Allegheny County Council to vote on proposed vaping ban

Allegheny County Council to vote on proposed vaping ban

A divided Allegheny County Council Health and Human Services Committee voted Wednesday evening to send a proposal banning indoor vaping to the full council for full consideration under a neutral recommendation.

The proposal would prohibit vaping and e-cigarettes everywhere traditional cigarette smoking is not allowed, including health care-related properties, indoor workplaces, restaurants, schools, sports facilities, and transit stations. The proposal was crafted and recommended by the county health department in fall 2016.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council introduces legislation to create new department focused on transportation

Pittsburgh City Council introduces legislation to create new department focused on transportation

Pittsburgh City Council introduced legislation Tuesday that would officially create the new Department of Mobility of Infrastructure. 

The department, tasked with improving the planning, financing and implementation of transportation projects, is the result of a recommendation by a report with the National Association of City Transportation Officials conducted last year.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh International Airport receives largest boost from state improvement grants

Governor Tom Wolf announced Thursday that four airports across the state will receive $5.8 million in state investments for facility upgrades, as well as to promote services and establish new educational opportunities. 

The Pittsburgh International Airport received the largest share of the grant money, getting $2.4 million.
Friday, February 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Councilwoman Rudiak proposes task force aimed at expanding accessible childhood education in Pittsburgh

In an effort to make high-quality, affordable early childhood education accessible to more families, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak (District 4), the Peduto Administration, and area education stakeholders held a press conference Thursday outlining the findings of the study Pre-K in Pittsburgh: A Call for Action

With an estimated 1,500 children in Pittsburgh without access to full-day, high-quality, inclusive Pre-K programming, Councilwoman Rudiak said the report, comprised in partnership with the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, and One Pennsylvania, helped to show the actual impact the lack of early childhood education has on the city’s youngest residents. 
Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Sen. Casey calls on federal government to make local law enforcement stronger

In a visit to the Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), US Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), joined by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, laid out his plans to increase federal support to help the city and county police departments combat terrorism and support local law enforcement. 

“We’ve had, for years in Washington, members in both the House and Senate that talk tough and blow a lot of hot air about how tough they are on criminals and terrorists,” Sen. Casey said. “Its about time for some of them to focus on the best way to help.”
Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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