Judge Expunges Matthews’ Criminal Record; Grand Jury Documents Retained

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY COURTHOUSE — The criminal record of the former chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners was expunged Friday, with the exception of materials contained in a grand jury report that led to his arrest more than a year ago.

Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge William T. Nicholas granted the petition to expunge the misdemeanor charge of false swearing to a grand jury against James Matthews, who was arrested and resigned as board chairman in December 2011.

But the judge’s order included an amendment that information contained in the grand jury transcripts and exhibits leveled against Matthews — following an investigation into the Montgomery County commissioners two years ago — would not be expunged.

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/government-and-politics/20131025/judge-expunges-matthews-criminal-record-grand-jury-documents-retained/1

Cathy Paretti Blasts Pottstown Mayor Bonnie Heath Over Gallerygate

Cathy Paretti, Co-founder of the Gallery on High/Gallery School of Pottstown read a prepared statement during the Comments from Citizens Present part of tonight’s Pottstown Borough Council Meeting.  Evidently only Councilors Weand and Rhoads were listening.  Bonnie appeared unphased (probably because she knew four members of council support her bad behavior).

Mrs. Paretti broke down the series of events which lead to Gallerygate.  Mayor Heath meddled in a council decision and caused the Gallery’s request for grant money (to pay off the mortgage on their building and expand their services) to be denied.  Mrs. Paretti also brought some interesting facts to light about an inappropriate release of information, by the mayor’s husband, before it was to be made public.

If Mrs. Paretti would like to have her remarks published on Roy’s Rants, in their entirety, we would be glad to do so!

We applaud Cathy Paretti and Erika Hornburg-Cooper for not allowing the mayor’s highly inappropriate behavior to go unchallenged, and for all they have done to help the Borough of Pottstown and the Greater Pottstown Area.  You ladies ROCK!

Joe Hoeffel Will Not Seek Relection

Joe Hoeffel

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Embattled Montgomery County Commissioner, Joe Hoeffel will not run again.  Instead, he will support Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards.  Shapiro and Richards are running as a team and joined Hoeffel at a news conference where he announced he would not seek relection. 

It looks like Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor will run again.  Castor was not involved in the Sunshine Law charges leveled against Commissioners Matthews and Hoeffel.  The three commissioners have had a strained relationship and frequently made headlines in local papers with their squabbling.

The Republican nominating convention will be held on February 9th and the Democratic Nominating Convention will take place on February 15th.

Let us hope whoever wins can work together for the good of Pennsylvania’s third largest and second wealthiest county!

Montgomery County’s Wacky Political Landscape

Location of Norristown in Montgomery County

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Here is a funny but fairly correct assessment of the nonsense that is Montgomery County politics.  This is a primary year so it would pay to be informed on what is going on in Norristown!

A short but entertaining read:

http://eyescoop.blogspot.com/2011/01/chips-are-falling.html

More Damaging Evidence Comes Forth In Hoeffel/Matthews Alleged Sunshine Law Violations

Joe Hoeffel

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The Times Herald is reporting that H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest has revealed Hoeffel and Matthews conducted a meeting with him about the proposed American Revolutionary Center in Valley Forge Park.  When Lenfest arrived at One Montgomery Plaza in September, thinking he was meeting with all three county commissioners, only Matthews and Hoeffel were present.  Castor stated he was just down the hall, totally unaware that a meeting was taking place.

Hoeffel, in a pathetic attempt to defend his “breakfast meetings” with Matthews said “He wouldn’t be any fun.  I don’t want to have breakfast with Bruce Castor.” 

My response to this nonsense is,  “How old are you Joe??”  That sounds a little junior high school for a county commissioner.  We are not paying you to “have fun” we are paying you to run Montgomery County which means working and playing well with others, including Bruce Castor!  Grow up!

Read the entire article here:

http://www.timesherald.com/articles/2010/12/05/news/doc4cfb1788dfdb0872346216.txt?viewmode=default

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman Investigating Matthews And Hoeffel For Sunshine Law Violations

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has decided to open an investigation into alleged Sunshine Law violations by Montgomery County Commissioners Joe Hoeffel and Jim Matthews.  The two commissioners were overheard discussing county business by a Times Herald report who broke the story.

Read all about it in the Times Herald:

http://www.timesherald.com/articles/2010/12/03/news/doc4cf86cb4d9f12848926191.txt?viewmode=fullstory

It would be nice if DA Ferman would have this sense of urgency with our drug war problem, right here in River City.

Pennsylvania’s Primary Elections – Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Specter-Sestak battle has become a nail-biter.  However, Specter is a more well-known commodity and that could push Specter over the edge in Tuesday’s primary if turn-out is high.  Pat Toomey, the Republican contender has a slight lead over both Specter and Sestak.

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato is leading the Democratic hopefuls for governor with 27%  The rest trail miserably with less than 5%.  That includes Joe Hoeffel, Montgomery County Commissioner.

Tom Corbett is the leading Republican contender for governor with a commanding lead over challenger Sam Rohrer.

45% of Pennsylvanian’s support (in varying degrees) the Tea Party Movement.  

55% of Pennsylvanian’s think our state is headed in the wrong direction! 

Rendell’s popularity is 41% favorable, 47% unfavorable. 

Eight in ten Pennsylvanian’s support the legalization of marijuana.  

50% support the privatization of the state liquor store system, while 37% are opposed to the change.

69% support the continued practice of electing judges rather than appointing them!

Results are based on a poll conducted by Franklin &  Marshall College and the Daily News.

A large percentage of voters are still undecided how they are voting.  There are many key races and items for consideration.  Get out and vote!