Ravenstahl says he's doing his job despite federal investigation


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Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said today that to the best of his knowledge, the city has received no new subpoenas from federal investigators since early May, when investigators obtained documents related to valet parking permits.

Speaking at a news conference in Mt. Washington to announce a "cool roofs" initiative, the mayor mostly declined to answer questions about a federal investigation that has swirled around his office, referring questions to his attorneys.

He also said he did not believe the investigation impacted his ability to do his job and that he continued to show up for work and perform his duties even though he's rarely held public events or answered questions from the media.

"This notion or suggestion ... that I'm not doing my job is flat-out wrong," he said.

The mayor, who is slated to leave office in December after dropping his bid for reelection, said he plans to support the Democratic nominee, his longtime rival Councilman Bill Peduto. The two will meet next week, he said.

Federal officials have been engaged in a wide-ranging investigation into city activities that has led to criminal charges against former police chief Nate Harper for using city funds to buy personal items. He plans to plead guilty.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazedtte.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published June 12, 2013 4:15 AM


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