Perkins stays as acting mayor in Orange

ORANGE – The City Council last night voted 5-2 to retain Council President Lisa Perkins as the city’s acting mayor.

Councilmen Ed Marable, Jr. and Hassan Abdul-Rasheed voted to replace Perkins with Mayor-elect Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., due to her close relations with former Mayor Mims Hackett, who left office on the day he pleaded guilty to attempted extortion.

They didn’t have the votes to make it happen.

Council people Donald Page, Tency Eason, Vivian Gaunt, Coram Rimes, and Perkins voted in favor of keeping Perkins in the position until July 1, when Hawkins assumes office as Hackett’s successor.