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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
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This is the right thing to do, finally. This gem should never be handed over entirely to a corporate entertainment monopoly. Rather it needs to be established a non-profit performing arts center akin to NJPAC or BergenPAC in its org structure. Get a real staff in there that will run it right and still partner with FOL (not saying they should be in total control). A PAC format would allow for profitable bookings yet still keep an arts and community focus also.

Posted on: 6/13 14:39
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Re: Heads Up - JCPD Driving Enforcement - Corner of 9th/Manila
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There is a very active JCPD campaign to ticket drivers who are hitting that corner of 9th and Manila - not stopping; on cell phones; illegal turns, etc.

Be aware - and get off your cell phones!


why on Earth would you want to warn people of this crackdown, I want people to feel it in their wallet when they get busted for driving like a Masshole


EXACTLY!! Don't telegraph actual enforcement - which many of us have begged for FOR YEARS!.

GOOD they are doing this finally!! We need better traffic safety enforcement CITYWIDE!

Posted on: 4/19 13:03
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Re: its official: entire heights must buy resident parking permit
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I don't live in the Heights, but I have no problem with them doing this. However, there are two very stupid things here:

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"The new zone will not take effect for a year. City officials believe it will take that long to make sure the city's parking division has the staff to enforce the new rules."

Why do we accept that it will take this long for Parking to get its act together?!? MAKE THEM, COUNCIL! It shouldn't take more than 6 months TOPS fore them to be able to effectively launch this. This delay is utter crap. Director Paretti needs to actually do some work for that sweet 6 figure salary.

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"A $15 annual permit for residents will allow them to park in the zone 24 hours a day."

Expanded services at virtually FREE rates? That price is stupid and needs to be increased. Some would say substantially or to market rate. I would say $30-$50/year makes sense - that's still a giant bargain. How does this city expect to pay for better services like expanded enforcement - which we desperately need citywide - at these 1970's prices?!?

Posted on: 4/13 9:27
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Re: Front yard parking
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It died.

Posted on: 3/23 10:30
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Re: Know anyone who can replace axe handles?
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Not sure if there are many preppers living in JC, but does anyone know where I can get a new handle installed on axe/sledgehammer?

I've called hardware stores and they all can sell the handles but no one can install. Guess it is kind of a dying art...


You mean like prepping for the Zombie Apocolypse?!?!

Posted on: 3/17 9:50
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Re: Jersey City mulls changes to pedestrian plaza to address rowdy bar-goers
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Just to clarify a few things:

1. Always: My office has always asked and continues to ask for greater on-duty enforcement all over downtown, including specifically at this location. Last year with grant money we were able to give some dedicated coverage, but not always.

2. Last summer: We have been asked by police to put in a business curfew (I said no)

3. Last summer: We have been asked by neighborhood to revise the restaurant overlay to remove allowed density of licenses in in SID (I said no)

4. Last summer: The PM for the plaza suggested mandatory security guards on the plaza in each business (I said hold & let’s discuss first with businesses)

5. Last fall: We met with businesses last fall and highlighted the issues coming from multiple sources and asked for ideas to show a partnership given how bad the other options seemed. I threw out an idea “maybe you could pool your money and share the cost of an off-duty officer - that would be cheaper than being compelled to hire a doorman”. Overall it seemed to be viewed relatively favorably as an alternative to #4 above. When the conversation moved to “how” to break up costs (via SID vs. not via SID, all businesses vs. all businesses with liquor license vs. all business on plaza vs. all business with liquor license on plaza … we adjourned the meeting and said this really was their job to figure out how they want to structure as it is voluntary, but that I would ask to continue to hold off on #4 if they could come up with a way to help resolve some of the issues caused by the benefits they have received over the years (ability to have high density of liquor licenses, ability to remain open later, ability to have a pedestrian plaza, and ability to serve on the pedestrian plaza).

6. This winter: No progress made

7. Last week: We met again, still no progress made. We re-hashed 1-5, again. I asked who supported a curfew, 0 people raised their hands. I asked who wanted to remove restaurant row, 0 people raised their hands. I asked who wanted to get rid of the plaza, 1 person raised her hand. I asked who wanted mandatory security guards on the plaza, about 1/3 raised their hands. I asked who wanted to do something with off-duty, about 1/2 raised their hands.)

In short:
- this is a voluntary action, can be taken or not. I merely suggested it as an idea that seemed a lot better than some of the others I had heard during a brainstorming conversation last fall.

