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Re: Man so annoyed with Holland Tunnel wreaths, he starts petition to get them changed
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The idiots got their way!
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/nyr ... fVKpMIN73evmAK_UXu6BdTzvc

Now, knowing how cheap New Jersey and Port Authority construction can be, I'm betting the whole plaza structure will collapse due to the decorations being asymmetrical.

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Re: Man so annoyed with Holland Tunnel wreaths, he starts petition to get them changed
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It's called "Balance." The tree is CENTERED between the two wreaths... not so difficult a concept. The "A" is not centered.

GET A LIFE

Posted on: 2018/12/11 17:38
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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JCGuys wrote:

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.



Hell NO.... PATH is only 1/3 of my three zone commute. I first have to get to PATH, then PATH into the City, and then the NYC Subway to uptown Manhattan. I'm not the only one with a 3 zone commute. We don't need more highways clogging the the two tunnels and the GW Bridge into NYC. We need more public subsidies for mass transit to help alleviate traffic conditions all over the tri-state commuting area.

And last, but water under the proverbial bridge, we should not have wasted billions on WTC PATH station. We PATH riders pay a premium for that debacle every day.

Posted on: 11/7 7:37
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Re: Abbondanza
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We had similar experiences. Went there twice. Both times the food was bland and the side pastas were way overcooked to the point of being mush. If a place is bad once, I'll gladly try again, but two times is enough not to go back.

Posted on: 10/23 7:11
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Re: Compact Front Loading Washing machines
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We have a 27" wide closet that can accommodate the wider 27" stacked units. Our 26 year old Sears Kenmore Wash Center (dryer attached atop a washer) died several months ago. We were, based on several neighbor's recommendations, going to get the LG stackable washer and dryer, both front-loading. But it would have been about an inch or less than the height of the door. We were shown the single unit ventless LG Washer/Dryer. It's one unit that is large enough to handle a king sized quilt, it washes then goes right into a drying cycle, if desired. Considering it's just my wife and I, it's keeping up with our needs. A full wash and dry cycle takes about 3 hours, and we are not left with those wet clothes you forgot to move from washer to dryer. So far after several months, both of us are very happy.

The unit was about $1500, and they also make a similar "compact" 24" wide model.

Posted on: 9/4 20:00
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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I'm not going to get into details here Yvonne, but you don't seem to understand the idea behind tax abatements. Let me explain how it works where I'm living now. I live in Port Liberté. 40 years ago this area was a total mess, it was filled with toxins and other really bad crap, and other than the fact that it was on the waterfront, had not a damn thing going for it. How much do you think it would have contributed to tax roles? Not much. So the city government at the time realized that some impetus should be given to a developer to get the area going again. The impetus was the right to sell the finished properties on this piece of land with a tax discount that would end in 30 years. They turned that decrepit piece of land into an oasis on the water. 30 years after the abatement went into effect, 440 fully rate-able units are now on the tax rolls, instead of the zero that would probably be here if no abatement was offered.

Hoboken, OTOH, doesn't have vast wastelands with toxic sludge or no development. They may have small pockets, but land there is incredibly valuable, so no abatements are needed.


Posted on: 7/20 17:08
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Re: 4th of July in JC @ Exchange Place - Featuring Snoop Dog
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Any and all of the televised fireworks started on time. Anyone with any professional show experience can make stuff happen on time.

I have no idea what led to Snoop Dogg's act being late, but someone needed to keep all the concert acts in line as to on and off times on the concert stage. 5 minutes late would have been one thing, but 45 minutes late, total screw up.

Tardiness, short of health emergencies or similar, is one of the ruder things in this world. It's a sign that you believe your time is more valuable than others.

Posted on: 7/8 12:47
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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LoraJ wrote:
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jcity wrote:
Apparently the deadline for submitting an appeal is May 1st. At some point I saw a list of recommended attorneys that could assist with this - but now I can't find that.

Does anyone have a list of recommended attorneys to help with the tax appeal process?


I still don't know what my new taxes will be. How can I have appealed something where I don't have the info?



http://www.asinj.com/revaluation.asp?p=current&id=359

Towards the bottom of this page is a link to a spreadsheet,
Proposed Assessments as of April 18th,

Click on that and open with Excel, Search out your address.

Posted on: 5/25 9:37
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Re: New Jersey hospital bills patient $5,751 for ice pack and bandage
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Isn't this part of the same group that tried to steal the ambulance contract for Jersey City from JCMC a few years ago?

