Week 4 Update

1. The Act 47 Hearing will resume this Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. in the Chambers of City Council. BE THERE. Anyone who did not testify the first night will be permitted to testify. A new Presiding Officer has been appointed by DCED. He is Edward Finkelstein, an attorney with experience presiding at administrative hearings at other agencies.

After the transcripts of all testimony is provided, the parties will be permitted the opportunity to submit written proposed facts and conclusions of law for the Secretary of DCED to consider in entering his decision on the application. The full record will be certified by the hearing officer and then sent to the Secretary for a determination.

2. A members meeting of DWH will be held Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. It will be upstairs at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

3. Equity/Mandamus case, Lahr v. City of Harrisburg. A Trial on claims against the City of Harrisburg that was scheduled for next week has been continued until December 15.

4. DWH submitted a response to a request from the Upper Dauphin Sentinel regarding a forthcoming article of the impact of the Debt Crisis on others in the County. We addressed what we deem to be poor choices in the use of tax monies to sustain legal fights between local governments.

5.The New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore have offered to advise City Council and the City on Chapter 9 Bankruptcy and Act 47 pro bono. The agreement is subject to formal approval, which is hopefully forthcoming.

6. The Harrisburg Authority is exploring the possibility of transferring monies form their water funds to the City to assist in their short term economic needs. There may be a vote this week. Members of DWH attended last week’s budget hearing to push THA to get a genuine forensic audit underway.

7. Assured Guaranty lawsuits against City and THA. The City filed Answers to the Complaints seeking receivership and attachment of our tax dollars. Assured Guaranty and the Banks Have filed motion seeking to effectively accelerate the appointment of a Receiver against at least the Incinerator operations, despite pending objections by THA to the Complaints.

8. Our numbers are growing. Keep up the good work!

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