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MVC Notice of License Expiration
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I had a letter through the door from the MVC saying that my license is due to expire on 31st August 2018, and that I must go to the MVC to renew.

Thing is, I only passed my test and received my (probationary) license 2 weeks ago, and according to the license itself, isn't due to expire until May 2019.

Is this some bug introduced by the system downtimes? Does this happen often?

I'd rather not go, spending time at the MVC is straight up the worst experience I've had in this country since moving here. I'd rather be groped by the TSA 10 times over than spend an hour with that happy bunch.

Posted on: 6/18 21:39
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NJ MVC Systems Down
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Online access to MVC systems has been down since Saturday.

Lots of complaints on Twitter today saying that their local MVCs are also having issues (I guess they use the same system as we have access to online).

No announcement from MVC, they're just waiting for people to show up before turning them around again.

Posted on: 6/4 9:40
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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TheBigGuy wrote:

Actually.... my post was sarcastic in nature. I was hoping to get some of the left wing / progressive / communists on the site to respond? In typical fashion, they remain silent, because when one of their own (Bezos/WaPo) is caught in an issue wear facts challenge left wing agenda / dogma.


Ah, my bad, sarcasm doesn't travel well over text.

Posted on: 5/17 8:18
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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TheBigGuy wrote:
Meanwhile back in Seattle....

http://www.chicagotribune.com/busines ... s-tax-20180515-story.html

I can't believe all the people that want to help Newark at the expense of Seattle... pretty obvious what is going on and its Jeff Bezos shirking his social responsibilities.


Jeff shirking his social responsibilities?

Seattle caused this chronic homeless situation with strict zoning laws and restrictions that stop anything other than luxury housing from being built (sounds familiar).

They created the problem, now they're trying to send the bill to others. Wish I could do that.

Posted on: 5/16 16:00
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Re: Port Authority tests new security scanners at WTC PATH station
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bodhipooh wrote:
[quote]
mpwJC wrote:

Your math is correct, but its application is completely off. While 24 units could, in theory, process 14K people in hour, that presumes that one can control the manner in which those 14K subjects are fed into the system.

If each machine can process 600 people every hour, that means it could theoretically process 10 individuals every minute, or one every six seconds. The reality is that, during rush hour, the same space may be occupied by 4, 5, or even 6, different people in a six second period. People at WTC move along in a manner similar to ants, following the person ahead almost immediately behind them. There is likely something like a one or two second separation. As such, if you take the 24 number you derived, and multiply it by 6, you end up at 144. 200 is not overkill, as such a system would need to have some redundancy built into it.

In any case, I hate the idea on principle alone. I find it unnerving to see so many policemen, and military personnel, stationed at WTC and 33rd street, and I rue the fact that we have allowed a police state mentality to take over our daily lives. I have spoken with friends who have told me, in no uncertain terms, that they actually don't feel safe at a station if they don't see police or military personnel deployed on site. Not too long ago, we used to thumb our nose at pretty much every other country in the world because of their use of national ID cards, and here in this region people seem to clamor for more police, more military, more random inspections, more of the security theater nonsense we have come to accept as normal and necessary.


The police officers in 33rd and WTC will hopefully disappear when the PA's finances go completely down the toilet, and they won't be able to pay 300k in overtime anymore.

This tech could, in theory, reduce the presence of police officers. The reason why I suggested it for airport security is because I personally feel like the TSA is the most grotesque example of the world you're describing.

I'm originally from the UK. My parents have been describing the situation since the various terrorist attacks in London over the past couple years. There's armed patrols walking in towns and villages across the country now. I'm not talking handguns in holsters, either, I'm talking this - http://talkradio.co.uk/sites/talkradi ... 8181768.jpg?itok=v9N9KWMd - walking along highstreets and tourist attractions.

Posted on: 5/10 20:29
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Re: Port Authority tests new security scanners at WTC PATH station
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Why would it take 200 units? Why not just integrate them into the ticket gates?

If the tech is good, let's replace the TSA with these machines.

The website claims 600 people per unit per hour, and no need to empty pockets. Would be nice to get comfort and speed at airport security.

