John Mack - Newtown Supervisor
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How Well Do You Know Your Rights to View Public Documents?

I have a personal interest in access to public information. At the July 6, 2017, Newtown Township Zoning Hearing Board meeting, before I was elected Supervisor, I asked Solicitor James J. Auchinleck, Jr, if it was OK for me to use my cell phone to video record part of the meeting. My polite request was denied and consequently I have no video record of my testimony in opposition to KVK Tech’s request for zoning variance (if you are interested, you can read a version of my comments as recorded in the minutes of that meeting here).

Citizens from across the country are now gearing up for this year’s Sunshine Week – March 11-17 – to once again spark a nationwide discussion about the critical importance of access to public information. Sunshine Week was created by the American Society of News Editors and is now coordinated in partnership with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, but freedom of information isn’t just a press issue. It is a cornerstone of democracy, enlightening and empowering people to play an active role in their government at all levels. It helps keep public officials honest, makes government more efficient and provides a check against abuse of power.

To participate in this “event,” I decided to host a Right-to-Know Quiz. This short, 6-question quiz (below) tests your knowledge of the PA Right-to-Know Law and provides information about how to make requests for public records from Newtown Township.


Create your own user feedback survey

Posted on 01 Mar 2018, 01:56 - Category: Governance

Broadcasts of Newtown Board of Supervisors Meetings

The Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) meetings are recorded and can later be viewed via channel 22 on Comcast Xfinity and Chanel 40 on Verizon FIOS (see schedule below). You can also view the meetings live on these channels. Videos of past meetings can also be viewed on the Township website here.

WARNING! The video quality really stinks! This is just one of the things I'd like to improve so that residents can better see and hear what's going on at these meetings. It's part and parcel of government transparency, IMHO!

Posted on 05 Jan 2018, 12:34 - Category: Governance

John Mack’s Welcome Speech

John Mack's comments made at the January 2, 2018, Board of Supervisors Reorganization meeting.

Posted on 03 Jan 2018, 10:43 - Category: Governance

The Reorganization of Newtown Township's Leadership

Organization of the Board of Supervisors

  • Phil Calabro elected as Chairman
  • Jen Dix elected as Vice-Chairman
  • John Mack elected as Secretary/Assistant Treasurer


  • Kurt Ferguson appointed as Township Manager and Treasurer
  • The Law Offices of Sean Kilkenny appointed as Township Solicitor
  • Donna Moran-Griff appointed as Board of Supervisors Recording Secretary


  • Bill Wall appointed to Zoning Hearing Board (5 Year Term)


  • Remington & Vernick Engineers as Township Civil Engineers and Building Inspectors
  • T&M Associates as Township Traffic Engineers and for GIS  services
  • The law firm of Curtin & Heefner as Township Labor Attorneys
  • CKS Engineering as Township Planners
  • Glenn Forsyth as Emergency Management Coordinator                                 


  • Peg Dissinger appointed to Vacancy Board (1-year term)
  • Andrew Jacobs and Mark Joseph appointed to Planning Commission (4-year term)
  • Sue Sutton and Rachel Chafetz appointed to Parks & Recreation Board (3-year term)
  • David Wolcott appointed to Newtown Area Joint Historic Commission (4-year term)
  • Mary Donaldson and Remington & Vernick Engineers (as Building Inspector) appointed to Historical Architectural Review Board (4-year term)
  • Jerry Schenkman  appointed to Newtown Joint Municipal Sewer Authority Board (5-year term)
  • Amy Easterly, George SkladanyNeil Schnitzer, and Brenna Luczyszyn  appointed to Environmental Advisory Council (3-year term)
  • Jo Vlatstaris, Jack  Melvin, and Tim Clausz appointed to Technology Committee (3-year term)
  • John Mack appointed to Tax Collection Management Committee as Tax Collection Committee Delegate and Kurt Ferguson as alternate


  • John Mack and Jen Dix: Newtown Fire Association
  • John Mack and Kyle Davis: Homeowners Associations
  • John Mack and Kyle Davis: Technology Committee
  • John Mack and Linda Bobrin: Council Rock School Board 
  • John Mack: Community Service Organizations
  • John Mack: Newtown American Legion Ambulance Squad

  • Phil Calabro and Linda Bobrin: County Tax Board
  • Phil Calabro: Bucks County Community College
  • Phil Calabro: Newtown Borough Council
  • Phil Calabro: Planning Commission

  • Jen Dix: Environmental Advisory Council
  • Jen Dix: Historical Architecture Review Board
  • Jen Dix: Newtown Joint Historical Commission
  • Jen Dix/all supervisors: Joint Zoning Council

  • Linda Bobrin: Bucks County Association of Township Officials
  • Linda Bobrin: Joint Municipal Sewer Authority

  • Kyle Davis: Council Rock Senior Center
  • Kyle Davis: Parks and Recreation Board

Posted on 02 Jan 2018, 01:40 - Category: Governance

Ryan Gallagher & Gerry Couch Make Their Farewell Speeches

Newtown Supervisors Ryan Gallagher and Gerald Couch make their farewell speeches at the December 27, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Posted on 29 Dec 2017, 13:52 - Category: Governance

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