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Bethlehem Township commissioner blasted by colleague for spreading 'fake news' on the radio

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - At an otherwise routine meeting of the Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners Monday night, one commissioner called out another commissioner for essentially spreading “fake news” about the township’s financial status and other matters during a recent interview on the radio.

Commissioner Thomas Nolan criticized Pat Breslin for statements he made on WAEB radio to Bobby Gunther Walsh, saying the “information is incorrect.”

Among other things Breslin said on the radio show that the township will raise taxes next year, a prediction Nolan said must have come from Breslin’s crystal ball. Nolan said he has no idea if taxes will be increased.

Besides questioning Breslin’s assertions, Nolan blasted Breslin for going on the radio in the first place.

“Going on the radio is not a good format for any commissioner,” Nolan told Breslin, saying he does not represent the majority of the board.

Breslin essentially ignored Nolan’s remarks and amplified the comments he made on the radio, telling the board “obviously we are going down the wrong track.”

“We’ve got to stop the borrowing,” Breslin said. “The train is off the tracks.”

Breslin said the township has developed a habit of dipping into its rainy day funds and raising taxes over the last several years.

Nolan questioned Breslin’s figures and Michael Hudak, the board president, seemed to agree.

“In the future we need to check the facts,” Hudak said.

Nolan said Breslin’s comments on the radio “are doing a discredit to us.”


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