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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Wit and Wisdom of Sensei Michael Hudak

Bethlehem Township has a great staff and Manager, but has perhaps the most dysfunctional Board in the Lehigh Valley. This is due in some measure to tea party nut Pat Breslin, who has skipped meetings for no apparent reason while going onto wingnut radio to complain about fellow Commissioners. He plans to challenge Congressman Matt Cartwright and is trying to raise his profile from campaign sign thief, which is what he back in the day. He now goes to church a lot and makes speeches. And during Board meetings, it's "I motion" this and "I motion" that. As wacky as Breslin may be, and he is, the sensai of senselessness is clearly Michael Hudak. For years, I have watched him demean residents and just last week, witnessed him acting like a grade school kid during a Planning Commission meeting. He has issues.

Before the primary, Hudak took to Facebook to explain why each of the three incumbent Commissioners need to be removed. Voters felt otherwise, but his attacks on the three are pretty vicious. I don't see how any of them can work with someone that mean-spirited. Marty Zawarski confronted Hudak about these attacks yesterday, and he as as arrogant as ever.

The good news is that he is considering resigning from the Board. He really should. Below are some highlights of Hudak's wit and wisdom.

Hudak on Marty Zawarski

-His campaigne is AGAIN financed by Abe Atyieh. his close friend and the developer that is trying to get approval to build a PRISON in bethlehem township.
- he is intent on supporting his own agenda NOT whats best for the taxpayers. He told me he believes that the people who voted for him did so because they want him to think FOR THEM !!!
He is suppose to REPRESENT the taxpayers not himself.
-He resently sent out a computer generated letter making all kinds of false claims. lets hit on them.
In the fourth paragraph of the form letter he claims to have voted "NO to this development". Well Martin still dosen't get it !
This was NOT a vote to approve this development[Madison Farms]. It was a vote to send it to PLANNING and ZONING to look at the feasibility of such a development and then reporting those findings back to the BOC for discussion and vote. Had Mr Zawarski had the experience needed to be a commissionerhe would have realized this.
Further, to claim that Paul Wiess voted " in favor of allowing the developer to move forward" is just an outright LIE, not the truth !
Fifth paragraph, Zawarski voted NO because first, he has a personal dislike for this developer and second because Abe Atyieh was pissed at getting his development turned down so Zawarski voted NO. The upsetting thing here is that the board of commissioners could NOT VOTE NO without opening ourselves up for a no win lawsuit and costing the taxpayers millions. This was a by-right use with the developer meeting all the requirements. Again if Zawarski had the knowledge to be a commissioner he would have kn own this. Even after our solicitor told him we could not legally turn it down he STILL voted no. His friend Atyieh immediately filed a lawsuit against Bethlehem Township.
sixth paragraph, I was the one who came up with a fair reduction in fees and both Zawarski and Weiss voted in favor of it, so more truth not spin.
Also, the street light "scam" that he and Atyieh keep bringing up is no where Near truthful. He felt this lie worked good for him last time so they'll use it again. THERE WAS NO SCAM. Zawarski has absolutely no first hand knowledge of this so he CANNOT speak intelligently about it. The TRUTH, Weiss did not hand over a blank check. The TOWNSHIP treasure, our financial advisors, our banks loan officers and our solicctor all signed off on it. The Board of commisssioners does not make these kind of deals without them being researched by our investigators first.
Since this group had NEVER stolen from any of the other 20 municipalities they performed this service for there was NO REASON to think they would steal from us. We were the first !
Consequently, The board of commissioners at that time pursued criminal and civil action and was successful. We have recouped money and these people are jailed. So thats the TRUTH, not the spin.
Last paragraph, NOBODY is destrying Green Pond !!!
we are talking about the cornfield across the street. The township hired a independet enviromental consultant to advise us on this very matter. This whole Save green pond is actually a N.I.M.B.I. issue not an enviromental one and THATS THE TRUTH.
In closing on Zawarski, His latest mailer claims he has 30 years balancing budgets and making payroll. Well the TRUTH is the Commissioners do not "Make payroll" this is a budgeted Item and we do not "Balance the budget" that is done bu the Township manager and our Financial department ! it is only presented to us after the fact for review and vote, and thats the TRUTH. What Zawarski is spewing is just spin and deception.
I will Not endorse one Candidate over the other but I will say that Township taxpayers will be well represented well by either
PAUL WEISS or ROBERT BIRK
Please get out there and vote, Thanks

