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The sale of the parking lots on Franklin and Kingsland Avenues, along with the closing of Jackson's lot for development will put over one hundred additional cars on the streets of Harrison. Make no mistake, the effects of these actions will be felt far beyond the area of the closings.

Although the town is not in the business of parking cars, it is their inept handling of the redevelopment which made these sales necessary. The next time you can't find a place to park, blame it on your mayor and council.

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The sale of the parking lots on Franklin and Kingsland Avenues, along with the closing of Jackson's lot for development will put over one hundred additional cars on the streets of Harrison. Make no mistake, the effects of these actions will be felt far beyond the area of the closings.

Although the town is not in the business of parking cars, it is their inept handling of the redevelopment which made these sales necessary. The next time you can't find a place to park, blame it on your mayor and council.

...and if you don't get a resident's sticker, you'll get ticketed whenever the Red Bulls play!

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I was at the meeting and listened to the points made by the residents. I also drove by the Franklin Ave area after the meeting, and not only did I see a ton of open spots, but the school parking lot is also available. People complain about having to walk 1/4 of a block to park and what I really don't understand is how they are parking for FREE in a lot, that isn't even designated as a parking lot, and still have the nerve to complain.

They expect the town to cut taxes, while the state has cut funding, and when the town thinks up new ideas to draw in funds, they would rather complain that they have to walk 1/2 a block to park. If those residents in that area feel that the convenience of parking is more important then the drawing of funds to help offset an increase in taxes by the sale of the property, then all the power to them. I personally could sacrifice in this situation to help benefit others. It just goes to show that people complain, just to complain. Everyone should take a step back to see the big picture instead of always focusing on themselves.

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The sale of the parking lots on Franklin and Kingsland Avenues, along with the closing of Jackson's lot for development will put over one hundred additional cars on the streets of Harrison. Make no mistake, the effects of these actions will be felt far beyond the area of the closings.

Although the town is not in the business of parking cars, it is their inept handling of the redevelopment which made these sales necessary. The next time you can't find a place to park, blame it on your mayor and council.

To the people on Fanklin and Kingsland ave. The rest of us taxpayers have to deal with tring to find parking why should you alone benifit from free municipal parking. I think the town should do whatever it needs to do to survive in these tough times, If selling town property in needed then don't waste time and move on............... . Lets have the residents of Franklin and Kingsland join in this new Harrison pasttime of hunting for the elusive parking space like all the rest of us, no exceptions ...............................

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To the people on Fanklin and Kingsland ave. The rest of us taxpayers have to deal with tring to find parking why should you alone benifit from free municipal parking. I think the town should do whatever it needs to do to survive in these tough times, If selling town property in needed then don't waste time and move on............... . Lets have the residents of Franklin and Kingsland join in this new Harrison pasttime of hunting for the elusive parking space like all the rest of us, no exceptions ...............................

If you want to check the availability of a parking spot in the area of Franklin Ave, why not try the ride thru the area at night. Remember there are over two hundred apartments in the gardens, with no parking spots. The school lot is for teacher parking during school hours. What would happen if the town closed the Board of Ed Lot on Washington St. Lets face it parking is at a premium in Harrison, adding another one hundred cars can't be helpful.

If the Town planned the redevelopment in Harrison properly, there would be plenty of parking for everyone. We have to lay off cops, firemen, town workers, and give up parking spots. When will we see the benefits from all of this redevelopment?

Ride thru Franklin Ave in the daytime, see the kids playing in the street. Where is their playground? How has the redevelopment helped the quality of life in this area.

Keep looking for a parking spot by your house, I hope you find one before the people from the gardens get it.

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You see the big picture? Nobody, and I mean nobody, is stupid enough as you to supporting selling these lots. You think it's reasonable to sell these lots and have a woman with two or three small children walk to fifth Street in the freezing dead of winter to get to their car to go but groceries then carry them back home? Why didn't the town just lay-off 10 way-over six figure secretaries who park their Lincoln Navigators anywhere they please and there is an order out from the Mayor to the Cops to NOT ticket them. Just watch what would happen if a Police Officer gave a ticket to anyone of the 3 secretaries who work in the Mayors Office at over six figure jobs. The Police Officer would probably illegally be fired for doing it. It is an illegal order. The one all-star secretary even has McDonoughs busines card taped to her dashboard window for all to see to warn them NO TICKETS. It would be very cool to see that on the news or in the paper. Resignation time for I'll give you a job Ray would be over.

