Allegheny County Democrats pick up a County Council district, but Republicans secure state Supreme Court seat in 2017 election

Allegheny County Democrats pick up a County Council district, but Republicans secure state Supreme Court seat in 2017 election

In an off year election that turned out just under one in four Allegheny County voters Tuesday night, a liberal Democrat picked up a suburban Republican seat on the county council while another Republican council member won re-election on a knife edge margin. 

However, in a statewide race, Republicans secured a temporarily appointed seat on the state Supreme Court for the next ten years.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Six days after lunch meeting, City, Penguins announce Civic Arena site deal

Six days after lunch meeting, City, Penguins announce Civic Arena site deal

The City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Penguins have a tentative deal over the development of the team’s former home, albeit 120 hours later than Mayor Bill Peduto’s prediction. 

As part of the deal to hurry along the oft-delayed development of the 28 acre site connecting the Hill District with Downtown, the Penguins will give up an option that awarded the team the difference between the property value and a $15 million payment. 

That payment from the city’s coffers to the Penguins was a sticking point for Peduto, and it’s removal encourages the mayor about future development. 

Monday, November 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
DePasquale PWSA audit points finger at city, authority relationship as source of water troubles

DePasquale PWSA audit points finger at city, authority relationship as source of water troubles

Releasing an audit of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Wednesday, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale made the point that the Authority was bound to fail from its inception in 1984 due to bad deals and poor management.

However, despite that observation, the main takeaway from his office’s audit started earlier this year with the permission of the PWSA, may mean DePasquale faces some supernatural fury from his grandfather, the famously colorful Pittsburgh city councilman Eugene ‘Jeep’ DePasquale.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Peduto, Penguins closer to resolution of former Civic Arena site

Peduto, Penguins closer to resolution of former Civic Arena site

Over a lunch of Italian sandwiches Tuesday afternoon, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto drew more concessions from the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Civic Arena site then had been drawn in the past decade.

“I think we’ll be able to get through this now in 24 hours,” Peduto said of a process that has befuddled the city and residents alike since 2007.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority attempted to reconcile the competing demands of affordability and improvement at its bi-weekly board meeting Thursday morning.

 

To meet an order from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the PWSA board passed a resolution for emergency procurement of resources to execute three new infrastructure projects. The projects include upgrades to an older reservoir due to concerns that holes in the cover could lead to contamination from animal droppings.  Those concerns led to a precautionary boil advisory for 18,000 homes in August. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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