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I just read the article (if you can call it an article) about the Mayor and Council voting to give the Advance Group (named Advanced at Harrison Urban Renewal, cute!) a 20 year tax abatement for the Guyon property. Has the Mayor lost it or has he simply been generously paid off. A 20 year tax abatement is unheard of. Newark and Elizabeth give 5 year tax abatements and only in certain areas. The Guyon property pays $400,000 in taxes and parking tax revenues now. The area is only undeveloped because Pete Higgins and the illegally formed Redevelopment Agency has prevented private development of the area. Where is the FBI and Chris Christie? Please step in and stop this madness. To anyone thinking of buying a property on South F.E. Rodgers blvd, go there at 6 to 9 p.m. at night and smell the gas smell from the sewer system and ask for an environmental assessment, the Guyon property has been an industrial site since the beginning of time.

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I just read the article (if you can call it an article) about the Mayor and Council voting to give the Advance Group (named Advanced at Harrison Urban Renewal, cute!) a 20 year tax abatement for the Guyon property.  Has the Mayor lost it or has he simply been generously paid off.  A 20 year tax abatement is unheard of.  Newark and Elizabeth give 5 year tax abatements and only in certain areas.  The Guyon property pays $400,000 in taxes and parking tax revenues now.  The area is only undeveloped because Pete Higgins and the illegally formed Redevelopment Agency has prevented private development of the area.  Where is the FBI and Chris Christie?  Please step in and stop this madness. To anyone thinking of buying a property on South F.E. Rodgers blvd, go there at 6 to 9 p.m. at night and smell the gas smell from the sewer system and ask for an environmental assessment, the Guyon property has been an industrial site since the beginning of time.

Whoever ( the mayor ?) is doing the negotiating for the town is clearly out of their league. A 20 year tax abatement ?? Why not just give the property away ?? Again, it's Harrison taxpayers that will pay the price for having people with no experience (mayor and council) in negotiating deals with development lawyers.

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In the Observer's article concerning the redevelopment, town "officials" referred to the redevelopment area as a "Gold Coast". I wonder where all this gold is coming from? The town will realize "0" profits from the stadium/parking garage and now the Guyon developers have been given a 20 year tax abatement. I don't know how the mayor and council can continue to give away the store and then somehow expect all this "gold" to drop in their laps.

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I just read the article (if you can call it an article) about the Mayor and Council voting to give the Advance Group (named Advanced at Harrison Urban Renewal, cute!) a 20 year tax abatement for the Guyon property.  Has the Mayor lost it or has he simply been generously paid off.  A 20 year tax abatement is unheard of.  Newark and Elizabeth give 5 year tax abatements and only in certain areas.  The Guyon property pays $400,000 in taxes and parking tax revenues now.  The area is only undeveloped because Pete Higgins and the illegally formed Redevelopment Agency has prevented private development of the area.  Where is the FBI and Chris Christie?  Please step in and stop this madness. To anyone thinking of buying a property on South F.E. Rodgers blvd, go there at 6 to 9 p.m. at night and smell the gas smell from the sewer system and ask for an environmental assessment, the Guyon property has been an industrial site since the beginning of time.

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Would the Mayor or Peter Higgins or Tom Powell please EXPLAIN "how and why a 20-YEAR TAX ABATEMENT IS 'better' and "more advantageous" to the financial stability of the town "than" a 5-YEAR TAX ABATEMENT u :huh::P:( sed in 'other" town such as Newark and Elizabeth? Is Sharpe James smarter than 'our' leaders? :angry::huh::blink:

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YOU VOTED THEM IN, VOTE THEM OUT.  I'LL TAKE ONE OF THE CLARK SISTERS OVER THIS MAYOR

One of the Clark Sisters would be a great council candidate on a slate with Millan or Hinchcliffe at the top of the ticket. A 20 year tax abatement is unheard of. It just simply indicates that the Developers have cut a deal with the Mayor and Higgins to their benefit and to the detriment of the taxpayers. You are better off allowing private (without the redevelopment board) sale and development of the Guyon property. Look at the Ironbound section of Newark. 3 family homes selling for $600,000 with 5 year tax abatements. The Star Ledger should do some work in Harrison instead of concentrating on how the politically connected in Newark got lots for $30,000 when they were worth $130,000. There is a lot more going on in Harrison than that. Where are you Star Ledger? Are you also in on the deal? Your reporters and those of your sister paper the Jersey Journal obviously turning a blind eye. Do they have some conflict of interests of their own? Hey editor? Ask them? You may be surprised to find out how they are taken care of and their family members are taken care of.

