Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis endorses Piechocki, Kushnir for BOE seats


Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis has formally endorsed two more board of education candidates: Chris Piechocki and Barry Kushnir, both of whom are running for three-year terms on the board.

Chris Piechocki and Barry Kushnir. Photos courtesy of the Kids First campaign.
Chris Piechocki and Barry Kushnir. Photos courtesy of the Kids First campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Chris and Barry will bring new energy, ideas and leadership to the board of education,” Davis said in a statement. “Their respective life experiences, education, and service to community make them well-suited to take the board in a different direction.”

The latest set of endorsements comes after Davis threw his support behind Dr. Thomas Howard, Jr. and Denis Wilbeck.

Piechocki is a real estate professional who currently works with Wiechert Realtors.

He previously worked for the Jersey City Board of Education for 13 years, where he served as a special education teacher at Dr. Paul Rafalides Public School No. 33.

Piechocki, a current board member, holds a B.A. and M.A. from New Jersey City University. He was also born and raised in Bayonne.

“I want to help restore the pride that residents once felt for our local school system,” Piechocki said in a prepared statement. “I’m also doing this for my children and the rest of the children in this great city.”

He also said he plans on being an advocate for special education and teachers.

Kushnir, a candidate seeking office for the first time, is a maintenance grievance chairman for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 194.

He has also served as a trustee and legislative coordinator for the Hudson County Central Labor Council, a former aide to former Freeholder Doreen DiDomenico, as well as a trustee for both the Urban League of Hudson County and the Hudson County Housing Resource Center.

Additionally, Kushnir holds a B.A. and Masters of Labor Employment Relations from Rutgers University.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to step-up and serve a community that has given me and my family so much,” Kushnir said in the same statement.

“I’m grateful for Mayor Davis’ endorsement and I look forward to working with him.”

The Bayonne Board of Education election will be held on Tuesday, November 3.


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  1. Message to: Chris Piechocki and Barry Kushnir.
    You both did not do it on your own……… shame on you…

    Public Notice,To all of the 5 candidates…….do it on your own…..
    I, John R Cupo have not asked for any endorsement from nor was I asked to be endorsed by the present administration. Any application for this board election who are sitting here should not accept any endorsement…. This is the people’s choice election.