City of Pittsburgh Council District 4
Youth Program Inventory Presented at Summit

On January 5, 2016, Councilwoman Rudiak hosted the Hilltop Youth Summit at Pittsburgh Carrick High School with Dr. Jamil Bey of PGH Works. Coro Fellow, Alyson Shaw presented the findings of a nine-week inventory of youth serving programs in District 4 neighborhood and the Hilltop. 

Rudiak, Women's Caucus create Office of Early Childhood

On Monday, December 21st, 2015, Councilwoman Rudiak and the Women’s Caucus sponsored legislation that was passed unanimously by the City Council of Pittsburgh to create the Office of Early Childhood for the City of Pittsburgh.

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Quality Pre-K for All!

Councilwoman Rudiak reads to elementary students at Concord Elementary as part of National Young Reader's Week. Rudiak is committed to providing quality early education and is working on helping childcare providers to improve their facilities to create the best outcomes for Pittsburgh kids. 

 
Cutting the Ribbon on Brookline Boulevard

Cutting the ribbon on the brand-new Brookline Boulevard with community partners, and neighbors. We made it happen together!

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. 

 

This year’s budget process ended with only a few amendments from Council. This is clearly a result of our cooperative efforts with the Administration and evidence that our capital budget ordinance passed by Council in 2014, is working.   

 

The 2017 Budget amended and passed by Council provides funding for a 900+ member police force as well fully funded fire bureau and more staffing for emergency medics and building inspectors; a $72 million dollar commitment to the pension which nearly meets the benefit expenses of the pension fund without depending on the investment return, allowing the principle to grow; a renewed commitment to the summer youth program; investments in performance measures that will create additional efficiencies and savings; and a commission and commitment to gender equity throughout our city. 

 

The 2017 capital budget provides over $74 Million for: paving over 60 miles of streets; the beginning of implementation of our facilities optimization plan to make informed investment into City firehouses, police stations, public works and parks land and buildings, providing  safe, quality spaces for employees and citizens to enjoy and be proud of.  

 

While we continue to meet the challenges in this budget many more lie ahead. The passage of the Affordable Housing ordinance has tasked the City with finding innovative budgetary solutions to fund a program that will address an affordable housing deficit. We will continue to work to find ways to make this city more hospitable to women and children. And additionally, although we have begun to fund our pension in a more aggressive manner we are still not out of the woods yet as wages increase and markets become more volatile. Police relations and public safety technology will also need adequate funds for us to stay ahead of the curve. 

 

I have confidence in this Council, the Mayor and our city workforce that we will stand up and meet these challenges in the coming year. 

 

 I would like to thank each of my fellow Council members for their dedication as well as Mayor Bill Peduto.

 

-Natalia Rudiak, Finance Chair

 

posted 1/06/17 @ 10:31 am
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. 

 

The legislation also calls for the creation of a Gender Equity Commission which will broadly examine education, violence, economic development, and city services, to identify how gender impacts these issues in the City. The commission will also work with City departments to educate employees about these issues, identify inequities, and create action plans to eliminate any systemic discrimination.  

 

Who: Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, Marcia Bandes, Sara Goodkind (University of Pittsburgh), Blayre Holmes (Women and Girls Foundation), Kathi Elliott (Gwen's Girls), Nicole Molinaro Karaczun  (Women's Center and Shelter), and Jessie Ramey (Chatham Women's Institute) 

 

What: CEDAW and Gender Equity Commission 

 

When: Tuesday, 11/15  
Press Conference: 9:30 A.M. 
Post-Agenda Meeting: 10:00 A.M. 
Public Hearing: 11:30 A.M. 

 

Where: outside City Council chambers, 414 Grant Street 15219, 5th Floor 

 

 

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posted 11/15/16 @ 12:00 am
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.

This year my staff and I have met with experts from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Allegheny County Health Department, the University of Pittsburgh Insitute of Politics, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Governor's Office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is obvious that the tools available to local legislators on the neighborhood level are not enough to address the magnitude of this epidemic.

Councilwoman Rudiak said of the report, "Tools available to local legislators are not enough to address the magnitude of this epidemic."

