That includes nonprofits, according to a 2009 Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision concluding a need for public trust in government. "[I]t seems reasonable that a liberal interpretation of the term 'business' is necessary to assure our citizens that the private financial interests of their public officials will not undermine the honest discharge of those officials' public duties."
Thus it appears to be a conflict for a Nazareth Borough Council member to use the authority of his public office to advance the private pecuniary of Nazareth Ambulance Corps. Yet that is precisely what is happening.
This explains why Council rushed to apply for a roadway grant long before it was needed. This is being built to serve the ambulance company and Gracedale residents, not the Borough of Nazareth or its own residents.
I emailed Dan Chiavaroli, the Nazareth Borough Council President, on Friday to request an explanation of what certainly appears to be a conflict of interest. He has been identified as the president of Nazareth Ambulance, but I have no idea whether he benefits financially.