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In many circles, Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld was a lock for the 2021 mayoral race. That all changed Nov. 19.

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Attorneys for suspended Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld on Wednesday filed a motion in U.S. District Court to unseal the entirety of taped conversations between him, undercover federal agents and an informant related to federal corruption charges.

The motion also alleges that federal authorities made false statements about the case when announcing it, potentially prejudicing a future jury.

Sittenfeld Files Motion To Dismiss Corruption Charges

Dec 23, 2020
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Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld on Wednesday took a procedural first step in his legal fight against federal corruption charges as his attorney filed a motion to dismiss the case against him.

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Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld on Monday announced he is "temporarily" stepping down as he fights federal charges of bribery. Last month, Sittenfeld became the third City Council member arrested on bribery charges in less than a year. 

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Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld was the third member of council arrested on federal corruption charges this year, but one local law professor believes that this particular case may be an example of prosecutorial overreach.

Three Cincinnati City Council members have been accused of taking bribes from developers this year. City Council Member David Mann says an independent commission could help put a stopper in local corruption when it comes to development.

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I can't presume to say that Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld's political ambitions, which burned hotter than a match until his recent indictment on felony charges of bribery and extortion, are snuffed out for good.

Pastor Suspended From Cincinnati City Council

Nov 23, 2020
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Jeff Pastor has been suspended from Cincinnati City Council. Pastor was arrested earlier this month on corruption charges. 

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Updated: 1:58 p.m.

Cincinnati City Council Member and 2021 mayoral candidate P.G. Sittenfeld is saying he's not guilty of federal charges he accepted $40,000 in bribes from developers in exchange for council votes during 2018 and 2019. 

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On the steps of City Hall on Thursday, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says it's not hard to argue that there's a "culture of corruption" following the arrest of a third City Council member.

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Updated: 1:32 p.m.

A third Cincinnati City Council member this year has been arrested and accused of taking bribes in exchange for favorable votes on development projects. The FBI says Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld was arrested at his home Thursday morning after accepting $40,000 in bribes.

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An affordable housing project in Lower Price Hill appears to be moving forward. The social service agency Community Matters has been working on the project called Lower Price Hill Thrives for the past six years. The plan is to renovate 10 historic buildings, creating 47 affordable apartment units, and construct a new building. But the project faced a hurdle with the city.

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A Cincinnati Council committee heard testimony last week about the Cincinnati Police Department's gun range in Evendale and its negative impact on Lincoln Heights. Along with noise pollution, there is likely significant lead pollution on the gun range and the possibility of lead poisoning nearby.

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A Cincinnati council committee voted on a resolution Tuesday endorsing a plan to create a bus only lane on a portion of Reading Road.

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Cincinnati is studying the possibility of adding a bus only lane to Reading Road in Avondale. Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld had introduced a motion in September 2019 asking officials to study the idea. 

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After many months of planning and preparation, Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld formally launched his campaign to be elected the city's mayor in November 2021 at a socially distanced gathering of supporters in an Evanston union hall.

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This week in Cincinnati was a good reminder that through plagues and pandemics, through economic recession and even Depressions, the inexorable march of politics goes on. 

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Democrat David Mann, who has served as Cincinnati mayor twice before, is once again throwing his hat into the ring of candidates hoping to replace current Mayor John Cranley, who is term limited, in 2021. 

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Cincinnati's newest City Council member is now officially on the job. Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney was sworn-in Wednesday at the end of the weekly council meeting.

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Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, a Democrat who lives in North Avondale, is the newest member of Cincinnati City Council.  She'll take her oath of office next Wednesday.

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Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, a Democrat who lives in North Avondale, will apparently be the newest member of Cincinnati City Council.

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I'm not sure I'd want to be Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld right now.

Not that there is anything wrong with being P.G. Sittenfeld; he's a fine fellow; as amiable as all get-out; and he may well be the next mayor of the city of Cincinnati.

But this is not a good time to be P.G.

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First off, my apologies for writing about an election for Cincinnati mayor that is over 22 months away.

After all, we have the small matter of deciding the future of this country – and maybe the world – in the presidential election a little over 10 months from now.

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Standing on the steps of City Hall Thursday, Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld announced legislation to create a Rapid Response Network meant to protect Cincinnati's immigrant and refugee population in the event of a federal raid.

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WVXU senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the latest court case in which five Cincinnati council members agreed to a settlement where, in effect, they admitted to breaking Ohio's Open Meetings Law, with their exchange of text messages last year. Wilkinson talked about how it might impact the city's mayoral race in 2021.

Cincinnati's New Food Truck Park Aims To Satisfy Appetites

Apr 25, 2019
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A new addition to Cincinnati's food scene is arriving to a bare parking lot. The Cove Food Park will have food trucks serve hungry patrons at Rivertown Marina.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman's unsual release of an audio recording of his late wife Pamela accusing her husband's rival, Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld, of mocking her cancer - an accusation not borne out by the facts. Was this just a political ploy by Smitherman, who, like Sittenfeld, wants to be the city's next mayor?

One thing was abundantly clear in the over 600 pages of text messages and emails from the "Gang of Five" Cincinnati Council members – they have no use whatsoever for Mayor John Cranley.

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Updated: 2:28 p.m. 

The judge in the case against five Cincinnati City Council members who broke Ohio law by secretly texting each other said they "should resign'' and return to taxpayers the $101,000 the city will pay for their transgressions.

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Cincinnati Council has OK'd a motion asking city administrators to study making Election Day in November a paid holiday for city workers. A similar ordinance for workers to trade Election Day for President's Day was held on the agenda.

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