“Right now the bill is dead,” state Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, told those who gathered last week at Fox Chapel Area High School to discuss state education issues with elected officials.He was referring to Bill 76, which proposes funding Pennsylvania schools by increasing income and sales taxes instead of using property taxes, the current funding source. The bill would not have eliminated property taxes entirely. School districts would still have had the ability to use property taxes to cover existing school debt. Read more
In its current form, SB-10 the Sanctuary City Bill could put our communities at risk by requesting that our police officers hold people in custody without an arrest warrant. After examining and researching the SB 10 more in depth, it appears to put our police officers in a confusing and difficult position of holding a person in custody at the REQUEST of I.C.E. without having the clear official authority of an arrest warrant from the requesting agency. The Bill also appears to want to extract the sanction funding from the funds that supports our law enforcement agencies, which I cannot vote to allow. Such cuts to funding directed to our law enforcement agencies would jeopardizes public safety and important community policing programs, used by many police departments, including Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. I believe when our officers have a clear understanding of their mission, they perform their duties as we expect and within the law prescribed. SB 10 makes it much more difficult for our officers to do what we request of them, (keeping all people safe from harm in of all Pennsylvanians). I have decided, until such time that the SB 10 can be amended or changed to provide clear language, and the sanctions / penalties of the Bill are not aimed at local law enforcement funding, I cannot support it and will not support it. Read more
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — They’re called chasers — rogue tow truck operators who rush to the scenes of accidents. As KDKA has documented in several reports, victims say their cars are towed to undisclosed locations and sometimes charged hundreds and hundreds of dollars for storage and other fees. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced the award of a $300,000 state grant to separate storm water flows from a combined sewer system in Sharpsburg and a $150,000 grant to replace water lines in Reserve Township. Costa said the Sharpsburg project involves constructing 625 linear feet of large-diameter storm sewer, to alleviate an overloaded combined sewer system at Seventh and Main streets. Total project cost is $500,000, and it will also help deal with adverse impacts of the Ravine Street water stream that loads the existing system with heavy grit and debris. The Reserve Township project, Costa said, involves replacing old and leaking water lines along Allen and Irwin drives, in addition to installing five fire hydrants in those areas. Total project cost is $446,613. “Modern and efficient water and sewer projects have many benefits to quality of life, the environment and taxpayer’s pockets,” Costa said. “I’m pleased to see this state funding going to ensure that these systems are working at an optimal level.” The state grant arrives through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s PA Small Water and Sewer grant program, which funds activities to assist with construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. Eligible projects must have a total project cost between $30,000 and Read more
PITTSBURGH, March 28 – State Rep. Dom Costa hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee today at the Sharpsburg Borough Building to discuss towing regulations in Pennsylvania. Costa requested the hearing to examine responding to and towing from crash scenes, as well as insurance industry concerns. “This hearing stems from multiple complaints I have received from constituents, insurance companies, local government, and a KDKA TV investigative report,” Costa said. “Towing reform is long overdue. Among other things, we need to stop rogue towers from taking advantage of accident victims before law enforcement arrives at the scene.” Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, added: “I thank Representative Costa for bringing this issue to the Policy Committee’s attention. The testifiers did a good job highlighting the various towing problems and I look forward to seeing Representative Costa’s legislation to fix them.” Testifiers included Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert, Lt. Ed Cunningham and Sgt. Rich Begenwald; Councilman Dan Gilman, Pittsburgh City Council District 8; Steven Wheeler, executive director, Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority; John Halbleib, owner, Halbleib Automotive and D-Maxx Automotive; and a panel from the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Tim Lynch, director of government affairs, and John McCall, special agent, Mid-Atlantic region. Hearing materials are available at Read more
HARRISBURG, March 23 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Pittsburgh, announced today that he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss establishing uniform towing regulations statewide. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Sharpsburg Borough Building, Council Chambers, 1611 Main St., Pittsburgh. Costa said topics will include responding to and towing from crash scenes as well as insurance industry concerns. The current agenda is: 2:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel from National Insurance Crime Bureau Tim Lynch , director of government affairs John McCall , special agent, Mid-Atlantic Region 2:40 p.m. Panel from City of Pittsburgh: Chief Scott Schubert , Bureau of Police Lieutenant Ed Cunningham , Bureau of Police Sergeant Rich Begenwald , Auto Theft Unit, Bureau of Police Councilman Dan Gilman , Pittsburgh City Council District 8 3:20 p.m. Steven Wheeler , executive director, Pa. Auto Theft Prevention Authority 3:50 p.m. John Halbleib , owner, Halbleib Automotive & D-Maxx Automotive 4:20 p.m. Closing Remarks MEDIA COVERAGE IS ENCOURAGED. Read more
ALCOSAN has created the Clean Water Assistance fund to help its customers pay their sewage treatment bills. You can apply for this new program at my office, 6808 Greenwood St., Suite 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Call (412) 361-2040 for more information. Read more
The opioid crisis has also fueled an uptick in thefts and burglaries with addicts trying to come up cash for their next fix. And they’re selling those items to pawn shop, secondhand jewelry dealers or cash for gold businesses. And while many of those businesses are reputable, state legislator Rep. Dom Costa says others are not. “All they are is legalized fences,” said Rep. Costa.
