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Rochester Borough Council Fails To Show For Meeting As Mayor Claims He Is Being Illegally Undermined

Rochester Borough Mayor Keith Jackson alleges the town’s other officials have been illegally preventing him from carrying out his duties since taking office two years ago.

Jackson claims the borough’s council, solicitor, and manager are hampering his efforts at overseeing the town’s police department. He invited several media outlets in the region to attend the borough’s Jan. 21 meeting where he intended to address the issue.

But the mayor’s plan to confront council was thwarted Tuesday night when only two members showed for their scheduled public meeting, failing to achieve the necessary quorum to proceed.

“I’ve never disrespected anyone in this room,” Jackson told a gaggle of reporters who had gathered in a council chambers notably absent of council members. “If I ask a question, a smart remark comes out. I don’t need that. All I want to do is make this town better than what it has been.”

Borough Solicitor Bernie Rabik held an impromptu press conference in place of the public meeting, insisting the ongoing issues involving Jackson had nothing to do with council members failing to show.

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rick
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rick

The mayor is indeed in charge of the Police Dept. Also as a taxpayer I want to know how our vehicles are being used this includes Mileage.

HOTSHOT
Member
HOTSHOT

exactly right he has every right to see mileage reports and that will tell you alot on who is doing there job ! bernie is the raciest in this squabble not keith iv known keith for years and im not even from this town and i am a white man and keith you are right you are the mayor and you have every dam right to know ! the boro should fire rabik for his racict comment about keith !

po tatem
Member
po tatem

Having read several of Solicitor Rabik’s “Ask Bernie the Attorney” columns in the B.C. Times, I am convinced that either he is ignorant of the law or averse to the letter and spirit of it, preferring his own arbitrary and capricious interpretations. But, his implied denigration of Mayor Jackson’s intelligence crosses the line – it is reprehensible and unethical, and should be reported to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board. I have known Mr. Jackson since we were children and will attest to his integrity and love for people and his hometown – wanting the best for both. The mayor may not have the academic acumen necessary to obtain a law degree, but he does have wisdom far beyond most lawyers I know, including Bernie the Attorney. And yes – as Mayor he does have control over the Police Dept. and should immediately be issued the keys he was elected to have in his possession.

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