Pittsburgh City Councilman William Peduto was sworn in as the 60th Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh on Monday, the sixth of January 2014 at 1 pm at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 22, 2014) The city’s Public Works and Public Safety departments have been working for weeks with the Pirates, the Sports & Exhibition Authority, the Coast Guard, and private parking operators in hopes of hosting a fun, safe and clean event for Saturday night’s concert at PNC Park.
“The city of Pittsburgh stands ready to welcome the more than 38,000 fans coming here to enjoy a good time on the North Shore Saturday, but has put plans in place to make sure all fans are safe and respectful at the same time,” Mayor William Peduto said.
Mayor William Peduto and top aides will take questions together from the community Thursday night in the city’s first “Mayor’s Night On(line).”
Those wishing to ask questions or follow the proceedings may go to:http://www.reddit.com/r/pittsburgh/. The Mayor will take questions during the “Ask Me Anything” session from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, and direct them to individual Chiefs and department directors for follow-up answers.
According to Reddit, this local government AMA with representatives from each major department participating is a first for the 9-year-old social networking and news site.
The National League of Cities (NLC) has awarded Pittsburgh a $200,000 grant for a program to enroll all eligible city children and youth in affordable health care plans.
After months of planning and groundwork by the city and its partners, the NLC announced Pittsburgh as one of eight cities nationwide that will receive funding to implement the program, which seeks to find children and youth under 19 years of age who qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but who are not currently enrolled in public health insurance programs.
"Like so many before him, Lorin Maazel came here as a child and now departs us as a man whose life's work has added to the lustre of his adopted home town.
Raised in Oakland, educated at Peabody High School and the University of Pittsburgh, Maazel was as much a product of our city as the steel that poured from our mills and framed the concert halls of our nation. His legacy as a musician and scholar will play on in the memory of the city that shaped him, and which he ably served as the conductor and guide of its magnificent symphony orchestra."
“I want to thank every city worker, from Public Works to Public Safety, for giving up parts of their holiday weekend to help make Pittsburgh shine,” Mayor William Peduto said. “Just as importantly, I want to give my thanks to the many thousands of residents from inside and outside the city limits who did their part, as usual, to make this such a memorable weekend.”
Mayor William Peduto announced the first phases of the city’s new protected bike lane program, to be built in Schenley Park, Greenfield and Downtown. More lanes will follow around the city in partnership with People for Bikes and the Green Lane Project.
The city’s first protected two-way lanes will be built from Schenley Plaza to Anderson Playground in Schenley Park; along Saline Street between Greenfield Avenue and Swinburne Street (Panther Hollow Trail) in Greenfield; and on Penn Avenue from 11th Street to Stanwix Avenue Downtown.
Applications have been extended for the fall 2014 Love Your Block grant award program. Applications will now be available until Friday, July 18. In addition, there will be an informational session Wednesday, July 9, to assist interested applicants. First-time applicants and past grantees are encouraged to attend.
"I want to thank Gov. Tom Corbett for his support of laws that would adapt current state regulations to allow ride-sharing companies to grow.
I am talking with leaders in the state Legislature to swiftly address this problem.
When I met early this year with the chairman of the Public Utility Commission, Robert Powelson, he assured me he supported putting temporary rules in place that would allow these companies to operate. We now know that is not the case.
Pennsylvania needs to embrace innovation. With the direct engagement of the governor we can secure changes from the Legislature to allow these innovative companies to exist in the state.”
The City of Pittsburgh launched Pgh Dataforum as a platform for Pittsburghers to identify what data they want to see and why. Powered by Engage Pittsburgh, Pgh Dataforum is designed to encourage residents, community groups and researchers to tell the story of how city data can support their projects or interests. Pgh Dataforum allows residents to connect with each other as well as to city staff. The site also includes a high-level listing of the types of information held by the City of Pittsburgh.
Participation in the city of Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment Program has almost doubled over last year, and a task force named by Mayor William Peduto is working on expanding the program further in 2015.
At the start of the program Monday 521 youths were participating, up from 319 in the summer of 2013. More than 1,300 applied for positions this year, however, so a Mayoral Task Force on Summer Youth Employment Opportunities named by the Mayor is seeking ways to to give all qualified applicants a job opportunity in the future.
Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood is poised for rebirth with the award of $30 million in funding the U.S. Department of Housing and Economic Development, Mayor William Peduto announced today.
After competing against 40 other cities, HUD said Pittsburgh is the winner of a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative implementation grant that could transform the long-struggling community, strengthen its ties with neighboring East Liberty and provide new mixed-income housing units. The estimated $400 million overall development will lead to the construction of 350 mixed-income housing units, support 2,000 jobs and create one of the greenest housing developments in the United States.
The City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will host a World Cup Watch Party in Market Square on Tuesday, July 1. Festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. prior to the 4:00 p.m. kickoff between the United States and Belgium.
At the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting last weekend in Dallas, the city of Pittsburgh won a $75,000 grant to support low and moderate income housing, and accolades for its work on climate protection.
"I want to thank City Council, my finance team, the city's Act 47 coordinators, Governor Corbett, Secretary Walker, and his team at the Department of Community and Economic Development for all their long hours and hard work leading up to today's Council approval of the amended Act 47 plan. While this has been a long and difficult road toward financial recovery for our city, we still have much work to do to solve the city's long-term capital, debt and pension needs, and to relieve undue burdens on city taxpayers. Together, we can implement a final recovery strategy to address our present budget needs and solve these issues for future generations of Pittsburghers."
Under the order the new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will pre-approve most departmental expenditures; the Department of Finance will study all trust funds and petty cash accounts, and recommend their closure if necessary; OMB will pre-approve all personnel transactions; and OMB will use best practices to write financial policies on non-union overtime, departmental spending and cash management procedures.
“Enough is enough -- the continued trashing of our city has to stop.
Pittsburgh is the cultural and economic engine for our entire tri-state region and hosting concerts is part that tradition. But there is no reason that large events like the one Saturday on the North Shore should force city taxpayers to bear the burden for outsized amounts of garbage removal and public safety response."
Mayor William Peduto ordered that a long-delayed payroll implementation project be re-bid, and that the Office of Municipal Investigations perform a full investigation of the handling of the prior contract.
This weekend’s Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field is expected to attract tens of thousands of people to the North Shore. The City is working with ALCO Parking Corp and Heinz Field management to ensure a safe and clean environment for all to enjoy.
The task force of educational stakeholders -- including elected officials, administrators, union officials, parents, students and others -- will meet four times to discuss ways to strengthen public schools across the many neighborhoods of the city. It is tasked with issuing the Mayor recommendations on school issues in September.
Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will officiate his first wedding, a historic group ceremony for 20 couples, welcoming Marriage Equality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The civic ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 15, in the Council Chambers of the City-County Building.
Immediately following the ceremony, the newlyweds are invited to participate with Mayor Peduto in the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh’s Pride March at noon. The route will lead the group directly to a private wedding reception for newlyweds and their guests hosted by the Fairmont Pittsburgh.
Mayor William Peduto and acting Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar announced the upcoming public phases of the city’s search for a new Pittsburgh Police chief, including six public meetings and a site for online remarks.
Bucar, who started work June 9, will lead the search with Mayor Peduto and write the standards profiling the best applicants for the position. The search – done in conjunction with the public-private Talent City initiative – will also be informed by large-scale public participation. The first public meeting will be June 26.
Mayor William Peduto will present a Pittsburgh case study June 5 to the Mayor’s Institute on City Design in Louisville, Ky., where as the Institute’s guest he will receive expert analysis of plans for the Strip District.
The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized Mayor William Peduto and the city of Pittsburgh for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC).
LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity through five goal areas.
With more than 100 community leaders in attendance, Mayor William Peduto on Wednesday launched Welcoming Pittsburgh, an effort to improve quality of life and economic prosperity for immigrants and native born residents alike.
The initiative is part of Welcoming America, a national and grassroots-driven collaborative that promotes mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans.
There will not be any refuse, bulk waste or recycling collection on Monday, May 26, 2014 in observance of Memorial Day.
The schedule will proceed as follows: if your scheduled day of collection is Monday, May 26th, you will be serviced on Tuesday, May 27th. This will continue through the end of the week with Friday’s normally scheduled collection being picked up on Saturday May 31, 2014.
