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Re: First female head of PATH system says she will improve rider experience
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instead of whining here, use the LinkedIn link and send her a message directly. If enough people do it on similar topic like weekend service, things might actually get done.


With all due respect, another useless idea. I like my idea the best and it's the most probably to happen. What the public can do is show up at public meetings and support high-density intensification near the PATH stations like the Journal Squared towers. Adding thousands of new residents with high disposable incomes brings about a better passenger experience like Magnolia Plaza.

Eventually enough rich people will ride PATH into Manhattan and will complain about things like weekend service via Hoboken and general overcrowding. The Port Authority would be wise to take notice and make the positive changes or the politicians will take notice of unhappy constituents and order the Port Authority to act.


Yeah ok.. makes perfect sense that a bunch of overworked people will show up in a town hall meeting to complain about path than just send an online message directly to the path head.

Do you also believe in unicorns and Santa Claus.


You're delusional. Showing up at a town hall to complain about PATH? That's an even worse idea than sending a LinkedIn message to PATH expecting change.

You know what does influence change in this state though??? Developers, money, and politicians looking for votes.

Posted on: 4/18 11:49
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Re: First female head of PATH system says she will improve rider experience
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instead of whining here, use the LinkedIn link and send her a message directly. If enough people do it on similar topic like weekend service, things might actually get done.


With all due respect, another useless idea. I like my idea the best and it's the most probably to happen. What the public can do is show up at public meetings and support high-density intensification near the PATH stations like the Journal Squared towers. Adding thousands of new residents with high disposable incomes brings about a better passenger experience like Magnolia Plaza.

Eventually enough rich people will ride PATH into Manhattan and will complain about things like weekend service via Hoboken and general overcrowding. The Port Authority would be wise to take notice and make the positive changes or the politicians will take notice of unhappy constituents and order the Port Authority to act.

Posted on: 4/16 17:39
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Re: First female head of PATH system says she will improve rider experience
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I understand the reason for cynicism here and myself do not expect much change. However we should use the change in management to send our feedback directly to the new head.

Does anyone know email/phone numbers which will reach the new head (Clarelle DeGraffe) directly or at least through fewer layers of bureaucracy?

I was able to find her on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarelle-degraffe-9b155044/


Lol, noob

Posted on: 4/9 21:36
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Re: First female head of PATH system says she will improve rider experience
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I long ago gave up on using the PATH on weekends, and I used to love doing so. But, the aggravation is too much (frequent delays, overcrowding, limited scheduled service) and the cost differential is minimal when you factor in PATH + Subway vs. Holland Tunnel (with EZ Pass) and using on street parking once in NYC. And, if there are two or more people in the car, you definitely end up saving money by driving into NYC versus the cost of r/t PATH and Subway fares.


Interesting point. It's like PATH administrators intentionally try hard to make weekend service as crappy as possible.

Although many will disagree, I think the solution is to put a shitload of luxury condos and apartments on the PATH line, and eventually the overcrowding and crappy service will irritate enough voting rich people that the the Govenor will finally take notice and order the Port Authority to improve service. But we're not even close yet to that point. Maybe in 30 years...

Right now PATH riders are too small of a constituency for the politicians to give a dame.

Posted on: 4/8 14:46
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Re: No more answers at meetings from the public
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Yvonne, this is actually a good thing when you think about it... The city is constantly being sued and is on the losing end of those lawsuits frequently. Either the city is getting shitty legal advice or... the pols are ignoring the good advice they're getting from their attorneys. IF it's the former, then it's legal advice the public wouldn't want anyway. But that's a big if...

Posted on: 4/8 14:37
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Re: New Payroll taxes
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Just wait until the new school payroll tax falls short of estimates and has to be increased.

Runaway as fast as you can.

I also wonder about induced demand. Does the hike in benefits encourage more people to go on "disability" than would otherwise not?

(I know there are plenty of people suffering with a disability but I bet there a ways to game the system for people that simply don't want to work.)

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I think the answer is CLEARLY NO.

The combined increase will be about $260, so about $10 per bi-weekly paycheck. It doesn't sound like a lot, but NJ Taxes are like death by a thousand cuts.

The part I found interesting is that the total revenue from taxes exceeds, by quite a bit, the amounts being disbursed: in terms of FMLA, they collect 200 MM and disburse half that, while the disability insurance fund collects 566 MM, but pays out 405 MM. So, combined, the state is collecting ~260 MM above what it pays out. Where is that money going? Is it being "banked" (I know, laughable idea) or is it being spent on other things?

I also find it somewhat unfair that a higher income person will be taxed much more, but is then capped in how much they can collect. The payments are capped at 85% of a weekly salary equivalent to ~52K / year. The state sees it fit to cap the payments to that level for everyone, but is more than happy to collect taxes on all income without limits.

Posted on: 4/8 14:32
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Re: Fulop wants to charge NY’ers their own congestation pricing
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A very simple solution (which I'm not advocating) is for the Port Authority to raise the bridge and tunnel tolls with the extra funds going into a lockbox to increase the capacity for transHudson transit crossings. There could even be a discount for Jersey City residents who take the Holland Tunnel similar to what MTA does for Staten Island Residents who drive (or free ferries?!?)

I'm not advocating for the above. Simply pointing out there are much easier solutions to what's being discussed.

Congestion will only get worse in Jersey City and transit will naturally become a more viable alternative when commuting into Manahattan.

I rather pay $2.75 to be in a packed PATH train at 8:30am for 15 minutes than spend $15 on tolls, $45 for parking, waste gas and an hour+ of my precious time trying to commute into Manhattan with a million other suckers.

Posted on: 4/5 17:47
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Re: Female Jogger Slain - Body Found in Lincoln Park Lake
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This is bad. This idiot will be used as a prop to demonize all immigrants, the vast majority are honest people working hard to provide a better life for their kids.

As liberal as I am on this issue, there needs to be zero tolerance for immigrants who commit violent crime.

Posted on: 4/4 18:53
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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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Spending $23,337 per student is outrageous, especially when you consider what they are getting.


That is about what it will cost me to send my kid to one of the Montessori schools here in Jersey City.

School costs is one of the reasons I lose tenants who have kids. As so as the kids grow out of pre-K, it's off to the suburbs or private school (most can't afford it). My one tenant headed out to somewhere near Dover for the exact same issue. His kid didn't hit the lottery for the charter so he ended up in the local public school. The kid was bored out of his mind because he is already doing fractions, divisions, etc. whilst the rest of the class is still learning adding & subtraction.


Perhaps a discussion for another thread but I never understood why children were placed in a grade based on their age, rather than ability. It probably is all about money as prodigies would quickly skip grades and the school system wont be able to leech off their per capita funding every year. A high school graduate degree has literally become a participation trophy.

Posted on: 4/4 18:47
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Re: Fulop wants to charge NY’ers their own congestation pricing
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I think Murphy is taking care of your last point - the state is quickly becoming a sh!thole with never-ending high taxes and bowing to public unions - people ARE leaving the state in droves.

Uh... No, they really aren't. NJ's population has increased at pretty much the same rate since the 70s.

The research is pretty clear that people don't drop their jobs, families, kids' schools, professional networks and friends because taxes went up a few basis points.

Similarly, Kansas' population did not soar when the state slashed its taxes -- in fact, population growth slowed, possibly because Kansas' government already does almost nothing, and the tax cuts resulted in year after year of fiscal crisis followed by slashing what little spending remained.

Anyway.... People leave mostly because they are getting older and retire to warmer climates, typically Florida.


NEW Taxes are okay. New Jerseyans just bend over and take the full shaft.

Posted on: 4/4 18:32
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Re: Fulop wants to charge NY’ers their own congestation pricing
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Awww... Stevie means well but fucks it up. More taxes are not the answer.

He's basically advocating for higher tolls by the Port Aurthoity so it can be invested in PATH and other transHudson transit improvements.

Also, I didn't read that NYC residents would be exempt from the congestion pricing scheme, but assuming that is the case, why is that unacceptable but a payroll tax on Jersey City businesses that employ out of towners, with the revenue being used to fund our bloated and shitty school board, is somehow okay?

