Council Member-at-Large Juan M. Perez
What have been your greatest achievements on the City Council?
Bringing in development has been our biggest achievement. We have been working as a team to bring Bayonne into the 21st century with tax ratables.
I am proud of the ordinance I introduced that requires bins for used clothing to be on private property. They used to be on public streets and were an eyesore.
I like working on quality-of-life issues, sensible development, and bringing jobs to Bayonne. I believe in ordinances that promote “Bayonne First” for good jobs, meaning a preference for Bayonne residents. I am excited about Costco’s coming to Bayonne. That business will provide an opportunity for residents to get hired.
What do you still want to achieve on the City Council?
I want to find more funding for senior programs, a better school funding formula for our kids, and to eliminate Bayonne’s budget deficit.
What do you like about being a Council Member?
I enjoy helping people. As somebody who comes from a poor family, I help the less fortunate. It’s a good feeling when I can say that I did something good today.
What is your favorite movie?
Rocky is my favorite movie, because he was the underdog, and because the real Rocky was a Bayonne boy, Check Wepner. I began my life as an underdog, struggling. My mother spoke no English. I was the first in my family to go to college. I know what it’s like to fight my way up.
My other favorite movie is The Quiet Man. It tells the story of a man from the U.S. trying to assimilate in another country - Ireland.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is sitting down to have dinner with my family - my mother, brothers, and sisters – having discussions over food. I miss my mother. Those dinners are a good memory.
What is your favorite color?
I can’t pick just one. They are red, white, blue, and green.
What is your favorite sports team?
The New York Giants.
What is your favorite book?
Patton: Ordeal and Triumph is my favorite book. It led to the movie. Patton had a handwriting deficit. He struggled with skills. That made him an underdog.
Is there anything else you would like to add to your biography that would help people to understand you personally?
I have always believed in helping the community. I have been a school teacher, a state trooper, a deputy police director in Jersey City, Hudson County Sheriff, and now a Bayonne Council Member. Helping the community as a whole is a wonderful feeling.
Current Term: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2026