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Jim Doyle Allowed to Resume Term as Hoboken Councilman

Assignment Judge Peter Bariso ruled that Jim Doyle's appointment to the Hoboken City Council was valid.

For the first time since November, 2012, all seats on the Hoboken City Council will be filled.

Jim Doyle,only served two meetings before he was removed. Doyle was appointed in a 4-2-1 vote.

The four minority council members then sued their opponents on the city council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and City Clerk Jimmy Farina to have Doyle removed claiming that five votes were necessary to appoint Doyle.

Assignment Judge Peter Bariso ruled that indeed five votes were needed and Doyle was removed from his seat.

After two more attempts to appoint Doyle — the last one two weeks ago — Bariso decided in a court hearing on Friday morning that the latest vote is valid and that Doyle can take his seat on the dais.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer tweeted following the decision: "Great news! Judge ruled that Jim Doyle was validly appointed as a Councilman. Thank you Bill Northgrave! Details on Mon."

Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla also said he is happy to "have a full council in the future."

DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV February 01, 2013 at 09:28 PM
What Judge Peter Bariso ruled on was upholding the validity of abstentions being counted as a "no" vote on matters such as this appointment as was the case at the last City Council meeting. Bariso had ordered the full body to finally come to account on the question of Jim Doyle's appointment. The ruse of hiding from council meetings by Beth Mason and Michael Russo in consecutive October meetings as a pretext to avoid a full vote of the council did not fool the judge. You can't obstruct the business of government by staging absences and/or abstentions in order to stop a legal binding decision of the full legislative body. The Mason family's team of attorneys can now make another emergency appeal to the NJ Appellate Court to stay Judge Bariso's decision again. It should receive the same response as the first and be promptly tossed. Beth Mason can try to again sue the people of Hoboken but it should meet with failure. More on all this as predicted at MSV: http://hobokenhorse.com
pdq February 01, 2013 at 10:08 PM
After two more attempts to appoint Doyle ??? After 2 council meetings that seemed to include atleast one planned absence for each meeting for 2 consecutive meetings, by council members who wanted to make sure their vote couldnt cause a tie- which would then allow the mayor to vote and break the tie, followed by a lawsuit filed by the very council people who were "absent" for those meetings, followed by an appeal by the very council people who were absent for those meetings and finally, the judge forcing those absent council persons to attend the vote. All this to APPOINT the same councilperson who was APPOINTED in OCT. AKA- Typical political games wasting huge sums of money at taxpayer expense to get the same results that they started with.
FAP February 01, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Why did it take a court order and tens of thousands in legal fees to have council people show up to a council meeting?
recallbethmason February 02, 2013 at 12:27 AM
very sad that beth mason did this...and unfortunately for her, this will be the end of her political career. no one and I mean no one can understand what she was thinking by suing the city of hoboken and causing our taxes to increase. good riddance when your term is up.
Scott M. Siegel February 02, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Great news and you go Jim!
Showalter February 03, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Another Zimmer puppet where is Hoboken going please people of Hoboken we need Ruben Ramos to run for mayor by his self no 3rd person running we old Hoboken need to remove this women 1 st chance we get .. ? Way dose Zimmer care What go's on it the housing authority ask her when wast the last time he was there super storm sandy ask her when was the last HHA board meeting she attended when she was counsel women in the 4th word so cut the crap she only care about her people and no one else just like every one who supports her on city counsel and all of them are new to Hoboken I bet none of them lived in Hoboken more then 10 years . Now on the other hand the other counsel members all live here 10 plus years except for Tim occupintti
Showalter February 03, 2013 at 05:25 PM
A call to "puppie". You helped get her in office now you owe old Hoboken to help get her out of office. Note to forget you had the help of Ben love , Freddy Frazier ,Dio Braxton , nick cocleico , and others off of you who helped put Zimmer in office are old Hoboken ok we can all say that this was a mistake now let fix it by endorsing Ruben Ramos for mayor hey frank "puppie"there can be some thing in it for you get on Rubens ticket and run for counsel men at large lets set pride aside and do this for old Hoboken we need this so does the city's minority on the council
Thomas Forrest Ritter February 03, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Expect another lawsuit from Beth Mason. That allowance is not going to spend itself.
demosthenes February 04, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Hopefully this story will get updated now that more informatio n seems to be becoming available. Note to the editor: Judge Bariso is not an Administrative Judge. He is the Assignment Judge for the Hudson County Superior Court system which basically makes him Hudson County's chief Judge.
Journey February 04, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Showalter's fear mongering would be useful if it was readable. Run it through a grammar checker, and ask a grown up to proof read it for you next time.
bubbles February 04, 2013 at 11:27 PM
something in it for Raia, eh? Nice.
ThisMeansWar February 05, 2013 at 02:06 AM
With enemies like you, who needs friends. What a dunce.
Ojo Rojo February 05, 2013 at 03:35 AM
When I read stuff like what Showalter wrote, it reminds me why I absolutely discount the opinions of the LCDs in life.
BruceD February 06, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Well, I have been here more than 20, so what does that make me? I actually hate what the leftover BNR as you so proudly hail them have done to Hoboken. The BNR that I inciatlly met and why I liked Hoboken to begin with didnt wnat anythgin to do witheh likes fo eh Russo cabal. They detested them. Slowly but surely those have either moved on as the values of real estate rose rapidly, retired or died. Those that are still here and those that I still talk to who moved away think that the Mayor is doing great stuff for Hoboken and think that the Council of No are morons that represented the dregs of Hoboken then and represent the dregs of Hoboken now. Which is to say, a rapidly dwindling number.

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