Conservative or Liberal, Deist or Pagan, Jersey transplant or Lehigh Valley native, we're all in this mess together. Let's talk. Let us do no harm. Today's one-liner: "The shortest way to the distinguishing excellence of any writer is through his hostile critics." Richard LeGallienne
Despite Council's $150,000 Cut, Brown Pays PR Firm $7,000
When it adopted this year's Budget, Northampton County Council removed $150,000 from the Department of Administration. This was a reaction to Executive john Brown's penchant for using consultants. Over the past year, Council and Brown have sparred over his penchant to use consultants. His $75,500 contract with public relations consultant Sahl Communications and $58,000 for a series of contracts with cost control consultant C3 led Lamont McClure to propose "breaking this culture of consultant cronyism" by making it more difficult for the Executive to negotiate these contracts without Council approval. This amendment passed in a 5-4 vote. It was supported by all four democrats and Hayden Phillips. But it's not working. Brown has paid Sahl Communications $7,000 this year, He's shuffling money, and Ken Kraft has suggested it is from table games revenue.