Corbett-Appointed Harrisburg Advisor Left NYC Job After Assault Arrest

Written by Scott Detrow, StateImpact Pennsylvania Reporter | Nov 21, 2011 7:04 PM

A key advisor in the law firm retained by the Corbett Administration to help turn around the city of Harrisburg left his previous job under the cloud of scandal.


By and large, Stephen Goldsmith has a sterling reputation: former Mayor of Indianapolis, longtime professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


There’s one major blemish: Goldsmith’s resignation as New York City’s deputy mayor earlier this year, after police were called to his house to settle a domestic disturbance between him and his wife. According to the July 30 report filed by Washington, D.C. police – first obtained by the New York Post – Goldsmith shoved his wife, Margaret, into a kitchen counter, and threw a phone onto the ground after she called the police.


Goldsmith was arrested for Simple Assault Domestic Violence, and spent more than a day behind bars, but was not charged with any crimes. That’s because his wife declined to press charges.


When asked about the allegations. Governor Corbett’s press secretary, Kevin Harley, said, “I’m not aware of any of those situations,” adding, “[Goldsmith] brings a wealth of municipal recovery experience.” During a speech at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Corbett said Goldsmith has a, "tremendous, nationwide reputation."


Goldsmith stepped down from his post in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s cabinet a few days after the arrest, but the administration never disclosed the incident. New York news outlets didn’t learn about the alleged domestic abuse until September.


Goldsmith is one of four partners at Washington, D.C. law firm McKenna Long and Aldridge working on Harrisburg’s financial recovery. Others include former Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker and former Washington Mayor Anthony Williams.

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