Council District 5
District 5 In the News

Check out some of the projects and initiatives that Councilman O’Connor has been involved in throughout his term on City Council.


2014 Media Mentions

January 28, 2014, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,  Proposed Pittsburgh land bank aims to end blight, speed redevelopment

February 5, 2014, Pittsburgh City Paper, Property Control: Neighborhood groups wary of land-bank bill

February 4, 2014, Outside My Window Blog, Schenley's oak wilt trees are coming down

March 3, 2014, 90.5 WESA, UPMC Workers Ramp Up Union Organizing Campaign with Day of Action

March 16, 2014, URA pilot helps lower income folks buy homes in Pittsburgh

March 19, 2014, Pittsburgh Council members launch website to promote land bank idea

March 22, 2014, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Say yes to a land bank

March 28, 2014, 90.5 WESA, City Councilors O'Connor and Gross Lay Out Pittsburgh's New Land Bank Plan

April 9, 2014, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh city council endorses amended land bank measure

April 9, 2014, Pittsburgh City Paper, In preliminary vote, city council approves land bank bill

April 9, 2014, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Council gives preliminary OK to creation of Pittsburgh land bank

April 9, 2014, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh City Council endorses amended land bank measure

April 10, 2014, The Jewish Chronicle, Re-envisioned Frick Aims for Crowds 

April 14, 2014, The Pitt News, Editorial: Land bank initiative can revitalize cityscape

April 14, 2014, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,  Pittsburgh Council passes land bank idea

April 14, 2014, 90.5 WESA, Land Bank Legislation Passes in City Council

May 15, 2014, CBS Pittsburgh, New owners of abandoned recycling plant have plan to deal with rats

May 16, 2014, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Meeting set on plans for former Poli restaurant

May, 27, 2014, Next Pittsburgh, From concrete to constructive play at Minadeo

May 28, 2014, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Study says new federal rules could mean cleaner air with fewer coal plants

June 1, 2014, WTAE, New farmers' market opens in Squirrel Hill

June 3, 2014, South Pittsburgh Reporter, Councilman O'Connor talks land banking at Hilltop block meeting

June 11, 2014, Pittsburgh Business Times, Peduto to help Sustainable Home Improvement Program fix the homes of 28 vets

June 28, 2014, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 'Performance parking' can lower average parking rates while raising more money for Pittsburgh

2013 Media Mentions

Hazelwood LTV Site Raises Crucial Questions

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review January 10, 2013


Pittsburgh Council asks parking authority to consider pre-paid cards

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 15, 2013


City Council suggests electronic cards for new parking meters

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review |January 15, 2013


Greenfield Bridge being built anew

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 17, 2013


Pittsburgh's Three Rivers, Now a Public Attraction

The New York Times January 22, 2013


Smoke-free parks:  The city should take a bold step for children’s sake

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 21, 2013


Our Great City

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 13, 2013


Pittsburgh City Council passes playground smoking ban

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 19, 2013


'Bob Awards' honor Clean Pittsburgh efforts

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review March 24, 2013


O'Connor's Corner

The Jewish Chronicle April 24, 2013


Pittsburgh releases 2013 street-paving plan

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette May 17, 2013 


Planners approve zoning for massive Hazelwood project at LTV site

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette May 28, 2013


Charities, leaders join to bring grocery to Hazelwood residents

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review June 2, 2013


Pittsburgh council will revisit nighttime parking fees

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette June 17, 2013


Councilman steps in to stop extended parking meter hours

WTAE-TV June 17, 2013


Pittsburgh councilman calls for scrapping extended hours for meter enforcement

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review June 17, 2013


City Council gives preliminary approval on parking enforcement bill

KDKA News June 25, 2013


Park, gateway, storm water top SHUC’s to-do list

The Jewish Chronicle July 18, 2013


Hazelwood redevelopment project underway

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette August 22, 2013


Cookie Cruise raises funds for the Bob O'Connor Foundation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | August 27, 2013


Some city residents being fined for parking in their own driveway

KDKA News | September 11, 2013


Councilman: Pedestrian Flags Could Make Busy Intersections Safer

90.5 WESA | September 18, 2013


Developers plan $30 million makeover along Second Avenue in Hazelwood

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 9, 2013

City Councilman Corey O'Connor, who represents Hazelwood, said he likes the proposal that was selected by the URA. While either one would have worked, "this one, I think, really captured the neighborhood feel," he said.


