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Gerald Neal at MSD

Gerald Neal at MSD

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Published by James Bruggers
This is a story about state Sen. Gerald Neal losing his subcontract to work for MSD as a lawyer.
This is a story about state Sen. Gerald Neal losing his subcontract to work for MSD as a lawyer.

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Published by: James Bruggers on Jan 14, 2012
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The ongoing shake-up at the Metro-politan Sewer District now includesstate Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville,whoselucrativesubcontracttodolegalwork for the agency for more than 10years ended quietly a month ago.MSD board Chairman Arnold Celen-tano confirmed Friday that the MSDboard agreed Nov. 28 that it wanted tobreak ties with Nealand conveyed thosewishestotheboard’sattorney, LarryZielke, whom Nealworked for as a sub-contractor.Documents pro-videdtotheTheCou-rier-Journal underKentucky’s open-records law showNealhasbeenpaidatleast $672,000 since2006forhislegalser-vices to the agency.He is a former MSDboard member whoserved 11 yearsstarting in 1979, in-cludingfiveaschair-man.MSD officialswere silent Fridayon their concernsabout Neal, whichMSD spokesmanSteve Tedder said were discussed dur-ing a closed session of the board.AskedwhytheboardwasconcernedaboutNeal,Celentano,whoattendedtheNov. 28 meeting, replied:
I am not toosure. I will have to get back to you.”But Neal’s dismissal came a day be-foreMSDofficialsreportedreceivinga$1,938reimbursementfromNealtocov-er part of the cost of a private retire-ment party in 2008 for Neal’s wife,Kathy Cooksie, who was the agency’s
Sen.Neal’sMSDworkends
Move comes as he repaysagency for wife’s party
ByJamesBruggers
 jbruggers@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal
Sen. Gerald Neal
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Find this story atcourier-jour-nal.com for a linkto other storiesabout MSD’stroubles.
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Afterwinninghisfirstpoliticaloffice by a razor-thin margin,Louisville Mayor Greg Fischerhas received generally good re-views during his administration’sfirstyear.A political novice whose onlyprevious experience came in afailed run at the U.S. Senate in2008,FischerhashadtocopewithcrisessuchasafatalexplosionataRubbertown factory and the sub-sequentfailureofthecity’semer-gencyalertsystem,andthefalloutfromhighlycriticalauditsofMet-roAnimalServicesandtheMetro-politanSewerDistrictthatresult-edinmanagementchangesatbothagencies.Since succeeding longtimeMayorJerryAbramsonlastJanu-ary as only the second leader ofLouisville’s merged government,Fischer has ordered reviews ofseveral departments and of themerger itself, while also workingtoexpandmetroLouisville’secon-omyandconfrontingabudgetim-balance that will persist into thenewyear.JohnDavidDyche,aconserva-tiveauthorwhosecolumnsappearin The Courier-Journal, saidFischer has had a successful firstyear — particularly at uniting thecommunity behind his leadershipafternarrowlydefeatingRepubli-canHalHeinerinthegeneralelec-tion.
Theevidenceisinhisgoodre-lationship with Metro Council Re-publicans on issues ranging fromthe budget to his handling of the
Fischer earns mostly good marks
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The city recorded the creation of 3,800new jobs in Louisville, with 65 companiesmoving or expanding here.
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The Fischer administration eliminated a$22.5 million budget deficit with aninflux of one-time cash and cost savingsfrom various actions.
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The city secured a $4.9 million Bloom-berg grant to identify more-efficientways to provide city services.
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The administration found buyers forthe $30 million Whiskey Row Main Streetdevelopment.
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The administration also helped securefunds for the Big Four Bridge and beginning deck work.
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It adopted a new policy requiring bidding for all city contracts.
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The mayor ordered a citywide review of overtime pay and policies.
Mayor wraps up busy, eventful first year in office
ByDanKlepal
dklepal@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal
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Mayor Greg Fischer
LEXINGTON, Ky. — This tellsthestoryoftheUniversityofKen-tucky’s 69-62 men’s basketball vic-tory over the University of Louis-villeonSaturdayinRuppArena.UK’s two leading scorers, Mi-chael Kidd-Gil-christ and AnthonyDavis, each spenttime as the nation’sNo. 1-rated highschoolprospectlastseason, and bothwillbelotterypicksin the NBA draftwhentheydecidetoenterit.UofLs leadingscorer, Russ Smith,was an unheralded — some wouldsayunknownrecruitoutofNewYork City who was assumed to betransferring in search of playingtimeafterlastseason.Inthisseries,itisincreasinglyaHappy New Year for the fans inblue because the stars, recruitingandotherwise,arealignedontheirside.AgainsttheheavilyfavoredandNo. 3-ranked Wildcats (13-1), No. 4UofL(12-2)foughthard,absorbedruns, fouled prodigiously, got UKinto foul trouble, tied the score inthe second half and kept thingsclose, even while not playing par-ticularlywell.
Theydidwhattheyhadtodototry to win the game,” UK coachJohn Calipari told radio voice TomLeachonhispostgameshow.
Theymuddieditup.”What UofL could not do, how-ever,wasanswertalentofthetypethat Kidd-Gilchrist and Davisbringtothecourt.Calipari is playing with bluechips. UofL coach Rick Pitino, by
Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who scored 24 points Saturday, shoots over Louisville's Jared Swopshire. Kidd-Gilchrist hauleddown19 rebounds, two more than the Cardinals’ entire starting lineup.
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U of L has no answer when stars are aligned for Wildcats
KENTUCKY 69, LOUISVILLE 62
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Carla Means, center, and Michelle Means, right,watch the game at Brownie's The Shed Grille &Bar near Middletown. The crowd was split evenlybetween Kentucky and Louisville fans. Story, B1
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