Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 36: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

This week the podcast heads out to Pittsburgh, where Pittsburgh Bureau Chief Alanna Koll sits down to talk with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Find out about how he got involved in politics, his love of fish fries, and a some of his favorite moments of being in office. Also, we highlight some of the state's top news items.

Friday, March 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings

Sen. Casey calls on federal government to make local law enforcement stronger

In a visit to the Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), US Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), joined by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, laid out his plans to increase federal support to help the city and county police departments combat terrorism and support local law enforcement. 

“We’ve had, for years in Washington, members in both the House and Senate that talk tough and blow a lot of hot air about how tough they are on criminals and terrorists,” Sen. Casey said. “Its about time for some of them to focus on the best way to help.”
Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
SCI Pittsburgh set to close at the end of June

SCI Pittsburgh set to close at the end of June

In a Thursday morning press release, the Wolf administration announced that SCI Pittsburgh will close on June 30, 2017, saving the state a yearly cost of $81 million. 

Citing cost-saving measures in response to the state budget deficit and a reduction in the state’s prison population, the western Pennsylvania prison was on a list of five other facilities the Department of Corrections and Governor Wolf were contemplating shuttering- SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, and SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County.
Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pa. Supreme Court casino ruling could be costly for Pittsburgh

With last week’s decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court finding the local and county share assessments placed on casinos as unconstitutional, Pittsburgh officials are weighing in on what that could mean for the city. 

Situated on the North Shore of the city is Rivers Casino, an establishment that brings in an estimated $10 million a year to the city with Allegheny County collecting about $5.5 million. 

The effect of the supreme court’s decision could have an impact on the city and county counting on the gaming revenue it receives from Rivers Casino for their budgets.

Monday, October 3, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh