Patrick Dowd is a Democratic Party politician in the United States. From 2008 until 2013, he served as a member of the Pittsburgh City Council from District 7, which includes the neighborhoods of Bloomfield, East Liberty, Garfield, Highland Park, Morningside, Polish Hill, Stanton Heights. Dowd was raised in Chesterfield and earned a B. A. from the University of Missouri. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1991 to study with Fritz Ringer in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his Ph. D. in 1999. He has taught history first at Winchester Thurston School and at The Ellis School, he is married to Leslie Hammond, who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh before becoming a lecturer in the history department. They live in Highland Park. In 2003, Dowd won a four-year term on the Board after defeating incumbent Board President and Democrat Darlene Harris in an upset; as a candidate for school board, Dowd pledged to restore accountability to the system and in an intensely heated January 26, 2005 board meeting.
Dowd led a five members coalition to removing Dr. John Thompson as the Superintend of the Pittsburgh Public Schools; the board launched a national search for a superintendent. The board hired Mark Roosevelt. Dowd's departure from the board came in December 2007, his Accountability Contract and evaluation model remained in effect as did RISE, a program of teacher evaluation and PELA, a program for principals. Dowd was elected as the Democratic nominee to represent District 7 on the Pittsburgh City Council on May 15, 2007, won the seat unopposed on November 6, 2007, he began serving on January 7, 2008. Shortly after taking office, Dowd drafted and encouraged his colleagues to sign a Proclamation to Improve Governance in Pittsburgh. Dowd crafted and council passed a resolution calling for a task force on intergovernmental cooperation which led to the creation of CONNECT, a Pittsburgh-based development initiative to increase cooperation between Pittsburgh and its adjacent municipalities. In May, 2008, Dowd started an innovative constituent outreach program called Council-to-Go which enables him to stay in regular contact with residents of his council district.
Dowd worked with Ravenstahl to bring increased focus on bike and pedestrian initiatives. In 2010 Dowd led a coalition that included Council President Harris, Councilwoman Rudiak and Controller Lamb and that offered a viable alternative to Ravenstahl's proposed 50-year lease of all public parking assets in the Pittsburgh. In the fall of 2011 the state accepted this plan; as a member of the board of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Dowd made customer service and infrastructure reinvestment top priorities. In 2009, PWSA launched a controversial water and sewer line insurance program that has provided coverage to nearly 100,000 customers That same year, Dowd was instrumental in the creation of the Distribution Infrastructure System Reinvestment Fund, which added 5% charge to customers bills and dedicated that revenue to infrastructure reinvestment. In 2010, Dowd supported the PWSA administration in bid to reinvest in its antiquated information system. Dowd led the effort to bring an outside management firm in on an interim basis to overhaul the management of the Authority.
Veolia of North America began their innovative contractual relationship with PWSA in July, 2012. They are scheduled to be in Pittsburgh until December, 2014. In 2011 Dowd and Judge Frank Lucchino led a voter initiative to create a new library tax in Pittsburgh; the ballot initiative called for the creation of a 0.25 mills property tax dedicated to the Carnegie Library and received the backing of 72% of Pittsburgh voters. Dowd announced in June 2013 that he would resign his seat on city council effective in mid-July to become the inaugural executive director of Allies for Children, a start-up advocacy nonprofit focused on children. A special election to fill his seat was held with the scheduled municipal election in November 2013; the seat on city council was won by the endorsed Democrat in the race. Dowd served as a member of the board of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Dowd announced on February 19, 2009 that he would challenge mayor Luke Ravenstahl in Pittsburgh's May 19 Democratic primary.
In his announcement, Dowd criticized what he saw as Ravenstahl's failures on campaign finance reform in light of the mayor's veto of a campaign finance reform bill in the summer of 2008, a risky bond deal at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, wasteful spending and the Lamar LED controversy. Dowd was endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among others, but lost in a three-way race to Ravenstahl by 31 points, receiving 28 percent of the vote. Dowd has led Allies for Children since its formation in 2013; the organization serves as a bold voice for policy changes that improve the lives of children in Allegheny County. Allies for Children works in coalition with many nonprofits bringing together the voices of those they serve to elevate the important policy issues and move policy makers to act in the best interest of children. In 2018, Allies for Children led a large coalition and a referendum campaign to increase access for early childhood education and after school programs.
