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Re: Jersey City Democratic Committee election a proxy Healy-Fulop battle
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So where are results posted for the committee results?


The results for the committee seats will not be released for a few days. The information has to be sent to the City Clerk and he will release the results. The committee candidates were able to get the results at the closing of the polls.

Posted on: 2011/6/8 13:58
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Re: Jersey City Democratic Committee election a proxy Healy-Fulop battle
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"You have committee people who've been committee people for a lot of years with us," said JCDC Chair Joe Conte. "So to go in there and pit their neighbors against them ... it causes division."


He's just upset because if enough of the Democrats for Jersey City candidates win then he may be out of a seat. The first thing the committee people will do is elect a new chairman for the Democratic Committee some time next week.

Posted on: 2011/6/6 19:05
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Re: Jersey City Democratic Committee election a proxy Healy-Fulop battle
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Up here in the Heights, all we got to choose from is Brian Stack and his Machine, or a bunch of Republicans nobody has ever heard of. Not even sure if I should get out of bed tomorrow.........


Depending on your district, there should be someone running on the Democrats for Jersey City ticket. Did you check your sample ballot in the "D" slot?

Posted on: 2011/6/6 19:03
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Re: Board of Education Election April 27, 2011 - VOTE
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I have two young children so this is a very important election for me! My votes are for:

Carol Harrison-Arnold: Very strong; looks like the type of person who will fight to make things better for our kids.

Marvin Adames: His legal background should be able to uncover a lot of the crime happening behind closed doors (the administration). This means the money will funnel down to what the school board is all about, the EDUCATION of our children.

Nabil Youssef or Sue Mack: This is a tough one. I respect Sue Mack for everything that she has done throughout her years of service but I am upset at her stance on the budget. On the other hand, Mr. Youssef has earned my respect for taking a stand against the current administration. Any person who can stand up alone against his boss and union all alone deserves the respect of the entire community.

Posted on: 2011/4/25 21:27
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Re: 2011 Board of Education Election - Steve Fulop backed candidates
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Thanks. I thought that the voting started at 9 AM (saw this somewhere).


You could thank our lovely administration for that! All they care about is making sure people DON'T vote. Spread the word because we are two short days away from dethroning the good ol' Doc Epps!

Posted on: 2011/4/25 21:16
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Re: Jersey City Police Officers Union Endorses Spectra Energy's Pipeline
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So this is what the Jersey City residents get for defending the cops from layoffs? What happened to looking out for the betterment of the community at large? No disrespect to the officers of the JCPD but that's really a stab in the back to the residents who stood up and defended you. Realistically speaking though, this is the statement from the big chiefs of the union. The officers are probably forced to just shut up and accept it or be threatened with more layoffs.

Posted on: 2011/4/22 4:18
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Re: Community Garden
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Just saw this, Community Garden Program Kick-Off, May 7th @ City Hall: http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploa ... ether%20-%20AdoptALot.pdf


This event looks pretty interesting. A lot of projects for families and children. May check it out. The community garden concept seems interesting as long as a lot of people want to do it.

Posted on: 2011/4/22 4:13
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Re: 2011 Board of Education Election - Steve Fulop backed candidates
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Regardless of who you vote for, it is important to vote. You have to think about what is best for the schools. At the end of the day, it's about the communities, families and children they serve.


+1

Posted on: 2011/4/22 4:07
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Re: Charles Epps Jr. calls today's "bad" young girls the community's "worst enemy
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no one called/reported/turned over to the police? no police report/investigation/charges? did the BoE agree to investigate any failings?


The mother was called by the office at Lincoln and told to "come pick up your child." She was not informed as to what had happened until she went to the office or nurses office and say her daughter bruised and bloodied. I believe she said that she had to personally take her to the hospital. It was sad because she contacted the administration and received no response at all. Sterling Waterman (current board member) spoke when she finished and discussed how the parent reached out to him with the information. He suggested that she speak at the Board meeting and tell the public what had occurred. Epps then spoke and stated that he was appalled, he would make sure the hospital bill is paid, and would launch a full investigation as to why he was NEVER informed about it. Ironically enough, Sterling pulled out a copy of the email she sent to Epps and the Board members about the issue. Epps did not know where to hide after that. Very sad and pitiful maneuvering by our school "leader."

