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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 critical challenge is designing an enforcement mechanism that can resist the centrifugal tendencies of "aldermanic privilege." Once developers propose any specific new structures for particular neighborhoods, the neighbors so targeted have an incentive to enlist a universal coalition against the proposal.
Among the aldermanic candidates in the 11th Ward, for example, is John Tominello, who spent more than a decade working to unionize state court reporters.
Aldermanic privilege received national publicity last year when a Chicago alderman threatened to stop Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in his ward because of the owner's stance against gay marriage.
(42.) "Many Starters in Aldermanic Race," Globe, 25 Dec.
We had to bring the other folks along with us." Abandoning its long-standing custom of endorsing a handful of candidates in city elections, the union waged an all-out effort to place both its own members and community activists on New Haven's aldermanic board in the 2011 election, backing 17 newcomers for seats on the 30-member body.
TILTs could thus break the logjam created by aldermanic privilege over zoning decisions by making upzonings attractive to neighborhoods and local officials.
For instance, in Chicago traditional lobbying was coupled with direct action in individual aldermanic wards, with the result that Democratic aldermen were more likely to support the coalition's policy reforms.
This article examines the early years of the aldermanic careers of two Communist Party of Canada (CPC) aldermen in Winnipeg.
Waleys served as sheriff of London and Middlesex, held a seat on the aldermanic council for a quarter of a century, and between 1273 and 1299, served five controversial terms as London's mayor.
In individual ward races in Chicago, most aldermanic candidates got only a handful of votes at best.
Mayor or some of his aldermanic companions would be good enough to try it for a while, or even if they would perform the duties for which they are elected and visit it for a while they might (I don't say they would) but they might send that nuisance-abating contractor along and have him perform the duty for which he is paid by the citizens of Calgary.
(21) When this language occurs in the Christ and the Doctors scene, he argues that it 'helps to facilitate the identification of the Doctors with the aldermanic elite that rule Coventry'.