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Re: Upcoming School Board Elections--Who to Vote For?
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Most lived in poverty and died young. You only see the survivors.

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Look, throw a bunch of poor disadvantaged kids that are having babies together and the results are to be expected.


Expected what? How does a disadvantage translates into said expectation? 99% of the people who live in the USA descend from someone "disadvantaged".

Why should we expect diminishing returns from the ever increasing expenses?

And, if you truly believe that this system can't produce anything better, - doesn't it mean we should shop for a better one?

At this point any other system should be better for it seems it can't be any worse.



Posted on: 2013/10/18 12:57
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Re: Upcoming School Board Elections--Who to Vote For?
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You represent our experiences in the public schools. Most teachers are like yourself and my children ended up with a sound education and prepared for life and higher education. All graduated college and two went on to graduate school.

If the the so called reformy people would not only walk into our schools but keep an open mind when reviewing statistics. They also would serve Jersey City better if they not believe that every child should be prepared for college and instead train for a vocation. That our problem in education. When I was a kid, the drop out rate was higher, but people had jobs to go to. You are right. The system is one size fits all right now.



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I know in advance that I will get slammed for this, because I don't post enough, and evidently only those who post often are entitled to an opinion around here. I'm also a teacher, which seems to discount everything I say for some....

I have been teaching in JC for 18 years. I was born in JC, raised in JC, married in JC and am raising my family in JC. My children go to public school in JC...our neighborhood school, not my school or one I've hand selected for them. As a parent, I am satisfied that my children are doing ok in school. I'm not happy with the current curriculum or the focus on testing, but I truly see how the majority of teachers care for my children and are trying to do right by them.

As a teacher, I can honestly this is the worst year since I've started. The current curricula is a script, with little room for deviation based on the needs of my students. Math in. Particular is completely developmentally inappropriate, but technically if I am "caught" deviating from the script to address my class's unique needs, I am "ineffective". All lessons are geared towards passing the test with very little Science, SS or creative, artistic integration. How terribly boring for an 8 year old! 10 years ago I was told to teach my special needs students on their FUNCTIONAL level and assess them accordingly. Now, must instruct and assess on their chronological age, regardless of functional level. The 5th grader who reads on. 2nd grade level with an IQ of 75? Too bad, must take the 5th grade test. But he gets extra time and I can "clarify the directions".

Are there bad teachers? Yep, just like there are bad lawyers, bad doctors, bad McDonald's workers....but as a general rule,,most of us are decent at what we do and have the children's best interests at heart. I am proud to be. PROFESSIONAL (I graduated from an college honors with a 3,9 GPA and hold 2 Master's degrees) who would like to have my judgement as how to best instruct my class valued. I have seen my ability to think for myself in the classroom taken way over the past 18 years. Now it's more important to have the right number of charts on the wall (yes, this is really being assessed via district staff walkthroughs) than to know my kids and adjust instruction accordingly. For this reason, I will be supporting Gerald Lyons and Angel Valentin in the board elections. Both of these men have demonstrated that they are willing to think about what is best for students and treat teachers with professionalism. I may not always agree with them, but I do believe that they are working to find the best solution for our district's problems and value the input of those if us actually working in the field. Something is not right if 18 years in I'm wondering if this was the right career choice. Teaching used to bring me pleasure and fulfillment beyond description. Noe I feel like it has become an exercise in paperwork, jumping through hoops and experimentation with out kids because it looks good on paper. I believe Lyons and Valentin will put the focus back on the CHILDREN of Jersey City.

Posted on: 2013/10/18 12:49
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Re: FOLLOWING UP--Upcoming School Board Elections--Who to Vote For?
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Agree. I really don't see anything there either. The school board sets policy. Very little in policy positions.

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So in all these ramblings I see precious little advice on the candidates positions, so I guess none of them are hanging around "the List", or just dont want to state anything on the record.

Jenn2213 identified some real issues but none of these candidates have anything on their issues pages but platitudes.

Whether or not you supported the new mayor, he deserves alot of credit for having a specific plan that he ran on, and that we can now hold him accountable for. I wish the school candidates would do the same.

