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It's Hazelwood Time!

On October 22, 2013 Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved an $80 million TIF (Tax Increment Financing) for the former LTV coke works site in Hazelwood. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Councilman O’Connor is sponsoring a t-shirt design contest open to all Hazelwood residents.   Winners will be announced at a special event in February.

Contact My Office!
Want to reach us or need to talk? Visit the Contact District 5 page to submit feedback online or find contact information for the staff person you are trying to reach. We look forward to hearing from you!
Call for Volunteers!

If you're interested in making a positive impact in your neighborhood, please sign up to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Squirrel Hill Mural Unveiling

Councilman O’Connor joined community partners from the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, the Moving Lives of Kids Project and Parkvale Saving Bank to unveil the new mural in Squirrel Hill on Beacon Street.

Pittsburgh Pirates Day

Councilman O'Connor had the honor of presenting a Proclamation to the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club congratulating them on their outstanding season. Team President Frank Coonelly, along with Patty Paytas, VP of Community and Public Affairs, were on hand to accept the Proclamation recognizing Tuesday, October 22, 2013, as Pittsburgh Pirates Day in the City of Pittsburgh.

Young Lungs at Play

Councilman O’Connor collaborated with Tobacco Free Allegheny to pass legislation aimed at protecting our children and helping the environment by prohibiting tobacco use in our City parks and playgrounds.

911 vs. 311

Not sure when to call 911? Read this article to find out who to call and when.

Councilman O'Connor is honored to stand with Governor Tom Corbett and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to announce 10 million dollars in Economic Development Funds to the Hazelwood ALMONO Site.

 

posted 10/21/14 @ 12:00 am
Living in Squirrel Hill

There are lots of great reasons to live in Squirrel Hill! Watch as Monica Calero, a yoga instructor and resident of Summerset at Frick Park, visits some of Squirrel Hill's greatest attractions! (Thanks to Next Pittsburgh for sharing the video!)


http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/features/live-squirrel-hill/

posted 6/11/14 @ 10:22 am
Councilman O'Connor Talks Land Banking

Months after the passage of the legislation to create a Pittsburgh Land Bank, Councilman O'Connor is still meeting with communities throughout the City to discuss the implications it has for their communities.  Here is an article about his visit to neighborhoods in the South Hilltop.

Read: Councilman O'Connor talks land banking at Hilltop block meeting

posted 6/03/14 @ 9:55 am
2014 Cinema in the Park Schedule Announced

Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head out for an unforgettable evening of free cinema under the stars!

Return to your favorite movie location at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park, Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Highland Park, Riverview Park, or West End/Elliott Overlook.

Click here to view the 2014 Cinema in the Park Schedule

posted 5/30/14 @ 3:45 pm
Upcoming Events in District 5

Catch Councilman O'Connor and his staff at some of these fun local events in District 5 the next couple of weekends:

Friday, May 30, 2014, 5:30 PM: Minadea Playground Ribbon Cutting

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Greenfield School Flea Market

Sunday, June 1, 2014, 9:00 AM: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Opening of the Squirrel Hill Farmer's Market

Sunday, June 1, 2014, 9:30 AM: Greenfield Glide Race followed by Community Festival

Sunday, June 1, 2014, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Food Truck Roundup on Forbes Avenue between Murray Avenue and Shady Avenue

Open Every Sunday June 1 - November 23, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Squirrel Hill Farmer's Market

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM: St. Rosalia Festival

Friday, June 6, 2014, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM: St. Rosalia Festival

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM: St. Rosalia Festival

posted 5/30/14 @ 3:33 pm
Councilman O'Connor Calls for Stronger Air Quality Regulations

On May 27, 2014, Councilman O'Connor co-sponsored a Will of Council with Councilman Gilman in support of stronger, health protective standards for smog-causing pollution. Joined by public health advocates and Pittsburgh residents, he attended a press conference at the Department of Environmental Protection Offices at Washington's Landing to fight for clean air.  

Click here to the Tribune-Review's Article about the Press Conference: Study says new federal rules could mean cleaner air with fewer coal plants

And click here to read the full Will of Council.

posted 5/28/14 @ 12:43 pm
Pittsburgh City Council Passes Legislation to Create Land Bank
After months of hard work, public forums and numerous meetings with community-based organizations and leaders, Pittsburgh City Council voted 8-1 approve legislation creating a Land Bank. The purpose of a Land Bank is to provide an effective tool to deal with the city’s thousands of neglected properties and blighted parcels, returning them to productive use.
 
To learn more, check out www.pittsburghpa.gov/landbanking.
posted 4/15/14 @ 1:00 pm
Pittsburgh's Got Holiday Spirit!

