Bayonne homes sell in 41 days on average, seventh fastest in state
Homes in Bayonne are selling at breakneck speed, according to a study from SmartAsset, a New York- based financial technology company. Bayonne homes stay on the market for an average of 41.2 days, which ranks seventh in the state. Two other Hudson County cities are also on the study’s top-ten list, including Union City, which ranks first at 26.5 days, and Jersey City, which ranks tenth, at 43.9 days. Morristown ranks second; Garfield, third; Passaic, fourth; Wallington, fifth; Maywood, sixth; Lodi, eight; and Elizabeth, ninth.
Man accused in attempted bank robbery
A Jersey City man was accused of attempting to rob Valley National Bank on 522 Broadway on July 27, according to police.
He was arrested following an investigation by detectives at the Bayonne Police Department and the FBI Fugitive Task Force, according to Bayonne police.
Police said the man allegedly passed a note to a teller that demanded “all the money.” While the teller was reading the note, the mantook it back and said he instead wanted to “open an account,” according to police.
The man then allegedly left that teller and went to a customer service representative who told him he lacked sufficient identification to open an account. The man then complained about the customer service and asked another bank teller to assist him in opening an account.
Meanwhile, the two bank employees contacted the police and one them “ushered him out of the bank.”The man has been detained in the Hudson County jail.
Bayonne Community News now distributed in white plastic bags
The Bayonne Community News, which is distributed to most households in Bayonne, is now contained in white plastic bags as opposed to the clear plastic bags of old. The white plastic bags, which also contain circulars and coupons, have long been distributed in Bayonne.
Clean-car rollback could mean dirtier air for NJ
The Trump administration moved Thursday to roll back federal clean-car standards and that could mean an increase in air pollution in New Jersey, according to NJ Spotlight. The decision, announced jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, had been expected for weeks but was worse than anticipated, environmentalists said. Proponents said it would make cars safer and save consumers money.
NJ race for U.S. Senate is turning nasty
Two outside political groups that are allowed to take unlimited contributions have released new commercials that savage Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and his Republican opponent, former Celgene Corp. CEO Bob Hugin, according to The Record. A group called Patients for Affordable Drugs Action started airing a spot accusing Hugin of gaining wealth by forcing patients with blood cancer “into debt just to stay alive.” Another group, Integrity NJ, attacks Menendez as “shamelessly corrupt,” pointing to his indictment in 2015 on corruption charges. Prosecutors dropped the case after a jury deadlocked and the judge acquitted Menendez of some of the most serious charges.
Route 495 work will clog Lincoln Tunnel approach
State transportation officials are warning drivers to prepare for major delays in and around the Lincoln Tunnel for the next two and a half years, as crews rehabilitate a Route 495 bridge that spans Routes 1 and 9 and Paterson Plank Road in North Bergen. The state Department of Transportation warns motorists to expect “severe congestion and delays” as the 80-year-old bridge is repaired. Long-term lane closures began last Friday.
More syringes washing up on Jersey beaches
Thirty years after used hypodermic needles, syringes and blood vials began washing up on Jersey Shore beaches, the problem continues, according to NJ.com. More than a dozen beaches in Monmouth County were closed last month in another “syringe tide.” State officials say the cause is the combined sewer systems prevalent in North Jersey and New York City in which stormwater runoff and sewage are combined in the same system. Bayonne has more than 30 outflows from its combined sewage overflow system.
NJ Transit commuters line up to voice complaints
NJ Transit commuters and transportation advocates lined up last Wednesday at the agency’s board meeting to complain about declining service, according to NJ Spotlight. Commuters said the agency needed to do a better job of planning and communicating with riders. Meanwhile, state lawmakers announced that they will hold a hearing to go over NJ Transit’s latest issues.