Brewster laments CDBG cuts

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Lawmakers are raising alarms about proposed cuts in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program.

“Funding from the program has been essential to areas across Pennsylvania for nearly 40 years,” state Sen. James Brewster, D-McKeesport, said.“To take it away now would be devastating.”

For the federal fiscal year 2014, which begins on Oct. 1, President Barack Obama proposed $2.79 billion for community development grants. The House proposed to cut $1.67 billion.

If either are approved by Congress, available funds again would be depleted for the program, which a decade ago funneled more than $4.3 billion to local communities based on poverty levels, population trends and housing needs.

“Hundreds of communities in Pennsylvania receive funds from this program,” said Brewster, state Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee minority chairman and former mayor of McKeesport.

“The grant returns taxpayer money to local economies,” Brewster said.“Without it, many municipalities wouldn't be able to make ends meet.”

Three billion dollars were allotted for the grants this federal fiscal year, up from $2.95 billion in 2012, according to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton.

A bid by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Philadelphia, to reverse what the National League of Cities called an “especially harmful cut” was defeated in the House.

Fattah could not persuade a majority on the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, of which U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, is chairman.

In remarks quoted by American City & County, Latham said tough choices had to be made to preserve funds for MAP-21, or “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century,” for transportation funding, air traffic controllers and housing renewals.

“Unfortunately, to meet these priorities under our allocation, we had to provide lower numbers for other parts of the bill,” Latham said.

For this year, Casey said, Allegheny County received $12.56 million in CDBG funds,$2.45 million in home consortium funds and $1.29 million in an emergency shelter grant.

The county Department of Economic Development funnels that money to municipalities through councils of government such as Twin Rivers, Steel Valley, South Hills Area and Turtle Creek Valley.

HUD issues separate block grants for Pittsburgh ($13 million), McKeesport ($969,509) and Penn Hills ($684,378).

Pittsburgh received $1.95 million in home consortium funds,$1.3 million in an emergency shelter grant and $731,171 for housing opportunities for persons with AIDS.

Philadelphia also received a grant in the latter catagory, as did some Pennsylvania municipalities that otherwise would not qualify for the block grant funding.

Casey said Westmoreland County received $3.46 million in block grants,$899,276 in home consortium grants and $359,817 in emergency shelter grants.

“These funds are not gifts to the municipalities,” Brewster said.“The citizens are getting a portion of their taxes back in the form of these grants.”

McKeesport's grant is $1,514,000, less than two-thirds of what it was in 2003. It dropped to $1,486,000 in 2004 and $1,402,000 in 2005.

In February 2005, when President George W. Bush reportedly proposed cutting block-grant funding in half, then-Mayor Brewster told city council,“that would be catastrophic.”

Brewster used that term on Friday to describe the possible impact of 2013 cuts.

In December 2005, Brewster led city and McKeesport Housing Authority officials to Washington for meetings with aides to then-HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson in a bid to prevent block-grant cuts.

In July 2011, McKeesport's grant was threatened when HUD said the city failed “to affirmatively further fair housing within its jurisdiction.”

The dispute was resolved in December 2011 when then-Mayor Regis McLaughlin signed a three-year “voluntary compliance agreement” with HUD.
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So what. They weren't spending it on what it was supposed to be spent on, like community DEVELOPMENT. It's going to the "widows and orphans fund", paying salaries of people who should be paid from other funding, and people on the payroll who don't do an hour's work.
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Troublemaker wrote:
So what. They weren't spending it on what it was supposed to be spent on, like community DEVELOPMENT. It's going to the "widows and orphans fund", paying salaries of people who should be paid from other funding, and people on the payroll who don't do an hour's work.
The grants should not be cut. They should be eliminated. The Chair of the MHA will not have funds to employ his relatives and his cohorts. The Chair is worried that he will not be able to use these funds for contractors who then illegally like the TPC contribute to his campaigns.

These grants and funds are first used to buy votes and name building after narcissistic politicians.

No politician will every vote against Santa Claus government.
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Our City has too much RESPECT and is way above this kind of behavior. Sometime this year some say that a city female left the premises in tears because she was berated by a despicable bully and superior employee. The business manager persuaded her to return to work. Is this a dead issue? I hope not.

