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March 27. 2013 11:27PM
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WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge on Wednesday ruled candidates for positions within Pittston will be permitted to have their names on the ballot this May.

The petitions of Eugene M. Rooney Jr. for mayor and Barb Zangre for council were challenged by outgoing Councilman Joe Chernouskas. He said Rooney and Zangre did not file their statement of financial interest with the city of Pittston before the March 12 deadline for the May primaries.

After a hearing on Wednesday morning, Judge Thomas Burke ruled in favor of Rooney and Zangre.

Rooney will now face incumbent Mayor Jason Klush in the Democratic primary in May. The winner is expected to face Republican Don Yatko in the November General Election. For the two council seats on the ballot, Zangre will run against incumbent attorney Michael Lombardo and former Councilman Ken Bangs, who are running as a team with Klush.

Chernouskas, who is completing his first term on council, is not seeking a second term.

WILKES-BARRE — An attorney representing a Kingston liability company has filed a lawsuit in county court against a judge and court official, alleging corruption and a conspiracy against the company and its attorney, Joseph Reisinger.

Reisinger filed the suit in county court on behalf of Angels Saving Homes LLC after a number of court proceedings involving Judge Lesa Gelb and acting court administrator Michael Shucosky.

The suit alleges Gelb made a number of rulings in matters, including a foreclosure, that were “illegal” and had “absolutely no legal authority or merit.”

The suit alleges Gelb was assigned matters involving the liability company and Reisinger by Shucosky in a “conspiracy” to “rig the outcome of the litigation related to” several requests filed by Angels Saving Homes to “punish (Reisinger) because of a filing of (a) judicial corruption complaint.”

That complaint, the suit says, arose from Shucosky “illegally rigging the outcome of some (Reisinger’s) personal cases.”

Reisinger asks that Gelb and Shucosky be prohibited from “participating in any further proceedings involving (Angels Saving Homes and Reisinger).”

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