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McKnight Expresses Support for Bayonne PAL Facing Eviction

Organization has been issued notice by school district to vacate decades-old home

(JERSEY CITY) – Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) issued a statement today in support of the Bayonne Police Athletic League (PAL), which despite decades of service to the community, is facing eviction from its home at the Midtown Community School.

The Bayonne PAL was advised of the eviction in a notice sent by the Superintendent of Schools. The notice, which was sent late last month, orders the organization to vacate the building by the end of August. A majority of the school board supported the eviction plan in a closed meeting.

“The PAL has served Bayonne for 70 years and has been a tremendous asset to the community. It has been a safe haven for our children and an important ally to parents. It deserves better than this,” said McKnight. “The PAL is an avenue for our children to learn, grow and interact with their peers. To tell such an integral organization to pack its bags, and give them just three months to do it, is just wrong and puts in jeopardy its after-school program. This hurts working families that rely on this program for their children. I support the mission of the Bayonne Police Athletic League, and I stand with Mayor Jimmy Davis and Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti in supporting the Bayonne PAL. I sincerely hope the school district will reconsider this decision.”