By W. Homer Axford
This will be a short column — the holiday was pretty uneventful. Besides, 2016 is happening — congrats!! You survived another year in Bayonne. They should start giving awards out for this feat. The taxes are strangling our seniors and those on a fixed income, and Broadway just isn’t as appealing as Jimmy Davis said it would be under his leadership. In fact, another icon of Broadway is leaving! Feinberg, Dee & Feinberg of Broadway is closing after 100 years.
We know it isn’t shocking, as this has been happening for most of 2015. However, the promises made by the Davis Administration are not being fulfilled. With the federal authorities closing in on Davis and company, maybe 2016 will be the year that Bayonne is finally given back to the people, and not out of town political bosses. Speaking of which, congrats to Bayonne Law Director Jay Coffey on swearing in as Mayor of Oceanport NJ! Maybe Jay should concentrate on that and vacate his job to a Bayonne attorney. We doubt it, but there is always wishful thinking!!
BCB & Bayonne
While doing our weekly research, we stumbled upon a funny video on YouTube this week. We have many friends and family members who endlessly complain about BCB: their bad service, and the terrible “murals” it is sponsoring around Bayonne. Look no further than the Bank President Tom Coughlin to get an idea of what is going on in the brass ranks of BCB. (Seen below) It seems that Coughlin takes public speaking lessons from our Mayor. The similarities between the video below and the “Shop Broadway” video are uncanny. Where is Donald Mondial when you need him? We are sure this will really impress Kevin Cummings, the CEO of Investors Bank, who surely won’t invest in this guy.
City Giving Public Run Around
As well as promising to revitalize Broadway, Davis also promised to deliver “transparency” to City Hall. According to some Bayonne residents, that isn’t happening. People are being denied Open Public Records Requests by the City left and right (including us). But the boldest act by the City came last week against local resident Peter Franco of the #SoapBoxBlog. The story is long, so we will will just embed it here. Nonetheless, Mr. Franco should sue the City for their blatant attempts to keep public information from him.
Highways Moving to Broadway and 5th Street
It is almost too easy. Highways is a great store, and has been serving Bayonne for over 30 years. However, Broadway and 5th Street (the old BCB) isn’t the place for the second hand store. The City allowing this to happen is further evidence that either no one is steering the ship at City Hall, or those who are, don’t really care about Bayonne. Come on guys, use some common sense!
Short column this week, but many things in Bayonne still annoy us. The windmill STILL isn’t spinning, our water bills are going up, and Broadway is imploding. Not to mention, we are still left with a 1.2 million dollar circus tent at the MOT that WE paid for. Since its inception there have been two events there. Yeah, we will repeat that, TWO EVENTS. We will explore the apparent robbery of Bayonne taxpayers that is going on down there as soon as the City returns our Open Public Records Requests. We would like to find out, for instance, who built it? Why did it cost so much? And what is their relationship to the Mayor or Mr. DeMarco? We will find out, even if it does take a lawsuit. Until next time, gardez la Mairie de votre poche!