Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 36: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

This week the podcast heads out to Pittsburgh, where Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down to talk with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Find out about how he got involved in politics, his love of fish fries, and a some of his favorite moments of being in office. Also, we highlight some of the state's top news items.

Friday, March 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
Allegheny County postpones certification of election results

Allegheny County postpones certification of election results

The Allegheny County Board of Elections has decided to delay sending its November 8 General Election results to the state so the county Elections Division can review and respond to recount petitions/affidavits being filed. 


The requests filed Monday are seeking to recount votes of the presidential and U.S. Senate results. 

Monday, November 28, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Allegheny County Executive proposes 2017 $880 million budget

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented his $880.3 million, 2017 Comprehensive Fiscal Plan to County Council on Wednesday evening. 

 

The 2017 budget calls for no tax or millage increases and does not include any one-time revenues for the fifth consecutive year. It also holds growth at 2.9 percent over last year. 

 

“I’m extremely proud to present a budget today that has no tax increase, and continues to build on the stable fiscal condition of the county,” said Fitzgerald. “There is a great deal of hard work that goes into ensuring that we stay within budget and address unexpected costs that occur throughout the year.” 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Controller Wagner calls for overhaul of Allegheny County’s Ethics Code

Controller Wagner calls for overhaul of Allegheny County’s Ethics Code

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner released a report Monday stating that the Commission charged with enforcing the County’s Ethics Code lacks independence and adequate resources, and that County employees are given scant training on the Code and have nowhere to turn with questions. 

 

The review also showed that top County managers were among those who routinely failed to file required financial disclosure forms, and that appointees to boards and commissions- including those of County-related authorities- are not required to make disclosures prior to being a part of these bodies.

Monday, August 22, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Grant to increase mental health and substance abuse supports awarded to Allegheny County

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $800,000 to Allegheny County to increase mental health and substance abuse supports for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced Monday. 

“No effort to end homelessness in Allegheny County can be effective without removing the barriers that keep people from finding stable housing,” said Fitzgerald. “Thanks to the funding from SAMHSA, we will be able to provide crucial supports that people suffering from addictions and mental illness need to secure permanent housing.” 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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