May 17, 2005—standing on the upstairs deck at Doc’s on Walnut Street—we knew we were part of something special. It was the most upbeat Election Night party for a candidate that didn’t win that I have ever been to—before or since. Bill Peduto, a City Councilman finishing only his first term, had come in a distant second in Pittsburgh’s mayoral primary election.
The approval this year by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department of Highmark’s acquisition of West Penn Hospital was preceded by the lobbying efforts of a coalition of community groups, public officials, hospital workers, health care advocates, and residents. On Thursday, November 21st, there will be a town hall meeting for residents regarding the future of West Penn Hospital where you can hear from both Highmark and West Penn Hospital officials on their progress in promoting health, sustaining vital medical services, and ensuring the success of this institution. Senator Jim Ferlo is hosting the meeting with Senator Jay Costa and Senator Wayne Fontana.
I wanted to remind you that if you haven’t already applied to join one of my Transition Teams, the deadline to do so is tomorrow, November 18, at 5pm.
In an effort to rebuild Pittsburgh’s presence on the national stage, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto traveled to Seattle, Washington this week to participate in three major conferences addressing issues from education and public health to the future of urban libraries to the economic sustainability of cities. The Mayor-Elect traveled at the invitation of The Grable Foundation, The Sprout Fund, and The National League of Cities, the latter of which welcomed the City of Pittsburgh back as a member.
Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced today the formation of transition teams to guide the succession toward a new Peduto Administration in January.
The Mayor-Elect invited city residents to submit applications to join a transition team by signing up on-line via the Peduto Transition Committee website located at www.ournewpittsburgh.com.
Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow…
Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto was exceedingly busy between the May primary and the November general election–and we don’t just mean running for mayor, being a city councilor, and making his usual rounds of umpteen meetings and events. He also managed to hit the road to study best practices in cities around the country and the world. But, Bill’s not just a student of cities–he was the only American speaker at the International Seminar of La Fabrique de la Cité (The City Factory) in Stockholm this July where he presented “Another look at the ‘Renaissance Programme’ in Pittsburgh, a public-private cooperation.”
Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced this morning his intention to open up to city residents, through the Talent City program, applications for all at-will employment positions in city Departments as well as appointments to Boards, Commissions and Authorities, under the new Peduto Administration.
Today, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced a complete restructuring of the Mayor’s Office that will include the most talented and diverse Mayoral cabinet in Pittsburgh’s history. The Executive Team announcement was coupled with the launch of the Peduto Transition Committee website — www.ournewpittsburgh.com — where you can find bios of team members as well as descriptions of their new job responsibilities starting in January. The transition website also includes a link to the Talent City website where — starting in mid-November — residents can apply for employment or appointments within the Peduto Administration.
Rebuilding our neighborhoods begins on Tuesday, and I hope you’ll join me for an Election Night party in the neighborhood my grandmother was born and raised — Homewood. The celebration will be at the Homewood Coliseum (7310 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221) beginning when polls close at 8pm.