Hudak on Tom Nolan

Moving on to Tom Nolan, 1st Ward.
If anyone has ever flip-flopped on his position just to get votes its Tom Nolan.
For 10 years Nolan has adamantly opposed building a bathroom in the north forty complex. Now, only after the issue has come up in a election year, HIS election year is he all in favor of spending over a quarter million dollars,350 thousand to be exact, on building one. and why, because the bulldogs represent a lot of voters in his ward, POLITICS plain and simple !!!
Further Nolan has close ties with OUTSIDE organizations who have been looking to take over the Housenick Park for their own use and dictating the same to all Bethlehem township taxpayers.
He deceives the public to help further the agendas of his friends.
not long ago he deliberately hid the formation and his involvement in a group set to take Housenick park away from the township taxpayers and put it in the hands of a fringe group with NO connection to Bethlehem township what so ever! His plan was uncovered just in time to save this from happening. As it turns out one of the principals involved in this plot was kicked off another tax exempt organization for unethical financial dealings.
i have served along Nolan for over ten years and it is without doubt that Tom Nolan is only concerned with Tom Nolan.
He claims to be proudest of the community center yet this is only one of his biggest screw-ups.
He was on the board when the community center was constructed. He voted to allow substandard products and workmanship and voted to ban our own building inspectors from setting foot on the site. Because of this the township is now looking at spending over TWO MILLION DOLLARS on repairs on a building that is only 9 years old ! Where was the over-site !!
Why was he not looking out for the taxpayers ?
Nolan likes to preface every comment with "being an engineer".
Well the TRUTH is he is an ELECTRICAL engineer with a BA from Scranton U.
He has ZERO education in Civil, Structural, Architectural, Geotechnical and Environmental engineering yet he always claims to be the professional because he is “an engineer.”
Well the TRUTH is there is absolutley NO cross-over between electrical engineering and any of the above. Electrical is a single discipline so to make the staement "I'm an Engineer" is bullshit and the community center debacle proves just that ! A 1st year architectual engineering student would have picked up on all the mistakes made there long before we took possesion of the building!
Tom has twice been removed as president from the board of commissioners after serving less than 90 days. Why, because he lacks the ability to represent anyone but himself ! Not what you want in a commissioner.
Arthur Murphy is a financial wizard and during his past service has accounted for every penny that passed through the township coffers, something we need and something Nolan just does not have the training or ability to do. I can attest to this as I have served with both of them.
Nolans only real reason for his 18 yrs on the board is that he was first appointed to finish another commissioners term, then won election by just 1 vote. Then ran twice unopposed and finally his competition was Abe Atyieh's wife
I truly believe that had he had one serious opponent in the past he would not be sitting on the board now.
Well the time has come to bring a new view and a fresh face to that ward. While there is no democrat running there are TWO excellent candidates to vote for. Arthur Murphy and Wayne Buller. Either one of which I feel will serve the 1st ward and township as a whole extremely well.
1st Ward, as I will not support one candidate over the other vote:
ARTHUR MURPHY or WAYNE BULLER

Hudak on Phil Barnard

OK moving on, Phil Barnard another candidate without the knowledge or experience to be a commissioner.
Phil Barnard, Another close friend of wanabe Prison builder Abe Atyieh ! Jogging partner, sons in sports together and his campaign financed by Abe Atyieh as well.
He comes to meetings unprepared and ask questions that he would know the answers to if he would just read the information provided for him weeks before the meetings. He can not vote on his own and the record will show he is merely a yes man for Tom Nolan. However Nolan votes so goes Barnard. After over 2 YEARS in office he ask during a public meeting if the purchase orders were something we need to pay or if they were something we were hoping to buy in the future. What the Hell have you been voting on for the past 2 YEARS !!! Clearly had no clue of municipal government and still does NOT. He was bullied into tanking the hire of the new township manager by his good friend. When he was caught and the facts came out that if he moved forward that he would be Personally liable for that he changed his tune. Theres not much more to say because there is not much action to comment on, just waits for Nolan and then votes that way. Township needs someone in this position of power who is not afraid to make the HARD decisions, the RIGHT decisions no matter how unpopular they may be or how many kids in bulldog shirts are sitting in the galley.
Again while not supporting one candidate over the other The Bethlehem township taxpayers of the 3rd Ward would be well served by:
KIM JENKINS or FRAN BLATZ
Please get out and vote, Thanks

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

painful, had to stop reading.

