Absent Without Levy?
Bob Levy Will Never Return To City
I Believe That Levy Is About To Accept a Generous
Plea Agreement From The Federal Government.
What Happens Next In AC?
Photo By Don Hurley
By Don P. Hurley
October 6, 2007
I attended a Press Conference on the
Boardwalk yesterday afternoon, where Governor Jon Corzine appeared in
Atlantic City to address the subject of the Missing Mayor Bob
Also accompanying Governor Corzine was NJ State
Assemblyman Jim Whelan.
There was not much in the way of new news learned
this afternoon, with the exception that there was one common thread
occurring throughout the Press Conference.
Both Governor Corzine and Assemblyman Whelan assured
the media throng (some dozen television stations and countless reporters), and
the citizens gathered of two things:
1. That the state was here to help, but
hopefully not take-over Atlantic City following the disappearance
of Phantom Mayor Bob Levy.
2. That this vacancy, disappearance, sickness,
illness, injury, etc, by Bob Levy would not be permitted to last very much
I asked Governor Corzine the following
"Governor Corzine: The US Attorney Chris
Christie has publicly reported that Bob Levy is under Federal Investigation,
even though Levy has denied for more than 21 months that he was ever under
investigation. Is the State of NJ merely going to wait some unspecified period
of time for Levy to resign, or will the State of NJ recognize that Bob Levy has
vacated the office of Mayor?"
The answer I received to my question from Governor
Corzine: "This will not last much longer". I believe that the
Governor is right.
It is important for you to know that Bob Levy is never
going to return to Atlantic City Hall as Mayor of Atlantic
Levy is finished for good, and will never be permitted
to serve in a position of public trust ever again. And that is a good
I firmly believe that Bob Levy will be held fully
accountable for his abuse and misuse of our United States Military, as he should
Using a phony membership card to attempt
to trick and cheat your way into the most elite fighting force in the
history of the world for your own twisted and selfish personal
gain, should bring the bearer the harshest penalties provided for by
While our citizens committee has been working hard to recall
Bob Levy for many months, it is interesting to me just how many people would ask
"what's next, what happens after Levy is gone", as if there was never a doubt
that he would be gone. There certainly was no doubt in my mind
It is my opinion that, all along, it was the desire
of the state of New Jersey to have intentionally permitted the
corruptive and dysfunctional behavior of Bob Levy in order to advance a state
takeover of Bader Field and other significant issues in Atlantic
I said then, and I say now, that the thought of Atlantic
City being "Absent Without Levy" is a pleasant one, while
recognizing that Levy's situation is a human tragedy, all at the same
The damage that Bob Levy has done will take years to recover from,
which is why my deepest sympathy is reserved for the good citizens of Atlantic
City, who have been so terribly cheated for nearly two years now by
However, I will say that while I have looked forward to a city hall
in Atlantic City minus Bob Levy, I have not looked forward to the scramble
that is about to take place with regard to filling the vacancy for Mayor.
It is a necessary part of the process though.
Here is how I see the events of near future in Atlantic
1. Any day now, I believe that Bob Levy will resurface from his
2. I believe that Bob Levy will accept a generous plea
agreement offered by the Federal Government, which will banish Levy
from public life once and for all.
3. What happens from here on, is critical for the sake of the
administration of government, the public safety and future development
of Atlantic City.
4. There needs to be an orderly transfer of authority to a
legally authorized, legitimate and honest administrative branch in Atlantic
5. Atlantic City must get their act in order and swiftly, so
that the state of New Jersey is not given more cause to move
in and attempt a take over (as I have been saying for nearly two years
I believe is their mission).
6. The filling of this vacancy of Mayor of Atlantic City must be
immediately filled by the President of Atlantic City Council, William
'Speedy" Marsh, as required by law.
7. Within 15 days of the declaration of the vacancy of Mayor, the
local Democratic Committee may submit the names of (3) nominees to City
Council, who in the interest of the public good, must not be friends or family
members of Craig Callaway or Bob Levy.
8. While the city committee endeavors to select (3) nominees to
submit to city council, it is important for the committee members not associated
with Craig Callaway to insure that there is only one vote given per
person, and not three votes each as done by Callaway on previous occasions to
"stack" the results in a predetermined desire.
9. One person /One Vote by Democratic Committee Members is
It is important to note that the committee is
voting for only one replacement to fill the vacancy, (not three), and that
the top three finishers in the election by the committee are the ones to
be submitted to City Council for nomination to fill the
10. City Council has 15 days from the time of the occurrence
of the vacancy to review these nominees and either accept or reject
The law says that the procedure for filling a vacancy for Mayor, is
Now, here's the difference for filling a vacancy in the office of
Mayor, as opposed to filling any other vacancy or office as required by
A. Should City Council accept one of the three nominees from the
local democratic committee, than the nominee shall serve as the successor and
Mayor of Atlantic City until the next General Election occurring in November of
B. Should City Council reject the (3) nominees submitted by the
local Democratic Committee, than the President of City Council continues to
serve as the Acting Mayor of Atlantic City.
C. It is at this time that the City Clerk is compelled to
immediately cause a Special Election to be held no sooner than 45 days and no
more than 50 days following the declaration of the vacancy.
D. The person elected in this Special Election, shall serve a
term to last until the next General Election, which
would occur in November of 2008.
I hope this clears up some of the confusion with respect
to what I have submitted, and what I believe is about to
Better days are coming for the people of Atlantic City, and
PS Am I the only one growing tired already of watching people
that played no part whatsoever in bringing down this corruption in Atlantic
City, running for television cameras to take bows, as if they actually did
something? The re-write of history is on already!
Don P. Hurley