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January 21, 2014

Embattled redevelopment authority re-elects officers

JOHNSTOWN — The first meeting of Johnstown Redevelopment Authority board following last week’s indictment of its former director, Ronald Repak, was markedly uneventful.

Routine matters filled the 45-minute midday meeting, with no mention of the indictment or today’s scheduled arraignment for Repak on three counts each of extortion and bribery.

Repak is accused of receiving more than $22,000 worth of construction and excavation work and Steelers tickets over a three-month period in 2009. Those close to the investigation say more charges are likely, noting the five-year statute of limitations was approaching on the 2009 allegations.

The Tribune-Democrat and others have publicly called for board members to resign, but there was no discussion of any changes. In fact, the authority re-elected its board of officers.

Each of the five board members holds an office. They are: Monsignor Raymond Balta, chairman; former Mayor Thomas Trigona, vice chairman; radio station manager Brian Vuletich, secretary; accountant Karen Varga, treasurer; and retired businessman M. John Mavrodis, assistant secretary-treasurer.

Trigona and Mavrodis were not in attendance due to illness.

When The Tribune-Democrat asked if there would be any comment from the board about the indictment or calls for resignation, the three board members responded with silence.

Randy Griffith is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at


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