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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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Mayor Fulop: Distribution convictions should be expunged if weed is legalized

JERSEY CITY -

A strong supporter of legalizing marijuana in the state is not satisfied with the current bill to do so in the state Legislature.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is in full support of the legalization of marijuana, but only if the state will also eliminate prior distribution convictions.

http://newjersey.news12.com/story/396 ... nged-if-weed-is-legalized



I can't go with that for the most part as to it's holding up the legalization process. Expungement has many facets and it can be dealt with as a separate issue while the legalization process moves along.

In the Jersey City that I grew up in bookies were the order of the day if you wanted to play a number. When the lottery was initiated did all of the bookies who were arrested have the records cleaned up?--no.

Go back further to prohibition and people who broke that law and were arrested. Were their records cleaned up?

To me it makes no difference whether a record for possession is erased, but let's get it out of the way and move along.


Sadly, US history is not a place to look for justice. It would not be as big a deal if a felony conviction didn't utterly fuck you for life in terms of your employability. Having sold a little weed at 19 doesn't mean that you'll steal from your employer at 30, but no one will hire you for a good job with a felony record. I can understand the reasoning to push for expungment now when there's leverage to be had, rather than later when there's none.

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Re: Developers Planning to Relocate St. Lucy's - Create Market Rate Housing
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Do you have any published evidence at all to back up that statement, other than the words of your fellow crank Boggiano?


That would be a "no". Just more rabble rousing from the usual suspects.

Posted on: 2018/12/7 14:22
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Re: Durable Flooring
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I found the laminate floors end up look cheap as well but maybe with the newer more durable types that is not case, the attached image shows the different materials in the layering system and the variety of colors is very good.

Ceramic plank tiles with wood grain are very nice my issue is chipping and cracking and you'll pay 5x to 7x as much to lay that
then laminate.

Hardwood floors are what I am going over, they are great but have a lifespan after being refinished a few times although they are original to this apartment that is close to 100 years old and that is not too shabby of a return on investment.


I'm not sure what anyone is referring to when they say "looks cheap". There's a lot of variables, like thickness, texture, and just how good a picture of wood is printed on the board. I laid this floor below in 2002 for my 3 year old son. It's still nearly perfect, and that floor had a dramatic dip in the middle where the 5/4 subfloor had apparently been scraped multiple times down to the tongue of the planks.

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If it's a valuable home and you like hardwood, but it's beyond another resanding, why not just replace the hardwood?

Posted on: 2018/12/7 12:41
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Re: Durable Flooring
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Where you can't go under existing molding, how are you trapping the edges?
Just running clamshell molding over it ?


1/4 round molding. I prefer 5/8, since it give more room for error as the flooring shifts. Most directions say to leave at least 1/4" from the wall, at least for the wood fiber based product. I'm not familiar with the product you're showing, but it's possible it can be cut and snapped with a box cutter like the 5mm planks I'm working with, rather than needing a saw. Check the directions.

Posted on: 2018/12/6 21:33
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Re: Durable Flooring
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Looks nice but very pricey, the 5mm planks from Lumber Liquidators I'm currently installing are half that. I'd buy it if I was replacing 8mm laminate, so the molding undercuts matched.



I revisited some of the laminate today and the newer stuff is made much better, the hard top coating seems very durable
with a rubber or cork type base - looks quite good actually.

What are you cutting the panels with when needing to made edges or openings say for radiator legs?

The stuff I looked at advertised a 20 year lifespan and the hard top surface has me wondering how to get clean cuts.

It's not hard to cut but the silica heavy coating destroys blades quickly. I have a table rig for my hand jigsaw that makes it like a little tablesaw. Jigsaw blades are much cheaper than carbide circular saw blades, and you'd need it anyway for cutting details. There trickiest part of laying this stuff is scribing it to the uneven walls in these old houses and getting it under the moldings you undercut with an oscillating saw.

Posted on: 2018/12/6 20:49
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Re: Durable Flooring
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I haven't seen where laminate buckles, but after awhile they start to swell at the ends and end up looking cheap. that has been my experience.


