After four years behind the scenes, Strassburger sworn into Pittsburgh City Council

After four years behind the scenes, Strassburger sworn into Pittsburgh City Council

Welcomed by bagpipes, her supporters and her now fellow councilmembers, Erika Strassburger was sworn into Pittsburgh City Council Thursday.

The Democrat, who ran as an independent after failing to secure District 8 committee member’s vote, will be taking former Councilman Dan Gilman’s seat which encompasses Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Point Breeze, and parts of Oakland. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Three years on, Pittsburgh Council hears complaints on landlord registry at public hearing

Three years on, Pittsburgh Council hears complaints on landlord registry at public hearing

Pittsburgh City Council held a public hearing on a long talked about policy that requires landlords to register their property Wednesday.

Despite passing in 2015, the ordinance has not yet been enacted because of a legal challenge from a group of local landlords.

Thursday, April 5, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Mayor announces executive order creating paid safe leave policy

Pittsburgh Mayor announces executive order creating paid safe leave policy

Mayor Bill Peduto Tuesday announced an executive order creating a paid safe leave policy for city employees facing intimate partner violence. Once enacted, the policy will allow victims paid time off to deal with matters such as obtaining medical care, finding safe housing, and filing Protection from Abuse orders if necessary.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
House Democrats urged to support animal fighting legislation

House Democrats urged to support animal fighting legislation

The House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing in Pittsburgh Wednesday to discuss animal fighting and heard testimony from animal welfare advocates urging them to support legislation Rep. Dom Costa (D-Allegheny) is reintroducing to make animal fighting a racketeering offense.

Costa, a former Pittsburgh police chief, first introduced the bill, HB 1197, in April of last year. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee and has stayed there ever since. Costa brought forward a similar bill in the 2015-16 session.

Thursday, March 29, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh City Council introduces legislation to monitor spending

Pittsburgh City Council introduces legislation to monitor spending

Two Pittsburgh City Councilmembers are proposing legislation to better monitor city spending in the midst of ongoing legal problems and growing concern over a police contract.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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