LOCAL POLITICS



North Side park could get new name

2012-03-06 15:56:00

Allegheny Public Square on the North Side may be getting a new name.


3 on City Council nominate Shields for police review board

2012-03-06 12:15:00

The former councilman clashed with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.


Altmire survives Critz's ballot challenge

2012-03-05 16:23:00

The Democratic congressmen both seek nomination in the 12th District after Republicans redrew boundaries.


Orie staffer says she spent half her time on campaign work

2012-03-05 13:56:00

A staffer for state Sen. Jane Orie testified this morning that during peak political seasons, more than 50 percent of her workday was spent


Altmire may hear by Monday whether he remains on ballot

2012-03-02 16:49:00

A Commonwealth Court judge may rule Monday whether U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, will stay on the primary ballot against fellow Rep


Population shift causes need for redrawn county council district lines

2012-02-27 12:42:00

Population growth in the North Hills has created a "waterfall effect" that is likely to bring major changes in several downstream Allegheny


Hiring process upsets some on county council

2012-02-27 00:00:00

Allegheny County Council has replaced two key employees, but the method used to hire the new staff members has upset two councilmen.


Prosecutors portray Veon as greedy politician

2012-02-17 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- State prosecutors portrayed former Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon as a greedy politician who used state grant dollars to rewa


Free Downtown parking for those challenging assessments

2012-02-16 14:08:00

At Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's request, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority agreed today to provide free parking to city homeowners who come Downto


Orie sisters to be tried separately, judge rules

2012-02-15 00:00:00

Saying he wasn't pleased by his own decision, the judge presiding over the criminal case against the Orie sisters on Tuesday ordered that th


Judge splits Orie sisters' trials

2012-02-14 16:22:00

An Allegheny County Common Pleas judge this morning agreed to sever the trials of state Sen. Jane Orie and her sister Janine Orie, who were


State could take over refurbished Point State Park

2012-02-14 00:00:00

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will assume growing responsibility for a refurbished Point State Park in coming y


Raja considers running for Pippy's Senate seat

2012-02-14 00:00:00

D. Raja, the Republican candidate for Allegheny County executive last year, is poised to join the run for state Sen. John Pippy's seat south


Orie wants alleged leaks probed

2012-02-14 00:00:00

The defense attorney for state Sen. Jane Orie, R-McCandless, is asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged le


Orie seeks prosecutor to investigate grand jury 'leaks'

2012-02-13 14:55:00

The defense attorney for state Sen. Jane Orie, R-McCandless, has filed a motion seeking the appointment of a special prosecutor to investiga


Altmire wins Democratic endorsement in Allegheny County

2012-02-13 11:36:00

U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, beat U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, in the battle Sunday for the Allegheny County Democratic Comm


Peduto to mark street-light upgrade in person tonight

2012-01-31 00:00:00

Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto will stand on a Shadyside street tonight to mark a milestone lighting upgrade.


Wagner lobbies to keep weights-and-measures authority

2012-01-31 00:00:00

New Controller Chelsa Wagner wants to make sure her office continues to monitor store scales and gas pumps throughout Allegheny County.


Orie defends letter seeking character witnesses

2012-01-31 00:00:00

State Sen. Jane C. Orie sent a letter seeking character testimony to a total of 198 households in Allegheny and Butler counties, according t


Mustio enters race for Pippy Senate seat

2012-01-31 00:00:00

State Rep. Mark Mustio, R-North Fayette, will once again try to replace state Sen. John Pippy, R-Moon.


Redevelopment authority OKs about $1M in grants

2012-01-30 00:00:00

Allegheny County's Redevelopment Authority has approved almost $1 million in grants to help cultural, educational and recreational instituti


County council tries to shore up its staff

2012-01-30 00:00:00

Two recent resignations and a military leave have left Allegheny County Council with three full-time people and a temporary employee to hand


The Next Page / Council districts that make sense: a proposal for local reapportionment. (Yes, it matters.)

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Reapportionment does not end with congressional and state legislative districts. New districts for both Allegheny County Council and Pittsbu


Mayor asks for cash to cover appraisals for assessment appeals

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Mr. Ravenstahl today sent legislation to city council requesting $100,000 for the program, modeled after a similar program city officials op


Westmoreland County seeks to cut judge's office

2012-01-26 00:00:00

Westmoreland County has recommended eliminating one of its 17 district judge offices -- that of Michael Mahady's office in Unity along Route


Turzai's entry into race for Congress criticized

2012-01-21 00:00:00

State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, is entering a volatile race for Congress this year, a decision that could leave a


City Council gives early approval to $80 million bond issue

2012-01-18 00:00:00

Despite continued budget wrangling with state-appointed overseers, Pittsburgh City Council today gave preliminary approval to an $80 million


City council to vote on trust fund for retirees' health care

2012-01-17 00:00:00

Legislation to be introduced in Pittsburgh City Council today would create an irrevocable trust fund for city retirees' health care benefits


PWSA steps up search for leader

2012-01-16 00:00:00

Thirteen months after its executive director resigned, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board members on Friday said they're ready to sp


Allegheny County controller Chelsa Wagner resigns House seat

2012-01-16 00:00:00

Brookline Democrat Chelsa Wagner resigned her seat in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives today, two weeks after being sworn in as Alleg


Ravenstahl defends New York visit to bond firms

2012-01-12 00:00:00

In the face of criticism from a state oversight board, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl tonight defended a trip to New York City so city off


City council moves again on banks

2012-01-11 00:00:00

Pittsburgh City Council is renewing efforts to make banks better neighborhood stewards and to give ex-offenders a better shot at landing cit


City officials will travel to New York for ratings upgrades

2012-01-10 00:00:00

While Pittsburgh officials and state-appointed overseers continue ironing out differences on the budget, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and other cit


Dems pick new county officers

2012-01-10 00:00:00

Nancy Patton Mills of Moon will take over as Allegheny County Democratic Party chairwoman, the party announced this morning.


2012 property values must be used, judge orders

2012-01-07 00:00:00

Tuesday likely will be decision day for answering the dual questions of which assessment numbers will be used to calculate Allegheny County


Reassessment judge bars county from tossing new values

2012-01-06 00:00:00

The judge overseeing Allegheny County's controversial reassessment says Pittsburgh and its school district must base their property tax rate


Fitzgerald tosses reassessments; county will use 2002 data

2012-01-05 00:00:00

New Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced this afternoon he will not use new court-ordered property assessment numbers.


City council regroups

City council regroups

2012-01-04 00:00:00

As a political alliance unraveled Tuesday, Darlene Harris retained the Pittsburgh City Council presidency, Ricky Burgess received the plum a


Martoni voted county council president

2012-01-04 00:00:00

Allegheny County Council on Tuesday chose one of its original members to serve as its leader for the next two years. Democrat Charles Marton


New alliance keeps Harris in Pittsburgh council presidency

New alliance keeps Harris in Pittsburgh council presidency

2012-01-03 00:00:00

Darlene Harris was re-elected Pittsburgh City Council president this morning in a vote that pit her against her one-time political teammates


Fitzgerald sworn in as Allegheny County's third executive

Fitzgerald sworn in as Allegheny County's third executive

2012-01-03 00:00:00

New Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald took the oath of office today at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall before a crowd of about 5


Wagner sworn in as first woman county controller

Wagner sworn in as first woman county controller

2012-01-02 00:00:00

Chelsa Wagner said she was standing on the shoulders of many female trailblazers as she took the oath of office this afternoon as Allegheny


'I knew it was wrong,' former law clerk says

2011-12-30 00:00:00

Former chief law clerk Lisa Sasinoski, who worked for Joan Orie Melvin in both Common Pleas Court and state Superior Court, testified Thursd


Judge orders county officials to Saturday reassessment hearing

2011-12-30 00:00:00

Allegheny County officials were ordered today to attend a New Year's Eve hearing before Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. because th


Pittsburgh residential assessments jump 46 percent

2011-12-30 00:00:00

The city of Pittsburgh's residential properties are now assessed at a total of $10.78 billion, up 46 percent from their prior assessment of


Pittsburgh Council bank bill veto override falls 1 vote short

2011-12-30 00:00:00

City Council today failed to override Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's veto of a bill intended to make better corporate citizens of banks


Judge who ordered property reassessment sees rise of $134,000

2011-12-29 00:00:00

The values were certified early this week and notices were sent to property owners Tuesday. Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick ordered th


Onorato says 'it's been a great ride'

Onorato says 'it's been a great ride'

2011-12-25 00:00:00

In two decades in political life, Dan Onorato never voted in favor of a property tax increase. He sees that as his major legacy, and indeed


County Council angles to delay using new property assessments

2011-12-23 00:00:00

Allegheny County Council is making a last-minute attempt to become one the players in the nearly completed property reassessment project.


City Council OKs 2012 budget

2011-12-20 00:00:00

Pittsburgh City Council adopted a handful of amendments -- including a bump in council's spending for staff salaries -- before giving final


State Rep. Christiana won't run for Congress

2011-12-19 00:00:00

State Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver, announced today that he will not run for a new congressional seat expected to stretch from the north to


The Bus rolls into the nation's capital to talk air quality

2011-12-15 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Retired Steelers star running back Jerome Bettis is in Washington today stumping for quick implementation of safe air standard


Course on local government helps new leaders lead

Course on local government helps new leaders lead

2011-12-15 00:00:00

Candidates run for office, touting their knowledge, experience and qualifications. When elected, however, they often discover they have a lo


Bills on budget, banks, fuel, ads constitute lengthy council session

2011-12-15 00:00:00

The impending end of the legislative session yielded another marathon meeting Wednesday, with Pittsburgh City Council giving preliminary app


2012 city operating budget wins council's preliminary approval

2011-12-14 00:00:00

Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval today to the city's 2012 operating and capital budgets, setting up a final vote -- and the


Pittsburgh Council set to pass new billboard regulations

2011-12-14 00:00:00

New regulations for LED billboards -- about three years in the making -- received a preliminary nod today from Pittsburgh City Council.


Penn Hills neighborhood alters redistricting plan

2011-12-09 00:00:00

A small, mostly African-American neighborhood on a hilltop in Penn Hills is going to stay in the Pittsburgh suburb and not be pushed into a


War memorial's backers ask for funds on Pearl Harbor Day

2011-12-07 00:00:00

Supporters of a long-planned World War II memorial on the North Shore are now asking the public for fundraising help, as they face a race to


Franco Harris reinstated as chairman of Pittsburgh Promise

2011-12-07 00:00:00

The board of the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program today gave board member Franco Harris a vote of confidence and passed a motion for h


Six-month probation on drug charge for ex-Onorato spokesman

2011-12-06 00:00:00

The former spokesman for Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato will spend six months on probation after pleading guilty Monday to a misdeme


City's capital budget to grow

2011-12-05 00:00:00

While the city may not be falling apart, it certainly needs some tender loving care, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office said last week, calling


Pittsburgh property reassessments to be mailed Dec. 19

2011-12-05 00:00:00

Pittsburgh property owners can expect to receive new assessments for their real estate from Allegheny County as soon as Dec. 20.


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