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Re: Hypocrite Solomon’s dirty push Poll
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yes, this is a disbursement, not a contribution as the other poster alleged. and there was a contribution from the managing director of JEN Partners, an NYC private equity firm (that does invest in real estate). however, I do not believe that donor works for the law firm that received the payment. many of the large donations are from friends of his family including his late father. funny, that I have criticized for not being very good at fundraising and almost solely raising money from JC in mostly small donations, so James is getting beat up for doing what I should have been doing which is reaching out to family, friends, friends of family and parents and school contracts. I get it.


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ecoindie wrote:
It's page 3 of the October 27th report under disbursments.

Posted on: Today 12:34
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Re: Ward E for Sale - How Dixon $$$ bought Symes a candidacy.
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I have posted below and on another thread that this my concern - that she was general counsel for a company that contributed $300k to the mayor's super pac and there is what appears to be a quid pro quo. again, here are the articles -

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... are_they_connected_1.html

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... sessments_homeowners.html


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K-Lo2 wrote:
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"they paid people to attend Neighborhood Association and other community meetings"


Thankfully so. Dixon Leasing presented their projects to community associations and got feedback from neighbors and people extremely familiar with zoning and building codes long BEFORE moving ahead, mitigating problems down the road. I'm just surprised that anyone views this is a negative thing.

As for the rest, is it really that shocking that companies have a government affairs office within legal? I know mine does.


Posted on: Today 11:37
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Re: Hypocrite Solomon’s dirty push Poll
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I looked through his elec reports on the NJ Election Enforcement website and cannot find any donations from attorneys that work at that law firm. Could you please point them out to me since I did not find any and you said plural.



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JPhurst wrote:
For what it's worth, Stroock, Stroock and Lavan is a huge law firm in NYC. They do all sorts of corporate work imaginable, including some of the largest development projects in NYC, like Essex Crossing. Attorneys at Stroock have also contributed to James's campaign.

Does that mean James is beholden to the real estate developers? Or that even worse, he is giving a "kickback" of business for campaign contributions, i.e. pay to play? Of course not. But that is the logic that is being used to demean his opponent.

Posted on: Today 11:27
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Re: Ward E for Sale - How Dixon $$$ bought Symes a candidacy.
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quid pro quo-

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... sessments_homeowners.html

"The four-story Montgomery Street home was recently renovated, which hiked the property's tax bill by more than $17,000. If the added assessments are canceled, the homeowner would keep the lower tax bill.

That owner is Dixon Advisory, a real-estate investment trust that has been scooping up properties all across Jersey City. Dixon owns at least two dozen of the 485 properties on the list obtained by The Jersey Journal. Of the six properties on the list that would see the largest tax hikes, five are owned by Dixon, which purchased 237 Montgomery St. in 2012, renovated it and initially intended to rent it for $9,990 a month. A video produced by Dixon calls the home "the most luxurious rental" in Jersey City."



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JCvoter wrote:
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JPhurst wrote:
"Rebecca manages relationships with elected officials, government agencies, and community stakeholders with the primary objective of identifying shared interests and maximizing opportunities for collaboration."

The horror! The horror!


Yes, as outside capital pours into our city and seeps into our political system, Conrad's thematic summation of the devastation wrought by a distant colonial capitalism does easily spring to mind.

Even the often referenced Waterfront Project is sponsored by Dixon Leasing, along with our old friends Carepoint.

https://www.thewaterfrontproject.org/our-supporters/

I would hope that their sponsorship of this worthy cause is as equally generous as the combined $1.3 million these two top donors gave to Fulop's super PAC.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... are_they_connected_1.html

The Carepoint money resulted in the Ambulance contract debacle.

http://hudsoncountyview.com/letter-jo ... y-ems-contract-city-hall/

What might that Dixon money have bought?

Posted on: 11/6 7:53
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Re: Ward E for Sale - James Solomon Highest Bidder
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not the facts at all, you posted fake facts.

