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Re: How JC middle school students turned science projects into big bucks
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Everytime you turn around, there is another group of students doing something amazing at the Reservoir!

Posted on: 5/16 10:40
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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5) People who were fueling the fire and hoping this would be the mayor's downfall have their mouths agape at how well it worked out.


See?

Posted on: 5/13 9:41
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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Ok, so the week in review.

1) We will be getting a new park and renovated waterfront paid for by a developer. You know, the entities who, in any other context, we DEMAND pay for things.

2) The statue will be moved to a more appropriate location.

3) The President of Poland will be visiting Jersey City.

4) Fulop is invited as a guest of the Polish government to visit Auschiwtz.

5) People who were fueling the fire and hoping this would be the mayor's downfall have their mouths agape at how well it worked out.

Posted on: 5/13 9:08
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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Another sculpture by Pitynski, "The Partisans" was moved from its original location in Boston and rededicated. I don't see why this would be any different.

Posted on: 5/10 10:39
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Re: J CITY Theater is back with Clark Gable Slept Here
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Saw it tonight. Great show!

Posted on: 5/4 22:17
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Re: 'Bowel Movement Bandit' Kenilworth School Superintendent Captured
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Solution - Take state aid from Jersey City and give to Holmdel so they can clean up the poop.

Posted on: 5/3 17:30
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Re: Bloomberg: Collapse of Public Pensions
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He's only been office for a little over 100 days at this point, but so far so good. He's looking to raise revenue. As the original article points out, the pension shortfall doesn't have to be made up all at once, and if he can get some more revenue in he can start the process of building up the necessary funding. I'm not saying it's a done deal or that things can't get waylaid by other promises, but he is willing to raise taxes to get the revenue needed to start along the path.

His more flashy programs are requiring equal pay and family leave, and legalization of pot. Those don't require direct expenditures. We can debate over whether the former will constrict businesses in a way that lowers taxes, or whether it will allow for greater productivity. The latter, if approved, will bring in more revenue.

I have said elsewhere I want Murphy to be a relatively boring Governor. So far, so good.

Posted on: 5/2 18:40
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Re: Bloomberg: Collapse of Public Pensions
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perhaps the state should use a part of super high taxes on legal marijuana to reduce its unfunded pension liability.


No one can get elected on a platform of "funding pension liabilities"., At least not yet, not till someone actually gets a short check. It's just not sexy nor meaningful to low info voters, just like no one gets elected for vowing to "maintain the infrastructure". "Free goodies" and shiny new stuff is so much better.


Murphy's primary platform as it related to spending was 1) fund the pensions, 2) fund the school formula, and 3) fix NJ Transit. He's thrown community college on top of that, which I think should wait.

It could be that Murphy feels that he will need to add some sizzle to his programs, but his campaign was relatively practical and even bland (which in our case, I think is good).

Posted on: 5/2 12:22
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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People don't like SFRA?

Fine. Go back to offering relief only to the Abbott districts, as required by court order.

Posted on: 4/26 11:13
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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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Yvonne wrote:
Do you think the state or federal government will spend tens of millions to improve mass transit? Look how Christie killed the tunnel because it required matching funds. A real serious problem facing JC are the number of cars that travel into JC. They use local streets to get to their destinations.


The spending for the ARC tunnel, one of the largest mass transit projects in the country, was all set. Christie unilaterally killed it because he wanted to divert the money to road projects that benefitted Republican leaning areas. He then worked out a new deal, and Trump is trying to kill it for no other reason than animus towards Chuck Schumer.

The right government leaders will spend money, even tens of millions, on mass transit. We don't have the right leader in Washington, who kills a project out of pure political spite.

Posted on: 4/9 17:13
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Re: Jersey City Council to introduce $587 million budget with zero tax increase
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And NJ.com noted today that the top 3% earners pay an incredible 2/3 of NJ income taxes! Wanna take a guess where those people live? Not Newark, JC, Camden, or Paterson.


