Jersey City Vertical Farming Program to Open in Two Public Housing Locations, Targeting Most Vulnerable Residents; City Council Approval Slated for Feb 24th Meeting

World Economic Forum and AeroFarms Partnership Addresses Healthy Food Inequities with Increase Access and Education

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A new partnership was announced today by Mayor Steven M. Fulop between AeroFarms, the world leader in vertical farming, and the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) with a resolution going before the Jersey City Municipal Council this week to provide free, nutritious food to residents most in need by opening two vertical farming locations within public houses sites – Curries Woods and Marion Gardens. The public housing farming locations, which will be funded by the City, will greatly increase healthy food access where needed most while also encouraging our most vulnerable residents to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

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Mobile Covid Testing Unit in Bayonne

COVID-19 Testing Information

Give to those in need. Take a test for those who need you.

Testing will take place until capacity is reached

  • Saturdays: 9AM – 3PM
  • Tuesdays: 1PM – 7PM
  • Thursdays: 1PM – 7PM

Veterans Stadium parking lot located at 198 Park Road, Bayonne, NJ

To expedite the process, please have the following documentation:

  • Photo ID
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Two copies of Photo ID & Insurance Card
  • Registration Form (completed on site)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The City of Bayonne is sponsoring a series of COVID-19 testing events. These are drive-thru events and will take place RAIN OR SHINE.

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Mayor Fulop Announces Major Partnership with Entertainment Giant; $72M Restoration Plan will take Historic Loew’s Theatre to the Next Level

Devils Arena Entertainment, Operator of World-Renown Prudential Center and Home of New Jersey Devils, Selected to Restore and Maximize Music, Performance and Live Event Bookings at Iconic, 3,300-Seat Theatre

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 Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced a new partnership with Devils Arena Entertainment (DAE), the largest purveyor of entertainment in New Jersey and operator of Prudential Center, one of North America’s top 10 most booked arenas, to move forward on a unique $72 million agreement for the transformative restoration of the historic Loew’s Theatre. The revitalization intends to transform the century-old theatre into a state-of-the-art 3,300-seat venue to attract both superstar and up-and-coming performing artists, serve as an engine of economic development and hub for the local Journal Square community, and expand Jersey City’s growing reputation as an unparalleled arts destination in New Jersey.

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Rosemarie Martinez selected as first hispanic Tax Collector for the City of Bayonne

Photo Courtesy Rosemarie Martinez as posted on TAPinto Bayonne

Rosemarie Martinez former Chief of Staff to Bayonne Mayor James Davis made history recently when the City Council of Bayonne unanimously voted to name her Bayonne’s City Tax Collector, giving her the distinct title as the first Hispanic to hold that position.

In her capacity as Chief of Staff to Mayor Davis she learned the inner working of the City, giving her experience with working with many departments and Leaders within Bayonne’s city government.

According to an article by Al Sullivan in TAPinto Bayonne, Mayor Jimmy Davis said that he appointed Martinez to the position, formerly filled by Joanne Sisk, because she is “extremely qualified for the job.” 

Her education background is impressive, earning her a degree in Applied Sciences from Jersey City University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University and her resume is equally impressive besides working as Chief of Staff for Mayor Davis, Martinez, was administrative assistant for then Hudson County Sheriff Juan Perez, and also assistant director of Rutgers Business School.

Working in the Tax Office since 2019 Martinez has passed all required courses and she said her priority as Tax Collector is to provide Bayonne residents with a more efficient service.

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Jersey City Approves 1,600 Households Rent and Utility Relief Grants to Help Low-income Residents Struggling amid the Pandemic

9/11 Memorial Blood Drive

Jersey City Allocates over $2.5M in Direct Recovery Assistance to Help Prevent Eviction, Regardless of Immigration Status; City Announces 2nd Round of Rent Relief for May that will Allocate an Additional $7M in Rent/Utility Relief  

Mayor Steven M. Fulop joins the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC)to award over $2.5 million in rent relief and utility assistance to over 1,600 low-income households throughout Jersey City who are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the application process for the Jersey City COIVD-19 Hardship Assistance Program, every resident who applied for financial assistance and met initial program screening will be notified that they are eligible for $1,500 in hardship relief funds, with 95-percent of the grant money providing direct aid to residents in The Heights and south west sections of the City.  

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bayonne COVID-19 UPDATE 2/11/2021

Under the direction of Mayor Davis, OEM provides weekly updates on the status of Bayonne in relation to the COVID-19 Health Emergency. All efforts are now geared towards the vaccination process for our residents.   

To date, just under 5.000 Bayonne residents have received the Covid-19 vaccination (either at BMC, HC/Kearny, or RWJB). 

The Vaccination Rollout for New Jersey is currently in Phase 1A.  Any healthcare worker, first responder, senior over 65, or anyone 16-64 with a serious medical condition is qualified to be vaccinated at this time.

