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 Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald responds  to charges by Controller Chelsa Wagner.

Fitzgerald, Wagner try to bury the hatchet over lunch

Both described the meeting as an effort to forge a more productive approach to the issues of county government.

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Some supervisors question Pa. House bill that would cut six-year terms to two years

A state House bill would provide for second-class township supervisors to be elected to two-year terms.

1 day ago

 Councilwoman Darlene Harris won the Democratic primary last week and is all but assured of keeping her seat in the November election.

Councilwoman Darlene Harris questions renovations at Pittsburgh inspections department

Darlene Harris opened a new front Wednesday in her feud with the Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections.

2 days ago

 A sign urging people to vote for Barbara Daly Danko for Allegheny County Council sits outside the Darlington Street entrance to the Jewish Community Center May 19.

Allegheny County seeks applicants for Danko's East End council seat

Democrats have until noon Friday to submit resumes and interest letters to replace the late Barbara Daly Danko on Allegheny County Council.

3 days ago

 Lamar Advertising company’s famous 32-foot-tall, 225-foot-long neon sign on Mount Washington.

Pittsburgh has dim view of ads on sign above Point

Picture this scrolling hundreds of feet above the iconic confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers: “Chipped ham, $1.39 a pound.”

1 week ago

 Residents walk past a sign outside a polling station in Bellevue against the legalization of alcohol sales in the borough. Residents voted Tuesday on the ballot question to legalize alcohol.

North election roundup: Bellevue lifts ban on alcohol sales; Save NA Schools group wins seats

Former Mars Area superintendent William Pettigrew also was nominated to a seat on that board. He retired in 2013 after 26 years in the job.

1 week ago

 Barbara Williard, with the Friends of the Scott Township Public Library, takes orders at the Election Day Bake Sale in the hallway outside of the polls in the Scott Municipal Building. It raises money for the Public Library in Scott Township.

West Election roundup: Primary brings about changes

Some new faces will be on the ballot in the West municipal, school board and district judge elections in the fall.

1 week ago

Democrats hope to regain majority on Westmoreland commissioners board

Republican commissioners Charles Anderson and Tyler Courtney will face Democratic Commissioner Ted Kopas and Gina Cerilli in the fall.

1 week ago

Incumbent Westmoreland County controller, sheriff to be on ballot in fall

In Westmoreland County, county Controller Jeffrey Balzer and Sheriff Jonathan Held won the Republican nominations on Tuesday.

1 week ago

Four to seek three judicial seats in Westmoreland County

The number of candidates for seats on Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court has been whittled down from the nine who ran in the primary.

1 week ago

 Susie, a Jack Russell terrier owned by Constable Richard Earliwine (left), greets Peg Johnston on Tuesday as she arrives to vote at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Chartiers, Washington County.

Incumbents top vote-getters in Washington County races

The three county commissioners will appear on the ballot in November along with Republican Mike McCormick.

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, left, isn't up for re-election until 2017. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, right, is running this year unopposed.

Primary results put spotlight on Pittsburgh area’s short political coattails

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto failed to pull their preferred candidates to victory Tuesday.

1 week ago

 Grille 565 owner Mark Helbling, sitting outside his restaurant on Lincoln Avenue, is the first person to apply for an alcohol permit in Bellevue.

Building owner quickly applies for Bellevue liquor license

Hours after the liquor sales referendum passed in Bellevue, Grille 565 is first in line to apply for a bar license.

1 week ago

 City Controller Michael Lamb shakes hands with well-wishers at his election party on Banksville Road after winning the Democratic renomination.

Lamb defeats Rudiak in Pittsburgh controller’s race

Incumbent Michael Lamb fends off city Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak for likely what will be a third term.

1 week ago

Allegheny County Councilman Macey quits job over ethics

Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey resigned today from his part-time job in a state senator’s office.

1 week ago

Incumbents sweep Westmoreland commissioner nominations

Commissioners Charles Anderson and Tyler Courtney took the two Republican nominations while Gina Cerilli and Ted Kopas won among Democrats.

1 week ago

All incumbents renominated for Washington County commissioner

Democrats Larry Maggi and Harlan Shober and Republican Diana Irey Vaughan won nominations, along with Republican newcomer Mike McCormick.

