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Re: I-Team: FBI Investigates Alleged Corruption in Jersey City Police Department
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The entire system of requiring off duty cops at construction sites is hardly less than a corrupt shakedown of the construction industry even when they actually show up. In most cities flaggers making a fraction of these cops suffice. Has anyone ever seen the cops posted do anything but bullshit with each other and look at their phones? They rarely direct traffic.

Posted on: 9/22 14:00
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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My bet is on Boston, Chicago or philly


I'd go with Boston, but for the stupid MA support of non-compete contracts. Since the top prospects would not want to deal with that, no tech firm wants to locate there if it has a choice. Chicago is too far from mountains for the outdoor enthusiasts like skiers climbers and cyclists. They're spoiled by the NW. The only rec there is boating.

Posted on: 9/19 10:28
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Re: Getting to EWR for a 6:30pm weekday intnl flight?
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Used Lyft, and have several times since. Very happy, except for the dude that showed up to pick up 4 with a trunk full of crap. The EWR run is like $18!! I tip generously, remembering it costing 35-60.

Posted on: 9/18 19:42
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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They want top colleges - Princeton is trying but Boston sounds more likely. Though they just built a huge warehouse outside of Cranbury NJ - which is right by Princeton.


The top college thing is the one torpedo in the popular Denver candidacy. If it had a little better economy Pittsburgh would be a real contender.

Posted on: 9/18 18:42
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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Heard on NPR today about Amazon's search for new HQ location. Does anyone know for sure whether JC is submitting a proposal? And do you think it would be a good thing (downsides mentioned in the NPR piece included increased gentrification, infrastructure overload etc)?

I saw this:http://nj1015.com/new-jersey-future-h ... zons-second-headquarters/



Read their complete list of desires, JC is not a good fit. Too expensive and too far from outdoor activities.

Posted on: 9/18 17:10
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Re: what we really get with our local elected leaders
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Torres is mostly a douche, but he's right in this. Too many people think there's something wrong with voting for the least bad choice, and stay home if there isn't a saint in the race. If we're talking about Fulop vs Matsikoudis, much as Fulop has made disappointing moves, Healy's administration was worse, and I have no desire for a replay. Remember, both his chief of staff and Council President went to jail.

Posted on: 9/18 13:24
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Re: Come to City Hall this upcoming Wednesday to promote electric vehicle charging in JC #EVinJC
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You would be screwing a lot of people doing that.


A lot of people are currently being screwed by the environmental effects of fracking. It's not without externalized costs. It's like if you were a wacko 60 years ago trying to get the industry of JC to stop dumping poisons all over the city, you'd be shouted down by all the people who might make less profit or lose their jobs if they had to stop. It doesn't mean they were right.

Posted on: 9/17 20:32
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Re: Come to City Hall this upcoming Wednesday to promote electric vehicle charging in JC #EVinJC
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MDM wrote:
the USA will be a major gas exporter soon.


I think this should be illegal. Sure, a case can be made that we need to endure the evils of fracking for energy independence and reducing carbon emissions, but not for the greater profits of the carbon extraction industry.

Posted on: 9/17 17:21
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Re: Flim-Flam Florio is back-and wants your wallet
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A ten family apartment building should be paying much more in tax than what you say, and likely will after a reval.

And yes, total tax and tax rate are different, of course. My point from your first suggestion was that suburban/wealthy homeowners are already paying a type of 'luxury' tax annually on their homes, because they get so shortchanged in school support from Trenton.


It's actually unlikely to go up much. >4 units is commercial, and appraised not on current ridiculous single family and condo comps but on it's rents and cap rate, ie: it's profitability. And lets say it goes to $1m and the rate is 1.8%, that's still only $1800 tax per family.

Posted on: 9/16 18:07
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Re: Flim-Flam Florio is back-and wants your wallet
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You seem unable to distinguish between tax and tax rate. What you also seem unable to comprehend is the majority of JC does not live in $1m townhomes, they live in apartments and pay far less tax per family than your Short Hills gentry even with a higher tax rate. For ex: a 10 family neighboring one of my properties pays $12k in tax. That's $1200 per family. You're simply not going to cover adequate schools with that.

