Bayonne Council President and mayoral challenger Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski hit Mayor Jimmy Davis over the the cancellation of a planning board meeting that included several large projects, a tactic Team Davis is calling “desperate.”
“While this week’s Planning Board meeting was canceled, it’s important that we acknowledge what continues to be proposed by the Davis Administration despite the objections voiced by Bayonne residents,” Ashe-Nadrowski said in a statement.
“Just a few weeks ago Mayor Davis called for a ‘pause’ of certain projects so that the city can look at the true impact of development – I couldn’t agree more. The difference here is that actions speak louder than words and talk is cheap.”
She continued that the agenda contained three large-scale projects: a redevelopment plan for 2nd Street and Avenue A, the final approval of a large luxury apartment complex on 5th Street, and the study of a residential area near the corner of Prospect Avenue and Mechanic Street that includes existing 2 and 3 family homes.
Also a planning board commissioner, Ashe-Nadrowski said she planned to vote against each of those proposals.
“Each item symbolizes how City Hall is truly broken. Not one item provides consideration for the middle class, senior citizens, traffic congestion, or the general concerns of the existing neighborhoods. The justification in the study of Prospect Avenue and Mechanic Street is particularly troubling,” she added, further stating that Davis clearly doesn’t mean what he says.
Last month, Davis asked the city council to halt large-scale projects, in particular asking them to vote down an 18-story high rise on Avenue E, and they responded by delaying it until Wednesday’s meeting.
Davis campaign spokesman Phil Swibinski said this is an example of Ashe-Nadrowski attempting to create something out of nothing, stating that Davis has not thrown his support behind any of the aforementioned planning board items.
“Sharon Nadrowski is so desperate to manufacture an issue that she’s now trying to criticize Mayor Davis for projects he doesn’t even support and that haven’t even been approved,” he said in an email.
“As she acknowledges, Mayor Davis has called for a pause on new residential development — a courageous stance that shows his commitment to fighting for residents’ quality of life. On the other hand Nadrowski has voted for dozens of long-term tax giveaways to developers, selling out neighborhoods in the process. Bayonne voters know who they can trust on development, and it’s not Sharon Nadrowski.”