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Re: Hudson Cinemas closed?
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The best thing that has happened to Bayonne is the Costco opening. Surprisingly, it is never as crowded as you would think.


Yeah, I think they miscalculated: cheap land and a suburban style store vs more customers. Had they built an urban style store Downtown like the one in Red Hook, or like the HD, they'd have had a lot more wealthy customers within a short distance.

These big national chains have bean counters that look at the high land cost or rent in dense areas and veto it without seriously taking customer density into account. Years ago before they opened Jersey stores I contacted Harbor Freight and suggested they open one on 440. That's between 2 cities of 250k each. Their response was they don't open stores with that high rents, even though they had stores in little towns of 30k out west. They simply could not wrap their heads around the hugely larger customer base per store.


Or simply they wanted to tap into the thousands of cars that travel past that very spot each day!


I am sure that was part of it, and they probably also figured they would get people from JC, and Staten Island. According to someone I once met that works at the Walmart down the road, on weekends they get lots of people from SI who cross into NJ to shop and load up in gas.

But, that's the thing: I have been in the Bayonne Costco mid-week, and weekends, mornings, afternoons, and evenings, and never seen it crowded. The most people I ever saw there was less than half the crowd you would normally see in Teterboro or Clifton. To be quite honest, I much prefer it that way: it makes for a more pleasant experience, and also makes it possible to get in and out quickly if you are in a hurry. But, it is definitely surprising how empty it is in there regularly. It is unlike any other Costco I have ever visited.

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Re: Hudson Cinemas closed?
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With the amount of development east of 440 in Bayonne I can't imagine they'll just let that S Cove theater stand dormant.


I feel that strip mall area has always struggled to get past a very basic existence. Some suburban type places, a pricey Stop & Shop, an odd liquor store with a Verizon shop next to a bunch of other nondescript business storefronts. The Japanese restaurant was good but closed down, later replaced with another Asian place. I don’t know... Bayonne is a weird place. Half a mile down the road is another equally bland strip mall, but at least it has a very useful Lowe’s along with five guys. For those with a hankering for suburban dining, it also has a Sonic and a Longhorn Steakhouse. The Walmart in that second strip mall is always crowded, judging by the throngs coming and going.

The best thing that has happened to Bayonne is the Costco opening. Surprisingly, it is never as crowded as you would think.

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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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And....speaking of the MTA, Andy Byford just resigned.


It was only a matter of time. He tried to resign late last year, but was talked out of it. He was a guy with common sense ideas that didnt jive with the current political climate. That's the problem with some politicians: they only pay lip service. They hired this guy because he had a stellar track record in turning around other troubled mass transit systems, but then get riled up and reject his ideas because they don't fit their agendas. Compounding the issue was that, according to many insiders, Cuomo and Byford both had outsized egos which chafed against each other.

I feel Byford had the right idea in wanting to drive down issues like fare beating and turnstile jumping, but the current political climate is such that ideas like those are anathema. Crime rates in the subway system are going up, but no pol wants to see more police presence and any attempt at enforcement is painted as racist, so the criminals need not worry and things just keep getting worse. The NYC subway is definitely in decline, and the MTA fiscal situation is a mess. I wonder who they might be able to attract to run this disaster.

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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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The MTA just ordered 20 open gangway cars to test the concept as potential replacements of the existing subway trains. Defintely would love to see the PA test such a concept for the PATH. It would likely alleviate some of the overcrowding in cars.

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/n ... -open-gangway-subway-cars



I recall reading that such a system would be difficult on the PATH because it was designed with some pretty tight turns (relative to other subway systems).


I vaguely remember something similar. Not sure how an articulated/open gangway subway car would be any different when it comes to turns, though. Those midsections can bend quite a bit. Having been in many such trains overseas, I am surprised they are not more popular here in the US.

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All NYC PATH stations closed this weekend (except for WTC)
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Another Port Authority special... all NYC PATH stations will be closed this weekend, with the sole exception of WTC.

https://www.panynj.gov/path/en/schedul ... kend-station-closure.html

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Re: Hudson Cinemas closed?
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I didn't realize that Frank Theaters at South Cove had closed. When did it happen?

As for local theaters, the Newport Centre AMC is actually really nice after the renovations were performed.


