D-Day In Reading: Layoffs Begin At City Hall

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Bye Bye McMahon

Pleasantville, NJ

#1 Dec 7, 2009
I am glad the Mayor gave Chief Heim a raise for 2010, that will save the city money. I would like to know why the dirt bag mayor and his dirty staff have not made any cuts in their budget. This is a nice Christmas present for the City of Reading and its employees. You and your staff did not do their jobs so now others have to suffer. Thank you Mayor McMahon, you are truely a horrible person.
Once again

Jersey City, NJ

#3 Dec 7, 2009
This is exactly the kind of one time selling that drove the City into the supposed 'financial' problem they are in now. How about fixing the problem, not putting a bandaid on it! Oh wait...that's what Act 47 is for...from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development...the same PA Department that Chief Hiem advises!!!
Dimitri6467

Springfield, NJ

#4 Dec 8, 2009
Less police.....EXCELLENT IDEA!!!!! Because Reading is crime-free!

Clueless...

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#5 Dec 8, 2009
Good old AFSCME! They will do nothing but take your money, but not protect your job. They did nothing for Laneco employees when Laneco closed, nothing.

To take one police officer away from Reading's streets is wrong. They need more police-not less.
Confounded

United States

#6 Dec 8, 2009
Now that Reading has carried out this idiotic plan laying off workers, Lets post the top 5 new names for Reading:
5-Ground Zero
4-OK Corall
3-The Octogon
2-Enter at your own risk
1-The Late Great City formerly known as Reading.
This is truly a sad day in the history of READING, Remember...remember at the poles...not just of City incompetants (er I mean incumbants) but also our State elected officials...if we were Philly, we'd have trucks full of money sent our way. Vote em all out.
talkinghawk

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Dec 8, 2009
We see now who run bartertown..Mayor McMahon run bartertown.
Grizzley319

United States

#8 Dec 8, 2009
Laying off Police,Firefiighters or any Public safety worker is just plain wrong! At least Allentown has tried to replace the crew that was laid off a few years ago.

Dont complain about the Union until the Mayor & his scrubs take a pay cut also!!!
we are doomed

United States

#9 Dec 8, 2009
Less cops duh!!!!Bright idea.We need more hell you need at least 10 just to control Reading High before it lets out I lived in Reading my whole life and am sad to say it has just declined every year and cannot wait to move my family away from this drug infested war zone
Elips

Ossining, NY

#10 Dec 8, 2009
It is my understanding, those officers are retiring anyway.
SLICK

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Dec 8, 2009
What the cluck!!!!
Open your eyes

Cape May, NJ

#12 Dec 8, 2009
Elips wrote:
It is my understanding, those officers are retiring anyway.
That's the problem...evryone posts here not knowing what they are talking about.

Three out of sixteen layoffs retired still causing thirteen layoffs. once thirteen additional officers retire, then thirteen can come back.
scottbenson

Philadelphia, PA

#13 Dec 8, 2009
Did the mayor not campaign that he would add 20 more cops to Reading and now he is cutting them? Does that make him a simple and blunt liar? And where is this surpluse that he bragged about? How can this guy not have seen this coming? Even Miss Cleo could have seen that we were running out of money. I hope you feel good Mr. Mayor getting rid of brave men and women who risk there lives for your city. You should admitt you are a liar, a shame, and step down. And how much money do you and your Chief Wiggum plan on making next year? No confidence in Heim, and you should be in jail for being a liar and a theif, but call Al Boscov's, he'll post your bail.
CROOK
MRO

Allentown, PA

#14 Dec 8, 2009
It sucks.. It really does... But Reading is not safe as it is and we are getting rid of more police?
crude stuff

Newtown, PA

#15 Dec 8, 2009
yep he lied!
crude stuff

Newtown, PA

#16 Dec 8, 2009
how ever even with the bad management we still have a union and a fraternity that doesn't care about all of its members. game is over.ACT 47!!!!!!!!
crude stuff

Newtown, PA

#17 Dec 8, 2009
the mayor and his staff did take a pay cut. the police chief however has a contract and will get his 4%
crucible

Newtown, PA

#18 Dec 8, 2009
where is ernie when you need him!
Concerned for Area

Fogelsville, PA

#19 Dec 8, 2009
Where is superObama to the rescue?
Hyde Park Resident

Bangor, PA

#20 Dec 8, 2009
We moved out of the city ten years ago but I can tell you the entire county will suffer from this mismanagement. The crime does not stay within the borders. Our volunteer fire companies will be supporting the union firefighters in the event of a large fire. It's so sad. We have a civic center, pagoda, Imax theater, Goggleworks, and on and on but you can't go there safely. The police and firefighters are working under dangerous situations to begin with and now they will be understaffed. Who will be watching their backs? God help us all.
Buy foreign baby kid

Woodlyn, PA

#21 Dec 8, 2009
Its about time we get rid of some of the cities dead weight. Keep it up Mayor. Just like getting in shape; Tear down then rebuild it right! When the going gets tough the weak cry rather then assist. Try to help the city rather then trash it, or better yet, move to prospering Philadelphia.

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