This is why the Abbott system was created. Could JC schools be more efficient with their funds? I have no doubt. But there's no way this city could fully fund its schools without creating an economic catastrophe of every middle class resident leaving because of 8% property tax.

Posted on: 9/16 17:06
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Re: Flim-Flam Florio is back-and wants your wallet
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1) I'd love to see the numbers on how this would work.

2) Again, places like Short Hills pay much more because they're carrying the burden of paying for Abbott schools. 900 million/year for Newark, 400 million a year for JC, 230 million a year for East Orange, 24 million a year for Hoboken, 68 million a year for Asbury Park, 290 million a year for Camden. The suburbs pay higher taxes than they should because of this. Not to mention the big urban cities are often a cesspool of corruption.


You do it like the reval. Start with the number you need and work backward from there. The amount of tax taken from the people of NJ doesn't change, just it's distribution.

Again you claim Short Hills pays more, and that's simply not true. Perhaps they would like to pay less, but their actual TAX RATE is less than Jersey City. Fact. The idea that wealthy areas bear no responsibility to help educate poorer areas is typical selfish, social darwinist GOP.

Posted on: 9/16 16:04
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Re: New York Times: Is New York’s Best Pizza in New Jersey?
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So, yeah, this NYT thing is great for them, bad for the rest of us.

But good in the long run, as those shut out of Razza look elsewhere, other places up their game to compete for these customers, and new restaurateurs see JC as a viable place to open and still be on the NYC foodie radar like Brooklyn is.

Posted on: 9/16 13:49
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Re: Flim-Flam Florio is back-and wants your wallet
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Suburban residents are severely overtaxed in NJ because they support Abbott districts. In Millburn, the average real estate tax is over $20,000. Why? Because it gets only $2,252 per student from Trenton. Jersey City gets (wait for it) $18,466 per student. Each year, every year. Plus free preK.

So saying that wealthy suburban taxpayers should pay more-well, no. They already pay for their own schools and most of yours.


#1 I'm not saying use it to fund schools, I'm saying get rid of all regressive taxes like sales and replace it with progressive income and RE tax. And pool it all, no more local funding of schools. There are states that don't fund with local tax.

#2 What happened to "Short Hills pays a higher rate than JC"? You lie and move on just like your man Trump.

Posted on: 9/16 13:44
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Re: Flim-Flam Florio is back-and wants your wallet
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For the most part (minus the wealthy who own expensive homes in Abbott districts), which is why someone owning a brownstone on VVP pays a pittance compared to someone with a home of equal value in, say, Short Hills. 17% vs 89% funding of your local schools is just that-wealthy suburban homeowners pay a ton more taxes because the state gives them so little back for education.


Simply wrong as usual. Putting the delayed reval artifacts aside, in 2016 (the last published doc http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/lpt/taxrate.shtml) JC had an effective tax rate of 2.101% vs the Milburn rate of 1.854%. You can't base your accusation on the reval artifacts of a small portion of JC properties. Someone owning new construction or older properties outside of DT pay a HIGHER RATE than Short Hills.

Posted on: 9/15 23:10
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Re: Flim-Flam Florio is back-and wants your wallet
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http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2 ... ee.html#incart_river_home

He was a one term Governor because he didn't have a tax increase he didn't adore, now he wants to privatize more of our highways, tax drivers by the amount of miles they drive (can you think of a more regressive tax?), put tolls on our interstates (which the Feds would then drop any funding of them), and in general just screw everyone in NJ who drives a car or buys anything delivered by truck?


Names and nasty rhetoric are fun, more fun than real issues. The reason for a mileage tax is that the gas tax is an even worse way, with those wealthy enough to buy a Prius taxed far less to use the roads than someone who can only afford a gas guzzler. Sure there's a whole argument to discourage gas guzzlers, but the disincentive is right there in the name.

If you really interested in progressive taxation, great! Lets get rid of everything but property and income tax and increase those on the wealthy to make up for it. I'd love to see a RE tax scaled based on percentile of home values. So if your $10m home is in the 95 percentile you pay a higher rate than a home in the 25th.

Posted on: 9/15 18:45
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Re: "a guide to jersey city coffee shops"
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Is there some sort of universal rule that specifies WiFi must be provided at any and all coffee shops?



