Leslie Altieri, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to oppose Hahn, said, "It's important to come out and hear the concerns of your constituents and their stories so you can actively represent them when you go back to Harrisburg. Her [Hahn's] decision not to attend today just shows that she's supporting the Republican Corbett budget, and will vote to cut all these essential social service programs."
Altieri was also critical of the NIZ legislation, which Hahn supported in a 2011 vote. "We don't need to make those investments if it's taking away from other people who directly need our help now."
Hahn stated she was unable to attend Friday's forum because she had other appointments that day. "I am always willing to meet with constituents and discuss their concerns," she said. She offered no explanation for failing to send a staffer.
Hahn has previously said she supported the NIZ legislation, under which EIT from other municipalities can be used to finance improvements in Allentown, because it can only go on for thirty years.