Report Includes Resolving Teachers Contract, Elected School Board Referendum, Progress on Bridge Construction & Rescuing Veterans Stadium Project
(BAYONNE, NJ) – Mayor Jimmy Davis today provided a report to residents on his first 100 days in office, giving community members a clear understanding of what their municipal government is doing for them.
“In our first 100 days we set the stage for a new era of government in the Peninsula City,” said Mayor Jimmy Davis. “From resolving the teachers’ contract to putting an elected school board on the ballot to rescuing the Veterans Stadium project, we’re moving Bayonne in the right direction.”
Mayor Davis and his administration worked side-by-side with the teachers’ union and board of education throughout the month of August and early September to resolve the ongoing contract dispute. In the end, the teachers received a five-year contract and started the school year off on the right foot.
“The teachers’ contract put money in the pockets of hardworking and dedicated public servants all while protecting taxpayers,” said Mayor Davis. “This was a win-win for our community.”
On August 13th, the Bayonne City Council unanimously voted to place a question on the November ballot asking residents whether the city’s nine-member school board should continue to be appointed by the mayor or face voters as an elected body. On Nov. 4, the residents of this city will have their opportunity to make that decision.
“In order for us to begin a new chapter in our city, we must support a directly elected school board on Nov. 4,” said Davis.
The construction of the Bayonne Bridge has also been on the top of Mayor Davis’ priority list. Since taking office, he’s held two public meetings with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He’s also appointed an environmental consultant to conduct an air quality study, reinstituted bi-monthly meetings with the Port Authority, and appointed a point-person to handle constituent complaints.
“We’ve certainly have moved the needle on issues pertaining to the construction of the Bayonne Bridge, “ said Mayor Davis. “However, we must continue to keep our residents concerns front-and-center with the Port Authority.”
Only a few days after taking office, Mayor Davis learned that the proposed Veterans Stadium capital construction project did not, in fact, have all of the required funding in order for it to move forward. In the last 30 days, Mayor Davis was able to identify and secure an additional $1 million to close the gap and bring the project to a start.
“The construction of Veterans Stadium is critical for the future of recreation in our community,” said Davis. “This project is going to provide countless opportunities for our young people, and I’m thrilled that we were able to secure the necessary funding to make that happen.”