Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Judicial Candidate Amy Zanelli Supports Looting, Lies About Being Fired

Amy Zanelli has said she could remain a Lehigh County Commissioner for the next 30 years if she wanted. But after a May 1 Facebook post in which she supported looting as an appropriate response to slavery, she's decided to bring her special brand of justice to the people of West Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. She's running for magisterial district judge, and with the blessing of LV4All. If you own a business there, now might be a good time to invest in security upgrades. If you decide to get the hell out of there, you can use her as your realtor. You see, even if she gets elected to this $93,338 a year job, she can still carry on side gigs like her realtor job. Of course, you can throw the antiquated notion of a detached and neutral jurist out the window. So long as she pretends to care about social issues, you can overlook little things like Zanelli's inability to hold a job. And we can all wink when she denies she was fired. After all, and as she'll tell you herself, she's beautiful. 

A beautiful liar.     

Zanelli likes to hold herself out as some sort of super child abuse investigator from Jersey.  She has even told people this past will give her some sort of edge as a magisterial district judge. It's certainly true she had been employed as an intake worker in Somerset County. But she was terminated in 2012 because she refused to return to work after receiving a number of leaves of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Though she refused to work, she dropped in on her office one day to deliver Avon products to co-workers. 

Zanelli appealed her termination and lost.

She told me she was a victim of discrimination.

Zanelli also worked in Northampton County Children and Youth as a caseworker between March and October 2015. She was terminated there as well, and during her probationary period.

She told me this was because her hours had been expanded beyond the time she had agreed to give. 

I reported these terminations when Zanelli was running for Commissioner. She responded that my story was "false accusations and fake news. With that said, this would not be the first time in history that an intelligent, well-spoken, beautiful woman has intimidated a man who then feels the need to spread rumors and lies in an attempt to tear her down."  

I'm glad Zanelli has such a lofty opinion of herself. But guess what? Zanelli's own lawyer has admitted to these terminations, and in a setting where lying is a crime. 

Zanelli is currently involved in a rather protracted custody dispute with her ex-husband. She's already gone through several lawyers, and is currently is represented by David Harrington. He just happens to be both a fellow Lehigh County Commissioner and a member of LV4All's Exec Committee. 

I have no intention of discussing the custody action itself. Those are sad situations. What I do intend to discuss is her past employment. 

In her Pretrial Memorandum (filed 9/22/16 at 2014-3733), Zanelli's attorney makes the following admission: "Mother was employed long term in New Jersey as a social worker. The Mother was a union member. The Mother was terminated from her employment in 2012 and as a result of the termination the Mother filed a grievance. The Mother recently received an Order with supporting Opinion denying her claim."

In another Opinion and Order of the Court signed by President Judge Michael Koury, Jr. on 8/23/17,  he notes that Zanelli was employed after she separated from her husband, but was "terminated from the position." This refers to her job at Northampton County.  

So contrary to Zanelli's "fake news" assertions (where have I heard that before?), she was terminated twice as a social worker for children, both in Jersey and NorCo. 

She's dishonest, has a very inflated opinion of herself, and has actually defended looting. A person like her should never be allowed near the front lines of our justice system. 

Fortunately, retired Bethlehem police officer and criminal justice professor Van Scott is also running. He has something Amy Zanelli lacks - integrity.   

"Four things belong to a judge: To hear courteously; to answer wisely; to consider soberly; and to decide impartially." - Socrates 

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a real doozy. Glad she wasn't on the BOC when I worked in Lehigh County. ��

Anonymous said...

After having seen her in person, I can 100% confirm that her photographs are more airbrushed than all of the Kardashians’ combined. Beautiful, HA! Go play Fiona in the off-Broadway Shrek musical with your dump truck of a build.

Anonymous said...

Mr. O'Hare thank you for this post. I am aware of these things but not all are. We have some real sad candidates running for things this year. They are similar in their inability to hold jobs, among other things. Candidates like Gerlach and Tara Zirinski are just like Zanelli.
I hope you continue to run informative pieces up to the primary. They all use the persecuted woman defense when confronted with facts. People should know the truth about these candidates and what they are and represent.

Anonymous said...

She's a Lehigh Valley 5 or 6. NYC 3 or 4.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I'm beautiful myself. A Lehigh Valley 10 and NYC 11. I know what it is liked to be mocked because I'm so handsome. It's very difficult at times.

Anonymous said...

If you thought Maryesther Merlo was bad...

Anonymous said...

I never slept with a 10, but one night I slept with Amy Zanelli 5x!!!

Bernie O'Hare said...

You can sleep with me.

Anonymous said...

There certainly are some very troubling concerns raised. Obviously, the first is a lack of integrity, something critical to the position for which she aspires. Then, there is the question of her work ethic. This is a 24/7 job, in reality, and one that deserves commitment.

Finally, I am a woman who has worked to further a career while raising two children, earning two degrees and, now, supporting myself. I find it personally offensive and a slap in the face to women who strove to clear a path for equal rights that a woman would choose to publicly mention beauty and intelligence in terms of herself. Just do the job...the rest follows. I know.

Clearly, this warrants coverage by media sources in advance of the upcoming primary so voters can make an informed choice.

Laddie Godiva said...

Bernie, you're a solid Nazareth 6. A Bath 7. In Portland and Chapman, you're a frickin underwear model.

This reminds me of the lyrics to a country song ... "I went to bed with a 10 at 2, and woke up with a 2 at 10."

Anonymous said...