I guess round March 2019 I knew they were in trouble before that when they put up a sign on the door that said theaters are not heated. Used to go to a movie there and then Houlihan’s. I have not been to a movie in Newport for years I will have to give them a try. Secaucus is good has food options (ha a Houlihan’s too) but the movie theaters are always packed. Clifton is nice also has food options.

Bayonne movie theater closes; property owner ‘evaluating options’ for the space

Updated Apr 08, 2019;Posted Apr 08, 2019
By Corey W. McDonald | The Jersey Journal

BAYONNE — The Frank Theaters South Cove Stadium 12 has closed down after remaining open for several months despite its parent company filing for bankruptcy.

Francesco Alessi, who owns the South Cove Commons Plaza property, confirmed the theater had been vacated in early March, but declined to comment any further.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/04/bayo ... ptions-for-the-space.html


Thanks for the newspaper article!

I used to go to Secaucus before the Newport AMC was renovated. It is definitely nice, but too crowded. Hard to enjoy movies when the theaters are crowded, particularly with people who talk during movies, as often happens around here.

Definitely check out the Newport Centre theaters: seating is great, as well as the sound system. The only drawback to the AMC is that some screens are small, which is to expected since they have 11 different ones crammed into that space.

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Re: Hudson Cinemas closed?
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Looks like it closed again in November 2019... any one know if there are any plans to reopen or is it gone for good? At least the Hudson mall is still going ..


I thought it closed before November 2019 maybe not. I looked at the HM property management website it shows that space is available for lease. I used to go to the Bayonne South Cove movie theater until it closed. Now it is off to Secaucus or Clifton to see a movie. I am surprised no one is jumping on it and opening it again seeing that they are building thousands of new apartments right down the street on the MOT property. I guess the same could be said for the HM theater with the new modern apartment buildings going up on the other side of rt 440.

This is a pretty good website to get information on old theaters. I remember the HM theater looking like that. The entrance was on the side. Notice the number of screen's history. As I mentioned in other posts the HM was the place to go to in the 70’s always packed. Parking spots in front and rear of the mall were full most of the time.

Cinema Treasures

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1616

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I didn't realize that Frank Theaters at South Cove had closed. When did it happen?

As for local theaters, the Newport Centre AMC is actually really nice after the renovations were performed.

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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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The MTA just ordered 20 open gangway cars to test the concept as potential replacements of the existing subway trains. Defintely would love to see the PA test such a concept for the PATH. It would likely alleviate some of the overcrowding in cars.

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/n ... -open-gangway-subway-cars

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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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It would have been a lot easier if you admit what you originally wrote, that is PILOT owners would pay less on property taxes than the payment in lieu. That is what I responded to. It is on you to correct what you have written.


Here is my original message:
Abatements expiring is not going to magically solve the tax problem: as those properties start to contribute directly to the school budget, the city itself will receive a LOT LESS in tax revenue from the formerly abated properties. And, since the city budget will not decrease, it is fair to conclude that as more and more abatements expire, the city will have to increase its tax levy to make up the loss of revenue.

That's what you responded to with an incorrect statement. It really is that simple.

In a subsequent message, I stated that some properties may actually end up paying less when paying the regular tax rate, and that's a fact. I even gave you a concrete example of that (CanCo Lofts) but you still refuse to believe the data. Not all abatements have worked out to be a good deal for the property owners. That's because, as already explained, the abatements were based on (and, compared to) a tax rate that was estimated, and WAY OFF from what turned out to be the actual rate post-reval.

I can keep explaining it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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"Now, compounding the problem, and this is the part that so many detractors fail to grasp, is that abated properties are not paying less in PILOT than if they were paying regular taxes. Read that again. Abated properties could be paying MORE in PILOTs than if they were paying regular taxes! "

"Amount collected in PILOTs: $136,939,997
Assessed Value: $2,708,599,122
Taxes if Billed in Full: $208,589,218"

The 1st paragraph is wrong. The second paragraph is correct. Take a deep breath. Do you understand the problem?

Now, back to the original thread title. If all PILOTS were to expire overnight, yes indeed there would be less (tax) revenue for the municipal government** and more for the school district. However, all other things remain equal, Jersey City would still remain an Abbott school district.