Sadly, the BOE meetings are not recorded for public viewing so the people not in attendance will not be able to see this as it happened.

Posted on: 2011/4/15 15:03
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Re: Charles Epps Jr. calls today's "bad" young girls the community's "worst enemy
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While they had feedback from parents that were against what Epps said, it seemed that the "community" was supportive of his comments.


Sadly, many of our community leaders would like our neighboring cities to believe that all community members are supportive of Epps for his unacceptable behavior. Just look at how Mariano Vega was defended for his actions. This is the culture that most of Jersey City's leadership has been promoting for years, decades, and maybe even longer.

Posted on: 2011/4/15 13:54
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Re: Charles Epps Jr. calls today's "bad" young girls the community's "worst enemy
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To put this in even greater perspective, at last night's meeting we heard a mother from Lincoln HS talk about how her daughter was brutally beaten up and it took 27 days for the school to respond to her demands to know what happened. 27 days. This total lack of respect for children and their parents is wholly unacceptable.


I was there as well and was shocked at the treatment that the young girl and her mother received from administrators. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the mother say that a boy beat her daughter up (black eyes, bloodied face, and all)? This behavior by the boy, plus the story about the 12 year old boy exposing himself and groping girls NJ.com article, has me thinking what type of culture are we raising our children in? If we do not hold Epps accountable for his comments, we will continue to teach the youth that women should not be treated with respect. As a father of two girls, I would hope that we can all work together to change this culture of disrespect that we have accepted as the status quo for so long.

Posted on: 2011/4/15 13:50
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Re: Fulop Backs Three School Board Hopefuls with an Eye Towards Repeating Last Year’s Success
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I have never heard of any of these people running but I will say this: I have a child in school #27 and can appreciate anyone who is running and have children in public schools. It makes me feel as if they can sympathize with me. Can't put a price on that.


Hello fellow parent of a child in PS #27.. So far, I have only heard from Sue, Caroll, and Marvin, and I have to say I am highly impressed by all three; but, I also think everyone deserves to have their voices heard. So any research possible, attend forums/debates, and most importantly, go out and vote!!!

Posted on: 2011/3/9 22:45
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Re: Facing another 12% tax increase.
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Let's see how Healy tries to hide away from the numbers during his State of the City address next week!

Posted on: 2011/3/9 3:17
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Re: Fulop Backs Three School Board Hopefuls with an Eye Towards Repeating Last Year’s Success
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Jersey Journal Article

The link above has the NJ.com article reporting the names of all 10 candidates involved. After some investigation, we will soon find the parties being backed by the administration. I attended a community forum last night where Mr. Marvin Adames spoke. I must say that I was very impressed with his story, the challenges he has endured in life, the accomplishments that he has, and the ideas that he brings to the table. Hopefully, after these elections, the Board of Education will finally be able to do what it is supposed to do, focus on getting our children the best education possible!

Posted on: 2011/3/9 3:16
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Re: Willie Flood resigns
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What about her County Register job ? If she is incapable of fulfilling her duties as City Council person for health reasons she should resign her County job as well.


Well from what the Politicker article stated, she will not be looking to run for re-election in November.

Posted on: 2011/2/4 3:19
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Re: Green House on Palisade Ave in JC Heights
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Thanks.

Posted on: 2011/2/3 20:27
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Re: Willie Flood resigns
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I'm amazed how one egocentric council-woman was convinced to forgo her position for another egocentric. The damage is what is willie up to and what has been promised for her!


What I want to know is, how is it possible for the Mayor to nominate someone with even sending a public announcement to listen to candidates?

