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.
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.
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.