Natalia Rudiak http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Learning Lessons from NYC on Universal Pre-K http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-learning-lessons-nyc-universal-pre-k <p>As Pennsylvania continues a campaign to ensure access to PRE-K programs for all children, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, a representative from Mayor Bill Peduto’s office and a group from the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) traveled to New York City to see how that city is implementing universal Pre-K.</p><p>Rudiak said one thing is clear: It takes multiple players working together to pull it off.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:03 +0000 Deanna Garcia 33092 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Learning Lessons from NYC on Universal Pre-K City to Audit Tax Revenue from Pro Sports, Concerts, Conferences http://wesa.fm/post/city-audit-tax-revenue-pro-sports-concerts-conferences <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh’s professional sports teams are huge drivers of the local economy, but City Councilwoman Natalia </span>Rudiak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said in Wednesday’s committee meeting that she’s currently unable to quantify that contribution.</span></p><p>“As we were talking about Act 47, I was talking with constituents and they would constantly ask me ‘How much money do we get out of the stadiums?’” Rudiak said. “To be honest with you, I couldn’t answer that question.”</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:07:22 +0000 Liz Reid 32332 at http://wesa.fm City to Audit Tax Revenue from Pro Sports, Concerts, Conferences With 24 Members And 105 Days Left, Public Education Task Force Holds First Meeting http://wesa.fm/post/24-members-and-105-days-left-public-education-task-force-holds-first-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh’s City Task Force on Public Education is set to hold their first meeting Tuesday evening, a little more than three months before they are expected to present their recommendations to Mayor Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:57:20 +0000 Liz Reid 31087 at http://wesa.fm With 24 Members And 105 Days Left, Public Education Task Force Holds First Meeting ICA Recommends Hefty Slash To City Budget; Peduto Pushes Back http://wesa.fm/post/ica-recommends-hefty-slash-city-budget-peduto-pushes-back <p>Days after the Act 47 Recovery Coordinators <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-receives-latest-act-47-recovery-plan">submitted</a> their <a href="https://www.pfm.com/uploadedFiles/Content/Knowledge_Center/Whitepapers,_Articles,_Commentary/Commentary/City%20of%20Pittsburgh%20-%202014%20Amended%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf">166-page plan</a> to the city for review, the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, or ICA, put in their two cents.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:13:32 +0000 Liz Reid 30373 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh City Council Honors WYEP For Its 40th Anniversary http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-honors-wyep-its-40th-anniversary <p>Pittsburgh City Council has proclaimed Tuesday, April 29, 2014 to be “WYEP 40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Day” in the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and Council President Bruce Kraus jointly sponsored the resolution.</p><p>“Growing up here and growing up in a working class neighborhood … before the days of the Internet … part of the way I would find out about innovative music and bands and different cultural experiences was through WYEP,” Rudiak said.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:59:56 +0000 Liz Reid 28404 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh City Council Honors WYEP For Its 40th Anniversary Rudiak Introduces Bill to Put City Budget Data Online http://wesa.fm/post/rudiak-introduces-bill-put-city-budget-data-online <p>Less than a week after Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s Open Data initiative officially become law, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak has introduced legislation to work with a California-based company to put all of the city’s budget data online.</p><p>A bill introduced Tuesday in City Council would allow the Director of Finance and the Director of the Department of Innovation and Performance to contract with Silicon Valley software company <a href="http://www.opengov.com/">OpenGov</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 26459 at http://wesa.fm Mayor, Council Renew City's Commitment to Summer Youth Employment Program http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-council-renew-citys-commitment-summer-youth-employment-program <p>Councilman Ricky Burgess has spent the last few months hammering away at his fellow legislators with regard to the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:26:25 +0000 Liz Reid 23953 at http://wesa.fm City Council Hears Open Data Ordinance Testimony http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-hears-open-data-ordinance-testimony <p>Pittsburghers might get the opportunity to know a lot more about city government.