Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Leaders, Same Tone New Chairman, Vice Chairman Lead Meeting Marked by Conflict

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Leaders, Same Tone New Chairman, Vice Chairman Lead Meeting Marked by Conflict

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After the old leadership in Ross was ousted Monday, bickering was replaced by confusion.

The meeting opened with a continuing squabble: who should be chairman and vice chairman of the board.

But unlike in the past, the move to unseat Peter J. Ferraro as chairman and Daniel P. Kinross as vice chairman was successful.

In this township, the politics aren't partisan. Ferraro, one of three Republicans on the nine-member board, was replaced with a Democrat, Chris Eyster.

Two Democrats, Kinross and David J. Mikec Sr., voted against Eyster.

Grant Montgomery, a Republican who supported Eyster, replaced Kinross as vice chairman.

When the board chose its leaders in January, Mikec lost to Ferraro for the chairmanship by one vote.

"Although I was very upset when Pete beat me, I don't think we should be doing this every three months," Mikec said, referring to a move by Commissioner Gerald O'Brien in April to reorganize the leadership that failed to get enough votes to be placed on the agenda. O'Brien and Kinross also have been involved in a spat over the leadership of the Ross Democratic Committee, which O'Brien chairs.

On Monday, the motion for reorganization passed in a 5-4 vote, as did the subsequent motions for Eyster as chairman and Montgomery as vice chairman. Voting for the reorganization and the new leaders were Eyster, Montgomery, O'Brien, Daniel DeMarco and Lana Mazur. Opposed were Ferraro, Kinross, Mikec and Grace Stanko.

DeMarco explained his support for the change by saying he wanted leadership that would move more quickly on township issues.

"I think it's petty personal politics at its best," Kinross said before the vote for the vice chairman's job.

"It isn't," DeMarco said.

"Yes, it is," Kinross replied.

"No, it isn't," DeMarco said.

The first order of business after the reorganization was the opening of bids for three Harley-Davidson motorcycles for the police department. …

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