• Arnold City Council sends request for mayor's removal to Harrisburg

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    ARNOLD, Pa. - Several weeks after she first came under fire for a social media posting, Arnold Mayor Karen Peconi is pushing back against those who would have her removed from office.

    The post in question was referred to protesters demanding action after Antwon Rose was shot and killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer. “They don’t care about jobs for Pgh.. none of them work now," she said.

    Peconi issued an apology for the comments, but that wasn't enough for many residents. 

    Tuesday night, the Arnold City Council voted to send a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting he force Peconi's resignation.

    During the meeting, Peconi read a statement that said in part: “I am not planning to resign from the Office of Mayor of the City of Arnold and I will continue to serve as Mayor.”

    Gov. Wolf's spokesperson told Channel 11 state law requires a hearing before the state senate and a two thirds vote by the Senate before the governor can remove an officer from elected office. It's unclear if the Senate and the governor will take up the issue to force Peconi out of office.

    Click here to read the full statement from Peconi.


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