Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh City Council is set to approve $128,000 for the city to hire two lobbyists to address legislative priorities of Pittsburgh in Harrisburg and Washington. 

Debated Wednesday in the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the two pieces of legislation would provide $62,000.00 to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney for “professional consulting services for federal government affairs and legislative services” on behalf of the city, and $66,000.00 to Malady & Wooten, Inc. for the same services at the state level. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council approves new Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council approves new Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved Scott Schubert’s appointment as chief of the city’s Bureau of Police on Tuesday. 

“I think this is a great appointment by the Mayor,” said Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2). “We’ve seen [Schubert] first hand serve the community as commander of our zone, attend countless community meetings…it's just tremendous.”
Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh legislative immigration package one step closer to final passage

Pittsburgh legislative immigration package one step closer to final passage

As both the state and federal governments debate measures regarding the rights and treatment of immigrants on a more macro level, Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a legislative package aiming to make the city a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.


The six-piece legislative package introduced by Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) last week includes measures that would prohibit the city from denying services based on an individual’s citizenship or immigration status, as well as a resolution to create a citywide language access plan to improve the delivery of services to those learning English, and for those who have visual and hearing disabilities. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council extends gunshot-detection software with talks of expansion

Pittsburgh City Council extends gunshot-detection software with talks of expansion

The Public Safety Committee of Pittsburgh City Council voted out a piece of legislation Wednesday that would provide an additional $135,000 to continue the city’s subscription with a gunshot-detection hardware and software company, for a total of $464,000.

ShotSpotter, Inc, located in Newark, California, has been working with Pittsburgh since 2013 to install its equipment and operate its system, which uses sensors to pick up sounds of gunfire and report those incidents to the police.
Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Profiles: Meet Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2)

Pittsburgh Profiles: Meet Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2)

Meet Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) and learn how she moved from being involved in the city-wide community to running for her seat on city council. We also discuss what she likes to do in her free time and what her district is like.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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