The grandson of a prolific former Bayonne freeholder, Neil Carroll III, is likely to succeed Tom Cotter as the city’s 1st Ward councilman, sources said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Carroll III is the grandson of Neil Carroll Sr., a Hudson County freeholder between 1997 and 1999 and also has a section of Stephen R. Gregg Park named after him: known as “Carroll Cove.”
He is also the nephew of former Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, who lost to incumbent Jimmy Davis in 2014.
Carroll III works full-time as a teacher, and also serves as an aide to Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2) and Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31).
The Bayonne 1st Ward council seat opened up last week when Cotter announced he’d be resigning, effective yesterday, to run the city’s Department of Public Works, as HCV first reported.
Others who have submitted their resumes, which were due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, include educator Rafael Augusto, perennial board of education candidate and housing authority commissioner John Cupo, and recent council candidates Sharma Montgomery and Melissa Enriquez-Rada.
The latter two candidates both unsuccessfully ran on Jason O’Donnell’s mayoral ticket in May, where Montgomery went head-to-head with Cotter. She received about 35 percent of the vote.
O’Donnell, a former state Assemblyman, is also a resident of the 1st Ward and could make things interesting if he were to challenge whoever gets appointed in a 2019 special election for the seat.
An email to the Bayonne City Clerk’s Office and a city spokesman asking for the names of all the interested parties was not returned on Tuesday.
The Bayonne council is expected to hold a special meeting before Thanksgiving next Thursday to vote on Cotter’s replacement.