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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #27 on: 11-13-2014, 10:40am »
64 people to manage your private property for $14 a year? :drama:

What do you mean? The fine people of the JCPA also do a great job enforcing parking violations at corners, in crosswalks, in bike lanes and at meters!




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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #26 on: 11-13-2014, 10:07am »
64 people to manage your private property for $14 a year? :drama:

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Jersey City dissolves city Parking Authority
« Reply #25 on: 11-13-2014, 08:39am »
Jersey City dissolves city Parking Authority
By Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal
on November 12, 2014 at 10:03 PM

The Jersey City City Council voted to dissolve the city parking authority and incorporate its functions into the Department of Public Safety with the aim of cutting costs, improving efficiency and increasing accountability.

The move will include elimination of 13 positions but the remaining 64 parking authority employees will have the opportunity to be absorbed into the Public Safety Department.

Parking enforcement will be conducted 24 hours a day rather than 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., eliminating the need for police officers to respond to parking issues during off hours. Within three months, the city business administrator is to provide a new table of organization for city departments which will be affected by the consolidation.

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Jersey City moves toward closing parking authority
« Reply #24 on: 08-18-2014, 03:11pm »
Jersey City moves toward closing parking authority
Associated Press 11 a.m. EDT August 16, 2014

JERSEY CITY — Jersey City is moving closer to realizing Mayor Steven Fulop’s goal of abolishing the city’s autonomous parking authority.

Fulop announced Friday that New Jersey’s Civil Service Commission has granted his request to have parking authority employees given civil service status.

The approval allows the city to move forward with its plan to abolish the authority and have its functions absorbed by other departments.

Fulop plans to present an ordinance to the City Council on Sept. 10.

The parking authority’s enforcement functions would come under the Department of Public Safety, while administrative functions would be handled by city staff who already perform these duties.

Fulop says the dissolution of the parking authority will save taxpayers millions of dollars.

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State board clears way for eliminating Jersey City Parking Authority
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on April 10, 2014 at 8:47 AM

State officials have given Jersey City permission to dissolve its 65-year-old parking authority, an autonomous agency that Mayor Steve Fulop wants to abolish and incorporate into the city Department of Public Safety.

The Jersey City Parking Authority is one of the city’s seven autonomous agencies. Fulop, while campaigning for mayor last year, pledged to investigate dissolving these entities, which operate with public dollars, as a way to save costs and increase efficiency.

The state Local Finance Board, which had to give the dissolution its OK, approved the city’s plan unanimously yesterday.

The agency, which was created in 1949 and employs about 90, has a roughly $7 million budget.

John Tarantula, chair of the JCPA’s board of commissioners, said dissolving the agency would be a “big mistake.” Tarantula said Fulop’s move is “clearly a political reprisal” against the JCPA, whose leadership backed former Mayor Jerramiah Healy over Fulop in last year’s mayoral election.

“I believe they want to lay everybody off and rehire who they want to,” Tarantula said.

City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill, who once said the JCPA was a “cesspool of political patronage,” called Tarantula’s remarks “ignorant and self-serving.”

“The city is forming a nonpartisan committee to make sure that this is done in a fair and nonpolitical way,” Morrill said.

“The Fulop administration is focused on saving Jersey City taxpayers millions of dollars and improving the delivery of services to our residents. We accomplish both here.”

Tarantula also said the law firm of state Sen. Ray Lesniak, a Democrat representing Union County, authored the $35,000 report that recommended abolishing the JCPA.

Lesniak’s dual roles are “clearly a conflict” that should have kept the Local Finance Board from weighing in, Tarantula said.

Lesniak said he is permitted as a state legislator to represent public bodies in his role as an attorney.

For the JCPA to be abolished, the City Council would need to formally approve Fulop’s plan.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #22 on: 03-13-2014, 04:20pm »
"That government is best which governs least, because its people discipline themselves. If we are directed from Washington (heads of an organization) when to sow and when to reap, we will soon want for bread."

