Com­mis­sioner Dean an­nounces res­ig­na­tion

Glenside News - - OPINION -

Dear Ward 7 neigh­bor:

To­day I am sub­mit­ting my res­ig­na­tion as com­mis­sioner of Ward 7, ef­fec­tive Aug. 15, 2012. I want you – my con­stituents – to know why I’ve made this de­ci­sion, how it will af­fect you and how thank­ful I am for your sup­port and friend­ship.

From the be­gin­ning, I was en­thu­si­as­tic about the op­por­tu­nity to serve you on dual lev­els, both as town­ship com­mis­sioner and state rep­re­sen­ta­tive. In fact, work­ing with your day-to-day con­cerns and opin­ions in­formed my leg­isla­tive work in Harrisburg. Nev­er­the­less, I’ve found that this dual­ity has an un­work­able draw­back, namely that I can’t be phys­i­cally present, as re­quired, in both Abing­ton and Harrisburg, when im­por­tant com­mis­sioner and leg­isla­tive ses- sions are sched­uled at the same time. To date, I have been able to at­tend meet­ings on both lev­els, but go­ing for­ward I see con­flicts aris­ing and my ab­sence at ei­ther would not be fair to you.

The Abing­ton Town­ship Board of Com­mis­sion­ers will be ap­point­ing some­one t o fill t he va­cancy un­til the 2013 elec­tion cy­cle. I have ex­pressed my wishes to the board that t hey con­duct this ap­point­ment pro­ce­dure in a trans­par­ent man­ner – and that t hey con­sider the con­cerns and de­sires of t he res­i­dents of Ward 7 i n t he process. In t he in­terim, I will continue t o work with the Abing­ton Town­ship staff and the ap­pointed com­mis­sioner to find so­lu­tions to cer­tain com­plex and un­re­solved is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties in Ward 7.

As you know, my leg- isla­tive of­fice is lo­cated at 1175 Old York Road, across from the town­ship build­ing. I, or some­one from my staff, would be happy to meet with you at any time to dis­cuss state or lo­cal is­sues of im­por­tance to you.

Thank you for your sup­port and for your in­ter­est in our Ward 7 community. Sin­cerely,

Madeleine Dean Abing­ton Town­ship Com

mis­sioner, Ward 7 tect them­selves from the dan­gers of gas drilling, in­clud­ing pol­luted drink­ing wa­ter.

How­ever the Cor­bett ad­min­is­tra­tion is not giv­ing up on its at­tempt to sell Penn­syl­va­nia to the high­est bid­der. The de­ci­sion has al­ready been ap­pealed and is on its way to the Pa. Supreme Court. It’s clear that the Cor­bett ad­min­is­tra­tion has tried to step around the con­sti­tu­tion in help­ing out their cor­po­rate friends.

Now is the time to pres­sure our law­mak­ers to fix the poor de­ci­sion they made. Rather than wait for the Supreme Court to de­cide this is­sue, and for Cor­bett and friends to dis­cover a new way around the law, we need to put real pro­tec­tions in place to keep Penn­syl­va­ni­ans safe now and for gen­er­a­tions to come. Marta Piotrow­icz


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