Thank you for visiting our District 6 website. I am humbled and honored that you have chosen me to represent you on Pittsburgh City Council. Currently I serve on the Chair for Public Safety, and am a board member on the board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority. It is a truly gratifying experience to represent the Northside, Oakland, the Hill District and the Golden Triangle for the City of Pittsburgh.
I would like to take this opportunity reiterate my goal of making District 6 more attractive, safe and prosperous for all of its residents. People will come back to live here, and our children will stay here and we will succeed here. This is a guiding principle for my office, and one that helps direct and focus my policy initiatives.
Since the start of my tenure, I have initiated a district-wide community health and wellness campaign. Branded as the “Fit in Six” initiative, the aim is to increase the awareness of current health issues affecting the district while providing fun options to promote a healthier outlook for life.
In 2013 we co-hosted the Health and Wellness Weekend with State Representative Jake Wheatley's Office, continuing a tradition of hosting annual health fairs in our district. We also organized the second annual Latino Heritage Cup, a soccer tournament hosted at the Schenley Oval which will be similarly held in the fall of this year. In addition, I am excited to announce that we are working on organizing a “Fit in Six” 3 on 3 basketball tournament in April. Stay tuned as we finalize the details of these and other “Fit in Six” initiatives to keep our communities engaged, active and healthy.
On the legislative front, my focus has been on policies that provide opportunities to our populations in need. Throughout 2013, I worked on drafting amendments to expand the scope of Pittsburgh Works, a bill that was passed in 2001 which requires 35% of all work hours on City-subsidized projects to be performed by City residents. My amendments will expand coverage to include disadvantaged workers, so they too can be given the opportunity to hold self-sustainable jobs, to bring food to the table and support their families. I hope to introduce these amendments in 2014, and have been studying similar initiatives implemented throughout the country.
Neighborhood blight is another policy focus of my office, and one of the greatest challenges faced by cities across the country. In 2013, my office introduced and passed legislation that holds creditors accountable for the maintenance of residential structures they own which are vacant. For 2014, I will continue to respond to issues that create blight in our communities, from creating programs to renovate abandoned structures to addressing the problem of speculators buying up land in our communities.
To ensure that I am consistently reaching the community and hearing your concerns, I have a number of community “Meet and Greets” as well as remote office locations scheduled throughout the year. Please take a moment to review the calendar for a date and location near you. All are encouraged to attend these site visits to share your thoughts, concerns and ideas on how to make District 6 an even better place to live.
I appreciate your civil engagement and hope that you will provide your feedback and concerns on issues affecting this great city.
R. Daniel Lavelle
Robert Daniel Lavelle was born and raised in the Hill District section of the City of Pittsburgh. He attended Pittsburgh Public Schools and graduated from Schenley High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in 2000. In 2002, he completed the Leadership Pittsburgh program. Daniel, as family and friends know him, lives in the Hill District with his wife Rachel Riley-Lavelle, a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh.
His professional career until January 2010 has included working as a Pittsburgh City Council Legislative Aide for former Councilman Sala Udin, and Chief of Staff for the 19th Legislative District's Honorable State Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr. Daniel honed his skills as an advocate for working-class families, seniors, fair governance, and good democracy. He has served with Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) where he also learned the inner-workings of government and how to best implement public policy that benefits neighborhood residents. In addition, Daniel works for his family's business, Lavelle Real Estate, Inc. in various capacities including real estate brokerage. His strong work ethic comes from a tradition of family entrepreneurs whose businesses have served as cornerstones for empowering local residents and strengthening our City through good and bad times.
Motivated by his parents, Robert and Phillis Lavelle, and his grandparents, Robert and Adah Lavelle, Daniel has consistently pursued the values and practices associated with public service. His family-instilled commitment to providing service for people was reinforced by his grandfather's advice, "If you recognize a problem and then can grasp the nature of the solution, then you have an obligation to use your talents to help fix the problem." Following his grandfather's words, Daniel chose a career in public service to help fix the myriad of problems facing his community. Daniel's significant experience in bringing people together is also driven by his passion for building coalitions amongst citizens, elected officials, and interest groups. In 2009, Daniel further followed his grandfather's advice and ran for Pittsburgh City Council. He was elected into office November 2009 and sworn into office January of 2010.
Upon election, Councilman Lavelle stated he would bring the same hard work and spirit of collaboration to the office that he has demonstrated in his work to date. He emphasized the importance of addressing issues such as public safety, job preparation and development, housing, economic development and access to quality education from pre-school through college. His goal is to ensure the district is made attractive, safe, and prosperous for everyone. He believes people will come back to live here and our children will stay here and succeed.
Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle's district encompasses part of the Northside (Manchester, Chateau, California-Kirkbride, part of Central Northside, Perry Hilltop), Downtown, the Bluff, the Hill District and parts of West and South Oakland. The district lies in the core of the City of Pittsburgh and the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.
He is currently the chair of Public Safety which has charge of and jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to the Police Department, the Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, Animal Control, the Bureau of Building Inspection, and emergency operations. Councilman Lavelle also serves as the vice chair on the Urban Redevelopment Authority Board. He is also a board member of Wireless Neighborhoods, Oakland Business Improvement District, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Riverlife and Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. In addition, he is an Assistant Boy Scout Master for Troop 93, based in the Hill District.
Councilman Lavelle is also a proud licensed Real Estate Agent with Lavelle Real Estate, Inc., a family owned and operated full service real estate firm since 1951. He is also Vice-President of a local film company, Fear No Man Productions, LLC.
Councilman Lavelle was recognized by Cystic Fibrosis as one of Pittsburgh's 50 Finest in 2002. Pittsburgh Magazine most recently recognized him for being one of Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 in 2009.
He is married to Rachel Riley-Lavelle and they are the proud parents of daughter Saniya and son Elijah. They reside in the Hill District.
Office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2134 | facsimile 412-255-0737