Large corporate “rules” allow for those responsible for life-and-death decisions to get away with inflicting damages beyond anything the corner hustler in Baltimore could ever muster. Steal a loaf of bread . . . go to jail. Steal from hundreds of millions through manipulation, and fraud . . . pay a fine. Seems fair and just, right?
The results of this election, in my humble opinion, suggest that either nobody in Wilkes-Barre is unhappy with its government and its handling of the issues, or that Magdalenski and Kelly have been flagged as dumb-ass buffoons for even trying to win a Democratic primary election as non-politicians in Wilkes-Barre. Thus, by reason of their insanity, a disease detected in time by the aligned voters, they were summarily identified and dealt with as only can happen in Wilkes-Barre politics.
Attendees of the May 21 Scranton City Council meeting heard from residents Ron Ellman, Joan Hodowanitz, Marie Schumacher, David Dobson, Justine Yager, and Gerard Hetman (from the Lackawanna County Community Relations Department). The topics of discussion at the evening’s meeting were the state of the city, city government transparency, the 2014 city audit, Henry Amoroso, and Amoroso’s Scranton City recovery plan.
National Missing Children’s Day is Monday, May 25. A special program will be conducted at The Michelle Jolene Lakey Kiosk on the Spruce Street side of the Lackawanna County Courthouse at 1 p.m.
Joan Hodowanitz started off her alotted time with a question: “Any idea how much we paid Rossi for the 2013 audit?” Council had no answer. Hodowanitz claimed the city paid $48,000, but that was not for the audit. She said the audit itself cost over $94,000, that the 2014 city audit is suppose to cost over $40,000, and that no one is slated to do it. She said the legislation is forthcoming for the bids for audit. Hodowanitz said that you “can’t underestimate the value of a timely audit,” especially, she emphasized, for a city in distress. She hopes the 2014 audit will be completed before the end of 2015 and won’t cost $94,000.
One of the first citizens to speak in the citizens’ participation segment of the evening was Lee Morgan. Morgan discussed his concerns with the Scranton City pensions crisis, as he does not feel the state will be able to solve it. In fact, he suggested they are only going to make matters worse. He also spoke at length about the state of the country, and Pennsylvania, and how both parties were to blame. Morgan also spoke positively about 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, and his entrance into the race.
Councilman and mayoral candidate Tony George means business. As mayor, he plans to apply to PennDOT for Multimodal Transportation Fund grants which will substantially improve and enhance business districts in various city neighborhoods. All of these grant funds encourage and recognize the leveraging of diverse grant funds to upgrade transportation, enhance communities, improve safety, revitalize neighborhoods and create jobs. Tony George expects that all City Departments will have an active role in this initiative including meeting in the neighborhoods with Business District partners and stakeholders to seek their guidance and input on how best to achieve these goals.
Kelly discussed his background and his plan to fight violent crime in the city. He also reiterated his call for Republicans to write him in during the primary election. Then, he took the time to remind City Council that they still have nine months left on their terms and that they should watch who they blame in the current crime blame game. Kelly asked “Is it fair they blame Mayor Leighton for everything . . . while Wilkes-Barre is blowing up from gangs and drugs and thugs? Where are their solutions?”
On Monday, May 4, 2015, Pennsylvania Court Watch and a coalition of organizations working toward judicial restoration in the form of constitutional restoration will hold a rally in front of the Pennsylvania Judicial Center at 601 Commonwealth Ave. in Harrisburg Pa. from noon to 3 p.m. to demand that the judicial branch be brought under the same legal standards of transparency and accountability as other branches of government. Entertainment and organizing provided by America Rebirth Tour (A.R.T.).
On Saturday, May 9, Grand Slam Wrestling presents “Vinny vs. Lymphoma,” a benefit for Vinny Reyrat, a pro wrestler battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, at Moosic Youth Center, 606 Main St in
Moosic at 7 p.m.