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Officials, residents reacted well to Saint Patrick's Day


March 25, 2008

Ensuring a safe and respectful South Side St. Patrick's Day celebration for everyone was a cooperative efforts by many, and I would like to recognize all those who helped us to achieve that goal.

Public safety officials, from the leadership to foot patrol and motorcycle officers, to LCE agents and undercover officers, deserve much of the thanks for setting the "tone" for the day. I spent the better part of the day on East Carson Street talking with residents, tavern owners and police, and what I saw was a police force at the "top of their game." Despite the long 12 and 14 hours shifts they worked that day, they worked tirelessly to provide a safe atmosphere for resident and reveler alike, and I thank them.

Tavern owners watched closely so that the overly intoxicated and underage were not served, reduced price drink specials were kept to a minimum, and "Diesel" nightclub underwrote the costs of providing free cabs rides from 2 p.m. to 4 a.m. to reduce incidents of DUI, and I thank them all for their efforts.

Public Works crews, PA Resources Council, Judge Gene Ricciardi, my staff and a team of dedicated volunteers provided impeccable clean up services on Sunday morning, and by 11 a.m. all garbage was removed and the streets were swept clean.

But most importantly, I want to thank the residents for being so very understanding. There were minor incidents, as is to be expected during these kinds of celebrations, but largely I have received a resounding "thumbs up" for our efforts on St. Patrick's Day. And so, again, I say thank you, and commit to you to take what I have learned from this years efforts, and to work to bring our public safety services next year to an even higher level of service and effectiveness ensuring a safe and respectful St. Patrick's Day celebration for all.

Bruce A. Kraus

Pittsburgh City Council


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