Resolution To Appoint Jim Doyle To Vacant Hoboken Council Seat Passes, Pending Court Approval

Doyle will not be sworn in until Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter Bariso approves the 5-4 vote.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer cast the fifth and deciding vote Wednesday night to appoint Jim Doyle to the vacant At-Large seat on the Hoboken City Council.

But Doyle will not be taking a chair at the dais just yet. The matter is going back to Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter Bariso for a final ruling.

Council members Peter Cunningham, Jennifer Giattino, David Mello and Ravinder Bhalla voted to appoint Doyle. Councilwoman Theresa Castellano and Councilman Tim Occhipinti voted no, and Councilwoman Beth Mason and Councilman Michael Russo abstained.

The abstentions counted as two "no" votes as opposed to to "non-votes," according to the city's corporation counsel Melissa Longo. Zimmer was called in to break the tie.

In November, Judge Bariso ruled that five votes were required to appoint a new council member.

"It is what it is," said Councilman Occhipinti, a member of the council minory that appealed Doyle's appointment. "Let's just proceed here, but I haven't seen a deadlocked council here. The city's moved forward."

If the court approves the vote, Doyle will serve out the remainder of former council woman Carol Marsh's term until December 31, 2013.

Councilman David Mello lauded Doyle's appointment, citing his brief experience on the council before he was removed from the seat in November.

"I think Mr. Doyle isthe most appropriate person to take her [Carol Marsh's] place, not only because he served very well in that capacity, but I think a lot of her priorities and the things she wanted to achieve will be very much echoed by Mr. Doyle," Mello said.

Doyle will not be sworn in until the court approves the vote, and it is not yet clear when Judge Bariso will review the matter.

pdq February 03, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Has you Board Of Ed slate, Move Forward, returned the nearly $7000 in illegal donations, yet? The deadline is past due
Journey February 03, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Unless your are her close friend, how do you know why she stepped down when she did? At least when she was on the council she called in when she could not make it to a meeting, even from a hospital.
John Keim February 05, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Journey, I don't know what you are talking about. pdq, I believe the ordinance you refer to itself is illegal from what I understand. I had nothing to do with any of what you folks are screaming about so perhaps. I have known Jim Doyle since 1977 (before either of us moved to Hoboken and I think before most of you moved to Hoboken as well - I moved here in 1984).
John Keim February 05, 2013 at 03:18 AM
pardon the type glitch, perhaps we should all try to get along.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV February 15, 2013 at 09:09 PM
How is the ordinance limiting pay to play in contributions illegal? Because Beth Mason says it's okay to break the law? Beth Mason and Tim Occhipinti said passing the ordinance limiting pay to play was unconstitutional. It's neither unconstitutional nor illegal. Does anyone else find it more than ironic Beth Mason breaks laws when she wants and then passes other laws she insists we obey? Okay, back to the I heard it was an illegal law, so it doesn't apply to me Beth Mason game.


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