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Re: Please advise on Tenant Rights during hurricane
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If she has renters insurance this should be a non event

She should call up to file a claim and she will be living with costs covered by insurance for the next 30 days in the hyatt or the Westin by tomorrow.

Posted on: 2012/11/2 23:41
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Re: Please advise on Tenant Rights during hurricane
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You are supposed to rely on your own resources and renters insurance benefits (if you were wise enough to buy it) for the first 30 days. If landlord cannot restore the unit to normal/adequate housing condition within 30 days it is considered a 'constructive eviction' and you can walk away from the lease.

Your personal property inside the unit was/is your responsibility - again a subject for a renters insurance claim if you had it.

Basically if you had no renters insurance and you have no friends in the area, you need to take any offer of temporary shelter that you can get. On November 30th if your apt is still a shambles, send a notice to your landlord that you have been constructively evicted and find a new apartment.

Posted on: 2012/11/1 10:32
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Re: City Council Seeks to Double Salary; Ordinance Would Convert Position to Full-time
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What's most awful about this is that the council members aren't even suggesting that they give up their other government jobs in order to make the council position full time.

What they are demanding is MULTIPLE 'FULL TIME' GOVERNMENT JOBS!

This is really bizarre. It's like they are daring the voters to throw them out because they know we are incapable of it.

Posted on: 2010/3/9 10:31
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Re: Council may approve contract with police this month -- Union President and Mayor traded barbs
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It's ridiculous to say that's a 'Republican' take on things. Are Democrats somehow not allowed to be opposed to political inside deals, corruption and flagrant misuse of the public's funds ? ? ? If so I guess our democracy is over. Half of the country, according to you, likes their politicians in someones pocket and on the take.

In fact, this info comes from JC's most 'progressive' news source, the Independent:

"- Sparks are flying between Ward E councilman Steven Fulop and former mayor Gerry McCann. Earlier this week, Fulop issued a release chastising the Healy administration for McCann?s new position as an inspector with the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, claiming it was payback for McCann ?delivering? Sean Connors to the Healy organization. Connors was once seen as a threat to Ward D councilman Bill Gaughan, but last year he opted to run for school board instead; Connors was endorsed by Healy and Gaughan, won a seat on the board, and in turn endorsed the Healy team during the municipal election. (Connors, like Fulop, is also reportedly interested in the mayor?s office in 2013.) McCann, a convicted felon who went to federal prison in the 90s for bank fraud, swung back, promising to sue Fulop so aggressively that it will put an end to his higher office aspirations. Meanwhile, state Sen. Sandra Cunningham says she?s OK with McCann?s new job. "

Posted on: 2010/2/16 4:12
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Re: Council may approve contract with police this month -- Union President and Mayor traded barbs
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@ JC344

There are so many absurdities in your posting I need to take them one at a time:

JCLAW, I realize that the City's Money is not monoply money. I too am a taxpayer as well ,and I actually am tired of the same old saying " I pay your salary" REALLY? then I guess I pay into my salary as well since I am a city taxpayer(maybe I should get a rebate).If you work in the private sector do you pay into your salary as well? (just using your logic)

My boss pays my salary and I am beholden to my boss who uses his own money. The taxpayers pay yours yet you seem to think your boss is 'the City' as if that lazy drunk mayor pays you from his personal funds.

If you really looked at the bigger picture the drain on the taxpayers is the dual job holding of the politicians, the tax abatements that were given to the Downtown buisnesses years ago that are now coming due at a far less then the actual appraised values.

Oh no that old 'abatement' canard won't work on me. As someone who actually understands them I can tell you that without the PILOT deals the tax revenue would be $100mm lower and would require a 200% tax increase on general property taxes to cover the missing revenue.

As far as the dual job holding - this is a situation which is enabled by the local public employees Unions such as yours which allow their pet politicians to continue this practice. Taxpayers WISH we could end this but we can't electioneer and fund raise like you guys. Oh well.

The REAL bigger picture isn't your salary or raise. It's the fact that you all pay about $60,000 of your career earnings into your pension and receive over $1,000,000 in long term pension and health care benefits for LIFE. There is no parallel to this in the private sector. It's a plain scam on hapless taxpayers perpetrated by a thuggish Union. So stop pretending that anyone begrudges your salaries and stop comparing them to the private sector. Unions have been running this pension scam on the rest of us for decades and now the chickens have returned home to roost. MOST of the taxpayers' expenses are paying for these bloated pension benefits for police who now live in Florida. After that there is nothing left save for a few bucks to pay some idiot drunken politician that your Union owns for the three jobs and three pensions HE has.


