#22 Jun 21, 2014
I didn't come on here to argue with someone's imagination. I just want to get the community together. We need to start with a Citizens' Review Board. We need to take our City back. We need to educate our kids, instead of beefing up the criminal justice system. Maybe the school board should stop lining the pockets of theirs friends, and put that money towards improving their ranking of the 480th worst school out of 500 schools in the state. I know most people are disgusted with the leaders of this community. There are 20,000 people in this community. We only need 2,800 votes to take the City back from our greedy leaders. Get the word out. We are going to be getting help from the media and the Feds, real soon. We just need to organize.
#23 Jun 21, 2014
I will probably get in trouble for expressing my freedom of speech in McKeesport. Not so Magic Mike doesn't like the truth getting out...
#24 Jun 21, 2014
It is sad when you have to purchase surveillance equipment and a security system to protect your family against the City of McKeesport.
#25 Sep 1, 2014
Who will the student mayor appoint as the unnecessary assistant public works director in January?
#26 Sep 8, 2014
I would bet on the D Vehicle as a slam dunk. Vote will be 6-0 with Soles introducing the motion.
#27 Jan 28, 2015
Just another case in point that Cover-ups are not Perpetual. The guilty get to worry about it every night -- will I be indicted tomorrow?
Sheldon Silver's Arrest Means Headaches For Andrew Cuomo
NEW YORK -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo wasn't the one in custody on Thursday. But the arrest of powerful New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver could spell plenty of trouble for his fellow Democrat.
The state's chief executive will face tough questions over his handling of corruption in the legislature. Perhaps more worryingly, he's been sent a sharp reminder that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara may be looking into why Cuomo killed an investigation into just the sort of double-dealing that Silver stands accused of.
Just hours after Silver's arrest on bribery and kickback charges involving millions of dollars, Cuomo's opponent in last year's Democratic primary wrote an op-ed lambasting the governor for closing down the corruption commission he'd created in July 2013.
"[A]s the Governor who promised to root out corruption, Andrew Cuomo has to answer for a culture of secrecy and corruption, an Old Boys Network that has gotten worse, not better, since he took office," Zephyr Teachout wrote in the New York Observer.
At the time Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission last March, he explained his decision as part of a deal with the legislature to pass modest ethics reforms. State legislators had fiercely resisted the commission's attempts to subpoena records about their second jobs. New York has a part-time legislature and its state lawmakers are free to pursue outside work, as long as they disclose -- which Silver allegedly failed to do.
"A withering New York Times investigation published in July, however, suggested that Cuomo had undermined the Moreland Commission while it operated and diluted its final report. Soon after Cuomo announced that the panel's work was over in March, Bharara, whose bailiwick is the Southern District of New York, began questioning why the governor made that decision.
Cuomo has taken a wait-and-see approach. In a Daily News interview hours after Silver's arrest, the governor said, "I want to see the facts before I have an opinion." Still, as more details about Silver's alleged improprieties leak out and the political chorus rises, Cuomo may be forced to take a more definitive position.
The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post.
Beyond the political turbulence, Cuomo must consider the possibility, uncertain at this point, that Bharara has the governor in his sights. Nothing in the complaint against Silver implicates the governor in any wrongdoing. But one of the political donors it mentions was also Cuomo's largest contributor in the most recent election cycle, and the governor and the speaker had a tight working relationship.
It's also not clear whether the Moreland Commission uncovered any hints of Silver's alleged misdeeds. Bharara refused to tell reporters how much of the evidence behind the allegations in his complaint came from the commission's subpoenas and interviews.
"This [complaint] deals with Shelly Silver and only Shelly Silver. But when you think about it, other issues come up," said Brodsky, the former assemblyman, pointing to the decision to end the Moreland Commission. "You have to be brain-dead not to want to think about the rest of it, and the rest of it is uncertain."
