The following Statement was given by Nevin Mindlin at a Press Conference on Monday, October 7, 2013:

Over the course of a number of years, I have spoken out on issues critical to the well-being of our Harrisburg community.  I have done so in order to provide an articulate, well-reasoned and statesman-like voice for the concerns and objectives of both my fellow citizens and myself, so that the message would be heard and could not be dismissed.  I have gained the trust of many, because of my integrity and my willingness to speak the truth as I understand it, and for this I am humbled and grateful.

The issues on which I step forward are always about good public policy and accountable government. I ran for Mayor, because Harrisburg needs a serious and honest conversation about its future and what needs to be done to achieve its potential. I ran for mayor because Harrisburg also needs a serious conversation about its past, so that there is a just result to the abuse of public trust that has gotten us to our current situation, and so that moving forward we do not deceive ourselves and repeat the same mistakes.

I am standing here today with Dan Miller to endorse his candidacy, and to ask you, my fellow citizens, to consider Dan as your candidate.  Step up and work with us on his campaign, and most importantly, get out and vote for Dan Miller on November 5th.

I have known Dan (and his opponent) for many years.  I have participated in this year’s election process through the primary and its debates.  I will tell you without equivocation that Dan Miller is the only candidate on the November ballot who is straightforward in his conversation with the people of our community, and who has the honesty and integrity to address the difficult issues facing our community in a forthright manner.  He is not the public face of special interests with a well-funded public relations campaign constantly remolding its message.

Needless to say, Dan and I have different competencies and different styles – as we all do.  Nuances aside, I have come to understand that Dan and I share substantially the same perspectives and positions on the important issues facing our community – the fundamental problems that must be addressed for Harrisburg to thrive – crime, blight, taxes, workforce development, and the rebuilding of community (and I mean community in the human social sense) from the neighborhood up.

If you believe that I was worthy of being your choice for Mayor, I would urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to vote for Dan Miller as your Mayor.

I will close with one more comment.  Dan has been criticized for his opposition to the so-called “Harrisburg Strong Plan.”  The measure of the integrity of that plan is not whether there is an alternative before us at the moment.  The measure of that plan is whether, on its own, the “Harrisburg Strong Plan” can work, in the light of honest, public scrutiny.  The truth of the matter is that it does not, and cannot.

The “Harrisburg Strong Plan” is a continuation of the same Ponzi scheme, created by essentially the same players that brought us the incinerator debacle, using the same deceptive arguments:

a)      There is no better alternative to the “Harrisburg Strong Plan”; it is the best way forward.

b)      The “Plan” is “self-liquidating” – trust our rosy financial scenario.

Why are we in such a rush to close this deal, without the same rush to bring this continuing Ponzi fraud and its perpetrators to justice?

Harrisburg will only survive and thrive, if we clean up and grow our city –

  1. The “Harrisburg Strong Plan” increases taxes and fees – even though, the total public cost for living in Harrisburg is already too high, and
  2. This plan gives tax dollars to private, non-profits in order to fund economic development projects for their friends – yet, nothing in the plan addresses or funds correcting the problems of crime and blight.

Perhaps most critically, just as this self-serving group forced the Incinerator plan through without a key element in place, the performance bond – this time, the effort was to force a plan without a key element of performance, the parking contract, that, likewise, makes or breaks the deal.  Based on the term sheet for the yet, unseen parking contract:

  • There is no financial closure for Harrisburg in this deal; the financial liability does not end – On the contrary, the “Harrisburg Strong Plan” privatizes profits and socializes losses, with the real prospect for increasing taxes and fees for decades to come, in order to assure profits and bond principle payments for investors and creditors.  All the risk is with the taxpayers.
  • The city stands to lose complete control of any city policy that might impinge on those profits and repayments, including policies that are important to our ability to survive and thrive.

Dan Miller and I may not completely agree on all of the details about how to resolve the incinerator debacle and the city’s insolvency, or on the “Harrisburg Strong Plan”.   But make no mistake; we fully agree that this current “deal” does not stand on its own merits, and that, unless its flaws are addressed, it would be a disaster for Harrisburg and its citizens.

Thank you.

 

 

“This decision is disappointing, to say the least,” stated Nevin Mindlin.  “It’s a repudiation of the idea that ‘Democracy is Everyone’ set forth by the founders of our great nation as they sought, over 200 years ago, to free themselves from the tyranny of the few over the many.   Do we now find ourselves in a similar situation in our capital city?”

To disallow my name to appear on the ballot is a political decision; it is certainly not a judicious decision upholding constitutional principles. This case began as a political attack by the established power group to protect itself from debate,  hide its “business-as-usual “ agenda,  and defend its narrow interests.

It has ended by that same vested establishment, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, rendering a decision to protect its local subsidiaries, the Court of Common Pleas (the local Dauphin County Court) and its local political interests. We have seen this same positioning repeatedly since the Harrisburg debt crisis has been made public.  Thus far, the pattern of court decisions has been consistent, supporting political and financial interests over the well-being of Harrisburg’s citizens.

The potential to elect a mayor who surrounds himself with a fortress of moneyed interests and who sends out surrogates to articulate his policies and positions rather than take the time to do it himself, seriously concerns me.  This behavior reeks of lack of personal confidence, absence of leadership skills and disdain for the residents if the City.

