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Re: Police Department Captain's Meeting
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There might be proposed nj legislation soon to enforce using camera equipped buses. The same company that lobbied for red light cameras is behind this push.

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Re: N.J. to turn 240 acres of Liberty State Park into wildlife oasis
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The Baseball Mafia is a completely different topic. I agree with your sentiment. It's not worth the trouble to fight them. In time the neighborhood demographics will change - likely to become more diverse and parents are only interested in Little League while their kids are young. Besides, isn't the 2nd street ball field slated or condo development? (I do recall commenting here about it; am too lazy look up) .

That said, there are still plenty of ball fields & courts (tennis & bb)throughout the city, already that folks do not have to wait in line to access.

I am surely in the minority, but I would wish for the city to have a velodrome like it once did before.

Posted on: 1/13 21:15
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Re: N.J. to turn 240 acres of Liberty State Park into wildlife oasis
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Sacrificing 240 acres in the middle of the city to the "Eco-Gods" makes no sense.


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Honestly this is just a bunch of Eco pandering.


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could be used for a neighborhood park rather than being owned by the Baseball Mafia


This is definitely the language of a well-balanced person making a good faith effort to debate a civic topic


Not really. If he really cared about the ONE baseball field, then he would have addressed it by contacting the rec dept director, writing to council, mayor, etc. Instead of trolling here with slipshot responses. The reason it has remained that way is no one else cared that much and for good reason. There are plenty of available baseball fields in the city, including one blocks away, much closer than LSP. Adding another does not make sense. Folks rather play ball than battle beauracracy or as he puts it the mafia.

Posted on: 1/13 10:20
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Re: N.J. to turn 240 acres of Liberty State Park into wildlife oasis
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"LSP has 10x more open space fenced off from the public than there is city parks in all of JC." State your source of information; I doubt your original assertion is correct.


It seems there's only 2x as much as JC claims it has parkland, though I have no idea where these 189 claimed park acres are, most of our parks are tiny when you exclude state and County parks.

Here's a mine of info on parks
https://www.tpl.org/sites/default/file ... City%20Park%20Facts_0.pdf

JC comes in nearly last in all categories when you exclude LSP.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ark_dead_last_report.html

If we have such a wealth of ballfields then we can convert the ones DT to multi-use like HP right? There's over 10k new homes being built DT and no significant new parks planned. 4 acres in Liberty N and less than 2 acres up on Coles are all I know about. Not to mention that HP draws people from outside of DT.


I really don't follow your reasoning, do you? If you are going to exclude county parks, then why not state parks, too.
Why not propose building a sports stadium instead in LSP? You know every other big city in America has one, why not Jersey City.


As for 10k new homes, it's not like the parks are hidden or were removed after they will make their purchase. Those folks are choosing to live in an urban environment - a tradeoff for proximity (NYC) versus green space. Those who wish to play field/court sports have plenty of public city & county facilities in Jersey City to play - at nearly anytime/not wait in line. Don't take my word for it - surely there will be buyers for all 10k units and still no wait lists for the sports fields.

There is already more than sufficient supply for such. Ample supply/capacity in fact. Berry Lane Park, a big city park, is newly opened and will easily accommodate the additional the 10k.

What is not in close proximity is the type of green space contained in LSP. Outside of LSP, you need to travel far for the next closest state park. Adding more fence-less space for LSP is a Good Thing Indeed, especially for the state's **most visited** state park.

Posted on: 1/12 14:07
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Re: N.J. to turn 240 acres of Liberty State Park into wildlife oasis
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Washington Park has plenty of recreational capacity, as in courts & fields that are often free/unused. Additionally, immediately across the street from this park is another municipal park and sports field, (in Union City).

Posted on: 1/12 11:53
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Re: N.J. to turn 240 acres of Liberty State Park into wildlife oasis
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Yvonne wrote:
Wetlands should not be filled. They will eventually flood again, the open space being proposed is great. The reason we have flooding in JC and other urban area is - too much black top. The rain has no way to go.


To my knowledge these acres are not wetlands. They may have been 150 years ago before the were filled in, but not in a long time. Ball fields would absorb rain just fine, they're not black top!

The reason most state parks do not have ball fields is that most of them are located in communities that have plenty of open space for parks. We do not. LSP has 10x more open space fenced off from the public than there is city parks in all of JC. We are far below what planners agree is minimum per capita parkland even if you include LSP, without it we're in the toilet.


Most of the park is land fill, pre railroad, way back, but I do recall about 15 - 20 years ago, there was even more natural marsh land behind the interpretative center. Salt marsh is/was the natural state for the area.

"LSP has 10x more open space fenced off from the public than there is city parks in all of JC." State your source of information; I doubt your original assertion is correct.