In 2018, as executive director of Allies for Children, Dowd led Our kids. Our Commitment; the Allegheny County Children's Fund initiative. The goal of the initiative was to improve access across Allegheny Count to early childhood learning, afterschool programs and nutritious meals. In May, a coalition of ten nonprofits, supported by dozens of others, announced the
Bob O'Connor (mayor)
Robert E. O'Connor Jr. was an American politician, the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from January 3, 2006, until his death. Born in the Greenfield neighborhood, a longtime resident of Squirrel Hill, O'Connor graduated from Pittsburgh's Taylor Allderdice High School in 1962 and was inducted into their alumni hall of fame in 2011, he worked as a steelworker, entered the restaurant business. He became executive vice-president of the Pappan chain of restaurants in the Pittsburgh area, he and his wife, Judy Levine O'Connor, had one daughter, Heidy Garth, two sons and Terrence, who became a Roman Catholic priest. Corey is a politician representing the same neighborhoods that his father represented on the Pittsburgh City Council. O'Connor's political career began with his first election to Pittsburgh City Council in 1991, he served on the council under mayors Sophie Tom Murphy. He challenged Murphy in the Democratic primaries for mayor in 1997 and 2001; the 2001 race was contentious, as there was a five-way Democratic party primary.
Both O'Connor and Murphy spent more than $1 million on their respective campaigns and in the end earned around 30,000 votes each in a close race. O'Connor lost the race by 699 votes, conceded the race several days after the primary. In 1998, he was elected as city council president and resigned from the city council in 2003 to work for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. In 2005, O'Connor did not face Tom Murphy. O'Connor was able to raise the most money, collect many endorsements, establish the energetic and dedicated "Delta Team" led by Bob "Jabo" Jablonowski, beat a group of challengers. Among the runners up in the May 17 Democratic primary were Bill Peduto, a member of the city council, Michael Lamb, a County Row Office Holder. On November 8, O'Connor defeated Republican lawyer Joe Weinroth and, on January 3, 2006, he was sworn into office as mayor. While in office and after his death, O'Connor was referred to as "The People's Mayor." A lifelong sports fan, O'Connor took office soon before the Pittsburgh Steelers' win in Super Bowl XL.
During his brief tenure, O'Connor started the "Redd Up Pittsburgh" campaign. And emphasized the positives of the city; each month, from November 2006 to November 2007, local volunteer organization hosted a "Redd Up Pittsburgh" day in a different neighborhood to honor him. On November 17, 2006, the O'Connor family was presented with the Hall of Fame Shining Lights Award for the former mayor's "Redd Up Pittsburgh" initiative, he was the first to receive this award. O'Connor had been in office just seven months when, in early July 2006, he complained of chronic fatigue and underwent multiple tests. On July 10, 2006, O'Connor was diagnosed with primary central nervous system lymphoma, a rare brain cancer, he began intense treatment, including chemotherapy, immediately. Though the prognosis was good, he experienced many complications including seizures and infections. In August, his condition deteriorated. Yarone Zober, appointed deputy mayor, served as acting mayor in his absence. During his illness, thousands of black and gold rubber bracelets, inscribed with the words "Bob O'Connor...
Everybody's Mayor" and "The Lymphoma Society" were sold. The proceeds were earmarked to benefit The Lymphoma Society. On September 1, 2006, at 8:55 pm EDT, O'Connor died at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, 24 hours after being removed from life support, he was 61 years old. City Council President Luke Ravenstahl became mayor in the wake of O'Connor's death, he was sworn in at 10:36 pm EDT at the City County Building in downtown Pittsburgh. O'Connor's funeral and burial followed on September 7, 2006, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and Calvary Cemetery, Pennsylvania; the grave is located in the south-west area of the cemetery in the Gethsemane section, lot 6, grave 5. The GPS coordinates are N 40° 24.770 W 079° 55.838. His son Terrence, a Roman Catholic priest, delivered the homily at the funeral Mass. 2001 Race for Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, 48% Bob O'Connor, 47% Leroy Hodge, 3% 2005 Race for Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O'Connor, 67% Joseph Weinroth, 27% City of Pittsburgh Official remembrance of Mayor O'Connor O'Connor Elected as Mayor Timeline of the Life and Career of Mayor Bob O'Connor Bracelet information
Daniel Onorato is an American Democratic politician from the state of Pennsylvania. He served as the Chief Executive of Allegheny County from 2004 to 2012, in 2010, he was the Democratic nominee for Governor, he lost to State Attorney General Tom Corbett in the general election. A life-long resident of Allegheny County, he attended Penn State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1983, he worked several years as a Certified Public Accountant before continuing his education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, earning a Juris Doctor in 1989. Onorato and his wife Shelly reside in Pittsburgh's Brighton Heights neighborhood with their children: Kate and Danny. In 2012, Onorato began working for Highmark, where he is the vice president of corporate communications and external affairs. Onorato practiced as a private attorney until he was elected to the Pittsburgh City Council in 1991, when he defeated first district incumbent Bernard Regan in the primary election.
