With Cory Booker now in the U.S. Senate, Luis Quintana has become the acting mayor of Newark. But the vote to name him interim mayor has been delayed because several members of the Newark City Council were not available to vote. Newark Councilman Darrin Sharif, who says he missed the emergency meeting because of scheduling conflicts, told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that there was a bit of confusion prior to the meeting.
“I got a call from a constituent actually last night and the constituent said, ‘Do you know about the emergency meeting tomorrow morning?’ and I said, ‘I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about,'” Sharif explained. “I called the clerk and the clerk said he had gotten an e-mail saying there was going to be an emergency meeting. I called Council President [Luis] Quintana and told him I would be present at the meeting.”
Sharif said that when he spoke with Quintana he did not have his schedule on him and did not notice his appointments until the morning of the meeting. He later called the city clerk to notify that he would not attend the emergency meeting. Within his e-mail notifying his absence he also mentioned that the council president would become the acting mayor instantly according to statue. Shariff also said that he does not understand why there was an emergency meeting.
Shariff says he supports Quintana as interim mayor.
When asked if any of the council members missed out on the vote for political reasons, Shariff said that he can only speak for his actions and that he supports Quintana.
“I only didn’t attend the meeting today because I had other scheduling appointments on the schedule,” said Sharif.