Pristash appointed to council
Northampton Borough Council is back at full strength, with eight members.
The rolls include two from each ward, and the position of vice president, vacated when Sherry Maikits resigned and moved to Coplay, is filled.
Anthony Pristash cast his first vote shortly after taking his seat for the first time Thursday.
He was appointed earlier in the month by council to fill one of two second-ward council seats.
Councilman Ed Pany made the motion for Councilman Robert Coleman to serve as council's vice president.
This took Coleman by complete surprise, drawing a few comments from his colleagues on the astonishment Coleman displayed.
Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. then made a motion for Councilman Robert McHale to serve as council vice president.
Voting for McHale were council members Keith Piescienski, Pristash, Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., Anthony Lopsonzski Jr., Council President John Yurish and McHale, who cast a vote for himself.
Yurish added a bit of humor when his name was called by Mayor Thomas Reenock, who conducted the election of vice president as chair.
"I vote for Bob," Yurish replied.
Both Coleman and McHale are known as Bob to their colleagues, sharing the first name, Robert.
Yurish quickly added "McHale" in the roll call vote.
Pany voted for Coleman, a former high school student of Pany's.
Coleman voted for himself for vice president.
Yurish said either Coleman or McHale would be very good as vice president.
However, only one person can fill the seat.
McHale, the sole Republican on council, chairs the police committee with Pany, elected from the third ward.
The council vice president conducts the council meetings in the event the council president is absent.
Council meets twice monthly, except in July and August when only one meeting is held.