Friday, April 19, 2013

The Jim Gregory Show

Because of its proximity to New Jersey, Northampton County has more than its fair share of nutbags, or put more politely, colorful characters. Chief of these, of course, is our very own Ron Angle, the LeeRoy Jenkins of local politics. But there are many others, from Wicked Witch of West Easton Tricia Mezzacappa to Fake Rev. Mario Martinez. If I were objective, which I'm not, I'd even have to lump in Bottom Feeding Blogger Bernie O'Hare somewhere in that mix. After last night, I'm pretty sure that union activist and NorCo employee Jim Gregory is a first class nutbag, and he may end up being one without a job.

Over the years, he and I have traded sharp exchanges. But his girlfriend, who is a Saint, managed to broker something of a truce between us. Now I'm about to violate the cease fire.

Gregory, believe it or not, is some kind of mental health worker in human services. At last night's Council meeting, Council Prez John Cusick had to give him the hook in the middle of a rambling speech that complained about the proposed centralized human services buildings, his boss, his boss's boss and his boss's boss's boss. He had gone on well beyond the five minutes allotted for public comment, and we'd all still be there if Cusick let him go.

Gregory is a union steward, and that gives him some rights to make complaints. But he made clear that he was there as a taxpayer, and not as a union steward.

He started off by complaining about the centralized human services building, which was approved 8-1 by Council several months ago. Gregory had spoken in support of it as a union steward. But as a taxpayer last night, he spoke against it.

In addition to complaints about privatization and spending millions on that, Gregory went on to attack his boss, whom I will not name. He complained that she is still paid over $100,000 per year, even though  she only has half the responsibilities she once had. He suggested that she be removed, and that Human Services Director Ross Marcus follow her out the door. He also called on Executive John Stoffa to resign.

He tried to woo Council. For example, he called Council member Peg Ferraro "a Republican with a Democratic heart" and Council member Ken Kraft his "union brother from another mother."

Gregory also brought one of his clients with him to use as a prop. He identified her as a Nazi death camp survivor and described her as a victim of shock treatments. From the look of her, an appearance at a Northampton County Council meeting must have brought about some flashbacks. I think Gregory, who clearly did not have the knowing consent of this woman to use her as did, violated her privacy rights by parading her in front of Council as though she were an Exhibit instead of a human being. Also, forcing her to attend a Northampton County Council meeting is something even Hitler would consider too cruel.

While all this was going on, Executive John Stoffa sat very quietly, doing a slow burn. He usually exchanges pleasantries after a meeting with Council members and the press and gives me at least one insult. Not last night.

Many, many moons ago, erstwhile Prothonotary Ernie DiSalvatore decided to complain to County Council about his boss, then Executive Marty Bechtel. During the course of his tirade, he referred to either Bechtel or one of his top Administrators as a "hatchet man." The next day, that hatchet fell on him. He was out of a job.

Last night, Gregory started off by saying, "I just want to do my time with the County." His rant was no way to go gently into that good night. Moreover, his presentation was so laced with personal attacks that whatever legitimate point he was attempting to make, was lost on me.

I do know this. He needs an old priest and a young priest.

115 comments:

Tony Palumbo said...

Jim climbed the wall for John Q taxpayer, he speaks up at council meetings for his union brethren, and he posts on this blog because he is in touch with the people of Norco. It's a shame you have a blind hatred of public sector unions and good looking Mediterranean hunks because Jim G is all class.

Jim Gregory said...

