Leechburg, Pennsylvania

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Leechburg is a borough in southern Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, United States, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. Leechburg was founded by David Leech, for whom it was later named, and was incorporated as a borough in 1850.

Located along the Kiskiminetas River, Leechburg was known as a major port of the Pennsylvania Canal. Early in the twentieth century, it had been the site of extensive steel sheet works, foundries, cement plants, and productive coal mines. Leechburg was the first place where natural gas was used for industrial purposes.

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Local government

Leechburg is governed by a Mayor and Council. The current elected officials for the Borough (and the year their current terms expire) are as follows:

Mayor Anthony C. Roppolo (2014)

Council President Anthony Defilippi (R)(2012)

Council Members: Robert T. Foster (D)(2012), Pete "PJ" Frejkowski (D)(2010), Virgil "Skip" Bashline(R)(2010), Nancy Bono (D)(2010), G. Paul Simon (D)(2010), and Jim Spiering (D)(2010).

Leechburg is one of only three municipalities in Armstrong County to have full time, seven day a week police coverage. The police department consists of three full time and several part-time police officers. The Chief of Police is Michael Diebold.

Federal and state representatives

Leechburg is in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, represented in Congress by Rep. Mark Critz (D).

At the state level, Leechburg is in the 38th Senatorial District, represented by State Senator Jim Ferlo (D), and in the 55th Legislative District, represented by Rep. Joe Petrarca (D).

Geography

Leechburg is located at 40°37′45″N 79°36′13″W / 40.62917°N 79.60361°W / 40.62917; -79.60361 (40.629304, -79.603727)[1], and is 800 feet above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (8.16%) is water.

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