Posted on: 2013/10/18 12:41
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Re: Accidents at 2nd & Jersey in Downtown
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Welcome to Jersey City. Where there are cars and traffic there will be accidents.

Posted on: 2013/10/17 22:48
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Re: Upcoming School Board Elections--Who to Vote For?
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Well the schools did right by my children but only god knows where all the money goes. Honestly, if Dr. Epps was the problem we would see drastic spending cuts in administrative costs. But we are not. Look, throw a bunch of poor disadvantaged kids that are having babies together and the results are to be expected. Add in stunning numbers of special needs kids and we get what goes into it.

The label of failing schools is poppycock.



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Sorry, but I am not looking for a friend, or for a date. I am looking for a service.

That means that I do not care where the service provider lives, shops, walks or pays taxes.

I want quality service, for a good price.

And, by the way, I see that you agree that unions offer neither. Otherwise, you'd mention that, instead of telling me stories about privatization, hedge fund managers, shareholders and other words you obviously think are supposed to scare me for some reason.


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And which ones want to privatize and take apart our schools for hedge fund managers and shareholders of private companies.

At least people who work for unions live in our communities, shop in our communities and pay taxes in our communities.

You got to let the schools get back to teaching everyone, not just boutique schools and programs.

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Soooo... could someone clarify, - which candidates plan to work for us, and which candidates plan to work for the teacher's union?



Posted on: 2013/10/17 22:46
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Re: Upcoming School Board Elections--Who to Vote For?
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You dumb hack. Do you like your dead wood city job. The schools were fine and are fine. The demonization of Charlie Epps is complete thanks to Steven Fulop and the downtown believers. Everything you said is false. The mayor played his hand well and raped our schools to fund his campaign. Its over and done. These ladies seem nice enough. So back to educating to our children. Its not like you are vested in our city and schools. Beat it and go back to the suburbs.

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The Candidates for Excellence slate has four candidates who are highly qualified.

Look at where the school board was 3? years ago. Charles Epps had a stranglehold on the school system and used it as a patronage mill. The Board was thoroughly political - you had to be politically connected to get the nod and backing to be a winning candidate.

Then Steve Fulop stepped in and and began a process of involving new people in elections and the board meeting. As the composition of the Board changed, the qualifications of Board members have headed steadily upwards. Despite the screams of conspiracy nuts, Fulop actually let the Board members run the Board.

And look what the Board of Ed has done since then. They have ended Epps' tenure. They conducted a national search and found a highly-qualified and talented superintendent. They have actually focused on oversight rather than busy work and getting jobs for their friends.

If you like this direction, you should consider voting the whole Candidates for Excellence slate:

Jessica Rosero Daye
Ellen Simon
Micheline Amy
Carol Lester (1yr term)

They have a diversity of background and experience. They are the ones with the most potential to continue the positive steps our school board has been taking.

Posted on: 2013/10/17 1:03
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Re: Councilman Rich Boggiano endorses Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate
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Who care? Who cares who Councilman Boggiano endorses or Mayor Fulop endorses. What does that have to do with Jersey City. We did not vote for either of them because they were partisan. Its what they said they would do for us.

Posted on: 2013/10/16 12:57
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Re: Upcoming School Board Elections--Who to Vote For?
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And which ones want to privatize and take apart our schools for hedge fund managers and shareholders of private companies.

At least people who work for unions live in our communities, shop in our communities and pay taxes in our communities.

You got to let the schools get back to teaching everyone, not just boutique schools and programs.

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Soooo... could someone clarify, - which candidates plan to work for us, and which candidates plan to work for the teacher's union?


Posted on: 2013/10/16 12:52
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Re: Jersey City tax abatements audit yields millions in uncollected taxes
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Amen!

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regardless of who initiated what and when, JC needs its tax dollars...

Posted on: 2013/10/14 23:43
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Re: Jersey City Science Teacher Honored With Prestigious $25,000 Award
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No surprise. My kids had great teachers every step of the way. Congratulations Mr. O?Donnell! Stay golden!

Posted on: 2013/10/12 2:08
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Re: tax abated vs. regular taxed
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You are paying fixed agreed upon taxes. No one else has that luxury. When our taxes go up, you will look like a genius .

