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Re: Jersey City's approach to legalization:
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Time to for supporters to pack the NA meetings and demand they be allowed to be opened Downtown. The NIMBYs in those groups will relegate these shops to dangerous and obscure parts of the city if they can and will most likely use hyperbolic "think of the children arguments" to get the city to comply.

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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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i have attended a few of these na meeting and while i did find that MANY folk were concerned about parking, i did not find them dismissive of renters even though renters "have less skin" in the game.

as far as wanting updated minutes, may i suggest that you join ur na and then post minutes on the website for members of the community to see. please keep in mind that these are volunteer organizations with LIMITED resources


How do renters “have less skin” in the game? I have always found that rationale to be a lazy crutch used by people to dismiss the concerns or complaints of renters. Things such as quality of life concerns have the same impact on renters or owners. Matters of safety and security are, of course, equally important to renters. So, why would that be considered less skin in the game?

About someone else being able to post minutes: that’s impossible unless the person in charge of the NA’s website is willing to hand over the credentials to modify the site. Good luck with that.


And good luck getting said credentials if you show up having an opinion contrary to what the board thinks. Most of these people aren't democratically elected, most are appointed by the current board. And if you're not an ultra NIMBY, the board will not give you the time of day.

Posted on: 12/22 16:06
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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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i have attended a few of these na meeting and while i did find that MANY folk were concerned about parking, i did not find them dismissive of renters even though renters "have less skin" in the game.

as far as wanting updated minutes, may i suggest that you join ur na and then post minutes on the website for members of the community to see. please keep in mind that these are volunteer organizations with LIMITED resources


How do renters “have less skin” in the game? I have always found that rationale to be a lazy crutch used by people to dismiss the concerns or complaints of renters. Things such as quality of life concerns have the same impact on renters or owners. Matters of safety and security are, of course, equally important to renters. So, why would that be considered less skin in the game?

About someone else being able to post minutes: that’s impossible unless the person in charge of the NA’s website is willing to hand over the credentials to modify the site. Good luck with that.


And good luck getting said credentials if you show up having an opinion contrary to what the board thinks. Most of these people aren't democratically elected, most are appointed by the current board. And if you're not an ultra NIMBY, the board will not give you the time of day.

Posted on: 12/22 16:06
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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I really hope everyone in Jersey City takes advantage of this and pre-pays all that they can in property taxes. Then, when they file their 2017 tax returns in a few months, they will be smacking their heads how they wound up having to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax, ("AMT"), whereby these property tax pre-payments will have offered no benefit at all and in fact will have been detrimental.

Great job Mr. Mayor. Keep up the Trump resistance.


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.

Posted on: 12/22 10:59
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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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not sure what the beef is with neighborhood associations, they have no legal authority in the zoning or redevelopment process. they organize and advocate on behalf of residents who are members. most are pretty fluid and change over time.

do they represent everyone? no. they represent those that live in an area that show up and choose to participate


The devil is in the details... my experience with two different NAs has been that they set meeting dates and times convenient to those already in the board, which are often unnecessarily inconvenient to newcomers who may want to participate. Calling for meetings at 7,or earlier, precludes most professionals working in NYC who don’t come home until that time, or later. Midweek meetings at 6 PM are a joke, really.

The beef that many of us have with NAs is that they portray themselves as representative of the neighborhood at large, but often focus on "pet projects" or concerns that only matter to one or two of the board members. And, because politicians believe they do in fact speak for all of the neighborhood residents, they listen to them and actually act on their requests/demands, without ever coming around to actually get a read on what others may think/want.



Exactly. My experience is that:

1) You won't be taken seriously if you're not an owner, the opinions of renters are immediately dismissed

2) If you're not an anti-development zealot and don't think parking is the #1 most pressing problem, your opinions are dismissed, you get called names or you're accused of being a paid lackey by developers

3) Their members say you should show up to meetings and fix this but when you show up to meetings or email them, they're immediately dismissive because of 1 and 2 above.