1 week ago

 A sign outside Grille 565 on Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue shows support for the referendum to allow liquor sales in the borough.

Turnout light, but alcohol votes draw attention in Bellevue, Wilkinsburg

Allegheny County elections manager Mark Wolosik predicted a 25 percent turnout in today’s election.

1 week ago

 A sign urging people to vote for Barbara Daly Danko for Allegheny County Council stands Tuesday outside the Darlington Street entrance to the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill.

County council victory called a tribute to legacy of Daly Danko

Barbara Daly Danko, 61, of Regent Square, was running for a second term on the council when she died of a cancer-related illness May 6.

1 week ago

 Democrat Chelsa Wagner and her husband, Khari Mosley, are greeted by supporters’ cheers while celebrating her primary election win for Allegheny County controller Tuesday night in Woods Run.

Incumbent Chelsa Wagner wins big in Allegheny County controller's race

Ms. Wagner claimed a win against a candidate who was supported by her bitter rival, county Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

1 week ago

 Aaron Stubna holds up a sign in support of legalizing alcohol sales in Bellevue Tuesday. Unofficial results indicate residents in Bellevue and Wilkinsburg voted on ballot questions to legalize liquor sales in their communities.

Voters approve liquor sales in Bellevue and Wilkinsburg

Supporters of the referendum in both communities emphasized the potential for economic development if restaurants could sell liquor.

1 week ago

 John Daley, left, and Tom O'Brien of Mt. Lebanon, volunteers with the Democratic Party, post campaign signs this morning at Markham Elementary School, one of several polling places in Mt. Lebanon for today's primary election. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Voters head to the polls today for Pennsylvania primary

Polls are open until 8 p.m. and heading the ballot are wide-open contests for three nominations for the state Supreme Court.

1 week ago

Judge candidate P.J. Murray stirs controversy with postcard endorsement

Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor says he hasn’t approved any literature with an endorsement despite a postcard from Mr. Murray.

1 week ago

Primary squabble grows for Democrats over county council seat in District 11

The Allegheny County Democratic chairwoman is urging the party’s support Caroline Mitchell over Barbara Daly Danko, who is deceased.

1 week ago

 Barbara Daly Danko died May 6.

Squirrel Hill Democrats stand behind deceased councilwoman in election battle

If the late Barbara Danko wins the most votes county council will choose a candidate to serve the remaining months of her current term.

2 weeks ago

 Deer are shown Feb. 20 in Mt. Lebanon.

Mt. Lebanon plans June discussion on deer management

The commissioners have canceled their regular meeting June 22 to discuss the matter, which has divided the community.

2 weeks ago

Sheetz may fill GetGo location on Route 19 in Peters

Several members of Peters council said they didn’t see how such a large store and gas station would fit on the site.

2 weeks ago

Monroeville to join lawsuit against Verizon

The municipality says the communications company has not paid franchise fees it owes.

2 weeks ago

New businesses, banner program coming to McKeesport

“Without question, we’re on the right path,” Mayor Michael Cherepko says.

2 weeks ago

Wilkins considers tracking devices for township vehicles

Geotabs track things like fuel efficiency in vehicles, rapid acceleration, airbag deployment, seat belt usage and other aspects.

2 weeks ago

 Allegheny County controller candidate Mark Patrick Flaherty presents his opening statement while incumbent Chelsa Wagner looks on Tuesday during the Controller Candidate Forum held at O’Hara Elementary School in O’Hara.

Allegheny County controller candidates lob critiques

The debate Tuesday night was expected to be the Democrats’ last face-to-face meeting before next week's primary election.

2 weeks ago

Mayor's staffers leaving for Heinz Endowments

Matt Barron, a policy manager, and Leigh Halverson, deputy chief of staff for economic development, are leaving at the end of the month.

2 weeks ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, left, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Pittsburgh’s campaign-finance ordinance caps “political contributions to a candidate” but says nothing about contributions coming through separate committees.

Peduto, Fitzgerald use cash to build political muscle in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

The mayor and county executive are supporting their candidates through a network of committees.

