City of Pittsburgh Council District 4
McKinley Park, a South Pittsburgh gem

McKinley Park is one of Pittsburgh's oldest, most beautiful parks. In July 2013, Councilwoman Rudiak, along with partners across City departments, Councilman Kraus, the Parks Conservancy, the Birmingham Foundation, State Rep. Wheatley, State Sen. Fontana, and Beltzhoover neighborhood organizations, celebrated a new and improved entryway. An eco-friendly porous parking lot surrounded by rain gardens, new lamp posts and benches, and improved pathways now grace this South Pittsburgh gem.

Overbrook School Redevelopment

Valcott Enterprises and the NRP Group are partnering to renovate the Overbrook School to create a new senior living campus! The $30 million project will include assisted and independent living for seniors, parking, and a restored connection to the Southbank Blue Line T stop. 

"Dairy District" Development Coming to Carrick

Councilwoman Rudiak is working with Economic Development South & local business owners to reinvent a portion of Brownsville Rd. as the "Dairy District." The District would feature local businesses, including Colteryahn Dairy, the only dairy operating within the City of Pittsburgh. In January, a public presentation was given--see the Dairy District plans here!

 

Today, Pittsburgh City Council passed the Act 47 5-year Plan. Hear more about the plan and the work ahead from the Chair of City Council's Committee on Finance and Law, Councilwoman Rudiak. 

Click here for more information.

posted 6/24/14 @ 12:00 am

Today, the Act 47 Recovery Coordinators’ draft 5-year plan for the City of Pittsburgh’s financial outlook was introduced to City Council for deliberation.

Right now, the draft plan is just that—a draft. Over the next month, City Council will review and debate the independent analysis and will vote on a set of recommendations. Passing this plan only means we have work to do; the real deadline is the end of the year when the budget has to be passed. These recommendations will guide the work required of the Mayor and Council over the next six months to ensure that the City’s 2015 Capital and Operating budgets deliver the service, amenities, and infrastructure City residents deserve.

Click the link for my full statement on this process.

 

posted 6/04/14 @ 12:00 am

In the last few weeks, our office has received calls and emails from constituents with some incorrect information about the possible upcoming development in the municipality of Mt. Lebanon.  The site was home to the Depaul Institute before they moved to Shadyside in 2002 and later to the Bradley Center until their move to Robinson Twp. in 2007. The area is located at the end of Castlegate Ave. on the Mt. Lebanon side of Dorchester Ave. Currently, the existing buildings are blighted with broken windows and graffiti. I want to share with you the facts that our office has requested and received from the developers about the proposed development, which would include a senior living facility and upscale housing. We have also included links below of the developers’ previous projects which we encourage residents to take a look at.

We usually include this kind of news in our monthly e-newsletter (http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/newsletters) so please subscribe for future updates.

posted 3/03/14 @ 12:00 am

Today, Mayor Bill Peduto and I introduced a piece of legislation that would open up financial and operational data that the City maintains internally. Right now, paving schedules, building permits, property maintenance citations, and similar data are kept internal and private. My comprehensive Open Data ordinance would proactively release information to the public, with careful consideration to remove any confidential and personal information. Nineteen other American cities and counties have found that open data policies encourage innovation, with software and app developers inventing useful tools that help the public--and government itself--tackle difficult problems, like crime trends or snow removal, more effectively.

Here is the full bill in a document that allows you to leave your comments directly in the text! And, as always, feel free to contact my office with this handy form.

posted 1/14/14 @ 10:27 am

As District 4 sees its selection of streets milled and paved this season, it's important to keep in mind some of the realities that we're faced with: rising costs, resources stretched thin, and an ever-growing list of needs. My staff put together this quick guide to the ins and outs of paving in the City. Take a look!

posted 9/05/13 @ 1:52 pm

In September's newsletter, I mentioned the fact that most, if not all, of District 4 has been built over top of old coal mines. Take a look at this map to see for yourself. Because of this, subsidence, which can cause sink holes and potentially damage house foundations, is always a potential risk. It's important for South Pittsburghers to consider acquiring mine subsidence insurance. For more information, log onto the state's DEP mine subsidence website. You can also speak to a DEP expert to find out about your risk and available insurance by calling 1.800.922.1678 during normal business hours. Protect yourself!

