2014 was a banner year for Pittsburgh--we reduced the size of government, received more than $35 million in grants, revamped city government, and introduced smart technology to city departments that had never used it before. We’ve invested substantially in order to pave more roads in 2015, all while lowering the overall number of city employees. Both property value and sale prices have increased nearly 50% in the last 5 years.
During his first year on Council, Councilman Gilman passed legislation that prohibits perpetrators of illegal hillside dumping from bidding on or participating in city contracts. He also introduced and passed two pieces of legislation and a resolution aimed at reducing the discrimination and stigma pregnant women and nursing mothers continue to face. Councilman Gilman’s reasonable accommodations legislation provides a real solution to pregnant city and contract workers being asked to choose between their health and their livelihood.
The Councilman introduced and passed resolutions asking the FDA to re-evaluate blood, tissue, and organ donation policies, calling for elected officials at the state and federal level to work with Pittsburgh to join together to repair America’s infrastructure, imploring the PA legislature to support the PA Women's Health Agenda, and calling upon state legislators to support legislation that would enable all municipal police to use the same motor vehicle speed-timing equipment as the Pennsylvania State Police.
Councilman Gilman convened the first ever meeting of school principals and leaders for all of the schools in his district, encouraging collaboration and cooperation across schools and neighborhoods. His office also partnered with schools and PTAs in the district to help raise funds for school and community initiatives, and hosted community events that encourage responsible tree planting and community engagement in growing Pittsburgh’s urban forest.
Councilman Gilman organized and hosted a small business roundtable to discuss the challenges and opportunities of small, locally owned businesses in Pittsburgh. A diverse group of Pittsburgh small business leaders, representatives from the Mayor’s office, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) joined the first of many such conversations to begin understanding and addressing the unique needs of local small businesses. The councilman also worked with Mayor Peduto’s administration on a 2015 budget that contained a 300 percent increase in spending for small businesses.
The Councilman worked extensively with the Mayor’s office to implement smart technology that will vastly improve city services such as snow removal, paving, online permitting, and the 311 system, and called for online auctioning of unused equipment—including vehicles—as a revenue generating measure for the city; an idea that the mayoral administration has started to pursue.
City Council reached an historic agreement on the $516.6 million operating budget. In 2015, there are more police on the street, more building inspectors, and more paved streets; all while addressing our long-term financial health. The current budget is the first in decades that transparently invests in both Pittsburgh’s current needs and future health and solvency. The budget cleared a path to fix the City’s financial problems for good over the next five years.