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I'm sure your quality of life would go way up if all the kids were just wandering around the streets all day instead of in school. Does the idea of helping society occur to you at all? No school to save some tax money would quickly collapse your property value.

I understand (or hope) that was hyperbole, but it irks me.


Yes, obviously I was being sarcastic. I guess I am just tired of this constant insinuation people living in these tax abated properties aren't paying their "fair" share of taxes.

Posted on: 2013/10/12 1:59
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Re: Today, a Downtown Jersey City parking lot; soon, 99 luxury apartments
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Did you see the Silverman tents out the other day for the Mayor's forced love fest for city employees. Another waste of tax payers money. They all hate him (understandable) given his disregard for civil service. So they had to come out and pretend they love him.

So are the Silverman's back to being everyone's favorite developer?

Fulop's?

Posted on: 2013/10/12 1:56
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Re: Political Insider: Skeptic on the Jersey City council makes it interesting
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buyers remorse with Lopez or Fulop? Quote:
JPhurst wrote: A lot of people split their ticket and voted for Boggiano and Fulop. Largely because Lopez was such an uninspiring candidate. But I suspect that many people are feeling buyer's remorse. "Why didn't you get someone from Jersey City to do <>" is the last refrain of those with nothing to do but obstruct.

Posted on: 2013/10/10 23:09
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Re: Political Insider: Skeptic on the Jersey City council makes it interesting
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You're just smearing Richie. The rest of the council has nothing to offer. Bunch of empty heads. Fulop tried to stick us with the crook Lopez.


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Boggiano is relishing being the obstructionist on "hot" issues. The easy ones he has no problem voting yes without much care or study, but if it's going to draw a crowd or make the paper you can bet old Richie boy will make sure to go against the administration.

Has he offered alternatives to resolutions he didn't like? No. Has he made his own counterproposals? No. He is, however, forming a nice coalition for those who just hate everything the Mayor does, which is why the lingering Healy goons, Yvonne, Fletcher, etc. will surely rush to Boggiano's side.

Posted on: 2013/10/10 23:00
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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Would you all pay more taxes for a Whole Foods? Because you will.

Posted on: 2013/10/10 12:31
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Re: Political Insider: Skeptic on the Jersey City council makes it interesting
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Richie is a good guy who actual about cares others. He is the kind of candidate you actually vote for.

Councilman Boggiano actually treats people respectfully. An honorable man.

Posted on: 2013/10/10 12:27
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Re: Steve Fulop says police restructuring, teen recreation, abatements policy top agenda
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What? Another tax abatements. Jesus. His faux tax abatement policy is loosey goosey and written by developers. He scammed us. Looks like he is running fast but is just running in place. No change.

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Tonight the city council gave another 30 year abatement to a development that already has a 30 year abatement. This project received its abatement in 1976, the developer plans to do renovations. The renovations will receive a tax abatement but not the shell of the building. Each tenant will pay JC $544 dollars a year. They will pay more in cable. Abatements do not make a project, in 2004 Healy gave a 30 year abatement to Harwood and that project went nowhere. Ordinary citizens who improve their properties only receive 5 years tax abatements. Abatements basically discriminate against the tax paying public.

Posted on: 2013/10/10 12:23
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Re: Traffic light to go up -- eventually -- at dangerous Jersey City Heights intersection
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Kudos to the community group for being pro-active. They did not need a huge be all end all report to get it done. Note Ward E. Now, I hope Fulop can get it done quicker than the yahoos in the Healy admin.

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Traffic light to go up -- eventually -- at dangerous Jersey City Heights intersection

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal

A community group that lobbied for a traffic light at a dangerous intersection in the Jersey City Heights has won the battle, with city officials saying they plan to install a light at the juncture.

The problem? It may take up to two years to put the light up.

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City officials also plan to add traffic lights at Marin Boulevard and Second Street and at Fairmount and Monticello avenues, according to Morrill.

READ MORE

Posted on: 2013/10/9 11:15
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Re: tax abated vs. regular taxed
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Well I guess the webmaster felt this belonged on this thread, but its not about Mayor Fulop's plan for tax abatements (which is like running in place and is really no change.) This is about people whose taxes are fixed wanting to spend more money on streets and 311 systems.

