MANCHESTER, NH –Ward 8 Alderman Thomas Katsiantonis and two businesses he operates are under investigation by local, state and federal authorities.
Associate Attorney General Jane Young confirmed on Feb. 14 that authorities executed warrants at four locations in Manchester. Three businesses – Zoey’s Pizza on Candia Road, Grand Slam Pizza on Mammoth Road, and Tommy K’s on Brown Avenue. The latter two businesses are owned by Katsiantonis, an alderman and NH State Rep. Young also confirmed that a warrant was also issued for Katsiantonis’ residence at 45 Glen Bloom Drive in Manchester.
Although the search warrants have been sealed, Young said it is a financial investigation.
“We’ve been working with a number of agencies throughout this investigation,” Young said Tuesday. “And our investigation has been ongoing for a number of months. It’s anticipated to continue for several weeks if not several months.”
Young said the search warrants are an initial step in the investigation. No arrests have been made “at this juncture,” Young said.
Mayor Ted Gatsas was not aware of the investigation prior to Tuesday, according to his assistant, Samantha Piatt, who released the following statement from Gatsas late Tuesday:
“I am deeply concerned about the events that have unfolded today with Alderman Katsiantonis. I am monitoring the situation and will continue to do so.”
Ward 8 constituents with immediate issues should contact one of the at-large aldermen, Dan O’Neil or Joe Kelly Levasseur, or contact the mayor directly, according to Piatt.
Katsiantonis was elected to the Board of Aldermen in 2011. A democrat, he is serving his sixth term as a New Hampshire State Rep, and sits on the State-Federal Relations, and Veterans Affairs committees. According to the NH General Court website, Katsiantonis has not been present for a roll call vote since Jan. 4, 2017, and missed the last 19 votes this session, where he is listed as “not voting/not excused.”
In 2016 he voted 23 times out of 235 roll call votes between Jan. 6 and June 16, for which the majority of the votes he is also listed as “not voting/not excused.”