Saturday, March 28, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2864, March 28th, 2015

Seems that the Bureau of Elections Board is saying that the Lu is not prepared to hold an election come this Primary. Wow. We have been the most political land since, well since elections began. And the County Board says we’re not prepared. That’s like an Executioner during the French Revolution without a guillotine. That’s like a butcher without a cleaver. That’s like Ed Sullivan without The Beatles. That’s like….well you get the picture.
Election Board Chair Jeremy Packard and his team wrote a letter to the County Council saying that small staff may affect this primary election. “We, the Election Board of Luzerne County, cannot vouch for the election bureau’s readiness and ability to mount a May primary without the danger of serious errors” was the salvo sent to the County administration. In addition to contacting the locals, the board also fired off a missive to the State Attorney General’s office saying that the recently resigned director was promised a deputy and more staff. Marisa Crispell left her $50,000 a year job because of the workload. County Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik (who prior to this job was a facilities manager at Sodexo) told the Times Leader that he was disappointed with the Election Board and that they were trying to stir the pot. 
Here’s the thing. While I think the Election Board has every right to express concern, did any of them make their case at the Budget Allocation hearings? Or did they go through back channels and get denied? We are two months away from an election. We take these things seriously around here. What will be the impact if there is a repeat of 2013’s Council primary where Paul DeFabo (an Election Board member) narrowly won over Alex Milanes on the GOP side? Is the County prepared for something like that? < Only time will tell but in the meantime once more every voter and citizen must understand that layoffs and budget cuts have consequences. How this gets fixed and if Parsnik can handle this is still open to question. He does not have the experience of a Tom Pisano, the embattled Crispell or that fella who ran thngs without a hitch a few years back, Len "Country Gentleman by Force now" Piazza. JUdging from his comments in the newspaper, we should not worry. As they said in "Pulp Fiction", "We cool". Oh yeah? 
Once more the basics of Luzerne County government are found wanting. First it was the paycheck debacle, then the W2s, this is all basic stuff. But this is now commonplace in Luzerne County. Unlike the prior infractions, there are no low level employees to blame for this or fire. The Luzerne County Election Board consists of Chairman H. Jeremy Packard, Vice Chair Thomas Baldino and members John C. Ruckno, Gerald Hudak and Paul DeFabo. When you see them, thank them for the heads up. Even though it was late in coming.Then ask Parsnick how he's going to handle a sticky primary issue like a recount. And if you want to have a load of fun, ask Urban Senior what he thinks of Parsnick. The beat....goes on.


The Democratic Party’s Executive Committee in Luzerne County offered their endorsements for Luzerne County Council. The 46 members endorsed the following; Jane Walsh Waitkus, Dorrance Township, Tim McGinley, Kingston, Robert W. Schnee, Sugarloaf Township, John Gadomski, Wyoming, Anthony J. Rostock , Yatesville and John J. Pekarovsky, Larksville. So we have three known quantities and essentially three unknowns that your average voter hasn’t even heard of. Waitkus and Rostock have run for offices before and McGinley is running for a second term on Council. Left off the list were Bob Altavilla, Steve Urban Senior and Edd Brominski. Altavilla had competition from people who wanted more of a union representation on the ticket. Urban, well Urban is still regarded as a turncoat when he changed his registration from Republican to Democrat by some. His reputation as a habitual multi office candidate is nor well regarded by Democrats who like to see those slots filled by one of their own. So his rejection comes as no surprise. What was a surprise, a shock to many was the non endorsement of current Vice Chair Edd Brominski.
It is indicative that the new Democrats decided not to back Brominski. One might even say that this is disrespectful to a party member who put his time in through the years and who has been extremely active on the Council. There are others who are wondering if the party wants to control council or not. Or maybe because there was such a weak slate put up by the GOP (they only filled four of the seats) the party felt they didn’t need the Brominski name and persona.
Whatever the reason, it is my feeling that Christmas came the day before Palm Sunday at the Brominski household. Sure there are going to be some people voting for the full slate because they are the same people who do what they are told. But there are independent Democrats that are going to look at a Brominski and remember the name. They are anti Lawton people there that will surely vote for Brominski. Plus there will be more passive Democrats who will vote for Brominski just because he is a well known name. There will be voters who will vote for him because of his “don’t take any prisoners” approach to the new form of government. Brominski has been very clear on what is obvious, that government builds confidence by taking care of the basics. Plus, when he campaigns, Brominski can assuredly beat his chest and point to his own independence. That factor combined with the fact that endorsements don’t mean much anymore bodes well for Mr. Brominski as well as Mr. Urban and not so well for a Pekarovsky, or Gadomski.
My prediction still stands for the General, County Council members McGinley, Urban and Brominski return along with newcomers Waitkus, and Rostock. If Schnee pulls a big vote out of Hazleton with Party Chair Mike DeCosmo’s ties, it’s all over for the other three.
But hey given the top story on today’s blog, let’s hope we have an election.

Beth Gilbert greets one of many supporters out at McCarthy's Wednesday night in support of her candidacy. (Photo: Patrick Walther, The Beacon, Wilkes College).
Wilkes Barre City Council District C candidate Beth Gilbert had a very good turnout the other evening at Jim McCarthy’s Tavern On the Hill. You can bet the spirit of the former Wilkes Barre Councilman and CBS reporter was lurking and smiling with all those politicos and young people around.
Gilbert had a good turnout and has impressed many of the old pros on the campaign trail. Check out her Face book page and see what she’s up to.


Tom Shubilla has an event coming up on April the 13th at the River Grille. Here’s his Facebook link and check out what he’s doing.


At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Len? O yeah that ****wad Walter.

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, as what Walter's legacy continues. Just shows how much damage a fool can do when given a chance,.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger PoorRichard said...

