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Middletown council votes 5-3 to request McNamara resign

For the second time in two weeks, Middletown Borough Council took a vote to request that Chris McNamara step down as council president. Only this time, those seeking McNamara's ouster were in the majority.

McNamara was not present. Council Vice President Robert Louer, who presided, opened tonight's meeting by saying that McNamara was absent due to "family problems."

Councilor Scott Sites introduced a motion to request that McNamara resign and be replaced as president by Louer. Councilor Ben Kapenstein seconded the motion.

Voting with Sites and Kapenstein in favor of McNamara resigning were Councilors Anne Einhorn, Vicki Malone, and John Brubaker.

Voting against the motion was Louer and fellow Councilors Michael Bowman and Suzanne Sullivan.

The Press and Journal sent an e-mail to McNamara seeking comment. McNamara did not immediately respond.

Also tonight, Mayor James H. Curry III broke a 4-4 council tie to defeat a proposed "code of conduct" to govern council meetings. Sullivan had proposed the code toward the end of the Jan. 20 meeting. The item on tonight's agenda was to advertise the proposed code.

Curry's "no" vote defeated the proposal.