You're the troll who works for the city now paid for by my taxes, not I. I thought I was promised a leaner government, but feel betrayed. I should not have to move to get tax relief. I live here, invested here, paid taxes here, lived my whole life here.

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I know you are a troll who posts here and on nj.com as the token anti-Fulop wacko, but you do realize this was already a big issue in the election right? Did you not read the abatement plan the administration put forth, radically changing how the practice will continue? Since you are aligned with some interesting right-wingers, I suppose you want to completely leave the poor areas on their own and left to crumble, though, so I'm sure you are not a fan of that plan either. Also, Mayor Fulop could cure cancer and you would criticize it :) .

Posted on: 2013/10/9 11:09
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tax abated vs. regular taxed
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It looks like we are heading to becoming a divided city. Those protected from property tax increases by owning tax abated properties and those that don't who are taxed conventionally subject to property tax increases.

Those protected from tax increases are more affluent and are asking for more services while the rest of us have little need for more services, but seek control of spending and taxes.

Posted on: 2013/10/8 17:00
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Re: Micro Apartment Living
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Build what ever they want, but damn it, no more downtown tax abatements!

Posted on: 2013/10/8 0:35
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Re: Former Gov. McGreevey to head Jersey City jobs commission
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This has more to do with Fulop's school board candidates than McGreevey so I reposted it there. McGreevey is his own trains wreck that we all are now paying for through out taxes.

Posted on: 2013/10/8 0:33
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Fulop School Board Candidates Imploding
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Hah, it is happening.

First Sterling Waterman broke away and got pounded with an ethics complaint. Then Marvin Adames got his long desired promotion and beat his way back to Newark after a year. Sue Mack lost the council campaign and now on the outs trying to pick her successor. Now, Angel Valentin is tossed to the curb. The Fulop machine is closing ranks and if you try to stretch your wings it looks like you are out on your ass.

Live by the sword die by the sword. Whose next ...... No skin off my back, but my wallet. Where is the "bradleybeachbrawl" and Chief Lapdog, who also may be gone after the Mayor pads his pension.


Jersey City school board member, 3 others out at McGreevey's jobs program

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... program.html#incart_river

Jersey City school board member Angel Valentin has been sacked from the Jersey City Employment & Training Program, about one month after former Gov. Jim McGreevey took over as director of the nonprofit.

Valentin, 57, was one of four JCETP workers let go last week, in a move Valentin said ?smells of politics.? The school board member was a supporter of former Mayor Jerramiah Healy, who lost his bid for re-election in May to Mayor Steve Fulop.

"I guess they wanted changes," said Valentin, who had been with the nonprofit for about 12 years.

McGreevey denied that the personnel changes were political, saying a three-person committee reviewed the nonprofit?s staff to determine whether everyone's job functions matched JCETP?s mission.

The committee made ?a professional decision,? he said.

?There was only one person in the entire agency ? focused specifically on making connections with the business community to increase and foster job opportunities,? McGreevey said.

Valentin made a $72,600 salary as grants manager for JCETP. The salaries of the four laid off workers comes to about $190,000, according to McGreevey.

Meanwhile, JCETP, with a budget of $4.2 million and a staff of 27, has hired Adam Friedman as its new deputy director, at a $93,000 salary. Friedman held the same role at Exodus Transitional Community, a Harlem nonprofit focused on prisoner re-entry.

?Adam?s goal will be to ensure that the training that we conduct is linked to actual jobs,? McGreevey said, adding that JCETP had previously wasted time training workers for jobs that don?t exist.

McGreevey said he met Friedman while the former governor was enrolled in an Episcopal seminary.

Fulop tapped McGreevey to head the JCETP, at a $110,000 salary, saying the former governor will help connect jobs to Jersey City resident and establish a new prisoner re-entry program.

Posted on: 2013/10/8 0:31
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Fulop’s first 100 days in office
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Fulop?s first 100 days in office

New mayor wins support from some skeptics; others remain unconvinced

http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_s ... d--?instance=latest_story

Jerramiah Healy was still the mayor of Jersey City when a member of his administration, Budget Director and Assistant Business Administrator Robert Kakoleski, stood before the City Council and announced that there was a $16 million shortfall in the 2013 municipal budget. The news stunned Healy?s allies on the council, all of whom would be ending their tenures on the council in a few weeks? time.

