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Jim Doyle Appointed as New Hoboken Councilman

The new council member was sworn in on Wednesday night.

Jim Doyle, a long time resident of Hoboken was appointed to the Hoboken City Council.

Doyle was appointed to the board of Hudson Healthcare Inc., an independent agency created to run the Hoboken University Medical Center. Doyle was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie, with the recommendation of Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Doyle, a known supporter of Zimmer, was appointed by the council in a 4-2-1 vote. Zimmer cast a fifth vote in support of Doyle. The minority members said that a five-vote majority was needed to appoint Doyle. Longo said a "simple majority" of those members present was enough.

Council members Tim Occhipinti and Theresa Castellano voted against. Councilman Michael Russo abstained and Beth Mason was absent.

The majority council members—councilmembers Jennifer Giattino, Ravi Bhalla, David Mello and Peter Cunningham—voted in favor of Doyle.

Doyle will serve the remained of Carol Marsh's term, which is set to expire on June 30, 2013. citing personal problems as the reason.

Scott Delea, who ran for the Fifth Ward Council seat last year, also applied to be the new councilman.

While the minority members preferred that the seat be filled by a special election, Corporation Counsel Melissa Longo said the statute allows the council to fill the vacancy and can't leave the seat vacant.

Russo, Occhipinti and Castellano called the appointment "illegal."

"I have never seen such sillyness in my life," Bhalla said in response. "It’s laughable what you’re trying to argue here."

Doyle took place on the dais a little after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Depending on whether or not the municipal elections will be moved to November, Doyle is up for reelection either in May 2013 or November 2013.

demosthenes October 05, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I gave money to Beth Mason in 2007 (as well as to Zimmer and Cunningham) because I thought she was an honest dedicated public servant who truly believed the reformy things she said. I was wrong as wrong can be. Perhaps Mr. Doyle was similarly taken in by this Joe Vas fellow, though the fact that Vas supported by Tommy Bertoli, a known scoundrel, should certainly have given one pause. Your quite the little googler. Maybe you should google Mr. Bertolii who I understand is quite close to Mrs. Mason, Mr. Russo, Mr. Occhipinti etc. and let us know what you pick up.
mcgato October 05, 2012 at 08:51 PM
"My question remains: why Vas?" Is probably answered by: "Joe Vas, who ran against Albio Sires" Maybe I'll ask him when I see him.
Jabberwock October 05, 2012 at 09:01 PM
All sniping aside, I've seen Mr. Doyle at council meetings and he has been a concerned and involved citizen for many years. Informed, considered and polite in his manner. This isn't someone that 'just appeared.' I'm pleased with this choice. I agree that there is something a little uncomfortable about the possibility of an unelected representative being in the seat for over a year, but the circumstances are what they are and, under these circumstance, we couldn't have done better. I have no doubt that if I did have an opportunity to vote on who would be servicing in the seat, this is someone that I would have voted for.
Outofcontrol October 06, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I suppose dipping into two tax funded payrolls is ok as long as it's a reformer doing the dipping.
ezra stone October 07, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Vas was also endorsed by Carol Marsh who wrote a glowing letter to the papers,and lets not forget Mike Lenz recieved a hefty envelope of street money to spred around the forth ward for Vas.

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