Posted on: 2011/2/3 20:01
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Re: Willie Flood resigns
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Politicker NJ gave the scoop on this at 10am and the Jersey Journal seems to just have waited to print the story that City Hall wanted them to print. Funny how Healy and his buddies already had someone lined up to be a "Yes sir" type!

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/jc-s-willie-flood-step-down

Posted on: 2011/2/3 18:38
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Re: Carl Czaplicki's other job
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Sorry to vent, but I am facing possible layoff tomorrow, since our new CTO is outsourcing a bunch of jobs here to a contract co. in India. It makes me ill since I suspect that most of these PVSC jobs were "no-show" or "barely-there" jobs. Yet I work usually about 50+ hrs a week salaried (no over-time, no bonus) as a Java software programmer and make similar money to an administrative clerk on the PVSC dole.


Hey jcmiles I'm on the same boat with you. D-day for me is next Tuesday and my company doesn't even want to discuss with us the high probability of me and a few other people being laid off. Then again, we have people double dipping on top of getting their wives jobs, so should I say triple dipping. Just sad!

Posted on: 2011/2/3 18:33
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Re: Green House on Palisade Ave in JC Heights
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This sounds like a great addition to the Heights! I am still a little confused as to the location. Is it near Hutton Street or further down towards the Union City side?

Posted on: 2011/2/3 18:26
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Re: education - convoluted scholarship (school voucher) bill coming soon
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here is some coverage of the forum - Horns Lock at Jersey City Voucher Forum http://www.politickernj.com/44516/hor ... jersey-city-voucher-forum


Dan, that's exactly how it felt in the room! I was just happy to get a few bits of information in between all of the bashing that occurred.

Posted on: 2011/2/2 0:08
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Re: Carl Czaplicki's other job
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So it seems like Mr. Czaplicki got out before the hammer came down. I wonder when the Attorney General is coming into his backyard (Jersey City) to investigate all of the public officials who are here "using their public positions for personal gains."

Jersey Journal Article: PVSC Arrest

Posted on: 2011/2/1 20:15
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Re: education - convoluted scholarship (school voucher) bill coming soon
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From my understanding it is for "low-income" children, which I realized after reading the article Dan posted again.


Kitten is right also. If you scroll up the post to the links that DanL posted, you will find some great information as well. Thanks Dan once again for sharing those.

Posted on: 2011/2/1 18:36
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Re: education - convoluted scholarship (school voucher) bill coming soon
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However, to the extent we are talking about reckless and vitriolic rhetoric, I do not think the proponents of this bill and other "reformy" measures can claim any moral high ground. Chris Christie has, for the past year, engaged in disgraceful bashing of teachers and teachers unions, and smeared anyone who doesn't support his agenda.


I agree with you 100%. I just don't like being a hypocrite. I always state how much I hate when politicians do it and I do not want to do it myself. Mayor Booker from Newark was there and summed it up best. He said something like, we can all still love each other and disagree on things but we have to do it in a respectful manner. I don't know if he said it from the bottom of his heart or just to calm down the people hating on him for supporting the bill but I do agree that we need to respect one another more and stop the bashing and name calling.

Posted on: 2011/2/1 18:32
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Re: education - convoluted scholarship (school voucher) bill coming soon
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Since you attended yesterday, can you offer a better definition of what "certain students" means to the children of Jersey City? Who exactly is eligible to take advantage of these vouchers?


Ok well I will give you the interpretation I got from the information that I have heard and information I have researched. Most of this information is directly from other sources (e.g., the speakers at the forum) and I will post links below with their information. The "certain students" would be children from low-income families who are currently attending public schools that are categorized by the state as "chronically failing." Now, I have not heard an exact percentage as to the number of schools in JC that are labeled as such but that would be something that we can get from either the State or the JC Board of Education. "Low-income" is categorized as a family earning no more than 2.5 times below the current poverty level. Therefore, it is based on family size and income. The gentleman from E3 (I forget his name) kept on giving the example that a family of 4 cannot make more than $55,000 annually to qualify for the program. He then stated that from research he found that not many families in JC would have a problem meeting the guidelines. This is a five year pilot program being proposed. The first year, 4,000 students will be able to get vouchers and then 40,000 students in the second year. That is the best explanation that I can give you about the category of "certain students."

