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Re: Jersey City swears in 27-year-old lobbyist as new deputy mayor
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Raj - Kudos to you for coming on here and putting yourself in the line of fire. I have a few questions.

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The allegations were untrue, and the criminal charges were ALL DISMISSED with the SOLE exception of a single, misdemeanor charge of possessing a fake ID that omitted my age when I was 19....

As to the charges that were dropped, the underlying allegations were total bulls**t and were brought long before anyone (law enforcement or otherwise) interviewed me or the relevant witnesses or reviewed the evidence. Also, some of the media coverage inaccurately reported the dispositions and a retraction was issued. Anyone who needs to consider my background should review my actual criminal history (it?s public record) and the underlying documents, not news reports (many of which were just reprinting allegations from the initial inaccurate report; falsus in unus, falsus in omnibus).


And so here is what the record shows: You were held on $100,000 bail. You were granted 16 continuances which dragged the proceedings out for over three years. You paid a $2,500 fine and had your passport taken away for 1 year, while you served probation and performed 200 hours of community service. These are not consistent with what I would expect from a misdemeanor related to harmless youthful indiscretion. (And let's be honest, at 27, you really aren't all that removed from "youthfulness" - your sentencing occurred less than three years ago....) Why all the continuances? Why such a harsh penalty for faking an ID to buy beer? Or wasn't it that you were impersonating a military officer in order to intimidate witnesses in the stalking case? Again, thanks for coming on here to allow for a full discussion of this issue. The current administration has embarrassed the city again and again and you can understand why people have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to convicted deputy mayors

Posted on: 2012/3/9 15:31
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Re: Jersey City swears in 27-year-old lobbyist as new deputy mayor
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Seems like convictions are a prerequisite for being a Healy deputy mayor - Beldini, Tayari, this guy... I mean, if the mayor wants to pander to the Indians he couldn't find one without a record? That is hard to believe...

Posted on: 2012/3/8 14:56
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Re: Jersey City City Council approves yet again a revision in tax abatement for Palisade Avenue condos
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Four of the five yes votes (Gaughan, Brennan, Sottolano and Lopez) received money from DePierro in 2009, right before the original abatement was granted. DePierro had never made a reportable political contribution before and hasn't since. Coincidence?

Posted on: 2012/2/23 18:51
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Re: Hartz Mountain, Roseland Properties planning 1,000-unit residential building
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does anyone pay taxes down by the waterfront?


You do realize many people downtown pay higher "taxes" than those in the rest of the city, right? They just don't call them "taxes" - they are "payments in lieu of taxes." Anything that is "abated" that has gone on the market since probably '02 or '03 is making higher annual payments (on a percentage of market value) than older properties paying traditional property taxes. The issue isn't that abated properties don't pay taxes, it's who are they paying them to? A much smaller portion of the PILOT goes to the county and none goes to the schools.

Why the steady drumbeat against the "abated" waterfront owners when people living in brownstones around VVP, Paulus Hook and HP are paying less than half the taxes they should be?

Posted on: 2012/2/22 19:44
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Re: Three members of Jersey City City Council snub forum
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Ms. Ahmad is all over Facebook talking about "sitting on your butt talking to a small room of people isn't how you win elections." How would she know what it takes to win an election since this is her first? For all their talk about "making a difference", Velazquez and Ahmad have proven to be anything but "different". They have followed, to a letter, the HCDO playbook on campaigning and have been ideal rubber stamps for the mayor. The biggest accomplishment they've produced is removing any doubt whatsoever that the council could function as well or better with seven members instead of nine.

Posted on: 2011/11/3 19:31
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Re: Rolando Lavaro, Committed to Selfishness
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denibleu:

1. Viola Richardson is not walking around ward F talking about Rolando Lavaro. She may get a bump from Rolando, but he will get nothing from her.

2. Expediency is fine, but if you are really a "reformer" it's kind of hard to justify sidling up to a triple-dipper.

Posted on: 2011/10/24 19:56
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Re: Ray Velazquez: reduce and/or eliminate non-essential city owned vehicles
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Let's follow the bouncing ball on this one:

Aug. 31. Ray Velazquez votes against adding city seal decals to city-owned vehicles used off hours by city employees, calling the ordinance "illegal." That opinion was provided by Healy-appointed legal puppet Bill Matsikudis, with no additional research given other than Matsikudis's "Because I said so."

