Press Releases

Press Releases

MEDIA CONTACT 

Lou Takacs, Communications Director

Phone :412-350-4157

Mail to : Louis.Takacs@AlleghenyCounty

CONTROLLER CHELSA WAGNER STATEMENT ON ALLEGHENY CHILDREN’S FUND BALLOT INITIATIVE

May 31, 2018
(Pittsburgh) May 30, 2018 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the Allegheny County Children’s Fund ballot initiative campaign: “I urge caution following today’s announcement of a campaign to increase County millage. We should first closely examine current spending on Human Services programs to ensure it is being put […]

TAXPAYER ALERT: TRANSIT FUND SURPLUS BUILT OVER DECADE

May 17, 2018
(Pittsburgh) May 17, 2018 Allegheny County’s Transit Fund, derived from the Drink and Vehicle Rental taxes, has built a $16 million surplus and brings in millions each year beyond what is required to provide the Port Authority’s local match for state funding. While these funds are available for capital projects or service enhancements across the […]

COUNTY NEEDS TO ‘SHOP AROUND’ FOR KANE CENTERS DRUG PURCHASES, CONTROLLER WAGNER SAYS

March 15, 2018
(Pittsburgh) March 15, 2018 As pharmaceutical drug costs continue to rise for health care providers and consumers across the nation, the County and its contractors must do all it can to control these costs to its Kane Regional Health Centers, which provide skilled long-term and rehabilitation care to more than 1,000 mostly indigent residents, Allegheny […]

RELEASE: CONTROLLER WAGNER HAILS WOLF ETHICS PROPOSAL, CALLS FOR SIMILAR REFORMS FOR COUNTY

March 13, 2018
(Pittsburgh) March 12, 2018 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner hailed the “Citizens First” campaign finance and ethics reform plan announced by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in the Allegheny County Courthouse today, and said she will work with County Council members to introduce similar reforms for County-level candidates and officials. “Pennsylvanians have known for years that […]

TAXPAYER ALERT: COST OF PWSA LINE REPLACEMENT PLAN FAR EXCEEDS LOCAL, NATIONAL BENCHMARKS

March 9, 2018
(Pittsburgh) February 21, 2018 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, who has for more than a year called for the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) to launch an aggressive program of lead water line replacements to eliminate the serious health risk of lead water contamination, today issued a Taxpayer Alert […]

DATA SHOWING RISING PWSA LEAD LEVELS REINFORCES NEED FOR URGENT ACTION ON LEAD LINES, WAGNER SAYS

January 13, 2018
(Pittsburgh) January 12, 2018 According to PWSA testing data reported to state regulators, lead levels in PWSA water increased during the mandated testing period ended December 31, 2017. Results of home lead tests conducted between July 1 and December 31, 2017 and reported at drinkingwater.state.pa.us show a 90th percentile lead level of 21 parts per […]

PROJECTS GETTING DWINDLING GAMING FUNDS NEED CLOSER SCRUTINY, WAGNER’S ‘TAXPAYER ALERT’ SAYS

November 30, 2017
(Pittsburgh) November 30, 2017 About $25 million remains in two pots of funding created by casino fees and revenue, and closer oversight is required to make sure this money produces the greatest impact for County residents, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner says in two audits and a “Taxpayer Alert” issued today. The Community Infrastructure and […]

WAGNER ASKS AIRMALL SHOPS, “IS THE PRICE RIGHT?”

November 21, 2017
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner today released results of her office’s annual review of “street pricing” by businesses within Pittsburgh International Airport’s AIRMALL. The lease between the Airport Authority and AIRMALL requires that its concessionaires not charge prices higher than those of comparable businesses outside the Airport. The CountyController is assigned to monitor compliance with […]

WAGNER SAYS NEW RESOURCE WILL HELP ALLEGHENY VOTERS GET ‘BALLOT READY’

November 13, 2017
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner today announced that she has partnered with the online startup BallotReady on a cutting-edge informational tool for Allegheny County voters.“BallotReady Allegheny provides voters a ‘one-stop shop’ to find their polling location and view the offices and candidates on their ballot. This is the type of innovation that government has lagged […]

WAGNER STATEMENT ON LATEST PWSA LEAD TESTING RESULTS

July 18, 2017
(Pittsburgh) July 18, 2017 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner issued the following statement regarding the release of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s (PWSA) lead testing results:“The EPA, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all agree that 15 ppb is nowhere near a safe level of lead in drinking water. […]