In a June 3 email from LC Exec Don Cunningham to NC Exec, we learn that the LV Health Bureau wants $650,000 annually from each County:
"Bob Black [from the LV Health Board] says that you've committed Northampton County to $650,000 a year for five years to support a bi-county health board. Obviously, he is now asking for the same commitment from Lehigh County.What's disturbing about this email, aside from the amount of money being sought from each County, is that Stoffa has never committed a dime. He made that clear to Northampton County Council last night. Although he personally has supported a bi-county health department for the past five years, he believes there is little support for it in Northampton County. So it's a bit odd that Bob Black, who attended last night's Council meeting, would say something different. I have no reason to believe Mr. Black was being deceptive, but have every reason to believe he is wrong.
"I'm confused by this because at last week's meeting you said you didn't think creation of the board would pass at any amount in Northampton.
"Please advise a) if you've made a commitment to go public with a $650,000 contribution, and b) if something has changed politically with Council and you now think it has a potential to pass at that amount.
"Please get back to me today because Bob Black intends to present this information to the Lehigh Valley Partnership at tomorrow morning's meeting."
Another concern raised by this email is the involvement, behind the scenes, of the Lehigh Valley Partnership. Since when do County Executives report to an unelected group of aristocrats? No matter how interested they may be in public health, this unelected and secretive millionaires' club is decidedly unhealthy for democracy. Instead of making presentations to the elected officials who will actually be asked to spend your money, the LV Health Bureau will speak to the aristocracy first.