Anonymous said...

OMG with this shit going on no wonder nothing gets done in the township. The good residents of Bethlehem Township deserve commissioners who will listen to the issues and work together to find resolutions and make them happen. This is partisanship at its worst. I wonder if Hudak votes against issues just to spite Nolan, Zawarski and Barnard? I saw he should GO. Resign Hudak. The handwriting is on the wall.

Anonymous said...

OMG with this shit going on no wonder nothing gets done in the township. The good residents of Bethlehem Township deserve commissioners who will listen to the issues and work together to find resolutions and make them happen. This is partisanship at its worst. I wonder if Hudak votes against issues just to spite Nolan, Zawarski and Barnard? I say he should GO. Resign Hudak. The handwriting is on the wall.

Anonymous said...

What are Mr. Hudak's thoughts on Breslin? I guess he has nothing to say about Breslin's sporadic attendance record. Oh, that's right, Breslin usually votes the same way as Hudak; so you don't trash talk your allies.

Anonymous said...

Hudak is spot on. This is the exact truth. Thank you for printing this. Hudak votes exactly right and does his homework. Phil waits for three residents to tell him how to vote and Marty has no clue. We need Glagola. I heard republicans are voting for Glagola. We are so fortunate to have Hudak.

Anonymous said...

"The good residents of Bethlehem Township" keep electing this stooge.

Anonymous said...

Our democracy is built on compromise, were people can debate issues in an open forum and come to a solution for the people that voted them into office. These petty, sophomoric rants by an individual who prizes martial arts over intellect is the reason nothing gets done in Bethlehem Township. Not to be sexist but the Hudak screeds have the same tone as the Facebook page were teenage girls comment on Taylor Swift's relationships and makeup, usually with more thought. The TRUTH is Mr Hudak it is time to go either resign now or wait until the election when you wallow in a processed meat hogie at Heights Market!

Anonymous said...

Isn't Hudak the one who orchestrated getting Nolan voted out as Board President and then Motioning to Elect Marty Zawarski to the position of Board President? Hudak is the guy who got Zawarski to turn on the non union staff and cut them at the knees, then turns around and gives the union staff signing bonuses with our tax dollars. Now he says we need Art Murphy because of his fiscal responsibilities.

Anonymous said...

He is a semi literate dickhead.

Anonymous said...

Last paragraph, NOBODY is destrying Green Pond !!!
we are talking about the cornfield across the street. The township hired a independet enviromental consultant to advise us on this very matter. This whole Save green pond is actually a N.I.M.B.I. issue not an enviromental one and THATS THE TRUTH

Perhaps someone can help him find the spell check and grammar function on his laptop or perhaps he still uses a altered version of PAC MAN as his way to add text to Facebook page. I am sure all those martial arts exercises are destrying his brain cells!
Its Not In My Back Yard, NIMBY, you imbecile !!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hudak is the poster boy for the term "loose cannon". He is beyond dysfunctional. Since his rantings reflect a seriously disturbed individual, he should be given the opportunity to resign .He obviously has great difficulty in understanding right from wrong ,yet he is allowed to make decisions which effect the people living in and around Bethlehem Township.He needs to be psychologically evaluated and treated accordingly with compassion because he may ultimately, physically hurt someone if left to go unchecked on the wreckless path he weaves through life.

Bernie O'Hare said...

His disdain for three fellow Commissioners is very troubling. I hope that he does follow throufh and resign, but doubt his ego will let him. He needs to be a Commissioner.

Anonymous said...

Thank God there are no civil rights issues bubbling up in Beth Twp, this paranoid racist misanthrope would have us believe that HE is the only person that has been delivered the TRUTH. Resign now you jingoist!

Anonymous said...

I was in the lobby after the last planning meeting and someone I don't know came up and asked Hudak why he didn't want Joe Glagola to present the Green Pond marsh environmental review that Glagola had done by a Lafayette professor. Hudak said that it was because Glagola is an idiot who works at a Shammy Shine and knows nothing (in spite of Glagola's Harvard degree and 30 years real estate experience). The guy who asked the question said "Mr. Hudak, you are a jerk". Hudak then stormed out the building swearing at the guy. And that about sums up how crazy and illogical Hudak is! He can't answer a simple question and have a discussion. Awful for us poor Township residents.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Mr. Hudak's closet needs to be checked for skeletons.

Anonymous said...

Thanks; one usually has to go to a fifth grade cafeteria to find such maturity.


