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Re: Dixon Leasing Cheating JC out of Taxes with the help of Rebecca Sysmes
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Dixon group their properties into separate LLCs all named after Australian Rules Football teams.
Fremantle, St Kilda, Manly Warringah etc.

Posted on: 8/7 12:32
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Re: Dixon Leasing Cheating JC out of Taxes with the help of Rebecca Sysmes
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This is about Dixon, not Symes, but...

She was General Counsel at Dixon in Dec 2015 when Fulop attempted to cancel Dixon's increased assessments.

She was also General Counsel when Dixon successfully appealed those increased assessments. A fact that has so far gone unreported.

You cannot simply disassociate someone from their behavior simply because they subsequently left the employer who financially benefitted from that behavior.

The bottom line is Dixon successfully shifted their tax burden onto poorer parts of the city.

Posted on: 8/6 13:20
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Re: Dixon Leasing Cheating JC out of Taxes with the help of Rebecca Sysmes
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Posted on: 8/6 12:30
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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I’ll take down the statue myself if it means I will no longer have to read drivel like this.
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Having visited Krakow and Warsaw once each, one of the most striking things during my visit was the massive amount of swastikas littered throughout each city. Some old, some new, it was crazy seeing people casually walking by them. Then you go to Auschwitz/Birkenau or Majdanek and there is a town literally right up until the Camp gates (and yes- those towns were there during WWII).

Posted on: 7/13 5:07
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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A bad grade for diplomacy but extra merit for deflection as Fulop successfully shifted the narrative away from the rampant power of developers in this city. We should be talking about how and why our public spaces are being shaped to benefit profiteers over those who live and work here.

I do however feel you are mistaken regarding individual collaborators as the amendment in question is aimed specifically at anyone who attributes the Polish Nation or State as being complicit in the holocaust.

""The legislation concerns only accusations of collective responsibility by the Polish Nation or Polish State for German Nazi Crimes," said spokeswoman Ma?gorzata Safianik of the Polish embassy in Washington. "It does not seek to deny nor does it apply towards charges of individual collaboration by Polish nationals during World War II.""

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-met ... ing-polish-holocaust-law/

The point is moot because the damage is done, ordinary residents who oppose the removal of the statue now find themselves aligned with Polish Nationalists, anti-semites and Twitter shit stains like Jack Posobiec.
The opposite is also true, as per your assertion - "I wouldn’t roll over for Poland’s Stanislaw Karczewski, nor should you." the removal of the statue can now be framed as an heroic blow against Nationalism and not the craven capitulation to Mike DeMarcos deep pockets.

Given the groundswell of opposition against the statue's removal it would be foolish of the council to not now overturn the ordinance. Fulop loyalists among them must realize that forcing a referendum would be a complete waste of money with nothing but the prospect of humiliating defeat at the end of it.

The statue is bizarrely macabre and, yes, jarring but it is uniquely ours. A testament as much to this city's recent political history as the tragedy that inspired it and now, in years to come, a defiant reminder that we are not an homogenous extension of Battery Park.

The statue stays.

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The Mayor probably gets a bad grade for his diplomacy, but reacting to button-pushing is a challenge for all of us. I wouldn’t roll over for Poland’s Stanislaw Karczewski, nor should you.

Thanks in large part to Karczewski’s efforts, the Polish government enacted a law making it a crime to suggest complicity in any events of the Holocaust on behalf of any of the Polish people or on any part of their government. Violators can be fined or jailed for up to three years.

If you’re willing to believe that NOT ONE SOUL in Poland was complicit IN ANY WAY, of saving their own life by turning on their neighbors, you’re free to do so, but that would be naive. Remember, there were Americans colluding with our enemies, and they weren’t even in danger. That doesn’t necessarily cast aspersions on either of our nations, but facts are facts, and they should not be suppressed.

As a compromise, would you believe that maybe ONE person in all of Poland—just one—aided the Nazis? If so, it’s important to understand that it would be illegal in Poland to speak about it, even if you have proof. Somebody like you, a person confident enough to stand at a podium in City Hall and speak her mind—exercising her freedom of speech—could go to jail for talking about it. Even if she was wrong, does that seem right to you?

