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