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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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It's sagas like this that remind you Steve Flop is just another Goldman Sachs politician in bed with Kushner.

The Loews is a local gem and should be managed by a local organization as a non-profit, not sold off to the highest bidder to extract profits for some mega corporation.

Posted on: 4/28 6:42
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Re: its official: entire heights must buy resident parking permit
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I don't live in the Heights, but I have no problem with them doing this. However, there are two very stupid things here:

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"The new zone will not take effect for a year. City officials believe it will take that long to make sure the city's parking division has the staff to enforce the new rules."

Why do we accept that it will take this long for Parking to get its act together?!? MAKE THEM, COUNCIL! It shouldn't take more than 6 months TOPS fore them to be able to effectively launch this. This delay is utter crap. Director Paretti needs to actually do some work for that sweet 6 figure salary.

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"A $15 annual permit for residents will allow them to park in the zone 24 hours a day."

Expanded services at virtually FREE rates? That price is stupid and needs to be increased. Some would say substantially or to market rate. I would say $30-$50/year makes sense - that's still a giant bargain. How does this city expect to pay for better services like expanded enforcement - which we desperately need citywide - at these 1970's prices?!?


Agreed, but 60-90 days is plenty of time to hire people.

And pricing should be more like $1000/year for residential permit parking and $+5000/year for non-residents. We need to consider street parking as the prime real estate that it is and promote public transportation and cycling.


Posted on: 4/13 23:40
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Re: Jersey City mulls changes to pedestrian plaza to address rowdy bar-goers
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Raise the drinking age to 30 in the area. It's these damn kids making all the noise!

Posted on: 3/8 8:21
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Re: Traffic Lights in JC Are All Out of Sync
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I hope you guys are also pushing for better public transit options to get across the city rather than just slowing everyone down.

Posted on: 1/3 23:02
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Re: Fastest and least costly way to get from JFK to EWR?
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Take the heli-shuttle. It's only $1,750 for 2 people.

http://www.newyorkhelicopter.com/airport-transfers/

Posted on: 12/21 15:22
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Re: Charles Mainor, ex-assemblyman, to run for Jersey City mayor
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Yvonne wrote:
Another person running for office who is not present at public meetings to express his views on public policy.


Yvonne, YOU should run. Hell if Trump can win, surely you can, too.

Posted on: 2016/11/18 20:57
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Re: Thin Blue Line / Red Line on Montgomery St and Newark Ave
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I'm all for good police--Police who both protect civilians and police the police. But the thin blue line was not recently "invented" as 135JC suggests, it's part of a systemic us-vs-them mentality that is at the root of the problem we face.

Cops do not inherently deserve respect. They have to earn it. You don't get respect through corruption or by painting lines on our streets.

Who painted/approved the lines? Terrence, can you please investigate?

Posted on: 2016/11/2 22:36
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Re: Thin Blue Line / Red Line on Montgomery St and Newark Ave
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The thin blue line represents police corruption. "You don't cross the thin blue line" whether a cop is right or wrong. We have a serious problem with corrupt police in Jersey City and these lines painted on our streets represent a flagrant resistance to change for the better.

Coffee with cops: good but dumb. Blue lines on our streets: bad and dumb.

Who did/approved this?


And if you don't think we have a cop problem in Jersey City, you haven't been paying attention:

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4 Jersey City cops indicted on dozens of charges - June 14, 2016

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After supervising drunken cop multiple times, Mark Hussey promoted to Deputy Chief - June 26, 2015

Former Jersey City Police Officer Admits Conspiracy To Commit Fraud And Accept Corrupt Payments, As Well As Filing A False Tax Return - September 14, 2016

After school shooting, Public Safety Director James Shea partied at bar with Sgt. Corso - April 4, 2016


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Jersey City cop who beat wife faces up to 10 years in prison - April 26, 2010

James Shea axed IA investigation into infamous cop sleeping on duty in Lincoln Park, sources say - March 16, 2016

Jersey City cops earn $6.6 million in overtime - May 23, 2011May 23, 2011

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James Shea, Chief Zacche named in sexual harassment lawsuit involving Jersey City Police Department - April 20, 2015

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Did Jersey City cop receive proper discipline for alleged drunk driving incident? (No) - October 3, 2016

JCPD Lt. Terrence Crowley left Jersey City hours early on off-duty jobs, including night of historic blizzard - March 24, 2016

Fulop Admin. produced fraudulent timesheets for JCPSOA officials, raising questions of tampering, corruption - March 15, 2016

Posted on: 2016/11/2 21:55
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Re: Thin Blue Line / Red Line on Montgomery St and Newark Ave
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It's the wrong response to a big problem.