Are you talking about water damage, or that slight lifting of the edge where they meet if there's no bevel? I think that comes from the flexing of the planks sinking slightly into the foam underlayment. I've started buying the type with the small bevel for exactly that reason, and I'm sure that's why it was developed. The way you can get buckling is installing it too tight in cool dry weather like now, and then it expands in summer.

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I have heard many positive things about COREtec.
https://www.flooringinc.com/vinyl/planks/usfloors-coretec-plus.html


Looks nice but very pricey, the 5mm planks from Lumber Liquidators I'm currently installing are half that. I'd buy it if I was replacing 8mm laminate, so the molding undercuts matched.

Posted on: 2018/12/6 18:30
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Re: Durable Flooring
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The tongue and groove floating systems I find can buckle and not particularly overly durable unless adhesive is used underneath them.

That's not been my experience with thousands of feet of the locking planks, but I don't use thinner than 8mm. Whatever.

Posted on: 2018/12/6 13:39
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Re: Durable Flooring
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What base layer are you adhering the tiles to?
Waffle Board?
Sheets of plywood?


Https://www.homedepot.com/b/Flooring-V ... y-Vinyl-Tile/N-5yc1vZaq27


If you're addressing me, the products I'm using all float. That way you can pull it up and replace a plank if it comes to that. The subfloor can be quite bad and it will still be fine. For what you linked or what's commonly called 'linoleum tile' AKA vinyl composition tile or VCT, that needs a perfect subfloor to glue down to. I'd NEVER do the peel and stick, been there done that. Comes up.

Posted on: 2018/12/5 22:23
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Re: Durable Flooring
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Try looking at Luxury Vinyl Tile.

It has better wear and water resistance than laminate, doesn't crack, has a lot of different patterns and styles, and is not very expensive.


I've been using the click type 5mm LVP in kitchens and am currently laying it in a stairwell. It's pretty good, but I find it much harder to lay than standard 8-10mm laminate, of which I've laid thousands of feet. Most of which is doing fine, even my son's room which survived him from 3 to off to college.

Water is the real enemy of laminate, but there's some new products advertised as more resistant. Costco, where I've bought the most, has a product saying it can resist spills for 24 hrs. Plus it's around $1.30/ft.

Posted on: 2018/12/5 15:42
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Re: Tax Lien
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How many times, in how many slightly different ways, will this argument be had before JCList seizes up from too many people simultaneously banging their heads on their keyboards?


The problem is if we don't slap her down people new to these issues might take what she says at face value and be totally misled. I remember many years ago when I was a newby believing some nonsense she posted about vans of vote fraudsters being shuttled around Hudson County. The woman is dangerous.

Posted on: 2018/12/3 21:26
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Re: Tax Lien
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I find it amazing that people here says $16,000 is an underpayment.


Shame on you. Shame.


Good luck with that, Yvonne quite clearly has no shame, it's possible she never did. She whined endlessly about high taxes while other people were subsidizing her very low taxes in VVP, and sold when she thought the party was over to get out before higher taxes reduced her gains. And now she still is petulant that people have to pay their fair share. She also shamelessly conflates the budget with the reval, deliberately confusing people not versed in the details. She's like Iago, a force of chaos and conflict.

Posted on: 2018/12/3 18:43
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Re: Tax Lien
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Dolomiti, it is about time you read budgets. It has not been revenue neutral since the spending created by Fulop, read the Healy's 2012 budget and the present budget under Fulop. Furthermore, it is not neutral to those people on the tax/water lien list for 2018.


You're either deliberately trying to confuse or you really still have no idea what happens in a reval. There's no other option since at this point you have no excuse not to know that in this context "revenue neutral" refers to the tax levy being the same before and after the reval, and nothing else.

Posted on: 2018/12/3 12:48
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Re: Tax Lien
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Try to understand what it would mean to people who are in their seventies and eighties being told: " aww, just move out or take a reverse mortgage".


I'm so tired of battling this "reverse mortgage BAD" trope. It's a financial tool, that can be good or be abused like any other tool. You can take out just enough every year to pay your taxes, or take it all out at once to go blow it in Vegas. A senior sitting in a 'paid for' million dollar house can easily pay their taxes, it's that simple.