Bharara himself has been unusually public in his criticism of Cuomo for shutting down the commission. He obliquely repeated that criticism on Thursday, stating that "a deal was cut that cut off the commission's work, to the great relief of Sheldon Silver."
But Bharara was unusually vague -- intentionally so, he said when asked -- as to who might be in his sights next.
"Our unfinished fight against public corruption continues," he said. "You should stay tuned."
#28 Jan 29, 2015
The worst part about this entire screwed up situation is that the Mayor seems to be dictating to the respective the City offices. He tells them who to ignore and who to give special to. The point being I that in the midst of alot of obvious corruption and back door deals, I'm sure there are some good people on council. I know that alot of the Police are good guys but, are fighting a losing battle. I hope there's some truth to the rumor that there's an investigation going on.
#29 Jan 29, 2015
No investigations at all going on. IMO political influence curtailed all law enforcement entities investigations. The Porker will walk next month..
However, Speaker Sheldon Silver the second most powerful politician in New York thought that cover ups were forever. But he was wrong -- dead wrong. He was indicated after Gov. Cuomo covered it up for years. Now the Feds may be investigating the governor.
There is hope the Mob Valley may be investigated -- but very, very faint.
So far, in the Port and Mob Valley, cover ups are perpetual, but that could change like in New York. Remember the local new media report nothing negative about the Port. That is part of the problem.
#30 Jan 29, 2015
Wake up, wake up it's the 1st of the month, to get up, get up so cash your checks and get up
#31 Jan 29, 2015
I can't say that I disagree with you. If there was a report of some type corruption in a smaller community like Port Vue or Liberty or Lincoln the powers to be would be all over it. Bit, being that McKeesport is the garden spot of the Mon Valley, I guess the reports of dirty shit happening goes mostly unnoticed..
#32 Jan 31, 2015
Another case in point that cover ups (for example, Cornell School sex scandal) are not perpetual.
NYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case
The Associated PressJENNIFER PELTZ Jan 31st 2015 7:02AM
NEW YORK (AP)- Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he'd been mistaken for a mobster with the same name. The bad information, prosecutors said, came from two decorated police detectives who would later be convicted of moonlighting as hit men for the mob.
Twenty-nine years later, the city has reached a $5 million settlement with Guido's family in part of the fallout from one of the most stunning police corruption cases in New York history.
"This tragic matter involves the murder of an innocent man. After evaluating all the facts, it was determined that settling the case was in the city's best interest," the Law Department said in a statement. The family's lawyer didn't immediately return a call Friday night seeking comment.
Guido's mother, Pauline Pipitone, was washing dishes after Christmas dinner when gunfire erupted outside her Brooklyn home.
She ran over to the car and found her 26-year-old son sitting up at the wheel, she testified at the ex-detectives' 2006 racketeering trial. "I went to touch his hand, and he must have just died," she said. "His fingertips were cold."
Guido's killers had him confused with an enemy of a mob underboss who paid then-detectives Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa to be his criminal "crystal ball," a source of help killing eight of their patron's foes between 1986 and about 1990, Brooklyn federal prosecutors said.
The detectives were accused of carrying out two of those killings themselves. In others, they made traffic stops that ended with the driver killed; another time, they kidnapped a target and turned him over to the underboss, prosecutors said.
The detectives got $4,000 a month for inside information on law enforcement investigations, and they got $65,000 for carrying out one killing, prosecutors said.
"This is probably the most heinous series of crimes ever tried in this courthouse," a judge said at one point.
Eppolito and Caracappa, who insisted they were innocent, are serving life in prison.
Caracappa helped establish the police department's office for Mafia homicide probes. Eppolito wrote an autobiography, "Mafia Cop," about his life as a police officer who grew up in a mob family. He also played a bit part in the classic 1990 mob movie "GoodFellas."
By the time of their 2005 arrests, Eppolito and Caracappa had retired to Las Vegas.
