Political Insiders
August 17, 2015

Opinion: The Political Insiders 8/17

By W. Homer Axford

 

Teachers expected to pay more for health benefits 

The games are beginning early this year. The teachers’ contract is set to expire in a couple of weeks and Mayor Davis is already hedging his next bet. Sources tell us that in a meeting with Joe DeMarco and Mayor Davis, union head Allen D’Angelo was told that the teachers would have to pay more into their health benefits before they would even start to talk about a new contract. This comes as some bad news for teachers. Our sources in City Hall are telling us that Mayor Davis sees his obligation to them as satisfied. He won’t be giving them the long term deal he promised during the campaign.

 

Khalil delivered votes for Davis, now she’s out 

It is no secret that former Municipal Prosecutor Maggi Khalil escorted Davis around to all her (Coptic)  community events and her church. Her reward for delivering the vote was a nice job up at City Hall. Her punishment for no longer being useful was being fired from her nice job up at City Hall.  Sources in City Hall told me that she was “useless.” Too bad, but she did just open a law office on Broadway with some other notable fired City Hall employees of yesteryear. Good luck, guys! Those pesky hours you had to spend in City Hall will just get in the way of the real money-making potential that is Broadway under the Davis Administration.

 

Where is Chiaravalloti? 

We heard so much about our soon to be new Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti over the early summer months. How he was a “great guy” and “he was going to help people.”  But, really, did he move away or something, because we haven’t seen him… at all.  What is he doing to better our community? If someone can email us a list of things he has done for Bayonne (Besides run the BLRA into the ground) we will be glad to post it in our next column. And DON’T say we have to wait until he gets into office. Don’t patronize us, he practically is in office.

Even though Kopko has shown to be a worthy opponent, he just won’t make the cut. Sorry, Matthew.  But, chin up, you made those guys sweat a little.

Cotter bought off?

Oh, Councilman Cotter. You’re a sellout; that guy at the Council Meeting was right. According to your campaign reporting, you took $1,000 from John Cali (yes, of Mack-Cali).  Maybe you don’t understand it: you took money, then you said the guy who gave you the money’s project was great, despite unprecedented resistance from the community.  Doesn’t that look a little shady to you? You also told people they would be able to “voice their opinion” at the Planning Board Meeting. They did, and they were ignored. The result was another project, the potential highest building in Bayonne, actually.

 

DeMarco vs PJ Leonard 

You shouldn’t pick a fight you can’t win. But, PJ Leonard did it last week, anyway. Leonard is, or was, rather, the Mayor’s Aide. Leonard has been critical of the administration as of late. That garnered enough attention to get him “brought in” to meet with the boss. Leonard gave DeMarco (the boss) a piece of his mind. Didn’t work out too well for Leonard. Leonard’s new office is now located on Hook Road, and he is no longer the Mayor’s Aide. Looks like the bully culture is alive and well in the Davis Administration.

 

Staples and W. Kodak Jewelers closing

Another one bites the dust. It’s getting so bad in Bayonne that even businesses on 440 are now folding. Seems that Staples’ National Headquarters considers Bayonne a high-risk town. Translation: Bayonne is going down the tubes, so they are pulling out. Jersey City and Hoboken Staples will remain open.

Nothing new here, but another staple of Broadway (^^^no pun intended^^^) is going under. W. Kodak Jewelers is closing.  The longtime Broadway business just can’t make it anymore. “You can’t succeed on Broadway unless you are a tattoo parlor or a hooka shop” said a source close to Bayonne real estate agents. Either way, bad news for Jimmy’s “revitalize Broadway” plan.  Maybe Kodak can make a kiosk or something.

Someone has been lying. We finally found out what Mayor Davis’ plan for the MOT was!!! A flyer!!! Yep, a flyer…… Maybe, just maybe, the thing will remain vacant. Or, or, or, maybe someone will answer the ad we found below??? Please GOD someone answer the advertisement we found BELOW!!!

Great plan. I see this going one of two ways. Bravo, Mayor Davis! Way to hedge those bets. 50-50 are the best odds Bayonne has had in years.

*Note to selves* You guys forgot to mention proximity to NYC. Very important when trying to sell the MOT. IMG_0561 (1)

Seen above: Great place to rent out a space in the middle of nothing, to do???? Nothing? Hope the artist that rendered this didn’t get full rate pay.

 

 

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