Amazing!! The qualifications & antics of this “Star Trek beauty” should be shared with the people of West Bethlehem & Fountain Hill! You would think that the Morning Call or Express would run with these facts. Thank you Bernie for letting us see clearly before this individual is voted into office. No way!!
PS... Bernie You are an 11! ☺️

Anonymous said...

re: 8:58am Attorney Merlo

Trust me, she was even worse than what the papers described; MUCH WORSE!!! It still chaps my ass that she was elected to the bench and chaps it even more so than she was finally stopped her wrath of terror to citizens, government employees, caseworkers workers/supervisors, other attorneys, law enforcement, etc...ONLY AFTER she was elected to the bench where she continued her bizarre and entitled abusive behavior.

You see, it was fine and good for MEM to verbally and physically (yes physically) abuse others, but the high powers that be in Lehigh County Government ignored it because it was mostly directed at Children and Youth Staff and she "wanted to drain the swamp". But, once she was elected to the bench and treated her staff, Assistant District Attorneys, Police Officers, Sheriffs and the citizens of Allentown badly, DA Jim Martin finally got "woke" and started taking a closer look at that lunatic.

At LCOCYS, Attorney Merlo, verbally assaulted most everyone, she would poke you repeatedly in the chest if you dared disagreed with her, she would take her arm and shove past you (like trump), she would grab your files and throw them all over the ground (then demand and yell that you CLEAN UP THAT MESS!!!), She belittled everyone to the point that our beloved Chief Counsel finally left LCOCYS due to her abuse and she joined the DA's office. She would call you to her 0ffice for a 20 minute conference about a case and then ranted and raved about anything and everything for hours on end. I could go on and on and on, but she's been removed from the bench, thank goodness, but the powers that be in Lehigh County should have intervened WAY BEFORE she EVER was able to put on a robe.

True historians remember the wrath of Maryesther S. Merlo, Attorney-at-Law. Let's not make the same mistake.

Anonymous said...

anon 5:27, so true. In Northampton Ziriinski said she could have any office. She is already running for the state housie wile running for the county. She puts herself out there as the most popular democrat in the county. How do these people get any support.

Dennis P said...

Read Bernie's commentary with interest ... From the standpoint I come from now I am just a spectator to the happenings of this magistrate's race ......The only question I have about Amy is did she properly represent the interests of the residents living in the County District she sought in 2017 or were her concerns elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

This woman is incompetent and a complete moron .. She shouldn't even be elected dog catcher in Fountain Hill (If there is such a position) These are exactly the people we need to keep out of political offices if you want to keep society safe .. She should be barred from ever holding an elected position again

Anonymous said...

Maryesther Merlo, there's a name I haven't heard in a long time. After she got deservedly booted from the bench about 10 years ago, she seemed to completely vanish from the local scene. I wonder if she is either working in a warehouse or retired on all that money she earned not showing up to court. I don't like Zanelli but she can't be as bad as Merlo.

Anonymous said...

Bernie is a 10 ... lol .. Just kidding .....

Anonymous said...

https://sauconsource.com/podcast/no-rain-date-ep-43-amy-zanelli-candidate-for-district-judge/?fbclid=IwAR13qObdw7_7kTujIVTsV9_YemCCne_4s7Z_Q1xPKnGNt9WLS7fgeLcfcCM

I think the lie detector broke on this one ... She became a target because she was a sex crimes investigator ???? Then she moved to fountain hill and then advocated that they let grown men in the bathrooms with litte girls .. GTFOH

Bernie O'Hare said...

"The only question I have about Amy is did she properly represent the interests of the residents living in the County District she sought in 2017 or were her concerns elsewhere."

Dennis, you were by far the better candidate.

pathfinder said...

Amy did not represent South Allentown as she should have. Never saw her around.

Bernie O'Hare said...

5:50, This is about Zanelli, not Zrinski. But I'd say her chances of re-election are excellent. She is running at-large. There are five seats. She only has to come in fifth to win. She has a strong base of support among the far-left Democrats as well as environmentalists. Her recent loss may have matured her a bit. I am not sure but she has been more on point. I believe most of us care about our environment. My issue with her has been that she has always been promoting some cause to the point it becomes a distraction from county issues. Also, she has been dishonest. I am watching her closely right now to see whether she deserves my vote. It's likely No, but she has been better since her defeat. Also, she does not need my vote to win.

Air75 said...

She is going to LOOSE the election I am for Van all the way I have his sign in my yard my neighbor 3 doors up has a Amy sign out. Van is going to get LOTS of Votes I know a lot of folks are Pushing Van. Once Amy LOOSES & she is going to LOOSE BIG to VAN she quietly fades back into her own little personal life that no one really cares about anyways.

Anonymous said...

10:47 don't hold back, tell us how you really feel.

Anonymous said...

OMG this woman belongs in a looney bin .. Not elected to a powerful position .. Knows zero about the law ... This needs to get out to all the people in Bethlehem ....

Anonymous said...

This mentions her previous positions as case/social worker. Maybe somebody should look into the real reason for her terminations. She was terminated for neglect of the children she was supposed to be helping. She also runs on the LGBTQ+ platform as a gay woman except she has been seen very cozy with men when she is said to have a wife. Rumor has it the wife has left her too. These are things we may want to look into before we elect someone like this to a position of power.

Anonymous said...

She is an awful human being. We should discuss why she was really fired from her case/social work jobs. She was fired for neglect of children whom she was there to help. She also runs on the LGBTQ+ platform is happily married to a woman except she has been seen very cozy with men. It is rumored that her wife left her too. Do we really want a person like this in a position of power.

Anonymous said...

Amy Zanelli should stop with the Jewish lesbian propaganda.
No one gives a shit - checking two boxes doesn’t make you qualified to be MDJ - having common sense and a solid track record of showing up for you job does!!!