Legislation promoting vehicle safety was passed by State Senate
A bill that calls to increase enforcement of the 2009 New Jersey Move Over law passed the NJ State Senate on Friday. The bill was sponsored by Hudson County legislators, including 31st District Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, and passed the Assembly 77-1 in June.
The Move Over Law requires drivers to slow down and change lanes when approaching authorized vehicles with emergency lights.
Another bill, sponsored by 32nd District Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez and 33rd District Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, was passed that creates a public awareness campaign on the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles.
The annual hearing to determine recipients of $1.35 million in Community Development Block Grants for local nonprofits, and $150,000 for emergency shelter, will be held on Thursday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
CDBG grants are distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To qualify, the Bayonne community must develop and submit a Consolidated Community Development Plan by May, which identifies housing and community development needs over a five-year period. The grants are intended to help the low to moderate-income community.
CDBG applications are available in the Community Development Office at the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) at 555 Kennedy Boulevard.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications are due by Friday, February 23.
A new 24/7 QuickChek on Route 440 opens, gives out free coffee for two weeks
Bayonne’s fourth QuickChek opened this week at The Crossing Shopping Center on Route 440 and 22nd Street. It seems convenience stores are beginning to catch up to consumer demand, as this QuickChek will feature wi-fi, charging stations, indoor seating for ten people, outdoor seating for eight, and a no-fee ATM. The store will also be a gas station, with 16 fueling stations.
“The sleek open concept layout features earth tone colors, cleaner sightlines and expansive aisles with spacious food stations including extensive displays of freshly made QuickChek grab-and-go food and market items, fresh baked goods made in-store, and a large stand-alone soup station offering a daily rotation of freshly-prepared, never-frozen soups made with all natural ingredients,” reads the press release.
To promote the new location, QuickChek is donating $0.25 for every sub, sandwich and wrap sold in the store from January 9 to February 8 to the Bayonne High School Marching Band.
From January 9 – 21, grand opening promotions will include free large hot coffee for all patrons, six-inch subs for $3, $1.99 smoothies and specialty drinks, and two empanadas for $3.
Investigation leads to alleged assailant’s arrest
A man who allegedly robbed and assaulted a 59-year-old on Broadway was arrested after a month-long investigation by the Bayonne Police Department. Carlos Rodriguez, 55, of Avenue E, allegedly struck the victim in the face with a closed fist and stole his wallet after sparking a seemingly friendly conversation on the street, according to police.
Rodriguez was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, theft of credit cards, and fraudulent use of credit cards.
Bayonne man sentenced to prison for child pornography
Andrew Bann, 31, of Bayonne, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree possession of 100 or more files of child pornography, according to State Attorney General’s Office. One count was in Ocean County, and the other in Hudson County.
Bann was arrested in October 2014 in Toms River by the State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit after detectives received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Bann was arrested again two years later in Bayonne after another National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tip.
Megan’s Law requires Bann to register as a sex offender. Bann is also required to have parole supervision for life.
Man allegedly crashes stolen SUV into Hoboken Terminal, terrorism ruled out
Law-enforcement authorities have ruled out terrorism in an incident on Monday, January 8, in which a 46-year-old man allegedly stole a NJ Transit Police SUV and crashed it into the door of the Hoboken Terminal train station. Santiago Brito-Avalos is accused of allegedly arriving at the station by train, walking into a restricted area, and stealing the vehicle before crashing it into the terminal.
Nuclear subsidy legislation killed for lame-duck session
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Democrat from Secaucus, has decided not to post a bill that would have subsidized PSE&G nuclear power plants in South Jersey, essentially killing the possibility of passage in this session of the Legislature, according to NJ Spotlight. PSE&G, which has lobbied for the measure for months, has said that without an additional $300 million from ratepayers each year, it will have to close the three nuclear plants.
Legislators pass incentive tax package to lure major companies to NJ
A corporate-tax incentive package intended to entice Amazon to build its new headquarters in NJ won final approval in the Legislature on Monday and has been sent to Gov. Chris Christie for his signature, according to a report from NJ Spotlight. The governor is expected to sign the measure, which would provide per-job tax credits worth as much as $10,000 annually to any company that is willing to hire at least 30,000 employees and invest at least $3 billion in a corporate headquarters in New Jersey. Amazon, based in Seattle, is looking for a place to build a second corporate headquarters that could employ as many as 50,000 employees. Bayonne is one of the many cities vying for the location.
NJ to require six-month refills of birth control
A new birth control bill signed by Gov. Chris Christie will require insurers to pay for six-month supplies of birth control in New Jersey. The bill’s sponsors argued that having a half-year’s supply of birth control on hand isn’t just about convenience, it’s about staying consistent, according to a report from WHYY.
Legislature removes NJPCA police powers
The Assembly passed a measure Monday that would turn over enforcement of animal cruelty laws to local police and county prosecutors and remove police powers from the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to a report from The Record. The measure, which won approval in the State Senate in December, now goes to Gov. Chris Christie for his signature. The NJSPCA was sharply criticized in October in a report by the State Commission of Investigation, which said the society was run by “gun-carrying wannabe cops.”