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press photo by bernie o’hareKristine Blake, accompanied by her son, takes the oath of office. press photo by bernie o’hareKristine Blake, accompanied by her son, takes the oath of office.

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP-Kristine Blake fills Nolan’s seat

Monday, December 10, 2018 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Better late than never. Attorney Kristine Blake was a few minutes late for her first meeting as a Bethlehem Township commissioner. The audience still applauded when she took the oath of office, administered by Judge Jennifer Sletvold during the Nov. 18 meeting.

She replaces Tom Nolan, who died in office after three decades of service.

In addition to Blake, former commissioners Art Murphy and Tim Brady had applied for the post. Commissioners Mike Hudak and John Merhotten favored Murphy, while commissioners Malissa Davis and John Gallagher wanted Blake.

It was up to Frank Pologruto, who chairs the township’s Vacancy Board, to break the tie at a meeting Nov. 5.

Blake, an attorney at Pro Unlimited in East Hanover, N.J., was a Northampton County assistant district attorney. Her husband Bill is the assistant district attorney in charge of the investigating grand jury.

A Democrat, Blake will serve the remainder of Nolan’s term of office. It expires at the end of 2019.