The Allentown Hizzoner must still be upset with the Bethlehem Hizzoner, Mayor John Callahan. Although Pawlowski has claimed that his special tax zone (the NIZ) in the Queen City will help everyone, Callahan believes it could hurt business in Christmas City.
It's no secret that Callahan intends to run for NorCo Exec next year, and it is possible that Arcelay is part of a Pawlowski-Reibman-Fleck cabal.
On paper, Arcelay looks like an excellent candidate. He's a realtor with Cassidon, a "Special Assistant" to Pawlowski, a Pennsylvania Human Relations Commissioner and even has something to do with the Center for Humanistic Change and its "holistic, humanistic approach to education."
In Northampton County, he's served as an appointed member of the Elections and Personnel Commissions. He also did a three-year stint as an appointed member of Bethlehem City Council.
But that's on paper. So far, he's been unsuccessful in actually getting elected. He's lost twice in City Council races.
While on Council, he clashed with DA John Morganelli over a civilian review board for the police. Arcelay felt more oversight was needed, but Morganelli argued that's his job. He also crossed swords with Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan when he sought some sensitive information concerning individual police officers.
Arcelay, the City's first Hispanic member of Council, supported Bethlehem's recently enacted human relations ordinance. He has stated that if he walked down a Bethlehem street without a suit and tie twenty years ago, he would be treated much differently because he is a Latino. He claims there is still "disparate treatment," and it extends to Bethlehem's educational institutions and even exists inside City Hall.