Bike share program expands, rebrands as Jersey Bike
Hudson Bike Share rebranded as Jersey Bike and expanded in Bayonne after a trial period that lasted from the fall of 2017. The bike share program now consists of 560 bikes in Bayonne, Hoboken, Weehawken, West New York, Guttenberg, North Bergen, Port Imperial, and Liberty State Park in Jersey City. The six Bayonne stations where residents can pick up a bike are on West 27th Street and Avenue C; outside the 16th Street pool; on First Street and Kennedy Boulevard; 44th Street and Kennedy Boulevard; 24th Street and Broadway; and outside the 45th Street light rail station on Avenue E.
Man who allegedly burglarized Bayonne Golf Course ransacks market on 21st Street
The man who allegedly stole more than $4,000 worth of snacks, soft beverages, and alcohol from the Bayonne Golf Course on May 29 is now accused of allegedly breaking into Princess Market on 21st Street off Broadway on June 7 and allegedly stealing $1,200 worth of cigarettes and lottery tickets, according to the Bayonne Police Department. John Hyland, 47, allegedly smashed the window of the market with a brick at 2 a.m. on June 7 and was arrested in the early morning of June 8 in the area of 13th Street and Avenue C.
Bayonne schools take highest chunk of its residents’ income in Hudson County
Bayonne residents pay 7.78 percent of Bayonne’s $55K median income to fund its local district according to a data set compiled by Stephen Stirling for NJ Advance Media using U.S. Census data. That percentage is the highest in the county, and 34th highest in the state. About half of Bayonne’s property tax bills goes to fund the local school district, which has a $130.7 million budget this year.
As a percentage of its median income, Jersey City pays 2.87; Hoboken pays 1.7; Union City pays 2.83; North Bergen pays 4.66; Secaucus pays 2.39; Weehawken pays 4.82; Harrison pays 6.04; Kearny pays 7.62.
Man drunkenly kicks over statue on Broadway
Vandalism of one of the city’s new statues seemed inevitable. The first case of such vandalism was allegedly perpetrated by a 21-year-old on a statue depicting a girl releasing a dove on 7th Street and Broadway after a night of drinking, according to the Bayonne Police Department. Residents reported the statue’s damage to police on May 28. Security footage obtained by detectives showed Andrew Guirges, 21, allegedly knocking over the statue. Guirges later admitted to the crime, charged with criminal mischief and released on summons.
Bayonne man sentenced to 40 years for child pornography
A Bayonne man, Gregory John Schaffer, 39, was sentenced to 40 years in prison and, if released, a lifetime of supervision for creating child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Schaffer was found guilty earlier this year of two counts of production and one count of possession of child pornography. According to the press release, Schaffer allegedly filmed his sexual abuse of a 12-year-old at a tow-truck office in Union City in 2010 and sexually abused a 14-year-old around the same time after using Craigslist to lure the girl with the promise of a job.
NJ Gov. Phil Murphy signs bill legalizing sports betting
Three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gave states the right to legalize sports betting, the NJ legislature passed a bill that was signed by NJ Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday, June 11, that allows sports betting at casinos, horseracing tracks, and on the internet.
Oxford English Dictionary wants help identifying Jersey slang
Is there Bayonne slang that doesn’t show up in the Oxford English Dictionary? If so, the company would like people to send in those words. As part of its 90th birthday celebration, the Oxford English Dictionary is asking for help from the public in identifying words and phrases that are uniquely New Jersey but are foreign to people from other parts of the English-speaking world.
Film tax incentives could increase productions
New tax incentives could lead to an increase in the number of film productions in New Jersey. NJ Gov. Phil Murphy says he supports legislation for the tax incentives, but last week he conditionally vetoed it, saying he wanted the benefits to also be available to non-scripted productions. Bayonne could stand to benefit, because it has been the site of numerous box office hits, such as Transformers and War of the Worlds.
Gateway tunnel moves ahead in Senate despite Trump opposition
Funding for the Gateway Tunnel project continues to move through the U.S. Congress despite President Trump's opposition to the project, according to NJ Spotlight. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $71.4 billion in funding beginning on Oct. 1, which includes at least $2.5 billion for Amtrak and railroad grants. There is no specific allocation for Gateway, but there are several accounts for the project to tap into.
Federal district judge says ‘no deal’ to NJ pulling out of waterfront commission
A federal district court judge has temporarily stopped New Jersey from implementing a law signed by former NJ Gov. Chris Christie that would pull the state out of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, according to NJ Spotlight. The body was created 65 years ago to combat widespread corruption and crime in the Port of New York. Christie tried to pull the state out of the commission on his last day in office.