Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Reappointment Goes Ahead, Despite County Council GOPs

Airport Authority chairman Glenn Mahone was almost blocked for reappointment by Republicans on Allegheny County Council, with support of Democrat Jim Ellenbogen.
Councilman at-large Chuck McCullough says Mahone has presided over the financial mismanagement of the Airport Authority for the last 5 years, and the county can become more fiscally responsible by removing him from his current position. He says Mahone has been uncooperative in repaying $42.5 million to the county.
Mahone was quoted as calling McCullough "uninformed."
McCullough says it's not a partisan issue, but one of good government. The 5 votes failed to block the reappointment, which extends Mahone's tenure to 2012, but it still has to come before committee.
McCullough also wants to launch an evaluation of the Airport Authority, Port Authority and sanitary authority Alosan. He says each has horrible financial track record, and while he's not advocating privitization or elimination, there needs to be a closer look at how to make these systems financially viable, if that's possible.
Mahone could not be reached for further comment.

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