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Natalia Rudiak sworn in as District 4 representative


January 12, 2010

District 4 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak

"I ask you to be inspired to build a better Pittsburgh with me!"

Pittsburgh City Councilmember Natalia Rudiak was officially sworn as the District 4 representative on January 4 at a ceremony in City Council Chambers.

In her inaugural address, she called for a civic re-awakening in Pittsburgh to aide revitalization in the neighborhoods. Citing tough economic times that have gripped the nation and her campaign commitment to bring more investments to Pittsburgh's Southern neighborhoods, Ms. Rudiak asked her fellow council members to, "tackle these issues with a zeal that is unmatched and a vigor that is unparalleled."

 Councilmember Rudiak, drawing on her own experience as a community leader in district 4, also called on Pittsburghers to get more involved by "[interfacing] with city government, so we all can take ownership of it and start organizing for our communities."

"All across this country, big cities are hurting too, just like Pittsburgh. Cuts in state revenue, crumbling infrastructure, neighborhood de-stabilization — these are national problems. But the city who solves them first will become America's next great urban center — our nation's next great story of renewal, of change, and of hope. And so, we must tackle these issues with a zeal that is unmatched and a vigor that is unparalleled," she continued.

Ms. Rudiak was elected after capturing more than 98 percent of the vote in the November general election. In May, the Carrick Democrat won a three way primary to secure her party's nomination.

A graduate of George Washington University, she holds a masters degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to her election, she was an active community leader and business owner in the Pittsburgh's southern neighborhoods.


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