PITTSBURGH, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, announced that he will work with North Hills High School to host his annual financial aid night at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the North Hills High School auditorium, 135 Sixth Ave . Costa said he encourages students, parents and caretakers to attend the event for information on the student aid process and how to financially plan for higher education. A student aid expert from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency will be able to answer questions. "College costs are rising, and I suggest attending this event for direction and information on funding post-high school education," Costa said. More information is available on Costa’s website at www.pahouse.com/DCosta , by calling North Hills High School at 412-318-1000 or by contacting Costa’s office at 412-361-2040. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, will host his annual senior fair in the Ross Township Community Center from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Seniors are encouraged to come out and get valuable information from numerous agencies about different programs and benefits for which they may qualify. The event is free, with various giveaways and chances to win door prizes. Flu and pneumonia shots will be available with your Medicare Part B or insurance cards. Some of the agencies attending are the Pennsylvania Mobile Veteran Service Van, the state Office of Consumer Advocate, Social Security, the Aging Institute of UPMC, Port Authority, Better Business Bureau, different utility companies, health care agencies, home and assisted-care agencies, and many, many more. "Seniors are invaluable members of our community, and my aim is to see that they are connected to all the programs and initiatives that can help them remain active, engaged and healthy," Costa said. "If you, or someone you know, would benefit from a large showcase of services to improve on your golden years, please come down to this popular event." Residents with questions about the senior fair may call Costa's office at 412-361-2040. Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker is renewing his calls to ban explosive rifle targets after a source told a national media organization investigators found remnants from that type of product at the site of Saturday’s bombing in New York. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 14 – State Rep. Dom Costa will hold his annual Children’s Safety Event at the Dougherty veterans baseball field in Etna – 27 Crescent Ave., Pittsburgh, 15223 – from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The event will feature emergency-services interactive displays as well as representatives from area agencies that specialize teaching children about fire, bike and traffic safety, among others. There will be car-seat checks and fingerprinting on site, as well. There also will be numerous emergency-services vehicles for the children to explore, door prizes, appearances by local mascots, a bounce house and more. Lunch also will be provided. There is no need to RSVP and the event is free. Read more
I wanted to help spread the word that PennDOT is hiring temporary employees for its Winter Maintenance Program , which will run from September through April. Available positions include equipment operators, mechanics, trades helpers, clerks and typists. Applicants for transportation equipment operator positions must have a commercial driver’s license, with the airbrake restriction lifted, and six months of experience in operation and maintenance of single-chassis trucks with the ability to operate a manual transmission. To be considered, applicants must apply online at www.employment.pa.gov under the non-civil service PennDOT Winter Maintenance Program category. Anyone with questions can call the technical support line at 717-787-5703. More information about PennDOT job openings is available by clicking here . Read more
PITTSBURGH, July 15 – Pennsylvania state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, said today that $1.19 million in tax credits awarded this week for Morningside Crossing will help keep the planned senior apartment complex affordable for future residents. The tax credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency provide a dollar-for-dollar federal tax reduction to developers in exchange for the creation or preservation of affordable housing to low-income individuals and families. A.M. Rodriguez Associates Inc., is converting and rehabilitating the former Morningside School into an 85 percent affordable (46 units) senior development that will include a first-floor senior center to be operated by the City of Pittsburgh. “I would like to thank Senator Jay Costa, Mayor Bill Peduto, and former state Senator Jim Ferlo for their support of this project,” Costa said. “Morningside Crossing is a banner project in our community, and I’m proud to have helped in a small way make it a more affordable project and, in turn, help seniors who deserve nothing less than to live a quality life in their later years.” Morningside Crossing was selected by a jury of affordable housing professionals for a funding award under the “Innovation in Design” category. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, announced the approval of a $250,000 state grant to improve Etna Riverfront Park and link it with the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the grant today. The money will be used to create a safe flyover railroad crossing in the mix-use area. “The transformation at Riverfront Park has been incredible to watch, and I’m humbled to play a small part in helping to secure funding, along with Senator Randy Vulakovich,” Costa said. “The community will be greatly served by this green space – both as a place to go and as an amenity that makes our community more attractive. “I will continue to look for ways to support the project, and congratulations are in order to the Etna Economic Development Corporation and Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. Their work on the park has been tremendous.” Read more
PITTSBURGH, June 30 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, will host a public forum on heroin and opioid addiction with area law enforcement, health care professionals, and drug and addiction specialists from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 to discuss ways to work together to combat the epidemic. The forum will take place in the Sharpsburg Borough Building, 1611 Main St., Sharpsburg, 15215. Confirmed featured speakers include: Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis Latika D. Davis-Jones, Allegheny County Department of Human Services Allegheny Health Network Center for Inclusion Health Director Stuart Fisk Alice Bell, overdose prevention project coordinator, Prevention Point Pittsburgh. Allegheny County Sheriff Bill Mullen will discuss PROJECT D.U.M.P., an initiative that he started to help residents safely eliminate unused and expired narcotic medications. Magisterial District Judge Elissa M. Lang, local municipal law enforcement officers and emergency medical specialists also will attend to answer questions on a local level. A sworn Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office evidence technician also will be available at this event to take any medications that you no longer need and dispose of them. All seized medications are legally disposed of through evidence destruction orders. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin and opioid overdoses are the leading causes of Read more
