CORRECTION: Big Island Video News has an important correction to make to a story we brought you on Monday. Big Island Video News incorrectly reported that the new council majority meeting held to reorganize the County Council took place at Dominic Yagong’s Honokaa home. Yagong tells us that the meeting was instead held at councilwoman Brenda Ford’s Kona home. Big Island Video News would like to apologize for the error.
November 8, 2010 – HONOKAA, Hawaii
By Stephanie Salazar
The Hawaii County Council will be sworn in to a new two year term December 6th, and Hamakua councilman Dominic Yagong will become the new Council Chair. He will replace current chair J Yoshimoto of District 3 in Hilo/Keaau.
Six of the nine incoming lawmakers met Sunday afternoon at Yagong’s home to set up the newleadership with West Hawaii’s Pete Hoffman as Vice Chair. The meeting included first time council members Brittany Smart of Ka’u and Fred Blas from Puna.
As for Hawaii Island state lawmakers, Russell Kokobun will not be the new State Senate President, even though he was Vice President last session. The reason: a lack of votes from the Hawaii Island delegation.
Chosen as the new Senate president is Maui Democrat Shan Tsutsui. He succeeds Coleen Hanabusa who was elected to U. S. Congress for the urban Oahu district.