Rich Fitzgerald http://wesa.fm en Live Well: National Health and Wellness Program Launches in Allegheny County http://wesa.fm/post/live-well-national-health-and-wellness-program-launches-allegheny-county <p>When he was sworn into office in January, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto tipped the scales at 240, the heaviest he’s ever been. Since then he’s dropped 12 pounds and has pledged to lose another 38 as a part of the Live Well initiative that he launched today alongside Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Mayor </span>Peduto’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> non-profit and faith based manager Betty Cruz, Mayor </span>Peduto’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shows how passionate the Mayor’s office is about this program.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:33:08 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 27671 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Commits to Highmark Through 2015 http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-commits-highmark-through-2015 <p>Allegheny County employees no longer have to wonder about their health care options for 2015.</p><p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced Tuesday that the county will exclusively retain Highmark for health care coverage through December 31<sup>st</sup>, 2015 - even if Highmark and UPMC are unable to reach an agreement.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:48:23 +0000 Jessica Nath 27611 at http://wesa.fm County Executive Fitzgerald Unveils New Alerts System http://wesa.fm/post/county-executive-fitzgerald-unveils-new-alerts-system <p></p><p>Reporters and county officials watched in anticipation as Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald slowly typed his name and phone number onto a giant computer screen in his office Thursday morning.</p><p>After creating an account, a phone rang in the middle of the table, and a look of relief permeated Fitzgerald’s face.</p><p>That was the first notification from the newly unveiled Allegheny Alerts system.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:08:03 +0000 Julian Routh 27354 at http://wesa.fm County Executive Fitzgerald Unveils New Alerts System Fitzgerald Faces Council, Activists Over Deer Lakes Gas Drilling Deal http://wesa.fm/post/fitzgerald-faces-council-activists-over-deer-lakes-gas-drilling-deal <p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald delivered his quarterly state of the county address Tuesday night and had plenty of praise for county departments.</p><p>Fitzgerald acknowledged public works for its handling of the roughest winter weather in recent memory, the health department for its successful efforts to improve air quality in the county and the medical examiner’s Office for a recent national award it received for ballistics work.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:48:48 +0000 Liz Reid 26092 at http://wesa.fm Fitzgerald Faces Council, Activists Over Deer Lakes Gas Drilling Deal Allegheny County Outlines Deal to Drill Under Deer Lakes Park http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-outlines-deal-drill-under-deer-lakes-park <p>Allegheny County Council is set to consider a lucrative deal to allow Range Resources to drill for natural gas beneath a Pittsburgh-area park, from well sites on neighboring private properties.<br /><br />County Executive Rich Fitzgerald outlined the deal at a news conference Monday, saying it includes a $4.7 million bonus, a $3 million donation to a park improvement fund, and 18 percent royalties that are estimated to generate $3 million a year.<br /> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:29:59 +0000 The Associated Press 26055 at http://wesa.fm As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment http://wesa.fm/post/deadline-nears-allegheny-county-makes-one-last-push-health-care-enrollment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With just two weeks left to sign up for health insurance through state and federal online exchanges, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has declared March 17-23, 2014 to be Affordable Care Act Week in Allegheny County.</span></p><p>Fitzgerald said county officials are working with nearly three dozen partner organizations on “one last push to encourage residents to get all the information and be able to enroll in the marketplace.”</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:51:17 +0000 Liz Reid 26017 at http://wesa.fm As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment New Wellness Campaign Aimed at Making Allegheny County Healthiest in Nation http://wesa.fm/post/new-wellness-campaign-aimed-making-allegheny-county-healthiest-nation <p>Live Well Allegheny is a new initiative aimed at promoting health and wellness throughout Allegheny County.</p><p>The effort was launched Tuesday by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, members of the county Board of Health and Health Department Director Karen Hacker.</p><p>Fitzgerald said while the Pittsburgh region ranks high on national lists for things such as livability and academia, it could also be a leader in healthy living.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:35:42 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23131 at http://wesa.fm New Wellness Campaign Aimed at Making Allegheny County Healthiest in Nation Fifth (Pittsburgh)Red Celebrates AIDS Awareness http://wesa.fm/post/fifth-pittsburghred-celebrates-aids-awareness <p>County officials, HIV/AIDS advocates, and survivors gathered in downtown Pittsburgh Monday to mark International World AIDS Day and to blow up a 30-foot balloon ribbon onto Fifth Ave. Place.</p><p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald noted it’s been more than 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 20694 at http://wesa.fm Fifth (Pittsburgh)Red Celebrates AIDS Awareness Following Landslide Win, Peduto Looks Ahead http://wesa.fm/post/following-landslide-win-peduto-looks-ahead <p>Bill Peduto does not move into the mayor's office until January, but he said his work has already begun.</p><p>Peduto said Wednesday his first order of business was to notify all directors to hold off on hiring new people and not to move forward with plans that would impact future years without consulting his chief of staff Kevin Acklin.</p><p>The 49-year-old Peduto captured 84 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, easily defeating a pair of opponents in a city where Democrats heavily outnumber Republicans. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:45:45 +0000 Jessica Nath 19394 at http://wesa.fm Following Landslide Win, Peduto Looks Ahead County Councilmember Calls On Fitzgerald To Release Fracking Proposals http://wesa.fm/post/county-councilmember-calls-fitzgerald-release-fracking-proposals <p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and County Councilman Bill Robinson (D-Hill District) are butting heads over access to proposals from energy companies to drill underneath Deer Lakes Park.</p><p>Robinson sent a letter to Fitzgerald asking that he make proposals submitted to the county last week public. Fitzgerald believes negotiations need to be conducted privately, and opening the discussion to the 15-member council could muddle the project’s success.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:15:17 +0000 Michael Lynch 19131 at http://wesa.fm County Officials Looking for Input on Downtown Transportation http://wesa.fm/post/county-officials-looking-input-downtown-transportation <p>A proposed plan to re-configure downtown bus routes has been placed on hold. However, not without raising concerns among riders.</p><p>The plan, according to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, is to reduce the overcrowding and gridlock that occurs on downtown Pittsburgh streets. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:16:32 +0000 Nick Frost 18484 at http://wesa.fm County Officials Looking for Input on Downtown Transportation Should Buses be Downtown? The Debate Begins http://wesa.fm/post/should-buses-be-downtown-debate-begins <p>Opposition is starting to pile up for a recently revived proposal to keep buses out of most of the Golden Triangle.&nbsp;</p><p>At the behest of some business owners and a few elected officials, the Port Authority of Allegheny County has been searching for years to find a solution to the congestion caused by buses passing through the heart of downtown.</p><p>Most recently, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City Councilman Bill Peduto proposed that routes be pushed to the edges of downtown, forcing some riders to walk a few extra blocks to get to work.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 18007 at http://wesa.fm Should Buses be Downtown? The Debate Begins Fitzgerald Releases 2014 Budget Proposal for Allegheny County http://wesa.fm/post/fitzgerald-releases-2014-budget-proposal-allegheny-county <p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented his 2014 budget to the County Council Tuesday evening.</p><p>Fitzgerald was visibly proud of the fact that Allegheny County will not be increasing property taxes in the county for the 12<sup>th</sup> time in 13 years.</p><p>He said the stabilized millage has contributed to the region&rsquo;s success over the past few years.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:52:24 +0000 Liz Reid 17851 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Proposes New Bus Routes http://wesa.fm/post/port-authority-proposes-new-bus-routes <p>The Port Authority (PAT) is planning to limit the number of buses and bus stops in downtown Pittsburgh.</p><p>PAT hopes to reduce sidewalk traffic by shifting routes onto wider streets that outline Pittsburgh’s downtown.</p><p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald supports the plan, saying the new routes will cut down sidewalk obstruction on some of the area’s narrower streets.</p><p>“Taking buses off of certain streets,” he said, “away from certain corners, will alleviate some of that congestion, some of that traffic and some of the blockage of walking on the sidewalks.”</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:14:47 +0000 Michael Lynch 17647 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Proposes New Bus Routes Ferlo Calls for Fracking Moratorium in PA http://wesa.fm/post/ferlo-calls-fracking-moratorium-pa <p>When lawmakers return to Harrisburg next week they will be faced with a new proposal to put a moratorium on new permits for hydraulic fracturing.&nbsp;</p><p>State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) announced that he is introducing legislation during a news conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse Wednesday.</p><p>Senate Bill 1100 would also create a commission to analyze the agricultural, economic, environmental and social effects of Marcellus Shale drilling.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:41:24 +0000 Tim Camerato 16753 at http://wesa.fm County Executive Fitzgerald Names Four PAT Board Members http://wesa.fm/post/county-executive-fitzgerald-names-four-pat-board-members <p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County is a little bit closer to once again having a full board. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has submitted his for appointees to round out the newly reformed 11-member board.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:00:26 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 16440 at http://wesa.fm Fitzgerald Wants to Establish 'Base Year' for Property Assessments http://wesa.fm/post/fitzgerald-wants-establish-base-year-property-assessments <p>In an effort to ensure steady and predictable revenue from property taxes, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is planning to establish the 2012 property reassessment as a base-year for coming tax years.</p><p>He said the recent re-assessment was very costly for county residents.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:04:36 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14003 at http://wesa.fm Bill Would Change Control of Port Authority Board http://wesa.fm/post/bill-would-change-control-port-authority-board <p>Control of Allegheny County’s Port Authority (PAT) board could be at risk as a bill moves through the state Senate.</p><p>Legislation in the Pennsylvania Senate would diminish the power of the county executive when it comes to PAT.</p><p>The bill, put forth by Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), would allow state officials to appoint five board members to the transportation agency, compared to all nine members being appointed by the county executive.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:18:23 +0000 Michael Lynch 11206 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Names Karen Hacker New Health Department Director http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-names-karen-hacker-new-health-department-director <p>After a national search, Allegheny County officials announced Friday that Dr. Karen Hacker has been chosen as the new director of the Allegheny County Department of Health.<br> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:48:22 +0000 WESA Staff 10581 at http://wesa.fm Rich Fitzgerald on the North Shore Connector One Year Later http://wesa.fm/post/rich-fitzgerald-north-shore-connector-one-year-later <p>The North Shore Connector began taking passengers under the Allegheny River one year ago this month. County Executive <strong>Rich Fitzgerald</strong> joins us to talk about the new travel possibilities the light rail line has opened up. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 6972 at http://wesa.fm Rich Fitzgerald on the North Shore Connector One Year Later 125 Year Old Allegheny County Courthouse to Get Facelift http://wesa.fm/post/125-year-old-allegheny-county-courthouse-get-facelift <div class="field-item even"><p>With a grand goal of restoring the Allegheny County Courthouse but few details and even less funding, an effort to rehabilitate the 125 year old building was launched Wednesday by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.&nbsp; The executive has named a committee chock full of current and former elected officials to spearhead the&nbsp;effort.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 02:20:06 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 2154 at http://wesa.fm 125 Year Old Allegheny County Courthouse to Get Facelift