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Reps. Pisciottano and Brown introduce effort to increase stipend for veterans

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – State Reps. Nick Pisciottano and Amen Brown are leading an effort to boost the state stipend for veterans who are blind, paralyzed or amputees due to their military service. The $150 monthly stipend has not seen an increase for more than two decades. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, and Brown, D-Philadelphia, said they plan on introducing legislation that would increase the monthly stipend disabled veterans receive to $200 per month. Based on rising costs and inflation, the current $150 a month these veterans receive is worth about $98 a month, reflecting a 34% decrease in value. “These men and women gave so much in service to our country and to keep each one of us safe, including the loss of their sight and their mobility,” said Pisciottano. “Each one of them who suffered life-altering, debilitating injuries is truly deserving of a long-overdue increase to this benefit, a benefit that is well within our state’s budgetary means. I’m proud to partner with Representative Brown to make this happen and I anticipate more of our colleagues will sign on to support this worthwhile effort to provide this assistance to our disabled veterans.” “Our veterans deserve our deep gratitude and a salute for their service and for keeping our imperfect democratic republic safe.” Brown said. “However, what veterans deserve – and need more – is real, tangible assistance from our state and federal Read more

 

Gainey introduces automatic voter registration legislation

(Jan 21, 2021)

Proposal would register people when they access state services Read more

 

Frankel hails federal nomination of Dr. Levine

(Jan 19, 2021)

‘Her science-led leadership has soothed a frightened public’ Read more

 

Matzie: More than $12.6 million in CARES Act funding allocated to district schools to support ongoing learning

(Jan 15, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, Jan. 15 – Schools in the 16 th Legislative District will be able to apply for approximately $12.62 million in federal CARES Act funding to ensure students have the resources they need to continue learning during the pandemic, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding to eight school districts in the district will help ensure schools have the resources they need to continue offering quality education. “The pandemic’s economic impact has strained resources all around, and school districts are no exception,” Matzie said. “The districts have faced a ton of challenges, from providing safe on-site instruction to ensuring an effective remote curriculum, and I want to commend school officials and our dedicated teachers, aides and other school staff. This funding is going to speed the resources to our districts they need to ensure our students are safe and do not fall behind.” Matzie said the following funding is allocated: Aliquippa School District – $4,032,121. Ambridge Area School District – $2,297,093. Baden Academy Charter School – $875,776. Central Valley School District – $1,173,585. Freedom Area School District – $1,096,991 Hopewell Area School District – Read more

 

Pisciottano signs on to effort to provide rent, mortgage relief for those impacted by pandemic

(Jan 13, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – Newly sworn-in state Rep. Nick Pisciottano has joined House Democratic leadership in co-sponsoring a measure designed to help Pennsylvanians struggling to pay their rent or mortgage during the current pandemic. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said the Pennsylvania Housing Energy Lessee Protection Strategy , or PA HELPS, is a $974 million proposal that would keep people in their homes, thus avoiding evictions and foreclosures, and it also would help local landlords. PA HELPS would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to set up an easy-to-use program to quickly provide assistance to those in need. “We have thousands of Pennsylvanians, including many in my district, who continue to struggle to pay their rent or mortgage as this pandemic continues, and they can’t afford to wait any longer for the help they need and deserve,” said Pisciottano. “This proposal would do just that and remove the fear and anxiety they’ve been experiencing and allow them to stay safely in their homes.” The $974 million in funding included in the proposal is composed of $852 million in estimated federal aid allocated to Pennsylvania for emergency rental assistance. It also includes $122 million that would be redirected back from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. In November, the $122 million that was originally earmarked toward rental and mortgage relief was instead used to close a Read more

 

Markosek: Port Perry Bridge project to receive $1M state grant

(Jan 12, 2021)

Grant to fund repairs to 117-year-old railroad bridge in North Versailles Read more

 

Wheatley sworn into office, returns with new chairmanship

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, has been sworn in for another two-year term in the House and has also been named as the Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee. He previously served two terms as Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on several issues – among the most urgent is securing much-needed relief for residents and minority-owned businesses who continue to be adversely impacted by the ongoing pandemic,” said Wheatley. “I’ve seen firsthand how the pandemic has led to extreme stress and anxiety, especially for people who want to work and have either struggled, due to no fault of their own, to get or renew the proper licensing for their respective occupations. I see this committee being among the most vital in directly impacting our workforce. A strong workforce is going to be the foundation toward our state’s recovery, and we need to do all we can to make the licensing process for employees and businesses as smooth and efficient as possible to keep Pennsylvanians working.” Wheatley added that, based on a recent national study , 41% of Black-owned businesses, 32% of Latino-owned businesses and 26% of Asian-owned businesses shut down between February and April 2020, compared to 17% of white-owned businesses during that same time period. Wheatley was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Read more

 

