West Pittston Council members adopt resolution to rename borough building after late mayor Tony Denisco

Will be named after borough’s late mayor Tony Denisco

By Jimmy Fisher - [email protected]



    WEST PITTSTON — Tony Denisco may be gone, but his memory lives on in the borough.

    At their monthly meeting on Tuesday, the borough members voted to adopt a resolution to name the municipal building the Anthony “Tony” Denisco Municipal Building.

    Only a few days after Denisco died in April at the age of 73 due to health complications, council member Kevin Lescavage suggested the idea.

    With the resolution now adopted, council president Brian Thornton said Denisco’s family will be invited to the September meeting to receive a plaque.

    The sign in front of the building, he said, will also be changed in the near future.

    Also at the meeting, council approved the motion to look into increasing rates for part-time police officers for the 2017 year.

    “Our mayor, Tom Blaskiewicz, over the past month, received rates from neighboring towns and what they were paying their part time officers,” said Thornton. “We noticed our rate was lagging and we realized that if a part-time officer, locally, has a choice of going to town A and getting paid $1 an hour more or working in town B for $1 an hour less, most would choose A. That’s made it difficult at times to bring in part-time cops. We understand that now, and will raise the rates come January.”

    In other business, the council members:

    • Appointed Sgt. Michael Turner to the temporary position of Police Officer-In-Charge while current police chief Paul Porfirio deals with health issues.

    • Awarded M. Mayo Striping of Falls $6,475 for the painting of crosswalks and stop bars.

    • Accepted the resignation of crossing guard Harriet Truelove.

    • Authorized an audit to be performed by a CPA firm to be selected at a later time to perform an independent audit for the accounts of West Pittston Hose Company No. 1


    Will be named after borough’s late mayor Tony Denisco

    By Jimmy Fisher

    [email protected]

    Reach Jimmy Fisher at 570-704-3972 or on Twitter @SD_JimmyFisher

    Reach Jimmy Fisher at 570-704-3972 or on Twitter @SD_JimmyFisher

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