Proposed Pittsburgh budget adds more city police and EMT's

An increase in public safety personnel, capital improvement projects, and a departmental reorganization are all part of Pittsburgh’s proposed 2017 operating and capital budget plans, as well as a five year financial plan.

Mayor Bill Peduto held the line on tax increases in his proposed $539.4 million spending plans that he submitted to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) on Friday for approval. 

The 2017 budgets and five year financial plan are projected to hire 50 new police officers to reach 900 full-time officers, the highest staffing level since 2002, according to the Mayor. One firefighter and two police recruit classes would be funded, and EMS would have funding to hire 20 EMTs.
Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Mayor Peduto, gun control advocates call for comprehensive legislation to end gun violence

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined Ceasefire PA, other gun control groups, and victims' families Thursday morning to call for an end to deaths by gun violence in the city and across the country through comprehensive legislation.

“These are preventable deaths,” said Mayor Peduto. “These are deaths that should never have happened in the first place and common sense laws that are supported by the vast majority of Americans [just] sit there and wait.”
Thursday, September 22, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh police survey shows officers have 'no confidence' in chief

According to an unofficial survey by Pittsburgh police officers, about 40 percent of its active union members have voiced that they have “no confidence” in Chief Cameron McLay. 

291 members out of about 850 of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 1 union took part in a one-question survey on the FOP website that indicated that 277 do not have confidence in McLay’s ability to lead the department, while 14 said they do. 

“I think he needs to re-evaluate the direction that he’s taking the department in based on previous complaints from the FOP and the rank and file [officers],” said FOP president Robert Swartzwelder. 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

New Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority interim executive director, task force announced

Along with the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority’s announcement of a new interim executive director, Mayor Bill Peduto also announced the formation of a task force to study the operations, financial condition and organizational structure of the Authority. 

The PWSA announced Thursday that Bernard Lindstrom, a former U.S. Army Colonel and CEO/Commander and District Engineer for the Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 2013, will take over duties full time on September 12.
Thursday, September 1, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Council considers construction of a new district energy plant

The proposed construction of a NRG Energy steam power plant in Pittsburgh’s Uptown district was the topic of a public hearing in City Council chambers on Tuesday afternoon.

A Conditional Use Application has been placed by NRG Center Pittsburgh on behalf of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the property owner, to provide chilled and hot water, and steam energy to surrounding industrial, residential, and commercial buildings in the area such as the Consol Energy Center, behind which the site is poised to be built.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh