By W. Homer Axford
Any savvy political mind will tell you that the best poll anyone can buy doesn’t cost a thing: it’s an election. This election was very telling for Davis. Not only did Davis lose 3 seats on the Board of Education, his Assembly Candidate barely won in Bayonne. Some might say “a win is a win,” right? Well, not really. Never, in the history of ever, has a Republican challenger come so close to winning Bayonne. Matt Kopko lost by a mere 891 votes in Bayonne. Even Davis’ people are admitting it wasn’t about Kopko. Well, scratch your heads folks, then who was it about? Not only did nearly half of Democrats reject the Democratically endorsed ticket, they voted for a Republican, and that is sacrilegious here in Hudson County. Unfortunately for Davis and company, it can only mean one thing: after a year and a half, the taxpayers of Bayonne are truly fed up with Jimmy and his crew. The blood is now in the water. Expect the sharks to emerge — they are now emboldened.
Leonard is back
P.J. Leonard is back and again he is making some claims that could lead to bad things for Davis, DeMarco, and other City Hall employees. If you’re interested in reading Leonard’s whole post, it can be found here. Leonard claims to have some recordings of various Davis Administration personnel saying and admitting to some not so good things. We can’t wait to hear it! P.J., keep up the good work!
Davis Administration Head now Mayor of Oceanport
That’s right, not only do we now have Directors in City Hall spending their six figure salaries in other towns, now they are running other towns, too! Jay Coffey, the city’s law director, was just elected Mayor of Oceanport N.J. Do you think Coffey will do the responsible and ethical thing? Will he take his oath of office and resign from the City of Bayonne to serve the people of Oceanport, like he was elected to do? Nah, Coffey has already told people he has it too good in Bayonne to leave. So now the cycle is complete. Bayonne is fully under control of out of town political bosses. WOW!
Davis on another trip to Florida
As you may remember from our last column, Mayor Davis was enjoying the sunny beaches of Florida a week before election day. Except we made a mistake, we said he was on a developer’s dime — he wasn’t, that’s our bad, we got bad info, but the first two times he went to Florida, it WAS on a developer’s dime. We were right about that. Upon further research, we’ve learned that Davis was in Florida on the dime of … Madeline LoRe. LoRe’s group will be honoring Davis this month. But, that isn’t why they put Davis up in Florida. Madeline LoRe’s insurance company, up until 2010, was the broker of the Bayonne Board of Education’s health care plans. LoRe was awarded this contract without a bidding process, and her company charged the City of Bayonne about $250k a year in commissions. Most towns don’t have insurance brokers; it’s seen as an unnecessary expense. In fact, the contract was terminated in 2010. But now, LoRe is back, and will be getting the same ole sweetheart deal under Davis. Yet another example of just how bad it has gotten under Davis. They don’t even try to hide the quid pro quo’s anymore. Every week, we expose a new underhanded deal that Davis and DeMarco have orchestrated. The bill is coming — someone is going to have to pay for all this spending. Unfortunately, it will be us.
City finalizing steps to privatize Central Garage
Davis is one step closer to privatizing the City of Bayonne’s Central Garage. The city currently maintains it’s fleet of police, fire, and municipal vehicles with significant cost savings to the City of Bayonne. But, that isn’t good enough for DeMarco and Davis — someone has to get rich, or it isn’t Kosher. That is why they are handing Central Garage over to a private company that will bill the City to provide services. Bad news for Bayonne Department of Public Works employees who will surely see some of their jobs go to private vendors from out of town. This is an ironic twist, as many of the Bayonne Public Workers endorsed Davis for Mayor. Their payback was a measly 1% raise and imminent layoffs.
Break time: Here is a funny video we found. Has Davis lived up to this?
Davis’ circus tent debuts
Davis’s tent city debuted this weekend. Attendance was, uh, ok. We are sure things will pick up. The real questions that remain at the tent are as follows and are pending ORPA requests: 1. Did a Bayonne Fireman take sick leave to do the electric work on the tent with his side business? 2. Why wasn’t the first company that the City spent $60k on for the electric work good enough? 3. Did BCB Board Members interject their businesses into the tent? 4. Did these BCB Board Members have the proper state and municipal licenses to sell food and liquor off site of their establishments? Inquiring minds will find out.
The Jersey Journal has finally started to do some reporting. Last week they broke a story about the “delays” to the windmill repair — something we touched on 4 months ago. Good job, JJ, but you left a few things out. In reality, the repair is so backed up because the City of Bayonne forgot to renew the maintenance contract for the windmill. But, we guess that this is expected when you throw someone with no experience in a role of managing millions of dollars of equipment and budgets. The windmill debacle has cost the City of Bayonne over a million dollars thus far.
In other news, there has been a lot of back and forth between some members of Mayor Davis’ staff and Bayonne residents on Facebook. We really cannot post the dialog (too vulgar), but there are screenshots of this all over Facebook. It’s easy enough to find (#soapboxblog.) The only takeaway we have from this week is that Bayonne is really in decline; it’s sad to see what has become of our City Hall. It’s sad to see an office that was once respected by, respectful of, and responsive to citizens become such a joke. But, look on the bright side … there are always positive vibes to catch.