In light of the current gambling scan...

In light of the current gambling scandal, should the mayor resign now?

Created by Jimmy B on Sep 30, 2013

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Wait till he's indicted too

Observations

Dravosburg, PA

#22 Oct 3, 2013
It's quite humorous how the Mayor's polling numbers go up once City Hall and the School District open. But nobody reads Topix right? At least the new Mayor's team seems more computer literate than the old Mayor's team. There isn't anything that has been revealed yet that would call for his recall or impeachment. That is kind of silly. He hasn't been accused of any illegality at all. Accepting campaign donations and documenting them is not a punishable offense. I'm quite surprised, and maybe even impressed, that local and state politicians would actually report donations from people they had to know to be involved in illegal gambling. Two thumbs up to the elected officials for such transparency! I don't know which is more funny though. The poll or the apparent City Hall/ School District response to it.
No So Fast on Vindication

Mckeesport, PA

#23 Oct 3, 2013
Observations wrote:
It's quite humorous how the Mayor's polling numbers go up once City Hall and the School District open. But nobody reads Topix right?

He hasn't been accused of any illegality at all. Accepting campaign donations and documenting them is not a punishable offense.

I don't know which is more funny though. The poll or the apparent City Hall/ School District response to it.
With all due respect to your observations, i.e. your comments are worthy of further evaluation in the context of the Commonwealth's State Ethics Law which follows. Mike or Jimmy have not yet been accused of anything does not mean that unnoticed or unreported alleged punishable acts may have been committed under the radar.

1103. Restricted activities

(a) Conflict of interest.--No public official or public employee shall engage in conduct that constitutes a conflict of interest.

(b) Seeking improper influence.--No person shall offer or give to a public official, public employee or nominee or candidate for public office or a member of his immediate family or a business with which he is associated, anything of monetary value, including a gift, loan, political contribution, reward or promise of future employment based on the offeror's or donor's understanding that the vote, official action or judgment of the public official or public employee or nominee or candidate for public office would be influenced thereby.

(c) Accepting improper influence.--No public official, public employee or nominee or candidate for public office shall solicit or accept anything of monetary value, including a gift, loan, political contribution, reward or promise of future employment, based on any understanding of that public official, public employee or nominee that the vote, official action or judgment of the public official or public employee or nominee or candidate for public office would be influenced thereby.

"Conflict" or "conflict of interest." Use by a public official or public employee of the authority of his office or employment or any confidential information received through his holding public office or employment for the private pecuniary benefit of himself, a member of his immediate family or a business with which he or a member of his immediate family is associated. The term does not include an action having a de minimis economic impact or which affects to the same degree a class consisting of the general public or a subclass consisting of an industry, occupation or other group which includes the public official or public employee, a member of his immediate family or a business with which he or a member of his immediate family is associated.

The employment and/or promotion and/or salary administration of all individuals that contribute to Brewster should be tested against (c) above. Just for a start contributors such as Elash, Pittman, Budd, Rost, Lust, Washowich's spouse, Tedesco, Barry, Gobel, Walsh, Kratzenburg, Adams, Ray's Tree, Rhome, Nickolich, Galloway, Bazokowski, Perkoski, Quicklube, Porky, Sturgts, McShane, Alfer, Young, Hanna, Steel, Tom Clark, other City and MACM employees or relatives contributions, etc,

These folks are pay for play with vendor contracts or appoints to boards or authorities or employment salary increases. I would guess that this might a case of "accepting improper influence."

But it is up to the State Ethic Commission and AG Kane to pursue these alleged flagrant violations. The solicitor campaigning on city time is something that AG Kane should jump on.

Remember the infamous Al Capone conviction. Pursued for murder and other crimes but caged for income tax evasion. Some culprits may be pursued for gaming law violations but caged for IRS or State Ethic Law violations.
yea but!

Baden, PA

#24 Oct 3, 2013
No So Fast on Vindication wrote:
<quoted text>With all due respect to your observations, i.e. your comments are worthy of further evaluation in the context of the Commonwealth's State Ethics Law which follows. Mike or Jimmy have not yet been accused of anything does not mean that unnoticed or unreported alleged punishable acts may have been committed under the radar.

§ 1103. Restricted activities

(a) Conflict of interest.--No public official or public employee shall engage in conduct that constitutes a conflict of interest.