I'm a big transit/bike/pedestrian supporter but congestion pricing should be for exactly that -- reducing congestion-- not as a retaliatory tool to punish NY commuters into JC. The unintended consequences include businesses getting fed up with thr extra taxes and leaving, taking with them their precious income taxes they generate. Maybe if we make this city shitty enough, that will solve our congestion problems because everyone will have had enough bullshit and move away to Florida.

Posted on: 4/2 20:53
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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.


Reject it and vote the bums out.

Posted on: 3/31 20:39
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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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This video is from the Board of ed meeting on March 20, 2019. Board members are talking about a 100 to 200 percent tax increase.
http://www.jcboe.org/boe2015/index.ph ... lrqBoh1GcV1BK2CfRQQue_pCU


Yvonne, are you against or in support of this tax increase?

Posted on: 3/30 2:41
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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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Great news!! I hope next year the short fall is even bigger! Only then will the necessary changes be made.

Posted on: 3/21 2:26
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Businesses should vote with their feet if this is upheld.

Posted on: 3/17 21:35
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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What's needed is a good recession to stop the sillyness.

I hope MackCali and company appeal this all the way to the US Supreme Court.

Posted on: 3/9 18:01
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Re: Ellipse Lease Takeover
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$5,300 ?!?!?!?!

Posted on: 2/20 16:50
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Re: JC historic commission to vote Monday on demolition of St. Peter’s school buildings
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I'm amazed that the neighborhood associations will bitch and complain about a 4 floor building going up on a vacant lot because it includes one less parking space than zoning prescribes but barely a murmur in comparison when a historic building like this will be demolished.

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Re: Six-foot, dead snake found hanging on Virgin Mary (Seventh & Brunswick)
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Years ago statues of the Virgin Mary were made with Her crushing a serpent at Her feet. Could be some misguided symbolism at work at Holy Rosary.

Here's a link to the image:

https://bradbeaman.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/img_0013.jpg


I was thinking exactly that when I first saw the title of this thread. But since your pic is a demon or something, maybe not. Mao, I would love to read your thoughts on this.


Posted on: 2/9 19:41
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Re: Fulop and the ‘Fight for Fifteen’
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Politicians should look at San Francisco's experiment with the $15 minimum wage. One of its many unintended consequences was forcing a lot of "mom and pop" shops into closing down, and for low skilled workers to see their hours cut back.

There have been many studies done, and here is a Forbes write up on the matter:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/adammills ... -wages-impact-employment/



Well reasoned article

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These results don’t necessarily mean minimum wage increases are bad policy. They do, however, support the notion that higher minimum wages have a cost, namely fewer employment opportunities for lower-skill workers. It’s important that we recognize this cost in any discussion about minimum wage policy.


I agree.

Posted on: 2/8 3:55
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Re: Fulop and the ‘Fight for Fifteen’
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This is really a slick move to increase tax collected by the state. Hopefully it wont put too many places out of business or cause too many to decrease staff.


Businesses suffering the most will be McDonalds franchieses and other shitty employers.

It's not going to chase anyone out, but it may lead to price increases for consumers that consume shitty, cheap products.

Tax collection on people making minimum wage isnt going to make a dent in the budget.


Curious what you mean by "McDonalds franchises and other shitty employers". Is there something wrong with those types of jobs... or the businesses themselves?


The type of employer. They pay their people minimum wage, keep them under 30 hours a way to avoid paying benefits, treat them like shit while simultaneously delivering a shit product to their consumers.

I worked for a McDonald's franchisee in my youth. Worst job I ever had. The best was a warehouse job for a small independent grocer.

Posted on: 2/8 3:52
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Re: Fulop and the ‘Fight for Fifteen’
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This is really a slick move to increase tax collected by the state. Hopefully it wont put too many places out of business or cause too many to decrease staff.


You also have to consider the unintended consequences to the individual. If a minimum wage worker who supplements their income with state assistance has their income "bumped up" how does that impact their benefits? Will there be a group of workers who somehow find that their net gain doesn't adequately cover the assistance they used to receive - or will the increase deem them partially or completely ineligible? Is that one of the goals of the Fight for Fifteen?


