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Rep. Austin Davis elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation

Davis, state representative and advocate for clean air, heartened by Allegheny County’s report on improved air quality

(18 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, released the following statement today regarding Allegheny County’s record-breaking air quality across the region: “Clean air is a fundamental right. Today’s announcement is heartwarming because it highlights that fact. People should not be subjected to subpar air quality simply because of where they live, and I commend the collective efforts of the Allegheny County Health Department, federal, state, and local agencies, industry, and all of the advocates involved in making that a reality. “This is not just a win for environmentalists; it is a step towards equitable living standards, it is a means for protecting the lives of our most vulnerable and it is an example of what is achievable when we all work together. “This is great news, and I am overjoyed by this report, but the fight is not over, and we must all continue advocating for increased air quality across the region, across the Commonwealth and across the country. However, today, we should take solace in the fact that we can breathe a little easier,” Davis said. Read more

 

Davis urges eligible veterans to visit walk-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccine

(Jan 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Caucus, wants to inform Mon Valley veterans they may be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination earlier than anticipated. “Our veterans answered the call when we needed them most. It’s our turn to do our part, which is why I encourage eligible veterans to capitalize on this life-saving opportunity,” Davis said. Davis said the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System will host walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its University Drive campus in Oakland. To receive a vaccine on these dates, veterans must: be 75 years or older. be eligible for and enrolled in VA health care. receive health care at VA Pittsburgh. If you meet all three of the above criteria, please stop by the University Drive campus during these walk-in clinics. No appointment is necessary. If you meet all three of the above criteria but cannot make it to the walk-in clinics, please reach out to your primary care team to request an appointment to receive the vaccine. VAPHS is providing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine requires two doses, given approximately 21 days apart. VA worked with the CDC to develop a phased distribution plan to maximize the benefit of COVID-19 vaccines. In these first weeks, there is limited Read more

 

Great news for area veterans regarding COVID-19 vaccine

(Jan 14, 2021)

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) will host walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its University Drive campus in Oakland. Read more

 

A year in review; Don't miss the COVID-19 vaccine virtual town hall on Jan. 21

(Jan 13, 2021)

The last year is one I’m sure we can all say we’re glad is finally in the past. Fortunately, despite all the bad, we were still able to find the time to do some good and fight for the legislative issues that matter most to Mon Valley residents. Read more

 

Davis champions Port Authority’s McKeesport Transportation Center project, notes phase two of project begins Saturday

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today applauded the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s announcement that it will be transitioning to phase two of its McKeesport Transportation Center construction project. “As a Port Authority board member, I understand not just the want but need to have quality transportation options in the Mon Valley, especially in McKeesport,” Davis said. “It’s because of this that I advocated for the completion of this project. Mon Valley residents deserve access to a reliable and affordable mass transit system, and this is another step toward reaching that goal.” Davis said the second phase of the project will begin Saturday. Once complete, the project will have enhanced passenger amenities, including four bus shelters with benches, two ticket vending machines and improved access to the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. Davis said the number of parking spaces also will increase from 66 to 85 and will accompany wider bus lanes, an underground stormwater management basin and an employee relief building. Due to ongoing construction, Davis noted the closing of the transportation center’s park and ride for about a year. Bus routes that currently serve the McKeesport Transportation Center will remain on Lysle Boulevard. Riders of the 60-Walnut-Crawford Village, 61C-McKeesport-Homestead and P7-McKeesport Flyer should board Read more

 

Davis sworn in for third term as state representative of 35th Legislative District

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today was sworn in for another term as state representative of the 35th Legislative District in the 2021-22 legislative session. “I am honored to have been sworn in for a 3 rd term as the state representative of the 35 th Legislative District. It’s always a humbling experience and a great honor to know that the constituents entrust me to be their continued voice here at the Capitol,” Davis said. “As we continue to be plagued by COVID-19, it is my hope to continue to fight for those pressing issues affecting my constituents. As we know, the novel coronavirus is still a major topic of concern here in the commonwealth and I plan to continue fighting for the interests and initiatives that matter most to Mon Valley residents.” Although 2021-22 committee assignments have not been made, Davis previously served as vice chairman of the Insurance Committee, secretary of Consumer Affairs, and on the Appropriations and Urban Affairs committees. Davis also is the chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation for the 2021-22 legislative session and a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “It is a great privilege to have been elected chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation by my colleagues,” Davis said. “I truly believe this position will allow me to better advocate for the needs Read more

 

$4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program grants awarded in Mon Valley; We did our part – it’s time Republicans meet us in the middle -- and more!

(Dec 30, 2020)

Last week, multiple entities in the Mon Valley were recipients of a combined $4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Funding grants. Read more

 

Davis announces $4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Fund grants

(Dec 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced a combined $4 million in state grants were awarded to multiple entities for redevelopment projects in the Mon Valley. Davis said the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will further enhance the beautification of the 35 th Legislative District, leading to additional opportunities for residents in the community and those who visit the area. “Today we’re able to spread a little Christmas cheer with the awarding of this substantial state funding,” Davis said. “Ensuring the redevelopment of our district in part relies on state funding, and now is a better time than ever – especially with COVID-19 – to announce this financial assistance to entities that need it most.” Of the $4 million awarded Wednesday, Davis said $2 million was earmarked for PurePenn LLC’s phase three of its expansion project in McKeesport. Specifically, PurePenn LLC will use the funding to conduct interior build-out at its McKeesport-based site, which includes mechanical and electrical work, fire protection and other interior building components. The remaining $2 million will be evenly split between The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne and Munhall Borough. Davis said $1 million will be used by the food bank for a redesign project, which will help the food bank increase overall Read more