Collectively, there is not enough revenue among the municipality and the school district. The district has a big budget deficit. That redistribution of tax revenue would only go towards plugging the district deficit, while creating a deficit in the municipal budget (short term)

I'll let you do the math, i sure am not going to do so on my phone - but the MUNICIPAL property tax rate would increase dramatically on the 100% PILOT overnight expiry. That will create great economic harm to many JC residents. There is a very good reason why JC was designated as an Abbott district.

Also it would be counterproductive to NJS, despite all their school aid doled out to the district, the City does generate a lot of tax revenue for the State, much like NYC overwhelmingly does for NYS. How much that is above my pay grade, but I bet it is very significant. The folks in Trenton should realize that. That shock in residents and commercial property taxes would hurt the local economy. Leas economic activity means less revenue for the State.

Overtime, as PILOTs do expire and RE development activity drops off, then I could see JC losing its Abbott status. That is less shocking - fiscally, economically, and the thought itself.

Losing such status - it is not quite there, yet. **In part, with emphasis on "in part" due to what you meant to write originally - a big drop in revenue for the municipality.


It would have been a lot easier for you to simply admit you were wrong when you said "Incorrect. The city will receive more revenue once the abatement expires; that is by definition" instead of writing all of that nonsense above.

As for Abbott, it is essentially impossible for JC to lose Abbott status. It has to do with the way legislation was written, and the many Abbott court rulings.

Also, as to your contention that municipal taxes would have to go up dramatically to make up the shortfall as abatements expire (btw, that budget shortfall was my initial contention, which you failed to understand) that will not necessarily be true. Using the numbers from the 2017 User Friendly Budget, the necessary increase to cover the shortfall would have to be about 32%, which translates to a 16% increase in our total tex levy. That's a heck of a lot less than what the school budget shortfall (after the state proposed cuts) will require, which will be in excess of a doubling, leading to an increase in our total tax levy of at least 25%, and quite likely much higher.

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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Incorrect. The city will receive more revenue once the abatement expires; that is by definition.


As JCGuys already pointed out, you are 100% incorrect in your understanding. That's not surprising, since abatements have become the go to scapegoat for all financial ills faced by the city, and people are quick to believe all the misinformation that is out there.

The way abatements are structured, the city gets to keep 95% of the PILOT amount being paid. The schools, and the county, got shafted out of their portions. Now, compounding the problem, and this is the part that so many detractors fail to grasp, is that abated properties are not paying less in PILOT than if they were paying regular taxes. Read that again. Abated properties could be paying MORE in PILOTs than if they were paying regular taxes! How is that possible? Well, up until the reval was completed and the new tax rate was calculated to be 1.48%, it was universally assumed/thought/estimated that the JC average tax rate was ~2.2%. All abatements up until the reval was completed were compared against that number. For example, when CanCo Lofts was first selling units years ago, one of their selling point was that they were abated and only had to pay PILOTs equivalent to 1.57%. If you believed that the tax rate was the one published to be close to 2.2%, your abated rate looked very enticing at about 30% below the "official rate". There are a TON of properties in DTJC paying similar abatement PILOTs. And, here is the kicker: so many people believe that abated properties are somehow robbing everyone else by paying less, but since the post-reval rate came out so low, it turns out that a bunch of abated properties are paying higher rates than if they were paying the regular tax rate.

I know of only one property in DTJC paying a ridiculously low abatement, and even THAT example shows how the city stands to lose as abatements expire. The property is The Oakman, which pays a 0.9% abatement PILOT. When you calculate the city's share (95%) of that amount, you end up with 0.855%, which is MORE than the city will get when the abatement expires and the properties start paying the regular rate, as the city only gets to pocket ~50% of the total tax levy, and half of the standard 1.48% is only .74%. In other words, the city stands to collect 13% less when those condos start paying the regular rate!

But, please, continue to spew FUD and misinformation. There is a large audience out there willing to consume all the lies and falsehoods being tossed around, because it is easier (apparently) to hate on your fellow citizens than to demand accountability and fiscal restraint from the local government and the school board.


You still write a lot of nonsense.

Here is what you do. Go to the city's website, finance section. Click on a link for the "User Friendly Budget" in that budget, there is a sheet that lists all PILOTS - what they currently pay and what they would/will be paying if it is not an abatement. Compare the two lists. You will see that you are wrong.

