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Re: Hudnut Gets Special Treatment from State Senate
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JerseyCityTimes wrote:
A day after Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut announced his candidacy for the Ward E City Council seat, a bill before the legislature that would have potentially barred him from running was amended. The bill was sponsored by State Senator Nicholas Sacco, an ally of Mayor Steven Fulop.

https://jcitytimes.com/hudnut-gets-spe ... atment-from-state-senate/


It would not have "potentially barred" him because the bill's proponents have said all along that the bill did not apply to municipal prosecutors. The amendment clarifies what was already in both the text and intent of the bill.

Posted on: 2/26 1:21
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Re: Loew’s to Get Renovation and National Acts
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Good to see that the City is reaching out for proposals that will expand what can be done at the theater AND involving FOTL.

Posted on: 2/24 23:42
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Re: Hudnut to Take on Solomon in Ward E
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I don't think "NIMBY" is at issue here. I think Solomon does want to include more tenant protections as development goes forward, and wants more concessions from developers. But I do not see him opposed to development per se, or development in his ward, or more density in building. He wants things like MORE affordable housing in units. And he wants it for its own sake, not as a poison pill to kill development.

Some of his opposition may be to juxtapose himself against the mayor. But NIMBY is not accurate here.

Posted on: 2/21 1:42
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Re: Hudnut to Take on Solomon in Ward E
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A matchup between two good choices. This is like the game in the "March Madness" bracket that you circle early on knowing you want to watch this one.

Posted on: 2/19 15:46
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Re: Resolution on Trump from the City Council
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I am unaware of any "George Floyd Riots."

I did attend one protest against police brutality and racism in law enforcement here in Jersey City. Sometimes they're referred to as BLM Protests for shorthand. People attending were masked, and the entire event was orderly. No damage to person or property anywhere.

Posted on: 1/21 21:04
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Re: Councilman Rich Boggiano joins Team Fulop
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Boggiano has never run directly against Fulop. He won as an independent both times and while he has opposed the mayor on several issues he's never been part of the "anti-Fulop" contingent.

Given that he won relatively comfortably in 2017, when the Mayor's slate otherwise won in a rout, I'm skeptical that he NEEDED to do this for electoral survival. But I think on balance, the plusses of him joining the ticket far outweigh the minuses for him.

For Fulop, it's a good get. I think to beat Fulop in 2021, any challenger (Robert Menendez?) would have to assemble a pretty diverse group of opponents who don't all agree with each other.

You have the progressives who backed Solomon and who have been leading protests. But not all of them want Fulop out and see themselves (and James) as a check on the Mayor.

You have some in the African-American community who see the Mayor as not caring about their neighborhoods.

You have the remnants of the Healy supporters, as well as county politicos who don't like him and still haven't forgiven him for trying to install Brian Stack as HCDO chair to oust Tom DeGise. That backfired spectacularly, but the question is how much they want to invest in trying to oust him, which would be a huge devotion of resources. And some aren't on board. There has even been some talk of putting Amy DeGise on the mayor's slate.

Then you have similar people who aren't as politically connected but who have a similar view of the Mayor still being an outsider concerned with future political runs rather than "taking care of our own."

Boggiano sort of falls into that last group, and was one of the few people who had enough support from his neighborhood groups to win a seat. Taking him out of the equation makes putting together any such fragile and discordant coalition that much more difficult.

Posted on: 12/22 16:02
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Re: Who is running to replace Yun in Ward D?
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Cynthia Hadjiyannis is also running. She managed Yun's first campaign and worked with him a lot in the Heights. She was on the board of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy for several years and founder of the Reservoir Preservation Alliance. She's an attorney and many community groups have gone to her on issues concerning development approvals.

Posted on: 2020/10/1 0:11
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Re: CERC Building Being Sold (180 9th St) - Community Programs at Risk
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https://www.njspotlight.com/2010/05/10-0523-1629/

Way back in the late 90s, my sons went to LCCS, which was then renting space in the recently demolished Boys and Girls Club. We were all might envious of this new space.


Yup. And while I guess there's been some community stuff in there, they were more interested in rent paying programs like St Anthonys to pay off the debt. I recall attending a 'planning ideas' meeting before it was built, and suggesting that they create storage space in the gym area for community theater to have flats for sets. A flat NO. Has there ever been community theater in there? And while I don't have the facts handy, most of what Yvonne says is true AFAIK. Schundler played fast and loose with the money to forward his charter agenda in a way pretty antithetical to the whole charter idea.


As I understand it, the issue was that the Community Development grants could not go to charter schools. Schundler circumvented that by funding the facilities, then letting the charter use them while calling them community centers, allowing a few after school activities from other groups, etc.

Posted on: 2020/8/3 1:28
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Re: Mayor Fulop Advancing as Leader in Green Technology
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No property tax or other local tax levy from those places go to Jersey City.

The funding comes from the state, which raises it primarily through the income tax.

And most state taxes are paid based on where the income is generated, not where the earner resides. Again, the resident of, say, Maplewood, says "why are my taxes going to Jersey City?" But if that resident is working in New York City, their taxes aren't going to Jersey City, because they're not paying income tax to the state at all (maybe some on passive investment income).