As far as the memorial goes, it is uniquely jarring, and by its own virtues, belongs in a venue where it has the potential to be more appropriately contemplated.
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Posted on: 7/6 10:42
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza
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Posted on: 5/21 10:42
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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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Money will prevail over this BS. It will be impossible to build because of the costs involved.


http://www.jcvillage.org/wp-content/t ... pjan7upfinalreupdated.pdf

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Posted on: 4/14 18:46
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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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I have been reliably informed that Noble Lester, a representative from the New Jersey Commuters Alliance, attended a recent Hamilton Park NA meeting. By all accounts he knew very little about the plan or Jersey City itself and when pressed as to who hired him he gave up two names.

KC Boyle and George Fontas. These are the two people responsible for the fake New Jersey Commuters Alliance campaign.

KC (Kevin) Boyle works for Hilltop Public Solutions a PR, Lobbying and political consulting firm.

http://hilltoppublicsolutions.com/

"Digital strategy, from social media, to online advertising, to email fundraising and engagement, is critical for any campaign. We’ll help you build your list, activate and mobilize supporters and spread your message online."

"Hilltop provides clients a number of ways to mobilize grassroots using the latest digital and offline tools. Over time, lawmakers and voters alike have earned to tune out generic, cookie-cutter campaigns. That is why Hilltop has developed new ways to organize and breakthrough."

George Fontas has his own firm, Fontas Advisors.

https://www.fontasadvisors.com/

"A boutique government affairs consultancy
Serving the next-generation needs of the companies and organizations operating in, and partnering with, New York City and State."

George is a registered lobbyist for LeFrak.

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https://bmp.nyc.gov/elobbyist/search

Anybody seeking further information about this "shadowy" group could do worse than contacting either KC or George.

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Posted on: 4/11 13:42
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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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Yes this is a done deal.
Take a quick look at Fulop's tweets on the matter.

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Please note that Fulop refers to Newport (LeFrak) pushing for the added lane.

Strange that he knows so little because, as councilman in 2009, he proposed an identical plan.

Excerpts from Hudson Reporter article dated June 7th 2009.

1 - "Downtown City Councilman Steven Fulop has tried to heed the complaints of his constituents on mitigating the increase of vehicles detouring past their homes.

He has also considered and pushed for various initiatives to take automobiles off those one-way streets.

One of the most significant ones he would like to see is a proposed N.J. Turnpike extension or traffic separator down 11th Street in downtown Jersey City linking to the ramp on Jersey Avenue to Newport and the waterfront. This separator would take traffic off the road going to the Holland Tunnel to ease congestion.

“Hopefully, we will have a report back from the Turnpike this summer,” Fulop said. “In five years, we think they will build something that will benefit the residents.”"

2 - "According to Turnpike Authority counts of traffic traveling that route daily to New York during rush hour in 2008, there were 20,300 cars Manhattan bound and 14,700 New Jersey bound (Jersey City waterfront and other local destinations). Also, the Turnpike Authority found in the same traffic counts that 3,400 Manhattan bound cars get off at the 14C – Montgomery Street exit to make a nearly one-mile trip through Downtown as a “back door” entry to the Holland Tunnel. And 13,600 cars exit at Montgomery Street to go to the waterfront and other nearby locales."

3 - "Interested in seeing the separator become a reality is Jamie LeFrak, one of the principals of the Newport Associates Development Company, the builders of Newport and other residential housing in downtown Jersey City:

“From our perspective as the largest owner of homes in Hamilton Park (the Lincoln and Roosevelt apartment buildings), the separator would reduce the number of cars which use the Hamilton Park neighborhood as a back door to the Holland Tunnel and the Waterfront, thus reducing traffic impacts in a residential neighborhood which was never designed to handle the number of dangerous cars which pass through.”"


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A few months prior to this article, March 10th 2009, Fulop actually gave a presentation to the Village Neighborhood Association touting "the benefits" it could have for The Village.

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Worth noting here that the reference to the NJTPA as the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is incorrect (that's the NJTA). The NJTPA is the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

Here's a few highlights from Fulop's presentation.

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Please note the source - "Raymond Keyes Traffic Study for Jersey City waterfront development EIS 1983"

LeFrak began developing Newport in 1986

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Please note here that the source is NJTPA 2009 traffic demand model.

