Monday, May 13, 2013
Robert Morris University held it 88th commencement ceremony on Friday and Saturday.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald offered three pieces of advice to approximately 220 Robert Morris University students receiving their master’s and doctoral degrees Fitzgerald was the keynote speaker at Friday's commencement ceremony in the Sewall Center Arena on the Moon Township campus. On Saturday, May 11, approximately 500 students received bachelor’s degrees at RMU’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, where Bob Rogers, president of Development Dimensions International, was the keynote speaker. Congratulations 2013 graduates.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The county's tax rate will be 4.73 mills in 2013.
Allegheny County Council passed a 2013 budget that includes a millage rate decrease. On Tuesday, county officials approved a a $799.4 million budget, reducing the millage rate to 4.73 mills, according to the Tribune Review. The millage was reduced from 2012's rate of 5.69 mills to offset the increase property values stemming from the county's reassessment. Under the reassessment, taxing bodies can't receive more than 5 percent in property tax revenue so as not to use the reassessment as a major tax increase. Under the new tax rate, a resident would pay $473 for every $100,000 of assessed property value. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement that he is happy with the approved budget. "(I) am glad that we are able to move into…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Emergency Operations Center to be deactivated Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and other county officials expressed relief Tuesday morning that the region was not hit as hard as expected and praised the response and preparation of the Emergency Operations Center and emergency responders. “Allegheny County and this region was very fortunate that the storm turned and slowed down last night,” Fitzgerald said at a briefing Tuesday morning at the operations center. “We had no loss of life, ordered no evacuations, did not have to open any shelters, and found that all parties addressed and responded to issues quickly," he said. "I am very proud of the preparation and response of the staff and emergency responders who were on the front lines yesterday and overnight.” Fitzgerald …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Council and other civic groups will host event.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Council will host a Sept. 11 flag retirement and remembrance ceremony at North Park's Flag Retirement Plaza at 7 p.m. tonight. The ceremony will include members of all branches of the military, veterans, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, Pine-Richland JROTC, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, according to a news advisory by Fitzgerald's office. The plaza is at the intersection of Ingomar Road and Babcock Boulevard.
Monday, September 10, 2012
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says Allegheny County cannot afford the annual light show due to costs and a lack of sponsors. Should the holiday-themed show go on anyway?
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced Monday that the county will discontinue the annual holiday-themed Celebration of Lights at Hartwood Acres Park due to high costs and declining sponsorships. The county-owned park spanning property in Hampton and Indiana townships has been the longtime site and the county Department of Parks and Recreation has overseen the annual three-mile driving tour of displays depicting Christmas, Hanukkah and winter themes. Contributions from visitors have been earmarked for Project Bundle-up, a project by WTAE and the Salvation Army to outfit needy children and senior citizens with coats and cold-weather gear. In past years, the Celebration of Lights has been known to generate long lines of traffic…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The vote to sue was strictly along party lines.
By a 2-1 vote, Allegheny County’s election board has decided to file a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s new voter identification law. The two Democrats, board chairman John DeFazio and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, voted to sue, while Republican Heather Heidelbaugh voted against the measure. The results of the vote were hardly surprising. Fitzgerald and several other key county Democrats already announced their intention to challenge the law. The law, sponsored by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, requires voters to show photo identification before they vote at the polls. After a dry run in the April primary, it is scheduled to take effect for the Nov. 6 general election. The new Voter ID Act requires each elector who appears to…
Friday, April 6, 2012
Port Authority transit is running on its regular weekday schedule.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Allegheny County courts and court records office will be closed today for Good Friday, as will the District Attorney's office, county officials said. All divisions of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office also will be closed except for the real estate and civil divisions. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's office and other administrative county offices will be open. Port Authority bus, light-rail and incline service will run on its regular weekday schedule but the Downtown Service Center is closed. The authority's Twitter account will not be staffed but customer service phone lines will operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Ross Township Municipal Center and Community Center is closed today through Sunday in observance of the holiday. It will …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Life gets busy. Deadlines creep up on us all. Patch helps you to remember—before it's too late.
Welcome to Last Chance, a Patch series reminding you of deadlines you don't want to miss. This week's dates to remember? 1.) Today is the last day for property owners in Allegheny County to file formal appeals of their 2013 court-ordered reassessments. Forms must be postmarked on or before today. They also may be taken to one of several collection points today. “I encourage all property owners to file a formal appeal by Monday’s deadline to preserve their legal rights,” County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement. “In fact, I am filing an appeal on my own property because I do not agree with its 2013 court-ordered reassessment value," he said. "Appeals may always be withdrawn, but once Monday’s deadline passes, property owners …