If they are paying to New Jersey, it's because they work or run their business, or collect their rents, in New Jersey. Now maybe our Maplewood resident does this all in Maplewood. But they may also earn it in Hoboken, or Trenton, or Jersey City, depending on where they work and do business, collect their rents, etc.

Similarly, a NY or PA resident (or any other out of state resident)that works in NJ pays income taxes that go to NJ. So do they have a right to complain that their money is going to schools in New Jersey?

Posted on: 2020/7/17 22:15
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Re: Mayor Fulop Advancing as Leader in Green Technology
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This is broader data but it demonstrates where the wealth is generated. Cities.

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-cit ... -biggest-economies-2017-9

Posted on: 2020/7/17 18:09
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Re: Mayor Fulop Advancing as Leader in Green Technology
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And that is largely irrelevant.

State income tax is mostly sourced based on where the income is earned, not the residence of the taxpayer. I say "mostly" because there is some income, such as passive investment income, that is sourced to the domicile of the earner.

So when the resident of South Orange says "why are MY TAXES going to Jersey City schools," that really depends on where they are earning their income. If that resident commutes to a job in NYC, those taxes aren't going to Jersey City schools, because that resident pays no income taxes to NJ on their job income at all. It goes to New York.

The income taxes from jobs in Jersey City go to the State of New Jersey. That's true whether the earner lives in Jersey City, commutes from a suburb, or commutes from out of state.

Similarly, the income earned from a businesses profits is sourced based on where the business operates. Issues like nexus and allocation are a bit more complicated for business profits than they are for job income, but a business with workers, a storefront, or an office is going to pay taxes where those people and things are located, not where the owner sleeps at night.

So cities like Jersey City do indeed generate most of the state's revenue. The jobs are here, the businesses are here, the buildings where tenants pay rent are here. This is true regardless of the average income of the resident in Jersey City.

This just gets into the direct sourcing and generation of income. We haven't even touched the economic effect of consumer purchasing, the infrastructure strain cities are subjected to so that businesses may operate, and other indirect circumstances that result in the creation of wealth and revenue.

Posted on: 2020/7/17 12:36
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Re: Mayor Fulop Advancing as Leader in Green Technology
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JCGuys wrote:
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Not just sales tax but income tax from jobs in the city.


The State of New Jersey does not collect any income taxes on Jersey City residents that work in New York. New York State collects the income tax since the income was generated in New York...


Exactly.

And the jobs are here.

Lots of the people saying "Why are my tax dollars going to Jersey City's schools" don't even pay income tax, or pay minimal income tax, to New Jersey. They commute into NYC and pay taxes to NYS and NYC.

For income taxes sourced to New Jersey, the cities are the main site for such sourcing.

Posted on: 2020/7/17 1:38
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Re: Mayor Fulop Advancing as Leader in Green Technology
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I think we found our winner for moron of the year. This is easily the dumbest comment on this site (a low bar), and shows a general lack of understanding for how things work, and for much JC has leeched off the state already at a net negative for the state.

This is comic gold.



Just because you don't know how economies work, and how tax revenue is generated, doesn't mean you need to be a snarky and ignorant prick.

Posted on: 2020/7/16 23:41
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Re: Mayor Fulop Advancing as Leader in Green Technology
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Thinking it so doesn?t make so. Please provide hard numbers, as I did.

The Short Hills Mall, one of the highest sales per square foot malls in the country-Newport isn?t even in the top ten in the state. Wanna bet who send more sales tax cash to Trenton. All 8 NJ billionaires don?t earn their living in JC. Tiny Short Hills has 3, paying the states highest RE taxes, while paying for your schools. Appooloza Fund, which was next door to the SH Mall, was sending hundreds of millions in taxes to NJ-so much that the billionaire owner moved it to Florida.

So let?s see your numbers!


How much in state income tax is generated by jobs in Alpine, NJ. NOT where residents go to work. How much is generate in Alpine. Or Upper Saddle River.

Show me your numbers!

Posted on: 2020/7/16 23:37
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Re: Mayor Fulop Advancing as Leader in Green Technology
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"Leeched off the state"

Cities generate revenue and run the state's economy. Very simple.

Posted on: 2020/7/16 23:36
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Re: Mayor Fulop Advancing as Leader in Green Technology
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Not just sales tax but income tax from jobs in the city.

And the city also has the vital infrastructure to keep the economy moving and growing.

Cities generate the economic activity that raises revenue, suburbanites take lots of that money home with them but get upset when some of it comes back to keep the cities functioning.

Abbott rectified that, then SFRA took it back. Sort of an "All Lives Matter" moment but for students.

Posted on: 2020/7/16 20:35
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Re: Mayor Fulop Advancing as Leader in Green Technology
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JC school taxes are incredibly low.


And they will go sky high.


Since JC taxpayers pay less than 20% of its own school costs it has a lot of head room to pay its own fair share.


Then let the state pay for our police, fire, and health infrastructure.
. And why should NJ taxpayers do that?


