Pittsburgh Mayor http://wesa.fm en Bill Peduto Sworn in as Pittsburgh’s Newest Mayor http://wesa.fm/post/bill-peduto-sworn-pittsburgh-s-newest-mayor <p>It’s official – Pittsburgh has a new mayor.</p><p>Bill Peduto took the oath of office during a ceremony at Heinz Hall Monday. The city’s 60<sup>th</sup> mayor vowed to help build the next Pittsburgh.</p><p>“Pittsburgh has grown and changed and grown again from the day a small campfire burned at the confluence of our three rivers and heralded the new boundaries of the American nation,” Peduto said in his inaugural speech. “But we did not only inherit this city from our forbearers, we are also borrowing it from our children.”</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:12:03 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22424 at http://wesa.fm Bill Peduto Sworn in as Pittsburgh’s Newest Mayor Once a Promising Political Novice, Mayor Ravenstahl Leaves Office ... And Politics? http://wesa.fm/post/once-promising-political-novice-mayor-ravenstahl-leaves-office-and-politics <p></p><p></p><p>When Mayor Luke Ravenstahl was quietly sworn into office following the 2006 death of Mayor Bob O’Connor, the 26-year-old City Council president became the youngest mayor of a major U.S. city.&nbsp;</p><p>Headlines around the time included the following: “Hope surrounds new Pittsburgh mayor, 26” and he made several national television appearances, including a spot on "The Late Show with David Letterman." But as he heads out of office, the last months of his tenure included headlines such as “Luke Ravenstahl Maintains Low Profile Amid Federal Probe.”</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22242 at http://wesa.fm Once a Promising Political Novice, Mayor Ravenstahl Leaves Office ... And Politics? Ravenstahl Releases Final Budget of Mayoral Tenure http://wesa.fm/post/ravenstahl-releases-final-budget-mayoral-tenure <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl released his proposed <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/budget">2014 operating and capital budget</a> Tuesday.</p><p>The $480 million budget and five-year plan is balanced, and it contains no tax increases or layoffs.</p><p>Before getting into specifics of the proposed spending plan, Ravenstahl outlined successes of his time as mayor. He said in the last seven years Pittsburgh has received 10 bond rating upgrades, and its investment status has moved from junk to grade A status.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:14:23 +0000 Deanna Garcia 19691 at http://wesa.fm Ravenstahl Releases Final Budget of Mayoral Tenure Peduto Floats Early Retirement for Some City Employees http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-floats-early-retirement-some-city-employees <p>Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto has introduced legislation in City Council that would temporarily amend they city’s pension laws. The measure would allow employees whose combined age and years of service equals or exceeds 70 to retire with a full pension. Currently, age and experience must add up to 80 to qualify.</p><p>“The purpose of this legislation is to really give a soft landing for city workers who invest a lot of their time and effort into the city,” said Peduto’s Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin, “with a combined message that we’re intending to change the way city government does business.”</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:49:35 +0000 Deanna Garcia 19679 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Seeks City Residents for Roles on Transition Teams http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-seeks-city-residents-roles-transition-teams <p>Eight transition teams have been formed around the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-elect-pedutos-cabinet-comes-together">executive team</a> announced by Mayor-elect Bill Peduto last week. The application period is now open for any city resident interested in participating.</p><p>“His (Peduto’s) vision for this administration is to build a new Pittsburgh, and we want to provide an opportunity for resident and community leaders and others to come to the table and be a part of that,” said Kevin Acklin, Peduto’s chief of staff.</p><p>The transition teams are:</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:06:29 +0000 Deanna Garcia 19614 at http://wesa.fm Mayor-Elect Peduto's Cabinet Comes Together http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-elect-pedutos-cabinet-comes-together <p>Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto has rolled out the names of those who will fill key positions in his administration and the list is a mix of well-known political names, high-profile business leaders, and a few new faces.</p><p>“It reflects the most diverse mayor’s office in Pittsburgh’s history,” said Peduto of his “executive team,” which is majority minority.&nbsp; “But more importantly, it’s the highest level of talent that a mayor’s office has been able to recruit.”</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:44:47 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 19432 at http://wesa.fm Mayor-Elect Peduto's Cabinet Comes Together