Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Old Guard Council led by Mason files lawsuit to end Reform council majority

Office of the Mayor announces:


Statement from Mayor Zimmer on Lawsuit Filed by Council Minority

“Yesterday, City Council members Castellano, Mason, Occhipinti, and Russo filed an action in Superior Court seeking to remove Councilman Doyle from office. The apparent purpose of the lawsuit is to create a 4-4 deadlocked Council for at least the next eight months.”

“The City believes that their claims are entirely without merit. It is extremely unfortunate that instead of focusing on properly representing the interests of their constituents that these Council members are attempting to paralyze our government for political reasons to the detriment of the citizens of Hoboken who they were elected to serve.”

Former Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman is believed to be leading the lawsuit against the City to overturn
the appointment of Councilman Jim Doyle back filling the open at-large council seat.  Here he appeared before the press announcing the resignation of then Mayor and now felon Peter Cammarano.

Talking Ed Note: Independently, MSV has learned that Beth Mason has again hired former Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman to handle the lawsuit in Hudson County Superior Court.

The vote last Wednesday of the existing members was 4-4 with the mayor breaking the tie for a fifth vote.  Voting in favor of the appointment council members: Ravi Bhalla, Peter Cunningham, Dave Mello and Jen Giattino.  Voting against: Terry Castellano, Tim Occhipinti and two abstentions (NO votes) Jim Doyle and Beth Mason.

Correction: Vote was 4-3 as Jim Doyle had no vote on the council appointment.