Anyone in Phase 1A who wants to be vaccinated can choose among four paths.  Please note that your second shot must be given at the same location of your first shot.

  • Bayonne – Call 201-858-6088 or send email to bayvax@baynj.org, leave your name, date of birth, and contact number.  A scheduler will call you.  Please do not call or email multiple times and please be patient, as it may take several weeks for an appointment.  Please do not call the hospital or city hall to find your place on the list or to ask to be moved to the front of the line.
  • Hudson County – Register at www.hudsoncovidvax.org to receive the vaccine at our County site in Kearny, NJ.
  • State – Register at www.covidvaccine.nj.gov to receive the vaccine at one of the State of New Jersey mega-sites.
  • RiteAid/CVSThese pharmacies are now vaccinating people.  You can make an appointment by visiting their websites.

Covid-19 Prevention – Positive cases of the coronavirus continue to decline in Bayonne.  We have less than 400 residents currently positive and only 9 Covid-positive residents are presently admitted to BMC.

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Mayor Fulop Announces 3rd Major Street Scape Upgrade; Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza

$6.7 Million Overhaul to make it One of NJ’s Premier Business Corridors  JNewark Ave Pedestrian Plaza Permanency Follows Major Streetscape Upgrades to West Side and Central Avenues that Commenced in 2021  

Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Municipal Council announced today a $6.7 million upgrade to the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza, finally giving it the permanency to create one of New Jersey’s premier destinations.  

 The Pedestrian Mall was first closed to vehicles in 2015 as an experiment to limit traffic and create a pedestrian destination. The plaza was expanded to a second block in 2018. Then, during the Covid-19 pandemic, it was expanded further to Grove Street between Montgomery Street and Christopher Columbus Drive as well as 1st Street and Newark Avenue. 

“The creation of the Pedestrian Plaza was a risk our administration took when first elected as there was significant pushback, but I think over time it has become clear to everyone that the changes we made there have attracted more people, allowed more businesses to open, and created a destination spot for visitors and residents,” Mayor Fulop said.  

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UPS TO CALL BAYONNE HOME


Lincoln Equities Group (LEG) scheduled to seek site plan approval to build eight hundred eighty thousand Sq. Ft facility at the former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne” MOTBY”

BAYONNE, N.J. – On February 9, 2021 the Bayonne Planning board will hold a hearing to approve amendments to LEG’s site plan to permit the construction of a distribution center to host United Parcel Service (UPS) as a tenant. The site consists of approximately 150 waterfront acres with direct access to Global terminals and the NJ Turnpike.

The UPS project is estimated to create over a thousand jobs for the area “” When I first became Mayor in 2014 the development of MOTBY and bringing jobs back to Bayonne were my top
priorities,” said Bayonne Mayor James Davis. “This project with UPS helps me accomplish both, and is not only good for Bayonne but for the entire region.

“This is a welcomed addition to the revitalization of the former MOTBY site and great news for Bayonne’s families,” said U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. “I applaud Mayor Davis and his council for their continued leadership in attracting new, good-paying jobs and economic opportunities to the city.”

MOTBY was transferred to the City in 1999 and under the Davis Administration has seen a flurry of development including residential and commercial sites such as COSTCO, Starbucks and Lid!. ” As the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency under Mayor Doria, I always knew the potential benefits of MOTBY and today as a resident and elected official I can proudly say that the addition of UPS to our city is a win for all of us” said Assemblyman Nicholas
Chiaravalloti.

“This project is part of the City’s overall goal of promoting balanced development within our city that not only benefits the new businesses and investors but helps support the economy of the whole city.” Stated Council President Sharon Ashe Nadrowski Bayonne’s redevelopment continues to be a economic driver in Hudson County and throughout the state and region. The original site plan approved construction of 1.5 million square feet within in a four buildings between 150,000-477,000 square feet. The site also has direct water access with a wharf with roll on roll off capabilities that may permit UPS to create a water highway to New York city and beyond.

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snowy owl in bayonne park

By Joe Calamito

How did you get here?

How far did you fly?

All speckled white and large with big yellow eyes

It is easy to see you don’t belong

In a city park with not much going on

Your majestic, and regal and you know it, you do

Watching from a high as they take pictures of you

Long lenses, snapping, snapping away

And I wondered as I watched, did you eat today?

The tundra, I read, you’re chosen spot, but here you sat

occupying a light post in a Bayonne park , parking lot

You made me laugh when you’d turn your head

Their eyes in their lenses their faces of dread

Hoping you wouldn’t move, for the perfect shot

And when they clicked you turned, you turned a lot

On purpose I guess, a small price to pay

To watch and observe a snowy owl today

The crowds are gone now they had their fill

And the media, well, just like the media always will

News today, and gone tomorrow

Yet I feel a sense of deep lasting sorrow

Not knowing your destination

Or if you survived

 The piece of pizza

I left for your flight

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