Correction: Gina Irizarry is the vice principal of the Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City
Gina Irizarry is the vice principal of the Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City. It was incorrectly reported that she is an English teacher. We very much regret the error.
Bayonne ferry service may cost $13 for one-way trip to Manhattan
SeaStreak, the ferry company designated as Bayonne’s ferry operator for a terminal on the former Military Ocean Terminal Base, proposed offering 13 round trips at intervals of about 30 to 40 minutes on weekdays between Bayonne and Pier 11 in downtown Manhattan, according to the company’s bid in response to the city’s request for proposals issued in the spring.
The price of a one-way ticket would be $13 and $25 for a round-trip ticket. Weekends would see four departures a day, two in the morning and two in the evening. Prices for seniors and military personnel would be $9 for a one-way ticket and $18 for round trips. A bulk monthly package of 40 trips would cost $415.50. Included in the price would be a complimentary transfer to ferries going to 35th Street and a bus shuttle from Pier 11 to the World Financial Center.
SeaStreak would start its service with a ferry capacity of 149 riders and may increase that capacity to 500 if demand warrants it. Seasonal weekend trips from Bayonne to Sandy Hook National Park Beach; West Point, New York; and other Monmouth County destinations are also included in the proposal.
Docking infrastructure and a ticket office would be constructed in the weeks following a final agreement with the city. In the proposal, the company said that it does not plan to charge a fee for parking.
November 6 elections nearing
Nineteen Board of Education candidates and two U.S. Senate candidates are on the ballot on November 6. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican rival Bob Hugin clashed in their first and only debate on October 24, hosted by NJTV News. The candidates agreed on a few issues, including the need for immigration reform and funding for the state’s infrastructure. The debate is available on NJTV’s website and its YouTube channel. Experts say the race is tighter than expected despite a Democratic registration advantage.
Costs outpace wages in NJ; more households can’t afford basic necessities
About four out of every 10 New Jersey residents don’t have enough money to pay for all of the basics, including housing, food, transportation, health care and taxes, an annual study from the United Way of Northern New Jersey called “Alice Limited Income Constrained (ALICE)” shows. The state’s poverty rate dropped slightly between 2014 and 2016, according to NJ Spotlight, based on the federal poverty threshold of $24,300 for a family of four. The report also shows that a family of four in NJ with two children needed an annual income of $74,748 in 2016 to cover basic expenses, including the cost of childcare and a smartphone. In Bayonne, 56 percent of the 25,377 households are above the ALICE threshold, while 15 percent live in poverty.
Hourly minimum wage for county employees set to $15
About 100 non-unionized employees, including a mix of clerical and custodial workers, will see their wages increased on November 1 after Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise signed an executive order mandating the raise. DeGise and Democrats in Hudson County have supported Gov. Phil Murphy’s pledge to raise the minimum wage in the state to $15 per hour.
“It was clear that we needed to do a little more than applaud to move this issue forward,” said DeGise in a statement. “Today, the administration in Washington helps those at the top who often export their wealth rather than help those at the bottom who spend their money right here in our country and our communities. That’s why I’m pleased to sign an executive order that makes $15 the minimum wage for our county workers. I truly believe this is an important step toward encouraging wage fairness in our county and in our state.”
According to the NJ Working Families Alliance, a $15 minimum hourly wage would raise incomes for more than one million people across the state, including 67,000 people in Hudson County.
Amazon revisits Newark as possible location for second headquarters
Amazon executives have revisited several cities in contention for the company’s second headquarters location, including Newark, NJ and New York City. Amazon has also been following up with Miami and Washington, D.C., but other cities such as Raleigh, NC have not heard back from the company in months. The newest round of visits has only added to the anticipation that continues to grow surrounding the location of Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project.
NJ signs economic agreement with Israel
The Murphy administration signed a new economic cooperation agreement between the Israel Innovation Authority and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, according to NJBIZ. The state’s existing relationship with Israel already amounts to around $1 billion a year in “shared economic activity,” according to Murphy. Under the new MOU, New Jersey will work with Israel on areas such as cybersecurity, life sciences, and general innovation.
Upon Murphy’s return from the eight-day trip, he announced a $4.5 million grant program called “Growing Apprenticeships in Nontraditional Sectors,” or GAINS, to create and expand apprenticeship programs across the state. While in Germany, Murphy signed a memorandum of understanding intended to partner NJ companies with the German American Chamber of Commerce.
NJ viral outbreak leaves six children dead and 12 sick
Six young patients died, and 12 others became sick following an outbreak of adenovirus at a rehabilitation center in Haskell, according to The Record. The patients range in age from a toddler through young adulthood. Most are under 18. The center notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On Twitter, NJ Gov. Phil Murphy said the health department will continue an active on-site surveillance and has recommended measures to protect against the further spread of infection.
Adenoviruses usually cause mild illnesses, but the children at the rehabilitation center have fragile immune systems, which resulted in a more severe outbreak.
“This strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living facilities,” the NJ Health Department said in a statement. “The combination of a worse strain of adenovirus together with a fragile population has led to a more severe outbreak.”
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