Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop Increases CCTV System By More Than 100%

Boosting Surveillance Capabilities and Other Crime Deterrence Efforts

In 2018, forty additional cameras in ten locations will be installed throughout Jersey City, for a total of nearly 200 CCTV cameras citywide

Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea announce today Jersey City’s new CCTV camera system is expanding with the instillation of 40 additional cameras in high crime areas.  Phase II of the CCTV project will be completed in the new year, which includes extending fiber lines in accordance with plans to expand the system even further.

“We’ve been working to modernize the antiquated and unreliable CCTV system we inherited with an updated, state-of-the-art system strategically mapped out with multiple cameras covering our problem areas,” said Mayor Fulop.  “The cameras will enable surveillance in real-time and for review, considerably enhancing our efforts to increase public safety citywide.”

When Mayor Fulop took office in 2013, there were 50 functioning cameras throughout Jersey City.  Upon the completion of Phase I, there are now 107 new cameras.  With Phase II moving forward
in the new year, 40 additional cameras are currently being installed and implemented for a total of 197 cameras citywide.  Each of the new 147 cameras are operating at 5-times more clarity compared to the city’s former 1-megapixel technology.

Phase II includes 10 new locations totaling 40 cameras:

Dwight and Ocean Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Winfield and Ocean Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Bartholdi and Ocean Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Fulton and Ocean Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Lexington and Bergen Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Bayview and Garfield Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Monticello and Brinkerhoff Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Monticello and Belmont Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Monticello and Jewitt Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Monticello and Gardner Avenues (4 HD Fixed Cameras)

Phase I and Phase II total approximately $850,000 and are a combination of Department of Homeland Security Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funds and capital
budget funds.  The cameras serve not only to assist the police, but can also be used for evacuation and emergency scenarios.

Phase II also includes laying down fiber lines as well as extending them from existing lines to the new and future locations.

“These new cameras use the latest technology, strengthening our other crime reduction efforts as we continue to see downward trends in violent and nonviolent crimes,” said Mayor Fulop.  “Strategically placing the cameras in our problem areas is multifunctional, serving not only as a crime deterrent, but the surveillance footage can also serve as a crucial piece of evidence in court.”

“We realized we were spending an exorbitant amount of money constantly repairing the old cameras, and therefore decided it would be much more effective to start from scratch,” said
Director Shea.  “The previous system used one user controlled, pan-tilt-zoom camera per location, and was oftentimes pointing in the wrong direction at the time of an incident being investigated.  We moved to a system with four stationary cameras at each location, providing more coverage at each location.”

This first part of Phase II brings the city to the halfway mark of the administration’s overall goal of over 50 locations citywide.

Phase I of the CCTV project includes 6 parks and 13 street locations.  The prior system, which was comprised of 150 cameras, was installed
in phases between eight and fifteen years ago using Urban Enterprise Zone funds, which meant they were placed in business districts throughout the city – not the most effective locations. The locations for the new cameras are based on crime data identifying
areas of historically higher crime, our municipal parks and using feedback from the community. Additionally, the old cameras hadn’t been serviced in several years once the state withdrew UEZ revenue from municipalities, which meant at times a third or more
were out of service.


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CHILLY-CHILI-BANG-BANG- Bayonne Heats Winter Brrrs with Chili Contest

  Bayonne Heats Winter Brrrs with Chili Contest

  Family Fun; Contestants Vie for Champ Title


By Sally Deering

Chili Chili Bang Bang  

If you’ve got a hankerin’ for some hot stuff to warm these frigid cold nights, then mark your calendar for Bayonne’s first ever Chili Cook Off Competition, where 15 professional chefs plan to do whatever it takes to walk away with the title of Best Chili Champ of Bayonne!


Bayonne 1st Annual Chili Cook Off

As temps drop to single digits, Bayonne will be heating up its pots and pans for the First Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest to be held Friday, Jan. 19th, from 6:30-11 pm at the Polish American Home on 22nd Street in Bayonne. There, residents and friends will taste the offerings of 15 qualified chefs competing for best chili recipe, but Chili Cook-Off attendees beware: this cook-off promises to bring on the hot stuff with crates of chili peppers, ladles of Cayenne and Cumin seasonings and gallons of tongue-lashing hot sauce guaranteed to set your taste-buds on fire. Continue reading CHILLY-CHILI-BANG-BANG- Bayonne Heats Winter Brrrs with Chili Contest

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News from Bayonne for January 2018 -Bayonne Bridge Update -Black History Essay Contest

Bayonne Bridge Update

            The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has provided the City of Bayonne with updated information about Bayonne Bridge construction and demolition activities.

