New Year, New Numbers on the Allentown Incinerator Deal, New Polling Numbers for Ed Pawlowski

advocacy, economics, justice, politics

I’m going to let you in on a little not-so secret secret.  Here in Allentown, nobody believes that the controversial DTE garbage-to-energy plant is going to be built.  My hunch is that some of the people pushing for it and guiding it through its controversial (and, in my opinion, contrived) approval didn’t believe it would come to fruition even then.  The City of Allentown spent $500,000 on consulting in support of this project as directed by Mayor Ed Pawlowski.   One is made to wonder if the whole project wasn’t just a washing of said $500,000 to political allies/campaign donors.  One is made to wonder.

The indefatigable Rich Fegley posted this today on Facebook and on Molivinsky:

“As the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association has stated, Pawlowski and PFM used FALSE and MISLEADING information to convince the Public and City Council that the 35-year INCINERATOR contract was “good” and “better than landfilling” for the City and would save us “$25 million”.

The FACT is that the City now will lose $113 million according to Pawlowski and PFM’s projections. The false landfill costs of $92.29 compared to Easton’s 2014 contracted price of $40.44 for the next 7-years.

Allentown will now lose $113 million according to Pawlowski’s own projections.

Does anyone care about this loss? This is a real number. I am still shocked that no one has really picked up on this shit storm yet.

Think about this, if Pawlowski and PFM basically lied to us about the 35-year incinerator deal, imagine what lies we have been told about the water & sewer lease? Even if not “lies”, what we were told was more than likely misleading, as a few of us in the community have been saying.

Imagine what false and misleading information we have been given regarding the water & sewer deal. And how about the pension deal?

This is embarrassing for the City of Allentown. Why are we allowing Pawlowski and PFM to mislead City Council and the Public?

I blame members of City Council for claiming IGNORANCE when it comes to these DEALS Pawlowski is making.

I have heard Council members claim ignorance when it comes to detailed legal contracts and financial projections. President Guridy has said that he must simply trust the Mayor and the attorneys and accountants.

Ignorance is bliss. Wake up Anonymous, we are all being duped.”

He also posted this:

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Most observers understand that Mr. Pawlowski never imagined he could actually win the governor’s race in 2014.   The suspicion among many is that the goal was to do well enough in the primary to land a spot in the incoming Democratic administration.  Some Pawlowski for Governor PAC money here and there to eventual nominee (all legal), bada bing, bada boom.  Michael Donovan and Rich Fegley have made that scenario all but impossible thanks to their stalwart efforts in this year’s mayoral election.  These things matter.

One thought on “New Year, New Numbers on the Allentown Incinerator Deal, New Polling Numbers for Ed Pawlowski

  1. PFM also is a Bond holder (aka investor) for the Arena project and also manages the NIZ account and receives a 5% = fee (about $3-$7 million) on the $30 million hold requirement. I can understand why the Morning Call does not reveal this?


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