</p><p>City Council heard testimony Thursday on Natalia Rudiak’s legislation to establish an open data ordinance for the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>The ordinance would make information available online to the public -- ranging from city services to infrastructure.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:26:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 23642 at http://wesa.fm With Peduto's Support, Rudiak Introduces Open Data Bill in Council http://wesa.fm/post/pedutos-support-rudiak-introduces-open-data-bill-council <p>With the support of Mayor Bill Peduto, City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak has introduced legislation to establish a comprehensive open data ordinance for the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>If the bill passes, Pittsburgh would join New York City, San Francisco and more than a dozen other cities that have embraced public data sharing.</p><p>Rudiak said in a news conference Tuesday that the ordinance would go above and beyond the current Right to Know law, which requires that government agencies provide information to the public upon request.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:38:03 +0000 Liz Reid 22809 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's 138th City Council Sworn In http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-138th-city-council-sworn <p>Pittsburgh City Council chambers overflowed with elected officials, city employees, community leaders, friends and family as the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/gilman-rudiak-smith-lavelle-gain-voter-approval">newly elected and re-elected</a> members of the 138<sup>th</sup> City Council were sworn in.</p><p>Natalia Rudiak, Theresa Kail-Smith and Daniel Lavelle all won re-election in their districts in November, while Bill Peduto’s former chief of staff, Dan Gilman, took over the new Mayor’s seat on Council.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:59:10 +0000 Liz Reid 22406 at http://wesa.fm Food Banks Plead for Piece of a Diminishing Federal Funding Pie http://wesa.fm/post/food-banks-plead-piece-diminishing-federal-funding-pie <p>Representatives of more than a dozen local food banks and other public service organizations made their annual plea to Pittsburgh City Council for <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/community-development/cdbg">Community Development Block Grant funding</a> on Tuesday.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/">Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank</a> asked for $200,000, which is consistent with what they received in years past.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:45:04 +0000 Liz Reid 20094 at http://wesa.fm Rudiak Condemns UPMC for Latest Labor Violation Allegations http://wesa.fm/post/rudiak-condemns-upmc-latest-labor-violation-allegations <p>Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak said in a news conference Tuesday that workers at UPMC are fighting the same fight many of their grandparents and great-grandparents fought many years ago.</p><p>&ldquo;We should take a page from history,&quot; she said. &quot;We shouldn&rsquo;t have to wait for decades and fight those same battles over and over. We need to stand up now, and that&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;re doing.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:31:09 +0000 Liz Reid 17816 at http://wesa.fm Hundreds of Protestors Stage Sit-In Outside UPMC http://wesa.fm/post/hundreds-protestors-stage-sit-outside-upmc <p></p><p>Hundreds of protestors sat down in the middle of Fifth Avenue in Oakland outside of UPMC Presbyterian Saturday, singing “Amazing Grace” and calling on the healthcare giant to make some major changes.</p><p>Christoria Hughes, 56, works in the dining hall at Presbyterian for $12/hour, and said the rally wasn’t just about the employees of UPMC.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 01:23:59 +0000 Liz Reid 16156 at http://wesa.fm Hundreds of Protestors Stage Sit-In Outside UPMC All But One Pittsburgh Council Member Gives Approval for $230M Larimer Project http://wesa.fm/post/all-one-pittsburgh-council-member-gives-approval-230m-larimer-project <p>Pittsburgh City Council gave final approval for a $230 million redevelopment project in Larimer, which focuses primarily on East Liberty Boulevard and Larimer Avenue. District 4 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak cast the lone "no" vote.</p><p>Rudiak, who represents Carrick, Bon Air, Brookline, Beechview and Overbrook, said she had reservations about the process, partly because she’s only known about the project for 3 weeks.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:51:33 +0000 Emily Farah 14315 at http://wesa.fm Councilwoman Rudiak Calls for More Traffic Safety http://wesa.fm/post/councilwoman-rudiak-calls-more-traffic-safety <p>Cars are buzzing by faster than the posted speed limit.</p><p>Groups of children are dodging cars trying to make it to the other side of the street.</p><p>All of this going on over the shoulder of Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.</p><p>The councilwoman, joined by representatives from Bike Pittsburgh and community residents, stressed the need for an upgraded traffic safety system Wednesday outside of the Carrick Regency High Rise along Brownsville Road.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:14:50 +0000 Michael Lynch 12514 at http://wesa.fm