Sept. 2. News breaks that Velazquez's own city-owned vehicle was stolen and gone for a month, sitting for three weeks on a street in the meat packing district. Car was stolen, in part because Velazquez irresponsibly left his keys available in an unsecured place. Surely a city seal would have sped up the recovery time.

Sept. 19. Ray promises to conduct a 90 day investigation into city cars (conveniently putting conclusion of investigation beyond election day.)

Sept. 23. Ray "I don?t believe in doing things just for headlines in the local paper; I try very hard to be a part of real, effective change" Velazquez sponsors an ordinance virtually identical to the Fulop ordinance the council already passed. Surprise, surprise, Mr. Matsikudis decides this one passes his own undefined smell test and can proceed.

How do you manage to dress yourself in the morning Ray? Does that require a call to the mayor too? Good god - we need leaders in this city. November 8 - vote for new leadership and toss out the rubber stamps.

Posted on: 2011/9/26 17:01
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Ray Velazquez: reduce and/or eliminate non-essential city owned vehicles
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Vealzquez is trying to please his master and pretend to be more than a rubber stamp at the same time. Stop playing around with non-starters and show you have a backbone Ray - vote to override the mayor's veto!


Velazquez Wants Jersey City to Prep Report on Phasing Out City-Owned Cars; Fulop Says Plan is ?Laughable?
By Jon Whiten ? Sep 19th, 2011 ? Category: Blog, News, Politics
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UPDATED SEPTEMBER 19 at 2:45 PM with additional comments from Mayor Healy.

In the latest twist in the ongoing multi-pronged fight over the use of city-owned cars by council members and department directors, At-Large councilman Ray Velazquez on Friday asked the Healy administration to prepare a new resolution that would force the city to prepare a report on ways to ?reduce and/or eliminate the use of non-essential city owned vehicles.?

The resolution comes after Mayor Jerramiah Healy vetoed a bill pushed by Ward E councilman Steven Fulop, which would require all city-owned non-emergency vehicles to be labeled with a decal signifying they belong to the city. Fulop has said he will push for a veto override, for which he?d need six votes ? one more than he got when the bill passed several weeks ago. He?s targeting Velazquez as that sixth vote, but the At-Large councilman ? who voted against Fulop?s initial bill ? has said he will not support the override measure.

Instead, he is now sponsoring a separate resolution that aims to push the city in the direction of eliminating its cars and instead reimbursing city employees for the use of their own private cars. Velazquez has said he hopes to emulate Hudson County?s policy in this area.

?[The county] has already put this type of plan into work by eliminating as many cars as possible and setting a reimbursement standard for those employees that use their cars during government business,? Velazquez wrote in a letter to JCI earlier this month. ?No cars equals: no gas station; no repair costs; no insurance costs and no contracts for the purchase of new cars each year.?

Velazquez?s resolution would require business administrator Jack Kelly to do the following:

1. Examine ways to reduce and/or eliminate the use of non-essential city owned vehicles;
2. Formulate a rate of reasonable compensation to be issued in lieu of a vehicle to those government employees currently using city owned vehicles;
3. Communicate with the Council his findings and recommendations to the City Council within 90 days of this resolution.

Fulop, who is still hoping to put pressure on Velazquez to support his override, says the resolution is ?laughable? and lacks teeth. He adds that the At-Large councilman ? who is in a crowded race to keep his seat in a November special election ? is cowing to the mayor, who Fulop says is the ?political boss? who is ?financing? Velazquez?s campaign.

?So, Ray sponsors some make-believe resolution to get through the election that has no binding action. If Ray is sincere, there is only one action he can take, he would vote for the veto override that was prepared by the city?s legal department and puts the residents first,? Fulop says. ?Nobody likes a rubber stamp and Ray should realize that the public is not stupid.?

Mayor Jerramiah Healy is also reacting coolly to the proposal, pointing out that his administration has already done what Velazquez is asking it to do.

?This administration is constantly reviewing ways to cut costs, including reducing the city?s automotive fleet. As stated previously, automobiles assigned to city staff have been cut by nearly 50 percent from 29 to 15 and fuel has been limited to 18 gallons, or one tank per week, whichever is the lesser amount,? Mayor Healy says in an email. ?We?ve cut more than any government entity in this and other areas.?

