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Re: 30-year tax breaks planned for Jersey City college projects
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brewster wrote:
I'm confused. Shouldn't a state university property be off the tax rolls? Is this for students or the general market?


The apartments in the story below are for the general market. The whole west campus development is a public-private venture. There will be some classrooms and student housing, some market-rate housing and shops open to everyone.

You can read more about it here.

Posted on: 1/11 15:15
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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brewster wrote:
...you can't get the city to raise your neighbor's assessment just because it's wildly wrong.


looks like you can!

Tax appeal against tax assessor's property can proceed


Wolosky's case against Holenstein is believed to be the first of its kind in Sussex County, and one of the first statewide, involving a tax appeal by a private citizen against a government official.

He filed the case in April under a little-known statute that allows taxpayers not only to contest their own property tax assessments but also to appeal the assessment on anyone else's property within the same county.

N.J.S.A. 54:3-21(a)(1) states that a taxpayer feeling "aggrieved" by his or her own assessment or "discriminated against" by the assessment on someone else's property in the same county may file an appeal against that person's assessment.

Posted on: 12/1 22:26
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Re: Major Upset in Jersey City Council Race - Gadsen May Win
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Yvonne wrote:
I guess I will have to see the numbers, I know there is a lot of resentment in the new Historic District. Thanks for the info. I spoke to a number of people who like John but wanted to send a message.


There may be. But it's hard to talk to a handful of people and know what voter sentiment is. Nearly 12,000* people voted. The historic district has, what, 600 homes?

*EDIT: Sorry, that was in the prez race. 4,633 voted in Ward B council race.

Posted on: 2016/11/11 10:51
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Re: Major Upset in Jersey City Council Race - Gadsen May Win
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Yvonne wrote:
But people in that area are upset that Historic Preservation was forced down their throats..


Hallanan won a few of the voting districts in the new historic zone, some overwhelmingly.

Posted on: 2016/11/11 10:45
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Re: Vote YES for 2 city questions
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neverleft wrote:
...whoever is behind the “Keep Jersey City Elections Local” group ...


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Posted on: 2016/11/8 11:54
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Re: Vote No for 2 city questions
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Posted on: 2016/11/4 14:31
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Re: Vote No for 2 city questions
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Yvonne wrote:
When the county did their open space, it was .001 not the proposed .02 per hundreds, those zeros mean a lot.


At the time it happened we reported the county increase as .01 per 100. That's what the county budget says it is too.

Posted on: 2016/10/18 20:35
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Re: A casino in Jersey City? Venture capitalist wants to make it happen
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Dolomiti wrote:
I've gotten a few anti-casino mailings. Anyone know who is behind "Trenton’s Bad Bet" ?


Queens virtual casino operator putting money behind that effort


Posted on: 2016/9/9 17:05
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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GrovePath wrote:
Does he still work for the government?


No and he is barred from working for the gov't in the future now.

Posted on: 2016/9/9 16:42
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Re: Fulop: no tax hike in 2016 Jersey City budget
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hudson57 wrote:
i checked and mine went up 2.85% (sum of last 4 quarters vs. sum of next 4 quarters). not sure why the headline is "no increase", can someone enlighten us (municipal vs. county/school)???


Yes, county and school taxes went up.

Posted on: 2016/7/29 9:28
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Re: Citi Bike
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Yes, that map is incorrect. Citi Bike people gave that to me but later acknowledged that that Marin Blvd, even though it appear son the map as an existing station, is a new one that is planned, and one of the "new" stations near Berry Lane Park is really just an existing station being moved there. I took the map out of the story once someone alerted me. They don't have a new one quite yet.

Posted on: 2016/7/21 11:56
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Re: East District Police Officer Mike Lang DWI
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Usmc wrote:
Thank you Terrence. Excellent work, unlike Lang you are a credit to your profession. There's no way this officer should still be patrolling the streets.
Next step is to find the video of the incident at the gas station, it can't be worse than Vincent Corso's... Or could it?



Thank you! The Corso video was public so we could get it via a public-records request. From what I understand, this was private security video. If this makes it to trial, we may see it then.

Posted on: 2016/7/19 16:12
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Re: East District Police Officer Mike Lang DWI
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Posted on: 2016/7/19 14:19
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Posted on: 2016/6/20 12:39
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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If this whole mess starts november 2017 (?) wouldn't it take at least a year or two to appraise every single property in the city and figure out changes in taxes ?


The state ordered the reval to be completed by Nov. 2017.

Posted on: 2016/6/8 16:28
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Re: Jersey City website redesign on tap
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T-Bird wrote:
...an opportunity for a press release and a guaranteed newspaper story by the paper who mistakes those press releases as news. Nothing has even been delivered yet and it's a news story.


There wasn't a press release. Councilwoman Osborne reached out asking for us to spread the word about the online survey. And I think the $$$ being spent is enough of a reason to write about it even though the resdesign isn't done yet.

Posted on: 2016/6/7 15:22

Edited by terrencemcd on 2016/6/7 15:50:24
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Ralph_Abutts wrote:
IIRC, a state pilot in Monmouth County, 20%/yr over 5 years, to be done in perpetuity (no gap between revals).


