Washington councilman accepts new job in New Castle

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Washington City Councilman Matt Staniszewski has accepted a new job as community and economic development director in New Castle, a position that requires him to move to the Lawrence County city.


New Castle Mayor Anthony G. Mastrangelo said Saturday that Staniszewski also must undergo a physical examination within the next month before assuming the job paying $65,000 a year.


Staniszewski stopped short of saying he would resign from City Council, saying only he would “be investigating some property” in New Castle. He also said he understood Pennsylvania law requires local elected officials to live in the municipalities in which they serve, and the law is interpreted to mean a person’s residence is where they regularly “sleep at night.”


“Obviously, I will be weighing my options,” he said.


Mastrangelo said Staniszewski was hired Thursday night in a 3-2 vote by New Castle City Council.


Staniszewski said prior to Thursday’s New Castle meeting he had already accepted the job that morning only to claim later that afternoon the offer was taken off the table.


“It was pulled off the agenda to allow council to have more of a conversation. That’s how it came to me,” he said Saturday.


Mastrangelo declined to discuss the hiring Thursday.


“I didn’t want to say anything,” he said Saturday.


Staniszewski said New Castle council held an executive session Thursday night and put his hiring back on the table.


The New Castle News reported Saturday council there met behind closed doors for 25 minutes Thursday and then hired Staniszewski from among nearly 100 applicants for the position.


“They know I’m the best man for the job,” he said.


Staniszewski’s eight years on Washington council have been marked by controversy and clashes with other city officials. He is on the November ballot seeking a third term in office.


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