 2010/3/20 11:53
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Re: City Council Seeks to Double Salary; Ordinance Would Convert Position to Full-time
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After reading some of the points above:

1) This is definitely not the right time to do this.

2) MAYBE, MAYBE we need a full time council...but maybe not because from my vantage point Councilman Fulop is doing a great job part time.

3) The amount is too high - these are elected positions and should be about service. I have no problem giving them a bonus if they meet some criteria (for example I don't know +/- 5% of the budget from previous year, some crime metrics, etc. But it can't just be built into the salary or there still isn't incentive for them to do a good job.)

4) I don't understand why some thimk the part time status is a barrier to non government people? If anything I think it is helpful. I couldn't afford to take the job if it was full time, because I make more in the private sector (as I should.) So if it is part time and meetings are done in the evenings, I can continue in the private sector and also be in government service. Even if I don't make more than the proposed amount, I can still continue my day job and do this part time job. It really goes back to point #1, which is that we have seen someone excel doing the job part time.

5) This should ALL be off the table NO MATTER WHAT unless they are banned from holding multiple government jobs. I would want to go further and say that as salaried full time employees paid by my tax dollars they can't moonlight anywhere else during normal business hours.

Posted on: 2010/3/9 2:03
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Re: City Council Seeks to Double Salary; Ordinance Would Convert Position to Full-time
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maybe we are all on candid camera...that HAS to be it...this cannot be real...

Posted on: 2010/3/8 21:59
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Re: Google asks communities if interested in trial service for super fast internet -- Why not JC?
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I have to disagree with the OP and some of the supporters on this thread. Jersey City is NOT the ideal candidate for this Google Internet Service. Unfortunately, I fear that there are a disproportionate number of people in our area who would abuse the service, and take advantage of the opportunity for technological advancement and growth. It's sort of the same reason that we don't want a White Castle on Grove Street.

Imagine your children, walking past city hall, only to be subjected to junkies pleasuring themselves to mobile porn, or Latin King members using the googlenet to perform coordinated attacks against bodegas. It might take a while before it gets to that point, but I genuinely believe it's a possibility, and should not be taken as an exaggeration


YIKES - I seriously hope you are kidding...

Posted on: 2010/3/2 20:31
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Re: ˜New High Speed internet in JC, please read
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Hi guys -

If you don't have time to fill out the form (which I hope you will do!!!) please at least join the facebook group as their will be an application submitted on behalf of the group.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=333663144441

Posted on: 2010/3/2 1:44
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Re: VERIZON FIOS
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personally i don't see what the hoopla is w/ damn fios. i've had it about a year and really see no difference w/ this service and comcast.

the one thing i will say is that when comcast made times to come out and fix something they showed. Verizon today is a no show and they can't even tell me why. they have contact numbers incase of issues and they don't bother to call. so there's one day off of work for them and they blow you off.

i'm waiting for a return call and if i don't get it, its back to comcast.


+1 I fell for the marketing gimmick too. I've noticed no discernable improvement, but I have noticed the following negative features:

1) Comcast has better phone service (ability to check VM online, no need to dial "1")
2) Comcast has more intuitive guide navigation
3) Verizon internet service seems to blip more than comcast

I suppose I will wait 6 months to change back

Posted on: 2010/3/1 18:23
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Re: City Budget Suggestion Box - Cost Cutting and Revenue Generating Ideas
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There are so many threads, I'm not sure which is best place to post this! Councilman Fulop just sent out an email asking for suggestions for the budget : http://www.stevenfulop.com/budget

Posted on: 2010/2/23 15:29
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Re: TAX PROTEST Feb 24th City Hall - WE'RE GONNA RUN THIS TOWN!
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Councilman Fulop just sent out an email asking for suggestions for the budget : http://www.stevenfulop.com/budget

Posted on: 2010/2/23 15:15
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Re: Marco & Pepe
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I totally agree with dixonhills. This place used to be awesome - it had a natural European feel, with appropriately relaxed (just the right amount of slow) service.

Then something switched with the culture of the staff. It changed to "we are so cool because we are european style place and you should realize how lucky you are to be here"

Seven years ago I used to go about twice a month, I now go once a year. Every time I am disappointed by the service (or lack thereof.) The food is still good though.

