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Castor: Breakfast Meetings Violated The Law

wnpv_politicsMontgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor says Chairman Jim Matthews and Vice Chairman Joe Hoeffel did violate the state Open Meetings Law, or Sunshine Law, with breakfast meetings they held over a period of more than two years at two East Norriton restaurants. He says a newspaper reporter caught them and wrote a story about it, which may not be a big deal by itself, but it says a lot about the way they conduct county business.

“I know as a fact that this is the way they operate the government.”

He says he can make a stronger case on a meeting they held with American Revolution Center Chairman of the Board Jerry Lenfest, who sent Castor a letter about it.

“Hoeffel and Matthews met with Lenfest on a matter of county business that was pending before the county board two doors down from me while I was there and never said anything to me about it.  Now, you don’t have to be a constitutional scholar to realize I’m one of the people that the voters elected to be involved in making important government decisions, so I called Lenfest and asked him, ‘What’s going on?’  He said, ‘I can’t believe it.  I walked in and thought I was going to be meeting with the three commissioners and there were just the two of you there.  I knew that was wrong, so I so I sent you a letter to make sure that you were in the loop.’”

He says it’s just one example of two elected officials meeting routinely outside of public view and discussing county business while excluding the third commissioner.  He says they are power-hungry and arrogant.

“These two think that with their two votes they can do anything they want.  They think that they can pass a law which tells the other elected officials what to do.  They think that they can pass a law and a set of policies that can control the activities of the DA’s office.  Understand the DA has the power to investigate the commissioners.  If the commissioners had the power to tell her employees what to do, that would be insulating themselves from potential criminal investigation.”

Castor says the breakfast meetings might not be too serious, but when they try to take control of the DA’s office, that’s about as serious a problem as you can have in county government.
WNPV AM 1440 These are just some of your friends and neighbors who won prizes at our last "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway" back on Monday, June 29, 2015. There's no purchase necessary to play so what's keeping you away? Mark your calendar now for Monday, July 13, 2015, 6 to 7 PM, at Towamencin Beverage, Sumneytown Pike at the Green Lane Road traffic light in Kulpsville.
WNPV AM 1440 Unlike most of WNPV's "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaways," yesterday's event at Abram W Bergey & Sons was held indoors! The crowd was dispersed among the many flooring displays but we got to enjoy air conditioning! Plus everyone had the chance to meet summer Promotions Intern Hannah Levy from Penn State who is helping to get the fabulous tickets we're giving away! Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a success! These photos are courtesy of WNPV's professional photographer Ray Masser.
WNPV AM 1440 Thank you to everyone who came out to WNPV's last "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway" of June this afternoon at Abram W. Bergey & Sons in Harleysville. We gave away over $3,300.00 in prizes! Of course, that includes the Grand Prize of a family 4-pack of ride tickets to Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg which was won by Teresa Greisemer of North Wales. Here Janel Billmyer of Abram W. Bergey & Sons presents the prize to Teresa!
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WNPV AM 1440 The next WNPV "Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway" will be held on Monday, June 29th, from 12 noon to 1 PM at Abram W. Bergey and Sons, 311 Main Street, Harleysville. The TD Bank across Alderfer Road from Bergey's has allowed us to use some of their fringe parking but please reserve the spaces close to the Bank for their customers!
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