VOR

Anonymous said...

Seems like he's auditioning for the role of a commentator on Fox "news"

There is no place for a Hudak in any US governmental position.

John Glagola said...

Anonymous 10:42 AM
Dictionary.com defines idiot as (no longer in technical use; considered offensive) a person of the lowest order in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation, having a mental age of less than three years old and an intelligence quotient under 25.
As a result of a number of decisions, I have done numerous self evaluations over the years but I don't think I ever made it to this classification. I do occasionally wash my own cars but I have never been an employee or am I currently an employee of Sammy Shine.
As stated correctly, for over 30 years I have been an architect (registered in 4 states including Pennsylvania) also a planner and real estate consultant and do indeed have a degree from Harvard (MDeS 1996).
There have been studies done on Green Pond Marsh including a wetlands study which the Army Corp of Engineers concurred and as 10:42 stated a storm water and hydrology study by a PhD from Lafayette.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:06, that is the Bernie O'Hare criteria for his blog. What's the problem?

Anonymous said...

This Hudak attack is all Marty and Republican hacks. He is doing a great job.

Anonymous said...

Hudak - The sensai of senselessness.

Anonymous said...

Hudak has been an idiot for years. He has issues with almost everyone who doesn't kiss his ass. Check the Meeting Minutes from November 5, 2007. Just on example among many. His behavior has definitely been escalating but he keeps getting voted in, so until people wake up, it appears we are stuck with him. I do think he has mental issues, certainly anger management issues. You think he would have learned after being found guilty of disorderly conduct for throwing coffee on another driver on Rt 22 (Non-Traffic Docket #0000785-08 February 17, 2009 for those who defend him and say he wasn't found guilty) but he just keeps acting like an asshole and a media whore.

Lighthouse said...

Ironically, I heard someone on the radio this morning comment how sometimes one's greatest strength is often also one of their biggest blind spots. In the case of Mr. Hudak, a strength is that he is brutally blunt, calls it like he sees it, and you never have to guess where he stands on an issue. Whether you agree, or not, with his views he is being honest with you about them. This is also his blind spot, in that he can come across brutally blunt (yes, I used it again), but in a way that can easily alienate and offend, especially those who disagree with him..... almost sounds like a description of another NorCo politico of a different political stripe. And like that politico, he has many who agree with him and many who vilify him.... typically, with neither side being totally fair about it.



Anonymous said...

@12:34,
He's actually auditioning for "former Commissioner". If the keeps up this behavior, he will get the part.

Anonymous said...

Lighthouse, I think you understate the obnoxiousness of the man. It is not a case of him portraying his opinions bluntly and strongly. He also usually says things that aren't true, demeans other people, talks about how he knows everything, doesn't listen during meetings and is generally rude, oafish and illogical. That is not a strength it is a weakness.

Anonymous said...

Wow. ...Hudak needs help! The commissioners are all adults and should be able to debate issues and come to a decision or compromise that is best for the community. Bashing Nolan, Barnard, and Zawarski is very childish and unprofessional and I cannot see why people would vote someone of this character into office. He comes off as a very arrogant, angry person and I have to ask myself why. Is it because they don't agree with him and he feels that they should? Is it because it's all about him and not the people of the community? Is it because we have new commissioners sticking up for what is right and not allowing him to bully them? Is it because he got away with so much in the past and now feels like he's being controlled? Well I say that the people in his ward should wake up and think about if this is the type of person they want representing them.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I agree he is blunt and hard-working. But if you look at what he wrote above, some of his comments are simply dishonest. After what he said, I don't see how other Commissioners can trust him.

Anonymous said...

No shit, no one is destroying Green Pond. We all know it's the "corn field" across the street - you know, the one where all the birds land and people have been stopping and photographing them for years. THATS what you are destroying. And by destroying those wetlands, you are destroying the eco system of the pond and the entire area.

Get your head out of your ass, Hudak.

Anonymous said...

I agree he is blunt and hard-working. But if you look at what he wrote above, some of his comments are simply dishonest. After what he said, I don't see how other Commissioners can trust him.

If you read what he wrote, he seems unhinged and not someone I want leading my Township in any way.

Anonymous said...

Can a sitting Commissioner be impeached or at the least censured?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Commissioners have the authority to censure Hudak, but not to impeach him. After his blast at fellow Commissioners, they really should strip him of the VP position. And really, he should consider resigning as he suggested.