Allegheny House Dems announce $360,000 for nonprofit security upgrades

(Apr 06, 2023)

PCCD grants awarded to potential targets of hate crimes Read more

 

Bill to require companies to disclose hidden fees up front

(Mar 27, 2023)

When Taylor Swift crashed Ticketmaster with her “Eras” tour, it also made a lot of people aware of just how expensive concert tickets are. Not just the face value of tickets, but the hidden fees and additional costs that are not advertised. Read more

 

Pisciottano: Kennywood is committed to safety and security

(Mar 24, 2023)

“As a state legislator living a half mile from Kennywood Park and representing many of Kennywood’s employees and paying customers, I have worked with Kennywood management on their efforts to ensure the park is safe for all attendees – including my own family – since the tragic shooting last fall. I’ve seen firsthand the security upgrades Kennywood management has made in response to that event. Like many others in our region, I look forward to enjoying Kennywood Park this summer with my family in a safe environment based on the security improvements instituted since last September. Read more

 

Pisciottano tackles junk fees, motorcycle lemons with new bills

(Mar 22, 2023)

“Hidden or ‘junk’ fees are inherently deceptive and should not exist in a free and fair market,” Pisciottano said. “For too long, companies like Ticketmaster have taken advantage of American consumers through these arbitrary fees. I applaud the steps being taken at the federal level to address junk fees and look forward to supplementing consumer protections here in Pennsylvania by mandating fee transparency in advertised prices.” Read more

 

Allegheny House Dems work to help deliver $34.4 million for local projects

(Mar 17, 2023)

“When we’re in Harrisburg we’re not just fighting for the smart policies that are needed to move our commonwealth forward by equitably funding schools, promoting economic development or strengthening our social safety nets, we’re also working to drive state investment in our local communities and neighborhoods,” Pisciottano said. Read more

 

Pisciottano: $1.1 million in state grants awarded to local projects

(Mar 17, 2023)

BALDWIN, March 17 – Over $1.1 million in state grants has been awarded to four local communities, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. “Whether it’s helping renovate a community pool, purchasing new public works equipment or helping fund a new off-road vehicle park, these grants mark a direct state investment into our communities,” Pisciottano said. “These grants will help our local municipalities get these projects moving, which otherwise might not have happened. By making our communities better, we’re encouraging business development and private investment as well, a win-win for everyone.” Pisciottano added that the awards announced today would not have been possible without the help of Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, and expressed gratitude for his role in securing the funding. Locally the grants included: Baldwin Borough, $600,000 for renovations the borough community pool. West Mifflin Borough, $376,002 to purchase two dump trucks to replace aging equipment. Dravosburg Borough, $75,000 to purchase a new public works dump truck. Glassport Borough, $56,065 to help build an off-road vehicle park. The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which oversees the state’s distribution of gaming revenues to support public projects. Read more

 

Pittsburgh International Airport awarded $23.5 million for new terminal

(Mar 01, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, March 1 – The Biden-Harris administration has awarded $23.5 million to support construction of a new terminal currently underway at the Pittsburgh International Airport, members of the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. “In recent months, Americans have experienced unacceptable levels of delays and interruptions at airports across the country,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, the delegation chair. “This new terminal will expand the capabilities of Pittsburgh International and contribute to our region’s reputation as a national leader in transportation and infrastructure. Building and maintaining robust transportation infrastructure throughout southwestern Pennsylvania will require effort and dedication from all levels of government and I thank President Biden for his support at the federal level.” Pisciottano specified the project will add a 700,000-square-foot landside terminal, which includes a new baggage handling system, elevators and escalators. He added that, when the terminal is complete, improvements to security screening and baggage checking will greatly enhance the experience of all travelers passing through the airport. Construction crews broke ground on the project in October 2021. The total cost of the airport project is estimated to be $1.4 billion and to be completed in 2025. An interactive map showing the nearly $1 billion awarded to 99 airports of all shapes Read more

 

