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November 11th, 2014

Police Contract Debacle Threatens to Engulf Persing

Last year, faced with a strong opponent in his race for re-election, a desperate Mayor Persing sold out the city, giving in to every pension demand made by his police department. He certainly wanted their contract off the table in the worst possible way, to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2005, when dissatisfied local officers played a significant role in helping secure Jesse Woodring’s primary victory.

Mayor Persing

Mayor Persing

Persing was terrified at the consequences of losing again, this time to Joe Bartello. Having built up his lucrative softball business over the years, and making a small fortune from the questionable use of taxpayer-funded city property and other assets, he had to do whatever it took to retain control. For him, the alternative was unthinkable. (see A Tale of Two Cities)

Rick Shoch Rescues Records

January 14th, 2014


Commissioner Rick Shoch

Commissioner Shoch

Amazing news just received from Commissioner Rick Shoch. He has been working hard behind the scenes to help rescue the Northumberland County historical records, currently stored under very damp and unsatisfactory conditions in the courthouse basement.

Today he has secured promises of funding worth $1 million from the Degenstein Foundation including the provision of a building owned by them in the 300 block of Market St. and its adaptation for its new use. Additional funding will be required to cover day to day expenses, heating, staffing, etc., but Rick Shoch is confident that this will be forthcoming also.

Vinny Threat to Historic Prison

November 2nd, 2013

“Nothing I can do about it” – Persing

A vital piece of Sunbury’s historical fabric and a huge potential tourist attraction has a massive question mark hanging over its future.

We all know that Vinny Clausi wants to close the prison and put the county into debt by building a new larger unit in his own backyard at Coal Township. What is not so widely known is that Vinny also wants to demolish the existing prison building and sell off the stone.

Vinny Clausi wants to demolish this critical piece of Sunbury history.

Under Threat – Sunbury Prison

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