Pittsburgh City Council approves money for outside lobbyists, early pre-k task force and new transportation department

Pittsburgh City Council approves money for outside lobbyists, early pre-k task force and new transportation department

Pittsburgh City Council gave final votes on a number of pieces of legislation Tuesday, including bills that would provide $128,000 to outside lobbyists to address the city’s legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington. 
At the state level, the City hopes Malady & Wooten, Inc. will address issues such affordable housing, paid sick leave legislation, funding for RACP projects and other priorities before the state General Assembly, while at the federal level the focus for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney will be more on a consent agreement between Alcosan and the EPA on storm water requirements, transportation funding, and building a relationship with the new Trump administration. 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh to get new and improved public transit system

Pittsburgh to get new and improved public transit system

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced their plan Thursday for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a high-speed transit proposal expected to better connect Oakland, home of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, with downtown.

“This is going to be one of the most transformational transportation projects that this region has ever undertaken,” said Fitzgerald. “We’ve been working on this for a number of years.”

Friday, March 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh URA approves program to fund replacement of old lead lines across the city

Pittsburgh URA approves program to fund replacement of old lead lines across the city

The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) board approved a program Thursday that would provide financial assistance to property owners looking to replace their lead water service lines. 
The Replace Old Lead Lines (ROLL) program, would be available to low income residents who make below 120 percent of the area median income (AMI). The maximum amount for the loan would be $10,000 with a three percent interest rate- the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is estimating requested loans will begin at $6,000. 
Thursday, March 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh City Council is set to approve $128,000 for the city to hire two lobbyists to address legislative priorities of Pittsburgh in Harrisburg and Washington. 

Debated Wednesday in the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the two pieces of legislation would provide $62,000.00 to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney for “professional consulting services for federal government affairs and legislative services” on behalf of the city, and $66,000.00 to Malady & Wooten, Inc. for the same services at the state level. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh partnership to invest $1 million for safe water plan

Pittsburgh partnership to invest $1 million for safe water plan

The Peduto administration announced Wednesday a partnership with Pittsburgh stakeholders to provide free water filters to help reduce the high lead levels found in some city residents drinking water. 

The city, along with Peoples Gas and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, will spend a combined $1 million, $500,000 from Peoples Gas and matched with $250,000 from each the city and PWSA, to provide “point of use” filters to be installed at the tap of a residential home. 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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