Bayonne warming center was open overnight through Friday morning
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BAYONNE – The city of Bayonne announced that the warming center located at 597 Broadway (near 27th Street) would be open throughout the evening and overnight hours from March 5 into March 6 for those in need of relief. “This is an important service that we continue to offer to those in need of a place to warm up during cold snaps and this season’s winter storms,” Mayor James Davis said.
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30 things to know about mHealth
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
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Recently Becker Hospital Review http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/ * noted: “Mobile health is a burgeoning industry within the health IT sphere, spurred by the proliferation of personal mobile devices. While industry experts expect to see the mHealth industry continue to grow, its path will not be without setbacks.” Here are some of the 30 things to know about mHealth. “Patients and mHealth 17. The use of mHealth and fitness apps in 2013 far exceeded the use of the overall app industry, according to Flurry Analytics, an app analytics and ad platform. In the first half of 2014, consumer use of health and fitness apps on Flurry's platform increased 62 percent, while overall app usage increased only 33 percent. 18. About 80 percent of consumers are open to interacting with their healthcare providers through their smartphones, according to a survey by FICO, a predictive analytics and decision management software company. 19. More specifically, 76 percent of respondents to the FICO survey said they would like to receive alerts reminding them of medical appointments, and 69 percent said they would like alerts reminding them to make appointments or take their medications. 20. A number of recent studies found texting interventions were beneficial and helped improve health outcomes. The immediacy and customer know-how with their personal mobile devices could be an important factor in such programs, and it presents an opportunity for continued development in the usability of texting in treatments. 21. Remote patient monitoring devices present another way to collect biometrics without requiring patients to come to the hospital, and the market of such clinical-facing devices is poised to surpass the consumer-facing mHealth market. * to read the full BHR article “30 things to know about mHealth” by Akanksha Jayanthi , highlight and click on open hyperlink http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/30-things-to-know-about-mhealth.html Doctor, Did You Wash Your Hands? ™ provides information to consumers on understanding, managing and navigating health care options. Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.P.H., is Clinical Professor, Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Adjunct Professor, Baruch College ( C.U.N.Y.), Rutgers School of Public Health, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration This blog shares general information about understanding and navigating the health care system. For specific medical advice about your own problems, issues and options talk to your personal physician.
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Peter Franco
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March 05, 2015
Bobby, anything I ever post is accurate. There is a total of 7 people either retired, resigned, or fired. I provided proof, DeMarco provided lip service. If it bothers you come out from behind the computer screen and attend a council meeting. Stand up in front of council and voice your concern.
Peter Franco
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March 05, 2015
You mentioned one time payments to balance the budget. Yes no one likes that idea but there's not much anyone could have done at the time. When Christie took office he cut back drastically on state funding to municipalities. He cut money for pre-k programs and other programs that Bayonne took part in under Corzine anticipating they would have that financial support. Christie cut other standard funding that we historically received from the state. DC also cut funding. This is important to note bc in early 2000s the percentage received from the state and federal govts were almost 20% of our revenue. When Smith took office it fell to around 10% bc of our state's financial crisis. Thus making the deficit much larger. While Smith reluctantly raised taxes home values dropped due to the effects of housing bubble, the number of uncollected taxes grew removing even more money from the budget. It's important to note that the financial problems began under Kiczek and Doria. We could also argue that prior to Smith no mayor had attempted to update a century old infrastructure which compounded the problems in 2009. Smith was began his term with almost half a billion in debt from Doria bonding out departments to balance the budgets instead of raising taxes dating back to mid 2000s. That's how he maintained power for so long. Just so we are clear when Smith took office he was faced with a $35 million dollar structural deficit and $500,000,000 in debt. It was during this time that the state had threatened to take over. The state would have immediately raised taxes by 40% to balance the budget and massive layoffs would have occurred. Fearing that the 40% would cripple our city, Smith sought options with the Port Authority. Many people didn't like that deal but that deal substantially reduced portions of the debt and deficit. The United Water deal came about after several attempts to solve the issues plaguing the BMUA. The systems were antiquated. The cost to retain qualified personnel to manage the department grew. With the MOTBY property Bayonne's size would double and the system would not be able to support it. In addition, the infrastructure would need to be addressed. UW approached the Smith Admin with KKR, and they negotiated a deal that would not only solve the system and infrastructure problems but would also reduce the debt and deficit and provide annual capital improvement allowances as well as a surplus in concession money to be used for potential property tax relief. While people tend to only notice the 4.5% annual water increase to their bill they forget we haven't had a water rate raise in 20 years and while this increase appears to be a nuisance, it's still 1% less than the annual statewide average. When the 2014 budget was proposed in February of last year, Smith called for a zero tax increase. Although there was still a budget gap of $7 million to be filled the finance board adopted the budget. Business Administrator Gallo was anticipating that they would fill the gap with the final deposit from the lawsuit. We don't know if that would've happened bc that administration was voted out. It's important to note that the state finance board only approved the budget bc we had $20 million in concession money from the BMUA and $7 million could easily be transferred over to the city budget. Naturally, the negotiations stalled on that lawsuit when the new administration came in, so Mayor Davis used the money from the BMUA to balance the budget. Here's the thing he took $8,850,000 from the BMUA not $7,000,000. The extra funding would cover the additional hires' salaries for a partial year since he took over in July and the expenses like his and Ralph Scianni's retirement payout, the furniture, flooring, and SUV. Demarco said Mayor Smith did a disservice to the people by not proposing to raise taxes in that budget. My problems with this are 1) why raise taxes when you have the money to cover? 2) if you wanted to save the BMUA money why didn't Demarco raise taxes immediately upon inauguration instead of using the BMUA money? That argument is just lip service. While many may not have liked Mayor Smith for personal reasons, his fiscal restraint was the closest thing we have had to prosperity in Bayonne in a long long time. Under Mayor Davis, the major change has been the fiscal restraint. There appears to be none. The spending and hiring at a time when we are still burdened is irresponsible and pushing long term prosperity that much further away.