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Re: A new N.J. bar’s dress code was called racist. The owner says it was ‘an oversight.’
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There are signs in many shore restaurants that says: No Shirt, No Service. That means restaurant owners can discriminate.

Posted on: 1/16 14:49
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Re: World Trade Center PATH station to close on weekends through 2020
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Two weeks ago some brain-trust engineers stepped forward with
a plan to prevent the 24 hour year long shutdown of the L train.
Only after a year of chaos particularly in Brooklyn where shops
closed, tenants left and properties sold. Where were these brain-
trust engineers for the last year? PATH should consult with this
team to see if the two year shutdown could be reduced so it's not
24 hour work.

Posted on: 1/14 8:38
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Re: JC Council to Vote on Canceling Two Abatement Deals for Non Compliance
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The 3 Kushner buildings received 30 tax abatements in Journal Square for 30 years in 2013, the first year Steven Fulop became mayor. There are others as well, we also gave Kushner ten million redevelopment loan. Also, what the mayor calls affordable housing which received 30 year tax abatements are also renting at market rate, the example is the property on Bergen, near Montgomery across from the bagel store. I guess the mayor want to forget about the anniversary of the 75th tax abatement in which a cake was brought to a council meeting.

Posted on: 1/8 21:06
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2019 Municipal Debt
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Resolution 19-001 has the city's debt for 2019. General Debt $68.9 million, Water debt $3.8 million, School debt $5.2 million, Emergency Authorization $7.1 million. Total $85 million. The debt service does not show the bonding for Bayfront which would add more interest and principal payments to taxpayers.

Posted on: 1/2 12:31
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Re: 16 year old killed near Bidwell/MLK
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3rd Jersey City H.S. student shot dead in the past 3 months.

Posted on: 12/27 8:55
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Re: Council approves new Special Improvement District on West Side
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The comment from the owner of Miss America Diner says it all, she explained we are paying extra taxes for no extra services. She lamented the fact there is no public parking for shoppers, something the city should fix.

Posted on: 12/23 15:37
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Yvonne wrote:
Reading about the payroll tax which might be doomed reminds me of the late Councilman Jamie Vazquez, he wrote his own ordinances actually right in front of everyone at the council meetings. If he was able to do it, then the council must get their hands dirty and start writing their own ordinances.


If this is so doomed, why did you not circulate your petitions to try and waste the council's time and more taxpayer money? Could it be because most people don't really care?


Were you around when Vazquez sat on the City Council? If not, then why comment? If the one percent payroll tax is dismissed because it was not written by a member of the city council, it could affect the pocketbooks of those without tax abatements or under rent control. If the city does not fix this, then the state can come in and raise taxes on homeowners. That happened to Hoboken under the administration of Mayor Roberts.


Posted on: 12/13 19:58
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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I am just wondering if those tax abatements are legal, they did not come from the city council.

Posted on: 12/13 14:30
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Reading about the payroll tax which might be doomed reminds me of the late Councilman Jamie Vazquez, he wrote his own ordinances actually right in front of everyone at the council meetings. If he was able to do it, then the council must get their hands dirty and start writing their own ordinances.

Posted on: 12/13 9:23
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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It is not my opinion, development happened in the 1980s, here are 3 examples, Newport (the first 4 buildings and the mall), Dixon, and Society Hills. The law was changed in 1990 and tax abatements happened to market rate buildings which was illegal before. Newport got a tax abatement after the first four building were up. The assemblyman who represented the 31st district and worked as a lawyer for developers introduced the change in Trenton.

Posted on: 12/12 17:57
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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If the city did not give out sweetheart tax abatements, then there would be no need for a payroll tax. In fact, there should have been a lawsuit against tax abatements from day one. Development did not just happen in JC in happened in other parts of Hudson County which did not give out tax abatements.

Posted on: 12/12 16:50
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Re: Developers Planning to Relocate St. Lucy's - Create Market Rate Housing
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Where is your stats that Councilman Boggiano is wrong, nicky?

Posted on: 12/8 11:26
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Re: Developers Planning to Relocate St. Lucy's - Create Market Rate Housing
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Do you have any published evidence at all to back up that statement, other than the words of your fellow crank Boggiano?


That would be a "no". Just more rabble rousing from the usual suspects.


Didn't I say in my original statement that my comment concerning Port Authority was a comment from the Councilman?