If you are successful the City Council will vote against the contract

That's a laugh. The City Council is beholden to your Union because it participates in electioneering on its behalf and the administration is rife with police political featherbedders (eg. Sean Connors) and vice versa. Taxpayers have no hope of disturbing the mutual circular relationship between the Union and its pet politicians.

Posted on: 2010/2/16 1:46
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Re: Council may approve contract with police this month -- Union President and Mayor traded barbs
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@ JC344

I suggest you start considering that 'the city' is not some metaphysical empire from which monopoly money falls like snowflakes but rather it is human being taxpayers who hoped to authorize a smaller group of entrusted people to carry out their requests, using their money, with the utmost thrift. Taxpaying people pay the salaries and benefits of policemen - the politicians are supposed to just do the disbursing. Unfortunately in Jersey City, the police union has great influence via electioneering over who these politicians are and how they compensate the union members, even if that contradicts what the taxpayers would offer.

I can appreciate a no strike rule and that is great. Now how do you proposed eliminating the undue influence the police union has in establishing the city's compensation standards by political organizing, campaign contributions, get-out-the-vote activities, patronage jobs and featherbedding for ward heelers?

Posted on: 2010/2/15 22:07
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Re: Council may approve contract with police this month -- Union President and Mayor traded barbs
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@ jc344

I think you miss the point, jc344. No one is saying that police aren't entitled to a wage for which they are willing to work. The issue here is whether essential government workers should be able to unionize, and thus hold the taxpayer at risk everytime the union agitates.

In the private sector, when the employer (aka taxpayer) needs to downsize, he does so. When the employees are unionized, they strike and put the company out of business, with a terrible outcome for all.

In the public sector, if the employees are unionized, a strike has dire nonfinancial consequences such as riots in the street! Even worse, since the union's member essentially get to vote for their own salaries at the expense of other taxpayers, the taxpayers' say in the matter is diminished.

The public sector employees should either not have the right to unionize, or if they must, they should not have the right to use the union for campaign contributions, organizing or get-out-the-vote.

Posted on: 2010/2/15 21:37
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Re: Newport's Boundaries
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imho even if those buildings were built by Newport they are still in the Hamilton Park Neighborhood. To me the North border of hamilton park is (formerly existent) 11th street.

Posted on: 2010/1/23 22:12
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Re: Property Taxes will increase as Jersey City introduces $507 Million budget
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Regarding the 07302 post...: does anyone know if there a cap rate in New Jersey law defining maximum allowed assessment of a rental property based on rental income ?


This is an opportunity for re-assessment based on net income.

Give me an idea of what the apartment's theoretical EBITDA is (not including capital expenses. Just rent minus maintenance), and I will reply with a quickie calculation of what your taxes should be if you demand a reassessment for the Tax Assessor.

Posted on: 2010/1/23 18:39
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Re: Newport's Boundaries
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6th Street (Gangemi) = South Border
Marin (Henderson) = West Border
Long Slip Canal (Hoboken) = North Border
Hudson River = East Border

Posted on: 2010/1/23 1:38
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Re: Property Taxes will increase as Jersey City introduces $507 Million budget
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Realistically it is not possible to get municipalities to merge or give up or share functions, control and responsibility. Again and again, voters have unfortunately rejected local merger proposals even of the tiniest towns.

The idea of municipal mergers is not respectful of the history of the State of New Jersey or the reality of how people vote.

YES, New Jersey is totally overtaxed and the ratio of government workers to private sector workers is totally out of whack. With New Jersey's net emigration problem, this gets worse and worse each day since only the government workers with the great salaries, pensions, perks, etc are staying and the battered and taxed private employers are leaving.

THE PROBLEM is that New Jersey has too many layers of sovereign taxation: State, County and City. All three take their toll from the private sector and deliver typically inefficient and often duplicate services.

