Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city councilmembers, joined by Gov. Tom Wolf and state legislators, announced a package of gun control legislation Friday. 

The move comes in the aftermath of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in October which left 11 dead and seven injured, while the official announcement was held on the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4), whose district includes the synagogue, said the tragedy was a call to action to not accept gun violence as the norm. 

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Affordable housing advocates plead with Pittsburgh City Council for restored funding

Affordable housing advocates plead with Pittsburgh City Council for restored funding

With signs that alleged empty promises, affordable housing advocates advanced on Pittsburgh City Council chambers to plead with council to restore their funding for the 2019 capital budget.

When Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto proposed his budget for the new year, many advocates were disturbed to learn that their financial support from the city would decrease by $5 million, leaving the authority with $1.1 million from the capital budget.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation

Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation

Before Dan Gilman served as Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, as a councilmember, he and Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) noticed a problem.

Around the city, they saw televisions and computers dumped illegally. Knowing residents had few legal options for disposing electronic devices, they sought legislation that’d allow residents to recycle such items safely.

A year later, the legislation was introduced by Kail-Smith Tuesday, with the support of the mayor’s office.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council hears 2030 plan proposal from PWSA officials

Pittsburgh City Council hears 2030 plan proposal from PWSA officials

At Mayor Bill Peduto’s request last week, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority released a plan outlining what the next 12 years had in store.

As the city prepares its budget, water authority representatives testified to Pittsburgh City Council Monday of their plans for a billion dollars in infrastructure investment, which could require adding additional debt to the authority's balance sheet.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Allegheny County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic over the past few years, with the continued rates of drug overdoses causing concern for residents and elected officials alike.

Some people believe a way to stave off the long term consequences of intravenous drug use in particular could be through needle exchange programs like Prevention Point, a 20-year-old program that operates in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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