Pittsburgh city council is looking for an independent voice in city management

Pittsburgh city council is looking for an independent voice in city management

As council wound down last Wednesday, Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess (District 9) took the time give a brief statement to the emptying chambers, down to only the necessary five to have quorum.

“Over the years council has ceded a lot of the authority overseeing projects to city planning, to other entities,” Burgess said. “If council has the appetite to, we could always change the code and put more approval in our hands. I’m open to that conversation.”

Friday, February 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh looks to state supreme court to overturn paid sick leave precedent

Pittsburgh looks to state supreme court to overturn paid sick leave precedent

An argument over paid sick leave in Pittsburgh is instead turning into a fight over the rights of Pennsylvania municipalities, one that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could have a large say in. 
 
At a rally outside the doors of Pittsburgh city council Thursday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Councilmen Corey O’Connor (District 5) and Ricky Burgess (District 9) and a group of local activists, all gathered to promote the filing of legal briefs with the state’s highest court. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
City contracts, police retirement spark pointed conversations on Pittsburgh city council

City contracts, police retirement spark pointed conversations on Pittsburgh city council

At a meeting Wednesday, Pittsburgh city council addressed a tax code clean up, followed up on a bill to support developing entrepreneurs, and addressed the city police’s mandatory retirement age. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Costa primary forum shows progressive fire for a fight in Harrisburg

Costa primary forum shows progressive fire for a fight in Harrisburg

Facing his first electoral challenge in eight years, State Representative Paul Costa (D-Allegheny) bobbed and weaved through a whirlwind candidates’ forum Monday night, relying on his record to try to make his case for reelection. 
 
Costa’s challenger, 30 year old Braddock native community activist Summer Lee, already has the endorsement of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, and has followed through on their support with progressive rhetoric. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Wolf addresses GOP congressional map as Pittsburgh leaves Act 47 oversight

Wolf addresses GOP congressional map as Pittsburgh leaves Act 47 oversight

With a signature, a shuffle of papers, and a handshake, Pittsburgh’s time in Act 47 financial oversight came to an end Monday morning. 

Meanwhile, taking his own questions after the ceremony, Wolf, in his first public appearance since Republican legislative leaders sent him their court-ordered replacement congressional map, only reiterated his hope for a “fair map.” 

Monday, February 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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