We hope that, as the epicenter of this epidemic, attention and resources will be channelled to our suffering South Pittsburgh communities. Our office attends block watch meetings throughout the district, and we hear countless stories about how heroin and opioid use causes children to steal from parents, addicts to rob strangers on the street, and children to be neglected, all for the sake of the next high or tragic fatality. Every citizen has a role to play in reducing heroin and opion use and overdose. While this report has originated from public health care and human service professionals, and so much of this fight is happening in our state and federal governments, we look forward to a broader conversation on what citizens and local policy makers can do to triumph over the disease of addiction.

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posted 8/10/16 @ 12:00 am
Rudiak, Lamb, Peduto Work Together, Make Performers Pay their Fair Share for Taxpayer Facilities

Mayor Peduto's administration is introducing an Ordinance to close loophole that allowed performers to hide income and get out of paying for using taxpayer funded facilities. The ordinance, introduced in response to Councilwoman Rudiak's 2014 legislation calling on Controller Michael Lamb to audit the Sports and Exhibition Authority and the Stadium Authorityfound a loophole which allowed performers to hide their earnings from the city by paying themselves a small amount and utilizing a trust account to shield the remainder of their earnings. For example, in 2013, Taylor Swift paid $70,410.61 for using Heinz Field for a performance. Kenny Chesney paid $131.50 for his performance during the same year and at the same venue, even though he paid $53.911.19 for his 2007 Heinz Field performance. As guests to our city, entertainers need to honor our citizens and pay for the privilege of performing in these taxpayer funded venues; we cannot accept anything less

 

To view the full audit, click herePDF File. To view the enabling legislation, click here.

 

In response to these findings, The ordinance would ensure that everyone from athletic teams and athletes to singers and other musical acts pay what they owe to taxpayers. 

 

Finance Chair Natalia Rudiak said of the bill, "Performers need to pay their fair share for the right to use taxpayer-funded facilities. Taxpayers should not be picking up the check for regulating crowds, cleaning up, and wear and tear on these facilities. This fee will pay taxpayers back and that is the bottom line." Captured revenue will go to the general fund. The bill, if passed, would prevent performers from hiding income earned while performing at city-owned or taxpayer funded facilities. This fee will make sure that taxpayer dollars are going toward paving roads and maintaining our parks instead of crowd control and clean up for special events. 

 

"We are closing any loopholes that would allow performers to dodge paying when they are legally and ethically required to do so." -Finance Director Paul Leger 

 

*Updated at 2:45PM

 

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posted 7/05/16 @ 12:00 am
Fontana and Rudiak Partnership Brings $600,000 for Broadway Avenue Improvements in Beechview

Today, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved $600,000 in grant funds for an approximately $1.016 million streetscape revitalization project for Broadway Avenue in Beechview.  The success of this grant was due to a partnership between State Senator Wayne Fontana and Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak; the proposal was written by the office of the Councilwoman and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and Senator Fontana fiercely advocated for the project in Harrisburg, ensuring it was funded. Councilwoman Rudiak is advocating for matching funds from the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Pittsburgh's 2017 Capital Budget. 
 

"This is such fantastic news for Beechview," said Councilwoman Rudiak. "The neighborhood is poised for renewal with young families buying homes and developers taking on major renovations. Now, our public infrastructure can be more accessible and attractive."  
 

This is a Multimodal Transportation Fund grant sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). The proposal was submitted in July of 2015. The Project aims to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians, transit-riders, cyclists, and drivers, while beautifying Broadway Avenue. Proposed improvements include T-stop shelters and new ADA accessible features, new curb ramps, enhanced signal crossings, and other traffic-calming safety measures.  

 

The plans will be based on priorities named in the 2011 Beechview TRID Study (Transit Revitalization Investment District) and a public process to engage residents and stakeholders.  
 

Find the Beechview TRID Study herePDF File

 

You can find Senator Fontana's press release and quote here 

 

posted 7/01/16 @ 12:00 am
RUDIAK TO HOST BRIEFING ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN PITTSBURGH

What: Briefing on the State of Early Childhood in Pittsburgh 

Who:  

Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak 
Mayor William Peduto  
Erin Molchany of Governor Wolf's office 
Pittsburgh Public Schools  
Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) 
Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers 
Allies for Children 
Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce  
One Pittsburgh 

When: 1:30 Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 

Where: City Council Chambers 

 

Today, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak will host a post agenda briefing on early childhood education and the needs of childcare providers in the City of Pittsburgh. The briefing will outline the current state of early childhood education in Pittsburgh, present findings of the childcare needs assessment, cover the City's work on early education to date, and lay out the vision for the future of early education in the City of Pittsburgh. Additionally, stakeholders will present updates on their work in this area.

