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Re: A no-show at a council meeting
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It's questionable why you think a person outside of your own ward will have to answer to you in the audience of a public meeting where she isn't required to be.

Posted on: 2013/5/31 13:47
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Re: Why I Like Councilwoman Nidia Lopez
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LOL!

Posted on: 2013/5/31 11:37
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Re: The Beacon
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I love the Beacon. I wish I could afford to live there. It's like Art Deco heaven. Is it true the grand staircase in the movie Titanic is one of the staircases in the Beacon?

Posted on: 2013/5/31 6:21
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Why I Like Councilwoman Nidia Lopez
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Since another post on this site seems mean spirited about what Councilwoman Lopez has done in Journal Square, I'm starting this new thread for persons who have positive things to say about Councilwoman Lopez. I will start.
When my block received no positive results from the Police Dept about a drug dealer doing business on my block, Councilwoman Lopez visited my block, met with my neighbors and me, and listened to all our concerns. She asked us what she could do for us. She listened to us and then took action. She got us a missing streetlight installed within only a couple of months (this after my neighbors had asked PSE&G to install one for years). She had overhanging tree branches that were blocking visibility trimmed. She informed us of the monthly Police meeting which we were unfamiliar with. Our attendance there and making a personal appeal to the Police Captain for help with the narcotics problem got us a police car on our block every afternoon and evening during the drug dealers busiest selling time. The drug dealer moved on.
Additionally, Councilwoman Lopez spoke with us at a subsequent meeting about getting a fire hydrant moved to allow for another parking space for us on the block and to put in more street trees and greenery. She researched how to get it done. She has met with us several times to discuss The Apple Tree House, Journal Square's place in Jersey City's history, the Historic Speers Cemetery, getting more park space, and has made many introductions for us with multiple Jersey City Departments including Cultural Affairs. She told us a few of the projects she is working with the community on: getting recognition for Bergen Square's place in New Jersey's history, the reinstallation of the Peter Stuyvesant Statue that the Board of Ed took out without asking anyone's permission, improving the condition of the JS PATH station, and the renaming of the street corner at Vroom and Bergen Ave. at the request of my neighbors who attend the large Coptic Church in the Square. Additionally, Councilwoman Lopez has attended my block association meetings and offered practical advice and asked what she can do for us.
I have never endorsed or campaigned for anyone running for public office in Jersey City until now. I am confident that based upon my personal dealings with Councilwoman Lopez and the action she has taken on my behalf and my neighbors that she is an excellent choice for Councilperson in Journal Square and I truly hope she wins again.

Posted on: 2013/5/31 6:06
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Re: Big tax increase looming?
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Yes, the 7.9% on top of the re-evaluation. I know they have said re-evaluations usually result in one-third higher, one-third lower, one-third the same. But, I've also heard that many owners have not let the inspectors in (surprise, surprise). From what I hear, if the inspectors don't get access, then they will assume higher values.
We've been looking for a house; but, I'm afraid I'll be walking into a property tax nightmare.
Not sure if there is any site out there that indicates which houses have actually been re-evaluated by inspection (and conversely, which ones will be "interpreted" by inspectors). -- I doubt there's anything out there, but it sure would help for those of us house-shopping.

If the home is taxed at market value and you pay market value then you're safe. If the house is paying less than it's fair share of taxes then you can expect an increase in your taxes after the reval. If you wonder, check with the tax assessor.

Posted on: 2013/5/31 5:13
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Re: Big tax increase looming?
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I know many here can't take a 7.9% tax hike.


I know I can't.

The building's dept is making our condo association (9 units) put in a sprinkler system because they're afraid of low water pressure due to all the development in DTJC. This is costing us thousands of dollars; most of it is coming out-of-pocket from each unit. I'm barely scraping by each month.

I'm really sick of city hall hiking up taxes on property owners while developers get abatements and a free pass on upgrading our crumbling infrastructure.

