Pittsburgh Mayor names Scott Schubert Chief of Police

Pittsburgh Mayor names Scott Schubert Chief of Police

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Friday that he has appointed Acting Police Chief Scott Schubert the Chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. 

“Chief Schubert is not only respected within the Police Bureau, but across our neighborhoods as well,” said the Mayor. “He is just the right person to steer the bureau as it grows to more than 900 officers this year, and to keep implementing the City’s commitment to community policing measures.” 
Friday, January 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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SCI Pittsburgh set to close at the end of June

SCI Pittsburgh set to close at the end of June

In a Thursday morning press release, the Wolf administration announced that SCI Pittsburgh will close on June 30, 2017, saving the state a yearly cost of $81 million. 

Citing cost-saving measures in response to the state budget deficit and a reduction in the state’s prison population, the western Pennsylvania prison was on a list of five other facilities the Department of Corrections and Governor Wolf were contemplating shuttering- SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, and SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County.
Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Pittsburgh legislative immigration package one step closer to final passage

Pittsburgh legislative immigration package one step closer to final passage

As both the state and federal governments debate measures regarding the rights and treatment of immigrants on a more macro level, Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a legislative package aiming to make the city a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.


The six-piece legislative package introduced by Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) last week includes measures that would prohibit the city from denying services based on an individual’s citizenship or immigration status, as well as a resolution to create a citywide language access plan to improve the delivery of services to those learning English, and for those who have visual and hearing disabilities. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Pittsburgh City Council approves $250K for bicentennial debt

Pittsburgh City Council approves $250K for bicentennial debt

Pittsburgh City Council approved a measure Tuesday morning that would cover $250,000 in remaining costs from the city’s year-long bicentennial celebrations. 

About $1.5 million was covered by private investors such as nonprofits and foundations for events like parades, festivals, parties, marathons and walks around the city, but that wasn’t quite enough. 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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New partnership offers free Uber rides to victims of domestic violence in Pittsburgh

New partnership offers free Uber rides to victims of domestic violence in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) announced a new partnership Tuesday afternoon between ride-sharing company Uber and the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh to provide free ride for victims of domestic violence needing to get to safe shelter. 

“As Pittsburgh moves to a new economy and brings in new economic partners, we have to work together to also recognize the importance of corporate and social responsibility and making sure that we’re reaching out to the people of our communities when they need it most,” said the Councilman. “This partnership will enable victims to arrive at the shelter safely and free of charge.” 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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