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Jim Doyle Will Not be Confirmed as Councilman Yet

After a judge decided that Doyle could be appointed as councilman, the council minority appealed the decision.

Jim Doyle's council seat remains vacant for at least another meeting.

While Assignment Judge Peter Bariso ruled that the latest vote that appointed Doyle was in fact valid, the council minority has appealed the decision.

Bariso's ruling last week stated that "the Municipal Vacancy Law was not intended to encourage gamesmanship. Council members should not be permitted to undermine the deliberative process and trump the intent of the legislature.”

But, since the appeal hasn't been heard yet, Doyle wasn't able to take place at the dais on Wednesday night. The decision was made a little after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, less than two hours before the start of the council meeting.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer said that tens of thousands of dollars have been spent on the case already.

The city council has voted on the vacancy three times since former councilwoman Carol Marsh stepped down in September. The four minority council members sued Zimmer, City Clerk Jimmy Farina and City Attorney Melissa Longo, claiming that Doyle's appointment — which was done in a 4-2-1 vote — was illegal.

Doyle was removed after Bariso ruled that his appointment, in fact needed five votes to pass. Doyle served two meetings as councilman.

"It is unfortunate," she said. "I welcome Mr. Doyle to the City Council and trust the members of the City Council will do the same."

Doyle, however, will not be welcomed by his minority colleagues just yet.

The case will now be heard by the appelate division in Newark, according to minority councilmen Tim Occhipinti and Michael Russo.

It's unclear when the case will be heard.

Corporation Counsel Melissa Longo on Wednesday night said that it could be between one and four months until the case is heard.

Until then, the Hoboken City Council will consist of eight members.

franksinatra February 08, 2013 at 12:40 AM
recall beth -- if people are so pissed off at Beth Mason, why do they keep re-electing her? why does her ward overwhelmingly support her? I think people there really like the job she's doing and are glad that she's standing up against the Zimmer shenanigans and holding her and her team accountable. And why the name-calling? it just discredits your side, making you look petty and immature. Debate on the merits, not with abuse.
XJS February 08, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Are you on crack? What you're saying is in no way relevant, accurate or helpful. WOW
XJS February 08, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Actually, this is exactly what happens when someone in the majority party resigns. They are replaced by someone else in the majority party. The minority party's sour grapes are just that, sour grapes.
ThisMeansWar February 08, 2013 at 12:37 PM
She was re-elected once with the usual large number of "paid workers". Without the help of faux reformer Franz Paetzold, she would have wound up in a run-off. Did you notice Beth never wrote a letter to the editor endorsing Move Forward? Why do you suppose that is? She's flat-out toxic and can't even publicly support a ticket she is financing and housing. Let's not pretend anyone likes Beth, even her so-called allies. They like her money. No more no less. Pretending otherwise just makes you sound stupid.
recallbethmason February 08, 2013 at 01:42 PM
frank, errrr, beth did not win by much? she avoided a runoff election by 10 votes? go look at the numbers again your math seems to be off. also try talking to anyone in the 2nd ward, she has no chance of being re-elected. no one in the hudson tea, harborside, maxwell or applied buildings (except for the low income housing) will vote for beth (and that is the majority of the votes in the 2nd ward). she will get destroyed in the next election. there was a meeting by reform members last year to have her recalled and we decided not to waste our time as she was doing such a good job destroying any chance she has of being re-elected on her own. now i hear the old guard want to have her recalled...now that is funny. both reform and old guard think she is bad for hoboken? wow, that is unbelievable. here political career is like a slow moving car wreck...just enjoying the view from a distance. :-)

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