In light of Keith Weaver taking over as chief of the Bayonne Fire Department, who also served as the city’s office of emergency management coordinator, Mayor Jimmy Davis has picked Edoardo “Junior” Ferrante, Jr. – the deputy OEM coordinator – to succeed him.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Since his appointment in early 2015, Junior has skillfully assisted the City during times of emergency and recovery operations,” Davis said in a statement.
“One needs to look no further than the blizzard we experienced earlier this year to understand the high level of dedication he has for our community.”
“Working around the clock before, during, and after the storm, he facilitated on-the-ground communications between City administration, workers, contractors, and residents in a coordinated effort to ensure the safety of the community and all parties involved. I have the utmost confidence in him and his abilities as he takes the reigns of our Office of Emergency Management.”
Ferrante is a lifelong Bayonne resident, husband to Josephine, a Bayonne business owner, and father to Dawn and Anthony. He is a graduate of Bayonne High School and holds a Bachelors Degree from New Jersey City University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Wagner College.
He is also a veteran of the United States Army, having attained the rank of Sergeant. He currently works for Verizon Communications and is assigned as Manager/Lead for the New York City emergency 911 Program, working very closely with the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, and Department of Homeland Security.
The City’s emergency 911 program is the largest E911 system in the world, handling approximately 12 million calls per year.
Ferrante and Weaver will be formally promoted at a ceremony at Bayonne City Hall, inside the council chambers, tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. Additionally, the fire department will promote two deputy chiefs, two battalion chiefs and three captains.