Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess en Peduto's Early Retirement Plan for City Employees Hits a Snag <p>A City Council vote on Mayor-elect Bill Peduto’s plan to <a href="">incentivize the early retirement of roughly 400 city employees</a> has been delayed once again, and may even have hit a major snag.</p><p>Councilman Ricky Burgess wants to tie the bill to increased funding for the <a href="">Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program</a>, or PSYEP.</p><p>Burgess said it’s a matter of priorities.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:24:45 +0000 Liz Reid 20136 at Police Chief: Proposal for Training, Partnership Program 'Improper' <p>Tensions ran high Tuesday as members of Pittsburgh City Council met to wrestle with the issue of community-police relations.</p><p>Up for discussion were three bills sponsored by Councilman Ricky Burgess, one of which would authorize the city to spend up to $150,000 on a police-community partnership program called <a href="">Unleashing Respect Project</a>, or URP.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:30:18 +0000 Liz Reid 18574 at Residents Voice Concerns About Police Misconduct, Racial Profiling <p>Pittsburgh residents brought their concerns about police misconduct to City Council Tuesday during an open forum.</p><p>Concerned citizens brought up many issues, including a lack of diversity on the police force, racial profiling and overly aggressive policing in communities with high crime rates.</p><p>Rashad Byrdsong, president and CEO of the <a href="">Homewood Community Empowerment Association</a>, said law-abiding citizens of his community are stuck in a difficult situation.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 01:21:01 +0000 Liz Reid 16702 at City Council News With Noah <p></p><p>Legislation to change the powers of the <a href="">Citizen Police Review Board</a> is up for a final vote on Thursday. &nbsp;Currently, the CPRB&nbsp;reviews new police policies&nbsp;<em>after</em> they are implemented, but the new legislation would alter this system resulting in the board reviewing &nbsp;policies&nbsp;<em>before</em> they take effect. Sponsoring Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, who originally wanted to publish an abridged version of the police rule book&nbsp;until it was found to be against state law, says he's hoping to use the CPRB as the "eyes and ears" of the public regarding police policies.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 15:23:50 +0000 Katie Blackley 9850 at City Council News With Noah