Skip to comments.Ravenstahl To Be Sworn In Tonight (Pittsburgh's New Mayor - 26 years old)
Posted on 09/01/2006 7:37:55 PM PDT by mcg2000
(KDKA) PITTSBURGH The man next in line to replace Mayor Bob OConnor will be sworn in tonight.
At 10:30pm, City Council President Luke Ravenstahl will officially become the next mayor of Pittsburgh.
At 26 years old, Ravenstahl will be the youngest mayor in the citys history.
Earlier today, he told reporters he was ready.
My experience and my actions on council here over the last two-and-a-half years, Ravenstahl cited. Ill let the people decide that. That is an issue that many will raise.
Im here. Ive been the president, I have been elected by my district, I have been elected by my colleagues, Ravenstahl added. Im more than confident that if and when called upon, Im here to serve the residents of the city and thats the way I have approached my job from day one. I will continue to do so if Im called upon to be the mayor.
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New city council ordinance: Mandatory shots everytime Rotheliesberger is sacked!
...or every time he falls off his motorcycle.
Wow. Early start on a political career. Just imagine how corrupt he could be by the time he's in his 50's.
And guess where his strongest allegiance is ... ? You got it ... THE UNIONS!
Methinks he doth protest too much!
Is Pittsburgh a strong mayor city, or is the mayor just the guy who gets to bang the gavel at the city council meetings?
Is the mayor directly elected or picked by the council?
The mayor is elected unless there's a vacancy in the office.
I've been away for some time but it happened twice when I lived in the area. First, when Pete Flaherty left to take a job in the Carter administration, and then when Flaherty's successor Richard Caliguiri passed (late 1980's, I think) from complications due to amyloidosis.
As I recall, Caliguiri had to pledge to not run for reelection as mayor in order to get the council presidency. Flaherty had been an early supporter of Carter, and it was widely expected he would get a job in the Carter administration (turned out to be deputy attorney general). But then when it came time to run for reelection, Caliguiri did not stick to his pledge. That must have been '77. Caliguiri was reelected in '81 and '85 -- not sure about '89.
He was succeeded by Sophie Masloff -- I remember her mispronouncing many of the Pittsburgh Penguins' names (that was part of her charm), and they won the cup in '90 and '91.
I'm from Pittsburgh,people here are die hard democrats,they have a strong hold on the city.I believe at one time the area in the city that I once lived in we were the only Republicans.
To get a city or county job in the city you must be a democrat.
Does this mean then that PNC Park, Heinz Field and the new convention center will be blown up and construction on new baseball and football stadiums and a new convention center built?
I'm a lifelong Pittsburgher, and Republicans are definitely rarer than hen's teeth.
I went to the polls during a primary a number of years ago on the Southside. Long line, but they were really pleased to see me as the poll workers had inadvertantly forgot to switch the machine back to "Dem" and they needed a Republican to vote first, before they could switch it back and get both voting machines back on line and get the people moving. So they skipped to the front of the line.
Then when I went in to vote, the minority judge of elections entered the voting booth with me, with her name on stickers. She needed me to vote for her for the position as a Republican so she could continue to sit at the table for the elections. Apparently, you need a minimum of 4 votes to win a writein bid.
He will do fine. He has plenty of seasoned advisors, and he will listen.