Front: Frank Morrone, Council President R.J. Burns, Council Vice-President Larry Googins | Back: Councilmembers Tom Fetkovich, Pat Skonieczny, Gary Bucuren, Audrey Mutscher / photo via Borough of Economy

Attorneys representing Economy Borough have filed court papers promising to seek sanctions against one of its own Councilwomen if she does not drop a lawsuit filed against the town and its Council President.  The Borough alleges Councilwoman Patricia Skonieczny is using litigation to harass Council President R.J. Burns, who they say she has a “personal vendetta” against.

Councilwoman Patricia Skonieczny filed a lawsuit against Economy Borough and Borough President R.J. Burns in October of last year, seeking to have prayer returned to public meetings.  Skonieczny alleged her recitation of the “Lord’s Prayer” was removed from meeting agendas without proper approval of Borough Council, actions she claimed amounted to violations of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act.

Shortly after Skonieczny filed her litigation, Borough Council publicly adopted a resolution formally removing her prayer from their meeting agendas and then filed a brief notifying the court of their actions.  Despite an official vote by Council, Councilwoman Skonieczny refused to drop her litigation, filing a document with the court titled “preliminary objections to defendant’s preliminary objections,” in which Skonieczny alleged attorneys for the Borough had failed to properly follow Pennsylvania Rules of Procedure in responding to her lawsuit.

Councilwoman Patricia Skonieczny is representing herself in her litigation against Economy Borough and President R.J. Burns.

Attorneys for Economy Borough have now responded to Skonieczny’s latest court filing, insisting they have properly followed all procedural rules and that Skonieczny is simply “causing unnecessary delay and needless increase in the cost of litigation to the taxpayers of Economy Borough.”  The Borough’s attorneys also presented the court with a sworn affidavit saying Skonieczny admitted she was only proceeding with her “moot” litigation against R.J. Burns for personal reasons.

Attorney Shane Sarver said he spoke with Patricia Skonieczny in the courthouse about her case on January 25th.

“Your claims have been asserted for the improper purposes of harassment and pursuit of a personal vendetta against defendant R.J. Burns, President of Borough of Economy Council, as confirmed by statements you made to defense counsel on January 25, 2017,” wrote the Borough in its court filing.  “[Y]ou indicated to defense counsel that you are continuing to pursue this action because this is personal between yourself and R.J. Burns […] Later that day, in a phone call to Mr. Sarver, you attempted to clarify that statement by suggesting this matter was personal to Mr. Burns (despite the fact that you filed the lawsuit), thereby demonstrating your knowledge and understanding that your initiation of an action for the improper purposes of harassment and pursuit of a ‘personal’ vendetta is a violation of [law] and subjects you to sanctions to be imposed by the Court.”

Economy Borough notified Councilwoman Skonieczny that she has 28 days to drop her lawsuit against the town and Council President R.J. Burns, or attorneys would seek monetary sanctions against her.


    • The fake religious mantra is getting very tiresome. I was raised Roman Catholic….. Don’t expect you to care anymore than I do about your religious affiliation. Not interested … nada . no …period. Not in a conversation unless I asked for your input; not in or near any church/ grocery store/ bedroom etc. Especially not where you are employed or representing the general public in some fashion. If you and others like you are so fixated on religion… perhaps you can study up to a priest, minister, wizard or god on your own time. Here’s some spiritual guidance for your daily routine….just do your job and mind your own religion in your own ” house” not the “peoples”.

    • This is their hobby–there is ample time to pray in her dull day. One should never bring religion into public forum, absolutely never these people talk about the Constitution like it never exists. I am sure she is a typical Fox News viewer rallying what she thinks is a public behind her and is doing something righteous. What is missing is her job to serve the people of Economy, this as a appointed official accomplishes nothing. Everyone needs to stop these dumb political practices to avoid the dumbing down of America.

  1. Cheapest and most simple way to deal with this is to let the holly roller use a minute to say a prayer and wait for her to be voted out. It’s not worth the time and money to fight it.

