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Re: In search of a studio or 1 bedroom
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Try Newark or Kearny you wont find anything in JC for the price point you are looking for unless its a share. Good Luck!


Definitely Kearny. It will soon be discovered by an enlightened tech company, and will come to be known as Silicon Swamp.

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Re: New Amazon HQ
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I am surprised that Kearny was not considered, it has a large open spaces for development.

Good point Yvonne, many companies see the advantage that you noticed. Bindi the frozen Italian dessert import company relocated there from Totawa, they are on the Bellville Turnpike and open to the public.



Obviously, neither one of you understands what is important in deciding where to build a corporate headquarter for a technology company.

With the many choices on the list it's doubtful others do either, so please enlighten us bod.


Well, since you asked, I will try and disabuse you of your ignorance, a likely futile endeavor.

For starters, Amazon was quite clear about what it wants/needs in selecting a location for its new HQ2. Here’s a list of those requirements:
- existing buildings of at least 500,000 sf, and enough site space to grow to 8 MM sf.
- stable, business friendly taxes and regulations, coupled with local and state incentives
- strong labor pool, particularly in tech (of course) and, specifically, a strong university system offering relevant degrees, as well as K-12 schools that offer computer science programs.
- on site access to mass transit, easy access to an international airport (within 45 minutes) and major highways (less than two miles) with multiple transit options (including pedestrian and bike access)
- streamlined, quick building approval/permitting process (good luck with this one in NJ!) to ensure ability to be able to being construction almost immediately after selection
- likelihood of "culture fit" — which they defined as a diverse population, strong higher-education system, and local government that is “eager and willing to work with the company"
- and, last, the one requirement that really worked against many proposals: good quality of life, which they defined as a location where people want to live, that offers cultural and recreational opportunities, with high quality day to day living, low crime, availability of affordable housing.

To think that any given city, particularly Kearny, could be a contender just because it has "lots" of available space for construction demostrates a complete lack of grasp of what is being asked or expected.

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Re: New Amazon HQ
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I am surprised that Kearny was not considered, it has a large open spaces for development.

Good point Yvonne, many companies see the advantage that you noticed. Bindi the frozen Italian dessert import company relocated there from Totawa, they are on the Bellville Turnpike and open to the public.



Obviously, neither one of you understands what is important in deciding where to build a corporate headquarter for a technology company.

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Re: New Amazon HQ
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I like Newark too, in fact I love Newark. I'm born and raised there. For a lot of reasons I think Newark, could be a good choice. But i don't think it's going to happen. My guess is going to be Atlanta. The airport is better and the cost of living a lot less than anywhere in the NYC tri state area. But I'll still keep my fingers crossed.

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i like Newark - low cost of living, easily accessible to NYC and EWR, lots of good colleges in the area (Princeton/Stevens/Rutgers/NJIT, plus all the NYC schools).


I think the chances of Amazon's HQ2 being built somewhere in the Northeast are very slim. Harsh winters can impact operations and productivity (as evidenced by recent winter seasons) coupled with the fact that NE states are high tax areas. There are other issues that could crimp the chances of specific places: crime and corruption in Chicago and Newark, congestion and affordability concerns in NYC.

My money is still on Texas (both Dallas and Austin make compelling cases) or Nashville. Both Austin and Nashville boast very young demographics with thriving social and business scenes. Dallas is experiencing a sort of renaissance. I would think Amazon will want to tap a location that has "momentum" going for it. I think fourth and fifth place would be Denver and Atlanta, respectively.

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Re: Police Department Captain's Meeting
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Tickets are issued when it occurs and it is a big ticket 8 points and the violation is issued to both the driver and owner of the vehicle.


Bullshit... a ticket would only be issued IF a policeman happens to witness the violation AND if they care enough to bother enforcing the rules. I have seen people blow STOP signs in front of police with ZERO consequences.

Posted on: 1/17 21:23
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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As a motorcycle rider, I say fuck no to that. Heavy merged, like at the approaches to,, and the post-toll access ways to the tunnels are terrible. They are the only places where I routinely almost get hit when riding, and got hit once.

People are so anxious to crowd each other away at a merge, and motorcyclists are basically invisible to most drivers, that is is very easy to simply get knocked over.

It is against a very important maxim of riding, to keep distance between you and the cars that will be trying to kill you.


To each their own. I routinely ride into the city, and for about two years it was the only way by which I commuted into the city, and never had issues using the Holland Tunnel. But, the savings associated with commuting by bike are many: reduced toll rates, very good gas mileage, ease of parking, less time wasted stuck in traffic jams.

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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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i'm just now reading nyt magazine article about nyc subway:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/mag ... on-wealth-inequality.html

article makes me appreciate PATH and the subway more...maybe fares should be raised to make necessary improvements?


Not only should fares rise, but they should add a peak-hour premium to whatever is needed to reduce overcrowding and to encourage folks to go a half hour earlier or later. Unpopular opinion, but PATH is a fraction of the costs associated with driving.


Only true when considering a single commuter. For two people, driving can be about the same cost as the combined round trip cost of PATH and subway fare for two people, which is close to $24.

Heck, once warmer weather arrives, a single person can do his/her commute for less than PATH and subway fare when commuting by motorcycle, which is incredibly cheap and efficient.

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Re: Booker T. Washington - No Heat Plagues Tenants - RIDICULOUS!
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hahaha. just i still think double decker trains would be awesome. as i pointed out, i would be feasible...instead of traisn with 7' ceilings, you could have 2 levels with 6' ceilings but with much lower carriages...do i think it's gonna happen? nO. do i think it's a good idea? yes.

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A city income tax is literally the worst idea I've ever read on JCList. Even worse than the guy who wanted the Port Authority to run double-decker PATH trains to increase capacity...


Ha ha ha! I remember that thread. Hero69 kept insisting that a PATH double decker train was a possibility even after explaining the impossibility of the idea given the (unchangeable) size of the PATH tunnels that run under the Hudson.



I guess you still refuse to accept the physical limitations that can not be changed: the PATH tunnels have a 15 ft clearance! How would you fit the train undercarriage, plus the bottom and top hardware of the train shell and still be able to have people be able to stand up inside the train?? I know you think that double deckers are cool, and it would be AWESOME if we could have those here, but the current tunnels can not be expanded, so there is NO WAY to fit a double decker in the current Hudson tubes. PERIOD. Anyone that tells you otherwise is full of it.

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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I agree that the service frequency should be increased, but even NYC subway switches to every ~20 mins between trains ~12am-5am weekdays and the same schedule on almost every line on weekends. Some lines are better than others with standard 4-6 minute intervals all the way up until 1am on weekends.

Copenhagen is a little better with 20 mins between trains 12am-6am weekdays and 7-15 minutes between trains during the same periods on weekends.


The thing about Copenhagen is that it is not a great comparison: their metro is simpler (two lines) with driverless trains, and Copenhagen is a tiny city, and definitely smaller than the area served by the PATH (JC, Hoboken, Harrison, NWK, plus the areas in Manhattan) so their 20-minute span is appropriate for their needs. Also, the Copenhagen demographics are very different, with lots (most?) people commuting or getting around by bike. During my time there, seemingly everyone had a bike, and rode everywhere with it. It was not at all uncommon to see people leaving a bar and jump on a bike, or women clad in dresses leaving work, or events.

Just to confirm my observations, I took a quick look in Wikipedia and according to the figures cited there, the Copenhagen annual ridership is 61 MM, while the PATH is 25% higher, at 76.5 MM. We should totally have more service in the late evening hours.

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Re: Booker T. Washington - No Heat Plagues Tenants - RIDICULOUS!
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A city income tax is literally the worst idea I've ever read on JCList. Even worse than the guy who wanted the Port Authority to run double-decker PATH trains to increase capacity...


Ha ha ha! I remember that thread. Hero69 kept insisting that a PATH double decker train was a possibility even after explaining the impossibility of the idea given the (unchangeable) size of the PATH tunnels that run under the Hudson.


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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Ditto. Any other transit agency in the world, you'd likely get a seat between midnight and 4am. But in PATH they run so few trains that it's standing room only, even worse than rush hour sometimes.


You do realize that PATH is one of about 10 subway lines worldwide that operate 24/7, right?


Not sure how this matters... so, yes, they theoretically operate
24/7, but the 35 minute time span between trains in the late evening is crazy. I have seen late evening trains packed as bad as morning rush hour trains.

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In fact, only the NYC subway, PATH and Copenhagen Metro operate their entire networks 24/7.


