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Re: Commuter gondola plan gets off ground....
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I hope the gondolas can handle the high wind gusts. Cycling over the bridge at times was a white knuckle affair.

Posted on: 4/23 17:22
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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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That's a dead-end link.

Posted on: 4/2 15:28
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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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It would be interesting to see some more stats about amount of admin, non-teaching staff numbers as a ratio to students, and as a ration to teachers, and average salaries. Surely this data could be cobbled together from some source. It would be interesting to compare across districts in NJ, and against districts in other states. I am pretty sure the results will be predictable, but having cold, hard numbers would be nice.


You can find that information here:
https://rc.doe.state.nj.us/
However, the NJS Dept of Ed stopped reporting school financials, post 2011.

You can still get school district financial stats, albeit from year 2011 and earlier at this link:
https://www.nj.gov/education/reportcard/index.html

Posted on: 4/1 15:26
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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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To increase the budget by more than 2% requires an affirmative public referendum.

Posted on: 3/31 10:58
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Re: Springsteen’s son could land firefighter gig in Jersey City
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caj11 wrote:
There used to be, and I think it's lame that the city didn't even enforce when the law was in effect and lame that they don't have such a requirement now.


It's not lame, because doing so would limit the talent pool of qualified candidates.

As for fire fighters, specifically, don't most live at the fire house when they are working/on duty.

Per state law, all municipal employees are required to live in NJS.

As for the JC Fire Dept, I do not know what their specific employment scoring criteria is. However, Jersey City is a civil service municipality. So you score more employment screening points for living in the city than don't. Likewise more points for living in Hudson county than not.






Posted on: 3/28 16:44
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Re: Springsteen’s son could land firefighter gig in Jersey City
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Is his son a Jersey City resident? I'm sure they checked up on that and made sure that requirement in the city code for all city employees (with a few exceptions, firefighters are not among them) was being followed. >sarcascm<


411: there's no city residency requirement

Posted on: 3/28 15:26
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Re: Springsteen’s son could land firefighter gig in Jersey City
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You can't start a fire

You can't start a fire without a spark

This gun's for hire

Even if [he's] just dancing in the dark

Posted on: 3/28 15:26
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Re: For six years, Jersey City schools chief was at center of conflict
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brewster wrote:
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Has anyone ever explained how the state was never able to reign in JCBOE spending yet thought it was OK to return them control? Was there no one willing to say "no, you can't pay your janitors that".


About 20 years ago, there was a scandal with JCPS janitors whereby they were clocking major overtime on the order of time sheet reporting of allegedly working 23 hours per day. If you search you might still find the hudson reporter and nj.com articles.

It occurred under the tenure of the superintendent that immediately preceeded Dr Lyles. He retired with an unused sick/vacation time payout that was huge (about a 1/2 million $, IIRC) and amounted to computing nearly never taking a sick day or vacation day. He did have to account for one taxpayer funded vacation, publicly, his "business trip" to London which occured during the same era as the janitor overtime scandal.

Posted on: 3/9 13:28
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Sorry, but if parking spaces are in short supply, as you suggest, a $15 a year residential permit does not help. Make the permit $1,500/year and surely demand will not exceed supply.


Punish local car owners while developers are getting zoning variances allowing them to provide less onsite parking, forcing more people to park on the street? That's ass backwards.


Where did I mention granting variances is okay? Of course I did not. You can troll on elsewhere.

The bottom line is parking permits are under priced in Jersey City, even in parts of the city that developers are not granted variances.


Posted on: 2/11 16:51
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Sorry, but if parking spaces are in short supply, as you suggest, a $15 a year residential permit does not help. Make the permit $1,500/year and surely demand will not exceed supply.

Posted on: 2/10 23:12
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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1) Is public parking a problem?

Jersey City - Yes

Red Bank - No (per Monroe)


2) Annual cost of a resident parking permit

Jersey City - $15

Red Bank - $1,000


Posted on: 2/9 12:16
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Monroe wrote:
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Car density, yes - permit fees, no. New Brunswick is another good example. If you actually spent time in your car at those locations, like I have, you would immediately agree. Or you can look at their municipal websites to see the chatter about parking issues and challenges.

The original point is JC's very low parking fees are not helpful with respect to parking or having to constantly navigate around double parked cars.


Other than Front or Broad Streets there is no parking issue in Red Bank; like many suburban towns people complain if they have to walk a half block to a store or restaurant. Comparing JC parking to Red Bank parking is absurd.



Uuuuhhh yeah...and why is that? Put your thinking cap on. Like I mentioned before, compare the costs of acquiring a residential permit. If Jersey City charged what Red Bank does, it would not have the parking issues it has today.

Free or nearly free parking isn't really free if you spend a lot of time looking for a space or are sitting in traffic, taboot. That is, if you consciously valie your time, like I do.

Posted on: 2/8 23:23
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Car density, yes - permit fees, no. New Brunswick is another good example. If you actually spent time in your car at those locations, like I have, you would immediately agree. Or you can look at their municipal websites to see the chatter about parking issues and challenges.

The original point is JC's very low parking fees are not helpful with respect to parking or having to constantly navigate around double parked cars.

Posted on: 2/8 13:08
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Definitely not true. Sorry.Take a look.

Posted on: 2/8 0:40
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Parking permits are crazy low in Jersey City compared to other NJ municipalities. Check out Red Bank as an example.

Posted on: 2/8 0:15
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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> The issue is not so much the SUVs themselves but the drivers.

Or perhaps it is just folks ability to critically reason...

Not that I want to be hit by another DRIVER, but if it happens, I prefer that it be from a DRIVER of a vehicle that weighs much less, like a passenger car, than a truck or another form of a truck known as a SUV (vehicle on a truck chassis).

