Schlossberg, Schweyer react to Pawlowski guilty verdict
ALLENTOWN, March 1 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, issued the following statements after the guilty verdict in the trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
Rep. Peter Schweyer:
“The people of Allentown are some of the proudest and toughest folks in all of Pennsylvania. We have seen ups and downs, good times and bad. Today’s announcement that Mr. Pawlowski has been found guilty by an impartial jury of breaking the public’s trust is certainly a sad day for my hometown, but gives us the chance to move forward.
“There has been a cloud hanging over City Hall over the last few years which caused tension and frustration for city employees, business and everyday citizens. But the illicit activity perpetrated by Mr. Pawlowski has not hurt our strong neighborhoods, has not curtailed our economic recovery and hasn’t stopped the remaining dedicated city workers from working hard for each and every one of us.
“I’m a lifelong Allentownian and I am fully confident that our best days are ahead of us. We will do today what we do best: roll up our sleeves and get to work on building a better community. You have my word that I will be right there with you. “
Rep. Mike Schlossberg:
“Today is not a joyful day, it’s the conclusion of a tragedy. But hopefully, and more importantly, today marks the end of a painful chapter for the people of Allentown.
“Ed Pawlowski has been found guilty of betraying the people’s trust for his own political gain. As I have in the past, for the good of the city, I hope the Mayor will immediately resign. He should - and he will - pay for his crimes. At the same time, I hope that the people of Allentown could look at him with mercy and compassion in their hearts. He did wrong, but over the course of his 12 years as Mayor, he did a lot right. It now falls to other leadership to continue the journey that he started. I pledge to do my part, in whatever way I can, to move this city forward. With the passage of time, I hope the Mayor will be remembered for the significant good he did, and not the crimes he committed.
“Most importantly, the people of Allentown should keep the Mayor’s wife, two children and family in mind. The Mayor has done wrong, but his family has not. Even under the best of circumstances, the career of public service is hardest on the close family of the elected officials. I would hope that we, as a people, could lift up and pray for the Mayor’s wife, children, family and friends, and keep them in our thoughts, prayers and positive actions during what must be an incredibly difficult time.”