?Here?s one for you; we had no idea Kakoleski was going to do that presentation,? a senior Healy administration member who was at that meeting in May told the Reporter.

But they should have known something was coming.

Eight of the council?s nine members were seated at the dais and Kakoleski was already standing before them when the lithe figure of the council?s ninth member glided into the room and gave Kakoleski a reassuring and conspiratorial pat on the arm. The rest of the meeting, which included hints of a coming tax increase, unfolded like a well-orchestrated strategic military strike.

If the municipal election two weeks earlier on May 14 left any doubts about who was the victor and who was the vanquished, those doubts were extinguished by the end of that meeting.

It would be several weeks before that ninth member, Mayor-Elect Steven Fulop, gained control of the new council, a feat accomplished only after an historic runoff election. Two of his council candidates lost to independents in wards C and D, but it is safe to say that Fulop assumed the role of mayor the day after his election.

Even before he was officially sworn in on July 1, Fulop hired a private firm to search for a new public safety director, ordered the business administrator to suspend the property revaluation started under Healy, announced an end to take-home municipal cars for non-emergency workers, and an expansion of the city?s youth summer jobs program.
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A few residents who did not support Fulop?s mayoral bid said they were impressed with some of his initiatives.
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Fulop also held a series of standing room only town hall meetings throughout the city to get feedback from residents regarding their biggest concerns and complaints and possible solutions to the city?s problems.

He even appropriated the official Jersey City seal and took to sending out occasional press releases under specially created ?Mayor-Elect Steven Fulop? letterhead. In an interesting slip, one such release that was sent out prior to his inauguration left off the word ?elect.? The mistake was humorous, but was ultimately academic since by that point nearly everyone was already treating Fulop as the city?s chief executive.

Hitting the ground running

?I think we have hit the ground running. I think you?d be hard-pressed to find another administration in this state that has come out of the gates as aggressive as we have been,? Fulop said last week.

When asked to list his top three biggest accomplishments in his first 100 days in office, Fulop listed seven.

?The audit of tax abatements [to make sure developments are paying their fair share to the city]. The paid sick leave ordinance [which forces private companies in Jersey City to provide a certain amount of leave]. Our new tax abatement policy. After taking over in a difficult month, I think we?ve turned the corner on some of the shootings we were seeing in Ward F in July. We?ve started the consolidation of the Parking Authority into the Police Department and [consolidation] of the Department of Public Works and the [Jersey City Incinerator Authority]. The expansion of our summer jobs and recreation programs. Our Stop the Drop program [which encouraged people not to litter] this summer was hugely successful. These are all significant things.?

In fairness, the city started doing audits of tax-abated properties last year under Healy?s watch after the previous administration was pressured to do so by tax advocates in the city. But Fulop insisted that the recent audit that recovered $2.3 million in unpaid profits from EQR Lincoln Urban Renewal for the Hudson Point and North Pier developments was during his tenure.

Last week, the city announced that another $2.6 million had been recovered as a result of the abatement audit on top of the money already recovered from EQR Lincoln Urban Renewal.

The administration, he said, is also laying the groundwork for programs that won?t be formally rolled out until next year. This includes partnerships with Jersey City corporations for the 2014 summer jobs program, and the city?s Employment and Training Program?s reentry initiative for ex-offenders, which Fulop predicts ?will become a national model.?

With the help of a $400,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Jersey City will soon hire four bilingual counselors to help residents and business understand their options under the Affordable Care Act. The grant is another accomplishment of which Fulop is proud. Only six such grants were awarded in the State of New Jersey, according to the mayor?s office. The four federally funded counselors will augment the 10 certified application counselors who were already working in the city?s Health and Human Services Office.

?We?re doing more than any municipality, as far as education, on the Affordable Care Act. We?re being very proactive with that,? Fulop said. ?I think that I could point to 20 things that I?m excited about that are visible and tangible for residents.?

Residents weigh in

Predictably, Fulop?s supporters and detractors choose to see what they want. Residents who supported the mayor point to what they see as the accomplishments of the young administration. People who supported Healy remain skeptical of Fulop and the direction he is taking the city.