I met James in 2013, not long after he moved to Jersey City. I believe that he and his fiance at the time (since married) were renting an apartment in the Village neighborhood. I was introduced to him by a fiend of mine, Valerio Luccio, a former president of both the Harsimus Cove Neighborhood Association and Civic JC.

I ran into him again the following summer at Citizens Campaign's "#bethechangeJC" held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Which included workshops that involved identifying priorities and finding evidence based solutions for Jersey City issues.

he obviously has lived and been involved her in Jersey City since at least 2013. His home that they purchased is not a brownstone, but a small frame house west of Coles St. that seen better times at least on the exterior. google the street view.

and in addition to volunteering, I have donated money to his campaign, but not at the level to be itemized individually.

I encourage people to talk to him.

Posted on: 11/3 12:25
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Re: JJ: Crowded race for Ward F council seat in Jersey City
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while I have been supporting and volunteering for Michael Griffin who I believe is the best candidate for the Ward F Council seat, I like Dennis Burgess's, "the rent is too damn high" video and he is known as someone that works a great deal with city youth.

https://www.facebook.com/Burgess4WardF2017/videos/2010611319220875

Posted on: 11/2 8:05

Edited by Webmaster on 2017/11/6 8:18:51
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Re: Main Library - reopening on May 1...
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we live in 2017. times have changed -

With Modern Makeovers, America's Libraries Are Branching Out

http://www.npr.org/2013/09/01/2172113 ... braries-are-branching-out



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neverleft wrote:
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DanL wrote:
thanks for pointing out that the branches have worse access (hours). do you have or know school age children and their schedules that can go to 5pm or include sports and jobs? Where can students go to do homework, access the internet or collaborate with others after 8pm or on Sundays. The branches only have one night a week open till 8pm.


Worse lol. Yeah I have been there and done that and that was when internet access and things like Facebook and Skype were not a prevalent as they are today for communicating/collaborating. Seems the young people do a lot of that today. Do you really think they want to sit on a hard wooden chair in a Library and get yelled at by the head Librarian for communicating/collaborating?

Healy is gone he is not making a comeback via his Clone get over it.

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Posted on: 11/1 12:25
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Re: Main Library - reopening on May 1...
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thanks for pointing out that the branches have worse access (hours). do you have or know school age children and their schedules that can go to 5pm or include sports and jobs? Where can students go to do homework, access the internet or collaborate with others after 8pm or on Sundays. The branches only have one night a week open till 8pm.

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neverleft wrote:
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DanL wrote:
construction aside, our library has the most limited hours in the area.
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and there are towns that with even more access.


I guess you are also part of The Healy Clone gang. Limited hours? If so in the Main Branch
(your branch?) because of construction how about venturing out to other parts of THIS town for your research needs? Below are JC’s hours from the JC Library website. Don’t kids get out of school at 3:00 pm? Why do The Clonettes like to put out false/twisted information to make Mayor Fulop look bad?

Main Library Hours
Monday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED
** *******************
Regional Branches

Five Corners Hours
Monday: 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00am - 6:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00am - 6:00PM
Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00PM
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00PM
Sunday: CLOSED
** *******************
Cunningham Hours
Monday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday: 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday: 09:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 09:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: CLOSED
** *******************
Greenville Hours
Monday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday: 12:00AM - 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday: 09:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 09:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: CLOSED
** *******************
Heights Hours
Monday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED
** *******************
Miller Hours
Monday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday: 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: CLOSED
** *******************
Pavonia Hours
Monday: 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday: 09:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED
** *******************
Neighborhood Branches

Lafayette, West Bergen, Marion Hours
Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED
** *******************
Source for hours: http://www.jclibrary.org/

Posted on: 11/1 11:56
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Re: Main Library - reopening on May 1...
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what has been completed, looks beautiful, but a good portions is still closed including the reading/reference/magazine area. the project was originally scheduled to be complete in November 2015 and delayed multiple times.

in a city that has a reputation (fair or not) of poor schools, so how do we continue to accept poor library service access.

we use (or would like to use) our library for computers and internet connections, services such as literacy programs for young children, meeting spaces for community groups and students to study and meet with fellow students for homework and projects, and technology “petting zoos” that provide opportunities to explore 3-D printers and other tech gadgetry. do we have that?

is there a library strategic plan? I have not been able to locate one. our mayor talks about striving to be the “best mid-size city in the country”, but surely the poor state of our libraries (and most all other infrastructure) does not put us on the map.

construction aside, our library has the most limited hours in the area.