In 2010, New York City agreed to pay $9.9 million to an innocent man who spent 19 years behind bars after being framed by Eppolito, whose arrest prompted a re-examination of the man's case.
#33 Feb 2, 2015
We terrorized and bullied our way to the slammer or to an indictment. Who said the big guys always get away with cover ups?
IMO the new big guy to be in the sights of the NY FBI is Governor Cuomo who failed in his state investigation cover up of assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver is alleged by the FBI to make numerous and considerable political contribution to Cuomo and laundered cash via his law firm as finder fees..
What say you Porkster? An esteemed elected state official proclaimed that you were always there when the City needed you. How about all those hams you gifted for Christmas time as a bonus for good "spots." Does being there mean coughing up some cash or more or bigger hams?
#34 Feb 2, 2015
I dunt know about any hams but I gots a 8 inch salami in my boxer shorts fer ya
#36 Feb 14, 2015
The ice is becoming thinner and another perfect and timely example that Cover-ups are Not Perpetual. It is not a matter of if but when on the duration of political cover ups.
SALEM, Ore.(AP)- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation Friday over a deepening influence-peddling scandal surrounding his fiancée and on the same day the U.S. Attorney's Office issued a subpoena demanding records and electronic communications pertaining to the pair.
The subpoena was the first acknowledgment of a federal investigation against Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes. It marks yet another turn in a scandal that brought down Oregon's longest-serving chief executive.
Kitzhaber's resignation, which is to take effect Wednesday, cleared the way for Secretary of State Kate Brown to assume Oregon's highest office and become the nation's first openly bisexual governor.
Kitzhaber insisted he broke no laws.
He will now join Sheldon Silver, Robert McCord, and McConnell with some degree of punishment.
If cover up can not hold up for these powerful elected official, how long can the mob valley hold out. Where are you FBI?
#37 Feb 19, 2015
It appears with 3 indictments that Perpetual Cover Ups for this culprit finally expired. It took several decades but the Perpetual Cover Ups barrier was finally penetrated by law enforcement.
The is a case in point that Cover Ups are not Perpetual as some of the power brokers in the Mob Valley and law enforcement agencies believe.
In the Mob Valley the Perpetual Cover Ups saga is winning for the time being. May be the news media will get around to exposing it?
Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Silver indicted on 3 charges
Published February 19, 2015
Jan. 7, 2015: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, walks on the floor in the Assembly Chamber at the start of the 2015 legislative session at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y.(AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was indicted Thursday on three charges after his arrest last month in a federal bribery case.
The indictment was returned in Manhattan federal court, where he appeared last month briefly when he was freed on bail just a day after sharing the stage with Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address. The charges are honest services mail fraud, honest services wire fraud and extortion under the color of his official duties.
"Our client is not guilty. We can now begin to fight for his total vindication. We intend to do that fighting where it should be done -- in court," Silver's lawyers, Joel Cohen and Steve Molo, said in a statement. Silver has said he is confident he will be vindicated.
Silver's arrest came after he had led the Assembly for over 20 years, becoming one of the most powerful and savvy figures in New York state politics.
But prosecutors said there was a dark side to his reputation as a potent backroom operator who played a major role in state budgets and laws, controlling which lawmakers sat on which committees and what bills got a vote.
The government said he had collected nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks since 2002 and disguised the proceeds as legitimate income.
The Democrat has since resigned as speaker but has said he intends to keep his Assembly seat.
Silver's arrest rocked the state Capitol, even though state lawmakers' arrests have become ruefully common. Some 28 New York legislators have stepped down because of criminal or ethical issues in the past 15 years. Four others remain in office while they fight charges, including Silver.
A day after announcing Silver's January arrest, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a breakfast meeting at a law school that it sometimes seems as if Albany had become a "cauldron of corruption."
He was particularly critical of what he called a "three-men-in-a-room " system of government that put too much control in the hands of the state's governor, Assembly speaker and Senate president.
