Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials call for ethics reforms

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials call for ethics reforms

In the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed “Citizens First” ethics plan, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has proposed similar reforms to be enacted at a county level for candidates and officials.  Controller Wagner’s suggested reforms, similar to Gov. Wolf’s, focus on ethics, transparency, and campaign finance. 
 
Measures would include a gift ban to county officials and staff, placing limits on campaign contributions and making the records publicly accessible, and requiring county officials to disclose outside sources of income.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Airport activism for transparency largely confined to social media

Airport activism for transparency largely confined to social media

Nearly 150 people were interested according to Facebook. 15 said they were going. 

But only two actually showed up Tuesday night to voice their concerns of a planned renovation of Pittsburgh International Airport to Allegheny County Council. 

The “speak out” was organized David Allinder, a Pittsburgh resident who runs a publishing company based in Wheeling, WV. 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Positive Allegheny County budget outlook could face challenges from opioid crisis, state mass transit funding cuts

Positive Allegheny County budget outlook could face challenges from opioid crisis, state mass transit funding cuts

Allegheny county is spending within its means for 2017, but issues like the opioid crisis and the fate of transit funding in Harrisburg could cause trouble for a future balanced budget. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh

Former steel mill site in Pittsburgh one step closer to restart on tax break

Allegheny County Council met Tuesday evening to vote on a measure to push back the start time of a tax incentive for the redevelopment of a former steel mill site in south Pittsburgh. 

The Almono project- a name that stems from Pittsburgh’s three rivers, the Allegheny, Monongahela, and the Ohio- is a 178 acre former LTV steel mill site along the riverfront in Hazelwood that a group of southwestern foundations and developer Regional Industrial Development Corp. (RIDC) plan on turning into a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial developments with a focus on sustainability. 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Allegheny County Council votes to participate in Tri-COG land bank

Allegheny County Council voted 14-0 Tuesday evening to approve a land bank that can help communities across the county tackle issues of blighted properties.


“This is a decision for us to move forward, to give the folks in these communities the tools they need to try to address blight in their communities,” said Councilman Sam DeMarco.


The Tri-COG Land Bank, an intergovernmental cooperation of the Steel City, Turtle Creek Valley and Twin Rivers Councils of Government (COG) is a tool to aid municipalities in their effort to mitigate and combat blight within Allegheny County. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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