Also note these are the same statistics used in my second excerpt from the Hudson Reporter article posted above.

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Now let's take a look at some highlights from the current 2018 proposal on the New Jersey Commuters Alliance site.

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Note all sources and statistics are the same as Fulop's 2009 proposal.

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So I would say that Fulop would have a very good idea who the specific entity is behind this, it would be the same one he was pimping for in 2009.

Further confirmation of NJTPAs involvement -

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Note "...vehicular access to the Hudson County Waterfront"

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There is another reason Fulop should know more than he is saying.

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In 2013 he was actually elected to the NJTPA's board of trustees and is specifically on their Planning and Economic Development Committee. This appears to be automatic as Healy was on the board before him which, is almost entirely made of Mayors, Freeholders, County Executives and NJT and NJTA officials.

So, it looks like the big boys have this one in the bag.
On the hope front I have some good and bad news.

The good news is that of the 20 NJPTA board members, there is one ordinary member, one who is neither a politician nor a transportation official. He is termed the citizen's representative, he is there to represent us ordinary folk and he also happens to be on the Planning and Economic Development Committee.

The bad news is it's Jaime LeFrak.

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Posted on: 4/11 10:31
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Re: N.J. city shuts down burlesque show, citing obscenity laws
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No.
If I supported Solomon it was because I was against the naked attempt by monied interests to install a councilperson in Ward E.
If I had the undue power to influence Solomon I would not exercise it and would be the first to protest if I thought he was unduly influenced.

He's your councilman, you call him. Our power is equal.

My main point here is that this letter was written in haste and delivered at leisure. It had nothing to do with obscenity and everything to do with damaging FM amid a fragile transition.
How has Lillian managed to escape censure thus far? Why now?




Posted on: 3/30 12:39
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Re: N.J. city shuts down burlesque show, citing obscenity laws
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Additionally, the following is quoted in the letter yet appears nowhere in the municipal code.

"any display of a specified anatomical area contained in a live performance which by means of posing emits sensuality with sufficient impact to concentrate prurient interest on the area or activity"

Actual ordinance below.

§ 251-4. - Definitions.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

OBSCENE FILM - Any motion picture film or preview or trailer to a film, not including newsreels portraying actual current events or pictorial news of the day, in which a scene, taken by itself:

A. Depicts a specified anatomical area or specified sexual activity or the simulation of a specified sexual activity or verbalization concerning a specified sexual activity; and B. Emits sensuality sufficient, in terms of the duration and impact of the depiction, to appeal to prurient interest.
OBSCENE MATERIAL - Any description, narrative account, display or depiction of a specified anatomical area or specified sexual activity contained in or consisting of a picture or other representation, publication, sound recording, live performance or film, which by means of posing, composition, format or animated sensual details emits sensuality with sufficient impact to concentrate prurient interest on the area or activity.

SPECIFIED ANATOMICAL AREA:

A. Less than completely and opaquely covered human genitals, pubic region, buttock or female breasts below a point immediately above the top of the areola; or B. Human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state, even if covered.
SPECIFIED SEXUAL ACTIVITY:

A. Human genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal. B. Any act of human masturbation, sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse. C. Fondling or other erotic touching of covered or uncovered human genitals, pubic region, buttock or female breast.

Posted on: 3/30 11:28
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Re: N.J. city shuts down burlesque show, citing obscenity laws
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There's something very odd about the letter that FM received.

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"Chapter 157.3 prohibits obscene entertainment."

Incorrect. Chapter 157.3 deals with license requirements and makes no reference to obscenity.

https://library.municode.com/nj/jersey ... 12-0019-11-2013ORNO13-081

The correct ordinance is 157.1(3)

"Obscene material is defined under Chapter 257.4 as..."

Again incorrect chapter 257.4 deals with the disclosure of the presence of lead based paints.

https://library.municode.com/nj/jersey ... 57PRTR_S257-4DIPOPRLESEPA

The correct ordinance is 251.4

Of note here is that the letter is signed by James M. LaBianca and only in Jeremy Farrell's name.


The letter was written and dated the 26th but hand delivered on the 27th. The show was planned for the 28th, why hang on to the letter for a day if it wasn't to proofread? It's almost like they held on to the letter to minimize FM's ability to respond either legally or by giving patrons notice of cancellation.
Maximum damage to a small business.

