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Council Members to Vote on Vacancy After Judge's Order

All eight sitting members of the Hoboken City council will vote on Jim Doyle's appointment on Wednesday.

The entire Hoboken City Council will have to be present on Wednesday — either in person or over the phone — to vote on Jim Doyle's council appointment.

Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter Bariso ruled on Friday that all members must be present at the meeting to take the vote. 

Doyle was appointed after former Councilwoman-at-Large Carol Marsh stepped down from her seat.

In response, the four minority members of the council sued their opponents on the city council as well as Jimmy Farina, the city clerk, claiming Doyle's appointment was illegal. Bariso ruled that, in fact, five votes were needed and Doyle was removed from the council. 

While all eight members will have to be at the meeting on Wednesday, it's still unclear what an "abstain" vote will mean. 

Another hearing has been scheduled on Jan. 2, in front of Judge Bariso in Jersey City. 

Councilman Ravi Bhalla said that there had been "some discussion" about taking the vote, but not yet swearing in Doyle in case he gets reappointed. 

It's possible that Doyle's seat remains vacant until November, Bhalla said. Bhalla said that would have an "extraordinarily adverse" effect on the city of Hoboken. 

demosthenes December 20, 2012 at 04:17 AM
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Journey December 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM
We need 3 to 5 volunteers each from Wards 1, 2, 3, and 4 to show up at the next counsil meeting with the petition to have these four. These volunteers will announce the intention to have a recall and that they and others will be outside city hall to collect signatures. If these four will not do their job, we should have an operatunity to elect someone who will, sooner rather than latter.
Journey December 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I'll sign a petition to get Mr. Russo out of office.
Journey December 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM
NJ recall requirements: Recall may not commence during first year in office. No specific grounds are required Time for gathering signatures is 160 days. Signature requirement is number equal to 25% of the registered voters of the district
Journey December 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM
http://www.elec.state.nj.us/pdffiles/forms/compliance/comp_recall.pdf

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