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Re: JC teachers who made 99K or more in 2019
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As for the people living in tax abated buildings, what is the issue there?


Yvonne likes to pretend that abated properties pay nothing, rather than PILOTS that pre-reval were often way more than she and her brownstone brethren were paying. Controlling expenses of unionized municipal employees is a big problem, but unrelated to abatements.

Interesting article here:https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-c ... teachers-work-long-hours/

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The bottom line on deciding on compensation is whether you’re paying enough to get a sufficiently large supply of sufficiently good employees. In other words, if you think we have more great teachers than we need you should be okay with lower compensation rates. Contrariwise, if you think we need more great teachers than we have on board then you should want to raise salaries. That’s how a market system works—you get what you pay for.


Gist is economics says you either you have shitty teachers who are underpaid, or great teachers who are paid well. The market says you can't have great teachers who are underpaid, or they'd be somewhere else where they can be paid more. So we have a problem, we have a shitty system with some of the best paid teachers in the country. Go figure.

Posted on: 2019/12/5 23:30
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Re: JC teachers who made 99K or more in 2019
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My salary was private, it did not come from the public and did not affect anyone's taxes and it was not $99K. I just saw my former neighbor's house listed in today's paper under tax lien. Reval brought up his taxes and now he is in a hole for $30,000. $7,500 goes to the public school from his $30,000. But in the meanwhile, some people live in tax abated buildings and use the public schools and have no concern about losing their homes. The issue is the affordability of living in JC and paying taxes that steals people homes. The lien list has 37 pages of people in tax lien. Secaucus is 20 percent of JC population, had eleven names in lien which would be 55 people if the same size as JC. It is about the affordability of living in this city. So, nicky, spend $1.50 on the Jersey Journal and see the results of giving some teachers $99K plus. Public education is not free, it cost people money and homes.


Yvonne, the lien list really has little to do with anyone actually getting their property seized, all the tax mayhem here has simply led to a lot of confusion about when and what to pay. I have ended up there when the bank screwed up and didn't pay the tax on time and when the water bill got screwed up. Perhaps Secaucus actually gets it's budget and tax bills in on time and communicates with it's citizens.

Posted on: 2019/12/5 17:02
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Re: Fluorescent bulb disposal
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thanks. i will check out. also. i heard that ballast tend to fail over time. can i do bypass method with motion sensor lights ?[quote]


That would depend on the sensor used. The clients I work with now are just changing out the fixtures instead of doing bulb swaps. The fixture cost has come down so much in the past 5 years it makes more sense just to put in a new fixture.

Some LED fixtures have options for integrated motion / occupancy sensors.


For shoplights the fixture replacement has always been cheaper. I bought one at Costco recently that I was very excited about that had a built in motion detector, but the damn thing just sat there going on and off by itself with nothing near it and the sensor at it's lowest setting.

Posted on: 11/22 16:49
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Re: Fluorescent bulb disposal
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jimvfx wrote:
Hi all,

Does anyone know how I can go about disposing of old fluorescent tubes (I have about a dozen of them).

Will normal trash pick them up?

Thanks in advance!

best

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One option is bring them to Home Depot, I've brought bags of them there.

Posted on: 11/18 1:31
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Re: New Rent Control Ordinance
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Somehow there is an undying belief among politicians that war against real estate owners would lead to an abundance of affordable real estate.


It's an example of a Liberal "zombie idea" that balances the Conservative ones like "tax cuts raise revenue". Any rent control legislation should be tied to drastic zoning reform. Period. Coast to coast, zoning is what causes housing shortages and thus high rents, not landlords.

Posted on: 10/31 15:59
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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\Also says the 5 rooms have push button coded locks gee wouldn’t that make it a hotel?
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I have pushbutton locks on my apt and basement doors, does that make my home a hotel?

Posted on: 10/28 0:56
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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And VVP being elaborately and expensively renovated without including a playground. Good times.


Wow... never knew that happened (I don't use VVP since i am not in the downtown). The playgrounds are one reason I like living in J.C. My kid has 'his gang' that he meets daily at the playground on Ogden ave (Pershing Field gets a bit insane with the crowds). Having playmates at that young of an age was something I missed out on (Gen X baby bust in the burbs... no kids in my neighborhood... or playgrounds).

I take it the VVP planners didn't have kids...


