Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan may run for countywide post next year
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Stoffa says administration taking issue "so seriously," but workers say it's not enough.
Members of Northampton County's employee safety committee are asking the county to deal with asbestos in the basement of the Gracedale nursing home. On Thursday night, one of those workers, Ted Harris, told county council he thinks the county isn't taking employee concerns seriously. "We are experiencing people who, instead of hearing of what we have to say, are listening for what they want to hear," Harris told the Express-Times. But County Executive John Stoffa says the county isn't ignoring the issue. "Believe me, we've taken this issue so seriously," he said, noting that the county has already spent $800,000 on asbestos clean-up at the nursing home. According to the Express-Times, the clean-up -- involving workshops and storage areas…
County Executive John Stoffa says forged checks were used in Georgia and South Carolina.
For the second time in the last 12 months, Northampton County is the apparent victim of a check forgery scheme. Last year, eight people were charged with forging county checks and cashing them in local stores, stealing more than $18,000. The accused apparently made phony checks from the county's criminal division bail account, something that was uncovered during an audit last February. And now, a different group of people is trying the same thing, only this time in South Carolina and Georgia, County Executive John Stoffa reported to County Council Thursday night. Stoffa said Easton police are investigating the scheme, which had already netted the people involved $3,800. He noted that the forgeries weren't very good ones. "They spelled '…
Friday, September 30, 2011
Stoffa's budget proposal includes $7.2 million to balance Gracedale's books.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
One option: Put money from the 2001 bond issue back into the nursing home.
Most of the money from the $111 million bond issue Northampton County floated in 2001 has been spoken for. But some members of county council want to use what's left -- close to $1.6 million -- on Gracedale, the nursing home voters have just decided needs to remain publicly owned. With that decision comes a dilemma: the county can't sell Gracedale as planned, but it also had only budgeted $3 million for the home for this year. "I don’t think it’s going to be enough," County Executive John Stoffa told council's finance committee Wednesday. He's at work on finding a new management company to come in and run the Upper Nazareth nursing home, but doesn't anticipate awarding a bid to someone to do that work until August. Stoffa said the county …