Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Nonresident Franczak Ends Nazareth Judicial Quest

Bushkill Township resident Mark Franczak ended his judicial quest yesterday, according to a blurb in the print edition of The Express Times. He learned I'm right. He's no resident. His legal residence is his family home in Bushkill Township, not the room he rented at Nazareth's YMCA.

"I never intended to deceive anybody" is Franczak's claim. I believe him. Like I said yesterday, he just got some very bad advice from the good ol' boys. They're not used to following the law in Nazareth. Until a few months ago, they thumbed their noses at the Sunshine Act.

It's very hard to admit when you're wrong. But Franczak did. He was a poor magisterial candidate, but is a pretty good teacher. He just taught me a valuable lesson.

I wonder if I can get his room at the Y.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

kudos to Mark and Bernie! to the first fore what appears to be an honest attempt at admitting and correcting a mistake. to the second for exposing a potential problem and another potential embarassment for the nazareth community.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I respect Franczack for quickly recognizing and correcting the problem. I don't think many of us, including me, would be so quick to recognize a mistake. I hope he does seek office some day.

Anonymous said...

So much for your little house bitch in a French maid's outfit, Bernie. Ces't le vie (or something like that).

Anonymous said...

Bernie, about Franczak...you wrote "He was a poor magisterial candidate." Then in another breath you write, "I hope he seeks office some day." You smokin' some tainted Moraviantown crack today or what?

Maybe, as he states, Franczak didn't mean to decieve anyone with that dubious strategy of staking claim to a room at the "Y" as proof of Nazareth residency. But holy Magisterial Justice of the Peace, Your Honor! The guy must be dumb as a sack of nails if he didn't see this coming! Wow...just the kinda bright guy you want in public office.

Bernie O'Hare said...

1) I had to stop smoking the crack. Hurt my teeth.

2) He was a poor magisterial candidate because he resides in the wrong district and got bad advice.

3) I am impressed by his honesty in so quickly recognizing his error and dropping out. We need people like that.

4) Intelligence is highly overrrated. Honesty is much harder to find.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 3:53, And last night I bought fish net stockings, too. Maybe I can sell them to Jolly Joe Timmer and tell him they're lederhosen.

Chris Casey said...

Maybe you should try smoking some lederhosen!

LSTresidentPIA said...

I don't see how you say he was honest. If you won't have bloggped about him, he would probably still be running. It was only after he was caught did he suddenly become honest.

Bernie O'Hare said...

LST, And people say I'm tough. Now you know. I'm hppy he did the right thing and this is behind us. Now excuse me while I try and light up that lederhosen.

Anonymous said...

So happy he did the right thing even though he tried to fool the public first. Now if only Tommy Itterly would do the right thing and resign from the Nazareth Municipal Authority. It really shows the character of a person to first deceive the public but to continue after you've been found out, that person does not ever deserve to serve the public. Not the kind of people that should be making important decisions in the community.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 10:11, The Itterly situation is analogous, but not identical. I know Solicitor Al Pierce determined he was not in violation of the Municipal Authorities Act, which requires that Itterly must be either a resident OR a taxpayer. I did talk with Itterly once but dropped the matter because he told me he really did live here, at his daughter's home. I don't do stakeouts. I was also afraid I might get some innocent folks in trouble with him. But now that Bill White and Ross Nunamacher have both written about this, the public has a right to demand a very public explanation from the solicitor. If he has a good explanation, fine. If not, then a quo warranto proceeding can be brought to remove Itterly. Only a DA or Att'y General has standing to file that kind of action. I'm going to find out when the next meeting of the municipal authority takes place and I'll be there.

Anonymous said...

Lest your fishnets are made of 101% Spandex, Bernie, I don't think Jolly Joe stands a chance of fittin' in 'em.

Anonymous said...

lst 6:35 got it right. Franczack only caved when he was found out. Kudos to Bernie for taking an interest in the Itterly matter! Good luck getting the correct interpretation from Pierce! Itterly is apparently one of the good ole boys of the Boro! That alone determines the outcome of this one. Itterly goes nowhere. One might question why it's so important for him to remain in a position such as Chairman of the municipal authority. More than likely, personal gain!

Anonymous said...

Anon: The guy had an oversight in the requirements -- nothing more and nothing less! You can continue with your "conspiracy theory" and "good Ol boy" logic, but in this case that is merely a delusional thought - it doesn't apply to Franczak. He had an oversight, B.O. made this portion of the law known on the blogspot and Franczak immediately corrected the oversight -- end of story! He had the correct address on the petitions, he openly told people where he stayed, and did not hide anything. None of this matters to people like you that have lost trust in ALL people that want to enter into a public office -- sad!

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 9:43, Until my Tuersday post, Franczak (and you) were insisting there was nothing wrong and I should just shut up. I was also told that Franczak had received "advice" on what he should do to try and skirt residency requirements. The advice he got was bad. And in Nazareth, the good ol' boys have been giving bad advice for years. This is coming to an end, so you better get used to it.

AFTER I posted the precise language in the elections code that shows he could not be considered a resident, you call it an "oversight." You conveniently forget that you didn't want me talking about it at all in your previous comments.

Franczak did the right thing, the only thing he could do with honor. I commend him. But it's folks like you who are the real problem, in Nazareth. You don't have the least idea what democracy means. That's what's really sad.

Anonymous said...