(b) Seeking improper influence.--No person shall offer or give to a public official, public employee or nominee or candidate for public office or a member of his immediate family or a business with which he is associated, anything of monetary value, including a gift, loan, political contribution, reward or promise of future employment based on the offeror's or donor's understanding that the vote, official action or judgment of the public official or public employee or nominee or candidate for public office would be influenced thereby.

(c) Accepting improper influence.--No public official, public employee or nominee or candidate for public office shall solicit or accept anything of monetary value, including a gift, loan, political contribution, reward or promise of future employment, based on any understanding of that public official, public employee or nominee that the vote, official action or judgment of the public official or public employee or nominee or candidate for public office would be influenced thereby.

"Conflict" or "conflict of interest." Use by a public official or public employee of the authority of his office or employment or any confidential information received through his holding public office or employment for the private pecuniary benefit of himself, a member of his immediate family or a business with which he or a member of his immediate family is associated. The term does not include an action having a de minimis economic impact or which affects to the same degree a class consisting of the general public or a subclass consisting of an industry, occupation or other group which includes the public official or public employee, a member of his immediate family or a business with which he or a member of his immediate family is associated.

The employment and/or promotion and/or salary administration of all individuals that contribute to Brewster should be tested against (c) above. Just for a start contributors such as Elash, Pittman, Budd, Rost, Lust, Washowich's spouse, Tedesco, Barry, Gobel, Walsh, Kratzenburg, Adams, Ray's Tree, Rhome, Nickolich, Galloway, Bazokowski, Perkoski, Quicklube, Porky, Sturgts, McShane, Alfer, Young, Hanna, Steel, Tom Clark, other City and MACM employees or relatives contributions, etc,

These folks are pay for play with vendor contracts or appoints to boards or authorities or employment salary increases. I would guess that this might a case of "accepting improper influence."

But it is up to the State Ethic Commission and AG Kane to pursue these alleged flagrant violations. The solicitor campaigning on city time is something that AG Kane should jump on.

Remember the infamous Al Capone conviction. Pursued for murder and other crimes but caged for income tax evasion. Some culprits may be pursued for gaming law violations but caged for IRS or State Ethic Law violations.
That makes it illegal to make a donation for influence not to accept it and report it! He paid fees for machines like everyone else! City and Mayor do NOT ENFORCE poker machines! So contribution bought NOTHING!!!
No So Fast on Vindication

Mckeesport, PA

#25 Oct 3, 2013
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That makes it illegal to make a donation for influence not to accept it and report it! He paid fees for machines like everyone else! City and Mayor do NOT ENFORCE poker machines! So contribution bought NOTHING!!!
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Now unspin your thinking. The State Ethics Act addresses the recipient of the contributions, only -- not the giver.

Very clearly written - did the candidate or incumbent SEEK or ACCEPT a contribution? Show me where in the statute that it states that Porky or others are prohibited to make a contribution.

It is this simple. The Porkster contributed open and perhaps otherwise to the MDC, Brewster, and Cherepko and perhaps county and state political rallies at the Palisades.

Public record reveals what, when, and who received the political contributions from the Porkster. Brewster and Cherepko accepted such as documents by public records.

The Porkster was never raided by the MPD, County, or DA. The AG and State Police busted the corrupt originations about December 11, 2012 and 16 indictments were served to date. No help from DA or MPD.

The allegations could be that Jimmy and Mike let the Porkster operate unscathed for years since Jimmy became mayor in 2004. The allegation could include that Jimmy let him operate at the Circus on City property. The allegation could include that Jimmy let him operate at the Palisades which is public property.

The Porkster was captured on tape that he owns Mayor Cherepko City and police force. Jimmy said many times that the Porkster was always there when the city (and other political candidates) needed him, i.e., his financial contribution and picking up the tabs.

Only AG Kane and the State Police know if this is enough info and prove that Jimmy and Mike were influenced and their non active stance gave the Porkster a free hand. There are a few other foolish statements made in earshot of many that would not be prudent to reveal here.