Ok Bernie, I'll start with your most obviously glaring error. Eugenia, my client, was there on by own free will. I explained the situation with the department cutbacks to her services and I explained to her that her story was compelling enough, I thought, to make council take notice to the disservice of cutting back her services and the services we provide to other similar clients. She decided , on her own, to come in the hope of making the extremely valid point that while this county is paying providers millions of dollars to handle services for an incredibly small number of clients, they are cutting back on services to clients who desperately need the services. All you had to do to discover the truth of this was to ask her and ask me..But, as usual, you run to Stoffa for all of your answers then present them here as facts. He has allowed this particular department head to pretty much run wild and pretty much trash what's left of MH services. His lack of leadership here and everywhere in this county is appalling. However, you are right on one thing. It was my mistake to ramble past my time and not be aware of the ridiculous time limit. In Bethlehem, where I served for eight years, we had this silly little policy that respected all those who wished to speak with the time they needed to do so. Excuse me for thinking that council would want to know that their Human Service Department is a freaking nightmare under the leadership of those whom I addressed. And yes, I shouldn't have addressed the issue of the building because Council has no intention apparently of rethinking that . I gave them too much credit and that wont happen again. I expect your friend Callahan will now hammer Lamont McClure for spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money for a building that isn't needed and on top of that, leasing the damn building, which is nothing but a shell.. Good luck explaining that. You are absolutely right. I did a pathetic job with my presentation because I was angry. However, it doesn't change the facts. And the fact is that we are telling a death camp survivor and 15 others that they will not continue to receive the little service we do provide them, but we will continue to hand millions of taxpayer hard earned dollars to providers to do essentially nothing..If anything is wacky and insane, that is! 8

Anonymous said...

Jim was way out of line tonight. He is a decent guy that gets himself screwed up over what should be a routine or minor issue, Tonight he crossed the line by having a client attend a council meeting and disclosing his/her identity. He will be discipined or fired. He crossed the line.

Jim Gregory said...

Thank you so much Tony. That is so appreciated! It is heartening to have someone speak up for you when your so called friends fail to do so. 8

Union Puke said...

TLDR

Jim Gregory said...

Dear 12:41,

You should remain anonymous because you have absolutely no idea what you are speaking about! None. She came because she felt her example would help save her services. You call the County wasting millions to providers while cutting services to the elderly a minor issue??? Stay anonymous or you'll just embarrass yourself some more..

Bernie O'Hare said...

Jim, I am writing what I observed at tonight's hearing. I did not talk to Stoffa. He did not look like he was in a mood to chat. How can you drop in on him at his home, uninvited, and then two weeks later savage him the way you did tonight? It's not rational behavior. And your client, whom you brought to the meeting, was not there knowingly or voluntarily. She was a prop. You ruined whatever point you were trying to make, and it might have been a good one, with your histrionics.

Anonymous said...

With all of the immature action's/language of Jim Gregory, it doesn't build confidence in Taxpayer's perception that Adult's are in charge of the Union or County Operation's.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't the Union Financial Book's be audited if Jim Gregory leaves?

Jim Gregory said...

If you speak to her , you would know , without question, that she was far from a prop. To even suggest that is pathetic. She was there in the hope of saving her services and the services of others. She felt her story was compelling. It was. Too bad no one listened. The reason I stopped by Johns, was to tell him this story and have him understand what was happening. I wanted to give him the respect of discussing it privately without having to publicize the damage being done to the folks who get the services. That was favor to him. His response was to allow Kathleen Kelly to peruse my computer records to see if I was blogging on County time. That is pathetic .
My only option, in my opinion was to then shine light on their antics
and to go public with their plan to dump my client's services.
I did a poor job on that. Won't happen again. The main issue here, which is being clouded by my poor performance and Stoffa's pathetic leadership is that real people are being harmed by these county policies that he allows to be in place. And millions, yes millions, of taxpayer dollars are being misspent on services that are not needed. I failed in presenting that well and you failed in reporting it. Why don't you come and speak to Eugenia and hear her story instead of assuming what occurred. My issues aside, it is a heartwarming and compelling story. And I don't want it to end by her services being ended by the county. She and my other clients deserve better. I could give a damn if I was fired. Been there, done that. Just don't hurt my clients. 8

Jim Gregory said...

As usual, the anonymous cowards are coming and will continue to come out of the woodwork. If you have a stand on this, have the courage to give your name or just shut up. Again, I am easy to find..

Bernie O'Hare said...

"I failed in presenting that well and you failed in reporting it. Why don't you come and speak to Eugenia and hear her story instead of assuming what occurred"

Actually, Jim, the Express Times version of last night's meeting fails to mention you at all. I at least attempted to pint out that something was on your mind. As for speaking to your client, who you should not name, I was there to cover a meeting. If she was there knowingly and voluntarily, and wanted to tell her story, she could have done so. I would be willing to speak to her, but am concerned that she is being used.

