"I visited many neighborhoods during the eight years I served as your City Councilman, and in the past two years as a private citizen. I've spoken to hundreds of citizens. They have all expressed a wide variety of concerns to me. But there is always one paramount concern - Quality of Life and Public Safety are on the decline.
"I'm sure you know what these citizens are talking about. We've all driven through the downtown to see piles of trash on the streets just a few feet from a garbage can. Who has not pulled beside someone at a red light blasting a car radio so loudly you can't even hear yourself think? Who has not seen the loitering? Who has not read, or in some cases, witnessed, the shootings in our Center City?
"The future of Allentown lies in our ability to keep tax paying residents here and attracting new families to our Queen City. Quality of Life and Public Safety are central issues to maintaining our current tax-paying citizens, as well as attracting new families to our city.
"Eight years ago, during my first 60 days on Council, I introduced several Quality of Life and Public Safety Ordinances. These increased fines for noise pollution and abandoned vehicles in our city. I also introduced legislation - now a law - to keep sex offenders from living within 2500 feet of our schools and churches.
"If you elect me as your councilman, within my first month in office, I will introduce legislation to prohibit convicted drug dealers from living in our city. This is similar to the law enacted in Plttsburgh. I will also work with the Administration to help stiffen fines and look for innovative was to put more police officers back on the streets of our city."