Cool little trivia night factoid.

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Re: Booker T. Washington - No Heat Plagues Tenants - RIDICULOUS!
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No one should live in JC and not contribute to government especially if you vote, so I believe in a city income tax instead of property tax.


Is this some sort of thinly veiled jab at renters in general? Renters contribute to city coffers indirectly through their rent payments, which undoubtedly include a portion that is levied to cover the property taxes being paid by the landlord.

As for the public housing matter, this particular thread is about a very specific point: the residents there are going without heat. Please refrain (if you can) from polluting this thread with your nonsense. Even if you don't agree with public housing or the principles behind it in JC, those points (valid or not) do not belong in this thread. People should not be forced to endure freezing temperatures without heat in their homes. This is a clear violation of legal and moral codes.

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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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some states are forcing utilities to give tax savings to consumers...where is nj, ny, calif, connecticut and other states on this?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/article ... y-for-lower-utility-bills


PSEG wants rate increase to subsidize nuclear power


It's a smart/savvy move by PSE&G to start making the case for increased rates before any talk of reduced rates is started by being asked to pass along the savings from a reduced corporate rate. The linked news article predates passage of the tax reform bill, but by then it was widely considered a done deal that the bill would pass, and that it would include a substantial drop in the corporate rate.

Also, hard to believe the head of PSE&G is getting paid just shy of 10MM per year! Wow.

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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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Brewster, states' rights apply only to guns.


K, I've always respected your opinions but this last comment from you just leaves me scratching my head. Guns are the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. States can set all kinds of things, like taxation, legal age to drive or drink or even marry without parental consent just off the top of my head. Please explain your comment if you have a chance. Thanks,


I am pretty sure K_Lo2 was being sarcastic, in agreement with the sentiment expressed by Brewster in his comment. I find both posts to be lazy criticism, as it is clear that not EVERYTHING is up to states to regulate. But, I also think that most of these discussions are moot, as most people have made up their minds one way or the other and are unlikely to be swayed. Clearly, conservatives agree that some matters are the purview of the federal government.

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Re: Will there be trash & recycling in this snow? (Thurs Jan 4th )
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I heard them around 5th and Jersey, hours after their normal time. Poor guys. Must've been a terrible night.


They came down 1st Street SUPER LATE. May have been like 5 AM, IIRC. I could hear them outside, and had the same thought: must have been a rough night in between the cold, the snow, and the messy roads.

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Re: Come to City Hall this upcoming Wednesday to promote electric vehicle charging in JC #EVinJC
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There are a bunch of Tesla SuperChargers being installed on the first floor of the Newport Mall parking lot. Hopefully up and working soon.


Great news. I am really surprised at the amount of pushback the EV concept is getting, particularizing given the clear benefits it has for a densely populated area like ours. Internal combustion engines decidedly contribute to the above average incidence of pediatric asthma seen in densely populated areas. Also, electric vehicles are, without a doubt, the future, so making it easier to have one should be in line with the idea of making JC "the best mid-sized city" in the country, as desired/pursued by the current administration.

Now, if only we could get the city to enforce EV parking violations, then it all would be even better. Alas, parking enforcement in JC is a non-priority. Imagine the amount of revenue that could be generated by simple enforcement of current rules and regulations!


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Re: Advice to avoid BS charges when buying from a used dealer car?
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I always felt that tire insurance was a BS thing until living in JC... there is SO MUCH DEBRIS all over the place, particularly around construction areas. I can not even begin to count all the times I have had to take a car into one of many tire places to have nails removed. At $5 - $10 per incidence, I have spent a pretty penny getting tires fixed. I spoke to someone a few years ago who had the tire insurance and he was super happy with it. Live and learn...

Additional warranties can be OK *IF* the warranty is by/from the actual manufacturer. In those cases, dealerships actually love to get the business from those warranty repairs, as they are re-imbursed directly by the manufacturer, which means less paperwork and hassle to get it approved and paid. If the warranty is from a third party, avoid at all costs.


I had wheel and tire insurance when I had a BMW one winter incident when I hit a pothole and damaged the wheel and tire made it worth while. The cost of replacing the wheel and tire was twice the cost of the insurance.


