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Unbelievable

Erie, PA

#1 Feb 21, 2009
Weber Blasts Leone Over Allegations
Reported by: Lou Baxter, WJET TV 24

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 @04:53pm EST

There are new allegations in a lawsuit facing members of Erie County Council and it's former chairman Fiore Leone.
And, now County Controller Sue Weber has been dragged into the battle.
In the suit, Dan Galena of Erie County accuses Fiore Leone and County Council with a pattern and practice of retaliation against citizens who criticize Erie County government.

In an amended lawsuit filed in US District Court, the attorney for Dan Galena charges that former Council Chairman Fiore Leone has attacked and abused County Controller Sue Weber for raising questions and criticizing county government.
In a letter to Weber on official county stationary attached to the amended complaint
Leone writes, " I note you are searching past and present records for any issue in trying to discredit me in some way. I encourage you to keep trying. My skirts are clean. How about yours?"

In the same letter, Leone goes on to say that he is writing a book and writes, "I'm sure you and your husband will be interested in one of my chapters...it's called Presque Isle Peninsula After Dark....about people in cars after the park closes...wow....some story."

Action News 24 contacted Leone by phone while on vacation, who admits writing many letters to Weber. In this one in particular, Leone says he was alluding to information he had concerning Weber's daughter.
But that's not what Leone told Weber when she got the letter and confronted him about it face to face.

Weber told Action News 24 that Leone was alluding to something involving her and never mentioned her daughter when they spoke. She said "the letter was sent to me and it was about me, and it hacks me off that he would bring my daughter into this. I'm livid"

Leone would say nothing else about the letter and said anything more about this case would have to come from his attorney.
TWTL

Edinboro, PA

#2 Feb 21, 2009
Sue Weber does the job she's paid to do and she does it well. It looks like Mr. Leone has met his match!
Concerned

Harborcreek, PA

#3 Feb 21, 2009
Leone is a real piece of work. What goes around comes around.
toots

Edinboro, PA

#4 Feb 21, 2009
He should be kicked out of office. If they won't do this, hope someone, anyone runs against him so we can vote him out.
Question

Erie, PA

#5 Feb 21, 2009
Why doesn't the media check into Leone's connections to the Roth-Marz firm?

Isn't Leone a paid "consultant" to them?

Hasn't Roth-Marz been awarded many local government contracts?
For the People

Centerville, PA

#6 Feb 21, 2009
I wonder if more people who have received similiar letters from the "Godfather" will come forward now. It is time for his "rein" in Erie County to end!

“GodBless+KeepYou”

Since: Oct 08

Crawford County

#7 Feb 21, 2009
Sure am glad I don't live in Erie County. I have met Sue and she seems to be a nice person.
How long has Leone been on council, or in any form of government?
GBKY
tombo

Edinboro, PA

#8 Feb 21, 2009
Brenda1 wrote:
Sure am glad I don't live in Erie County. I have met Sue and she seems to be a nice person.
How long has Leone been on council, or in any form of government?
GBKY
He's been around for a while, and I think he's rounded some sort of bend here. Then again county and local government is full of wackadoos. Weber herself is famous for writing ignorant letters and making specious and cryptic accusations just like this. She also tends to use the ready, shoot, aim approach when attacking something or someone else. First call media, second - get some facts, third - blow it all out of proportion. I think Leone's a little worse that she is, but they are the same kind of operator.
The Angry Republican

United States

#9 Feb 21, 2009
Hopefully the reign of King Fiore is over. His letter to Sue Weber was a joke, and interview with Jeremy Beecher last night was beyond bizarre. It displays the mobster mentality that he has. I hope he gets his just desserts.
Unbelievable

Erie, PA

#10 Feb 22, 2009
Question wrote:
Why doesn't the media check into Leone's connections to the Roth-Marz firm?
Interesting question but it goes unanswered. WJET TV has been the only media outlet in Erie County to even question Leone on this issue. The Erie Times-News, Corry Journal, TV Channels 12 and 35, and other smaller media sources have ignored this wrong doing.
Question wrote:
Isn't Leone a paid "consultant" to them?
He sure is !!
Question wrote:
Hasn't Roth-Marz been awarded many local government contracts?
They sure have !Just about anything being being built or rebuilt by Erie County has the Roth-Marz name on it. Again, both the media and the DA ignore this relationship between Leone and Roth-Marz.

It sure would be nice if other citizens, besides Dan Galena, would spend some of their time and effort watchdogging Leone and Erie County government. It seems the abuse of both public monies and the citizenry is rampant within Erie County government. More than likely it's not much better in Erie City government. Although Joe Sinnott seems to be making an effort to clean up the city. All in all....it's just Unbelievable !
bitchsaywhat

Erie, PA

#11 May 22, 2009
This made waves WAY before that loser bussi-boy "interviewed" Buzz.
Chandu

Hudson, OH

#12 May 23, 2009
What is it with Italian politicians and character assassination as political extortion? What does this town have to show for the decades of Italian-dominated local political control besides a death spiral into bankrupt irrelevance?
citi

Erie, PA

#13 May 23, 2009
Dan Galena? OUR Dan Galena that use to post here on topix?

Who knew...

:) citi
citi

Erie, PA

#14 May 23, 2009
used to* correction.
Chandu

Hudson, OH

#15 May 23, 2009
The very same. I'm choking on a good word for the guy but taking down Leone is a good deed.
citi wrote:
Dan Galena? OUR Dan Galena that use to post here on topix?
Who knew...
:) citi
citi

Erie, PA

#16 May 23, 2009
Chandu wrote:
The very same. I'm choking on a good word for the guy but taking down Leone is a good deed.
<quoted text>
Seriously...WHO knew...?

:) citi
Chandu

Hudson, OH

#17 May 23, 2009
I suppose some bigshot at the Erie Times-News must have spent some time in the crosshairs of Leone's night-vision equipment 'cuz we should all have known.
TWTL

Edinboro, PA

#18 May 23, 2009
Chandu wrote:
I suppose some bigshot at the Erie Times-News must have spent some time in the crosshairs of Leone's night-vision equipment 'cuz we should all have known.
Kevin Flowers covered this a year ago.
http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article...
outsidepolitical observer

Harborcreek, PA

#19 May 23, 2009
Leone gets away with what he wants to get away with because he doesn't care what the public thinks because he is so old and decrepid. His power team was shut down by Sinnott when he wouldn't cater to their whims in hiring eho the "team" wanted hired. Good for you, Joe - keep up the good work but you have to let go of the tires-to-energy plant, It's a lose-lose situation. Get on Barry's bandwagon with the "no cost to the taxpayers" Community College as long as they don't call it Garvey Park (distant relative of Scott Park.)
outsidepolitical observer

Harborcreek, PA

#20 May 23, 2009
Oh yeah - the "power team" consisted of Dipaolo, Logue, Bagnoni (the "fired" airport security "expert") Divecchio and of course Leone. Cleaver couldn't make it because he was too busy on the East side of town and doesn't know his way around the West side unless escorted by Leone.(RICO baby, RICO) You go AJ and Sue Weber, bring Leone to his knees...oh, and you too, Can "unbelievable" Galena...

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