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
House's newest face, Austin Davis, jumps into committees, introduces water bill aid program

House's newest face, Austin Davis, jumps into committees, introduces water bill aid program

Newly-elected District 35 Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) started his state legislative career with a surprising phone call. 

He was in a meeting when his phone buzzed, and an unfamiliar voice said former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wanted to speak to him. 

“We talked about local policy and politics,” Davis said. “She’s really interested in the things I was going to tackle.” 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
PWSA facing DEP fine for violation of Clean Streams Law, addresses report on People’s Natural Gas deal at board meeting

PWSA facing DEP fine for violation of Clean Streams Law, addresses report on People’s Natural Gas deal at board meeting

The state Department of Environmental Protection recommended a fine against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority from two broken pipes that spilled chlorinated water into the Allegheny River last year. 

The violation came up on the PWSA’s February board meeting agenda Friday morning. After the meeting, Interim Executive Director Robert Weimar refused to divulge any details besides that the authority planned an appeal. 

Friday, February 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Controller Wagner releases report on PWSA lead pipe replacement

Allegheny County Controller Wagner releases report on PWSA lead pipe replacement

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner released a report Wednesday that took issue with the cost of lead line replacements in Pittsburgh, and also drew push back from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

 

The report comes after the PWSA announced $44 million in funding to replace 2,100 lead service lines in order to meet the authority's consent decree with the Department of Environmental Protection. 

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city administrator named to head PWSA restructuring

Pittsburgh city administrator named to head PWSA restructuring

Debbie Lestitian, the PWSA board chair as well as the city’s chief of administration and director of human resources, will resign from both municipal service and the board to take on the new role of Chief Corporate Counsel and Chief of Administration, according to a press release. 
Friday, February 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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