On November 13, 2012, the PA Senate Local Government Committee held its second public hearing examining the massive debt of the Harrisburg Incinerator. Attorney Carol Cocheres of the law firm Eckert Seamans testified during the proceedings. Cocheres was bond counsel to the underwriter RBC Capital for the 2003 Incinerator financing and bond counsel to the Harrisburg Authority for the 2007 financing. Videos: Part I: "We did not make any public policy decisions." Part II: Self-liquidating debt Part III: "All the public officials knew what the situation was." Part IV: "It was understood that there was going to be a fix here." Part V: "We presented it to DCED that there's been one continuous project really going back to 1993." Part VI: "That's what caused this whole problem to blow up." (Read More)
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