I'll look at the most important item first. The Election Board are acting like a useless group of appointees. They should be screaming to bring Piazza back and they could use the authority given them by state law and just hire the guy back. It is my understanding that Home Rule does not trump state law and the state gives the authority to the Election Board. It would also resolve the law suit Piazza filed when he was fired over nonsense... you remember, then County Controller Griffith was playing house bully rather than doing his audits and when Piazza audited Griffith's election filings, Lawton bowed to Griffith and fired him. By the way, Griffith had filed false reports previously and Piazza called him on it. So let's stop the nonsense and bring Len Piazza back and GIVE HIM THE STAFF HE NEEDS.

The Democrat endorsement is a joke just as the Party is a joke. Who even knows who the Chairman is? They endorse McGinty who voted to give Moon lake to the sate but KEEP THE MULTI MILLION DOLLAR MORTGAGE on the land they purchased to increase the size of Moon Lake. McGinty is a nice man and might even have the right attitude but his judgement is faulty. How can anyone with half a brain give away property and keep the mortgage? Edd Brominsky is the only real Democrat who is fighting for the people. He is active, he brings new ideas to the table and he speaks up when he sees things that are wrong. Yes he was fooled by Lawton during the interview process but it only took him a few months to realize Lawton is no manager. The Democrat Party is a joke but the Republican Party is even worse so let's just ignore both Party Endorsements and go with those that can do the job.

At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few things here, first and foremost you are a great editor and presenter. Only LuLac can contrast the old politics and haphazard way we do things with two new fresh candidates like Shubilla and Gilbert. Love your presence of mind in putting this together.
On Walter, let us never forget that he poisoned the well for many when Bob Lawton came to down. Lawton ran off the first interim manager who had us on the right track, Mr. Pribula in getting us out of this mess. I find it interesting that some of your readers find him still a figure of consequence.
What bothers me is that there seems to be no plan if Lawton leaves. Again, basics.
Something Luzerne County is lacking at this point.
Maybe the State Senators Mr. Yudichak and Ms. Baker should meet with these guys to offer some input. They seem to be the smartest people in a sea of stooges.

At 7:10 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

They endorse McGinty
You mean McGinley right? McGinty is in Harrisburg.

At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this looks like a beat up Walter day. The guy over reached but he was the one who called Piazza out for not following Kronos. Let's not forget that.
Griffith in 2017.

At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are still talking about Walter Griffith. So he must have been doing something right. He beat Bromo and two Dems in the General. Just saying.

At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David lets face it. As a lifetime blue dog democrat, and as much I cannot stand Walt Griffith, because all he cares about is getting his name in the paper..that said, even i know that if it wasnt for Walt Griffith, we would have not known about the double dipping going on with Haas and Sorokas on county council.

To maintain, as Morelli and Bobeck have, that Bednar and Alu were Watchdogs is an insult to the intellect of taxpayers.

More like groomed poodles!

These two would have let it slide and we would be none the wiser.

And as far as those county council democrat endorsements go, im sure the Yudichak oracle was consulted many times

It leaves me wondering why the do-nothing marshmellow McGinley is endorsed and the only two guys working their tails off on council for the working poor - Brominski and Urban Sr.- are not endorsed when they damn well should be!!!

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to take a page out of the female Judges election playbook...bullet vote for Brominski.

At 8:53 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

that Bednar and Alu were Watchdogs is an insult to the intellect of taxpayers.
Have to disagree with you about Bednar. She is very hard working trying to fix the mess made by the administration regarding the Homestead exemptions.

And as far as those county council democrat endorsements go, im sure the Yudichak oracle was consulted many times.
No idea what you mean.

It leaves me wondering why the do-nothing marshmellow McGinley is endorsed and the only two guys working their tails off on council for the working poor - Brominski and Urban Sr.
Tim McGinley is no marshmellow. I have found him to be one of the most competent and dedicated public servants I have ever met. He will seek out people who have concerns with Council. I agree with Brominski and always liked Urban as a person but he has a lot of political baggage. But the guy seems to revel in it. As I stated in the article, Bromo and Urban will be around in 2016. As will McGinley.

At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never mind Walter for Christ sake, look at the resume of the guy Parsnik Lawton hired to be head of Administrative Services? Facilities Manager? Really? Every job is honorable but Voting Services is not hiring the right cleaning crew and what soda to get in the vending machines. Tis is the guy who is going to handle this?
Also DeFabo should have said something earlier, he was in a close race and should have known how important this is.

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to break the news Yonk but Bednar is absolutely clueless

At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides being a former candidate for council in 2011, can someone clue me in as to what it is exactly that Jane Walsh Waitkus has accomplished and why is she running? again?

At 8:50 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Sorry to break the news Yonk but Bednar is absolutely clueless.
Your opinion but not mine but if we do take your point of view, yep just clueless enough to win two elections and snare a salary and office that many have tried for.

At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I just watched the news today and Parsnik refused to go on camera to talk about the elections. Way to earn that FAT salary.
What a winner.

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your opinion but not mine but if we do take your point of view, yep just clueless enough to win two elections and snare a salary and office that many have tried for.
And when you have the long arm of King Yudichak knighting you into the job...anything is possible!

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Dave. Its an insult to taxpayers to say she won fair and square. Bednar has the Yudichak political machine backing her. Just like these county council candidates who are beholden to Yudichak. They will win without even having to hit the campaign trail. This is Luzerne County after all.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

And when you have the long arm of King Yudichak knighting you into the job...anything is possible!
Okay, then how do you explain Kathy Dobash and Harry Haas pulling so mny votes? The Senator might be good but he is not absolute.
And I'll go you one better here....if Bednar runs again, her record will re-elect her. Then you can give The Senator all the credit you want. But give her a little props too.


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