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Pawlowski focusing on city prosperity if re-elected mayor

VIDEO: Ed Pawlowski talks of...

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski says he wants to build on the prosperity the city has seen during his last three terms, and help Allentown live up to its tagline: "The city without limits."

"I want to look at our limitless potential where everyone has a chance at a better house, a better job, better parks, a better quality of life," said Pawlowski.

69 News interviewed the mayor as part of its week long look at Allentown's mayoral candidates, asking them what their plans are should they win the election.

69 News talked to the mayor at the the Waterfront construction site.

"This is a great example of that. This is a project that we are starting, which hopefully we'll finish in my next term. A $350 million development along a riverfront that will have walking paths, new parks, thousands of new jobs," said Pawlowski.

Pawlowski says luring those jobs and the major companies that provide them will require a better educated workforce.

He says that can be accomplished by helping Allentown's high school students go to college.

"Allentown Promise is a program that specifically focuses on providing funding necessary so that every kid that graduated with a B+ average or better from Allen or Dieruff, both of our public schools, will have an opportunity to attend two free years of community college or two years technical training," said Pawlowski.

Pawlowski says the city is working with LCCC to seek private funds for the program.

He says so far $500,000 of the $1.5 million needed has been raised.

Pawlowski says he also wants to provide more affordable housing, home ownership and improve public safety. 

"We are focused on our police department. We are hiring more police officers. My goal is to hire another 20 officers over the course of the next four years," said Pawlowski.

Pawlowski heads to trial on alleged pay-to-play charges in January.

He says he is looking forward to proving his innocence so he can get back to the business of building up the city of Allentown.

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