Say no to a third term for Jimmy Davis

Dear Editor:

Thinking back to the 2014 election year reminds me a lot of where Bayonne is now. The power struggle at the top, politically connected candidates, closed doors, threats, lawsuits, behind-the-scenes intimidation and the hostile work environment created by Mayor Davis’ lack of direction and leadership .

Every decision goes through the legal department and this is indicative of the essentially hostile work environment at City Hall. You don’t have to be a genius to see revolving doors. Administrators should not be limited in their functions for political reasons. This is the main crux of the problem. City Hall doesn’t need more payroll law firms or more politics, it needs a complete overhaul of leadership, management and the policies and procedures that are managed and applied by leaders in love with our city and people who devote their lives to helping the taxpayers of Bayonne.

In my opinion, the majority of the seeds planted in 2014-2018 were thanks to the advice and hard work of Joe Demarco, Sal Gullace and Sharon Nadrowski. Yes, those were the years when there was a very different Mayor Davis. This Mayor Davis was all about Bayonne and didn’t care about power and ego or Jersey City for that matter. The 2014 election was huge for Bayonne because it broke the HCDO machine and the Hudson County political machine. Bayonne wanted truth and transparency about lies, bullying and propaganda. The fruits of the first term are starting to sprout, but this last term has for the most part been delay after delay and not just because of the Covid.

Over the past two years, we have seen clear changes. The ever-changing merry-go-round of hiring, placeholders that served no purpose, the escalation of lawsuits, closed-door meetings, no more mention of the mayor’s hours. There are a few elected officials who speak in the shadows and the funny thing is that they truly believe that no one sees how the changes have affected every aspect of our city’s mismanagement.

Rumors began in early 2021 that Second Ward Councilor Gullace and Council President Sharon Nadrowski would be expelled. These rumors eventually turned out to be true. Mayor Davis has repeatedly said the team will be intact unless they want to leave. Why would the mayor lie for about nine months when he knew the truth? We don’t even know yet why a future House Majority Whip, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, was not backed by the mayor. Nicholas was a good navigator at Trenton and a defender of Bayonne. Why pick a stranger with no experience in Trenton? How does this help our city? It didn’t make any logical sense.

Look around the Davis team and you’ll see like we saw in 2014, mostly out of town advising, knocking on doors, etc. Remember that Fulop wants to go higher and the citizens of Bayonne will not forget when Mayor Fulop said in 2018 (http://teamdavis2018.net/bayonne-council-demands-apology-from-steve-fulop-for-disparaging-bayonne/) “If it comes from Bayonne, leave it alone” and “14A stays away” and denounces the “Bayonne Box” type architecture”. (https://newjerseyglobe.com/section-2/degise-i-have-a-bayonne-box/)

Tell Fulop to cancel his weekly meetings with Mayor Davis and stay out of Bayonne on May 10 and trust Sharon Nadrowski and vote for her team of seasoned business owners, entrepreneurs and proven leaders for our children. Bayonne doesn’t need to become more political, it needs more people who care.

John Sebik

Michael J. Chiaramonte