Bethlehem Press

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Have ID? 13 days to register

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The polls open in 40 days, and as of this minute the contentious statewide Voter ID law is a hot potato; it's effective and binding but tossed from one level of court to another as it burns partisan hands before the election.

Enacted earlier this year, the law was later upheld by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson. Two weeks ago, it was appealed before the State Supreme Court, which sent it back to Simpson with the directive of certifying the law isn't actually excluding those trying to get an ID.

Debt baffles water board

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

An unusual entreaty for a typically staid group: What do we do?

The City Authority's Board of Directors faced this question uneasily Sept. 13 when, during their regular meeting, members wondered how the authority suddenly owes the city about $841,000. As the discussion lengthened, it became apparent many city funds will soon be anemic due to under-budgeting and long-deferred payments.

Voter ID law nearing last hurdle

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

State Supreme Court begins proceedings tomorrow

The state Supreme Court tomorrow will debate the new legislative redistricting plan – an updated version of the one rejected in January – and the new Voter ID law – which was upheld recently in Harrisburg.

The proceedings in Philadelphia will be viewable live on Pennsylvania Cable Network.

While redistricting is, by its very nature, a topic for debate, the Voter ID law has already been effectively enacted, but is under serious pressure with the coming of the November elections.

New executive, new budget

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

In back-to-back press events Aug. 28 Lehigh County officials unveiled the county's new executive and the proposed 2013 county budget.

President Judge Carol McGinley administered the oath of office to 75-year-old William Hansell, a former city council member and business administrator with decades of experience in government and management.

Hansell replaces Don Cunningham, who left the position after six years to become executive director of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.

Trestle redesign gets under way

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City officials announced at an afternoon press conference Aug. 15 the implementation of a $236,000 study to develop the old Hoover-Mason Trestle at the Bethlehem Steel furnaces into an idyllic walking path connecting the ArtsQuest Steelstacks campus and Sands Casino resort.

Mayor John Callahan, City Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Tony Hanna and Wallace Roberts and Todd architects principle Antonio Fiol-Silva together described the study as the next logical step for the site.

Brennan dissolves campaign -- McNeill picked to run in Nov.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Following his Aug. 15 arrest for beating his wife and driving drunk, State Rep. Joseph Brennan, (D-133) announced in a brief statement Aug. 22 he is ceasing his campaign for November re-election.

"I have been privileged to represent the 133rd District for the past six years, but today I am submitting a request to remove my name from the November ballot," Brennan said. "I will remain in office until the conclusion of my term on Nov. 30 and my offices will remain open and staffed to help constituents deal with state government."