Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Much to the despair of community members, advocates and several elected officials, Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday approved by a 7-2 vote the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s request for a $2 billion dollar expansion.

Council approval came after weeks of public outcry from Pittsburgh residents who had issues with the health network’s treatment of its employees as well as the absence of a community benefits agreement, or community input in general, according to them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Councilmembers question money spent on outside law firms

Councilmembers question money spent on outside law firms

Weeks after being sworn into Pittsburgh City Council, Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (District 8) made good on a campaign promise.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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
Strassburger wins big in Pittsburgh city council special election

Strassburger wins big in Pittsburgh city council special election

Beating the nearest competitor by over 30 points and winning every precinct, independent candidate Erika Strassburger fended off both parties’ nominees and another independent to take her former boss Dan Gilman’s old seat on Pittsburgh city council.

Strassburger won 64 percent of the vote in the District 8 race, which includes the neighborhoods on Point Breeze and Shady Side as well as parts of Squirrel Hill and Oakland. Democrat Sonja Finn, a chef and restaurateur captured just under 28 percent. Republican Rennick Remley scored seven percent of the vote, and independent Marty Healey took one percent.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Remley surprises, Strassburger holds lead in fundraising in Pittsburgh special election

Remley surprises, Strassburger holds lead in fundraising in Pittsburgh special election

Heading into the last few days of special election campaigning for Pittsburgh’s open city council seat, one candidate doubled down on their financial edge with another big month of fundraising. 

According to city mandated campaign finance reports, independent candidate Erika Strassburger brought in $52,111 in the last month before March 6 special election for Pittsburgh’s District 8 city council seat. 

Monday, March 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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