What happens if the Mayor steps down?

7/29/2009:

There has been a lot of speculation and discussion about what might happen in the event Mayor Peter Cammarano decides to step down amidst his corruption/bribery charges.

Second ward Councilwoman Beth Mason has called on her band of legal experts to provide the following facts about what the law actually allows:

Mayoral Replacement FAQ

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  1. What happens if Mayor Peter Cammarano resigns?
    If Mayor Cammarano resigns the City Council has 30 days to appoint a new Mayor. If no Mayor is appointed then the City Council President (Dawn Zimmer) would serve as acting Mayor until a special election is held.
  2. Will there be a new election if the Mayor resigns?
    Yes. If Mayor Cammarano resigns before September 4th there will be a special election held in November 2009. If Mayor Cammarano resigns after September 4th there will be a special election held in June 2010. The election will be winner takes all with no runoff.
  3. Can Mayor Cammarano appoint an Acting Mayor?
    Yes. If Mayor Cammarano wants he can appoint an Acting Mayor rather than resign. However, he can only pick one of his Department Heads. Since none have been confirmed he can only appoint City Clerk Jimmy Farina or Health and Human Services Director John Pope since they were already approved under Mayor Roberts’ administration.
  4. Can the City Council remove the Mayor from office?
    Not at this time. The only way to remove the Mayor would be through a recall election, however by law a Mayor cannot be recalled until after he has spent a total of 1 year in office, so the earliest Mayor can be recalled in July 1, 2010.

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21 Comments on "What happens if the Mayor steps down?"

GroundPowder
Member
GroundPowder

I have visited 2 New Jersey Law sites. Both have indicated that the recall procedure can start 50 days before July 1st 2010. The first step is a citizen committee of 3 persons would have to register with the city clerk. They will then have to collect signatures and name of 25% of the last vote. The total vote was not more then 13,000. So 4000 signatures would be need incase of errors and duplications. Then a new election would held.

If there is an acting mayor I am not sure what can or will determine time in office. It is possible till Peter cleared of all charges or until the 4 year term ends

CalGard
Member
CalGard

The fact of the matter is that Hoboken’s form of government is not going to change soon enough to have any effect on the mess we are in now. I’ve read everything that has been written about the mayor and his crimes to believe there is nothing left unsaid.

Time now to act. We need to focus on other issues facing Hoboken while continuing to press for the mayor to resign so that we can move on. Despite Cammarano’s untruthful letter claiming a 5% reduction – the municipal tax rate has increased 10% this year. How much did Hoboken spend last year? What is this year’s budget? What has and will be done to address the issues that required bringing in Judy Trepodi to oversee city operations? Was she successful? Can we now operate without a state monitor?

Is there any public official now in Hoboken who can talk about issues that are extremely important now and that will continue to grow in importance as the very sad story of a man who is alleged to be a criminal unfolds painfully one day after the next.

tubes
Member
tubes

If he resigns after Spt 4, would that June special election be the same day as the primary, or the week after it?

ericwestham
Member
ericwestham

I think he will try everything in his power to stay on as mayor. And this concerns me. Hoboken is bizarro world. The opposite of right happens.

There is far too much to lose. It’s not about what’s good for the city anymore.

dunotar
Member
dunotar

And the point of another election would be???? The time is right for us to change our form of government to a city manager style. No more popularity contests. Whether it’s Cammarano, Zimmer or Mason, the coin of the realm in the current scenario are promises. Whether these promises are legal or otherwise, they are trading our on the backs of the citizens of Hoboken. It’s time for this to stop.

Under the Faulkner Act, we have other forms of city government available to us. We can hire a city manger who must perform or their contract is not renewed. The remaining council members are ALL elected at large, preventing them from delivering huge blocks of votes (or mother-lodes of absentee ballots form their individual fiefdoms, further cutting down on corruption. In order for this to take place, our city council can pass a resolution to make this so. Or, a petition drive with enough signatures will get it accomplished in a referendum vote.

The time is now. Urge city council to take this decisive action. Let the healing begin.

Determined
Member
Determined

An interesting idea which deserves consideration.

In response to dunotar who said:
And the point of another election would be???? The time is right for us to change our form of government to a city manager style. No more popularity contests. Whether it’s Cammarano, Zimmer or Mason, the coin of the realm in the current scenario are promises. Whether these promises are legal or otherwise, they are trading our on the backs of the citizens of Hoboken. It’s time for this to stop.

Under the Faulkner Act, we have other forms of city government available to us. We can hire a city manger who must perform or their contract is not renewed. The remaining council members are ALL elected at large, preventing them from delivering huge blocks of votes (or mother-lodes of absentee ballots form their individual fiefdoms, further cutting down on corruption. In order for this to take place, our city council can pass a resolution to make this so. Or, a petition drive with enough signatures will get it accomplished in a referendum vote.

The time is now. Urge city council to take this decisive action. Let the healing begin.

Colin
Member

Not a bad idea!!

In response to dunotar who said:
And the point of another election would be???? The time is right for us to change our form of government to a city manager style. No more popularity contests. Whether it’s Cammarano, Zimmer or Mason, the coin of the realm in the current scenario are promises. Whether these promises are legal or otherwise, they are trading our on the backs of the citizens of Hoboken. It’s time for this to stop.

Under the Faulkner Act, we have other forms of city government available to us. We can hire a city manger who must perform or their contract is not renewed. The remaining council members are ALL elected at large, preventing them from delivering huge blocks of votes (or mother-lodes of absentee ballots form their individual fiefdoms, further cutting down on corruption. In order for this to take place, our city council can pass a resolution to make this so. Or, a petition drive with enough signatures will get it accomplished in a referendum vote.

The time is now. Urge city council to take this decisive action. Let the healing begin.

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