It is really as simple as that. There is no mystery. It's a simple fact.

Alternatively you can simply look up the definition of "abatement". It will be time better spent than typing out ignorant comments.


Sigh. I will try to explain it for you again, using the very documents you reference in your reply.

If you look up the most recent user-friendly budget document in the city's website, you can see a list/breakdown of all the long term abatements on the seventh page. Here is what the GRAND TOTAL line shows:

Amount collected in PILOTs: $136,939,997
Assessed Value: $2,708,599,122
Taxes if Billed in Full: $208,589,218

(Figures taken from here: 2017 User Friendly Budget)

The total revenue the city would get to keep from the "Taxes if Billed In Full" is ~50%, which would amount to about $104,295,000. That's because the total tax levy follows a breakdown close to 50/25/25 between the city, county, and BOE.

So, based on the 2017 User Friendly Budget, the city would stand to lose almost 33 million dollars if all abatements expired tomorrow and the formerly abated properties were to pay regular taxes, as those properties currently contribute just shy of 137 million dollars to the city budget.

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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Incorrect. The city will receive more revenue once the abatement expires; that is by definition.


As JCGuys already pointed out, you are 100% incorrect in your understanding. That's not surprising, since abatements have become the go to scapegoat for all financial ills faced by the city, and people are quick to believe all the misinformation that is out there.

The way abatements are structured, the city gets to keep 95% of the PILOT amount being paid. The schools, and the county, got shafted out of their portions. Now, compounding the problem, and this is the part that so many detractors fail to grasp, is that abated properties are not paying less in PILOT than if they were paying regular taxes. Read that again. Abated properties could be paying MORE in PILOTs than if they were paying regular taxes! How is that possible? Well, up until the reval was completed and the new tax rate was calculated to be 1.48%, it was universally assumed/thought/estimated that the JC average tax rate was ~2.2%. All abatements up until the reval was completed were compared against that number. For example, when CanCo Lofts was first selling units years ago, one of their selling point was that they were abated and only had to pay PILOTs equivalent to 1.57%. If you believed that the tax rate was the one published to be close to 2.2%, your abated rate looked very enticing at about 30% below the "official rate". There are a TON of properties in DTJC paying similar abatement PILOTs. And, here is the kicker: so many people believe that abated properties are somehow robbing everyone else by paying less, but since the post-reval rate came out so low, it turns out that a bunch of abated properties are paying higher rates than if they were paying the regular tax rate.

I know of only one property in DTJC paying a ridiculously low abatement, and even THAT example shows how the city stands to lose as abatements expire. The property is The Oakman, which pays a 0.9% abatement PILOT. When you calculate the city's share (95%) of that amount, you end up with 0.855%, which is MORE than the city will get when the abatement expires and the properties start paying the regular rate, as the city only gets to pocket ~50% of the total tax levy, and half of the standard 1.48% is only .74%. In other words, the city stands to collect 13% less when those condos start paying the regular rate!

But, please, continue to spew FUD and misinformation. There is a large audience out there willing to consume all the lies and falsehoods being tossed around, because it is easier (apparently) to hate on your fellow citizens than to demand accountability and fiscal restraint from the local government and the school board.

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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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https://hudsoncountyview.com/judge-den ... y-school-funding-lawsuit/

While JCBOE may have succeeded in getting a judge to reject the state's request for a dismissal, the BOE is likely to lose the case.

I suspect that the BOE's final, last gasp argument as the trial runs through will be "if you allow the proposed cuts to stand, we will have to raise taxes too much, which will lead to an exodus, which will destroy real estate value, which will ensure the schools don't have enough people or money." Translation: we created this problem but, if you make us fix it, it will be too painful. Reminds me of the old story/joke about the man being tried for killing both his parents that asks the judge for leniency because he is an orphan. BTW - this would not be all that different than the argument put forth by the city administration in trying to sue to stop the revaluation, or the one put forth by DTJC residents protesting against the fairer tax rates that came about after the reval.

"The issue is not whether the state is providing sufficient funding, the issue is a legal question of whether the state is supposed to continue to subsidize their failure to raise their local fair share at the expense of all the other districts in the state [emphasis mine], who are either meeting their local fair share or are going over it."

