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Re: City Council Seeks to Double Salary; Ordinance Would Convert Position to Full-time
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They need to add language to prohibit Council people from holding other City or County jobs or being recipients of City pensions.

Posted on: 2010/3/8 21:27
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Re: Stop using the word "retarded"
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The reason this effort has been started is to combat the negativity of people who would prefer to classify intellectually challenged individuals as "retards" or "retarded". Not only is "retarded" a highly subjective and pejorative term it is also medically inaccurate in many instances.

No one is asking for any special status or privileges for those with special needs or challenges. Just an opprotunity for these folks to get the services they need to become productive members of society. Or we can just revert to the good old days when the "retards" were locked away and were the dirty family secret.

Posted on: 2010/3/8 21:02
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Re: MARCH 10th PROTEST CITY HALL - TURN UP THE HEAT
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The City Council is planning to approve new union contracts with Police and Fire at the March 10 meeting. At a time when the City is furloughing and laying off non-uniformed staff, Police and Fire are getting 3% plus raises for the next four years. And the uniformed services continue to get additonal benefits like $50,000 in tuition reimbursement.

Most Police and Fire personnel don't live in the City and don't pay taxes here. In these fiscal times a better deal with these unions should have been struck. But our craven City Council will do nothing.

Posted on: 2010/3/6 21:52
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Re: City Hires Former Mayor and Felon, Gerry McCann
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A friend of mine who lives in Rutherford called to tell me that he recieved a flyer in the mail blasting McCann for harrasing senior citizens. Seems he is working on a campaign taking place tuesday.


That's how McCann got elected to the JCBOE. He and his thugs strongarmed seniors in nursing homes in Jersey City to fill out absentee ballots. The man is a total lowlife.

Posted on: 2010/3/6 21:45
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Re: Jersey City Business Administrator Brian O'Reilly is leaving city government
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I expect it will be a hack, a retread. No sane person would want the BA job in the fiscal state the City is in.

Posted on: 2010/3/4 14:48
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Re: Schundler: CREATE Charter School (run by Steve Lipski) will be closed as of June 30
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Now Lipski and Schundler have something in common. Both have founded failed or failing charter schools.

Posted on: 2010/3/3 19:11
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Re: City Hires Former Mayor and Felon, Gerry McCann
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If 200 people got together and each pledged to get twelve people to vote (and vote the "right" way, obviously), you'd have enough votes to win. 500 people showed up pissed off at the last council meeting, demanding change and screaming about their taxes. If each of them got four people to vote, along with themselves, you'd be set. It's not a herculean lift.


Agreed. However, many of the "concerned citizens" on this board talk a good game and then never show up at the polls.

Posted on: 2010/3/3 19:09
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Re: City Hires Former Mayor and Felon, Gerry McCann
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+1

I fear however that the 3 incumbents will be reelected. There is so much apathy in the City's electorate when it comes to school board elections. Dehere and Valentin are both dimwitted fools and, as you say, McCann is the resident felon/sociopath/narcissist.

In that regard, McCann and Epps can retire the Narcissism Trophy.

Posted on: 2010/3/3 17:14
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Re: City Budget Suggestion Box - Cost Cutting and Revenue Generating Ideas
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Great article T-Bird. Especially in light of the fact the Jersey City Police contract is about to be voted on and the cops will get at least 3% raises per year for the next 4 years. While other City employees are furloughed or fired.

Posted on: 2010/3/2 18:14
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Re: City staffer retires with huge payout then rehired by City
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Grego won't be working in any library. He's doing the same job he's always done at City Hall (albeit badly).

I hear he spent Thursday and Friday checking up on City staff as to whether anyone came in because of the snow. An attendance monitor for a $230K payout, a full pension and another salary via the library payroll.

Posted on: 2010/2/28 17:39
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Re: TAX PROTEST Feb 24th City Hall - WE'RE GONNA RUN THIS TOWN!
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Great video of Fulop making the rest of the Council look like corrupt fools! No wonder they don't want themselves seen on cable TV.

Posted on: 2010/2/26 1:28
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Re: JC School Board Election * April 20, 2010 * VOTE
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I'm guessing the Healy people will back McCann and Connors. Amazing how McCann has become part of the Healy team. Let's hope the people of Jersey City turn out to vote and remove McCann's sorry ass from the BOE.