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UPDATED 4:41 PM EDT Jul 22, 2013

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Irene McCormack Jackson said she and other women were subjected to "crude and disgusting" comments and inappropriate touching by Filner. She said she resigned as Filner's communications director in June after deciding that the mayor would not change his behavior.

"I had to work and do my job in an atmosphere where women were viewed by Mayor Filner as sexual objects or stupid idiots," Jackson said. She said Filner asked her to work without underwear and made repeated sexual advances toward her.

"He is not fit to be mayor of our great city. He is not fit to hold any public office. A man who lacks character makes a mockery of his ideas," she said.

Filner has been battling allegations of sexual harassment for several weeks, but none of the women leveling those claims had come forward before Jackson filed suit in a state court Monday. Her lawyer, Gloria Allred, called on Filner to resign, telling reporters, "Apologies alone will not take care of this injustice."

There was no immediate response from Filner, who has denied the harassment allegations against him. He said last week that he believes he will be vindicated by "a full presentation of the facts." But he has also acknowledged, "I need help," and added, "I'm clearly doing something wrong."

"I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them," Filner said in a statement earlier this month. "It's a good thing that behavior that would have been tolerated in the past is being called out in this generation for what it is: inappropriate and wrong."

Former city councilwoman Donna Frye -- a Democrat, like Filner -- and two attorneys who say they represent accusers had leveled allegations against the mayor before Monday. One of the attorneys, Marco Gonzalez, who represents an unidentified accuser, said last week that he intends to file a sexual harassment claim with the city and may also file civil lawsuits against San Diego.

Jackson said her decision to resign was clinched after Filner's deputy chief of staff resigned in June. Filner "refused to listen to someone he had known for 35 years, and who told him explicitly, during a senior staff meeting, that his behavior with women was terrible and possibly illegal.

Filner "laughed it off," she said. She said Filner challenged her to provide one example of improper behavior; when she brought up his comments about wearing underwear, "He had no comeback," she said.

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Feds investigating tax-funded Pittsburgh projects

Updated: 2:13 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013 | Posted: 2:06 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013

http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/feds-inve...
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Eliminate All CD Grants wrote:
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The grants should not be cut. They should be eliminated. The Chair of the MHA will not have funds to employ his relatives and his cohorts. The Chair is worried that he will not be able to use these funds for contractors who then illegally like the TPC contribute to his campaigns.
These grants and funds are first used to buy votes and name building after narcissistic politicians.
No politician will every vote against Santa Claus government.
The government decided to cut nepotism pay for work not rendered. Who's the next mayor? Tedesco.
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The government decided to cut nepotism pay for work not rendered. Who's the next mayor? Tedesco.
Are you suggesting or hinting that His Honor will not complete his present term?

That is possible if the mechanical device fees for a certain number of mechanical devices do not coincide with the number of machines confiscated in the Port by the Commonwealth.

It is the biggest open secret that the city cuts the device owners a break on the number of machine in return for handsome political campaign contributions. The Pork contributed generosity to the machine candidates and this is public information. Something like the TPC sever who are going to trial for the Pay for Play corruption.

These mechanical devices licensed are the records that AG Kane subpoenaed from the City. Also, tapped telephone conversations to and from the Port by the AG team investigating the Pork and Red video dynasty could be a career changer for some.

Of course the mayor and solicitor handled this administrative task to of providing mechanical device licensed records to keep it covered up and below the radar. This is another example of the transparency promised by Mikey -- but not delivered.

Or are you suggesting, that the new and astute CD Director' position will not longer be funded by the Feds? He will then be thrown under the bus and will reemerge as a mayoral candidate?

Remember the investigators have some creditable sources of information to tap, if necessary. Pittman, Joyce, Rost, Shermenti, McLaughlin, Segina, Budd, Brooks, and yes even the esteemed solicitor might be a high value asset. Also do not forget that Imbrogno and Patel plea bargained with the Feds.

Only time will tell and all this may just evaporate or go dormant like the Ravensthal matter. I tend to believe that all will evaporate just like the MPD overtime scandal and the Cornell School sex scandal and the missing scrapped vehicles monies.
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The solicitor makes sure no one breaks the law. No one has been charged with anything after years of open crap allegations and investigations based on said bullshit information. That's where tax dollars are going down the tubes

Stay positive. Have ideas to make the city better. Stop all the rumor and lie spreading and make a difference. Maybe then, u can win one election!!
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Only time will tell and all this may just evaporate or go dormant like the Ravensthal matter. I tend to believe that all will evaporate just like the MPD overtime scandal and the Cornell School sex scandal and the missing scrapped vehicles monies.
This is very old news,,very old, but people bring it up on a daily basis...... i just cant understand why people are beating a dead horse..
SMH
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Informer wrote:
Only time will tell and all this may just evaporate or go dormant like the Ravensthal matter. I tend to believe that all will evaporate just like the MPD overtime scandal and the Cornell School sex scandal and the missing scrapped vehicles monies.
This is very old news,,very old, but people bring it up on a daily basis...... i just cant understand why people are beating a dead horse..
SMH
The State Grand Jury investigation follow up activities related to the numerous video game raids in December is not old news.

The numerous subpoenas issued to those involved or knowledgeable about the video game dynasty in not old news.

The numerous letters advising certain persons that their phone calls were tapped is not old news.

The fact that a very respected staffer for an elected official was invited to testify twice at the Grand Jury recently is not old news.

The fact that our IV Chairman/Councilman/Viking operator was invited to share information with the authorities is not old information. The Viking was raided more than once.

The fact that the AG/Grand Jury subpoenaed mechanical device licensing records from the City is not old information.

The fact that the state subpoenaed records from the Palisades is not old information.

I think that this horse is alive and kicking in the confines of the State Grand Jury coral and all testimony is being evaluated.

No one knows except the AG if and when any indictments sealed or unsealed will come up from the Grand Jury.

It could be a nuclear bombshell or be covered up like the Cornell School sex scandal, missing MACM copper, MPD overtime scandal, etc. Only time will tell if the bucking bronco breaks out of the grand jury corral carrying a fist full of indictments.

I think the Ravenstahl matter is still in progress and speculate that he a target of the federal investigation. He did not abruptly decide not to run for mayor for the reasons he stated. The visit to the US Attorney's office with two lawyers was a vicious head slap with more to follow.
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Brewsters brother on Topix thinks it is old news.

Brewsters brother, McKeesport code enforcement officer is paid by CDBG.
(Community Development Block Grant)

John Jason Elash and Brewster are some of the McKeesport city workers on Topix. Afraid yet?
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McKeesport state senator laments proposed grant funding cuts
Published: Monday, July 22, 2013, 3:56 a.m.
http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourmckeesp...

In December 2005, Brewster led city and McKeesport Housing Authority officials to Washington for meetings with aides to then-HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson in a bid to prevent block-grant cuts.

In July 2011, McKeesport's grant was threatened when HUD said the city failed “to affirmatively further fair housing within its jurisdiction.”

The dispute was resolved in December 2011 when then-Mayor Regis McLaughlin signed a three-year “voluntary compliance agreement” with HUD.
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McKeesport city solicitor John Jason Elash wasn't able to stop Regis from signing. Regis fired Elash back then for his many meddlings using police and Brewsters brother to make trouble.

Right Brewster?

It's how McKeesport operates, aside from protecting illegal gambling ringleaders. In a wiretap, Ronald "Porky" Melocchi admitted he can do whatever he likes. That city hall and the mayor Cherepko let him do anything in McKeesport. This includes breaking laws. It's the same favors for anyone politically connected, the associated with McKeesport politics and friends.

Some favors may given to keep secrets and hold cover-ups from long ago.

McKeesport is the most corrupt location in all Allegheny County. Laws are only enforced selectively and depending on to whom.
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Only time will tell and all this may just evaporate or go dormant like the Ravensthal matter. I tend to believe that all will evaporate just like the MPD overtime scandal and the Cornell School sex scandal and the missing scrapped vehicles monies.
This is very old news,,very old, but people bring it up on a daily basis...... i just cant understand why people are beating a dead horse..
SMH
Cry me a river Brewster. The worlds smallest fiddle should be played for you. Don't you have a special seat at the illegal gambling Viking Bar with indicted owner, councilman Daniel Carr? You do. Protect him, protect your multiple DUI city secret holder John Jason Elash.