 

posted 6/28/16 @ 12:00 am
Rudiak to Call for Improvements in Pool Inspections, Repairs

Today, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak will introduce a resolution calling on the Department of Public Works to improve the process by which City swimming pools are inspected and repaired. The move was inspired by the late opening of Moore Swimming Pool in the Brookline neighborhood of her district. The pool's electrical service needs critical updates, and the pool will now open 2-4 weeks late.

"Our City pools are one of our greatest assets, and a source of joy for so many families," said Rudiak. "We need to make sure that we identify critical maintenance needs and make repairs well in advance of summer, to ensure reliable, consistent service."

The resolution will require that all pools are inspected twice per year, in October and March. Repairs necessary to open the pool on time are to be identified and completed in the off season. Emergency repairs may be necessary if and when severe winter weather damages pool equipment, but the hope is that earlier and more frequent inspections will ensure a smoother repair schedule and pool season.

The resolution will also require that pool inspection reports and data be made public. It also requires that the last 5 years of inspection data, dating back to 2012, be made public.

 

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posted 6/21/16 @ 12:00 am
VOLUNTEER LOVE AND CAPITAL UPGRADES COMING TO MOORE PARK IN BROOKLINE, CITY OF PITTSBURGH

“Moore Love” Volunteer Day to Pretty Up Moore Park

On Saturday, June 18th, City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak will host “Moore Love: A Volunteer Day to Pretty Up Moore Park”. Neighbors and City staff will meet in the park to repaint several prominent features, including railings and a gazebo. All paint and supplies will be provided by the City of Pittsburgh. Councilwoman Rudiak will provide refreshments, including donuts from Brookline’s Party Cake Bakery. On average, the Department of Public Works receives 30 applications per month for volunteer events like this in our City parks.

Moore Love: A Volunteer Day to Pretty Up Moore Park
Saturday, June 18th : 9 AM
Moore Park-- 1831 Pioneer Avenue, 15226 (Brookline)
Paint, supplies, and refreshments provided
**wear painting clothes

In addition, crews from the Department of Public Works will be out on the same day to:

  • Patch the steps and bleachers that can be completed without building forms-- including the steps on the Pioneer Avenue side
  • Fill in the large cracks on the courts to eliminate tripping hazards.
  • Clean the gutters around the park
  • Tie back loose fence fabric
  • Remove worn and faded signs
  • Replace wood on players benches and bleachers
  • Remove vines growing on the fence
  • Prune trees and brush
  • Remove stumps
  • General cleaning; blowing sidewalks, steps and parking lots

***Because of the rain, they will not be able to address any field issues until the fields and materials dry out.

Moore Park Capital Improvements

This event is just one piece of a larger agenda to make critical repairs and improvements to Moore Park. On May 8th, Councilwoman Rudiak requested cost estimates for the following improvements. She will include funds for these repairs in the 2017 Capital Budget.

  • Resurfacing the basketball courts
  • Replacing the concrete stairs to the Moore Recreation Center
  • Replacing the fence around the little league field
  • Re-seeding the soccer field

The Councilwoman is requesting that residents attend the City’s upcoming capital budget public forums on June 21 and June 23 to support these budget allocations. More information is here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/omb/capitalbudget

Moore Park Pool Update

The Moore Park Pool also requires critical upgrades to its electrical service line. The Department of Public Works has estimated that this work will take 2-4 weeks. Councilwoman Rudiak worked with Citiparks to ensure there is a shuttle to the nearby Banksville Pool for the duration of the work. She is also pushing to have the work completed and pool opened sooner. For more information on the shuttle service, please see: http://pittsburghpa.gov/district4/article.htm?id=6165.

Pool Inspection Legislation to be Introduced

Lastly, in an effort to prevent recreational service interruptions in the future, Councilwoman Rudiak will introduce legislation on Tuesday, June 21 requiring Citiparks and the Department of Public works to schedule and complete necessary inspections of our parks facilities in October and March of each year. The goal is to reduce service interruptions by identifying and addressing critical equipment failures in the off-season. The bill will also require that inspection results be made public as part of the City’s open data initiative, and will retroactively require the past 5 years of inspection data to be made public.