These the hours of the the Bayonne library-
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

These are the hours of a nearby suburban library (South Orange)-
Monday 9 am - 9 pm (children: 11 pm - 8 pm)
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm (children: 9 am - 6 pm)
Wednesday 9 am - 6 pm
Thursday 9 am - 9 pm (children: 9 am - 8 pm)
Friday 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

and there are towns that with even more access.

Posted on: 11/1 9:50
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Re: Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say
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Like I said, if you truly would like talk about my choices to react to the upcoming reval, we can meet for coffee. Otherwise, I'll leave you to your trolling.


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jimbehrle wrote:
Running on his ticket condones it, Dan. You did something politically expedient for yourself. And that's probably why you lost. And moved out of downtown.

Posted on: 10/31 9:05
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Re: Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say
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Not sure what this issue has to do with that. Unless you are suggesting that I condoned previous wrong doing, which I do not believe I have. With others, I have spent hundreds of hours working on improving deficiencies. Like many people who have run for office, I ran in attempts to make my city and community better. And I ran with the status quo one last time to take advantage of the opportunity to do just that. if you seriously, want do discuss that, I am happy to meet and talk further. But it does not make the issue at hand right and I believe it "speaks volumes about the culture of this administration" and hope it is pursued further.


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jimbehrle wrote:
Some how Dan Levin could compartmentalize Healy administration's wrong doing just fine. Healy response to Sandy too. Maybe that's why Dan lost so badly Downtown

Posted on: 10/31 8:57
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Re: Solomon has no resume
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I do not know, when I have run for office, the website was constantly changing and being updated. The introductory video is still on his facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/solomonforjc/videos/1971795059760155/ and on youtube where you found it.

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jimbehrle wrote:
Why did the ad come down off of James' page suddenly, Dan? Is traffic calming in Jersey City no longer to be dismissed?

Posted on: 10/31 8:43
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Re: Solomon has no resume
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of course and do you not think people should run for office and work to attempt to make their city better? why would you say I moved out of town? would you like to come over and see our place?

maybe you could share with the jclist world why you were calling and texting James over the summer and he wanted to no part of it?




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MND wrote:

Is this the DanL who ran with Jerry Healy? Didn't you move out of town?


Posted on: 10/31 8:38
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Re: Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say
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this was posted in a public facebook group and I think it goes to the heart of the matter -

"As someone who has supported Mayor Fulop in the past, what I find so troubling about this recording is how it functions as a snapshot, providing a glimpse into what appears to be business-as-usual, behind the scenes at city hall. The officials sound very much like they are engaged in activities that they see as the norm. And while I think that it was great that the bid was not awarded, I do find the fact that neither of the parties involved were relieved of their professional duties to be quite disturbing. It really speaks volumes about the culture of this administration."


Posted on: 10/31 7:42
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Re: Solomon has no resume
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No you are shameless and wrong. This is what James posted on his facebook page -

"I was at Grove and Columbus when a young child was hit by a driver crossing the street. I'm praying for this child's family, friends, and neighbors. I'm grateful to the activists who have been fighting for safe streets in JC for years now. If you aren't part of the movement, today is the day to join Safe Streets JC."


https://www.facebook.com/james.slater.solomon



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MND wrote:

On Saturday Solomon posted on his facebook page that he saw the accident, witnessed the childs death and then turned it into campaign fodder.No other candidate did this. 

Solomon is  shameless.