Silent Masses said...

Just don't hurt your clients? Gregory acts recklessly when putting his clients in a situation that could possibly cause them harm. That is Case Worker 101 bullcrap. End of story.

If he wanted to get her point across, have her write Council and Stoffa a letter.

I will be amazed if they don't discipline him. But he will have the luxury of not airing out his laundry because it is a personnel matter. Unlike putting his client in a potential harm's way. If he cannot come to reconcile with that, there is no further need for any discussion; no matter what his intent (good, bad, or indifferent) may be.

Anonymous said...

So basically, Jim Gregory went outside the chain of command (as a county employee) to shine the Light of Day, on an egregious issue. A Deputy Sheriff is charged with a Felony, for essentially the same thing. Sound's like subjective Justice, not applied uniformly. Now what?

Anonymous said...

Bernie,

What do you mean by Jim Gregory needs an old and a young priest?

Anonymous said...

1:15,

Good point. Never thought of that.

Jim Gregory said...

Dear silent masses,

Again, have the courage to use your name. Again Bernie, ask her. She didn't want to speak because the issue is hard for her to address without her coming to tears. I am sure however, that you and others will hear from her family and other families affected by the policy. Every damn one of my clients would come in if I explained the situation to them. They certainly don't want to lose their services. What did I have to gain by risking my job tonight by speaking out?? Nothing. I just wanted to bring light to this injustice. If I am condemned for it, so be it..If my clients are helped by the light brought to it, then it will be well worth it. 8

Anonymous said...

I doubt they will be your client's much longer.

Silent Masses said...

Jim Gregory,

I can give a rat's ass what you think about me. Who even knows if you are the real Jim Gregory. Anyone can post a name on blogger. Why don't you get a real blogger profile, then you can talk. Until then, you know I am correct. That is why you didn't answer any of the questions that I posed. 8

Jim Gregory said...

You are all a bunch of cowards. You know I am not hard to find. Bring it on. 8

Jim Gregory said...

I don't give a damn.As long as they
continue to be served by the county, I'll be one happy man. Two points here for the brainless. She agreed a long time ago to let me tell her story. I felt that she could do that much better than I.
However, according to my friend who was sitting with her, she was so upset about Council's lack of reaction to her plight that she was brought to tears and couldn't speak. Go ahead Bernie, if yu have so much respect for my friend, ask her that. While you're at it, ask her why Eugenia was there. I'll gladly email you her number. If you care..8

Anonymous said...

You should stop taunting people to find you Mr. Gregory. Someone might.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Jim, email me her #. I am uncomfortable talking to her, but will make some inquiries about that.

Anonymous said...

Your taunts are threatening, provoking, and fighting words. Just in case, I will tell the police that you started it. So I am covered. Oopsie. wink,wink

Bernie O'Hare said...

"What do you mean by Jim Gregory needs an old and a young priest?"

For the exorcism.

Anonymous said...

Is it true that Jim Gregory is cukoo for coco puffs. I said cukoo for coco puffs!

Silent Masses said...

For a charity fundraiser, I say Bernie and Jim debate it out at a venue other than Panera that has seating and a public address system. We could get a panel and have them field questions and time their responses. It could be a win-win for everyone. I would be happy to organize it, if the two marquee names are willing to come forth.

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!

Uncle Remus said...

bounified, certified, fried brain nutcase union puke. hopefully today he will be an unemployed bounified, certified fried brain nutcase stripped of his union position.

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Aren't you going to write about an educationally outstanding Meet the Candidates Night last night sponsored by the Allentown NAACP hosted by St. James AME Zion Church, Allentown? Wow. What a well done event. Standing Room Only too.

Anonymous said...

sleepingcop
sleepingcop
sleepingcop

Anonymous said...

so much for confidentiality of an MH client.

Even if they say they want to do something a proper advocate would have to assess whether or not they had the faculties to make that decision.

I hope appropriate measures are taken against this man

Jim Gregory said...

