Bayonne council to consider 11 appointees, including assemblyman, for hospital authority


The Bayonne City Council will consider 11 appointees, including Assemblyman William Sampson (D-31), for the municipal hospital authority board at tomorrow’s special meeting.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The authority was established by the Mayor Jimmy Davis administration in 2019 as a safeguard to keep the Bayonne Medical Center open, allowing the city to temporarily take over the state’s charter in the event they can’t find a suitable buyer.

Sampson, who his launching his re-election bid for a second term on Thursday, would be Davis’ appointee as a Class I member, according to a copy of Wednesday’s agenda.

After a sudden falling out with Assembly Majority Whip Nick Chiaravalloti, who also pushed for the creation of the hospital authority, Davis selected Sampson to replace him and he was sworn in to his first two-year term as a state legislator in January 2022.

Additionally, Dr. Mohammed Zubair and Dr. Shahnaz Akhtar would be nominated as Class II members, with Vincent Lombardo, Irene Pyke, Kenneth Poesl, Patricia Kraszyk, Meriam Bendaoud, and Robert Doria in the running as Class III members.

Lombardo is the chair of the Bayonne Housing Authority, where Pyke is the vice chair and Doria serves as commissioner. Doria is also a partner at local accounting firm Donahue, Gironda, and Doria.

Furthermore, Dendaoud is an associate professor and the chair of the institutional review board at New Jersey City University, according to her LinkedIn page.

Dr. Alfredo Rabines, the chief hospital executive at CarePoint Health – the company that owns the BMC – is being considered as a Class IV non-voting member as well.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs will also select a Class IV non-voting member, though their choice was not available on the agenda as of Tuesday evening.

The Bayonne City Council will convene for a special meeting, where they will also again consider measures related to the $925 million 1888 Studios project, tomorrow at council chambers in City Hall, 630 Avenue C, at 7 p.m.

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