In other words, we get the Government we deserve.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #21 on: 03-13-2014, 02:35pm »
Okay, let's settle down, only 90 min til final bell and we can all go outside and play.  Just as it seems clear that dissolving/absorbing the Jerking Authority makes sense, I find also clear that, per below, 
"The Local Finance Board shall approve the dissolution if it finds that the ordinance or resolution makes adequate provision in accordance with a bond resolution or otherwise for the payment of all creditors or obligees of the authority and that adequate provision is made for the assumption of those services provided by the authority which are necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the recipients of those services'

 is not going to approve the request without some positive numbers behind the move.
Who's gonna do that? YOU, LT Caffey? YOU, LT Weinberg?

I was just going to point to that part. State law apparently requires that localities assure that services are provided beyond the dissolution of the authority. Imagine that, huh?

So, yeah, this is where outside consultants make their bucks, in advising. But it is for structuring a transition from the authority to a department of the city, rather than just relying on the mayor's staff saying "yeah, don't worry, we got this."

Believe me, if this happens, $35k will be pocket change in the transition costs, but might wind up saving even more than simply flushing the authority down the tubes--it might actually wind up in more efficient government!
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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #20 on: 03-13-2014, 01:33pm »
I don't think anybody would argue that point, save some JCPA employees and their families. The city will recoup far more than the amount spent on the study.

Bureaucracy geek? You should come to some of our meetups.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #19 on: 03-13-2014, 01:25pm »
I'm wrong more than once in a while.  But I'm a bureaucracy geek, so I know what the DCA and Local Finance Board do.  Devb, you can't handle the truth!!

Anyway CeeDub is right, can we all just get along and agree that the parking authority is a cesspool, and Fulop abolishing it will be a move in the right direction?

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #18 on: 03-13-2014, 01:22pm »
Okay, let's settle down, only 90 min til final bell and we can all go outside and play.  Just as it seems clear that dissolving/absorbing the Jerking Authority makes sense, I find also clear that, per below, 
"The Local Finance Board shall approve the dissolution if it finds that the ordinance or resolution makes adequate provision in accordance with a bond resolution or otherwise for the payment of all creditors or obligees of the authority and that adequate provision is made for the assumption of those services provided by the authority which are necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the recipients of those services'

 is not going to approve the request without some positive numbers behind the move.
Who's gonna do that? YOU, LT Caffey? YOU, LT Weinberg?

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #17 on: 03-13-2014, 01:12pm »
Did you just google "Local Finance Board"? You're an adult, you can admit you were wrong every once in a while.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #16 on: 03-13-2014, 01:11pm »
NO IDLE WANDERING ALLOWED per JSQ statute 11:4-14 "Mopery with Intent to Grope."

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #15 on: 03-13-2014, 01:09pm »
I don't see the part where a $35,000 report is required.   The council passes an ordinance to dissolve the authority, and the "power checking" is done by the Local Finance Board, a branch of the Department of Community Affairs, the commissioner of which is appointed by the Governor, who is...a short-term elected official.  So calm down, Perry Mason.   I didn't need to look it up.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #14 on: 03-13-2014, 12:56pm »
Exciting stuff here:

40A:5A-20. Dissolution of authority by local unit     20. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, the governing body of a local unit which has established an authority shall have the power and is authorized by ordinance in the case of a municipality, and ordinance or resolution, as appropriate, in the case of a county, to dissolve the authority, except that the ordinance or resolution, as the case may be, shall be approved by the Local Finance Board prior to adoption. Any authority established by more than one municipality or county may be dissolved by the adoption of parallel ordinances or resolutions, as appropriate. The Local Finance Board shall approve the dissolution if it finds that the ordinance or resolution makes adequate provision in accordance with a bond resolution or otherwise for the payment of all creditors or obligees of the authority and that adequate provision is made for the assumption of those services provided by the authority which are necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the recipients of those services. The ordinance or resolution shall be introduced and adopted in the manner provided by law, shall take effect immediately after final adoption, and shall not be subject to referendum. A copy of the ordinance or resolution as adopted shall be filed immediately with the Local Finance Board and with the Secretary of State. In the event that an authority has obligations outstanding at the time of the taking effect of the ordinance or resolution to dissolve the authority, the local unit or units dissolving the authority are authorized to either issue obligations in furtherance of the dissolution or assume the responsibility for and payment of the obligations of the authority being dissolved; if an authority created by a local unit or units is dissolved and has obligations outstanding at the time that the ordinance or resolution to dissolve the authority takes effect, an existing authority which serves the same local unit or units, or that serves one of the local units which is served by the authority being dissolved, is authorized to issue obligations in furtherance of the dissolution or to assume the responsibility for and payment of the obligations of the authority being dissolved, as provided in this section. No such assumption of responsibility for and payment of the obligations of the dissolved authority shall be effective, however, until the local unit or units or the existing authority proposing to undertake such assumption determines, by resolution of the governing body setting forth facts that constitute the basis for the determination, that such assumption will be a cost effective means of meeting those obligations as compared with the issuance of obligations of the local unit or units, or of the existing authority, and transmits a certified copy of that resolution to the Local Finance Board. An ordinance or resolution dissolving an authority shall designate which local unit or units or which authority, as the case may be, will assume the outstanding debt, and no such ordinance or resolution including a provision for assumption of responsibility for and payment of that outstanding debt by the local unit or units or existing authority shall take effect until there shall have been a public hearing, conducted by the governing body pursuant to the "Open Public Meetings Act," P.L. 1975, c.231 (C.10:4-6 et seq.), on the question of such assumption Any obligations issued in furtherance of dissolution shall have a period of usefulness not exceeding 40 years from the date of issuance. The assumption by the local unit of the obligations of the authority sought to be dissolved for which the local unit is not the guarantor or any bonds to be issued in furtherance of a dissolution shall be authorized by a bond ordinance to be introduced and adopted in accordance with the provisions of the "Local Bond Law," N.J.S.40A:2-1 et seq., except for the provisions of sections 40A:2-11, 40A:2-26, 40A:2-27 and 40A:2-31 of the New Jersey Statutes, and except that the bond ordinance shall take effect immediately after final adoption and shall not be subject to referendum. The bonds or other indebtedness for which the responsibility and payment is assumed may be deducted from the gross debt of the local unit by action of the Local Finance Board in accordance with subsection d. of N.J.S.40A:2-7. Notwithstanding any of the provisions of the "Local Bond Law" regarding the sale of bonds, bonds issued for this purpose shall be sold under the direction and supervision of the Local Finance Board on terms prescribed by the Local Finance Board, and may be sold at either public or private sale as the board shall prescribe.     Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, rule or regulation to the contrary, if in order to make adequate provision for the payment of outstanding obligations of an authority being dissolved, the local unit or authority determines, with the approval of the Local Finance Board, to assume the responsibility and payment of the obligations of such authority, the local unit or authority, as the case may be, is hereby authorized, for so long as any bonds issued by the authority being dissolved remain outstanding, to exercise directly all of the powers of such authority, as if it had not been dissolved including the power and authority to assume the responsibility and payment of such outstanding obligations on the same terms and conditions as the outstanding authority obligations and to exercise all rights under any law, including the right to create pledges of revenue or create liens on property or grant security interests as appropriate and necessary to comply with the terms of the bond indenture or to assure that the security of the holders of such authority obligations shall not be adversely affected by the assumption of such obligations by the local unit or authority.     Nothing contained in this section or in this act shall limit the powers accorded under any other law to any county or municipality to dissolve any authority which it has created or of which it has joined in the creation, nor limit any general reorganization powers accorded under law to any county or municipality to alter or abolish its agencies, but the provisions of this section and this act shall be supplementary to the powers accorded under any other law.     L.1983,c.313,s.20; amended 1987, c.319, s.9; 2001, c.29, s

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #13 on: 03-13-2014, 12:49pm »
Rebel without a thought?

Was it a rhetorical question,  or can you just not imagine a single good reason for power checking short term elected officials? I suppose one could look up the statute requiring the study, instead of just idly wondering aloud.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #12 on: 03-13-2014, 12:15pm »
Holey moley,  relax there, Thought Police.  The statement reflected my not understanding WHY it's required.  I realize that for most people, saying something is required negates any need to question it, but maybe I'm just a rebel that way.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #11 on: 03-13-2014, 12:09pm »
It could have been an honest mistake. This time.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #10 on: 03-13-2014, 12:00pm »
Bigger question is why any report was needed at all.  Anybody could see that a separate parking authority is a patronage/graft sponge.

From the first article:
"The report is required if Fulop is to ask state officials to OK dissolving the agency."