THE SOLUTION is to eliminate or reduce the State's role in taxation, service provision and regulation. New Jersey, when it was successful, had a totally ineffectual and small State government and dominant municipalities. Remember, historically the mayors of the big machine cities used to de facto select the governor. The income tax and the era of big State government in New Jersey only arrived under Brendan Byrne in the 1970s. It's time to return to the real New Jersey, where taxation and service provision are primarily done locally, with reduced state taxes and services. This can be done by strangling the State of its tax resources by continuing to vote in governors who are willing to shrink the State budget with a veto threat and a willing to risk a State shutdown. Let's face it - how many of us would even notice if the State of New Jersey took six months of the year off? Working people do not rely on the State of NJ for anything useful unless they are employed by the State itself. The State is the biggest, unnecessary tax & patronage operation of them all in New Jersey, dominated by a voracious union with the most incredible wages and benefits and a staggering number of employees compared to the rest of the population of the state. It's time to starve this beast. If the State income taxes were reduced or eliminated, no working person would complain about the current property taxes. People and companies would flock here in droves. That WAS New Jersey before Brendan Byrne.

Posted on: 2010/1/21 13:43
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Re: Rare books collector, Irving Leif of Downtown Jersey City, faces eviction from 1,892-a-month apart
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Posted on: 2010/1/18 1:08
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Re: when tax abatements expire....?
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most recent purchase price of your apartment (if within the last year) x rate x ratio.

For Jersey City in 2009, these numbers are:

6.001% 25.64%

So if you pay $500,000, the taxes will be 1.53% of price or $7,650 under ordinary taxation.

If you buy now and your abatement expires in say 5 years, and there are no obvious comparable sales in the area in the next 5 years, the tax assessor will use the RATIO from when you bought the apartment at the price you paid and the RATE from today.

So let's say you pay $500k today and the ratio is .2564. In 5 years say the RATE is 7% instead of 6.001%.

Your taxes in 5 years will be $8,975. The reason that is fair is because you have to assume that the property appreciated over the 5 years you've owned it relative to the old RATIO.

In the event that there is a reval between now and then, and let's say the reval happens in the year you go off the abatement, then the RATIO will be 100% and the rate will be much lower than now. In that case the assessor will have a revalued amount for your apartment since he was required to go around and do that for every property in the city.

Posted on: 2010/1/11 21:44
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Re: Can Someone Explain CONDO PILOTS?
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The simple answer is that the payment is locked in until you sell.

The more complicated answer is that if your home value goes down markedly, you have a lot of negotiating leverage to go to the JC Tax Assessor and threaten to cancel your PILOT if he does not re-calculate it based on the new value, current interest rates and maintenance, as if it were just sold.

After all, if you cancel a payment of 1.7% of purchase price in order to just pay 1.4% of its value under ordinary taxes, you come out ahead. That is why the PILOT deal is really a trade-off of paying more in the first years in exchange for the certainty of a fixed payment until you sell. Ordinary taxes are lower for around the first 5-6 years of a condo PILOT.

The irony is, the average holding period of a condo in NJ is only 5 years so the City never loses since by the time the ordinary taxes catch up to the PILOT, you will have sold your unit and it will be recalculated at the new (potentially higher) sales price.

Posted on: 2009/9/9 1:18
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Re: Can Someone Explain CONDO PILOTS?
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It's

16% (plus city fees amounting to another 1.1 % so 16 really means 17.1%)

x

the sum of

> annual mortgage principal and interest payment assuming a 20 year self liquidating loan at prevailing rates.

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> annual condo association maintenance

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TAXES

So let's assume a $1mm condo of about 2,000 sq ft with $1500/month maintenance.

Annual mortgage p+i at 5.75% rate is $85,423 and maintenance is $18,000 for a combined total $103,423. Take 17.1% of that for annual taxes of $17,685 or about 1.7% of purchase price.

The higher interest rates and maintenance are at the time of purchase, the higher the taxes are.

Posted on: 2009/9/8 23:34
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Re: anyone petitioned for tax abatement change in the past?
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Wibbit:

Try to ignore the political back and forth from the prior posters.

The fact that PILOTs have become an pointlessly political issue rather than a simple accounting matter should not prevent you from hiring a local Certiorari lawyer who will cause the tax department to lower your PILOT payment in accordance with the terms of the agreement or, at your discretion, simply cancel the whole thing all together and lower the payments even further.

I promise you, as someone who really knows these things inside out, you will have no problem accomplishing this.

Posted on: 2009/7/3 15:43
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Re: anyone petitioned for tax abatement change in the past?
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What you described was a long term PILOT (1.67% of purchase price) not a real 5-year abatement.

In that case the tax adjustment should be a standard requirement of the agreement.

