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Re: UberEATS, the ride-hailing app delivers
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In addition to Seamless, Grubhub, and in-house delivery services at different restaurants, you have some local options, like Fast Boy. I have never used any of these services, but I know that Fast Boy is local, and I know that is often an additional worthy factor to consider for some consumers.

https://www.fastboydelivery.com



Posted on: 2/17 16:03
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Re: Getting the most out of ObamaCare
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Referred to as being in a "death spiral" yesterday by a major insurance company ceo.
Young people are not signing up in significant numbers (since they're young and healthy or on their parents' policy until they're twenty-six).Also, the IRS is not going to enforce the law on the mandated penalty for those who don't sign up.


I am actually surprised that so many people are surprised that a ton of young people (and many not so young) chose to not sign up for ACA. Have people forgotten how young people think?? Very few are concerned with the possibility of medical issues, and for those faced with the choice of expensive medical insurance or a paltry penalty for ignoring the individual mandate provision, well... the math was simple.

I actually know people who have lost jobs and have purposely chosen NOT to sign up for an ACA plan because the individual mandate penalty was a pittance and they could save thousands by just paying the penalty. Even for 2016, the penalty is a paltry $695, which is about a month of coverage for some plans. Lots of people will roll the dice and do without the insurance. Obamacare never had a chance to succeed given how it was structured: the individual mandate penalty was too low, the restrictions on the insurance companies went against all logic and actuarial tables, and the end result was always going to be what we are seeing: insurance companies bailing on the markets, massive losses, and a system bound to implode.

Posted on: 2/17 14:51
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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I wonder Ralph_Abutts is the same person that some years back was arguing the merits of downtowners paying less because they consume less city services. Of course, he is pushing self serving logic as far as the phase-in idea, then used poor math to try and disprove a fact (that they are more "overpayers" than "underpayers") and now pursuing the "well, us downtowners are not free loading off the city/state/etc" argument to justify the underpaying of taxes. At every turn, he is being purposefully obtuse: first by equating the number of overpayers necessarily being the same as underpayers since the reval must be revenue neutral (others have clearly explained why that is not the case) and now he is dismissing Brewster's point by arguing that when Brewster stated "That argument is a nonstarter as far as the US tax system is concerned" is not applicable because we are talking about local property taxes.

In the US, property taxes are always, and everywhere, levied as a percentage of property value. That's what Brewster meant, Ralph_Abutts. For reasons that defy logic, JC has gone almost 30 years without updating property values, and therefore taxation of local real estate is incredibly out of whack. Trying to argue that those well off consume less resources and therefore should pay less (in percentage) than others not so well off is a non starter for a variety of reasons, but mostly because that;'s just not how things work.

How about the young professional (such as myself) that lives in DTJC, but uses almost no city services (beyond street parking, and roads to come and go at times) and no kids in the system. I reckon I should pay a couple of hundred of dollars a year. But, that's not how things work. You don't pay for what you consume, that's not how taxation works in the US, in NJ, or in JC.

Posted on: 2/17 14:43
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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mfadam wrote:
Steve knows he's on thin ice with a lot of the DTJC voters who are less than pleased with what he has actually done while in office.

Throw in another 10-20K per year in RE taxes for the $1mm plus rowhouse crowd and you can bet the votes/donations will be tough to come by...


Exactly. So, it should come as NO SURPRISE that this administration will do ANYTHING possible to put off the reval until after the election happening later this year. Once re-elected, the administration would be more likely to survive the repercussions of the reval by weathering the criticism and fallout until the next election in 2021.

Posted on: 2/16 10:38
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Also, it is pretty amusing that all liberals and progressives are in favor of "fair taxation" that expects the wealthy to pay their "fair share" in the form of MORE taxes, until they realize they are actually part of that wealthy group and now it is all about "wait, no, think about us, the 'middle class', how can I be expected to pay that much more in taxes?"

If you are sitting on a property 700K or more, which is pretty much most of DTJC, you *are* wealthy by pretty much any metric out there. Even by regional standards, you are doing very well... time to get this reval done and really get local fair taxation in place.

Posted on: 2/16 8:43
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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At this point, I think it is safe to assume that the reval will not be completed on time for the 2018 bills. So, what is that, a 5-year delay? There is your delay. I am REALLY surprised the city has been able to get away with these shenanigans for so long.

Posted on: 2/16 8:39
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Re: Woman dies falling off escalator inside famed World Trade Center Oculus while reaching to grab hat
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Annod wrote:
They should sue them. The stairs, escalators, and elevators are ridiculous.


