Friday, December 30, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1881, December 30th, 2011

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10. ENDING OF ADULT BASIC: Thousands of people lost their Health Insurance in 2011 when the Adult Basic program ended.

9. HOME RULE EXPANDS: Home Rule Study Commissioners were voted on in both Nanticoke and Pittston. Voters opted to review their options with Home Rule Study Commissioners.
8. STAYING THE COURSE: Two cities in Luzerne County stayed the course and re-elected their Mayors. In Wilkes Barre Tom Leighton was re elected to a third term and in Hazleton Joe Yanuzzi won a term in his own right. Yanuzzi was appointed after Lou Barletta went to Congress.
7. LACKAWANNA COMMISSIONERS: Mike Washo retired from his job as County Commissioner opening up the process. Corey O’Brien and Jim Wansacz, once primary foes united and won election along with minority Commissioner from the GOP Patrick O’Malley. The day after the election, Lackawanna County residents were hit with a huge tax increase.
6. NEW JUDGES: Six new Judges are elected in Luzerne County. In the spring primary Joe Sklarosky Junior, Mike Vough, Fred Pierantoni, Lesa Gelb and Jennifer Rogers win dual nominations. The GOP candidate Dick Hughes is supposed to face off against Molly Hanlon Mirabito. Hughes polls ahead of double winner Gelb but in the end in the general election, Hanlon Mirabito loses by 500 votes. The new Judges join Tom Burke, David Lupas, Tina Polacheck Gartley and Bill Amesbury on the bench.
5. CONAHAN SENTENCING & PLEA: If he had not annoyed Judge Kosik, Mike Conahan might have been half way through a 7 year jail term from his original plea agreement. Conahan was sentenced to 17 and a half years in August and expressed regret for his actions. He is serving his jail term in Florida.
4. NEW COUNTY COUNCIL: In the primary, each party elected 11 candidates. On the Democratic side, 33 vied for a seat while 16 Republicans sought the office. 49 ran but in the end, 11 prevailed. The winners of four-year terms are: Morelli, Democrat; Stephen A. Urban, Democrat; Jim Bobeck, Democrat; Tim McGinley, Democrat; Edward A. Brominski, Democrat; and Republican Stephen J. Urban.
The winners of two-year terms are: Republican Harry Haas, independent Rick Williams, Democrat Elaine Maddon Curry, Democrat Linda McClosky Houck and Republican Eugene L. Kelleher.
3. MUNCHAK/CORDARO CONVICTED: Lackawanna County Commissioners Bob Cordaro and A. J. Munchak are convicted of taking bribes. Their sentencing was pushed forward to 2012. The convictions come after a federal investigation.
2. CIAVARELLA VERDICT: Former Judge Mark Ciavarella is convicted and sentenced to 28 years in jail. Outside the courtroom there was much drama. Here’s how the verdict developed on the Friday before President’s weekend.

1. FLOODS OF 2011: This story effected everyone. Homes in West Pittston, Jenkins Township and Shickshinny and other parts of our area are still not back on track. Wilkes Barre and Kingston were spared but other areas got hit badly.


At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, nobody bothered to interview Washo and ask what he plans to do after leaving his Commissioner's seat.

Nanticoke is so screwed up that no one thought it was possible for any small town to end up in a bigger mess. Well, look at Pittston. Highest debt and highest taxes in the county. Now they want to pass home rule so they can increase the wage tax and the people agreed to give it a shot via study. Soooooo, who do the people elect to lead the study? Yep, the guy who caused the mess, former mayor Mike Lombardo. Go figure! They claim they need the additional wage tax and l'm wondering how they plan to get young people to move into the city when no surrounding town has the extra wage tax? These people are brain dead and Lombardo must be the local ghoul.

At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Yonki, Rick Morelli is a Republican who came in first for Luzerne County Council.

Not sure when the last time a Republican was a high vote getter as a commissioner?

At 1:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:31, That ust goes to show how screwed up Luzerne County voters are. Here is a guy who sid he will not take the salary but he out spent every other candidate. He spends all this money to get elected and won't take the salary........ it is just fish that stink?


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