District 4 News
Councilwoman Rudiak's 2017 Budget Address
On Tuesday, December 20th, City Council passed a $539 Million dollar operating and a $74 Million dollar capital budget. This action, along with a passage of the Five Year Plan, assures a fiscally responsible path that addresses our aging infrastructure and provides the staffing and resources to meet our ever growing challenges through the end of this decade. It is important to note that the balanced budget and five year plan were achieved while holding the line on taxes.
Councilwoman Rudiak and Advocates Encourage Pittsburgh to Adopt Gender Equity Bill
On Tuesday, 11/15, Councilwoman Rudiak will host a press conference, post-agenda, and public hearing to discuss her legislation aimed at supporting equity between women and men in the workplace, city services, public safety, and all elements of the City government and services. The legislation will adopt the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international treaty that was never ratified by the United States. Cities across the United States have adopted the principles of CEDAW, resulting in more representative workplaces, lower incidences of domestic violence, and other important benefits.
COUNCILWOMAN RUDIAK RESPONDS TO OVERDOSE DEATHS REPORT
The information contained in the report "Opiate-Related Overdose Deaths in Allegheny County: Risks and Opportunities for Intervention" released today by the Allegheny County Health Department and Department of Human Services confirms what our council office has heard anecdotally from community members, first responders, and neighborhood leaders alike: our neighborhoods are in crisis. In fact, over the past year, my office has been working to investigate heroin and opioid use and overdose city-wide and in South Pittsburgh. Last July, I sponsored an unprecedented City Council briefing with the City of Pittsburgh Emergency and Medical Services, Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office, the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Narcotics Anonymous, Gateway Rehabilitation Center, and Prevention Point Pittsburgh. The post agenda can be viewed here by searching for "heroin post agenda". What we learned is that we cannot arrest our way out of this problem; we must address prevention, treatment and harm reduction on equal footing with law enforcement.