Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pawlowski Fails to Scare Off Whitehall

Whitehall-Coplay School Distrct and  Whitehall Township have decided to join the NIZ challenge, according to The Morning Call. It was sad to read that Mayor Ed Hozza tried to scare Commissioners off with the SLAPP suit filed earlier that day by Pawlowski. Of course, Hozza would like Pawlowski's support when he rnds for County Exec, so I guess that justifies an unconstitutional NIZ and civil rights violation.

But Whitehall Comm'rs, who unlike Hozza are not running for anything, were undaunted. I loved President Linda Snyder's remarks.

"Whitehall comes first. That's why I'm here. I'm not here for anybody else. ... The only difference between the NIZ and Jesse James is that Jesse James used a gun and wore a mask."

25 comments:

zoid said...

The dominos are continuing to fall and heading right at 7th and Hamilton. Great comment from Linda Snyder, right on point.

Anonymous said...

These people are followers. There vote will have no impact on the outcome of the suit but opens them up to a lot of liability.

If they were smart they would sit quietly and let things play out.

Anonymous said...

Please do not take offense at this ms Snyder.

You got to love a woman with balls!!!!!

Bernie O'Hare said...

"If they were smart they would sit quietly and let things play out."

Like Mayor Hozza, eh? Maybe Pawlowski will throw him a bone. Like Zoid, I like the way Ms. Snyder put it. She remembers why she's there, and it's not to sit quietly.

Anonymous said...

I am curious. Has Allentown Hockey Arena Attendee gone Anonymous i.e. 8:49 AM?

Bernie O'Hare said...

9:36, That comment did not come from the IP and ISP usually associated with FDAA.

Anonymous said...

Bernie -

What's a SLAPP lawsuit?

Bernie O'Hare said...

I have a link that explains it in detail in the body of my post. Essentially, it is a legal action brought to shut someone up, to scare someone against complaining about an important public issue.

Anonymous said...

Ed Hozza for County Executive?

What's he going to run on?

Sincerely,

Delusions, Inc.
Grandeur Division

Anonymous said...

This sounds like the xxxxxxxxx Baseball Stadium that was to be constructed in Easton just off the 1-78 exit. It was started and half built when the people finally wised up and then the bottom dropped out. If Paws doesn't change his attitude, the same will happen in Allentown. There, the taxpayers will be on the tab for millions. Maybe then they can get Easton's baseball stadium.

Anonymous said...

1043am, LMAO!!!

One of the best/most original I've seen in a long time. Well played.

Anonymous said...

Is Anon 8:49 really Future Downtown Arena Attendee gone anonymous?

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"There vote"

from what I understand, the basic grammar on display would be consistent with that of an e-mail from Chairman Pawlowski ...

:-D

Anonymous said...

The ironic part of this whole mess is Senator Browne trying an end around to eliminate the unconstitutionality of the legislation.

Start calling his office and lobbying against anything but repeal. His office number is (610) 821-8468 and email is pbrowne@pasen.gov.

Put democracy to work!

zoid said...

AGREED CALL ALL YOUR STATE REPS AND SENATORS AND MAKE SURE THIS END AROUND GET CAUGHT AND TACKLED

Anonymous said...

Where is Cunningham on all this? To busy running for mayor already?

Anonymous said...

If the major is so threatening, why did Palmer Township join in the legal battle? And all the pols are quiet.

Anonymous said...

You are in this because of all your raging hate hormones O'Hare. Hozza actually showed a great deal of common sense. Why go thorough the suit and get into lawyer costs? If any of the existing municipal suits pans out, the entire NIZ deal is pretty much dead and all the municipalities can take advantage of the outcome.

He was telling them don't get all crazy and emotional, save taxpayer money and see what happens.

Apparently, they decided to go your way of crazy and emotional.

Shame for Whitehall taxpayers.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Yep, that makes about a dozen local municipalities full of my brand of hate and crazy. And you, who post anonymously at 3 AM, are completely normal.

Bulldozers and dirt said...

a beautiful hole.
all it needs now is a brass plaque
to commemorate the the names of the thieves responsible for this....

Anonymous said...

Actually I like the hole. I think they should keep it up. About three more blocks in every direction and you have cleaned most of the rats out of the city.

Best Allentown downtown has looked in years.

Anonymous said...

I think Hozza helped steer Commissioners towards a better, more rational decision. Expressing an interest in the lawsuit protects their interest in the outcome and protects their right to pursue further if there are unacceptable terms. It gives Hanover, Beth Township and the City a little more incentive to strike a deal. Like other municipalities, it protects their interest without a blank check.

Based on proximity, I suspect Whitehall has some interest that this does not remain a dirt hole.

Anonymous said...

"He was telling them don't get all crazy and emotional, save taxpayer money and see what happens."
A pretty big statement when both feet are already in the fire.
Did any tax payers request this sure-to-lose scheme be
imposed on them.... us?
MUCH cheaper for all had this never happened.

Anonymous said...

Hozza used common sense. If no one had filed a suit, then go for it. Since many municipalities have, why spend the money? If you want to use O'Hare logic, you will end up disbarred and drunk. Fact is, if one of these suits wins, the entire NIZ is finished.

Hozza made sense, with logic and reason. Bernie hates Pawlowski and has a hard on over this NIZ, so he just loves the numbers game of municipalities all paying lawyers to do the same thing. Waste of money.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Hozza supports the NIZ, and that is why he tried to steer the vote away. His argument, like that of the anon who likes to attack me personally, is bullshit.

Every time a municipality has signed on, it has signaled a widespread disdain for this EIT tax diversion. In addition, it has helped educate the public in those communities about what is going on.

When it was just Hanover the argument was that no one else would join. Now you're concerned about townships wasting money. Then let them have their EIT.

Anonymous said...

"Salisbury Township Commissioners voted not to join a lawsuit against the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone that has been gaining steam among suburban municipalities, saying the downtown improvement will also benefit the township."

Wow, there seems to be some certainty in that statement. At least Whitehall and others kept some skin in the game.