What's ridiculous about the escalators? And, so ridiculous that it should have been foreseen thus making the PA negligent and worthy of being sued??

Riding down an escalator is about as simple a task as a human brain could do: hop on, and hold on to hand rail.

Any lawsuit against the PA will likely get tossed, or fail. Justifiably.


Posted on: 2/12 9:03
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Re: Jersey City approves 25-year-tax abatement for $364M project with new school
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fat-ass-bike wrote:
By giving abatements, the city is not giving themselves enough (if any) capital to improve the necessary infrastructure to these projects .... sewers, water, storm water, parking, roads, side walks etc, that will all need to be updated to handle the increased loads. All that appears to happen is the taxes goes up, and we ALL directly are paying for these infrastructure issues and subsidizing the developers.

In the case of sewer and storm water flooding, the city has done very little and we have the recurring problem every year.


Your entire post is predicated on a false premise: the city doesn't collect LESS revenue with an abatement. Quite the opposite! In most cases, th city is making more money than if a development paid the regular tax, as the city gets to keep virtually all of the revenue from the abated taxes, instead of having to share said revenue with the BOE, or the county.

Posted on: 2/12 8:58
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Re: Woman dies falling off escalator inside famed World Trade Center Oculus while reaching to grab hat
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This is very sad and unfortunate. Given the circumstances and time of the accident, I wonder if alcohol was involved. I wouldn't be surprised if the PA ends up as the subject of a lawsuit.

Posted on: 2/11 16:08
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Re: Up to 3" of Snow likely 2/8 (Wed night into Thursday)
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Definitely some props to the city, the mayor, and DPW. Most streets seem in very good shape. The municipal response to this snow event is head and shoulders above anything I had ever seen during the Healy years. They did a great job and deserve some praise and recognition.

Posted on: 2/9 21:35
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Re: Secaucus Boy Kicked Out of Scouts Because He's Transgender (Petition)
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Yvonne wrote:
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bodhipooh wrote:
Yvonne, seriously, why not give it a rest? You have become no different than those annoying people in the NYC subway that choose to proselytize by shouting at the top of their lungs while people simply try their best to ignore them. At best, you are not going to change anyone's heart or mind. And, at worst, you could end up pushing some over the edge and against your very cause.



The same can be said for you, "Why not give it a rest?" Aren't we talking about a child, not politics. I think a gay star who went through something similar has more to say on the subject than you or me. It is absolutely evil to place any child on hormones, something that must be done because in approximately five years, this "boy" will have a body of a woman.


SIGH.

Since you are intellectually challenged, I will try to explain the difference between our posts: you are posting more and more, trying to convince others about your viewpoint, while I have done none of that and simply pointed out to you that your posts are being ignored. I have no reason to "give it a rest" because I have done nothing to try and convince all others of my viewpoint, which I have neither shared, nor tried to impose it on others. For all you know, I could be in agreement with you.

Posted on: 2/8 14:50
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Re: Secaucus Boy Kicked Out of Scouts Because He's Transgender (Petition)
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Yvonne, seriously, why not give it a rest? You have become no different than those annoying people in the NYC subway that choose to proselytize by shouting at the top of their lungs while people simply try their best to ignore them. At best, you are not going to change anyone's heart or mind. And, at worst, you could end up pushing some over the edge and against your very cause.


Posted on: 2/8 12:41
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Re: Trump Our New President
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While no rational person wants to see innocents get killed, particularly children, you can be assured this will put a stop to US counterterrorism operations in Yemen, or other hostile territories. In fact, most clandestine US anti-terror operations are hardly ever pre-authorized, and for good reason. Most of the people in charge in these failed states are not trust worthy and would sell their mothers if there was money to be made. Usually, if an operation is happening in the territory of a country with which we want to remain amicable, warning is given DURING the operation, or immediately after. For other countries, the operations are carried out and the people there can find out about it after the fact.

Posted on: 2/8 12:04
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Re: Grand Opening date for Krispy Kreme February 7th 2017
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Pretty funny that this place is packed, but if one was to go by the usual JCLIST post bemoaning "chain places", a recurrent claim is that JC residents, particularly those in DTJC, don't care for such places. And, yet, these "chains" are always busy... drive past Chili's on any given weekend evening and you will see it is always packed, and the Domino's on Newark is seemingly busy non stop (I see their delivery men all over DTJC at all times) and even the fast food places like McD, DD, Chipotle are making brisk business all the time.

