Bayonne’s rich history is both celebrated and preserved by the Bayonne Historical Society. Since the Historical Preservation Ordinance was introduced in 1999, the historical society has had the green light to designate buildings with historical relevance as historical landmarks. At a city council meeting in November, the historical society designated a red-brick row house at 20 West 33rd Street, known in the historical landmark registry as the “Schuyler Row House,” after Jacob Rutsen Schuyler, who became the first Bayonne City Council President after the city’s incorporation in 1869. Schuyler founded Schuyler, Hartley and Graham, the largest firearms business in the country in 1860, and died in the home on February 4, 1887, according to his obituary in the New York Herald. The building is the third Schuyler Row House to be designated. Its neighbors at 16 and 14 West 33rd Street were also designated. Click here for more.
Outdated, dirty, and often smelly combined sewage systems have been the bane of public works departments for decades. Now that regulations are catching up to popular environmental opinion, and communities are recognizing the long-term costs of pollution that results from untreated sewage overflowing into rivers, bays, and oceans, communities are starting to take action. And Bayonne is one of them. As part of a control plan, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the Passaic Valley Sewage Commission (PVSC) formed seven combined sewage overflow (CSO) local committees for communities that send their untreated sewage to the Alan C. Levine Little Falls Water Treatment Plant in Little Falls, NJ. The seven cities are Bayonne, Jersey City, Union City, Harrison, Newark, Patterson, and Kearny, according to Tim Boyle, director of the Bayonne Municipal Authority. Click here for more.
The Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED) is in transition, picking up the pieces after a $2 million budget deficit was unearthed in November. How the district will change when all is said and done remains to be seen, but according to BBOED President Joseph Broderick, the board has discussed layoffs and demotions, but no plans are imminent. “We’re doing everything we can possible to meet the budget and not affect any staff members,” Broderick said. “If that wasn’t to happen, then we would look at positions that would have little or no impact on education.” Click here for more.