Posted on: 2016/11/2 15:52
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Thin Blue Line / Red Line on Montgomery St and Newark Ave
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What's the deal with the blue line painted down Montgomery st between the yellow lines and the red line painted on Newark Ave?

Is this part of Police Lives Matter and now Firefighter Lives Matter, too?

Did this go through some kind of approval process?

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new ... nifying_or_divisive_.html

Posted on: 2016/11/2 15:20
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Re: Fulop won't run for governor, will back Murphy, sources say
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Fulop is done. He will not be reelected in Jersey City now.

Who will our next mayor be? Any bright, progressive local people out there who would do well by the entire city? Someone who is not corrupt, not seeking higher office beyond Jersey City and not incompetent?

Here's the list I see:

Barbara Camacho
Sean Connors
Sandra Cunningham
Rich Boggiano
Greg Kierce
Rolando Lavarro
Dan Levin
Charles Mainor
Bill Matsikoudis
Bill O'Dea
Candice Osbourne
Joseph Scott
Michael Yun

Anyone else out there? Maybe someone that needs to be recruited into the role?

Posted on: 2016/10/1 14:51
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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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Fulop neither cares about improving traffic safety nor does he have the knowledge or skill set to do so.

We need a new mayor who truly cares about the safety of Jersey City's residents.


The first part of your statement (not caring) - I'd agree with, and its a huge problem. The second part I think is false. He only has to make it a priority and let the experts improve it, and just stay on them to make them follow through.


He has to at least know that he needs to hire the right people and know how to hire them. Every bungled action over the past 4 years has proven him incompetent to do so.

We need a new mayor in 2017.

Posted on: 2016/9/30 15:12
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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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Fulop neither cares about improving traffic safety nor does he have the knowledge or skill set to do so.

We need a new mayor who truly cares about the safety of Jersey City's residents.

Posted on: 2016/9/30 11:55
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Re: Fulop won't run for governor, will back Murphy, sources say
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Good. Fulop hasn't done shit to make JC better yet. Fix more of our problems before seeking higher office.


Posted on: 2016/9/28 15:45
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Re: Fulop Bridgegate- Testimony Countdown
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They're going to try to sink him for his own version of Bridgegate:

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

Jersey politics at its finest.

Posted on: 2016/9/23 14:21
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Re: Crash on Jersey Ave, Friday Night Aug 5
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Fullop doesn't care about Jersey City people. He's going for the governor's office and can't be seen as anti-car to win over car-centric New Jersey.

You can forget about safe streets as long as he's in office.

Posted on: 2016/9/15 16:24
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Re: Drop By Barcade to Support the Embankment Preservation Coalition
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The embankment park can be 100% funded by private and corporate donations, as long as we preserve it until the funding comes through. Have your sewers and and your fancy parks too.

Posted on: 2016/9/14 0:10
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Re: Drop By Barcade to Support the Embankment Preservation Coalition
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We don't need tourists. We need quality of life for our residents. A park atop the embankment connecting the waterfront to the heights via the bergen arches will provide that. A casino will not.

Posted on: 2016/9/13 12:23
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Re: Drop By Barcade to Support the Embankment Preservation Coalition
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Pretty sure Cory B is just trolling. Pro-Casino anti Park? Either a troll or lowlife.

The embankment is a key part of the rejuvenated Jersey City, a connection between the heights and downtown that will connect the waterfront to the Bergen Arches. It is a protected historical structure that must be preserved until the money is raised to properly open it up to the public.

The lack of imagination on the part of some is pathetic. Tear it down for a street level park and it's just a median along a busy roadway. Build condos on it and it's just a wall. Leave it as it is and it's a place for plants and animals to thrive undisturbed until it can become the world-class park that Jersey City deserves.