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Re: B4K coming to JC?
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Spectra Energy is donating $50,000 to a scholarship fund for local inner-city students. do we take this at face value that their business is passionate about Jersey City kids or can we question their intent or motive to influence public opinion in Jersey City?

Should B4K do something like this, how should we view it?

@ShelleySkinner - since I have not received answers to the invited questions I sent you, I cannot see how you can draw your conclusion.

not against B4K, still trying to figure out what it is and what it will do. yes, against the use of PACs.

re: "Achievement Gap" - is there anything in the B4K material that addresses the achievement gap?

re: disclosure - Disclosure of $5,000 and above ($10,000 in a two donor household) is a pretty high threshold when NJ Elec requires disclosure of $300 and above, how about revisiting.

@Candace - I believe perceived intent is important, a reality and influences actions.

re: "bad education in Jersey City" - my children are not getting a bad education in the Jersey City public district schools, nor are their classmates and we have some excellent educational opportunities before us as they go forward.

I guess we'll wait and see and follow the money.


DanL - you make no sense. Literally. Most of what you wrote is impossible to understand. Perceived intent? Who's perception, yours? It always boils down to money is evil for you - why is that? You raise money to run campaigns. Everyone should trust that you alone know how much is "the right amount" and doesn't compromise your integrity? Please - little bit pregnant?

You are in the game or you aren't. You are a politician, my friend, as much as you'd like to pretend otherwise. You've run for mayor. You are running for council. You will run for mayor or council again. You raise money. You back candidates. You scoff at the political and economic motivations of others yet you do the same things, just poorly.

Posted on: 2011/7/26 20:30
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Re: Arrogance at its highest
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Comey is a glutton. I am not surprised that he's piggishly hoarding sick days to such an extent. He is a daily embarrassment to our city.

Posted on: 2011/7/26 20:07
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Re: 2011 Board of Education Election - Vidya Gangadin- JC Mom for School Board!
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Though I was not voting for Ms. Gangadin, I will now, just not to see another politically back candidate/puppet get in.


But Vidya is a Levin back(ed) candidate/puppet.

Posted on: 2011/4/23 19:44
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Re: 2011 Board of Education Election - Vidya Gangadin- JC Mom for School Board!
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many of the posters here on jclist seem to think that the "mayor in waiting" backed candidates are strong. this is your right and maybe they are. but what is strong?

is it because the councilman is well known (downtown) and ward e people will vote for a pigeon if he endorsed it?


Vidya, why so angry? Run your race and don't worry about the rest. Let Dan sling the mud for you.

Posted on: 2011/4/13 15:41
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Re: One of Jersey City Mayor Healy's sons arrested on domestic violence charge in Hoboken
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I completely agree that people that are prepared to run into a burning building to save you and your families lives, and in some cases even your pets are over paid. Cops also they get paid way to much for confronting armed gang members, junkies and other degenerates. These welfare rats have been sucking at the teets of the tax payer for way to long!

I would also like to add the bankers and lawyers are way under paid and if there is any way to steer public funds towards them would be a great help in the horrible fiscal times.


Farmers. Landscapers. Fisherman. Construction workers. Loggers. Roofers. Steel workers. Industrial machine workers. Power line installers. Pilots. Truck drivers. Taxi drivers. Garbage men. Oil and gas workers and Bartenders. All have higher rates of on the job fatailites than cops. And cops are three times higher than firemen. So can the cop and fire department pay conversation be held without the hollywood "hero soundtrack" that pollutes this discussion? Cops and firemen are necessary and in some cases admirable. But constantly "in harms way"? Statistics say not really.


http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfoi_rates_2009hb.pdf

Posted on: 2011/4/4 18:43
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Re: 2011 Board of Education Election - Steve Fulop backed candidates
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Vote please for Francis Thompson;she will continue the enrichment of our Youth.


Really Sean? Afraid of the wave yet?

Posted on: 2011/4/4 18:22
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Re: One of Jersey City Mayor Healy's sons arrested on domestic violence charge in Hoboken
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Dude - what's with all your jabibble? I can never understand a quarter of whatever it is you are trying to say.

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I bet the one horse towns you people came from have some skeletons in and out of the closet as well. Well at least you have something to write home about. "Hey mah the mayor's son just done got himself arrested for arguing with his best girl and it were not even a Sat day night." dang !

