December 31, 2017
If your loved one had a mental illness or a developmental disability or suffered from addiction, would you want them in jail or somewhere that could help them get better?
County jails, and your tax dollars, are increasingly being used to house pre-trial defendants and inmates who suffer from such issues; the majority of whom do not pose a public safety risk. Sadly, county jails are now the largest mental health facilities in our nation.
November 3, 2017
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 29, 2017
If, as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Life is a journey, not a destination,” we have a glorious path right in our backyard. The Great Allegheny Passage is a nearly flat 150-mile bicycle and walking trail running through parts of our own Westmoreland County as it connects Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, as part of a network of trails that runs all the way to Washington, D.C.
July 11, 2017
Westmoreland County is not shying away from our challenges. We are taking them head on and maximizing our many assets as we work to “Reimagine Westmoreland.” The following is an op-ed piece I authored that was published in the July 11 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
May 30, 2017
Unlike other levels of government, human services are the primary mission of county government. Delivering high-quality services to improve the quality of life for seniors, people with disabilities, the abused, addicted, neglected and forgotten helps stabilize families, build stronger communities and make Westmoreland County a better place.
March 13, 2017
I had the opportunity to testify before the state House of Representatives Human Services Committee regarding proposed changes that would have had a detrimental impact on workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Thanks to the work of many advocates, service providers and workers with special needs the state altered its initial proposal to better protect workers and the workshops who employ so many.
The following is my testimony…
January 12, 2017
Every year I am invited to present to the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce a topic pertinent to the state of the county. I used this year’s invitation to explain to the Chamber’s 350 members and guests in attendance the challenging realities of the county budget. I wanted to share my remarks with you here.