Rich Fitzgerald en Land Near Pittsburgh International Airport To Be Developed <p>Expect to see more development, but no additional delays, out by the Pittsburgh International Airport, as ground will soon be broken on new office space across the Airport Expressway.</p><p>The building will take up 16.2 acres and will be up to 100,000 square feet of flex office space. It will be built next to the Thermo Fisher facility, on Industry Drive.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 31134 at County Councilwoman Wants to Explore Privatization of County Nursing Homes <p>Allegheny County Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh said she was bothered by a recent advertising campaign for the Kane Regional Centers, the county’s assisted care facilities.</p><p>It was that two-year, $187,000 ad campaign that got Heidelbaugh thinking about whether the Kanes could be partially or fully privatized.</p><p>Tuesday evening, Heidelbaugh introduced legislation in County Council to create a working group to study such a possibility.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:52:57 +0000 Liz Reid 31104 at Underfunded 9-1-1 Call Centers Will Wait Another Year For Surcharge Hike <p>More than a year of negotiations has yielded little fruit when it comes to increasing the monthly phone line surcharge that funds 9-1-1 call centers in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Instead, the state Legislature will likely extend the existing surcharge for one year. Land line customers will continue to pay between $1.00-$1.50 each month, while wireless and VOIP customers will pay $1.00/month.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:49:03 +0000 Liz Reid 31014 at South Park Buildings Set To Be Demolished <p>South Park will be losing some long-standing but timeworn landmarks this summer.</p><p>At last week’s meeting of the South Park Council of Friends, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and District 6 Council Member John Palmiere announced plans to demolish five abandoned buildings in the park.</p><p>The Duck Pond House, McConkey House, McConkey Barn, Sedota House, and Schoonamaker Hall were built as part of South Park’s old fairgrounds; in the past, a county fair was held there every Labor Day weekend.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 29938 at Pittsburgh Hosts World's Biggest Sport Conference <p>With the nicest baseball park in the country, the most Super Bowl wins in the NFL and two of the best players in the NHL, Pittsburgh is definitely a sports city.</p><p>That’s why it will be the host of the North American Society of Sports Management (NASSM) Conference - the largest sports business gathering in the world.</p><p>Duquesne University organized the conference that aims to show how important business is to sports.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 11:42:54 +0000 Jessica Nath 29754 at In Trouble? You Can Now Text 9-1-1 <p>Being in an emergency situation is scary enough -- but what if you can’t even call 9-1-1?</p><p>Allegheny County Emergency Services is now taking that into account and is giving people the option to text.</p><p>County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Allegheny is one of the first counties in Pennsylvania to provide this option.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:58:52 +0000 Jessica Nath 29217 at In Trouble? You Can Now Text 9-1-1 Allegheny County Council To Vote On Deer Lakes Fracking Tuesday <p>Allegheny County Council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to drill for natural gas underneath Deer Lakes Park.</p><p>The controversial resolution would allow Range Resources, in cooperation with Huntley &amp; Huntley, to perform hydraulic fracturing under the park, provided that no drilling activities actually occur within the park.</p><p>County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said if the resolution passes, the county will receive around $7.7 million up front and an ongoing 18 percent royalty on the value of gas extracted.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 23:02:39 +0000 Liz Reid 28738 at Peduto, Fitzgerald Request Removal Of August Wilson Center Receiver <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald have asked for the removal of Judith Fitzgerald (no relation) as receiver of the bankrupt August Wilson Center for African American Culture. &nbsp;</p><p>The mayor and county executive sent a letter Tuesday to Lawrence O’Toole, the administrative judge of Orphans’ Court to remove Fitzgerald.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:16:59 +0000 Kevin Gavin 27991 at Live Well: National Health and Wellness Program Launches in 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 Allegheny County Commits to 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 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 County Executive Fitzgerald Unveils New Alerts System 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 Fitzgerald Faces Council, Activists Over Deer Lakes Gas Drilling Deal Allegheny County Outlines Deal to 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 As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For 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 As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment New Wellness Campaign Aimed at Making Allegheny County Healthiest in 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 New Wellness Campaign Aimed at Making Allegheny County Healthiest in Nation Fifth (Pittsburgh)Red 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 Fifth (Pittsburgh)Red Celebrates AIDS Awareness 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 Following Landslide Win, Peduto Looks Ahead County Councilmember Calls On Fitzgerald To 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 County Officials Looking for Input on 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 County Officials Looking for Input on Downtown Transportation Should Buses be Downtown? The 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 Should Buses be Downtown? The Debate Begins Fitzgerald Releases 2014 Budget Proposal for 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 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 Port Authority Proposes New Bus Routes Ferlo Calls for Fracking Moratorium in 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 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 Fitzgerald Wants to Establish 'Base Year' for 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