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During the public comment portion of a recent borough council meeting, former councilman Len Pinto and council members Sue Murtha and Jared Brennan got into and argument while Barbara Ormsby of the DelCo Times was present/. She filed this story for the DelCo Times.
The argument started when Pinto criticized Murtha about her performance as a member of council.
Murtha said Pinto and others have been twisting her arm for several months to get her to leave council.
“I can tell you it is not going to happen,” Murtha said.
Pinto told Murtha she was on council to serve the people, not for a personal agenda.
“We are all neighbors first, that’s why you are here, to serve the people,” Pinto told Murtha, asking her what she had done during her time on council.
Brennan told Pinto his remarks were of a personal nature, and he defended Murtha’s work on council, saying that she had prepared the budget for the past three years.
Brennan also accused Pinto of pointing at him during his comments.
Brennan said he has received “thousands” of emails thanking him for what he is doing as a councilman.
At times the exchange grew heated and council president Bob Berger rapped his gavel for order.
Murtha said she was “aware” that Pinto “is up here as a puppet.”
Murtha and Brennan were instrumental in circulating a petition in the community asking PennDOT to consider other options in the design of the Sellers Avenue bridge over Amtrak’s right-of-way that is to be replaced in 2014.
The two have clashed with other elected officials over the bridge issue, and there have been other areas of disagreement at council meetings during the past several months.