Pittsburgh Mayor seeking outside advisory team to restructure the PWSA

Pittsburgh Mayor seeking outside advisory team to restructure the PWSA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration is calling for a financial and legal advisory team to assist the city in making improvements to the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

“The City of Pittsburgh owns the water and sewer system that was leased to the PWSA decades ago. It's time to reevaluate this structure,” said the Mayor in a statement. 
Friday, February 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Mayor's office swears in LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council

During a Friday morning ceremony, the office of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto swore in 16 members to the newly revised LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council. 

Selected by the Mayor following a public application process, the members will act as a conduit for the LGBTQIA+ community to advise the Mayor and City Council on issues of inclusionary hiring practices and advancement in policies, among other topics that best represent and support the LGBTQIA+ community of Pittsburgh.

Friday, January 13, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ICA settles on agreement with former executive director

During a special pubic meeting of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) on Wednesday evening, the Board voted on a settlement agreement with its former executive director Henry Sciortino. 

According to the agreed terms, the ICA will pay Sciortino  $48,000- the equivalent of four months salary. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pa. Supreme Court casino ruling could be costly for Pittsburgh

With last week’s decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court finding the local and county share assessments placed on casinos as unconstitutional, Pittsburgh officials are weighing in on what that could mean for the city. 

Situated on the North Shore of the city is Rivers Casino, an establishment that brings in an estimated $10 million a year to the city with Allegheny County collecting about $5.5 million. 

The effect of the supreme court’s decision could have an impact on the city and county counting on the gaming revenue it receives from Rivers Casino for their budgets.

Monday, October 3, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Public to get a say on properties poised for redevelopment

Pittsburgh City Council has voted to allow for a public hearing to take place on legislation that calls for certain city-owned properties to be sold to Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for $1 a piece. 

According to the legislation, each sale the URA makes of twelve specified properties, 80 percent will be deposited into a facilities maintenance fund to pay for improvements to other city-owned properties.

Kevin Acklin, Chief of Staff to Mayor Peduto and board member of the URA said the goals of the legislation are twofold: returning these properties to the tax rolls to generate revenue for the city budget and using the sales proceeds to generate funding for the city’s facilities maintenance fund.

“These particular properties were either little used or were in need of major upgrades that would be exceedingly expensive for the city to maintain," Acklin said.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh