Bill Peduto

City in Transition
1:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Peduto Seeks City Residents for Roles on Transition Teams

Eight transition teams have been formed around the executive team announced by Mayor-elect Bill Peduto last week. The application period is now open for any city resident interested in participating.

“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.

The transition teams are:

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City in Transition
11:34 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Peduto's 'Wide Net' Cast for More Positions

Pittsburgh Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto is going to lean a little more heavily on the Pittsburgh Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh Institutes of Politics when it comes to filling out non-union city staff positions and appointments to boards, commissions and authorities. 

It was announced Oct. 22 that the Pittsburgh Foundation was funding an effort to run a website to take applications for the top position in each city department and their direct reports. Those applications would then be put through an assessment process with the help of the Institutes of Politics.

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City in Transition
12:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Mayor-Elect Peduto's Cabinet Comes Together

Bill Peduto announces the members of his cabinet Thursday at the second news conference he has held as Mayor Elect.
Credit Mark Nootbaar / 90.5 WESA

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.

“It reflects the most diverse mayor’s office in Pittsburgh’s history,” said Peduto of his “executive team,” which is majority minority.  “But more importantly, it’s the highest level of talent that a mayor’s office has been able to recruit.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:45 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Following Landslide Win, Peduto Looks Ahead

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Bill Peduto does not move into the mayor's office until January, but he said his work has already begun.

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.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:24 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Post-Election Day Wrap Up

Former Pittsburgh city councilman Bill Peduto wins the mayoral election.
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

It may be no surprise that Bill Peduto is now Pittsburgh mayor-elect. But some may be surprised that Peduto celebrated in Homewood last night as the results were tallied.

According to 90.5 WESA's Mark Nootbaar and Kevin Gavin, the Homewood location could be an attempt to show a focus on neighborhoods that Peduto feels have been ignored by previous administrations.

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Allegheny County
3:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Macey: Fracking, Working with New Mayor on County Council Agenda

Democrats retained control of Allegheny County Council in Tuesday's election, but they did lose one seat (District 3) and now have a 10-5 majority.

County Councilman Bob Macey (D-9) won another four-year term and is looking ahead to issues in the upcoming year, including fracking on county property and building a relationship with Pittsburgh's mayor-elect Bill Peduto.

Macey said the decision to drill for natural gas on Allegheny Airport property is a great chance to observe the benefits fracking could bring to the region.

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Election 2013
9:34 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Peduto's Night: Democrat Easily Beats 2 Opponents for Pittsburgh Mayor

Bill Peduto speaks to supporters Tuesday night following a landslide win in the city's mayoral election.
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

“Let’s build a new Pittsburgh!”

Newly elected mayor Bill Peduto proclaimed those words as he addressed a crowd at his victory party in Homewood Tuesday night. The Democrat handily defeated Republican challenger Josh Wander and third party challenger Les Ludwig.

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City Government
8:41 am
Wed July 3, 2013

How Visible Does Pittsburgh's Mayor Need to Be?

Since announcing he would not be running for re-election, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has been operating largely outside the eye of the media.
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On March 1, Luke Ravenstahl made the surprise announcement that he would not run for re-election as mayor of Pittsburgh.

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Government & Politics
4:45 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

In First Meeting Since February, Peduto and Ravenstahl Discuss Mayoral Challenges

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl met with his likely successor, City Councilman Bill Peduto, Monday for the first time since February.

Peduto was optimistic before entering the mayor’s corner office on the fifth floor of City Hall, saying it was a chance to “bury the hatchet” and “smoke the peace pipe.” Peduto said his number one priority going into the meeting was discussing a budget the two could agree on.

After the roughly 22-minute meeting, Peduto said Ravenstahl looked “subdued” yet “positive” and “professional.”

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Politics
4:10 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Peduto Meets with Corbett, Other Officials in Harrisburg Visit

Pittsburgh Councilman and Democratic Mayoral Nominee Bill Peduto is reaching across the aisle — and the state — to bridge the relationship between Pittsburgh and the Capitol.

Peduto spent Monday and Tuesday in Harrisburg for what he called a “relationship-building” visit.

“There hasn’t been that much communication between the city and Harrisburg for the past several years, so I think it’s welcome, but again, at the same time it’s not something that you can just do once, it has to be on a consistent basis,” Peduto said.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:34 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Political Commentary on Essential Pittsburgh

Law professor and political analyst Joe Sabino Mistick and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman discuss presumptive mayor elect Bill Peduto and his plans for Pittsburgh. Also, with summer recess coming up, it's crunch time for the state legislature. What's the outlook on medicaid expansion?

Essential Pittsburgh
7:09 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Bill Peduto Post Primary: Where Do We Go From Here?

Former city councilman Bill Peduto is now the Democratic candidate for Mayor
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto has won Pittsburgh's Democratic Mayoral Primary.

Eight years after first running for mayor, he talks about what it means to be so close to realizing his dream and the "new Pittsburgh" he envisions.

Mayoral Election
4:39 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Peduto Says He's Ready to Make Changes, Break From Ravenstahl

Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Bill Peduto gathered reporters Wednesday just hours after Democratic voters chose him over three other candidates in Tuesday’s primary, and already he is looking at how the structure of the city will change.

As he prepares for a general election that is all but assured to go his way, Peduto said he plans to start looking at every aspect of the city’s operations.

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Mayoral Race
2:55 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Republican Mayoral Candidate Promises 'Real Change' in City Government

The battle lines are set for the general election for the next mayor of Pittsburgh.