- this can be paid for however they want as it is voluntary (among all 200 businesses, among 32 liquor license holders who've benefited from the restaurant overlay zone or only amongst those on the plaza itself)

- BIDs/SIDs/NIDs often fund supplemental safety services

- I continue to hope to find ways to get on duty officers assigned


IMO, it is in the business interest to show some concern and good faith action to solve issues their establishments are creating in the neighborhood they operate in, especially since the city has given them benefits in the form of the ability to have liquor license density, later night hours, the plaza itself and ability to extend the sidewalk cafe onto the plaza. If they don't that is their decision. They need to realize though I will not be inclined to run interference when people try to solve the issues via other means.

I am HAPPY to hear other ideas that are actionable and realistic.
So, if you have ideas feel free to email me (won't be getting into a back and forth with anonymous folks.)



So how about giving these businesses a hard deadline to agree on a solution for this? Sounds like you have given them plenty of time. If they can't get it together, then move to an option like #2 & /or #3 until they can. You need to use leverage and are being too nice with them at this point. The residents who live near this have put up with this nonsense for too long while they drag their feet on trying to work this out. When will the residents matter? They have been patient on this for a long time, but enough is enough.

Another problem with the new density of bars is not only the rise in illegal parking in that area that is STILL not being enforced in the evening, but the rise in drunk driving that's occurring late at night...also not being enforced/watched by JCPD. When will this get addressed?

Posted on: 3/10 11:35
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Re: Moving Cross Country to Jersey City - Need Advice
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HotPads is another good app

Posted on: 3/7 11:46
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Re: Jersey City mulls changes to pedestrian plaza to address rowdy bar-goers
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DWI is definitely still a problem everywhere, and you do see it with people leaving the Plaza late at night.

But one counterweight to that is, at least when you set up nightlife right next to the PATH, a big taxi stand, etc., you enable many more people to avoid driving to and from bars in the first place. Same with little bars and restos scattered through walkable neighborhoods, as I previously mentioned.

The suburban model of putting big bars on the outskirts of town, near the highway ramp, surrounded by parking lots, in the name of avoiding rowdiness and keeping neighborhoods quiet, has helped kill thousands of people via DWI.


I completely agree with you about the great access to public transit/car services. However, DWI enforcement needs to be stepped up and targeting in this area on Thu-Sat nights at the very least. There's ample evidence that drunk driving has gone up in this concentrated area.

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Re: Is the finish line moving for Jersey City's Ward F residents? | Morgan
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Chris Gadsden is Ward B. He is so off here.

Posted on: 2/23 15:49
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Re: Fulop state-of-the-city speech-a-thon kicks off Tuesday
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Really? POTUS gives one speech for 350MM people - this self-promoting moron has to give five speeches for 250K people? Go King Steve, nice waste of taxpayer's money. We'll all subsidize your campaign.


Maybe I am missing something here - but how does doing this in 6 places waste tax money? I would think the cost is nominal, if any. I'm more perplexed by multiple/inconsistent promises being spewed forth and not upheld.

Posted on: 2/4 18:28
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Re: Fulop state-of-the-city speech-a-thon kicks off Tuesday
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It's probably going to be 90% the same message, and then a little bit tailored for the specific ward he is speaking to.


It still makes zero sense.

Posted on: 2/3 12:02
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Re: Fulop state-of-the-city speech-a-thon kicks off Tuesday
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Nothing like getting the city to pay for your campaign events.


This seems kinda pointless to me. What? Is there a different "message" for each ward? If so, how are to we believe which one(s) are real?

Posted on: 2/3 11:48
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Re: Fulop ties to Kushner?
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I don't think the article hints at anything. Rather, its pretty clearly laid out...

Posted on: 1/27 11:26
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Re: Roberto Clemente Field Just Sold?
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Not sure about the 40 story building fitting there, but I'll be really glad to have 7th St opened up. Too many streets between Newport and the rest of Downtown are blocked off for no good reason.


They are looking for approval to build a 40 story & several 30 story buildings. Go to the HPNA website for a good illustration of what this would look like. Its bad, especially considering everything else already in the pipeline for that whole area.

Posted on: 1/20 10:54
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Re: Roberto Clemente Field Just Sold?
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I suggest we all...
TAKE THE SURVEY HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/WTzyEUO8k71koVcw2

That's the method for best collecting resident feedback. Also, consider what this huge density jump will do to traffic - on roads, in public transit, etc. I personally think this proposed plan goes way too far with all the increases.

