By Scott Marlow

Councilman Gary LaPelusa has announced that St. Vincent’s School will be turned into rental apartments. According to the Jersey Journal, 979 Avenue C LLC, operated by Jeffery Unger, bought the building this month.

In a 2012 Jersey Journal article, Ed Gilligan (seen below), of the Bayonne Tenants Organization, accused one of Unger’s companies, River Edge Management, of forcing tenants out of their homes in order to bypass rent control laws. LaPelusa and other rent control advocates chastised Unger over the alleged actions. LaPelusa could not be reached for comment regarding his sudden change of heart about Unger and River Edge Management.

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LaPelusa poses with Rent Control Advocates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Saga Continues

According to New Jersey ELEC records, River Edge Management was one of the top political contributors to Mayor James Davis’ election campaign. River Edge Management also owns 174 Broadway, which is used as a satellite office of City Hall. Mayor Davis and other members of the City Council use the space for events and town  hall meetings.

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Attorney Peter Cresci seen here following his arrest for alleged forgery

Cresci and River Edge Management 

Peter Cresci, attorney for River Edge Management and Principal Jeffery Unger, said the plan is to put 38 units in St. Vincent’s School. Residents who attended the meeting on the development are worried about parking availability and other issues.

Cresci was also heavily involved in Mayor Davis’ election campaign. Cresci owns the campaign website and had other roles in the campaign. A search done by Bayonne Local shows that Cresci’s brother, Joseph Cresci, owns the website peninsulacitytribune.com.  Many of you may remember the “newspaper” from the last municipal campaign election cycle.

 

 

 

What does it all Mean? 

Well, that is a tough one. I think you can make an educated decision on whether or not you think Mayor Davis and the City Council are acting in the best interest of the people who elected them, or in the best interest of the people who gave them the money to get elected.

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4 Comments

  1. I thought we really scored big on this new Mayor, however the corrupt politics of Bayonne still continue. First he was a supporter of Rent Control, than once elected he wanted to put it on the ballot, first sign of a turncoat. Now we know the reason, he is in bed with the Realtor.
    I defended the high end car purchase but not this. Phony as the rest of em, and Bayonne crumbles beneath our feet.

  2. I thought we really scored big on this new Mayor, however the corrupt politics of Bayonne still continue. First he was a supporter of Rent Control, than once elected he wanted to put it on the ballot, first sign of a turncoat. Now we know the reason, he is in bed with the Realtor.
    I defended the high end car purchase but not this. Phony as the rest of em, and Bayonne crumbles beneath our feet.

  3. Mayor Davis, Gary LaPelusa, and Ed Gilligan who now got a job out of this company who is against rent control did Bayonne and all the voters who voted them both into office dirty.

    We will just have to vote them both out of office next election.

  4. I feel they have the silent majority with the ending of rent control, don’t quote me though, but I am sure at the minimal 75% of the people in this area that stepped into they city of Bayonne the last 20 years will say, It is nothing like it used to be…

    Even in the NJ.com article, they stressed to the residents, this will NOT BE A SECTION 8 development.

    Maybe he should of been more politically correct, and said competitive market rates..but as a home owner in that neighborhood They are scared to death IF they are lying, its really tough keeping the family budget above water with the taxes, insurance, water and electric bills that are all increasing in this town, I am at a point where i am losing money on one of my units as i can only increase the rent 3%, while in the last few years every other cost has increased by more then 3%….Add that with the absentee landlord across the street from me in a 8 unit building, all section 8, on a dead end bay block with no parking, it just kills the values, per neighbors that got out already

    A family member of mine was retarded in her thinking and purchased a four unit building, she takes her kids to walmart to buy sneakers were her tenant kids all have brand new Jordans, she has a 2000 Toyota camary, where as the same tenant who took over the apartment from his mother has a loaded Lexus GS, though a 08ish model, the family pays 750 or 800 i think, its a two bedroom……..

    In the laws eyes though, shes rich, and did the right thing in life, went to school, saved up, but dumb in the sense she purchased a 4 unit building, but it is her social obligation to the poor, and those who scam the system

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