He served two terms on the council before being elected Allegheny County Controller in 2000. In 2003, he defeated Jim Roddey for the position of Allegheny County executive, he was named runner up for the 2003 Politician of the Year by the political website PoliticsPA, who noted his youthful energy and his fundraising power. In late 2007 Allegheny County received permission from the Pennsylvania General Assembly to pursue increased taxation of poured alcohol and rental cars to subsidize the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Members of the Allegheny County Council and Onorato believed that such a tax was preferable to increasing county property taxes. After the 10% tax on poured alcohol passed, Allegheny County bar and restaurant owners protested the new tax, claiming that it would hurt that business. A lawsuit by the bar and restaurant owners challenging the legality of the drink tax was thrown out by the courts, but they sought a referendum overturning the tax in the November 2008 general election.
Onorato subsequently withheld the funds raised by the drink tax from the Port Authority, demanding that the transit agency first restructure its labor costs. He announced his endorsement of Senator Hillary Clinton in her 2008 presidential bid on March 14, 2008, saying, "Hillary Clinton has the experience and the determination to clean up the mess in Washington and deliver results." Onorato won the Democratic nomination in the 2010 election for Governor of Pennsylvania on May 18, 2010. Onorato had more than $4 million for a campaign left over from his re-election bid, he received media attention when the G-20 Summit was held in Pittsburgh. He defeated State Senator Anthony Williams, Auditor General Jack Wagner, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel, he was defeated by Republican State Attorney General Tom Corbett in the general election with 45.5% to 54.5% of the vote. Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Media related to Dan Onorato at Wikimedia Commons
Luke Robert Ravenstahl is an American politician who served as the 59th Mayor of Pittsburgh from 2006 until 2014. A Democrat, he became the youngest mayor in Pittsburgh's history in September 2006 at the age of 26, he was among the youngest mayors of a major city in American history. A graduate of North Catholic High School, Ravenstahl attended the University of Pittsburgh before graduating from Washington & Jefferson College. Four months after his graduation, aged 23, he ran for a seat on the Pittsburgh City Council, he was elected and took office in January 2004 before being appointed City Council President in December 2005. After the death of Pittsburgh mayor Bob O'Connor, Ravenstahl became the mayor, per the city's charter, on September 1, 2006, he won a special election in 2007, a regular election in 2009. He did not seek reelection in the 2013 election and Democrat Bill Peduto was elected to succeed him as mayor. Ravenstahl's term ended in January 2014. Ravenstahl's father, Robert P. Ravenstahl, Jr. is a district magistrate on the Northside, head coach for the North Catholic High School football team.
His grandfather, Robert P. Ravenstahl, Sr. represented the 20th legislative district as a state representative, was a Democratic ward leader in the North Side, was defeated in the 1976 Democratic primary by a young Tom Murphy, who would go on to become mayor himself. Ravenstahl's mother is a teacher's aide with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Ravenstahl is the eldest of three brothers including Adam Ravenstahl, a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Ravenstahl graduated from North Catholic High School in 1998, where he was class president and played baseball and football, he attended Washington & Jefferson College, where he graduated with honors with a degree in business administration in December 2002. He was W&J's starting place kicker on the football team for three years and was team captain for his senior year, he holds the school record for most consecutive extra points. Following graduation from W&J, Ravenstahl worked as an account manager for a courier service. In August 2004, he married Erin Lynn Feith.