  2. I do believe that it is a God given right to pray and that should not be taken away from anyone, anywhere at anytime… “In God We Trust” If you don’t want to hear a prayer then leave the room…or simply plug your ears… sorry for the offensive prayer… Let us say a prayer for our youth growing up as heroin addicts. There are entirely to many deaths of 20 somethings in our society who need our prayers. Not saying it has only ruined the lives of 20 somethings. You have to admit though you don’t see many heroin addicts past 20 as the fact is they don’t make it that far… My point is there are bigger and better things to fight over… Quarreling over such trivial things is a waste of energy, time and money that should go toward real issues… Ya’ll are childish…Pray as you May…

  3. You completely missed, or ignored, the point of the article. Not to mention the absurdity that saying a prayer equals the government’s establishing ONE approved religion…..but that a whole other debate

    The point is this councilwoman is, as much of the country does, using personal motivations for her actions which result in unnecessary waste of OUR money. This suit will be dismissed, as it should, but not until after wasting our hard earned money. This is where we are at as a society today and it is sad.

    So an elected official that is to represent their constituents decides their personal feeling trump their elected duty. Um…..wrong.

    • Not absurd at all. Would you be ok with there being a satanic prayer at every council meeting? Most of the bible thumpers would lose their minds.

      That’s why we have a wall of separation between church and state in this country. Keep the government out of religion, and keep the religion out of government. That will keep America great!

    • If you let the Boy Scouts have a parade then you have to let the ” Vegetarian Child Molester Wallstreet Serial Killer Lex Luthor Nazi Party ” have a parade too ! All Equal In Today’s World ! She’s entitled to her opinion , like it or not , right or wrong .

  4. Next year, we will have a living Christmas crèche at the December council meeting with a live cow supplying real bullshit!

  5. Let her do her praying BEFORE the meeting. I’m not against religion but she is wasting taxpayers funds for her beliefs. Praying will not stop crime or the heroin epidemic. It’s up to a united citizenry to speak out about corruption in the police forces and the government that permit the trafficking. Start with the significant amount of cash changing hands that is split up among the families funding these ops. Not any average Joe/Josie can drive to Cleveland, Detroit or NY and say I’m here to score kilos of heroin. it takes lots of cash and cover that someone is paying protection for. As long as there is a buck to be made someone will chase it. it is now a middle class white neighborhood problem so now people take notice. First the decimated the poorer black neighborhoods then it morphs into the rest of society bankers to bums heroin kills all without prejudice. As noted in an earlier article though, any dissent is greeted with the liberal standard points of racism. Heroin does not give a shit what color you are either. use it and usually you will end up dead.

    • @Mr eq13….Mungo has to agree! When he was young everyone feared the dreaded needle that came with such an dirty addiction and that was good! No way no how were we going to some back alley to shoot up with the transient bums and negro’s. But lo and behold the kind ole powers that be figured out a way to make it nice and clean so as to snort. Well as you say the Smith’s in their struggle to compete with the Jones’s can pray til the cow’s come and it will make no difference now that the lid is off that box! So lady Councilman say your prayer….in your head and God bless give 2 hail Mary’s etc. And get on with the people’s business! Keep your petty vendettas to yourself and always remember life is too short to carry on in such a childish manner.

      • Mungo do some research and you will see. Miss Patty is a near appointed officer in the jaw. Or at least claims to be in her many, many lawsuits even against close family members. Sad……

    • I’m not saying that heroin or a drug overdose is something to be ignored, but the “heroin epidemic” is a farce. It’s not real. It’s “fake news”. Sure, overdoses may be on the rise, but to “epidemic” levels? No way. This is a political ploy, pure and simple. This “epidemic” nonsense is being used by sheriff’s, police, judges, da’s, politicians, etc, to justify their latest money and power grab (“oooh, we need more money and/or people and POWER to fight this latest emergency”). And if it is such an “epidemic”, why aren’t other things locally or nationally an “epidemic”? Where is the outrage and the focus groups and special sessions and press conferences about the suicide epidemic? There are none, because suicide is not something that can be politically or financially exploited by those in power.

      Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2014 CDC WISQARS)
      Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2014 CDC WISQARS)
      More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
      Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12.
      Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs

  6. This is ridiculous. Religion and government should be separate. Quit whining and go race tractors or whatever the hell you do up there in the backwoods of Economy.

  7. SHE has a vendetta against HIM????? HES THE KING OF VENDETTAS!!!! Give me a break. Maybe she doesn’t know any better since the mayor MOVED OUT OF TOWN and isn’t pulling the strings? What? He’s still mayor? How can that be???? I don’t understand how a council person can COST the tax payers money in ways like this in good conscience! Say your prayers at OLP. Cut the taxpayers a break.

    • Hey BUD, I am confused…. so if we put ” prayer put back in everything,” the world will be a better place. Thanks for the enlightenment. All along I thought Subaru, and Coca-Cola, made the world a better place. Now, if I can only get out of this damn lease.

