A&C Bus Corp. Local #4

Dear Mayor Fulop, I’ve been a public transportation rider since I moved to Jersey City in 1991, the worst company I ever encountered is the #4 Local, but since the A&C Bus Corp. took over the Local #4, the service is horrendous. (at times, I’ve waited for a bus for one entire hour).

They have no actual schedule, (either they come early, and you miss the bus, and than have to stand and wait another half an hour) or they come late. Half of the buses have mechanical problems.  Today was another doozie! I get on the bus at Woodward and Communipaw, the lift to lower the bus for people with disabilities doesn’t work, I get on the bus #1503 at 7:30am, at approx intersection Garfield, the bus drivers cell phone rings, and he answers it, his manager calls him about some problem with the bus, several days ago, a bus driver was charged with killing a baby in West New York, does this fool know, that it’s against the law to drive and talk on the cell phone, I don’t care if there was an emergency with the bus, if something is wrong with the bus, than use another to go out, and get the broken bus checked over by your mechanics…..

Something needs to be done about public transportation in Jersey City, also there are no benches at bus stops, and they buses in the Lafayette area are far and few between, young people complain, you can not imagine what seniors go through waiting for these buses….

thank you.

Christa Atkins

Stricter Controls

Here are my ideas for what can improve Jersey City:

Stricter Controls - Having moved here last month from, I notice a real laissez-faire attitude in a lot of areas of public administration. I come from East Oakland, California, a city known for a high crime rate and extreme left liberal demonstrations, but people seem to get away with things here that you could NEVER do in Oakland. For instance:

a. littering - I’m pleased to see the Mayor initiating a clean-up campaign. Hand in hand with this, JCPD and the City need to start issuing citations for littering. It is against the law. My partner saw the clean-up crew today, which was wonderful, and straight after a group of people walked down the street and threw their trash in the street. People will notice when it hits their hip pocket, not before. Cite them.

b. street drinking - JCPD need to issue citations on the spot for street drinking. It is against the law. The problem with street drinking is not the act itself, it’s what it allows. It sends a message that it’s okay to do whatever you want, and it allows groups to gather, in a state of poor judgement, and attracts other bad events. Did you know that the place where Amin Sumter was gunned down is a spot where illegal street drinking takes place almost every day? Coincidence? I NEVER saw street drinking in East Oakland like I see here. The cops would cite you in a heartbeat.

c. mixed housing - the idea of all people of one kind living in a spot is so 1960. We need to stop dividing up the areas into good and bad, rich and poor, black white, asian, and provide services evenly. There are many areas around McGinley Square, Communipaw, JSQ that are beautiful and have potential to be much more. The Beacon is a good start, but it’s basically a gated community. It shuts out the poor living right next door. When mixed income housing is encouraged, the barriers are dropped and all benefit.

d. safe areas for children. We need to somehow, some way, provide a safe space for children. Whatever it takes or however it’s done, we need them to feel like they’re not under threat.

e. Parking Enforcement - we need to beef up Jersey City Parking Authority, give them new equipment and get them out there issuing tickets.  What?! Yes. This is a huge potential revenue source for the city that is being overlooked. You couldn’t so much as LOOK at a parking place in Oakland without the OPD or Sheriff issuing a ticket, and it was a great revenue source for the city and county. I can walk down any area of Jersey City, day or night, and find at least half a dozen illegally parked vehicles. This is a source of city revenue that could be then spent on improving the more impoverished areas of Jersey City - maybe more safe community spaces for kids?

Jersey City residents are tough. Don’t mollycoddle or mess around. Send a clear message that things are changing.

Mother and Son hit by car at Tonnelle and Dey St

A mother and son was hit by a car right on Dey & Tonelle. When do you plan to put crosswalks and speed breakers between Senate/Newark and Dey/Tonnelle intersection? There are 60 kids in the large building there within 2-10 years of age. Hope you don’t plan it so late that we end up having a fatal accident in that area. If nothing, increase the police presence. Drivers drive like crazy in that stretch of 2 blocks.

Concerns over Fulop’s pick for public-safety director, James Shea

Dear Mayor Fulop,

I am deeply concerned with your selection of James Shea as Jersey City’s public safety director. His instrumental role in the creation of the stop-and-frisk training program in NYC leads me to believe that stop-and-frisk and/or other racist, targeted public safety strategies will be implemented in our racially diverse Jersey City. Please ensure the residents of Jersey City that this individual will not instate discriminatory, violent practices such as stop-and-frisk in our City and that you will appropriately oversee Mr. Shea’s practices through a community advisory board that has real votes and can hold the system accountable.

