WORCESTER, Mass. (Mar. 9)
Joseph M. Kasdin, a Jew, was elected Mayor of this city–second largest city in the state–by balloting of the City Council here.
The election broke a deadlock of five weeks’ duration. The former Mayor, James D. O’Brien, resigned late in January to become chairman of the State Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Since then, the Council could not agree on a successor. Finally, on the 327th ballot, Mr. Kasdin was elected.
The new Mayor, who is 45, now becomes, by city charter, also the president of the City Council, as well as chairman of the School Committee. The Mayor, in this city, performs no administrative duties.