The contentious battle over whether Mohamed T. Albanna should fill the Lackawanna City Council seat he won in the Nov. 7 election will continue.
State Supreme Court Justice Tracey A. Bannister pointed to uncertified election results and procedural matters in directing attorneys for Albanna and Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski to return to court at 11 a.m. Dec. 20.
Szymanski wants the judge to declare Albanna not eligible to assume the the council seat because of Albanna's 11-year-old felony conviction for illegally sending $5.5 million to Yemen, his native country. The City Charter says, "A person convicted of a crime or offense involving moral turpitude shall be ineligible to assume or continue in any city office, position or employment."
After absentee ballots were counted, Albanna had a 652-593 lead over John Ingram for the First Ward seat.