?I definitely feel the city is on the right track now,? said Joanne Barkin, who lives in the Heights. ?I mean, it?s going to take some time before we see some things happen. But I think the city is just more professional now. I can sense there?s a change in attitude and momentum in the city since [Fulop] was elected.?

Barkin said she has seen a heavier police presence in her neighborhood since the new administration came in. When she has had occasion to call city offices, Barkin said, her calls have been handled with more courtesy than in the past.

?We pay a lot in city taxes,? said David Peet, a downtown resident who has also noticed a shift in the way city workers perform their jobs. ?At least now I resent it a little less...I feel like the city is working for me and that?s the way it should be. I can feel the city is being run differently.?

A few residents who did not support Fulop?s mayoral bid said in interviews that they were impressed with some of his initiatives thus far.

Of course, some detractors remain.

?I can?t say that I see any difference with this guy in office,? said John Spector, who voted for Healy. ?Didn?t he talk about cutting spending? Didn?t he talk about better taxes? The first thing he does when he gets in is raise our taxes.?

Fulop knows the 7.6 percent municipal tax increase that was adopted in July looks bad, given his campaign promises. He said he hopes to introduce a 2014 municipal budget that is either equal to this year?s budget or that is slightly lower, meaning there would be no tax increase next year.

?Tax stabilization is our No. 1 priority next year,? Fulop said.

Among the administration?s first orders of business was the overhaul of the Mayor?s Action Bureau into what is now known as the Resident Response Center, a one-stop office that handles resident complaints and problems ranging from potholes to city-owned trees that need to be trimmed. Feedback on the office has generally been positive, with the office handling resident complaints, often within a matter of days.

But a few residents have said that they have found the Response Center to be more uneven in its performance. For example, in August one resident said she had been to the Resident Response Center and found it to be closed during evening hours when it was supposed to be open. This reporter visited the center several evenings in August and September and found it to be open every time.

Hiring decisions remain a concern

Other residents have questioned Fulop?s hires.

?He used to accuse Healy of hiring his friends to work for the city. Steve?s doing the same thing, now it?s just more transparent,? said one resident who worked for the Healy campaign.

Indeed, several longtime Fulop friends and loyalists have been hired to work for the city, including former Gov. James McGreevey, John Thieroff, Paul Bellan-Boyer, Althea Bernheim, Frank Scalcione, and Pam Andes.

In the early weeks of the administration, Fulop?s team was using a campaign website to field resumes for city jobs, a practice that gave the impression that only the politically-connected were being considered for city jobs. The administration discontinued this practice after use of the campaign website was reported in this paper.

Questions have also been raised regarding whether the city has adequately followed Civil Service laws. Under the law, and under certain circumstances, Civil Service workers who are laid off due to budget cuts are supposed to be given an opportunity to be rehired if their former government employer starts hiring again. Some of Fulop?s critics claim these laws have not been followed.

Several Open Public Records Act requests submitted by the Reporter on July 15 pertaining to hires made since the administration came into office had not been answered by Oct. 4.

City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said, ?We are following all Civil Service rules.?

As for state OPRA rules, the city is supposed to respond within seven days to public records requests.

The number of Fulop foot soldiers now working for the city has ruffled some feathers, especially among some longtime city workers who have said that many of Fulop?s new hires na?ve and ignorant of basic government protocols and operations. Some have alleged that this has led to confusion and culture clashes between longtime civil servants in the city and Fulop?s people.

But the mayor said worker morale, especially among the city?s rank and file employees is high.

?Morale is as good as it has ever been,? said the mayor. ?Every other Monday I have breakfast with 10 employees who are selected at random and we talk about whatever they want to discuss. And I can tell you that they feel valued and appreciated for the work that they do for the city.?

Whatever dissention there is among city workers, Fulop said likely comes from directors, some of whom have been resistant to change.

The mayor said the consolidation of various city departments, which is still in its early stages, is going well.

Last week, Robert Cowan, a 35-year veteran of the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD), was named police chief. Under the city?s new Department of Public Safety, Cowan and the JCPD fall under Public Safety Director James Shea.