Exactly! The guy I was talking to had a similar thing happen: hit a nasty pothole, bent the rim, and got new wheel and tire through his warranty. He also had two tires replaced because of nails in them that couldnt be fixed. Apparently, it was such a good deal that many/most manufacturers/dealers are no longer offering the tire insurance. When I picked up my car in 2014, the dealership had just phased out the tire insurance option. In the past 4 years since then, I have only had 4 nail incidents, so nothing too serious (about $40 in repairs so far?) but still annoying that driving on JC streets is such a crapshoot.

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Re: Advice to avoid BS charges when buying from a used dealer car?
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Best advice is just be prepared to walk away at any BS. Do not get emotionally attached to a car.


Excellent advice, but this is my 84 year old mother!! We had a hell of a time already talking her down from buying a Legacy she fell in love with without the Eyesight automatic safety package. As my sister put it, she's lived her life, we just don't want her killing someone who hasn't! Hopefully she won't drive too much longer but her 15 year old Avalon is ready to stop driving before she is.


Avoid any add-ons such as undercoating, scotchguarding the interiors or extended warantees. Check to see if there is a spare tire manufacturers are removing them to increase gas mileage and to cut costs, wheel and tire insurance is worth getting especially if you have run-flats which are expensive to replace.


I always felt that tire insurance was a BS thing until living in JC... there is SO MUCH DEBRIS all over the place, particularly around construction areas. I can not even begin to count all the times I have had to take a car into one of many tire places to have nails removed. At $5 - $10 per incidence, I have spent a pretty penny getting tires fixed. I spoke to someone a few years ago who had the tire insurance and he was super happy with it. Live and learn...

Additional warranties can be OK *IF* the warranty is by/from the actual manufacturer. In those cases, dealerships actually love to get the business from those warranty repairs, as they are re-imbursed directly by the manufacturer, which means less paperwork and hassle to get it approved and paid. If the warranty is from a third party, avoid at all costs.

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Re: Man shot dead on Brunswick St in Downtown 1/1/18
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I think I'll wait for better coverage elsewhere -- I've never heard of

rlsmedia.com

Website description: RLS Media is a website that covers news about breaking news and politics.


You are (obviously) not one for a keen eye to details, or someone with good memory: rlsmedia.com links are VERY common in jclist.com. And, in fact, they tend to be better at covering "breaking news" of criminal incidents, sometimes reporting on shootings and other criminal activity missed (or, ignored?) by the Jersey Journal.

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Re: 4k/UHD vs. LED TV's
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My eyesight even with glasses can hardly justify HD! Never mind the fact that's so much media doesn't even hit that bar. Does everyone out there actually have Blu-ray players? I don't have cable, do any cable shows transmit north of 1080?


Perhaps it is time to get a new prescription!? The difference between HD and SD is like comparing B/W to Color. Once you get used to HD, watching anything in SD is downright jarring.

As a Verizon FiOS customer, I dont *ever* watch anything below Channel 500, which is where the SD stuff resides.


I wear progressives normally, which means I have to hold my head at exactly the right angle to see the screen perfectly clearly. I do have a pair that are regular for watching TV but don't always remember to wear them. And I do have a 1080 HD TV but it seems like Netflix doesn't hit that resolution and I never watch broadcast HD.


My comment was more of a friendly jab. It's all about the input source, of course. If your Netflix is not getting enough bandwidth to put out an HD signal, and you never watch HD channels, then you would be hard pressed to notice a difference.

But, without a doubt, if you are watching an HD stream that suddenly goes to SD (say, in the case of Netflix getting bogged down because your home line is getting saturated) you will definitely notice a difference in picture quality. For anyone that watches TV in HD quality routinely, anything less is readily noticeable.

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Re: 4k/UHD vs. LED TV's
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My eyesight even with glasses can hardly justify HD! Never mind the fact that's so much media doesn't even hit that bar. Does everyone out there actually have Blu-ray players? I don't have cable, do any cable shows transmit north of 1080?


Perhaps it is time to get a new prescription!? The difference between HD and SD is like comparing B/W to Color. Once you get used to HD, watching anything in SD is downright jarring.

As a Verizon FiOS customer, I dont *ever* watch anything below Channel 500, which is where the SD stuff resides.

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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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all this weed talk has me thinking about going to amsterdam and having a wicked time. i was looking at air fares to europe and can't believe how low they are on norwegian.



