Pittsburgh Councilman calling on Wolf administration to help new homeowners pay off student debt

Pittsburgh Councilman calling on Wolf administration to help new homeowners pay off student debt

A Pittsburgh City Councilman is calling on the Wolf administration to help aid in a program that would help new homeowners pay off a portion of their student loan debt.


In a Will of Council passed by members Tuesday morning, Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) laid out a proposal calling on the state to develop and administer a program where the Commonwealth would repay a portion of an individual’s outstanding federal student loan debt when they finance a home through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council, developers mull next steps for city-owned housing stock

Pittsburgh City Council, developers mull next steps for city-owned housing stock

Pittsburgh City Council sat down with a panel of community developers Wednesday to discuss a bill to divest some of the city’s publicly-owned properties.

Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) headed the post agenda meeting discussion on Bill 1508, which would authorize Mayor Bill Peduto, the Directors of the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Finance and the Executive Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority to evaluate city-owned housing stock suitable for rehabilitation and resale.

Thursday, June 29, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Councilman O'Connor awards recipients of program to hire local graduates

Joined by two different Chambers of Commerce and the Pittsburgh Promise, Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) announced the first round of HirePGH Grants.  


Through a partnership with the city, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA (AACCWP), the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and the Pittsburgh Promise, HirePGH has been developed to incentivize the local hiring of Pittsburgh Promise grads through the allocation of $5,500 grants.  

Thursday, June 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance faces significant roadblocks

Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance faces significant roadblocks

A proposed state law to end paid sick leave policies in cities like Pittsburgh isn’t the only barrier the city faces in enacting an already passed paid sick leave ordinance. 

The ordinance, passed by Pittsburgh City Council in August 2015, would require businesses with 15 or more employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours. Employers with fewer than 15 employees would have to provide upward of 24 hours annually under the measure. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council calls on Congress to not support Trump's proposed budget

Pittsburgh City Council calls on Congress to not support Trump's proposed budget

Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor presented a Will of Council before City Council Tuesday morning strongly opposing the “draconian” cuts President Donald Trump has presented in his proposed budget, and to encourage Congress to reject his proposed spending plan. 

“Now is really the time, as a city, and as elected [officials] to reach out to other elected officials on the federal side to say how dramatic this would be to our city and the basic services that we provide,” said Councilman O’Connor at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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