We have to remember where we are. No ordinary tax-paying resident would be able to have a show in a bar shut down with two days notice. The person behind this was politically connected and the target was Alan Rudolph and FM, not Lillian Bustle.

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Posted on: 3/30 11:16
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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I have a lot to say about all this but I'm waiting for the final numbers to come in.
However, I found this NYT article from 1989 in the course of my research and thought I'd share.
I hope you are as amused by it's familiar themes and names as I was.

Jersey City's Revaluation Raising Anger and Despair
By JOSEPH F. SULLIVAN
Published: May 3, 1989

Few communities approaching a property-tax revaluation have faced a more daunting task than this city across the Hudson River from Manhattan. And few have seen the job, once done, create so much anger, despair and bitterness.

Much had changed since 1972, when property was last appraised in this city of 218,500. Some neighborhoods had come back to life; others had decayed. Parts of the industrial waterfront had remained decrepit; others had become crowded with offices and apartments.

When the appraisers were done, the value of all real property in Jersey City - homes, businesses, factories and vacant lots - had soared to $5.6 billion from $800 million 17 years before. But the resulting tax assessments varied widely.

Real-estate speculation had artificially forced up values and taxes for recovering neighborhoods in the city's center, while on the waterfront, abatements granted to developers held down taxes on luxury condominiums. Some people found their taxes reduced; others complained they were being forced out of their homes. A Challenge From Taxpayers

The result, when Mayor Anthony R. Cucci accepted the revaluation last year, was a coalition of taxpayers taking the city's officials into Tax Court.

The coalition, the Jersey City Coalition for Fair Taxation, has collected more than $100,000 to argue that the revaluation was badly flawed. Its evidence, said a co-chairman, John Mercer, includes affidavits from more than 850 people whose homes were listed as having been inspected by appraisers, but who say no appraiser visited. Others claim that inspections amounted to someone appearing at their doors and asking how many bathrooms they had.

''Brick homes were listed as wood frame, homes without garages were described as having them, others with 100-year-old plumbing and plaster falling from the walls were assessed the same as those recently renovated,'' Mr. Mercer said. The appraiser hired by the city, Real Property Appraisers, a division of Cole-Layer Trumble of Dayton, Ohio, one of the largest mass appraisal companies in the country, has acknowledged that workers inspected fewer than half the city's 27,000 homes. Harder to Find Someone Home

Bruce F. Nagel, senior vice president of marketing and systems, said workers had made repeated visits to homes. But, he said, ''it's becoming increasingly difficult, in an age of working couples, to find someone at home.''

The anger generated by the tax shift has created a complicated issue for candidates for mayor and council in the May 9 election. While downtown residents and some on the West Side and in the Heights section north of Journal Square have received sharp tax increases, a larger number elsewhere have seen their taxes drop.

City officials said that an influx of newcomers, particularly in the brownstone neighborhoods around Van Vorst and Hamilton Parks downtown, drove up housing prices in some areas and thus assessments.

''I can empathize with anyone who experiences such a dramatic tax increase, but not necessarily sympathize,'' said Jerry Lazarus, the deputy mayor. ''It's simply justice. Many of these properties were underassessed for years.''

But those who have seen their annual tax bills grow to $9,000 and $11,000 from $2,000 and $3,000 scoff at the idea that all properties were assessed at true market value, as required by law.

''Some officials have said they want to make the 'yuppies' pay,'' said Mia Scanga, an executive recruiter in Manhattan who bought her downtown row house on Mercer Street in 1983. ''They expected us to just open our checkbooks, but they didn't expect us to fight. Old-Timers 'Getting Slaughtered'

''They try to picture it as the new residents against the old-timers, but that's hogwash,'' she said. ''The old-timers are getting slaughtered.''

Stanley Miga, a 79-year-old retiree who lives on Montgomery Street across from Van Vorst Park, saw his taxes grow to $9,000 from $2,500. He said he doesn't know whether he will be able to stay in the four-story brownstone he has owned for 36 years. ''It's a day-to-day situation,'' he said. Father Damian Halligan, pastor of St. Peter's Church on Grand Street, four blocks from the river, said the area's many elderly residents were bewildered and dismayed by the sudden jump in taxes.