Wasn't there an article a little back about some coffee shops deliberately getting rid of wifi to create a nicer atmosphere and more seats for actual beverage buyers instead of office workers paying no rent?

As for the entitled, OMG. Today's was a dude parked in my driveway. I come out, open both side of the gate and bring in my recycling cans. He asks, "are you coming out?" I say "yes", to which he gets huffy and says "you don't have to be nasty about it!" Sorry, when you're parked in someone's driveway you don't get to be thin skinned and defensive, you just get the fuck out when it looks like it's being used. It's like salmoning, particularly in the bike lane. When there's someone coming the right way, you just get out of their way, because you're WRONG!

Posted on: 9/15 18:36
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Re: Replacing shut off valve on the water main line
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iGreg wrote:

Steam is moisture and moisture causes rust, there is plenty of air inside those old pipes that would certainly constitute enough oxygen (and in fact does).



Your science is rusty. Moisture doesn't cause rust, oxygen does. Moisture simply enables the oxygen to react with the iron to form iron oxide: rust. In a closed heating system like steam or even baseboard, there's no source of oxygen. Almost no fresh water with O2 is let in. This is why potable water systems that have fresh water running through them all the time NEVER use black pipe, only galv or copper. But even a baseboard boiler has everything but the actual risers and radiators black pipe.

Posted on: 9/14 13:13
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Re: Replacing shut off valve on the water main line
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Or put the parking police onto the contractor each and every day. Who wants competition if you can lock up the local market completely. The end result - very few reliable, competent, reasonably priced contractors around.


Years ago I had stairmakers from Brooklyn here, they got booted the 1st day. That competent steam guy I mentioned earlier swore he'd never work here again after getting jerked around on inspections for months.

iGreg, I was told the closed system nature of steam didn't allow in the oxygen needed for rusting, which is why we have these 100 year old systems and radiators instead of piles of rust.

Posted on: 9/14 11:50
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Re: Replacing shut off valve on the water main line
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When I was getting a new steam boiler one contractor was just ready to replace it with a similar rating. Another actually looked at every radiator and crunched the numbers for a smaller BTU boiler. I have a logging thermometer and it was interesting to watch the sine wave of the heat cycle.

Any recommendations of a heat guy to re-install radiators with new shutoff valves and cutting the feet? Prior to current reno the oak floor had been installed around the feet by some incompetent fools. I cut off the valves and capped the pipes during reno, but I'd rather not deal with new valves, spuds and getting the height right after the floors have been repaired. I've done it and it's a PITA. I know Chris at Royal, but was wondering if there was anyone else around. The guy who did the boiler is no longer doing residential.

Posted on: 9/13 23:41
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Re: Urban Farming?
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I would be very careful eating anything grown in open lots in Jersey City. Chromium, and other contamination is widespread due to industrial ore tailings and by products being given to people for free decades ago to be used for fill, for landscaping.

I had a garden when I lived in town, but all in raised boxes, with commercially bought topsoil.


What I've read on the subject is that fruits, any seed carrier, are very poor at taking up heavy metals, but leaves are much better. Why you get far more iron in spinach than tomatoes. I have raspberries, grapes, kiwis, peaches and figs in the ground, in addition to container crops.

Posted on: 9/8 12:09
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Re: Hurricane Irma possible: Next Tuesday thru Thursday
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Good God, 62 ft waves????????????? Any idea if that is from trough or the water level? I thought oceanographers use the latter, which would make the waves 124 ft from trough to peak!

Posted on: 9/7 11:49
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Re: Paintless Dent Repair recommendations?
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Often times, the damage is not even from the bumper to bumper contact, but rather from people with exposed screws on their plate mounts, or from aftermarket additions, hitch inserts and other things that protrude from the bumpers themselves


Yup, one of the worst parking damages I ever got was backing into a spot in the Caravan, and I couldn't see the raised plow bracket on the front of the pickup behind, it was below window level. Put a nice dent in the hatch, 2 inches higher and it would have taken out the back window. I think it's my destiny, the next Caravan was stopped at the light on Manila at 6th when a high asshole on a bike plows into the back leaving a big dent. For once it was easy to get a cop with the precinct a block away!

