Aug 1, 2016

The Hubris of Allentown's Attorneys

Credit Emily Opilo of the Morning Call for a great exposé on the lawyers and firms that have benefitted for the last decade from the Pawlowski reign.   Prominent among them is Oldrich Foucek the Third.  Foucek is also chairman of the Allentown Planning Commission, and a member of the NIZ Board.  His firm was paid over $615,000 for chasing the riff raff away,  when the city demolished 37 properties to build its Great White Elephant.   All together, this firm received  $1.73 million in work, and contributed $32 thousand dollars  to Pawlowski.   He told Opilo that the work they have done for the city is very complex and extremely complicated. 

Now, I can believe that Oldrich's brain is big enough, but I don't believe that anybody should serve in multiple positions of influence in any town.  This isn't a new tradition in Allentown, but Pawlowski's appointments have been particularly strategic.

5 comments:

Allen Howells said...

From what coffer did this payment money towards Foucek and his firm eminate?

michael molovinsky said...

allen@9:11, expect for the NIZ portion which is from our state taxes, the remainder came from allentown RE taxes.

Jamie Kelton said...

Everybody connected wants to get their beaks wet when money flows into the City like a river Mr Molovinski.

Big city politics at its finest

George Ruth said...

The select few in the valley are layered all over each other on boards, commissions, etc. How many elected officials are on local boards? Lots. So they make the laws that govern the agencies and also sit on the policy-making entities of such agencies. Just amazing.

Jeffrey Anthony said...

One never fails to learn something when reading one of Ms. Opilo's articles. She is a real asset to The Morning Call. It's nice (and fitting) for you to point that out Mike.