Last night, Executive Lamont McClure edged a bit closer to reining in the county's General Purpose Authority (GPA), which he has blasted as a "rogue" agency. He's already been able to appoint two members of the seven-person board. County Council confirmed another two appointments during their meeting. This gives him effective control over four of he GPA's seven votes.
Lori Vargo Heffner was voted in unanimously as Peg Farraro's replacement after her resignation a few weeks ago. Under the GPA by-laws, at least one board member must be also be a County Council member
McClure appointed himself to replace J.Michael Dowd, who also resigned from the GPA a few weeks ago. Only John Cusick opposed McClure's appointment. His argument was that the GPA needed to be independent from the County. I understand that argument, but if that is so, why do the by-laws insist that at least one member be from County Council?
A few weeks ago, in a strongly worded resolution, Northampton County Council requested Norris, McLaughlin and Marcus, the law firm representing the GPA, to resign. That wish has been granted,effective 5 pm today.
McClure has refused to pay any of that law firm's invoices since becoming Executive in January.