First he wanted to lease - then he said SELL.
On February 22, 2011, the Easton Patch reported the following:
"Gracedale may not survive if it isn't sold, Northampton County Executive John Stoffa told reporters Tuesday."
We know the Executive flip flopped because he initially did say he was not in favor of selling, but of leasing. So what converted him to the sell side? Hmmm - let's see...there must have been an Angle to his conversion.
During this same press conference, Stoffa announced that he would be appealing Judge Barattas ruling. This after promising members of COAF that he would not go beyond the the courts ruling. He then CHANGED HIS MIND saying:
"We cannot have 23,000 county executives making a decision and have a representative form of government".
Well, we did not then, and we do not today have 23,000 executives, we have only one. What Mr. Stoffa seems incapable of comprehending is that a representative form of government is supposed to represent it's People (the 23,000+ petition signers) - he did not represent The Peoples desires...but his own. The critical point is...instead of doing the will of The People...he did will of Stoffa, and by challenge the 23,000 he was supposed to represent, he threw our Representative form of government right out the window.
EP continues with it's report saying:
"Mario Martinez, spokesman for the group trying to keep Gracedale publicly-owned, said he was disappointed with Stoffa's plan to appeal, saying that the executive had told members of the group that he would let Baratta have the last word.
Stoffa acknowledged that he had said that, but later changed his mind after thinking the issue over and considering how the petition affected Gracedale in particular and county government in general.
Martinez, like Stoffa, cited the founding fathers, saying the Constitution gives people the right to petition for redress.
The Gracedale decision, he said, should be made by the entire county, "not just nine people," a reference to the members of county council.
Martinez said his group is not deterred by Stoffa's appeal. He also dismissed a recent news report that said the group was out of money.
"We know we're going to win this," he said. "We're prepared to fight this to the very end."
We said it then John...and we are still saying it today - we're in this till the very end. We will keep our eyes on you - because we don't TRUST YOU!
Please read full story:http://easton.patch.com/articles/county-exec-gracedale-could-close-if-we-dont-sell#youtube_video-5000206
Also watch his video at the same link.