Allegheny County schools awarded $183K for cafeteria upgrades

(Feb 23, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 – Schools in Allegheny County were awarded nearly $183,000 in state grants to purchase new food service equipment, members of the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. “Kids can’t learn on an empty stomach,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, who chairs the delegation. “We want to make Allegheny County schools the best they can possibly be and that means making sure cafeterias have the right equipment to feed our children nutritious meals every school day of the year.” Pisciottano said the following local funding was among more than $2.7 million in grants awarded to schools across the state: $5,175 to Nazareth Prep School District for a convection oven at the Seville School. $5,175 to Nazareth Prep School District for a convection oven at the Moon Anthony School. $13,500 to Pittsburgh School District for a convection oven at Greenfield Elementary School. $13,500 to Pittsburgh School District for a convection oven at the Fulton Academy of Science. $28,600 to Plum Borough School District for a combi oven at Plum Middle School. $25,000 to Propel Schools for a combi oven at Propel Braddock Hills High School. $25,000 to Propel Schools for a combi oven at Propel Montour Middle School. $8,700 to Provident Charter School for a reach-in freezer. $24,600 to Steel Valley School District for a convection steamer at Steel Valley Senior High School. $8,400 to Steel Valley Read more

 

Partner4Work awarded $260,000 grant to grow nursing career opportunities

(Feb 23, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 – Regional workforce development organization Partner4Work will receive a $260,000 grant through the state Department of Labor & Industry’s Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership, members of the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. Reflecting on the recent House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in McCandless addressing critical health care staffing issues, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, the delegation chair, said the investment will play a significant role in filling the employment void hospitals and care providers have been facing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “While this is an important investment from the state, it’s just a drop in the bucket,” said Pisciottano. “There is a colossal shortage of health care workers right now, and fixing this problem is going to require a more aggressive pursuit of policy reforms and funding initiatives at all levels.” Through its Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, P4W will use Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership grant funding to establish health care partnerships, expand community outreach between employers and potential workers, and promote apprenticeship opportunities in the health care industry, specifically preparing individuals for careers as licensed professional nurses and certified nursing assistants. The grant program is part of the COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Honoring Sean Sluganski, Get the Lead Out, Give the Gift of Life, and more!

(Feb 10, 2023)

I send my deepest condolences to the family of Officer Sean Sluganski, who was killed on Monday afternoon while serving the community of McKeesport. I am also sending well wishes to Officer Chuck Thomas, who was shot during the same incident and survived, and hope he has a swift recovery. As our community grieves through this tragic loss, I encourage all to keep those affected in your prayers. Read more

 

Pisciottano announces $192K for local EMS, firefighters

(Feb 08, 2023)

BALDWIN, Feb. 8 – Over $192,000 has been awarded to support local emergency service agencies through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program , state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. “Firefighters and EMS workers often risk their own lives to protect our community,” said Pisciottano. “They deserve access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to do their jobs safely. I’ll continue advocating for more state funding from Harrisburg to better outfit our local first responders.” The following local funding was included among $2.5 million in FCEMSGP grants awarded in Allegheny County: $15,000 to Allegheny County Airport Authority Fire Rescue. $10,000 to Baldwin EMS. $14,000 to Baldwin EMS (Fire). $15,000 to Baldwin Independent Fire Co. No. 1. $15,000 to Citizen’s Hose Co. No. 1 in Glassport. $13,800 to Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1. $12,600 to Duquesne Annex Volunteer Fire Co. in West Mifflin. $15,000 to Homeville Volunteer Fire Dept. No. 1. $14,300 to Option Independent Fire Co. in West Mifflin. $15,000 to Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. $10,000 to Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire (EMS). $14,000 to Skyview Volunteer Fire Co. No. 4 in West Mifflin. $13,500 to West Mifflin Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3. $15,000 to Whitehall Fire Co. Eligible projects include facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training and certification, education and public Read more

 

Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities

(Feb 01, 2023)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Regional Recovery Hubs Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organization or governmental entity. Use : To support a Recovery-Oriented-System of Care (ROSC) by establishing a Recovery Hub and Spoke model. Funds : Nine grants up to $500,000 each will be awarded.. Application Deadline : February 24, 2023 More Information : https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2023-01%20Regional%20Recovery%20Hubs_2023.01.11_FINAL.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category 1 Funds (Funding Source: SAEDR Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organizations may partner with governmental entities, including school districts, provided the nonprofit organization is the applicant. Use : To provide research-based or evidence-based approaches to prevention, intervention, treatment, training, and education services to reduce substance use or to provide resources to assist families in accessing the services needed to reduce substance use behavior, as well as strategies aimed at combating opioid/heroin overdoses. Funds : Grants up to $150,000 over a two-year project period. Application Deadline : February 24, 2023 More Read more

 

Policy Hearing: Misclassification hurts workers, taxpayers and state

(Jan 27, 2023)