B.O. You could have accomplished the same thing by meeting with him for a coffee and showing it to him - he probably would have thanked you and bought your coffee. Instead, you decided to call in an air strike on his entire life -- you are a real nice guy. It is all out vicious attacks on a person, their family and life -- like what you did --that cause good people that want to be part of the democratic process to run in fear that they might make a mistake and be held up and lied about and made fun of. Yes -- lied about. You know that many of your facts are way out of wack. Good thing that you didn't have to sign a sworn statement on your accounts of the events. I am starting to think the sad part of this whole episode is you!

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 10:32,

There were no "vicious attacks on a person, their family or life." That's a crock. My point was that he wasn't a Nazareth resident as claimed. He was a Bushkill Tp resident. And believe me, I was just getting started. Where did he vote last November, when he claimed to be a Nazareth resident? I know for a fact it was Bushkill. Shall I go on?

Should I have contacted him and sat down with him? Perhaps. And perhaps I was being unfair by not talking to him in detail first. But I decided against that route. This is the same dude who was already violatiing elections laws by circulating a petition without a circulator. When that was pointed out, he wasn't too happy and claimed he was breaking no laws..

And I did give him plenty of messages through his aunt that he needed to withdraw. In the meantime, you kept popping on this blog to say everything was legal. I knew what the law said and waited until Tuesday before lowering the boom. He had plenty of opportunity to do the right thing. And to be frank, he should have known this before he filed. he got bad advice from people who are used to tumbing their noses at the law. And people like you were defending an illegality instead of checking whether I was right wehen I mentioned in my comments that the elections code provided his residence was his family home.

I've seen howe the good ol' boys react when appraoched privately, so don't give me that. Unless I had gone public, he'd still be running. In fact, I don't think he withdrew because of me. He insisted I was wrong. He withdrew because the ET started asking questions.

But I'm glad he did the right thing and acted honorably. It's something you should consider.

Anonymous said...

Just for starters -- Franczak did not post a single blog on your site that I know about - he does not have a wireless connection or a hard line at the Main St address - another false Assumption on your part. You seem to immediately assume everything that you hear as fact and put it out as a fact - that is what truely bothers me. So, when you put out 5 false statements, it is only normal for a person to question the 6th statement. There is no point in arguing with a person like you that thinks they are the common joe that knows all and everyone else is a good ol' boy. When I asked Franczak about Itterly his response to me is "Who is that, I never even heard of him." That don't sound like the response I would expect from "one of them guys." I would love to sit and argue with you on this spot, but I do not have the time or ambition to enter into an endless argument with you. The only thing that I would like to see you do is to confirm your hearsay and rumors before you put them out as facts on your blogspot. People - like me -- see one or two false facts and start thinking everything you say is a lie.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I NEVER said Franczak was posting on this site. I said you were. Get your facts reight before you start tossing around accusations. But that's not what truly bothers you. What truly bothers you is that I was right. Franczak's withdrawal proves that.

What I wrote was entirely factual. Franczak did move into the Y. Franczak still owned his property in Bushkill and that's where his family resides. Ther Y contract is what it is. He can't really eat or entertain there. He did vote from his Bushkill residence after claiming to have moved to Nazareth. He did illegally drop off a petition at a local business. These are ALL facts. You don't like that I pointed them out. Too bad.

If you want to prepare a post listing my "false facts," please do so and I'll be happy to post it. But right now, you just sound like a bitter person.

Anonymous said...

Scroll up about 3 blogs in your response to Anon: 9:43 - if you did not personally talk to him then how were you corresponding with him??? You assumed that he was commenting on your blogspot and put it out as a fact --- need I say more... I really could care less if you are right or not -- it is the way you went about it that I think is sad and discouraging to others that may consider entering into a race. You immediately recommend pulling out -- is that something that we should teach our kids in school? -- as soon as someone questions you in any way -- drop out. Sounds like a good value to me. You are mad because someone is pointing out mistakes and lies that you made. I do not have the time to point out all of your misleading and false facts -- hire your own editor!

Bernie O'Hare said...

God, you're really something. I said I talked to ITTERLY, not Franczak, AND I DID. I never said I spoke to Franczak. And I said I WAS TOLD Franczak had received advice this was legal. I heard this from two different people. They both said the same thing. You need to learn how to read.

I never said I spoke to Franczak although, I tried to get the message to him. And I never said he posted on this blog. Your assertion to the contary is horseshit. I challengesd you to prove me wrong and you fell on your face.

And if someone doesn't meet the residency rwequirements for office, they should withdraw. Of course this is the message I would want to teach schoolchildren.

It is people like you who have led to problems in Nazareth. Your days are coming to an end. get used to it, bippy. You can go back to your dark room now.

Anonymous said...

I did not realize that when you meant to speak to Itterly that you called him "Franczak" - I feel so stupid now! You better learn to read !-- Let me give you a hint - it is the part that you say "Franczak" that I am talking about.

You can only hope that people like me go back into the darkroom so that people like you and your new team of good ol' boys can continue to tell lies and not be called on them. Truthful people have been around for thousands of years and we are not going away because you want us to. Get used to it -- Bippy!

Bernie O'Hare said...

I have no idea what you're talking about. No reasonable person could conclude that I ever implied that I was speaking to Franczak or that I thought he was posting on this blog. But you're not reasonable. So I'm done talking to you.

Anonymous said...

Bippy: Keep telling yourself that... I am done with this matter as well. In conclusion and on a serious note - thanks for having this blogspot. I think it is good that people can debate professionally (most of the time) and still respect the other side's point of view. Good luck to you!