Posted on: 1/19 13:18
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Re: How do you feel about Traffic Safety in JC? We want to know!
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Development brings people and people brings cars. This administration wants to beat Newark in population. The goal of beating Newark adds to the problem in addition all new buildings now are under Redevelopment plans which ignores traffic studies.


Not necessarily more cars, though that can happen. Development brings increased density of humans. Humans need to get around and into/out of the city. Ensuring we/they can do that safely is crucial. Better planning, improved engineering and offering more/better public transit and walkability and bikeability are all pieces of that. I definitely agree this whole topic of safe people circulation has not been well-thought out or holistically managed as our city seeks to build build build. That's why we formed Safe Streets JC.


It will take multi billions of dollars to have a system that gets JC folks around JC. No one will invest that kind of funds. The more you build, the more you will have cars.


"multi billions" hahaha

Space X can launch a rocket for less than 60 million and you're quoting billions to put some safe bike paths in and a trolley or two?
wow.


The lite rail cost is nearly $70 million per mile. http://www.publicpurpose.com/ut-lrt00capcost.htm


There are much more cost effective options than light rail. Bus Rapid Transit is highly effective, nimble and cost-effective. Its why so many countriess in South American are implementing it all over - and its working!

Cars aren't going away. But they don't *have* to increase. There are a lot of options that haven't' been really explored yet.

Posted on: 1/17 14:41
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Re: How do you feel about Traffic Safety in JC? We want to know!
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Development brings people and people brings cars. This administration wants to beat Newark in population. The goal of beating Newark adds to the problem in addition all new buildings now are under Redevelopment plans which ignores traffic studies.


Not necessarily more cars, though that can happen. Development brings increased density of humans. Humans need to get around and into/out of the city. Ensuring we/they can do that safely is crucial. Better planning, improved engineering and offering more/better public transit and walkability and bikeability are all pieces of that. I definitely agree this whole topic of safe people circulation has not been well-thought out or holistically managed as our city seeks to build build build. That's why we formed Safe Streets JC.

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Re: How do you feel about Traffic Safety in JC? We want to know!
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I work for a NYC agency, and recently attended a meeting at the NYC Department of Transportation - the level of thought and planning being put into planning and infrastructure improvements in New York to calm traffic, make the city more accessible to cyclists and pedestrians of all levels of mobility, and to make the streets greener is astounding.

I truly believes this goes beyond resources - it's a matter of culture and leadership. Here, in Jersey City, Mayor Fulop needed to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table while SafeStreets raised the issue after people were being mowed down on JFK Boulevard. He and his administration have showed an abysmal lack of leadership on anything to do with public safety and quality of life in Jersey City - IMO, the improvements in NYC and other cities start with leadership.

The urban culture is a harder thing to change, admittedly, although NYC planners talk convincingly about a "diet" on vehicular use. I've lived here for 8 years, and continue to be appalled by the pathologically anti-social so many JC residents exhibit - especially behind the wheel.


We'd love to engage with you about what you are seeing done well in NYC from your agency perspective. Please take our survey, and send us a note at admin@safestreetsjc.org.

Thanks!

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Re: Traffic Lights in JC Are All Out of Sync
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This was 2015. The button was stuck.

There are streets in Jersey City, that if you don't push the button, and depending on the time of day, the pedestrian walk sign will not change.


Ok, but given the timing changes of a few months ago that I outlined - this particular button problem is not a current issue. On the old JFK timings, you had to push the button from 7pm-7am M-F, and all weekend to change the light for peds to cross JFK. That's why the lights would stay green for blocks on end late at night and created a raceway for drivers. Now the greens change on a set cycle overnight to eliminate that.

There are definitely other intersections in JC (though I do not know which ones aside from JFK blvd) where automatic signal timing is in effect during certain hours. During such cycles, the ped buttons are effectively turned off an you cannot override a signal cycle by pushing it. Other times (like the old JFK timings), you'd have to push it to get the greens to turn red. I've asked a few times why signage cannot be added to these buttons to stat the hours the buttons are in effect and should be used. But its fallen on deaf ears.

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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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Reducing the number of lanes on Grand is a bad idea, has anyone seen the traffic on those roads now with the existing number of lanes?


This has been proven false.