Thank you,

Erika Bernabei Middleton

 

Pot Hole Out Side House

Dear Mayor Steve Hope all is good, I know you are very busy, but for two weeks now I have been trying to get the pot hole fixed in front of my house  Suburbia Terrace country village, please can you look in to this matter for me.     Thank You Betty Scerbo

A tale of two cities - downtown, and the rest of JC

Mr. Fulop,

As a new resident of Jersey City Heights, just two doors down from the site of where a 70 year old woman was shot three times in broad daylight in the afternoon, I would like to share my opinion with you about how downtown Jersey City is held to a completely different standard than that of Jersey City Heights.  I live among hard-working people who deserve just as many services that are provided in the downtown section. We deal with overflowing garbage cans on corners that attract rats; we have streets with missing street signs, and just up the block on Franklin and Sherman, there is the Charles E Trefurt School #8 and Franklin Avenue does not have crosswalks, and the bouble yellow line has been faded for years.  

Quality of life issues affect a neighborhood. The intersection of Palisade Avenue and 139 is a disgrace.  More attention to traffic detail is paid to any given intersection in downtown.   I haven’t seen a police car on my street in weeks.  The same street where an innocent 70 year old woman was talking to neighbors in front of her home, just blocks from a police precinct. The residents here feel like no one cares, and no one is watching.  I pay my taxes, and I feel like this disconnect from the clean, safe and manicured streets of Downtown is is unfair.  I urge you to consider the city’s issues fairly during your time in office.  

property taxes

 You may have noticed inequitable property taxes are a large concern for many of us. It gives us the feeling of ineptitude or corruption in our local government. There is a simple solution here employed by other well run municipalities: reassess all the property every year by computer model and allow for citizen appeals if they can demonstrate nearby sales were poor choices of comps. Hiring a vendor for this would be rather cheap, and likely revenue positive. Annual assessments by a third party are the best way to prevent the appearance of impropriety we have now where property taxes are linked to anything other than property value.

Dear Mayor Fulop, 

 Please try to reign in the unprofessional behavior of our police force. The police around here essentially refuse to be deterred by red lights, putting on their sirens for just a moment and racing through busy intersections. I have witnessed them doing this in clearly non emergency situations dozens of times, including a couple times that this caused a rather dangerous situation. You should have the police stop doing this before you have to pay out huge settlements and so the public can gain a little trust in them.

here are some things I’d like to see fixed…

1.  housing issues, hold landlords more accountable for maintaining decent properties especially those who receive government monies to subsidize their tenants rents, and make Housing Code Enforcement work better to get it done. We have tons of slumlords in my neighborhood who do not care who they rent to just for the money, it’s horrible.

2. police patrolling - last night we had a huge brawl on a neighboring street in Lafayette, police was present and it was a mess, people were fighting every where, one group came from another neighborhood and started a fight with someone who lives in our neighborhood, a driver tried to mow down a house that is part of my attached home residents, drug dealers are running rampant, we need foot patrol especially during the hot months of the year, it’s getting worse out there. 

3. now here is my pet peeve - people parking at bus stop, if the police started handing out tickets to drivers parked at the bus stops, including City Agency vehicles clearly marked as such, the city would swim in money with a huge surplus in ticket fines. it is also horrible for those people waiting for buses when several cars are parked along the way, and so close you can’t get in between the buses - a a JCIA Van with trailer taking up the entire bus stop and the bus driver can’t even see the passenger. 

4. Greenville needs more police protection and foot patrols, as the young ones are running around with guns playing Wild West City and have no respect for human lives, shoot outs are the norm and that is no way to live.

5. a Suggestion to the Federal Government BRING BACK THE DRAFT

problems in the city

here are some things I’d like to see fixed…

1.  housing issues, hold landlords more accountable for maintaining decent properties especially those who receive government monies to subsidize their tenants rents, and make Housing Code Enforcement work better to get it done. We have tons of slumlords in my neighborhood who do not care who they rent to just for the money, it’s horrible.

2. police patrolling - last night we had a huge brawl on a neighboring street in Lafayette, police was present and it was a mess, people were fighting every where, one group came from another neighborhood and started a fight with someone who lives in our neighborhood, a driver tried to mow down a house that is part of my attached home residents, drug dealers are running rampant, we need foot patrol especially during the hot months of the year, it’s getting worse out there. 

3. now here is my pet peeve - people parking at bus stop, if the police started handing out tickets to drivers parked at the bus stops, including City Agency vehicles clearly marked as such, the city would swim in money with a huge surplus in ticket fines. it is also horrible for those people waiting for buses when several cars are parked along the way, and so close you can’t get in between the buses - a a JCIA Van with trailer taking up the entire bus stop and the bus driver can’t even see the passenger. 

4. Greenville needs more police protection and foot patrols, as the young ones are running around with guns playing Wild West City and have no respect for human lives, shoot outs are the norm and that is no way to live.

5. a Suggestion to the Federal Government BRING BACK THE DRAFT