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Mayor Davis Reorganizes Bayonne for Second Term

1st Ward Councilman Thomas Cotter Resigns, Will be named as DPW Director 

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Newly elected Mayor Jimmy Davis and newly elected First Ward Councilman Thomas Cotter on election night 2014   Photo by Steve Mack 

BAYONNE, NJ — Mayor Jimmy Davis is announcing that the City of Bayonne will undergo a reorganization this year with the departure of Tommy Cotter as First Ward Council Member and the request by Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Gary Chmielewski to take on a new role within the city. “I am sorry to see Tommy step down as a Council Member.  He has been a great representative for the First Ward and an outstanding advocate for the entire City. I am glad that he has agreed to take the position as the DPW Director. I am confident that he will serve the needs of the residents and will make sure that we continue to focus on the needed upgrades to our open space,” said Mayor Davis. Council Member Cotter’s resignation will take effect November 12. 

“It has been my pleasure to serve as a Council Member under Mayor Davis. I have been lucky to be part of a great Council team that has been able to kickstart development at MOTBY and invest in our parks,” exclaimed Cotter.  “I also feel honored that the Mayor has asked me to step in and head the DPW. For me, there is nothing I like better then serving my community.  I look forward to working with all of the dedicated employees and being part of the next stage of progress in this City.” Council Member Cotter was first elected in May of 2014 and has focused on the park and bridge improvements in the First Ward and throughout the City. Continue reading Mayor Davis Reorganizes Bayonne for Second Term

Bayonne’s Mayor Davis and City Council Sworn in for Second Terms

Bayonne Mayor Davis and City Council Sworn in for Second term
At City Inauguration Ceremony: Pictured left to right in foreground: U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and Mayor Jimmy Davis. Shown left to right in background: First Ward Council Member Tom Cotter, Second Ward Council Member Sal Gullace, Third Ward Council Member Gary LaPelusa, former State Senator Ray Lesniak (Union County), Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise, Hudson County Clerk Junior Maldonado, Kearny Mayor Al Santos, Mike Wilson of Post 19, and City Clerk Robert F. Sloan.

            Before an audience of more than 250 people in the City Council Chambers on Sunday, July 1, Mayor Jimmy Davis and Bayonne’s five City Council Members took their oaths of office for new terms in municipal government.  The event featured remarks by Governor Phil Murphy, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Hudson County Freeholder Kenneth Kopacz, and former City Council President Joseph Makowski.  There were also prayers and reflections by Coptic Orthodox Vice Pope and Bishop David, Pastor Dorothy Patterson of the Wallace Temple AME Zion Church, and Father John Fencik of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church. The City’s Chief Financial Officer and former Mayor Terrence Malloy served as master of ceremonies.

            Originally scheduled to be held outdoors, the inaugural ceremony was moved to the Council chambers, due to the severe heat. Continue reading Bayonne’s Mayor Davis and City Council Sworn in for Second Terms