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Ceremony Held for Phase II of Dennis P. Collins Park

          On November 1, the City of Bayonne held a ceremony to rededicate a recently renovated portion of Dennis P. Collins Park, the largest municipal park in Bayonne.

          Mayor Jimmy Davis reminded people at the ceremony that large sections of the park were environmentally damaged in the 20th century.  He thanked the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for ensuring that the park was cleaned up and was “built right” and “built safe” as a part of a court-administered program. He expressed gratitude to Public Works Director Tom Cotter for his role in completing the park renovations.  Mayor Davis said that former Mayor Dennis P. Collins, after whom the park is named, carried out a thorough program of park improvements. He promised to emulate Mayor Collins by redoing Bayonne’s municipal parks.  He referred to Dennis P. Collins Park as “the crown jewel” of the municipal park system.  Mayor Davis said that the most recent phase of Collins Park work “far exceeds all of my expectations.”

          Ronald Riccio, the court-appointed administrator of the environmental work at Collins Park, lauded the collaboration of the City of Bayonne, the NJDEP, and PPG on the project.  PPG, a provider of paints, coatings, and other products, was the court-appointed company given responsibility for the environmental work at the park.  PPG was one of several companies that accepted responsibility for environmental clean-up of New Jersey sites, because it could not always be determined which company may have been involved in particular properties. Mr. Riccio reported that 20,000 tons of environmentally damaged soil were removed from the park, and that 39,000 tons of clean fill replaced that soil.  He also cited the improved revetment, which is stonework that will help protect the park from the waters of the Kill Van Kull.  Mr. Riccio said he had “treasured memories” of Uncle Milty’s, the amusement park that occupied much of the property that is now Collins Park. 

          Public Works Director Cotter thanked Mayor Davis, the City Council, the CME engineering firm, the municipal attorneys, the Picerno-Giordano construction workers and executives, and PPG for their work on the park renovation project.  Referring to Mayor Collins, Director Cotter said to the Collins family, “His vision is still alive today.” 

          First Ward Council Member Neil Carroll III said that, when he was younger, the park was his “whole world.”  After seeing the park renovations, he said he was “so filled with joy.”  He described the improvements as “magic.”  “It was like watching a miracle happen,” Council Member Carroll observed.

          Concluding the speeches, Mayor Davis said, “We always have to preserve our park.  We keep our past part of our future.”

Bayonne to Help Ukraine

Bayonne to Help Ukraine; Mayor Davis Seeks Help for War-Torn Country

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne will begin collecting goods to help the people of Ukraine.

Mayor Davis said, “The people of Ukraine are fighting to preserve their democracy, freedom, and independence. They need our help desperately.” Mayor Davis continued, “More than a million Ukrainians have fled from their homes. They are living in bomb shelters, subways, and refugee camps. They need support from the outside world. We can help send Ukrainians the things they need to get by from day to day. I am sure that the people of Bayonne will respond to this urgent humanitarian cause.” There are some basic items that are needed in Ukraine.

These include clothing, baby clothes, Pampers and other diaper products, sleeping bags, pillows, food, water, toothpaste, soap, and other hygiene products, and first aid materials.

Beginning Friday, March 4, the City of Bayonne will park a trailer in front of City Hall. The trailer will accept donations of the listed items Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., until further notice.

City Hall is located on Avenue C between 27th and 28th Streets.

Mayor Davis concluded, “I would like to thank the people of Bayonne in advance for their generosity to the people of Ukraine. We have a responsibility to help them at this time of great human need. I am confident that the people of Bayonne will come through for Ukraine at this crucial hour.”

Outdoor Dining Permits Available in Bayonne

          In order to support the local economy, Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Bayonne City Council have announced that, beginning April 1, 2021, local food and/or beverage establishments may be able to establish temporary outdoor seating with the issuance of a temporary use permit. These permits may allow food and/or beverage establishments to expand the areas available for seating on a cases by case basis.  These temporary use permits were approved for most establishments last year through an active mercantile license from the City of Bayonne.  If a food and/or beverage establishment received approval in 2020 for temporary outdoor dining, a new application is not required if the proposed use remains the same.  However, proof of 2021 insurance must be provided. If the business proposal has changed, a new application will be required. 

          Temporary outdoor dining permits allow operation from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at A.B.C.-licensed facilities and normal business hours for non-A.B.C.-licensed facilities. 

          Food and/or beverage establishments interested in continuing their temporary outdoor dining use permit in the same manner as the 2020 approval must sign a certification and mail or place it in the drop box by the outside of City Hall to the attention of Room #13- Zoning Office.  There is no fee to continue the temporary outdoor dining use for qualifying food and/or beverage establishments.

          A food and/or beverage establishment that did not apply previously or receive approval for outdoor dining must submit a new application packet along with proof of insurance coverage.  There is no fee for new applications or the continuation certification.            For questions, please contact Tracey Tuohy in the Zoning Office at 201-858-6110 or Michele O’Reilly in the Health Department at 201-85


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

“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.


Mayor James Davis, members of the Bayonne City Council, Assemblyman Nicholasi Chiaravalloti and Starbuck staff cut the Ribbon on Bayonne’s new Starbucks

Mayor James Davis and members of the City Council with Asseblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti proudly cut the ribbon on the brand new Starbucks on Goldsborough Drive and Rt 440. .

