Friday, February 20, 2009

The LuLac Edition #734, Feb. 20th, 2009



Another wing tip dropped in the Luzerne County Corruption case this afternoon. Luzerne County President Judge Chester Muroski issued an order suspending Sandra Brulo without pay following the filing of a federal charge against her. Brulo was employed as Probation Services Director. In the recent layoffs of court olfficials, Brulo was not one of them. Before joining the Probation Department, Brulo worked at the Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley and built a stellar reputation as the agency’s main advocate for funding as well as providing a public relations presence for the organization. She was arraigned today on a charge of tampering a court record. According to the Times Leader, U.S. Attorney Martin Carlson said Brulo altered a juvenile court file with the intent to impair the file's integrity for use in federal proceedings. Brulo was released on her own recognizance following a brief hearing. Keep in mind this was only one count and one has to pose the question why it was this one particular file. More details will be forthcoming in her proceedings.


There’s much speculation as to how Court Administrator William Sharkey got away with using a county vehicle after he took sick leave in August. On the day after the FBI raided his office, Sharkey became ill (who wouldn't after a visit from the G Men!) and drove home with a sleek black county Chevrolet Impalla. He never returned it until President Judge Chester Muroski (a very busy fellow these days) directed someone to get the car. Now I don’t blame Sharkey here because after all, he was used to the perks and entitlement. I mean old habits die hard. And if Sharkey dealt with the incompetence in the Courthouse on a daily basis, I’m figuring he was instituting his own, “they didn’t ask…….so I won’t tell” policy. No, my questions are for the person in charge of the county fleet. Did you notice the car was missing? Was Sharkey’s power so intimidating that you were afraid to ask him for the car? Was there a beware of dog sign in his front window? Did you mix up the car with someone else’s? Did you think the county was auctioning it off as a fundraiser somewhere? Years ago I had dealings with a former Luzerne County Clerk. Back then, the vehicles of choice were Crown Vics. This guy knew where every car went, who had them, doled them out in lieu of raises to certain department heads who needed them, and kept all the keys locked away in a place where only he and his secretary knew where they were. Something happened along the way in county government to make the use of cars as important as dispensing candy bars. This never happened in the old days and again my question is two fold: who held the keys to the cars and why haven’t they been fired yet?


People interested in serving on the Home Rule Commission met yesterday in Wilkes Barre to talk about their ideas and aspirations. The Home Rule Committee declined to endorse candidates. They did video tape individuals for use on their web site. Interested parties were; James T. Gaughan, mayor of Courtdale, Meghan Godwin who teaches critical thinking and ethics at local colleges; Walter Griffith, a business owner for 20 years and former Wilkes Barre Council candidate, Peter Gagliardi, two time Wilkes Barre City Council candidate and part of the teams that won the Cold War and the Gulf War, Ray Gustave, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, C.J. Kersey a political science major at Dickinson College and now a teacher of advanced placement government at Wyoming Seminary, Paul Krombel, an electrician who owns his own business, Rick Morelli of Sugarloaf Township, a business owner in Hazleton, who served for four years on the Hazleton Area School Board, Frank Sindaco, coordinator of the NEPA Organizing Center, Phil Struzzeri who said he’s not sure whether he’s in favor of home rule, but if ever there was a time to examine it, it’s now, and Edward Transue, a Back Mountain resident, with degrees in psychology and history and owned his own business before turning to teaching.


York Peppermint Patties will no longer be made in Pennsylvania but in Mexico. Today was the last day of production. From YOU TUBE:


State Sen. Raphael Musto created a new job called Municipal Liaison as Chairman of the Local Government Committee. Musto hired Pittston Mayor Joe Keating. Musto sought him out, offered it to him and the Mayor accepted. The job was not advertised but went through that undercurrent of political pipelines that only a few privileged know about. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve met Joe Keating, like him and think he’ll do a good job. But Musto’s action in this smacks of the old adage, “money goes to money” or in this case “power goes to power”. Next time you create a position Senator, advertise the damn thing, if only to make it look good.


Cassius Clay beats
Sonny Liston in Miami Beach and is crowned the heavyweight champion of the world……U.S. politician John Glenn slips on a bathroom rug in his Columbus, Ohio apartment and hits his head on the bathtub, injuring his left inner ear, and prompting him (later that week) to withdraw from the race for the Democratic Party Senate nomination….The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over…….Pennsylvania incumbent Senator Hugh Scott clears out all primary opposition in anticipation of his fall re-election. Scott refuses to endorse any of the early entrants in the GOP 1964 Presidential race………… Wilkes Barre, a hot item is the Trexler Brothers Allied Van Lines calendar. The business was located on Horton Street in Wilkes Barre and forty five years ago this week, the Beatles dominated the charts again in America and LuLac land with this number 1 song "Please Please Me".


At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder was Sharkey was getting reimbursed for gas by the county?
You are correct. Who is responsible for car accounting and when will they be fired ?

At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Keating is a good guy and a good Mayor. I think he'll do a good job. But you are correct about the political pipeline. The job should have been advertised even if Joe was Ray's first choice. Who knows, by the Senator getting some resumes of qualified people, he might have a pool of talent to draw on for future opportunities that might enhance his staffing. With Bonus gate and the county scandal, this sends the wrong message.

At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's more to this Sandy Brulo thing than meets the eye. Why would someone alter a record between Feb. 1 and Feb. 20th in the midst of a full blown investigation where she had to know someone would be watching? Your even handed manner in reporting this story was superb. Thanks for bringing up Ms. Brulo's fine work with the Children's Service Center of Wyoming Valley in the
70s and 80s. She is much more than this recent, one time allegation.

At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flash from the Lac:
Bishop Martino thru a spokesman today announced that for their own good "fat" people will no longer be allowed to receive communion and the communion wine will be replaced by unsweetened Kool Aid imported from Guyana!


At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Luzerne County Courthouse News said...

I am glad to see that Sharkey is well enough to get off sick leave !!!

At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We desperately need Peter Gagliardi on the Home Rule Commission. If he can help win the Cold and Gulf Wars, he can surely save the Valley.


At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nanda Palissery announced his candidacy at the 6th District Republican meeting and was asked point blank if he was going to be a Full Time Controller and the reply was he is not going to give up his law practice to serve the people of Luzerne County...The County Party is backing him because he has the money and the power of an attorney not because he is the best candidate for the job. I just wish these people in the County would start to realize that the the people are more important that the Power..Thats what got us into the mess we are in today.
Walter Griffith Jr is the candidate that has demonstrated by his constant attention to the details, that he is there for the people only and not the poweer of the office...Dont trust endorsements, trust what you see and know...


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