PRESS RELEASE: ANITA PRIZIO CONDEMNS MANDATORY STRIP SEARCHES

O’Hara Twp, Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County Councilwoman Anita Prizio today released the following statement condemning the recent change to Allegheny County Jail policy that now subjects incarcerated individuals to strip searches after meetings with legal council or therapists:

“This recent policy change isn’t just an abhorrent violation of the rights of Allegheny County residents, it’s also a sloppy, lazy, and inefficient scheme that lacks any semblance of good judgement, wisdom, insight, or prudence.

Incarcerated individuals who are survivors of childhood sexual assault ought to be allowed to meet with their therapist without being subjected to the loss of dignity and additional trauma that strip searches can induce.

Healthcare, including mental health care, ought to be an inalienable right for all individuals in the county jail, and we must make sure there are no barriers to individuals receiving the care they need.

Every individual in the county jail ought to be able to meet with their lawyer without these additional burdens that will do little to actually solve the management’s concern.

I understand that the jail’s management is worried about drug smuggling through paper, but the solution is to examine the paper, not the naked bodies of the inmates.

If there really is a concern that lawyers and sexual assault counselors are smuggling in drug-soaked paper, then a jail-monitored photocopier or printer should be provided free of charge for the transfer of documents into and out of the jail.

That’s one of many reasonable solutions that places the burden on the government and incentivizes jail management to address the drug concern at its root cause -- by changing the environment of our jail so that incarcerated individuals have the resources they need to develop their career plan instead of being pressured to use harmful drugs.”

PRESS RELEASE: I'M ANITA PRIZIO, I SELL ENGINE PARTS, AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE.

Monday, October 16th, 2017

O’Hara Township, PA -- Anita Prizio released the first video advertisement of the District 3 County Council race, this week. The one minute spot, titled “Engine Parts,” demonstrates Anita’s critical perspective as a small business owner. As owner and operator of Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service, Anita is uniquely poised to implement county-wide policies that both stimulate economic growth and preserve our national resources.

Excerpt from Anita’s Kick-off Speech:

“...I own and operate a small engine parts warehouse, Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service. Although I did take some time to earn my MBA and JD at the University of Pittsburgh, as a first generation American, I chose to apply that knowledge locally and work with my parents to preserve what was really the American dream for my family.

My parents immigrated to America following World War II, my mom from Germany, my dad from Italy, met in night school learning English and started the business with one crankshaft grinder in a former beauty salon. They passed the business on to me and I hope that one day I will be able to pass it on to my children.

I also hope that I’ll be able to pass clean air, clean water and clean government to my children and my grandchildren, because like our water, government should be transparent, accessible and free of toxins.  Today, more than ever County Council needs progressive, independent members accountable to their constituents...”

View the ad, below.

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PRESS RELEASE: ANITA PRIZIO UNVEILS WAVE OF ENDORSEMENTS

Monday, October 9th, 2017

O’Hara Township, PA -- Anita is dedicated to preserving our natural resources and guaranteeing universal access to clean, safe water. That's why both the Sierra Club of Allegheny County and Clean Water Action Pennsylvania endorsed her to be our environmental champion on Allegheny County Council. And like clean water, good government should be transparent, accessible, and free of toxins. That’s why Bernie Sanders’ progressive organization Our Revolution endorsed Anita Prizio for Allegheny County Council. Other endorsements for Anita include the Gertrude Stein Club.

Our Revolution statement excerpt:

“What we need now more than ever are local leaders that are committed to making government work for working class families,” said Our Revolution President Nina Turner. “That’s why Our Revolution is proud to endorse Anita Prizio to serve District 3 on the Allegheny County Council. Anita has proven time and again that innovative and progressive solutions are not only possible-- they’re vital. We have no doubt that Anita has the potential to pioneer positive change as the District 3 Allegheny County councilwoman and look forward to supporting her important work.”

A lifelong resident of O’Hara township, Prizio has proven her commitment to the Pittsburgh community is personal and powerful. Prizio has been a dedicated community advocate, proven through her service as a court appointed special advocate, as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and in her role as a local council member for eight years. As a small business owner, Prizio has developed best practices that have shaped her approach to political engagement and fortified her policy objectives. From health care to earning a living wage, Prizio knows that driving progress in the community starts with an individual commitment to implementing strategies that work towards economic, social, and environmental justice.

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PRESS RELEASE: ANITA PRIZIO FILES COURT ACTION TO FORCE TRANSPARENCY IN OPPONENT’S CAMPAIGN FINANCES

Monday, August 21, 2017

O’Hara Township, PA -- District 3 County Council candidate Anita Prizio (D-O’Hara) said that her opponent, County Councilman Ed Kress (R-Shaler), has failed to appropriately file a single one of his required 2017 campaign finance reports. Instead, he and his campaign have submitted blank documents with the phrase “will file an amended report” scrawled across the top. “That’s simply unacceptable,” Prizio said.  

Prizio, along with four other residents of District 3 have filed a petition with the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County calling for audit of Kress’ finance statements.  Attorney Chuck Pascal, who has extensive experience with election law cases, is representing Prizio and the other residents.  He stated, “I have never seen a candidate or an elected official file a blank piece of paper as a finance report.  Ed Kress is a longtime elected official and an attorney--he knows the rules.  Therefore, the only conclusion to draw is that his violation of the law was knowing and intentional.”

“Two of the largest issues of my campaign are clean water and government transparency,” Prizio said.  “And like clean water, government should be transparent, accessible, and free of toxins. Unfortunately, my opponent’s murky finance reports run counter to these values.”


Anita Prizio is a small business owner and lifelong native of O’Hara township, where she has lived with her husband and raised her two kids for the past 28 years. She earned both her MBA and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. While serving as an O’Hara Council Member for  8 years, she represented O’Hara in the North Hills Council of Governments. As a court appointed special advocate, she was a fighter for the children in our community. Last year, she was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In addition to serving as treasurer of Healthcare4AllPA, Anita owns and operates Pittsburgh Crankshaft, an engine parts supply company.

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PRESS RELEASE: COUNTY COUNCIL FALLS SHORT ON HEALTH OF RESIDENTS

Thursday, July 15, 2017

O’Hara Township, PA -- Anita Prizio released the following statement about County Council’s vote to approve mandatory blood lead level testing for toddlers:

“Mandatory lead testing for all toddlers sounds like a good idea, but the proposal approved by council fails to address the root of the problem that Allegheny County is facing. Lead testing for toddlers in at-risk areas is important, but it must be part of a more comprehensive and systematic plan to address the lead crisis.”

On County Council, Anita Prizio would implement the following plan to address the lead poisoning problem:

  1. Determine the threat to the immediate safety of Allegheny County residents and provide free and accessible testing to all residents of all ages who are concerned about lead or heavy metal toxicity.

  2. Inform every household of the signs, symptoms and risk factors* of heavy metal and lead exposure

  3. Systematically test the entire water supply by strategically targeting homes in different geographic areas.

  4. Identify at-risk areas in real-time and mobilize an immediate response that includes prevention instruction, testing and treatment as necessary.

  5. Replace the most dangerous lines in the city and determine funding and workforce for the project.

*such as deteriorating paint in houses built before 1978.

Anita Prizio is a small business owner and lifelong native of O’Hara township, where she has lived with her husband and raised her two kids for the past 28 years. She earned both her MBA and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. While serving as a member of local council for 8 years, she represented O’Hara in the North Hills Council of Governments. As a court appointed special advocate, she was a fighter for the children in our community. Last year, she was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In addition to serving as treasurer of Healthcare 4 All PA, Anita owns and operates Pittsburgh Crankshaft, an engine parts company. She is currently running for Allegheny County Council (District 3).

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