They resided in the Summer Hill neighborhood of the Northside. Ravenstahl attends mass weekly at Holy Wisdom Parish on the Northside. Luke and Erin's only child was born on October 2008, shortly before 9:30 in the morning, he is named Cooper Luke Ravenstahl. On May 19, 2007, Ravenstahl delivered the keynote address at Washington & Jefferson College's 208th commencement celebration, he served as honorary co-captain with fellow W&J graduate Roger Goodell during W&J's 2006 homecoming football game. As a sign of support for the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2009 AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens, Ravenstahl ceremonially changed his name to "Luke Steelerstahl" on January 14, 2009. Court officials did not file the name change paperwork, his legal name remains Ravenstahl. On November 23, 2009, Ravenstahl announced that he and his wife, had split and that he has moved out of the home that they had shared, he was quoted as saying "She doesn't like the limelight. She didn't like the fact, she doesn't like the public nature of the position."
On November 24, the mayor announced that he and his wife were "formally separating," but had no plans to file for divorce. On March 11, 2011, Erin Ravenstahl filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, their divorce was finalized in late July 2011. In 2012, along with several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, made an appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, kicking off to the Gotham Rogues. In April 2003, Ravenstahl ran for the Democratic nomination for the Pittsburgh City Council's District 1 seat against incumbent Barbara Burns. Ravenstahl defeated Burns with 54.5% of the vote. He credited his win to a combination of grassroots campaigning, a voter registration drive aimed at 18- to 25-year-olds, a general dissatisfaction with Mayor Murphy. Ravenstahl was sworn in as the youngest member of City Council in Pittsburgh's history in January 2004. During his first few weeks on City Council, Ravenstahl's bill to reduce the newly imposed parking tax from 50% to 33% was vetoed by Mayor Tom Murphy, unwilling to balance the budget with $3 million from the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
On December 6, 2005, Ravenstahl became the youngest President of the Pittsburgh City Council, when Gene Ricciardi stepped down from that post in a move seen as paving the way for ally Jim Motznik. However, Motznik was unable to secure the votes needed to win the presidency, Ravenstahl emerged as a compromise candidate, he was re-elected unanimously at the re-organization meeting in January 2006, when the new members of the city council took office. One of his first major hurdles was to deal with the two state budget oversight boards. Per provisions in the city's charter, Ravenstahl ascended from the office of City Council President to Mayor on September 1, 2006, following the death of Mayor Bob O'Connor. Per provisions in the city's charter, Ravenstahl ascended from the office of City Council President to Mayor on September 1, 2006, following the death of Mayor Bob O'Connor. Due to ambiguous language in the city's charter, a controversy developed about how long Ravenstahl could temporarily serve as mayor before an election had to be held.
Ravenstahl stated his desire to fulfill the remainder of O'Connor's term. The charter refers to holding a new election when someone ascends to mayor through a vacancy but makes no mention of serving out the full term, it was unclear when the election could or should be held due to a confusing phrase that says the "vacancy in the mayor's office shall be filled at the
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party; the Democrats' dominant worldview was once social conservatism and economic liberalism, while populism was its leading characteristic in the rural South. In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt ran as a third-party candidate in the Progressive Party, beginning a switch of political platforms between the Democratic and Republican Party over the coming decades, leading to Woodrow Wilson being elected as the first fiscally progressive Democrat. Since Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal coalition in the 1930s, the Democratic Party has promoted a social liberal platform, supporting social justice. Well into the 20th century, the party had conservative pro-business and Southern conservative-populist anti-business wings.
The New Deal Coalition of 1932–1964 attracted strong support from voters of recent European extraction—many of whom were Catholics based in the cities. After Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s, the pro-business wing withered outside the South. After the racial turmoil of the 1960s, most Southern whites and many Northern Catholics moved into the Republican Party at the presidential level; the once-powerful labor union element became less supportive after the 1970s. White Evangelicals and Southerners became Republican at the state and local level since the 1990s. People living in metropolitan areas, women and gender minorities, college graduates, racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, such as Jewish Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans and African Americans, tend to support the Democratic Party much more than they support the rival Republican Party; the Democratic Party's philosophy of modern liberalism advocates social and economic equality, along with the welfare state.
