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Lou Hershman, City Council candidate, and Steve Ramos, who's running for Controller, claim that incumbent Controller Mary Ellen Koval and Council member Jeff Glazier have each received $15,000 from what increasingly appears to be a criminal enterprise. Records online are incomplete, but do corroborate much of what Hershman and Ramos are saying.
Glazier, for example reports $3,000 from J.B. Reilly's Citizens for Urban Renewal, just made in June. Car dealer Robert Bennett, one of Fed Ed's benefactors, also kicked in $500.
Ramos called on Koval to state how many audits she produced in the past year and how many payments she approved as a result of the Mayor's "sole source contract scheme," which he claims is now financing her campaign.
Of Jeff Glazier, Hershman asks, "Did he ever, ever vote against the Mayor? Ask him where he was and how he voted on all the contracts and land deals that came before Council."
For Allentown voters, the choice is clear. They already have lap dogs. They can keep them or trade them in for watch dogs who will fight for honest, open and accountable government in Allentown.