HOBOKEN -- Now that Mayor Dawn Zimmer will once again have a 5-4 majority of supporters on the Hoboken City Council, they can choose a new council president and vice president. Normally, the change is made on July 1, but last year, after Zimmer's foes took the majority, they changed the rules so that they could pick someone from among their ranks. So it remains to be seen if a new choice will be made in a hurry.
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Meanwhile, Zimmer made a statement Tuesday night after the results came in.
"Tonight we took back the city of Hoboken," Zimmer said to wild applause.
Zimmer said she would like to see the council approve more initiatives for her transportation director, Ian Sacs. She also now believes the sale of the municipal hospital will go forward without interference from her political foes. She also said she hopes the council can pass the 2011 budget soon.
One audience member yelled out "with a surplus" when Zimmer spoke. Zimmer's council allies are in favor of holding onto a 5 percent budget surplus this year to improve future bond ratings, while her opponents want to give the surplus back to the taxpayers.
Councilwoman Theresa Castellano, Council President Beth Mason, Councilman Michael Russo, and Councilman Tim Occhipinti all won re-election on Tuesday, and are often seen as opposition to the mayor.
Newcomer Jen Giattino defeated Councilman Nino Giacchi in the 6th Ward, and Councilman Peter Cunningham defeated three challengers in the 5th Ward.
The three "at large" council members are currently aligned with Zimmer. They are up for election in 2013, as is Zimmer.
Challenger Tom Greaney refused to officially concede from the election on Tuesday night, as he was reportedly somewhere between 11 and 22 votes away from a runoff with Mason. Provisional ballots still needed to be counted.
However, Mason seemed confident that her race was finished, saying in an uptown establishment last night at a victory party that she thought the results of the 2nd Ward race were "terrific."
Check out the pictures, and keep watching HudsonReporter.com for more updates. - Ray Smith