Explain why not, if you can, without mushy "feelz" reasoning like your desire for JC to be set in amber and not change like cities inevitably do. Thank God it's changing for the better and not worse, as it did for decades. Yvonne is nostalgic for the 20% vacancy rate of the 70s!

Posted on: 2018/12/1 15:10
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Yvonne wrote:
most legal and illegal [imigrants] live in tax abated buildings.


Just when you think Yvonne can't say any shit that's crazier. There isn't enough abated units in all of JC to hold a fraction of our roughly 90k foreign born residents, even if there were no non-immigrants living in them. But with the exception of the H1B crowd, most immigrants live in the shitty old unabated housing beyond ward E.

Posted on: 11/27 22:12
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Re: Anyone planning to appeal 2018 property tax increases?
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66romaine wrote:
Thanks for all the feedback. I'll read through the links. In the meantime, what are these "comps"? Also, the use of "professionals" was mentioned but I'm not sure who would fit into that description. Are we talking about lawyers or something else? Any specific recommendations?

Thanks again


Read up and all will be clear. Yes, there are law firms that specialize in this. They've been sending a lot of mailings around. They often choose their recipients by the tax data, so if you didn't get any it might mean you aren't a good appeal candidate.

https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/lpt/ptappeal.pdf

Posted on: 11/27 20:30
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Re: Anyone planning to appeal 2018 property tax increases?
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Why didn't you do the informal appeal process last spring? Who knows, the formal process might end up raising your taxes!

FWIW, I did DIY appeals a few years back on 2 properties, got one reduced. Unless your property is extremely generic, I were in your shoes I'd let pros handle it. Finding the right comps, and knowing which ones are the best for your property is an art form. You don't want them to throw out your comps, which is what happened to me.

Posted on: 11/26 20:45
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Re: George R.R. Martin will bring winter to (JC) N.J. with 'Fire & Blood' book launch
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It was a great event, and John Hodgeman gave the great man time to expound. He was a delightful interviewee, with a lot of fun nuggets about JC and Bayonne.


Any chance it was being recorded?

Posted on: 11/25 19:34
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Re: Jersey City bursting at seams with population surge
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The density around town was tremendously higher, because half of what we consider DT wasn't just lower density,it was railyards and docks.


After the invasion of Japan got cancelled, my Dad received extended leave from the Army. He stayed in Jersey City with a squad mate of his in a Polish section of the city (from his description, I think it was around the Marion section).

He commented on how packed the place was with people, which being a kid from a Colorado farm, was a bit off-putting. The other thing he mentioned was that the sky was so thick with smog / smoke that the upper parts of the Pulaski Skyway would be rendered invisible in the airborne muck.


It's hard to imagine when all these houses were heated by coal, and the city was ringed by factories burning coal too. Ever hear of the great London Smog of 1952 that killed 4k people? There was also a 1966 New York City smog. These were seminal events of the air quality movement. I know you're pretty conservative, but these are the kind of regulations your party is against.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_New_York_City_smog

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Re: Leaving Jersey City Troll List
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Who else would be in the Jclist hall of fame?

Robin.


Makes me sad that the archives of those days are gone, every time a Nimby rears their ugly head I'd love to be able to link to the hysterical predictions of the coming Home Depot causing a traffic apocalypse. The battles with the HP dog people who were against constructing a dog run because they considered the entirety of the park their dog run were epic. Now it's just oral history, like the Trojan War.

Posted on: 11/19 21:58
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Re: Jersey City bursting at seams with population surge
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Peak population 1930 316,000. Dwindled to 223,000 in 1980. Now estimated at 270,000. Probably population was spread out more evenly in 1930, but now the downtown area is littered with 50 story buildings increasing density in 07302.


The density around town was tremendously higher, because half of what we consider DT wasn't just lower density,it was railyards and docks. It's hard to get reference, but HP is just a hair above and left from dead center.

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Re: Worst traffic ever
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I think more need to question why they're driving in a snowstorm. I was supposed to run an errand yesterday afternoon, but I said screw it, it's not an emergency. Too many people think "yes, this is why I have my sexy SUV, so I can go out in any weather!" But those little cute ute's don't have the weight or handling for it, and their drivers don't have the skills.