''They are afraid.'' he said. ''Most didn't even appeal their assessments and they just don't know what to do. They find it hard to change and to consider suggestions that they take in a tenant to help pay the increase.''

Yvonne Balcer, who saw the taxes on her York Street home rise to $11,000 from $3,180, received a tax bill in July at the start of the 1988 tax year for almost $16,000, retroactive to January when the new values took effect. Big Difference in Greenville

''That's more than I make as a kindergarten teacher,'' said Mrs. Balcer. Including the rent from two apartments in their building, she and her husband, Charles, the city's historic preservation officer, have a total income of $63,000.

While Mrs. Balcer was wrestling with her tax bill, however, she learned that her mother's home in the Greenville neighborhood, a stable area of one-family houses that has not seen a lot of newcomers, was assessed at $25,900, even though nearby properties are selling for $100,000. Her mother's taxes dropped to $700 from $2,000.

Middle class residents also say they are subsidizing those who are moving into riverfront property that has received tax abatements.

To attract development, the city has reassessed the value of waterfront land but abated taxes on buildings and improvements for up to 40 years.

Ms. Scanga said that taxes on a $250,000 apartment at the Newport development, for example, are fixed at $3,300, while taxes on a home assessed at the same level elsewhere are $7,500 and subject to annual increases.

The city collects payments in lieu of taxes from the developers. Without that $9 million, city officials say, the city tax rate would be $2 to $5 higher than the current $30.52 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The city's total budget, including school and county payments, is about $425 million, with about $173 million raised from property taxes. Homeowners, Landowners Hurt

A survey by the coalition found that the revaluation raised the value of vacant land, by 11 times; residential property by 6 times; commercial property by 5.5 times; industrial property by about 4.5 times, and apartments by 4.8 times.

The analysis shows commercial, industrial and apartment owners getting a tax break at the expense of homeowners and owners of vacant land. Officials of the city and the appraisal company said the business community is paying virtually the same percentage of city taxes after the revaluation as before.

Relations between the city and Real Property Appraisers soured last year and the city is holding onto about $400,000 the company says it is still owed. The matter could end up in court.

The coalition and Peter A. Casamasino, the city tax assessor, say that the revaluation resulted in assessments that were about 70 percent of true value instead of 100 percent.

Mr. Casamasino said that 2,000 properties were still being reinspected and that the effort was reducing the gap between assessments and true market value.

Mr. Nagel of Real Property Appraisers said the company was hired to provide true value figures as of Oct. 1, 1986 and had done so. The city amended the 1986 figures to serve as 1987 figures for the purpose of sending out the 1988 tax bills by studying a number of new property sales between January and June 1987, he said, and this created the gap between the assessments and true market value.

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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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"Solomon’s victory may be attributed to growing concerns about the impact of a citywide reevaluation of property as well the rapidly rising rents in the downtown and waterfront portions of Ward E.

Behind the scenes, those opposed to Fulop and Symes raised questions about Symes’ association with big landlords and local developers. These attacks appeared to have some effect on Symes. In the waning days of the campaign she lashed out at her opponents for their “unfair” portrayal of her as a front for real estate interests.

Going into the runoff, Symes was seen as a frontrunner since she had led a field of six candidates, and received 2,593 votes to Solomon’s 2,077 on Nov 7.

Although unsuccessful Ward E candidate Nicholas Grillo gathered 916 votes on Nov. 7 and later endorsed Symes, his voters appeared to have turned to Solomon instead."

Read more: Hudson Reporter - Council runoffs gives Fulop an edge but opponents remain Mayor pledges to finish projects his administration started

http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_s ... tance=home_Most_commented

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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Put those peppers back.
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Posted on: 12/6 21:58
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Unfortunately it looks like misogyny and smears carried the day in Ward E.


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Re: Beware of Symes Volunteers Infiltrating Your Building
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This, all the way. Symes just seems too aligned with Fulop's contacts and resources to be as independent as I'd like.


Which is why the mayor never endorsed her.

Which is why he gave no money to her.

Which is why he did not deploy any campaign people on her behalf.

Which is why committee people, elected on the HCDO line, are allowed to campaign for whatever candidate they want.

Which is why Solomon is working with the support of Michael Yun, who seeks not an "independent" council but an opposition bloc.

