Tuesday, April 23, 2013
County officials unveiled the first two compressed natural gas trucks put into service for the public works department at an Earth Day press conference Monday.
To most Sewickley area residents, the new, white Allegheny County trucks they might pass on the roadways won't appear to be anything extraordinary. But they are a first step in the county going green with a cleaner-burning fuel for fleet vehicles. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and other officials unveiled the county’s first two compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles at a press conference on Monday. Each vehicle cost $35,285. The Silverado 2500 HD, four-wheel drive, extended cab pickup trucks contain specially designed 6.0 litre Vortec V8 engines and have a gross vehicle weight of 9,500 pounds. The trucks are factory-built with hardened valves and seals, which are critical for CNG vehicles, according to a news release from the …
Friday, January 25, 2013
County Controller Chelsa Wagner said Thursday the amount could be about $50 for the average household.
An analysis by Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has revealed that the county could be on track to overcharge the average household by $50 in property taxes in 2013. “There is a strong possibility, from the data we have analyzed, that the county is on track to gain a windfall of as much as $38 million," Wagner said in a statement issued on Thursday. “I am calling on the administration to publicize every detail of their millage calculation to assure all taxpayers that no windfall will occur. No resident of Allegheny County should be overcharged one cent or $1, let alone $50 or more for the county’s failure to act.” She also expressed concern over the lack of transparency and available information surrounding the county’s current, …
Friday, October 19, 2012
GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in Moon on Saturday—and so will local Democratic leaders.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Democrat, will hold a press conference on Lindbergh Drive in Moon Township, countering Paul Ryan's Saturday GOP campaign stop at the nearby Atlantic Aviation hangar. Fitzgerald will be joined by Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and county labor council president Jack Shea on Saturday morning at the War Memorial Fountain at the corner of Lindbergh and Memorial drives. The conference takes place at 9 a.m. Obama campaign spokesman Matt Mittenthal said the conference will "discuss how Mitt Romney's sketchy deal for American would be disastrous for Pennsylvania's middle-class families." Update: Following the press conference, the Obama campaign released this statement on Fitzgerald's behalf: “Having…
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…
Friday, August 17, 2012
Construction will soon be under way on a military commissary on University Boulevard, marking the end of a six-year battle to bring the facility to Moon Township.
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, said it was a testament to perseverance. Members of Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation and military officials from across the region earlier today attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the long-awaited Moon Township military commissary. The 43,000 square-foot facility, set to open in the fall of 2013, will house a grocery story for more than 170,000 military members and their families in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The regional hub will be located at the corner of University Boulevard and the Interstate 376 Business Route in Moon and will more than double the size of Oakdale's Charles E. Kelly Commissary, which is slated to close. The effort to bring the new commissary to Moon has been in…
Republicans and Democrats came out to support the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund at a fundraiser featuring politicians and hopefuls yukking it up for a the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.
Usually, the audiences at the Improv are laughing at the politicians, but, at the Candidates’ Comedy Night, the audience was laughing with them. The fundraiser for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund had politicians reaching across the aisles so that the constituents could roll in them. State Sen. Jay Costa Jr., state Treasurer Robert McCord, Washington County commissioners Diana Irey Vaughan and Larry Maggi, Congressman Tim Murphy, state Senate candidate D. Raja, state Rep. Matt Smith, Congressional candidate Dr. Hans Lessmann, Congressman Mike Doyle, Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Kane, U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald took to the Waterfront stage at the Improv, telling jokes, performing …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Sewickley area bus routes are slated to be eliminated under a current cost-cutting plan.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
A deal is in the works to avoid drastic cuts to Port Authority service this fall, according to a report by KDKA. According to the report, negotiations between state, county and union officials are underway to avoid a one-third cut in service—including service in the Sewickley Valley—on Sept. 2. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told KDKA that if the union, management, and county can come up with about $30 million, Gov. Tom Corbett will match that amount and restore service. If an agreement isn't reached, the Port Authority most likely will move forward with the elimination of various bus routes.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Board of Elections Chair John DeFazio scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday to consider a call by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to authorize a legal challenge to the Voter ID Law.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Controller Chelsa Wagner are among the officials planning a challenge to the Voter ID law, which was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in March. Sponsored by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry,the law 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. Allegheny County Board of Elections Chair John DeFazio scheduled a special meeting of the Board of Elections for 3 p.m. Tuesday to consider a call by Fitzgerald for the board to authorize a legal challenge to Act 18, the Voter ID Law. The meeting at the Allegheny County Courthouse will include a vote to authorize a lawsuit against…
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Allegheny County executive fields questions Tuesday during a town hall meeting in Moon about 2013 property reassessments.
One woman said property taxes in her Moon Township neighborhood will appreciate by more than 200 percent under Allegheny County's latest property assessment. "Unless they found precious metals on my property, how could it have gone up so extremely?" she said before a group of homeowners in the Moon Area High School auditorium. Property owners gathered at the high school Tuesday night to question Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on the county's 2013 court-ordered reassessment, which Fitzgerald called "a horrible system." "It's affecting jobs, it's affecting our economy," Fitzgerald said of the countywide assessments. "The system that we have in place punishes you by causing you to pay more taxes for fixing up your property." …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Veterans and local officials protest the planned closing of one Moon Township military base and reductions at another.
The region's military supporters joined county and national officials Tuesday night in Pittsburgh to protest the planned closure of the Moon-based 911th Airlift Wing. More than 150 veterans and others gathered at a rally at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland to urge U.S. military officials to reconsider closing the airlift wing The Air Force announced plans earlier this year to shutter the 911th in 2013, eliminating 1,100 military and 280 civilian jobs in the move. The neighboring 171st Refueling Wing also has been targeted for realignment and personnel layoffs. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, stood alongside U.S. Reps. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, and Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, and Allegheny …