I don't know all the details, but yeah, people who wanted a fancy garden had control, till at some point it all came out, and they had to retrofit in the 2 play areas. There were people in HP who would have gotten rid of the playground and ball courts in the reno if they'd had their way.

Posted on: 10/2 20:04
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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My 'bad experiences' were mostly neighbors (before the neighborhood gentrified) strung out on booze, drugs, etc. creating all sorts of issues. Thankfully most of the bad actors are gone now.*


And at least any bad AB&B visitor will be gone soon, unlike my neighbors with the dogs that bark all fucking day long.

Posted on: 10/2 19:37
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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Also, how have the neighborhood associations hurt you? You seem to be obsessed with them. In my experience (12 years in HP) they haven't shown themselves to be all that powerful.

You missed the heyday of HPNA being run by dog owners and keeping anyone from restricting dogs running free all over the park. And VVP being elaborately and expensively renovated without including a playground. Good times.

Posted on: 10/2 19:17
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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The sad thing is that with AirBnB regulated out of existence, rents won't be reduced by much, if at all. As long as multi-family buildings are torn down and replaced with Bayonne boxes, the rent market will continue to face shortages (at least until the next recession).

What will be lost is the revenue paid to the city by AirBnB. Wasn't it around $9mil a year?


Why is it people think 'supply & demand' doesn't apply to real estate? But to be fair, a lot of the teardowns are single or 2U on double lots. But they should be putting up 20 units on a 50x100 lot, not 4. But wait, 'muh parking' and 'don't change muh hood, except for the nice new services'.

Posted on: 10/2 16:17
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Re: Required in unit building inspection notices around 07302, what gives?
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For those interested in being "Refuseniks", look up 1967 SCOTUS case Camara vs City of SF, where the court ruled if the city wanted in, they needed a warrant and could not arrest or fine someone for asserting their 4th Amendment right to privacy. Of course, the JC buildings dept has never heard of this.

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Originally it was just businesses that were getting hammered with increased licensing fees and multiple inspections (with registration fees, from multiple agencies, checking the same thing). Now every 3+ family building owner is getting nickle and dime to death.


Given that, it's crazy that the JCPD basically has waived off any traffic enforcement at all. We all know dozens of spots where they could literally be giving tickets as fast as they could write them! Lets not even get started on the low productivity of the Parking folks.

Posted on: 9/27 18:13
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Re: Required in unit building inspection notices around 07302, what gives?
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Does anybody know what these clowns are looking for? Many years ago some firemen were not happy about my basement shelves with paper catalogs. I do think it's probably time to ditch them, but now I'm wondering about accelerants. I have more than 1/2 doz gallon cans of various thinners, some stored in a steel cabinet, though it's not exterior vented. And several gallons of lubricating oil. I can just imagine these guys going nuts!

Posted on: 9/26 21:23
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Re: Advertising a rental... Craigslist not working so well now
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Congrats. You could also have experienced the "3rd week of the month syndrome", where people stop window shopping and have to close a deal.

Posted on: 9/24 19:21
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Re: Advertising a rental... Craigslist not working so well now
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Thanks for the feedback. I will have to get some pictures of the bedrooms. I re-looked at the drawing and the smaller one was 7'3" X 10' 9" - wouldn't that be more than 70 sq feet or is there a loss factor that is supposed to be calculated?

Huh, that dimensions I read as 73"x 109" in that low rez image because there was no marks indicating ft & in, but some of the others seem to, so I guess you're right. Never mind and good luck. Nice looking place, and I assume you got it cheap if it was a while back.

And yes, CL has gone to hell for getting tenants, there's too many scammers, repeat postings, and deceptive location descriptions. From the renter POV the signal to noise is low.

Posted on: 9/20 2:23
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Re: Advertising a rental... Craigslist not working so well now
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I am advertising now an apartment on Romaine Ave for 1st time in 5 years. I had always used Craig's List and got a fair amount of interest and would always get a lease signed with good candidate within a few weeks.

After a kitchen renovation and general upgrade I put it up Sunday at $1,875 and only got a few responses. Not sure if Craig's List is not as effective as it used to be or if price was on high side I just relisted at $1775. I also for 1st time just put on hotpads which seems to connect to Zillow/Trulia. Any constructive criticism let me know. I think I need to get better pictures.