The assumption was they would steer all their emergency calls to Bayonne, Christ, and Hoboken, where those emergency rooms would rip you off. They also are not "in network" for most major health insurance plans.

Posted on: 5/4 8:44
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Re: Peace in Korean!
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Quote:

Monroe wrote:
Huuuge win for global peace!


Until documents are signed and armies stand down nothing is done

Posted on: 4/27 9:32
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Re: New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster
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JC_Man wrote:
To all you Liberal Dems that voted this idiot in - good for you, you're getting what you deserve. How come when New Jerseyians get hit with more taxes because of Trumps tax plan it's bad but when this a-hole promises the world and raises taxes on everything it's OK?


Because trumps plan disproportionately benefits corporations and the already rich instead of regular working class people ya rube. Trump and the GOP have convinced you that regular people do not deserve access to health care or a decent education. But the already wealthy need MORE tax breaks when they are already hoarding 80% of the wealth in this country? Get a clue.


Absolutely... And Trump is trying to glom another $20 million from the porn industry.

Posted on: 3/18 7:13
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Re: New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster
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Yvonne wrote:
This is the problem with liberal states, even though the pension are not fully funded, the governor is still giving away free stuff. The promise for free county colleges means taxpayers are on the hook for those services. Another thing that no one caught is the 7% sales tax. Christie cut the tax slightly in order to have a 23 cents a gallon tax on gasoline. Now the 7% is new restored and the 23 cents tax is permanent.


It may be a problem for liberal states, but it's not a problem for this liberal mind. I'd rather be known for higher taxes than watching people suffer all over the place with low education, no or poor food, crumbling infrastructure, and kicking the financial obligations down the road. I'd rather be California or New York than Wisconsin or Mississippi any day.

There is a happy medium somewhere. And quite frankly liberal states are doing much better than conservative states in so many different ways.

Posted on: 3/14 6:33
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Re: Netflix series Seven Seconds (takes place in JC!)
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I was constantly bothered by them referring to the park as "Liberty Park," as opposed to "Liberty State Park." Am I the only one who's never heard it called just "Liberty Park?"

Posted on: 3/4 8:54
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Re: help reading appraisal from revaluation
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jcguy05 wrote:
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I am not clear why abatement tax will be higher than your actual property tax, according to above info i was given from the abatement tax lady, it should never happen. I guess maybe some building has special non-standard abatement contracts.


This is because some abatements are based on, at least for a portion of the abatement period, on a calculation that has nothing to do with the normal tax rates, but a formula based on the highest purchase price and common charges. It is possible for that formula to wind up creating a number that is higher than the unabated tax bill.

Posted on: 2/12 22:16
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Re: Governor Murphy
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Monroe wrote:
How is wanting to take care of your own 'hate in your heart'? Every kid here illegally costs 23K/year to educate. Money that could be spent on your own kids college prep, or vo tech programs. Why should we educate every kid from every poor country on the planet? Or provide billions in emergency room costs raising our own family healthcare costs?

Murphy is Corzine, without the sweater and the beard.


There is nothing wrong with "taking care of your own." But there is also nothing wrong with taking care of those less fortunate than you. I'm liberal and damn proud of it, but if someone does break a law, or tries to live without working to support themselves, I'm all for cutting them off.

In the case of the "Dreamers," these are people whose parents came here illegally, but the kids were just brought along. In order to qualify for DACA, they must be working or in school, they must be crime free, and they pay fees to have their status. I refuse to believe that forcing these DACA recipients to live in fear as we've done over the last year is good for anyone.

Those public officials and the rest of us that support "Sanctuary Cities" know that the best way to deal with crime amongst illegal aliens is simply not to punish those illegal aliens who's only crime is finding their way into this country. If the hard working, (and yes, most illegal aliens work harder at jobs that typical American citizens don't want), illegal alien knows he can talk to local police, he's more likely to step up and report the real criminals, including the few evil illegals.

As far as the absurdly low minimum wage we have, when a person works a "full time job" and cant afford to support his/her family or even just him/herself, when companies like Walmart and McDonald's suggest that their employees apply to the government for assistance because those companies don't pay enough, it's those companies that are getting subsidized labor, and they're the ones living off the government teat.

Yes, I will go out on record as saying that the difference between a liberal and a conservative is that liberals have empathy for all humans, and desire to change the status quo to help all people. Conservatives only care about themselves and those who are the same or already better off.

