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Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith and Mayoral Challenger Jimmy Davis Answer Our 5 Questions Before the Bayonne June 10th Mayoral Run-Off

By Ricardo Kaulessar

Who will be the next Bayonne Mayor will be decided by a runoff between incumbent Mark Smith and challenger James Davis on June 10.

Smith, who has been mayor since November 2008, is running for a second four-year term. Before becoming mayor, Smith served In the Bayonne Police Department for 25 years where he rose through the ranks to deputy chief.  He is married and has two daughters.

Davis has been on the police force for over 25 years, currently holding the title of captain. His work has included leading a task force from 2007 to 2008 that made a number of arrests while dismantling a burglary and motor vehicle theft ring, and later helping to shut down cocaine distribution network operating partly out of Bayonne. He is married and is the father of three sons.

The River View Observer posed questions to both candidates about dealing with a prolonged campaign season in the Peninsula City, strategies the city’s highest office, and their respective plans for governing their hometown if one of them prevails.

Why do you think you ended up in a runoff with your opponent rather than had won the election outright?

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Mayor Mark Smith

 Smith: We always knew this was going to be a challenging race. While we won the popular vote, there’s still some lingering effects from the national recession. People are still struggling. The outcome may have reflected a bit of that. We heard their concerns. Some people are still restless and we need to communicate our plan with them. We’re going to show them that our team has the plan and the ability to continue revitalizing or community.

Jimmy Davis

Davis: When you combat a war chest of $1 million collectively and numerous outside entities attacking from different flanks, I feel making it into the runoff was our first win. I am proud of what our team has accomplished and know our drive will pull us all over the finish line in the end. Continue reading Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith and Mayoral Challenger Jimmy Davis Answer Our 5 Questions Before the Bayonne June 10th Mayoral Run-Off

Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith Kick Off Rally Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 Chandelier Restaurant Bayonne

On Wednesday, February 12th Mayor Mark Smith of Bayonne and supporters gathered at the Chandelier Restaurant to kick off Smith’s 2014 run for Mayor.

With the threat of a major snow storm looming an enthusiastic crowd of  supporters  were on hand to hear  Mayor Smith  announce his 2014 Council running mates which did not change from his current administration and to hear Former NJ Governor Richard Codey speak of  the accomplishments of Mayor Smith’s current administration and the promise to  “Move Bayonne Forward” for the next four years.

Photos by River View Observer photographer Steve A Mack 


Winners Bayonne ribbon cutting July 17th, 2012-famed Jockey Chucky Lopez, Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, Jeff Grual, (cutting ribbon) New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, Tim McLoone owner of McLoones Bayonne Grille, driver Brian Sears and Gallo Blue Chip biggest earning horse standardbred racing history earned 4.2 million.

On a hot Tuesday afternoon Winners Bayonne the first off-track wagering facility  built and operated by Jeff Gural’s  New Meadowlands  Racetrack LLC opened to  a very enthusiastic  and jubilant crowd including Former NJ Governor Richard Cody, Mayor Smith of Bayonne, The Bayonne City Council, Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblyman, Jason O’Donnell and other dignitaries. Driver Brian Sears,  famous  Jockey Chuckie Lopez and – 2000 winner  Gallo Blue Chip, the biggest earning horse in standardbred racing history winning 4.2 million.Winners Bayonne branded as a sports  bar with action , the 25,000 square-foot venue boasts two large simulcast areas, a VIP room and a 38-seat bar and full-service restaurant operated by McLoone’s with more than 150 television screens, he facility aims to please horse players  and sports fans alike.

Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith when asked by the River View Observer  “What this project means to  Bayonne,”  said, “The off-track wagering facility is a positive development for Bayonne. That is why our administration has been so supportive of this project from the beginning. The construction phase created jobs and generated local economic activity. The New facility will offer an attractive wagering operation and restaurant to the community. The off-track  wagering will provide much-needed employment for our residents.” Continue reading EAT-DRINK -BET WINNERS BAYONNE OPENS TO A JUBILANT CROWD

Bayonne Community Museum Opening Night April 13th, 2012

 Photos by Steveamack.com

Pictured at the first annual Citywide Art Show at the Bayonne Community Museum at 229 Broadway, at the corner of 9th Street is (far left ) Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, and  Joe Waks ( far right with blue shirt)Bayonne Municipal Services Director  and the many Bayonne artists whose works were on display.

The opening reception  which ran from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  drew many Bayonne dignitaries,  residents, and family and friends of the  artists who participated.

Light refreshments were served. Continue reading Bayonne Community Museum Opening Night April 13th, 2012

Bayonne St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Photos 2012

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Mayor Mark Smith smiles at the crowds

Enjoying the Bayonne St Paddy's day parade River View Observer Bagpipes  make the parade





Yesterday, with the sun shining, the crowds smiling, Mayor Smith waving,  Bands and the Bag Pipers  playing; the 2012 Bayonne St. Patrick’s Day parade took place and our River View Observer cameramen where there- Enjoy!