Fulop admits that members of the Jersey City Fire Department are lobbying Shea, who comes from a law enforcement background, to select a deputy director from the Fire Department. Fulop said he is leaving this decision up to Shea, who is ?going to take his time? before selecting a deputy.

A chip off the old Bloomberg

Fulop is trying to remake Jersey City in ways that go beyond typical government programs. In the tradition of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Fulop last month signed on to the Mayor?s Wellness Campaign and made Jersey City a ?Let?s Move? city.

Let?s Move is a joint initiative of the New Jersey League of Municipalities and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. The initiative seeks to reduce childhood obesity in New Jersey. As part of the campaign, the Jersey City Department of Recreation now sponsors weekly ?boot camps? at the Bethune Community Center and Pershing Field.

In another nod to Bloomberg, Jersey City will likely ban smoking in public parks and playgrounds later this month.

Fulop?s emphasis on health and fitness has extended into City Hall. The mayor, who is an avid runner who has competed in at least one triathalon ? oh, and last week we learned that he skis on top of all that ? has invited his staff to participate in a ?friendly [exercise] competition.?

Employees who wish to participate get FitBit bracelets that monitor the number of steps they take each day to see who has been the most active among the staff. (Participation is completely voluntary and there is no cost to taxpayers.)

Fulop?s emphasis on health and fitness speaks to the broadness of his agenda and his vision for the city.

?We?ve done a lot,? Fulop said. ?We have a lot more to do.?

E-mail E. Assata Wright at awright@hudsonreporter.com.





Posted on: 2013/10/7 13:04
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Re: 400 Unit Development in Hamilton Park
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I don't give a damn about Mayor Fulop's smoke and mirror tax abatement policy. No more downtown tax abatements. Period. It should be up front. This project will not get a tax abatement.

Posted on: 2013/10/7 12:58
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Re: Residents welcome plan to increase cabs on Jersey City streets; taxi owners less enthusiastic
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More cabs, let the market determine how many are needed. The city needs revenue.

Posted on: 2013/10/1 13:12
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Re: Jersey City appointing 34-year veteran of police force as new chief
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Lipstick on a pig. Fulop is pension padding this hack and his family is likely pulling $1M a year from the tax payer. What a reward for giving him some contributions and walking with his rat dog in parades. How much sick leave did he abuse with Fulop?

Enough already. Watch them resurect this turd. Have you ever had a conversation with him? You can't. Going from bad to worse. No wonder Fulop waited until now to make the announcement and pay him back. Its McGreevey and McCann all over again.

Posted on: 2013/10/1 1:44
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Re: BRIGHT STREET REDEVELOPMENT needs action
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Who is on the JCRA board? The ball is with the mayor. Its not a done deal yet so he can do what he wants. I just would like to see his council vote down any tax abatement. Fulop is the darling of downtown even protecting them by holding off the reval. Let's see if he returns the love.

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Frinjc wrote:
I am not against development. The question that should be publicly answered here is WHO in the JCRA designed the plan for a parcel that ignored unit density, HOW did he get approved, and WHY was that specific developer selected for this parcel.

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Re: BRIGHT STREET REDEVELOPMENT needs action
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Based on the article in the JC Reporter this past weekend, the project is still in the city's hands. SO go to your mayor and council people and find out what is up with this crazy proposal. Does you newly minted mayor believe this project should get a tax abatement. You don't even want it.


Posted on: 2013/9/30 12:28
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Re: Jersey City mayor demands resignation of JCRA chief
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Jeez, Fulop is turning into one nasty SOB. He does not just wanted to fire Bob and send him on his way. Fulop is trying to trash and destroy his reputation. He has become one nasty and vindictive guy.


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terrencemcd wrote:
Jersey City agency chief calls mayor 'reckless' for demanding resignation

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal

The head of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, whose resignation Mayor Steve Fulop demanded this week, has issued a statement calling Fulop's accusations "unjust and unfounded."

Bob Antonicello, executive director of the JCRA since 2006, did not return two phone calls seeking comment after Fulop on Thursday sent him a letter asking him to step down.

But late yesterday afternoon he issued a statement to The Jersey Journal denying Fulop's claims that Antonicello has made ?unethical and imprudent business decisions.?

READ MORE

Posted on: 2013/9/30 12:23
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