            Demolition of piers (columns), steel, and roadway segments of the old version of the bridge has been completed in Bayonne’s residential areas.  Demolition is taking place now between 1st Street and the Kill Van Kull.

            Bridge construction (roadway segments) is taking place over Juliette Street.

            Street closings: Margaret Street is closed until 2019.  Juliette Street is closed until some point in early 2018.  West 3rd Street is closed until mid-to-late 2018.  Gertrude Street is closed until May 2018.


Black History Month Essay Contest Announced for Bayonne Students

                Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Bayonne Youth Center have announced a Black History Month Essay Contest.  The competition is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who are residents of Bayonne. 

                The purpose of the contest is to honor African-Americans and their contributions to the City of Bayonne or Hudson County.  Students competing in the contest must compose an essay discussing a particular African-American resident of the City of Bayonne or Hudson County (past or present).  This person should inspire the student, due to his or her significant achievements that have had an impact on our society.  This essay contest is an opportunity for the students to honor role models, community leaders, historical figures, or others.  Essays will be judged on content, grammar, spelling, and facts.

                The essay must address the following content: 1.) Discuss the contributions of this individual who has served to inspire and motivate.  2.)  How has this person impacted the City of Bayonne or Hudson County?

                Essay length should be 300 to 500 words.  The essays are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, January 22, 2018, and are to be dropped off at the Mayor’s Office at City Hall, 630 Avenue C.  Winners will be contacted on Monday, January 29.  The winners and their immediate family members will be guests at Mayor Davis’s Jazz and Blues Social, which will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at the Polish American Home.  Three prizes will be awarded: $400 for first prize, $250 for second prize, and $100 for third prize.

                Please address any questions about the contest by e-mail to either or

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Quick Check Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Bayonne Crossing Shopping Center Location

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis prepares to cut the Ribbon at the new 5,496 Sq.ft Quick Check located at Bayonne Crossing Shopping Center.

 Mayor Davis and Quick Check Whitehorse Station CEO Dean Durling, and The Bayonne City Council, along with other Quick Check management and employees and members of the Bayonne High School Band took part in the new store location ribbon cutting.

The new Quick Check also has 8 pumping stations,

47 parking spaces, indoor seating for 10 and is open 24 hours.

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Hudson County Community College To Hold Audition for After -School String Ensemble Program

JERSEY CITY, N.J. / December 29, 2017 – The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Community Education will hold auditions for an After-school String Ensemble program during the week of January 15, 2018. The audition is open to all string players (violin, viola, cello, and bass) playing at or above Suzuki Book IV level. 

The After-school String Ensemble program will be composed of experienced student players who wish to deepen their knowledge of music, and develop their artistic skills alongside peers. The program will concentrate on advanced technical and expressive skills in chamber and full ensemble settings. Students will receive weekly rotating group instruction with emphasis on technique development, musical expression, and collaborative playing. Public concerts will be given to enhance learning and reward accomplishment.  The String Ensemble will run for 10 weeks from January 30 through April 24 at the Journal Square campus. The price is $350 per student.

The program will be led by Izabella Liss Cohen who has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a solo, chamber, and orchestra musician. She has worked with many great conductors, was a member of the Philharmonia Virtuosi, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, and American Russian Young Artists Orchestra, and has toured the U.S. and abroad. 

Ms. Cohen is a dedicated music educator who ran a strings program for ten years at the Kent Place School in Summit, NJ while maintaining a private studio. She served as the Director of Chamber Music at InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and as chamber music coach for the NJ Youth Symphony.

A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Ms. Cohen is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Burton Kaplan, Masao Kawasaki, and Itzhak Perlman. She made her New York recital debut in 2000 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as the winner of Artists International Auditions.

Membership for the After-school String Ensemble program will be very selective. Placement is done via the auditions process and at the discretion of the instructor.  Audition requirements: Violin/Viola –  any three octave scale and arpeggio and a solo piece of applicant’s choice. Cello/Double Bass – any two octave scale and arpeggio and a solo piece of applicant’s choice. Students may be asked to demonstrate standard bowing technique, and sight reading.
Additional information on the After-School String Ensemble program may be obtained by emailing: or calling 201-360-4224.

