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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Making a scary clown mask MUCH scarier
« on: November 06, 2016, 08:44:34 AM »
You right, Chief Oratam, thank you for posting that picture.  THAT'S the dumbest clown out there.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Chief Zisa (Post-Appellate Division Decision)
« on: October 28, 2016, 08:33:31 AM »
Since the COUNTY (not the city) prosecuted Ken Zisa, and he was found not guilty for prosecutorial errors, shouldn't the $30 million lawsuit be against the County ?  Isn't the County alone responsible for that ?

I was one of the activists who helped the Zisa's win in 1989.  We had no clue what the real intentions of the Zisa family were.  People like Geneva Youngblood told me privately what the Zisa's were really about. Youngblood said, outright, that if Jack Zisa was elected, his brothers would pushed up through the ranks of the police and made into the top brass. And that other relatives would be given other positions, and all the activists would just get a "thank you" and be slowly pushed aside.  And that is exactly what happened. We didn't believe her. We didn't listen.  She was right.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians
« on: October 09, 2016, 10:26:39 AM »
I would like the City of Hackensack to look at the traffic signal system at Essex and Prospect, and Essex and Summit, and compare to the data of where pedestrians have been hit over the last 10 years.  Make sure there are "no turn on red" signs, and perhaps add a few seconds where the light is red for everyone, for pedestrians to clear the intersections. Thank you.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in need of Rehabilitation
« on: October 03, 2016, 09:59:49 PM »
They are digging way more pilings, and for much longer time than anyone wanted.  I wonder if they are able to hit solid bedrock to build this tower.  They might be hitting rock 150 or 200 feet down, but maybe it's loose stones and not real bedrock capable off supporting a high rise.

 I am starting to wonder if the entire project might be in jeopardy due to the geology.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: City Considers Private Waste Contract
« on: September 21, 2016, 11:17:49 PM »
Same as 20 years ago. The upfront savings is minimal.  20 years ago, it was all about getting away from public employee PENSION COSTS and reducing insurance exposure.  I bet that was the motivation this time as well.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Edgewater fire
« on: September 09, 2016, 07:35:10 PM »
I completely agree. 

With the exception of townhouses, defined as attached units with separate exterior unit entrances, wood-frame construction in multi-unit buildings should be outlawed.  And both townhouses and duplexes (side by side duplex) should be required to have cinderblock or poured cement walls between the units. Any stacked units, including "six over six" two family houses with one unit over the other, should have tremendous restrictions on the type of construction materials.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Anybody know why............
« on: August 08, 2016, 07:40:33 AM »
I'm a contractor.  Those aren't energy-efficient bulbs.  They are high-power Halogen lights, and each light generates enough heat to quickly make a fire. I had a worker overturn one by mistake in a customer's attic once. It nearly caused a fire in mere seconds.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Splash Pad
« on: July 19, 2016, 11:58:59 AM »
That may be true, but the City didn't sign the binding contract with Green Acres because there was no land acquisition.  The Carver Park expansion to First Street involved land purchase with Green Acres funds

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 29 Linden becoming a cell tower?
« on: July 17, 2016, 09:23:49 PM »
I remember that one.  Fried Leafe.  The board is called The Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Splash Pad
« on: July 17, 2016, 09:22:21 PM »
Let me reprint my post on the article itself:

There appears to be a disconnect.....Once Green Acres funds are used ONCE in a municipality, all parks are open to all residents of New Jersey. That's the law. And ironically, Green Acres money was first used in Hackensack to expand Carver Park in the early 1980's. So as a result of that deal, Carver Park and all parks are open to the general public in the City of Hackensack. In addition, all city-owned parkland is preserved in perpetuity, and can never be sold off.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in need of Rehabilitation
« on: July 14, 2016, 09:31:27 PM »
It's all great, but this means it's also time for Hackensack to strengthen its Rent Control Ordinance.  Last I heard, Hackensack allows 5% a year.  Many places are changing to the CPI-U for NY, Northern New Jersey, and Long Island.

It makes no sense for everyone to be maxed out on rent. It's better to have folks with as much disposable income as possible. Consumers power the consumer economy.  Or in the absence of strong rent control, consumers power the greed of landlords, and all that rent money is sucked out of Hackensack and usually out of New Jersey.

Hackensack History / Re: Hackensack Albanian/American club
« on: June 29, 2016, 10:58:51 PM »
Yes, as part of the Court Plaza project around 1980, the old Morris Street was relocated a bit north near State Street to align with the old Sussex.  And then the city decided to call the whole street "Sussex".  And around the same time, give or take a year or so, the Sussex (and Beech Street) railroad crossings were eliminated. The streets no longer cross the railroad.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: City Considers Private Waste Contract
« on: June 29, 2016, 08:37:52 AM »
When the city investigated this same move 20 years ago, they determined that there would be NO UPFRONT SAVING at all.  The contract would cost about the same as paying the employees.  The entire incentive to move forward with the project was (1) to eliminate the pension costs which would save millions, and (2) reduce exposure to insurance liability costs, because the workers kept filing questionable injury claims against the City. There is always the threat that a claim would exceed the city's insurance policy, and the city would have to shell out money.

To be perfectly honest, I think the city is not going far enough. I would privatize almost the entire city government, including the Health Dept and code enforcement. 

Hackensack History / Re: Hackensack Albanian/American club
« on: June 27, 2016, 10:15:24 PM »
I think the Albanian club was always Islamic-based, and it transitioned into the Islamic group there now. I think it was a name change, not an ownership change

Hackensack Discussion / Re: City Considers Private Waste Contract
« on: June 17, 2016, 10:48:52 PM »
I told you so, this privatization wouldn't be so easy.  In the mid-1990's there were 450 - 500 people attending in protest, which was the largest protest of any kind in the history of Hackensack, so far as I know.  I'm surprised they only massed 250 this time.  20 years ago, it was all about preserving the jobs and especially preserving the pensions.

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