Not to mention boards being packed with multiple, unnecessary positions, some of which are "self-appointed" or chosen at the whims of fellow board members.

Also the fact they often fail to properly inform their communities what what they're doing, as many of their websites lack updated meeting minutes from the last meeting, often for many months. Also see the downright corrupt way in which some of these boards conduct themselves, such as the recent case of the VNA board trying to negotiate a backroom deal with the planning board to prevent certain areas of the village being upzoned without informing their members.

They oppose literally anything larger than a 2-story house, have no concept of modern urban planning, and when they don't get their way, they dispatch their patron saint Yvonne to wear down city hall until they eventually cave.

Meanwhile, all over downtown, packages continue to get stolen, pedestrian safety is decreasing, sidewalks are crumbling, lots are unkempt, trees are disappearing from sidewalks without being replaced, garbage is strewn everywhere and all the NAs talk about is parking and how horrible it is that infill and parking lots are being turned into something useful. The fact city hall has been more responsive to these concerns when I've contacted both than my own local NA says a lot about their priorities and who they're really looking out for (the selfish interests of their own board members).

Posted on: 12/22 10:53
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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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Hahaha, what a waste of time and taxpayer money thanks to the idiots at the VVPA. How much money did they waste fighting this project on what was known to be very shaky, if nonexistent legal grounds at all?

I'm sure the community will get none of the prior concessions the developer offered now. The VVPA should apologize to the entire community for dragging this out for so long.

Not to mention, if this has been allowed to move forward, there would have been more ratable units to help absorb the reval impact. This is a lose-lose thanks to old timer NIMBYism and VVPA morons thinking they're entitled to free parking for eternity.

Posted on: 12/21 14:45
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Can someone explain the distinction between the Downtown section and the "12 UNITS OR LESS(Resi NBHDs)" on this document here?

http://jerseycity.hosted.civiclive.co ... ndo%20NBHD%20Analysis.pdf

Average increase for Downtown condos looks to be 30% but the "12 UNITS OR LESS(Resi NBHDs)" is about 10%. Does this mean that smaller, walkup condo buildings in Downtown can expect an increase of less than 30%?

Posted on: 12/14 14:24
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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AMo wrote:
So what I don't do is respond to attacks from people too cowardly to identify themselves.


Spoken like a true minion and ally of Yvonne. Deflect, change the subject, run away from your actual words and actions and pretend you're taking some sort of moral high ground.

Posted on: 12/13 13:10
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Bread wrote:
What do you mean James? "another candidate".

That other candidate has a name: Rebecca Symes.

Really. If that was your attempt at being conciliatory, you need do better


There was more than one other candidate in the first round. Way to be petty.

Posted on: 12/11 17:24
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Wow, what went wrong for Symes? I personally thought she had this in the bag.

In the end, I don't think this makes a difference in the grand scheme of things. Fulop still has a supermajority and most parcels of land in Downtown are already purchased and have approved development plans.

Has Solomon taken a position on how he plans to handle the reval when he has about 5,000 angry constituents screaming about their taxes going up? All those high rises adding to the ratable base (99 Hudson) might sure look good at that point.

Posted on: 12/6 9:18
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Re: Hypocrite Solomon’s dirty push Poll
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Neighborhood Associations will not formally endorse.

I know people involved in the various downtown groups and they come down on different sides in this one.

It's a real dogfight, for sure!


It's difficult to get a real feel for the dynamic of this race. Is this a NIMBY (Solomon) vs pro-development (Symes) race? Are both generally pro-development with different nuances?

I'm ridiculously pro-developement but feel like we should be leveraging more concessions from the developers. Maybe something like an infrastructure bank that all new developments would be required to pay into. The waterfront doesn't need abatements but I think they could still be useful for the western fringes of Downtown.

I've heard the term "smart development" used by both campaigns but I don't know if that's a NIMBY code word for "no new buildings, EVER!".