Posted on: 5/10 18:29
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Re: Building collapses
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bodhipooh wrote:

You got one thing right: this is a city and change is inevitable. Those of you who seek to encase it in amber and preserve it as you wish (as if it was your version of it that only matters) are pursuing a fool's errand. Cities will never remain the same. They change, they evolve, they grow, they shrink. The rest of what you say is nonsense: JC is not being annexed by NYC. It is simply growing in popularity by people you seem to dislike (people with more money than you) and you wish you could somehow keep JC as it was 30 or 40 years ago.


Also, could you imagine what rents and property prices would be in this area if they didn't allow higher density? We're talking about a place that is a 15 minute door-to-door commute away from the freaking World Trade Center (and saves the workers 3-4% on their income taxes).

If JC didn't allow higher density, it'd make San Francisco look affordable.

Posted on: 3/23 8:48
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Re: New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster
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Cool opinions bro. We weren’t discussing only NJ. Obviously wasn’t talking about the people at the bottom half of the 1% who technically qualify but the people who are at the very top that are literally hoarding all the wealth unchecked.


I actually didn't post opinions.

Those in the top half of 1% (which is still $800k per year, not billionaires) who are "hoarding wealth" don't pay income tax on salary anyway, they are primarily taxed capital gains rates, which were not touched by the tax reform.

Posted on: 3/18 23:11
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Re: New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster
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Quote:

TonyTwoPoops wrote:
Yeah no- you’d have to be a complete fool to think taxpayers should be subsidizing tax breaks for corporations and the 1% at this point while we are allegedly too broke to fund basic social services.

“We’re too broke for health insurance and free education but here’s $11/hr so corporations can get out of paying billions in taxes!”

$15/hr is barely a livable wage. We are way behind on that front.


A tax cut isn't a subsidy. A tax cut means they take less, a subsidy means they give you. Might mean the same thing to you in terms of dollar flows, but they are very different from a morality perspective.

Also, the "1%", I'm pretty sure that they are disportionately represented on this forum, in Jersey City, and in New Jersey in general.

1%ers aren't billionaires, they make $300k. Very good money, but in DT JC, with great credit, zero debt, and a large down payment, you'll still be in a 1000 sqft condo.

The tax cut has been effective for more than 80% of taxpayers. You may argue that it's been eaten up by increasing health costs, inflation, etc.... but those things would have gone up at the exact same rate with or without the tax cut. So, on the net, it's still a savings.

70% of tax filers in the US use standard deductions. They don't care about the property tax deduction being capped. That 70% aren't the wealthiest 70%.

Posted on: 3/18 21:50
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New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/politic ... axes-on-almost-everything

"New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy proposed taxing online-room booking, ride-sharing, marijuana, e-cigarettes and Internet transactions along with raising taxes on millionaires and retail sales to fund a record $37.4 billion budget that would boost spending on schools, pensions and mass transit."

"The budget counts on total revenue growth of 5.7 percent, the most since at least 2013, when it fell short. Murphy would increase the tax rate applied to income above $1 million to 10.75 percent from 8.97 percent, generating $765 million; and restore the state’s sales tax to 7 percent from 6.625 percent, raising $581 million. The state would gain $100 million by closing a carried-interest loophole on hedge-fund income."

"Murphy’s proposal would almost triple the direct state subsidy for New Jersey Transit, which has been plagued by safety and financial issues. Including funding for the agency from the state’s Turnpike Authority and an energy fund, he boosts money for New Jersey Transit by about a third."

"The budget plans for four-year phase-ins of a $15 minimum wage and full school funding as mandated by the state Supreme Court, and a three-year path to make community college tuition-free. It includes a record $3.2 billion pension payment, putting the state on course to resume full funding by 2023, according to budget officials."

"Murphy met with the major ratings companies in New York earlier this month to outline his financial plan. New Jersey’s credit rating is the second-worst among U.S. states, trailing only Illinois."

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A lot more in the article itself.

Posted on: 3/13 18:50
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Just to add to the abatement numbers.

We're on an abatement, roughly 10k per year.

Land, pre-reval, was negligible, about $300 per year. Now it's estimated to be about $2k.

So, all in all, going from 10.3k to about 12k.

If we had no abatement, the property tax would be around $14k. It expires in a few years.

