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Allentown City Council tells feds to hurry up with investigation

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown City Council made their message loud and clear: indict or exonerate Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

On Wednesday night the council passed a resolution which urges the U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI to hurry up with the investigation into a pay-to-play scheme at Allentown City Hall.

The probe has dragged on for more than two years.

"We can't deny that we've had this cloud now for two years. It has affected almost everyone in the administration," said Councilwoman Candida Affa.

"We're asking the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office if they expedite it and either exonerate the mayor or indict the mayor," said Daryl Hendricks, Vice President of City Council.

But others said it's not the council's place to push the Feds.

"While I agree with the facts as outlined in the resolution, I'm going to vote no for it because there's got to be a reason and I know there's a good reason why this is taking so long," added Councilman Roger MacLean.

Mayor Pawlowski wasn't at the city council meeting.

However, earlier in the week he released a statement responding in advance to the council's resolution.

He included a bulleted list of 50 some accomplishments he's made or had a hand in since the FBI investigation began 24 months ago.

Pawlowski has maintained all along that he's done nothing wrong.

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