Dear 1:38,

I live at 1502 High street in Bethlehem. I am old and fat. Even a coward like you should have a fighting chance. Come on over.

Bernie, I responded to you regarding this issue by Email. No reason to continue the debate here.

Jim Gregory said...

Good 2:09,

Go ahead. I'd love it. For once I'd be able to put a face to the person hiding behind the mask. My guess is that by the end of the debate, Bernie and I would agree on more things than not. Set up the forum Mr. Cocky.8

Jim Gregory said...

On second thought 2:09 Mr. Cocky I am not so sure my girlfriend will let me out of the house. She is the one who really wears the pants. And since I am old and fat I might get my ass handed to me by an anonymous person like you. Instead I politely decline and will run from you cowards to the hills.8

Anonymous said...

Bernie,

What is with that old priest and young priest thing? What are you trying to imply? Sometimes you have to use short words with obvious meanings for me and my clients and the rest of the cowards.8

Anonymous said...

Jim's client came on her own free will to support him about the MH services cutbacks. She was upset after the meeting and was dumbfounded with the politics of council.

Cusick had no right to say it was a personnel matter about what Jim was saying as this is public services. The administrator of MH has made some bad decisions over the last few years and most if not all of her casework staff agrees that she has been a problem. I suggest that the so called leaders of admin and council meet with them get their side and commit to no retaliation. Oh by the way their is already a county policy on that.


The whole dept has been messed up for years!!
It is not a personnel matter when you are paying an administrator over 100000 dollars and programs are cutti cut and in disarray. Cusick should stick to teaching and running for school board as he knows little about public services.

It's Not Hard to See Through This said...

If one reads the Saving Gracedale crowds blog about Jim Gregory and their account of what happened at the meeting, Jim Gregory appears to be the second coming of Christ. They actually paint him up as a whistle-blower not unlike the poor sheriff that leaked the LTCF permit. By painting this picture of Jim Gregory they really show their disdain for Executive Stoffa. But here is what is troubling: what the Rev at the meeting? If not, where does he get such information from? Omniscient?

Anonymous said...

Right you are 7:39,

Cusick did himself and the taxpayers a disservice by not listening. however, the other Council persons just sat idly by, as usual, and said nothing except for Ferraro. That's why she'll be reelected handily and most likely one of the top vote getters. Because she knows how to listen and she respects people. Shame on the others for not doing that! The man comes in and talks about how millions of taxpayer dollars are being wasted, while elderly clients are being badly served and council's response was," You only have five minutes, next". Gee Cusick and Council, you didn't have a problem giving the wrestlers
20 minutes. You only stopped Gregory because he said something you didn't want to hear. Out of respect for Gilbert and Thierry , who is always maligned. They appeared that at least wanted to listen. Congrats to them.

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Anonymous said...

The one who gets in the last word is normally not the one who gets in the last act. Big difference between the two.

A man can say all he wants about not caring if he gets fired from his job. But when it really happens it may be something all together different.

Jim Gregory said...

Dear 8:16,

I have been there before and always, always, won in the end. So fire me. I can then relax and go fishing till I retire, so what???

Bernie, I forgot to mention. Thanks for using that pic. It makes me look years younger and a lot slimmer, lol. You've done worse to poor Steve.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Mr. Gregory has a concealed pistol permit.

Anonymous said...

There are more ways to make one miserable in the workplace without getting fired. Northampton County is the king of those kind of shenanigans. NorCo isn't called hell on earth for nothing!

Anonymous said...

Gregory had as much time as the wrestlers. And yes some council members wanted to hear what he had to say. This is probably the only time they get to hear about what goes on with some of the departments. At some point though it is overkill. There has to be a better place for these grievances. 8 council members who understand that county is responsible for human services thinks the new building is needed so we will get one. There were many factors considered by each one of them.

Anonymous said...

Council is wrong on the building issue and most know that. Don't use that bullshit eight to one vote as proof of anything . Most were on the fence, Ken. You were all fooled by Stoffa, except for Wrner, and so was Gregory..However, at least he admitted that. It is time for you to do so. Why is it overkill when someone comes into a meeting and asks to be heard about a waste of millions of taxpayer dollars?..
Yes, he should have dumped the building issue. Even he knows that. However, it doesn't take away from the fact that council allowed him no time to speak. Cusick stopped him from speaking and the rest of council, except McClure and Peg sat there like deer in headlights. McClure better wise up on the building issue or he will be ripped to spreads by Callahan's folks and rightly so. However, maybe that is what you want.

