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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CrakPowerVille Did PA Rep. Hennessey have a role in the Coatesville Power Plant Plan?

Everything swirls around Hennessy's Coatesville Office

State Representative Tim Hennessey was allegedly censured by the PA House Republican Caucus for his long time Coatesville Office Business Manager Lisa Johnson having a crack cocaine manufacturing business operating under Hennessey's nose for about decade. 

When she was a city council member Coatesville City Council President Patsy Ray was a regular guest in Hennessy's Office every weekday afternoon. 

Ricky Saha's car was unmistakable. It was plastered with "Save our Farm" posters. We saw it parked at Hennessey's office at times from 9:00 pm until early in the morning. We saw Patsy Ray bringing reams of paper out of Hennessey's Office. Two days later an issue of, John Birch Society member and White Supremacist, Pat Seller's "Coatesville Recorder" would be on every doorstep in Coatesville. Did Sellers print his campaign broadsides on  the PA taxpayers dime?

Below is one page of the Pat Seller's "Coatesville Recorder". There were six issues of the "Coatesville Recorder" Some issues had six pages. All issues were four color, printed on a laser printer. There were enough printed each issue for every household in Coatesville plus extra issues. I estimated the cost of printing, not including the cost of distribution, to be somewhere between $30,000 and $60,000. Who paid for this? Did taxpayers pay to have them printed at Hennessey's Office?

Hennessey's staff was deeply involved in "Mosaic Partners LLP" scam to put a fake company onto Coatesville's "Flats" brownfield. I believe it was designed to go  bankrupt and then sell to Andrew Lehr's, Harry Walker's and Al Baxter's Florida Power and Light to build a gas fired electric power generation station in the center of Coatesville.

Disbarred Attorney Leslie Smallwood of Mosaic Development Partners, LLC allegedly has long time connections to several people in the Coatesville area and possibly to several politically connected to Coatesville through now deceased attorney Michael T Whitlow. Whitlow was her partner in the court action for “knowingly misappropriating clients’ trust funds in the amount of at least $139,500” for which she was disbarred. See http://coatesvilledems.blogspot.com/2009/05/smallwood-disbarred-attorney-smallwood.html
Allegedly Andrew Lehr blurted out “we can’t do that” when the RDA wanted to proceed with Robert McNeil and Penguin Industries offer to buy the Flats. Lehr allegedly told the RDA in executive session that Walker and he were in serious negotiations with the power plant executives and that revealing it in public would be a breach of confidence. 
I believe that those negotiations were blatantly illegal and that Lehr and Walker had no authority to make a deal in secret with RDA property.

Mr. Walker is correct in stating that, "I did not talk to power company officials in my office." The alleged discussions with power companies took place at the "Whip Tavern in Southern Chester County". 
The money in a community power generation plant is not from the taxes they would pay. Tax benefits to communities from these power plants are negligible. The real money flows through a public / private power authority that must be formed so that the power company can sell electricity on their competitors lines. 

Would Tim Hennessey have been a member of something that may have been called "The Coatesville Power Authority" along with Harry Walker, Andrew Lehr and Al Baxter. 

Would Coatesville have been called "CrakPowerVille"?

If you really want to sweep up corruption in Coatesville,  I think Tim Hennessey will get caught in the broom. 


You might think I'm partisan. The facts are:  
If you are engaged in a criminal activity in Chester County PA and need public officials to look the other way, no Democrat can help you, Republicans have absolute control in Chester County. 

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Patsy Ray was allegedly set up as Coatesville City Council president by people who believed she would be a spectacular failure and the Coatesville City Council would be rid of her. 

It didn't work out that way. Instead the drug business was good again in Coatesville and Coatesville nearly burned down.

Now we have Coatesville City Council President Linda Lavender Norris. I don't know if she was put in because some people think they have influence over her. I don't know if  they think she will be a spectacular failure. 

SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2009

Michael T Whitlow's law office in Coatesville was and still is a sort of hot traffic spot for several city council members including Patsy Ray and Kareem Johnson. 

Patsy Ray publicly stated at a city council meeting that she gets out of bed every morning at eleven thirty and drives to PA State Rep. Tim Hennessey's office in Coatesville. She stated that she spends the afternoon at Hennessey's Coatesville Office with her friends, Tim Hennessey's Legislative Assistant, Linda Lavender and Kareem Johnson’s sister; Lisa Johnson, Hennessey’s Administrative Assistant.


I thought that my answer may clear up some things that I know were being said concerning Leslie Smallwood and Michael Whitlow. 


  1. Jim - it's 2015 not 2009. I don't understand the point of this column. I understand your feeling about the City Council president. However talking about issues that occurred rougly 5.5 to 6 years ago does exactly what? The facts are that the powerplant didn't come here and the flats are still not developed. Tim Hennessey is not the representative for Coatesville anymore. So as a reader I'm trying to understand what the point it is you are making that you haven't stated in various posts prior. Where are you comments about the former City Mgr leaving for a new job in Dover Del - http://delaware.newszap.com/centraldelaware/137784-70/dover-city-government-hires-an-assistant-manager or the train station specs in the paper or the Solid Waste Forensic audit that the City finally handed over? That time me would be what people want to read about not something in the past that is to be frank old news.

  2. Hennessy's employee is the Coatesville City Council President, the one who wasn't convicted of manufacturing and distributing crack cocaine. And most people don't know he was censured by the House Republican Caucus over his drug dealer office manager.
    If the RDA is disbanded to, maybe save money, the city is compelled to sell to the highest bidder. I think that would be the power plant. And like I said, Would Hennessey be a member of the Coatesville Power Authority if it happens?
    You are correct that even if there is evidence that Hennessey was involved in this stuff, the statue of limitations has passed. But I'm thinking of the future and this current city council scares me.

  3. The reason for the demands that the city manager live inside the City of Coatesville City Limits come from people who have local residents in mind for the job. If they actually hire one of the local City of Coatesville residents that want the job it will be disastrous for Coatesville.

  4. Jim - the issue IMO is what I said when I lived there and that was in order to move forward you have to clean house. City Hall is so corrupt it's scary. Just read the forensic audit report. The members of Council simply don't know enough or have been directed with poor legal advice. Like CASD it's time to move on from Mr. Carnes. You need a firm that can come in (like the new representation for the CASD) and perform and end to end review. Afterwards most if not all the department heads will be terminated for a multitude of violations found by the firm. Lastly as Simpson said don't limit the search for City Managers to those that will leave in the City but extend it to the township. Again for all the CV residents bitching about it where is the uproar on the Police Chief then? Oh that's right there isn't any because they hired the right candidate.

  5. We have people here that I believe are untouchable. Like Ms. Ellerbe’s illegal boarding house. Coatesville Police they tell us there's nothing they can do: "She's got political connections."
    She’s not the only person. There are several illegal boarding houses in Coatesville all of them connected Republicans.
    We have establishments where heroin has been bought and sold for decades but are somehow off limits to police.
    I believe the corruption doesn’t come from inside of Coatesville, that it’s higher up.. None of that has changed.


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