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 partnership to invest $1 million for safe water plan

Pittsburgh partnership to invest $1 million for safe water plan

The Peduto administration announced Wednesday a partnership with Pittsburgh stakeholders to provide free water filters to help reduce the high lead levels found in some city residents drinking water. 

The city, along with Peoples Gas and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, will spend a combined $1 million, $500,000 from Peoples Gas and matched with $250,000 from each the city and PWSA, to provide “point of use” filters to be installed at the tap of a residential home. 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Council bans indoor vaping in public places

Allegheny County Council bans indoor vaping in public places

During their regular meeting Tuesday evening, Allegheny County Council voted in favor to ban the use of e-cigarettes everywhere regular cigarettes are not allowed. 

The council members voted 8-5, with two members abstaining, to ban vaping in public places such as health-related properties, indoor workplaces, restaurants, schools, sports facilities, and transit stations. That proposal was crafted and recommended by the county health department in fall 2016. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Attorney General Shapiro kicks off Consumer Protection Week in Pittsburgh

Attorney General Josh Shapiro launched Consumer Protection Week in Pittsburgh today by hosting a forum featuring three western Pennsylvania residents who were victimized by scams- but received restitution with the help of the Office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP).

“It’s my job to keep Pennsylvanians safe,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “Whether it’s at the street corner, whether it’s in a board room or whether it’s on the other end of a phone line, we take that job very seriously and protecting consumers is chief among them.”

Monday, March 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wolf announces funds for Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh to upgrade facility and programs

Wolf announces funds for Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh to upgrade facility and programs

The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh is set to receive $12 million in tax credits to help with some much needed improvements to the centers building.

Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed $5 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) that will allow all three floors of the 38,000-square-foot building to be updated, allow the shelter to expand and enhance its programs for abused women and their children. 
Thursday, March 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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