Posted on: 2010/2/19 17:19
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Re: Will fire department cutbacks threaten public safety? Union says yes; city says no
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Thank you for posting T-Bird. Transparency is exactly what is needed and given the internet the city should be able to accomplish it in an efficient, cost effective manner.

Posted on: 2010/2/10 3:18
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Re: City Budget Suggestion Box - Cost Cutting and Revenue Generating Ideas
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1. Stop the pension program for all new employees. Put it into some 401k like program where the cost is covered by the city but future liability is removed.

2. For any employees who have not earned the right to full pension payout and who have more than one pension with the city. Stop accrual on one of the pensions immediately.

3. Pass an ordinance that does not allow someone to draw a pension while receiving any employment, full or part time, from the city.

4. Pass an ordinance that no former city or county employee can hold a city contract position unless it goes through a bid process.

5. Redefine job titles based on nationwide standards. For example, if a fire captain on average manages 10 people in the US. Then that should become the ratio in JC. In that scenario, the rest of the captains can get some early retirement or can get downgraded.

6. Redefine job salaries based on nationwide standards, and then adjust for cost of living.

Posted on: 2010/1/30 12:01
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Re: Rally at City Hall Wednesday, Jan 27?
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Willie Flood - Is she on drugs or something? I swear she had NOOOO idea what was going on tonight. I mean that was BAD.

Posted on: 2010/1/28 3:48
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Re: Rally at City Hall Wednesday, Jan 27?
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I rather taxes increase and in return receive the necessary services that we expect provided by the city.


Come on, in this case it isn't at all about the amount of money. It is about how the current money is being spent. I grew up in a small city with 2/3 the property tax rate - it was and still is known to have the best schools in that state, there was virtually no crime, etc. They've been hit hard by the downturn, but they have done things like 4% salary decrease across the board, etc. Time for JC government to enter reality.

Posted on: 2010/1/27 21:18
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Re: Recommendation for an electrician
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Avolar
http://www.avolar.us/

Great work and reasonable


I agree. I had them do some work for me this summer, very professional. One thing to note though is that electricians don't really patch the holes they make in the walls or ceilings. It was fine for me because i was doing some remodeling anyhow, but you need to plan on that part.

Posted on: 2010/1/26 20:39
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Re: Are these safe areas
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also FYI : T-bird is making reference to all the corrupt officials in city hall - that is why he says "high crime area"... :)

Posted on: 2010/1/25 23:41
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Re: Are these safe areas
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1. No
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. No

Posted on: 2010/1/25 23:38
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Re: Rally at City Hall Wednesday, Jan 27?
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How about everyone commit to try to get 5 people to attend the council meeting? Then we have the network effect. Given the lack of time, I share concern doing it outside city hall ahead of time could actually be a flop. But we could at least bombard in council meeting.

Posted on: 2010/1/23 15:29
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Re: Rally at City Hall Wednesday, Jan 27?
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The one issue that no one speaks about is our bloated public safety budget. 80 % of the City's budget goes to Police and Fire. Ever stop to see how many chiefs there are in the JCFD ? How many uniformed personnel in both Police and Fire are administrative staff and pull down ridiculously high salaries ? And another example of double-dipping, Police and Fire hire back retired staff as civilians, they draw their pensions while drawing another City salary.

However, public safety is the third rail in municipal politics. None of our craven poltiicians would ever dare suggest laying off Police and Fire.


Dead on. You can't touch the police and fire and it seems evident they know that. There are 2.2 uniformed firemen for every 1 JCFD employee at the rank of captain or above. Other similar sized cities tend to run at 6:1 or 7:1. The average person (includes everyone in the department) in the fire department makes $99,000-something per year.


I keep thinking that nothing this city does would surprise me in terms of ineptitude of managing finances...but T-Bird you always find a way to shock me And yes, I'll be there Wednesday

Posted on: 2010/1/22 18:18
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Re: Downtown: Guy Stealing Packages and Mail.
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I agree, great job!

Posted on: 2010/1/21 17:48
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