State code requires the minimum, not the maximum: ask them to site you the code that requires you to put in the maximum and to put it in writing.

Posted on: 2013/5/31 5:06
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Re: Big tax increase looming?
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Large tax increases as a result of the revaluation means those homes have been under taxed all this time. Consider yourself lucky but now it's time to pay your fair share.

Posted on: 2013/5/31 4:59
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Re: A no-show at a council meeting
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Yvonne wrote:
Why not? Don't you want a better informed elected official? I was amazed by Fletcher, he had a lot to say. By the way if you think you are not paying enough taxes, don't worry, revaluation will solve that problem. As it is, you are paying for the 30 year abatement for mixed used housing that was voted on tonight.

State law requires every municipality to do a reval every ten years or every time 10% of the housing stock changes hands, whichever comes first. It's designed so everyone pays their fair share of taxes. Considering how little the million dollar brownstones downtown are paying in property taxes, why do you think you have to make an argument for the rich people who own those homes and aren't paying their fair share of taxes?
Whom do you resent with your condescending comments about abatements, the poor or the middle class? I'm sure you already know that you sound like an elitist.

Posted on: 2013/5/31 4:41
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Re: A no-show at a council meeting
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... I believe Candice's job is to be ready to be a councilperson in order to make intelligent decisions. I should also mention Esther Wintner, a non-Fulop candidate also attended the meeting.


And showing up to hear the pearls of wisdom imparted by Peter (burp) Brennan, Bill (wake up!) Gaughan and Viola (walking the fine line between permanent disability from a public job and full time employment at a public job) Richardson is going to help Candice "make intelligent decisions"? Or is it that she wasn't there to hear another of your great discourses?]
Too funny!!

Posted on: 2013/5/31 4:31
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Re: Journal Square is NOT a Homeless Shelter
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Why didn't you say you were talking about the PATH station?? You're talking about the bums who hang out at the PATH station. Now I get it. There's a Journal Square Improvement District office located right there that you can also lodge a complaint with.

Posted on: 2013/5/25 12:57
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Re: DWR Warehouse, Secaucus
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Go! It's worth the trip just to see their showroom floor. Make sure you don't have holes in your socks. You'll want to take your shoes off. And they let you!

Posted on: 2013/5/25 12:48
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Re: Sunnyside Academy in Port Liberte video captures worker abusing 2 tots: cops
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Those poor little kids.

Posted on: 2013/5/25 12:45
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Re: Journal Square is NOT a Homeless Shelter
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So these homeless you're talking about, are they inside the bathroom?

Posted on: 2013/5/23 3:34
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Re: The Upstairs Art Gallery in Mcginley Square
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Marge has an eclectic collection and is a sweetheart. Her studio is in Bergen Square, not McGinley Square, but it's all good.

Posted on: 2013/5/23 3:23
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Re: Steve Fulop says police restructuring, teen recreation, abatements policy top agenda
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He's got a lot to fix. Let's hope he does it.

Posted on: 2013/5/22 5:58
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Re: Australians investors buying up Jersey City housing
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Dear Fellow Wall St D-Bags,
Don't worry about what's being posted about us. We have more money so we win.
JCCheerleader

Posted on: 2013/5/22 5:41
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Re: Ex-mayor McCann's letter: Fact-checking Healy's boasts
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He still wrote a good letter.

Posted on: 2013/5/22 5:27
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Re: Flood Zone Real Estate
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My Realtor sent me to the FEMA website for flood insurance info when I was considering buying Downtown. Since FEMA recommends only a few certified insurance agents that are reputable, I called one, who is from Bergen County. He explained what's always covered by your regular insurance policy(the structure and mechanicals like the furnace) and what is covered by flood insurance(sheetrock and insulation, etc). He went on to explain that the only way to know what flood insurance is going to cost you and whether or not a finished basement level is covered beyond the structure and mechanicals is to have the lower level 'certified' as basement or a cellar. One qualifies for flood insurance coverage and one doesn't because one is a legal additional level of your home the other isn't. Unless the lower level is certified and legal, the flood insurance does not cover anything down there and was a waste of money and whomever sells you the policy without insisting you get the lower level certified is selling you the Brooklyn Bridge.
Sellers and buyers both should make sure the lower levels are certified do be covered by flood insurance.

