Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dog Run, Children's Playground, Green Space and Eminent Domain on Palisade Avenue in Cliffside Park, NJ

  
   
All my life this lot has sat empty for reasons unknown.  By looking at it one could say the expense of blasting all the rock and the slope.

Located between Wheeler and Walker Streets, heading North facing East.  One corner sits the Sunoco, the other an apartment building.

It has a fence around it, must be owned by someone, what would residents in the area like to see?  Property owners and tenants 250 feet of the parcel have a say, the owner of course needs to sell or the town under eminent domain  "The power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality, or private person or corporation authorized to exercise functions of public character, following the payment of just compensation to the owner of that property."

Dog Run, children playground, green space.  What's your
thought?   Post your comments

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

156 R and 159 R River Road Express Bus Route.



July 9. 2014


New Jersey Transit
Executive Director
Veronique Hakim
NJ TRANSIT Headquarters
1 Penn Plaza East
Newark NJ 07105


Re:  156 R & 159 River Road Express

Dear Ms. Hakin, 

Follow-up to my May 13, 2014 letter - Thank You


Congratulations on your new appointment, also thank you for excellent bus service, I've been riding NJ Transit bus lines since my parents let me travel in and out of Manhattan, some 40 years.

I'm a frequent rider of the 156 R and 159 R buses, I ride the 156R in the late morning, the last weekday bus is 11:21 AM, Cliffside Park (Palisade Avenue & Winston Drive).  Even at 11:21 AM the buses are full, by the time we get to Edgewater it's standing room only.

Is it possible to both add another bus, they currently go from every half hour at 10:01, 10:31 and then the last bus almost an hour later, could you please consider an 11:01 and then a 11:31 AM bus and then switch to one hour all day long.

With the new development along River Road, Walgreen's, Bank of America, several new commercial and residential and the existing Palisades General and then the connection to the Weehawken light rail stop, this is the only bus from Fort-Lee-Cliffside Park.

Thank you for your consideration.

Stephen Puibello
Friends and Neighbors of the Back Bay NAG
www.Cliffside-Park.org


CC:  Mayor Gerald A. Calabrese

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

156 R and 159 R River Road Express Bus Route.




May 13, 2014


New Jersey Transit
Executive Director
Veronique Hakim
NJ TRANSIT Headquarters
1 Penn Plaza East
Newark NJ 07105


Re:  156 R & 159 River Road Express

Dear Ms. Hakin, 

Congratulations on your new appointment, also thank you for excellent bus service, I've been riding NJ Transit bus lines since my parents let me travel in and out of Manhattan, some 40 years.

I'm a frequent rider of the 156 R and 159 R buses, I ride the 156R in the late morning, the last weekday bus is 11:21 AM, Cliffside Park (Palisade Avenue & Winston Drive).  Even at 11:21 AM the buses are full, by the time we get to Edgewater it's standing room only.

Is it possible to both add another bus, they currently go from every half hour at 10:01, 10:31 and then the last bus almost an hour later, could you please consider an 11:01 and then a 11:31 AM bus and then switch to one hour all day long.

With the new development along River Road, Walgreen's, Bank of America, several new commercial and residential and the existing Palisades General and then the connection to the Weehawken light rail stop, this is the only bus from Fort-Lee-Cliffside Park.

Thank you for your consideration.

Stephen Puibello
Friends and Neighbors of the Back Bay NAG
www.Cliffside-Park.org

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Each week the progressive
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Cliffrside Park, NJ 07010
** 201-943-7320 **

Doors Open 6:00 PM
Plenty of Parking
accessible by both
the 
156 and 159 NJ Transit Bus

Monday, March 24, 2014

Urban Enterprise Zone: Senate Bill 1738 PENDING APPROVAL




Thanks to our Borough Clerk Sercan Zoklu  who within one day got back to me about Senate Bill 722 and and put me in touch with Senator Paul A. Sarlo regarding the introduction of new Senate Bill 1738, see link below.

