At least one councilman wants to see if "Local Talk," after his colleagues denied the publication official city newspaper status here Sept. 4 will ever get a chance to become such an outlet.
The full council voted, 6-1, on Resolution No. 174-2012. The walk-on resolution, which was moved by At-Large Councilman Elroy Corbitt and seconded by colleague Donna K. Williams, named the "Newark Star-Ledger" and the "East Orange/Orange Record-Transcript" as official city publications for 2012-13.
The council, except for South Ward Councilman Edward Marable, Jr.'s sole dissent, passed the resolution without "Local Talk" being considered for yet another year. The late addition to the council's Sept. 4 agenda, however, did not go without Corbitt separating Resolution No. 174 from the consent agenda for discussion.
"I don't understand why 'Local Talk' is not on the list and is being passed up again," said Corbitt before his colleagues, some 30 Council Chamber gallery audience members and a live Channel TV35 viewership. "They do a good job covering our city, their copies are across Essex County and they're free."
Corbitt eventually voted with five of his colleagues after receiving two reassurances from Deputy Municipal Clerk Shinell Smith and Acting City Attorney Dan S. Smith.
"I think it's always been two publications," said Smith. "I'll look into the statute to see if three are allowed."