Island Borough Assembly failed to override the mayoral veto paying attorney
fees for three of its members at last night’s meeting.
The vote to
pay the legal bills of assembly members Tom Abell, Louise Stutes and Reed
Oswalt in the Mel Stephens attendance lawsuit was four in favor of the override
and three to uphold the veto. Normally, measures pass with four or more yes
votes, but overriding a veto takes five votes. Originally, the measure that
Mayor Jerome Selby vetoed, passed with five yes votes on May 1st.
Pat Branson was the assembly member who changed her position, and she explained
that public pressure swayed her decision.
resolution to pay the legal bills passed two weeks ago, Branson, Abell, Stutes,
Oswalt and Jerrol Friend voted in favor of it. Sue Jeffrey and Chris Lynch
voted against it.
opinion was on both sides of the veto, but came down squarely on the side of
just getting it over with. Click the Play button to hear a sampling of the public comment on the
issue, from before and after the vote.