Effective immediately, Allegheny County residents can make an appointment for a sworn Sheriff’s Office evidence technician to pick-up medication at their homes, thanks to Project D.U.M.P. (Disposal of Unused Medications Properly). Allegheny County residents who would like unused prescription medicines to be appropriately disposed of should call the Project D.U.M.P Hotline at 412-459-5000 . Following recovery, all seized medications are legally disposed of through evidence destruction orders. Prescription pain medications such as opioids are a major gateway drug to heroin use, which has reached endemic levels in Pennsylvania. Heroin use affects the young and old alike, and is often deadly. Many young addicts are introduced to heroin use through prescription-pill abuse, so programs such as Project D.U.M.P and Pennsylvania’s state take-back program are integral in breaking the cycle and start of dependency. If you or someone you love is addicted to pain medication or heroin, please visit the Pa. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs web site at https://apps.ddap.pa.gov/gethelpnow/ . Read more
HARRISBURG, June 2 – State Reps. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, and Jason Ortitay, R-Washington/Allegheny, recently introduced legislation to prohibit Pennsylvania inmates from placing advertisements on so-called “pen pal” websites and similar venues, either directly or with the assistance of third parties. “As a former law enforcement officer, I know these sites to be self-serving only to the convicts and used to defraud many unsuspecting and naïve people,” Costa said. “It is our duty and responsibility to do everything we can to shut these sites down so these convicts do not victimize anyone else.” The issue rose to the attention of the legislature when an inmate, Richard Poplawski, convicted of murdering three Pittsburgh police officers, advertised on the website ConvictPenPal.com, seeking “friendship” and “legal help.” Similar bans have been upheld in Florida and Indiana. “These sites serve little to no purpose other than to allow criminals behind bars to defraud unsuspecting individuals,” Ortitay said. “By putting this ban in place, we are protecting those well-meaning people from being deceived and, ultimately, losing their hard-earned money.” At the time of its introduction, H.B. 2132 had 39 co-sponsors. Read more
I want to thank everyone who brought their personal documents to be shredded on site at my Shredding Event in Morningside. Not only did hundreds of people safely dispose of unneeded documents containing personal information to help prevent identity theft and fraud, they also saved thousands of dollars and protected the environment by recycling those documents. In total, we collected 10,000 pounds of paper, which equaled 5 tons of processed recycled material. According to the company that destroyed the documents and then safely and securely shredded the paper, that translates to saving: 85 trees 35,000 gallons of water 20,500 kilowatts of energy The atmosphere from 300 pounds of pollutant 25 cubic yards of landfill space Shredding is a great way to dispose of documents in an environmentally friendly way while also protecting your identity from fraud. Thanks for your help in protecting the environment! If you have questions about future shredding events or any state-related issue or program, please contact my office. Read more
State Reps. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, and Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery, paid tribute to fallen Pennsylvania police officers during a Fraternal Order of Police ceremony held Monday at the Forum auditorium in Harrisburg. The House adopted H.R. 797 co-sponsored by Costa and Vereb to honor the memory of the hundreds of police officers who gave their lives while in the line of duty. Costa read the resolution before the audience. As a retired police officer and former Chief of Police for the city of Pittsburgh, Costa said: “It was humbling to attend the memorial service which paid tribute to the fallen members of police departments of cities and towns from across Pennsylvania. It’s the responsibility of all of us to never forget the lives of those lost in the line of duty who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in a safe society.” The Allegheny County lawmaker said: “It’s hard for people to understand who haven’t walked in a police officer’s shoes. We in law enforcement, and in the legislature, will not forget our loved ones in the ultimate sacrifice. “We need to keep police officers who have lost their lives in our thoughts and prayers always.” Attention Editors: A video of the event is available at https://youtu.be/lKqNLdh49k8 Read more
It was my honor and privlege to stand with the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police to remember those brave officers who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting their communities. Read more
PITTSBURGH, April 28 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, announced today that 12 local fire companies are receiving more than $144,000 in state grants. The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. With the grant program set to expire on June 30, 2016, Costa recently voted for H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for another four years. The bill passed the House and awaits action in the Senate. Fire and EMS companies in the 21st Legislative District that received grants are: Ross West View EMS Authority, $7,201; Seneca Area Emergency Services, $7,201; Spring Garden, $12,422; Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Dept., $11,511; Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department Inc., $11,672; Cherry City Volunteer Fire Co., $12,878; Laurel Gardens Volunteer Fire Co., $13,106; Etna Volunteer Fire Department, $13,334; Millvale Volunteer Fire Department Inc., $13,562; Berkeley Hills Fire Co., $13,789; Evergreen Fire Co., $13,789; Mt Troy VFC, $13,789. Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money also can be applied toward the purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. Read more
PITTSBURGH, April 12 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, will hold his annual job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 22 in the Ross Community Center, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive, 15237 (behind Big Lots on McKnight Road). Costa said he invites everyone in the area to come meet with employers hiring in and around the Pittsburgh area. Those attending are encouraged to bring several copies of their resume and to dress professionally. Applications will be accepted on site. Those interested in learning more ahead of the event can call 412-361-2040. Read more
Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, has reintroduced legislation to require all commonwealth employers and government entities to enroll in the federal government’s free E-Verify program to confirm the validity of Social Security numbers for prospective employees.
State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, the first co-sponsor of House Bill 1894, is working with Metcalfe to get the bill though the legislature. Both noted that there is bipartisan support to hold all state employers to a higher level of accountability in terms of their hiring practices.
Pa. State Rep. Dom Costa, who is re-introducing the animal cruelty bill, joined the “KDKA Morning News” with Larry Richert and John Shumway to talk about House Bill 113. Read more
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced two state Community Conservation Partnership Program grants for the 21st Legislative District.
The Borough of Etna received $500,000 for the Allegheny Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Ross Township received $17,500 to help complete its Allegheny Master Site Plan & Feasibility Study.
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