Things in Harrison concerning public safety, meaning the cops (who cares about the firmen except themslves - MFIRST) would be tragic if not brought up to at least to 50 to 60 Officers. That is a fatal mistake that will happen just because no brains Raymundo hates the Police and except for unarmed Moose G.

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I was at the meeting and listened to the points made by the residents. I also drove by the Franklin Ave area after the meeting, and not only did I see a ton of open spots, but the school parking lot is also available. People complain about having to walk 1/4 of a block to park and what I really don't understand is how they are parking for FREE in a lot, that isn't even designated as a parking lot, and still have the nerve to complain.

They expect the town to cut taxes, while the state has cut funding, and when the town thinks up new ideas to draw in funds, they would rather complain that they have to walk 1/2 a block to park. If those residents in that area feel that the convenience of parking is more important then the drawing of funds to help offset an increase in taxes by the sale of the property, then all the power to them. I personally could sacrifice in this situation to help benefit others. It just goes to show that people complain, just to complain. Everyone should take a step back to see the big picture instead of always focusing on themselves.

OK Jimmy Doran, where do you park? Remember this is a one time money shot it will not be something that we will be getting on a yearly basis. what will the town of Harrison sell next year?

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To the people on Fanklin and Kingsland ave. The rest of us taxpayers have to deal with tring to find parking why should you alone benifit from free municipal parking. I think the town should do whatever it needs to do to survive in these tough times, If selling town property in needed then don't waste time and move on............... . Lets have the residents of Franklin and Kingsland join in this new Harrison pasttime of hunting for the elusive parking space like all the rest of us, no exceptions ...............................

My point exactly - the worst part is if you drive by at anytime, 6pm - 10pm during the week, there are tons of open spaces within a 1-2 block walk. This is just pure selfish. I can't believe this was even brought up as an argument. I could see if it really impacted them, but give me a break. Look at Hoboken and the parking issues they have. We have it good compared to them.

It's like the guy from the tattoo shop complaining that he can't park across the street in the HS parking lot. Meanwhile, across from the pool, 1/4 block from the Tattoo shop, there is a lot that they can use. Unbelievable, selfish and just plain lazy. Come on people!

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no matter how you paint it , with all the bullshit , its all about you and free parking.....you really don't care about anyone else but yourselves, sell the lots , we need the money.............

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There should be a law that people with driveways and garages should have to use them to park and load them up with garbage instead of throwing the stuff out! Make room for people who do not have driveways nor garages!

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My point exactly - the worst part is if you drive by at anytime, 6pm - 10pm during the week, there are tons of open spaces within a 1-2 block walk. This is just pure selfish. I can't believe this was even brought up as an argument. I could see if it really impacted them, but give me a break. Look at Hoboken and the parking issues they have. We have it good compared to them.

It's like the guy from the tattoo shop complaining that he can't park across the street in the HS parking lot. Meanwhile, across from the pool, 1/4 block from the Tattoo shop, there is a lot that they can use. Unbelievable, selfish and just plain lazy. Come on people!

And who are you? you must have a private parkig spot and work for the town correct? what gives you the right to call people lazy when they certainly work for what they have, you on the other hand must be on the town payroll, sounds like it. of course this is an argument, it would be in any town and any ward about PARKING. That playground should not even be used for the teachers, they should utilize the parking across the street that belongs to the BOE, the one the BOE purchased from * ***** at a price of over * ******,. the catch is the Ass. Super of the School ** *** ******. go ****** and he now works for *** ***and ******** ********** *****. People only in Harrison. not for long. Shut your pie hole if you have no idea what is required for ALL people of Harrison not the selected few.