* 4 to 3 road diets have been shown to actually move the same amount of traffic, just slow down and at more steady rate.

* Less stop and go traffic - more continious flow

* Dedicated turning lanes mean cars are out of the way of main traffic flow

* Having a 4-lane highway (as we have now) invites traffic off the Turnpike as a route to cut to the Holland Tunnel

* City is growing and there's nothing left to pave

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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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*Reality Check, complete streets are away from DTJC.
Kennedy Blvd needs a bike lane.
CCD has a bike path already so whining about Grand Street is
superfluous.

Complete Streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.


To provide additional info on this - this is correct. However, "Complete Streets" is the NJ State program to do this. It is not as robust as the NACTO guidelines (http://nacto.org/) used by most all urban areas, including NYC. NACTO's is the design principal we should be asking JC to implement.

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Re: Traffic Lights in JC Are All Out of Sync
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In Jersey City, only JFK & Rt 139 are county roads, fyi. Google maps marks other roads too, but that is incorrect.

With the new timing cycles on JFK blvd, the Walk buttons are no longer needed/in use. I know that's not apparent, but just sharing the knowledge. Its not broken.

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Re: Traffic Lights in JC Are All Out of Sync
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there's a SUPER dangerous situation going on at the corner near Five Guys (Columbus and Warren Streets).

when you're crossing Columbus on the east side of the intersection, walking south, away from Five Guys, the walk signal coincides with the left turn signal, putting pedestrians right into the path of southbound cars turning left onto Columbus from Warren.

the signal, with its green left-turn arrow and white walking man, is literally telling people to cross while it's telling drivers to drive through that same crosswalk.

it's a tragedy waiting to happen.

I've reported it on see click fix, with no results. also posted photos on assorted facebook community groups. nada.

who do I reach out to?



I suggest reaching out to your Councilwoman, Candice Osborne.

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Re: Traffic Lights in JC Are All Out of Sync
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There are ways to do both. Out of sync lights are actually not an effective way to reduce the speed cars drive on major thoroughfares. A straight shot of greens may encourage speeders but out of sync lights begin to make drivers anxious and they try to speed off a green to try to make the next light before it turns red.

The solution is to time the lights so that they turn green as you pull up to them going approx. 30 mph. This will naturally slow cars down to avoid slamming on brakes before coming to the lights too early, but keeps a steady, slow and non-angering pace for drivers.

This is only possible obviously on one-way avenues and so its more successful in NYC where it has been proven to work, but out of sync lights are not the answer. Not sure much can be done on JFK, Washington and other 2 way boulevards though.


There are too many 2 way N-S streets in JC. A grid of alternating 1 way's would allow more flow, but timed and controlled as you say. For example, Palisade and Baldwin should be a pair of 1 way avenues, as should Central and Summit. Unfortunately there's no other 4 lane avenue to pair with JFK, but perhaps the other timed roads would pull traffic off it.


That's an interesting idea. You could also do the same with Columbus & Montgomery (the section east of the turnpike). Put CC on a road diet and add bus rapid transit and a protected bike lane to it.

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Re: Traffic Lights in JC Are All Out of Sync
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I hope you guys are also pushing for better public transit options to get across the city rather than just slowing everyone down.


"You guys"? As if other people are responsible for volunteering their valuable time to do the work for you? What are you doing to help? Honest question.

Also, to add more info - the light timings on JFK blvd have only been altered for nights/weekends. It was necessary due to the crash and fatality rate, and is a great step in the right direction for safer streets for all roadway users.

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Re: Passport photos
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I know its not downtown, but I thought folks in general would like to know that just recently a passport photo booth was installed at the JSQ PATH station in the concourse that goes to the bus lanes. Just a PSA.

Posted on: 12/22 9:44
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Re: dermatologist downtown?
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After trying a few in JC and not being satisfied, I recently switched to Schweiger Dermatology in Hoboken at 2 Hudson Place, right outside the PATH. They run on time, modern office (text & email reminders, web registration for intake paperwork,etc.) and good care. Also, they have Saturday, and some weekdays they are there 7am-7pm so very convenient to schedule without missing work. Lots of schedule options.

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Re: Grocery shopping
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If you can get to the West Side of JC, off 440 - Big Lots & the Asian Market serve about 80% of my needs. Big lots has a lot of non-perishables and household goods super cheap. The Asian Market has incredible produce, as well as a butcher and fish stand, among other nice things.

