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Lackawanna lawmakers rebuff bid to nominate Noman for empty seat

Lackawanna City Councilman William R. Leonard on Tuesday did something his colleagues have only talked about doing.

He tried to nominate someone to fill the First Ward seat.

The action came at the end of the regular board meeting, when Leonard asked to waive the rules which would have allowed him to introduce a resolution recommending Abdulsalam Noman fill the seat he vacated after serving two terms.

But Leonard's motion failed to muster a second, and the resolution died – for now.

"Now we're just dragging our feet," said Leonard. "We had budget hearings from 4 to 6:30 and the First Ward seat was vacant. The people of the First Ward have no representation."

The vacancy occurred after Mohamed Albanna was barred from assuming the seat he won in the November election because he was a convicted felon.

"What's going on now is the three other people of the council are following a process for the Democratic Committee to make a recommendation," said Leonard. "Nowhere in the City Charter does it say that."

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