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Old 07-30-2017, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Etna, PA
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I'm curious if anyone can share info about the beginnings of the Costa political dynasty here in Pittsburgh? Who would've been the patriarch that started the dynasty, and how have the Costa's retained so much power in so many different positions?
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Old 07-31-2017, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Minnesota (SLP)
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Are the Pittsburgh Costas actually Italian? It's more typically a Portuguese surname.

I can't find anything about their family other than their father being a plumber who owned some rental properties.
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, Hilly South, Land of Doors
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I would not call this a "dynasty" or read much into it. Maybe the family just wants to serve the public.
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Old 07-31-2017, 03:57 PM
 
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I would not call this a "dynasty" or read much into it. Maybe the family just wants to serve the public.
That is my thinking
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Etna, PA
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I would not call this a "dynasty" or read much into it. Maybe the family just wants to serve the public.
Eh - their family has a State Senator (who is also the Democratic leader), a State Rep (who was previously the Chief of Police in Pgh), and the City's Chief of Operations.

Seems rather dynastic to me. It's not like they're all simply cops or building inspectors or firefighters...
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Are the Pittsburgh Costas actually Italian? It's more typically a Portuguese surname.

I can't find anything about their family other than their father being a plumber who owned some rental properties.
Senator Costa is definitely Italian American.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:17 PM
 
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The bushes and Kennedy's are a dynasty, costas not so much. That is like calling the ravenstahl family a dynasty.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:13 AM
 
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Eh - their family has a State Senator (who is also the Democratic leader), a State Rep (who was previously the Chief of Police in Pgh), and the City's Chief of Operations.

Seems rather dynastic to me. It's not like they're all simply cops or building inspectors or firefighters...
1. Panella, Jack – Chairman, PA Supreme Court Judiciary Disciplinary Council

2. Graci, Robert – Chief Counsel, Judicial Conduct Board- concealed his participation in Justice Michael Eakins campaign, dismissed the AG Complaint against him. PA State Ethics commission was supposed to investigate Graci- never happened because his Admin Paula is the wife of the Executive Director of the Ethics Commission.

3. Massa, Joseph – honorable mention- previous Chief Counsel, Judicial Conduct Board who concealed Kids for Cash scheme by Ciavarelli; then he was quietly removed as a fall guy.

4. Scirica, Anthony – Federal Third Circuit Judge, and former Montgomery County Judge- currently Chairman of the Judiciary Disciplinary Committee for the U.S. Judicial Conference –nominated Alito for the Supreme Court.

5. Marino, Thomas – U.S. Congressman 10th District of PA – U.S. House Judiciary Committee Washington DC - former U.S. Attorney resigned because he concealed association with DeNaples, convicted billionaire mobster in PA. He went to work for DeNaples afterwards for $250,000 a year – and then got elected to Congress- probably funded by DeNaples.

6. Alito, Samuel – U.S. Supreme Court Judge from the PA Third Circuit (vets all requests for certiorari to the Supreme Court) – Scirica is a very close friend and nominated him for the U.S. Supreme Court.

7. Castille, Ronald – former PA Supreme Court Chief Justice –re-engineered court procedures; publicly accused of assisting DeNaples by interfering with an appeal.

8. Zapalla Sr, Steven – former PA Supreme Court Justice (son involved in Kids for Cash and accused of attempted murder by former Supreme Court Justice Larsen). Zappala "retired" and was being paid $275,000 a year by Denaples as head of his nonprofit "PA Casino Association."

9. Soprano, John – Director, Bureau of Enforcement, PA Corporate Investigations


10. Petrarca, Joseph- Minority Chair, PA House Judiciary Committee

11. Marsico, Ronald - Majority Chair, PA House Judiciary Committee

12. Scarnati, Joseph, Senate Pro Tempore, Appoints all committee members

13. Caruso, Robert – Executive Director, State Ethics Commission

14. Caruso, Paula – Administrator, Judicial Conduct Board (wife of Robert Caruso)

15. Colafella, Nicholas – Chairman, State Ethics Commission

16. DePasquale, Eugene – Auditor General

17. Lori, John – CPA, Deputy Auditor General

18. Cali, Daniel P.-State Ethics Commission, Special Investigator

19. Grado, Joseph- State Ethics Commission, Special Investigator

20. Cali, Brian – PA Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board (reportedly lives next door to DeNaples)

21. DiPasquale, Nichole – Administration of PA Courts - Judicial Financial Disclosure Administrator-

22. Corsetti, Nicholas V.- Superior Court, Western Dist,. Deputy Prothonotary

23. Bizzosco, Irene M. – PA Supreme Court Grievance Officer

24. DiPasquale, Michael – Superior Court Eastern District, Deputy Prothonotary

25. Torsella, Joseph – honorable mention - New PA State Treasurer

26. Fisher, D. Michael (Maternal lineage)- Federal Judge a – was PA Attorney General during most of the concealed Sandusky investigation, then ran for governor. He has tens of thousands of campaign contributions from Zappala and Denaples.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
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Are you trying to associate these people with the Costa lineage, point out that they all have Italian last names, or what? It isn't clear what you are incenuating
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