Assistant borough secretary charged with
Woman slaps relative after council meeting,
By David Faulk
West View's assistant borough secretary has been
charged with harassment after telling police that she
slapped a resident outside the borough hall after a council
meeting. George Rapp, 42, of Hempstead Avenue spoke during
the borough council meeting Sept. 13 and questioned whether
the borough is being run in the interest of the citizens.
About 8:45 that night, he told borough police that assistant
borough secretary Patricia Rapp "walked up to him, pushed
him twice and slapped him in the face," according to a
police report. Patricia Rapp is George Rapp's sister-in-law.
The maximum penalty for the summary offense of harassment is
90 days in jail and a fine of $300. Patricia Rapp, 46, of
Lakewood Avenue told police she slapped George Rapp because
of "family issues," the report said.
when contacted at work about the incident, Patricia
Rapp said, "That's none of your business. Don't you ever
call back here again and ask about that."
When asked about the incident later, Ken Wolf,
borough manager, replied, "You were told never to call and
ask about that again."
George Rapp said the incident was a political matter,
not a family matter. It's not a family issue," George Rapp
said. "She was angry because I spoke the truth about the
borough." During the meeting, George Rapp said borough
government is inefficient. "I didn't even look at her during
my remarks. Then I was standing in the parking lot, and all
of a sudden she came out of nowhere," Rapp said. "People are
so blind to the fact of what's going on (in West View).
Anytime somebody brings it up, they get threatened." The
police report said an officer "spoke with Patricia Rapp, who
stated that she did slap George in the face." "Patricia
stated that she lost her head and slapped him," the report
said. George Rapp said he does not think the harassment
charge is harsh enough and that he is considering legal
action against the borough.