About: Betty Roccograndi

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Pure Bunkum, Ghost busters crack the case on Luzerne County Transportation Authority

Who these days can say that a $3 million cut won’t impact operations? Cool-as-a-cucumber Luzerne County Transportation Authority Executive Director Stanley Strelish can, because as it turns out, the supposedly cash-strapped authority has a tidy nest egg of $7 million tucked away for a rainy day.
After determining that hordes of ghosts did not ride LCTA buses after all, nor did senior citizens passed off as supernatural creatures, the state recently concluded that the authority was overpaid $2,143,337 over six years.

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If you do not hire J.J. Murphy, you do so at your own risk

He’s baaaaaaack!

Who can forget J.J. Murphy, the former Wilkes-Barre City administrator and $300-per-hour consultant to the city’s parking authority?

Well, he’s presently suing a township near Philadelphia that didn’t hire him. Watch out, Luzerne County, you didn’t hire him either for your first county manager. You may be next. Murphy once told me that he believed he didn’t get that job because of all of the controversy over the taxpayer-funded security alarm system installed in his home. Oh, that little thing. Taxpayers weren’t supposed to find out that Murphy and his chum, Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton, billed them for their own home security systems. All we can say is, it’s a good thing that the county council was alarmed when considering, and ultimately rejecting, Murphy’s application.

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