Thursday, August 9, 2012
Lehigh County Commissioners appoint Bill Hansell to fill former Bethlehem Mayor Don Cunningham's unexpired term.
Former Lehigh County Commissioner Bill Hansell has been named acting Lehigh County Executive. Hansell, 75, of Lower Macungie, was appointed on a 8-0 vote Wednesday by Lehigh County Commissioners to fill Don Cunningham's unexpired term, according to lehighvalleylive.com. Hansell, a former Lehigh County commissioner, has worked as a consultant for governments and associations. Hansell has spent a half century in and around local government. He was South Whitehall’s first township manager when it became a First Class Township in 1966. He also served as Catasauqua Borough manager and Allentown business administrator. He has led the Pennsylvania League of Cities and spent 20 years as director of the International City/County Management …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Five candidates have applied for the position of Lehigh County executive, vacated by Don Cunningham earlier this month, according to the Express-Times.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Four men and one woman are vying to be chosen as Lehigh County executive to replace Don Cunningham, who left earlier this month to become head of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. The county commissioners will vote on who to choose to fill out Cunningham's term but the person must be of the same party as Cunningham, a Democrat. According to a report by the Express-Times, the applicants are: -- Matthew Croslis, an Allentown-based attorney who owns a real estate company and title insurance company. He ran for Lehigh County executive in 2001 and lost to Republican Jane Ervin. -- Daniel McCarthy of Allentown, is in his third term as a Lehigh County commissioner and is solicitor for the Allentown Parking Authority. He ran for …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
"Political endorsements will not carry the day," says Lehigh County Commissioner Chair Brad Osborne as he prepares to lead process to pick executive to replace Don Cunningham.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Lehigh County Commissioner Chair Brad Osborne is calling for cooperation and transparency as the county commissioners begin the task of choosing a replacement for Executive Don Cunningham. Osborne, who was elected to the county board last November, said, "In choosing the individual who will become County Executive, this Board will exercise a process that is legal, open and fair. "The goal is clear, the process definitive. Each candidate will be evaluated on their own merit," he said in a prepared release. "Political endorsements will not carry the day." Cunningham is resigning from office July 8 to become the new president and chief executive officer of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. Under the county Home Rule Charter, the …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Lehigh County Executive and former Bethlehem Mayor Don Cunningham will take the reins of economic development corporation on July 9.
Don Cunningham said today he would relish his opportunity to create new jobs and expand the Valley’s tax base in a “sustainable way,” as the head of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. The current Lehigh County executive and former mayor of Bethlehem, today officially named the next president and chief executive officer of the LVEDC, said he will recruit new business and “more importantly, grow businesses here.” Redeveloping brown fields – which still includes the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. site, where he played a key role in establishing a plan for reuse when he was mayor – will be a priority. The Valley’s urban cores will also be a focus. He said his views on the Allentown arena project and the controversial Neighborhood …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Executive Don Cunningham’s plan would restore $2.7 million for Green Futures Fund.
Lehigh County taxpayers can expect to pay an average of $30 less next year under County Executive Don Cunningham’s proposed budget, thanks to a one-time tax credit that will use up the $4.3 million Tax Relief Fund. The 2012 budget plan, which Cunningham introduced Wednesday in a speech before the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, anticipates getting by on less – less tax revenue and about 44 fewer employees on the county rolls. “For those who say government only ever gets bigger, send them to Lehigh County,” he said. “Our total cost of payroll, including benefits, will be lower next year than it is now, the first time that’s happened in county history.” Most of the personnel cuts would be in general …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Don Cunningham, Steely Dan and the Serbian queen of the blues will all be 'festing tonight.
Good morning, ‘festers. Today is Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 – Day Six of Musikfest.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Refinancing of bonds at Internet auction nets county interest rate of about 1 percent, down from 5 percent.
In the space of 20 minutes Wednesday morning, Lehigh County saved almost $4 million dollars. The savings came from refinancing $36.5 million in 2001 bonds through an auction on the Internet that attracted 15 bidders and 85 bids, according to Tom Muller, county director of administration. The winning interest rate was 1.004268 percent from Guggenheim Securities of New York. The auction started at 11 a.m. and was over by 11:20 a.m. The savings will be spread over two years. Muller said the turmoil in Washington over the deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling might have contributed to the number of bidders and the very low interest rate. Lehigh County’s Aa1 bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service means “we’re viewed as a very safe …
Monday, May 23, 2011
County executive says nursing home isn't a financial drain.
With three newly-minted Republican nominees for county commissioner in the audience, Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham made clear Wednesday that he would fight any attempt to privatize Cedarbrook, the county nursing home. During the Primary campaign, Republicans Scott Ott, Lisa Scheller and Vic Mazziotti expressed various levels of interest in exploring privatization should they win in November. A day after Northampton County voters approved a referendum to keep that county’s nursing home, Gracedale, Cunningham told Lehigh County commissioners at a committee meeting on Cedarbrook that comparisons between the two counties’ homes are “apples to oranges.” A private management company, LW Consulting, runs Cedarbrook -- which has …