Assuming she’s reelected to another two-year term in November, East End City Councilor Eneida Martinez says she’ll seek the presidency of the legislative body, replacing Tom McCarthy who has served in that capacity for 10 years. McCarthy did not seek reelection to the council.
“A lot has not been provided to the council and the rights and power of the council was not being pushed to be used by the council president,” she texted in a statement to OIB. “We need a president to stand firm and follow the (city) charter accordingly.”
In addition to succeeding the mayor when a vacancy occurs before expiration of the term, here’s what the City Charter explains about the council president:
At the beginning of each term of office the city council shall elect from among its members one council member to be president of the city council who shall serve for a term until November 30 of the next odd-numbered year or until the president of the council’s successor has been elected. The president of the city council shall preside in the absence of the mayor, and when so presiding shall have a casting vote in case of a tie in addition to his/her vote as council member. In the absence of the mayor and the president of the city council at any meeting, the city council may choose one of its members to act as president for the occasion who, when so presiding, shall have a casting vote in case of a tie in addition to his/her vote as council member. In the event of the death, resignation or inability to act of the president of the city council, the council shall elect another president in his place.
In the event that the mayor is temporarily absent or temporarily disabled and is, because of such absence or disability, unable to perform the duties of his office, the president of the city council shall possess all of the powers and perform all of the duties of the mayor until the mayor is able to act.
(b) In the event that a vacancy occurs, for any reason, in the office of mayor, the president of the city council shall act as mayor, until the office of mayor is filled as provided in subSection (c) of this section.
(c) Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor, other than during the final year of such mayor’s term of office, the city council shall cause a special election for the office of mayor to be held not less than 120 nor more than 150 days from the date that such vacancy occurs. The person elected mayor at such special election shall take office on the 7th calendar day following his/her election and shall serve the unexpired portion of the term vacated. In the event the vacancy occurs during the final year of the mayor’s term, the president of the city council shall become mayor and serve for the unexpired portion of the term vacated.
Martinez is likely to have company in the positioning of council president, depending how recounts for City Council shake out and the results of the general election.