Not only are their fares cheap, but Norwegian also flies brand new 787s in their transatlantic routes. The legacy carriers are so afraid of them, that they actively and openly petitioned the FAA to try and block them from being able to get operational slots in the major airports.

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Re: Citi Bike
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Hey, have any of you regular users of the Citibike system in Jersey City noticed that there seem to be many fewer bikes than usual the last couple weeks?

I just did a quick survey on the online station map, and counted 198 bikes in 52 stations in JC. There are also a number of bikes out on rides at any given moment, but on a ~20F day, not… hundreds.

When the program expanded in 2016 the fleet size was stated as 500 bikes (up from the original system of 350 bikes + 35 stations).

My guess is the operator took some bikes out of circulation, anticipating lower demand over the winter, but I think they went too far. The stations I use most frequently often have 0 or 1 or 2 bikes available. I’m trying to figure out how to contact the operator (Motivate) in a meaningful way about this… maybe it’s best to raise the issue with the city / mayor’s office?


Your answer is in your last paragraph: the operator withdraws a certain amount of bikes during Winter because of lower demand, to prevent damage from exposure to harsh elements (lower temperatures, snow, sand, etc) and to perform routine maintenance on some bikes. You can provide feedback via the CitiBike website. Not sure how the city would be any help, other than acting as a go between to relay your message.

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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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Anyone considering prepaying their property taxes should do their homework and calculate/estimate whether this is actually beneficial. I honestly feel these politicians are being super irresponsible in portraying the prepayment of property taxes as a sure way to be able to take advantage of the deduction.

I don't see anything irresponsible about it.

They're not telling you whether it's a good or bad idea, they're just accepting pre-payments.


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My take is that most people in position to be able to prepay taxes is likely earning enough money to get hit with the AMT.

FYI, the AMT thresholds will be raised significantly (doubled?) for tax year 2018.

Figuring out the precise effects will be... difficult. That said, I can't think of any particular down side to pre-paying your property taxes, as long as you have the cash on hand, and can spare it now to save a few bucks in, uh... April 2019.


We obviously have different interpretations of their statements. From the JC Twiter feed:
"While the Republican tax plan is terrible for working families, we are going to try to minimize damage."

Is that not saying/implying that prepaying property taxes is a good thing? It is, after all, a way "to minimize damage" according to the tweet. That seems to be like they are saying it *is* a good thing.

As for the AMT part of my post, the point that was lost in you is that this is not about AMT in 2018, but AMT for this year! If you try to take an additional deduction for 2017 by prepaying the 2018 property taxes, you will not see ANY benefit at all if you are going to get hit by AMT in 2017. If you can afford to prepay 10+ K in property taxes this year, you are likely making enough money to have to pay AMT. In that case, prepaying is entirely a waste. Particularly if you prepay the taxes by taking out money from money market or savings accounts.

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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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Anyone considering prepaying their property taxes should do their homework and calculate/estimate whether this is actually beneficial. I honestly feel these politicians are being super irresponsible in portraying the prepayment of property taxes as a sure way to be able to take advantage of the deduction. My take is that most people in position to be able to prepay taxes is likely earning enough money to get hit with the AMT. In that case, prepaying property taxes is completely pointless, as the person will NOT be able to take the deduction anyway. I know that, for me, that is definitely the case, so prepaying is not even a remote consideration.

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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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in case, you didn't notice there is a reason i used "" for having skin in the game, but, it is obvious to me that most owners have a far more significant amount of their networth in the home than renters...am i missing something? and no one is preventing renters from coming to na meetings to discuss safety and security; i have even heard owner-occupiers discuss safety and security at na meetings...and sometimes they even have police captains at these meetings.


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i have attended a few of these na meeting and while i did find that MANY folk were concerned about parking, i did not find them dismissive of renters even though renters "have less skin" in the game.

as far as wanting updated minutes, may i suggest that you join ur na and then post minutes on the website for members of the community to see. please keep in mind that these are volunteer organizations with LIMITED resources


How do renters “have less skin” in the game? I have always found that rationale to be a lazy crutch used by people to dismiss the concerns or complaints of renters. Things such as quality of life concerns have the same impact on renters or owners. Matters of safety and security are, of course, equally important to renters. So, why would that be considered less skin in the game?

About someone else being able to post minutes: that’s impossible unless the person in charge of the NA’s website is willing to hand over the credentials to modify the site. Good luck with that.