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City, Board of Education, and Community Groups Plan Events at Bayonne Museum

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the City of Bayonne, the Bayonne Board of Education, and various community groups are working together to establish a calendar of events at the Bayonne Community Museum. Mayor Smith said, “After several years of renovations, the building is ready to host a variety of events and serve several purposes. As the owner of the building, the City of Bayonne looks forward to offering the facility to interested parties for exhibits, performances, art shows, guest speakers, contests, awards dinners, receptions, public meetings, and other special events. The building may also be available as a catering facility.” Smith continued, “The City of Bayonne will continue to work with the Bayonne Community Museum, Inc, a private, non-profit corporation, to enable it to use the building for its own exhibits and activities. In the years ahead, visitors to the building will be able to enjoy viewing museum exhibits while also enjoying various cultural events at the same time. I would like to thank the members of the museum board for their hard work which has gotten the building ready for public use.” Continue reading City, Board of Education, and Community Groups Plan Events at Bayonne Museum

State Program Cleaned Bayonne’s Shores

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  Bayonne  Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that a crew from New Jersey’s Clean Shores program has finished clearing debris this summer from several waterfront locations in Bayonne.  The clean-up spanned a period of three weeks in June and July. Staffed by minimum-security prisoners who work under state supervision, the Clean Shores crew removed wood and other solid materials from shorelines across the state.  Continue reading State Program Cleaned Bayonne’s Shores



longhorn-opening-with-mayor-smith-and-council1On January 24th Longhorn Steakhouse 300-seater and first full-service restaurant at the Bayonne Crossings Shopping Center, 907 Bayonne Crossing, Rt. 440, opened its doors to the public.

 Pictured for the opening in front row: 31st District Assemblyman; Jason O’Donnell, First Ward Bayonne Councilwoman; Agnes Gillepsie, Bayonne Mayor; Mark Smith, Bayonne At-large Councilwoman; Deborah Czerwienski, Bayonne 3rd Ward Councilman; Raymond Greaves, Jeff Mulchaey; Managing Partner of Longhorn Steakhouse.

Back row: Bayonne 2nd Ward Councilman; Joseph Hurley, Jeffrey Scott; Longhorn Director of Operations; and Bayonne -at Large City Council President; Terrence Ruane.

The new Longhorn Steakhouse brings a taste of the Southwest to the Bayonne area, with a full menu, and an open bar which is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends.


The Grand Opening of the New Lowe’s In Bayonne


 Photo by steveamack.com

Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith and Lowe’s store manager Joe Santangelo of the New Lowe’s Bayonne “Cut the Grand Opening 2″ x4” on Thursday, December 30th. The store opened it’s doors to the public on Monday Dec. 27th at 6am.

The Bayonne Lowe’s has 94,000 square feet of retail sales space, with an adjacent garden center, stocking 32,000 different items to help customers build, improve and beautify their homes. 

Lowe’s of  Bayonne is located at  400 Bayonne Crossing Way Shopping Mall

 Lowe’s Companies- With fiscal year 2009 sales of $47.2 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

JOBS-JOBS-JOBS NJ Gov. Jon Corzine, Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith and The Cameron Group Break Ground for New Bayonne Crossings Shopping Mall


River View Observer -photos by Stevemack

On a 30 acre parcel of land in Bayonne NJ that lay dormant for nearly 26 years on Route 440. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, Bayonne Mayor; Mark Smith, Bayonne City Council President; Vincent LoRe, Bayonne Local Redevelopment Agency Director; Christopher Patella, and respresentatives of the New York Bayonne Cameron Group: Eric Alderman,  and others broke ground for the construction of the  Bayonne Crossings Project Shopping Center.

brealing-ground-bayonne-crossing-mallIn his speech to the 200 plus attendees Governor Corzine spoke of the Jobs that will be created by the construction of the Mall, emphasing “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, will be created with the building and opening of this mall“.The Govenor said he was proud to announce that 1200 construction jobs will be filled, and 900 retail jobs will be created.  And  Bayonne will receive Urban Enterprise Zone revenues which could equal into the millions. These are funds paid back by the state to the city from the 3.5 % sales tax.

The Govenor also said that Mayor Smith of Bayonne worked very hard in his committment to seeing this project become a reality,  Gov. Corzine praised  and thanked Mayor Mark Smith and everyone involved in the project .

The mall tenants: Who have signed leases to date are: Walmart and  Lowe’s which are the anchor stores, and  Sonic Drive Inn.  Also scheduled as tenants:  Sleepy’s, Friday’s, Longhorn, and NYSC (New York Sport Centers). The first store is expected to open in December of 2010.