So, all things equal, in a few years our property tax will go up roughly $2k.

If the recent numbers in this thread are true, that means when the abatement expires, the city will go from collecting ~$11.4k per year, to $7k per year from us.

This building has around 100 units in it. Meaning when the abatement expires, the city will lose (approx., at 2018 numbers) $450k per year.

Posted on: 3/13 11:45
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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$485 million in 2013 works out to $515 million in 2017, when adjusted for CPI (https://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm)

And the population has grown by what? 10k in that time? (This is just my estimate based on the 17k increase between 2010 and 2016).

Adjusted for inflation and population growth, I don't think the budget has exactly exploded.

Posted on: 2/15 20:17
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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If they haven't assessed the entire city yet, how are they figuring these numbers? Are the new rates estimates until the entire city is complete?

Are they assuming the value of the yet-to-be assessed?

Posted on: 2/13 13:37
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Reason Foundation's 23rd Annual Highway Report:

https://reason.org/wp-content/uploads/ ... annual_highway_report.pdf

- Capital and Bridge Disbursements per State-Controlled Mile, 2015 - NJ is 50th at $919,040 (10* national average)
- Maintenance Disbursements per State-Controlled Mile - NJ is 50th at $208,736 (9* national average)
- Administrative Disbursements per State-Controlled Mile - NJ is 48th at $63,757 (6* national average)
- Percent Rural Interstate Mileage in Poor Condition - NJ is 31st at 1.8% (slightly better than national average)
- Percent Urban Interstate Mileage in Poor Condition - NJ is 47th at 9.79% (almost twice as high as national average)
- Percentage of Rural Other Principal Arterial Mileage in Poor Condition - NJ is 47th at 6.69% (5* the national average)
- Peak Hours Spent in Congestion per Auto Commuter (in hours) - NJ is 50th at 72.53 hours (2* national average)
- Percent of Bridges in Deficient Condition - NJ is 42nd at 32.17% (50% higher than national average)


On the plus side, NJ does have:

- Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles - NJ is 4th at 0.75 (national average is 1.13)
- Percent of Rural Other Principal Arterials with Narrow Lanes - NJ is 1st at 0%

So, according to these numbers, NJ has the dubious position of spending far more than anywhere else, and having some of the worst condition roads. These are possibly related, as things deteriorate it costs more to maintain. Congestion will increase due to more construction. Everybody going snail's pace in the worst congestion in the nation means that fewer pedestrian collisions are resulting in deaths (being facetious).

Posted on: 2/11 23:36
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Re: Flu shot at Target?
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MDM wrote:

The SARS outbreak in southern China and Hong Kong was on the same order. People were given steroids to pull back their immune systems. They survived the flu only to later die a slow death from their bones disintegrating. The doses of steroids given were too high, which in turn, destroyed the capillaries in the patient's bones.

I was traveling through Hong Kong at that time. The HK authorities had people in gloves and mask taking passenger body temps with infrared temperature guns.


This still occurs at HK points of entry, and many people will always wear a face mask when out in public. The impact of SARS on HK life is still felt today.

Posted on: 2/4 20:59
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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tern wrote:
What retail park on Bright Street and Grove Street?

Robin.


I said I walked along Bright St from Grove, to the retail park (which is at Monmouth St - https://tinyurl.com/y7bhjoct)

Posted on: 2/4 20:48
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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SunnyJC wrote:
So if you see a sidewalk that needs dire repair, take a picture and simply submit it via the JerseyCity Connect app. It supposedly will be investigated and remediation initiated if the complaint is legit.


Good to know, thanks.

Posted on: 2/4 20:40
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Actually, I had no idea. Makes a lot more sense now.

So when a sidewalk is all torn up by a tree, to the point of being a hazard, it's the homeowner's liability?

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brewster wrote:
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What irks me is that the sidewalks are in such dire straits.

Walked down Bright St today from Grove through to that retail park, absolutely atrocious sidewalks, lots of similar condition sidewalks can be found all around.

Not exactly befitting of a place that can now go up to 30k+ property taxes.