Anonymous said...

Your point is moot. Jim got his 5 minutes accorded to him by law.I think you all need a lesson on Administration of Gov't.

Anonymous said...

"Also, forcing her to attend a Northampton County Council meeting is something even Hitler would consider too cruel."

I nearly spit up my coffee on this pearl. Your writing style and Irish wit are gifts. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

No one was forced to do anything. Easy to find out. Ask those who know.. As for the jerk who states five minutes is the law, I can only say you are ignorantly incorrect. If it were the law, the wrestlers would have been stopped when the clock struck five. It is only a council rule enforced by the council President. Cusick failed at his job, as usual, by allowing some to be heard because he liked what they said and One not to be heard because he didn't like what he was saying. That's why that jerk is leaving. Because he knows taxpayers are fed up with his ignorance and his favoritism towards Stoffa. Either do your job right Cusick, or leave early. you are grossly overpaid for the little work you do"

Anonymous said...

Sour grape's & Little Boy antics. Jim really screwed the pooch on this one.

Eugenia said...

I won't say how but Jim G made me feel young again and for that I thank him.

Anonymous said...

@ "As for the jerk who states five minutes is the law, I can only say you are ignorantly incorrect. If it were the law, the wrestlers would have been stopped when the clock struck five. It is only a council rule enforced by the council President."

I stand corrected. Jim got his 5 minute's accorded to him by a previously enacted council rule. Your point is still moot. Effective administration of Gov't requires limit's. Jim hasn't any compunction going to the Home's of Councilman, ex-parte'. Right?

Anonymous said...

sleeping cop.
tan in a can.
amateur fence climber.

quite a resume.

Anonymous said...

10:19. No. Wrong..

1025, President of lower Saucon Twp policemens association. Heller town councilman, president of Bethlehem democratic city committee, Bethlehem councilman, president of Bethlehem city council. Yes, you are right . He'll of a resume!

Anonymous said...

And here I thought he was the partner of Steve Barron, way to grow a set Jim...

Anonymous said...

With that kind of experience, Jim should have had the Wisdom to know better. As a political move, it is know as sudden death, should you fail to win.

Anonymous said...

He is no longer in politics, so it wasn't a political move . He was there to help his client. Period. Ask her and stop making things up

Anonymous said...

You sound like Johnny Cochran making a defense case. The "issue" is not your "client's" intent....it is your action's, regarding your client.

Anonymous said...

Let me tell you something , he is not a fan of Callahan, but if Callahan would take up this issue here and protect his clients, he would probably back off and help John win.
His concern is his clients. Otherwise he wouldn't be risking his job to speak out

Anonymous said...

Cochran did rather well I believe

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Aren't you going to write about an educationally outstanding Meet the Candidates Night last night sponsored by the Allentown NAACP hosted by St. James AME Zion Church, Allentown? Wow. What a well done event. Standing Room Only too."

The NAACP blew me off on my email inquiry about video, so I blew them off.

Anonymous said...

They. Obviously shouldn't have blown you off. They obviously haven't seen your outstanding video pieces in national geographic, lol. Once they do, they'll be on board, I'm sure

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Bernie, I forgot to mention. Thanks for using that pic. It makes me look years younger and a lot slimmer, lol. You've done worse to poor Steve."

I've got something planned for Barron, but even I am hesitating bc it is so mean. But it's also funny.

Anonymous said...

@ "His concern is his clients. Otherwise he wouldn't be risking his job to speak out 11:06 AM"

Will the Deputy Sheriff recieve the same Grace? The issue of hidden gun's trumps a cut in benefit's, as unstable people use gun's to take money/check card's from people. I see why we are called the Keystone Kop state. Maturity rarely prevail's with you people. It's going to be a long ardous campain year.

Jim Gregory said...