As the end of the year approaches, Councilman O’Connor reflects on Pittsburgher’s special relationship with their hometown. Read his article featured in the Homepage, a publication received by residents of the Hazelwood, Greenfield, Lincoln Place, Hays, and New Homestead neighborhoods.  

posted 12/17/13 @ 1:36 pm
Available Utilities Assistance

Winter is coming soon and there are many available programs to provide you assistance to make sure you have all of your utilities during the winter seasons.   Check out this link to learn about the programs, your eligibility, and how to apply.  

posted 11/08/13 @ 12:23 pm
Pledge to Drive 25

Join the Regent Square Civic Association in their "Pledge to Drive 25" on their neighborhood streets.  

posted 11/08/13 @ 12:06 pm
Pittsburgh Says Thank You with "Pittsburgh Pirates Day"

Pittsburgh Pirates Team President Frank Coonelly and Patty Paytas, VP of Community and Public Affairs, came to City Council Chambers on October 23, 2013 to accept a Proclamation sponsored by Councilman Corey O’Connor that thanks and commemorates the Pittsburgh Pirates on their incredible season and names the day "Pittsburgh Pirates Day" in the City of Pittsburgh.

The Proclamation highlights the importance of “Bucco Baseball” and thanks this year’s team for restoring the City’s pride and excitement about its baseball team. From the incredible turnaround orchestrated by the team’s front office and executed by the dedicated players, the Pirates finished with their first winning season and playoff participation in 21 years and inspired fan enthusiasm that became an envied model for other franchises.

posted 10/23/13 @ 1:52 pm
Lincoln Place Community Meeting Update

Councilman O'Connor hosted a community meeting on October 16th which drew over 50 residents.  The City’s Director of the Department of Public Works, Allegheny County Council members and officials from West Mifflin Borough were in attendance to discuss the proposed plans for soccer fields near Apdale Street, among other topics discussed.  Councilman O’Connor has agreed to host a walking tour of the streets around the field in the near future.  Contact our office through our District 5 Feedback form if you would like to sign up to be notified of the date and time of the walking tour.  

Click here for a picture of the proposed plan for Apdale Field.  

posted 10/22/13 @ 11:53 am
Councilman O'Connor recognizes retiring city employee; military veteran!

Councilman O’Connor sponsored a proclamation declaring October 1, 2013 James A. Takacs day in the City of Pittsburgh.  James was a dedicated City telecommunications inspector that also handled street inspections, right-of-way issues and service-center complaints.  He also served the United States with 12 dedicated years of service in the Army; retiring with the rank of major.  James was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained when he stepped on a land mine in Vietnam.  The Councilman recognizes the outstanding service of this dedicated civil servant and wishes him the best in his retirement.

Newsmaker: James A. Takacs

posted 10/16/13 @ 11:23 am
Councilman O'Connor is committed to ensuring pedestrian safety!

City Council has voted to pass legislation introduced by Corey O’Connor that would install a pilot program designed to increase pedestrian safety.  Councilman O’Connor has modeled this legislation after similar endeavors that have been successful in major cities throughout the United States; including Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Chicago.  The pilot program would provide pedestrian crossing flags that would make pedestrians significantly easier to notice for approaching drivers.  The Councilman is confident that this pilot program will lead to a noticeable decrease in pedestrian related accidents within the targeted crossing areas.

 

posted 10/15/13 @ 12:07 pm
Councilman O'Connor illuminates outdated parking statutes

An outdated zoning code has left City residents questioning whether they would be the next to be ticketed for parking within their own driveway.  Councilman O’Connor shed light on this archaic statute and has been diligently working towards a solution.  The Councilman is currently preparing legislation that will attempt to permanently resolve any of the existing uncertainty surrounding residential parking.   

Learn more here:

Pittsburgh is ticketing residents for parking in their own driveway

"Fine Mess": Pittsburgh residents ticketed for parking in their own driveways

posted 10/15/13 @ 12:04 pm
Pittsburgh councilman calls for scrapping extended hours for meter enforcment

Keeping free parking on evenings at meters in most city neighborhoods won't substantially hurt the city's finances, Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O'Connor said Monday.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/4210884-74/enforcement-connor-legislation#ixzz2Wan92rsb
 

posted 6/18/13 @ 2:06 pm
Councilman O'Connor Plants Trees on Earth Day

Committed Volunteers and enthusiastic staff of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy planted about 700 treets by late April, including 356 trees in Frick Park for Earth Day 2013.  Councilman O'Connor joined Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's Education Director, Marijke Hecht and some young volunteers to do his share!

 

 

posted 6/18/13 @ 12:52 pm
Miss the Hazelwood Grocery Store Meeting on May 29th?