Posted on: 2009/7/1 9:21
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Re: anyone petitioned for tax abatement change in the past?
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wibbit

What you are suggesting is almost automatically granted.

But they will dodge the question until you force it on them.

You need to get in front of the tax assessor (Scrochi) and show him your numbers. You need to threaten cancellation of your 'abatement' and that you will be happy to go on regular taxes based on your purchase price, which is cheaper than the 'abatement' plus the city loses 50% of the take.

You need to be relentless OR you need to hire a local "certiorari" lawyer. There are lots of local firms who will do this for you if you do not have time to do it yourself.

Posted on: 2009/6/30 21:55
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Re: City Council to Renegotiate Abatement For Developers
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by thelimey on 2009/6/3 9:46:43

from where does a 26.12% \"EQ ratio\" originate?


speculation/wishful thinking?


No. It is comes from the office of the State Treasurer who calculates it every year based on the change in the median sale prices of homes in each City.

Look in the column \"RATIO\" on the row for Jersey City 2008 on this table:

http://www.hudsoncountytax.com/html/RatesRatios.aspx

Just as an FYI, \"GEN TAX\" is the all-in tax Rate for each municipality.

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this would make the most sense to me.. however from reading others\' firsthand experiences with the reval from last time, i tend to believe that taxes would likely go up more than $200 per year.. maybe $2000 per year is more likely


The problem of a huge increase arises only for homeowners whose homes have appreciated significantly more than 400% since the last reval. Indeed there will be people with this situation.

Also the City will probably sneak in a rate increase into the mix since they can politically claim they are \'cutting\' the tax rate from 5.52% to say 1.65% instead of a natural correction point of 1.44%. Incidentally, the new condos have all been paying at about 1.65% of sale price so this is likely what the city will surreptitiously hike the new rate to.

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Where can I find my properties assessed value?


What does your last bill say? Otherwise call the City Tax Assessor.

Posted on: 2009/6/3 13:58
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Re: City Council to Renegotiate Abatement For Developers
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Can someone explain to me how my property will be effected in a reevaluation? I'm debating moving? Not because of property taxes, but if I can get out before and the reval may effect my bottom line perhaps its time to consider it. Also what is the time frame for something like this? Does it happen in one year or does it happen over many years with the option for people to appeal etc etc.


CURRENT TAXES
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Assuming your property is not subject to a PILOT agreement, it is currently taxed as follows

Originally assessed value which is the value determined at the last Reval (about 15 years ago)

x

Current tax rate

=

Your Tax Payment

AFTER REVAL
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Your property will be re-evaluated based on recent sales data for your neighbors similar homes. You can appeal the valuation or hire a lawyer to do so if you think the city got it wrong. Generally, to avoid fighting with most home owners, the City will value your home at about 80% of what your neighbor paid for his similar home.

The City wide tax rate will be changed from the current rate to something close to the current rate x the current equilization ratio. So going forward the

NEW TAX RATE = CURRENT RATE x EQ RATIO

NEW TAX RATE

x

YOUR NEW HOME VALUE

=

YOUR NEW TAX PAYMENT


In Real Dollars
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Your home's original value
$75,000

Current JC Tax Rate
5.552%

Your Current Taxes = $4,140 / year

Your home's new value
$300,000

Current JC Rate x EQ Ratio
5.552% x 26.12% = 1.44%

Your New Taxes = $300,000 x 1.44% = $4,320 / year

Posted on: 2009/6/3 10:15
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Re: Please stop the huge 9/11 memorial at LSP - it will ruin the park's views of the Manhattan skyline!
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I'm just not clear why we need another memorial with this design.

Anyone who has been to so called 'town square' in Newport has seen this:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/photo- ... nw&pageID=HWARI&imageID=4

http://cache.marriott.com/propertyima ... rnw_phototour17.jpg?Log=1

Same concept with posts that point your eyes to the location of the missing towers and it was built, what, 6 years ago?

At least come up with a new idea.

Posted on: 2009/5/28 10:29
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Re: jersey city new construction tax abatement
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1) if the purchase price is 400k, the tax abatement payment is $6600 annual. Why even bother with the abatement at all then? isnt that just what the regular tax is.

Worse! The ordinary property taxes on the apartment are even lower! If you were to cancel the "abatement" you would only pay 1.45% of purchase price or $5,800 annually.