2 weeks ago

 Rev. Ricky Burgess

No charges expected against Councilman Ricky Burgess in campaign incident

Judith K. Ginyard told police she thought Councilman Ricky Burgess was stealing a campaign sign from her yard, but no charges will be filed.

2 weeks ago

 Michael McMullen, 44, running on both the Republican and Democratic ballots for the seat long held by retiring District Judge Suzanne R. Blaschak,

Hampton district judge candidate criticized over stump tactics

Michael McMullen, a district judge candidate from Hampton, faces criticism, withdrawn endorsements after robocall dispute.

2 weeks ago

 Darlene Harris has held the District 1 seat since 2006.

Council challengers say North Side needs better ties to mayor's office

Bobby Wilson and Randy Zotter want Councilwoman Darlene Harris out because her battles with Mayor Bill Peduto have held back the North Side.

2 weeks ago

 Incumbent Chelsa Wagner will face her predecessor, Mark Patrick Flaherty, in the Democratic primary election.

Political families collide in race for Allegheny County controller

Chelsa Wagner and Mark Patrick Flaherty debate professionalism and politics as they seek the Democratic nomination for county controller.

2 weeks ago

Fitzgerald has deep Allegheny County war chest, campaign reports show

In the county controller race, challenger Mark Patrick Flaherty has a large financial advantage over incumbent Chelsa Wagner.

3 weeks ago

 “The FOP has spent its time before the arbitration panel attacking the Act 47 plan — and even me," Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement.

Mayor says Pittsburgh police won't consider financial problems in contract talks

In a statement at an arbitration hearing, Mayor Bill Peduto said the police union is attacking the city’s finances instead of negotiating.

3 weeks ago

 "It has been an honor and a privilege working with all of you," Ms. Danko wrote.

Deceased Allegheny County Councilwoman Danko leaves behind message for constituents

Ms. Daly Danko, a Democrat from Regent Square, died Wednesday at the age of 61.

3 weeks ago

 Mary Anne Eisenreich

Two battle to replace Rea on Allegheny County Council

Mary Anne Eisenreich and Cindy Kirk are seeking the Republican nomination to replace Jan Rea in District 1, where no Democrat has filed.

3 weeks ago

Several incumbents retiring from Washington County row offices

Few candidates face opposition in the primary.

3 weeks ago

Seven vie for four nominations to run for Westmoreland County commissioner

All incumbents have opposition on the primary ballot.

3 weeks ago

 Monroeville Councilman Paul Caliari, center, talks with residents Mike, left, and Bilma Berryman  at Monroeville’s Coffee with Council event on May 1.

Over coffee with residents, Monroeville Council talks contracts, fracking, safety

Taxes and contract negotiations and public safety were among the topics Monroeville residents discussed at the senior center.

3 weeks ago

 Barbara Daly Danko

Obituary: Barbara Daly Danko / ‘Smart and feisty’ Allegheny County Councilwoman

Ms. Daly Danko, a Democrat from Regent Square, was running for a second term as council representative in District 11.

3 weeks ago

 Pittsburgh city councilman Ricky Burgess introduced the security training legislation in March.

City Council committee OKs security training bill

Several changes were made to the bill, including which employees would be exempt and language about who pays for the training.

3 weeks ago

 "There is more work to be done, and we need those checks and balances," Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said today.

Allegheny County's fund balance increases, controller reports

Controller Chelsa Wagner also raised concerns about Allegheny County using one-time revenue sources to make its budget work.

3 weeks ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto spent Tuesday at the state Capitol lobbying for municipal pension reform.

Peduto lobbies for municipal pension reform in Harrisburg

The Pittsburgh mayor acknowledges he erred in criticizing Democratic legislators.

3 weeks ago

 The Allegheny County Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to start posting health inspection grades on restaurant doors.

Controversial restaurant health-grading plan rejected

The measure requiring restaurants to post A-B-C letter grades on health inspections failed in a 12-1 vote of Allegheny County Council.

3 weeks ago

 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, 35, of Carrick is challenging incumbent Controller Michael Lamb, 52, of Mount Washington for the Democratic nomination in the May 19 primary.

Primary 2015: Rudiak challenges Lamb for Pittsburgh controller

Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak says incumbent Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb doesn’t work closely enough with city administration.

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