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Re: The Grove, Columbus Drive
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On their website most of the units have been sold. Only 4 available....I think they see a better rental market and have decided to go that route.


Most of the units weren't "released" to the market - typical for new developments. Better to rent it out than wait and sit on empty condos. Should rent fast with its location.

Posted on: 2012/9/18 18:21
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Re: The Rent is Due !
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You're going to have to wait several years for the housing market to recover, if you bought along the waterfront your values should recover faster than the rest of JC.


On the flip side, there is this balooning budget problem that will require huge tax increases unless the rightful restructuring is done. If we keep getting 10% annual tax raises, forget about any appreciation, so hopefully you are voicing your concerns to your local representatives.

Posted on: 2011/12/18 21:25
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Re: Monaco Towers - Washington Boulevard & 6th Street
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Maybe time to lower the frequency of Hoboken 33rd street path trains during rush hours in favor of a few more to&from JSQ/33rd?

Posted on: 2011/5/15 19:57
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Re: Jersey City Police Officers Union Endorses Spectra Energy's Pipeline
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Just curious, how many of those officers are actual residents with their families living next to the proposed pipeline?

Posted on: 2011/4/20 20:12
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Re: MOMENT OF TRUTH: TAX PROTEST AT CITY HALL APRIL 21
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That 10 million in savings will be nixed by the 10 million tax levy increase from the board of ed budget, no?

Posted on: 2010/4/20 16:40
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Re: School Board Election, Apr 20: Fulop Announces Candidates Support
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Mr. Valentin did not vote to cut 373 teachers. Mr. Valentin is cutting extraneous positions and trying to keep JC's budget in check by making sure that the teachers we are paying are actually teaching kids, not hanging out at Central Office.

It seems that Mr. Valentin has a much better "sense"
of fiscal management than either McCann or Dehere.


This is not a quote from the candidate but an interpretation by a poster. I wish there was some way to confirm the position independently...

Posted on: 2010/4/20 0:10
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Re: School Board Election, Apr 20: Fulop Announces Candidates Support
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90013th, thanks for the detailed answers and your inside knowledge on all previous explanations.

Color me skeptical, but Mr Valentin is endorsed by the teacher's union and probably because he is pro raises when there is a large budget shortfall. Is he even a property owner in Jersey City?(does not appear to be) Sterling Waterman is also endorsed by the union but he did say he was against the current budget I believe. Carol Lester is not endorsed by the teacher's union.

Why can't there be a temporary wage freeze where the average tax payer still gets soaked (the hole is so large it's going to happen) but not as much as before, and still incur some layoffs if there are hundreds of positions that are unnecessary, so the shortfall is smaller than 100+million?

I'm not sure the public wants layoffs... This is the first argument I've heard pro-layoffs - the usual message instead was that layoffs was bad for the children.

Given the precarious state of finances and the drying well of state funds (which will continue to shrink), it seems to me that doling out more raises will just put Jersey City on the path to bankruptcy, where there is the possibility these contracts and liabilities will be voided by a bankruptcy court, which frankly is bad for both the current union employees and the tax payers. Don't we want to avoid this path a few years from now by taking a more sound fiscal approach today?

Posted on: 2010/4/16 16:27
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Re: School Board Election, Apr 20: Fulop Announces Candidates Support
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So I don't really know about Valentin. Don't see how he stands out from the crowd.


Me neither. Valentin voted YES on the last budget and supported even the higher version that failed.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ty_board_of_ed_fails.html
http://www.jerseycityindependent.com/ ... -passes-2010-2011-budget/

The raises he's proposing mean more teachers laid off. Is this really the best budget we can get?

Posted on: 2010/4/15 22:34
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Re: Ballot Question April 20, 2010: Should JC taxpayers pay $102 Million to the schools?
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I agree with bjay - something does not add up. Why would city council have to work on the budget if JC was not responsible for raising these extra funds through taxes.

Does the wage freeze kickback affect this budget?

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page ... christies_teacher_sa.html

Also, in this clip that aired the other day (around 6:15), Christie at one point suggests reducing state funding dollar for dollar for cities that push property taxes increases by more than the 4% "limit". And the proposed tax hike is what, 13%?













Posted on: 2010/4/15 21:50
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Re: 25% Water Increase Coming
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Are Fulop and Bill O'Dea the only concerned representatives on this issue, especially when the majority of residents that can least afford this increase don't live in downton???

I can only hope that is not the case...

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This is not applicable to JC.


Is this really true? Why would Steven Fulop attend this meeting if it was not applicable to J.C.

