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
Pittsburgh Controller, Auditor General outline findings and plans for audits of city's troubled water authority

Pittsburgh Controller, Auditor General outline findings and plans for audits of city's troubled water authority

Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb was joined by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday to release a performance audit of the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) and to announce DePasquale’s plans to conduct a separate review. 

The review by the Auditor General will focus more on PWSA governance and review and whether the current structure of the Authority is suitable to provide the proper oversight, while Controller Lamb’s review focused on PWSA’s installation of water meters, customer billing processes, customer service effectiveness, and concerns about lead in the drinking water- all problems that have plagued the Authority over the past couple of years. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Proposed advisory board on bike lane infrastructure in Pittsburgh close to final passage

Legislation to create an advisory board on bike lane infrastructure is one step closer to final passage in the City of Pittsburgh. 

In order to address the rising trend of increased bike lanes across the city, Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, sponsor of the legislation, hopes the advisory board will allow biking stakeholders, the administration, and residents to work together to decide where the popular mode of transportation should and shouldn't be constructed. 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
In absence of state action, Pittsburgh City Council shows support for local needle exchange program

In absence of state action, Pittsburgh City Council shows support for local needle exchange program

A Will of Council introduced Tuesday in Pittsburgh City Council to re-locate a clean needle exchange program in the city turned the focus on the state’s prohibition to allow such places to exist. 

Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP), a nonprofit organization that provides health services to injection drug users, is moving one of its three locations to the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force in the neighborhood of East Liberty with the hope of expanding their reach and their services. 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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