Because Jersey City and other cities generate most of the tax revenue for the state.

Posted on: 2020/7/16 14:39
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Re: Mayor Fulop Advancing as Leader in Green Technology
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Monroe wrote:
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JCGuys wrote:
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Monroe wrote:
JC school taxes are incredibly low.


And they will go sky high.


Since JC taxpayers pay less than 20% of its own school costs it has a lot of head room to pay its own fair share.


Then let the state pay for our police, fire, and health infrastructure.

Posted on: 2020/7/14 19:51
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Beyond the Embankment
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This creates an amazing opportunity to go beyond a park for downtown. With the Boonton line being abandoned, we could create a Greenway from the Jersey City Waterfront, over the Embankment, through the Bergen Arches, and eventually reaching Montclair. All while part of the East Coast Greenway connecting Maine to Florida.

https://jerseydigs.com/land-sale-could ... hWPmn37Cd6qTZCjMRO-EcU8uY

Posted on: 2020/7/1 18:13
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Re: Vertical Gardens
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Yvonne wrote:
I just found out that Fulop cut the part time staff for budget reasons but found money for this vertical garden.


So is it your position that municipal government exists to pad payrolls with unnecessary jobs?

Would explain some things, I suppose.....

Posted on: 2020/6/10 13:36
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Re: The Pandemic's effect on the Jersey City and overall Urban Real Estate Market
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Posted on: 2020/5/12 19:50
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Re: Aftermath of the Jersey City street fight this past Wedenesday
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The city needs to thoroughly investigate it. Yes, I understand this was not simply breaking up a social distancing violation. The police are indeed allowed to take necessary action, and at the same time do not receive a license to indiscriminately bash heads. And we can't assume that all 50-100 people in the crowd are equally culpable. Who is instigating? Who is defending themselves? Who is just caught up in the mess? To call them all "animals" and say they should be treated as such is dehumanizing both a group and each individual.


I'm sorry if I offended you and also sorry that Bernie and Liz are no longer candidates.


Not so much as offending me as it is offending human decency in general.

I didn't support Sanders or Warren.

Posted on: 2020/5/10 13:38
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Re: Aftermath of the Jersey City street fight this past Wedenesday
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The city needs to thoroughly investigate it. Yes, I understand this was not simply breaking up a social distancing violation. The police are indeed allowed to take necessary action, and at the same time do not receive a license to indiscriminately bash heads. And we can't assume that all 50-100 people in the crowd are equally culpable. Who is instigating? Who is defending themselves? Who is just caught up in the mess? To call them all "animals" and say they should be treated as such is dehumanizing both a group and each individual.

Posted on: 2020/5/9 19:05
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Re: The Pandemic's effect on the Jersey City and overall Urban Real Estate Market
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More on how telecommuting may affect commercial real estate long term.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/08/tec ... Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

Posted on: 2020/5/9 1:05
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Re: The Pandemic's effect on the Jersey City and overall Urban Real Estate Market
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Beyond the immediate crisis of the pandemic, will this effect commercial real estate, specifically offices, over the long term?

Lots of people are now telecommuting. Many will want to continue that. Down the road will we need so many glass tower office spaces?

Posted on: 2020/5/5 20:13
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Re: Some Grubhub drivers are no-shows, N.J. restaurants say. ‘This might just put me out of business.’
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"Please explain how quality control applies to food delivery. You seriously can't."

Read the article. Because drivers aren't showing up.

Posted on: 2020/4/7 17:47
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Re: Some Grubhub drivers are no-shows, N.J. restaurants say. ‘This might just put me out of business.’
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No. For labor in the "gig" economy.

Posted on: 2020/3/31 13:18
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Re: Some Grubhub drivers are no-shows, N.J. restaurants say. ‘This might just put me out of business.’
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When you rely on third parties and independent contractors, you are ceding quality control.

Posted on: 2020/3/30 16:06
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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bodhipooh wrote:


"The issue is not whether the state is providing sufficient funding, the issue is a legal question of whether the state is supposed to continue to subsidize their failure to raise their local fair share at the expense of all the other districts in the state [emphasis mine], who are either meeting their local fair share or are going over it."



Well that's the argument of the state, not necessarily the law.

The argument simply begs the question - whether the SFRA, as amended by S2, is constitutional. One way the legislature was able to convince the court it was, was that it provided for the hold harmless/adjustment aid. The aid that Jersey City and other Abbott districts received was based on prior court findings and mandates.

SFRA tried to cobble that all into a one size fits all formula. If they had not included the hold harmless/adjustment aid, the court may very well have rejected the formula entirely, because it would be ignoring the needs that had been demonstrated and the remedies that had been ordered.

SFRA used anodyne terms such as "local fair share" and "adequacy budget" in order to sell the SFRA as equitable. It doesn't mean one way or another that those terms have meaning as applied to the NJ Constitution's requirement for the state to provide a thorough and efficient education.

Posted on: 2020/1/19 3:18
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Re: JC teachers who made 99K or more in 2019
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$120,000 or so for a professional with 30+ years of experience does not seem unreasonable.

Posted on: 2019/12/17 15:38
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