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Allentown City Council to feds: Make your move

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown City Council wants the feds to make a move.

The council plans to introduce a resolution Wednesday regarding the ongoing federal investigation into pay-to-play allegations at City Hall. That investigation has implicated Mayor Ed Pawlowski on several occasions, but he's never been charged.

Now Council will ask FBI investigators to either file those charges or exonerate the mayor.

“We are hoping to encourage the U.S. Attorney’s Office to move forward one way or another. Either indict the mayor or exonerate him. I feel strongly the hard-working citizens of Allentown have been denied an open and honest government. We are looking for some resolution so we can move forward. It’s time to move forward," City Council Vice President Daryl Hendricks told 69 News.

The probe has dragged on for two years and the council says enough is enough.

Mayor Pawlowski fought back with a lengthy statement in response.

Pawlowski includes a bulleted list of "accomplishments (he) has completed and overseen as mayor since the investigation began 24 months ago."


"Based on these accomplishments, one needs to only wonder about council's motivation for this resolution," reads the last line of Pawlowski's statement.

In January 2016, City Council passed a vote of no confidence in Pawlowski and asked for his resignation.

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

 


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