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Now It’s Persing’s Nightmare on Spruce Street

April 10th, 2014
Terry & Mary Marshall

Terry & Mary Marshall

On 23rd June 2013, Not The Item published an article about the plight of the Marshall family entitled “Nightmare on Spruce Street”. At that time Terry Marshall had been trying for almost 7 years to get the City to clean up his adjoining property – a property they had condemned back in 2006 and then taken from the previous owner in 2007, and which they then simply left to rot and decay.

Mayor Persing claimed lack of ownership was preventing his administration from doing anything with the property, as they had been unable to contact the legal owners.

Scameras 3 – Towards the Abyss

March 30th, 2014

The Persing Administration continued to move forward towards the abyss at the City Meeting of 3/24/14, as the unraveling camera debacle threatened to destroy what little credibility they had left. Once again former city resident Drake Saxton probed the murky depths of the bid process with a whole series of questions about both the bidding itself and also the subsequent purchase and installation.

What is a Pet Emergency?

March 26th, 2014
Sunbury Animal Hospital

Sunbury Animal Hospital

All pet owners have been in a situation like this, it’s 10pm and “Sophie” came in from outside and is limping around the house. What do you do? Do you call the vet? Are you overreacting?  The answer is that it is never wrong to call and ask one of our qualified technicians to determine if your pet needs to be seen right away, or if they can wait to be seen as a routine appointment.

Scameras 2 – Persing Takes the Fifth

March 21st, 2014

 $200,000 Camera Grant Flushed Away!

Sunbury Cameras - You can see them, but can they see you?

Cameras – You can see Them, but can They see You?

How do you lose $200,000 in federal grant money? Quite simple really. Give it to Captain Persing and the rest of the jolly crew at the good ship Sunbury to fund a controversial new security camera system. Yes, the money has been flushed away. The City is now the proud owner of 52 cameras which can’t see in the dark, and for which they would seem to have neither the IP addresses nor the combinations to the locks on the networking boxes, and the guy who does have this information, and on whom nobody bothered to carry out a background check, is facing a double felony 3 count at Westmoreland County Court.

It is hardly surprising, given the above, that Persing does not want to talk about it. Former Sunbury resident Drake Saxton informed the City Meeting of March 10th 2014 that he had submitted multiple right to know requests in an effort to establish both the present status of the project and also receive confirmation that full consideration had been given to the interests both of local citizens and also those of the federal taxpayers, whose money had been used to provide the $200,000 grant back in 2009. The fact that he had not received satisfactory replies to his inquiries he found disconcerting, and a clear reflection of the way in which our city is currently being managed.

In a nutshell, he was trying to discover who, if anyone, was in charge of this project, how efficiently the camera installations had been managed with regards both to best use of resources and also proper placement, whether there had been any checks carried out to insure that the cameras finally installed were in fact the same ones purchased initially by the simple device of checking serial numbers, and also whether there were any unused cameras or other materials, and if so, where they were presently being stored.

Democracy School

March 19th, 2014

No Show from Politicians

Some of us were lucky enough to attend the Democracy School, held February 21/22 at Apfelbaum Hall, the Business and Communications Center for Susquehanna University, and sponsored by our friends at Shale Justice. Presented by Chad Nicholson and Ben Price of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)  the course began on a Friday evening and then ran for 7 hours on Saturday, including a break for a delicious lunch.

Apfelbaum Hall, Susquehanna University

Apfelbaum Hall, Susquehanna University

Over 20 people came along and they certainly comprised an eclectic bunch, ranging from college professors to senior citizens and from farmers to journalists to environmentalists. All were eager to learn about the democratic background and history of our country.

Disabled Afro-American Woman Threatened at City Meeting

March 15th, 2014

“We’ll take away your parking space and have you arrested!” – Reichner

Sunbury PA senior citizen Ms. Regina Russell, despite her disabilities, is a regular attendee at meetings of the city council. She is actively concerned about public safety issues and has volunteered to be the voice of people in her local community – people who are themselves afraid to speak up, attend meetings and file lawful complaints because of the ever present threat of retaliation.

Regina Russell needs to use a Walker to get to and from her vehicle.

Regina with her Car and Walker

Issues raised by Regina are regularly stonewalled by an administration who regard city code enforcement as discretionary and not mandatory – that they can pick and choose which regulations to enforce, and when, depending on whom the complaint is made against and their influence and standing within the community.

Mystery of the Disappearing Mayor

February 20th, 2014

Where is Dave Persing when the City Needs Him?

Mayor David Persing of Sunbury has disappeared from view at at time when he should be defending his city - Sunbury PA - from the feeding frenzy of the world's media over the "Craigs List Killers".

“They’ll never find me down here!”

The world’s media are laying siege to Sunbury. For the past few days they have been engaged in a feeding frenzy stirred up by a local reporter, and the claimed revelations of his exclusive Friday night interview with “Craig’s List Killer”, Miranda Barbour, in Northumberland County Jail.

Everyone from Dr. Phil to Fox News wants a piece of the action and to find a different news angle on the lurid details. They want to speak to the reporter, to the prison warden and to police chief, Steve Mazzeo. Above all they want to learn more about the young accused and her grizzly list of alleged murder victims – “I stopped counting when I got to 22!”

Bloomberg Group Backs Gun Confiscation

February 16th, 2014

Persing’s Continuing Membership Questioned.

Recent news that the mayor of Poughkeepsie NY, along with many others, has resigned from the Michael Bloomberg group, “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” (MAIG), raises once again the issue of the continuing membership and support for this group by our own Mayor Persing.

Mayor Bloomberg and Mini Me Persing

Michael Bloomberg with Mini Me Persing

Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik, in a recent statement, blew the whistle about the group’s true intentions – total disarmament of all law-abiding gun owners.

“Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens,” Tkazyik said, confirming what many already suspected about the group.

Coming Soon – The Sunbury American

February 10th, 2014

For the first time since the 1800′s there will be a second newspaper in Sunbury, PA. Joe Bartello is the publisher and, along with his daughter and editor, Britani, is the driving force behind the re-launch of The Sunbury American – initially a monthly newspaper to be distributed free of charge from local businesses throughout the area.

Publisher Joe and Editor Britani Bartello

Driving Force – Joe and Britani Bartello

As they see it, the American’s mission will be to provide an alternative news source to Sunbury and its surrounding locales in a way calculated to promote a sense of pride and community in the citizens. Its content will give readers the facts and knowledge needed to develop their personal opinions, analyze the actions of their elected representatives, and empower them in the protection of their freedoms and liberties.

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