posted 8/30/13 @ 12:13 pm

“To call Senate Bill 975 ‘consumer protection’ is outrageously false. This bill will legalize loan terms that are currently illegal under state law, trapping working people into an endless loop of borrowing and reborrowing at exorbitant rates. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the message is clear: state legislators need to stand up for the financial health of our communities--not the profit-driven interests of out-of-state corporations.”

posted 6/10/13 @ 12:00 am

PennDOT District 11 has announced that the the long-awaited reconstruction of the intersection at Rt. 51 and Rt. 88 will begin in June and continue through November 2015. PennDOT plans to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Rt. 51. Any temporary detours will be posted. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions!

posted 3/27/13 @ 12:00 am

Yesterday, I passed a Will of Council condemning the state legislature's attempt to transfer the power to determine non-profit status to the state. Today, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is expected to announce that the City will challenge UPMC's non-profit, tax-exempt status. Here's my take.

posted 3/20/13 @ 12:00 am

The city is currently examining its Responsible Hospitality program, particularly in major entertainment destinations such as the South Side, Lawrenceville, Downtown, and Oakland.  In December, we received a draft of the plan.  This is a presentation that my office put together to summarize the major points of the plan for those that are interested.

Click here to view the summary presentation

If you have any questions about the plan, please feel free to contact my office. 

posted 3/14/13 @ 12:00 am
Councilwoman Rudiak Calls on Governor for Robust Transportation Funding

Councilwoman Rudiak joined with transportation advocates, labor leaders, and religious activists today, introducing a Will of Council calling on Governor Corbett to produce a strong and sustainable plan to fund transportation in the region-- both infrastructure like roads and bridges, and public transportation. The Will of Council passed unanimously. 

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak cited what she called "a frightening lack of investment in our roads and bridges and buses and rail cars ... our mass transit system has suffered from years of crises and cuts and last-ditch rescues. We need a comprehensive transportation agenda that keeps Pennsylvania moving." --Advocates push Corbett, legislators to better fund public transportation- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania has been shirking its responsibility for upkeep of its infrastructure, according to Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.

"It's really our fathers and our forefathers that left us this tremendous amount of wealth in the form of this transportation infrastructure," said Rudiak. "It's up to us to maintain it and keep it going, and I refuse to let my generation be the one to squander this inheritance." --Labor, Religious Activist Groups Join Forces to Call for Transportation Funding in Allegheny County- WESA

 

posted 1/22/13 @ 12:00 am

Check out our latest article for updates on the long-awaited Brookline Boulevard Reconstruction Project! 

posted 1/16/13 @ 12:00 am

Check out our new photos page, featuring pictures from events in the neighborhoods and City Council. 

http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/photos

posted 1/10/13 @ 12:00 am

Read our most recent e-newsletter for updates on projects around the district, like: 

  • Brookline Blvd Reconstruction
  • Beechview Senior Center
  • *New* Park & Ride on Rt. 51
  • Brownsville Road "Dairy District"
  • *New* Senior Housing Developments 

....and much more!

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posted 1/08/13 @ 12:00 am
Battling Blight: Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant

On November 13th, I co-sponsored a bill that will provide another tool in our battle against blight.  The legislation directs the Chief of the Bureau of Building Inspection to post signs in front of as many as ten of the worst properties around the city-- properties that have been continually cited, without any action taken by the owner to correct the problems. These signs will list the name of the building owner, their publicly available addresses, and their telephone numbers. If neighbors believe that there is a property near them that deserves consideration, they can petition the department to take an extra look. 

Many other cities across the country, including BostonMilwaukee, and Allentown have had success with similar programs, finding that this technique frequently encourages property owners to clean up their blight. 

There is no silver bullet, but this proposed legislation is additional ammunition in our continual fight to keep our neighborhoods clean!  You can read the bill here.

posted 11/29/12 @ 12:00 am

Our office has received numerous calls from concerned citizens about hunting activity in our City greenways. City code prohibits hunting in the greenways, punishable by as much as a $1,000 fine. If you see or hear of hunting in the greenways, please call 9-1-1. 