Only AG Kane and the State Police can make the decision to ignore all OR launch a spin off investigation off the current gambling investigations.
Informer

West Mifflin, PA

#26 Oct 3, 2013
The way i hear it is that gov corbett is weighing in on the gambling investigation, the governor can apply pressure to the AG on lack off insufficient evidence there might be no cage time to anyone. the gov can even hand out pardons, the ag would be powerless. corbett owes porky and the higher ups since the late dr risha had fund raisers for the gov while in town a few years back with big donations going to the gov, this is what i hear on the streets in harrisburg and other state reps.

lets hope the port can get back to business as usual ,huh? LMAO!
False Defense Belief

Mckeesport, PA

#27 Oct 3, 2013
Informer wrote:
The way i hear it is that gov corbett is weighing in on the gambling investigation, the governor can apply pressure to the AG on lack off insufficient evidence there might be no cage time to anyone. the gov can even hand out pardons, the ag would be powerless. corbett owes porky and the higher ups since the late dr risha had fund raisers for the gov while in town a few years back with big donations going to the gov, this is what i hear on the streets in harrisburg and other state reps.
lets hope the port can get back to business as usual ,huh? LMAO!
True about the fund raiser at the late Dr. Risha son's country club in Duquense.

That was the affair that the former project manager for the MASD building program family contributed over $10,000 to Corbett so that he would return the PPM owner's phone calls.

Gov. Corbett and his staff are too smart and cautious to fall for this trap. I am sure they followed the plights of other failed governors and especially Blago who is in the cage. Those who are under investigation should not base their defense on this preposterous defense strategy.
Figures

Homestead, PA

#28 Oct 6, 2013
Yes.
Street Talk

Dravosburg, PA

#29 Oct 6, 2013
Word on the street is that the State Attorney General has her eyes set on bigger political fish.
These Elusive Fish

Mckeesport, PA

#30 Oct 6, 2013
Street Talk wrote:
Word on the street is that the State Attorney General has her eyes set on bigger political fish.
I think that one very physically big politician has already swallowed a sting hook. It just a matter of time for the AG and PSP to reel him slowly in and then present him with a indictment.

The other very bid and diminutive one are still swimming around but see baited hooks everywhere. It is not a matter of if but when they might chomp down on that dreaded indictment hook. So far they are a free as a bird and escaping the hook.

But the flippers and tipsters and plea bargains have not sung yet.
Nope

Homestead, PA

#31 Oct 7, 2013
Street Talk wrote:
Word on the street is that the State Attorney General has her eyes set on bigger political fish.
She has eyes on these, because she handed them down (16 of them) McKeesport are the fish. If she was frying other fish, she wouldn't have done anything in McKeesport. Apparently these fish were viewed as big, but are just on the pan.
Nope

Homestead, PA

#32 Oct 7, 2013
All fluent street talk is McKeesport is finished.
Fat Lady Did Not Sing Yet

Mckeesport, PA

#33 Oct 7, 2013
Nope wrote:
All fluent street talk is McKeesport is finished.
I agree with you for the first period which may be over like a career ending hockey game first period.

Second period is aggressively in progress at this time IMO. More interviews, tipsters complete their inputs, more invitations to entertain the State Grand Jury, more indictments; AG/courts sets the trial dates for those additional indictments for those who did not qualify for the immunity/plea bargain defense for any reason.

In the third period the state plea bargains/immunities are announced or leaked to the press, the federal government weights in and establishes their covert positions on RICO, IRS, DEA, and ATF, all state trials dates set and trials completed, the guilty are sentenced, punished, if applicable they are removed from government offices, and fined. If the state convictions do not satisfy the Feds, then the Federal positions held in abeyance are executed and fed investigations into collateral matters of interest begin, e.g., RICO, drugs, IRS tax code violations, loan sharking, prostitution, sports betting, city campaigning using tax payers resources, public corruption, rigged DUI charge adjudication, disappearance of IV and Palisades revenues, etc. These transgressions were not pursued by the AG and PSP to the best of my knowledge.