Posted on: 2017/11/13 16:02
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Re: Hypocrite Solomon’s dirty push Poll
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Who are the neighborhood associations lining up behind? I would assume Solomon. Does anybody know? That goes a long way in determining my vote.

Posted on: 2017/11/13 13:41
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Re: Bright Street -- Prone to Flooding?
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Does anyone know if flood insurance covers damage from sewage back-up that occurs as a result of heavy rain?

Also, stupid question but don't know who to ask: can sewage back-up occur on the 2nd floor of the building (where potential apartment) would be?

Thanks again!


For my condo insurance, they do have it as an optional add-on (part of "enhanced coverage") to your basic homeowners policy. They started me off at 5k and I recently bumped it up to their maximum of 25k. So, you should be able to get some coverage.

I was also thinking of getting a flood policy, though I'm not sure how useful it would be if the flooding cause is solely sewer backup as is what commonly happens in that area. An actual flood policy would only cover storm surge, which if we got anything greater than Sandy or even a CAT 1, would be a very real possibility. The rates I got for my unit were surprisingly reasonable, $343/year for 100k of coverage.

Posted on: 2017/11/12 11:10
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Especially after the reval. And because no other states allow it, the state can set rates at near confiscatory levels and still expect NYCers to hop on the PATH train to shop.

Though I suspect like most of the revenue generated in Jersey City, it would all be gobbled up by the state while it complains the city isn't doing enough to pay for schools from property taxes.


There's nothing stopping Jersey City from adding an additional local sales tax on top of whatever the state's charging, is there?

Murphy has been very clear he intends to use the revenue to shore up the pension fund and for infrastructure spending, neither of which I think are bad things.

Posted on: 2017/11/9 17:24
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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There's law and then there's process. Community groups sometimes can provide good feedback, even without veto power.


Or they can be like Yvonne and common sense ideas get shitted for no rational reason.

I think we'll have a better city if the community feedback is received from all residents of an area, and not just the loudest mouths like Yvonne that are retired and have nothing else better to do than to show up at every meeting. Greater use of the internet to inform the public about development to solicit comments, suggestions, concerns, and ideas should be used.

I noticed GRID real estate is attempting to do something like that with https://www.808pavonia.com/ and http://www.baldwinplacejc.com/ but there really isn't a venue to express opinions and suggestions other than contacting council or the developer directly. People are desiring to be more involved, and the internet could be one way to facilitate that.


It'll be interesting to see what happens when dispensaries open up for recreational weed. I'm anticipating the NIMBYs that pack every association and board to not allow that type of business to open up in their neighborhood against the best wishes of the residents that overwhelmingly voted in favor of it. Same thing with why we have such poor biking infrastructure - every bike lane proposal is shot down by those boards.

Posted on: 2017/11/9 12:56
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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To the extent Rebecca wants to create formal Community Boards or something similar, that have binding authority to approve or deny plans, that is not consistent with the MLUL and will require changes to the law from Trenton. To the extent she wants to increase the level of community input and do more of it up front, it can be done to some extent though likely not through an ordinance.


This is an awful idea. The neighborhood associations already have way too much power. A few of them have compromised boards rife with corruption. This is a good way to ensure we turn into San Fransisco and never allow any development because it will be perceived as threatening the home values of current owners in addition to NIMBY. I thought this was supposed to be the pro-development candidate? I would gladly support any Ward E candidate that supports 21st century urban planning policies along with muzzling and neutering the neighborhood associations.

Posted on: 2017/11/8 15:57
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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Whatever you do. Do NOT tell Yvonne about Danica Roem....


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/us/ ... me=Watching-article-click

A transgender candidate defeated a self-professed homophobe that actually went and wrote VA's bathroom bill. Yvonne's hangover just got worse.

Posted on: 2017/11/8 13:09
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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Actually, I did check, Fulop got 20,000 votes while Healy got 14,000. So I am wrong on the numbers and am willing to admit that. However, once Menendez get convicted, this city will say bye Fulop as Murphy will give that seat to him. So, everyone of his fans better take pictures of him now.