As I remember Thursdays were a good day to put up as people make weekend plans of what they want to check out.

Https://newyork.craigslist.org/jsy/apa ... 2br-condo/6981911742.html


Good on you for posting the plan of the unit, but just to be a pain I'll point out the front "bedroom" is too small to be a legal bedroom. Min is 70 sq ft, that's 55 according to the drawing.

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B.Required space in sleeping rooms. Except as required under Subsection C, each room utilized for sleeping purposes shall have a minimum dimension of seven (7) feet and a minimum net floor area of seventy (70) square feet for the initial occupant, fifty (50) square feet for each additional occupant, except that children under one (1) year of age shall not be counted as occupants for the purpose of this section. In existing structures built prior to 1951, if any dwelling has no room at least ten (10) feet by twelve (12) feet in size, two (2) persons will be allowed to sleep in the largest room therein so long as it is nine (9) feet in size at least.

https://library.municode.com/nj/jersey ... IMISPUSEGRE_S254-33CEHERE

Posted on: 9/19 15:46
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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Actually, yes, that is within their mission. But it seems like their primary job is being non-responsive so as to make whatever it is the citizens problem. They will not even return a call. Even the nice workers at LHS admit as much. Lord help you if instead of calling them 10 times till they send someone with a trap you rescue a cat yourself but are unable to keep it. You might as well put it out on the street again, even the cat rescues won't take it. Ask me how I know, the kitten is making our elderly cat miserable.


Couple things: If you bring the kitten directly to LHS, they will take it. Or PM me, and I'll try to hook you up with a local rescue. We are lousy with kittens over here...so what's one more?

Not true, we have fostered over 3 dozen kittens for LHS and they still refused, told us to call AC, who never followed up. Jersey Cats also refused to take her. At this point we've had her for 2 months and I guess she's staying, but we felt forced into it by the lack of support and will be very reluctant to be proactive and rescue a cat ourselves if we don't want to keep it.

Posted on: 9/12 17:56
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Re: Illegal gambling at County Schools
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Who gives a crap(s) about staff running a lottery pool?

Of all the problems and corruptness in Hudson County, this is what you call out?

Robin.


The thing was written confusingly, but as I understand it, it wasn't a group buying state lottery tickets and splitting the winnings, someone was using the published state numbers to run a private numbers game. Classic numbers racket. Still relatively victimless, but definitely criminal.

When I was in high school, kids of mobsters were running sports betting in the school, printed slips and all. It was the town where Henry Hill lived.

Posted on: 9/11 22:10
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Re: Illegal gambling at County Schools
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Not shocking at all given that the HCDO operates like the mob in all other respects. Now we'll see if Omerta holds. It should, they're pretty good at taking care of their "Made Men", ask Steve Lipski.

Posted on: 9/11 19:44
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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I really hope that last post is a joke. But, if it isn't... why would anyone think/assume/believe that Animal Control can and should locate, trap, and dispose of random wildlife making its way into private property?

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Ill be sure to call Animal Control the next time a bird flies into my place!
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Actually, yes, that is within their mission. But it seems like their primary job is being non-responsive so as to make whatever it is the citizens problem. They will not even return a call. Even the nice workers at LHS admit as much. Lord help you if instead of calling them 10 times till they send someone with a trap you rescue a cat yourself but are unable to keep it. You might as well put it out on the street again, even the cat rescues won't take it. Ask me how I know, the kitten is making our elderly cat miserable.

http://www.libertyhumane.org/animal_response_team
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The Animal Response Team serves Jersey City, Hoboken and Bayonne. If you live outside of these areas you need to contact your municipal Health Department or Police Department for assistance in reaching your animal services provider.

Contact the Animal Response Team Anytime If:

-You have found an injured or sick stray animal (this includes wildlife)

-You have found and confined a stray domestic animal

-You are witnessing possible animal cruelty or neglect

-There is a stray animal who appears to be dangerous

-There is a wild animal in your living space that cannot escape

Posted on: 9/11 18:32
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Re: 7 On Your Side helps keep New Jersey hot dog shop on a roll after check fraud
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How did "Angelo" know they had at least $6,333.69 in the account? Luck?

#insidejob?


I would be suspect of any business that didn't have at least $6k in reserves. Its a business, not a 20 something without a pot to piss in.