    • So I’m assuming you mean Christian prayers… Which means everyone’s prayers should be included in your “better world.” Should Islam prayers be included in your better world too?

  8. Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those
    who trespass against us.

    And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.

    For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

  9. i thinks its hilarious that people want to base their lifestyles off a book that is riddled with inconsistencies, especially the ones that think everyone else should do it too
    the bible was written by men and there are so many mistakes in it that it cant possibly be true.
    as of this moment in time there is no proof whatsoever that there is a god they found proof of ghosts aliens even bigfoot but no god

  10. The presumption here is that there are invisible deities and imaginary friends in the sky that are listening to her and your prayers or watching solemn rituals of belief. Scientific findings do not support those claims. These explanations are quite adequate to account for life and its behaviors.

    And with the majority of the world’s peoples being either of other beliefs or no beliefs at all, it seems rather silly to think that this woman has an inside path to The Truth, and that her using it to leverage getting what she wants to get has any credibility whatsoever.

    Rather, the issue is one of bullshit — bullshit to rationalize selfish, immature, exploitative behavior in the name of some invisible, unquestionable authority, and, gullible people who give truth to the lie by giving her an undiscriminating ear for her disingenuous bullshit.

    What a waste of public monies. What a waste of public time and resources to absorb such hypocritical and irrational behavior from someone who likely does not even perceive that she is doing something only for herself, and that the public forum is her best means of dong it.

    Separation of church and state — not just a good idea, but a necessary one for this very real reason.

  11. Matthew 6:9-13King James Version (KJV)

    9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

    10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

    11 Give us this day our daily bread.

    12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

    13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

    King James Version (KJV)

  12. Consider the ultimate hypocrisy of this imposition of divine will upon the public by a person who gives religion such a special place in public meetings:

    The church behind the beliefs PAYS NO TAXES. That’s right. NO FUCKING TAXES to even subsidize the public forum that is being used to further belief in its bullshit. They get this advertisement FREE. And your generic kind of belief in humanity be damned.

    That is highway robbery, and those who promote it deserve the version of hell that they impose upon others to scare them into supporting tax-free living.

    But, they love you, don’t they? All the way from your tattered wallet to that airy hole in your change purse. They love you. And they will prove that even if they have to kill you to convince you that God is the only way to happiness.

  13. GE 1:3-5 On the first day, God created light, then separated light and darkness.
    GE 1:14-19 The sun (which separates night and day) wasn’t created until the fourth day.

    GE 1:11-12, 26-27 Trees were created before man was created.
    GE 2:4-9 Man was created before trees were created.

    GE 1:20-21, 26-27 Birds were created before man was created.
    GE 2:7, 19 Man was created before birds were created.

    GE 1:24-27 Animals were created before man was created.
    GE 2:7, 19 Man was created before animals were created.

    GE 1:26 Man is to have dominion over fish, birds, cattle, and all wild animals, yet–
    GE 2:15-17 It is wrong to be able to tell good from evil, right from wrong.

    GE 1:26-27 Man and woman were created at the same time.
    GE 2:7, 21-22 Man was created first, woman sometime later.

    there’s a lot more contradictions in it those are just a few

    so which is it???

    sounds like bullshit to me
    and yet people still fear and worship an intangible parent figure from thousands of years ago
    look it up yourselves the book is so full of bullshit donald trump is gonna use it his next speech

  14. A Trump supporter, Richard Daley? Why am I not surprised? Where does Pathological Lying fit into your Lord’s Prayer? Well, the Ten Commandments have a special section for that. Why not quote it? There are also Bible tidbits about Pride, coveting someone else’s maidservant — the old time pussy grabbing that didn’t sit well with ancient people either. You know, stuff like that you can quote just as easily.

    The Trump Bullshit–Bible Bullshit continuum is seamless. From professional con man bullshitter to Bible quotes of alternate facts to bullshit about. And, of course, the people who believe it all. It is those people who see nothing wrong in imposing lies — and now prayer — from their take on reality and religion, upon the public. Trump supporters buy it all, in spades. Perhaps create a new religion for the Church of Ignorance and Bullshitting and make it tax free too.

  15. Bud Mcroberts: The disgusting, tear-jerking internet pictures of people with medical maladies you repost from Pooran Singh on your Facebook page are beyond forgiveness, you sick fuck. Cancer substituted for Chicken Pox? To make a buck? Or, 6 days of bad luck if people don’t “like” to donate some money and instead scroll down? You need the prayers much more than anyone else, for this is a special kind of evil. Sick evil. Before you put prayers in everything, start with yourself.