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posted 6/17/16 @ 12:00 am
Office of Councilwoman Rudiak: Statement on Moore Park Pool Repairs

Earlier today, it was announced that Moore Park Pool in Brookline will require repairs to its electrical service before opening for the summer. You can see the full release here.

While it is clear that these repairs are necessary to protect the safety of the many families who use the pool, we are dismayed that the problem was not uncovered sooner, and that repairs were not made in the off-season.

Councilwoman Rudiak and Citiparks have secured shuttles that will provide transportation for Brookline residents to the nearby Banksville pool during the closure. The shuttle will run on the following schedule:

Shuttles Tuesdays and Thursdays
Depart Moore Park for Banksville at 1 PM and 2PM
Depart Banksville for Moore Park at 4 PM and 5 PM

Our office will push hard to ensure that the repairs are completed and the pool is opened as quickly as possible. We have also been assured that moving forward, inspections of pools will be completed and repairs will be made well in advance of summer pool season, when possible. We firmly believe that the City should maintain City assets and infrastructure proactively, and not wait for emergencies. Planning ahead is both financially prudent and the best way to ensure seamless service and recreational opportunities for our residents.

-Ashleigh Deemer, Chief of Staff, Council District 4, Office of Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak

 

posted 6/09/16 @ 12:00 am
Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak's Statement on Hateful Vandalism of Las Palmas Store in Brookline
This morning we were appalled to see the hateful vandalism on the mural painted by Brashear High School students on the building of the "Las Palmas" Mexican grocery store in Brookline.
Unfortunately, this is the second incident of despicable graffiti in the past few months; this means that, more than ever, Brookline and our entire Pittsburgh community need to pull together to combat this hate. 
The Berumen family, the owners of Las Palmas, enrich our community in so many ways, from providing jobs, to providing a gathering place for neighbors and visitors alike to share in the warmth of good food and good company. We strongly support the Berumens and Las Palmas, and support all that unites, not divides, our beloved neighborhoods. 
We do not tolerate hate as a city. We are city of immigrants. We will always be a city of immigrants. We are a welcoming city, a kind city, and an inclusive city. Pittsburgh stands strong in the face of bigotry and stands fully for love and respect for all of its residents.
Mayor Bill Peduto stands with South Pittsburgh: "Pittsburgh is a city built on immigrants who saw the opportunity to build businesses here, make a stake in their neighborhoods, and raise their families here. These incidents do not represent how our city truly is, and I urge anyone who may have witnessed anything related to this crime to report it to police. It takes all of us together to show we are a welcoming city, and I call on all of Pittsburgh to show these acts will not be tolerated, and to continue to support Las Palmas by shopping there."

The Office of City Council District 4 has reached out to the police, and anyone who has seen anything that could possibly relate to the defacement of the mural are encouraged to please call the police immediately. We will share more details about any upcoming actions or events to support Las Palmas and our Latino neighbors. 

 

posted 4/07/16 @ 12:00 am
Councilwoman Rudiak Calls for Audit of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA)

As the Finance Chair of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh, I am appalled, but not surprised by the Tribune Review’s findings that the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) has destroyed financial records, and failed to implement fair and sound practices for its own business. While the City has made great strides toward financial recovery and sustainability in the last decade, the ICA has been opaque and secretive about their own financial footing.

 

I stand with Mayor Bill Peduto, and call on the ICA to conduct a forensic fiscal audit to uncover spending and business records that were shredded by the Authority’s lone employee. The ICA has routinely withheld gaming funds from the City of Pittsburgh. As that fund grows to $20 million in the coming months, I question where that money is held, and who is receiving the earned interest.

I am hopeful that the three new ICA board members, appointed last week, will usher in a new era of transparency and responsibility. I look forward to their audit findings to ensure that public funds were spent legally and responsibly; furthermore, any persons found to have acted illegally should be brought to justice.

 

 

posted 4/05/16 @ 12:00 am
Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak Celebrates $15/Hour Win for Hospital Workers

“Today, I stand in solidarity with tens of thousands of workers across the region, and celebrate UPMC’s decision to raise minimum wages at most facilities to $15/Hour. There is no doubt this decision is the direct result of years of advocacy from workers-- our friends and neighbors--  fighting for a union and a family-sustaining wage.

