James Doyle to be removed as Hoboken city councilman, for now
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SWEARING IN – The Oct. 3 swearing in of attorney James Doyle by Hoboken city clerk is the target of a lawsuit by his fellow council members.
SWEARING IN – The Oct. 3 swearing in of attorney James Doyle by Hoboken city clerk is the target of a lawsuit by his fellow council members.
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HOBOKEN -- Hudson County Assignment Judge Bariso ruled Friday that that five affirmative votes were needed to appoint Jim Doyle to a vacant position on the Hoboken City Council. Thus, the position will likely remain vacant until a new appointment can be made.

Doyle was appointed on Oct. 3 to fill a vacancy left when Carol Marsh, an ally of the mayor, resigned. With Marsh gone, the council was split into four council people who were allies of Mayor Dawn Zimmer, and four who are opposed. Zimmer's allies appointed Doyle.

Then, the other four members of the City Council filed a lawsuit in Superior Court of New Jersey in October aimed at overturning the appointment.

The four council members who filed are Theresa Castellano, Beth Mason, Tim Occhipinti and Michael Russo. Defendants in the case were the remaining members of council: Ravinder Bhalla, Jennifer Giattino, David Mello, and Council President Peter Cunningham. Zimmer is also a defendant.

The law over municipal vacancy appointment stipulates that the governing body may fill the vacancy by “majority” vote. If all eight remaining members of the council had attended the Oct 3 meeting, this likely would have led to a 4 to 4 tie. In the event of a tie, the law empowers the mayor to cast a fifth, tie-breaking vote. The final vote on Oct 3 was 4 in favor, 2 opposed, 1 abstention and 1 absence, making what comprised a “majority” questionable. Mason was absent from the meeting.

Both sides disagreed on what the next step would be - whether Doyle can simply be appointed again, or whether the council must wait a certain period of time. Look for future coverage in the Reporter next week or on hudsonreporter.com when it breaks.



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HobokenLeaks
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November 17, 2012
Mason can't even get one of her paid stooges to try to put lipstick on this pig.
WESTY
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November 17, 2012
This will not stand.

Sadly it is just more of the same chaos and obstructionism by the City Council minority that we have come to expect.

I wonder if the Hoboken Reporter will ask Beth Mason if she absented herself from the Council meeting to set up her latest power play in their coverage ?