Politics - Local


 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, left, and challenger Mark Patrick Flaherty speak Thursday during their appearances in front of the Post-Gazette's editorial board.

County controller candidates Wagner, Flaherty spar before PG editorial board

The candidates clash on who would allow politics to sully the controller’s office.

2 days ago


Monroeville council OKs developments, including Panda Express

The eatery will be in the space at the corner of William Penn Highway and Stroschein Road.

2 days ago


Irwin firefighters want additional hydrants in borough

Eleven new hydrants would be added in each of two phases.

2 days ago


Pittsburgh police union, city argue residency requirement in court

The two sides presented their cases Wednesday morning for a panel of Commonwealth Court judges, who will issue an opinion at a future date.

3 days ago


Reporter’s recollection of conversation pivotal in McCullough trial

Charles P. McCullough is charged with taking money from Shirley Jordan, an elderly woman for whom he had power of attorney.

2 days ago


 Controller Chelsa Wagner

Controller Chelsa Wagner contends her pay raise is a gender equity issue

The county controller’s salary is almost certain to be an issue during this year’s election season.

4 days ago


Allegheny County's government review commission elects new chairman

The nine-member commission is required by the county's home rule charter to review how government is working every 10 years.

4 days ago


 Mark Patrick Flaherty, center, smiles inside IBEW Hall on the South Side, where he received the Pittsburgh Democratic Party’s endorsement for the office of county controller in March.

Steel City Stonewall Democrats’ endorsement vote sparks controversy

The endorsements for the three positions went to Councilwoman Deb Gross, county Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mark Flaherty.

6 days ago


No takers to develop Dormont green space

The area, at the corner of West Liberty and Hillsdale avenues, is targeted for a park.

1 week ago


 “Most importantly, in this instance you see a very clear paper trail in a bag of cash,.” Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said.

Wagner denounces Steel City Stonewall Democrats' surge in membership

Ninety people joined just before a Monday deadline, nearly doubling the group, which is voting on a controller’s race endorsement Sunday.

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman introduced the resolution Tuesday.

Pittsburgh considers offering water and sewer line insurance through a private company

Five years ago, a similar program was ruled illegal because Pittsburgh customers were automatically billed unless they opted out.

1 week ago


 Chelsa Wagner is the incumbent in the race for Allegheny County controller.

New members rush to join LGBT group before Allegheny County controller endorsement

Sources say members include top figures in the administration of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who has clashed with Chelsa Wagner.

1 week ago


 City Council candidate Kimberly Kaplan is a Fox Chapel High graduate who grew up in Greenfield and Sharpsburg.

Newcomer takes on 'immovable object' in Pittsburgh council race

Graduate student Kimberly Kaplan, 24, is trying to unseat incumbent Corey O’Connor, 30.

1 week ago


 Susan Scott Schmidt

Obituary: Susan Scott Schmidt / Aide to county commissioner, writer, restorer of historic homes

Pittsburgh’s Susan Scott Schmidt had careers in politics, writing and building restoration.

2 weeks ago


NRA criticizes Allegheny County judge for delaying lawsuit against Pittsburgh

The NRA sued the city of Pittsburgh, along with Lancaster and Philadelphia, earlier this year over their local gun ordinances.

2 weeks ago


 Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs a reworked religious freedom bill into law after it passed in the House at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday.

Arkansas governor not only politician influenced by offspring

Politicians are being influence by their children and their lifestyles.

2 weeks ago


Mt. Lebanon looks to fill municipal commissioner vacancy

Kristen Linfante has resigned her position as commissioner in Ward 3 due to health reasons.

2 weeks ago


Roads, blight on residents' minds at Monroeville's Coffee with Council

The mayor and three council members attended the informal discussion.

2 weeks ago


 Last week, Councilwoman Darlene Harris protested the changes as a “political” maneuver.

Pittsburgh City Council approves changes for naming public property

The revised rules approved by Pittsburgh City Council set up a three-member commission but also allow council members to propose names.

2 weeks ago


Fitzgerald injects diversity into panel to study government

After Allegheny County Council named five white men, Executive Rich Fitzgerald named four woman, including two minorities, to the group.