What, so he has to actually read the article to have an opinion?
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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #9 on: 03-13-2014, 11:58am »
Bigger question is why any report was needed at all.  Anybody could see that a separate parking authority is a patronage/graft sponge.

From the first article:
"The report is required if Fulop is to ask state officials to OK dissolving the agency."

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #8 on: 03-13-2014, 11:47am »
$35,000 is a bargain in the world of consulting reports.  Mckinsey or Accenture would have charged 5x as much and produced a 100-page report that said the same thing.  Bigger question is why any report was needed at all.  Anybody could see that a separate parking authority is a patronage/graft sponge.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #7 on: 03-13-2014, 11:21am »
$35,000/17 pages= $2058.82 per page! Were they all single spaced full pages? How many words? Why couldn't we have ordered the one page report? How much did that 215 page report cost me? If they used the same rate it would come out to $442,646.30.

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Firm led by state senator paid an extra $15,000 for Jersey City Parking Authority study
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on March 12, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Weiner Lesniak, the politically connected law firm that won a $20,000, no-bid contract from Jersey City to prepare a 17-page study on the dissolution of the Jersey City Parking Authority, got another $15,000 from the city.

A resolution approved by the City Council gave the extra cash to Weiner Lesniak because of the “complexity” of its study of the city agency. The move would bring the total amount for this contract to $35,000.

Last year, the firm produced the study (215 pages, including exhibits), which suggests there are few downsides to abolishing the JCPA but eight benefits, including the possibility of installing more modern parking technology. Mayor Steve Fulop pledged during his campaign for mayor last year to explore dissolving autonomous agencies and folding their operations into city government. So far, he’s only taken action with the JCPA, which may soon see its functions performed by the Public Safety Department.

A resolution to dissolve the Parking Authority was tabled for further study by the City Council.

Weiner Lesniak — headed by state Sen. Ray Lesniak, D-Union — won another no-bid contract from Jersey City to represent it in the city’s planned $400 million lawsuit against the Port Authority. Fulop announced his intentions to sue the bi-state agency in November, but the suit has yet to be filed.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #5 on: 09-25-2013, 01:21pm »
Mary Paretti, the former councilwoman who heads the city agency, said it’s “a bit unfair” of city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill to call the JCPA “a cesspool of political patronage.” Morrill made the comment in July when the JCPA named a new chair.


For some context: Jennifer Morrill and :healy: on Mary Paretti.
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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #4 on: 09-25-2013, 12:44pm »
:puffy: fight!



No respect! Jersey City parking agency chief defends employees
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
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on September 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM, updated September 24, 2013 at 5:59 PM

The director of the Jersey City Parking Authority says her employees have been unfairly maligned, and she wants to correct the record.

Mary Paretti, the former councilwoman who heads the city agency, said it’s “a bit unfair” of city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill to call the JCPA “a cesspool of political patronage.” Morrill made the comment in July when the JCPA named a new chair.

“I just want to defend my employees,” Paretti told the City Council at last night’s caucus. “I think they should be treated with more respect.”

Paretti was on hand for the council’s discussion on dissolving the JCPA, a 64-year-old agency that enforces the city’s parking regulations. Paretti, who formerly represented Ward B on the council, stands to lose her six-figure salary if the JCPA is abolished.

Morrill's "cesspool" comment, published first in The Jersey Journal and then repeated recently on News 12, is a "disservice" to JCPA employees, Paretti said last night.

Fulop wants to get rid of the agency. The council is set to hire high-powered law firm Weiner Lesniak to study the JCPA and offer the city its recommendation on whether to keep it or, as Fulop wants, fold it into the new public safety department.

Morrill could not immediately be reached to respond.

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Re: Jersey City parking agency set to be dissolved
« Reply #3 on: 09-20-2013, 02:02pm »
Fulop’s statement said a parking division under the new public-safety department would have additional ticketing abilities to enforce quality-of-life issues.


Motor vehicle-related QOL issues or general stuff like littering, etc.? Let's hope the latter.

I think in that context it is referring to ticketing abilities of the new parking division. I think and hope other divisions of the public-safety department will be able to ticket. Littering, dog leash/poop issues, noise complaints, etc.
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