Posted on: 2/11 13:46
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Re: Governor Murphy
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stillinjc wrote:
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RichMauro wrote:
After months and months of lambasting New Jersey citizens with campaign promises, our Governor is strangely silent as of late.
There has been the occasional move into the progressive liberal direction, but where are the pronouncements of strong initiative to right New Jersey's wayward pathways?


Don't you worry, he'll move quickly on legalization of marijuana, sanctuary status for illegals, unisex toilets, higher taxes and other "progressive" agenda items that will greatly improve our quality of life...



I'm sorry you have hate in your heart. The so called "Liberal Agenda" is designed to help all people, not just those who've suctioned off all the wealth of this country.

Posted on: 2/11 12:40
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Re: help reading appraisal from revaluation
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"Imputed debt service" is essentially the payment on hypothetical mortgage based on the conditions set out in the PILOT agreement. In my case, and I'd assume others, that mortgage is based on the highest sale price of the property's history, so you'd need to know that.

There are plenty of EXCEL spreadsheet templates that can help you figure that. Or find an online financial calculator.

"Common Charges" are your monthly or annual condo/coop maintenance charges.

Posted on: 2/10 18:00
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Re: help reading appraisal from revaluation
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To the OP,
You need to find your governing documents. Somewhere in that large document is the Abatement Agreement, or PILOT/Payment in lieu of Taxes. Use that and the Abatement charge document you should have been getting twice a year, which also shows the calculation. Try to figure the arithmetic on that calculation. It may seem complicated, but it's really just Junior High level arithmetic. And then pay attention to the Phase Out that's documented as part of the abatement agreement, and apply that.

Posted on: 2/2 17:11
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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ThirdStreet wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
Nearly one third of Jersey City is a non-ratable, meaning they are not affected by the new taxes. Everyone is high because nearly $3 billion (2017) figure is not added to the ratable base. If taxes went up 3 or 4 times just multiply that $3 billion to $9 billion or $12 billion for the 2018 rate.


By none-ratable, do you mean the buildings with tax abatement? In that case, I don't think it's true that "they are not affected by the new taxes". I live in Liberty harbor which is supposed to have 20 year tax abatement and which I thought meant my taxes were supposed to change for 20 years . I got the similar letter telling me my taxes are going up too.



You need to check your offering statement (or governing documents) for the abatement agreement. Most abatements have a "Phase Out," and it certainly sounds like you are in that Phase Out.

Posted on: 2/2 16:35
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Re: 4k/UHD vs. LED TV's
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tv aficionados, any word on whether lg is coming out with a roku oled tv? i could see forking over the money for such a device..i'm like the schoolboy saving his money for that "just right" baseball card


I doubt it, though anything is possible. However there are 4 HDMI inputs on the LG OLEDs, so adding a Roku device is very easy. OTOH, the LG WebOS has an internet browser as well as a very comprehensive set of apps.

I have a Roku HD device hooked up to my LG OLED, but I rarely use it as almost everything is available through the LG WebOS. The only exception is for CBS All Access, for which the Roku does give a better experience. but even that I can get via the LG directly.

Posted on: 12/30 3:05
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Re: 4k/UHD vs. LED TV's
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Absolutely nothing is BROADCAST in 1080p. However there are quite a few 1080p programming choices, and many Ultra HD choices available via streaming services. The pictures are quite amazing.

Do you need anything higher than 1080i. NO, but the reality is, you don't need any TV. That's the beauty of this all, the choice is yours.

I've been watching a lot of UHD lately and enjoying it immensely.

Posted on: 12/28 16:02
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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It would be really helpful if the Jersey City tax office could post "Preliminary assessments for the 3rd and 4th qtrs, 'subject to the affects of the tax re-val" on the online website." They could just mirror the 1st and 2nd qtr payments. That would help get around the most recent IRS Statement.

Posted on: 12/28 8:20
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Re: 4k/UHD vs. LED TV's
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JCSHEP wrote:
If it helps anyone I bought a 65 inch 4K LG OLED for Black Friday. I also have HD sets (3 of them), the difference for true 4K content is staggering to me. Note that neither Comcast nor Fios has anything in 4K. I am using a 4K Apple TV with a fast Fios connection to stream. HD does also look better, but to me 4K content looks better than real life, almost too good. Perhaps it’s the lighting but real life doesn’t look as sharp and I have 20-20 vision. Good luck, the price is steep but falling. Agree with the other poster, if buying LG get the lowest 2017 model, picture quality is the same, it’s the frame and sound that change. Use a receiver for Atmos if you want it!


