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Friday, July 12, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

A confidential report about a potential privacy violation was referenced on a Facebook page as the result of a leak in Monroeville government, the mayor and an municipal council candidate said Tuesday at a council meeting.

Mayor Gregory Erosenko promised to launch an investigation of the reported leak, and said it would not be the first time confidential information had been improperly made public.

“I do plan to get to the bottom of this…because I'm very upset about that,” he said.

Councilman Bernhard Erb, however, said the Facebook page could have been referencing an incident unrelated to the confidential report.

Last week, law firm Dickie McCamey & Chilcote presented the results of its investigation of the potential violation of federal and state privacy laws through the Monroeville dispatch center's computer database.

Monroeville officials had hired the Pittsburgh firm to conduct an internal investigation in response to an inquiry by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Linda Gaydos, a Democratic candidate who will be running unopposed for the 1st Ward seat in the November election, said the Facebook page Monroeville Government Watch referenced the confidential report with terms such as “error in judgment, but no violation” and that the page said people in authority were told about the privacy violations.

It was not immediately clear who operates the Facebook account.

“There was a leak somewhere, and I'm asking if anyone would like to stand up and say, ‘This was me,'” Gaydos told the council.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, Erosenko said that a projected, additional $400,000 deficit for 2014 that was the result of property tax assessment appeals was revealed last week.

Erosenko said the $400,000 shortage was part of what could be a $6.5 million total deficit that must be closed in the 2014 budget.

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