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Once again, it is NOT the HIGH SCHOOL PARKING LOT. It is a municiple parking lot for ANYONE TO USE. Just like the parking lot on Wilhelm Street which people call the Firemens parking lot. IT IS A MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT FOR EVERY CITIZEN. I had a driveway anmd parked there just for spite. I got a good laugh when the firemen gathered around my car to figure out who's car it was. They eventually keyed my car to send me a message, but had a hoopdy and didn't care so I started taking up two spots and never got a ticket because whoever wrote the tickets were told NOT to write tickets in that lot.

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OK Jimmy Doran, where do you park? Remember this is a one time money shot it will not be something that we will be getting on a yearly basis. what will the town of Harrison sell next year?

Isn't that the truth JIMBO?? You don't have a problem taking a huge salary from the tax payers so why should you care about us who live in rentals and in the wrong part of Town?? You should be ashamed of your comments and actions. I am just so sorry that you will be around for three more years, what a shame to Harrison and the residents... :wub:

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Isn't that the truth JIMBO?? I am just so sorry that you will be around for three more years, what a shame to Harrison and the residents... :wub:

Doran will be around for three more years???

Jimbo will be around for a lifetime, especially when idiots like you are the ones running against him and losing by the 70/30 margin he mustered in the most recent election! :P

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no matter how you paint it , with all the bullshit , its all about you and free parking.....you really don't care about anyone else but yourselves, sell the lots , we need the money.............

Wow, anyone, regardless of where they live in town, who thinks adding one hundred cars to street parking is OK, is a fool. The one time revenue raised by selling these lots will only go to sustain the high salaries of the councilmen and their family and friends. This is the greatest example of, "the hell with the people," I have seen since being a Harrison resident.

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The way things are going, here is my opinion of what might happen. In New York City, a parking space (a single spot) recently sold for $200,000.00 not including maintenance fees and taxes becuase it was one of the few spots they had room for after constructing a residential tower. In NYC it is really not shocking considering the price of real estate, 15 to 50 million dollar concominium palaces. I could see Harrison in the future charging $100 per $100,000.00 assessed dollar value or $50.00 per assessed rental unit. Laugh now, pay later.

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I don't have a private parking spot and do not work for the town. I never said you didn't work for what you had, I don't even know you. Some of your reply was edited, so I am not really able to follow your point. I think its great that you attend & contribute your opinion, ideas and suggestions at council meetings and on this forum. That is what helps communities develop and grow. Governments are not in place to be run as a dictatorship, and we can't rely on our elected officials to be the end all be all. We can however help manipulate decisions by making suggestions and grouping together to come up with alternative means to address problems and issues. As residents, we do have a right to suggest what we would like to see. I think more is won and accomplished by pointing out an issue and suggestion a realistic, educated & complete resolution, then badgering the people that make the decisions for the actual decisions they have made. Do you honestly think these people sit there and make decisions and say to each other how are we going to screw this group of people or this specific person,etc? No, they make the decisions as they see fit to improve on the current situation. by making complete, educated suggestions, it in turn allows others to build off the idea, and tweak it based on state mandates, local laws etc and come up with a better solution. My point is that too many people point out the bad and use inaccurate facts to emphasize the impact on, what usually tends to be, its effect on that specific individual. If more people used their efforts to point out the bad, but then suggest how to fix it, in a way that impacts the community as as a whole, and not just their own interests, then we would be helping in continuing to move this community in the right direction.

I personally have alot of pride in this town, and I do feel that we are moving in the right direction. Are we sacrificing a bit now, sure, but it's like everything else in life. Sacrifice now, to reap the rewards later. I know my grandparents and parents sacrificed to allow a better life for me. I plan on doing the same for my family, and I am planning on raising my family here in this town. Fast forward 10 years, and imagine what Harrison will look like with the development complete, full of events, businesses and new residents. I look at it as a smaller Hoboken. Tons of opportunity for business, community involvement and cultured experiences. This 'future' Harrison can't and won't happen overnight. Let's focus on what it can and will be. We need to plant the seed now in expectation for what times will eventually be in this town.

Call me an optimist, I just don't understand how others' can't picture the outcome of what is taking place now and how much greater of a town this will soon be.