May 20, 2014 - Mayor William Peduto's statement on a federal judge ruling Pennsylvania's restrictive marriage laws to be unconstitutional:
“I am overjoyed by the judge’s decision today, and can’t wait to throw open the doors of the Mayor’s Office to honor marriages of all couples. I would be thrilled to make the marriage of an LGBT couple the first one I officiate as Mayor.”
The city of Pittsburgh has signed the last remaining public safety contract with the paramedics union, which was ratified Friday by membership of Local 1 of the Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics.
The contract includes salary increases to medics that were authorized under the city’s last Act 47 recovery plan.
On Saturday, May 17th, Mayor William Peduto will declare May 2014 “Arthritis Awareness Month” in the City of Pittsburgh and present a proclamation of recognition to 14-year-old juvenile arthritis patient and advocate, Rylee Ann Laya, for her continued efforts to find a cure for arthritis.
The City of Pittsburgh has announced a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
Led by Mayor Peduto, this integration with Nextdoor will enable the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Public Works to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer communities with the help of Pittsburgh residents. The City departments and Nextdoor neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.
Mayor William Peduto announced he is hiring FBI Special Agent Stephen A. Bucar as Pittsburgh’s new Public Safety Director.
Bucar has lately overseen the analysis of information associated with domestic and international terrorism investigations for field offices across the United States as a Supervisory Special Agent Section Chief in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division in Washington, D.C. He was also formerly an assistant special agent in charge of a branch within the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, the largest office of its kind in the nation.
On May 13 the city’s Act 47 coordinators are releasing the latest long-term look at the city’s finances, and preliminary discussions on creating a 5-year budget indicate years of budget shortfalls. The city's average $20 million budget gap is actually $60 million annually including the real costs for capital, debt and pension needs.
Working together over the next two months, the city, its residents and its fiscal overseers will write a new plan to take Pittsburgh out of distressed status, fix its finances for the next generation, and spur a full reorganization of city government.
This Wednesday night, May 14, Mayor William Peduto and his top staff will meet personally with residents to hear -- and act upon -- their ideas and concerns about City government issues. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 5th Floor, City-County Building.
New traffic signal technology is coming to the city’s Baum-Centre corridor that extends Pittsburgh’s leadership in commuter, pedestrian and environmentally friendly traffic research, Mayor William Peduto announced today.
Working with Carnegie Mellon’s University Transportation Center, Traffic21 and partners in the local foundation community, the city is extending its cutting-edge system of real-time traffic signals that adapt instantly to shifting traffic conditions. A new $1.8 million pilot project will further test and strengthen the Pittsburgh system, providing first-of-its-kind smart traffic technology from the city’s eastern edge to nearly Downtown.
Mayor William Peduto’s administration is providing free public Wi-Fi to visitors on two floors of the City-County Building, as part of efforts to make government more welcoming and productive for visitors.
Internet access is available on public areas of the 5th and 6th floors of the main city government building, which houses Council Chambers and offices for the Mayor and City Council. The access is provided weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation’s “Project Power Play” program, Mayor William Peduto announced plans today for a new outdoor dek hockey rink to be built in Bloomfield Park.
The dek location will be adjacent to Officer Paul J. Sciullo II Memorial Field.
Two years after adoption of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2.0, Pittsburgh Climate Initiative (PCI) and Mayor William Peduto are pleased to announce that 23 of the 35 Community chapter recommendations have been completed or are in progress. More than thirty local organizations are currently involved in implementing these recommendations. All of the recommendations in the plan relate directly to actions or policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pittsburgh.
posted 4/16/14 @ 4:16 pm
City of Pittsburgh to Become First Live Well Allegheny Community
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor William Peduto will be joined by Dr. Karen Hacker, Director of the Allegheny County Health Department and Valerie McDonald Roberts, Chief Urban Affairs Office in announcing Wednesday that the City of Pittsburgh has been designated as the first Live Well Allegheny Community.