This one?

Two towns backed out of Monmouth County's controversial property tax pilot program that has become the subject of widespread complaints from property owners and an ongoing criminal investigation

Posted on: 2016/5/26 16:36
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Ralph_Abutts wrote:
an immediate Reval (as opposed to a more sensible, one time phase in)


Does such a thing exist?

Posted on: 2016/5/26 15:19
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Re: Who replaces 'Chico' on Jersey City's council?
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OneSkirt wrote:

That's really funny that you think a job with Animal Control pays big bucks


for what it's worth, his salary is $80,463

Posted on: 2016/5/16 17:39
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Re: Who replaces 'Chico' on Jersey City's council?
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T-Bird wrote:
Terrence - how much did Paul Bellan-Boyer pay you to mention him???


I got two abandoned puppies and a raccoon.

Posted on: 2016/5/13 16:02
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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135jc wrote:
I may have missed it but has Fulop explained his decision to end the Reval other then it was unfair?


There were a few explanations.

When he called it off, he told me that it was because the bid process was corrupt. He called the reval a "backdoor tax" by the Healy admin.

He also argued at the time that since the ratio of assessed-to-true value in the city hadn't led to a lack of development, a reval wasn't necessary.

In a letter he sent to the B.A. after his election as mayor, he mentioned the bid process but also said Hurricane Sandy may have had an impact on property values. He said he was canceling the reval until his admin could investigate all of this. The judge overseeing the reval trial that ended last month said there was no evidence any investigation had taken place.

Here's that letter:

https://www.documentcloud.org/document ... letter-halting-reval.html

Fulop has also said he thinks the reval would devastate property values citywide.


Posted on: 2016/5/4 11:01
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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FYI I obtained a copy of the decision in the breach-of-contract case related to the reval. I added a link to it in my most recent story on the case if anyone wants to read it.

HERE

Posted on: 2016/4/20 14:34
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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dr_nick_riviera wrote:

In other words, the reval, as ordered by the state, will proceed regardless of whatever legal actions the city takes?


I believe it will. The city can appeal the state's order. It has 90 days to do so.

Posted on: 2016/4/12 17:57
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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dr_nick_riviera wrote:


One thing I'm unclear on - can the city still appeal at this point? If that option is available, it almost certainly sounds like what they plan to do.

If that happens, is a stay put on the reval order? The city would almost certainly lose the appeal - but would that mean we're looking at a reval and new tax numbers happening later than 2018?


The city can appeal and says it will. But I've received no indication from the state that they think the reval case has anything to do with their reval order from last week.

Posted on: 2016/4/12 17:47
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Re: Mayor Fulop Tells Christie to Resign - Establishes Petition
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Yvonne wrote:
I understand your point of view because you are only one person who cannot cover everything. But some important facts are missing when you are not there. You are an excellent writer. You are missing the 'friendly fire' among the council when they discuss things.


Thank you. But I think you overestimate the news angle there. The number of people who care if two council people spar over an issue is infinitesimal, and that doesn't really affect people's lives. I'd rather spend my time on other stories, like the one you mentioned about the mayor's calendar. I think stories like that have more impact and matter more than if Councilwoman Coleman and Councilman Boggiano fight over an ordinance. Plus, I know if any news breaks at a caucus, I'll hear about it from you or someone else who was there.

Posted on: 2016/3/17 10:53
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Re: Mayor Fulop Tells Christie to Resign - Establishes Petition
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Yvonne wrote:
But you are not at the caucus meetings, they are in the evenings. If you were you were there you would have written about the brewery/bowling lease for 99 years for one dollar a year. I am not blaming you but the second largest city deserves better.


You are right I am not at caucus meetings because I covered them for three years and decided it wasn't worth going anymore. I rarely if ever get any news out of them that I don't get out of the council meetings two days later. And I did look into that lease at your suggestions and decided it wasn't worth writing about. I can't write about every action the council takes.

Posted on: 2016/3/17 8:26
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Re: Mayor Fulop Tells Christie to Resign - Establishes Petition
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Yvonne wrote:
The city only has the Jersey Journal which is not in the city anymore.


Hi, Yvonne. The editors and production staff are in Secaucus, but the reporters are all out in the field. I'm usually at City Hall in Jersey City. Come say hi!


Posted on: 2016/3/16 22:25
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Re: Citi Bike
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heights wrote:
Do you write for a major publication terrencemcd ? I am familiar with Bicycle Times and Momentum Magazine.


I'm the City Hall reporter for the Jersey Journal

Posted on: 2016/3/12 14:04
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Re: Jersey City fired me for Facebook posts on Hillary Clinton, Muslims, man says
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Yvonne wrote:
"cursing early in the morning"

Posted on: 2016/3/12 12:48
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Re: Citi Bike
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elsquid wrote:
I'm assuming you won't mind if I put this on Bike JC's Facebook too?


Don't mind at all, that'd be great. Thanks!

Posted on: 2016/3/11 14:27
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