The council last night also began acting on several other Rivera nominations, sending them all to committee. Besides Torres, they included James Patrick O’Donoghue, who ran unsuccessfully in the preliminary election for mayor last year, and Elias Rodriguez, both of whom were nominated for five-year terms on the city’s Redevelopment Authority.
Also sent to committee last night were Jose Pino, whom Rivera nominated to the Zoning Board of Appeals, and Glavielinys Cruz, whom Rivera nominated to the Historical Commission.
Also last night, the council accepted the resignation of Abel Vargas from the Greater Lawrence Technical School Committee. Vargas was re-elected to the committee in November, but resigned to take a job as Rivera’s director of business development.
The council’s decision to replace Mayra Lantigua on the Licensing Board ends a term that began when former Mayor Michael Sullivan named her to fill an unexpired seat on April 14, 2005, when she was married to Lantigua, who was then a state representative.
Although her term expired June 1, 2007, she has continued to serve under a state law that allows members of local Licensing Boards whose terms have expired to continue serving until they are reappointed or replaced. She has chaired the board for about a year.
The Licensing Board’s three members are paid $2,500 a year. The chairman receives an extra $2,600 stipend.
The vote to remove Mayra Lantigua from the Licensing Board severs a tie the former mayor had with the city’s vibrant nightlife, where he was a regular in the bars and clubs through his four years in office.