City council tentatively OKs TIF plan for Hazelwood project

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 17, 2013 

Councilman Corey O'Connor, D-Squirrel Hill, said it will be the largest tax-increment financing plan, or TIF, in the city's history if council gives final approval on Tuesday.


Coonelly: Pirates would welcome Burnettt back

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 22, 2013


City Council declares 'Pittsburgh Pirates Day'

WTAE Channel 4 | October 22, 2013

"Right after the team lost in the playoffs, we were getting calls, emails -- I got Facebook messages, Twitter messages -- 'You have to do something to thank the Pirates.' I mean, they wanted to do a huge parade and blow it all out because I think the fans just really wanted to thank them and that's what this is all about. It's a thank you from the fans to the Pirates," said O'Connor.

Swings for disabled fulfill troop's desire to help

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 25, 2013


Councilman O'Connor builds on father's mayoral career

Point Park News Service | November 5, 2013

“I try to listen to what the district and the city needs,” he said. “It’s something my dad always did, always focusing on helping the people. I think he gave me my people skills, so I use those to help the city in any way I can.”


Brownfield development revives hope for Hazelwood

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | December 8, 2013


2012 Media Mentions

O’Connor Ready to Tackle City Issues; Says Optimism is Key

90.5 WESA | January 2, 2012

"We want to look at it as a business, and the people of Pittsburgh are our customers, and we want to provide them with the best product we can so that they want to stay here, they want to live here, they tell more people to come back here," said O'Connor.


Corey O'Connor Sworn In, Announces Engagement, Remembers Late Father

WTEA-TV | January 3, 2012

The 27-year-old O'Connor's voice cracked as he spoke of -- and to -- his late father, who once held the same council seat in District 5.

"He's somewhere up in heaven as a very proud Pittsburgher," O'Connor said. "Dad, wherever you are, I love you, we're all with you, and I know you're with me throughout these difficult days."


O'Connor casts deciding prez vote

Pittsburgh Post Gazette January 3, 2012


Kiddies adults take to ice for 25th annual Mascot Skate

Pittsburgh Post Gazette | January 15, 2012

"I think an event like this shows you some of the city's hidden treasures," Mr. O'Connor said. "Some people don't know we have great skating rinks like this, and it also helps small businesses because I heard people were eating dinner at Squirrel Hill and then coming up here."


Pittsburgh councilmen offer help with appeals

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | January 31, 2012

City residents planning to fight higher property assessments would get extensive legal and financial help -- even someone to argue their case at a hearing -- under a new package of aid proposed Monday.

Councilmen Corey O'Connor and Bill Peduto and city Controller Michael Lamb said they want the city to subsidize residents' appraisals, just as Mayor Luke Ravenstahl proposed Friday.

But the trio said they also want the city to work one-on-one with homeowners to find flaws in the new court-ordered Allegheny County assessments, identify comparable properties with lower assessments that residents could introduce at appeal hearings and even argue cases for those too timid to face the appeals board alone.


Pittsburgh officials want to help residents contest property assessments

Pittsburgh Post Gazette January 31, 2012


O'Connor seeking to launch HIV/AIDS initiative

Pittsburgh City Paper | March 29, 2012

"The attention really needs to be brought back to our neighborhoods, but also the business districts and city and county as a whole," O'Connor tells City Paper. The commission will offer a resource "so elected officials, organizations and businesses can learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it ... It's going to give people a place to go."


Council considers commission to raise HIV/AIDS awareness

Pittsburgh Post Gazette March 31, 2012

Mr. O'Connor's legislation would create the Pittsburgh HIV/AIDS Commission, with the goals of raising public awareness of the disease, bringing more parties to the table and better coordinating services at a time when there's concern about higher infection rates among some groups.