So that should put to rest any claim that Murphy's income tax increase will hurt all New Jerseyans. A limited number of people who can easily afford to pay it, will pay it.

Posted on: 3/17 20:46
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Re: Jersey City Council to introduce $587 million budget with zero tax increase
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And NJ.com noted today that the top 3% earners pay an incredible 2/3 of NJ income taxes! Wanna take a guess where those people live? Not Newark, JC, Camden, or Paterson.


So what?

Income is taxed based on where it is earned, not what enclave the earner retreats to at night. I have a solo practice where I work in NYC but also work a lot from home in NJ. I have to allocate income based on where I earn it.

Some of those wealthy suburbanites, if they work in NYC, don't pay NJ state income tax at all.

Much more income tax and other revenues are generated in urban areas like Newark and Jersey City. Urban areas subsidize the suburbs.

Posted on: 3/17 20:45
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Re: Jersey City Council to introduce $587 million budget with zero tax increase
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It's state funds. Not suburban funds.

Posted on: 3/17 17:24
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Re: Come to City Hall this upcoming Wednesday to promote electric vehicle charging in JC #EVinJC
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I suggest you ask those downtown citizens if JC should be in the business of giving away 99 year leases for one dollar a year or 17 acres for ten dollars. Once the city ask those citizens and they say yes, then you have the right to criticize me.


As a downtown citizen, do want the city to encourage initiatives such as this. If a $1 lease can jumpstart it I'm ok with that. If we can negotiate a better deal, I'm even more ok with that.

Posted on: 3/9 13:16
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Re: Teacher Protests Disturbing Neighborhood
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I don't know the precise definitions of what constitutes Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans. Suffice it to say that the health insurance plan options are all very good insurance. Low deductibles, low co-pays, large networks, etc.

I would not object to the district agreeing to pick up a larger percentage of the tab IF the options included lower priced insurance, with the percentage going up if the worker chooses a more expensive plan. It's not all in the district's control, however.

The law passed by Christie really is inane. Mandate contributions by workers for several years, then throw it onto the school districts to bargain later. It basically was a way to get a short term budget fix (and he still couldn't balance the budget), stick it to unions, and then leave it to everyone else to handle when he left office.

Posted on: 3/6 12:06
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Re: Hap Investments to Buy 1 MSF Development Site in Jersey City for $400M
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I do not want to walk down memory lane, but Schundler was mayor during that time of the 6th Street Embankment. He was aware of the sale and did nothing about it. He wanted the property to go to a lawyer, who is also a developer. As mayor he had the right to take it but he did not. When Glen Cunningham ran for mayor he used that against Tom DeGise who was Schundler's council president. The argument that city hall did not know is not true. Our government allowed this property to slip out of its hands and a private person took it. Those are the facts, Pebble. By the way, I still remember Glenn Cunningham and his wife speaking before the Embankment activists when he ran for office.


And that is why federal law provides for an abandonment process on rights of way. So that politicians that want to do favors can't get away with it, and that there has to be a public process that allows stakeholders and the community to be heard.

In this case, the community made clear that it wanted to preserve the Embankment and use it as open space. Had CONRAIL followed the law, there would have been hearings before the property was abandoned, and it is possible that such community input would have led to the city purchasing the property. Instead they ignored the law, and Hyman was able to purchase the property on the cheap because the law was ignored.

Posted on: 3/2 12:12
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Re: Teacher Protests Disturbing Neighborhood
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I used to work at a firm that represented a lot of Taft-Hartley funds. We had a lot of Teamster locals as clients and were co-counsel on the various pension and welfare funds. Several of them applied for waivers from the Affordable Care Act. Some got waivers, others didn't. The ones that got it were not affiliated with locals that gave more to Obama, they were ones that were able to demonstrate why their plans warranted a waiver.

Posted on: 3/2 8:49
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Re: Is Downtown JC next? Out-Of-Town Drivers Banned From Using Leonia As Shortcut
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Not sure how state law works on this but I'm not sure a town can restrict access like that. I don't remember the specifics but I recall Hoboken trying this and backing down in the face of opposition.

