Bayonne’s Mayor Mark A. Smith has a message for the residents of Bayonne, advising them to take the necessary precautions to stay warm and avoid excessive exposure to the cold. He said, “Please look in on elderly or disabled neighbors and relatives to make sure that they are safe. If you are a tenant and your landlord is not supplying adequate heat, please call 201-858-6900 to file a heating complaint which our inspectors will investigate.”
Mayor Smith continued, “If you or persons you know do not have access to a place to keep warm, the City of Bayonne will be opening three warming centers to provide shelter during these winter conditions.”
The 4th Street senior center (4th Street and Story Court), the 56th Street senior center (56th Street and Avenue B), and the Firehouse Recreation Center at 597 Broadway (27th Street and Broadway) will all have extended hours to accommodate those who need to keep warm. The centers at 4th Street and 56th Street will be open evenings until 8:00 p.m. until further notice. The center at 27th Street and Broadway will be open around the clock until further notice, and will be equipped with cots and blankets.
Mayor Smith concluded, “Stop by any of these centers to get warm.”
Bayonne’s Mayor Mark A. Smith recently announced that his Administration will present a proposal for a Shop Bayonne Card that would encourage people to shop locally and save on their property taxes at the same time. Mayor Smith said, “Bayonne stores and professional services need to increase their numbers of customers, and Bayonne property owners can reduce their tax bills. The Shop Bayonne Card will achieve both goals. We are very excited about this proposal, which will be a win-win for the people of Bayonne.” Mayor Smith thanked Second Ward Council Member Joseph Hurley for bringin this program to my attention.”
This spring, the City of Bayonne will mail Shop Bayonne Cards to every known household in the community. The cards will appear similar to credit and debit cards, complete with a magnetic strip on the reverse side. Mayor Smith explained, “They can be used only at participating Bayonne businesses.” Smith continued, “Each participating enterprise will offer its own percentage of the purchase price, which will be transferred into a special property tax reduction fund for each cardholder. When Bayonne residents receive the cards in the mail, they would need to activate them before taking them to local stores and offices.” The cards must be registered online at www.propertytaxcard.com. Every time a resident shops at a participating merchant and they swipe the card, the amount of the discount will be registered on the Internet. Consumers will be able to check their progress online throughout the year. Continue reading New Shopping Program to Boost Bayonne Businesses and Reduce Property Taxes→
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has advised the City of Bayonne that it will close the Disaster Recovery Center it has been operating at the Bayonne Community Museum, which is located at 9th Street and Broadway. FEMA will have its last day at that location on Saturday, December 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. After that date, Bayonne residents and property owners in need of a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Hudson County should go to either the Jersey City location at 350 Montgomery Street, or the Hoboken location, City Hall, at 94 Washington Street. Those facilities will have half-days on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, with hours from 9:00 a. m. to 1:00 p.m. They will both be closed on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, and will reopen with regular hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2.
Bayonne’s Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that Hurricane Sandy recovery assistance is available from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program. Mayor Smith said, “I urge both residents and business owners to apply for the financial assistance and environmental savings available from the New Jersey Clean Energy Program. The program offers rebates and equipment incentives that could help homes and businesses get back up and running.” Continue reading Bayonne Residents: Hurricane Recovery Assistance Available From Clean Energy Program→
Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the City of Bayonne will hold its annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Fitzpatrick Park on Monday, December 3, at 4:30 p.m. The park is located on Avenue C, between 26th and 27th Streets.
Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that there will be free parking for the entire month of December in all Bayonne Parking Utility lots for non-commercial vehicles. The program will be in effect through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Parking charges in the lots will resume for non-commercial vehicles on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The Mayor said, “The free parking program will encourage people to visit Bayonne and do their holiday shopping in local stores.” Smith thanked the Bayonne Parking Utility for supporting the annual free parking policy again this year. He said, “I would like to commend the Parking Utility for offering free parking again to non-commercial vehicles in the lots during the 2012 holiday season.” Smith continued, “I would like to encourage everyone who lives or works in Bayonne to spread the word about this holiday season parking lot program.” Continue reading City of Bayonne -Free Parking in Lots in December for Non-Commercial Vehicles→
Bayonne remains under a state of emergency. A mandatory overnight curfew remains in effect from 6:00 p.m. until further notice. For your safety, residents are instructed to remain at home or in secure locations as much as possible over the next several days.
If you sustained losses or damage from Hurricane Sandy, you may be eligible for disaster aid.
You can call to apply: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. For 711 or Video Relay Service, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) For more information or to apply: www.DisasterAssistance.gov Or apply on your smartphone at: m.fema.gov
When you apply for disaster assistance, please have the following available: – Social Security number (including your spouse’s number) – Private insurance information, if available – Address and zip code of the damaged property – Directions to the damaged home or property – Daytime telephone number – A telephone number where FEMA can reach you or leave a message – An address where you can get mail – If you want your disaster assistance funds sent directly to your bank, provide the FEMA agent with your bank account type (savings/checking), account number, and routing number
Disaster recovery assistance for eligible recipients is available without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status.
MAYOR MARK A. SMITH HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE CITY OF BAYONNE, EFFECTIVE AT 6:00 P.M. SUNDAY NIGHT. WE ASK THAT ALL NON-ESSENTIAL VEHICLES STAY OFF THE ROADS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY RAINS ARE EXPECTED. THE CITY OF BAYONNE IS ASKING RESIDENTS TO AVOID PARKING IN AREAS THAT HAVE FLOODED IN THE PAST. WE SUGGEST THAT RESIDENTS IN FLOOD-PRONE AREAS MOVE THEIR VEHICLES TO PUBLIC SCHOOL PARKING LOTS. ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL PARKING LOTS WILL BE OPEN FOR PUBLIC PARKING DURING THE EMERGENCY, BEGINNING AT 6:00 P.M. SUNDAY. Continue reading THE CITY OF BAYONNE HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT HURRICANE SANDY:→
The recently formed Art Circle of Bayonne will have its first exhibit, beginning with an opening reception on Saturday, September 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Bayonne Community Museum, 229 Broadway, at 9th Street. That reception will be free and open to the public.