The community celebration launch of “Live Well Pittsburgh” will be held at the Thelma Lovette YMCA and will also include an Imagination Playground, light appetizers by Bar Marco using local ingredients that are healthy, and Citiparks bicycle-powered fruit smoothie stationary bikes. A number of community partners and wellness organizations will also be on hand to lend their support to the effort.
Pittsburgh has been rated the 5th best city in the world for long-term real estate investment in a new study by Grosvenor Research.
The “Resilient Cities” report from the international property development company ranks the world’s top 50 cities on climate, environment, resources, infrastructure, and community affairs.
Pittsburgh is rated the 5th most resilient city in the world, following Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Chicago. Grosvenor -- a 300-year-old development firm based in London -- uses the report to study the long-term stability and prosperity of cities in guiding long-term property investment.
This Monday evening Mayor William Peduto and his top staff will meet personally with residents to hear -- and act upon -- their ideas and concerns about City government issues.
During the “Mayor’s Night Out” any resident who wants to talk can meet one-on-one with Mayor Peduto at a City recreation center in Beltzhoover, and he will direct them to the appropriate administrator for follow-up. Later in the month he will hold a “Mayor’s Night In” where people from around the city can come to his offices for similar consultations.
Mayor William Peduto announced today the hiring of Ray Gastil as Director of the Department of City Planning.
Gastil, 55, was formerly Planning Director for Seattle and Director of the Manhattan office of the New York City Department of City Planning, as well as an educator and consultant. He is the latest hire by the Mayor through the City's partnership with Talent City, the initiative created by the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Institute of Politics to bring transparency and rigorous talent searching to City hiring practices.
The City of Pittsburgh needs to invest in long-term and systematic changes to its roads and other infrastructure, Mayor William Peduto said Wednesday in Brookline, partially through initiatives in the City’s final Act 47 recovery plan.
In the meantime City crews will do what they can with minimal funding for road upgrades and work to respond to all pothole repair requests within three business days.
Mayor Peduto joined more than 1,000 mayors across the country for the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort that highlights the impact of national service in tackling city problems.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a $476,031 Recycling Performance Grant after City and private haulers together recycled more than 59,528 tons of residential and commercial material.
Mayor William Peduto appointed 45 individuals to serve on 11 boards, authorities and commissions in the City of Pittsburgh today. The appointments represent the most diverse class of board, authority, and commission appointments in the history of the City of Pittsburgh. Fifty-five percent of the appointees are women and approximately one quarter of the appointees are African-American.
Mayor William Peduto’s Severance Incentive Program, or SIP, concluded Friday with 65 city employees taking advantage of the severance benefit. This represents a 51% participation rate by salary, almost exactly the 50% rate predicted by the Peduto administration when the program was announced in January.
“We have an incredible opportunity to bring changes to this government as a result of this program,” Mayor Peduto said. “These employees have been dedicated, hard working members of our team who will definitely be missed; but we must take this opportunity to diversify our workforce and to bring in new ways of thinking about the challenges this city faces.”
Mayor Peduto applauds Gov. Tom Corbett's call for a new long-term financial plan for the city through the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act , which will enable the Mayor to craft a final five-year financial strategy that gets Pittsburgh out of budget trouble once and for all.
PITTSBURGH, PA - (March 13, 2014) "I pause with sadness today to remember the fatal Hill District fire 10 years ago that took two Pittsburgh firefighters from us, injured 29 others, and destroyed a more than century-old church on Wylie Avenue. I remember vividly that day seeing smoke rising in the blue sky, only to find out later the terrible news.
As the Gospel read at the Funeral Mass for Charles Brace and Richard Stefanakis in March 2004 said, ‘There is no greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friend.’ As we celebrate again the rebirth of Ebenezer Church after a horrible day 10 years ago, it is a time for our whole city to reflect upon the emergency responders who are acting as heroes every day."
The Department of Public Works deployed 45 trucks overnight to plow primary and secondary streets and will put out 65 trucks and tractors starting with the 6 a.m. shift today. Road treatment materials are being reserved for bridges, curves, hills and intersections.
As of 6 a.m. Pittsburgh Public Schools were running on time.