Posted on: 2013/5/22 5:09
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Re: Australians investors buying up Jersey City housing
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Dear Mr. Dixon,

My apologies for the rudeness of the persons who are posting here. As long as you respond, they will continue to persecute you. They can't help it: it's a personality disorder.

:)

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Posted on: 2013/5/22 4:44
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Re: Only ONE Council Seat Decided - ALL Others Up for Grabs
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Does state law require that there be runoffs for council seats? It seems like a waste of time, money and voters' patience.

I agree. It seems a waste when the winners already won fair and square.


You might not feel that way if you backed a loser who got 2nd place with 12% in a field of 15 candidates. That person might stand a great chance of winning the runoff. Look up how Schundler won a special "no runoff" election with 17 percent of the vote in field of 19 candidates. This is why instant runoff makes so much sense.

But don't all the candidates have to run again or is it just the top two?

Posted on: 2013/5/20 4:51
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Re: US Masters / Dixon Managment
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So how long have you been working for US Masters?

Whatever.

I have no idea if these guys will be good or bad landlords. Nothing I've said defends any specific REIT firm. What I'm saying is -- once more, with feeling -- 70 percent or more of Jersey City are currently renter-occupied units. It's been that way for a long time, it will be that way for a long time, no single company will buy enough units to make a dent in that number, and the city will not be harmed by the existence of more rental units anyway.

And if you want to build a community, you'd better start extending a welcoming hand to the renters, who vastly outnumber owners.


I think it's hard for someone so intent on writing a conspiracy theory to extend a welcoming hand.

Posted on: 2013/5/20 4:44
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Re: Journal Square is NOT a Homeless Shelter
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Are you cute?

Good one! But I think she's not seeing it. I'm a little curious what bathroom she referred to in her original post. Do you think that bathroom where she's finding those liquor bottles and homeless people in that smells like a public bathroom is in her own house or would that be a public bathroom that she's hanging out in?


Good one? I guess I'm not getting it? Was there a joke there? I said JSQ smells like a pubic restroom, and it's in the restroom inside JSQ (you know, the only bathroom there) where I'm finding liquor bottles....well, airplane size liquor bottles....just gotta get that little taste I guess.

It was most definitely a joke. So where is this one bathroom in Journal Square that you frequent and get accosted by the homeless riff-raff so often? I want to make sure I avoid it.

Posted on: 2013/5/20 3:44
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Re: Only ONE Council Seat Decided - ALL Others Up for Grabs
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Does state law require that there be runoffs for council seats? It seems like a waste of time, money and voters' patience.

I agree. It seems a waste when the winners already won fair and square.

Posted on: 2013/5/19 0:35
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Re: 3 men shoot up Jersey City building, shattering one tenant's window: cops
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Anthony J. Machcinski/The Jersey Journal
Jersey City police are searching for three men they say opened fired on a building on Summit Avenue Thursday night.

One the bullets shattered the window of a woman who lives on the second floor, police said.

The shooting occurred in front of 1166 Summit Ave. at 9:34 last night. The woman who reported her window shattered told police that she heard multiple shots fired.
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sitting outside on Summit Avenue at the time told police three men walked up to the house and one of them pulled out a handgun from his waist and fired eight shots at the building, reports state.

No one was injured, reports said, and two bullets, one from a second floor hallway and one from a first floor apartment were recovered.

The three men were only described as wearing black hooded sweatshirts with their faces covered. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call (201) 547-JAIL.

Sounds like the drive-by shooting the three Hoboken guys did in the Heights a couple of weeks ago when the 72 year old grandmother got shot.