The deputy sheriff should receive the same grace. He has put his job on the line to bring out something that the county was hiding. I like Randy and I understand why this happened , like Cusick said, it was his fault and he was right, it was CUSICKS fault for cutting the funds. That aside, this deputy is being unfairly punished and I wish him the best. Anything I can do to help , I will. $

Anonymous said...

Word on the street is that he was on the clock when he stood before Council.

Any word on the street whether the Fake Rev was at last night Council's meeting?

Bernie O'Hare said...

I hate that "word on the street" expression. It is an excuse to spread disinformation, and is probably designed to get a rise out of Gregory and cause more discord.

Anonymous said...

This is why I am voting for Seyfried and Heckman. Between Stoffa and some of these councl people, I would like some strength and wisdom back on county council.

It has been fun but the Angle era is over and the ignorance rules days have come to an end, time for some common sense and sanity in county government for a while.

I have heard some disturbing rimmors about issues in the county human services operation, I have confidence that between Seyfried and Heckman they will be able to sift the truth from the bullshit.

Shame on county council for not wanting to hear about issuses in the Department from an employee. Even Angle use to listen to employee compaints when it affected citizens. Many of these council people are a waste of room.

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with the word on the street. Stoffa was seen talking to Cusick before the meeting once he saw Gregory with his client. Just like last time Gregory came , Council shut him down because they listened to Stoffa. If they keep listening to Stoffa, they will leave with him or soon after. oops, four will be soon. . Goodbye Cusick..As my dad always said, don't let the door hit you on the way out!!

Anonymous said...

You know 12 37,

That might be a good idea. Bring Angle back. At least he had some balls!!! He told Stoffa what to do, not the other way around. Thank god, he is so much smarter. He could even beat up Kathleen Kelly, lol

Anonymous said...

What's worse was the reaction from the press. They also went for Stoffa's bullshit. here is someone telling them that millions are being wasted and also brings someone who had an incredibly compelling story of why she needs services that the county plans to end and no one even ask her a question. So pathetically sad. The press these days wants to be fed everything. The term investigative reporting is under antiquities in the dictionary.Pathetic job by them..Absolutely mindbogglingly pathetic!!!!!!!!!

Bernie O'Hare said...

Don't blame the press. It was hard to understand anything from that rambling speech, and that is not Council's fault, either.

Anonymous said...

"Council shut him down because they listened to Stoffa"

If Mr. Stoffa is the Executive, @ the Top of the chain of command; and Mr. Cusik is # 2 in the command structure, the power to regulate meetings is inherent to the duties of their respective office's, acting in unison. It is an effectuation of order & procedure.

Anonymous said...

dear 102,

Impressive sounding bullshit. They are merely council rules. Any Councilman or Councilperson with guts could have blown Cusick away..They didn't. Stoffa is there at the pleasure of Council. he has no business interfering in council matters. however, Cusick let him and he is a complete idiot for doing so. That is why he is leaving politics. Stupidity is in great demand in the private sector.

Anonymous said...

Really don't blame the press. The woman sat there at the end of the meeting. Anyone could have ask her a question. No one did. Gregory also stayed. If they were at all concerned about what he said about millions being wasted, they would have asked for the info. the only one that did was channel 69 and who knows where that story disappeared. Either way, it wasn't greek. if they needed to clarify, all they needed to do was to ask..So no excuses, they failed to do their job. period.

Anonymous said...

The woman is still sitting at home wondering why no one cared to hear her story. I imagine she didn't realize that their was a five minute time limit on her story about how she suffered through a Nazi prison camp and was now asking for her county services to be continued. After watching council waylay Gregory, she probably decided that she suffered enough and wouldn't want to deal with their time limit either. What they need to do now, is send a freaking limo to her house and apologize to her. They need to escort her to the next meeting because that is what she deserves for being dissed completely by the press and council..maybe you can pick her up Bernie..

Anonymous said...

unrealistic expectations

Anonymous said...

The plight of one person's benefit reduction is not going to garner THAT much sympathy. The County is near broke, and everyone else is tightening funding allocation's.ALL benefit pay-out's will be smaller. Either pay more taxes or print more money.