Fortunately, so long as the unit has paid its "abated" taxes for at least 1 year, you can go ahead and cancel that "abatement" agreement and just go on regular taxes. To cancel, send a notice to the Jersey City Tax Assessor's Office (Ed Toloza and Steve Scrocchi). Then be sure to follow up because the City will pretend they did not receive it unless you are firm with them - they do NOT want to lose the greater tax payment or share what is left with the County as they must do under ordinary taxes.

2) can you deduct abatement payment from your tax. I think it's PILOT payment (or whatever the heck you call it), and they are not tax deductible, is that correct?

The PILOTS are deductible on your federal taxes but not your NJ state income taxes. Yet another reason to cancel that "abatement."


IN GENERAL:
"Abatement" is a political misnomer that politicians use to beat up on downtowners even though they need the "abatment" taxes to pay the city's budget. These so called "abatements" are really pre-negotiated PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES, in which a frightened developer agrees to overpay his/her taxes in exchange for certainty that the City will not capriciously invent a tax increase just for his/her project. The City gets away with this because in the past, Jersey City had a nasty habit of sticking it to any business that was trying to do something here.

In recent years, some developers have been starting projects without "abatements" only to have the City go to them and demand they take an "abatement."

I note loudly however that these PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES deals are NOT the same as the real Abatements available to single family homeowners and improvements of smaller than 30,000 square feet. For homeowners and micro-projects, one can get a real 5-year tax abatement in which taxes scale up from 0% to 100% of traditional taxes over a 5-year period.

Posted on: 2009/4/13 12:18
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Re: Newport: Man plunges 7 stories to death in apparent suicide.
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The victim in this story did not actually even live down here (in Newport). According to the policeman, he lived by Jersey Avenue.

Posted on: 2009/4/10 18:55
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Re: New Healy campaign commercial
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On that Change we can see ad.. the ad says: "The biggest street repaving program in city history".... they are driving down Newport's River Drive-- the segment that Lefrak has not yet dedicated to the city.


LOL - just because the City didn't have to pay for the paving doesn't mean that it didn't happen!

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Re: JC council introduces $460.2M budget - seven months late - but $15.7 million less than last year's
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Ok, so it is an election year and the politicians are pulling budget shenanigans, we may not pay more this year? but these deferrals will add up to property tax raises in the future.


Actually it's even more insidious. The state lets municipalities defer their pension obligations to the already bankrupt state pension fund. (by bankrupt i mean far more obligations than assets in the fund).

When time comes to find the money to pay the super-fringed retired government 'workers' the state can get the money from other sources. So it rams another huge state income tax burden on the real workers and lets the municipalities off for free.

This maneuver benefits the municipalities with huge patronage schemes like jersey city, and punishes the efficient municipalities that have less workers in the fund and more private sector jobs in their towns.

State legislators from responsible districts are predictably having a cow over this (again) . . .

http://www.politickernj.com/johngorma ... -review-pension-deferrals

. . . but nothing will happen. NJ is controlled by the patronage cities and their guv.

Posted on: 2009/2/16 1:23
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Re: NYTimes predicts Top Bank Executives soon to be crowding PATH train every morning at Journal Square
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Apparently the new york times is not interested in microeconomics.

Falling salaries and bonuses, coupled with mass layoffs of the regions primary industry have already caused rents to fall, home prices to fall, vacation prices to fall, hamptons house prices to fall, etc..

One can expect that with significantly less demand this year, restaurant prices are falling, tuitions at private schools will not rise so fast, and attendance at charity events will be limited, and so on.

The double speak from the broker claiming IT COSTS THOUSANDS, MINIMUM, is wishful thinking that the prices of 2006/7 are coming back soon.

Memo to nytimes - the prices they are citing won't be back until 2012 at the earliest. Maybe then some bank execs will be on the PATH. Meanwhile gas prices dropped in half since the peak. We can all ride in Escalades again.

Posted on: 2009/2/9 2:27
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Re: ‘The Donald’ strikes again in Jersey City - Council considers naming street for Trump
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"What other developer has a street named after them around here?"


Cornelius Van Vorst and Michael Pauw come to mind immediately. There are quite a few other examples but it would take quite a while to identify all of them.

That said, the developer of the Trump building is named Geibel. Since Trump was only paid a license fee for use of his name on the building, I would think the best way to commemorate the builder's project would be to call the street "Geibel Plaza." Somehow I doubt that would have much of a sales ring to it though.