Exactly right! It's not a justification to not raise the minimum wage but it is a legitimate unintended consequence.

Posted on: 2/7 15:02
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Re: Fulop and the ‘Fight for Fifteen’
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This is really a slick move to increase tax collected by the state. Hopefully it wont put too many places out of business or cause too many to decrease staff.


Businesses suffering the most will be McDonalds franchieses and other shitty employers.

It's not going to chase anyone out, but it may lead to price increases for consumers that consume shitty, cheap products.

Tax collection on people making minimum wage isnt going to make a dent in the budget.

Posted on: 2/7 14:59
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Re: What's going there?
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I didn't realize the VNA has that kind of power. Does that mean the developers have to put this project on hold? I was hoping to see this work get started. That building is currently an eye sore.


It's a frivolous lawsuit. A waste of money x2. VNA is gonna hire attorneys along with the city using tax dollars collected from VNA members.

Fulop is giving out abatements any more. We should be thankful for the ratables. But no. This is why we can't have nice things.

Posted on: 2/6 23:02
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Shockingly sweetheart deal again from the redevelopment agency. This would have drawn double on the open market.


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The five-parcel lot, which sits on Newark Avenue and Cottage Avenue in
Journal Square and had been previously transferred to the JCRA, will be purchased by Canbis LLC, for
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Bidding was open to everyone and their mother. I agree the property is probably worth more, but other developers have got to do their due diligence and submit bids. I saw this RFP on JCRA's website for over a couple months. Not like it was a secret.

Posted on: 2/6 22:48
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Re: What's going there?
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what's the deal with 359 5th street? i passed that monstrosity the other day. it takes up 100% of the lot and towers over neighboring houses. how was that every approved?


That section of 5th street isn't exactly Jersey City's proudest block (from a design/aesthetics point of view). That new mega house doesn't help though.

Posted on: 2/6 4:53
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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According to the new school funding formula, Jersey City is dramatically overfunded, but when you look around at our public schools that doesn’t seem to be the case. Our students are being provided with a high quality education


Untrue. Our unionized employees are being better paid than 98% of their NJ peers, but our students are being shortchanged. The district is now being run by and for it's employees. I dare anyone to try and read the "user friendly budget" and figure out where the money goes. I found terms used there that Google couldn't even define!
it is so easy/convenient to blame teachers for poor jc public school system, and i don't doubt that there are many lousy teachers out there, but i don't think people focus enough attention on lousy parents who raise lousy students/children.


It's a cycle of poverty. Lousy children become lousy parents and raise lousy children. The only thing to break the cycle is good education and economic opportunities. I'm all for gentrification if it helps break the cycle. Unfortunately this leads to the displacement of a lot of people, but just having a concentrating poverty in a particular neighborhood or building will never bring about positive change.

Bring in more charters in areas of failing schools and starve out the old ineffective and racist ways.

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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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The ones suffering in all this is the students and the shitty education they receive.


Case in point.


Keep in mind that this illegal tax does nothing to improve student education. It merely sustains that status quo.

Sometimes the only way to fix the system is to break it. I'm not even close to Republican but these tax and spend policies are a shame. Last in the state in extra circular activities and music, bottom of the barrel for performance. Top 10 in per capita spending. Something is wrong with this situation.

Give the $25,000 per capita to a charter.

Posted on: 2/3 23:57
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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This tax is illegal, and JC schools are so poorly run that I wish we could import the school trustees from Lakeland so they would defund the school board.

The ones suffering in all this is the students and the shitty education they receive.


Posted on: 2/3 16:32
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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what is the status of opening another path stop in the marion section? Is this still being considered?


The Port Authority does not want to build a station in Marion. City forced the Port Authority to study it as part of the legal settlement over back taxes. Study is supposed to be done sometime this year. I'd be shocked if it said anything other than "Marion station is not feasible in the near term due to (x, y, z reasons), so no further action will be taken."


You're probably right but all that's needed is a politically connected property owner and POOF there it appears.

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