Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Veteran Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris will be facing not one, but two challengers for the opportunity to represent the Steel City’s North Side come May 21.

After a few candidates stepped forward, only to fade away due to scandal or reconsideration, Harris, a Democrat, will be challenged with Chris Rosselot, a former aide to US Sen. Bob Casey, and repeat challenger Bobby Wilson, who ran against Harris in 2015 and 2011.

Harris — first elected in 2006 — is an official whose sometimes contrarian personality has earned her critics inside and outside of city council. Many an article has been devoted to her public quarrel with Council President Bruce Kraus (D-District 3), or her tendency to block her critics on social media.
Friday, January 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh funds body cameras for entire force, but FOP questions remain

Pittsburgh funds body cameras for entire force, but FOP questions remain

Just over 100 police officers in Pittsburgh currently wear body cameras. But after a unanimous vote Thursday by Pittsburgh City Council, the city will now have $2.3 million to supply the other 800 officers on the force.

According to Councilman Daniel Lavelle (D-District 6), the funding is an extension of an existing contract with AXON Enterprise, Inc. increasing the cost from $1.5 million.

Thursday, January 3, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city councilmembers, joined by Gov. Tom Wolf and state legislators, announced a package of gun control legislation Friday. 

The move comes in the aftermath of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in October which left 11 dead and seven injured, while the official announcement was held on the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4), whose district includes the synagogue, said the tragedy was a call to action to not accept gun violence as the norm. 

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Affordable housing advocates plead with Pittsburgh City Council for restored funding

Affordable housing advocates plead with Pittsburgh City Council for restored funding

With signs that alleged empty promises, affordable housing advocates advanced on Pittsburgh City Council chambers to plead with council to restore their funding for the 2019 capital budget.

When Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto proposed his budget for the new year, many advocates were disturbed to learn that their financial support from the city would decrease by $5 million, leaving the authority with $1.1 million from the capital budget.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation

Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation

Before Dan Gilman served as Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, as a councilmember, he and Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) noticed a problem.

Around the city, they saw televisions and computers dumped illegally. Knowing residents had few legal options for disposing electronic devices, they sought legislation that’d allow residents to recycle such items safely.

A year later, the legislation was introduced by Kail-Smith Tuesday, with the support of the mayor’s office.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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