Carnegie council appoints new member

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A lawyer from Swallow Hill Road was named Monday to fill the Carnegie council seat of Carol Ann Covi who died last month.

Joseph V. Luvara, 58, was sworn into office by Mayor Jack Kobistek following his selection by a 3-2 vote. Rick D'Loss, Mike Sarsfield and Pat Catena supported his appointment; Council members Phil Boyd and Sue Demko voted no.

The new councilman will not take his seat until next month because his residency affidavit must be notarized. He will serve until January 2016.

Mr. Luvara left the meeting after his swearing in, but not before introducing his wife, Deborah, and their 7-year-old daughter, Olivia.

Two other candidates — Robert Heinrich, 59, and Joanne Zilinsky, 53 — applied, too. Mr. Heinrich, who is a former council member and mayor, was nominated Monday, but he was supported only by Mr. Boyd and Ms. Demko.

Ms. Zilinsky, of Woodridge Drive, has a master's degree in marketing. Now semi-retired, she moved in Carnegie in 1998 and serves as a condominium board member.

A partner in the Flaherty Luvara Law Group LLP in Pittsburgh, Mr. Luvara has been a lawyer for 25 years and specializes in commercial law, personal financial property and title matters, as well as general litigation. He holds degrees from Marquette University, Duquesne University Law School and Western State University College of Law in California.

He and his family are co-owners of Groceria Italiano in Bloomfield.

Ms. Covi, 67, died May 13 after a lengthy illness. She headed the Childrens' Events Committee, which organized activities for youngsters. Before her retirement, she worked as a reservationist for USAirways.

Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer:

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