Share This Page

Gov. Corbett selects final member of Port Authority board

| Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 5:12 p.m.

An Upper St. Clair businessman becomes the third Republican on the 11-member Port Authority of Allegheny County board of directors, appointed on Thursday by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Robert J. Kania, Jr., 41, who owns a day care and an information technology business, said he comes to the board without an agenda. He worked on the governor's campaign.

“I can bring a perspective as an employer who has customers and employees using Port Authority. I can look objectively at both sides,” Kania said. “I don't see it being a party-line position on things.”

Kania owns Metropolitan Pre-School and Nursery, Downtown, and Community Pre-School and Nursery with locations throughout Allegheny County. His Direct Technology Solutions is located Downtown.

Steve Chizmar, a spokesman for Corbett, said Kania's business background made him an ideal choice.

Kania joins the board of an agency searching for a CEO and a way to curb persistent financial troubles. A change in state law in July tweaked the board's makeup, adding two members and mandating that the governor and legislative leaders appoint five people. The county executive appoints six, rather than all members as before.

The board will tackle several issues from the outset, including securing additional state funding to head off cuts. State lawmakers are considering a transportation bill to provide more money for transit.

Bobby Kerlik is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7886 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.