Click here to read more information on our hunting law and enforcement. 

posted 11/27/12 @ 12:00 am

Click here to get the facts about the proposed Billboard Tax legislation, sponsored by Council President Darlene Harris and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak. 

posted 10/17/12 @ 12:00 am

Councilman Bruce Kraus and I walked the length of Brownsville Road, from Mt. Oliver to the City line. We talked with business owners & residents, and took inventory of maintenance issues that needed attention-- everything was reported to 3-1-1! Click the link to watch a video highlight reel!

posted 8/27/12 @ 12:00 am

Women’s voices are uncommon on the Pennsylvania political scene. In fact, the state ranks 47th in the nation in terms of female representation and participation in politics. That’s one reason photographer Martha Rial took a closer look at the political lives of three women of different generations in the region. Watch the video to hear what Councilor Rudiak has to say.

posted 6/28/12 @ 12:00 am

In a weekly series on Essential Public Radio, Josh Raulerson interviewed Councilor Natalia Rudiak about what kinds of books she reads-- mostly travel writing! Natalia also talks about her home branches of the Carnegie Library, Carrick & Knoxville. Click the link to read the full story and listen to the audio. 

posted 6/26/12 @ 12:00 am

Council unanimously passed a resolution against HB 2191 on Tuesday, saying the bill would “trap borrowers in debt.”

Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak wrote the Will of Council. She said HB 2191 would not only increase interest rate caps from 24% to as high as 680%, but it would also codify “balloon payments.”

“Which basically means that the borrower must secure the loan with a post-dated check,” said Rudiak. “So, let’s say their entire first paycheck would go to repay that loan, meaning that they would have to take out another loan in order to pay their other bills, be it medical bills, grocery bills, childcare bills, et cetera.”

Click here to read the full story. 

Click here to view PA HB 2191

posted 5/23/12 @ 12:00 am

A study conducted in 2009 identified pay disparities and low morale among half of Pittsburgh city workers. The city found pay disparities related to gender and race, advancement barriers for women, politically based decision-making, and perceptions of unfair treatment, among other problems. Now city council members are conducting an audit to see whether conditions have changed in 3 years. Council member Natalia Rudiak talks about the audit and the disparities.

Click Here to listen to the full story 

posted 5/02/12 @ 12:00 am

"Natalia Rudiak nailed it with her op-ed ("A Sorry Story of Transit and Taxes," April 18). It's a shame more elected officials don't recognize the value in providing a steady source of funding for transit." Read the full letter in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

posted 4/25/12 @ 12:00 am

"We are the wealthiest nation in the world. So why are we struggling to maintain basic public services?" Read Natalia's take on our region's ongoing transit crisis, and our state legislature's responsibility to solve it. Read the full text in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

posted 4/25/12 @ 12:00 am

Were you unable to attend the Brookline Blvd Reconstruction Final Design Meeting in March? Click the link to see the full presentation and learn more about the details of this exciting project! 

posted 4/13/12 @ 12:00 am

“These fees that we’re getting, we’re actually not even using it to regulate the impacts of drilling, the environmental impacts. We’re using it to patch other holes in the state budget,” said Rudiak. “Some of the money is going into what’s called a Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund. That’s actually practically giving some givebacks to the industry, like buying natural gas vehicles and using the money for tax breaks.”

posted 4/04/12 @ 1:11 pm

The Crested Duck Charcuterie is yet another new addition to Broadway Avenue in Beechview that originated at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip. Read this article and be sure to stop by and support our new neighbors! 

posted 3/16/12 @ 12:00 am

Click the link to learn more about Carrick and Overbrook joining with our Southern suburban municipalities to advocate for improvements and investment that will benefit our shared economic and transportation corridors.

posted 3/16/12 @ 12:00 am

Be sure to read this fantastic feature in Pop City about Beechview's newest main street restaurant, Casa Rasta!

posted 3/16/12 @ 12:00 am

The Office of Councilmember Natalia Rudiak
510 City County Building | 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-255-2131 | Fax: 412-255-2052

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