Promotions at the Bayonne Fire Department
Promotion ceremonies were held at City Hall last week for two new fire department battalion chiefs and five new captains. Battalion Chiefs John “Jack” Dunne III and Jason Zebrowski, and Captains Roger Nunez, John Devlin, Marcial Pivano, Albert James, and Steven Weiss attained their new ranks through competitive examinations administered by the state. They have agreed to forego the salary increases that go with their new ranks for one year.
Fire Chief Keith Weaver thanked Mayor Davis, the City Council Members, and Public Safety Director Robert Kubert for supporting the Fire Department. Weaver noted that Battalion Chiefs Dunne and Zebrowski competed against “the most competent” in the Fire Department to achieve their new rank. He said that they made “many sacrifices” to prepare for their successful examinations.
Discussing the new captains, Weaver said that they have achieved their first superior rank. For the first time, he said, they will now be responsible for supervising other firefighters. They will have to make “split-second decisions that will impact the lives of others,” Weaver observed.
Concerning the newly promoted men, Weaver said that all of them have “a willingness to face adversity.”
Battalion Chief Jack Dunne is a graduate of Hudson Catholic High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps in active-duty infantry, and in Crash Fire Rescue with the Marine Reserves, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He also served with the United States Air Force Reserves Fire Protection, rising through the ranks to Assistant Fire Chief, and retired after 22 years of honorable service at the rank of Master Sergeant. He was appointed to the Bayonne Fire Department in 1982. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2000, and Captain in 2004. He has earned the following certifications: New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Incident Management Level I, Fire Officer Level 2, and Incident Safety Officer.
Battalion Chief Jason Zebrowski is a graduate of Bayonne High School. He was majoring in Sociology at Kean University when he was appointed to the Bayonne Fire Department in 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2000, and attained the rank of Captain in 2006. Battalion Chief Zebrowski has earned certification as a Haz-Mat Technician, Confined Space Trainer, EMT, Fire Inspector, Incident Management Level 2.
Captain Roger Nunez is a graduate of Bayonne High School. He was employed previously by IMTT as a Chemical Operator from 1997 to 2005, and NetCare USA as a Desktop and Network Supporter from 2006-2017. He was appointed to the Bayonne Fire Department in 2005. He is certified as an EMT, Haz-Mat Technician, and Rescue Tech.
Captain John Devlin is a graduate of St. Peter’s Prep. He attended New Jersey City University, where he majored in Geology. He was employed previously by Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank on Wall Street from 1986 to 1990, and UPS from 1992 to 1999. He was appointed to the Bayonne Fire Department in 1999. He holds certifications as a Haz-Mat Technician, Confined Space Technician, EMT, and Fire Inspector, among others.
Captain Marcial Pivano is a graduate of Bayonne High School. He worked for his family business when he was appointed to the Bayonne fire Department in 1997. He holds certifications as a Haz-Mat Technician and a Confined Space Technician. He is also certified in Structural Collapse. He has served as a Trustee of Firemen’s Mutual Beneficial Association Local 11.
Captain Albert James is a graduate of Marist High School. He earned a nursing degree at Christ Hospital School of Nursing. He was also employed previously by Henkel Chemical as a Maintenance Mechanic. He was appointed to the Bayonne Fire Department in 1999. He is currently a BLS Instructor.
Captain Steven Weiss is a graduate of Central Regional High School and Montclair State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He also studied Fire Science at Ocean County College. He was appointed to the Bayonne fire Department in 1994. He was employed previously by the Naval Weapons Station Earle Fire Department. He holds certificates in Fire Officer 1 and 2, Fire Safety Officer, and Incident Management 1.
At the ceremony, the Firefighter Honor Guard participated in the entrance procession and led the pledge of allegiance. City Clerk Robert F. Sloan administered the oaths of office. Father John Doherty offered the invocation and the final prayer. Deputy Chiefs William Bartos and Stephen Peterson introduced the newly promoted firefighters and read their biographies aloud.
Truck strikes fire hydrant, water main breaks
About 200 residents were without water after a truck driver struck a fire hydrant on West Third Street on Friday, June 30, breaking a water main, according to a Suez spokesperson. Earlier this month, three separate water main breaks throughout Bayonne left hundreds without water.
Hudson Flats ribbon cutting
New housing is always a welcome addition in Bayonne. On Friday, June 30, city officials and developers cut the ribbon at Hudson Flats, a new luxury rental building with 29 two-bedroom units and nine one-bedroom units ranging from $1,695 to $2,700 a month on 14th Street and Broadway. The building, developed by local developer Mitchell Burakovsky, will have amenities that are standard now for new development, such as a gym, laundry facilities, and indoor parking. The five-story building will be tall enough to offer some residents views of Manhattan.
BCB holding company merges with another regional bank
BCB Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Bayonne Community Bank, has entered into a merger agreement with IA Bancorp Inc, a holding company, for $20 million, according to a press release from BCB. Under terms of the agreement, BCB will acquire the Edison-based Indus-American Bank, which is headquartered in Edison and has offices in Jersey City and elsewhere throughout the region. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Indus-American Bank specializes in banking products for small-to-medium-sized businesses and real-estate lending. The acquisition is expected to raise BCB’s 2018 value by approximately 10 percent per share and increase the company’s assets by about $235 million.
What started as a tiny bank in Bayonne, Bayonne Community Bank has grown tremendously throughout the region, now with about $2 billion in assets.
New police chief
Former Deputy Chief Drew Sisk was officially sworn in as Police Chief last week after his predecessor, Drew Niekrasz, announced his retirement late last month. Chief Sisk has been employed by the Bayonne Police Department since 1988, sworn in the same class as former Chief Niekrasz.
He has performed both as a uniformed police officer and narcotics detective, a sergeant, starting in 1999, a lieutenant in 2003, a captain in 2006, deputy chief, and now Chief of Police. Before joining the BPD, Sisk attended William Patterson College and The College of New Jersey. While an officer, he received a graduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s executive leadership and management school.
A new appliance store, Parkview Appliance, opened on Broadway in June, carrying residential and commercial appliances, including ovens, refrigerators, and washer/dryers. The company ships nationwide, but residents can see the appliances for themselves at its store at 810 Broadway.