Mayoral winner promises changes

first_imgAs Democrat Pete Buttigieg celebrated an easy victory in South Bend’s mayoral election Tuesday, he called students to take ownership of the city and work with the local government to solve its problems. Buttigieg was a favorite since the spring primary and defeated Republican Wayne Curry and Libertarian Patrick Farrell. “When I entered this race in January, not many people believed that a young man with a funny name who had never held office before could earn the confidence of a community at a turning point,” Buttigieg said in his victory speech. “But together we have shown that South Bend can transcend old barriers, move beyond old habits and take a chance on a new way forward.” As he addressed the crowd at South Bend’s West Side Democratic Club, Buttigieg said his victory begins “a different kind of campaign.” “Now we have to turn our attention to a new kind of campaign, not a campaign for a candidate, but a campaign for our city, a campaign to make our city stronger and better and safer and cleaner,” he said. Buttigieg said an immediate focus would be economic development. “We are going to gather the leadership of this community to deliver a new economic direction, building on our greatest strengths true to our tradition but looking for new sources of wealth and income and prosperity,” he said. “We must take new risks and create new opportunities. We must, we can, we will, and it all starts tonight.” Notre Dame and its students can play a critical role in the city’s development, Buttigieg told The Observer. “I really need students to get involved,” he said. “In order for our city to move forward, we need to harness the brain power and the energy and the labor of Notre Dame students who should really feel ownership of this city, whether they grew up here or not.” Buttigieg said the University’s recent efforts to engage with the local community are a step in the right direction. “It starts one-on-one,” Buttigieg said. “I’m going to be on campus frequently talking about some of the ways we can work together, and I’m going to be as receptive as I can be to student perspectives and University perspectives. We really need each other to succeed. One of the things I love about my timing is that the University has this newfound interest in engaging with the city, and I can’t wait to take them up on that.” While the College Republicans Club said it did not contribute to Curry’s campaign, many Notre Dame students worked with Buttigieg leading up to his election.   Senior Matt LaFortune worked on Buttigieg’s staff as the field director for his campaign. He worked with Congressman Joe Donnelly’s campaign efforts last year and joined the Buttigieg campaign in August. “I helped organize the volunteer activities because we had a lot of volunteers interested in helping with Pete’s campaign,” LaFortune said. LaFortune, a South Bend native, said his responsibilities included organizing volunteers as they placed calls and canvased throughout the city. “The best part was being able to get to know a guy like Pete,” LaFortune said. “He is really going to bring a lot of change to South Bend … Being an ND student and also being from South Bend, I wanted to see a fresh start for this city, and I think Pete is going to do that.” A group of students from College Democrats were also active in the campaign efforts. Club members helped with phone calls and door-to-door campaign visits. College Democrats president Mike O’Brien said Buttigieg visited club meetings on several occasions, including one of the club’s first meetings of the year, to talk about the November election. “Being the mayor is a tough job, but his demeanor is one that, as it showed tonight, attracted a lot of people,” O’Brien said. “He has a lot of energy.” O’Brien said Buttigieg’s character throughout the campaign was an example for his own goals in politics. “Sometimes people talk about connections or money being the key to getting into politics,” O’Brien said. “Pete shows that being really passionate and having a lot of energy is actually what matters … if you are passionate and willing to make a difference, that shows through in your demeanor.” Sophomore Maria Wilson, a College Democrats member, said she helped with canvasing efforts for the Buttigieg campaign. “I think it is important to foster a great relationship with the community, and I think Pete will be a great mayor,” Wilson said. Even though Wilson is a not a native of South Bend, she said local politics should still matter to students on campus. “I don’t think you can look at national politics or international politics if you don’t look at local politics too,” she said. “The local government affects us in our day-to-day lives.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Approval for 227 Community Improvement, Transportation, and Environmental Protection Projects

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 14, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces Approval for 227 Community Improvement, Transportation, and Environmental Protection Projectscenter_img Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced 227 new project approvals made through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA): 115 projects using funds collected from the impact fee on unconventional gas wells in the Marcellus Shale and 112 Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) projects in support of community revitalization, transportation improvement and environmental protection.“Part of our responsibility for drilling in the Marcellus Shale is to make sure we use a portion of the revenue collected from impact fees to protect the areas and communities where the drilling takes place,” Governor Wolf said. “The Multimodal Transportation Fund and Act 13 projects approved during today’s CFA meeting help us remain good stewards of the environment while we provide targeted improvement to sidewalks, streets, intersections, bridges, recreational trails, and other assets to improve the safety and quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.”The MTF was established to ensure the availability of safe and reliable transportation access in communities throughout the commonwealth. The 112 MTF projects approved today are in 36 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Delaware, Franklin, Indiana, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland, and York. The total funding amount was $59 million.A complete list of Multimodal Transportation Fund projects approved at today’s CFA meeting can be found here.The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies. The act stipulates that a portion of the fee revenue will be transferred to the CFA for statewide initiatives that will include abandoned mine drainage abatement, abandoned well plugging, sewage treatment, greenways, trails and recreation, baseline water quality data, watershed restoration, and flood control.The 115 Act 13 projects approved today are in 43 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Union, Venango, Washington, Wayne, and Westmoreland. The total funding amount was $15.7 million.The projects are designated for specific initiatives as follows:Flood Mitigation: 13 projects approved; $2,994,521 totalGreenways, Trails and Recreation: 83 projects approved; $9,992,829 totalOrphan or Abandoned Well Plugging: Three projects approved; $657,503 totalSewage Facilities: Four projects approved; $125,147 totalWatershed Restoration and Protection: 12 projects approved; $1,930,000 totalA complete list of Act 13 projects approved at today’s CFA meeting can be found here.For more information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.last_img read more

Dele Alli’s strike steals limelight as Tottenham strengthen Champions League bid

first_imgMauricio Pochettino hailed Dele Alli’s “amazing” goal after the midfielder inspired Tottenham to a 3-1 Premier League victory at Crystal Palace. “I certainly do know that I was in front when Yohan Cabaye got stamped on by Dele, so you know… These things happen, I’m not into retribution. It’s just honest challenges I think and we move to the next game. “It’s something that he (Alli) needs to cut out of his game, I don’t know why he did it. It was something he shouldn’t have done. He is a great player though. I’m not going to moan about spilt milk. “It was a great goal. Spurs have that individual talent to produce a goal out of nothing. It’s something we’re lacking at the moment. “Not a great goal for Crystal Palace, but it was a great goal.” The combination of Spurs’ win and Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat by Southampton further strengthened fourth-placed Spurs’ pursuit of a Champions League place as they built a five-point advantage over their rivals. Even so, Alli’s goal was at the forefront of Pochettino’s mind after the match. “He showed tremendous quality, it will be shown around the world on every TV,” he said. “It was fantastic. I am very pleased because it was a difficult game. They (Palace) had a clear week to prepare, we played against Leicester in the FA Cup (in Wednesday’s 2-0 away victory). I’m pleased because the performance and effort was fantastic from the squad. “I think Dele shows his quality in every game. He’s capable of that. He has fantastic potential, (he’s) difficult to price like Harry Kane. They have big potential because they are very young. We need to keep working hard.” There was one concern for Spurs as Vertonghen was substituted with ankle and knee problems. “We need to assess him,” Pochettino said. “It’s dIfficult to explain. I prefer to wait. It was difficult from my position to see (his condition).” Vertonghen was replaced shortly after a robust challenge from Palace’s Connor Wickham, but manager Alan Pardew, whose team have slid to 11th after three consecutive defeats, claimed he had not seen the incident before criticising Alli’s conduct and also praising the 19-year-old’s goal. “I haven’t heard anything from my analysts about that (challenge),” he said. Harry Kane cancelled out Jan Vertonghen’s first-half own goal before, in the 84th minute, Alli used brilliant control to flick the ball over Mile Jedinak and volley into the bottom left corner. It was a world-class finish that further demonstrated his outstanding potential and importance to Pochettino’s promising team, and even after Nacer Chadli added a fine third deep into stoppage time it remained the defining moment of the match. Press Associationlast_img read more