Ravenstahl responds to chief of staff's appearance before grand jury
By Bob Bauder
Published: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 3:06 p.m.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl addressed for the first time his chief of staff's appearance before a federal grand jury, saying on Thursday that his administration did nothing wrong and the investigation will show that.
“I'm confident that everything we have done in this administration is appropriate, and I'm confident that will come out,” Ravenstahl said after a meeting of the city's municipal pension board.
Ravenstahl's chief of staff, Yarone Zober testified before the grand jury Tuesday along with Ashlee Olivo, who sources said dated the mayor. They are among a number of Ravenstahl associates to appear before the grand jury in recent months.
Ravenstahl, 33, who declined to comment on Olivo's appearance, said his office would continue to cooperate with federal investigators.
Since May, the grand jury interviewed several people with personal and professional ties to Ravenstahl, including his top secretary, his current and former police bodyguards, other police officials and the former chair of the Pittsburgh Stadium Authority.
Zober, who also chairs the city's Urban Redevelopment Authority, was called to testify as a fact witness, according to his attorney Doug Sughrue. Investigators also called Olivo as a fact witness, according to her attorney, David Cercone.
On Sept. 4, the URA turned over records subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney's office. URA officials declined to identify the records.
Investigators had obtained copies of valet parking permits that Pittsburgh police issued to Robert Gigliotti, who supported Ravenstahl's re-election campaigns.
Gigliotti owns William Penn Parking Inc., which holds city permits to operate six parking lots with more than 1,100 spots. The URA owns two of those lots — one on Third Avenue near Ross Street, Downtown, and another on Smallman Street in the Strip District.
URA Director Robert Rubinstein said he has no concern the URA did anything wrong under his watch and is cooperating with investigators.
Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312.
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