Kinkead announces committee assignments

(Jan 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – Today state Rep. Emily Kinkead announced she has been chosen to serve on four standing House committees. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, will be serving as a member of the Agriculture, Appropriations, Human Services, and Judiciary committees. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on these committees, which cover a wide range of issues, including agriculture - considered one of our state’s top industries - to oversee the state’s budgetary process, ensure our social services programs are providing the support our residents need and deserve, especially during the ongoing pandemic, and review measures related to the oversight of law enforcement agencies and our corrections system,” Kinkead said. “We certainly have a great deal of work ahead of us in this new legislative session, and I’m excited and looking forward to hitting the ground running to making real, meaningful differences in the lives of our residents.” Kinkead is among 25 new members in the House who were recently sworn into office. For assistance with a variety of state-related services, including property tax/rent rebate assistance, help with unemployment compensation, or home heating help, please visit her website at www.pahouse.net/kinkead . Read more

 

Pisciottano announces committee assignments

(Jan 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano announced he has been named to serve on three standing committees in the PA House of Representatives. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, will serve on the Commerce, Labor & Industry, and Tourism & Recreational Development committees. “It’s no secret that our communities have been devastated by the current pandemic and serving on the Commerce and Labor and Industry committees will provide me with an opportunity to help with unemployment compensation issues, protect workers’ rights and assist our small businesses with much-needed relief and support,” said Pisciottano. “With tourism considered the second-largest industry in our state, and many of my constituents working in this industry, I am proud to have a voice at the table to promote and expand our tourism and recreational opportunities here in Allegheny County.” Pisciottano is among 25 new members in the House who were recently sworn into office. For assistance with a variety of state-related services, including property tax/rent rebate assistance, help with unemployment compensation, or home heating help, residents may visit his website at www.pahouse.net/pisciottano . Read more

 

Kinkead sworn in for first term in office

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, has been sworn into office for her first term representing the 20 th Legislative District. “I was proud and honored to take the oath of office today and I am committed to being your voice in Harrisburg,” said Kinkead. “We have a lot of work ahead of us in this session, and that includes helping people who are out of work and struggling due to the pandemic. I am committed to fighting for the changes we need, including raising our state’s minimum wage, affordable health care, criminal justice reforms and supporting much-needed economic development in our communities. I promise to work together with my colleagues to bring needed relief and changes to benefit all residents of our great state.” Prior to her election in November 2020, Kinkead worked as an attorney in private practice. While earning her law degree at the University of Pittsburgh, she interned with a legal aid clinic in Eldoret, Kenya, protecting the rights of HIV+ individuals and victims of domestic and gender violence. She also interned at Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh, helping low-income tenants in landlord-tenant disputes and at the Pitt Law Immigration Clinic, assisting clients seeking asylum in the United States. Prior to entering private practice, Kinkead clerked for Commonwealth Court Judge Michael Wojcik. She is an active volunteer with the Junior League of Read more

 

Matzie sworn in to seventh term representing PA’s 16th Legislative District

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Rob Matzie was sworn in today at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, taking the oath of office to begin his seventh term representing the people of the 16 th Legislative District. As he renewed his commitment to the district, Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the health of residents and the local economy are top priorities. “My top priority in the months ahead will be continuing to address the COVID pandemic and preparing for the recovery, both on the health front and the economic front. “As always, I will continue to support strong education funding at all levels, as well as job training and economic development opportunities for our communities. “Finally, I am proud to have been reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee. My focus will be on expanding broadband access and to fully – and safely – develop our state’s natural energy resources.” Matzie said his office – which is operating remotely during the pandemic – can help with a wide variety of state services, including prescription drug assistance, children’s insurance, unemployment compensation, driver and vehicle services, home heating and property tax/rent rebate applications, veterans’ issues and more. Residents should call the office at 724-266-7774 for assistance More information is available by Read more

 

Gainey: $580,000 grant awarded to Wilkinsburg water project

(Dec 30, 2020)

Grant will address runoff, improve Nine Mile Run stream quality Read more

 

Costa, Frankel: $1.1 million grant to protect Pittsburgh Jewish faith community

(Dec 28, 2020)

Lawmakers ‘lament’ need for security, but pledge to ensure safety Read more

 

Gainey: $4 million in state grants awarded to local projects

(Dec 23, 2020)

Grants will help boost redevelopment, create jobs Read more

 

Matzie: $1.5 million in grants awarded to Monaca, Aliquippa projects

(Dec 23, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 23 – Beaver County development projects will benefit from more than $1.5 million in funding thanks to state grants under state Redevelopment and Capital Assistance Program funding, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. “The funding to Aliquippa will allow us to transform a dead brownfield area into a thriving manufacturing area, which will provide job opportunities and economic revitalization for the entire area. The grant to Monaca will allow for construction of a 27,000-square-foot building to house police, fire and administrative operations, which will allow the borough to operate with greater efficiency and greater savings to taxpayers.” Matzie said the grants include the following: $1 million for redevelopment of a 40-acre brownfield and construction of a 250,000-square-foot high-tech manufacturing building located along the Ohio River in Aliquippa. $500,000 to build the new 27,000-square-foot, two-story Monaca Civic Center on Pacific Avenue in the borough to house police, fire and administrative departments. In addition to the Aliquippa and Monaca projects, Matzie said development projects in Midland Borough will receive $2.5 million in combined funding, and another development project in Center Township will receive $2 million in funding. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the Read more