The way that the vouchers will work is that corporations will donate money in the form of "scholarships" for the students to attend private or parochial schools. The state will then give these corporations a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Then, to offset the costs, the state will reduce the public school budget by the amount of money received for the vouchers. The gentleman from E3 stated that every student who is given a scholarship will be allowed to pick a school of their choice. What I found interesting was that he stated the school that the child goes to must give a 2 year commitment to the child. I wanted to ask for further information about this during the Q&A session. Sadly, people took the Q&A session to comment on their concerns or support for the bill and I was never able to ask an actual question. I will be e-mailing the gentleman soon to ask more information about this. My concern is that the school will just dump the child after the two years if their test scores are not good, since there is no regulation stating that the school cannot do that.

Another issue that came up was a concern about a lottery style system. The gentleman from E3 stated that if there were more applications than spots available the school would do a lottery to pick students. One lady commented that the school WILL NOT pick anyone with skin like her (she is African-American). As a Latino, I was saddened by these types of comments because it continues the "US vs. Them" arguments that continue to separate the minorities and majorities in this country.

Other information that I have found states that there will be priority given to children who are already in private or parochial school. Meaning that the children who are supposed to be helped my the bill will not because the parents who are already in those schools will just get help to pay for the school they are already in. I cannot confirm this to be true but I am just spreading information on the topic.

Hopefully, this is able to provide some insight for everyone. Check out these links for more information:

Copy of the Bill

Q&A Section of E3 Site

Posted on: 2011/2/1 18:28
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Re: education - convoluted scholarship (school voucher) bill coming soon
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Did anyone here attend the forum last night held by Senator Cunnigham in Greenville? I did and I have to say it was very informational. The sad part was that there was still inflammatory rhetoric used against the proposed voucher program and the representative from E3 discussing it. I for one am opposed to the bill but would have appreciated our leaders who represent our voice and used the rhetoric to just stick to the facts and let the people decide. The more that we bash, the more reckless we seem to the masses, leading to these thoughts that minorities have no respect or do not deserve the same rights as everyone else. Anyone else who attended have any thoughts?

FYI.. From what the Senator and other leaders stated, it looks like the bill will most likely pass when it is voted on this Thursday.

Posted on: 2011/2/1 17:07
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Re: education - convoluted scholarship (school voucher) bill coming soon
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Opinion: Deception, Fiscal Irresponsibility, School Vouchers The school voucher program can't deliver on its promises, but it can help subsidize private schools across the state - http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/0123/1957/


Thank you for sharing this very insightful piece Dan!

Posted on: 2011/1/30 19:33
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Re: education - convoluted scholarship (school voucher) bill coming soon
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@JP Hurst thanks for the information.. It's interesting/ironic how our government functions and how they try to separate church and state but still find ways to fund parochial schools. I am also a parent who is more concerned with finding ways to improve our current public school system instead of just running away from the problem and trying to find a "magic elixir" or cover up the true problems affecting the children and schools.

Posted on: 2011/1/30 19:15
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Re: education - convoluted scholarship (school voucher) bill coming soon
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Also, is the sending district going to have to pay for transportation ?


Yes the BOE has to foot the bill for transporting all of the children out of district. That is a hefty burden on the budget for the school district and the taxpayers contributing to the budget.

Posted on: 2011/1/30 19:09
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Re: equitable funding for Jersey City Charter Schools
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I heard an anecdote about a City Hall insider who was startled when he was informed that the LCCS application wasn't "pro forma" for him, and that he had the same lottery chance as anyone else.


WOW! It's good to hear that ethical things are actually going on in the city. Hopefully it stays that way and everyone gets an equal opportunity for everything.

Posted on: 2011/1/26 20:23
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