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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2017 Council Election
« on: April 26, 2017, 08:24:21 PM »
I have to call out the Labrosse Team on their most recent mailer that states "the Zisa Team keeps insulting Kathy Canestrino" by calling her "the money girl". She dubbed herself the money girl. See attached article. And there is video from that meeting. This mailer is completely dishonest.
 
http://archive.northjersey.com/news/hackensack-faces-5-5-million-in-tax-appeal-payouts-million-in-tax-appeal-payouts-1.614616#sthash.qBGmcGWh.dpuf

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 76 Main St. Fire
« on: April 26, 2015, 05:54:56 PM »
New location for drop off of donations is St Anthony's 72 Lodi Street. Beside a number of adults, a five year old boy, five year old girl and eight year old boy are among those in need. I believe it is at 7pm.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 76 Main St. Fire
« on: April 26, 2015, 03:07:34 PM »
I have been advised that donations of clothing, non-perishable food and school supplies will be accepted at the Civic Center (behind City Hall) from 5:00 to 6:30 tomorrow evening. The twelve affected families are to meet with City officials tomorrow evening for assistance. Thank you in advance for any help you can give

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 76 Main St. Fire
« on: April 26, 2015, 11:17:02 AM »
Is there any local effort to assist those residents displaced by this fire? If you have any information please share.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: JOHNSON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:40:12 AM »
I went to the Board meeting yesterday. It's clear people love the Library, I don't know anyone who doesn't. It is also clear that the Council liaison failed miserably in communicating the needs if the Library and the constraints of the City. Isn't that why she is there? She was not even there yesterday.
The numbers are still fuzzy to me. Hopefully the City CFO will clarify some issues. Bottom line, the Library is concerned that they may have to dip into their reserve to cover any unforeseen expenses. They were reassured that the City will help, as they have in the past, should a need arise. Not all Board members seemed receptive. I was encouraged to hear that a Friends of the Library group is being explored.
I completely understand the Library Board's position. I hope they understand that the City needs to operate within certain constraints and that basic City services (Police, Fire, etc.) cannot suffer in order to keep the free programs that are above and beyond keeping the doors open and books on the shelves. Maybe it's time for a nominal fee for those programs.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: JOHNSON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP
« on: October 11, 2014, 05:30:10 PM »
In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (Chapter 231 P.L. 1975), the regular meetings of the Johnson Free Public Library Board of Trustees for 2014 will take place on the premises of the Main Library, 274 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ at 4:00 P.M. as follows:

January 14
February 11
March 11

April 8
May 13
June 10

September 9
October 14
November 11
December 9

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: JOHNSON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:08:31 AM »
Rather than go to the Council meeting people should be encouraged to go to the Library Trustees' meeting at 4:00 on Tuesday October 14th at the Library to see how they can help. Form a Friends of the Library group, donate, volunteer, whatever you can do. The City's budget it stretched. The Library has resources. If all this energy was put into helping at the Library it would probably accomplish more. What is going to be accomplished by going to the Council meeting? Go to the source. Ask the Trustees & Librarians at their meeting how you can help.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: JOHNSON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:19:20 PM »
Did you know:
City donation of $959,00 to Library in 2014 ranks #1 compared to ten next largest towns in Bergen County?
In 2013 City donation to Library was $1,090,000?
Fort Lee, Mahwah & Lodi make no donation to their Libraries? It's not required.
The above donations are in addition to State mandate of $1.8 million in 2013 and $1.7 million in 2014? (As property values decrease tax base & revenue decrease so mandated amount decreases)
City ranks #3, behind Fair Lawn & Bergenfield, in per capita donation of $22.31 in 2014?
Dollar amount of City donation was reduced by is $103,439, not $239,000?  (Balance of $109,465 is due to reduced property values, which reduced the mandated amount)
The Library has $1,039,407 available for spending? (Trustee Account, Operating Account, Endowment Fund)
The Library also has $787,799 in restricted funds? (Includes $513,397 reserved for capital improvements)
The City bonded $160,000 in 2007 to pay for Library roof? (A capital improvement)
The City bonded $237,000 in 2010 to pay for Library HVAC? (A capital improvement)
Numbers do paint quite a picture - City has been very generous with their donation, plus has paid for capital improvements (with bond interest), and the Library has money in the bank.
What's the real reason behind the attack on the City? The numbers show it certainly is not money!

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: JOHNSON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:13:01 AM »
No answers to my questions?

I requested a copy of the most recent library budget. I received 2013 Budget that was submitted to CFO October 2012. I do not know why there is no record of 2014 Budget submitted to CFO October 2013.

2013 Budget shows Revenue of $3,180,134 of which $2,957,777 is Municipal Appropriations. Expenditures are Personnel - $2,160,841, Library Materials - $272,520, Honorariums - $18,746, Furniture & Equipment - $53,948, BCCLS/Computerization - $58,574, "Other" - $615,505

Attached is the Transfer Calculation Form (NJSA 40:54-15 Annual report, identification of excess funds to municipality Return of Excess Funds)
This shows available funds of $3,653,334 - $473,200 MORE than the budget. It also shows a "carry forward" of $635,557 for 2013. The 2014 "carry forward" is $782,000 NOTE - this refers to "return of excess funds" - was this money put in the bank by the Library or returned to the taxpayers?

Given these numbers and the amount carried forward each year I do not understand how the Library can say the sky is falling. Can anyone explain this? From what I see, the numbers say they are doing OK.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: JOHNSON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP
« on: October 05, 2014, 11:29:54 AM »
I have questions about this. I have heard the City's side - we have to tighten our belts. Who from the Library supporters can I contact?

The Library budget is $3,000,000. Almost all of that comes from the taxpayers. The Library does not seem to have to provide details to the public as to how the money is spent, just bottom line numbers.

The City budget was approved months ago. Why didn't someone from the Library speak up then? What City services do they propose be cut to restore this funding? I don't know what they expect can be done.

Where is the money coming for this budget campaign? Fundraising, donations? I hope not the Library budget.

Who is the group running this? I think it would be a better use of time and resources to start a Friends of the Library group rather than fight the City.

When are Trustee meetings? Are agenda & minutes available to the public? I think under OPMA & OPRA this should all be available.

Does anyone have any answers?

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: September 06, 2014, 10:07:10 PM »
Sorry plans are a bit wrinkled from being folded. This is street level. Apartments begin on 3rd floor. Parking is basement, 1st & 2nd floors

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: September 06, 2014, 09:56:52 PM »
I will try to post a better image. Garage entry/exit is on Moore Street. The display window is right in front of where the cars are shown.This photo does not show the depth of the retail. It is about 3 times that depth. The photo does not show the full height. It is 14 stories. I think it is a great project. I was impressed with the presentation at the meeting.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: September 06, 2014, 03:08:03 PM »
On the left, at Mercer, are the Lobby & Office for the apartments. All the way on the right is the display window.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: September 06, 2014, 03:04:55 PM »
It is a beautiful building with about 300 feet Main Street frontage. All documents are available at the Building Department. I don't know if this photo does it justice but it shows the proposed facade and use on Main Street

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:18:10 PM »
Re: 150-170 Main Street - The display window is at the very end of the building. Part of the parking garage is behind this area. Stairs and street level entry are also located there. A display window was a better choice than a brick wall.

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