Anonymous said...

It's not one persons benefit reduction it's many. If you'd been paying attention to the freaking story you'd have read that millions are paid out to providers who handle very few clients. Cut that crap out and these services can be handled with ease. Geez

Anonymous said...

Pull-Up Mr. Gregory. You are displaying Fantasy Uniqueness, a Lack of Intrest in Responsible Performance, & exibit Rules Don't Apply to you behavior with your Entitlement/Ownership Attitude.

Anonymous said...

Read saving private Gracedale and find the truth

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:02, take a course on county governemnt and not at the "Stoffa county governemnt academy", producing brainwashed dummies and proud of it.


The fact is, the county council is an "independent" branch of county government. It is true that the County Executive is there at the pleasure of the county council. He has no standing above any other private citizen at these meeitngs. The fact that it seems that way is becasue you have a week kneeded council at this time.

Cusick is not #2 in the county government. Cusick has no standing in the executive branch of county governemnt. As county council President, he is the first among equals on council and runs the meetings but has no legal or real power over the other council memebers. They are equals and the institution of county council is equal to the institution of the executive branch. The fact that this copunty council acts like an extension of the County Executives staff is of their own choosing and betrays their own weakness and/or misunderstanding of the county law.

Anonymous said...

Thank You for the correction Sir. How many of the independent equal council member's went on record against the muzzling of Mr. Gregory?

Anonymous said...

How soon is it gonna be before Gregory is canned??

Anonymous said...

None, exactly. That was his point about them being weak..

Anonymous said...

Gregory wont get canned till they dig enough dirt on him..Stoffa and Kelly are working on that as we speak..They already went to Al Jordon to dig up his records. It's a matter of time they get him. His attorney will then sue them personally for the damage done and he will return a wealthy man..

Anonymous said...

Mr Gregory has a un-satisfactory performance report, with blogging on county time. This will preclude a successful action against the County, by Mr. Gregory.

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine the amount of online time that occurrs from all county employees? If they pull Gregory's records they will be asked by an attorney to investigate all. Are you aware of the employees that have planned weddings and vacation trips online on their work computers on county time? This can go on and on.

Also years ago Ron Angle entertained comments from county clients who came to a public meeting. All of council sat and listened to employees and clients complain about something. I guess that was OK becasue it was not the Stoffa Adminstration.

Many, many employees, some in the executive offcies, have posted on O'Hares blog for years.

If that is the game, let the shit begin.


History

Anonymous said...

You have a King Baby complex. You are immature & vindictive, as well as retributive. I know the behavior well.

Anonymous said...

You threaten to snitch on other's if you don't get your way....do you REALLY expect them to trust you ever again???

Anonymous said...

315 and 322, who the hell are you talking to you morons. So funny..8

Clinton Oxford said...

@ "If that is the game, let the shit begin"

Why don't you just come out and say "I know of illegal action going on" Why the Cloak-n-Dagger? Are you the Caped Avenger?

Title 18 § 5108. Compounding.
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits a misdemeanor of the
second degree if he accepts or agrees to accept any pecuniary
benefit in consideration of refraining from reporting to law
enforcement authorities the commission or suspected commission
of any offense or information relating to an offense.

Bob Barker said...

http://nccvid.northamptoncounty.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=236&doctype=AGENDA

Fast forward to 14:00 and be amazed by human services own silver tongued orator James Gregory who puts on a performance that is reminiscent of Clint Eastwoods RNC speech in terms of shear wackiness. My favorite part was when he desperately called for his client Eugenia (DAchau survivor) to rescue him from his self immolation.

Anonymous said...

Clinton Oxford has yet to pull the corncob from his ass. No wonder he is cranky!

Clinton Oxford said...

I see the captain of the Norco debate team has opined. Do you aspire to remain ignorant?

Bernie O'Hare said...

clinton, Don't mind anonymous fools too cowardly to identify themselves. you have as much right to comment as they. It seems they could learn a little integrity from you. But instead, they try to tear you down.

Tommy Chong said...

BO is looking very professional in a finely tailored suit in that council video, did you have a date afterwards?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Tommy, I don't believe I appeared in that video, but yes, I am known for my sartorial splendor, although I am only rarely clothed.