Councilman O'Connor and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank hosted a community meeting on May 29, 2013 in Hazelwood to discuss the idea about a non-profit grocery store in the former D'Imperio's building.   In case you missed the community meeting, here’s the agenda and handout from the meeting.  Provide feedback to the District 5 Office by clicking here!

posted 5/31/13 @ 12:00 pm
Parking Meter Frequently Asked Questions

Residents who may have questions regarding the pay-by license plate parking meters recently installed throughout the city should be sure to check this FAQ sheet for answers.

posted 4/17/13 @ 2:12 pm
Virtual Town Meeting with Councilman O'Connor on April 18th

 

 

Join Corey O'Connor on Thursday April 18, 2013 online at 7:00 P.M. The Councilman will be available live to address any resident questions or concerns. To learn how to join the conversation you can watch this helpful YouTube tutorial. Then, be sure to go to www.concertoh.com on the 18th to take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with your Councilman.

posted 4/05/13 @ 1:34 pm
Squirrel Hill Community Meeting

An open community discussion regarding redesign plans for the Squirrel Hill Post Office parklet will be held on April 15th. Click here to find out where!

posted 3/27/13 @ 1:54 pm
Social Worker Appreciation Month

This month, in honor of National Social Work Appreciation Month, Councilman O'Connor recognized the hardworking, dedicated staff at the Jewish Family & Children's Service by presenting them with a City Council Proclamation. To learn more about what services JF&CS provide you can check out their website here.

posted 3/27/13 @ 1:06 pm
New Traffic Patterns at Beechwood Boulevard and Monitor Street

Beginning on April 1, 2013, new traffic control patterns will be implemented at the Beechwood Boulevard and Monitor Street intersection.

Traffic on Beechwood Boulevard will be limited to one lane in each direction through the intersection. Traffic traveling from Monitor Street onto Beechwood Boulevard will be limited to right turns only.  No left turns from Monitor Street onto Beechwood Boulevard will be allowed during this phase of construction.  This traffic pattern will remain in place for approximately four months, April through July, 2013.

posted 3/26/13 @ 3:23 pm
Council Gives Preliminary Approval of TIF for Hazelwood's LTV riverfront site

KDKA reports on Council's Prelminary Approval for a TIF for the ALMONO/LTV site in Big Changes Could be Coming For Pittsburgh's Riverfront.  The report details the plans to transform this old mill site into great place to live, work and enjoy our natural asset, the riverfront!

posted 3/15/13 @ 11:39 am
Our Great City

In his March 13, 2013 Letter to the Editor in the Post-Gazette, Councilman O’Connor encourages Pittsburgh residents to be proud of the City we live in.

Click to read: Our Great City

posted 3/13/13 @ 10:01 am
TalkPGH

TALKPGH, a mobile talk show, features a transparent truck that will be making its way through all 90 Pittsburgh neighborhoods looking for residents willing to share their stories and opinions. They are also welcoming suggestions as to where the shoot should be filmed in each of the communities. The footage from these interveiws will be aired in a web TV show. If you would like to be interviewed or help out with the project , click here.

posted 3/08/13 @ 10:50 am
Let MovePGH Know What You Want to See Done

 MOVEPGH Project Prioritization

MOVEPGH has compiled a map displaying numerous transportation projects around the city and our district. They are giving the public the opportunity to share input and feedback as to how they should prioritize their work or to simply add projects they have overlooked. If you have any specific projects you feel strongly about in your community, please let them know here.

posted 2/22/13 @ 11:21 am
Councilman O'Connor Presents Proclamation to Blood Brother Film Production Team

On February, 19, 2013, Councilman O’Connor recognized the inspirational work of the crew of Pittsburgh-based Animal Inc. with a Proclamation declaring it “Blood Brother Day” in the City of Pittsburgh.  Blood Brother, a Sundance Film Festival award winner, follows Rocky Braat as he gives up a promising career in the U.S. to move to India, where he devotes his life to children of an orphanage who live with illness, abandonment and death, but for whom Rocky brings hope, health and the unmistakable power of love. 

Read more here: “City honors Sundance film festival winners” from Post-Gazette Movie Editor, Barbara Vancheri.

posted 2/20/13 @ 11:26 am
One-on-One Property Tax Help Opportunities

Property owners can receive one-on-one property tax assistance from the city’s real estate department employees who will be visiting area senior citizen centers from February 12th until the 28th to share their expertise. Residents can call the city’s 311 line to set up an appointment at one of the scheduled senior centers. Meetings will be held from 9 a.m. up through 11 a.m. and will give residents the opportunity to ask questions and receive assistance in filling out tax forms in an effort to keep taxes low and take advantage of any property tax relief programs available.

posted 2/13/13 @ 12:41 pm
Apply Your Neighborhood to the Edible Gardens Program Today

 