Very dark and ominous clouds may be gathering on the political horizon and the fed or state investigations could expand considerably IMO. Some esteemed and revered prominent figures could have their pensions or careers abruptly interrupted, al la Sandusky. Some could be suffering from a shortage of tears streaming down both legs as the dragnet shrinks IMO.
Observation

Dravosburg, PA

#35 Oct 7, 2013
When the weekend started the Mayor had 74 votes in favor of him not resigning. He didn't receive a single vote over the weekend as of last night. City Hall and the School District open their doors and eureka! The mayor picks up 15 votes. It would seem that our city officials and school district employees would have more pressing matters they should concern themselves with. This poll is still silly, as he hasn't been indicted of anything but the Mayor's camp apparently stuffing the ballot box is funnier.
Court of Common Sense

Mckeesport, PA

#36 Oct 7, 2013
Observation wrote:
When the weekend started the Mayor had 74 votes in favor of him not resigning. He didn't receive a single vote over the weekend as of last night. City Hall and the School District open their doors and eureka! The mayor picks up 15 votes. It would seem that our city officials and school district employees would have more pressing matters they should concern themselves with. This poll is still silly, as he hasn't been indicted of anything but the Mayor's camp apparently stuffing the ballot box is funnier.
The ballot count has nothing to do with the Grand Jury's position on indictments.
Red Skeleton

Pittsburgh, PA

#37 Oct 7, 2013
I think Mayor Mike, aka peeping Mike should stay in office as long as possible so everyone can continue to make fun of him.

Same with Punkie Brewster. They are the laughing stock of the world.
True

Homestead, PA

#38 Oct 7, 2013
Red Skeleton wrote:
I think Mayor Mike, aka peeping Mike should stay in office as long as possible so everyone can continue to make fun of him.
Same with Punkie Brewster. They are the laughing stock of the world.
The classic Red Skeleton!

IN THE WORLD!(Brewster bangs fist on table and yells louder while begging for government handouts) IN THE WORLD!

Now he can say it about himself and McKeesport, best laughing stocks in the world!
Laugh Factory

Homestead, PA

#39 Oct 7, 2013
Here's your government beggar saying he wants to solve blight but keeps McKeesport reserve money. Here is the news report that illustrates how Mayor Cherepko wants more government money to build projects for living but brings crime! McKeesport mayor Cherepko mentions he knows businesses will never be shoulder to shoulder. The reason is simple, the rise in theft from the free money to makes more HUD projects is the reason. Solution is to refuse McKeesport government HUD because police family members (NEPOTISM) with senator Brewster as HUD chairman will abuse the money!

Senator Brewster and his comic IN THE WORLD! government handout begging tactic on the news.

Rick Saccone makes the best point and his office confirmed he's against McKeesport getting any government money. Saccone said Harrisburg is wondering about this area (obviously the money abuses) by city officials in McKeesport! Harrisburg money decision makers are saying, "why should we give you any money? We're strapped too!"

McKeesport will never have businesses shoulder to shoulder because store crimes aren't handled by McKeesport police. GetGo left McKeesport because the police were sarcastic in McKeesport and failed to properly help with crimes in the stores in McKeesport! Same for several other city of McKeesport businesses, they left because the McKeesport police don't solve crimes, nor get rid of drug dealers that are known, even with detailed valid information!

'We're trying to make a comeback,' Mon Valley mayor - WTAE.com
www.wtae.com Allegheny Co. News
May 29, 2013 - The Mon Valley used to be the home of western Pennsylvania industry. Then Brewster took over.

http://www.wtae.com/news/local/allegheny/were...

McKeesport is the dump and largest laughing stock
IN THE WORLD!
Laugh Factory

Homestead, PA

#40 Oct 7, 2013
Rick Saccones office said he isn't any friend to Brewster nor agrees with giving McKeesport any money!

McKeesport is fishy and a BIG FISH TO FRY.
voters choice

West Mifflin, PA

#41 Oct 7, 2013
Observation wrote:
When the weekend started the Mayor had 74 votes in favor of him not resigning. He didn't receive a single vote over the weekend as of last night. City Hall and the School District open their doors and eureka! The mayor picks up 15 votes. It would seem that our city officials and school district employees would have more pressing matters they should concern themselves with. This poll is still silly, as he hasn't been indicted of anything but the Mayor's camp apparently stuffing the ballot box is funnier.
Maybe it means people have a life and are busy on the weekends unlike yourself ?
The poll is silly because it's not going your way? Dont be silly !
Red Skeleton

Pittsburgh, PA

#42 Oct 7, 2013
voters choice wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe it means people have a life and are busy on the weekends unlike yourself ?
The poll is silly because it's not going your way? Dont be silly !
Maybe it means that McKeesport is filled with ruthless, pieces of garbage, much like the mayor, himself.

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