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Nat Hyman plans first 100 days if elected Allentown mayor

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Businessman Nat Hyman says the city needs new leadership to get out from under the cloud of the FBI indictment targeting City Hall.

"I'm going to go line by line through the budget. We have an $8 million deficit that I have to fill as a mayor, " said Republican candidate for Allentown's Mayor, Nat Hyman.

That deficit figure was confirmed to 69 News by Allentown City Council.

If elected on Nov. 7, Hyman says on Nov. 8 he will sit down with city council.

"I will have dinner and drinks and talk about the problems Allentown faces and how we can communicate and make things better," Hyman said.

Hyman, an Allentown native and businessman, says his first 100 days will be focused on reducing crime, helping the Allentown School District, and beefing up city staffing, which currently has more than 100 vacancies.

"I want to interview the best and brightest people for each position and get out of their way and let them do their jobs," Hyman explained.

Hyman says some city jobs will have to be consolidated as there isn't money to keep them, but he wants to add an educational coordinator to work with the Allentown School District.

"Work with the school district to give those kids constructive activities after school lets out, on weekends and during the summer," Hyman added.

His focus is also on public safety. Hyman says he will have a comprehensive plan to reduce crime city wide, which includes hiring more police officers.

"I have to sit down with the police, district attorney, and all law enforcement people and say 'tell me what you know to make this better, let's look at other cities,'" he said.

Hyman also stated if he is elected he will step away from his business while in office. He owns more than a million square feet of apartment space in Allentown.

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