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Ben Costanza Appointed Aide to Mayor Davis for Business and Economic Development


  Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that he has appointed Ben Costanza as an Aide to the Mayor.  Costanza will work on economic development issues, business relations, and the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ).  Mayor Davis said, “As someone with experience in both business and government, Ben Costanza has the skills to help our administration continue our record of success with economic development.”  Mayor Davis continued, “With the departure of Joe DeMarco from our office, we wanted to have someone to work with me and business Administrator/UEZ Coordinator Terrence Malloy on economic and business issues.  Ben Costanza has the qualifications to assume these important responsibilities.”

                Ben Costanza is a lifelong resident of Bayonne.  He is the son of the late Antonio and Providenza Costanza, both of whom emigrated from San Giuseppe, Yato, Palermo, Sicily.  He attended Kindergarten at Assumption School, and then transferred to Horace Mann for the rest of elementary school.   Costanza graduated from Marist High School in 1974.  He studied at St. John’s University in New York, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.   The St. John’s graduate began his accounting career with the Titan Group, a real estate development company.  At that firm, Costanza served as the accountant in charge of costs for large development projects.  At that time, the Titan Group was one of the thirty largest development companies in the United States.  Titan’s development projects included schools, roads, office buildings, and theaters.

                Shortly after leaving the Titan Group, Costanza started his own business, Costanza and Providence Real Estate, specializing in property management, ownership, development, and sales.  He served as Third Ward Council Member from 1986 to 1990, and as an Aide to the Mayor during the administration of former Mayor Joseph V. Doria, Jr.   

                In 1981, Costanza married his college sweetheart, Susan Foster.  Together, they have four children and one grandson.


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New Jersey Devils Players Visit All RWJBarnabas Health Hospitals in Annual Holiday Tradition

TODAY, Wednesday, December 20, 2017

NJ The New Jersey Devils will be making their annual holiday visit to all RWJBarnabas Health facilities. The visits are part of the annual tradition of the team visiting local medical centers, dating back to 1982 – the Devils’ first season in New Jersey. All Devils players will be in game jerseys, transported by staff, with giveaways in hand. As part of their “Season of Giving” holiday campaign this year, the players will visit with patients providing each with a special gift from the team.

TODAY, Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – The visits will be between late morning, ending early in the afternoon, running 45 – 60 minutes in duration. See the full schedule below.
RWJBarnabas Health Facility

Visit Time



Clara Maass Medical Center


Kinkaid, Hayes, Moore

1 Clara Maass Drive, Belleville, NJ 07109

Jersey City Medical Center


Hall, Prout, Noesen

355 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

RWJUH New Brunswick & BMSCH


Wood, Santini / Coleman, Butcher, Gibbons,

1 Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

RWJUH Somerset


Bruce Driver

30 Rehill Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876

RWJUH Hamilton


NJ Devil

1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton Township, NJ 08690

Children’s Specialized Hospital (NB)


Mueller, Nico, Bratt

200 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

RWJUH Rahway


Zacha, Vatanen

865 Stone Street, Rahway, NJ 07065

Community Medical Center


NJ Devil

99 Highway 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755

Monmouth Medical Center & The Unterberg Children’s Hospital


Ken Daneyko

300 Second Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus


Ken Daneyko

600 River Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center & Children’s Hospital of NJ


Zajac, Lovejoy, Stafford

201 Lyons Avenue, Newark, NJ 07112

Saint Barnabas Medical Center


Greene, Johansson, Boyle

94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ 07039

MEDIA RSVP: Press is invited to attend the event and should RSVP to Rebecca Smith at or 908-801-1158 (cell) or 908-334-7917 (direct office line).

Background: RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) is the official healthcare provider of the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center, the home of the New Jersey Devils and sports and entertainment arena. RWJBH partners with the Devils on their grassroots programs as a way to support our mission of building healthier communities. These programs are a part of RWJBarnabas Health’s commitment to health, wellness and living an active and healthy lifestyle. The Barnabas Health Hockey House, Prudential Center’s practice facility, is the epicenter of youth and amateur hockey in New Jersey and serves125,000 community members each year. The Barnabas Health Hockey House staff and RWJBarnabas Health’s team of specialty physicians and nutrition and wellness experts provide programming designed to promote optimal performance and good health, while building confidence, sportsmanship and life skills. 

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