Posted on: 9/6 18:18
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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if the 2% market value equalizer holds, I doubt many people will see any relief especially with the recent interest in BL, greenville, jsq, etc as a result of DTJC pricing out.


You're creating a causal connection between the rate and the assessments where there is none. This is the process:

1: they assess all the properties to come up with the new ratable base, the aggregate value of all the property.

2: They strike a rate on that value that brings in exactly the same tax as before.

It's extremely unlikely that the other wards are now as under assessed as DT. But if they are, then their taxes don't go down and yours don't go up.

Posted on: 9/6 15:06
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Re: Hall/Space Rental
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You might try Cathedral Hall on Montgomery. I think they have multiple spaces.

www.cathedralhall.org

Posted on: 9/6 14:56
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Re: Paintless Dent Repair recommendations?
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Painted bumpers are one of the stupidest idea ever, designed for suburbia where people never ever parallel park. I recall when rubber bumpers 1st came in they were black. Complaining about braille parking in a city with a super tight street supply is just stupid also. There will always be someone trying to squeeze into that tiny spot. Get over it.

Posted on: 9/6 11:51
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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thor800 wrote:
but couldn't those homeowners paying 3% have sought out relief through the tax accessor office ?


True, but a lot homeowners aren't that sophisticated about taxes. I wasn't until maybe 5 years ago when I bought a property at short sale and was inundated with lawyers offering to appeal for me. Didn't fly for that property but I successfully appealed for a property I'd owned since 2004.

But lets say everyone appealed who could. The base goes down,
so the rate goes up, and all the people who were paying half the previous rate are still underpaying, but by slightly less.

Posted on: 9/6 11:11
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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not everyone that currently owns downtown has been living there forever and been substantially subsidized by other areas of the city. these areas have also seen increased values in the past few years and maybe wont see that golden $100 or $200 per month reduction by the reval - at most ? who will be crying now ?

telling someone that they shouldnt be pissed their taxes are skyrocketing based on an arguably inflated investor driven market and if they dont like it, then they can just sell and leave is just being a dick.


What you don't seem to understand it the relativity of it. While other wards have gone up, so has DT. The big question is has the gap closed? I doubt it. But if it has, you taxes won't go up so much. And if you've owned at all while paying around 1%, you've been subsidized by 3 owners paying 3%.

Even if you've only owned DT a year, you made 15% according to Zillow. If you've owned here since you registered on JCList you've appreciated about 70%. There are a number of ways to access that equity to pay the tax on your asset.

But if you really don't care about your property appreciation, I'll make you an offer: sell me your home for what you paid for it and I'll net lease it back to you indefinitely for your current property expenses indexed to the JC HUD rent rates. Isn't that what you want, fixed expenses? I'd make back more than the taxes just in the depreciation!

Posted on: 9/5 23:47
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Re: Need Advice for keeping kids busy before school starts
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Staten Island Zoo, a hidden gem. What about the beach?

Posted on: 9/1 16:47
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Re: Jersey City 5th-most expensive in country to rent 1-bedroom apartment: report
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They only looked at 50 cities nationwide.

https://www.gobankingrates.com/persona ... partment-costs-us-cities/

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Methodology: GOBankingRates surveyed apartment costs and features in 50 major U.S. cities. The study included the following factors for a one-bedroom apartment: (1) median rent, sourced from Zillow's June 2017 rental index; (2) cost of basic utilities, sourced from Numbeo on July 24, 2017; (3) walkability score, sourced from Walkscore.com; (4) percentage of apartments with amenities, including dishwasher, washer-dryer unit, pool, fitness center, pet allowance and parking garage, sourced from Apartment Guide on July 24 and July 25, 2017.


My question is does zillow only have data on realtor listed units, leaving out CL and other venues which tend to be cheaper?

Posted on: 8/31 21:21
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Re: Cell phone antennas in PAD
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I don't how comfortable I would be living right near something that cannot be deemed absolutely safe by the American Cancer Society.


The need for absolute certainty and science are generally opposed. Climate deniers use this all the time to exaggerate the uncertainty, but good scientists pride themselves on recognizing the lack of absolutes. In my 7th grade science class when a kid would ask "is it possible..." the teacher would reply "anything is possible, but it may be highly improbable."

Posted on: 8/28 21:28
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