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On The Agenda: Resolution To Appoint Jim Doyle To Vacant City Council Seat

Mayor Dawn Zimmer will have the authority to break a tie vote if it occurs.

A resolution appointing Jim Doyle to fill the vacant At-Large seat on the Hoboken City Council has been added to tonight's agenda.

Deputy City Clerk Jerry Lore said the court-ordered resolution was added yesterday. According to council documents, the order was stayed pending an appeal which was denied last week by Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter Bario.

In November, Judge Bariso ruled that five votes were necessary to elect Doyle.

City spokesman Juan Melli has confirmed that Mayor Dawn Zimmer is planning to be in council chambers tonight to cast the fifth and deciding vote in the event of a split vote.

It is not clear whether all council members are planning to attend tonight's meeting.

Councilwoman Theresa Castellano, reached by phone, said she plans to vote "no" as she has in the past.

"I haven't changed my opinion and my opinion has nothing to do with Mr. Doyle," Castellano said. "There should have been a 30-day scheduled election for that seat."

Doyle was originally appointed to serve out the remainder of former councilwoman Carol Marsh's term, but the seat has remained vacant pending a re-vote since Doyle was removed in November.

If the resolution to appoint Doyle passes tonight, he will be immediately sworn in and serve through December, 31, 2013.

Journey January 16, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Anyone else get the snail mail from Mason?
Eric January 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Yes, I got it and it went into the trash.
Ojo Rojo January 17, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I am sure I will do the same. I wonder how many people she could help with all the money she has tossed in the trash on junk mail, paid operatives, ads in the paper & campaign contributions. She really does find the absolute least helpful and most useless way to use her wealth. About all she is buying with all her money is our scorn.
pdq January 17, 2013 at 07:13 PM
come on now, let's be fair,she also donates money to bergen county and federal politicians, a $120k worth http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2013/01/charity-begins-at-home.html#comment-form . oh and look at that - there is a Hoboken donation- somebody named Zur, the name sounds familiar- is that the Hoboken judge?
pdq January 17, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Correction- Hoboken prosecutor.

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