MVC employee’s death from MRSA probably wasn’t from contact with client
An employee from the Bayonne office of the Motor Vehicle Commission died last week from a contagious disease that fellow workers reportedly believed she caught from a client.
But Bayonne health officials said the disease could not have been contracted at the MVC office, and poses less of a risk than feared.
“Our health officer was there today,” said Bayonne Business Administrator Steve Gallo. “The disease was not likely spread at the office.”
Diagnosed last Tuesday Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Florel Galea, 28, of Elizabeth, was admitted to an Elizabeth hospital where she died of an effect that was resistant to certain antibiotics.
Gallo said local officials were told that the infection required more than the kind of casual contact someone would have had at the MVC office.
“We’ve been told that it is not the kind of infection that can be found on the surface of an object,” Gallo said.
Funds from WWI to aid veterans of all wars
The World War Veterans Relief Fund of Bayonne, which was originally established to help veterans from WWI, announced that it has money to provide assistance for veterans who are in dire financial difficulty and have exhausted all other resources. To be eligible, a veteran must have at least a General Discharge from the armed forces of the United States – which includes members of the U.S. Merchant Marines. The veteran also must be a resident of Bayonne for at least one year and must provide proof of residency.
Assistance will cover the cost of food, clothing, house, medical, dental, and post high school education or job training. But drug and alcohol rehabilitation will not be funded.
For more information or an application, write to World War Veterans Relief Fund, P.O. Box 21, Bayonne, N.J., 07002; or by calling Henry Sanchez at (201) 437-4416, Frank Perrucci at (201) 858-1623, John Zmyslowski at (201) 339-7036, or Barry Jones at (908) 241-7322.
Bank executive’s sentencing postponed again
Brian Campbell, a former managing director of the Pamrapo Service Corporation, had his sentencing postponed at the request of his defense attorney, said an official associated with the bank.
Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise approved the postponement, but did not set a new date.
Campbell faces up to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty in March of mail fraud, although he won a mistrial on other charges that claimed Campbell diverted at least $500,000 from the bank into his personal accounts.
Campbell has since repaid the bank, according to a bank official.
Mayor makes appointments to boards
Mayor Mark Smith appointed Eneas Mulcahy to the Bayonne Planning Board for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2013. He also appointed Lisa Cerbone to the Bayonne Ethical Standards Board for a term ending Aug. 13, 2016. Bishop Thomas Robinson was reappointed to the Urban Enterprise Zone Development Corporation for a term expiring on Nov. 12, 2015.
Smith also appointed Ana Quintella, who serves as executive director of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation, to the UEZ for a term expiring Nov. 12, 2015. In addition, Smith named Michael Mulcahy, current housing inspector for the city, as the city’s code enforcement officer.