Bayonne Council members bid farewell in last regular meeting
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SAYING GOOD-BYE – Third Ward Councilman Raymond Greaves (left) shakes hands with Chief Financial Officer Terrence Malloy at the conclusion of his last City Council meeting.
SAYING GOOD-BYE – Third Ward Councilman Raymond Greaves (left) shakes hands with Chief Financial Officer Terrence Malloy at the conclusion of his last City Council meeting.
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BAYONNE – An era came to a close on Wednesday, June 18, as the five City Council members of Mayor Mark Smith said their good-byes to each other and the city in their last regularly scheduled meeting.

Like Smith, Council President Terrence Ruane and Council Members Debra Czerwienski, Agnes Gillespie, Joseph Hurley, and Raymond Greaves all lost their reelection bids in the 2014 municipal balloting. Gillespie lost outright in the regular May 13 election; the mayor and other council members were all defeated in the June 10 runoffs.

The council members thanked city directors and employees for their help over the past four years. For Ruane it was even longer, as he served prior to the 2010 election.

Third Ward Councilman Raymond Greaves thanked residents for giving him the opportunity to serve the city.

“In politics, you can’t always be right, but you’re not always wrong either,” he said.

Like his fellow council members, Greaves congratulated the incoming council members of Mayor-elect James Davis’s team who will take office July 1. He also offered his help “in any way possible.”

Longtime City Clerk Robert Sloan had words of praise for the outgoing council.

“You guys have been as good as any council I’ve ever seen, and I imagine as good as any I will see,” he said.

Just minutes after the council meeting ended, all of their nameplates had been removed. – Joseph Passantino

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JohnCupo*RealEstate
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June 20, 2014
I am happy to see them all go.

The departing City Council are just as responsible for a "divided' city as is the Former Mayor.

If any one of the former council ever run for office they will never be elected.

The vote's that any one of them ever received were for the former Mayor and not for them.(coat tails votes).

In a City where over 52% or 16,000 of voters boo them out.

Now lets talk about the rest of the residents 40,000 or so who did not like the Former Mayor or the team who were not able to vote.The street message was get The former Mayor out.

From the teenager to the Senior Citizen,whole families from block to block from up town to mid-town and downtown did not like the Former Mayor nor the team.

And what The Former Mayor represented.

I did what I could to could ouster them...............And it worked. Bye