Newark Mayor Loses Appeal Over Vote To Fill Council Vacancy

Law360, Los Angeles (July 8, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT) -- Newark, N.J., mayor and current U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker didn't have the power to cast the deciding vote for a vacancy on the nine-member City Council, the state's Appellate Division ruled Friday, refusing to construe abstentions from some council members as “no” votes.

In a published decision addressing a power struggle in New Jersey's most populous city, the three-judge panel found that governing officials failed to properly fill the vacancy created when Donald M. Payne Jr. resigned from the panel in November to join the...
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