I was just implying that everyone not from J.C makes any story about the mayor or Jersey City headline news. I'm sure back home where you and other new comers came from have the same antics going on as well.


Healy is a hack and you wouldn't know what antics go on elsewhere because you wear your "born and raised" ignorance like a badge of honor. You've been beaten down into accepting whatever piece of crap in a suit is given to you as mayor because "that's the way it's always been." Pathetic.

Posted on: 2011/3/31 21:07
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Re: One of Jersey City Mayor Healy's sons arrested on domestic violence charge in Hoboken
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Dude - what's with all your jabibble? I can never understand a quarter of whatever it is you are trying to say.

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I bet the one horse towns you people came from have some skeletons in and out of the closet as well. Well at least you have something to write home about. "Hey mah the mayor's son just done got himself arrested for arguing with his best girl and it were not even a Sat day night." dang !

Posted on: 2011/3/31 20:23
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Re: Fulop Backs Three School Board Hopefuls with an Eye Towards Repeating Last Year’s Success
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Vidya Gangadin has also filed her candidacy for the board and I hope that she will receive serious consideration by voters. Vidya is a parent leader at Academy I, a parent of four current public school children and employed as a financial analyst in the private sector.

We have the opportunity to elect (relect) great board members.

Vote!


This woman registered to vote nine days ago. How long has she lived in Jersey City? I should vote for her when she can't even be bothered to vote herself?

Posted on: 2011/3/9 21:51
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Re: Jersey City Police get a raise - for off-duty work.
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Last year Jersey city recieved four million dollars !! Now eliminate the off duty work and were does the city get that 4 million dollars answer by raising property taxes!!


"Recieved" four million dollars!!! Really? Lets think about that for a minute -

- The city received $4 million in increments of $5 per hour.
- 4 million divided by 5 = 800,000 (hours)
- 800,000 divided by 600 (roughly the number of uniformed cops) = 1,333
- 1,333 divided by 50 (weeks) = 26.7 hours per week

You are telling me every cop in the city is working an average of about 27 hours per week on these jobs?

I don't think so. There was very little construction last year - I'd be surprised if the city got $500,000 from this stuff.

Posted on: 2011/2/11 14:19
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Re: How many people can you have living in a basement?
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It's illegal here in Jersey City unless it is approved by the Housing Code Authority (201) 547-4825. If you illegaly rent it out and the tenants report in on their taxes you can be discovered and will have to pay back all the rent they gave you. Plus a lot of time and costs in the court room.


What, exactly, would the tenant be reporting on their taxes?

Posted on: 2011/1/27 23:12
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Re: 24 Hour catholic churches?
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Going to church doesn't make you a christian any more than being in a garage makes you a car.

Posted on: 2011/1/21 18:04
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Re: Wolf Pack Prey upon Unsuspected Victim
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Yes Kitten they are animals. Whether they are 12,13,14,15, or 25 they are the spawn of mutants who should have been aborted by court order. You aren't in Kansas anymore and these savages are a prime example of why more women should swallow. What you have to understand is that they were reared in subhuman living conditions that would shock the conscience of anyone with a basic paternal instinct. What emerges from these circumstances, that I understand were completely out of their control, is a wild animal that walks erect but has the thought process of a Jackal. While you go about your day please be aware that these predators do in fact exist and if you have something they want, they will attack often viciously. If they percieve you as a threat, they will usually move onto easier prey sort of like the Savannah wild dogs you see on Discovery Channel.
Ask any cop how many times he's had to try to get handcuff's over one of these primates wristwatches. Bet he thinks for a second before saying never. I didn't think about it until about arrest 400. Know why they don't wear watches? Because it doesn't matter what time it is. It's either light or dark outside, hot or cold. Tomorrow doesn't matter, the next hour doesn't matter. Just the here and now.
You may immediately transcribe this as racist commentary but it's really not. Its reality. Please be careful and be aware of your surroundings at all times. If something doesn't feel right it probably isn't.


Wow. Just wow. Are these the views of our police force or just you? If that's how cops see things, lets just cut the entire force and pocket the $95 million. I'll take my chances with the 12 year olds.

