For Immediate Release:
League of Women Voters of Northampton County
Beverly Hernandez, LWVNC
484-347-4668 or 610-252-1339
November 6, 2016
Easton, PA –The League of Women Voters of Northampton County and the Lehigh University Southside Initiative are co-sponsoring a “Community Discussion on Ethics” Town Hall with emphasis on an ethics ordinance for Bethlehem. It is open to the public on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 from 7:00 to about 8:30 pm at Bethlehem City Hall Council Chambers located at 10 East Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Dr. John Kincaid, Director of the Meyner Center for the Study of State & Local Government at the Lafayette University, will present an introduction on ethics in government. Five panelists involved with city and state ethics, from Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Allentown will follow with their experience on this topic. The Town Hall panelists are: Leigh Chapman, Esq. Director of Policy, PA Department of State; Brian Jacisin, Esq. Director of Investigations, PA Ethics Commission; J. Shane Creamer, Esq. Executive Director, Philadelphia Board of Ethics; Michael Cooke, Esq. Philadelphia Board of Ethics; and Julio Guridy, Allentown City Council. Questions from the audience will use the rest of the time available.
There are actions that we as citizens and public officials can take to reduce the incidents of apparent and real impropriety that occur in so many political arenas. We hope you will mark you calendar for this timely event and join the discussion about what we can do to ensure that Bethlehem be a model of good government in Pennsylvania.
As a nonpartisan organization, The League of Women Voters neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate. We do take stands on issues after careful study. We are an organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government by working to increase understanding of issues in order to shape better communities.