Posted on: 2010/2/26 1:26
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Re: City Hires Former Mayor and Felon, Gerry McCann
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Gerry was the best thing that ever happend for JC, had it not been for Gerry back in the 80's, we wouldn't have the amazing waterfront development we have today and not withstanding all the bizz that migrated from lower manhattan to DTJC.

So for all of you who may not have been around here back then, I don't exaggerate when I say He did JC right.


I was around and you ARE exaggerating. McConn is a legend in his own mind. NY money built downtown Jersey City. Not McConn, not Schundler. However, McConn has his loyal legion of lackeys who conveniently overlook his racism, substance abuse, bullying and felony conviction.

I hope that the voters of Jersey City turn out in April to vote this arrogant bully and felon off the Board of Education.

Posted on: 2010/2/23 23:04
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Re: Jersey City NAACP prez, Kabili Tayari taken to task for knocking Schundler appointment
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Schundler is a right wing nut but Kabili Tayari is a car stealing, no-show job holding weasel pulling down $100K per year of taxpayer money. The idea that anyone could make him a Deputy Mayor is mind-boggling.

Posted on: 2010/2/23 3:25
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Re: City staffer retires with huge payout then rehired by City
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State to investigate Jersey City pension payouts

By Melissa Hayes/The Jersey Journal
February 22, 2010, 6:35PM

The state Division of Pensions and Benefits will conduct an investigation into two long-time Jersey City employees who retired but are staying on the city payroll, according to the governor?s office.

?The obvious question is whether they are bona fide retirements,? said Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie. ?After all, they are returning to public employment, not before taking these mega payoffs on the backs of taxpayers.?

Jersey City Assistant Business Administrator Roger Grego and Chief of Administrative Services Kathy Dealy retired Feb. 1.

Grego was paid $238,138.11 for 127 unused vacation days, 356 unused sick days and six personal days. Dealy was paid $133,447.26 for 60 unused vacation days, 269 unused sick days and six personal days.

The Municipal Utilities Authority is hiring Dealy as a part-time consultant and the Jersey City Public Library is hiring Grego as a consultant.

"Maybe what?s going on here is what it really looks like and that is a subterfuge to avoid pension system regulations,? Drewniak said.

Through a shared services agreement approved by the City Council last week, both can continue work on city finance matters, including the budget, which is set to be voted on tomorrow.

?They can investigate what they want,? Grego said when reached at home. ?I didn?t do anything illegal. I robbed no one. I played by the rules.?

He declined to comment further. Dealy could not be reached for comment.

City Hall was closed today because workers were on furlough and officials could not be reached for comment.

The state Department of Treasury could not confirm late today whether the Division of Pension and Benefits is investigating. Dealy and Grego are among a number of city employees who are paid through a municipal pension system rather than the state's.

Christie has been a strong supporter of pension reform, including a cap on sick-time payouts. The Senate approved the legislation 36-0 today, though it would grandfather anyone currently in the pension system.

For new employees however, if the Assembly approves the bill and it becomes law, sick-time would be capped at $15,000. The Assembly is expected to introduce its version Thursday.

Sen. Sandra Cunningham, D-Jersey City, a co-sponsor of the sick-time legislation said something had to be done to cap payouts.

?I think in the current economic time we have to do something. Capping the system is necessary,? she said. ?The state can?t afford it, the municipalities can?t afford it. It?s just too difficult. We can?t afford it anymore.?

But Cunningham said it?s nothing personal against public employees.

?Many of those people that leave with their sick time, they?re hard working people I understand they put in their time, but at this time it needs to be capped,? she said.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... nvestigate_jersey_ci.html

Posted on: 2010/2/23 2:49
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Re: City staffer retires with huge payout then rehired by City
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Grego walked away with $238,138.11 for 127 unused vacation days, 356 sick days and six personal days.


City work rules don't allow anyone to carry over more than one year of vacation or personal days. Yet Grego carryed over and got paid for multiple years. Just another example of how special rules are set up for the politically connected.

