Dan Poresky has an excellent op-ed piece in today's Morning Call. He explains how the water lease is shortsighted, especially with the concurrent redevelopment of Hamilton Street. He implies that those councilpersons who vote for the lease will tarnish their legacy. I agree with Poresky's article, except the last sentence; To drive home his legacy point, he states that it will take more courage to vote with the mayor, than against him. I am afraid that Dan overestimates the sophistication of the Allentown ballot box. While Dan at this point in the game must play the cards he has left, I do not. Voters will quickly come to resent the privatization. High gasoline prices alone will eventually drive up the consumer price index, resulting in annual double digit water price increases. Pawlowski will be blamed for the water fiasco of 2012, like Afflerbach is blamed for the police pension of 2005. Historically, that blame never expands beyond the mayor at the time. Understand that a person who voted for the pension is still on council.
Chris Casey post on the Allentown City Council Race