You DO know that sidewalks are the homeowners responsibility? And that if the city inspectors were going around gigging people for crappy sidewalks the furor would be deafening? I got contacted there was a complaint about my sidewalk, turns out was just the disgruntled boyfriend of a tenant looking to harass me. Inspector couldn't find anything, then went "aha!" at a slight crack, till I pointed out it was actually over the property line on the neighbor's property.

Now here's the thing: the neighbor didn't get a citation, because there was no complaint against them! This only works by resident complaint! When I pointed out there were sidewalks like a roller coaster easily found, he said they only respond to complaints.

Posted on: 2/4 18:19
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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What irks me is that the sidewalks are in such dire straits.

Walked down Bright St today from Grove through to that retail park, absolutely atrocious sidewalks, lots of similar condition sidewalks can be found all around.

Not exactly befitting of a place that can now go up to 30k+ property taxes.

Posted on: 2/4 16:34
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Re: Rent increases in light of revaluation
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Frinjc wrote:
the downward trend in rents in Manhattan,


I always take these reports with a grain of salt, since so much of the upper end of the Manhattan rental market is fantasyland prices, same as the sales. You see condos drop from $30M to $15M because there was no actual reason to be $30M other than they thought they might get it from some foreign oligarch. Lower ends of the market are not nearly so volatile.

But in general I agree with you, unless someone has let their rental slip far below market they can only raise it so high before pricing themselves out.


https://ny.curbed.com/2018/1/24/169251 ... c-rent-2017-decrease-2016

Median rents in NYC down ~4% YoY. Median is unaffected by fantasyland oligarchs.

Posted on: 1/30 15:28
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Re: Education/PARCC Testing
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Probably too much lead in the water for kids to pass the harder tests.

Posted on: 1/16 11:17
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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brewster wrote:
On another right tending site the response to the "state's rights" argument was, and I more or less quote: "you didn't support states rights for me about the federal govt persecuting Christians and Southerners, so fuck you even though I agree with your position". And there's why bipartisanism is dead, if you don't support them when you disagree with them, they won't support you even when they do. This place is a mess.


This place? You mean the USA? I'm from the UK and lived in Hong Kong for three years before moving here - political discourse is awful globally.

I personally believe that social media and the modern news cycles have pushed both sides - left and right - into a state of constant panic. People don't act friendly or think rationally when they're scared.

Also people act like dicks on the Internet, anyways. That same person who wrote that vile message is probably quite friendly and tolerating of your views in the flesh.

Posted on: 1/6 17:58
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Re: The 17 most popular New Jersey restaurants of 2017
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City Diner, really? The food is bland (if not gross) and some of the staff are an olive short of a pizza.

Then again, not a fan of several of the JC establishments listed here. Orale was overpriced, and I cannot abide places that make it so loud you cannot hear who you are dining with (Porta, South House - though I must say I enjoyed the food at SH)

Personally, I'm a fan of Amelia's, White Star, Satis, Light Horse Tavern. Mantra for Indian, Taste of North China for Chinese.

Yet to find a Mexican joint that I like. Three Coffee Beans has come closest (delivery), but that's hit and miss.

Posted on: 1/3 21:07
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Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
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RichMauro wrote:

* Martin Luther King Drive was Jackson Avenue
* Christopher Columbus Drive was Railroad Avenue
* Luiz Munoz Marin Boulevard, was Henderson Street
* Manila Avenue was Grove Street .



I'm new to JC (and the USA as a whole, fresh off the boat a year ago or so). These older names are far superior to the replacements. Actually, one of my peeves is the renaming of everything and anything to historical figures. Maybe if it was just surnames, it'd sit right... but it seems kinda odd to see things like "Martin Luther King Drive", "Ronald Reagan Boulevard" or "Warren G. Harding Middle School".

Then again, I'm probably showing my ignorance and Jackson, Henderson, and Manila were probably named after people (but at least it was just the surname)

Posted on: 12/23 21:00
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Re: Fair current value for a home with low taxes.
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h1b workers (which constitutes a large number of residents downtown - both owning and renting) are not eligible for the standard deduction. Elimination of SALT hurts them a lot.

The marginals who live in NYC may now move into Downtown JC to save on that 3-4% NYC residents tax which they now can't deduct. Meanwhile, marginal downtowners will continue to move deeper into JC.

Posted on: 2017/10/28 15:09
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