Will you fire your brother on code enforcement or cut his job too? No, you'll cut those living off your cried for government money. You deserve much less from the government Senator Brewster. No money for you as Rick Saccone said! Harrisburg doesn't need your welfare city. You sit on the board for the McKeesport Housing Authority and skim off the money everywhere possible. You friend from Mellon Bank was charged.
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Birdie wrote:
The solicitor makes sure no one breaks the law. No one has been charged with anything after years of open crap allegations and investigations based on said bullshit information. That's where tax dollars are going down the tubes
Stay positive. Have ideas to make the city better. Stop all the rumor and lie spreading and make a difference. Maybe then, u can win one election!!
How many years did you say that until Sandusky and the Pennsylvania State criminals were charged? What about the McKeesport councilman Carr, owner of The Viking Bar recent indictment? Who's next?
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Brewster is losing McKeesport businesses and government money. At least he has a poorly graded flyover ramp to a depleting industrial area.
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Don't forget the 'sidewalk to nowhere ' & those useless 'blue benches' nobody has ever used . If it wasn't for the free Gov't. socialized handouts -not one political prostitute in this valley could be re-elected on their own merit & achievements.

No more than useless, career welfare beggars wearing suits & ties & attending meetings . SOS
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Have you ever told these masqueraders face to face your thoughts? I'm on your same page by the way. Rick Saccone doesn't want Harrisburg giving McKeesport officials handouts either. Brewster might send his brother on you, afraid yet? You might have a problem with your house, it's in McKeesport!

The office is run by CDBG, and Brewster is a chair for the privatized HUD in McKeesport! Just in place to play with more of the government money! I think any senator or mayor on all the boards and committees in the same city of McKeesport would constitute a conflict of interest.

McKeesport is a non monitored Day Care, reason so many open in McKeesport.
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Don't forget the 'sidewalk to nowhere ' & those useless 'blue benches' nobody has ever used . If it wasn't for the free Gov't. socialized handouts -not one political prostitute in this valley could be re-elected on their own merit & achievements.
No more than useless, career welfare beggars wearing suits & ties & attending meetings . SOS
If the money Brewster refused went to the tax payers as it was supposed to, McKeesport would be better off. Giving the money to the self serving Salvation Army was quite a waste because all they did was pay themselves. The probably gave a portion back to Brewster under the table.
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----------Re-Broadcast-------- --Don't forget the 'sidewalk to nowhere ' & those useless 'blue benches' nobody has ever used . If it wasn't for the free Gov't. socialized handouts -not one political prostitute in this valley could be re-elected on their own merit & achievements.

No more than useless, career welfare beggars wearing suits & ties & attending meetings . SOS

Of course he laments , all phony poverty pimps from barry obama on down - who do nothing but use welfare & section 8 to get re-elected never want to stop bleeding the working class dry. They are incapable of managing anything without handouts.
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White Lightning wrote:
----------Re-Broadcast-------- --Don't forget the 'sidewalk to nowhere ' & those useless 'blue benches' nobody has ever used . If it wasn't for the free Gov't. socialized handouts -not one political prostitute in this valley could be re-elected on their own merit & achievements.
No more than useless, career welfare beggars wearing suits & ties & attending meetings . SOS
Of course he laments , all phony poverty pimps from barry obama on down - who do nothing but use welfare & section 8 to get re-elected never want to stop bleeding the working class dry. They are incapable of managing anything without handouts.
May as well keep repeating the messages, because McKeesport city employees will be on Topix.

The motto of McKeesport could also be,'McKeesport stands for zero achievements without government money!'

Didn't the news report a $9 a head loss to food stamps per house member family collecting? A large family of kids with various baby daddies loses quite a bit this month White Lightning!

Large families full of households with relatives in it on food stamps will lose over $100 a month. Just in time for Christmas and save shoppers some aggravation with these abusers in the way. You will definitely notice a difference in a month as the news reported the cuts begin immediately.

During the current president Obama in office, may have been passed during the latest government shit down. Did you use the new health care system White Lightning?

Did you ever tell these flunkies in McKeesport what you thought of them face to face before? It's one of the prime complaints on here.

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