I just spoke with Atlantic City Council President George Tibbitt, just a short while before tonight’s Council meeting was set to begin. I have learned and confirmed that the state of New Jersey has requested that the two items pertaining to city activist Steve Young be pulled from the agenda.

The state retains oversight of Atlantic City and has the authority to veto any action taken by the Mayor or City Council.

They decided to exercise their unilateral authority on this occasion.

Tonight was scheduled to be a public hearing, which was requested by Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small.

Small wants to remove Young from the Atlantic City Planning Board (where he is the current Chairman), and, from the Citizen’s Advisory Council.

Tibbitt was measured in his response to the state’s intervention. He did not criticize it to me, he merely said that, “I’m surprised that the state decided to step in and stop the process,” said Tibbitt.

No reason was provided for the move. No Council action was going to take place tonight. This was the first step in the process to potentially remove Young from his two appointed, volunteer posts.

I’ll reach out to Mayor Small and Young for their comments and report back with their reaction as soon as possible.

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