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Apr. 23rd, 2014 @ 10:20 am
Indictment Unsealed - 3 charged for alleged involvement to illegally export chemical laboratory equipment to Syria. http://t.co/54QqbNbxtD

Apr. 23rd, 2014 @ 1:46 pm
@Winfield61 Yes, plus downtown parking, health insurance, and possible travel expenses/conference registration fees.

Apr. 23rd, 2014 @ 1:34 pm
Only 10 days left to apply. Do you want to be a member of Harrisburg City Council? Video: http://t.co/JPdPVvn2HG

Apr. 23rd, 2014 @ 1:18 pm
Mark Schwartz is back. MT @cate_long: Another #muniland investment banker smackdown by a Pennsylvannia bond attorney. http://t.co/yOYu5KcFL7

Apr. 22nd, 2014 @ 12:02 pm
RT @witfnews: Congrats as well to @abc27News, @CBS21NEWS and @RoxburyNews on their @RTDNA Regional Edward R. #Murrow honors.

Apr. 22nd, 2014 @ 11:23 am
#psubot elections open until May 8th... http://t.co/Ub08QbcxA2

Apr. 22nd, 2014 @ 10:21 am
Harrisburg Hope to host debate with Pa Rep. Patty Kim and challenger Gina Roberson. May 14, 6pm. @MidtownScholar http://t.co/Ig8kipSXg1

Apr. 22nd, 2014 @ 9:35 pm
@btrain12 As long as we secure the film rights.

Apr. 22nd, 2014 @ 9:22 pm
@btrain12 And you won, still waiting on your memoir - a year as a Hbg CC member.

Apr. 22nd, 2014 @ 8:14 pm
Reality show? Want to become a Hbg CC member? $20K a year, part time, free parking, health insurance. Video: http://t.co/JPdPVvn2HG

Apr. 22nd, 2014 @ 7:27 pm
@abc27NewsDJ Thanks, congrats to @Heisler_Eric winning award for sound/video. Good day for local news covering the Harrisburg region.

Apr. 22nd, 2014 @ 5:29 pm
5 resolutions listed for tonight's Hbg CC meeting... http://t.co/8oQhmN56v6

Apr. 22nd, 2014 @ 5:29 pm
5 resolutions listed for tonight's Hbg CC meeting... http://t.co/8oQhmN56v6

Apr. 22nd, 2014 @ 5:23 pm
Vacant Gina Smith seat at Hbg City Council. http://t.co/VWh6y0D1WS

Apr. 21st, 2014 @ 8:28 am
Dauphin County "State of the County" address tonight 6:30pm at the Hbg Hilton. http://t.co/21XdgT1nch

Apr. 21st, 2014 @ 7:22 pm
Tonight's Dauphin co. state of the county address - chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans. http://t.co/Bz7uJ4J8fZ

Apr. 21st, 2014 @ 6:46 pm
Harrisburg Elected School Board - Amended Recovery Plan. http://t.co/LFqmlOEoOx

Apr. 21st, 2014 @ 5:27 pm
Hilton setting up for tonight's Dauphin county State of the county address, up to 400 expected. http://t.co/T5nFqLRTwd

Apr. 21st, 2014 @ 2:16 pm
Dauphin county email for tonight's Sate of the county address didn't mention this cocktail reception w/Chad Saylor http://t.co/uSraNIKaXq

Apr. 21st, 2014 @ 2:01 pm
Gene Stilp visits Philly DA Seth Williams office, files three complaints. #pasting http://t.co/K2HLTvO1YG

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Harrisburg School District: Settlement Agreement

21 Dec
Friday @ 3:17 pm

It was recently revealed the Harrisburg School Board has agreed to settle with ex-superintendent Gerald Kohn. Kohn had sued the School District in Fall of 2010 after Mayor Linda Thompon's appointed School Board of Control ended his employment contract in a 5-2 vote. With that move, one of Thompson's campaign promises was fulfilled.

Kohn insisted his termination was improper and based on Thompson's personal vendetta against him. At the time he said, "I think that the reasons that it's being done are just wrong." Mayor Linda Thompson has always contended her call for the Kohn's dismissal was not based on vindication or personal history, but rather on Kohn's failure to raise the performance of the Harrisburg School District during his tenure.

The lawsuit filed in 2010 included ethical claims against Linda Thompson and attorney James Ellison. Thompson requested she be dismissed because of the “high public official immunity under Pennsylvania law.” Judge William Caldwell had denied her motion, and she remained in the suit with a federal civil-rights conspiracy claim against her.

No details of any proceeding settlement have been disclosed.

by Tara Leo Auchey

photo by Natalie Cake

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Special Report on The Harrisburg Incinerator Forensic Audit: The Parking Lease Part II

21 Dec
Friday @ 2:02 pm

In 2008, the City of Harrisburg was offered $215 million for a 75 year lease of its parking system, which included parking garages and meters. Locally, this deal was dubbed the "Frydman Deal," so named after Jacob Frydman, co-owner and prominent personality of the private equity firm that put the offer on the table.

The City of Harrisburg's mayor at the time, Stephen Reed, praised the Frydman Deal as the perfect remedy for the City's debt problems, primarily caused by a botched public project---the Harrisburg Incinerator retrofit.

Many of the same professionals, that is advisors and attorneys, who worked on the financings for the retrofit were also principle in conducting the business of the Frydman Deal. In order to get the deal sealed, two boards needed to give approval---the Harrisburg Parking Authority (HPA) and the Harrisburg City Council.

The HPA Board approved the deal in a 3-2 vote despite a very strong indication that board members hadn't thoroughly read or understood the complex contract put before them for vote. In fact, in subsequent testimony in front of Harrisburg City Council, Joe Link, Parking Authority Board Chairman and City Engineer, notified Councilors that he approved the deal based on the information given to him by the professionals and Mayor Reed. "I accepted what he had told me, and that was a good part of the basis that I used for making my recommendation," Link stated.

During his January 2012 testimony in Federal Court, attorney Andrew Giorgione corroborated Link's sentiment about Reed's authoritative approach to getting things done. "You didn't tell him to. He told you what to do."

In 2008, Harrisburg City Council, however, was not as easily swayed by Mayor Reed's insistence. City Council rejected the deal in a 7-0 vote.

In a recent meeting of the Harrisburg Receiver William Lynch, the Receiver's Financial Advisor, Steven Goldfield, and the HPA staff, Goldfield declared, that after reviewing the Frydman Deal, "[We] used that as our guiding light of what not to do."

by Tara Leo Auchey

by Natalie Cake

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