Posted on: 2/8 6:33
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Re: Whistling Crossing Guards
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As you can see from the thread merge, this has been discussed before, but there's no clear answer. There used to be an "activist crossing guard" (great description!) over by Cordero across from Hamilton Park, and she used to *love* to direct traffic, which invariably led to vehicular chaos, with cars snarled back several blocks, causing a domino effect of chaos and confusion on the local streets. I ended up having to reschedule and reroute my commute on days that I needed to drive just so I could avoid the antics of that woman.

Posted on: 2/8 6:22
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Re: Krispy Kreme to Hold Factory Hiring Event All Types of Jobs Available
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Against my better judgment, I clicked on the link... WTF is Columbia Drive?? Better proof reading would make your articles more relevant and worth reading.

Posted on: 2/3 14:47
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Re: On leave from school job, Fulop operative takes city post
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Interesting... just this morning, a DPW truck pulled up in our block and I watched as the entire operation unfolded: a heavy truck with a hydraulic lift in the back is used to lift the catch basin grate, and then the same machinery is used to retrieve all the garbage inside the catch basin. The entire effort lasted about 10 - 15 minutes with very little manual work required from the guys operating the truck and machinery. Even if the city had a single truck, which I doubt, six blocks should take no more than 2 hours. What a joke.

Posted on: 2/2 23:49
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Re: The Disaster that is Jersey City Recreation
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KOCTEP wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
What is the total number of city employees?


Sheesh, it's an xls spreadsheet and it even shows the count in the left hand column. The answer is 3,336.



That means for every 10 Jersey City resident's we have a municipal employee. Wonder how it compares to other cities.


Math is not your strength. Based on the current estimate of 258K residents, the ratio of city employees to residents 1:80. Doesn't sound too bad, but I'm not well versed on how other cities stack up.

Posted on: 2/2 23:40
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Re: The Disaster that is Jersey City Recreation
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iGreg wrote:
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Leo168 wrote:
I don't understand why the mayor can't seem to put someone in charge of recreation who is honest and cares about the department.
First it was Ryan Strother, a total disaster who took everything good and turned it bad.
Now it is Kevin Williamson who has done nothing to improve any program. I have seen him around town doing business that certainly is not related to recreation.
It seems the entire staff is clueless.



What do you propose ?

As a kid the schools had the gymnasiums open after school and
we had access to basketball and other facilities and it was run and staffed by JC Rec. people.

. Do you really think the city needs to pay someone 117k plus benefits to do that job?



I sure do not, but he is some sort of political kiss ass.

Where is a public list of city employee salaries ?

Betcha there are tons of similar 100k favoritism jobs on the roster.




You can get the list of employees and salaries from the Open Data portal. Or, it used to be possible. I will have to check. If not, OpenJC should have the data. Really interesting info in the XLS.

Posted on: 2/2 7:55
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Re: Mega development proposed for land near Liberty State Park
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I fully expect lots of neighborhood residents to come out against this project, some (most?) solely based on the lack of 1:1 parking. And, there will likely be opposition from the VVP people who oppose anything that in their view could bring more traffic to JC, as they seem to think those streets around the park are for their exclusive use and enjoyment.


This doesn't fall under any of their territories - are they even in a position to rally the city to block this?

It blows my mind that those people would rather we have a polluted minefield than something useful that will lower all our tax burdens, but hey, I'm not a NIMBY.


You must have missed all the ruckus from the DT NAs advocating against this bridge. It all boils down to "we don't want traffic on OUR streets" but they are OK with BeLa shouldering all of the existing traffic. Now, I am not naive enough to think the bridge will lower the amount of traffic on BeLa streets (Brewster explained it brilliantly with the pool and drainage holes analogy) but don't kid yourself: the VVP NA is 100% against the bridge, and they have been vocal about it.

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Re: Mega development proposed for land near Liberty State Park
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Even if the article is outdated, I think the momentum is there to make the bridge a reality. Notwithstanding the opposition from downtown NAs, the bridge will likely happen, particularly because there is all that additional development happening on the North side (the hotel development is happening, and the entirety of the redevelopment of the area around Liberty Harbor) so I think it is safe to assume it is only a matter of time (two years?)

Posted on: 1/31 13:47
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Re: Reserved Parking on Columbus Dr near Columbus Towers
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JCishome wrote:
I don't use one of those spots, but you're probably right. Seems like they're already in short supply on weekends, anyway. I think it reflects the general growth in popularity of downtown businesses - a lot of the hotel visitors won't park on the street because our rules can be...confusing.


This, plus the fact that most of the tourists staying in JC hotels do so precisely because they can do without a car. Lots of Europeans stay in the Hyatt Regency by Exchange Place, and they ride the PATH to/from the city.