Posted on: 10/31 7:25
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Re: Symes pays Chickpea $2000 for endorsement
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sorry Jim, my name is in my profile, Daniel Levin. The two posters that I quoted were individuals that have been participating for a long time time on jclist.com.



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jimbehrle wrote:
The more anonymous people attack Symes here at jclist the more I try to find out about her. I watched some video on Facebook about her taking about trying to help save people from eviction. She seems kind of genuinely awesome. I have no vote downtown but I knew nothing about her last week. You may not like "developers" or whatever but she is the opposite of what people on this site desperately want you to believe.

Posted on: 10/25 9:14
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Re: Dixon Leasing Cheating JC out of Taxes with the help of Rebecca Sysmes
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This poster is not an election troll, and I agree with him. This is my concern. She came to Jersey City to take on this role first, then she does what other real estate and developer professionals have done before her, many of whom have been nice neighbors, and get involved, fund and support things on behalf of their employers. But the real estate and development business already has an out sized influence on Jersey City government.

I do not believe that someone at her level, general counsel can just turn a switch and is no longer involved. She still resides in her employers property.

She is clearly a professional and capable person. I would welcome her to get involved in the non-profits that I have worked on over the years.

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o73o2 wrote:
Developers have tried to exert direct political influence on the city for a very long time. That Symes is running for council moves the dial into a completely different direction. She is a skilled real estate lawyer, she has been Dixon's in-house counsel for at least 5 years, and she has been very effective in channeling financial support from Dixon to many politically connected groups and associations in JC. She is not running for the greater common good: she is running for what is best for her and the developers.

That she has left Dixon is known. Few believe that the umbilical cords have been cut completely between Symes and Dixon. Many are aware that she continues to reside in a property that is owned by Dixon.

While working for Symes and in her capacity as their community contact, she has channelled funds from Dixon to different civic groups mainly in the downtown area (Ward E). Whether this has been by design or accident, others should opine on. Whether there were strings attached with the funding- and what types of strings - perhaps are not important, but it is difficult to imagine that a developer would give money away for the benefit of the greater common good. It is more than likely that there has been a covert quid pro quo for the longer term benefit of both Symes and Dixon.

[In the case of Dixon, we should not forget that it is not a U.S. owned entity; it is Australian, hence Dixon would have to comply not only with U.S. but also with Aussie rules when it comes to providing funding to civic groups.]

Symes with her liberal urban upper-middle class agenda is appealing to the average Ward E voter: well-educated, relatively affluent, and socially liberal. She is promising a sanitized version of social justice that appeals to the average voter in the downtown: a more enjoyable city to live in. Consequently, many will vote for her.

It is a huge mistake.

It is difficult to imagine that someone who has moved to Jersey City to work for the most aggressive developer in the city will suddenly embrace an agenda that is not benefitting developers. It borders the unimaginable that her political priorities will move away from supporting development. Her strong pro-developer dependence and connections will counter any of the liberal political promises that she is making during the campaign.

Supporting Symes is an excusable mistake. And, voting for Symes is pure and simple stupidity.

Posted on: 10/25 8:06
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Re: Symes pays Chickpea $2000 for endorsement
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This poster is not an election troll, and I agree with him. This is my concern. She came to Jersey City to take on this role first, then she does what other real estate and developer professionals have done before her, many of whom have been nice neighbors, and get involved, fund and support things on behalf of their employers. But the real estate and development business already has an out sized influence on Jersey City government.

I do not believe that someone at her level, general counsel can just turn a switch and is no longer involved. She still resides in her employers property.

She is clearly a professional and capable person. I would welcome her to get involved in the non-profits that I have worked on over the years.



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MikeyTBC wrote:

This seems like a conflict of interest. I'm sorry, general counsel for a RE development company that has a vested interest and growing footprint, quits her job and decides she wants to better the community? Yeah, okay.

Smells just like an investment banker going to work for the federal govt to influence monetary policy.


Posted on: 10/25 8:01
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Re: Solomon has no resume
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ok, a response-

Boston -

James helped guide the city’s response to the marathon bombings. James was in charge of relations with the small businesses and residents locked out of their homes on Boylston St. due to the FBI investigation.

and James also brought technology to bear on persistent problems such as rough streets and snow removal. Here’s a Boston Globe article written about his work: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2012 ... 15vmr4aGHACNgP/story.html

James also raised $85K through a never-before-used financing mechanism to fund a research collaborative between Boston University and the city of Boston.

Newark -

James built the foundation for a performance management system – Brick CitiStat – that Mayor Booker cited in his State of the City address. He was paid for his work as a Fellow from outside funding sources.

Lastly he moved to Jersey City to follow his wife's career, who is now the chief of school planning, student enrollment and family support for the Newark School District.

If you have an opportunity as he has been canvasing downtown, please talk with him, let him know your concerns and ask any questions.

Who am I, just a guy that has been fortunate to work with many wonderful people on worthy initiatives in Jersey City over the years, and James' campaign is another one.


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StevieSizemore wrote:
Can we get back to the point at hand? I'm curious what was Solomon's actual role in Mayor Booker's office and Mayor Menino's office? He shows up in no public databases as an employee, and this would be a huge fabrication of his actual work experience. I see he did some research for the Mayor of Boston while at Harvard, but was that an actual job? Or a graduate research project?

While he has a noble profession in education, I know his wages aren't all that great - so how does he make over $12000 in contributions to the DNC, Hillary Clinton, and all these other Democrats outside of NJ?

If he's misrepresenting his resume, and hoping no one checks him on it, I certainly hope the public that's behind is wiling to hold him accountable.

Posted on: 10/25 7:41

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Re: Dixon Leasing Cheating JC out of Taxes with the help of Rebecca Sysmes
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It is not a conflict of interest under law, but I understand Robin's concerns. I think this is a good example of the revolving door between government and lobbyists representing commercial interests looking for favorable advantage from government.

Robin is correct, she is/was a top executive and general counsel for a real estate company that renovates and rents at top of the market rents that some might say has contributed to the hyper gentrification we are experiencing, not only in downtown, but also elsewhere in the city. See this surprising (to me) listing in the Heights for $4,155 per month - https://jerseydigs.com/jersey-city-hei ... 4-bowers-street-for-rent/

If she says that she has severed her ties to her employer, note that I believe she still resides in one of their properties.

The business for which she headed the legal department contributed $300k to the mayor's PAC (more than anyone but Carepoint), and also was a major beneficiary of a highly unusual taxpayer funded tax appeal by the city, that was fortunately rejected by the county.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... are_they_connected_1.html

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... sessments_homeowners.html

Her political activities in Jersey City involved managing the school board candidacy of another employee of a local real estate company who had a controversial tenure and resigned due to personal reasons after only a year. Much of her community activities could be seen as an extension of her job.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ard_member_resigning.html

Clearly, she is a skilled professional, but so are some of the other Ward E candidates and real estate interests already have an oversized influence over our government. Should they have more?

If one finds what I have written an attack on the candidate or wrong, I can be ignored or corrected.


Posted on: 10/9 19:13
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Re: Apartments Available in Jersey City,NJ
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Wow! Hyper- gentrification from Dixon Leasing, $4,155 per month on Bowers in the Heights.

No wonder they gave $300k to mayor's Super PAC.



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Re: Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say
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https://www.change.org/p/mayor-steve-f ... n&utm_term=share_petition

Petitioning Mayor of Jersey City Steve Fulop
Mayor Fulop: Release the Tape Now.


According to an article today in Politico.com, several senior members of Mayor Steven Fulop's administration are alleged to have engaged in a scheme to rig a bid by the company "Good Energy" to perform "energy aggregation consulting" to Jersey City.

Under oath, two city employees have testified that administration members Anthony Cruz, Sean "Sully" Thomas, and Muhammad Akil took part in the scheme to circumvent the proper bidding process. According to the city employees, an undisclosed tape recording captures Akil and Thomas discussing the scheme to steer business to Good Energy. A lawsuit has now been brought under the Open Public Records Act seeking disclosure of the recording, as the city has refused to release it.

