Election of Shamokin City Council | Eyewitness News
SHAMOKIN, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU) – The city of Shamokin recently sworn in a new council member and now this seat could be changed again.
Eyewitness News spoke with the new member about how his past comes into play and what he hopes to see happen.
âLong road, I organized a few elections and decided to give another chance this time,â said city councilor Joseph Leschinskie Jr ..
Joseph Leschinskie Jr., was sworn in this week for a four-year term as city councilor for the city of Shamokin. Similar to past races, Leschinskie’s past has returned.
“I was 23, 24 and got involved in some things that I didn’t see a problem with at the time and got caught and paid my penalty, did my time,” said Leschinskie Jr ..
About 13 years ago he was charged with drug possession but says mistakes when we’re young don’t define who you become.
âI was blunt on my Facebook about this just because I felt like these people were going to judge me. Why shouldn’t they know everything about me,â Leschinskie Jr. said.
In Pennsylvania, those convicted of embezzlement, corruption, perjury, or other heinous crimes cannot join city council. Last week, Leschinskie was served by the Northumberland County District Attorney’s Office, stating that his crime contradicted that.
âNothing I did was a criminal act. And just because some people disagreed with the election result, I apologize but I’m with the majority, they put me here, that’s why I’m here, âsaid Leschinskie Jr ..
He now has 20 days to file a response with his lawyer. If Leschinskie’s mandate is maintained, he plans to work closely with young people and underserved communities.
Eyewitness News has contacted the Northumberland County District Attorney’s Office for comment, but has not yet received a response.