|Exec John Brown|
After it was all over, I saw Bethlehem Attorney Lamont McClure, who was in a recess while trying a case. He has a completely different view of Brown's first two years in office.
Below is Brown's statement and McClure's response. Feel free to add your own assessment.
John Brown: "When I came into office two years ago, the naysayers were very vocal that it is impossible to change County Government so why bother. They were espedcially vocal that Gracedale and the Jail could not be improved.
"My asministration has been committed to improving County government. I am happy to report that in the last two years my administration has been able to generate the following results:
"1. We are on track for the second year in a row that our performance is revenue neutral.
"2. We are on track to have eliminated deficit spending for the second year in a row.
"3. We have tripled the County's general fund balance, returning over $37 million to the general fund.
"4. Our 2016 approved budget is flat relative to 2015 despite absorbing many cost increases.
"5. Gracedale has had an operating loss of over $6 million per year, but is on track to see a reduction in operation loss of $4 million or come in under $2 million."
Lamont McClure: "I'm uncertain as to why the County Executive found it necessary to discuss his overall record at a press conference announcing improvements to central booking, surrounded by uniformed police officers.Clearly to my mind, this was a staged photo opportunity meant to paper over and whitewash Brown's thus far disastrous tenure in office. He's consistently misled the public, both as a candidate and as Executive, about the County's finances. Further, he;s wasted and attempted to waste tax dollars on unnecessary consultants. Finally, he has made war unnecessarily on the hard-working civil servants emplyed by the County."
On the left sidebar, I have a poll asking you to grade John Brown on his fiorst two years in office.