In order to ensure that the public is fully informed going into the upcoming mayoral election, it is essential that the Fulop administration immediately release the recording along with any and all other materials, including, but not limited to, emails, memoranda and reports that relate to the scheme. Accordingly, Civic JC calls upon the administration to release these vital materials without further delay.

This petition will be delivered to:

Mayor of Jersey City
Steve Fulop





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Stringer wrote:

Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say

By 09/27/2017 05:01 AM EDT

JERSEY CITY — The top aide to Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop accidentally recorded himself and another Fulop ally discussing their efforts to steer a city contract to an energy consulting company in 2014, according to depositions of two city employees.

In the depositions, taken earlier this month, both city Business Administrator Robert Kakoleski and Dominick Pandolfo, who works under Kakoleski, allege that the Fulop allies pressured city officials to circumvent the open bidding process and pick the company.

http://www.politico.com/states/new-je ... rt-depositions-say-114713


Posted on: 9/28 7:52
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Re: New York Times: Is New York’s Best Pizza in New Jersey?
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yes, good call. I actually prefer Arturo's. The menu is broader (meat balls, ravioli, sandwiches, my favorite pizza - the santo) less costly and a little more elbow room. It is open for lunch and byob. But Razza is great and when things calm down, definitely worth trying (on an off evening.)


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Monroe wrote:
The pizza and food at Dan's first restaurant, Arturo's in the People's Republic of Maplewood, is almost as good-not far by car or rail, but often a wait there as well.

Posted on: 9/18 9:15
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what we really get with our local elected leaders
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I could not let this valid observation by the local columnist Augie Torres a week or so ago pass by without noting -

"Just don't put too much faith in elected officials, they tend to disappoint and if one of them does something you like, then it's a genuine surprise. It's sort of like opening a gift not knowing what you'll get -- something wonderful or just re-gifted."

When assessing your choice in the coming elections, really look at who the candidates are, what their history is and what they have done. It is hard but try to get a sense as to what their character and values are, because, the past determines the future.


Posted on: 9/18 9:06
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Re: Protected Bicycle Lane
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http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2 ... to_make_street_safer.html

Grand Street changes designed to make street safer for all

Jersey City officials say they will build the city's first protected bike lane on Grand Street.

By Letters To The Editor

Help us bring awareness and fact-based knowledge to the public. A clear lane for emergency vehicles. A left hand turning lane. Safer traffic flow. Quicker bus transit. Safe routes to school. An improved corridor for businesses. A safer road design on a street with crash rates that are among the highest in the city.

These types of changes are possible for Grand Street. The Grand Street Concept Development is the next phase in an open, public process to bring the entire length of Grand into the 21st century. The primary goal is to make this corridor safer for all users: pedestrians, mass transit users, motorists and yes, those of us who use a bicycle.

Presently Grand Street is dangerous. Vehicles are often traveling well over the speed limit. Pedestrians are struck by cars. Most cyclists are scared to ride on it. Access into Jersey City Medical Center can sometimes be a challenge. Businesses wish for more foot traffic.

Solutions to these problems are presented in the Concept Development. Over the past eight years Bike JC has advocated for safer cycling in our city, and we selected Grand Street because of its poor safety record and because it connects so many neighborhoods, everyone wants to use it but it's design screams, CARS ONLY!

Speed data was collected from the corridor to discover the average was between 35 & 40 mph, well over the citywide limit of 25 mph. We brought this information along with some rough design ideas to the council and they unanimously agreed that something must be done. What the city has done is to hire an engineering firm called Stantec to study the corridor and make design suggestions for a safer Grand Street and a company called Fitzgerald & Halliday to conduct public outreach. The Concept Development is the result of their work.

Suggested safety improvement designs include a center turning lane that will keep traffic flowing in a more orderly and efficient manner as well as the added benefit of an open lane down the middle of the road to allow emergency vehicles to get to their destinations more quickly. Pedestrian safety improvements, protected bike
lanes and improved mass transit are all possible.

