I moved out of the city nine years ago. I grew up in Brookline, but still have family in the city. I have an interest in what happens in Pittsburgh, because without a strong city and leadership, the region can easily fail. As I read the results of the Democratic mayoral and city council District 4 races, I am convinced that the region may easily fail.
Councilman Bill Peduto is far from a strong leader and will not bring cohesiveness to city government. I have watched his behavior and am appalled by his juvenileness. This is exemplified by his not talking for years to co-workers and by his treatment of city residents. He seems concerned about working with only a certain demographic and disregards the rest. If he can't play nice with his co-council members, how in the world is he going to work with Pennsylvania legislators and executives?
As for Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, I find her derelict in working for her entire district. She said after her victory in the District 4 race that since she was sworn into office almost four years ago she has worked "to bring new investments to South Pittsburgh and to protect our neighborhoods from crime and neglect." I don't think she's been in the 19th Ward lately, specifically Beechview and Brookline.
She, like Councilman Peduto, caters to a specific demographic of her district, in her case only those who live in Carrick and Overbrook.
So as I read the election results, I see a city that will have a failing leadership, which does not bode well for the region.
MAUREEN R. McNEILL