Mayor Davis reiterates objection to PAL eviction: Says concerns are being heard


There’s continuing opposition to the Police Athletic League’s planned eviction from a Bayonne school and four city school board members say Board of Education Trustees weren’t consulted before the decision.

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Mayor Jimmy Davis reiterated his objections on Thursday afternoon and says he is optimistic that community concerns are being heard at the highest levels of the school district.

“The PAL is a staple of the Bayonne community, with a long and honored history,” Davis says. “Such a short timeline for relocation is completely unreasonable.”

According to the mayor, the notice of eviction was not made in public session, there was no public comment or public discussion on the matter.

That will change Monday evening when the trustees are calling an emergency open workshop (6pm) and meeting (7:30pm) in the BOE Anna J. Herbert Meeting Room.

The public is welcome to attend and participate.

“I continue to call on Dr. McGeehan and the BBOE Trustees as a whole to reconsider the actions taken and rescind the eviction in order to allow for well-reasoned analysis and public discourse,” Davis says.

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