Mayor gives home makeover documents to grand jury
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has given a federal grand jury a canceled $12,000 check and a contract he has for home improvements.
The grand jury is believed to be investigating city finances related to the mayor. Attorneys for two of Ravenstahl’s bodyguards have confirmed the men were subpoenaed and testified earlier this month about city-issued credit cards. The mayor’s secretary was also questioned about Ravenstahl’s calendar.
Now, the mayor and a contractor doing work on his home have acknowledged turning over records that pertain to work being done on Ravenstahl’s home by All State Development in New Homestead.
All State is linked to another firm, R&B Contracting and Excavation, of West Homestead, which has done $2.2 million worth of work for the city since 2010. All State’s president, William Rogers, also owns R&B.
All State applied for a building permit in August to do work on a home that was deeded to the mayor three days later for $110,000.
It’s not illegal for the mayor to hire a company connected to one that does work for the city, provided he pays fair market value for its services.
And that’s what’s being done in this case, said Charles Porter Jr., a prominent defense attorney Ravenstahl has retained for the grand jury investigation.