County Executive Fitzgerald proposes 2019 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Fitzgerald proposes 2019 budget to Allegheny County Council

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented his proposed budget for the 2019 before Allegheny County Council Tuesday night. 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership

Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership

Even as the smog clouds that have characterized the city for decades fade, Pittsburgh continues to have lackluster air quality.

The way to fix this, according to activists, is to start from the top, with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Since July, three environmentalist groups — the Clean Air Council, PennEnvironment and the Breathe Project — have gathered outside Allegheny County Courthouse each Friday with signs, grievances, and the occasional protest song. The events have followed clean air activism that's sporadically popped up since March.

Friday, September 14, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Democratic lawmakers call for expansion of indoor smoking standards

Democratic lawmakers call for expansion of indoor smoking standards

A decade since the enactment of the Clean Indoor Air Act, Allegheny County lawmakers came together to celebrate the law’s passage and call on their colleagues to increase the law’s authority.

When first implemented, the law forbade smoking in public areas, but allows for exceptions — too many as far as some elected officials are concerned.

“This is a matter of fairness,” Rep Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said. “We know the law works, but let’s make it work for everyone.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County incorporation bill has public hearing in House

Allegheny County incorporation bill has public hearing in House

In a deindustrialized world and amid declining populations, Allegheny County municipalities from Wilkinsburg to Rankin have found it difficult to stay afloat. 

To ease the burden, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald — along with his predecessors Dan Onorato and Jim Roddey — testified at a public hearing in support of HB 2122 Tuesday, legislation that would allow municipalities to elect to voluntarily disincorporate.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County hire law firm to investigate, possibly litigate against opioid producers

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County hire law firm to investigate, possibly litigate against opioid producers

Motley Rice, LLC, a national plaintiff litigation firm, was selected after a request for qualifications went out from both municipalities last December, according to a press release. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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