PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio1020 KDKA) – Concerns are on the rise among some Allegheny County Council members about what they believe is a security breach to their personal email system.
They claim documents, emails and private information is being accessed by the County Executive’s office. Some council members are calling for a deeper investigation into County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s office for allegedly snooping around in their email.
County Council member Bill Robinson is one of the members calling for an outside investigation and he joined Bill Rehkopf on the KDKA Afternoon News to discuss his concerns.
“There is confirmed information, internal information, that people in the Fitzgerald administration have access or had access to emails, calendars and other confidential information. That is an absolute fact,” Robinson said.
Director of Communications for Allegheny County Amie Downs has denied the allegations. But Robinson says that if the County Executive is disputing the claims of himself and his colleagues that he can go through the proper channels and set up a meeting not go through Downs.
“I’m going to ask the President of council and the Vice President of Council to convene a meeting where the Chief Executive and Council Members can discuss with him private information. Ms. Downs is out of bounds,” Robinson says.
Robinson says he is unaware and has no knowledge of any attempt from the County Executive or the administration to set up a meeting with members of County Council to try to sort this mess out. He does not feel that the actions to request an outside investigation are excessive and that the intent behind these security breaches is much more than a misunderstanding.
“There is no big misunderstanding. County Council is entitled to conduct it’s own internal business to secure its documents and means of communication,” said Robinson.
Councilman Robinson blasted Downs in an e-mail to County Council and its staff, warning her to not “start a fire unless you know what will burn.” Robinson maintained he was not threatening Downs.
“I meant that there are issues that are to be resolved among elected officials. Ms. Downs is not an elected official and if some elected official is using Ms. Downs to interact with other elected officials I think that is improper,” Robinson said.
You can hear the whole interview along with Council Member Robinson’s complaints with the way the situation has been handled this far below: