Bethlehem Press

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LEHIGH COUNTY Executive touts Valley economy

Monday, March 19, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“Please know that I am so very humbled that the voters trusted me to manage our county over the next four years,” Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong said, addressing a crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests Feb. 22 during his State of Lehigh County address.

Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees he and his administration are interested in putting progress over politics.

LEHIGH COUNTY-Anti-discrimination wording a concern

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Business as usual hit a speed bump Feb. 27 when county commissioners attempted to approve a couple of routine professional services contracts. Commissioner Amy Zanelli objected to the boilerplate anti-discrimination provisions of two proposed agreements – one with Election IQ LLC and another with Alfred Yacoub, Esquire for professional services with the County of Lehigh.

Zanelli, elected in 2017 from District 3 to her commissioner office, noted the proposed contracts did not contain language that protects “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.”

School safety issues - ‘We need to put our money where our mouth is’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Local politicians, school superintendents, law enforcement, an advocacy group, and high school students came together for a question and answer discussion on school safety March 1 at PBS 39’s studio.

The National Rifle Association declined to attend the forum in Bethlehem, even though they were invited, according to host and moderator Tracy Yatsko. An empty chair on the stage represented the absent pro-gun organization, Yatsko said.

County, valley economic leaders

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“I represent the average person,” said the new Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong addressing a convivial crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests on Thursday. “We understand the power of the average person.”

Executive Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Stadium in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees, “We put progress over politics.”

Armstrong said that “over the past several years, our local economy has undergone a renaissance … we still make stuff here.”

County, valley economic leaders

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“I represent the average person,” said the new Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong addressing a convivial crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests on Thursday. “We understand the power of the average person.”

Executive Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Stadium in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees, “We put progress over politics.”

Armstrong said that “over the past several years, our local economy has undergone a renaissance … we still make stuff here.”