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Allentown City Council reacts to indictment of Mayor Ed Pawlowski

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - More than two years after the FBI raided Allentown City Hall, federal prosecutors have indicted Mayor Ed Pawlowski in connection to the probe, a source told 69 News.

The indictment is still under seal, but is expected to be unsealed Wednesday.

The mayor, who has maintained his innocence since the probe began in July 2015, becomes the highest ranking city official to become ensnared in a plot to exchange city contracts for campaign contributions.

The nine others who faced charges have all pleaded guilty.

Allentown City Council has been harshly critical of Pawlowski over the past several months. Council members in January 2016 unanimously passed a formal declaration of no confidence in Pawlowski.

69 News has reached out to council members and others involved in the city after word of the indictment came down.

"The cloud is beginning to disipate. This is a new day for Allentown and the citizens of Allentown," said City Council President Ray O'Connell.

"We obviously knew it was in the pipeline somewhere.. to come about," said councilmember Roger MacLean.

Julio Guridy told 69 News, in part, "Just because they accuse him does not mean that they will find him guilty. So, now, he has to start the process and prove that he is not guilty while the justice department has to prove that he is guilty."

Lawmakers also reacted to the news.

"Ed Pawlowski needs to resign as mayor of Allentown. Now," said State Rep. Mike Schlossberg in a statement.

State Rep. Peter Schweyer also released a statement calling for Pawlowski to resign.

"As someone born and raised in the city of Allentown, someone who has dedicated my entire adult life serving the people of my city and is proud to follow in the footsteps of my father and his 33 years serving the city of Allentown, I am truly dismayed and saddened.  Ed Pawlowski should tender his resignation as mayor immediately if he truly values Allentown and its people. City hall needs to be a place government works to move Allentown forward so it can remain an amazing place to live, work and raise a family."

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