Saturday, September 26, 2015


Current behavior is the best indicator of future results. After reading this post I am sure you will be convinced that not only does Frank Sorick have more ability to be Mayor but more importantly - he has three times the fire and energy that Tony George has. 

Frank Sorick

Please note that Frank Sorick has kept EVERY PROMISE as a candidate in running a scrupulously honest campaign.
I am sad to say Tony George has not.

THE FIRST BROKEN PROMISE happened quickly after Tony George and Frank Sorick agreed to keep the costs down.

A) Tony George hired George Brown's (opponent in primary) campaign manager.
B) Invitations were sent out to George Brown's "people"... even George Brown's mother... for a dinner.
C) The dinner was a typical $250 "pay to play" dinner which included local contractors.
I ask you - how good do you feel knowing that contracts have been potentially bought already... from companies that may not give the best service or charge a fair price?



Tony George has indicated that he will, in effect, maintain Leighton's cabinet. THEN WHY EXACTLY IS HE RUNNING? 

Doesn't "pay for play" and keeping Leighton's cabinet sound like the way it has always been done? It is amazing how Tony George imitates what he has been complaining about.

Mind you... Frank Sorick will NOT clear out city hall... but a city spokesman for a town of $38,000 is clearly a luxury item. And paying over $80,000 for a landscsaper turned city manager is nuts. Frank Sorick is deaf to the sounds of "Dessoye" and "Mericle" and "Barrouk." 


Tony George, in a show of sheer arrogance (he hasn't won yet), has said he has met with "lawmakers." Sounds impressive, huh? Until you know the names are Cartwright, Pashinski, and Yudichak. Gee whiz... am I supposed to be impressed? Are you?

You see, Frank is brave. He is not impressed with the old way of doing things. He - by far- has been the most aggressive anti-corruption and pro Wilkes-Barre advocate the last 5 years. Of course he will work with lawmakers... but he won't flaunt their names as a campaign tactic.

Please see these candidates clearly. Tony George is leaving the grave yard of retired police chiefs - security at a school. In this case, a vo-tech school. A sleepy and lazy job if there ever was one. 


Ten years. And he will be collecting two pensions. Besides law enforcement... what does he really bring to this job?

Consider who is stronger in the following areas. But before I do... it is important to note that Frank Sorick has always filled a bedroom in his house with someone without a place to stay. How many people are this generous?

Business          Frank Sorick
Legal               Frank Sorick (para legal work)
Real Estate      Frank Sorick (owns company)
Budgeting       Frank Sorick
Marketing       Frank Sorick
Finance           Frank Sorick
Speaking         Frank Sorick
Accounting     Frank Sorick
TECHNOLOGY =  Tony George is so far behind will he need to add to the city payroll? I don't think he uses facebook.

I have no doubt that Frank Sorick is capable of selecting and honest and aggressive police chief. A newspaper article was posted that claimed Tony George (when Chief) waved off arrests to cut down on paperwork. It is now 12 years later. Do we expect more energy from him.

I do appreciate that Tony George stood up to most corruption... but so did I... and Frank Sorick. And we weren't getting paid as Council members. I believe in my heart and head that Frank Sorick is the best man for the job. It really isn't close.




Times Leader

Monday, February 10, 2003     Page: 3A

WILKES-BARRE - City Police Chief Tony George on Sunday denied that he told officers not to make many arrests in downtown Wilkes-Barre. 
    Downtown residents Steve and Mary Saive said last week that officers told them ``off the record'' that they were ordered not to make many arrests to save on paperwork. 
    George said those remarks are either ``fabricated'' or officers just didn't want to make arrests, because they were ``protecting'' someone such as a friend or family member of theirs, or of a council member, who was patronizing a prostitute. 
    The chief also suggested that officers whom he disciplined might have made such statements in retaliation. 
    ``There were several officers disciplined in the last year. I'm not well liked in the department, but I work for the citizens of the city. (Some officers) make $50,000, $60,000 now, but don't think they have to earn their money. They have to do their jobs, maybe that's why they're upset,'' George said. 
    George also said there was ``no way'' his captains would give orders not to make arrests. 
    The Saives, who own an apartment building on West Ross Street, are circulating a petition seeking state help patrolling downtown. They have told City Council in recent weeks that officers rarely respond to prostitution and drug-dealing calls in a timely fashion and rarely make an arrest when they do show up. 
    Councilwoman Kathy Kane and Council President Mike McGinley have said they support the petition. 
    George said he received a letter from McGinley about two weeks ago asking about orders not to make arrests. 
    The chief said he responded that there are reports on every incident and officers are required to make an arrest if evidence supports one. He said he requested from council the names of officers who said they were given such orders so he could investigate, but he received no response. 
    Neither Kane nor McGinley could be reached Sunday for comment. However, Kane had said officers are afraid to speak out because of retaliation from Mayor Tom McGroarty. 
    McGroarty said he doesn't want ``to get down in the sewers'' with someone who would make an ``undignified'' comment like that that may be ``politically motivated.'' 
    McGroarty noted recent prostitution stings city police conducted with state police netted only one arrest. ``Would the state police not make arrests because of paperwork?'' McGroarty said. 
    The mayor also said officers' supposed remarks to the Saives don't make sense. He said arresting officers are the ones who do the paperwork, not supervisors or the chief, so they would have no reason to give such orders. 
    Steve Saive said he doesn't blame the police. ``They try to balance their priorities. They say, `We could take them in, but if something more serious happens in this block, you have to fend for themselves until someone can get here.' '' 
    Mary Saive said officers told her they were tired of arresting prostitutes ``and seeing them the next day because the magistrate would let them go.'' 
    McGroarty said if a police officer didn't make an arrest when warranted, the complainant should report the officer to the chief and the officer should be given the opportunity to correct his behavior. 
    Mary Saive said McGroarty was ``putting a happy face on a problem that's been here for a long time.'' 
    George also defended the department's downtown crime-fighting and crime-prevention efforts. He said an officer on horseback and an anti-crime unit car patrol the area regularly in addition to an area patrol car. He said crime has significantly decreased there during the last few years and four prostitutes were arrested in the past month. 
    But the Saives still think police aren't doing enough. 
    Mary Saive said police should arrest on suspicion of drunken driving a ``john'' who picks up a prostitute in his car when police stop to talk to the driver and smell alcohol on his breath. She said officers tell her they can't unless they have probable cause for a DUI stop. 
    George said officers must operate by the rules of criminal procedure. He added that police can't arrest a known prostitute just for walking down the street. 
    ``This isn't a police state, which I guess those people on South Franklin Street want,'' George said. 
    George confirmed that police do know many prostitutes by name. But that's because they arrested the prostitutes numerous times, not because they're friends with them. 
    George said police tell people they see loitering to move along. If police see the person loitering again, the person can be cited for defiant trespass. 
    But police can't arrest someone for loitering on the word of a citizen unless the complainant is willing to testify, George said. ``Usually, they don't want to get involved. That leaves our hands tied.'' 
    Steve Mocarsky, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 459-2005. 

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