I wish there was a way to comprehend your follow up. Alas, your writing is atrocious and it seems like you just repeated exactly what you had stated in your previous post. Fortunately, judging from the other posts, it seems most people here agree that the NAs are ran like mini fiefdoms of entrenched old timers with outdated interests and concerns.

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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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i have attended a few of these na meeting and while i did find that MANY folk were concerned about parking, i did not find them dismissive of renters even though renters "have less skin" in the game.

as far as wanting updated minutes, may i suggest that you join ur na and then post minutes on the website for members of the community to see. please keep in mind that these are volunteer organizations with LIMITED resources


How do renters “have less skin” in the game? I have always found that rationale to be a lazy crutch used by people to dismiss the concerns or complaints of renters. Things such as quality of life concerns have the same impact on renters or owners. Matters of safety and security are, of course, equally important to renters. So, why would that be considered less skin in the game?

About someone else being able to post minutes: that’s impossible unless the person in charge of the NA’s website is willing to hand over the credentials to modify the site. Good luck with that.

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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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Can you please clarify how someone who normally itemizes would wind up in AMT category by simply paying extra in taxes this year? Please use real numbers/figures and citations.


You will be penalized with AMT if the total dollar amount of deductions is too large. That is, if you deduct too much, some of it is pulled back/recaptured with AMT.

As for AMT calculations, the IRS form you use is a hot steaming messy pile of you-know-what. I always relied on tax software to perform the Byzantine calculations. AMT was intended to ensure the rich, high income paid some tax. From wikipedia, "Congress introduced the AMT after it was discovered that 21 millionaires did not pay any US income tax in 1969 as a result of various deductions taken on their income tax return."

The rules, formulas, etc. were never adjusted for inflation/income growth, so decades later it has been a scourge for middle income tax payers. That is, one deducts their very high state and local taxes paid, living in a high tax/high cost of living state, and by way of AMT rules, one is penalized (IMHO) with paying even more (federal) taxes because you paid too much state & local taxes. It is really asinine.


Adonis and Ralph_Abutts are correct: filers able to afford the prepaying of property taxes are likely earning enough income to get hit with AMT if taking too many deductions.

I disgareee that the form is complicated to use or figure out (it is actually a worksheet in the 1040 instruction booklet) but for anyone earthing over 160K in 2017, you will certainly have to fill it out. Essentially, the AMT “disallows” most of the schedule A deductions to ensure you pay taxes of at least 26 or 28 percent of your taxable income. Living in NJ, if you are a homeowner, itemizing, and earning over 150K, you are likely already paying AMT, or awfully close to having to do so.

https://www.fool.com/taxes/2017/04/15/ ... ernative-minimum-tax.aspx

Posted on: 12/22 13:19
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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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DanL wrote:

not sure what the beef is with neighborhood associations, they have no legal authority in the zoning or redevelopment process. they organize and advocate on behalf of residents who are members. most are pretty fluid and change over time.

do they represent everyone? no. they represent those that live in an area that show up and choose to participate


The devil is in the details... my experience with two different NAs has been that they set meeting dates and times convenient to those already in the board, which are often unnecessarily inconvenient to newcomers who may want to participate. Calling for meetings at 7,or earlier, precludes most professionals working in NYC who don’t come home until that time, or later. Midweek meetings at 6 PM are a joke, really.

The beef that many of us have with NAs is that they portray themselves as representative of the neighborhood at large, but often focus on "pet projects" or concerns that only matter to one or two of the board members. And, because politicians believe they do in fact speak for all of the neighborhood residents, they listen to them and actually act on their requests/demands, without ever coming around to actually get a read on what others may think/want.

Posted on: 12/22 8:18
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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Annod wrote:
Twitter:

City of Jersey City:

IMPORTANT: While the Republican tax plan is terrible for working families, we are going to try to minimize damage. We will now allow residents to pre-pay 2018 property taxes so that they can capitalize on existing laws. You can do so at City Hall between now & the end of 2017 .

4:29 PM - 21 Dec 2017

https://twitter.com/JC_Gov/status/943956549122363392



Ha ha ha! What a joke. Since when has it been illegal, or impossible, to "prepay" property taxes? It has always been legal and possible to pay your property tax bill before its due date. This is just grandstanding.

Posted on: 12/21 17:48
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