Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Th data is provided by the Allegheny County Division of Elections.
The unofficial results from Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary are in. The most heated race directly affecting Upper St. Clair was the race for Allegheny County Council District 5. Sue Means (R-Bethel Park) defeated Krista Harris (R-Mt. Lebanon) with 63 percent of the Republican vote. No one ran on the Democratic ticket. Louis Mafrice, Jr., Frank Kerber, Harry Kunselman and Buffy Hasco won the four open seats on the Upper St. Clair School Board. They ran unopposed. Daniel Paoly won the Upper St. Clair commissioner at-large seat. He ran unopposed. Rex Waller won the Upper St. Clair commissioner ward 2 seat. He ran unopposed. The current commissioner of ward 2, Donald Recktenwald, did not run for the position. Mark Christie won the Upper St. …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Or does it act more as a business? And what about the other major nonprofits in the area?
In a June 2012 "Taxpayer Alert," Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner questioned the fairness of nonprofits that have expanded their roles beyond the traditional definition of a charitable organization, but still maintain tax-exempt status. "In these challenging financial times, it is our duty and responsibility to address the questions raised by a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling and determine if properties are used for a truly charitable purpose," Wagner said in the report. "While exemptions are justified for clearly charitable organizations such as churches, soup kitchens and many others, some are plainly unfair." A 2012 state Supreme Court decision has given local governments a tool to challenge the loopholes in a five-…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A Mt. Lebanon Republican was sworn in on Tuesday night.
Krista Harris (R-Mt. Lebanon) is Upper St. Clair's new Allegheny County Council representative. Harris was sworn in on Tuesday night. She replaces Vince Gastgeb's (R-Bethel Park) former District 5 seat. Harris is the vice chair of the Republican Committee of Mt. Lebanon and is a committee member for the Junior League of Pittsburgh. She is currently an account executive at Cold Spark Media, an advertising and public relations firm located in downtown Pittsburgh. Prior to that, she worked in Harrisburg for a government affairs firm and in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach. Harris recived a bachelor's degree from Susquehanna University and master’s in media and public affairs from The George Washington University. A resident of Mt…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Councilman Vince Gastgeb resigned earlier this month.
The search is on to find the next Allegheny County councilperson to represent Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park and Bridgeville. According to reports in the Tribune Review, the council will likely vote on a replacement on its March 5 meeting. Allegheny County Council Republicans are taking applications through Feb. 25 from candidates interested in replacing Vince Gastgeb in the District 5 seat. According to the Post-Gazette, they hope whoever fills the temporary seat also would win the May primary and become the party's candidate to fill the remainder of Gastgeb's term, which runs through 2016. Republicans who are interested and live in the district have until Monday to submit a letter of interest and resume to the Council Clerk's …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Vince Gastgeb has reportedly been hired to fill a new job with the Allegheny County Airport Authority
The Allegheny County councilman, who represents Upper St. Clair, has a new job, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Vince Gastgeb (R-Bethel Park) will be the director of corporate and community relations with the Allegheny County Airport Authority—a new role designed to boost air travel and service. Gastgeb will be paid $113,500 a year and will begin on Feb. 19, according to the report. Click here to read the Post-Gazette's entire story about Gastgeb's new job.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Pennsylvanians who intend to vote in the upcoming general election by filing absentee ballots must apply by Oct. 30.
Pennsylvania voters who intend to cast absentee ballots in the upcoming general election Nov. 6 must apply to obtain those ballots before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Absentee ballots are available to registered voters who will be away from their community or cannot vote due to illness or physical disability. In Allegheny County, voters may obtain absentee ballots by visiting or contacting the county elections division, 601 County Office Building, 542 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Eligible voters may also obtain an application by visiting www.votespa.com or calling the elections divions at 412-350-4520. Registered voters are encouraged to request absentee ballot applications as soon as possible. Those voting by absentee ballot will be …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Public money for stadium construction is called into question in the wake of a proposal to name a bridge after the late Art Rooney.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
To the Editor: As Democratic Allegheny County Councilman James Ellenbogen proposes the renaming of a bridge for the late Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney, I would wonder whether "The Chief" would have fully backed his family's legalized theft of $172 million of public money to build a state-of-the-art stadium, these members of "the 1%" refusing to dig deeper into their pockets to provide the funding needed to construct it. Why do the honorable and decent thing when one has friends in high places who will hand out an unlimited amount of taxpayer dollars? Councilman Ellenbogen has portrayed himself as a man of the people and has aligned himself with traditional Democratic tenets. He is an elected official that would call upon the wealthy…
Monday, March 26, 2012
South Hills homeowners can attend a property reassessment town hall meeting at the Chartiers Valley Intermediate School auditorium on April 4.
Allegheny County is planning several town hall meetings in various communities over the next couple of weeks to address questions about the property reassessment process. County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald will join Mike Finnerty, who is this area’s county councilman, for a town hall meeting on April 4 at 7 p.m. inside the Chartiers Valley Intermediate School’s auditorium. The meeting is two days after the deadline for property owners to file their formal appeals, but Finnerty said it was the only date they could reserve the school’s auditorium to hold the large crowd that is expected to attend. “We have the room for a big crowd,” Finnerty said. “That’s one of the reasons we wanted that big auditorium.” He’s not concerned about the …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Learn why Allegheny County properties were reassessed, how they were reassessed and what you need to know to file an appeal.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald estimated 500 residents attended Thursday night's town hall meeting on the new assessments. Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Councilman Vince Gastgeb organized the informational meeting at Bethel Park High School for South Hills residents confused about the county's reassessments. Many people in attendance said they were angry and wanted answers. An Upper St. Clair single mother told Fitzgerald and the crowd that her assessment increased by 60 percent and she was no longer going to be able to afford her house. Another Upper St. Clair resident expressed his disgust that, in his research, he found many high-end homes in the township were under assessed and many lower-end homes were over assessed. …
Monday, March 5, 2012
A town hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 8 at Bethel Park High School.
The new assessments getting mailed to Allegheny County property owners have many people asking about what information they need to challenge those numbers. County and local officials are organizing some informational meetings to help owners understand the process and how to appeal what they believe area incorrect assessments. Allegheny County Councilman Vince Gastgeb, who represents Upper St. Clair Township, is holding a town hall meeting this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethel Park High School auditorium. In addition, Burns White law firm is holding a free, informational event for southern suburban residents from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree. Presented by Jennifer Mislanovich, an attorney who has…