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.
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
WTAE: Rep. Dom Costa said this case is creating a sense of urgency for his legislation called Angel's Bill. It would stiffen the penalties for animal abusers, moving them from summary offenses to misdemeanors; a third offense becoming a felony, with jail time.
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
State Rep. Dom Costa’s annual senior fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the Ross Township Community Center, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive.
Costa said that seniors are encouraged to come out and get valuable information from numerous agencies about different programs and benefits for which they might qualify. Read more
State Rep. Dom Costa will hold a rally against animal cruelty at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society to raise support for Angel’s Law, which would increase the grading of charges related to animal abuse.
Costa, D-Allegheny, said that attendees should bear in mind that the event will not be a protest; it is a rally for positive change to state law. Costa is the sponsor of Angel’s Law, H.B. 113, which awaits a vote in the House Judiciary Committee. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Dom Costa held his annual Children’s Safety Event at the Dougherty Veteran’s Baseball Field in Etna, Pa. The day was filled with fun and informative activities and demonstrations for children, including bike safety, fire safety, animal safety, food safety, and more. Children were also able to explore emergency service vehicles. Read more
State Rep. Dom Costa’s satellite constituent service office in the Ross Twp. Community Center will continue to be available on Wednesdays through September; however, it will be open by appointment only beginning in October until a resolution of the state budget.
Costa, D-Allegheny, said that the cut-back saves money and staff hours during the state budget impasse.
Pa. state Rep. Dom Costa says that it's time to restore the funding cuts of the past administration to schools and human services and help the Commonwealth's most vulnerable citizens. Read more
State Rep. Dom Costa’s legislation that would establish the Pennsylvania Officer Down Advisory system passed the House today.
The Officer Down system would do for an at-large suspect in an assault on a law enforcement officer what the Amber Alert system does for a kidnapping victim, using media broadcasts and messaging signs along highways to help locate the vehicle and individual.
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