Carrick, twenty other Pittsburgh neighborhoods and a handful of nearby boroughs make up Allegheny County Council District 12.
District 12 includes the following Pittsburgh neighborhoods, according to the Council Districts map provided by Allegheny County.
Carrick and adjacent neighborhoods:
Other Pittsburgh neighborhoods in District 12:
- Crafton Heights
- Duquesne Heights
- East Carnegie
- Mt Washington
- South Shore
- West End
Dormont, Green Tree, Ingram, Mt Oliver and Rosslyn Farms Boroughs make up the rest of the District 12.
Robert Palmosina, who grew up in the Westwood neighborhood, represents District 12 in County Council. Palmosina was first elected in 2017 and reelected in 2021. He was unopposed. His term runs through 2025. Palmosina chairs the Budget and Finance Committees of County Council. He worked in the Pittsburgh Public Works Department, coaches sports and is Chair of the Pittsburgh Democratic Party 20th Ward.
County Council is the legislative branch of Allegheny County government. Council is made up of fifteen Councilors. Thirteen are elected from local districts in the county while two are elected at-large, meaning all county voters elect them. Councilors are elected to four-year terms.
Allegheny County Council:
- Approves or amends legislation submitted by the County Executive or a Council member.
- Approves the county budget, which is required to be a balanced budget – it cannot run a deficit.
- Permits uses of county-owned land.
- Decides taxes and fees.
- Confirms appointments to county agencies and authorities that are made by the County Executive, including the CEO and board of the Port Authority of Allegheny County.
County Council districts, including District 12, will be redrawn this year using numbers from the 2020 U.S. Census, which show that Allegheny County added 27,000 residents from 2010 to 2020. Council President Patrick Catena (D-District 4) will decide how the reapportionment will happen unless a proposed rule to establish a uniform process goes into effect. Either way, state law requires that county council has the final word on how the districts are laid out.