Friday, March 30, 2012
Deadline to appeal is April 2.
With the deadline to file a formal appeal on assessments fast approaching, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is holding informational meetings throughout the region. The first was held Wednesday at Baldwin High School, and Fitzgerald held another Thursday evening at Brashear High School with Pittsburgh City Council member James Ellenbogen. Similar meetings will be held in all 13 Allegheny County districts to help people prepare for an appeals process that many hope will lower their assessments. The deadline to make a formal appeal on the assessments is April 2. The form to do so is available online or by visiting the Office of Property Assessments. The deadline to schedule an informal review has passed, but those who have already …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Allegheny County Executive-elect Rich Fitzgerald's new website has info about his Jan. 3 inauguration.
Friday, December 23, 2011
When Allegheny County Executive-elect Rich Fitzgerald takes office on Jan. 3, he'll start with a new website and two new staff members. Amie Downs, who has served as Chief of Staff to State Senator Wayne D. Fontana and has been responsible for communications, legislation and policy for the past six years, will begin Jan. 3 as Director of Communications for the county. Prior to her tenure with the Senator, Amie served as Director of Legislative Services for Allegheny County Council. Jennifer Liptak will begin Jan. 3 as Chief of Staff to the County Executive. Since 2004, she has served as County Council’s Budget Director and was responsible for assisting Council in the development of the annual Operating, Capital, Grants, and Special …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
After defeating Republican D. Raja in Tuesday's election, the former county council president looks ahead to priorities once in office.
Mass transit, Marcellus Shale, property taxes, the airport, and the county budget will all be on Democrat Rich Fitzgerald’s radar when he takes over as Allegheny County executive in January. Fitzgerald, 52, of Squirrel Hill, defeated Republican D. Raja, 46, of Mt. Lebanon by a nearly 2-1 margin in Tuesday’s general election. Fitzgerald celebrated the win with hundreds of supporters at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Many wore green T-shirts with the words, “Welcome to Fitzburgh” on the front. Afterwards, he talked to Patch about his first priorities when taking office. “We’ve got a lot of challenges, transit, stopping the reassessment of our county only, being able to utilize Marcellus …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The former Democratic county council president defeats Republican D. Raja.
Democrat Rich Fitzgerald will be Allegheny County’s next county executive. With nearly three quarters of the vote counted, Fitzgerald was leading Republican D. Raja by a nearly 2-1 margin. Raja, like any Republican in Allegheny County faced an uphill battle where Democrats outnumber the GOP by a roughly 3-1 margin. In an apparent attempt to counter the disparity, Raja outspent Fitzgerald by a 2-to-1 margin from June through late October, according the last major campaign finance reports before Tuesday’s election. Fitzgerald’s victory means there will likely be no attempt to repeal the county’s 7-percent poured alcohol drink tax. If elected, Raja had promised to eliminate the drink tax in his first budget. During the campaign, …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Before you go to the polls Tuesday, you can check out who is running for local, county and state offices right here.
It's decision time—and there are many to make at the state, county and local levels in the general election on Tuesday. As long as you are registered, you can vote tomorrow. If you don’t know where to vote, click here. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. DORMONT COUNCIL The hottest local election is for Dormont Council, where seven candidates are vying for three open four-year terms. Running as Republicans are current Dormont Council President Kimberly Lusardi and newcomers James Hodson and Robert Hutchinson. Democratic candidates are incumbent Councilman John Maggio and newcomers Yvonne Costanzo and Valerie Martino. Incumbent Democrat Drew Lehman, a current councilman, is running as a write-in candidate. KEYSTONE OAKS SCHOOL BOARD Seven …
Saturday, October 29, 2011
D. Raja and Rich Fitzgerald each try to impress voters before Nov. 8 general elections.
With general elections looming, Allegheny County Executive candidates D. Raja and Rich Fitzgerald sparred over the future of the county's drink tax, job creation and other issues Thursday night in a debate at Robert Morris University. Raja, a Republican from Mt. Lebanon, and Fitzgerald, a Democrat from Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, also discussed their views on property taxes, Port Authority transit and Marcellus Shale drilling, hoping to make an impact on voters by the Nov. 8 election. Although the event was billed as a debate and began at 8 p.m., Raja answered questions alone for 30 minutes because Fitzgerald was tied up at another event and had not arrived. Before Fitzgerald walked into the university's Academic Media Center…
Monday, September 12, 2011
The public is invited to the event, featuring Republican D. Raja and Democrat Rich Fitzgerald, at Pittsburgh CAPA.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh and The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) are sponsoring a County Executive Candidates Forum from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Pittsburgh CAPA School, 111 Ninth St., Pittsburgh. Both Democratic candidate Rich Fitzgerald and Republican candidate D. Raja will be attending to answer questions and hear concerns. The event will be moderated by WPXI-TV anchor/reporter Vince Sims and broadcast live on PCNC-TV. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and those attending are asked to be seated by 7:15 p.m. Participants are asked to enter on the Fort Duquesne Boulevard side of the building. Questions can be sent by email to email@example.com. For information, call 412-261-4284 or 412-758-7898. …