Pittsburgh’s leadership is failing its constituents by putting political rhetoric ahead of commonsense reforms and solutions to the basic issues facing our communities. The city deserves better, and that is why, as mayor, Tony will implement his “Pittsburgh Policy,” a comprehensive, city-focused initiative that prioritizes citywide public works and public safety while streamlining city government and ensuring Pittsburghers receive the effective and timely services they need.
Currently, the Department of Public Works (DPW) only receives 10% of Pittsburgh’s annual city budget, with new multi-million dollar budget cuts implemented just this year. Tony believes that Pittsburgh’s future depends on safe and reliable infrastructure. Tony understands the frustration many Pittsburgh residents have when it comes to effective snow removal and waste management. As mayor, Tony will overhaul DPW’s current winter weather response, eliminate ineffective technology, and implement requirements for road pretreatment and consistent snow removal and salt distribution for the duration of any winter weather. Furthermore, when elected, Tony will direct DPW to install greater numbers of waste receptacles throughout the city to encourage residents and visitors to keep Pittsburgh clean, while also mandating weekly recycling pickup citywide.
As a 24-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Tony knows what it takes to build the public’s trust in its law enforcement. His agenda calls for effective and responsible police reform to ensure Pittsburgh’s police serve their city with integrity, respect, and transparency while working to lower crime by proactively addressing addiction, homelessness, and mental illness in our communities.
Just as he did in uniform, as mayor, Tony will work with local community organizations, business leaders, and mental health professionals to to develop and implement community policing programs based on the crisis intervention training he pioneered. Designed to foster more proactive engagements between police officers and those they serve, these programs would also train officers to better identify and assist those struggling with mental illness, and improve access to mental health resources for those in need.
To ensure Pittsburgh offers a safe and welcoming environment for every business, resident, and visitor, Tony will overhaul the police hiring process to ensure the recruitment of a diverse and qualified officer corps that reflects and understands the needs of those they serve.
Finally, as a part of this comprehensive approach to public safety Tony will partner with DPW to prioritize the installation of new street lights throughout the city.
Tony believes effective city administration does not work in a vacuum. To ensure successful outcomes, our leaders should be proactively transparent and work collaboratively with residents, community organizations, and business owners to develop effective policy solutions. The recent adoption of Pittsburgh’s park tax is one such example of what can happen when city leaders do not proactively engage with and educate their constituents.
As mayor, Tony will build a culture of transparency and accountability in city leadership and actively engage community stakeholders to develop smarter and more impactful policies. Tony will conduct a comprehensive review of the Park Tax, and ensure all Pittsburgh residents are given the information they need to make an informed decision on the future of this policy proposal. After this additional review period, Tony’s administration will call for a new vote to once again ratify the tax, and work to provide detailed plans for the spending of tax revenue should it be approved.