Metropolis Council President Tommy Hazouri resumed his duties Sept. 1 greater than a month after the 75-year-old had lung transplant surgical procedure.

Hazouri’s workplace issued a memo launched to Council members saying his return. 

Amber Leham, assistant to Hazouri, mentioned Sept. 2 the memo was required by Council guidelines to alleviate Vice President Sam Newby, who had been presiding over conferences as appearing president since July 26. 

Hazouri mentioned in an interview Sept. 2 that he won’t be assembly with anybody in particular person to keep away from potential publicity to COVID-19, and as medical doctors at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville proceed to watch him each day for organ rejection and an infection.

“I really feel actually good. It’s a protracted course of,” Hazouri mentioned. “It’s been a blessing. My lung capability has improved 200% … I’m grateful to the household, the younger man, for the donation. I don’t know a lot about him, and I could not meet (the household) for a very long time. … And I’m grateful for my spouse.” 

Council’s standing committees resumed an in-person/digital hybrid mannequin this week as some members started a push Aug. 25 to renew conferences inside chambers that have been stopped in March on the onset of the pandemic. 

Lehman mentioned Newby executed the hybrid committee conferences on the recommendation of Hazouri. The following full Council assembly Sept. 8 will stay solely on the Zoom videoconferencing platform, she mentioned.

Hazouri’s aide mentioned the hybrid mannequin is allowed underneath Gov. Ron DeSantis’s government order clearing the best way for public authorities conferences to be held electronically throughout the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Hazouri mentioned he has watched and monitored Council assembly since his third day trip of surgical procedure. 

Earlier than his surgical procedure, Hazouri introduced the formation of a Council Social Justice and Neighborhood Funding Particular Committee to investigate coverage selections and laws pertaining to social injustices, regulation enforcement and financial improvement to make sure a optimistic affect on all neighborhoods and demographics in Jacksonville.

Hazouri, a Democrat, mentioned that shall be his focus now that he has returned to the Council president’s chair. 

“My essential aim proper now could be to deal with my prime precedence — sidewalks and infrastructure — addressing the guarantees that haven’t been performed up to now since consolidation,” Hazouri mentioned. “I feel we’ll get that performed, and I feel we’ll be legendary.”

Hazouri, Jacksonville mayor from 1987-91, underwent the lung transplant surgical procedure July 25 lower than a month after he was sworn in as Council president.

He’s the primary Democrat to carry the Council presidency in almost 27 years, in line with the Duval County Democratic Celebration. 

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