Posted on: 11/16 12:19
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Re: Leaving Jersey City Troll List
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RichMauro wrote:
However, I must confess that I just can't figure out how people have the time to contribute their voices thousands and thousands of times. There's a poster here with over nine thousand contributions.

Do the math--it's incredible.


Depends on when they joined. I have over 5k, but it averages to once a day over 14 years.

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Re: Leaving Jersey City Troll List
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I just looked and there's a "New" tab that lists them in reverse chronological order. I don't see any gaming.


I'm just recently exploring it, it lists new topics but does not list topics by new posts like every forum software out there, and inside a topic, even if you hit "NEW" it still threads it, so you can't just see what the new posts are. It's playing the same popularity and social media acceleration games that FB does, making the "hottest" most voted up posts most visible. I remember back on the old Digg how gaming that by logrolling was brought to a fine art.

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Re: Leaving Jersey City Troll List
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Meh., As you say Robin no great loss, and this site is obviously dying anyway. Sad thing is I hate the formats of both Nextdoor and Reddit. The former is too primitive for extended threads and hard to read, the latter can't simply list the newest posts without trying to gamify it. I don't do FB.

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Re: JC v Hudson County (debt)
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This is why Yvonne is numerically illiterate. She has no idea how to compare apples to apples. She simply throws stuff at people like a monkey throwing it's shit, hoping to get a reaction. There's actually data out there, we're not best, below average, but far from the worst.

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2017/01 ... nces-116-US-Cities-Ranked

Posted on: 11/14 20:57
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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Thankfully NYC just passed a measure to get all the old, white NIMBYs off their community boards (term limits), so it should be easier to get more stuff built in the future. Hopefully Jersey City does the same and completely neuters the NA's and Yvonnes in the future.


Have you ever attended or joined a JC NA? JC NA's have nowhere near the power of NYCs CB's. They have no official powers but are simply nonprofit orgs, while CBs are essentially a part of city govt. NA's only power is being organized and getting heard. There have been several times to my knowledge there have been competing NA's in the same area.

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Re: New Amazon HQ
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I had a client make almost the exact same move. My travel time nearly doubled. So did my travel costs.

"Fighting you way through the streets?" Really?

Try DTJC to 21st & 21st in LIC vs 8th & 39th in googlemaps. Only a few minutes different. YMMV. And yes, trying to walk through the fucking gawking tourists between Herald sq and Times Sq is like combat.

The extra cost is what it is, but there's much worse commutes entirely within NYC. There's even parts of Astoria & Jackson Heights that would take about 40 min to get to the LIC waterfront, but cost a lot more than DTJC. And if you're trying to get to your weekend house in the hills, add at least an hour driving, more depending on when.

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Re: New Amazon HQ
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The JC to Queens commute is not great, with both the PATH *and* the E/R trains getting very crowded.


Several of my clients moved from the garment center to LIC. Honestly, the travel time is the same since I'm not fighting my way to walk 1/2 mile through the crowded midtown streets. So, can JC be worth the extra fare to commute to LIC? Given that an unlimited Smartlink card is $1000/yr, you can easily save that in 2 months of rent over equivalent areas of Queens. Transferring at 23rd street to the F is a snap.

I'll also point out that outdoor recreation opportunities were on that list of requirements. I guess they downgraded it, but getting to the Catskills or Poconos is FAR easier from JC than Queens, one reason we moved here rather than Brooklyn 20 years ago.

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Re: Recycling Ticket/Court Appearance
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Jesus, just got another! Funny thing is, it has the infraction date as 11-15-18. Think I can get it pitched just for that? If these assholes just put it in the door or mailbox I'd at least have an idea of what it was for, or not. But when it comes a week later I have no idea.

I'm not sure it's legal for me to break it up among my tenants so they feel the bite and the need to comply. This being JC and NJ, even if I knew for sure, I couldn't evict them.

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Re: Recycling Ticket/Court Appearance
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I have one that they've postponed the court date twice now. The whole idea that I can be held liable for what a tenant, neighbor, or passerby does seems insane. If a tenant or neighbor were malicious, the opportunity to screw with a property owner by dumping stuff out front seems endless.

Posted on: 11/9 15:19
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