Lushis, whose billing has been characterized as "outrageous" by Executive Lamont McClure, was paid $813,039.30 in 2016 and 2017. This includes $153,343.50 for “special legal services” in 2017 without authorization from anyone other than former Executive John Brown.
Earlier in the week, Lushis said it would be inappropriate for him to discuss his firm's billing. So he failed to appear before Council.
But his law firm - Norris, McLaughlin and Marcus - has decided it's appropriate after all. According to Council member John Cusick, the law firm has responded and "contradicts" the Council resolution. He made this announcement during Northampton County Council's July 5. He asked Council Solicitor Chris Spadoni whether it is public, and he ruled yes.
It will be posted here on Monday, along with an analysis. I did not expect this law firm to admit, "Yes, we soaked you." But regarless what it says, the mere fact that there is a response contradicts Lushis' vow that there would be no explanation.
Incidentally, on June 29, a partner in Norris, McLaughlin and Marcus (NMM) - Scott Allinson - received a 27-month sentence for political corruption. Allinson was Lushis' predecessor on the GPA.
In her closing speech to the jury, AUSA Michelle Morgan referred to NMM managing partner Matt Sorrentio as a liar.
He has since resigned from the firm and is now the Chief Legal Officer at Lehigh Valley Health Network.
In other business, Cusick questioned the claim that the friction between GPA and the County is preventing developer Rockefeller Group from building the three-lane bridge it is required to build for a warehouse development in Allen Township. Administrator Charles Dertinger responded that NorCo is committed to paying for a two-lane bridge at the site, but that Rockefeller can pay for a third lane Since it agreed to pay for a three-lane bridge, this should present no difficulty.
Finally, Council commended four scouts from Troop 44 in Bushkill and Troop 76 in Upper Nazareth for their work in the gardens at Gracedale. They are Peter Gladstone, Nicholas Marth, Andrew Miller and Jonathan Werner.