Thursday, May 9, 2013
City always had good working relationship with Bethlehem state senator.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola's new district is good news for her and for the city of Easton, Mayor Sal Panto said Wednesday. A state Supreme Court ruling handed down this week approved new legislative district maps that will go into effect for the 2014 elections. One change that comes with the ruling: Boscola's new 18th district boundaries will now include the Easton area, the Express-Times reported. Boscola, a Democrat, had represented Easton for two years before redistricting put the city into the 24th district in 2001. During that time, "she was an excellent state senator for us," Panto said, noting that he also worked with her during his first tenure in office, when she was a state represenative. (Boscola's district then didn't include …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Easton area Democrats welcome U.S. Rep. Tim Holden, denounce the redistricting that brought him here.
Northampton County Democratic politicians welcomed the region's new congressman Wednesday, even as they denounced the redistricting that brought him here. U.S. Rep. Tim Holden, was in Easton Wednesday to introduce himself to his new constituents, whom he inherited after a new redistricting plan moved much of Northampton County into Holden's 17th district. Speaking at a news conference at the county courthouse, Holden said he shares people's frustration with the new district, and promised to get to know Northampton County and its issues. "I will be available. I will be visible," Holden said, adding that he'll establish an office in the county if he wins re-election this year. The new district lines become official in January 2013. Holden, …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Rep. Bob Freeman, others, say they'll give pay increase for 2012 to charity.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
State lawmakers get a 3 percent cost-of-living raise -- about $2,400 before taxes -- starting Dec. 1. All of the Lehigh Valley lawmakers reached by Patch said they will either donate their raises to charity or refund them to the state treasury. The lawmakers’ annual pay -- before taxes -- will go from the current $79,623.23 to $82,026.11, according to the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which lists legal and rulemaking information. Lawmakers in leadership positions -- like state senators Lisa Boscola (D-18th) and Pat Browne (R-16th) -- already make extra money, and the 3 percent increase also applies to those amounts, according to the Bulletin. The extra amounts, including the 3 percent raise, will range from $11,506 to $46,021. Browne, as majority…
Monday, November 28, 2011
New map would put Easton back into state Sen. Lisa Boscola's district.
Wednesday is the deadline for residents who want to share their opinion on the proposed district changes. The city of Easton would move to a state Senate district closer to home and would retain its current state House seat under a statewide redistricting plan. The city is now part of the sprawling 24th Senate district, represented by Pennsburg-based Republican Bob Mensch. Under the plan, it would go to the 18th district, represented by Democrat Lisa Boscola of Bethlehem. The plan would significantly change the makeup of both districts. Mensch would lose all his Lehigh Valley communities (including Palmer and Forks townships) except Williams Township. And the plan would strip Boscola’s district of a large chunk of Northampton County …