For anyone paying attention, and willing to do some rational thinking, the writing has been on the wall for quite some time. All those DT owners that think/feel a local real estate tax of 1.48% is an imposition, should be terrified. Once the state proposed cuts are fully phased in, the school taxes will have to be almost tripled, pushing our local real estate taxes closer to 2.5%.


Look at the numbers it will probably be around 2%, not too bad. And many of the abatements are going to expire soon. IMO they should put the rate at 1.8% like many people expected and start increasing from there so there wouldn't be another outcry like the reval.


Abatements expiring is not going to magically solve the tax problem: as those properties start to contribute directly to the school budget, the city itself will receive a LOT LESS in tax revenue from the formerly abated properties. And, since the city budget will not decrease, it is fair to conclude that as more and more abatements expire, the city will have to increase its tax levy to make up the loss of revenue.

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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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"The issue is not whether the state is providing sufficient funding, the issue is a legal question of whether the state is supposed to continue to subsidize their failure to raise their local fair share at the expense of all the other districts in the state [emphasis mine], who are either meeting their local fair share or are going over it."



Well that's the argument of the state, not necessarily the law.

The argument simply begs the question - whether the SFRA, as amended by S2, is constitutional. One way the legislature was able to convince the court it was, was that it provided for the hold harmless/adjustment aid. The aid that Jersey City and other Abbott districts received was based on prior court findings and mandates.

SFRA tried to cobble that all into a one size fits all formula. If they had not included the hold harmless/adjustment aid, the court may very well have rejected the formula entirely, because it would be ignoring the needs that had been demonstrated and the remedies that had been ordered.

SFRA used anodyne terms such as "local fair share" and "adequacy budget" in order to sell the SFRA as equitable. It doesn't mean one way or another that those terms have meaning as applied to the NJ Constitution's requirement for the state to provide a thorough and efficient education.


I know you are a smart, and reasonable, person. So, I respect your opinion. Having said that, I think it would be hard for the average person to look at the JC local school budget, and the fact that our local school taxes only pay for ~17% of said budget, and conclude that we are paying our fair share. Particularly when most towns cover a majority of their own local school budget.

In my opinion, we have gotten away for far too long with contributing a pittance towards our school budget, which has enabled the runaway spending we are now seeing. I suspect (hope?) that in the future, when local taxes are inevitably raised to cover the school budget, people will feel enough pain to expect and demand more accountability. If the proposed cuts are fully phased in as proposed, we will soon need to at least double our school taxes (not sure how much revenue is being generated by the recent payroll tax, so I am hedging my estimate, which would otherwise be a tripling of current rate) and our local tax rate would surpass 2%. That is still one of the lowest in the state, but given the reaction to the reval's 1.48% tax rate, I am sure we will see many more DTJCers picketing outside city hall complaining about unfair taxation.

Regardless, the court case, and its eventual result, will be very interesting to watch.

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Re: Did DPW neglect to brine the roads pre snowfall?
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With just a quarter inch of snow the roads were as slippery as dog snot. I don't recall seeing any brine trucks overnight or this morning spraying the roads with brine. JC had this issue last winter with the salt trucks getting very late on the roads.


A real mess today! Driving up the Newark Avenue hill I got a first row seat to a bunch of cars slipping all over. Too many people around here driving as aggressively as usual, but without much traction. I wouldn't be surprised if there were a bunch of accidents or near misses.

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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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We need a new slate that will defund the school board and keep taxes low.


I am all for lower taxes and lean governments, but defunding the school board may not be a very practical or viable approach. We need to provide a public education (it is a "greater good" action that merits public funding) and that requires money. But, we should demand greater accountability from the BOE, and responsible stewardship of public funds. Currently, Jersey City has one of the most bloated/costly school budgets as evidenced by the per-pupil cost. Add to that stat that we also have one of the worst achievement/graduation rates, and you really have to start asking some questions.

BOE apologists bristle at the notion of citizens demanding better results and more accountability, but they seem to forget that their job and mission, by its very nature, implies accountability to the city residents.

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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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https://hudsoncountyview.com/judge-den ... y-school-funding-lawsuit/

While JCBOE may have succeeded in getting a judge to reject the state's request for a dismissal, the BOE is likely to lose the case.