> Newer SUVs are not prone to rollover due to them having a lower center of gravity than trucks had historically. Many SUVs are now just dressed up minivans built on car like platforms.


"Nonetheless, the high clearance of SUVs and trucks makes these vehicles more likely to tip over when hitting an obstruction on the road. NHTSA rollover testing aims to assess each vehicle for its propensity to flip while driving, and the latest vehicles showed some flaws in this department. Here are the 10 SUVs and trucks that presented the highest risk of tipping over on the road."

from 10 Trucks and SUVs With the Highest Risk of Tipping Over
March 3, 2018
https://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles ... isk-of-tipping-over.html/


Posted on: 2/7 16:14
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Yeah -about the topic of safety...It is not safe for the car that gets hit by the 4 ton truck, err um SUV, that incidentally is more prone to rolling over.

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RichMauro wrote:
I think that the safety of the occupants plays large in vehicle choice.
I always scoffed at SUVs in the past. However, looking at the number of accidents (mostly rear enders) occurring in increasing numbers I picked up a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer for a little over 3k and my wife and I have never been more comfortable or felt more safe amid the chaos on the roads daily.

Posted on: 2/3 5:41
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Freakonomics guy famously investigated and found child safety seats no better than regular seatbelts.


That's incorrect. The University of Chicago Economist aka "Freakonomics guy" research indicates that child safety seat use is more beneficial in minor crashes than without. For major crashes, there was no significant (statistically) benefit over doing without.

In addition to their safety benefit, they provide better ergonomics, comfort, and visibility for the child.


Posted on: 1/31 19:24
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Re: Reason #110 Why not take your car to Jersey City Ford
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This is outrageous. Some options....

Have a conversation with the dealership owner.

File a police report.

Contact the NJ Div of Consumer Affairs

Write to Ford corporate

Small claims court to recover the payment of your "repair" work, if dealership or credit card will not refund

Posted on: 1/31 13:29
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Re: What are you paying your county freeholders?
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Freeholders are elected officials that administer county government much the same city council members do the same for municipal government.

Posted on: 1/23 21:32
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Re: JC Council to Vote on Canceling Two Abatement Deals for Non Compliance
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"At this point, the City has granted ZERO market rate tax abatements (anywhere in the city) for nearly two years! "

Posted on: 1/10 11:32
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Re: Would MTA be a better operator for PATH? And other ideas...
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Well circa 1976, Lazlo Toth aka Father Guido Sarducci aka Don Novello - proposed building a canal across the US-Mexico border. Of course he was joking. I'm not a fan either, not even close, but I'd sign up for that well before President Trump's idea to build a wall.


https://medium.com/a-thing-i-love/a-th ... e-lazlo-toth-70d9481874e4

Posted on: 1/7 21:44
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Re: JC v Hudson County (debt)
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Or one can let someone else do the heavy lifting, and refer to their bond rating...moody's, s&p...jc's rating is good.

Posted on: 2018/11/15 11:23
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Re: JCBOE - who are you voting for and why?
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JPHurst, I'm not sure how you recollect facts about taxes and the fictional/mysterious reserve fund. JCPS has consistently had a 2% local school tax increase, every year, for years. One year, in recent memory, it was more than a 2% increase unbeknownst to then school business administrator that to do so requires a public referendum.

Posted on: 2018/11/2 18:11
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Re: Light rail stop- 9th and Congress
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Brewster's post is spot on correct.

Posted on: 2018/9/12 10:31
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Re: 2018 Property Tax payments: 3rd & 4th Quarter information
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The tax bills were mailed out last Friday.

Posted on: 2018/9/12 10:29
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Re: I've seen pre-construction sales but this is ridiculous! 323 7th St
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No perfect predictor comments are very true. It's greed that gets folks into trouble. Many old timer Wall Streeters live by this pithy maxim, "Bulls make money, bears make money, pigs get slaughtered".

Posted on: 2018/8/20 19:08
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Re: Tax payment
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3rd quarter taxes are normally due by August 10th. However, the county tax board was late certifying the tax rate for all Hudson County municipalities.

Since they are late, then by state law, you have 25 days to pay your 3rd quarter taxes from the date the Jersey City Tax Collector mails out the tax bills.

::: Payment deadline counts as when the tax collector actually receives payment, & NOT the date it was mailed or postmarked ::::

The city website does not indicate when they mailed out the bills. However, it does show the county tax (board) administrator approving the rate on July 25, 2018. I would gather the mailing has already occurred as you can find 8/2018 tax bill amounts at: http://taxes.cityofjerseycity.com

As for escrow and physical bills - the mortgage company get the actual property tax bill. The tax collector sends the bill to them directly. The mortgaged homeowner gets an "advice copy" of the tax bill.

Posted on: 2018/8/17 18:43
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Re: I've seen pre-construction sales but this is ridiculous! 323 7th St
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True, but the thread is about 323 7th St which is downtown.

One should not be purchasing property for a short time horizon without having a stomach for risk. That is real estate investments are generally long investments as it takes time to recoup closing/transaction costs, among other reasons. I'm sure your not-downtown 2004 purchase's market value is well above what you paid.


Posted on: 2018/8/15 18:06
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Re: I've seen pre-construction sales but this is ridiculous! 323 7th St
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I think predicting a "crash" is a bit strong. Even at the last RE bubble, folks in downtown took a big hit, but not nearly as bad as others regionally or nationally, ie not much in the way of foreclosures, and the local market rebounded quite well. As much as folks may lament here, those who are purchasing RE are taking a big risk, but are also being rewarded quite well.

Posted on: 2018/8/15 13:55
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