Posted on: 2013/5/19 0:23
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Re: Journal Square is NOT a Homeless Shelter
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Are you cute?

Good one! But I think she's not seeing it. I'm a little curious what bathroom she referred to in her original post. Do you think that bathroom where she's finding those liquor bottles and homeless people in that smells like a public bathroom is in her own house or would that be a public bathroom that she's hanging out in?

Posted on: 2013/5/19 0:12
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Re: Rich Boggiano for Jersey City Council Ward C
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I have been a huge Fulop supporter, however the only person that I refused to vote for on his ticket was Lopez.

If she was standing in front of me in Ward C or anywhere I would have no idea who she is. In fact, most of her neighbors when shown a photo of her while campaigning had no clue who she was. That's pretty bad that as a lifetime Ward C resident (with the exception of a short stint in Ward E) I can easily identify all of the other council members but not my own council person.

While I had no intention of voting for her, I think that not showing up for a debate was pretty disrespectful to her supporters.

Rich has been an activist in his neighborhood for a long time. Not only is he the president of his neighborhoods association but he was a police officer here for many years. He raised his family here and even after retirement from the JCPD still resides in Jersey City. He also volunteers his time at the local animal shelter, a place that needs to see the face of our city government more often.

I'd love to see what kind of "help" you received from Lopez that has truly benefited your neighbors aside from yourself. It sounds to me that you are either a mole or just a buster looking for trouble. Every post you make in this thread is some sort of softball question asking "prove to me why you are worthy Mr. Boggiano" even though you are clearly a Lopez supporter.

Why don't you walk over to his house and knock on his door and speak to Rich? Better yet, why not catch him while he is out on foot for the next month campaigning? I am sure he'd love to talk to you in person.

Stop asking stupid questions. Go to Rich Boggiano's website. Watch the videos, read his agenda. Educate yourself on where he stands. He shouldn't have to tie your shoes and button your shirt for you if you're old enough to vote.

Great! Tell me how Mr. Biggiano has been an activist in the Square. I would really like to know. Because I'm involved in three groups here and he's not in any of them. This means he and I do not run in the same circles. And that means I don't know anything about him. So instead of looking at whatever I ask as a threat and resorting to juvenile tactics (my questions are far from stupid), why don't you tell me about what Rich Boggiano has done for the Square?

Posted on: 2013/5/18 23:49
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Re: Rich Boggiano for Jersey City Council Ward C
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JC Cheerleader I'm just going to cut and paste the important point in my earlier post in which I say ..." I think the burden is on Lopez and her supporters to point out what things she claims to have accomplished in ward C on her watch, and what goals she will set for herself in the future, should she win.".... Are you really suggesting the burden is on the voter to go and ask a candidate these questions during a campaign? You yourself say Lopez "really helped you out" in an earlier post so you should have no trouble explaining how she was helpful. Your clearly cheerleading for her so why not simply name her accomplishments and goals, if she has any.

That may be important to you, but again, this doesn't help anyone anxious to learn about Mr. Boggiano. Note my username. I didn't make it up for this race. It's been a nickname of mine since I came to Jersey City 20 years ago. I ask you, too, to go back and read the posts I respond to and then read my questions afterwards. There is no ulterior motive at work here beyond my wanting to learn more about Rich Boggiano.

Posted on: 2013/5/18 23:38

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Re: Rich Boggiano for Jersey City Council Ward C
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JC Cheerleader I'm just going to cut and paste the important point in my earlier post in which I say ..." I think the burden is on Lopez and her supporters to point out what things she claims to have accomplished in ward C on her watch, and what goals she will set for herself in the future, should she win.".... Are you really suggesting the burden is on the voter to go and ask a candidate these questions during a campaign? You yourself say Lopez "really helped you out" in an earlier post so you should have no trouble explaining how she was helpful. Your clearly cheerleading for her so why not simply name her accomplishments and goals, if she has any.