I suspect that the BOE's final, last gasp argument as the trial runs through will be "if you allow the proposed cuts to stand, we will have to raise taxes too much, which will lead to an exodus, which will destroy real estate value, which will ensure the schools don't have enough people or money." Translation: we created this problem but, if you make us fix it, it will be too painful. Reminds me of the old story/joke about the man being tried for killing both his parents that asks the judge for leniency because he is an orphan. BTW - this would not be all that different than the argument put forth by the city administration in trying to sue to stop the revaluation, or the one put forth by DTJC residents protesting against the fairer tax rates that came about after the reval.

"The issue is not whether the state is providing sufficient funding, the issue is a legal question of whether the state is supposed to continue to subsidize their failure to raise their local fair share at the expense of all the other districts in the state [emphasis mine], who are either meeting their local fair share or are going over it."

For anyone paying attention, and willing to do some rational thinking, the writing has been on the wall for quite some time. All those DT owners that think/feel a local real estate tax of 1.48% is an imposition, should be terrified. Once the state proposed cuts are fully phased in, the school taxes will have to be almost tripled, pushing our local real estate taxes closer to 2.5%.

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Re: New Jersey-New York area lost 5,700 millionaires in 2018
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Then who is buying up all of this real estate? I realize the real estate market in NYC and some areas of NNJ have cooled in part. But that's in part because the numbers had reached super, super stratospheric heights. Still, even with the dip, prices are high and people are still buying expensive real estate. In Asbury Park at least 20 units in the Ocean Club sold for anywhere from $1mm to $5mm. Properties in JC are still moving as are properties in the several million mark in NYC. It seems to me there's plenty of money floating around.


A lot (most?) of the high end real estate in NYC/Manhattan is being snapped up by foreigners who don't have to pay state taxes on income. As the real estate market in NYC has remained hot for so long, people have been pushed out into other areas, such as the ones you point out in your message. In many ways, Jersey City, and much of NJ, has benefitted from the overly-hot NYC real estate market, as people leave NY and relocate here.

The problem with foreigners snapping up real estate (which is also a problem locally in JC, btw) is that it can artificially inflate a local market but those buying properties don't contribute to state coffers much, if at all. They are not subject to state income taxes, and property taxes are super low in NYC.

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Re: New Jersey-New York area lost 5,700 millionaires in 2018
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Unless most of those millionaires were renters, someone (other than Dixon Leasing in one city) is buying all of that real estate. Odds are most of them are millionaires too. What don't I get?


It is well known that a lot of the high-end, costly NYC real estate (particularly Manhattan, and Brooklyn to some extent) is being snapped up by foreigners. Those people are buying properties but they are not contributing state taxes (since they are not residents) which is why real estate is not a very good indicator as to whether or not millionaires are leaving.

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I love reviving this thread every year, as annual data comes out that clearly repudiates the narrative pushed by Dolomiti and other so-called progressives who think you can continue to raise taxes on people year after year and that people will continue to take it.

From the thread below, the idea that taxes can spur people to leave NY/NJ was dismissed as a myth. Too bad the data does not fit that characterization.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-florid ... he-tax-relief-11578501325

https://nypost.com/2019/12/30/new-york ... -an-alarming-rate-report/

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Re: Pick up and drop off UPS® packages at CVS
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This is nice, but... there is already a UPS store across from the mall at 100 Town Square Place. If I am dropping off a UPS package, that's where I go: quick in and out without the hassle of having to go up and down escalators, and then fighting crowds of shoppers or office drones.

Posted on: 12/9 11:47
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Re: 12/5/19 Pulaski Skyway to be closed in both directions Sat and Sun for repair work
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JC_Man wrote:
Almost four SIX years on and STILL not complete. Amazing - your tax dollars hard at work.

NO accountability for the government.


I fixed it for you!

Technically, rehab work started over 10 years ago, but the current effort started in mid April, 2014, when eastbound traffic was suspended. It is INSANE that almost 6 years later that bridge is still undergoing rehab work.

Posted on: 12/8 4:10
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Re: JC teachers who made 99K or more in 2019
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So we have a problem, we have a shitty system with some of the best paid teachers in the country. Go figure.


This right here is the real problem! While we should have well paid teachers to ensure we give our kids the best possible education we can afford as a city, we have a real problem in that we have very well paid teachers and an atrocious school system that ranks VERY poorly. Why is that?

If better teachers equal better results, then why are we having such bad results? Something is not adding up in JC.

