Wait a minute some of you may say - wasn't the County Executive instructed to pay the swaption off at 25 million? So why does he want to go behind closed doors to discus it further? Good question.
As we understand it, the swaption has not been paid off. And of course we have not been provided a reason why. We further understand that the swaption is now at a level above 26 million dollars.
Since we did not hear, nor were we provided any further information regarding the matter after they came out of the closed session, we don't know the status of the situation...leaving us only speculation.
Is it possible that Mr. Stoffa by way of his dunce capacity, has thrown away yet another million plus tax dollars - and went behind closed doors to inform County Council that they will have to come up with more money?
Some are speculating that Mr. Stoffa is trying to bankrupt the county so that in the end he can blame Gracedale, although Gracedale has nothing whatsoever to do with the swaption matter...but we all know that blame Gracedale he will.
In a bi-partisan move which we applaud, three members of County Council refused Mr. Stoffa's request...and then refused to take part in the closed door session...The meeting taking place may have actually violated the Sunshine Act.
"I agree with the council members that objected," said Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. "I think they had a good basis for their objection."The discussion raises serious Sunshine Act compliance issues, she said today. The act's negotiation strategy exception applies only to collective bargaining and government bodies can't meet behind closed doors unless there is litigation or threatened litigation, Melewsky said.
"If an agency could go into a litigation executive session any time a matter of agency business could result in litigation, nothing would be public," she said.