PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania State Senators Jay Costa and Wayne Fontana have become the latest lawmakers to call for a shakeup at the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, which oversees the City of Pittsburgh’s finances.
ICA Executive Director Henry Sciortino has come under fire after a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report that 92 percent of the agency’s receipts for expenditures between 2010 and 2016 have been destroyed or are missing.READ MORE: Suspect In Custody After Woman Killed, Man Injured In Kennedy Twp. Shooting
“The first thing, I think, we believe needs to be done is that the ICA should act immediately to remove the executive director from his position,” said Costa. “Given that he has indicated that he has removed and destroyed a series of very important financial records that document the activities of the ICA over the course of the past several years.”
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Earlier Tuesday, Pittsburgh City Council Finance Chair Natalia Rudiak called for a forensic audit of the ICA, echoing concerns raised by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto this week.
“As you may know, I have had legislation, Senate Bill 1024 to eliminate the ICA in the past,” said Fontana. “So, I don’t want to sit here and say, I told you so, but at the same time, these things have come to light, and they’re very disturbing. So, in lieu of elimination, I certainly support what’s happening, what we’d like to see happen going forward.”Pittsburgh Zoo Reopens Admissions After Temporarily Reaching Capacity For 'ZooBoo' Event
Costa and Fontana say they have asked both the Allegheny County District Attorney and the Pennsylvania Attorney General to investigate whether any criminal laws have been violated.