Tonight, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato addressed the Liberty City Democratic Club in Philadelphia (their chapter of Stonewall Democrats). A member asked him about the lack of domestic partner benefits in Allegheny County. This is what he reportedly said:
He said that he's convened a commission and that he told the head of that commission to “get it done” and thy he will sign an exec order, renegotiate labor contracts or whatever it takes to cover all allegheny county residents.
I will try to confirm with his campaign ASAP. More importantly, I'll try to confirm with his administration. I've been trying to get HR Director Kathy Kennedy to respond to me for two solid months to no avail so maybe now that they have GOOD news to report, they'll be more forthcoming.
One point I just have to make. If this quote is accurate, it proves that all along he could have done this and that claims to the contrary were disengenuous. I'm really looking forward to all of those apologies. LOL.
Seriously, this would be good news for Allegheny County and pave the way to a better culture in the County workforce. I'd be very happy.