Consulting firm gets new city contract

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.)

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:


• The House voted 406-3 to pass the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.

• The House voted 414-0 to pass the Financial Institution Living Will Improvement Act. Voting yes were Marino and Thompson.

• The House voted 250-166 to approve a $659 billion Pentagon funding measure. Voting yes were Marino and Thompson.


• The Senate voted 50-0 to pass a bill to strengthen the state’s pension forfeiture law to strip taxpayer-funded pensions from public employees and officials who commit job-related felonies. State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, voted yes.


• The Lycoming County commissioners approved a $25,000 grant to the county Law Enforcement and Police Training Association to be used for training and equipment. Voting were Jack McKernan, Tony Mussare and Rick Mirabito.


• City Council voted 5-1 to pay Penn Strategies, the city economic development consulting firm, a contract worth $100,000 a year for two years. Voting yes were Jonathan Williamson, council president; Liz Miele; Randall J. Allison, Joel Henderson and Don Noviello. Voting no was Derek Slaughter. Bonnie Katz was absent.