Local leaders hope for nation to move forward

January 21, 2021
In The News

 Local leaders are looking forward to the nation navigating a steady course toward a bright future as President Joe Biden assumes leadership of the country.

“I just hope we are moving in a positive direction,” Williamsport City Councilwoman Bonnie Katz said. “I think like everyone else I am hoping for peace and kindness.”

Katz said she was busy with council business Wednesday and did not have a chance to watch the inauguration of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

She’s eager for better times following a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic has made for a rough road for businesses and people.

Montoursville Area School Director

William Ruffing did not have a chance to see the inauguration either.

He said he wants nothing but good things for the nation over the next four years.

“I didn’t vote for Joe Biden but now that he is our president, I hope he does well. If he does well, the country does well.”

Former Williamsport Mayor Phil Preziosi said he embraces brotherhood.

“What we have to do is bring the country back together,” he said. “We are all God’s children.”

Preziosi said Americans need to be united, regardless of skin color or religion.

“The way I look at it, the President is our President. The office deserves the respect of the people,” he added.

Carol Sides, of Williamsport said it will be difficult to know what the Biden Administration will mean for the country.

“For me, it’s a wait and see time,” she said. “You can promise a lot of things, but you can’t always deliver. I think they are on the front line of that.”

Sides, a longtime Republican Party member, said like any administration, Biden’s people are setting an agenda.

She noted that the past several years has been an exhausting time for the country.

Lycoming County Democratic Party Chair Linda Sosniak said Democracy prevailed on Wednesday, and it’s time now for the nation to put aside its differences.

“Both parties need to compromise for the good of the people,” she said. “President Biden pledged to be a ‘president for all Americans’ and called on Americans to work together. Our country is in the middle of a severe pandemic and it is not the time to be squabbling over political differences. We need to work to save lives and resurrect our economy. We can come together and prevail as the great nation we are.”

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, released the following statement:

“I wish our nation success under the Biden Administration, now tasked with fulfilling the promise of America. I remain steadfast in my commitment to the people of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District and will fight every day for their values in Washington.”

U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Scranton, noted that it was just two days ago that terrorists stormed the Capitol Building.

“Today, American democracy prevailed when Joe Biden was sworn in as our Nation’s 46th President and Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and Black woman of South Asian descent to become Vice President,” he said. “During his address, President Biden laid out a vision to heal our nation, contain the COVID-19 pandemic and build our economy back better. It’s now time for us to get things done on behalf of working families.”