Posted on: 12/7 15:14
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Re: Developers Planning to Relocate St. Lucy's - Create Market Rate Housing
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Yvonne wrote:
The mayor of Newark closed several buildings near the transit hub that housed the homeless, most likely they would find their way here. Councilman Boggiano said during the debates that Port Authority bring their homeless from NYC to Journal Square. Having a place for the homeless is not the issue, but it will a place for Newark and NYC to push their obligation to JC. Fulop should have a honest conversation both mayors of those cities.


Do you have any published evidence at all to back up that statement, other than the words of your fellow crank Boggiano?


My suggestion, put your name on the council agenda at the next city council meeting and ask Councilman Boggiano, personally. I know what was said at the Ward C debate. Secondly, Councilman Boggiano is a retired municipal police officer and officers do speak to police officers in other districts including the Port Authority. The councilman represents the Journal Square district so there is no reason to doubt him.

Posted on: 12/7 14:07
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Re: Developers Planning to Relocate St. Lucy's - Create Market Rate Housing
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The mayor of Newark closed several buildings near the transit hub that housed the homeless, most likely they would find their way here. Councilman Boggiano said during the debates that Port Authority bring their homeless from NYC to Journal Square. Having a place for the homeless is not the issue, but it will a place for Newark and NYC to push their obligation to JC. Fulop should have a honest conversation both mayors of those cities.

Posted on: 12/6 20:42
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Re: Tax Lien
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I find it amazing that people here says $16,000 is an underpayment. There were properties in the Van Vorst community that was paying over $20,000 a year before reval. While I won't give the exact address, I will say that property was on Paulmier Place. What Jersey City Together did a 'cherry picking' to show an underassessment in the downtown area. My late friend, Joe Duffy, had a house on Grand St. After his death, the row house, around 20 feet wide was turned into a 3 unit condo. Before reval, that property was paying $48,000 when you add up the 3 condos in that building. You can multiply that figure thought downtown. In general condo paid more taxes than single family homes, including those in Journal Square area.

Posted on: 12/3 17:13
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Re: Tax Lien
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Brewster, government pays not one penny in taxes, it comes from the people. If your taxes went from $16,000 as some I know and is now $35,000, it is not net neutral for them.

Posted on: 12/3 14:51
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Re: Tax Lien
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Dolomiti, it is about time you read budgets. It has not been revenue neutral since the spending created by Fulop, read the Healy's 2012 budget and the present budget under Fulop. Furthermore, it is not neutral to those people on the tax/water lien list for 2018.

Posted on: 12/3 12:30
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Re: Tax Lien
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Page 7 in the Jersey Journal, an ad for the town of Secaucus, 13 properties are in tax lien, 4 of those properties are in Harmon Cove. It is for year 2017 and prior. Yes, Secaucus is much smaller but JC is putting in lien 2018, the current year because it is desperate. But in the meanwhile the focus is on affordable housing for newer residents, not for the current residents.

Posted on: 12/3 10:43
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Re: Tax Lien
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No, it means spending has increased over time, Fulop has been bonding and using fines and other taxing revenue to get these no tax rates increase. In reality his budget has ballooned, it is $621 million, Healy last budget was $485 million. There are more bodies on the city payroll and a lot more bonding/spending.

Posted on: 12/2 21:46
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Re: Tax Lien
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This is what I wrote, neverleft. "The Jersey Journal ran the tax lien for 2018. It was 33 pages. It is the first advertisement." Did you see the words "first advertisement?" So let me repeat, 6,700 people have troubles either paying their water and/or tax bills. Yes, some will go into debt, use credit cards advancement, borrow money from family or even sell something. These people are overlooked by the city. There will be a second advertisement but it does not change the facts of the stress these bills cost JC homeowners.

Posted on: 12/2 18:11
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Re: Tax Lien
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First, not everyone is a senior and those seniors still have to pay in advance before they are reimbursed by the state. Second, there are close to $12 billion that is not paying full taxes. It is a collection of market rate and affordable housing that everyone else is subsidizing through abatements. The ratable base in Hoboken is $11 billion, so in essence JC taxpayers are sheltering more property than the total value of Hoboken. This is partially why 6,700 people are in tax lien.