The title if this thread is 'Rich Boggiano for Jersey City Council Ward C', isn't it? I came here to read why he deserves my vote. All of the posts bashing Councilwoman Lopez don't tell me a thing about Rich Boggiano. I can see by their venomous writings by some they think the title of this thread is, 'Write why you hate Councilwoman Lopez'. Quite frankly, their posts tell me more about the author than it does about Councilwoman Lopez and nothing about Rich Boggiano. The 'burden of proof' is on each candidate to demonstrate their qualifications. And this thread is not about Councilwoman Lopez, it's about Mr. Boggiano. I want to hear about Rich Boggiano. I have been in the Square for almost one year now and have never heard about him before this race. I've been in Jersey City 20 years and I know nothing of him. It's not like he's famous or anything and I don't hang around with you, his friends, so go ahead, tell me what has he done in the Square, for the residents, so those of us who don't know him so can learn about his contributions. I'm ready, willing, and happy to listen to you.

Posted on: 2013/5/18 23:32
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Re: Rich Boggiano for Jersey City Council Ward C
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JCCheerleader - At this point I'm confident you are someone closely associated with my opponent and not simply an ordinary voter who is a fan of her as a politician. Your attempt to portray yourself otherwise is disingenuous.

In the past 40 years, I've earned my reputation as a fighter with allegiance to a single group: My community. Not the city or county government. Not the HCDO. Not the political boss's that come and go.

I'm proud to be Ward C's independent voice. I dare say most voters agree with me based on the results last Tuesday where I was up against a well financed incumbent candidate on a very popular mayoral ticket. I agree with Steve Fulop on many many things, but there's a really good chance he's going to throw a lot of money into defeating me on June 11 because any mayor would rather have a rubber stamp than even the slightest risk of dissent. That's his choice to make, but I'm not the kind of person who backs down from a good fight, especially when it comes to my community.

Actually, I'm not. I am relatively new to the Square after having been very involved in the Heights community as a volunteer for over 19 years. I am not campaigning for anyone nor am I related to anyone who is running. I have no relatives in Jersey City beside my husband. I also pay a lot of taxes and get very little back from Jersey City in the form of services.
I believe that whomever gets paid for the job of Councilperson should contribute more than I do as a volunteer. I did not support Bill Gaughan or campaign for him yet I will always give him credit for what he did for the Heights community. I am doing the same for Councilwoman Lopez and will do the same for you if you're elected.
I am asking you these questions because this forum is a great opportunity for you to show me-a person who votes on a candidate's merits, what you're about. Instead of looking at me as one of the negative persons who like to make personal attacks at our candidates, look at me for what I am: a taxpaying good citizen who wants to vote for the best candidate for Councilperson. Why don't you go back and re-read what you've written and then what I've written in response. You'll see that I want nothing more from you than information on your skills as a Councilperson.

Posted on: 2013/5/18 23:11

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Re: Rich Boggiano for Jersey City Council Ward C
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I think the burden is on Lopez and her supporters to point out what things she claims to have accomplished in ward C on her watch, and what goals she will set for herself in the future, should she win. I have lived here the entire time she has held her post and can't think of a single thing that bears the stamp of her involvement. Her campaign was entirely below the radar, I didn't hear a single talking point from her campaign, just her playing that opportunistic race card in the peppers in the lead up to the election. I expect more from someone who wishes to represent me. Frankly I'm astonished she got as many votes as she did but if she wants to win the runoff she will have to do much more than ride someone else's coat tails. As things stand I honestly have no idea what she stands for or what direction she plans to move in.

Why don't you ask her?
And since we're on the subject of involvement, I'm not familiar with any of Mr. Boggiano's involvement in the Square. I also have never seen him at any City Council meetings working on any causes. This would be a great time to hear more about them. Are you familiar with them? Maybe you can tell us about them so we can hear more about them!

Posted on: 2013/5/18 2:46
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