Democratic City Councilman Bill Peduto emerged victorious from a field of four primary contenders, while lone Republican candidate Josh Wander secured his party's nomination with no trouble Tuesday night.

Now, Wander finds himself facing long odds; a Republican hasn't held the mayor's office since 1934.

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Election 2013
9:59 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

It's Peduto: City Councilman Clinches Mayoral Primary Win

Pittsburgh City Council Bill Peduto speaks to supporters Tuesday night after winning the Democratic mayoral primary.
Deanna Garcia 90.5 WESA

City Councilman Bill Peduto beat out three other Democratic contenders Tuesday for a win in Pittsburgh's hotly contested mayoral primary.

Peduto is hoping to win the seat currently held by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who announced in March he was not seeking re-election. While this was a primary race, Peduto’s victory all but guarantees him the seat. Democrats outnumber Republicans in Pittsburgh by a wide margin, and the city hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1934.

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Election 2013
6:02 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Primary Primer: Learn More About Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates

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Elected Positions Held: District 8 Pittsburgh City Councilman, 2002-Present

Other Occupations of Note: Chief of staff to former City Councilman Dan Cohen.

Education: BA Penn State University, MA University of Pittsburgh

Top Issues:
Economic Development: Peduto plans to take the model of community-based development to all city neighborhoods by landing state and federal grant support, modernizing zoning laws and improving transit.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:47 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates Weigh In One Week Before the Primary

Three of the four Pittsburgh mayoral candidates weighed in on a range of topics Tuesday night
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Former state Auditor General Jack Wagner, City Councilman Bill Peduto, and State Representative Jake Wheatley recorded a public radio mayoral forum Tuesday night in front of a live audience at the WESA/WYEP Community Broadcast Center.

With the help of listener submissions, WESA's Kevin Gavin asked the candidates a range of questions: How would you address large tax exempt nonprofits? What would you look for in a new police chief? How do we improve public transit for Oakland and Downtown? The candidates weighed in at one of the last  public forums before the May 21st primary.

GUESTS: City Paper Editor Chris Potter and Pittsburgh Comet blogger Bram Reichbaum offer post forum analysis and reaction on Essential Pittsburgh.

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Democratic Primary
2:39 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Peduto's Lead over Wagner Grows in Mayoral Race

The gap between the front runners in the Pittsburgh Democratic mayoral primary has widened beyond the margin of error in the latest poll, but it is still far less than the percentage of those who are still undecided.

Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto leads former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner 39 percent to 32 percent with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent in the latest Keystone Analytics poll.   

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Mayoral Election
3:02 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Unions Respond To Ravenstahl-Backed Ads Against Peduto

Several dozen union members who supported Pittsburgh’s prevailing wage law gathered in the City County Building Thursday to denounce advertisements Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s PAC, Committee for a Better Pittsburgh, has taken out against mayoral candidate Bill Peduto.

Peduto supported the prevailing wage law, and union members feel he has been misrepresented in the ads.

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Mayoral Election
12:24 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Mayor Ravenstahl Behind Ads Attacking Candidate Peduto

Pittsburgh's lame-duck mayor is behind ads attacking one of the candidates running to replace him, City Councilman Bill Peduto.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is listed as chairman of the Committee for a Better Pittsburgh, according to Federal Communications Commission disclosure documents filed by KDKA-TV, which was paid to run the ads which began Monday.

The ads accuse Peduto of voting for things that benefit the neighborhoods he represent at the expense of poorer city neighborhoods.

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Mayoral Election
3:03 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Wagner Gets Backing From Former Congressman Coyne, Unions

Just a day after mayoral candidate Bill Peduto assembled his coalition of supporters on the steps of the Pittsburgh City-County Building, Jack Wagner gathered those endorsing him to become the next mayor of Pittsburgh in the same place.

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Mayoral Election
4:32 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

State, City Elected Officials Voice Support for Peduto

With less than a month before the primary election, Bill Peduto shored up support Thursday for his bid to become Pittsburgh’s next mayor.

Peduto was joined by representatives from 22 unions and organizations, as well as 15 elected officials on the steps of the Pittsburgh City-County Building.

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Mayoral Race
4:23 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Peduto Launches Week-Long Education Focus

Comparing this phase of his campaign to the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” Pittsburgh City Councilman and Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bill Peduto is rolling out a different education-related policy initiative every day this week.

The move is part of his 100 Days/100 Policies effort.

“If we lack quality public education in this city it does not mater what type of city government we have, people will not chose to live here,” Peduto said. “If we enhance public education in the city then we have the critical building block to do a whole lot more within city government.”

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Gun Violence
3:40 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Offer Opinions on Gun Laws

(From left to right) CeaseFirePA's Regional Coordinator Rob Conroy and Pittsburgh mayoral candidates Jake Wheatley and Michael Lamb discussed universal background checks for all gun purchases in the state on Thursday.
Credit Emily Farah / 90.5 WESA

On Thursday more than 100 events, organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, hoped to bring attention to the country's gun violence policies.

Twenty of those events were in Pennsylvania, including one in the Hill District, organized by advocacy group CeaseFirePA.

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Mayoral Race 2013
6:06 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Six Dems for Pittsburgh Mayor Face-off

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Sparks did not fly but the six remaining Pittsburgh mayoral candidates did begin to outline some of their platform planks Sunday in a forum hosted by the Barack Obama Academy's Youth and Government Club.  It was the first such gathering since candidates had to have their nominating petitions submitted.

All invited candidates attended with the exception of State Senator Jim Ferlo who announced Friday that he was withdrawing from the race. 

  Each participant had a maximum of 60 or 90 seconds to answer the questions posed to them, one by one.

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