You conveniently overlooked my post detailing Ed "Faa" Ford and the newly constructed and very large Berry Lane park sports fields located a stone''s throw from LSP. Additionally, there is also Lincoln Park, Pershing Field, and Washington Park, that all have ball fields, athletic facilities - all very large muni/county parks, located in Jersey City.

Then there's Fisk park, Colgate park, as well as many smaller parks, peppered throughout the city that have basketball, tennis courts, etc.

Jersey City is roughly the same size as Manhattan in square miles - actually slightly smaller. You mention Central Park - unlike that great park - Jersey City's park sports facilities do not have a wait list/signup requirement to use. Quite the opposite.

That is, to add more sports/athletic fields to a LSP is a waste. There is already a sufficient amount of supply to meet demand. Actually much more.

Like I mentioned before the State does not do sports fields. Unlike your "located in communities hypothesis", many of the state parks are located in remote rural(ish) parts of the State.
You'd have leave Hudson County to figure that out and travel a significant distance to see firsthand at another/next state park. The Division of Parks & __Forestry__ have an excellent website (and iOS app) that will tell you all about the state parks, including their amenities, like here:
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/parkactivity.html


What the urban area needs is more of what is proposed - natural landscapes and land preservation. That is what NJ State Parks are all about and is in much less supply in Hudson County.


Posted on: 1/12 10:05
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Re: N.J. to turn 240 acres of Liberty State Park into wildlife oasis
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It is a state park. There is no state park in NJ that has many sports fields. Jersey City just opened a new park with lots of sports facilities not far from LSP - berry lane park. And there is another off Caven Point rd, not far from LSP.

Posted on: 1/11 20:20
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Re: New CCTV cameras being installed in Jersey City
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The cameras are in addition to or replace ones already there. I bet those voicing "a little dissent", here, are unlikely to have ever set foot in that area and the reason for such is the very same reason the city has installed the cameras.

Posted on: 1/11 12:09
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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Yes, indeed, the 2017 AMT is a very relevant detail. Another is if taxes are paid by a bank out of mortgage escrow which will be the situation for many property owners.

Posted on: 12/27 8:10
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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Can you please clarify how someone who normally itemizes would wind up in AMT category by simply paying extra in taxes this year? Please use real numbers/figures and citations.


You will be penalized with AMT if the total dollar amount of deductions is too large. That is, if you deduct too much, some of it is pulled back/recaptured with AMT.

As for AMT calculations, the IRS form you use is a hot steaming messy pile of you-know-what. I always relied on tax software to perform the Byzantine calculations. AMT was intended to ensure the rich, high income paid some tax. From wikipedia, "Congress introduced the AMT after it was discovered that 21 millionaires did not pay any US income tax in 1969 as a result of various deductions taken on their income tax return."

The rules, formulas, etc. were never adjusted for inflation/income growth, so decades later it has been a scourge for middle income tax payers. That is, one deducts their very high state and local taxes paid, living in a high tax/high cost of living state, and by way of AMT rules, one is penalized (IMHO) with paying even more (federal) taxes because you paid too much state & local taxes. It is really asinine.

Posted on: 12/22 11:15
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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I stiill stand by comments that it is too premature to know if one can benefit by paying early both with the tax code itself and when the prez will sign the bill into law. One may save on fed taxes, but if wrong it is a big opportunity cost especially how the financial markets have bullishly performed.

Posted on: 12/22 8:02
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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No mention of nor is it about illegality, but rather limiting your federal tax payment by paying your local taxes now to get the bigger tax deduction.....that is assuming it is permissable under the new federal tax code. I doubt many of the fed legislators read ALL of the hundreds of pages of legislation bwfore voting, so who else would have parse out all of the details post vote in such a short amount of time to know if such is feasible ?!?

Posted on: 12/21 18:58
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Re: Coffee beans...
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Another vote for McNulty's. Options galore. Beautiful store. Nice owners.
Right off the christopher path stop. Mail delivery is an option.

Posted on: 12/19 6:11
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Re: Gas station Air & Vacuums... prices & locations
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Wawas and quick ckek stores all free... there is also another gas station when exiting the holland tunnel. Not the Exxon, but the one before it, marin & 14th.

Posted on: 12/19 6:08
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Re: Nobody’s Above the Law - Mueller Firing Rapid Response
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So, I'll ask again - anyone signing up? I did.

Heed no mind to the Hannity fanboys. Seriously - why not organize your own Whatabout protest?


As of this evening, the president said he would not fire him, but that is just today's news...

Posted on: 12/17 18:39
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Re: Just say 'no' to 'millionaires' marina on the south side of Liberty State Park
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Also, where does one buy/pay for a launch ticket to avoid a parking fine? Thanks!


I have not been in that area recently (I run through there in much warmer weather temps), but IIRC, isn't there a muni-meter like ticket printing machine right next to a portta-potty or two, and next the boat launch area? I do recall seeing signs in the area warning/instructing about when it is okay to park and ticketing, etc.

