When I made the decision to run for Supervisor 12 months ago, we began a journey that we knew would be challenging while at the same time be very rewarding. Today, that journey will take on a new direction.
I have sent an E-mail to Mike Dwyer this morning and congratulated him on his victory. I also extended my commitment to Mike to do everything possible to help him in anyway. As much as it is in my heart to serve as Middle Smithfield’s next Supervisor, the time has come to serve in a different capacity.
I have said from the beginning of the campaign that we are determined to restore growth and optimism to Middle Smithfield, by believing in and bringing people together. I truly believe that Mike desires the same thing for Middle Smithfield. The real opportunity for both of us now, is to continue to work together in ways that will bring positive results to the citizens of Middle Smithfield. Today will be an important step in that process.
I made the commitment early on that our campaign would remain positive, take the high ground, and stay focused on the issues facing Middle Smithfield today. Too bad Mr. Dwyer did not do the same thing.
I am thankful to our campaign team for keeping that commitment. In the words of Mike Huckabee, “I’d rather lose an election than lose the principles that got me into this race in the first place.”
It’s now very important that we not direct our attention, our energy, and our passion to what could have been or what we wanted to happen, but that we focus on where we need to go as a community and what we need to do to get there.
I want to give a very special thank you to my family and especially my wife Toni for her awesome support and patience throughout the campaign. I truly could not have done this without her. I am deeply grateful to my Campaign Manger and the rest of the staff, for their extra efforts and support that allowed me to embark on such an incredible journey.
I appreciate all of the many volunteers that sacrificed so much to help out with the campaign by contributing their precious time, which is most appreciated. My passion for Middle Smithfield is not lessened by the results of the November election. I am still very committed to continue to play an active roll in Middle Smithfield’s future.
We approached this election with the attitude that I will wake up the day after the election with everything that really matters in my life fully in tact. My family, my health and most importantly, my Faith in God is stronger than ever.
Perhaps the most important thing my wife and I learned over the past 12 months is that through adversity, God builds character and wisdom. We will forever be thankful to Him for that.
Anthony Valentino Jr.
Request for sewer records denied in Middle Smithfield Township
A Pocono Record public records request for the names and addresses of about four dozen never-billed sewer customers in Middle Smithfield Township has.... More>
Side Note: Just an observation: Wouldn't this fall under the responsibility of the Township Treasurer ( Who is also my Opponent in Tuesday's Election) to see if all that is due to the township is properly billed and recorded and paid? I see a cover up until after Tuesday's Election. Another reason why Supervisors should not hold Jobs? Where was my Opponent when this was going on?
Candidate would serve seniors, cut spending
Editor, the Record:
I am the Democratic Candidate for Middle Smithfield Township Supervisor in the upcoming November election. More>
$20K a year to recycle leaves: Middle Smithfield, Lehman, Smithfield to share cost
Recycling brown, red and golden fall leaves is going to cost three townships a lot of green.
Supervisors from Middle Smithfield, Smithfield and Lehman townships gathered Monday to resolve differences in an intermunicipal leaf recycling agreement. More>
Middle Smithfield Township Settles Harassment Lawsuit
Former Middle Smithfield Township financial, sewer and golf course director Robyn Pugh has reached an undisclosed settlement of her federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and discrimination by two township supervisors. More>
There is a supervisors meeting this Thursday @ 7 PM, I will ask why this is confidential it appears there was some wrong doing or else why did the TWP settle? Something is wrong here.
Gun ordinance passes 3-0 in Middle Smithfield Township
Shooting of guns, bows, slingshots or other projectiles will be banned by ordinance on Middle Smithfield Township municipal property, including parks and a golf course. More>
Click Here to read my letter to the Editor on this issue.
Hearing for strip club suit postponed
The court hearing for HOTT PA, the company planning to build a controversial strip club in Middle Smithfield Township, has been postponed until Sept. 25. More>
Gathering Storm Might Have Some Effect on (HB76)
It might seem like the same old story — another legislative session, another school property tax elimination bill that goes nowhere, but a bipartisan Senate coalition believes this year is different. So far, annual companion bills in the state House and Senate have never gotten out of committee for up-or-down votes in the respective chambers. More>
Dozens in Middle Smithfield Township never billed for sewer service, report finds
About four dozen Middle Smithfield Township sewer customers were never billed for that service, some going back to 1998, township supervisors said. More>
Monroe County's super supers: Two roles, two salaries
In 2012, that amounted to $26,089 for Annette Atkinson as the township's administrative director, $5,328 for Michael Dwyer as the public works director and no salary taken for Mitchell Marcus, according to township figures.. More>
In a Pocono Record article dated 10/4/11 http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?...
( “Dwyer, pointing to township cost overruns, said he would be an unpaid part-time supervisor.
"Right now I have a full-time position," said Dwyer, a construction consultant. "That is my livelihood. ... I'm not here to draw a salary. I'm not here to make money." )