#38 Feb 20, 2015
We are concerned about the teaser type investigative report revealed on WTAE Friday regarding the acquisition of four vacant lots by our beloved mayor. A more detailed WTAE report was projected for Monday at 5:00 pm.
The Allegheny County website indicated a purchase price of about $325 each. However, our beloved mayor contends that each parcel cost $1,900 because legal fees, etc.
All the beloved mayor has to do is provide to WTAE a copy of his canceled check(s) to the RACM and others that total $7600 and the issue should be dismissed forever.
It is understood that a reverse subdivision could entail considerable expense so it is possible that $7,600 is attainable, reasonable, and correct.
The statement in the local news media that our beloved mayor contacted adjacent property owner is suspect. It is the responsibility of VPRC/RACM to notify the adjacent property owners and offer each an opportunity to submit a bid, if interested, according the VPRC procedures.
The beloved mayor acquired this property over a year ago. Why is this an issue when he starts circulating his petitions for re-election? Is this coincidental or just the tip of an iceberg or some hidden agenda?
We commend WTAE for their much needed vigilance and suggest they expand and exert equal effort to delving into the unaudited operations of the Palisades/International Village and the dubious employment of a city elected official who owes the IRS over $170,000. The could be a violation of the State Ethics Law. IMO these matters could be actionable and are orders of magnitude more serious than the beloved mayor's quest for domestic tranquility.
I have no problem with the beloved mayor's property acquisition and building a dream house for his family. We thank him and his family for an investment in the City. We wish the mayor and his family the best in his new domicile.
However, I do have a problem with the mayor and council's refusal to have a third party independent audit of the Palisades/International Village where thousands of dollars are processed without a validated paper trail. What say you WTAE?
#39 Feb 23, 2015
The WTAE TV investigative report scheduled for tonight at 5:00 PM has the potential to explode open Pandora's Box of City cover ups starting with the buried DA report on the MPD overtime scandal suppressed by the senator.
Rerunning the investigative report again at 11:00 PM could give the CCD dude some serious indigestion and concerns.
It seems like the Karma table has turned and now WTAE TV is exploiting the CCD slogan and penetrating the despicable City perpetual cover up. Thank you in advance WTAE TV.
This revelation could hinder peaceful sleep for those who the cover up shoe fits.
And, let there be peace and tranquility among the dubious characters of Mob Valley at least until the next speculated next WTAE episode.
#40 Feb 23, 2015
The report was about Cherepko's 22000 savings, shouldered by the McKeesport taxpayers. He's one of the less than a handful of idiots building a new home in the Port but he encourages others to follow suit LOL. Any takers?
#41 Feb 23, 2015
It was a sloppy report. Everybody knows the city pulls this stunt whether you're going to build a new house or you just want a suburban lot for a yard. The point is HOW you get that property from the current owner.
#42 Feb 23, 2015
I believe the student mayor should be nominated for an Oscar for his Channel 4 WTAE TV performance today.
His smirk demeanor is typical when he drifts and sneakily deviates from facts.
The numerous costs of the transaction from the settlement sheet(s) should not be commingled with the selling prices. That is how he accumulated a misleading $7,600 for the parcels. The four parcels were less than $1,500 total as initially reported by the Prothronotary before the reverse sub-division.
None of our closing costs were capture by our deed or reported by the Prothronotary to the public on the website. Only the actual sell price of the parcel was reported.
Amazing student mayor, someone from your organization located Ms. Lawson and had her sign over her property to the City, but you could not find her to thank her for the “gift” that you either directly or indirectly benefited from.
Also, student mayor kindly confirm that he MACM did not do any sewage lines upgrades to enhance your access to the sewage system.
Also, student mayor kindly confirm that no City public works services were provided to enhance the quality of your procured real estate.
How did you jump to the top of VPRC list when the program was very hard pressed for funding?
Is East Street on the resurfacing schedule for this summer?
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