Mayor Davis said “Our community remains laser-focused on bringing life to many of the long-dormant properties in Bayonne, especially the former Military Ocean Terminal. Today is another milestone towards the rebirth of our great Bayonne!”

Dining and Entertainment on Uptown Broadway Set for Friday, October 9 and Thursday, October 15

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that outdoor dining and entertainment events on Uptown Broadway have been scheduled for Friday, October 9, and Thursday, October 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The event of Friday, October 9, will take place on Broadway from 41st Street to 45th Street, with a rain date of Saturday, October 10. Live music will be provided by Keith Borelli and Bennett Rhode.

The event of Thursday, October 15, will take place on Broadway from 33rd Street to 38th Street, with a rain date of Friday, October 16. Live music will be provided by Dave “Doc” Watson and Lisel Cox.

On both dine out nights, a portion Broadway will be closed to traffic in the area of each event, in order to accommodate the outdoor dining and entertainment.

Participating restaurants will set up tables, chairs, and tents on the street.

The event organizer is City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski. The Council President said, “These special events are all about supporting local restaurants and small businesses during this trying time. We are happy to extend the success of our recent Downtown and Midtown dining events to our Uptown area.

Mayor Davis said, “I would like to thank Council President Ashe-Nadrowski and all participating businesses for planning these great events. We should all do whatever we can to support our local small business community.”

In order to allow for event set-up, the street-closing on Broadway will start at 4:00 p.m. on the night of each event. Broadway will be closed until 11:00 p.m. that night, in order to provide time to remove dining furniture and equipment from the street.

No parking will be allowed on Broadway in the outdoor dining areas from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., in order to provide space for the restaurants and entertainment.

In the event of inclement weather, the rain dates of Saturday, October 10, and Friday, October 16, would have the same hours and street closing details described above for Friday, October 9, and Thursday, October 15.

The dining and entertainment events will observe the mask requirements and social distancing guidelines established by the State of New Jersey.

Bayonne Joins With County for Small Business Grant Program

            Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne is joining with the Hudson County Small Business Grant Program: “I understand the difficulties facing our small business community, and I have been fighting hard to get much-needed aid. With the constantly changing guidelines from the federal government, we have faced unpredictable delays.  However, I am happy to announce we will be teaming up with the program being created by Hudson County to facilitate the Small Business Grant Program.  This will allow us to support Bayonne’s businesses better during the application process.  I am confident in the county’s abilities and our ability as a city to make it through this trying time.”

            This program is designed to provide financial grants to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  First priority will be given to businesses which have not received any federal grant assistance, New Jersey Economic Development Authority grants, U.S. Small Administration grants, or any other grant assistance.  While the county is currently completing the application, small businesses can begin to prepare for the application process by gathering the following documents that will be needed to be uploaded in digital format:

+ Copy of last Form WR-30 filed with the State of New Jersey

+ Copy of last filed federal income tax return or proof of owner draws


COVID-19 UPDATE 7/3/2020

Mayor Davis has directed OEM to keep residents informed on all the latest information related to this health emergency.

Bayonne Residents CURRENTLY Positive – 294*

  • The number above reflects only the Bayonne residents that are CURRENTLY COVID-19 Positive.  We have 828 Bayonne residents that are considered recovered.   

FIREWORKS: Due to the State of Emergency, there will be NO fireworks display in Bayonne this year.

GOVERNOR UPDATES: Please see the governor’s social media pages or go to covid19.nj.gov for the latest information related to statewide directives.

JULY 4TH FLYOVER: The US Military will be conducting a large flyover in our area tomorrow.  The celebration is called “Salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution”.  This flyover will begin in Boston and work its way down to us in the NYC area, then Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC.  The planes (large assortment of B-1B, B2 Stealth, B-52, F-15, F-22, and F-35) will fly south along the Hudson River towards our area and out over the Verrazano Bridge at approximately 5pm.  This time is tentative and can change.  The best viewing areas will be along the east side of Bayonne and Jersey City.


COVID-19 UPDATE 6/25/2020

Mayor Davis has directed OEM to keep residents informed on all the latest information related to this health emergency.

Bayonne Residents CURRENTLY Positive – 399*

  • The number above reflects only the Bayonne residents that are CURRENTLY COVID-19 Positive.  We have 717 Bayonne residents that are considered recovered.   The Bayonne Medical Center advises that there are currently NO Bayonne resident In-Patients at BMC with COVID-19 or under investigation for the virus.

SCHOOLYARD PARKING: The Board of Ed has announced the reopening of their schoolyards for public parking beginning tomorrow, June 26th.  This parking will remain available to the public until August.

FIREWORKS:  The Mayor has announced the organization of a Fireworks Task Force which is made up of Bayonne Police Officers and Bayonne Firefighters.  This Task Force will work both proactively and reactively to stop the nuisance fireworks that have been affecting all areas of the city over the past few weeks. Please report any/all fireworks use to the Bayonne Public Safety Communications Center at 201-858-6900.

GOVERNOR’S DIRECTIVES: Our state has now entered a new phase in re-opening for many businesses. Please check with the Governor’s social media or visit www.covid19.nj.gov for the latest information.  Please support our local businesses.