Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The signature fountain in the courtyard and the surrounding walls of the Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown, are bathed with pink lights through October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Using artfully placed pink lighting, Allegheny County officials have bathed the landmark county courthouse on Grant Street, Downtown, with pink lighting that will remain through October on observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Council Councilwoman Barbara Daly Danko also have issued proclamations honoring those who work to increase awareness and research aimed at a cure for breast cancer. They presented those proclamations earlier this month to Kathy Purcell of the Susan G. Komen for a Cure foundation and Erika Deyarmin of the American Cancer Society. Lighting has been used to tint the water of the signature fountain in the courthouse courtyard. The stone walls of the complex also glow pink each …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Thursday that 2012 assessments will remain at 2002 levels.
Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald said it over and over again during a press conference Thursday afternoon: When it comes to property tax reassessment, Allegheny County shouldn’t be singled out. That’s one reason Fitzgerald said he directed the certification of the 2011 assessed values for 2012 taxation purposes—values that are based on the 2002 tax year. For county property owners, that means the assessment numbers they received in the mail last week are “null and void.” New notices would be sent out Thursday, Fitzgerald said, and those are “the ones that matter.” And he was clear: Despite a court order mandated a property tax reassessment, he is following all state laws. “Earlier this week, I took an oath to uphold the laws of the …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Rich Fitzgerald asked for unity in his inauguration speech as the county faces many challenges.
New Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald asked for unity over the next few years as his administration works to tackle numerous challenges facing the region. Despite controversial issues such as property reassessments, transportation funding cuts and Marcellus Shale development, Fitzgerald said he sees an opportunity to grow as other parts of the country struggle. “We’re going to have to find innovative solutions to those problems,” Fitzgerald said after he was sworn-in Tuesday afternoon as Allegheny County’s third chief executive. “I’m so optimistic. I’m so optimistic that we’ve turned a corner in this region.” Fitzgerald said in the upcoming days he will unveil how he plans to fight the state-mandated property reassessments that …
Friday, September 9, 2011
As eastern half of state deals with flood waters from Tropical Storm Lee, Allegheny County crews aid in the rescue efforts.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato announced Thursday afternoon that the three county swiftwater/flood response teams that were deployed to central Pennsylvania at noon Wednesday have already conducted nearly 50 rescues. Each swiftwater/flood response team includes four rescue technicians, swiftwater rescue boat, line-gun with floatable rope attached to a personal floatation device, throwing rings and additional flotation devices. “Our swiftwater response teams have been involved in non-stop rescue missions since arriving in central Pennsylvania yesterday,” Onorato said. “The 12 skilled rescue technicians have been working with little rest to assist residents in central Pennsylvania who are dealing with tremendous rainfall and flooding…
Friday, August 19, 2011
In a news conference Thursday at the Allegheny County Courthouse, D. Raja, the Republican candidate for county chief executive, highlighted key components of his six-point plan.
Playing games with the county budget can't continue, says D. Raja, Republican candidate for Allegheny County chief executive. Raja discussed the budget, privatization and other issues as he announced his second initiative Thursday at a news conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse. The initiative is his six-point plan for modernizing county government and, in large part, addresses budget shortfalls and inflated revenues. Raja, who introduced his job creation initiative earlier this summer, began his talk by saying that “Allegheny County is essentially living on borrowed time, with regard to both budget and financial situation.” Noting that Allegheny County has spent $185 million of one-time revenues to plug budget shortfalls, has had…
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Flaherty says rainy weather and poor turnout may have contributed to his loss in chief executive race.
Former Democratic Allegheny County Council President Rich Fitzgerald will face Republican entrepreneur and Mt. Lebanon Commissioner D. Raja in the general election for Allegheny County chief executive. Fitzgerald, 52, of Squirrel Hill, won 46 percent of the votes cast to win the Democratic nomination over county Controller Mark Patrick Flaherty, who drew 44 percent of the votes. In his acceptance speech, Fitzgerald promised “to unify the party and region and streamline county government.” He also pledged to develop “an energy policy that makes sense for the region.” Flaherty, who conceded at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, told reporters he was proud of the race he ran and hinted that the day’s rainy weather might have played a factor in his defeat…
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
New commissary in Moon will serve military personnel and their families in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.
The Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority will begin soliciting bids to develop the site of a planned new 43,000-square-foot military commissary in Moon Township, Chief Executive Dan Onorato announced today. The trading post and grocery store for the region's military personnel will be built on county-owned property at the intersection of University Boulevard and the Interstate 376 Business Loop, adjacent to the McGarity Reserve Center in Moon. It will replace an existing commissary and exchange in Oakdale and will be the only commissary of its kind between Carlisle, Cumberland County, and Dayton, OH. The U.S. Army Office of Personnel & Readiness will continue to operate the commissary and exchange in Oakdale until the new site opens. …