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EVERYONE SHOULD INVESTIGATE RIVER PARK TOO!!!!! THAT PLACE IS GOING TO BE FULL OF SCUMBAG POLITICIANS WAIT AND SEE.

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One of the Clark Sisters would be a great council candidate on a slate with Millan or Hinchcliffe at the top of the ticket.  A 20 year tax abatement is unheard of.  It just simply indicates that the Developers have cut a deal with the Mayor and Higgins to their benefit and to the detriment of the taxpayers.  You are better off allowing private (without the redevelopment board) sale and development of the Guyon property.  Look at the Ironbound section of Newark.  3 family homes selling for $600,000 with 5 year tax abatements.  The Star Ledger should do some work in Harrison instead of concentrating on how the politically connected in Newark got lots for $30,000 when they were worth $130,000.  There is a lot more going on in Harrison than that.  Where are you Star Ledger?  Are you also in on the deal?  Your reporters and those of your sister paper the Jersey Journal obviously turning a blind eye.  Do they have some conflict of interests of their own? Hey editor?  Ask them?  You may be surprised to find out how they are taken care of and their family members are taken care of.

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One of the Clark Sisters would be a great council candidate on a slate with Millan or Hinchcliffe at the top of the ticket.

The only problem with this suggestion is that neither Millan or Hinchcliffe possesses the political savy or bucks needed to defeat the Democratic regulars in this town. Only Doran was able to pull that off, but now he has returned to the fold and is just another yes-man like the rest of them.

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The only problem with this suggestion is that neither Millan or Hinchcliffe possesses the political savy or bucks needed to defeat the Democratic regulars in this town.  Only Doran was able to pull that off, but now he has returned to the fold and is just another yes-man like the rest of them.

The reason why Doran won was not because of his abilities it was because they wanted to teach Higgins a lesson. Higgins has thought them a lesson in survival. He has managed to turn a defeat into a victory. Higgins receives a retirement package, a consultant's pay, and runs the redevelopment (what has he gotten for that?). Millan and Hinchcliffe should simply team up and get three other candidates and clean house. How does Chief Hinchcliffe sound? Time will tell who has the b**ls to take on the plumber.

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Millan and Hinchcliffe should simply team up and get three other candidates and clean house....Time will tell who has the b**ls to take on the plumber.

This is by no means an endorsement of Doran, but I still think he’s the only one who’s capable of defeating McDonough. Even though he’s voted all along with the others, he is still well liked by so many residents and town employees. Between Doran and McDonough, it won’t be a campaign based upon the issues since they both have the same voting record. Rather, it will be a popularity contest- a contest that Doran would easily win.

Nothing personal here, but Millan couldn’t even win as an incumbent in his own Ward against a newcomer puppet (Villalta). And even though I personally like him, Hinchcliffe is too inexperienced; at times, somewhat temperamental and rash with some of his statements and actions.

Short of Doran running, then McDonough will be re-elected. If Doran runs, McDonough’s out of office by a sizable margin.

But to be honest with you, I really don’t see Doran running.

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Would the Mayor or Peter Higgins or Tom Powell please EXPLAIN  "how and why a 20-YEAR TAX ABATEMENT IS 'better' and "more advantageous" to the financial stability of the town "than" a 5-YEAR TAX ABATEMENT  u :huh:  :blink:  :( sed in 'other" town such as Newark and Elizabeth?  Is Sharpe James smarter than 'our' leaders?  :ph34r:  :huh:  :angry:

Sharpe James has more brains and political savvy than our entire mayor and council. You don't see Newark giving 20 year tax abatements. I don't think I've ever heard of a 20 year tax abatement, it's just outrageous. But then, it shouldn't surprise anyone in Harrison. It's just the latest of a long list of bonehead decisions made by this administration, and the taxpayers take the hit every time.

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