I do not intend to run a write-in campaign, which is, by and large, the ploy that political parties use to fake democracy and political participation and to dupe the unsuspecting public into believing that they have choices.  We now clearly understand that artifice – the curtain has been drawn back to reveal the political duplicity.  We now know how it works.

There is much that needs to be done to rebuild an engaged and growing community in Harrisburg.  Although I will not be Mayor of Harrisburg, I will work through other means to achieve meaningful change with my fellow citizens. We cannot lose our collective spirit and enthusiasm for building a healthy community.  Despite all efforts of the established regime to direct Harrisburg’s assets for private benefit, Harrisburg is well on its way to developing a network of dynamic and committed neighborhood leaders,  who will work together to help drive the City’s best interests forward and be watchful of City political shenanigans.  We will not be duped again.

HARRISBURG: Nevin Mindlin, Independent candidate for Harrisburg Mayor, remains confident in his quest

for listing on the November 5 general election ballot and will appeal the August 16 ruling by Dauphin

County Common Pleas Court Judge Bernard Coates that ordered Mindlin’s name to be removed.

 

“Over the weekend I have consulted with advisors and several attorneys,” says Mindlin, “and the consensus

is that our position for appeal presents sound legal arguments in favor of restoring my name to the

November ballot.”  The Mindlin campaign has retained Lawrence M. Otter, Esq. to prepare and argue the

appeal. The Notice of Appeal was filed today.

 

Mindlin emphasizes that “hundreds have rallied” to his side. “This challenge to my petition has made the

nature of politics in Harrisburg abundantly clear to everyone,” he states, “and nobody likes what they see.”

“As citizens, we have a right to participate in how we are governed. As Mayor, I will fight for the long-term

viability of our city with actions that are not shrouded in dark, backroom deals,” he asserted.  “Harrisburg voters believe in our campaign’s message and course of action to reduce crime, fight blight, improve education, and attract jobs,” he says.

 

Mindlin, who is running a grass roots campaign, has been discussing community issues with voters in a

variety of public venues over the last five years. He has, and continues to be, deeply involved with the

citizens of Harrisburg, interacting with them through community organizing and action meetings, local

festivals and galas, primary election debates, and through countless conversations with individuals.

Nevin Mindlin has a thirty-five year track record of managing large organizations with complex budgets.

Active in a number of civic and religious organizations, including Rotary, and Rabbi David L. Silver Yeshiva

Academy, he is also a founding member of Debt Watch Harrisburg. Mindlin is an honorably discharged

veteran of the U. S. Navy and holds a Master of Arts degree in government with a concentration in urban

studies and public policy analysis.

 

HARRISBURG: Nevin Mindlin, Independent candidate for Harrisburg Mayor, today characterized a challenge to his nominating petition as “frivolous and without merit.”

“I believe this challenge is a lame attempt by my opponent to derail my campaign,” says Mindlin who vows to defend his position vigorously.  The challenger, identified as Donald Coles Sr. of Brookwood St., Harrisburg, asserts that Mindlin’s nominating petitions are invalid because they do not list a party campaign committee that would designate a replacement candidate in the event Mindlin would be unable to continue campaigning towards Election Day. (more…)

HARRISBURG: Nevin Mindlin, Independent candidate for Harrisburg Mayor, today characterized a
challenge to his nominating petition as “frivolous and without merit.”
“I believe this challenge is a lame attempt by my opponent to derail my campaign,” says Mindlin who vows
to defend his position vigorously. The challenger, identified as Donald Coles Sr of Brookwood St.,
Harrisburg, asserts that Mindlin’s nominating petitions are invalid because they do not list a party
campaign committee that would designate a replacement candidate in the event Mindlin would be unable
to continue campaigning towards Election Day.
“This is absurd,” says Mindlin, “because if I can’t complete the campaign, the campaign ends. I am running
as Nevin Mindlin, not an endorsed party candidate. I am the party so to speak, so in effect there is no other
Nevin Mindlin for replacement.”
He says, “Our campaign has done due diligence on petition filing, and conferred with legal counsel. Any
logical analysis will show that I am on the right side of this matter.”
Further, he believes the recruitment of Coles as a straw man in the challenge shows that his opponent is not
capable of providing substantive information to voters and is consequently resorting to “nitpicking
maneuvers to divert attention away from the discussion of critical issues facing the City of Harrisburg.”
“I will effectively fend off the petition challenge,” he asserts. “More importantly, I will continue to focus my
energy on important issues that impact the City of Harrisburg everyday: making city streets safer so
everyone can live free from fear, eliminating the blight that plagues our community, holding the line on
taxes, expanding the urban employment base, and improving schools so our children are receiving the
education they deserve.”
Nevin Mindlin has a thirty-five year track record of managing large organizations with complex budgets.
Active in a number of civic and religious organizations, including Rotary, and Rabbi David L. Silver Yeshiva
Academy, he is also a founding member of Debt Watch Harrisburg. Mindlin is an honorably discharged
veteran of the U. S. Navy and holds a Master of Arts degree in government with a concentration in urban
studies and public policy analysis.
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