Posted on: 2008/11/16 17:29
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Re: Hold Healy Accountable - In his own City? Fat chance.
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This "thing" as already dead news. Nothing is going to be done about it. We already know DeFazio is not going to put his boss out of his job.

The last line of defense on this is Anne Milgram, the NJ Attorney General. She reports to Corzine and Corzine isn't going to put his buddy (and major vote engineer) Healy and the HCDO out of its place.

Already all the public attorneys who have standing, DeFazio, Valentin and Milgram have stated that they will not address themselves to the Healy's bright line violation of NJ law.

So, he is going to be your mayor for at least 1.5 more years and probably again after that.

Posted on: 2008/9/8 10:37
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Re: Hold Healy Accountable - In his own City? Fat chance.
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Will DeFazio uphold the law? Nope . . .
http://mistersnitch.blogspot.com/2008 ... ns-players-even-with.html

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An ecosystem of corruption is a situation in which many have a stake in the status quo, which is to say - corruption. Because the import of 'culture of corruption' is very badly understood, a corrupt public official is portrayed by the media (ALL media, including 411) as existing in isolation. The public generally accepts this as true - that is, while they might see ALL pols as individually corrupt, or even all media as individually covering for them, they cannot grasp their own place in the ecosystem of corruption.

In any ecosystem, every living thing plays a part. In the Hudson County ecosystem of corruption, newspapers play a part. The publisher of a paper such as The Jersey Journal understands that it is allowed to report investigations of public officials - but not launch its own. It is allowed to criticize public officials - but only up to a point. For example, recently the JJ's editorial page director Augustin Torres was called on the carpet by HC prosecutor Ed DeFazio for suggesting that DeFazio might have put a beer on his expense account. With the line drawn there, Torres knows better than to run a story looking into the fact that DeFazio has NEVER prosecuted a prominent public official.

Posted on: 2008/9/4 11:21
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Hold Healy Accountable - In his own City? Fat chance.
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http://www.nj.com/opinion/ledger/edit ... 20502918246120.xml&coll=1

From Today's Star Ledger:

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Hold Healy accountable
Thursday, September 04, 2008

Jersey City Mayor Jerra miah Healy should be held to the same standard im posed on Newark Councilwoman Dana Rone. Rone was removed from office because in December 2006 she intervened when Rutgers-Newark University police stopped her nephew for a traffic violation.

She told the officers she was a councilwoman and even said she'd call "the real cops," a threat she delivered on.

For her antics, she was convicted on a disorderly persons charge -- a relatively minor offense -- but one significant enough to prompt Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow to seek Rone's removal from office.

The punishment was harsh -- but one we found hard to argue against given the language in the statute requiring public officials to forfeit their offices for misconduct that touches on their jobs.

At the time, Rone's defenders said she was being unfairly singled out and pointed to Hea ly's situation. In the summer of 2006, a few months before Rone's altercation, Healy was arrested by Bradley Beach police when he tried to intervene in a quarrel outside a Shore bar owned by his sister. Witnesses said Healy was drunk. The mayor was pepper-sprayed, handcuffed and arrested.

Healy supporters and, more important, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio insisted Healy's case was different from Rone's because he never mentioned that he was mayor of Jersey City and never sought special treatment.

Now, according to the Jersey Journal, quoting police testi mony before a grand jury that indicted Healy on charges of resisting arrest and obstructing the administration of law, the mayor was quite vocal about who he was.

"I'm the mayor of Jersey City. I was a judge. I was a lawyer. I am a good personal friend with your chief (Lenny Guida). Call the chief and let's get this rectified without any charges. For the good of your town, for the good of your department, for the good of my city, we need to resolve this without charges. Can you sweep this under the rug?"

Healy denies he made these statements, telling the Jersey Journal they are "completely untrue."

This should be sorted out through the same kind of legal process that Rone faced.

In Rone's case, the prosecutor pursued forfeiture, relying on statements captured by video. In Healy's case, the prosecutor has taken a hands-off approach. It is former assemblyman Louis Manzo, who may run against Healy, who has been pushing the issue. While Manzo's motives may be political, it's clear the Healy case needs further scrutiny.


Who seriously thinks Ed DeFazio, who is as much an HCDO cog as any of the rest of them, is going to prosecute his own patron, Jerry Healy? So what if it was exactly the same crime that Rone committed in Newark and for which she was removed from office. In Jersey City, da Mayor is da law.

Posted on: 2008/9/4 10:32
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