Rep. Dom Costa's bill to establish Officer Down alert system wins unanimous House support. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 2 – When 20 pro-sanctuary-city protesters staged an impromptu yet peaceful demonstration outside his office Thursday morning, state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, reiterated his support for LEGAL immigration during a 30-minute meeting with two of their designated representatives. While acknowledging that this is a highly sensitive issue on both sides, Costa said he refused to buckle to the representatives’ demand that he issue a public statement essentially siding with their position on ILLEGAL and UNDOCUMENTED immigration. “I told them my grandparents were immigrants and I am for immigration – but they have to be documented or at least going through the process to be documented,” Costa said. “I also said that the cities have got to stand up and be part of the solution.” Costa said that while he respects Americans’ right to protest and is thankful that office functions weren’t disrupted, he also believes that most Americans value playing by the rules, which includes following the established legal process for entering the county and gaining citizenship. “I will review any and all immigration-related bills that come before the House on case-by-case basis,” Costa said afterward. “It would be foolish of me or any other legislator to issue a blanket statement on anything this complex.” Read more
I have reintroduced my anti-animal cruelty bill, known as Angel’s Law, as H.B. 308 of the 2017-18 legislative session. As you may know, a number of studies have concluded that individuals who commit acts of animal cruelty have a higher likelihood of committing domestic violence, as well as other acts of violence against individuals. As such, these individuals not only commit cruel and inhumane acts against animals, but they also pose a threat to our communities. Therefore, I believe we need to ensure that we have sufficient penalties in place to adequately punish these individuals committing these acts of animal cruelty. Specifically, my legislation raises the grading for various animal cruelty offenses under Pennsylvania law. Currently, the overwhelming majority of first-time offenses are categorized as summary offenses. My legislation would increase the penalties for these actions to misdemeanors of the third degree. In addition, my legislation would also increase the penalties for individuals who commit second or subsequent acts of animal cruelty. Please join me as we renew our attempt to get this new law passed. Read more
State Rep. Dom Costa says the state Legislature made a “bad decision” in eliminating vehicle registration stickers.
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, will host College Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Morningside VFW, 1820 Morningside Ave., 15206. A student-aid expert from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency will be there to answer questions. "It’s never too early or too late to start saving for college, and I encourage students, parents and caretakers to attend this event for information on the student aid process and how to financially plan for higher education," Costa said. The event is free and there is no need to RSVP. Those interested in learning more about the event can call 412-361-2040. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, was re-elected today as the Allegheny County Delegation chairman for the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus. Costa will serve in the post for the 2017-18 legislative session, to which he was elected state representative for the 21st Legislative District on Nov. 8. "It’s a pleasure and honor to lead an outstanding group of men and women who serve the region with great honor, commitment and purpose," he said. "We plan to continue to work hard to reflect our constituents’ needs and interests in the districts and in Harrisburg. We’re anxious to get to work on the people’s priorities for the 2017-18 session. We are staring down another tough budget season, work on reform measures and a changing political landscape for getting some stuff done. “On the behalf of the delegation members, I’d like to remind everyone that we have great constituent service offices that can help you with an array of state matters. Look up your local representative and come meet us. We’d love to hear from you." Area residents can find their legislator at www.PaHouse.com . Costa said that he also encourages residents to sign up for periodic email updates from him and other Democratic House members by visiting www.PaHouse.com/AlleghenyCounty . Read more
Pa. state Rep. Dom Costa speaks on his House Resolution on Oct. 17, 2016, to honor the law enforcement officers who were killed in shootings in Dallas, and Baton Rouge, La., in the summer of 2016. The resolution was unanimously adopted. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, announced today the award of a $39,060 state Department of Community and Economic Development grant to aid the consolidation of Spring Garden and Mt. Troy fire companies. The award will help the two stations transition into the Reserve Volunteer Fire Department. "This award goes a long way to promote public safety," Costa said. "Together, these departments will reduce redundant spending and improve fire coverage in our neighborhoods. Congratulations are in order for the volunteer departments. "Volunteer firefighting services are the backbone of strong local communities, and I sincerely thank every volunteer who bravely places his or her life on the line to keep their neighbors safe." The Office of the Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner has projected that volunteer fire departments and EMS organizations save Pennsylvania taxpayers nearly $10 billion each year. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 14 – Long awaited improvements to the intersection of McKnight and Siebert roads in Ross Township will be made possible through state funding announced today, said state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny. The busy intersection will receive $865,000 to add a turning lane and install a sidewalk from Babcock Boulevard to McKnight Road. "I’m pleased to announce that thanks to this award, safety and traffic issues at the intersection will be vastly improved, improving the quality of life in our community," Costa said. "The state recognized an excellent opportunity to invest in our area, and I look forward to future opportunities connecting projects with funding sources." The project is one of 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects that will receive $40 million in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund grants, announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. "I want to sincerely thank Representative Costa for his efforts in Harrisburg to ensure that Ross Township secured this critical funding from PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund," said Ross Township Commissioner Steve Korbal, Ward 2. "This grant will allow the township to make much needed improvements to the McKnight-Siebert intersection. Once the improvements are completed, traffic flow will be improved and pedestrians will be able to utilize sidewalks for safe passage along Read more
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Dom Costa will hold a free shredding event in the parking lot of the Cherry City Volunteer Fire Department, 309 Davis Ave., from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Area residents should bring unneeded personal documents containing Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers to be shredded on site. There is a five-box (of average size) limit. Boxes and containers will be given back to attendees. No business shredding will be accepted at this event. Iron City Workplace Services cannot accept phone books, spiral notebooks, binders, floppy discs, CD/DVDs, bound books or magazines, steel binder clips, steel ACCO fasteners and other hard metal or plastic materials. They cannot operate the mobile shredding equipment in the rain due to the risk of damage. If there is wet weather on the day of a scheduled event, Iron City will determine whether or not the equipment can be operated. If it is raining on the day of the event, those interested can call Costa’s office at 412-361-2040 and listen to a voicemail to find out if the event will be taking place. All paper will be recycled. Read more
Thank you to everyone who came out and made my 2016 Children's Safety Event a record turnout and a blast for everyone who attended. I'm already looking forward to planning next year's fair! Read more
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
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