In the final count, Bayonne rent-control activists came up more than 100 votes shy of overturning the city’s vacancy decontrol ordinance in the Nov. 6 election.
After adding provisional and mail-in-ballots to the machine count, county officials certified the voting results yesterday: 6,824 residents (49.49 percent) voted in favor of overturning the ordinance; 6,965 (50.51 percent) residents voted no.
The result means that a law adopted by the council in November 2011 that allows landlords to remove certain units from rent control guidelines will stand. Landlords can apply to remove the units from rent control if the tenant willingly moves or is legally evicted.
The activists failed several times to place an initiative on the ballot to overturn the ordinance and finally collected enough valid petition signatures to put the question on the November ballot.
Betsy Parks, president of the Bayonne Tenants Organization, conceded defeat yesterday.
“The BTO will continue to thrive and we will be back,” Parks said.
Parks said that since the vacancy decontrol ordinance passed “landlords are becoming very aggressive in their attempts to push tenants out who are under the protection of rent control.”
More than 2,000 apartments in Bayonne currently fall under rent control guidelines, city officials said.