  16. Public prayer, maybe is token .
    Our world will never be perfect,but Jesus came to give it hope.

    Love that old book , called the Bible,tells me I’m a sinner.., And you are too, and in the same boat as me,its true ,even if you don’t want to believe it.
    All religions LIE to you, but not Jesus.
    We live in a word full of lies!
    Power,money,honor and maybe just an easy job,is what the church has become.
    Not all, but most will be included in the list,test everything.
    See what Jesus SAID TRUE RELIGION IS,where is it to be found ? Is it Practiced in our so called churchs?
    They don’t like truth either ,any more than most of you who have no regard for Him here.

    Most are ungrateful for the great heritage they have been given, to be born into a biblical, faith based country.
    Grew up in the 50 and 60’s ‘ not a perfect world but I did not know any better at the time, ‘gave no thought to God.
    Than God He found me.
    We decided we did not need Him anymore,we all know better than Him.
    Threw God out with the prayers,token tho the may be,but still honoring Him.

    How about honor your father and mother?
    How about worship no other gods?
    How about make not idol’s?
    How about use Gods name in vain?
    How about keep the sabbath holy?
    My how mean and hateful He is.
    We need to ask ourselves this ,
    Which one don’t you like?
    And why?
    Try and be honest with yourself .It may be troubling.
    We have done a good job getting rid of these harmful suggestions, have we not.
    Hows that working out for you?
    Have you made a better world to pass onto your children and grandchildren?
    You will Reap what you sow.
    You have before you life and death.

    • Why do I get the uncanny feeling that you are not “Ken Rhodes”, and that “your” comments are lifted from other sources?

  17. Seriously, what goes in the Economy Borough Council meetings that they need the wisdom and guidance of the Lord? Are they debating on whether or not to declare war on Conway? Send their young men to battle in the barren wastes of the Northern lights parking lot? Or is it the usual hair pulling argument over changing garbage pickup day from Tuesday to Wednesday and what day to have the Easter Egg hunt this year?

  18. No cut and paste for me,the one and only one I know,imperfect as I am,I am not going to hide behind a screen name.
    Uncanny its true.I don’t need some other mans words,truth stand for itself,it does not need me.Sometimes we need to remember there is a truth,and we all nailed Him to a cross.

    I would like to thank J P for the job he does,agree with him or not.
    Words stolen from no man,but truth stolen from God.

    • My apology. In discussions like this, some people start hitting Google for Bible quotes and sermons to make their points. You have apparently a religious life and a familiarity with that kind of response. It rambles somewhat, and changes topics like cut and paste. When I’m wrong, I apologise, though.

  19. All public officials swear an oath to obey and to protect the US & PA Constitutions with fidelity. The establishment of an official religion has been prohibited so as all will have religious freedom, or freedom from religion. No public meetings should make anyone feel an outcast because of one belief.

  20. The church and state debate is enlightening and once again going no where as clearly the Atheists and Christians among us will never agree. A better question is what the hell kind of vendetta has this woman got for the guy and why? As we all question her deeds and condemn her actions I am predisposed to also question her motives? Whats kind of shade is going on with him that shes so bent out of shape?

  21. It’s not a vendetta. I spoke with her. It was their violation of procedure. Council didn’t correct their error until after her suit was filed. It will likely be thrown out because it was corrected. Now, to the idiots on this blog who continue to demean people and post nasty comments: a) You are not funny; and b) you will not be able to hide behind your aliases and continue to verbally assault people. This will be decided in court very soon. While the work that JP does helps to uncover issues within county government and sheds some light on the political maneuvering that goes on, it does create a forum for vicious attacks that are unnecessary and that lacks decorum. Write your opinion by all means but understand that a lot of what is written says more about you than it does about the subject of the article.

    • You’re joking right ? Have you seen this woman in action on Council? She is WASTING TAX PAYERS money by not dropping it right now! She was elected to act in the best interest of the tax payer, not create more wasteful spending. So far she is involved in the wrongful termination of 2 people from the borough on her 1st or 2nd day in Council, all based on rumor. She had not one fact, she didn’t even give them the respect of working with them for a week or a month. She has not done one thing to make her Borough any better, except she has made the solicitor ALOT of money! I PRAY they vote her hateful heart OUT !



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