Posted on: 1/31 13:43
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Re: Sprout(s) at 70 Columbus
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I think it might be a day care ... would rather it be a market :)


Definitely not a day care. You can see the refrigerator equipment through the window.

The logo outside looks like the Sprout Market in Queens
https://www.facebook.com/sproutmarketnyc/
http://www.sproutmarket.nyc/



Well, that sucks. I was hoping it was the real Sprouts Market. Can't feel much confidence in a business that runs such a poor website, one that hasn't been updated in over a year.

Posted on: 1/31 11:26
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Re: Mega development proposed for land near Liberty State Park
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I fully expect lots of neighborhood residents to come out against this project, some (most?) solely based on the lack of 1:1 parking. And, there will likely be opposition from the VVP people who oppose anything that in their view could bring more traffic to JC, as they seem to think those streets around the park are for their exclusive use and enjoyment.

Posted on: 1/31 11:10
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Re: Buying a vacant lot from the city
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Tacking onto what Pebble explained, I know someone (a couple, really) who bought what was essentially a condemned property (I think it was bought from the city, but could be wrong) and they paid next to nothing. Something like 12K. This was about 4 or 5 years ago, on Monitor Street, almost directly behind The Foundry. Even if they had chosen to demolish and rebuild on the lot, they got an incredible deal. I have always wondered about their deal, and how they were able to secure it. If you can get into such an auction, you might be able to score an insane deal. Good luck!

Posted on: 1/30 21:15
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Re: Sprout(s) at 70 Columbus
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Does anyone know anything about the new market opening up in 70 Columbus? I'd read somewhere a while back that the space had been leased to Sunac Natural Market, but the signage up definitely says Sprout (or Sprouts) Sprouts Markets (the ones you tend to see on the east coast) have totally different signage, so I am not sure it's the same company.

I imagine it will be fairly small, but it would be great to have a place to stop on the way home from the PATH (when the Farmer's Market isn't happening ... and you know, before WF.)



A Sprouts would be awesome. For those not familiar with these markets, they are somewhere between a TJs and a WF. Definitely cheaper than a WF, good produce, kitschy (similar to TJs in style) and generally a very good place to shop.

I just checked the "Coming Soon" section of their website, but a JC location is not at all mentioned. I hope this pans out!

https://www.sprouts.com/stores/coming-locations

Posted on: 1/30 20:59
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Re: Lincoln Association Celebrates 152 Year Anniversary February 12, 2017
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so now we celebrate the assassination of a president ... we really are a jackass nation, what next, we celebrate sandy hook killings too!

Maybe we should mourn and reflect, but NOT celebrate.


Huh? Another JC PS graduate?? Or, do you not know that Lincoln's birthday is February 12? They are celebrating his birth day. Relax.

Posted on: 1/30 7:44
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Re: Downtown Jersey City is now more expensive than Hoboken on the rental side.
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hero69 wrote:
abatements, ie giving away taxpayer money?

How do abatements equal giving away taxpayer money?

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one would think that fulop and friends would learn something from the election of scumbag trump...when people get fed up, they ________________.


One could easily argue that Fulop's election is not all that different from that of Trump's in that he was elected to the mayorship in no small part because people were fed up with politics as usual. Fulop, love him or hate him, upended the local political machine by unseating the "appointed" establishment candidate, and did so by running as an outsider *within* his own political party. Lots of parallels, if you ask me.

Posted on: 1/29 15:42
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Re: Measles Alert - Jersey City Exposure Risk
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Can we get a description of this man ?


STOP the stupid behavior. On this particular case, that information would not do you ANY good. The man who contracted the measles is now recovering, he is not a criminal on the loose with the authorities looking for him. What you should be concerned about is whether or not you visited of the places mentioned in the article during the time frames specified.

Also, this should serve as a reminder to people about the importance of vaccinations. We are starting to see outbreaks of diseases that had long been controlled or eradicated, and as long as people such as the anti-vaxxer nuts continue to oppose inoculation using bad science to support their viewpoints, we are all at risk.

Posted on: 1/28 10:26
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Re: Property Registration
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LoraJ wrote:
I will ignore. Thanks everyone for your advice. That guy on the phone scared me. lol.


Not to hijack the thread, but...

I think this perfectly encapsulates why some old timers fear/hate/despise "interlopers"... we stand up to the nonsense of "it's always been done this way" and the related fear / pushy tactics and we actually help each other to get more information and reach informed, educated decisions.

Posted on: 1/27 11:38
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