Parkinson declared rightful winner in school board election
West New York Board of Education President Adam Parkinson was declared the third place finisher in the Nov. 8 election by a judge last week. He defeated fourth place finisher Alex Navas by just two votes. Navas had his challenge heard in front of Hudson County Superior Court Judge Peter Bariso.
Two weeks after the election, the county Board of Elections had determined that Parkinson surpassed Navas by just five votes: 2,643 to 2,638. Navas increased his total slightly to 2,641 after the court challenge – still three short of getting a spot on the board.
Imperatore chosen for N.J. Hall of Fame
Arthur Imperatore Sr., founder of the NY Waterway ferry business based in Port Imperial in Weehawken, will be one of 15 prominent New Jerseyans to be inducted in the New Jersey Hall of Fame in May, it was announced Tuesday.
“Induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame is the highest civilian honor that our state can bestow on someone,” John Keegan, chairman emeritus of the Hall’s Foundation Board, said in a prepared statement.
“It’s a celebration of New Jersey and its greatest achievers, and a recognition of role models for our next generation. This is New Jersey’s version of the Academy Awards, so attendees can expect some surprise celebrity appearances.”
NY Waterway ferries also announced recently that its ridership totals in 2016 increased by 5.3 percent over 2015. The companies various Hudson River routes carried 4,604,544 passengers, making this one of the best years in the company’s 30 year history, Imperatore announced.
He said the company plans several new initiatives to further improve service in the coming months.
“As always, we must thank our thousands of loyal customers and the dedicated men and women of NY Waterway, who make our success possible,”Imperatore said. “Every day, we work to earn that loyalty and to welcome new customers who are discovering the better way – the Waterway.
Ridership on routes from Weehawken, Edgewater, Hoboken’14th Street and Belford Middletown to Manhattan, plus two trans-Hudson routes linking upstate New York commuters with Metro North Rail Road stations, was up from 4,374,091 in 2015. The company celebrated its 30th anniversary on Dec. 3, 2016.
Imperatore announced several additional achievements in 2016:
· The Hudson Go Pass, offered in partnership with NJ Transit, is a joint ticket that allows commuters on select NJ Transit buses and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to transfer to a NY Waterway ferry with one through pass, saving time and avoiding delays, for as little as 37 cents more per trip than taking the bus and subway. Hudson Go Pass allows commuters to avoid traffic delays at the Lincoln Tunnel and the congestion of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
· Adding 30 new buses, a $6 million investment to create a total fleet of 80 buses serving commuters in New York and New Jersey allowing free, seamless multi-route connections with ferries.
· Launching “The Betsy Ross,” a $5.2 million, 400-passenger ferry, which went into service between Belford-Middletown in Monmouth County and Manhattan. This is the sister ferry to “The Molly Pitcher,” which went into service in 2015.
· $3 million in improvements to existing ferries, with new seating, new floors, fresh paint and other amenities.
· Reuniting the company, NY Waterway agreed to purchase the Billybey Ferry Co., buying 11 ferries and the rights to operate routes in Hoboken and Jersey City, bringing those ferries and routes once again under NY Waterway ownership.
This year, NY Waterway will invest $6 million to re-power and increase capacity on six of its 150-passenger catamarans. When this project is completed, the entire fleet will have the cleanest marine diesel engines available, surpassing all federal and local air emissions standards.
Also spurring the ridership growth is NY Waterway’s popular Your Key To The City™ program, offering leisure packages which include 28 percent off round-trip ferry fares, admission to popular New York City attractions and Broadway shows with discounts of up to 56 percent, and discounted parking at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken. Info at www.nywaterway.com/MyKey
Local author publishes new children’s book
Weehawken resident Theresa Borrelli has released her second children’s book, “Ariel's Home Adventures.” This is Borrelli’s eighth book, including a musical spoken word/poetry CD. Her works may be found on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, booksamillion.com and many other sites and venues. Borrelli may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or business number: (201) 590-9094.