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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. 

Mattaccino September 20, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Sad news for Hoboken. Carol has an important voice that was never afraid to speak truth to power - especially in the Russo era when to do so had - shall we say - consequences. She is largely responsible for why we will soon have a park in the 2nd ward at 1600 Park and her honesty and directness will be sorely missed but we must all thank her for her tireless efforts on our behalf from which we will benefit forever.
Hobbs September 20, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Councilwoman Carol Marsh has given much to Hoboken and her contributions on the City Council will be missed.
hobokenhorse.com September 20, 2012 at 05:09 PM
A powerful legacy in advancing reform and moving Hoboken to good governance. No small matter in Hoboken. Video of Carol Marsh's sad announcement, a statement from the mayor and dozens of commenters on the big news. Da Horsey, SmartyJones The Hudson Mile Square View http://hobokenhorse.com Hoboken's best site for government, politics and corruption.
Scott M. Siegel September 20, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I hope that her family issues will get healthier soon. You will be sorely missed Carol.
Karen O'Shea September 20, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I am truly sorry that Ms Marsh has retired from the council. I enjoyed meeting her years ago and she has remained a force for good in a city that floats on (well you know). Thank You Carol from the bottom of my heart. for all your service to our community. It will be difficult to replace you. Hugs Karen O'Shea Be well
David Groholski September 21, 2012 at 03:13 PM
All interested people in filling the seat should put their names in a hat and mayor picks a name. Fairest way to do this or have a mini election. It's not fair for a council majority to appoint someone who they admire.
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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