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ALDERMAN. An officer, generally appointed or elected in towns corporate, or cities, possessing various powers in different places.
     2. The aldermen of the cities of Pennsylvania, possess all the powers and jurisdictions civil and criminal of justices of the peace. They are besides, in conjunction with the respective mayors or recorders, judges of the mayor's courts.
     3. Among the Saxons there was an officer called the ealderman. ealdorman, or aldernwn, which appellation signified literally elderman. Like the Roman senator, he was so called, not on account of his age, but because of his wisdom and dignity, non propter oetatem sed propter sapientism et dignitatem. He presided with the bishop at the scyregemote, and was, ex officio, a member of the witenagemote. At one time he was a military officer, but afterwards his office was purely judicial.
     4. There were several kinds of aldermen, as king's aldermen, aldermen of all England, aldermen of the county, aldermen of the hundred, &c., to denote difference of rank and jurisdiction.

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The three aldermen who cast dissenting votes say their viewpoints haven't changed since before the city legalized video gambling.
Once I have received the report, I will invite the Council and aldermen to provide submissions to me on the findings and recommendations contained in the report, as provided for under section 225(1)(b) of the Act.
However, the city council says despite "the council's financial situation", it plans to hold a small event to present the Aldermen with their medals.
Someone at city hall will likely be designated to post on the site, aldermen said.
On Thursday Castle Morpeth's executive board is expected to agree to offer the honour to the eight councillors, who would become Aldermen at an extraordinary meeting of the council on February 26.
The Reporter analysis of 13 divided roll call votes since the new aldermen were sworn into office in May 2007 shows that 35 aldermen voted with Burke more than 80 percent of the time, while six aldermen voted less than 50 percent of the time.
Councils can still create honorary aldermen, as in Sefton, although the mechanism is used more in Northern Ireland than England, Wales and Scotland
Surrounded by the ward's alderman, Rey Colon, and a racially mixed group of aldermen and area homeowners, the mayor made a few remarks denouncing irresponsible bar owners who, he said, had let their businesses become outposts of drug dealing and violence.
Carrboro's aldermen sent their proclamation to league leaders to display with the 300 other municipalities that have issued support for the effort.
The Ghent aldermen described a piece of property being transferred, for example, as being located between the property of Jan van Waes and that of Katheline Aex, daughter of Sir Boidin Aex.
Six black aldermen allied with the Council's white conservative faction.
Any definitive agreement, under which revenue bonds would be issued, will require the approval of two thirds of the Board of Aldermen.