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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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Jersey City group touts traffic safety progress, but says there's work to be done



Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal
on December 14, 2016 at 2:30 PM, updated December 14, 2016 at 6:45 PM

JERSEY CITY -- During a standing room only meeting Tuesday night, local officials and members of a grassroots traffic safety group touted recent efforts to address pedestrian and roadway safety.

"We have asked the city and county government to step up and they have but we also know it's because we have stepped up," said Paul Bellan-Boyer, who founded Safe Streets JC with Kara Hrabosky three years ago.

But group officials were clear that there is more work to be done.

In recent months, there has been growing concern about pedestrian safety on Jersey City streets, especially Kennedy Boulevard. Three people were killed in crashes in a two-week period this year in Jersey City, including an 11-year-old boy who was hit by a bus at Kennedy Boulevard and Neptune Avenue in October.

Safe Streets JC has pushed for a crackdown on speeding and other traffic safety issues. The group's efforts have already resulted in the award of millions of dollars in grant funds to study traffic safety issues and implement changes on Kennedy Boulevard, whose traffic lights have been adjusted to reduce speeding and allow pedestrians more time to cross the four-lane road.

Since local law enforcement ramped up enforcement on Kennedy Boulevard on Oct. 19, nearly 1,200 summonses for moving violations have been issued, including 259 tickets for speeding and 938 for other infractions like reckless driving and distracted driving.

"Enforcement has always been the piece that has been lagging behind and there have been many fatalities, as you know," Hrabosky said at the beginning of the meeting at the Gallo Center in Lincoln Park. She added that Kennedy Boulevard has been named one of New Jersey's most dangerous roads, but also noted that "Our goal is to take this citywide."

With fatalities on the rise, pedestrians will have more time to cross this busy road
With fatalities on the rise, pedestrians will have more time to cross this busy road
Traffic light timing has changed at more than half of Kennedy Boulevard intersections in Jersey City.

Meanwhile, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea, and Hudson County Undersheriff Andrew Conti said there has been an increase in enforcement and summonses issued, as well as a newly formed Jersey City Police Department unit dedicated to traffic safety.

While the meeting focused on motorists, Shea noted that "We do see distracted pedestrians becoming more of a factor in some of these collisions, especially those on cell phones."

Hrabosky also noted that enforcement pays high returns because every car pulled over by a cruiser with flashing lights is seen by dozens, if not hundreds of drivers, who are forced to see the impact of breaking driving regulations.

Those in attendance also heard by those impacted most by roadway tragedies, including Alexis, 14, whose brother, George Gonzalez, 11, was struck and killed by a commuter bus on the Boulevard in October.

"It's just hard knowing I am not going to see him," Alexis said to the crowd of some 120 people. "I am going to grow up without him. In my opinion there should be more crossing guards on Kennedy Boulevard. There's just no one watching."

As officials were discussing the traffic safety crackdown, the boy's mother, Judy Gonzalez, clapped and said "Thank you," causing the room to erupt in applause.

Ato Tuazon, of the our Lady of Mercy Chapter of Jersey City Together, complained of traffic safety issues regarding trucks on Route 440 in the area of Society Hill and Country Village.

"Keep in mind that a seemingly minor and insignificant accident can quickly become a matter of life and death," Tuazon said, noting that crashes can block ambulances, fire trucks and police cars heading to emergencies." He also advocated for a continued traffic safety campaign, rather than the "on and off campaigns we conduct when someone dies in an accident."

Fulop said his administration is committed to improving traffic safety and enforcement and noted that the city plans to hire 30 additional crossing guards. He said an issue with traffic safety on Kennedy Boulevard is the closure of the Pulaski Skyway's northbound lanes, which has led to increased traffic on the roadway.

Safe Streets NJ plans a more interactive meeting in February and another meeting with officials in March.

Elected officials attending the meeting included Hudson County Freeholder Bill O'Dea, Jersey City City Council President Rolando Lavarro and Jersey City Councilwoman Joyce Watterman.

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Re: Tractor trailer crashes into gazebo in Hamilton Park
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Don't like SEMI TRUCKS crashing into your parks?? Join SAFE STREETS JC tomorrow Dec. 13 to urge Mayor Fulop to make Traffic Safety a REAL priority.

7:30-9pm
Gallo Center, Lincoln Park
Traffic Safety Meeting with Mayor Fulop

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