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December 1, 2012

Shoch to Clausi: Pay $6.7M to county

SUNBURY — Commissioner Vinny Clausi owes Northumberland County $58,000 immediately and needs to place $6.7 million in escrow to cover possible losses associated with his behavior, Commissioner Rich Shoch charged in an email circulated to Valley news media Friday night.

Shoch said he cannot “in good conscience” vote for a 2013 budget that includes increases in taxes and in the county’s debt burden until Clausi reimburses taxpayers for “excessive and unnecessary costs associated with the secretive, belligerent and self-absorbed style of governance that he has subjected this county to for the last five years.”

Shoch listed three areas in which he says Clausi’s conduct has cost Northumberland County financially: Litigation regarding the Boris, Jones and Stuck cases; a Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program grant; and 911 system upgrade.

Clausi, he wrote, would get off easily by repaying the $58,000 and placing $6.7 million in escrow.

“While the total of these costs, particularly those associated with unnecessary litigation, far exceed those for which I am currently demanding repayment, I am at this time demanding repayment,” he said.

Reached by phone Friday night, Clausi said he couldn’t respond to the allegations because he hadn’t seen the documents.

“I am recuperating from surgery,” he said, “and Mr. Shoch always does this when I am not there to respond. At this time I will not answer any questions to any media until I review this scheme he is running to make me look bad. My record speaks for itself.”

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