Pittsburgh Mayor Faces Tests if Re-elected

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Ian Urbina

11/01/2009 - When he took office in 2006 after the sudden death of his predecessor, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl became something of a media sensation.

At 26, he was the nation’s youngest big-city mayor. David Letterman asked if his appearance on “The Late Show” was interfering with his homework.

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“Initially, I think people resented that they had to wait for him to grow in office when most cities have their mayors do that before they take office,” Mr. McCarthy said. “But he is really going to be put to the challenge in the next couple years.”

Among those challenges is repairing the city’s pension system. A recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that Pittsburgh’s pension system was the most troubled among those of 10 comparable cities.

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