“The lost revenue is astronomical, and the lost protections, including health insurance, is sickening – not to mention devastating to our workers and their families,” Pisciottano said. “We heard the practice described as insurance fraud, a crime that hurts all Pennsylvania families and workers since it shortchanges every taxpaying resident.” Read more

 

Pa. lawmakers propose medical debt relief bill

(Jan 23, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – Seeking to ease the burden of medical debt on working families, a plan to create the Pennsylvania Medical Debt Repayment Program was unveiled today by state Reps. Arvind Venkat and Nick Pisciottano, both D-Allegheny; Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna; and Tarik Khan and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila. “As a physician, I have seen firsthand how problems with our nation’s healthcare system – including medical debt – have hurt families and prevented people from getting the care they need,” said Venkat, the first physician to serve in the General Assembly in nearly 60 years. “While there are many issues that we need to address, including the systemic problems that lead to spiraling medical debt, this bill is an important first step toward helping people across Pennsylvania get the assistance and the care they need – and not phone calls from collection agencies.” “When my son was diagnosed with childhood leukemia, the last thing I wanted to worry about was the stress of medical costs. No family in Pennsylvania should ever need to think twice before seeking care for chronic or other serious conditions for fear of going into medical debt,” Kosierowski said. “We must do whatever we can at the state level to ensure that families don’t need to choose between going to the doctor or putting food on their table or buying clothes for their children.” The lawmakers likened the newly Read more

 

Allegheny County conservation efforts awarded $2.2 million

(Jan 13, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 13 – Initiatives to improve air and water quality and develop recreation areas throughout the region received more than $2.2 million in state grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program , members of the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. “Pennsylvania has the sixth largest outdoor recreation economy in the country,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, who chairs the delegation. “Providing funding to properly manage our waterways and forests not only improves the quality of life of our community members, but also delivers major economic benefits. Our delegation will continue fighting for every dollar we can to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.” The following local funding was included among $31.2 million in grants announced for projects across the state: $499,900 to the city of Pittsburgh to rehabilitate Allegheny Landing Park. The funded project includes renovation of the plaza, historic railings and pedestrian walkways; installation of lawn, meadow and rain gardens; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. $521,000 to the Allegheny Land Trust for payment toward the acquisition of approximately 96 acres in Monroeville for open space and passive recreation. Read more

 

Allegheny County apprenticeship programs receive $716K boost

(Jan 11, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 11 – Local programs to develop and expand opportunities for students preparing to enter the workforce were awarded more than $716,000 in grants through the state Department of Labor & Industry’s Schools-to-Work Program , the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. “Creating better job opportunities for our next generation of workers is foundational to continue growing our region’s economy,” said Rep. Nick Pisciottano, the delegation chair. “Investments like this support the idea that all Allegheny County workers deserve careers that allow them to raise a healthy family, own a home, and pursue their own happiness.” The following grants were among $2.7 million awarded today throughout the state: $250,000 to Carnegie Mellon University to support their Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Pathways for Underserved Populations (RAMP UP) approach, leveraging trained staff and resources from Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy to deliver SMART Robotics technician training to underserved formal credit recovery high-school students (aged 17-21) at Passport Charter School , a formal learning site where this type of training is typically not found. $250,000 to PHASE 4 Learning Center to support their Giving Opportunities through Robotics and Manufacturing program, designed to prepare Read more

 

Pisciottano sworn in for second term in state House

(Jan 04, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano took the oath of office in the state Capitol yesterday to begin his second term representing the 38th Legislative District in Allegheny County. For his second term, Pisciottano said he plans to continue pushing legislative initiatives that support workers and create a fairer economy for all Pennsylvanians, among other things. “I’m eager to continue fighting for policies that help working families in our corner of Allegheny County and across Pennsylvania,” Pisciottano said. “My family has lived and worked in this region for generations. I’m committed to improving and growing what I already consider to be one of the best communities in the country to raise a family.” Pisciottano was also unanimously elected by his peers to serve as the PA House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation chair , and was named the chairman of the newly formed House Democratic Policy Subcommittee on Labor, Energy and Development . “In my new leadership roles I am looking forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to promote smart policies to foster a prosperous economy and rebuild Pennsylvania’s middle class,” Pisciottano said. “Now more than ever we need to be able to work together and across party lines to get things done in Harrisburg, because at Read more

 

