NEW CASTLE, PA. Mayor says he is not leaving

The mayor has kept some of his local assets, including a real estate company.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- City Mayor Timothy Fulkerson says he's staying put -- for now.
Rumors of the mayor's departure from office to take a position with Gov. Ed Rendell's administration are untrue, Fulkerson said.
"As far as I know, I'm not leaving right now. If the governor would call me tomorrow, I would consider it. At this point I'm still here and I'm doing my job on a daily basis," Fulkerson said Monday.
Fulkerson said he did recently sell the assets to his business, Fulkerson Construction and Roofing, and plans to formally shut down the business in the near future.
"It was in financial distress and had to be sold," the mayor said.
He noted a letter that went out last week to his former customers was written by the man who bought the business assets. The letter apparently said the mayor accepted a job with the governor's office, but Fulkerson said that is untrue.
Fulkerson said he has kept some of his other business assets in the city, including a real estate company he owns.
The mayor said he expects to eventually join Gov. Rendell's staff, but that likely won't happen until Fulkerson's term expires at the end of this year.
Gov. Rendell has made reference to having Fulkerson work in his administration during recent stops in New Castle.
Fulkerson, a Republican, is not running for re-election. He has served two four-year terms as mayor.

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