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State lawmakers: Remove lone state watchdog board worker

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 6, 2016 11:32 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Two Democratic Pennsylvania lawmakers say the lone worker at an authority created more than a decade ago to oversee Pittsburgh's then-failing finances should be removed.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa of Forest Hills and Sen. Wayne Fontana of Brookline say "a lack of scrutiny and accountability" has raised questions about the activities of Henry Sciortino, the executive director of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has said the authority - created in 2004 to help Pittsburgh avoid bankruptcy when the city was nearly $1 billion in debt - didn't have financial records for most of its expenditures.

Pittsburgh is disputing the authority's decision to withhold about $10 million in casino revenues.

The newspaper says the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office is investigating.

Sciortino has declined to comment.

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