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Bensalem Mayor to Run for Re-election in 2013

Bensalem's Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo has plans to run for a sixth term.

Joseph DiGirolamo has been Bensalem's mayor for 20 years, and he's looking to extend that to a sixth term.

DiGirolamo told Patch that he hopes to secure another 4-year term to continue the work that he's been doing for two decades.

"I have the same incentives to help people, to help the community," DiGirolamo said. 

He added that his energy is the same as when he was first elected mayor in 1994, and that he wants to continue working for the Bensalem community.

"There are things that I haven't finished," he said, "that I look forward to working on with the people."

Redeveloping the riverfront is just one example of unfinished business that he would like to continue to focus on in his next term.

But some people in Bensalem may think 20 years is long enough for one mayor and that someone new should fill his shoes in the community. To that, DiGirolamo said, "If [there is] somebody else who could do the better job, I hope they run."

Furthermore, he added that if he thought he wasn't able to do the job anymore, he wouldn't run. But that's not the case.

"My years of service have proved to be well done," he said. "I still look forward to working with the community."

Watch a video clip on PhillyBurbs of DiGirolamo talking about his plans for re-election and how his compassion for the Bensalem community hasn't weened.

Pondeli Hajioannou January 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM
As a family man who lives in Bensalem and own a business in Bensalem (Philadelphia Private Gym) I think it amazing our mayor wants to stay in office and finish what he started 19 years ago. At times it is hard to remember how Bensalem was before he took office. Maybe the Patch can do an article on before he took office and now. Or maybe compare Bensalem to another community of the same size. I love to know how many businesses where in Bensalem in 1993? What was the employment rate or number of people in Bensalem than. What was the condition of the roads and schools etc…?
Michael Carcel January 16, 2013 at 01:20 PM
I used to live in Lansdowne, Delaware County, everyone thought it was "time for a change". The change was voted in and within a few years the whole area went down the tubes. I will be voting for Joseph Digirolamo, please keep Bensalem the great place it is. Mike Carcel
joe January 16, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Noooooooooooooo NOT AGAIN! Not 4 more years
Charmaine Sieger January 16, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Mayor DiGirolamo will be getting my vote for the 6th time! Great Guy doing a great job! Thanks for your service!
Mike Thomas January 16, 2013 at 04:09 PM
This mayor has completely turned Bensalem around. Just as Pondeli said, people need to remember what Bensalem was before he took over. Most of the people that have bad things to say have a personal agenda or were not living in the township when we had nothing. What community in this area can say that they have not raised township taxes and continue to enhance the quality of life in our community? Mayor DiGiralamo brought our township back from near bankruptcy and has turned it into an award winning model community. He definitely has had my vote and will continue to do so as long as he keeps up the good work that he has been doing! Good Luck Mayor!
joe January 16, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Whatever happened to when the Casinos got voted in our house taxes would be lowered???????? This year your GREAT mayor also wanted to take away our SMALL check for taxes which was even SMALLER this year. When an official is in office TOO LONG it does not do well for the community. I DID NOT go to school with the mayor..nor do I call him JOE the people that do are the ones that are always singing his praises........GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike K January 16, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Are mayor is a great man and a great mayor. But the only mistake he made was starting up the paid fire company when we have all the vol. firefighters in this township for almost a hundred years. This paid company is costing us Thousands and Hundreds of thousands for the Damaged trucks and. Equipment the law suits. Crashing the trucks but because the drive like animals. One paid fireman was a Volunteer had for Accidents as a Volunteer. And as paid he had three to for Accidents and he is still driving. It's a waste of are tax paying money. Yes they are inspectors to and never get much of that done because they are driving around all day. Get rid of them than you got my vote. Save us money.
R Harris January 17, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Mike first of all you should have taken a basic English class before you commented or used spell check. The information you throw out there is false with little to no data or research to back it up. All the volunteer fire chiefs agree with the need for a paid crew during the daytime hours when the availability of volunteers is low. Bensalem is not the same community it was 20 or 30 years ago. The Police department and EMS have grown in size to keep up with demand for service. Bensalem-township is the 9th. most populated municipality in the state and with that comes an expected level of service by the residents business owners and commuters. So before you throw misinformation out there do so fact checking first.
George Birds January 17, 2013 at 03:24 PM
The Mayor has now twice taken money from the township's savings to balance the budget, all the while continuing to send $100 "vote for me" checks to homeowners 30 days before the election. This is wildly irresponsible. I can't imagine how bad an opposing candidate would have to be before I voted for this geriatric fool. It's time for him to hang it up before he destroys the township's finances permanently.
Sharon January 17, 2013 at 06:12 PM
I will also be one of the people who vote for Mayor Joe again. I dont associate with him often but when i do, he greets me by my first name, shakes my hand and asks how i am doing. that my friend is a great leader because he really cares about people's well-being. He has done many wonderful things. And i hope he continues to be able to do so.
Kevin Brutschea January 17, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Well, I've lived in Bensalem for over 50 years. What I've seen change is "log-jam" traffic on Street Rd, thanks to all the restaurants, bars, and office buildings. You can't get from I95 to the Turnpike in under 25 mins. All these new businesses were supposed to bring in new taxes, why does Joe have to raid the savings? Taxes haven't gone up? Checked your sewer and water bill lately? Just because we don't own them anymore doesn't mean their price increases aren't taxes. The casino payment is supposed to be $300, why is it now $100? Joe working in cahoots with Council, I say kick them all out.
Mr. B January 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM
There are some undesirables both running the show and also getting favoritism from 20 years of elbow rubbing amongst a few characters who appear to be what they aren't, I'm sure. Familiarity breeds contempt, and for as long as Joe has been Mayor, it seems the same beady-eyed "entourage" has been riding in his parade. He should be man enough to step down and let some fresh blood flow through Bensalems veins. I'm not saying he's done a bad job. But all we know is what the wizard shows from behind the curtain, so to speak. This is not the Magic Kingdom for illegal aliens. I resent seeing them get educated on our dime (maybe why Bensalem legals get shorted on school budget monies), using food stamps, stealing jobs, committing crimes (of which I personally know of 4 incidents, 2 of my own and many more relayed to me), driving with no license, insurance, registration, inspection...etc Crammed into apartments 5-10-15 at a time, while an American family gets evicted for one extra person (I know, I worked at a few complexes over the years) So tell me, what kind of Mayor allows this to ever even happen and continue to fester. Was under your 20 year watch this occurred, Mr. Mayor. How much does one get for a wink and a nod and turn a blind eye nowadays, anyway? Third World Nation coming soon?-----what's needed is a Mayor who gives back those who fought and worked hard to make Bensalem the place it is, not those who steal all they can.
Narrah January 21, 2013 at 05:14 PM
R Harris, apparently you’re getting your info from the township only, and you should do some fact checking yourself, because if you did, you would know that the paid fire department was founded in violation of township ordinances, with a fraudulently filled out grant, and while there is a need for a paid fire department during the day, they are supposed to be within the township doing their jobs, not gallivanting off into other towns, involving themselves in incidents they have no business in. That is what the volunteer service is for! As for the incidents mike has described, they are factual. There are also many more incidents involving the paid fire department, but they just don’t get publicized, because it would make the paid fire department look worse than it already is.

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