Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
On the “Watch List”: Jeffrey Naftal has been hired as the new borough manager of that South Hills soap opera known as Dormont. And Mr. Naftal likely will feel right at home. He was fired from two of his prior local government administrative positions, in South Carolina and in Florida, chalked up to garden-variety political fights. It appears Naftal is battle-tested.
Laurel: To the Port Authority contract talks. Counterproductive incendiary rhetoric continues to take a back seat as unionized workers attempt to reach a new contract with Allegheny County’s mass-transit agency. And there appears to be a wealth of good ideas being considered to pull the Port Authority from the abyss. That’s encouraging.
Lance: To Rich Fitzgerald. A constitutionally dubious attempt by the state Legislature to override a court-ordered property reassessment in Allegheny County has been scuttled. And the ACE characterizes this as Republicans pulling “a switcheroo” that “pulled the rug out from under us”? Talk about a warped sense of the rule of law.
Laurel: To the Pirates. It’s the end of the first week of July and the Buccos continue to show their competitive wherewithal. They vaulted into the lead of the National League Central with impressive wins over Houston and face a tough test this weekend with the San Francisco Giants in town. Life is good for Pirates fans right now. Here’s hoping the exciting baseball and the winning continue.