Mayor and Borough Council sworn in

West Chester’s new Mayor Dianne Herrin and Borough Council members at their swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 2. We are proud to say that all of these public servants are Democrats and six out of eight are current or former members of the West Chester Democratic Committee. Photo by Jim Salvas.

See also Bill Rettew, “Dianne Herrin sworn in as new mayor,” Daily Local News, 1/3/18


West Chester council unanimously urges Costello to vote no on tax bill

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 12/16/17

“It’s nice to see that your colleagues on council are paying attention to the same things you are and everyone else is,” Galey said. “We’re all watching the news.

“It’s great to have a collaborative team that feels very strongly about these issues.”

All seven borough council members are Democrats.

Councilman Michael Stefano, W4, said that issues on the federal level are more often decided by partisan politics.

“At the local level we don’t make decisions Democrat or Republican,” Stefano said. “We’re thinking more locally with our constituents in mind because we’re not thinking along party lines.”

Galey noted in the letter that Costello has voted against the party in the past with votes favoring the ACA and to preserve CHIP….

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Councilman Bernie Flynn honored for beautifying West Chester

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 6/11/17

West Chester Borough Councilman Bernie Flynn, left, accepts an award from Charles J. Walsh of West Chester Off-Campus Housing. Flynn was lauded for his volunteer work beautifying the borough, including removing graffiti and painting curbs. Flynn is a former basketball referee and recently became a first-time councilman in Ward 6.

Michael Stefano joins West Chester Borough Council

By Bill Rettew, Daily Local news, 4/19/17

WEST CHESTER >> Borough Council chose teacher Michael Stefano to serve as a member of council.

He will replace Jordan Norley who resigned to take the job as mayor.

Two other candidates, Rachel Widmayer and Sue Bayne, were also interviewed but unsuccessfully sought to fill the Ward 4 seat, at Tuesday’s work session.

All three interviewees are Democrats. Ward 4 is located in the southeast part of the borough. The ward is predominately composed of Democratic voters. As an appointee, Stafano will serve until January. The new councilman said he will seek to then fill the remaining two years of Norley’s term which runs through December 2019, in the November election.

Stefano said the major issues he will face include: parking issues, relations with the university and communication with borough members….

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Norley tapped as new West Chester mayor

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 4/14/17

WEST CHESTER >>Jordan Norley will replace Carolyn Comitta as mayor of the borough.

At a special meeting Thursday night, West Chester Borough Council also picked businessman Bernard Flynn to fill in through December for retired councilman Jim Jones in Ward 6.

Comitta resigned as mayor with about eight months left on her term after she won election to the state Legislature a representative for the 156th District….

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Borough Council to interview appointment candidates 4/13: Mayor and ward 6

April 13: Special Meeting to interview and perhaps appoint 6th Ward Representative and Mayor to serve out 2017 terms.

See resumes here.

Interim Mayor Interviews 6:00 p.m. – Holly Brown 6:15 p.m. – Kyle Hudson 6:30 p.m. – Tom Chambers 6:45 p.m. – Jordan Norley 7:00 p.m. – Deliberation and possible action on appointment

Ward 6 Council Representative Interviews 7:15 p.m. – Bernard Flynn 7:30 p.m. – Dale Frens 7:45 p.m. – Eugene Goldman 8:00 p.m. Deliberation and possible action on appointment

401 East Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380

March 15 Borough Council meeting: special events

The March 15 Council Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with our Police Department Awards ceremony, which recognizes and thanks our officers for exceptional courage and professionalism in serving and protecting our community.

Mayor Comitta will take a few minutes to address Borough Council, the Police Officers and residents as she step down as Mayor to spend full time in her new role as our State Representative in Harrisburg.

There will also be recognition of ward 6 Council member Jim Jones’s last meeting, as he is stepping down to move out of town.

West Chester Borough Council fills vacant seat

By Adam Farence, Daily Local News, 12/19/16

WEST CHESTER >> Following borough Council President Ellen Koopman’s resignation on Dec. 14, borough council unanimously appointed a West Chester University professor to take her position.

Denise Polk, a professor of communications and member of the university’s faculty since 2005, has also served on the borough’s Borough Leaders United for Emission Reduction (BLUER) group, a group that serves an advisory role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Polk has also served on the borough’s Human Relations Commission and helped the borough secure two U.S. EPA grants to reduce waste through composting….

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West Chester Borough Council president to resign in December

by Adam Farence, Daily Local News, 11/18/16

WEST CHESTER >> Borough Council President Ellen B. Koopman announced her intent to resign from her position in the near future at the Nov. 16 borough council meeting.

Koopman, who represents Ward Seven, took the position of council president in January this year, and has been on borough council since 2013.

“It was, and has been challenging,” Koopman said. “But highly rewarding.”

She said she was resigning in order to spend more time with her family, including her 1-year-old daughter and a child she is expecting to have in the new year. She plans to resign in mid-December.

When asked if she would consider running for borough council again, she said “it’s certainly possible, but nothing is set in stone.”…

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West Chester 3rd Ward council seat filled

By Adam Farence, Daily Local News, 11/09/16

WEST CHESTER >> Democrat Michael R. Galey won re-election to the West Chester Borough Council Tuesday after defeating Republican Carl Mancini in a contest to represent the borough’s 3rd Ward.

The final count puts Galey at 752 votes and Mancini at 410, according to election results released by the county. All results are unofficial until certified by the county’s Board of Elections.

“I’m honored to continue my representation of the 3rd Ward,” Galey said in a phone call Wednesday.

Borough council members serve four-year terms, and are eligible for re-election once. Galey’s term will expire in 2020. The 3rd Ward is in the southwestern section of the borough, and voting took place at the Reformed Presbyterian Church at 312 W. Union St….

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