 

Lee: $3.5M in grants to help library, school, recovery support services

(Dec 23, 2020)

Major state grants announced just in time for holidays Read more

 

Matzie: Free drive-through COVID-19 testing coming to Beaver County Dec. 27

(Dec 23, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 23 – Beaver County residents will have access to free COVID-19 testing at a drive through-clinic in Monaca beginning Dec. 27, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced. Matzie said the testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Sunday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 31 at the Community College of Beaver County, 1 Campus Drive, Monaca. Matzie said mid-nasal passage swab PCR tests are free and will be performed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Patients must be 3 or older and are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. No appointment is necessary. Patients are encouraged to bring a photo-ID or insurance card. Registration will also be completed on-site. The turnaround time for testing results is two to seven days after testing. More information on the testing is available here. Read more

 

Pisciottano: $50,000 state grant awarded to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

(Dec 17, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 17 – The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has been awarded a $50,000 grant to upgrade equipment used to train students pursuing aviation careers, state Rep.-elect Nick Pisciottano announced. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said the Keystone Communities Program grant process began under his predecessor, former state Rep. Bill Kortz, and he was able to complete Kortz’s efforts and secure the grant with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. PIA will use the grant to replace its 1200Y3 transponder bench unit test with a more updated version, which will provide students the ability to accurately test transponders and equipment used for air traffic control reporting, he added. “This Keystone Communities Program grant will help to ensure that PIA graduates remain at the top of the hiring list for aviation employers all across the industry for years to come,” Pisciottano said. “As young people realize careers in the technical trades are just as financially rewarding and professionally gratifying as those obtained with a four-year college degree, we hope more people will see schools like PIA – a prestigious, nationally top-ranked program – as an excellent option toward a great career, right here in our backyard.” “PIA is grateful to work with the Keystone Communities Program to ensure that this grant is put to practical use in a way that will enhance the career prospects of our Read more

 

Matzie: More than $4.5 million to support law enforcement, crime victims

(Dec 09, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 9 – Grants totaling nearly $4.53 million will bolster programs to assist law enforcement, deter crime, protect domestic crime victims and offer supports and services for women and children victims of abuse, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding comes from grants administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, acting on recommendations by various advisory committees. “Funding from PCCD goes toward programs that make our communities safer by improving crime detection and prevention and enhancing services and support for victims. They help our law enforcement and social service workers do their jobs better and help crime victims recover and thrive. Essentially, they are investments in peace and safety for our region.” Matzie said grants approved by these committees will fund the following services: County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee – improve probation services Allegheny County Improvement of Adult Probation Services – $1.33 million. Beaver County Improvement of Adult Probation Services – $282,501. Criminal Justice Advisory Committee – purchase body-worn law enforcement cameras Borough of Ambridge Law Enforcement and Corrections – $23,209. Beaver County Commissioners BWC Program Expansion – $2,892 . Criminal Justice Read more

 

Gainey: State to invest $1.3M in local orgs, projects and programs

(Dec 09, 2020)

Tax credits to help keep projects moving forward during difficult times Read more

 

Reps. Pisciottano and Brown introduce effort to increase stipend for veterans
1 day ago

Gainey introduces automatic voter registration legislation
Jan 21, 2021

Frankel hails federal nomination of Dr. Levine
Jan 19, 2021

Matzie: More than $12.6 million in CARES Act funding allocated to district schools to support ongoing learning
Jan 15, 2021

Pisciottano signs on to effort to provide rent, mortgage relief for those impacted by pandemic
Jan 13, 2021

Markosek: Port Perry Bridge project to receive $1M state grant
Jan 12, 2021

Wheatley sworn into office, returns with new chairmanship
Jan 12, 2021

Kinkead announces committee assignments
Jan 11, 2021

Pisciottano announces committee assignments
Jan 11, 2021

Kinkead sworn in for first term in office
Jan 05, 2021

Matzie sworn in to seventh term representing PA’s 16th Legislative District
Jan 05, 2021

Gainey: $580,000 grant awarded to Wilkinsburg water project
Dec 30, 2020

Costa, Frankel: $1.1 million grant to protect Pittsburgh Jewish faith community
Dec 28, 2020

Gainey: $4 million in state grants awarded to local projects
Dec 23, 2020

Matzie: $1.5 million in grants awarded to Monaca, Aliquippa projects
Dec 23, 2020

Lee: $3.5M in grants to help library, school, recovery support services
Dec 23, 2020

Matzie: Free drive-through COVID-19 testing coming to Beaver County Dec. 27
Dec 23, 2020

Pisciottano: $50,000 state grant awarded to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
Dec 17, 2020

Matzie: More than $4.5 million to support law enforcement, crime victims
Dec 09, 2020

Gainey: State to invest $1.3M in local orgs, projects and programs
Dec 09, 2020