Pittsburgh City Council to nominate new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council to nominate new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council is set to vote on legislation next week to welcome a new City Clerk to its chambers.  


Council President Bruce Kraus will submit legislation to nominate Brenda Pree, a native of Mississippi who served as City Clerk for the City of Jackson, Mississippi, and then as Management Analyst for the Fairfax County Office of Elections.  

Friday, August 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, state officials react to President Trump's ban on transgender service members

Pittsburgh, state officials react to President Trump's ban on transgender service members

In light of President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that transgender individuals will be banned from serving in the United States military, Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus is expected to introduce a Will of Council “roundly condemning” the ban. 


President Kraus is expected to stand with fellow members of council and the LGBTQIA+ community to push back against the policy and show Pittsburgh’s support for gender identity, expression and orientation equality Monday when the Will of Council will be introduced.  

Friday, July 28, 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

Pittsburgh City Council bill on punishing leaks from executive sessions one step closer to passage

The Finance and Law Committee of Pittsburgh City Council voted out a measure Wednesday that would penalize council members from disclosing information discussed during an executive session or closed door meeting. 

The measure is part of a bill that reorganizes the existing rules of council to reflect current processes and to create a more cogent format. 

“This really was a huge undertaking, I don’t know that the rules have had this extensive of an overview in quite some time,” said President Bruce Kraus, sponsor of the bill. 

 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Council legislation looks to protect housing options for victims of domestic violence

Pittsburgh City Council held a standing committee meeting last week to discuss and approve an amendment to an ordinance that would add perceived victims of domestic violence or stalking to the Pittsburgh City Housing Discrimination Code. 
 
The legislation, 2016-0047, is sponsored by Councilman Dan Gilman of District 8-which covers the neighborhoods of Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, and Point Breeze. 
 
“What we have heard has happened in the past is basically a landlord would say ‘I don’t want any trouble here’ because of a lot of police visits, because of a lot of loud noises, because of neighbor complaints of disturbances and victims end up losing their housing because they’re a victim of domestic violence,” said Councilman Gilman. 
 
“This legislation makes that illegal. We make it very clear that anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or stalking will not be discriminating against- whether it be evictions, lease renewals, mortgages or any other aspect of housing.”
Monday, June 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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