Following affordable housing debate, Pittsburgh city council looks to keep better track of tax credits

Following affordable housing debate, Pittsburgh city council looks to keep better track of tax credits

Following a year of bean counting to fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, a new bill proposed by two Pittsburgh City Council members is hoping to keep better track of the city’s development dollars. 

The bill, sponsored by Councilwoman Deb Gross (District 7) and Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) would require yearly audits by the City Controller’s office of the city’s tax credits and abatements. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Republican Remley faces, wins legal challenge to stay on District 8 ballot

Pittsburgh Republican Remley faces, wins legal challenge to stay on District 8 ballot

Turning to two lawyers and an Allegheny County elections official in front of him Tuesday morning, Judge Joseph James chuckled from his seat. 

“The regular cast of characters,” James said. “What would an election be without the three of you?” 

James was hearing a legal challenge to Republican Rennick Remley’s candidacy in the District 8 city council special election, which the candidate won after a few hours of deliberations by the judge.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
At forum, Pittsburgh District 8 candidates make case for special election

At forum, Pittsburgh District 8 candidates make case for special election

The main disagreements that broke through the steady pace of questioning were mostly over whose background was best suited to joining city council.
Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA, Veolia reach settlement, drawing criticisms from Pittsburgh water advocates

PWSA, Veolia reach settlement, drawing criticisms from Pittsburgh water advocates

A messy round of lawsuits between the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the private water company Veolia ended in a settlement the authority announced Thursday afternoon, leaving some water advocates aggrieved.

In the settlement, PWSA will avoid paying $5 million in fees to Veolia from the contract the authority and corporation first signed in July 2012, then extended until December 2015.

Thursday, January 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Two shale gas friendly candidates face off in Washington county special house race

Two shale gas friendly candidates face off in Washington county special house race

With the election four months away, both Democrats and Republicans already have candidates lined up for a Washington county special election in what could be a tough battle, as national attention focuses on southwestern Pennsylvania over the 18th Congressional special election.

Scheduled for May 15, the special election was scheduled after former 48th District representative Brandon Neuman resigned December 31 last year to take over as a Washington county judge.

Thursday, January 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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