The latest update from Mayor Zimmer in response to theatrics from the City Council Minority which includes Beth Mason, Terry Castellano, Mike Russo, and Tim Occhipinti….
Statement from Mayor Zimmer on Lawsuit Filed by Council Minority
“Yesterday, City Council members Castellano, Mason, Occhipinti, and Russo filed an action in Superior Court seeking to remove Councilman [James] Doyle from office. The apparent purpose of the lawsuit is to create a 4-4 deadlocked Council for at least the next eight months.”
“The City believes that their claims are entirely without merit. It is extremely unfortunate that instead of focusing on properly representing the interests of their constituents that these Council members are attempting to paralyze our government for political reasons to the detriment of the citizens of Hoboken who they were elected to serve.”
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Background Note: James Doyle was recently appointed to the City Council when Carol Marsh stepped down from her position as Hoboken City Councilwoman at large. As such, as part of normal procedure the City Council votes and and replacement is brought in until the next available election or if a special election can be called. Two votes were taken in the last two City Council meetings were taken and a majority for James Doyle was reached each time. In the event of a tie the Mayor could have broke the potential 4-4 deadlock but Mike Russo wasn’t in attendance in the first meeting. Beth Mason missed the second meeting and James Doyle abstained so the vote went 4-4 last Wednesday. The Mayor voted yes for James Doyle in both cases TheBoken.com’s editor thus sees this as a technical ploy by the City Council minorityto deadlock the City Council.