S-S: "I brought into Hazleton City millions of dollars of federal grants that have never been used, and I find it incredible that, over all these years, with millions of dollars of grants, we have some of the conditions that I see on Main Street in Hazleton,” said Congressman Paul Kanjorski...“Instead, nothing’s been done in eight years. I can’t understand it."
I find it hard to believe that Hazleton or any other town around here would sit on any federal funding. Most grants/earmarks/pork has an expiration date to use the money or return it to the Treasury. The Standard-Speaker asked Kanjo's office to compile a list of federal grants he helped secure for the city over the years and a quick check by the S-S says that Kanjo helped secure funding for at least 6 projects in Hazleton worth at least $2.5 million since 2000.
Barletta said he was insulted by the remarks and gave Kanjorski a cartography lesson, it's Broad St. not Main St. And he listed some of the development projects the city has accomplished since he became Mayor claiming that Kanjorski wasn't any help with the projects.
Both campaigns also said the other guys shouldn't be saying bad things during Holy Week.
Below we see Mayor Lou looking for cancelled checks from the grant money that Kanjo said was never spent.
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