Posted on: 2011/1/21 13:25
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Re: JCPD cutbacks
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Hey carpetbaggertil718, we are wasting our breath with people like JSleeze and robotjustin. The only hope with posting on this forum and for the people of Jersey City is that some people with a modicum of intelligence do read these posts and will receive some factual and realistic points of view. It is obvious by their jaded sense of intelligence(LOL) that their only response is inflicted with hatred for whatever happened to them. This is obvious in the way they may respond to a post answering them or even better they just ignore what is sent to them regarding their ludicrous comment. So to you JSleeze get it through your thick skull that police oficers when they retired are NOT paid for their accumulated sick days. There are none.


Jackey, you are a thug - that is clear from your hostility - which probably makes you a cop. I've never had direct interaction with the police here, so I bear no "hatred for whatever happened to" me. I know some cops - some good, some not so good. Like everything else in the world.

You are right - you are wasting your breath. Most people don't really need to hear your self-serving mouth-breathed grunts that you seem to think pass for facts.

Posted on: 2010/11/23 15:38
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Re: JCPD cutbacks
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Yesterday was the 326th day of the year.

257,362 divided by 326 = 789

At the beginning of the year, there were 625 patrol cops. Likely that number has gone down quite a bit due to the rush to cash in banked sick days and vacation.... er, coincidental mass "end of service". So we'll say there are 550 now. Add to that the 80 or so detectives. You are back to 625.

There are three cop shifts a day. Allow for days off, you need about four cops to one full day of copping.

625 divided by 4 is 156.

789 divided by 156 is 5.06.

257,362 is a very large scary number. 5 is a very small, seemingly manageable number when spread out over eight hours. What am I missing?

Posted on: 2010/11/23 11:50
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Re: JCPD cutbacks
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Hey Adonis....the city can reserve the right to make layoffs and the police reserve the right to not give anything back.


You are joking, right? This whole idea that anyone should care about the "rights" of employees in a case where the employer is going broke (because of the overly generous compensation handed to the employee) is sickening. And please - no more talk of "serving". What serving? Are they getting paid - handsomely? Do they have a job to do? What does "serving" have to do with any thing? Lots of jobs come with risk - many more construction workers die in NYC each year than police. No one is heralding the "ultimate sacrifice" or calling the poor schmuck who fell into the cement mixer "NY's bravest or finest".

Posted on: 2010/11/22 19:59
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Re: JCPD cutbacks
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I checked out the civil service web site. You can't layoff from the top. You have to start with the bottom, so laying off the highest apid guys isn't going to happen. What they should do is down size dept. that do similar work. How about the parking authority, why do we need so many, what do they really do. A cop can write a parking ticket. Every time I needed a car moved from my driveway they would send the parking authority, and when it needed to be towed they would call the police. So why are they around again.


- Eliminate the Parking Authority, just as they should eliminate the Incinerator Authority. Patronage pits that serve no purpose other than to award friends, family and campaign workers.

- The payroll of the police department was almost $97 million last year. If the union doesn't want layoffs, they should be willing to take an across the board 8% salary cut. If they don't like it - move back to Jersey City and vote.

- You can't lay off top brass. But you can reassign them. Make them earn their keep and suddenly, by reactivating the dead wood you won't miss the laid off nearly as much.

Posted on: 2010/11/22 16:14
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Re: Mayor Healy’s daughter sworn in as Assistant Prosecutor…
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A few "family" names I can remember off the top of my head that fit the above category are:

Gaughan
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Healy

I know there are several more.


Donnelly. Lopez.

Posted on: 2010/10/4 14:04
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Re: Police Salaries_Star Ledger
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I think he's talking about you fireman.

Posted on: 2010/10/1 15:31
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Re: Gross Behavior by JC Police Officer Menendez
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Get these fatasses outta there cars and walking around. Make them approachable and acountable to the people they "serve and protect". Worst thing that ever happened in policing was the cruiser.

Posted on: 2010/9/21 13:50
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Re: Jersey City Superintendent of Schools Charles T. Epps Jr. $300.000.00/year
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Levin may be "competing" but is he electable?

Posted on: 2010/8/7 1:02
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Re: Fulop/McCann and On a Document That Disappeared, Then Reappeared
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Levin got 1500 votes in a citywide election against three criminals seven people got more votes in a schhol bord election. Levin isn't even an afterthought

Posted on: 2010/4/24 21:32
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