It seeks to provide government regulation in the economy. These interventions, such as the introduction of social programs, support for labor unions, affordable college tuitions, moves toward universal health care and equal opportunity, consumer protection and environmental protection form the core of the party's economic policy. Fifteen Democrats have served as President of the United States; the first was President Andrew Jackson, the seventh president and served from 1829 to 1837. The most recent was President Barack Obama, the 44th president and held office from 2009 to 2017. Following the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats held a majority in the House of Representatives, "trifectas" in 14 states, the mayoralty of numerous major American cities, such as Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Portland and Washington, D. C. Twenty-three state governors were Democrats, the Party was the minority party in the Senate and in most state legislatures; as of March 2019, four of the nine Justices of the Supreme Court had been appointed by Democratic presidents.
Democratic Party officials trace its origins to the inspiration of the Democratic-Republican Party, founded by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other influential opponents of the Federalists in 1792. That party inspired the Whigs and modern Republicans. Organizationally, the modern Democratic Party arose in the 1830s with the election of Andrew Jackson. Since the nomination of William Jennings Bryan in 1896, the party has positioned itself to the left of the Republican Party on economic issues, they have been more liberal on civil rights issues since 1948. On foreign policy, both parties have changed position several times; the Democratic Party evolved from the Jeffersonian Republican or Democratic-Republican Party organized by Jefferson and Madison in opposition to the Federalist Party of Alexander Hamilton and John Adams. The party favored republicanism; the Democratic-Republican Party came to power in the election of 1800. After the War of 1812, the Federalists disappeared and the only national political party left was the Democratic-Republicans.
The era of one-party rule in the United States, known as the Era of Good Feelings, lasted from 1816 until the early 1830s, when the Whig Party became a national political group to rival the Democratic-Republicans. However, the Democratic-Republican Party still had its own internal factions, they split over the choice of a successor to President James Monroe and the party faction that supported many of the old Jeffersonian principles, led by Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, became the modern Democratic Party. As Norton explains the transformation in 1828: Jacksonians believed the people's will had prevailed. Through a lavishly financed coalition of state parties, political leaders, newspaper editors, a popular movement had elected the president; the Democrats became the nation's first well-organized national party and tight party organization became the hallmark of nineteenth-century American politics. Opposing factions led by Henry Clay helped form the Whig Party; the Democratic Party had a small yet decisive advantage over the Whigs until the 1850s, when the Whigs fell apart over the issue of slavery.
In 1854, angry with the Kansas–Nebraska Act, anti-slavery Dem
Edward V. Babcock
Edward Vose Babcock was a lumber industrialist who served as Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1918 to 1922. Edward Vose Babcock entered the lumber business from an early age, he ran for City Council in 1911 and began making a political name for himself. Unlike his predecessor "Joe the builder", Babcock's administration had little time to implement much policy, they were too busy dealing with the triple threat of a massive steel strike that created much social dissension and unrest, the 1918-1919 flu pandemic that hit Pittsburgh hard, all this while at the family dinnertables and company lunch rooms around the city the women's suffrage movement tested the strength of families and employers. Despite all of those challenges to Babcock's focus on his agenda, he did make some lasting accomplishments including expansion and groundbreaking of new parks and playgrounds, along with the modernization of some key traffic arteries within the city. In response to the suffrage movement, Babcock became the first mayor to appoint a woman to a cabinet-level position within the city.
After leaving the mayor's office Babcock continued his political career at the county level, becoming a commissioner in 1927. During his rule of Allegheny County he was successful in pushing through the opening of the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, he was instrumental in providing county help to the city for the opening of the triplet bridges, he was extremely generous, purchasing at personal expense 4,000 acres of land for the expansive "North Park" and "South Park" in the county. He died in 1948, being buried in Homewood Cemetery. Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills of Pittsburgh is named for him. Babcock State Park in West Virginia. Babcock Ranch and Babcock Preserve in Florida; the profitable Babcock Lumber and Boom Company, operating out of Davis, West Virginia from 1907, was responsible for devastating environmental damage to much of surrounding Tucker County, including Canaan Valley, Dolly Sods and the Blackwater Canyon. These areas were clear-cut and the landscape converted into a tinderbox by the residual slashings.
