Jan. 30th, 2015 @ 4:46 pm
Governor Wolf statement on the immediate resignation of Treasurer Rob McCord - A sad day for the Commonwealth. http://t.co/wGEFtydT5c
Jan. 30th, 2015 @ 3:51 pm
RT @tomfitzgerald: Pa Treasurer Rob McCord in video statement resigns immediately, says he is guilty of extortion in campaign fundraising.
Jan. 30th, 2015 @ 3:50 pm
RT @PhillyInquirer: BREAKING: PA. State Treasurer Rob McCord to plead guilty to fed charges, his lawyer says.
Jan. 30th, 2015 @ 3:16 pm
RT @AngelasInk: PA State Treasurer Rob McCord will put out video statement within the next 30 minutes, his lawyer says in email.
Jan. 30th, 2015 @ 2:34 pm
Hbg Mayor Papenfuse signs off on Verizon tower settlement. "I felt I had no choice." Video in a second. http://t.co/8ywbyo9Fwo
Jan. 30th, 2015 @ 1:26 pm
Hbg Mayor Papenfuse - Uber goes live tonight at 5pm
Jan. 30th, 2015 @ 1:02 pm
Mayor Papenfuse presser on Uber about to begin, PUC Commissioner Pamela Witmer is in the room.
Jan. 29th, 2015 @ 4:28 pm
New criminal charges filed against former Hbg treasurer. http://t.co/EVA9C1z7Zt
Jan. 28th, 2015 @ 11:57 am
Harrisburg City Council - The Verizon Tower settlement. Video http://t.co/q8sCj1wR0N
Jan. 27th, 2015 @ 2:28 pm
4 Swatara twp commissioners file court action asking for injunctive relief related to municipal reapportionment act. http://t.co/v7rbUgpBW9
Jan. 26th, 2015 @ 12:29 pm
Recording Pa House Majority Leader Dave Reed at Pa Press Club.
Jan. 26th, 2015 @ 4:38 pm
Update on the Office of Open Records lawsuit, video and a statement from Governor Wolf. http://t.co/XxcVBX0GWc
Jan. 26th, 2015 @ 2:42 pm
Lawsuit filed against Governor Wolf, DCED, and Office Of Open Records. Read the filings. http://t.co/FOIstluUuS
Jan. 25th, 2015 @ 3:40 pm
RT @Sam1963: The Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC) meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Monday) morning at 9:30am is now postponed un…
Jan. 23rd, 2015 @ 12:34 pm
Swatara Twp. schedules vote for adoption of 1-Ward Plan, # of commissioners would be reduced from 9 to 5. http://t.co/2eWJO4KQiO
Jan. 23rd, 2015 @ 12:12 pm
DNC 2016 Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016. Final decision on host city in the coming weeks.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 @ 5:55 pm
Hbg city council administration committee discussing 311dialing service. http://t.co/iwLVBH2jPm
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
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