Pittsburgh--City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak today announced her candidacy to be the first female City Controller of Pittsburgh, saying, "I'm running for City Controller to fight for stronger schools and vibrant neighborhoods. I will bring fiscal leadership to the Controller's office. There is a better way to manage city finances--one that doesn't waste taxpayer dollars, prevents fraud rather than excusing it, restores the public trust, invests in our children, and transforms our city. Being a watchdog isn't enough. As Controller, I will ensure that public money is spent with smart fiscal oversight, vision, and leadership."
Rudiak, a two-term City Council member, was born and raised in South Pittsburgh, where she graduated from Carrick High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree from George Washington University and the London School of Economics through scholarships awarded from the Pennsylvania and national AFL-CIO before completing her graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University.
"Improving our neighborhoods means electing a better manager. Pittsburgh needs a controller who makes sure our resources are allocated fairly. As a graduate of Pittsburgh Public Schools, I know how important it is for parents, teachers, students, and staff to have the resources and tools they need to succeed. As a member of City Council, I have a proven track record of implementing smart and responsible fiscal policy to our city, and I'll bring that same advocacy and commitment to the Controller's office," said Rudiak. "I come from an immigrant background and I understand our city's rich history--and because of that history, I have a vision for common-sense reform. The Controller signs every contract and approves every expense. That's $500 million that goes back into our neighborhoods every year. We need to make sure it's spent wisely, because every dollar counts." Rudiak said.
Rudiak's professional background is in fiscal management and technology. She previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she implemented a statewide information technology system. Rudiak holds the position of Chair of the Finance and Law Committee on City Council. Rudiak has been a trailblazer advocating for quality education and family-friendly workplace policies. After her Act 47 work balancing the city's books and improving the city's credit outlook, Rudiak made sure that best financial practices were written into the city code. Rudiak said, "In 2018, we're going to see an unprecedented reduction in our debt service. I want to make sure that when we get this infusion of cash, it goes to the neighborhoods that have been left behind. I know how to get the most out of our money, and to ensure it's spent making the lives of all Pittsburghers better."
Rudiak, 35, lives in Carrick. For more information, contact Jodi Hirsh at email@example.com, or (412) 326-9832.