Friday, April 19, 2013

Glenn Reibman Wants Callahan Investigated, Damn It!

In a news release issued by his campaign yesterday afternoon, NorCo Exec candidate Glenn Reibman said that he "intends to notify the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to further investigate Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan’s unlawful use of Federal Grant money to balance his City Budgets in 2010 and 2011."  He claims he was disturbed by Callahan's remarks at a recent debate in which he said he did what he needed to do to keep the lights on and meet payroll, and would do it again.

“HUD warned him in a letter that this is a misappropriation of funds,” said Reibman. “Mayor Callahan is doubling down on this unlawful act. Because he thought it was politically expedient to his purposes, John Callahan used this money to balance the City’s budget. This is CDBG money that is supposed to go to those struggling small business owners that need it the most. He claims that he wants to create jobs, yet he jeopardized the federal money meant to do just that in the neighborhoods that need it the most. If you willfully take CDBG money and misappropriate it, you can go to jail. This simply is an example of failed leadership.”

Reibman should be an expert on going to jail. After all, two members of his campaign team spent time in Club Fed for what amounts to bribery. They weren't borrowing CDBG money so they could pay the bills. They were stealing. Another Reibman cabinet member resigned in disgrace when he was caught wife-swapping on the County dime. Yet another was forced to resign after his sexual harassment of female employees became intolerable.

But they legacy left by Reibman was still being felt by the County last year. That's when the County had to pay $25 million to get out of a ridiculous swaption he promoted in 2004.

But Reibman is obviously behind in the polls, so he's starting to get dirty, and even has Callahan going to jail.

“What’s far worse than John Callahan going to jail, is that the community could lose its CBGD funding and other federal grant funding. What he did for a short-term fix and political expediency was putting the financial well-being of the City in jeopardy. We can’t have this in the Northampton County Executive’s office. We need a leader with the experience, vision and results to lead Northampton County,” Reibman concluded.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is the likelihood that something will come out of Reibman's rant?

Bernie O'Hare said...

I doubt he will even file a complaint.

Anonymous said...

And if Reibman does file a complaint, what is the possibly that something will come out of it? Or what is the possibly that it will come back to bite Reibman?

Anonymous said...

In what universe does Reibman call for the investigation of someone else? Did he really open that can of worms. Wow!

I have a feeling that was the Flecksters doing, and I have a feeling the end result will not make Mr. Reibman very happy.

Uncle Remus said...

rebi is one desperate person. once again he is in over his head trying to claw his way out of the hole he has personally dug. his efforts will make the hole deeper

Anonymous said...

well, I'll give him this...NOBODY knows illegality like Glenn Reibman

Anonymous said...

Fact - Callahan illegally used Federal funds to balance the City budget and pay general bills

Fact- in a debate on Monday he said he would do it again

Result- Callahan violated the law and thinks he can whenever he wants with no consequences. We can't trust him to run th County.

Anonymous said...

"well, I'll give him this...NOBODY knows illegality like Glenn Reibman"

well, except maybe mike fleck. aren't he and his boy being investigated for laundering money in reading for that mayor?

Anonymous said...

FACT: Glenn Reibman ran the most corrupt government in Lehigh Valley history.

Anonymous said...

A complaint was previously filed by Dana Grubb, nothing came of it. HUD did not find anything wrong since the money was paid back and used for the project it was intended

Anonymous said...

This is the result of a candidate with ZERO substance. He cant win on the issues, so he trys this. When will Fleck be investigated for paying Brennan to scare off Velez?

Anonymous said...

The charges were never fully investigated that Reibman hired a dwarf to harass and badger county employees into donating money to Reibman's campaign. Let's investigate the dwarf. winkie winkie wink

Anonymous said...

Reibman should have Callahan investigated for accepting cash from developers, allegedly. Allegedly, only because there is no video tape, or audio tape of statements made by a local developer, that he gave $1000 in cash to the Mayor.

Anonymous said...

Let's pray that we get neither of these pretentious fools as the county executive

Anonymous said...

@756-innuendo.

FACT: reibman ran the most corrupt regime in Valley history.

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to check what funds/grants vehicles were purchased out of including Callahan's.

Anonymous said...

FINALLY someone is bringing out the illegal activity of Johnny Casino....Callahan better hope noone takes this serious because if an investigation starts old Johnny boy will definately end up in jail....along with a few others...its about time Callahan gets what He deserve LIFE without parole He can become President of the inmate operations!!!!

Anonymous said...

9:14 You couldnt be more correct it has been a long time coming Callahan needs to be put away for the way he screwed the citizens of Bethlehem not to mention the employees he screwed along the way...I cant wait to see him brought out in handcuffs...and treated like the true criminal He is!!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:14 and 9:18,

You make me laugh. Callahan has done nothing that would send him to jail, unlike the guys Reibman deals with who actually went to jail.

Anonymous said...

So the Big Bang from Reibman is old news, go figure....

I re-watched the debate last night and Reibman seemed to have no ambition at all. Fleck, let the man go, he needs a rest. Someone should save him from Flecks self serving campaign, he is a person not a paycheck.

People commenting on here have no idea what the hell they speak of more often than not.

Seamus

Anonymous said...

Three minutes into the Rip Van Crypt Keeper's manic rant, he suddenly dozed off. When he woke up, the county was $100 million in debt with failing infrastructure and a raft of criminal investigations.

Anonymous said...

Bo. Do u have any info to 6: 47am question about fleck?

Bernie O'Hare said...

there would be no reason to investigate him for that bc it is not against the law to play hard ball. Fleck is a campaign consultant and is doing his job. He did not hire Brennan to act unethically. Brennan's conduct, though improper, was more a result of naivete than anything else.

Anonymous said...

Bo. Thanks for carification

Anonymous said...

Bo. Thanks for carification

Anonymous said...

It is sad that Reibman or Fleck opened that can of mud. His own past is not just the rosy picture he likes to paint. Soemtimes I think the guy really does not comprehend the mistakes he made or presdied over.

I am sure we will now be reading about them again.

Anonymous said...

Glenn f'ed up. Very sad.

Anonymous said...

Glenn Reibman never makes a comment on his own without a coach. This wa another Fleck production. I feel sorry for Glenn because Fleck just losed the dogs of war but Glenn will end up getting bit, while Fleck gets paid.

Anonymous said...

exactly.

it may be his mouth moving, but it's fleck's hand up his ass working the jaw.

Mark Baker said...

6:44,

Dana "I'll fight for you" Grub AKA "little boy cried wolf"

Bernie O'Hare said...

You're a nasty little fucker, aren't you, "Mark Baker"? A coward, too.

Dana Grubb and I disagree on several matters, but can't think of few people I respect more than him. You, on the other hand, just relentlessly attack people. Anonymously.

Anonymous said...

Bernie do you know what the election poll numbers are? If so can you post them?

Bernie O'Hare said...

I'm sorry, but I don''t understand your question. If you are asking me about polling, that is proprietary information. Unless the numbers are overwhelming, most candidates don't like publishing the result of a product they paid for.

Anonymous said...

Stoffa should have been watching over 18 million is his fault.

Anonymous said...

@757: we're told Reibman is down 30. put a fork in him

Anonymous said...

Wow, We have finally gotten to an election that depends on who is the most corrupt