Scranton holds first city council meeting since FBI raid


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Some people in Scranton are demanding answers surrounding the FBI investigation at City Hall.

Monday night Scranton City Council held its first regular meeting since last week’s raid.

But before that, council held a public hearing about a new ethics code for city employees and elected officials.

Councilman Bill Gaughan said the timing is a coincidence, but it’s up to them to restore the confidence that people have in their public servants.  
Mayor Bill Courtright declined to talk on camera about why FBI agents were at City Hall and his home, but he did say he has no plans to resign.

Courtright hired Attorney Paul Walker of Scranton to represent him.

“I would only urge the mayor that if you did nothing wrong, you should make a statement to that effect, and come to work every day to do the work the citizens elected you to do,” said Councilman Kyle Donahue.

City Solicitor Amil Minora told Eyewitness News until he knows the details of this investigation, he can’t say if Scranton will pick up the tab for Courtright’s attorney.

Other than writing a letter to investigators, he said there’s not much the council can do.

At this point, no one has been accused of any wrongdoing, and an FBI spokeswoman will only say the agency was carrying out “court authorized” activity.

Scranton City Council is expected to take action on the ordinance amending the ethics code at its next meeting on January 28th.

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