Please write, phone or email Senator Paul A. Sarlo's office, contact information below


Dear Mr. Puibello:

Senate Bill 722 was not passed.  I have re-introduced the bill for the current legislative session.  The new bill number is Senate Bill 1738 - http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S2000/1738_I1.HTM  The bill would qualify Cliffside Park for a UEZ, which would exempt half of the sales tax.

If this bill were to pass, it would take effect immediately.

Sincerely,

Paul A. Sarlo
Senator, District 36


Office of Senator Paul A. Sarlo
496 Columbia Boulevard
Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075
(201) 804-8118 phone
(201) 804-8644 fax
sensarlo@njleg.org
www.senatorpaulsarlo.com
www.facebook.com/PaulASarlo
Twitter: @PaulASarlo

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Urban Enterprise Zone 3.5 % Sales Tax, What about Cliffside Park


One of the biggest benefits of having a 3.5 % sales tax  for the commercial areas around the The Cliffside Park Town Centre Project, also known as the "pit," would be more the saving to the shoppers who do shop, and the future shoppers looking to shop, so save 3.5% on their purchases, pumping money in the shops along Anderson Avenue and Palisade Avenue.

I don't own a car so I walk and I've noticed stores open and close as many as three times in three years, wouldn't 3.5% sales tax possible help struggling businesses.  Both Anderson and Palisade Avenues have the NJ Transit 156 and 159 bus routes, and on Anderson Avenue, there are the every 3 minute jitney buses some as many as five at a time drive by every 3 minutes, so there's no shortage of ways to travel to Cliffside Park to shop in a Urban Enterprise Zone offering 3.5% savings on the sales tax.

What are some of the benefits to businesses:

1. Reduced Sales Tax, currently 3.5%
2. Tax Free purchases on certain items such as Capital Equipment, Facility Expansion upgrades and
     personal property.
3.  Financial Assistance from agencies such as NJEDA
4.  Subsidized unemployment insurance costs for employees earnings less than $4500/quarter.
5.  Energy Sales Tax Exemption for qualified manufacturing firms with at least 250 full-time employees.
6.  Tax Credit Options up to $1,500 for new permanent full time employees hired OR up to 8%
     Corporate business Tax Credits on qualified investments.


So the question remains, couldn't Cliffside Park, with it's "pit", smack in the middle of town benefit from have a 3.5% sales tax?




Related Links:

State of New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone TAX Questions and Answers

NJ Businesses in Urban Zones Get a Tax Break

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cliffside Park Town Centre Update, Until then support our Local Merchants


With warm weather last weekend, on my way to Rite Aide I saw two old timers looking in one of the many port holes offering passer by's the invite to look in and see the progress.  I asked when do you think it will be finished, the reply was I hope in my life time.  This sentiment isn't just for our old timers, but of the many businesses along Anderson Avenue, town center , not misspelled, just not the posh French Centre used in the sale to all those who will reside there..

In looking back in previous articles in the Cliffside Park Citizen, I found the following.

In 2010, "Months leading up to the November 2010 election, campaign literature was boasting that the work will be begun"

On May 11, 2012, " John D, Mitchell Chairman of the Board of Chosen Freeholders and a Cliffside Park Resident said, ""the patience of residents and business owners is running thin.""

Here we are today, March 14, 2014 Title reads: "Should be ready October 2015, says Maer"  (source: North Jersey.Com).

The meaning of the word should, implies let's hope for the best,

How do you know our local businesses are hurting, count the number of them selling NJ State Lottery, marketed to merchants to generate badly needed foot traffic until the "pit" is no more.

How can  residents help, pick a night to dine once a week or every other week.  What should local Merchants do, organize a Cliffside Park Local Chamber of Commerce

Our elected officials provide up to date information, please visit www.CliffsideParkNJ.gov and visit the many helpful Quick Links.

We all are awaiting the completion, until then get out and support our merchants, if unable to get out many deliver.


I'm a resident activist in  Cliffside  Park with 17 years experience.  In addition to this blog on civics, I'm a Consumer Activist, Educator, Certified Peer to Peer Specialist on mental health and HIV.  In 2013 I was awarded a Behavioral Health Fellowship , I'm available to speak publicly and one on one about both.