 This spring Pittsburgh begins its Edible Gardens Program. This new program’s goal is to provide healthier food options in our neighborhoods where grocery stores are scarce by turning vacant lots into productive gardens. It is expected that the program will provide enough fresh produce for at least 200 families within its first year alone. Any District 5 constituent who is interested in applying their neighborhood to the program should click here. Applications will be accepted throughout the growing season but those received before Friday February 22nd will be given priority in the selection process.

posted 2/06/13 @ 11:54 am

Pittsburgh Community Television is currently doing a series called “90 Neighborhoods in 90 days” which follows PCTV21’s specials director, Carl Cimini, as he learns about all 90 neighborhoods around the city.  In the first installment of the station’s quest for knowledge, Cimini interviewed District 5’s own Councilman Corey O’Connor.  The Councilman highlights some of the unique features of District 5's neighborhoods.  Watch the video, here.

posted 2/01/13 @ 12:37 pm
Easy to Use Property Tax Worksheet

As April is approaching and the paperwork is piling up, use this Property Tax Worksheet to get an estimate of how much your property tax will cost you this tax season. The worksheet is easy to use and only requires that you know the assessed value of your home. Once this value is plugged into the worksheet, it does all the work for you, generating your estimated tax liability. 

 

posted 1/30/13 @ 2:50 pm
Check Out Our New Facebook Page!

We've just launched the Office of Councilman Corey O'Connor: Pittsburgh District 5  facebook page.  We hope you'll "like" it!

posted 1/24/13 @ 1:38 pm
Pittsburgh's Waterfront Property Restoration Efforts Gain National Recognition

Councilman O’Connor continues to keep the restoration and beautification of Hazelwood at the top of the city’s agenda. Hazelwood, which houses the largest remaining bit of formerly industrialized waterfront property in the city, has gained the attention of the New York Times for its development plans for the 178 acre site along the Monongahela River. 

Read Pittsburgh's Three Rivers, Now a Public Attraction.

 

posted 1/23/13 @ 1:19 pm
Will of Council Urges Parking Authority to Modernize Parking in the City

Councilman O’Connor sponsored a Will of Council that urges the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to consider offering meter debit cards as an alternative to paying with change or a credit  card.  The Will of Council also pushes for the consideration of other  innovative technologies to improve resident's and visitor's parking experience in the City.

Read more about the Will of Council. 

posted 1/16/13 @ 11:42 am
It's Hazelwood Time!

At the Hazelwood Initiative meeting on January 8, 2013, Councilman O’Connor announced the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s plan to move forward a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) package that will fund improvements to the Hazelwood LTV site as soon as 2014. Councilman O’Connor, who has been working for the redevelopment of this site since working for Congressman Doyle, said to the crowd, “It’s Hazelwood’s time.”

To learn more, click here.

Also, stay tuned for the unveiling of the new Pittsburgh Penguins Deck Hockey at Lewis Playground!

posted 1/09/13 @ 2:50 pm
Proclamation Focuses Attention on Grief Awareness Day

Councilman O’Connor presents a proclamation to the Highmark Caring Place in recognition of Children’s Grief Awareness Day.  The Caring Place helps grieving children and their families through supportive programming and awareness raising initiatives awareness.   Accepting the proclamation are Caring Place personnel, including O’Connor’s Mother, JudyO’Connor.

posted 11/27/12 @ 12:43 pm
Attention Hazelwood Homeowners!

If you are a homeowner in Hazelwood and you are over the age of 60, you may qualify to receive free assistance repairing and maintaining your home.  To learn more, see the program's flyer here.

posted 11/14/12 @ 2:48 pm
Final Recommendations from the Reapportionment Committee Are Now Available

The Final Recommendations of the 2011-2012 Reapportionment Advisory Committee of Pittsburgh City Council were submitted to Pittsburgh City Council on October 3, 2012.

Click here to read the final report. 

posted 10/05/12 @ 12:24 pm

The Bairfind Foundation’s BringHome100 campaign has taken on the challenge of bringing 100 missing children home where they belong.   They have teamed up with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers to increase the visibility of missing children in the area.  Help their effort by paying close attention to the new sign on the grand concourse at PNC Park or at an upcoming Steelers game; information is also available on their website.  Also, check out pictures from the July 2, 2012 Council meeting where Councilman O’Connor presented an official Proclamation to BairFind Foundation’s founder and Executive Director, Dennis Bair and supporters of the effort, Pittsburgh greats Rocky Bleier and Steve Blass.

posted 7/02/12 @ 9:00 am

Watch Councilman O’Connor talk about District 5, potential development and the importance of small businesses on Coffee with Corey O’Connor, hosted by Building Bridges.

posted 5/02/12 @ 1:20 pm

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