Yvonne quite clearly can't handle the near unanimous rejection of her candidates and her now diminished stature in JC politics from last night, so she is having a gigantic meltdown. Yvonne cannot accept certain truths that the city has changed, as well as its citizens and is not going back to its "glory days" of 1985.

Posted on: 2017/11/8 10:49
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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Yvonne wrote:
Did you check 2013 numbers? Of course not. Go online and see how many people voted in 2013 before you call someone unhinged.


Ah, of course here comes the revisionist history and rationalization from Yvonne. Just days ago the Fulop people were running terrified. If only the "real voters" of Jersey City (aka just herself and the board members of each neighborhood association) had their pick, Fulop would have lost in a landslide. How dare those "other" voters and evil millennials from NYC that have the nerve to vote for governor should also feel they can vote for mayor of the city they happen to live in.

Poor Yvonne. The anti-Boggianno vote was much greater than his vote total last night and he could still lose. The steel beams of 99 Hudson would be coming down this very morning and it could be back to a beautiful parking lot by next week if only the interlopers didn't stand in her way of paying $0 in taxes and having unlimited free parking just for herself.

Posted on: 2017/11/8 10:13
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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Interesting I think Rich was against the original election move referendum because it would also eliminate runoffs. Gee he would have won tonight if it passed. (he should have flipped on it and voted YES or at least asked Yun how to vote on it)

- Rekha Nandwani .....876 .....23.17%
- John Hanussak .....1,027..... 27.17%
- Richard Boggiano..... 1,632 .....43.17%


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The fact an incumbent couldn't get a solid majority is a bad news for him. Another sign that the city is changing and the Yvonne/NIMBY demographic is quickly losing clout.

Posted on: 2017/11/7 23:35
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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An absolutely humiliating night for Yvonne and her cabal.


This is the lastest from the HC site. At the beer Hall they had a nice display of all candidates and wards less confusing.

Jersey City Mayor
174 / 181 (96.13%)

Candidate........... Count .....%
- Steven Fulop..... 27,462 ...77.52%
- Bill Matsikoudis ...7,910... 22.33%

Personal Choice 53 0.15%
Total Contest Votes : 35,425


The election is not about me, but thanks for thinking of me anyway.


LOL, you're not getting off that easy. Too bad for you, the high rises and new construction won't be torn down for parking lots and municipal garages, GLBT and brown people will continue to move into the city. Your vision of the city is dead.

Posted on: 2017/11/7 23:10
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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An absolutely humiliating night for Yvonne and her cabal.

Posted on: 2017/11/7 22:35
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Re: Over/under on mayor's race
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Yvonne wrote:
Fulop is counting on people who is voting for governor to also vote for him. Many would stay home at a May municipal election because there is genuine disappointment in him.


Oh, here comes Yvonne to lower expectations and already lay the groundwork to dismiss Fulop's victory.

"He would have lost if the election date didn't get moved! I can continue saying the entire city wants parking lots and my personal taxes should be a net $0!!"

Posted on: 2017/10/29 17:55
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Re: Over/under on mayor's race
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jimbehrle wrote:
We don't have any polling data about Jersey City races.

Only 38 percent of NJ voters showed up to vote in the last gubernatorial election.

HUDSON COUNTY:

Christie 42,567
Buono 53,386

Are they expecting a larger turnout this time around?



There's no public polling data, but you can bet both sides are doing internal polling and have a pretty good idea where things stand. Just based on how he's running his campaign so far, it doesn't look like Fulop's even running a sweat and feels it's in the bag.

Posted on: 2017/10/27 20:38
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Re: Over/under on mayor's race
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jimbehrle wrote:
The last election ended up:

Fulop 14,675 votes
Healy 10,860 votes

Do you think Matsikoudis can get the same number as Healy?


Not at all. Incumbency is a powerful tool in politics, current office holders generally don't lose unless there's a really good reason to throw them out. Nate Silver of 538 gives the incumbency effect alone at least a 2-3% cushion that usually puts incumbents even in close races over the top. This is not forecasted to be close race.

