Jim Doyle Allowed to Resume Term as Hoboken Councilman
Assignment Judge Peter Bariso ruled that Jim Doyle's appointment to the Hoboken City Council was valid.
For the first time since November, 2012, all seats on the Hoboken City Council will be filled.
Jim Doyle, who was appointed as councilman last October, only served two meetings before he was removed. Doyle was appointed in a 4-2-1 vote.
The four minority council members then sued their opponents on the city council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and City Clerk Jimmy Farina to have Doyle removed claiming that five votes were necessary to appoint Doyle.
Assignment Judge Peter Bariso ruled that indeed five votes were needed and Doyle was removed from his seat.
After two more attempts to appoint Doyle — the last one two weeks ago — Bariso decided in a court hearing on Friday morning that the latest vote is valid and that Doyle can take his seat on the dais.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer tweeted following the decision: "Great news! Judge ruled that Jim Doyle was validly appointed as a Councilman. Thank you Bill Northgrave! Details on Mon."
Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla also said he is happy to "have a full council in the future."