Allegheny County DA says charges not warranted against Pittsburgh ICA, former director

Allegheny County DA says charges not warranted against Pittsburgh ICA, former director

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that it will not pursue criminal charges against the agency overseeing Pittsburgh’s finances or its former executive director.  


In April 2016, the office of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala initiated an investigation into the operation and expenditures of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA), and the duties of its former executive director Henry Sciortino, the ICA’s only employee.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh turns to unconventional ally in the fight against invasive vegetation in city parks

Pittsburgh turns to unconventional ally in the fight against invasive vegetation in city parks

In an effort to eradicate invasive plant species in the city’s parks, Pittsburgh City Council today authorized the use of an unusual landscaping crew to aid in the endeavor – a herd of goats.

City Council passed a resolution at this morning’s early Standing Committee meeting by a vote of 8-0 that authorized the use of a goat herds to help with landscaping difficulties in one of Pittsburgh’s parks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Commonwealth Court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax

Commonwealth Court upholds Philadelphia's soda tax

After hearing arguments on Philadelphia’s enacted soda tax in Pittsburgh in April, Commonwealth Court ruled Wednesday that the tax is constitutional and not violative of Pennsylvania law.  


The American Beverage Association, The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, along with several Philadelphia businesses and consumers filed suit against the tax, which imposes a 1.5 per ounce fee on the distribution of sweetened beverages, stating that it is in violation of the state constitution.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Philadelphia

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for the week of June 5

The state General Assembly wrapped up another legislative session week. 

Here's what the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County delegations were up to. 

Friday, June 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Vulakovich calls for legislative committee to study rail service between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

Vulakovich calls for legislative committee to study rail service between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg

A resolution calling for a comprehensive review of an Amtrak train service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg passed the state Senate this week.

SR 76, sponsored by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Shaler Twp.) directs the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of increasing passenger rail service between the two cities.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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