Posted on: 2010/2/22 20:44
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Re: JC BUILDING DEPARTMENT
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The problem in the Building Dept. has existed for years. There have been a number of arrests and convictions but the culture of corruption continues to exist. The problem starts at the top with Ray Meyer the Construction Code Official and his boss Carl Czaplicki, the HEDC Director. Czaplicki aka City Official # 3, who sat idly by while Solomon Dwek passed out bribes.

Posted on: 2010/2/22 1:04
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Re: City staffer retires with huge payout then rehired by City
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O?Reilly also mentioned the pair?s expertise in the city?s business matters, with Grego?s specialty being labor negotiations and Dealy with the city?s budget.


Yes, Grego has done a great job. Look how the City's union contracts have driven it into bankruptcy during his 30 year tenure.

Posted on: 2010/2/22 0:58
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Re: City Budget Suggestion Box - Cost Cutting and Revenue Generating Ideas
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One way to cut costs is to eliminate City administrators who basically DO NOTHING !

Among these :

Kabili Tayari, Deputy Mayor making $100K

James Bolden, Assistant Business Administrator

Sabrina Harrold and the entire CitiStat Office who DO NOTHING !

Greg Corrado, Assistant Business Administrator who takes long leaves of absence to work on his "career in the cinema"

FranK Lorenzo, Assistant Director of Recreation who has a full Police pension and a no show job at Recreation.

GET RID OF THE DEAD WOOD NOW !!!

Posted on: 2010/2/21 17:39
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Re: JC BUILDING DEPARTMENT
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Razzoli is another double dipper. Just retired from the Fire Dept. with a big pension and payout for unused time and now gets rehired to another full time job screwing things up in the Building Dept.

Posted on: 2010/2/21 17:25
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City staffer retires with huge payout then rehired by City
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Roger Grego, former Jersey City Assistant Business Administrator, recently retired and received $170K+ for unused sick and vaction time. He retired to beat the new State law capping these payouts at $15,000.

Now the City has rehired him through the City's library payroll and he's picking up another paycheck. WTF !!??

Posted on: 2010/2/19 2:57
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Re: Followed home last night from Grove Street PATH
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First creative was maimed in a nail salon and now she's being stalked. Oh the humanity !!!

Posted on: 2010/2/18 2:47
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Re: TAX PROTEST Feb 24th City Hall - WE'RE GONNA RUN THIS TOWN!
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Corruptocrats ? How lame is that ?

If you want to target unions target Police and Fire. They are the worst offenders bankrupting this City.

Posted on: 2010/2/18 2:43
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Re: Council may approve contract with police this month -- Union President and Mayor traded barbs
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To jc344 :

A few points :

Police and firemen aren't the only people who work on holidays and off hours.

Most police and fire don't even live in Jersey City.

If the police and fire jobs are so tough, why are so many clamoring to get into them ?

If I were to refrain from commenting/criticizing about anyone whose life I had never lived or job I had never done, I just as well allow any person or group to ride roughshod right over me.

The sad fact is police and fire not only have this warped sense of entitlement to all they demand but a victim's mentality when they don't get it.

Posted on: 2010/2/16 1:19
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Re: Council may approve contract with police this month -- Union President and Mayor traded barbs
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jc344:

I hear this again and again from Police and Fire. You could have filled out an application but no, you chose a job that paid more or was safer. You civilians don't undertand how tough our jobs are.

The truth is : most who apply to become Police and Fire personnel do it for the excellent pay, benefits and job security. Lots of overtime, lots of time off and hefty pensions.

Today's reality can't support this system any longer. Police and Fire cannot continue to be the sacred cows of municipal government. They must accept cuts and sacrifices like everybody else in the public and private sectors.

Posted on: 2010/2/15 21:54
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Re: Council may approve contract with police this month -- Union President and Mayor traded barbs
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no outrage over this? I am disapointed in this community....so the group only gets mad at Healy and not the roots of the issues.


I don't know about that, I think there is.

We're just busy focusing our energy to cut off the head of the beast, the rest will fall in line.


It's fine to focus your rage at Healy, however, out of control Police and Fire budgets are the reason this City is in the mess it's in. For years, one administration after another has knuckled under to the Police and Fire unions while paying out millions in overtime to them.

Until a Mayor has the guts to take these unions on and cut these public safety costs the City will never get out from under.

Posted on: 2010/2/15 20:58
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Re: Council may approve contract with police this month -- Union President and Mayor traded barbs
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The City is furloughing and laying off workers and the Police are getting increases ? WTF ?!

Posted on: 2010/2/15 18:12
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City Hires Former Mayor and Felon, Gerry McCann
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McCann on Fulop: 'I'm totally going to sue him'

By Matt Friedman | February 3rd, 2010 - 2:48pm


Incensed that Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop said that his hiring as an Incinerator Authority inspector was politically motivated, former mayor Gerry McCann promised to sue Fulop so aggressively that it will put an end to his higher office aspirations.

?I?m totally going to sue him. I?m going to make sure that every single nickel that he gets to run a campaign against anybody will be my nickel,? said McCann. ??I?ll have him in court for years. And since he?s doing it as a political candidate, I will sue his campaign fund.?

McCann has held the job for only three weeks, but he served in a similar position at the authority six years ago before getting the axe for, he said, political reasons (McCann had aided the campaign of Healy rival Lou Manzo, and Healy accused him of distributing the infamous picture of him passed out naked on his porch).

?Healy?s people fired me. But the point of it is that my sole objective there is to help straighten out some of the problems that are costing us so much money,? said McCann.

McCann, who in 1992 had to resign during his second non-consecutive term as mayor after a federal bank fraud conviction, has remained active in Jersey City politics and currently serves on the city?s school board. He is a close ally and family friend of Sean Connors, a police detective and fellow school board member who, like Fulop, is considered a mayoral hopeful in 2013 (or earlier if Healy ? involved but not charged in the federal corruption cases against several Jersey City politicos ? leaves office early).

Fulop contends that Healy gave McCann the job to secure Connors? endorsement in last year?s mayoral contest ? a charge McCann vehemently denies.

McCann said that he more than justify his $50,000 employment through the revenue he?ll generate for the city through fining businesses and residents, and from stopping the incinerator authority from hauling trash from institutions that should be paying a private hauler.

?If I don?t save the Incinerator Authority $1 million in my first year, I?ll quit. I?ll quit! He doesn?t have to fire me,? he said. ??I?ve already issued a number of tickets that already justify whatever compensation they may give me?

Fulop responded by pointing out the irony that McCann, who upon his fraud conviction joked that he would get then-U.S. Attorney Michael Chertoff a job driving a sanitation truck, was now at the Incinerator Authority himself.

"McCann is going to sue to defend the Sean Connors deal? The reality with Gerry McCann is that it is the same individual who threatened Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff that he would get him a job in the Incinerator Authority. We don?t have tax payer dollars to waste on this stuff,? he said. ?I want to be clear "We don?t need Gerry McCann. The city needs to be saving money, not hiring felons as part of a political deal for a Connors endorsement. This is a much talked about open secret in Jersey City.?

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-frie ... -im-totally-going-sue-him

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Re: Rally at City Hall Wednesday, Jan 27?
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Amen! Can you imagine if Police Chief Comey had to go out and pass the physical fitness portion of the police academy test??? Not quite the same thing, but a very entertaining thought nonetheless.


The one issue that no one speaks about is our bloated public safety budget. 80 % of the City's budget goes to Police and Fire. Ever stop to see how many chiefs there are in the JCFD ? How many uniformed personnel in both Police and Fire are administrative staff and pull down ridiculously high salaries ? And another example of double-dipping, Police and Fire hire back retired staff as civilians, they draw their pensions while drawing another City salary.

However, public safety is the third rail in municipal politics. None of our craven poltiicians would ever dare suggest laying off Police and Fire.

Posted on: 2010/1/22 18:02
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Re: Fulop wants to move Jersey City elections from May to November
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There is no way that New Jersey or Jersey City will agree to IRV. The sad fact is, this City and State are stuck in the past and the voters aren't motivated enough to vote for change. Witness the poor showing by Dan Levin. The vote can be held on any day of the year and you will still never get more than 50% of the electorate to participate.

Posted on: 2010/1/12 21:44
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