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Allentown city council members on what comes next

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ALLENTOWN, Pa,. - Allentown's City Council held an emergency executive session at City Hall following the verdict in Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s case.

Council President Roger MacLean says it is a sad day for the city but a new beginning.

“Even though it's raining outside, there's a big cloud lifted off of the city of Allentown," said MacLean.

Council President MacLean said he, along with other members of Allentown's city council, said they were pleased with the jury's decision against Mayor Pawlowski.

"From what we've seen in the verdict, they (the jury) paid attention to what was going on," said MacLean.

Asked if they were surprised, MacLean answered "well, am I surprised… no.”

It remains unclear when City Council President MacLean will officially take over as acting mayor because the mayor's lawyer would not comment on whether or not Pawlowski would immediately resign.

However, once he does step down...

"The council president takes over for 30 days and then council has 30 days to appoint somebody to fill that position until the next municipal election which would be 2019," explained MacLean.

In the meantime, Council Member Courtney Robinson said one thing is for sure, Allentown will be open for business Friday.

"Everyone, from city council all the way to every employee we have, is going to be hard at work to make sure that the taxpayers and the citizens get the services they deserve and we can move forward from this," said Robinson.

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