Posted on: 2016/9/13 10:09
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Re: 9/12/16: Man shot dead in Jersey City
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Posted on: 2016/9/13 9:18
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Re: Union Republic -- Impressive New Place on Newark Ave @ Third Street
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It wasn't the location. It was the mediocre, overpriced "fancy" food:

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https://www.facebook.com/unionrepublic ... /1138721682862261/?type=3

Posted on: 2016/9/7 22:31
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Re: Buses from DTJC through Holland tunnel to lower Manhattan
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This is a great idea and would not be difficult at all. It would take just a few cones and some help from the PAPD. In the evening, buses could have a dedicated lane south on Hudson from Canal, entering the south side of the tunnel via Laight St, and then cross back over when they reach Marin.

In the mornings, busses could turn off Marin, sticking to the south wall again, and turn off at Hudson.

It's a feasible and cheap solution to increase the use of public transit and take a load off the PATH.

The only concern would be if the tunnel is wide enough for 2-way traffic.

Posted on: 2016/8/4 14:42
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Re: Our trees are dying - Global Warming in Jersey City
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It's not about one thing killing a tree. It's about multiple stressors combining to weaken and kill over time.

Take a look at the dead and dying trees all around you. This is a symptom of global warming.

Posted on: 2016/8/1 20:38
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Re: Our trees are dying - Global Warming in Jersey City
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Warm winters don't kill the fungus and many of the other pests killing our trees.

Learn science.

Posted on: 2016/8/1 15:44
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Our trees are dying - Global Warming in Jersey City
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See all those dead leaves on the ground? That's not supposed to happen at this time of year. There's a number of things killing our trees, but they're all exacerbated by global warming.

http://gothamist.com/2016/08/01/fungus_among_us.php

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Posted on: 2016/8/1 14:33
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Re: JC monopoly mural on/in newark pedestrian plaza
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DanL wrote:

and in tv news -

http://pix11.com/2016/07/27/jersey-ci ... TE6Lb7LYME2VCdnkNZB_gf9B3

sorry this cannot be imbedded.


Love the censored graffiti.

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Posted on: 2016/7/29 16:41
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Re: Longish-time JC resident interested in buying...somewhere
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Keep renting if you're getting a good deal. You're throwing your money away buying in this bubble.

Posted on: 2016/7/29 14:33
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Re: JC monopoly mural on/in newark pedestrian plaza
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Someone (Terrence?) should file a FOIA about this to see all communication about the mural and its destruction. Yes it was crappy art on the street, but the way Steve Fulop and Brooke Hansson handled this was abysmal.

Posted on: 2016/7/29 14:24
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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From The Friends of the Loews:

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Court Reinstates Loew's Grant


Some of you may remember that last August, shortly after Friends of the Loew’s had beaten back Jersey City’s attempt to break our Lease, Jersey City under Mayor Steven Fulop asked Hudson County to take away a grant FOL had won for the Loew’s.

No reason was really given by the City at the County Freeholder meeting where this request was considered, and more than a few members of the public spoke out against it. But the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders nevertheless agreed to do what the City wanted, and voted to take away $300,000 earmarked for the Loew’s.

In a previous message to County Executive Tom DeGise, Mayor Fulop had suggested that the work the grant was supposed to pay for at the Loew’s was not significant.

What was truly inexplicable about all this was that the grant had been designated to pay for repairs that would help make the Loew’s comply with the City’s own safety and health codes – something that every property owner is supposed to do, regardless of who the tenant is. Jersey City is the owner of the Loew’s, and in fact, the City had committed in our Lease to find funding for this important work, but had failed to do so. Instead, at the City’s urging, FOL asked the County to provide grant funding for some of it. Also at Jersey City’s request, and to demonstrate our willingness to work together, FOL had agreed to make the City a co-grantee in the grant and allow the City to administer the work of the grant.

After the 2015 action by the Freeholders to take away this important funding from the Loew’s, FOL reluctantly sued the County. The grant had been won by FOL and, even after we agreed to include the City in the grant, FOL remained a co-grantee. This means that the City had no right to unilaterally ask the County to take the money away, and the County was wrong to act accordingly. Last Friday, a judge agreed with us and ordered the grant restored to the Loew’s.

At the least, this decision means that moneys improperly taken will be returned to make important improvements to the Loew’s.

This whole strange episode with the grant funding also demonstrates pretty clearly that although the City frequently tries to imply that — somehow — FOL has impeded progress at the Loew’s, the opposite is actually the case. Over the years, when the City has failed to meet its commitments or, worse, thrown roadblocks in the way, it’s been FOL that has stepped up to do what we can to make sure the Loew’s wasn’t left in the lurch.

