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Carol Marsh Steps Down as Hoboken Councilwoman

The councilwoman-at-large tearfully read a letter on Wednesday night.

Councilwoman-at-Large Carol Marsh announced on Wednesday night that she will be stepping down from her post as councilwoman. 

Breaking out in tears, she explained she had to step down because her "personal circumstances have changed." 

"I hope everyone understands how hard this job is," Marsh said. Marsh was supposed to be up for reelection next year. 

Marsh will be at the next meeting, but only for the first few minutes. A new council member will be appointed by the council. In the case of a tie, the mayor has a deciding vote. 

"It is with deep regret and warm regards to Mayor Zimmer, my Council colleagues and the City of Hoboken that I tender my resignation from the Hoboken City Council," Marsh said. 

Her council members expressed their appreciation for Marsh. 

"I am really sorry for the personal problems," First Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano said. "And you handle them so well, that’s to be admired."

"This has come as a big shock to all of us," said Peter Cunningham, fifth ward councilman. 

puzzledone September 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
My thought is that pulling names out of a hat, while possibly "fair" has very little likelihood of resulting in the best possible person for a paid position running our town. Given that the seat is already coming up shortly, a mini-election doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and would take a while to coordinate. In addition, I believe that if the councilwoman felt her seat could end up in the hands of the now council minority, she likely would have retained her position instead (see supreme court retirements over time)
Furey September 21, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I don't think Carol would vote for her replacement, David. The majority would be 4. The minority would be 4. The mayor is the tiebreaker in this case.
Jay Rattigan September 21, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I think the fairest solution is to follow the mucicpial code.
friendly fire September 21, 2012 at 04:57 PM
David- That is absurd. According to your logic, if a homeless guy, or some drug addict/alcoholic wants to get involved with the city council, they should put their name in the hat- and if picked we're stuck with them. Crazy.
Griswell September 22, 2012 at 04:20 PM
And the circle goes to Friendly Fire. The correct answer was indeed 'david, what are you smoking/drinking/shooting/sniffing/rubbing into your belly?'.

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