Public Works plans to plow more secondary and side streets today, and conditions should improve with daylight. However, the National Weather Service predicts temperatures will drop to minus-1 degrees overnight Monday into Tuesday, so that may lead to refreezing of some streets. Sunlight Tuesday morning should help conditions greatly.
PITTSBURGH, PA - "Pittsburgh, and the world, lost a broadcasting legend today. Starting in the late 1940s at the station that later became WAMO, Porky give many R&B performers their first airplay and notice, and went on to become a visionary champion of rock and roll. I just saw Porky last weekend, and whatever we called him -- Daddio of the Raddio, Bossman, Your Platter Pushin' Poppa -- I am honored to have called him a friend."
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Afternoon snow storm update, Sunday, March 2
After a relatively intense period of snowfall late this morning and afternoon, accumulation has reached approximately 3 inches as of 3 p.m. Snowfall will continue on and off until 3 a.m. tomorrow morning and the city could receive an additional 3 inches in that time. Lighter snowfall could continue after that point into the late morning or early afternoon.
The Department of Public Works currently has 45 vehicles plowing and treating roads. At this point all primaries have been plowed once and Public Works is going back to plow some of them again. After this, Public Works will turn its attention to secondary roads. However, primaries and emergency routes remain the city's top priority and if heavy snowfall returns, vehicles will be diverted back to primaries.
Temperatures Tuesday are forecast to be just above freezing and to rise every day for the remainder of the week. This will help immensely to melt the snow and ensure that roads are drivable early in the week.
Trash collection will occur as normally scheduled tomorrow, so residents with a Monday pickup should place their trash at the curb as they normally do. If for some reason the weather does not permit Environmental Services to pick up all of the trash tomorrow, they will add the remaining trash collection routes to their Tuesday schedule.
posted 3/02/14 @ 3:15 pm
Morning snow storm update, Sunday, March 2
The weather forecast has changed considerably over the last 48 hours and the city is looking at a snow event that is starting now, builds up momentum this afternoon and ends early Monday afternoon, with accumulations of 4 to 6 inches total over that time. Still, the forecast and the storm can change quickly and the Department of Public Works remains at the ready for a much larger snow event should the city receive one.
Public Works crews are pre-treating bridges, primary hills and curves and will soon begin plowing. There were 24 vehicles in service this morning with others poised to join the response when necessary.
Road conditions will become difficult this afternoon and travelers are asked to use extreme caution as they drive city streets. Roads will remain slippery throughout today's snow event and into Monday. Should accumulations exceed forecasted amounts, travelers are asked to stay off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary.
The city's 311 call center will be closed today but open at 8 a.m. Monday morning. Residents are advised that it could take 24-48 hours after the snow has stopped falling to clear city streets and the city will wait to respond to individual requests for snow plowing service until that time.
Mayor William Peduto announced Friday that the Urban Redevelopment Authority has reached an agreement with the Buncher Co. that will provide an opportunity to evaluate alternative development strategies to save and re-use the historic produce terminal building in the Strip District.
The Department of Public Works is preparing for a predicted 6 to 12 inches of snowfall starting Sunday night, and warning residents of possibly treacherous road conditions come Monday.
As of Friday morning, light snow was expected during the day Sunday with larger amounts hitting the area after 6 p.m. Sunday evening public works crews will begin working in 12-hour shifts with 50 trucks dispatched overnight and 65 trucks, including tractors affixed with plows, dispatched early Monday morning.
This is currently rated a Level 3 storm, meaning an emphasis on addressing emergency and primary routes, followed by secondary routes.
In a historic move, Mayor William Peduto today named a 21-member task force charged with examining public education in the City of Pittsburgh, and issuing recommendations to strengthen our public schools and surrounding communities.
Mayor William Peduto today announced the hiring of five new employees in the Mayor's Office, overseeing nonprofit and faith-based initiatives, sustainability, communications, and public safety information.
Mayor William Peduto announced today his selection of four new directors to lead key City of Pittsburgh departments. These selections were made after applicants applied through Talent City and passed rigorous screenings, interviews and evaluations. Final selections were made by the Mayor as he continues to build his leadership team.
Pittsburgh City Councilman William Peduto was sworn in as the 60th Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh on Monday, the sixth of January 2014 at 1 pm at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.