Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has reappointed four more members to the reconstituted Port Authority board.
Amanda Green Hawkins, Robert Hurley, Jeffrey W. Letwin and Constance Parker will serve on the new 11-member panel created by state legislation to replace the former nine-member board. The positions are unsalaried.
All four candidates sat on the Port Authority's board before the Legislature shook things up earlier this year, enlarging the board to 11 members and decreasing Mr. Fitzgerald's picks to six.
Ms. Hawkins serves on county council and is assistant general counsel for the United Steelworkers. Mr. Hurley is the senior deputy director of the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. Mr. Letwin is a partner with the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. Ms. Parker is community relations coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and president of the Pittsburgh NAACP branch.
The candidates will join a board where four members are chosen by legislative leaders and one is chosen by the governor. Two of Mr. Fitzgerald's seats must be filled by candidates approved by disability groups, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development or the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.
Last month, Mr. Fitzgerald submitted existing board members Thomas Donatelli and John L. Tague Jr. for confirmation. Both nominees were approved by county council Tuesday night.
The state Senate Democrats have chosen Sen. Jim Brewster, D-McKeesport, and the state Senate Republicans have chosen former Fitzgerald foe D. Raja. The state House Democrats have selected state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights.
Correction/Clarification: (Published Sept. 13, 2013)
In an earlier version of this story, the description of how board members of the Allegheny County Port Authority are chosen was incorrect and the appointment of Dom Costa was omitted.
First Published September 13, 2013 12:00 AM