Thursday, January 26, 2012
PA Supreme Court justices ruled, 4-3, on Wednesday to send the plan back to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission.
It's back to the drawing board for Pennsylvania's five-member Legislative Reapportionment Commission. Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices, in a close vote on Wednesday, unexpectedly determined that the new boundary lines for Pennsylvania's 203 state House seats and 50 Senate districts are "contrary to law" and need to be redrawn. The argument to redraw the maps that the reapportionment commission approved in December was successfully made by several lawyers' appeals on Monday. The justices then voted, 4-3, to send the plan back to the commission, a move that former state Rep. Chelsa Wagner—now the Allegheny County Controller—has applauded. Wagner, who, for more than five years, represented Pennsylvania's 22nd House District—which includes …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Nancy DiNardo set to fill the remainder of Sam DiNardo Jr.'s two-year term.
The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board appointed Nancy Sciulli DiNardo at a board meeting on Wednesday night to fill the two-year seat vacated by Sam DiNardo Jr., who resigned from the board on Dec. 22. Sciulli DiNardo, Sam's wife and a former board member, earned the appointment by a 6-2 vote and immediately swore into the position under District Magistrate John N. Bova. She was the first person to be nominated for the vacancy on Wednesday in a vote immediately following the board's official acceptance of DiNardo's resignation. Board member George L. Pry nominated Sciulli DiNardo. Board members Nancy Lee Crowder and Tracy Macek cast the "no" votes. The reason for Sam DiNardo's resignation—which was accepted unanimously—was never given, as …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Wagner's spokesman, Lou Takacs, takes questions.
State Rep. Chelsa Wagner's resignation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives should have little effect on constituents, a spokesman for her office said on Monday. Effective Jan. 16, Wagner—who was temporarily serving as both Allegheny County Controller and as a state representative—is no longer a state rep and will hold only the position of controller. Wagner collected only her legislative salary while serving in both positions, and—as of Monday—will only collect her county salary. The resignation, as well as her acceptance of a more-than-$20,000 pay raise of her county salary, raised questions among constituents about Wagner's pay and about which state representative to turn to in her absence. Lou Takacs, a spokesman for the …
She was the 22nd Legislative District representative for more than five years.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Chelsa Wagner has submitted her resignation to the Chief Clerk of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives after serving the residents of that state's 22nd Legislative District for more than five years. "It has been a distinct honor to serve the residents of the 22nd Legislative District," Wagner said in a press release. "I am confident that our work together to achieve sustainable results will make a lasting impact on these communities well into the future. I am also confident that my House colleagues, specifically Reps. (Daniel) Deasy, (Harry A.) Readshaw, (Matthew H.) Smith, (William C.) Kortz and (Jake) Wheatley, will be zealous advocates for the needs of these residents." Wagner took office as Allegheny County Controller on Jan. 2 …
Friday, January 6, 2012
'The only way to describe the hand dealt to my constituents by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission is a raw deal.' - Chelsa Wagner
Whitehall Borough and Baldwin Township (State House) Chelsa Wagner (D-Brookline) was sworn-in as Allegheny County Controller on Monday, but she won't be paid for it. At least not yet. Instead, Wagner will remain on the state government's payroll and forgo her county salary in an effort to serve her constituents as a state House representative for Pennsylvania's 22nd Legislative District. Wagner's district—which includes Baldwin Township, Castle Shannon Borough and parts of parts of Whitehall Borough and the City of Pittsburgh, is moving to the Allentown area—approximately 300 miles east—according to the state's final reapportionment plan. "If I resign (as a state representative) before the reapportionment is finalized," Wagner said, "the …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Also, Wagner is leaving the House to become Allegheny County's controller.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
When Democrat Chelsa Wagner leaves the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in January, voters in Pittsburgh's South Hills area may not have a chance to elect the successor to her seat. Instead, that job would belong to voters on the other half of the state. Although newly reapportioned House district maps have not yet been made official, Wagner's 22nd District, which includes Baldwin Township, Castle Shannon Borough and parts of Whitehall Borough and the City of Pittsburgh, is moving to the Allentown area—approximately 300 miles east. Wagner, meanwhile, is set to become the new Allegheny County controller, having won election to that position in November. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explains in a Dec. 4 article, "When Ms. Wagner takes…
Friday, November 18, 2011
Item passed, 107-76, on Thursday despite no support from Baldwin-Whitehall.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly on Thursday voted, 107-76, to pass a bill that would regulate Marcellus Shale drilling as well as enact a 1-percent impact fee. House Bill 1950 would restrict the ability of local officials to govern drilling in their own municipalities and establishes setbacks, but it does not include specific protections for schools or other areas like parks. Under the terms of the bill, Marcellus Shale drilling would be a permitted use in all zoning districts. Compressor sites would be permitted in most zones, with a 750-foot setback requirement. Baldwin-Whitehall representatives Harry A. Readshaw (Baldwin Borough/Whitehall Borough) and William C. Kortz II (Baldwin Borough) both voted "no," while fellow B-W rep Chelsa …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Also, Chelsa Wagner, John Weinstein and Stephen Zappala claim victories.
Democrat Rich Fitzgerald will be the next Allegheny County executive. Fitzgerald, 52, of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, easily defeated Republican D. Raja, 46, of Mt. Lebanon, on Tuesday by picking up 63 percent of the vote compared to 37 percent for the GOP challenger. Fitzgerald promised supporters at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 5 in Pittsburgh’s South Side area following the election that he would work tirelessly. “You’re going to have my effort,” he said. “You’re going to have my best work. You’re going to have my heart.” Raja told supporters at the Radisson Hotel in Green Tree Borough, “This is not the party we planned, but I love the company. “Although we did not reach our goal, the …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Don't forget about these people on Tuesday.
It's decision time, and there are many to make at the county and state levels in this Tuesday's general elections. As long as you are registered, you can vote on Nov. 8. If you don't know where to vote, click here. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ALLEGHENY COUNTY RACES PENNSYLVANIA COURTS This article originally appeared on the Dormont-Brookline Patch.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Political hopefuls from across the state, including Whitehall and Baldwin Township Rep. Chelsa Wagner, gathered at the Improv to raise funds for local youth.
Candidates’ Comedy Night 2011 took place on Thursday night at the Pittsburgh Improv in Homestead Borough. Candidates who performed a stand-up comedy act included Rich Fitzgerald and D. Raja, Allegheny County executive candidates; Rep. Chelsea Wagner, county controlller candidate; Vic Stabile and Judge David Wecht, candidates for Pennsylvania Superior Court judge; Kathryn Boockvar and Anne Covey, candidates for Commonwealth Court judge; and Alex Bicket, candidate for Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato also took to the microphone. Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, stand-up comic, corporate speaker and playwright, emceed the event. Funds raised on Thursday night will benefit the …