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Hackensack Discussion / Re:Hackensack Board of Recreation
« on: April 01, 2004, 11:35:05 PM »
I think you are all a bunch of cowardly cry-babies.  

If you're going to bad-mouth people (especially volunteers), at least identify yourselves.

Albert Dib
Editor - Hackensack Now

Hackensack Discussion / Re:School Board Election Poll (Participate!)
« on: April 01, 2004, 08:42:16 PM »
See page two of this topic for a synopsis of the last debate of the candidates.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re:Questionable Properties (Linden Street).
« on: April 01, 2004, 11:29:29 AM »
Click the following link for another "questionable property".

Linden Street

Events & Calendar / 4/21,28; 5/5/04 Laugh Off - Gilda's Club Auditions
« on: March 31, 2004, 10:14:54 AM »
;D Laugh-Off  :o

Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey is seeking amateur and professional comedians to compete at its fifth annual celebration of comedy. Auditions will be held April 21 and 28 and May 5. To apply, send a video or DVD of a performance of no more than 10 minutes with your name, address, phone, e-mail address, head shot, and résumé to Laugh-Off, Gilda's Club Northern New Jersey, 575 Main St., Hackensack, N.J. 07601. (201) 457-1670.

Hackensack Discussion / How am I supposed to vote?
« on: March 30, 2004, 12:21:53 PM »
I emailed representatives of both slates running in this election, informing them of this poll.  I have also announced the poll on the homepage and approximately 400 people have viewed the post.  

I invited each slate to announce their platforms and address the concerns raised in the message boards. I can only assume the candidates are aware of the public's desire to learn their positions.

To date, no candidates have come forward to explain their respective positions.  Have I missed something?  Was there a meeting, a debate, a news article?

How can anyone make an educated decision in this election without knowing the positions of the candidates?  Without more information, I would expect that the only way to vote is for the status quo.

Is that what the incumbents are hoping for?

I would ask that both slates make more of an effort to explain why they are deserving to hold public office and be placed in charge of educating the city's children.  

Hackensack Discussion / Bergen County DPW/PD (Proposed)
« on: March 30, 2004, 10:34:09 AM »

Hackensack Discussion / 62 Linden Place
« on: March 29, 2004, 08:40:21 PM »
This was the subject of an earlier post.

There is an abandoned warehouse on Linden, just behind George's Liquor Store. See picture and text to follow:

The warehouse sits right next to the Anderson Street Rail stop, and the trains practically open to the rear door of the warehouse.

As far as I know, the buidling hasn't been used in years and I'm not sure if its on the market.

I think the potential here is enormous. This would be the ideal spot for a good coffe shop/newsstand/dry-cleaning operation. Naturally, it would cater to commuter needs. This is just the sort of property that the "NJ Transit Village" program encourages.

Anyone with some money and decent business skill may do very well there.

[The following opinion appeared in The Record, March 28, 2004]:

Regarding, "Hackensack shelter cost criticized" (Page L-1, March 23):

I agree with Bergen County Freeholder Lou Tedesco and Hackensack Mayor Jack Zisa. We are being taxed to death.

Building a $3 million structure can tempt politicians to put the money into pockets of those with "special interests" in the project. That possibility is no secret any time a municipality of the county "builds" something. And when they talk about bonding, the average person does not consider that you eventually have to pay back the bonds down the road.

It's about time someone is thinking of the taxpayer.

Marjorie Montagna

Saddle Brook, March 23

Events & Calendar / 4/18/04 - Book Discussion at JPL
« on: March 27, 2004, 11:07:20 AM »
Racial Justice Committee of YWCA of Bergen County will sponsor a book discussion on "Cane River" by Lalita Tademy, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18 at Hackensack Library, 274 Main St. Discussion leader will be Iris Koonin. Participants are requested to read the book prior to the discussion. To register, call Patrice Bennett Hammond at (201) 487-2224

Hackensack Discussion / Underwood Case
« on: March 26, 2004, 12:49:46 PM »
A recent article in The Record reports that the State Local Finance Board censured Mayor Zisa for his role in "Underwood".  Click here to read the article.

Many people have tried to explain Underwood to me, but I still don't quite get it. The chronology of events (according to the Record):
1.    City needs parking
2.    City buys State Street lot for parking spaces. 3/00
3.    Underwood buys nearby property from College. 6/00
4.    Underwood requests 45 spaces for property from the City. 8/00
5.    County leases building from Underwood for $1.6M. 9/00.  (Why lease back a building it just sold?) [Update: I understand there are several different county entities (Special Services School District being one) and that one entity did not necessarily know what the other was doing.  Also, there were issues of timing that influenced the decision. -  More on this later.]
6.    City leases 45 spaces to College. 10/00.
7.    City votes to pave lot. 11/00.  
8.    City votes to pay contractor 5 times in 2001. (What does this have to do with it? - simply because Mayor Zisa had an interest?)
The Record article says the deal cost city taxpayers $213,031. How is this figure calculated?  Didn't the city benefit from the leased spaces at $55 per month?  How did this deal cost the City money?
Did the County do anything wrong?
Did the mayor push the city into purchasing the State Street property knowing full well that the county would be interested in leasing that space if it had adequate parking?  Or, - did the mayor simply benefit from the city's decision (with or without his vote or influence) to purchase that property?  
In short, what is the net harm of the transaction(s)?  I'm trying to understand the level of Mayor Zisa's alleged culpability.  What did he know and when did he know it?  What should he have done?  What is his defense?

I hope the comments to follow address these concerns in a reasonable way.  I would also hope to hear from some Mayor Zisa supporters.  

Also: Please note that the determination by the Local Finance Board is only the first step in rendering a final decision.  

Events & Calendar / Zoning Board
« on: March 26, 2004, 01:08:58 AM »
The Zoning Board meets at City Hall, 65 Central Avenue.

Meetings start at 7:30 and are open to the public.

Events & Calendar / Planning Board Meeting
« on: March 26, 2004, 01:00:15 AM »
The Planning Board meets at City Hall, 65 Central Avenue

Meetings are at 7:00PM and are open to the public.

Events & Calendar / City Council Meeting - 8PM
« on: March 26, 2004, 12:42:52 AM »
City Council Meetings are at City Hall, 65 Central Avenue.

Meetings are open to the public.

Meetings start at 8:00 pm.

Events & Calendar / 4/1-4/3/04 "Run for Your Wife" - Play
« on: March 25, 2004, 09:53:50 PM »
March 25, 26, 27 and April 1, 2, 3, 2004

When: 4/27/04, 8:00PM
Where: Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway
Tickets: $10.00 adults, $8.00 seniors

The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center and the Hudson Shakespeare Company

proudly presents:

Run For Your Wife
by Ray Cooney

"A hilarious slapstick British Farce about a simple ordinary guy who happens to have two wives and the insanity that ensues as he tries to keep them apart"

Directed by Jon Ciccarelli.
Featuring: Nicole Clavell, Jon Crefeld, Carlos R. Fernandez, L. Robert Johnson, Abby Overton and Rich Warren

For tickets and show information, please call 201-646-8042 or visit: Hudson Shakespeare

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