Rivers Casino agrees to pay $10 million gaming tax revenue to Pittsburgh while state still hashes out gaming fix legislation

Rivers Casino agrees to pay $10 million gaming tax revenue to Pittsburgh while state still hashes out gaming fix legislation

During his 2017 Operating & Capital Budget presentation to Pittsburgh City Council on Monday morning, Mayor Bill Peduto announced that the city and Rivers Casino have reached an agreement to keep $10 million flowing into the budget for one year. 


After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled an annual tax that casinos pay to their host municipalities as unconstitutional in September, Pittsburgh and Rivers Casino, housed in the city’s North Shore, have been in talks as to whether or not the city would still receive the vital funds. 

Monday, November 14, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

New Pittsburgh Ethics Board meets for the first time

The newly appointed Ethics Hearing Board of the City of Pittsburgh held their first meeting Thursday afternoon. 

The appointment of the nine-member Ethics Hearing Board is a result of legislation that was passed by City Council last year to reconstitute Pittsburgh’s long-dormant ethics board. 

Previous to the legislation sponsored by Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), the members were appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the members of City Council, and had only met a few times between 2010-2014. 
Friday, November 4, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Police Chief McLay steps down

Pittsburgh Police Chief McLay steps down

After serving two years as Chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Cameron McLay has decided to leave the Bureau. 

 

“I have made the decision that I have done as much as I can and now I want to turn it over and pass the torch,” said Chief McLay. 

 

McLay was hired in September 2014 as the first Police Chief in over 150 to be brought in from outside the force. Mayor Bill Peduto selected McLay to reestablish relationships between communities and leaders citywide; rebuild its internal protocols, controls, and ethics training. 

Friday, November 4, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Residents can access helpful Pittsburgh city data through new mobile app

The city of Pittsburgh launched a new website and mobile application to give residents instant access to important neighborhood data.

As part of the effort to promote transparency and open data, “Burgh’s Eye View” will allow citizens, for the first time, to gain visual insight into a wide range of data including incidents of crime, building permits and code violations, and 311 service requests. 
Monday, October 31, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County pledge to end hiring barriers for criminal offenders

The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have teamed up to sign a White House measure Monday that would eliminate hiring barriers for individuals with criminal records. 

Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald signed the White House Fair Chance Business Pledge and called on area businesses and corporations to join the county and city to end unfair hiring processes against those with a criminal history.
Monday, October 24, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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