2 weeks ago


 “I know if the mayor says, ‘Boo,’ he has five members on council that would say, ‘Do not make this field Ravenstahl Field,’ ” Councilwoman Darlene Harris said.

Pittsburgh City Council ready to change rules on naming of public property

The bill, up for a final vote Tuesday, cuts the number of members on the Commission on Naming Public Properties to three from 11.

2 weeks ago


 Darlene Harris

City Council candidate drops out of race against Darlene Harris

With Dave Schuilenburg out, Ms. Harris faces Bobby Wilson, Randy Zotter and Mark Brentley Sr., who may be removed in a legal challenge.

3 weeks ago


Mt. Lebanon commissioner resigns

Commissioner Kristen Linfante informs the board she is resigning due to health issues.

3 weeks ago


South Fayette board censures member

The censure motion March 18 by commissioner Jessica Cardillo-Wagenhoffer was approved by a 4-0 vote.

3 weeks ago


Peters hires oil and gas consultant

A hydrogeologist is to determine whether gas and oil exploration can be done in the township and, if so, where.

3 weeks ago


Murrysville residents oppose Speedway gas station

The Settler’s Ridge Homeowner’s Association doesn’t want Speedway to build on Route 286 near Logans Ferry Road in Murrysville.

3 weeks ago


North Versailles commissioners hear speeding complaints

North Versailles residents near the new bridge on Greensburg Pike say drivers now speed through the area.

3 weeks ago


Judge jettisons 2 from council ballot

Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson withdrew from the race for Allegheny County Council after his petitions were challenged.

3 weeks ago


Finance director fumes after decision to withhold gaming revenue

The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority denied a request to release millions in gaming revenue the authority has been withholding.

3 weeks ago


 Bill Robinson

Robinson withdraws, two other Allegheny County Council candidates removed from the ballot

Bill Robinson’s opponents challenged 343 of 358 signatures on his nominating petitions. Among the names: Naomi Watts and "Russel Crowe."

3 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Alegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County plead for more time to plan sewer overflow compliance

The mayor said the extra 18 months would enable leaders to come up with a plan that is more environmentally friendly and less expensive.

3 weeks ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto has contended the project was rife with waste and mismanagement.

Report details $1 million overruns in Pittsburgh-county payroll program

The Peduto administration is scheduled to release a report today on the costs associated with the comprehensive financial management system.

3 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh city councilman Ricky Burgess speaks Tuesday during a press conference outside of council chambers.  Mr. Burgess introduced legislation that will equip security guards with universal training.

Pittsburgh City Council to consider emergency training for service workers

The law would apply to workers at any building of at least 100,000 square feet.

3 weeks ago


Trial to begin for man who won appeal in murder case

The state Supreme Court found that the prosecution’s comments on the defendant’s refusal to cooperate violated his rights.

3 weeks ago


 As many as 80 Pittsburgh police officers could take part in a leadership training program.

Pittsburgh City Council takes up police training bills

As many as 80 Pittsburgh officers could receive leadership training this year through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

1 month ago


 Bruce Kraus

Judge closes harassment charge against Pittsburgh City Council president

District Judge James Motznik ordered both parties to attend mediation.

1 month ago


Former Washington County judge expected to plead guilty today

Paul Pozonsky retired from the bench in the midst of an investigation into the allegations.

1 month ago


Westmoreland County prepares for primary campaign season

Challenges to incumbent Westmoreland County commissioners and nine candidates for judgeships highlight a busy ballot for the May 19 primary.

1 month ago


Mt. Lebanon revises assessment appeal criteria

The municipality has been criticized for appealing property assessments only on homes sold in certain years.

1 month ago


Steel Valley not expected to raise real estate taxes for 2015-16

The preliminary budget projects expenses at $31.4 million and revenue $30.2 million. The district’s fund balance will cover the difference.

1 month ago


Penn Hills addresses conditions at rental properties

Rental property owners will have to register with Penn Hills and designate a property manager if they live more than 15 miles away.

1 month ago



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