#45 Jun 24, 2012
He is doing just fine just like the private job sector is doing fine.
#46 Jul 12, 2012
By Annie Siebert / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Officials in McKeesport continue to squabble over efforts to remove two economic development organizations' offices from City Hall, but Dennis Pittman, head of the McKeesport Industrial Development Authority and the Mon-Yough Area Industrial Development Authority, says the organizations are staying put.
Mr. Pittman said the authorities' lease with the city renews itself automatically every six months unless the city gives 30 days notice of termination of the lease. He received a letter -- dated April 25 -- on May 3 from city Solicitor Jason Elash stating the authorities had to vacate their shared fourth-floor offices in City Hall by May 31, though the lease wasn't up until June 30.
Mr. Elash's letter also indicated "that the last lease we have on file at the City of McKeesport expired Dec. 31, 2003."
Mr. Pittman is a former city administrator who was fired by Mayor Mike Cherepko in January, and officials think his continued presence at City Hall as head of the authorities is disruptive to employee morale.
In a June 13 letter to the McKeesport city administrator and council, city controller Ray Malinchak argued that Mr. Elash's reference of an invalid lease "should invalidate the intent and purpose" of the letter, among other concerns. After Mr. Pittman noted the initial letter called for the authorities to vacate the offices a month before the lease ended, he said Mr. Elash then drafted another letter, backdated to May 28 but received July 3, indicating they had to be out by June 30. Mr. Pittman said that because the city failed to give the appropriate 30 days notice, the lease now rolls over for another six months and he doesn't intend to vacate City Hall.
Council President Darryl Segina said it would be "a shame" if the organizations had to relocate outside of McKeesport.
"I think his lease is good until Dec. 31, 2012," he said. " In my opinion, I looked at the lease, and they did not give him a proper time frame."
But Mr. Cherepko said the lease cited by Mr. Pittman and Mr. Malinchak was never valid because it was never approved by McKeesport council, which is required under the city's home rule charter. He said he's been "more than flexible" because he's honored the lease cited by Mr. Pittman but expects the authorities to relocate by the end of July.
The home rule charter specifically says that an ordinance is required to "convey or lease or authorize the conveyance or lease of any lands of the City." Mr. Malinchak said he believes that applies only to land, not the lease of office space.
Furthermore, Ira Weiss, a municipal lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, said that while governing bodies usually have to approve contracts, including leases, McKeesport officials have been acting in a way that validates the authorities' lease.
"If the city has accepted its rent and cashed its checks, they have a hard time saying they have no right to be there," he said.
Mr. Pittman said he has paid his $250-a-month rent to the city on time every month for nearly a decade.
Mr. Pittman said Mr. Cherepko screamed at him earlier this month, initially telling Mr. Pittman he had until July 31 to vacate the offices. As the argument escalated, Mr. Pittman said, Mr. Cherepko threatened to have the locks changed sometime this week.
"This is really tiresome," Mr. Pittman said. "I don't have time to waste on this nonsense."
Mr. Cherepko said that Mr. Pittman "tends to stir things up, and that alone is one of the reasons they need to go, to be quite honest with you.
"I have to look out for my employees, first and foremost."
Mr. Pittman wrote a letter to McKeesport council seeking support and said he has "received legal advice" indicating that the lease will be valid until Dec. 31, noting that he plans to fight any attempts at eviction.
#47 Oct 24, 2013
John Jason Elash has a extensive history of taking advantage of his peers. He has upset quite a few if them, and has quite the access to many city hall rooms. His current dishonesty and his connections abuse to police and abuse of the law in McKeesport are a current problem.
Does Elash insurance company know he pled guilty to DUI. They have a right to know, and I suspect this has been kept from the company.
Elash refused to admit he was drunk driving after the current mayors inaugural ball at the Palisades in McKeesport.
Some insurance companies don't find out for years, some longer. It depends on the term of the insurance and when the DUI occurred.
Elash has zero regard for anyone else but himself, and he's a large factor in McKeesport corruption. He has proven to harm others he views he wants to with all city resources available to him.
#48 Oct 24, 2013
Elash abuses his job using city resources against any he wants to.
#49 Oct 24, 2013
Thanks, your advice worked perfectly to result in the current 16 indictments. Thank you.
The illegal gambling with police and a McKeesport city councilman was found out. Thank you.
#50 Oct 24, 2013
#51 Oct 27, 2013
He helped the city of McKeesport lose its reputation.
#52 Oct 27, 2013
McKeesport Pennsylvania is full of criminals running the city. All are (MDC) McKeesport Democratic Committee connected.
#53 Oct 27, 2013
and what do the people do to correct the problem they hide on meeting night......they are trained to zip it up.......why are these corrupt politicians still on the job..........why no outrage? where are all the spineless cowards? OH! I forgot they always come on here to hide behind a computer....only cowards do that.........LOL!
#54 Oct 30, 2013
No one has to storm city hall with retaliatory city workers.
You all only need to vote out by electing someone like Regis M. whom will fire John Jason Elash as they have before!
Just because a few names are on the ballot for McKeesport doesn't mean you have to vote for them. Most of the McKeesport political candidates only win because no one else wants the jobs. It's a friends only city aka fool ok boys not girls. They don't want any equality or women running anything in McKeesport. It's a very closed nepotism only area, open only to friends and higher contract charging 'good neighbors,' but for some if the money back under the table! This is described on the FBI website, similar to the current Pittsburgh investigations. Pittsburghs police car radio contracts with other suspicious friend only contracts.
#55 Oct 30, 2013
No one hides on meeting night, they know if they go retaliation is the end result. After all, you are Brewster and Elash and both if you are known for retaliation. Most are simply allowing you to destroy yourselves with pride. Ego is your worst enemy in these times, you are your very worst own enemies with pride.
McKeesport meetings are small and very controlled by the multiple DUI city solicitor and friends. Results for some of you such a Daniel Carr, McKeesport councilman now indicted are on the council. Meetings in McKeesport aren't very intelligently run, with the power hungry residing over all concerns.
Do you ever receive the answer of do you repeatedly ask like John Jason Elash dies. You cannot bait the intelligent to willingly go into a jungle such as McKeesport council meetings.
Your only able to bait people with your attitude and you haven't any charisma. You lost on many points if your trying to bait or play with emotions. No one is immature as you, the McKeesport city solicitor with multiple DUI and owing the IRS as you do John Jason Elash.
Your meetings are petty. The AG took care of most concerns to date. Your about to implode from within, you've already started. Your past news Elash, you've been fired by too many cities and townships already. Quit drinking and driving yet? We did ask you about your insurance, has your carrier dropped you yet?
Your online repeated rants about storming city hall and attending lame McKeesport meetings is a joke altogether! You need mental help John Jason Elash. Stop running into buildings as you last did on 716 Long Run Road while drunk in your white Cadillac Escallade. Get anymore lemons from Steele City Auto? Junk dealer. The business you represent John.
#56 Oct 30, 2013
The baby Elash was slapped on the hand for his second caught DUI offense. How many drunk driving incidents by city solicitor for McKeesport weren't caught?
Get your little jug of tea out like you had at court John. Stop running into buildings drunk. Get the help you so desperately need.
#57 Oct 30, 2013
McKeesport has multiple sinister claims to fame. Standard protocol in McKeesport, city officials break the law and keep jobs with the exception of Pail Shelly. The DA dropped the Elash backed false case with Brewster. All political!
#58 Oct 30, 2013
He's done. He broke his agreement signed to keep his job after his last DUI.
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