Regardless of what morons like Yvonne think, the sentiment I hear from my neighbors and around town is that Fulop is still seen as superior to every preceding mayor, flaws and all and Jersey City is moving in a good direction.

Bill DeBlasio is probably a more inept and less effective mayor than Fulop and will still cruise to reelection with a crushing margin. I don't see why that won't be the case here.

Posted on: 2017/10/27 18:16
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Re: Over/under on mayor's race
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Tough to say. The last mayoral election was in the summer of 2013. This one coincides with a gubernatorial campaign. Will turnout be demonstrably higher?

65/35?



At least that, if his winning percentage isn't in the 70s. Because the fat slob Yvonne and her minions in the neighborhood associations can't game the election anymore and have to compete with a general election sized crowd, their influence will be at a historic low.

Posted on: 2017/10/27 16:05
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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The appraiser came in to look at my condo he spent all of 2 minutes looking at the entire place. Can they really take an accurate assessment in that time?


I still have not even received an appointment card or any communication at all from the appraisers...isn't this supposed to be wrapping up by the end of next week?

Posted on: 2017/10/27 11:30
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Re: Solomon has no resume
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MND wrote:
first time meeting James i pressed him to name an achievement of the Fulop administration...finally he came up with hiring minority police.

Solomon moved here fairly recently ..he has no idea what the city was like before Fulop was elected mayor. Before abatements and new development brought people, parks, and a better quality of life.

Not too long ago our food options on Newark ave consisted of a slice or a grilled cheese at Woolworths. Restaurants aren't coming here unless the density supports it.

Some of the biggest critics of the mayor on JC LIST and other sites cashed out too early and in some cases missed out on more than $500k. There is resentment and bitterness is often caustic and counter-productive. I'm not trying to be mean just stating facts.

James Solomon is selling himself as a progressive reformer but I'm not buying.


You're point being? Just because he hasn't been here since the 80's, he's not qualified? By your standard the only people qualified would be Yvonne and maybe a few neighborhood association old timers. New people will keep moving in and there will be turnover.

Posted on: 2017/10/26 20:41
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Re: Make Jersey City Great Again
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I do want to very much know why the lawsuit that wasted hundreds of thousands of city dollars brought forth by Matsikoudis and this fat slob hasn't been called out. I also want to know why he hasn't been called out on associating with such a disgusting bigot in one of the most liberal cities in the country.

This is a legitimate question that I really think the press should dig into. She should not be allowed to keep telling her lies about how she supposedly looks out for taxpayers (aka just herself) and has no problem wasting so much in public resources on frivolous lawsuits.

Terrance??

Posted on: 2017/10/24 17:10
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Re: Solomon has no resume
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Yvonne wrote:
Could you name this association? I have been advocating for the small homeowner since the last revaluation, so please tell me the name of this association? When the revaluation happens no one in rent control property will have their rents increase because the city will make sure their properties are stablized. I still remember a six family unit paying $3,000 after the 1988 revaluation while the one family next door paid $10,000. The same will happen again and I will collect the numbers. By the way, when the city sells the tax liens next month, it is not the multi-family building on the list, it is usually the small homeowners who pays higher taxes than the multi-family building. Besides, I still stand behind my comments on Symes. In case you didn't know, the city had a conference in NYC several years ago. Developers and then Bob Cotter was there, selling the city. It would not surprise me if Dixon Advisors was also on the list.


How about we find out what "association" Yvonne has with the Matsikoudis campaign? Given that a disgusting bigot like Yvonne somehow controls a large chunk of the NIMBY vote, how about we find out what quid pro quo she was promised for her unwavering support and cheerleading of this administration, since every single one of his policies is in contradiction to what she claims to believe.

So please enlighten us as to what riches his campaign showered on you for all this support? The public has a right to know.

Posted on: 2017/10/23 12:06
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