Posted on: 1/22 9:32
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Re: Jersey City's approach to legalization:
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perhaps the na's will take a nimby approach, or maybe next. was there a lot of na resistance in other states/cities that allow municipal marijuana. i would think ideal locations would be along the commercial strips Quote:

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Time to for supporters to pack the NA meetings and demand they be allowed to be opened Downtown. The NIMBYs in those groups will relegate these shops to dangerous and obscure parts of the city if they can and will most likely use hyperbolic "think of the children arguments" to get the city to comply.


Traditionally in Jersey City planning and zoning boards will suggest that property and business owners visit the neighborhood associations to iron out any concerns. Often cafe/restaurant owners will make nice and bring free baked goods or the like to these meetings. I wonder how this will now play out.....

Posted on: 1/14 0:29
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Re: Dish TV Users - Are you happy with service ?
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Our building has an agreement with some middleman that basically forwards the Dish Network's service. I do get outages in particularly bad weather. Not all the time, and usually not for long. But it's noticeable.

Then there's the fact that Dish Network doesn't carry YES network or MSG. They even got into a dispute with CBS and weren't carrying them for a while!

We just got FIOS installed in our building and I'm looking to switch the other way, so I am curious about your experience!

Posted on: 12/14 14:46
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Re: Hyatt House at Exchange Place
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The lobby was renovated and restored by Fleet bank. They were actually one of the first Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy awards winners in 2001 for their work.

But the gorgeous lobby was undone when a new bank, I think it was PNC, took over. I forget the exact year, but it was a while ago. So that, and the aforementioned roof collapse, happened well after that beautiful lobby was gone.

All is to say, this didn't happen because of the Hyatt House renovation.

Posted on: 12/12 8:53
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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This is a non-issue. He thanked Rebecca for running a positive issues oriented campaign in part of his speech, or another one.

Posted on: 12/11 21:07
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Re: Western hemisphere's largest planetarium set to open in Jersey City
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Now Steve Fulop has his all new FULLY OPERATIONAL DEATH STAR!

Posted on: 12/11 12:37
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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This reads like a humor column.

Just 1 week before, Augie Torres said that Symes had the tacit backing of the administration. Now he says that actually, Fulop never liked Symes.

Just 1 week before, he said that Symes had labor backing. Now he says labor was wary of Symes, and that the Solomon campaign was actually meeting with labor the whole time.

Just 1 week before, Torres held the endorsements of other elected officials as proof that the Fulop machine was working behind the scenes for her. Now he says that they "never really work" for the candidate they endorsed.

I really wish I had a job where I could make stuff up and back it up with "sources say."

Posted on: 12/9 17:32
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Re: Just say 'no' to 'millionaires' marina on the south side of Liberty State Park
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The current marina is one of the ugliest, and worst maintained, parts of the park.

Posted on: 12/8 15:48
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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The new Assembly speaker keeps saying that the laws will have to go through the committee process, discuss and debate, etc. He doesn't sound like he's in a hurry.

It will take time to set up the regulatory regime. Though Scutari pointed out that the current medical dispensaries are already regulated, vetted, and could start selling relatively soon.

Posted on: 12/7 0:48
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Unfortunately it looks like misogyny and smears carried the day in Ward E.


Wah wah wah. Bow to your “mommy mafia” overlords.


I thought that you were better than that. But in the end your resentment of others who did better than you puts you in the same boat.

You lied about the campaign, and lied about me. That is disgraceful.

Posted on: 12/6 10:53
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Actually, its not funny. It's grotesque.



So does Symes get rehired by Dixon tomorrow?

#Sham


No.

Posted on: 12/6 1:56
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Re: Rich Boggiano JSQ/Ward C City Council
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Congratulations Rich. You will, at the very least, be fun!

Posted on: 12/6 1:55
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Funny how the local organizer for Clinton's campaign relied on Trump tactics and sentiment.

Actually, its not funny. It's grotesque.


Posted on: 12/5 23:21
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