Anonymous posts or unsourced assertions are not the basis for saying that Symes "seems" connected to the Mayor. She is not except in the sense that she can work more cooperatively rather than act as a "White Knight" who knows better than everyone else.


Between Symes and Solomon it is obvious who the mayor would prefer to be on the council. But the mayor knows that it would be unseemly to endorse the former General Counsel for a major real estate investment firm.

Let me make this clear -
General Counsel of real estate investment firm -> Jersey City Council – is inappropriate and egregious from an ethical standpoint.

There are good reasons to vote for either candidate, but completely ignoring the ethical dilemma is troubling. Ms. Symes may do an excellent job on the council – time will tell. But either way, this will set a dangerous precedent.


Completely ignoring? She resigned from her position and is going without a job to avoid conflicts of interest.

If something pertaining to Dixon came before council she should recuse herself. But Dixon generally does not have matters that go before the council. It is not a developer and has not applied for tax abatements or sought approval of redevelopment plans. Most of what Dixon has to do with government is getting permits, approvals to do work in historic districts, and the like. That does not go before council.


Completely ignoring that at Dixon she employed two people from her old job with Senator Gillibrand.

Under Symes, Dixon successfully reduced their property tax burden leaving regular homeowners to pick up the tab.

Posted on: 12/5 13:31
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Symes will favor developers over residents and you’ll be paying what they don’t pay in property tax.

Posted on: 12/5 8:37
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Solomon spent 13,000 on mailing.
Symes spent 40,000.

Go look for yourselves.

Posted on: 12/3 17:19
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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How much does it cost Symes to have DPW workers bus seniors to file absentee votes?
Please note this DPW worker is former Mayor and convicted felon Gerry McCann.
Solomon could lend himself all the money in the world and still not afford what Symes has been given.

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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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The Symes support certainly seems to have a lunatic fringe.

Win or lose, Dixon Advisory are going to pay for interfering in our local democracy.


Posted on: 12/1 6:41
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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But, yes, I urge to you watch the dark money funded video and ask yourself where they got the footage of Rebecca from.

Posted on: 12/1 0:31
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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Quote:

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Watch this video again, Dan Levin. That's not Rebecca's voice, that's what we call "a voice-over." Video can be repurposed from anywhere, the technology is super-amazing. For example, Trump did not send the Access Hollywood tape to any PAC to use in ads. They figured out how to do that on their own.


When you're reading this you have to remember that this guy used his phone to record a video playing on the internet and then uploaded it to the internet.

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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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I mean this is clearly broadcast quality footage and, as Jim Behrle appears to point out, they used two different sources. Both her own soft focus ad and the chicpea shoot with the white wall.

This means they MUST have got it from Symes.

Busted.

Posted on: 12/1 0:27
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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If the dark money PAC did not collude with Rebecca Symes, how did they get all the footage of her?

Posted on: 11/30 23:54
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Re: Hypocrite Solomon’s dirty push Poll
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From Solomon's twitter.

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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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To tell you the truth I'm a little worried about Phil "No-Sale" Rivo's mental health.
Look at these posts, he's melting down.

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Labor-connected group spends big in Jersey City council race
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http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... _in_jersey_city_coun.html

“JERSEY CITY -- In the final week of campaigning in the Dec. 5 Downtown council race, a group with ties to a politically powerful labor union is starting to spend big money in support of Rebecca Symes.

Stronger Foundations Inc., which has spent hundreds of thousands this year to back pols like Sen. President Stephen Sweeney and Hoboken Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla, paid for a 30-second spot on behalf of Symes that started circulating on Facebook this week and will also air on television.

The spot calls Symes "an attorney and a strong woman who will stand up to the Trump agenda."

While not unprecedented for an independent group to attempt to influence a local race -- one spent more than $250,000 to support Mayor Steve Fulop in 2013 -- this is the only one that has spent money in this year's municipal contest.


Stronger Foundations is not required to list its donors.

Symes, 36, came in first place out of five Ward E council hopefuls on Election Day, but landed in a runoff because she failed to win more than 50 percent of the vote. Her opponent is the second-place finisher, James Solomon, 33, who teaches about politics and government at two local colleges.

