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Community Soapbox / Eye on The Record
« on: February 21, 2013, 11:22:37 AM »
At The Record, editors are barking up the wrong tree:

http://eyeontherecord.blogspot.com/2013/02/editors-are-barking-up-wrong-tree.html

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack embracing solar power
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:01:55 AM »
I have had solar panels on my home since 2009, and got more in 2012. The first system cut my electric bills by about one-third, plus generated solar credits that I was able to sell to PSE&G for about $11,000. The second system was installed under a PSE&G loan program with only about $2,000 out-of-pocket costs, but the solar credits now belong to the utility, which will use them to pay back my loan. A solar certificate once was worth around $650, but the market has been glutted and they have been selling for about $125.

But I think it was the state that put a floor under the solar certificates, called SRECs, and for the purpose of paying back my loan they are worth a minimum of $400 each. Hackensack and other municipalities likely are having the systems installed for free with all of the solar certificates going to the installers. But the city is far behind Teaneck and other municipalities in installing solar, buying more efficient police cars and in other areas.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2013 Election
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:00:27 AM »
There's ethics and there's another factor at work on whether John Labrosse will step up and ask HUMC, his employer, to give back to Hackensack, and again, it doesn't necessarily have to be money. Among other things, it could be the paving of Prospect Avenue and starting vegetable gardens at the schools, where the food is inedible, according to my stepson. Like most employers, including The Record, HUMC isn't a democracy, and Labrosse will be bounced out if he dares suggest that the sprawling hospital pay anything in lieu of taxes.

See Eye on The Record for my account of Tuesday night's City Council meeting, which wasn't covered by The Record:

http://eyeontherecord.blogspot.com/2013/02/what-hackensack-reportrer-missed-last.html

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2013 Election
« on: February 17, 2013, 02:16:43 PM »
I see that the Citizens for Change slate doesn't intend to rein in property tax increases or to try to deliver a tax cut to long-suffering residents of Hackensack.

As an independent candidate for City Council in the May 14 election, my goal is to make the city work more efficiently, and to get one of the biggest non-taxpayers, Hackensack University Medical Center, to pay the city several million dollars in lieu of taxes.

The payments can be in kind -- such as helping the schools establish vegetable gardens, repaving Prospect Avenue, buying the city hybrid cars for parking enforcement and other uses. But it's clear the hospital uses too many city services and has had a tremendous impact on its neighborhood to just stand by its non-profit status in these troubled economic times.

Councilman John Labrosse, who is seeking another term, works at HUMC, and would be ineffective in this regard. What has he done in the last four years? I've attended two council meetings, and all I heard him say is, "Abstain."

Fairleigh Dickinson University also has a large presence in the city, and may also not be paying taxes. Is it doing anything to help the city's schools improve education?

Victor E. Sasson
Euclid Avenue

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2013 Election
« on: February 16, 2013, 04:23:16 PM »
I will be running as an Independent in the Hackensack City Council election on May 14, 2013, if I can get at least 250 signatures on petitions to put me on the ballot. Here is the letter announcing my candidacy that was published in Friday's Hackensack Chronicle. Please call me to sign a petition -- 201-488-3012.

261 Euclid Ave.,
Hackensack, N.J. 07601
Feb. 1, 2013

To the Editor:

I joke that I am running for the Hackensack City Council to get my street paved.

But the sad truth is that as property taxes have risen, the quality of life in Hackensack has declined dramatically.

My neighbor says our street hasnít been paved in 20 years. Noise from low-flying business jets keeps me up or drowns out the TV. The city has been slow in installing solar panels, and still operates many inefficient Police Department vehicles.

I am a former reporter and copy editor at The Record. I am married and my stepson attends Hackensack High School.

If elected to a 4-year term, my goal in the first year is to halt the rise in property taxes. Then, I would work to deliver a property tax cut to residents in each of the remaining three years.

One issue the City Council hasnít addressed in the past eight years is how much the non-profit Hackensack University Medical Center should pay to the city in lieu of taxes.

Unfortunately, council incumbent John Labrosse, who is seeking another term, works at HUMC, and likely would be ineffective in persuading the hospital to contribute more to a city that has so graciously accommodated its expansions over the years.

I am running as an Independent for Councilman-at-Large on a quality of life platform. The election will be held on May 14, 2013, and I need 250 signatures from registered voters to get on the ballot. I would be financing my campaign and would not accept money from special interests.

If elected, I will:

Work with Teterboro Airport to reduce aircraft noise, and work with federal officials to get a mandatory curfew on flights between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Get Hackensack to purchase more efficient vehicles, including hybrids, for the Police Department and other agencies.
Explore government grants to add hybrids to the cityís fleet, and encourage the installation of more solar panels on city owned property.
Start collection of garbage and recyclables after 6:30 a.m.
Ban landscaping work on Saturday and Sundays
Encourage police to establish routine patrols of neighborhoods, if that isnít being done now.
Get police to crack down on speeders, stop-sign violators and loud motorcycles.
Encourage the city to undertake a major program to repave streets, including Euclid Avenue, which hasnít been resurfaced in about 20 years.
Have turn lanes installed on Passaic Street, at Summit Avenue, and at other traffic bottlenecks.
Encourage the City Council to deliver a property tax cut to residents by passing along some of the additional tax revenue from major building projects, and gasoline and electricity savings.
Call me with suggestions: 201-488-3012.


Save the date, May 14, 2013. Vote for peace and quiet. Vote for Victor E. Sasson for City Council.


Victor E. Sasson



Hackensack, N.J.
201-488-3012
 

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Recent posts on Hackensacknow.org and an evaluation of how the Ken Zisa story is being covered  appear at Eye on The Record:

http://eyeontherecord.blogspot.com/

Victor Sasson

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I am the author of Eye on The Record, a blog that takes a critical look at the journalism being practiced at The Record before and since it moved to Woodland Park last year. How do people feel about the thinning coverage of Hackensack in the last couple of years, as the staff investigated first Michael Mordaga, former chief of detectives in the Police Department, and Police Chief Ken Zisa? Does anyone know how Zisa, whose first name is Charles, got the nickname "Ken"?

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The Ospreys are controversial. A number of crashes and deaths have occurred involving these military aircraft. I believe The Daily Show recently had the author of a book about them on for an interview.

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