To get a complete understanding of this safety design, please go to our website at BikeJC.org and watch the embedded video on the right side of the page. Follow us on social media for announcements of public outreach opportunities where you can join in this democratic process to modernize Grand Street.

Patrick Conlon, BikeJC, Jersey City

Posted on: 9/10 21:15
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Re: JC Schools
#26
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there have been a lot of jc school discussions here on jclist.

this was recent about Cordero which you likely saw -
http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=423124

there was this - http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=370933

Posted on: 7/13 23:33
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Re: Four years in, Jersey City council members name top successes
#27
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Even in their own words they have done very little beyond going with the flow.

Given the incredible opportunity they had to serve and having access to city resources, all make little case for re-election (the ones who have served since 2013)

Better than nothing, should not be ok.


Posted on: 7/4 9:41
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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
#28
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some people can want a museum piece that plays host to mostly national (mass commercial) performances. that is fine. my family would likely attend an event/performance once every few years.

But presently, we go to the Loews 10-12 times a year, some years more for movies, theater, music and even the post JC St. Patricks Day Parade Party and every year we help with the JC Landmarks Conservancy Awards Ceremony and have seen numerous Art House and other performances.

The current situation serves my family much more than AEG would. We should matter also, not just development for developments sake. So, we will support the FoL and a more balanced path.

Posted on: 7/4 9:35
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Re: Pay-to-play claims fly over city vendor's campaign cash to Fulop
#29
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I stubbornly believe that there is still something really wrong with this. Its only me and a few others, but every time one complains about things in Jersey City, this is at the root cause of it.

Quote:

Stringer wrote:

Pay-to-play claims fly over city vendor's campaign cash to Fulop

JERSEY CITY -- Donations to Mayor Steve Fulop's re-election bid by the company that manages the city's water system are raising new accusations of violations of the city's pay-to-play law.

Suez and its political action committee gave Fulop's re-election bid at least $10,800 in the last four years, plus another $1,000 to the Fulop-controlled Jersey City Democratic Committee, campaign reports show. Those amounts exceed contribution limits placed on some city vendors by the city's pay-to-play law.

Suez is at the tail end of a 10-year contract with the autonomous city Municipal Utilities Authority to run the water system. The company is in the middle of negotiations for a new contract with the MUA, whose bylaws say it will adhere to the city's pay-to-play restrictions. The MUA director is Jeremy Farrell, who is also the city's corporation counsel

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... er_city_vendors_cash.html


Posted on: 6/21 20:46
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Re: Cordero Principal Strynar retiring!!!
#30
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Yes, it is a good school. Its not for people that want a suburban like experience with newer facilities or want to be able to come in and change things (and then leave for greener pastures.) He ran the school for the benefit of the kids that came to it and did so for decades. I did not always agree with him and did bump heads, but I always respected and admired him, and what he accomplished.

For those that like to like to point to ratings, please keep in mind that the top 10-15% of their students leave after 5th grade for the district-wide accelerated magnet programs in Academy One and MS4. Most of the top performing students are no longer in the school for grades 6 thru 8, but there were still students that went on from Cordero to McNair Academic.

We found the academics rigorous and the school disciplined with next to no bullying. My wife and I were always welcomed in the school. There was breakfast with guidance and thanks to a few parents there were some great fundraising events which Principal Strynar thanked by cooking a dinner in the school home-economics lab.

Its an urban school and your children will be in school with children from the greater neighborhood including the public housing projects. My children had classmates whose grandparents attended Cordero under Principal Strynar.

Just like we teach children, do not judge a book by the cover. My children thrived at Cordero and it did not hold them back.

Marvin Strynar is one of the great people in Jersey City who has left a lasting impression on my children.





Quote:

JPhurst wrote:
It's a good school, but an old building and no space for recess. The heat dismissal was district wide.

The principal ran that school with an iron fist. I suppose that had its benefits and its drawbacks.

Posted on: 6/21 20:41
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