Bayonne City Councilman Sal Gullace hospitalized after serious injury

Gullace suffered an injury to his leg while working with the HCIA

Bayonne Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace
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Bayonne Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace

Bayonne City Councilman Sal Gullace is in the hospital after sustaining a leg injury from an accident involving a garbage truck. He was working with the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) on July 24 when the accident occurred.

“A solid waste facility contract monitor assigned to work at Advance Environmental Recycling Inc. in Newark was injured while performing his duties with the HCIA at roughly 7:30 a.m. on Friday,” according to HCIA spokesperson Caitlin Mota.

“A private garbage truck, operated by Direct Waste Services, made contact with the employee, and he was brought to University Hospital for treatment of his injuries.”

While Mota did not say if the employee that was injured was Councilman Gullace, multiple residents confirmed that he was injured in the industrial accident on Friday, the 24th.

Wishing him a speedy recovery

On Saturday, a day after the accident, his wife Donna Gullace posted on Facebook: “Thankful for our amazing family and friends.”

In a statement to the Bayonne Community News, Mayor James Davis wished Councilman Gullace a speedy recovery, further confirmation of the accident.

“We are all praying for Sal to make a complete recovery from his injury,” Davis said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sal and his family.”

Gullace is currently hospitalized at University Hospital in Newark, where he has apparently undergone multiple surgeries.

Many residents, including city officials, commented on Donna Gullace’s post, offering well wishes to Gullace and his family.

“Praying for you and Sal!!! If you need anything at all- let me know!” Business Administrator Melissa Mathews said.

“Please continue to keep my friend Sal Gullace in your thought and prayers,” said John Milan Sebik said. “I believe in the power of prayer.”

Gullace represents the Second Ward of Bayonne.

The Second Ward includes the area from the north side of 16th Street between Newark Bay and Kennedy Boulevard and the north side of 17th Street between Kennedy Boulevard and Constable Hook to and including the south side of 32nd Street.

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