Posted on: 12/14 15:45
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Re: Just say 'no' to 'millionaires' marina on the south side of Liberty State Park
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TheBigGuy wrote:
I am curious to see Liberty National's take on this proposal... I know years ago Tiger had to park his yacht over at the marina @ Battery Park. Would they want an active marina, this proposed size next to them?


When I worked at Liberty National golf course, years ago, as in as far back the first time Tiger competed at the FedEx cup there, that is when I first heard of this proposal. I'm surprised this project (proposal) remained dormant/under the radar for ~years~. Maybe the are waiting for the changing of the guard (governor) for it to be lost in the shuffle? Liberty national was in favor of it, then, plus building a large apartment residence or hotel, IIRC, on the edge of its property, right next to where the marina is situated.

Posted on: 12/14 15:40
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Re: Police Dept. adds to the force new faces.
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buddyboy wrote:
Fulop diversified the police department so he can pay minority
officers lower wages, give them less vacation and time off, no
awards for heroic actions, and made them pay more for health benefits.
Fulop is such a great Mayor. Maybe more police departments can learn how to deprive minorities the working conditions enjoyed by the privileged white officers.


How profound (not really) And somehow folks willingly sign up to join the police force! Imagine that! Why do you think that is so?

Posted on: 12/4 12:11
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Re: Hyatt House at Exchange Place
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Robin is correct about the structursl issues with the building.

Posted on: 12/1 7:44
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Re: new city website
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agenda for today's city council meeting ...I stumbled across it here:
http://cityofjerseycity.com/cms/One.a ... d=6189744&pageId=10776947

However, the meeting agenda has not been posted/link activated for the last few meetings.

Posted on: 2017/11/29 11:02
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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It may be "pathetic", but statistically when 1/3 of eligible voters cast a ballot with that margin of victory, it is more than satisfactory from a statistical standpoint. That is, with 100% participation, the results would be the same.

Posted on: 2017/11/8 12:03
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Re: Board of Education elections
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Ricardson had Ethics training prior to breaking the rules he was well aware of all in his first year. Yes, you are correct he missed the key BoE meeting and intently took unilateral action as a board member. That is just plain wrong and inexcusable.

Posted on: 2017/11/7 17:18
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Re: Board of Education elections
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Richardson also had ethics charges filed agaist him while on the board. Just google his name and notice the first few links that come up prominatelty above all else.

As for B4k and Shelley Skinner, they are big promoters of charter schools which many wrongly equate with being anti union (as well as incorrectly thinking they are private schools). The fact is, there are many, if not all charter schools in Jersey City which are unionized, including the school Ms Skinners kids attended while she was on that charter school's board.

Posted on: 2017/11/6 19:09
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Re: Top Fulop allies on tape trying to steer city bid, court depositions say
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> Attempted crimes are still criminal.

It's not criminal. The person you are quoting has no authority to award the bid. Additionally, their bid was pulled *before* any bid was [to be] awarded.

For starters, are you aware of this contract's bid process? That is, what type it is. Once you know that then you will also be able to cite the statute that you believe makes his action criminal. Be specific.

Posted on: 2017/11/2 12:16
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Re: The Tape from Politico,
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Bid rigging is a crime.


Successful bid rigging is and it did not happen in this case as the administration pulled the bid.

Posted on: 2017/11/2 10:58
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Re: Main Library - reopening on May 1...
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I've spent quite a bit of time at the children's section of the main library branch. The overwhelming majority of my time there, the kids were playing noneducational games on the library pcs.

As for library hours, are folks willing to pay more for extended hours? Suggestions are free, even good ones like yours, but people's time, including library staff are not.

Posted on: 2017/11/1 12:57
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Re: Gulls Cove 2 Condos
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With all of the new development in Paulus Hook, your building could very well be rezoned to PS 3. It is another good school.

Not too long ago PS 16 became a k-5 school from a k-8 school. Surely neighborhoid census influenced that, in part.

Posted on: 2017/10/26 7:48
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Re: I Wonder Why Bill Matsikoudis' website fails to mention
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Can you please state your question in the form of a cartoon?

Posted on: 2017/10/22 19:02
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Re: I Wonder Why Bill Matsikoudis' website fails to mention
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Wow. Oh my. How scandalous, .not. <>
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Posted on: 2017/10/22 18:21
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Re: Symes and her machine forcing the City to Endorse Her
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Simply: a vote for Symes is a vote for making downtown more affordable to developers.


I think you've got that backwards. You complain about the lack of affordable housing, and yet now developers create properties that are in high demand, in part due to a lack of supply. Thanks to Symes, folks are getting more of what they want a place to purchase in Jersey City.

Posted on: 2017/10/19 9:56
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