Bayonne Mayor Davis takes Ice Bucket Challenge
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Bayonne Mayor James Davis plays “Aquaman” during the Ice Bucket Challenge. City Clerk Robert Sloan does the honors.
Bayonne Mayor James Davis plays “Aquaman” during the Ice Bucket Challenge. City Clerk Robert Sloan does the honors.
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BAYONNE – Mayor James Davis got doused with a bucket of ice water to show he’s not only a good sport, but a supporter of the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is a recent phenomenon, fueled by social media, through which friends, family members, and associates are challenged to either donate to the ALS Association or allow others to throw a bucket of ice water on them. Many donate anyway.

Davis received his water treatment at 4:12 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19 in front of City Hall at the hands of City Clerk Robert Sloan. The mayor had been challenged by Joshua, his 7-year-old son, and Jeff Meyer, a city consultant. Hearing he had been challenged by at least 12 others on social media sites, the mayor decided to accept his fate.

“I figured I better get it done,” said Davis, who will also make a donation.

The mayor in turn challenged Bayonne Board of Education President William Lawson and Bayonne Teachers Association head Alan D’Angelo. The union and board are locked in a nearly five-year stalemate over a contract for city teachers.

The ALS Association reported on Tuesday that it received $22.9 million in donations from July 29 to Aug. 19, much of it attributable to the Ice Bucket Challenge. The group raised $1.9 million during the same period last year.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, eventually leading to death. Yankee Hall of Famer Gehrig died from the disease. – Joseph Passantino

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