Legislators introduce property tax protection program

Legislators introduce property tax protection program

In Pittsburgh, as coffee shops and gyms moved into historic neighborhoods and prices have gone up, longtime residents have been displaced, making wariness about gentrification and redevelopment commonplace among the least well-off in the city.

To protect homeowners from displacement, state and local lawmakers announced Tuesday legislation that provides property tax relief for longtime residents in the city of Pittsburgh. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
District Attorney shows opposition to gun legislation

District Attorney shows opposition to gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council is finding opposition for its much debated gun control legislation closer to home, from Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala. 

In a letter to Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-District 5)— the representative for the neighborhood where the Tree of Life shooting occurred — Zappala, a Democrat up for reelection this year, stated that while he understood the desire to curb gun violence, the city lacked the authority to do so. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Veteran Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris will be facing not one, but two challengers for the opportunity to represent the Steel City’s North Side come May 21.

After a few candidates stepped forward, only to fade away due to scandal or reconsideration, Harris, a Democrat, will be challenged with Chris Rosselot, a former aide to US Sen. Bob Casey, and repeat challenger Bobby Wilson, who ran against Harris in 2015 and 2011.

Harris — first elected in 2006 — is an official whose sometimes contrarian personality has earned her critics inside and outside of city council. Many an article has been devoted to her public quarrel with Council President Bruce Kraus (D-District 3), or her tendency to block her critics on social media.
Friday, January 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Public Works employees finalize contract

Pittsburgh, Public Works employees finalize contract

The city of Pittsburgh finalized a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Joint Collective Bargaining Committee. It grants raises and other benefits for hundreds of workers in the Public Works Department.

Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wolf issues executive order curbing state carbon emissions

Wolf issues executive order curbing state carbon emissions

Governor Tom Wolf announced a preemptive strike against climate change via executive order in Pittsburgh Tuesday.

Believing that climate change poses a significant risk, Wolf wants to see state operations reduce their carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The order sets three goals, non binding upon the completion of his final term as governor in 2022.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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