In the late 1990s, the late Anthony Just was mayor of Secaucus attended the freeholders budget hearing. He talked about the county taxes and how JC was getting away with murder because Secaucus gave no abatements and paid percentage wise more money to the county. After he spoke, I told him, Secaucus should sue JC. He gave me his city hall number and we spoke. I was in contact with the lawyers. Secaucus sued over Tropicana which received a JC tax abatement but Secaucus have similar businesses. Secaucus wanted an extra 10% from tax abatements to go to the county which is 110%. The municipality would keep their 100% and extra money would go to the county. Then there was the fight with Menendez, DeGise and Cunningham who was a state senator. I am not sure of the details. I just know that figure got cut down to 105% So when a tax abatement is granted the city keeps 100% and an extra 5% goes to the county. Everyone gets this one wrong.

Posted on: 12/2 11:24
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Re: Tax Lien
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First, not everyone is a senior and those seniors still have to pay in advance before they are reimbursed by the state. Second, there are close to $12 billion that is not paying full taxes. It is a collection of market rate and affordable housing that everyone else is subsidizing through abatements. The ratable base in Hoboken is $11 billion, so in essence JC taxpayers are sheltering more property than the total value of Hoboken. This is partially why 6,700 people are in tax lien.

Posted on: 12/1 20:01
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Tax Lien
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The Jersey Journal ran the tax lien for 2018. It was 33 pages. It is the first advertisement. However, over 6,700 people more than one in ten cannot afford their taxes or water. When the city talks about affordable housing, they ignore that group and worry about future residents who will come here from the feds list for low income housing.

Posted on: 11/30 18:21
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Re: Christmas trees 2018
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A few blocks from the Stop and Shop on Central Avenue is St. Nicholas Church. They usually sell Christmas trees in their parking lot.

Posted on: 11/30 18:17
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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So a police officer can stop a car and ask for Driver's License or other ID but not if you are a citizen? That is ridiculous, it is on the Dems platform that they want amnesty. Illegal immigrants are needed to keep the Dems in power. After all, over 60 million abortions have taken place since Roe v Wade. 60 million lost voters so illegal immigrants are the next best thing. Pretty sure most who sought abortions were card carrying Dems.

Posted on: 2018/11/29 14:27
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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My source, well, I did the work of collecting signatures but if you want another source, check the state budget where money goes to non-profits for immigration then go on the USCCB website and they have a list of funds by years that the Catholic Church received from the federal government for immigration. In 2016, it was 96.1 million. Trump cut the money to $79 million in 2017. Google the information, I did. In case you did not know the list of who receives affordable housing comes from the federal government, not Jersey City. This is actually brought up at a caucus meeting because too many JC people were bypassed.

Posted on: 2018/11/28 17:18
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Actually, hero69, most legal and illegal live in tax abated buildings. I was asked to register voters for CIO which is the fore runner of Jersey City Together. I went to the new buildings (affordable housing) assigned in the downtown area. The nonvoters were noncitizens from different racial groups. Nonprofit groups usually churches get money from the federal government to settle legal immigrants. The Catholic Church received around $90 million last year which is why they are pro immigration. But they are not the only nonprofit group, other religious groups also receive funding but I am not aware of the amount. So no hero69, they are not paying the school taxes.

Posted on: 2018/11/27 19:08
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Re: Anyone planning to appeal 2018 property tax increases?
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For those who plan on appealing their taxes at the county, sent a note to the tax board that you want someone present. When I was asked to attend with friends and I notice there was no tax board member there, you are talking to the firm the city hired and the city's attorney. Well, you have already spoken to them at your informal hearing, plus you paid a fee to be heard at the tax board. You will do much better if a board member is there. I passed this along to some people and they had a member of the board there and they did much better than against the city's people, alone.

Posted on: 2018/11/27 14:20
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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bodhipooh, perhaps the reason people leave JC list, is because they are tired of personal digs for the sake of digs. I agree Monroe that your Dad, $30,000 a year is a lot. I image there is land for that money. My former home in JC, is now paying $40,000 a year, and there is no land. Here is the problem, Monroe, I voted for the income tax to replace property tax for the schools. It never happened. I would have voted no if it knew it was a lie. Here is the problem, educators believe spending money in urban will replace all of the social problems. Plus the fact, immigrants both legal and illegal are in JC adding to the school population. I have been to community meetings in the 1990s where the then superintendent of school talked about closing schools based on the population growth. Schools 16 and 3 were supposed to be combined into one school. New development that did not pay school taxes plus immigration has pushed JC into an exploding population school system without the funds now.

Posted on: 2018/11/26 10:54
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