Allaire retains board presidency
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | March 19,2013
Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
David Allaire remains president of the Board of Aldermen.
While Alderman William Notte came slightly closer to unseating Allaire than when they competed for the seat last year, he still fell short, with Allaire edging Notte 6-5.
DePoy nominated Allaire and Alderwoman Sharon Davis seconded. They were joined in voting for him by Aldermen Gary Donahue, John Cassarino, Ed Larson and Allaire himself.
Alderman Christopher Siliski nominated Notte and Alderman David Wallstrom seconded. They were joined by Notte and Aldermen Jon Kiernan and Charles Romeo in the voting.
A motion to vote by secret ballot at the meeting Monday night was rejected. City Clerk Henry Heck said that he had found 13 contested elections for board president in the last 15 years and that 11 of those had been decided by secret ballot. That vote broke down along the exact same lines as the final one, with Notte’s supporters voting for secret ballots, outnumbered by Allaire’s supporters voting against them.
Allaire kept his remarks brief as he resumed the chair.
“We have just gone through a couple months of fairly contentious elections,” said Allaire, who returned to the board following a failed bid for mayor. “The voters have chosen. ... I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with you and I’m looking for any and all input from members of the Board of Aldermen and anyone outside, members of the public.”
Allaire said he expects committee assignments to be complete some time in the middle of next week.
Allaire weathered a number of barbs in his effort to retain the chair. Outgoing Alderman Christopher Robinson criticized Allaire for seeking another term, saying Allaire secured his vote against Notte last year by promising that would be his last term as president. Notte himself penned a commentary suggesting Allaire was treating the job as “Plan B.”
The meeting also saw the swearing in of the board’s newest members, Cassarino and Larson (who, though newly elected, have both served in the past), as well as re-elected returning members Romeo, DePoy, Kiernan and Wallstrom.