Atlantic City councilman doesn't live in city

August 25, 2009 5:06:20 AM PDT
An Atlantic City councilman is living in a Pleasantville nursing home despite a state law requiring council members to live where they serve. At-Large Councilman Eugene Robinson tells The Press of Atlantic City he can no longer afford the $850-a-month rent at a city apartment complex. The 67-year-old says the nursing home address is temporary and he's looking for another place to live in the city.

The state Community Affairs Department would not comment specifically on Robinson's situation. However, a spokesman pointed to state law that allows other council members to declare the seat vacant.

The council has not acted on the issue.

Robinson earns $28,356 a year and has not appeared at a City Council meeting since Dec. 10, after undergoing emergency surgery.


Information from: The Press of Atlantic City,