Posted on: 12/6 21:15
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Re: Pedestrian plaza development
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People who think a car-free / pedestrian plaza is incompatible with thriving retail establishments need to get out and travel. All over the world you see areas just like the one we have here in JC, and they do phenomenally well.

The one issue I see with our pedestrian plaza is that it is still too small. If they extended the plaza towards the West (as has been proposed/planned) then you would have more space for retail. Our pedestrian plaza is dominated by restaurants and bars, which is great, but it does prevent people from making it a shopping destination, since it has limited appeal/variety. We need more retail in there. Alas, the rents might be prohibitive for small businesses to survive and thrive.

Posted on: 12/6 21:06
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Re: Woman charged after keeping her 2 kids and mom in filthy JC home
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biggoron wrote:
The house looks like it is for sale and/or up for a foreclosure auction. Taxes are $18,265 which does not seem right for a home that :
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One of the two two bathrooms in the story-home had no running water and had corroded sinks and bathtubs, the source said. The entire second floor, where the dogs were kept, was covered with feces.


https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/54- ... y-NJ-07302/38888459_zpid/


lol... wut? Is that some sort of new strategy: let dogs shit all over the place and then file for reduced taxes??

The house is in foreclosure, but has also been on the market for quite some time. They are asking 2.6 MM. Perhaps that's why it hasn't sold?!?

I met many people in my old neighborhood (BeLa) that prior to the recession were holding out and refusing to sell properties, demanding or unrealistically expecting million dollar payouts for homes that were dilapidated and worthy of being condemned. Their rationale was always "people are getting that kind of money for other properties" never acknowledging that those other properties had better locations (say, DT, instead of BeLa) and in much better conditions. Some people just live in fantasy land.

Seeing how the 2019 taxes are just over 18K, that puts the value of the property at just over 1.2 MM. They are asking for twice that. They will be evicted long before anyone pays that money for that place.

Posted on: 2019/9/17 19:00
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Re: Another trendy JC restaurant is closing.
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That's a difficult location that really only seems to cater to the after-work, #crispyboys crowd. I still can't believe that Greene Hook, which is only a few blocks away, is still in business. Their food has always been ok-to-decent but I've never seen the space filled.


Perhaps it is just "a few blocks away," but it might as well be miles away. You can't possibly compare the two locations. There is nothing in Harborside to really attract people after work hours, or during weekends, while Greene Hook is in a bustling residential area, surrounded by many other restaurants in the vicinity, which invariably leads to more foot traffic.

Also, not sure if they still do it, but they used to do $1 oysters on Sundays and that was a popular draw. I do agree with you that their food was so-so, so I am not a regular (it's been at least two or three years since I last visited) but they are probably filling some need or void. Less than a block away is Rumi, which is DELICIOUS, and that place is usually dead, but they make brisk takeout business.

Posted on: 2019/9/17 18:50
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Re: Heads Up: Newport Liberty Half Marathon is on Sunday
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JC animal in action: some asswipe decided to disobey instructions from a policewoman guarding an intersection and drove onto the path of runners. Apparently, some runners didn’t take too kind to this and pulled him from the car and fisticuffs ensued.









From the following thread in Nextdoor:
https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=123905795&comment=291379396

Posted on: 2019/9/15 23:09
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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brewster wrote:
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bodhipooh wrote:
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?

[sarcasm]
Ill be sure to call Animal Control the next time a bird flies into my place!
[/sarcasm]

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


*that cannot escape*

The OP stated that they couldn’t even locate the animal themselves, or even identify it.

Going by a strict reading of the highlighted item, if wildlife makes its way to your home, Animal Control is only required to assist IF the animal is unable to make its way out. A wild animal that meanders into your home and has left (or, could leave) will not warrant a visit by AC personnel.

Posted on: 2019/9/12 15:05
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Re: Illegal gambling at County Schools
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Pretty sad and demoralizing to read the article and realize that none of it comes as a surprise. Such is the state of corruption and malfeasance we have come to expect from our local pols and institutions that this type of scandal barely registers.

Posted on: 2019/9/11 18:02
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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?

[sarcasm]
Ill be sure to call Animal Control the next time a bird flies into my place!
[/sarcasm]

Posted on: 2019/9/11 17:59
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