Monday, September 19, 2011

Why Did Cuozzo Support Cusat For Mayor

Here is a picture of Grace Cuozzo and Dee Deakos attending Jeffrey Cusat's fundraiser in his primary run for Mayor of Hazleton.

If Grace Cuozzo was truly interested in being Mayor and believes she has the right ideas why would she be at a fundraising event for Jeff Cusat?  Why would her trusted friend, Dee Deakos, be so glee about participating in the event?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Supreme Court Orders 3rd Circuit To Take A New Look At Hazleton Immigration Law

Supreme Court orders Philadelphia appeals court to review Hazleton, Pa., immigration crackdown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Supreme Court ordered a federal appeals court on Monday to take a new look at a Pennsylvania city's crackdown on illegal immigrants in light of the high court's recent decision upholding an Arizona employer-sanctions law.

The high court threw out a ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prevented the city of Hazleton from enforcing regulations that would deny permits to business that hire illegal immigrants and fine landlords who rent to them.

The measures inspired similar laws around the country, including the one in Arizona that deals only with penalties for employers.

The justices typically order lower courts to re-examine cases in light of a high court decision on a similar topic.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Grace Cuozzo Needs To Explain Her License Plate

Hazleton mayoral candidate Grace Cuozzo drives the car in the picture above. If you take a close look at the license plate you will see that the plate states "physically disabled". According to PennDot regulations this plate is issued to owners who meet one of the following categories:

Defining a “Person with Disability Registration Plate”

A Person with Disability Registration Plate is a special parking registration plate issued by PennDOT to a person who meets the qualifications as listed in “Who is Eligible.” This registration plate is displayed on the rear of the vehicle at all times. The person with disability must also be listed as a registered owner of the vehicle unless the vehicle owner is a person in loco parentis of a qualified person.

Who is Eligible?

A Person whose disability listed below is certified by a health care provider. Eligibility includes a person who:

1. Is blind;
2. Does not have full use of an arm or both arms
3. Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest;
4. Cannot walk without use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistive device;
5. Is restricted by lung disease to such an extent the person forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter or the arterial oxy tension is less than 60 MM/HG on room air at rest;
6. Uses portable oxygen;
7. a cardiac condition to the extent the person functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to the standards set by the American Heart Association;
8. Is severely limited in his or her ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition;
9. Is in loco parentis of a person specified in one of the above mentioned disabilities

NOTE: Only one Person with Disability Parking Placard may be issued to an individual. In addition, only one Person with Disability Registration Plate may be issued to an individual. However, a qualifying individual may apply for a registration plate and a placard.

Ms. Cuozzo seems very capable of attending meetings on her own and performing many clerical tasks since she has written complaint after complaint to governmental agencies. According to her latest State Ethics Commission from she had to file for her candidacy she has sworn in her affidavit that she is "retired". She affirmed differently when she was a Member of the Hazleton Housing Authority.

One of the question for the voters this November in Hazleton is whether Grace Cuozzo is fit for the job. If she is disabled are there any limits imposed upon her by her medical provider(s)? Another question is whether the nature of her disability qualified her for government benefits and whether she is collecting any government benefits at this time. The third question is why did she put "retired" on her ethics form instead of "disabled?"

Maybe her sidekick and accomplice, Dee Deakos, can come to her rescue. Cuozzo will have to answer to her source of income as well so taxpayers will know if there are any conflicts of interest.

Sidenote: She's not a good parker is she?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mr. Cusat- Did You Obtain A Permit For This Deck?

PPC has learned that a complaint at City Hall concerning this deck has sparked serious questions about the permitting and inspection during its construction. The person wanted to know why the deck is not handicappped accesible according to current ADA requirements. Apparently City Hall personnel weren't able to find the Zoning application or the Work Permit issued for the deck. Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Don't Let Jeff Cusat Pollute Our Neighborhoods.

It is no secret that Jeff Cusat, candidate for Mayor of Hazleton, wants a special and individual exemption to conduct lolud parties outside his establishment without getting a PLCB violation. His business was fined for a second time on March 28,2011 by the Administrative Law Judge for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for his third incident of noise. He acquired his business in 2005 and to date has two violations and one warning paying a total of $550.00 in fines.