Through those years, UPMC said $15 an hour was unrealistic-- that it could never be done. And through it all, I marched proudly beside UPMC employees, because I know that it takes at least $15 an hour to raise a family in Pittsburgh.

Today, we pause to celebrate, and tomorrow, we continue to fight for a union. We will continue to call on UPMC to stop its anti-union campaign, to provide access to affordable and compassionate care for all patients, and to treat all Pittsburgh residents with the respect we deserve.”

posted 3/29/16 @ 12:00 am
Councilwoman Rudiak's Statement on Berg Place fire

Last night a two-alarm fire burned vacant townhouses in the rear portion of the apartment complex known as Berg Place, at 2520-2526 Brownsville Road, near the intersection of Churchview Avenue and Brownsville Road. No injuries were reported. The units behind the main buildings fronting Brownsville Road were heavily damaged and firefighters worked throughout the night to control hotspots and keep the flames extinguished.  Firefighters deserve praise for keeping the fire confined to the building of origin.

 

Per Chief Darryl Jones, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. I am committed to helping the fire bureau in every way possible until they solve this case. These properties are still owned by Davin Gartley, who has a long list of criminal charges; they have been a serious blight on our neighborhood for too long. This fire is just the latest in a tragic recent history, which has included emergency evacuation of residents due to lack of utilities and extreme building code violations. No smoke detectors were present at the time of the fire.

 

"I was saddened and frustrated to hear of the fire at Berg Place. We need the judicial system to hold Mr. Gartley responsible for allowing these structures to fall apart. Carrick is moving in a positive direction again, and holding landlords accountable for blight is a critical component of improving our neighborhood. Due to the history of this property and its ownership, the Fire Bureau has launched an investigation and it is ongoing. We will update as soon as we receive further information."

 

While the justice system runs its course, the Office of Councilwoman Rudiak has been working with economic development corporation Economic Development South to explore how to salvage and rehabilitate the properties. In the meantime, any residents with information about the fire should call the office of Councilwoman Rudiak at 412-255-2131.

 

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posted 3/21/16 @ 12:00 am

On January 5, 2016, Councilwoman Rudiak hosted the Hilltop Youth Summit at Pittsburgh Carrick High School with Dr. Jamil Bey of PGH Works. Coro Fellow, Alyson Shaw presented the findings of a nine-week inventory of youth serving programs in District 4 neighborhood and the Hilltop. Community members and nonprofit organizations from District 4 and across the City of Pittsburgh were in attendance.

Click here to see the presentation.

Read the whole report here. 

posted 1/06/16 @ 5:12 pm

Beginning Thursday, September 10, 2015 the Carrick Blight and Crime Blitz began targeting 42 problem properties in the neighborhood for an intensive multi-department effort to improve quality of life in the neighborhood. After a month-long process to determine which areas in Carrick had the most unresolved complaints from 311, 911 and community members, the Office of Community Affairs worked with our office to create a new program to address and monitor violations.

 

Click here for updates and more information.

posted 9/29/15 @ 2:44 pm

Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak introduced legislation requiring City employees to make documents-- everything from public notices, to forms, the City website, and more-- easier to read, recognize, and understand. The bill calls for the adoption of "Plain Language" principles, which means that writing is clear, concise, well-organized, and is appropriate for the intended audience.

“The private sector has been using plain language for decades. If Nike’s advertisements looked like our public notices for zoning hearings, nobody would ever buy shoes. In this case, the ‘way we’ve always done it’ is simply not good enough. It’s time we start selling people on civic engagement-- making it easier for people to be informed and get involved.” -- Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak 

Learn More Here

posted 6/25/15 @ 12:00 am

On Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, Councilwoman Rudiak hosted a press conference, public hearing, and post-agenda on her proposed bill to provide City employees with 6 weeks of paid parental leave for new moms and dads in the case of birth, adoption, or fostering a child. You can read her full remarks here.

posted 1/27/15 @ 12:00 am

Click here to the see the full text of the speech. 

posted 12/15/14 @ 12:00 am

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 is important to keep in mind some of the realities that we are 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 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

The Office of Councilmember Natalia Rudiak
510 City County Building | 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-255-2131 | Fax: 412-255-2821

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