Mayor's brother nominated to Alcosan board

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Fresh from his Tuesday victory in a special election for state House, Adam Ravenstahl, D-Summer Hill, is in line for another title: member of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority board.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the new representative's brother, submitted the nomination to city council in a letter dated Wednesday. The appointment is pending council confirmation.

If confirmed, the state representative would replace one of the men he bested in the Democratic Primary, Dan Keller of Brighton Heights. Mr. Keller had been serving out the term of former state Rep. Michael Diven, but that term ended on Dec. 31.

"Rep. Ravenstahl represents the people who are affected by Alcosan's location the most," said mayoral spokeswoman Joanna Doven in an e-mail. "There has always been a meaningful effort to have representation from the North Side on Alcosan's board as quality-of-life issues such as odor and traffic affect residents near the operation."

Ms. Doven wrote that the mayor sent Mr. Keller a letter thanking him for his service. Mr. Keller said this morning that he hadn't seen that letter yet, and learned of his would-be replacement from a reporter's call.

"I could not be prouder of the service I provided my community and provided to Alcosan," Mr. Keller said. "I serve at the pleasure of the mayor. [Replacing a board member is] his prerogative."

Adam Ravenstahl could not be reached. Nominees are normally interviewed the week after council gets their names, and a vote occurs the week after that.

Mr. Ravenstahl last week won both a special election to serve out the term of former Rep. Don Walko, and the Democratic nomination for a full term beginning next year.

A seat on the Alcosan board is widely considered a political plum because members have contact with engineering and construction firms that tend to be campaign contributors.

The mayor sent council eight other nominations and appointments, which are slated to be introduced along with his brother's nomination at Tuesday's council meeting. They are John Valentine to the City Planning Commission; Mayada Mansour and Steve MacIsaac to the Youth Commission; Gerald Robinson, Amanda Rubio and Beth Pittinger to the Human Relations Commission; Jennifer Danquist and Jason Matthews to the Equal Opportunity Review Commission.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542.


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