PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The outgoing Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is rarely seen or heard from these days.
But today while his acting police chief and assistant police chief were sitting in front of a federal grand jury, Mayor Ravenstahl made a public appearance and tried to defend his badly-damaged reputation.
The Mayor appeared at an event on the South Side Wednesday to cut a ribbon at a new townhouse development.
Ravenstahl is serving his final months as mayor under a federal grand jury probe and accusations that he is rarely on the job.
Today, Ravenstahl tried to repair his image.
“When you look at what we’ve done to balance the budget, to keep crime low, to send kids to college through the Pittsburgh Promise, I’m really proud of our administration’s work,” the Mayor says.
When asked if he knew what the police chief and assistant police chief were testifying about, Ravenstahl pleads ignorance.
“I have no idea to be perfectly honest with you. I haven’t talked to either one of them and like I said to the best of my knowledge nothing has changed,” he says.
When asked if he was curious about what was happening inside the courthouse, the Mayor had only a few words.
“I think we’re all curious,” Ravenstahl said.
The Mayor insists city business is getting done.
Despite the on-going federal probe, Ravenstahl says he’s done nothing wrong.