Pittsburgh Parking Authority chairwoman Linda Judson resigns


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The chairwoman of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority board announced her resignation today.

Linda Judson, an attorney, likely would have been replaced next year by incoming Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto because of past clashes between them.

But the seven-year member of the city agency's board said her decision, effective Dec. 31, was in fact due to her move out of Squirrel Hill to a Butler County horse farm.

"My resignation has nothing to do whatsoever with an impending change in what's going on on Grant Street," she said at the authority's monthly board meeting this morning.

Mr. Peduto led a City Council effort in 2010 to approve a pension bailout plan dependent on diverting parking tax revenues over the opposition of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the parking authority board. When the authority did not forward all the funds council requested in 2011 to offset the lost tax money, Mr. Peduto subpoenaed the authority's chairwoman to appear before council, prompting her to publicly call his move "politically motivated, self-aggrandizing, theatrical thuggery."

This morning Ms. Judson thanked both late Mayor Bob O'Connor, who first appointed her, and Mr. Ravenstahl. She said Ravenstahl administration aides often gave her information on legislation but "not once in seven years that I've been on this board has anybody ever told me what to say or how to vote."

Authority director David Onorato said Mr. Peduto's transition team has not yet requested resignations of the board's three remaining members. He added that most of board's terms are either already or close to being expired, meaning it will be easy for the new mayor to make changes to the board if he wishes.


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