Posted on: 9/11 0:38
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Re: 7 On Your Side helps keep New Jersey hot dog shop on a roll after check fraud
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I was thinking about this story, there's just so damn many holes in it.
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he deposited it by taking a photo of the altered check which the bank cashed.


Cashing is not remote depositing. AFAIK to do a remote deposit you need an account! They require at least several forms of ID to open a bank account, and then cashing a check requires funds equal to the check to be held till it clears. Also, if "he deposited it by taking a photo of the altered check" why bother altering the physical check, just photoshop it. The whole thing doesn't add up, but it could be the usual bad reportage.

Posted on: 9/9 17:10
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Re: 7 On Your Side helps keep New Jersey hot dog shop on a roll after check fraud
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The fraud sucks, but what business can't handle a temporary $6300 hit? That's not really a lot, perhaps not even a months rent even for that hole in the wall. Any business should have reserves for the unexpected.

Posted on: 9/7 17:11
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Re: Do Prospective Home Buyers Look at Both JC & Hoboken?
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Surely it depends on your price point. All things being equal I'd buy in Hoboken as long as it wasn't ground floor in a flood zone. The JC school tax fiasco is only going to get worse and since Mayor Zimmer their governance is less corrupt.

Posted on: 9/3 20:01
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Re: 8 Things You Can Do Now to Help Your Child Get Ready For School
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9th Item popular with my tenants who have kids:

Move to the suburbs for the schools


The DT K-8s are flooded with middle class kids now where 15 years ago PS37 was less than 10% white. Just give the Heights a few years, you'll see.


I noticed the test scores for the grade school near my apartment scores have finally gone up. They were in the bottom 25% for years. Still not great.. but improving.

I am keeping eyes on the Montessori charter that is attempting to get going in JC. Unfortunately, where they are looking to open up is nowhere near the Heights.


Sometimes you gotta suck it up and drive. We did when LCCS moved from DT to Lincoln Park. Carpooling helps. Also, most of these schools start to fall behind in middle school more than k-5. Apply to the AEP magnet schools at that point.

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Re: 8 Things You Can Do Now to Help Your Child Get Ready For School
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MDM wrote:
9th Item popular with my tenants who have kids:

Move to the suburbs for the schools


The DT K-8s are flooded with middle class kids now where 15 years ago PS37 was less than 10% white. Just give the Heights a few years, you'll see.

Posted on: 8/28 20:49
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Re: Notice: JC Proposes to Dispose of .98 Acres of Two Parks
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Funny, my wife was just commenting today about what a shame that the 16th st park was so awful. Guess Holland Gardens doesn't even get a crappy park. The residents should give Solomon & Fulop an earful.

Posted on: 8/5 2:27
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Re: JC plans new North precinct, and officials want your suggestions
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Ah, "public suggestion theater'!!! How to make people feel less powerless without actually giving them any power. When I was in HS there was a plan to put a sculpture in the lake behind the school. A "professional sculptor" was brought in and student suggestions solicited, but it soon became clear that it was all about the "artists vision". Ironically it never got installed because they never actually got town permission for it.

What I'd like to know is why this precinct needs to be on very valuable retail and residential Central Ave property. There could be quite a nice high tax base building there on that R-2 lot and the precinct almost anywhere. The East District seems to manage tucked away on 7th St.

Posted on: 7/28 19:07
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Re: Choosing OBGYN / Delivery Hospital
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Why don't you search the site? There's been plenty of discussion of this.

site search for obgyn

Posted on: 7/18 16:30
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Re: Flooding
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Pump just started about 10 minutes ago, we'll see....

Posted on: 7/18 0:37
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Re: The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City
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My one tenant that had two kids moved because of the public school (Heights). The school was safe, but his son was going insane with boredom. He was already doing long division and fraction whilst the rest of the class was still trying to learn addition / subtraction, etc.


It baffles me why tracking is a PC non-no in many schools while magnet schools, tracking on a broad scale, are OK. The main criticism I could make of LCCS was no tracking, particularly for math. My kids were better prepared in Science than the AEP kids, but were a year behind in math, which basically meant they couldn't take calculus at McNair without taking a double math year in preparation.

We were lucky getting into LCCS, but I've spoken to parents who are perfectly happy with k-8 schools like #5, 16 & 37. I'm not as familiar with the Heights, but no doubt it's similar or getting there, as families like Chris's stay.

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