The Ward E race has been an expensive one. The two candidates' most recent filings show Symes raised about $92,000 and spent $58,000 on the first round of campaigning, while Solomon raised $125,000 and spent $116,000. Solomon's fundraising haul includes a personal $25,000 loan.

Solomon has made reform of the city's real-estate development process a central promise of his campaign, and he has highlighted Symes' prior work as general counsel for real-estate investment firm Dixon Advisory to cast her as the candidate who would be beholden to big-money donors tied to that industry.


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Stronger Foundations' ad, he told The Jersey Journal today, shows "one candidate is independent of outside special interests and the other candidate is not."

Symes' campaign has expressed irritation at Solomon for attempting to draw this contrast, noting that his campaign finance reports show maxed-out contributions from wealthy, out-of-town donors. Speaking by phone to The Jersey Journal today, Symes responded to Solomon's criticism of the Stronger Foundations ad by repeating her campaign pledge to pursue publicly financed local elections in Jersey City.

"It's not a surprise that someone who has an extra $25,000 and a national network of donors doesn't care about locally funded elections," she said. "He doesn't need them."

Stronger Foundations is an independent expenditure group, and is permitted by state law to raise unlimited sums and spend money on behalf of candidates. It is not allowed to coordinate with Symes' campaign.

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It has reported spending hundreds of thousands of dollars this election cycle, largely in legislative races, on behalf of Democrats and Republicans. On its campaign finance reports it says it spent $50,520 to support Bhalla, who won a six-way race on Nov. 7 to become Hoboken's new mayor.

The group, which has a Rahway P.O. box, says its money comes entirely from the labor management fund of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825. Its registered agent is Christopher Lalevee, whose brother Greg is that union's business manager. Greg Lalevee was named to Gov.-elect Phil Murphy's transition team as a co-chair of the labor and workforce development committee.

IUOE Local 825 represents nearly 7,000 operating engineers throughout New Jersey and New York. Its members work on transportation infrastructure.

"Stronger Foundations, Inc. is an independent organization that was created to inform voters and the public about the importance of infrastructure and economic development investments throughout New Jersey, as well as provide information regarding the positions of legislators and other elected officials on these very same issues," Stronger Foundations spokesman Michael Makarski said. "Because it is an independent organization, it does not coordinate its efforts with candidates or their campaigns."

Makarski also works for public relations firm MWW. Stronger Foundations has reported paying only two companies, MWW and pollster McLaughlin and Associates.

Makarski previously worked for Vision Media, a politically connected Hudson County public relations company that is working for Symes' campaign.

Symes and Solomon, both Democrats, are vying to succeed Councilwoman Candice Osborne, who did not seek a second term on the nine-member council (Osborne has endorsed Symes). The Ward E race is one of four runoffs facing Jersey City voters next week.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 pm”

Posted on: 2017/11/28 14:01
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Re: Ward E for Sale - How Dixon $$$ bought Symes a candidacy.
#29
Quite a regular
Quite a regular


Quote:

JPhurst wrote:
EC, with respect to my role in the campaign, I have publicly supported Rebecca. I'm not in the inner circle, though I've attended canvassing trainings, strategy meetings, and GOTV rallies.

I will say that I've never seen Bertoli at any of these. I'm not saying he has not offered his help in some way. Maybe he has some Svengali-like behind the scenes role but it's really not how that campaign is being run. The people doing the heavy lifting on the campaign like Alex and Anne, are all public about their roles.


You are part of the machine -

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

"In Jersey City, we've grown used to living in a one-party state.

While Jersey City sent at least five busloads of protesters to the Women's March in January to speak out against President Donald Trump's autocratic tendencies, we laugh off our own one-party machine rule as "just the way things are."

We need to see that Jersey City's rule-by-machine has real consequences, sometimes frustrating, sometimes tragic.

We see it at the voting booth. Living in a democracy should mean voters have real choices. Yet during elections, there are often no choices on our local ballot. In November, for instance, residents of the Heights and Downtown had only one choice for Freeholder. How accountable will the "winner" of that election be, knowing he won without opposition -- and may do the same at the next election?

It's easy to see why the machine candidates are often unopposed. Candidates who run against them have a mountain to climb, since the machine puts a staggering effort into winning elections. For example, one reason why Mayor Steven Fulop's administration expanded city office's Election Day closings was to free up more city workers to pass out campaign literaturte for machine candidates outside the polls. Next election, ask the campaign volunteers you see what their day jobs are.

