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.
Friday, June 22, 2012
An Allegheny County council member meets with the county executive at a stop targeted for closure.
Allegheny County Council member Vince Gastgeb is meeting Friday afternoon with county Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald to discuss the proposed closure of Port Authority T stops. Gastgeb, who represents Upper St. Clair among other communities, and Fitgerald are meeting at the Sandy Creek stop in Bethel Park, one of the stops om jeopardy. “I am heartened by Chief Executive Fitzgerald’s willingness to meet with me to discuss the impact of these proposed T stop closures,” Gastgeb said prior to the meeting. “This is a good first step, and will allow the Executive to see the effects of the proposed closure firsthand. My ultimate goal, of course, is to keep as many stops as possible open, because the trolley system has existed for decades and was…
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…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
If you think your assessment is wrong, I suggest you file both an informal hearing and formal appeal.
My expectations for any resolution on my 2013 property assessment were pretty low when I entered the county building on Forbes shortly before noon Monday. But by the time I left my informal hearing about 15 minutes later, those low expectations turned into total bewilderment about what would be happening next. Living in a townhouse community, I figured all of the assessments should be practically identical. But after receiving a number that was 5 percent higher than a neighbor three doors down, it seemed like a no-brainer to appeal. I presented my information, photos and four comparables to one of the many real estate agents hired to listen to our complaints. While she thumbed through my comparables, I asked her why the county didn’t just …
Monday, January 30, 2012
Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, told Patch he will run for Sen. Pippy's seat in the 37th senatorial district.
Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, said he will vie for departing Sen. John Pippy's seat in the November race. Mustio's bid for the 37th state senatorial district comes on the heels Allegheny Councilman Vince Gastgeb's announcement that he will end his campaign for Pippy's seat just five days after it began. Mustio, who last week endorsed Gastgeb, said he chose to enter the race after the county councilman said he would no longer seek Pippy's seat. Pippy, of Moon, said last week that he will not seek re-election in the November race. "Yes it is (a result of Gastgeb's departure)," Mustio said. "There were people who had approached me about it along the way. Me and (State Rep. and Pennsylvania auditor general candidate) John Maher and …
Friday, January 27, 2012
State Rep. Mustio, of Moon, said he will back Allegheny County Councilman Vince Gastgeb.
Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, will endorse Allegheny County Councilman Vince Gastgeb to replace state Sen. John Pippy, R-37th District, who on Tuesday said he will retire from the state legislature. Gastgeb, R-Bethel Park, this week announced his bid to run for Pippy's seat in the November election. Gastgeb served as a co-chair on Gov. Tom Corbett's 2010 election campaign and has served on the county council since its inception in 1999. Mustio said in a statement: Our state is facing many challenges. We need someone with experience tackling important issues. With Sen. Pippy not running for re-election, Vince Gastgeb is the best person to represent the 37th Senate District. Vince Gastgeb's combination of private sector and …