December 18, 2014-Today, I voted against the 2015 county budget. The budget passed by the Republican majority is the perfect storm of poor planning, misplaced priorities and panic. Its $6 million deficit continues to spend down the county’s once-robust reserves and pushes residents towards a property tax increase.
September 9, 2014-Great things happening at our Community College, we’re taking steps to take down a longstanding public safety hazard, and good fortune for the county budget. Meanwhile, the Republican “fiscal conservative” Commissioners continue to prove they’re not, and the Corbett countdown continues. That, and more, in the Fall Edition of Notes from the County…
July 24, 2014-Westmoreland County’s pension fund almost never makes the news. It’s rarely, if ever, controversial and certainly not political. The decisions we make are usually commonsense and straightforward. That’s why my Commissioner colleagues’ recent opposition to renewing a contract with our pension fund consultant was particularly puzzling, given that this consultant has a proven track record and is far and away the lowest cost.
June 19, 2014-Every June, I deliver a State of the County address. I believe it is important for me to present directly what is happening in county government and throughout Westmoreland County, highlighting our economy and important projects, as well as our challenges.
May 31, 2014-Public safety, particularly the operation of our state-of-the-art 911 Center, is a critical function of county government. It impacts everyone and every community in Westmoreland County. Yet the means by which it is funded is in jeopardy, putting at risk the operation of this most vital, life-saving service.
May 26, 2014-Throughout our nation we rightfully pause today and remember those who died in our defense. I was honored and humbled to speak at observances today and ask that this Memorial Day, you join me in remembrance.
April 1, 2014-This April, we are raising awareness of two extremely important issues to our county and our society – autism and domestic violence. The more we know, the better we understand. I am hopeful you will join me in helping to promote education and acceptance of autism, and to work to end domestic violence in our communities.
March 17, 2014-Too often the intricacies of a complicated transaction fail to be reported by the media. Such is the case with the recent decision to award a management contract for Westmoreland Manor. I was forced to vote against the contract because it was incomplete, limited our ability to negotiate management incentives and left money on the table.
February 18, 2014-Despite the seemingly never-ending winter that has slowed down a lot of activities there is a great deal going on in county government and in state politics. Alas, the snow is finally melting, and I’m reflecting…