City workers at the highest levels are enmeshed in local politics. A few years back, I received a mass email from the personal account of the director of the city's health department, asking if I'd run as district committee person and saying she was coordinating the efforts to find Democratic committee people in each district. I was not surprised to hear from an insider that the same department head was outside the door of a candidate meet-and-greet, taking attendance of city workers.

Living in a machine-run city means working with a city government that rewards the machine's friends and allies with public jobs and extraordinary access.

In recent testimony as part of an employee lawsuit, the deputy director of the city's Housing, Economic Development and Commerce Department says the department's director runs "everything" by political operative Tom Bertoli -- who has a side business as a building permit expeditor.

If you think that's funny or cute, try getting a building permit without either an "in" or Bertoli's help. See how long it takes.

Government in machine-controlled cities isn't responsive; when winning elections and rewarding friends are top priorities, serving constituents falls by the wayside.

In Jersey City, we saw this with landlord Trendy Management. Trendy was hit with 1,400 violations in March -- but only after the grassroots group New Jersey Together mobilized hundreds of people to attend an event where it aired a slideshow of mold and missing drywall at apartments managed by the company. Nevertheless, in October, the Jersey Journal reported that six people were taken to intensive care after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty boiler and missing carbon monoxide detectors at a Trendy Management building.

A city government with different priorities, with Housing Department leadership focused on serving constituents rather than political friends, might have done a better job at the basic blocking and tackling of boiler inspection and code enforcement. But when a city's political class's primary focus is winning elections, basic city functions fall by the wayside.

Sadly, the city council also serves as an arm of the machine, rarely, if ever, breaking ranks with the administration, or providing the most basic oversight. The council has approved a series of measures over the last four years that would have benefited from a skeptical outsider's eye.

Those decisions include approving legal expenses for lawsuits around the revaluation contract; suits that resulted in two court losses for the city, a refusal by the state Supreme Court to hear the city's appeal, and more than $1.4 million in payments from the city to the appraisal company it sued.

Another decision, to sign a 20-year lease obligating the city to pay $80,250 beginning in October for a city hall annex in Ward F, might also have benefited from the scrutiny of an independent council. While the city has begun paying rent, the building is nowhere near completion. A Jersey Journal report last month said, "A peek inside the windows of the structure provides some clue as to what needs to be done: A lot."

A key part of any democracy is checks and balances. And an important check in Jersey City should be the city council.

Happily, on Dec. 5, we have the opportunity to elect a city council with an independent majority during special run off elections for four council seats in Wards A, C, B and E.

I urge voters in those wards to consider not just the merits of the candidates on their ballots, but the implications their votes could have for the whole city. If the four challengers win, they, along with Councilman Michael Yun, might comprise an independent majority on our council for the first time in recent memory.

An independent council could provide a sorely needed voice in our machine-run city, bringing a modicum of oversight. That's why I'm supporting these four independents:

Joe Conte in Ward A
Chris Gadsden in Ward B
Rich Boggiano in Ward C
and James Solomon in Ward E

Each of the four races is different, matching candidates who are, for the most part, both qualified. I know Chris Gadsden and James Solomon well and I have the utmost faith in them. I've observed the meticulous level of preparation and intellect Gadsden has brought to his work as the sitting Ward B councilman. I've worked alongside Solomon for fair school funding from abated developers and know him to have a diligent, independent and fair-minded approach to policy. While I know Joe Conte and Rich Boggiano mostly by reputation, I still urge votes for them in hopes of bringing much needed independence and oversight to our city council.

Jersey City has been run by a political machine for decades. An independent council won't change that. But it could be part of a desperately needed process to creating more transparent, responsive and responsible government for our city.

Ellen Simon is a Jersey City resident and a former member of the Board of Education. The opinions expressed here are her own."

Posted on: 2017/11/28 7:03
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Re: Ward E for Sale - How Dixon $$$ bought Symes a candidacy.
#30
Quite a regular
Quite a regular


Any lonely Symes fans know why Rebecca was filing campaign contributions from a West Village address two weeks after she moved to Jersey City?

http://classic.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml

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