Posted on: 2010/4/15 18:37
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Re: School Board Election, Apr 20: Fulop Announces Candidates Support
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One Jersey City, Dan Levin, also endorsed Carol Lester. I'll be sure to vote for her. My main hope with these candidates is that they will cut the spending.

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Is Dan endorsing anyone else?

Posted on: 2010/4/14 0:59
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Re: State calls for renegotiating 'too expensive' Jersey City police and fire contracts
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Jersey City has closed four companies everyday for overtime concerns. This has delayed response times all over the city..
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Is this because the average JC taxpayer is not paying enough and tax rates need to be raised, or is it because we have too much of the budget dedicated chiefs and because the city is not allowed by entrenched interests to hire new people they can afford?

Posted on: 2010/4/14 0:53
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Re: Newark Avenue StreetScape
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Sooo...is that it for the trees? The drawings were so green, yet the block contains exactly 2 planters, each containing a pitiful bush.


Second that.

Posted on: 2010/4/13 2:21
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Re: 25% Water Increase Coming
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April 15th is the hearing. I believe Fulop is attending this meeting. I'm guessing the main increase is coming from lower consumption & revenue from the industrial sector...

Posted on: 2010/4/13 2:13
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Re: State calls for renegotiating 'too expensive' Jersey City police and fire contracts
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Unfortunately, JC doesn't provide the level of transparency in its budgeting process that other cities do, so we don't know the range of salaries is for any of them


Not entirely true. Though I have not seen up to date data that is easily accessible from Jersey City itself, the data is compiled by the Asbury Park Press here:

http://php.app.com/NJpublicemployees/ ... SC&tfm_orderby=salaryall2

It is a couple of years old, but you get the idea.

Posted on: 2010/4/12 21:12
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Re: We are census undercounted
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I never got mine. I'm going to grab it from here and mail it in and save uncle sam some money:

http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/interactive-form.php

Posted on: 2010/4/1 2:53
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Re: Jersey City Teacher Facts
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If you work more then 40 hours a week not including lunch find a new job. .


YEAH, you tell-em!!!! If you want to make more money, have more vacation, get better benefits, guaranteed pensions, and demand raises that are paid by everyone, someone, or ANYONE (but ideally future children through more debt so we don't have to worry about it now - hey, it's all for the children anyway!), then FIND A NEW JOB!

Here are some new career options for you, for all you suckers out there:

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Posted on: 2010/3/31 18:05
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Re: NJ Proposes 74% Cuts in State Library Aid, State Library Faces Merger
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THANKS to ALL who support the WAR ON TERROR for eating up OUR tax dollars to continue illegal war after endless illegal war!

THANKS!

Shut the LIBRARIES DOWN!
NO HEALTHCARE for ANYONE!

MORE WAR! MORE WAR!

ENJOY THE COLLAPSE OF THE USA!

THANKS EVERYONE!


This is by no means a defense of the total waste of money on war mongering or that the Pentagon's huge military budget has not been slashed this year. However, as far as I know, none of the Jersey city taxes on property, water bills, etc or NJ tax were appropriated to warmongering.

We need to keep asking our local government to get its fiscal house in order without federal help and figure out where the waste is on other projects/payouts/etc that take precedent over libraries and figuring out how to contain costs. I hope you will focus some of your attention to the corruption and waste on the local level.

Posted on: 2010/3/28 17:31
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Re: 25% Water Increase Coming
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This is on top of the existing 25%? So they are going for 25% annualized increases from here on out?

Posted on: 2010/3/26 2:37
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Re: Jersey City Board of Ed fails to pass teachers contract
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Where is the outrage that Epps makes more than $250k per year, has done nothing but drive the schools into the ground and now has the audacity to demand a contract extension?


Agreed, and there is outrage for that too... There was a whole thread dedicated to it a year or two ago.

But there are many interests who earn a lot in the system across the board, not just Epps. For example, 24 out of 32 school librarians in Jersey City make 90k-105k, and the rest average almost half that. All this info is public record....

Demanding 5% raises across the board, after the budget was slashed 5% means even MORE new teachers in the system will get burned.

If you truly want to be fair to the underpaid, ask for raises for them, not for the 100k club. Is the union leadership really looking out for kids and new members or the wallets of the highly compensated?

Posted on: 2010/3/24 1:16
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Re: Jersey City Board of Ed fails to pass teachers contract
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And of course fiscal responsibility means gutting the public education system, attacking public education workers who are living on 40-60k a year as uncaring pigs at the trough.


The average salary is higher than "40-60k", so more than half are making more than your quoted range.

In this time where revenues are plummeting due to unemployment, most sensible people will have an issue with:

- the large number of 6 figure salary employees
- 75,85,95,100k+ taxpayer funded pensions where 3 out of 4 retirees bail out of the state due to high taxes
- the significant discrepancy in pay+benefits versus the private sector which fund them
- guaranteed salary raises slapped on top of 25% property tax hikes
... and even the occasional 400k,500k and 750k sick-day cashout retirement packages.

Posted on: 2010/3/23 3:02
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Re: Holy flooding Batman....
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Can only imagine that the Turnpike on ramp off of Columbus is probably wrecked... I learned the hard way (and stupid way) that its NOT passable when flooded... though miraculously my car came through it unharmed..


There were 4 stalled cars in the water at that exit. Had to reverse up on the emergency lane the whole way back to take the Holland Tunnel exit.

Posted on: 2010/3/14 15:37
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Re: MARCH 14th -ST PATRICK'S PARADE - PROTEST
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Thanks for not adding a sound track this time, much better to just focus on the issues.

Although the guy in the background at 14:45 maybe needed some music... is he a citizen or part of any board?

Posted on: 2010/3/13 17:37
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Re: Sand Bar is on fire?
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What do you mean? Now the new place can be bigger and better. This ought to speed up the whole permit process, too.


Not sure if you are joking . The last line says:

"The club is closed right now and opens Memorial Day weekend."

Posted on: 2010/3/10 18:47
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Re: Sand Bar is on fire?
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Wasn't there a thread recently about sandbar closing and a BBQ place opening instead? Based on this article, so much for that :)

Posted on: 2010/3/10 1:33
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Re: Gov. Christie Forcing NJTransit Service Cuts, Fare Hikes
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In terms of dollars it appears that payroll grew by $150mil over that 3 year period.


Yes, this is correct, but please note that the report stops at fiscal year 2009. The 300 million shortfall is for fiscal year 2011. If the rate of growth remained the same compounded 7.5%, the number is closer to 275million in growth.

It is unreasonable for people to expect the rate of growth in fares to not match the rate of growth in labor costs in the long term.

Posted on: 2010/3/10 1:30
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Re: Gov. Christie Forcing NJTransit Service Cuts, Fare Hikes
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Article today, NJ transit payroll grew 24% in the past 3 years:

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010 ... s_payroll_grows_24_p.html

What was the total proposed fare increase percentage?

Posted on: 2010/3/9 17:13
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Re: Gov. Christie Forcing NJTransit Service Cuts, Fare Hikes
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Its also ideological retribution.


Laughable. 0.15% of the needed cuts to balance the budget (30 million out of 2 billion) were for NJ transit.

But I guess you are right, given the sad state of the NJ system and the votes that brought the political patronage, every attempt to balance the budget and bring back parity between public and private will seem like retribution.

Posted on: 2010/3/8 13:44
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Re: Gov. Christie Forcing NJTransit Service Cuts, Fare Hikes
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Mathias wrote:
Not only is it not a business but one of the main problems we have is Econ 101.


Sadly, not enough of our representatives have taken Econ 101. This is why we are in this hole, just like California and not far in the distance just like Greece.

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It's amazing that the simpletons are the first to claim that government should be run like a business and costs cut when times are bad, but when times are good


Sounds like you have no problem paying for the fat raises and bonuses during these down years through fare increases. Increasing total labor cost 8% last year and giving contractual raises this year costs money...

Posted on: 2010/3/8 4:16
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Re: Gov. Christie Forcing NJTransit Service Cuts, Fare Hikes
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We the people paid for these highways with tax money.


"We the people pay for NJ Transit to operate with our money, so raising fares is the only way to pin the cost on users." It's easy to make the argument both ways especially since NJ Transit is far more heavily subsidized than cars. According to the state budget, cars generate 2+billion in revenue for NJ which pays for the 1+ billion in road maintenance/building fees (MVC Fees, Insurance surcharges, Gas tax, Tolls). This is according to the NJ balance sheet, maybe I'm reading it wrong and you have different figures...

Nevertheless, I still agree with you that we need a higher gas tax, but for other reasons - it forces people to buy more efficient cars, lowers our dependence on a largely imported & finite product, and it encourages the research into alternative transport, including a more efficient public transit system.

However, if NJ Transit doesn't get its act together and balance its costs figuring out it's employment contracts for the people in the top 25%, throwing more money at the problem just delays the inevitable issues. Money, which frankly right now doesn't exist..

I love a free lunch as much as the next guy, but that's just not reality.

Posted on: 2010/3/6 19:06
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