O'Connor enlists backers to improve neighborhoods

Pittsburgh Post Gazette April 16, 2014

"Corey's Crew," made up largely of volunteers from Mr. O'Connor's election campaign last year, will fan out across the 10-neighborhood council district to troubleshoot, clean lots, tutor students, maintain catch basins and help senior citizens.

"So many people want to help. This is a great outlet," said Mr. O'Connor, son of the late councilman and mayor Bob O'Connor. "This is a way to have more eyes and ears in the neighborhood."


Coffee with Corey O’Connor

Youtube May 1, 2012


City Council representative Corey O'Connor to speak at naturalization ceremony as 35 new citizens take Oath of Allegiance

 May 16, 2012


Needs of city parks add up to mean serious business

Pittsburgh Post Gazette July 10, 2012

"The city is growing and this is such a great quality-of-life issue."


Greenfield uses pervious concrete, garden to capture and purify water

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review July 21, 2012

“This is something we want residents of the city to see,” O'Connor said. “If you have flooding on a main drag or a business district, this is a possible solution that you can use a private-public partnership to solve the problem.”


Cookie Cruise raises funds for the American Liver Foundation

Pittsburgh Post Gazette August 28,2012


O'Connor bides his time on Pittsburgh City Council

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review September 2, 2013

O'Connor, 28, of Swiss­helm Park said during a stroll along Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill. “I always sort of take the mindset where if you've got something important to say, then say it. If an issue hits me, I'm going to say something about it.”


Schenley Park golf course needs more business, Councilman says

Pittsburgh Post Gazette September 24, 2012

"It's a great place for beginning golfers to learn how to play the game," said Mr. O'Connor, who is a member of the First Tee board and has played the course since childhood.


Drive to the tee: Councilman is right to focus on Schenley Course

Pittsburgh Post Gazette September 25,2012

"It's not St. Andrews or Pebble Beach, but the city of Pittsburgh's only golf course has wonderful views and its own charms. What is doesn't have is enough golfers to appreciate those charms.

Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O'Connor wants to do something about that. He is the ideal person for the job not only because he is an avid golfer but also because the course is named for his late father, Pittsburgh's popular mayor who died in 2006. The official name is the Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park.

Better utilization of the course is not just about attracting more Pittsburghers and suburbanites to take up a healthy pastime. For a $1 year, the city leases the course to First Tee of Pittsburgh, a nonprofit with the mission of giving young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop positive character attributes through golf."


Mayor, Councilman O'Connor Unveil Redesigned Entrance Corridor to Greenfield Community

City of Pittsburgh Website October 14, 2012


"Best of the World" Welcomes One Young World

Imagine Pittsburgh October 17, 2012

"Pittsburgh City Council has recognized all the hard work everyone has put into our "Best of the World" effort with an official proclamation.  I [Bill Flanagan] was very pleased to have the opportunity - alongside with Craig Davis of VisitPittsburgh - to accept the "Best of the World" proclamation from Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday.  Sponsored by Councilman Corey O'Connor, the proclamation recognizes the ongoing efforts of VisitPittsburgh, the Allegheny Conference and others to make the most of the best of the world designation."


Pittsburgh may expand emergency alerts

Pittsburgh Post Gazette October 30,2012

"As the city of Pittsburgh braced Monday for Hurricane Sandy, Councilman Corey O'Connor prepared to introduce legislation expanding the city's emergency alert system. ... Mr. O'Connor also wants to incorporate a messaging component that would allow the city to communicate exclusively with employees about cancellations, office closings and work details. He said the city will have to seek bids for the service and suggested paying for it with proceeds from advertising at city events or on city-owned structures."


Pittsburgh gives tentative OK to expanding emergency alert system

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  November 14,2012


Pittsburgh may hire contractor to launch, manage emergency system

90.5 WESA December 3, 2012

"For the first 5,000 dollars they could set up the system, and then every resident that picks up on that or wants to join, it would be a dollar after that," said O'Connor. "So, you're not looking at an extreme cost unless every resident in the city gets it. Then we're at 300,000. So, we have to be smart when we pick the RFP [request for proposals] to keep costs as low as possible."

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