If Mr. Cusat had his way the exemption would set a precedent for every neighborhood in Hazleton. Imagine what would happen to the quality of life for those living next to or near establishments serving alcohol.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jeff Cusat Keeps Demonstrating His Inability To Lead

Jeff Cusat is the gift that keeps on giving this election to Mayor Joe Yannuzzi. The letter above was published in today's Standard Speaker on page B1(talk about a bombing).

It is best to start this post at the beginning. Last week Jeffrey Cusat faced off with Mayor Joe Yannuzzi in a debate aired on WYLN35 April 29,2011.

His performance at the debate was dismal. Although he talked about his perceptions on the issues facing Hazleton he didn't have a plan to attack them according to analysts for WYLN.

This ad demonstrates that Cusat is too immature to be Mayor. If he isn't willing to fight for himself how can he prove to Hazletonians that he is willing to fight for them.

Cusat makes some damning statements in this ad that can't go unnoticed. After watching the debate Mayor Yannuzzi never brought Cusat's business into any issues. On the other hand it was Cusat himself, who chose to use his business logo for his campaign logo. If he wants to blame someone for dragging his business into the election he needs only to look in the mirror.

Mr. Cusat posted a dispariging statement about women for the world to see on his MySpace page but he is offended that Mayor Yannuzzi would be offended over that statement. He tries to twist that concern by claiming Mayor Yannuzzi made a malicious personal attack. Here is Cusat's statement.

*What is something you don't understand about the opposite sex?: WHY THEY THINK B/C THEY HAVE THE HOLE THEY GOT THE POWER

Mr. Cusat must understand that he is auditioning for the honorable position as Mayor in this election process. It appears that Cusat is okay with degrading women but doesn't want anyone to call him out on it. It is not okay to make statements about women like that and believe one is mayor material. Compound that with the fact that Mr. Cusat is not apologetic for that statement. I'm not ashamed of anything I said.

His statement in the last paragraph of his published letter really demonstrates his true lack of knowledge on city issues. He talks about bringing Hazleton to the brink of bankruptcy. The true fact is that Hazleton is neither near the brink of bankruptcy nor could it claim bankruptcy anytime in the near future. Its millage is at 2.83 mills. Accoring to Third Class City Code Hazleton has the ability to raise its property taxes to 25 mills before going to court. No elected official would ever be able to get a bankruptcy court to approve its filing when it has the ability to raise more revenue.

It is time to call Cusat out on his real reason for running. Mr. Cusat wanted Hazleton City Council to approve an individual noise exemption for his business on Alter Street so he could have outside events in his parking lot. Amanda Christman wrote this article last year about the noise at his outdoor events.

However, Cusat said, a municipality can request a noise exemption to the liquor law from the state agency for individual businesses. The exemption, he said, would allow Cusat's to have outdoor music and would repeal his decision to cancel the outdoor events.

If Hazleton applies for the exemption and it is approved by the Liquor Control Board in Harrisburg, Cusat's and other bars that are interested in the exemption would fall under Hazleton City's noise ordinance.

Cusat said Hazleton's noise ordinance permits bands and other outdoor activities for residential and private or public business until 11 p.m.

He was cited twice by the PLCB for noise violations despite only owning his business since 2005. Mr. Cusat wants his neighbors to be subjected to this type of noise but it doesn't end there.

If Hazleton City Council were to grant him an individual exemption it would set a precedent for the entire City. Residential rights would be given up for the sake of commercial interests. His demand would bring large numbers of cars to the neighborhood, illegal parking, block access to homeowners, and potentially cause enough congestion to hinder emergency responses. The rights of residential property owners should never be sacrificed in order to allow commercial operations in residential neighborhoods. Raising a child, reading the newspaper, watching your favorite television show, or spending time with a book would be severly impacted because Mr. Cusat wants to pollute his neighborhood with noise.

Cusat did leave one statement out of his letter. "I'm talking my ball and I'm going home."