ELECTION DAY 2014: BIG WINS FOR PA AND LOCAL DEMS

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Schweyer election nightElection Day provided a big win for Democrats in Pennsylvania as Tom Wolf easily beat Tom Corbett, who became the first incumbent Governor in decades not to win re-election.

“If we’re going to fund a world-class public education system, create family sustaining jobs, bring about fairness and equality under the law, provide access to affordable health care, build safe communities, and keep Pennsylvania beautiful, it’s going to take all of us doing our part,” Wolf said in his victory speech.  “Democracy requires healthy debates, but our duty to Pennsylvania requires that we listen, that we roll up our sleeves, and that we come together to do what is right.”

Local Democrats won big as well and will give Allentown more representation in Harrisburg starting in January.  Peter Schweyer easily won the 22nd District House seat, a brand new seat that was moved from Lancaster thanks to redistricting.  Mike Schlossberg was re-elected in the 132nd District, while the other Democrats in the Lehigh Valley, Dan McNeill, Matt Cartwright, Lisa Boscola, Bob Freeman and Steve Samuelson were also victorious.

Statewide, Tom Wolf defeated Republican Tom Corbett, providing strong, Democratic leadership in the Governor’s Office.

Mayor Pawlowski attended the Lehigh County Victory Party at Chickie’s and Pete’s in the PPL Arena.  “We had a great day here in the Lehigh Valley,” said the Mayor.  “We put a lot of effort into this race, and it paid off.  Starting in January, we will have a leader in Harrisburg who can put Pennsylvania back on the path to prosperity, and that’s when the work will really begin, to fix the damage that has been done over the past four years.”

BUILDING A STRONGER COMMUNITY: INAUGURAL COPS MEET BLOCK BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

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Cops Meet Block PicA group of Allentown Police Officers and local youth recently participated in the first official “Cops Meet Block” basketball tournament at Cedar Beach Park.  The event was organized by Reverend Daniel Blount, pastor at Union Baptist Church and a resident of Allentown, to promote a better relationship between law enforcement and youth in the city.

“We’re all here for you to talk to before you make any bad decisions,” said Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, who donned a pair of high tops to play.  “Come talk to us, talk over your situation, and we can help you make better choices.”

Spectators in the audience included Mayor Pawlowski, who provided free t-shirts to all the participants, Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller, and State Representative Mike Schlossberg, who donated 200 hot dogs and buns for the event.

“This is a great chance for you guys to get to know these police officers,” Mayor Pawlowski told the participants before the games began.  “These guys are your friends, not your enemies.  They’re here to help you and keep you safe.  They could be doing anything today, but they took the time to be here with you, and I’d like to thank them for that.”  The Mayor concluded with a remark that made everyone laugh:  “Go easy on our men in blue, they have to work tomorrow.”