Pisciottano joins Pittsburgh Regional Transit Board of Directors

(Dec 22, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 22 – Serving alongside Allegheny County’s top transit innovators, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today that House Democratic Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, has appointed him to the Pittsburgh Regional Transit Board of Directors. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to help shape the future of Pennsylvania’s second largest public transit agency,” Pisciottano said. “In this new role, I’ll be working hard to ensure that Pittsburgh and Allegheny County residents can continue to access public transportation that is safe, reliable, and affordable.” In April, Pisciottano helped secure nearly $1 million for the authority to make fundamental upgrades to pedestrian crossings, bus stops, and traffic signals along Route 837 , one of the most heavily travelled roads in Allegheny County. At his West Mifflin district office, Pisciottano and his staff regularly help constituents receive Senior Citizen ConnectCards, which allow seniors to access PRT and other public transit services at no cost . Pisciottano will fill the PRT board vacancy left by Lt. Gov.-elect Austin Davis. The PRT board appointment comes just weeks after Pisciottano was appointed chair of the newly formed House Democratic Policy Subcommittee on Labor, Energy and Development, poising him to lead on a host Read more

 

Pisciottano: $290,000 awarded to support local law enforcement

(Dec 15, 2022)

BALDWIN, Dec. 15 – Law enforcement agencies in West Mifflin and Baldwin have been awarded $290,000 through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. “Our communities are safer when local law enforcement has the right tools and proper training," said Pisciottano. “I’ll continue advocating for grants every chance I get to support emergency services across our region.” Funds were awarded as follows: $200,000 to Baldwin Borough to fund drug recognition training and costs associated with attending the 2022 and 2023 PA DUI Conferences. $90,240 to West Mifflin Borough to purchase dash-mounted cameras for police cars. More information on PCCD grants can be found here . Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano announces $4 million for Steel Center technical school

(Dec 14, 2022)

JEFFERSON HILLS, Dec. 14 – In a huge boost to area workforce development efforts, the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education will receive a $4 million state grant to fund infrastructure upgrades at the facility, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today alongside a bipartisan group of local and state officials at a press conference held at the school. “This investment serves as a major catalyst for local job opportunities, as well as our regional economy overall,” said Pisciottano. “Providing public schools with proper resources is essential in preparing our next generation of workers. My sincerest thanks to everyone who came together and helped secure this grant for the Steel Center.” Pisciottano specified that the Steel Center, which provides career and technical education to residents of 11 school districts in southern Allegheny County, plans to use the funds for the following: Complete replacement of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical infrastructure. Update ADA code compliances throughout the building. Renovate and expand the diesel technology mechanic training program lab. Improve various training and student services programs. Prepare spaces for future training programs not yet determined. The funding is provided by the Read more

 

Allegheny House Dems announce $360,000 for nonprofit security upgrades
Apr 06, 2023

Bill to require companies to disclose hidden fees up front
Mar 27, 2023

Pisciottano: Kennywood is committed to safety and security
Mar 24, 2023

Pisciottano tackles junk fees, motorcycle lemons with new bills
Mar 22, 2023

Allegheny House Dems work to help deliver $34.4 million for local projects
Mar 17, 2023

Pisciottano: $1.1 million in state grants awarded to local projects
Mar 17, 2023

Pittsburgh International Airport awarded $23.5 million for new terminal
Mar 01, 2023

Allegheny County schools awarded $183K for cafeteria upgrades
Feb 23, 2023

Partner4Work awarded $260,000 grant to grow nursing career opportunities
Feb 23, 2023

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Honoring Sean Sluganski, Get the Lead Out, Give the Gift of Life, and more!
Feb 10, 2023

Pisciottano announces $192K for local EMS, firefighters
Feb 08, 2023

Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities
Feb 01, 2023

Policy Hearing: Misclassification hurts workers, taxpayers and state
Jan 27, 2023

Pa. lawmakers propose medical debt relief bill
Jan 23, 2023

Allegheny County conservation efforts awarded $2.2 million
Jan 13, 2023

Allegheny County apprenticeship programs receive $716K boost
Jan 11, 2023

Pisciottano sworn in for second term in state House
Jan 04, 2023

Pisciottano joins Pittsburgh Regional Transit Board of Directors
Dec 22, 2022

Pisciottano: $290,000 awarded to support local law enforcement
Dec 15, 2022

Rep. Pisciottano announces $4 million for Steel Center technical school
Dec 14, 2022