I'm that other poster. If you haven't already, start using the built in smart TV functionality of the LG to connect to Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, along with live IP TV channels.. The Amazon UHD stuff is not an extra charge. Netflix does charge extra monthly, not sure about HULU. But the 4K Amazon stuff looks incredible, and the built in interfaces are very good (can't compare to to the Apple TV interface). There's a ton of usability built into these LG tvs. Enjoy.

Posted on: 12/28 8:17
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Re: 4k/UHD vs. LED TV's
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hero69 wrote:
those oled/qled tvs are beautiful but i'm not sure i can justify spending the money on them since i don't watch tv that much. ghowever, i have been eyeing the tcl -p series 4k roku hdr tvs which cnet compares to a poor man's oled.




Do NOT be fooled by Samsung's "QLEDs" they are not the same as LG/Sony OLEDs. QLED is basically an enhanced version of the standard LED/LCD display, while OLEDs are a totally different technology as described in my prior post.

Yes, the OLEDs are more expensive. It's your call if it's worth the money. For me, it was.

Posted on: 12/27 14:10
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Re: 4k/UHD vs. LED TV's
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As of right now, pretty much all TVs are "Smart TVs." The only real standout technology is OLED. Unlike the LCD/LED TVs, where there is backligitng of some form passing through Liquid Crystal Displays, OLEDs or Organic Light Emitting Displays have a system where each pixel creates its own light. This means that when you want black for that specific pixel, you just turn off that specific pixel. It's the only current display technology that makes true blacks.

The two current manufacturers of large screen OLEDs are LG and Sony (which uses LG panels). I've had the LG Electronics OLED55C7P 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2017 Model)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M ... age_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
now for about 2 months, and I'm incredibly happy with it.

The one change I'd advise, unless you're a real audio freak, get the B model for about $200 less than the C model. The Dolby ATMOS audio is not a big deal.

Full disclosure. I'm in charge of the technical production of 60 MINUTES, so working with high quality displays is an integral part of my job, and OLED are indeed the technology of choice, and I have some experience in this issue.


Posted on: 12/27 10:53
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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Quote:

papadage wrote:
What NJ does is immaterial since the state and local tax deduction wording, as written, means that even if you pre-pay it, you will not be able to deduct it for 2017 taxes. The language of the new tax law only allows you to deduct state and local taxes in the year they are due.

It was written purposefully to prevent prepayment.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/18/prepay ... -blocked-in-gop-bill.html


The article you're quoting is several days old... look at this Washington Post Article
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wo ... l/?utm_term=.90229543d958

There are several other serious news articles that also make the same argument.

Posted on: 12/22 19:32
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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Ralph_Abutts wrote:
I stiill stand by comments that it is too premature to know if one can benefit by paying early both with the tax code itself and when the prez will sign the bill into law. One may save on fed taxes, but if wrong it is a big opportunity cost especially how the financial markets have bullishly performed.


Perhaps your comments about the market are true.

OTOH, I know I'll get my marginal rate worth of tax deductions back from pre-paying next years taxes as a sure thing, plus I'll most likely take the standard deductions next year, so in essence I'll be double dipping. I'll take the sure bet vs the potential returns for the partial year stock market gains.

Posted on: 12/22 8:52
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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I sent in a check for all 4 quarters (I just assumed that qtrs 3 and 4 would be the same as 1 and 2, obviously not true) at the end of last week. I just checked, and the payments are posted on the Jersey City Online Tax Account.

http://taxes.cityofjerseycity.com/

Posted on: 12/22 7:06
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Re: Gas station Air & Vacuums... prices & locations
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dmark526 wrote:
I bought an air compressor that plugs into the cigarette lighter of the car. It's the best $25.00 i've ever spent. It's saved me from having to change flats 3 times.


I did the same as well... agreed... a well spent $25.

Posted on: 12/11 20:22
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Re: Jersey City Medical Center Medical Bill
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Additionally, unless you are in a life or death situation, and I know this is not as simple as it seems, look for 24 hour medical clinics for dealing with such treatments. Their rates are significantly lower than the ER, and these types of situations are exactly what they are designed for.

Obviously, a chest pain (potential heart issue) or broken bones, severe wounds, etc., head right to the EF. But pain that you've been living with, fevers, and other stuff that don't feel life threatening, then the clinics are a better choice.

Posted on: 12/10 8:41
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