Mayor says he won't create committee to oversee stimulus funds

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Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's administration does not intend to create a Stimulus Oversight Committee called for in City Council legislation, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Councilman William Peduto pushed legislation, adopted in July, to create a seven-member committee to watch over administration efforts to secure, and then spend, federal stimulus program money.

Mr. Peduto issued a letter to the mayor yesterday saying the city "has missed several opportunities to take advantage of available stimulus funds," noting this week's news that the city got no Department of Housing and Urban Development neighborhood stabilization funds.

Mayoral spokeswoman Joanna Doven said the administration has a grant officer, Sara DeRoy, and has secured $20 million from the stimulus program, plus another $20 million from other state, federal and private sources since 2007.

"We have been extremely aggressive in making sure that the city goes after every available stimulus and grant dollar," Ms. Doven said. "If Mr. Peduto would like to set up his own oversight committee, he can go ahead and do that."

She added that the mayor's Move PGH panel, announced this week, would help put the city in position to win more transportation funding.


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