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Pandemic to affect City economy for next five years, Mayor Peduto says

Mayor Bill Peduto predicts Pittsburgh City Government will feel the financial effects of the pandemic for the next five years.

By Priya Ray, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Mayor Bill Peduto predicted Pittsburgh will be feeling the financial effects of the pandemic for the next five years, despite the City’s $85 million reserve budget mentioned during a Thursday press conference, which focused on the City’s fight against COVID-19.

Editorial: Pittsburgh voters will be unfairly blamed if parks don’t improve after tax increase

Pittsburgh residents voted in favor of a referendum that will generate money for improvements in Pittsburgh's 165 City parks in the Nov. 5 election.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 10, 2019

The actual plan for park improvement is vague, and if the new tax doesn’t cultivate change in parks, Pittsburgh voters could be blamed. But they shouldn’t be.

Editorial: City leaders must be transparent in gun control battle

Three bills introduced in December by Erika Strassburger and Corey O’Connor meant to ban assault weapons and accessories contained parts of ineffective and outdated laws.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 30, 2019

If City leaders hope to try their hand at overturning decades of court precedence, City residents deserve to know more about their plan than waiting to “find out.”

Editorial: Peduto to release Amazon bid: too little, too late

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto recently announced the City’s plan to release its Amazon bid to the public, after months of refusing and claiming it contained trade secrets.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 14, 2018

Peduto will release Pittsburgh’s Amazon headquarters bid on Thursday, but he should have done that a lot earlier. Pittsburgers deserve to know about major, local economic developments.

Pitt announces commencement speakers

Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto (left) will speak at the undergraduate commencement ceremony, while appellate attorney and partner at Kellogg,
Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick law firm, David C. Frederick (right), will speak at the master’s, professional doctoral and doctoral degrees graduation. (Images via University of Pittsburgh)

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

April 17, 2018

Pitt graduates receiving their University diplomas this month will hear from two Pitt alumni who have led prominent careers in public service since their own commencement ceremonies. Pitt will host Pittsburgh Mayor and ex officio member of Pitt’s Board of Trustees, William Peduto, at the undergrad...

March for matter: Community comes together for science

Protesters march down Forbes Avenue during Saturday’s March for Science. (Photo by Kenan Meral | Staff Writer)

By Kenan Meral | Staff Writer

April 16, 2018

Citing an “attack on science and science finding,” Dana Kellerman went to Washington, D.C., last April to join the first March for Science. One year later, Kellerman, a 52-year-old resident of Fox Chapel, came to the Pittsburgh march with a more specific demand. “I marched this year because I...

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

Erika Strassburger talks to reporters after greeting friends, family and staff at her victory party after winning Tuesday's special election (Photo by Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor)

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

March 7, 2018

Independent candidate Erika Strassburger will succeed Dan Gilman on Pittsburgh City Council after District 8 voters handed her a decisive victory Tuesday. Strassburger finished with 64 percent of the vote, more than double her closest opponent, Democratic nominee and East Liberty restaurant owner Sonja Finn, who finished with 28 percent. ...

District 8 candidates debate housing, Amazon

The four candidates for Pittsburgh City Council District 8 spoke at a debate at Chatham University Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Grant Burgman | Contributing Editor)

By Grant Burgman | Contributing Editor

January 29, 2018

The corporate relations manager of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stood on stage at Chatham University Sunday afternoon and sang: “one of these things is not like the other.” Rennick Remley wasn’t rehearsing for an audition, but instead preparing to participate in a debate against one Democrat ...

In case you missed it: News from winter break 2017

Water floods down the stairs in the William Pitt Union Sunday morning. (Photo by John Hamilton / Managing Editor)

By News Editors

January 8, 2018

December 13 — Former Pitt professor Carol Stabile published an article in Ms. Magazine claiming there was widespread harassment and discrimination within the University's communication department in the early 2000s. University spokesperson Joe Miksch told The Pitt News Dec. 16 that Pitt’s Title IX office ...

Peduto names Gilman chief of staff, triggering District 8 special election

City Councilman Dan Gilman, pictured speaking at a Hillary Clinton rally last year, will be Mayor Bill Peduto's new chief of staff. (Photo by John Hamilton / Managing Editor)

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

December 19, 2017

Mayor Bill Peduto named City Councilman Dan Gilman his new chief of staff, vacating a seat in Pittsburgh’s eighth district, which includes part of Oakland. Gilman, who has served on city council since 2013, will begin working at his new position on Jan. 3, the first day of Peduto’s second term...

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