Monday, February 28, 2011

Mayoral Follies: Today's Legal Ruling

For what it's worth, here's our take on today's awaited ruling by Judge John Ark, on the lawsuit seeking to invalidate appointment of Carlos Carballada as Rochester's Acting Mayor, and to invalidate City Council's vote for a Special Election in March.

We think the judge will invalidate the appointment of Carballada, because there was no actual emergency of the type contemplated by the City Charter for appointing an "emergency interim successor" to exercise the powers of Mayor.   Therefore, Council had no authority to appoint him.

However, we've never understood what that has to do with City Council's ability to set a special election, which they clearly had the power to do.   So we think the Judge will uphold Council on setting a special election.

We'll know by the end of the day!

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