Now that this unfortunate episode is behind us, Friends of the Loew’s again extends our hand and a plea to the City: Please stop pointlessly fighting us, and instead, let’s find a way to work together.


Steve Fulop is dead wrong on the Loews. Jersey City needs to fund it and keep it public.

When is the next election? We need a better mayor,

Posted on: 2016/7/27 8:25
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Re: JC monopoly mural on/in newark pedestrian plaza
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From the National Coalition Against Censorship:

http://ncac.org/letters/jersey-city-p ... ter-allegations-of-racism

http://ncac.org/wp-content/uploads/20 ... Letter-to-Jersey-City.pdf
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Dear Mayor Fulop,

I am writing on behalf of the Arts Advocacy Program at the National Coalition Against Censorship. As an organization dedicated to promoting the First Amendment right to free speech, including freedom of artistic expression, we are troubled to learn of the series of arbitrary changes imposed by City officials on a public artwork commissioned for Jersey City, and especially by the censorship of the work and painting over part of it. We urge you to take the opportunity to learn from the mistakes made in this case and develop a public art policy for Jersey City.

It is our understanding that, in May, the Jersey City Mural Arts Program commissioned local artist Gary Wynans, aka Mr. AbiLLity, to create a 33-foot floor mural based on one of his existing works: a creative twist on the traditional Monopoly board game. Located on the busy pedestrian plaza at Newark Avenue, the mural replaces the game’s street names and other details with Jersey City street names and familiar local icons. The game’s focus on money and real estate is used to bring attention to income disparities and gentrification in real-life Jersey City.

The artist worked with Brooke Hansson, Director of the Jersey City Mural Arts Program, until a final design was agreed upon. Ms. Hansson demanded a number of modifications so as to avoid offense and controversy: for instance, she rejected the inclusion of the names of low-income housing projects and the mention of “gentrification tax.” While those changes to the artist’s vision are troublesome, as they suppress key aspects of his message, even more troublesome are the series of modifications required after the mural was approved.

The element of the mural that became most controversial was the “Jail” square representing the artist’s self-portrait, which some interpreted as representing a black man behind bars (Mr. Wynans is Italian and Puerto Rican). A number of residents, including state Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, said the image reinforced negative stereotypes of people of color and demanded that it be removed or changed. The City quickly yielded to those demands and painted over the image of the artist, leaving instead a blank orange square.

The City’s actions, based on what appear to be a series of subjective interpretations and individual complaints, raise serious First Amendment concerns. The practice of public officials using their power to arbitrarily remove elements of an artwork whose message some individuals do not like violates First Amendment principles. Government should not be forcing an artist, whose work they have selected for public installation, to modify their message so as to satisfy individual complainants. To do so would be to grant these individuals a heckler’s veto.

Indeed, while some may have found the representation of what appeared like a black man in the jail square offensive, others may have interpreted it as a critique of the racial biases of our criminal justice system. Respecting diversity does not mean suppressing everything that could potentially generate an objection. Indeed, given the fact that art is open to multiple, sometimes conflicting interpretations, such a standard would jeopardize the City’s entire Mural Arts Program.

Public art programs are a wonderful asset: they create a positive image of a city; they help development and give local artists expressive opportunities. However, public art by its very nature draws complaints and is exposed to controversy. For that reason we urge the City to develop a public art policy. We have seen how, in the current case, the lack of a clear public art selection and review process has forced the City to respond to complaints in an apparently arbitrary manner and censor the mural. This action is not only constitutionally suspect, it is also likely to put the City in a vulnerable position when other groups decide to complain about different works of public art: satisfying every complainant is likely to leave the whole program in shambles and create a negative image of the City as a censor.

We strongly suggest that, in the future, Jersey City puts in place a policy for the selection of art, as well as procedures for reviewing and responding to complaints consistent with First Amendment principles. We would also suggest that a review committee including local artists forms part of this process.

Sincerely,
Svetlana Mintcheva

Director of Programs
National Coalition Against Censorship New York


Time to fire Brooke Hansson before the next embarrassment to our city.

Posted on: 2016/7/25 15:35

Edited by kencares on 2016/7/25 15:51:01
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