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Local Businessman Considered for Gaming Authority Appointment

Lower Saucon Township Council voted to recommend John Blair to serve on the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority at its Dec. 7 meeting.

A local businessman could be Lower Saucon Township's next representative to the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority, township council decided Dec. 7.

John Blair, who owns , would replace authority member and current township councilwoman Priscilla deLeon, whose term on the authority board expires Dec. 31.

Blair's name was brought up during a discussion about possible candidates to fill the vacancy because he earlier expressed an interest in serving on the board, council said.

Councilman Ron Horiszny said he believes that any time a citizen expresses an interest in serving in such a capacity it should be encouraged.

Horiszny also thanked deLeon for her two years of service on the nine-member authority, .

The authority board includes representatives from municipalities contiguous with the City of Bethlehem--which hosts the Sands casino--and several at-large members from Northampton County.

A motion to recommend Blair for appointment to the authority--provided he is still interested in serving--was approved 4-0, with council president Glenn Kern absent for the vote.

DeLeon said council's recommendation would first go before Northampton County Executive John Stoffa for review, before ultimately going before Northampton County Council for consideration.

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