Anonymous said...

Jim they said the same thing when we brought the gracedale residents to county council to voice their concerns, at that time they needed their voices heard and we got blasted.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Jim, by his own admission, blew his speech to Council. Don't blame them for his poor performance,. He spent about 8 minutes talking about the centralized human services building, which was approved on Feb. 21. It's a little late now.

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Bernie O'Hare said...

Two things:

1) I am getting buried in spam, and over the weekend, have enabled the stupid word verification feature that makes commenting a pain in the ass.

2) I have deleted an anonymous comment that attacks a specific county employee who is not a department head. That is fundamentally unfair. I will not allow that anonymously under any circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you go debate the silver tonged orator billy bob Baxter . HeD wipe the floor with you, you coward. Clinton Oxford, very unique name. Makes one think that it's as fake as hell, lol.

Anonymous said...

You can't shine shitt. That sums up this whole debate.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, this isn't done yet. This meeting will go down in "COUNTY COUNCIL HISTORY" as the most "Bizzare" thanks to Cusick's inability to control what was an unusual but mangeable situation. Nut cases have appeared before Council for years. Gregory is not a nut case but he is quite passionate over his cause. He certainly made a poor presentation but the sad part of all this was....the woman who was a survivor from Dauchau Prison camp should have been heard.

Anonymous said...

You act like the ENTIRE opinion of Northampton County is going to turn, based on the interjection of the Hebrew/Judaic plight. This is not National Politic's. Shamefull!

Bernie O'Hare said...

".the woman who was a survivor from Dauchau Prison camp should have been heard."

She was there. She did not sign in to speak. She did not respond when Cusick asked if anyone else wanted to be heard You have created an issue that never existed. Had she wanted to speak, all she had to do is make her intentions known.

Anonymous said...

Okay, If you had a chance to read the Morning CAll you would see that Bill White who was in the audience has almost the same opinion as Beernie Ohare. Now that's scary.

Anonymous said...

For goodness sake Bernie, the woman is in her nineties. She certainly doesn't understand Councils protocol and an invitation to let her speak should have been extended after Gregory let it be known that she was there for that reasson.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Oh, I see. Jim Gregory and his girlfriend were right next to this woman and neither told her to exercise her right to speak. But Council should have inquired of her specifically. I see. I suppose Council is at fault for not asking ever person in the room if he or she wanted to say something. You are being ridiculous. She had the right to speak. It would have been afforded her. She did not exercise it, and no one sitting near her urged her to do so. And that's Council's fault?

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Okay, If you had a chance to read the Morning CAll you would see that Bill White who was in the audience has almost the same opinion as Beernie Ohare. Now that's scary.

Well, he is a terrorist columnist, according to the Fake Rev and his flock of kool-aid drinkers.

Anonymous said...

Problem is this is a "head in the sand" county council and they do not want to hear anything that may make them take a stand or do something. I am sure the woman is one who, even if her best interests are at stake does not want to rock the government boat. It would have been nice if county council showed a little humanity and asked her if she would like to speak and assure her it would be alright. Reich Minister Cusick kept it all very official!

What is being done to this woman by Northampton County is a policy issue and council should "want" to know. But then again ignorance and just listening to the Administration is so much easier.

All of them, weak as water!

Anonymous said...

@ "Reich Minister Cusick kept it all very official! "

You are pushing the envelope with the Semetic/Holocaust Archetype trigger emotion's....for a Gentile Jim Gregory's EGO....for LOCAL county politic's. A complaint should be filed with the anti-defamation league for that!

Bernie O'Hare said...

2:47, I see. Council has an obligation to interrogate a woman who, in your own words, doesn't want to rock the boat. Do you people know how nutty you sound?

House of Harkonnen said...

http://savegracedale.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-necessary-response.html

Jim Gregory's eloquent response, thank you COAF for being fair and balanced.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I don't really like links to that blog, which I consider a hate blog. His comments here indicate his client d not want to speak, but that is somehow Council's fault. Now, in his latest explanation, it is Cusick's fault. Alrighty.