Protest rally set for Jersey City on Jan. 20
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JERSEY CITY – A rally and march to coincide with the inauguration of President Donald Trump will take place on Friday, Jan. 20, in Journal Square. Titled “Rise Up Against Fascism, White Supremacy, & Patriarchy!” the rally will start in Journal Square at 2 p.m., where participants will gather for a 3 p.m. march from Journal Square to City Hall, 280 Grove Street. The rally is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and will include organizations such as Anakbayan NJ, Jersey City Peace Movement, Action 21, Veterans For Peace, Food & Water Watch, and the New Jersey Undoing Racism Committee. For more information email JerseyCityPeoplesAlliance@gmail.com.
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Zoning Board Meeting moved to Nicholas Oresko School
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BAYONNE - In anticipation of a large crowd, the Bayonne Zoning Board has moved its January 23 meeting to Nicholas Oresko School on 23 East 24th Street. The board, which will vote on a final major site plan approval for the conversion of a warehouse on East 23rd Street into a new Muslim Community Center, is now being held in the same neighborhood as the planned construction. Bayonne Muslims, a nonprofit organization, has been renting the basement of St. Henry’s School on Avenue C for community and prayer services for six years. The group proposed to convert what is currently an unoccupied warehouse on 109 East 24th Street into a community center, including a mosque, classrooms, and a soup kitchen. The proposed plan has been tabled since a zoning board meeting last January after some protest from Second Ward residents. At that meeting, opponents of the plan cited concerns about traffic and noise. Residents asked how long and how frequent prayers might be, how much traffic increase they can expect, and whether mosque-goers will be walking through their yards. In June, a 75-year-old resident was reportedly threatened by a man at her home for displaying a sign that read “Stop the Mosque.” In October, a Bayonne man vandalized the façade outside the entrance to the Muslim Community Center on Avenue C with spray paint, writing hateful and Islamophobic slurs, as reported by the Bayonne Community News. Jonathon Hussey, the man responsible, was sentenced to 12 months probation on January 3. As part of his probation, according to a statement from the Hudson County Clerk, Hussey penned an apology to both the Muslim Community Center and St. Henry’s Church.
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Bayonne City employees not reinstated after layoffs
Jan 18, 2017 | 2875 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BAYONNE -- The state Civil Service Commission has decided not to reverse the layoffs of three former Bayonne City employees. On Jan.18, Andrew Casais, chief of staff for Mayor James Davis, said in an email: “We have been informed that the CSC affirmed the layoffs, and therefore those subject to the layoffs will not be reinstated. The mayor maintains the opinion that the city administration followed the procedures to effectuate layoffs pursuant to Civil Service rules. At each step the administration sought to see this process out to the end. Today’s final ruling by CSC is that end.” Michael Mulcahy, a housing inspector, Gary Parlatti and Michael Smith, both field representatives for citizen complaints, all worked under the Department of Municipal Services. Mulcahy said in a statement that he plans to appeal the Civil Service Commission’s decision. “While we’re obviously dismayed in the panel’s decision today, we find it difficult to comprehend how a panel who only had a week to review the transcripts that could overturn an Administrative Law Judge decision that was labored over for six months,” said Mulcahy. “We’re confident in our judicial system and look forward to the next step in the process.” A Nov. 2 decision by an administrative law judge in Newark granted an appeal to the former employees who allege their layoffs in June of 2015 were not carried out in good faith. Judge Thomas R. Betancourt’s decision was sent to the Civil Service Commission for a final decision, saying that the “appellants should be restored to their previous positions of employment immediately.” Judge Betancourt previously found the testimonies of Bayonne Business Administrator Joe DeMarco and former Director of Municipal Services Robert Wondolowski “not credible,” after they gave conflicting testimony that showed inconsistencies in the city’s rationale for the layoffs. DeMarco and Wondolowski were two of 17 witnesses who testified.
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