December 23, 2013-Not a lot of holiday cheer at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in the days leading up to Christmas, as the week was marked by a budget with a record-setting deficit and the shocking dismissal of the county’s long-time human resources director. Both happened over my objections, and both are bad for the county and for you.
November 1, 2013-Some elections really are this simple, and the choices that clear. For all of us who are sick and tired of politics, promises and pettiness, this Election Day we can vote for a team of proven professionals for key Westmoreland County row offices..
September 26, 2013-Vacant properties are a problem throughout Westmoreland County. Throughout our core cities, small boroughs and large townships, abandoned and tax-foreclosed properties threaten public health and safety, hurt property values and strain municipal budgets. County government has been limited in its ability to help. That’s about to change with the advent of the new Westmoreland County Land Bank.
September 3, 2013-Often the ones we are supposed to be teaching teach us. I had the pleasure this summer of having a great intern in my office, Dante Decario, a Derry Township native who just began his senior year at Seton Hill University.
July 25, 2013-There is a drug abuse epidemic in Westmoreland County that no one should deny. For too long, everyone – families, addicts, policymakers and others – have turned a blind eye to this insidious problem. We are embarking on some important work now to better understand the crisis and take steps to resolve it.
June 24, 2013-An important part of my job as your County Commissioner is to make sure residents know what is happening in the county. Every year, I host my “State of the County” breakfast to highlight what is going on in Westmoreland County and in county government.
May 24, 2013-The rebuilding of the Westmoreland County Democratic Party is underway. Some important, and long overdue, initiatives are now in progress to put us back in a position to reestablish our traditional strength, reengage voters and begin consistently winning elections again.
April 23, 2013-Anyone who has paid attention to the news over the past few weeks knows it’s a tough time for our current county sheriff. But I don’t intend to pile on here. Instead, I’d like to focus on the limits of power and the need for legal and consistent county policy.
March 23, 2013-Older industrial communities throughout our county and Commonwealth, in particular in the Mon Valley, are struggling to revitalize and reinvent themselves.
January 30, 2013-As we finish up the first month of 2013, I am thinking back to the year that was. While any disagreement we may have in the Courthouse seems to always make the news, it often overshadows our accomplishments. I’d like to reflect on some of those now.
January 10, 2013-I had the pleasure of addressing the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce today about the state of Westmoreland. My colleagues and I shared the stage and each centered on a particular topic that would be of interest to their members; mine being transportation.