The LuLac Edition #634, Nov. 10th, 2008
CUTS IN LAC
The economic reality of government employment is hitting home with some workers in Lackawanna County. Today majority county commissioners have eliminated 17 positions to address a shortfall of $3.6 million in the 2009 budget. The cuts are effective immediately. Commissioners Mike Washo and Corey O’Brien said they expect the cuts to yield $668,590 in annual savings. Minority Commissioner A.J. Munchak said the cuts were terrible news for workers and not a great holiday present. Some of the workers though might be called back due to a "union bump" and others can take the jobs of others as less seniority appointments. Again, local government feels the pain and the reality of shortfalls in revenue.
Mayor James Connors, three term Mayor of Scranton recieved recognition today when a park in South Side was named in his honor. Connors was what the new President-elect would call a neighborhood organizer and built his political base from that area. The park located on Orchard Street was an abandoned post office until the city tore it down to make room for the facility. Mayor Chris Doherty was on hand to dedicate the park to the former Mayor who held office before him from 1989 through 2001.