Strassburger ahead by nearly $80,000 in first month of Pittsburgh city council special election fundraising

Strassburger ahead by nearly $80,000 in first month of Pittsburgh city council special election fundraising

Armed with 159 separate contributions — including maxed out donations from Dan Gilman and Bill Peduto’s election committee — Erika Strassburger took a commanding lead in fundraising in Pittsburgh’s March 6 special election by raking just over $91,241 in January, according to city campaign finance reports.

The election for city council’s District 8, which includes a central chunk of the affluent East End, is to replace former city councilman Gilman after he resigned to become Mayor Peduto’s new chief of staff in early January.

Friday, February 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA, Veolia reach settlement, drawing criticisms from Pittsburgh water advocates

PWSA, Veolia reach settlement, drawing criticisms from Pittsburgh water advocates

A messy round of lawsuits between the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the private water company Veolia ended in a settlement the authority announced Thursday afternoon, leaving some water advocates aggrieved.

In the settlement, PWSA will avoid paying $5 million in fees to Veolia from the contract the authority and corporation first signed in July 2012, then extended until December 2015.

Thursday, January 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
State open records office rules for release of Pittsburgh Amazon bid

State open records office rules for release of Pittsburgh Amazon bid

City, Allegheny county "believe it to be in the best interests of Pittsburgh to file a legal appeal" of ruling

On the heels of being named a finalist, the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records ruled that both Pittsburgh and Allegheny County must release their Amazon proposals to the public.

The ruling came after local television reporter Paul Van Osdol, who works for Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE, filed right-to-know requests with both the city and county for the contents of their proposals to attract the multi-billion dollar online retail chain’s second headquarters.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Republican candidate joins crowded Pittsburgh city council special election

Republican candidate joins crowded Pittsburgh city council special election

The fourth and presumably final candidate to make the Pittsburgh city council District 8 special election ballot will be Republican Rennick Remley. 

 

Remley, manager of corporate relations at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, could not be reached immediately for comment.  

Thursday, January 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Philly, Pittsburgh both named finalists for new Amazon HQ

Philly, Pittsburgh both named finalists for new Amazon HQ

Pennsylvania's two biggest cities are both finalists for Amazon’s HQ2 that sent elected officials across the country running to their planners to craft their golden ticket for $5 billion in investment and 50,000 new jobs.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were listed as one of the 20 finalists Amazon announced with a page on their website posted Thursday morning. In total, 238 cities and regions applied for the second headquarters after Amazon announced its plans in the fall 2017.

Thursday, January 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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