By 1910, fires swept over the wasteland burning continuously from spring until the first snows. In 1914, with the county denuded of standing trees, the ground burned continually for 6 months; when the fires subsided, thin mineral soil and bare rock were all. Uncontrollable soil erosion and flooding further degraded and depopulated the region, which bears the scars of the conflagration to the present day
Richard S. Caliguiri was an American politician who served as the mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1977 until his death in 1988. Caliguiri was of Italian Arbëresh ancestry, grew up in the City of Pittsburgh's Greenfield neighborhood, he started his public service career in the CitiParks department of Pittsburgh running for city council in the early 1970s. Caliguiri first ran for mayor as a longshot in 1973 but lost the Democratic primary to popular incumbent mayor Peter Flaherty. In his position as President of the Pittsburgh City Council, Caliguiri was appointed interim Mayor in 1977 after Flaherty was appointed Deputy Attorney General in President Jimmy Carter's administration. Caliguiri's departure from the City Council necessitated the 1978 special election which allowed independent Democrat Michelle Madoff her seat. Caliguiri won the mayor's office in an election in 1977, was reelected twice, serving until his death in 1988. Under Caliguiri's leadership, Pittsburgh began its "Renaissance II" plan, an urban renewal and revitalization plan based on the "Renaissance" plan of former mayor and governor David L. Lawrence.
The plan was considered a success but was hampered by a sharp and permanent downturn in the city's economy and resulting population shifts. During Caliguri's tenure, Pittsburgh's economy began a marked downturn during the deindustrialization of the 1980s with the decline of the large steel producers such as U. S. Steel and Jones and Laughlin. Long time industrial giants that called Pittsburgh headquarters such as Gulf Oil and Koppers both were victims of the 1980s arbitrage and hostile takeover climate. Gulf was absorbed by Chevron and Koppers by British firm Beazer, both resulting in the region losing several thousand high salaried corporate headquarter jobs; the period was marked by Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse's run up to bankruptcy and reorganization in 1990 and Rockwell International's move to California and Wisconsin. By the end of Caliguiri's time in office, not a single major steel mill operated in a city once known as the "Steel City", the city that once boasted more Fortune 500 corporate headquarters save for New York and Chicago, had fewer than ten.
In 1986, in response to some citizen complaints and legal action by the ACLU, the city, by order of Mayor Caliguiri, placed a plaque entitled "Salute to Liberty." And reading: "During this holiday season, the city of Pittsburgh salutes liberty. Let these festive lights remind us that we are the keepers of the flame of liberty and our legacy of freedom." Three years by two 5-4 decisions, the United States Supreme Court upheld in part and denied in part the city's position in County of Allegheny v. American Civil Liberties Union. In the late 1980s, Caliguiri was diagnosed with a rare and serious protein disorder. Coincidentally, within a few years in the mid to late 1980s, three of Pennsylvania's most prominent political leaders were afflicted with the disorder. Caliguiri as well as longtime Erie Mayor Louis Tullio and Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey were all diagnosed with the incurable and fatal disease. Caliguiri refused to allow his declining health to affect his leadership and declined to step down as mayor.
He died in 1988 at the age of 56, was interred in Pittsburgh's Roman Catholic Calvary Cemetery. In October 1990, a commemorative statue of Caliguiri sculpted by Robert Berks was dedicated on the steps of the Downtown Pittsburgh City-County Building on Grant Street. According to Caliguiri's son David, previous ideas had included a renaming of Grant Street and the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. Caliguiri, who graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1950, was inducted into their alumni hall of fame in 2010; the Mayor is spotlighted in a cameo playing himself in the sport/cult classic The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh in 1979. Near the middle of the film he is seen on the extreme right introducing to a cheering crowd the city's basketball team at an indoor rally, he slips off camera for a few seconds and is seen again patting them on the back and shaking hands with the actors and coach, before he extends across the crowd to shake Julius Erving's hand and is met warmly by a surprised Dr. J. On May 18, 1987 Caliguiri was a guest on a national broadcast of The Today Show as it filmed in Pittsburgh.
1977 Race for Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri,48% Thomas Foerster, 44% Joseph Cosetti, 9% 1981 Race for Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri, 80% Fred Goehringer, 18% 1985 Race for Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri, 77% Henry Sneath, 22% Mayor's open letter to citizens declaring himself for re-election in 1981