Former West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley looks back on term

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 1/14/18

WEST CHESTER >> With a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, former Mayor Jordan Norley talked about marching in parades.

He said the best part of the job during his eight-month term as mayor was high-fiving the kids lined up on sidewalk, along the parade route.

“It would make their day,” Norley said. “They would light up.”

Norley filled in for former Mayor Carolyn Comitta who was elected as a state representative for the 156th District. Dianne Herrin took over as mayor on Jan. 2, after being elected in November.

Norley was also president and vice president of borough council during a five-year stint as a borough councilman.

As the youngest and only person to hold both positions, Norley, 37, said he has a unique perspective as council president, part of the legislative branch of local government, and mayor, with the executive branch….

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West Chester community grapples with racism, hate

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 9/20/17

WEST CHESTER >> Four incidents of hate and racism during the past 10 days have sparked outrage.

A swastika was etched into a borough sidewalk.

A West Chester East High School student was charged with publishing a threatening and racist Instagram post directed at fellow students.

A mayoral campaign sign was stolen and defaced with racial slurs, and a pair of residents received hate mail with the bogus return address of the Democratic Committee of Chester County.

All the hate messages were generated anonymously.

West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley is fighting back. He recently circulated an email letter to borough stakeholders….

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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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West Chester officials call for gun legislation

by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 1/21/13

WEST CHESTER – Responding to the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., borough officials have taken aim at current gun laws by passing a resolution calling for new legislation.

The 3-page resolution, brought to council by Mayor Carolyn Comitta, highlights three areas of action: the passage of the Fix Gun Checks Act, which would require a background check for every gun sale and ensure that all criminals and other dangerous people who are prohibited from buying a gun are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; passage of legislation that would keep military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines off the streets; and legislation that would make gun trafficking a federal crime.

Comitta and council supported the resolution because of its balanced approach to gun legislation.

“This is not a fanatical viewpoint. It’s a balanced common sense viewpoint,” Comitta said. “I can assure you if it was fanatical, I would not have anything to do with it or if it trampled on anyone’s constitutional rights, I would have nothing to do with it.”

The resolution was passed unanimously by council at Wednesday’s monthly meeting.

Councilman Jordan Norley said many of the points stated in the resolution deal with problems West Chester has faced in the past and will bring about positive change.

“I think it makes a lot of sense,” Norley said. …

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