-Proud Harrisonian

And who are you? you must have a private parkig spot and work for the town correct? what gives you the right to call people lazy when they certainly work for what they have, you on the other hand must be on the town payroll, sounds like it. of course this is an argument, it would be in any town and any ward about PARKING. That playground should not even be used for the teachers, they should utilize the parking across the street that belongs to the BOE, the one the BOE purchased from * ***** at a price of over * ******,. the catch is the Ass. Super of the School ** *** ******. go ****** and he now works for *** ***and ******** ********** *****. People only in Harrison. not for long. Shut your pie hole if you have no idea what is required for ALL people of Harrison not the selected few.

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The way things are going, here is my opinion of what might happen. In New York City, a parking space (a single spot) recently sold for $200,000.00 not including maintenance fees and taxes becuase it was one of the few spots they had room for after constructing a residential tower. In NYC it is really not shocking considering the price of real estate, 15 to 50 million dollar concominium palaces. I could see Harrison in the future charging $100 per $100,000.00 assessed dollar value or $50.00 per assessed rental unit. Laugh now, pay later.

Oh please, you're not comparing Manhattan to Harrison. Go easy on the crack.

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James Doan is already slated by the HCDO to be the next Mayor of Harrison, NJ due to his espirit de Corps., he fits right in. If you are publicly criticizing him instead of ****ing his butt, prepare yourself for the backlash. This guy may seemed mild mannered but is as cutthroat as they come in geting who and what he wants. Believe it or not. You heard it here first.

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This guy Proud Harrisonian is for real as it reads. If he really wants to make the next generation of his family better than the one bfeore, as we all do, he should have started looking at this town 16 years ago when McDumbbutt became Mayor. In my opinion, some of his his first acts were to try and get rid of as many cops as posible, hire as many firemen as he could to match the FDNY in manpower even though there has only been one real fire in the last sixteen years and hire as many frends and family as possible as six figure jobs. What a disaster in 16 yeras. $96 million dollars to the fire dept. alone. WOW! The town is now on it's weakening last legs and about to fall. Where you can see any good in this is beyond me.

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There is no comparing Harrison to Manhattan. That is crazy. What's not crazy is that in the area of Kinglands Ave., Franklin Ave., and the Gardens there is basically nowhere to park. I don't think anyone can argue that point and now if both of those heavily used lots are not going to be there where are the people going to park? The are many muti-unit buildings in the area with no place to park.

Years ago, probably around the year 2000, there was a terrible crime commited uner 280 because a person had to park in the under rte. 280 lot, which had very little lighting and camera's are not the answer. This was down by Grant & Hamilton. It is still not a safe place to park by any means and if you live on one of the streets in that area you are a prime target for crime. The very little changes made as to lighting provide little security to this day. If that person had a spot to park closer to his/her home this would not have happened. A crime of opportunity.

People who get home from work after midnight just do not feel safe and with the proposed municipal lots being taken away. Who would feel safe walking home alone 5 blocks when there are two cops on the street to cover ALL crime. The town is playing," Let's Make a deal," with peoples safety. This is a very serious issue. Sometimes, like this, the greed just isn't worth putting people's well being in jeapordy.

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Two Police Officers on the street at night and criminals galore, especially after midnight, even on weekends when the coke, pills and booze are kicking in strong. That is the true situation from a Law Enforcement point of view. That is good Police pressure on the scumbags whose full time job is commiting crimes? Remember, there is always ten beds full of firemen to help out by.....by.....well....well....I guess doing nothing but sleep for twenty to thrity thousand more dollars than the cops make a year. If a Police Officer on a skeleton crew as is calls in sick he is most probably not going to be replaced by the town because McDonough WILL NOT spend an extra dime on the residents safety due to his hatred of the Police for turning in Tanski amongst other things, so you get one cop and a Hail Mary to save you. Your families safety on counts every four years to get votes then right back to the same crap. Conversely, if a Fireman calls out sick and there is nine beds instead of 10, that empty bed will bed will be replaced by any fireman they can get even if he comes in four hours late for 24 hours of overtime at an outrageous rate of pay. This is what you wanted, you voted for him and soon Harrison town is going to called little Camden.

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