 

Davis: $860K in tax credits awarded to organizations, nonprofits in Mon Valley

(Dec 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – Following a year of uncertainty and financial strain due to the novel coronavirus, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, is happy to announce an influx of $860,000 through a state tax program to local nonprofits, projects and community initiatives in the Mon Valley. “These organizations directly serve our community, offering educational opportunities, outreach to our most vulnerable citizens, and housing initiatives across the Mon Valley,” Davis said. “COVID-19 has put a financial strain on everyone and everything, and these organizations are no exception. The secured tax credits awarded today will do wonders for those involved, and it surely shows an ongoing, committed investment in our community.” By providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital, the Neighborhood Assistance Program encourages private sector investment into communities to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems. Locally, programs funded included: Best of the Batch Foundation Munhall, $27,500 - Construction and rehabilitation of a new state-of-art educational complex. Tube City Renaissance McKeesport, $13,750 - Address blight, lack of safe housing, poor quality of life and lack of skill-based employment opportunities. McKees Point Development Group, $360,000 – Funding for McKeesport’s Rising Project, which includes rehabilitating and resizing the downtown Read more

 

Davis presents $50,000 check to Clairton City School District Superintendent Dr. Ginny Hunt

(Dec 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – Today, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, presented a $50,000 check to Clairton City School District Superintendent Dr. Ginny Hunt. Davis said the check was awarded by the state Department of Education. “I was honored to facilitate this significant investment in Clairton City School District and our students,” Davis said. “It’s always a good day any time my office has a chance to play a part in investing back in our schools. It’s my hope that this funding has an immediate impact in creating a safe and healthy learning environment for the district and its students.” Davis said the funding will be used for renovations to the district’s education center’s windowsills. Read more

 

Davis urges Congress to act on CARES funding

(Dec 02, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, wrote a letter Wednesday to congressional representatives, urging members of Congress to act fast on extending CARES Act funding and to devise a plan-of-action that would provide unemployed workers and businesses with financial assistance during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Davis, Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation chairman for the 2021-22 legislative session, sent his letter in the wake of the ongoing pandemic and the resurgence of novel coronavirus cases statewide. “While we’re grateful for the initial passage of the CARES Act, I can’t stress enough how important it is that we provide residents and businesses with continued financial assistance as we fight the coronavirus pandemic,” Davis said. “The stories I’ve been told by residents in my district about the financial turmoil their families and businesses face are unprecedented. We need action, and fast. The livelihood of our residents and businesses depend on it.” CARES Act funding and its related programs, such as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and small business grants expire Dec. 30. A copy of Davis’ letter can be found here . Read more

 

Davis: $1.2 million in funding awarded to Allegheny County to assist with homelessness during winter months

(Nov 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Austin Davis, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation for the 2021-22 legislative session, announced today an influx of $1.2 million was disbursed to Allegheny County to assist residents currently experiencing homelessness. “Everyone in the commonwealth deserves a roof over their head, especially during the cold winter months,” Davis said. “Our delegation has worked tirelessly to ensure no Allegheny County resident is left behind, and this funding will ensure the county has the proper resources to accommodate our at-risk homeless community and provide shelter to those in need.” The funding awarded today will be disbursed to ACTION Housing/Team PSBG for temporary emergency sheltering; Community Human Services for emergency sheltering; and to Pittsburgh Mercy for temporary emergency sheltering. Davis said the commonwealth recently received its second allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant funding from the CARES Act funds, and the Department of Community and Economic Development set aside a portion of those funds to create the ESG-CV Code Blue program, which helps provide emergency shelter in preparation for the winter months. Under the program, Davis said funding will be provided for emergency shelter and temporary emergency shelter to expand shelter for those experiencing homelessness in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The funds will be used to assist Read more

 

Davis’ Turkey Giveaway a success; 800 turkeys handed out to Mon Valley families

(Nov 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – On Saturday, 800 food insecure families received a turkey and additional Thanksgiving food items at state Rep. Austin Davis’ Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway. Davis, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, said given the financial struggles placed upon Allegheny County residents due to the novel coronavirus, he wanted to make sure that a year filled with anxiety, concern and financial hardships wasn’t going to spoil the special holiday for people in the Mon Valley. “Giving back is what my office strives to do,” Davis said. “As a state legislator, representing your community goes much deeper than the legislation you’re advocating for in Harrisburg. It’s about being there for your community during its time of need.” “It’s been a tough year. Navigating COVID-19 in Allegheny County has been far from easy. We’ve asked a lot of our residents and many ended up financially insecure as a result,” Davis said. “While the sacrifices made were necessary to combat COVID-19, I wanted to make sure – at the very least – all members of our community have Thanksgiving dinner this holiday season, regardless of their financial situation.” In addition to a turkey, residents who registered for the event were provided food boxes containing essential food items for a Thanksgiving meal, such as boxes of stuffing Read more

 

My opposition to closing of LaRosa Boys & Girls Club

(Nov 20, 2020)

Read my letter expressing my opposition and disappointment toward the closing of the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club. Read more

 

My election as ACHDD Chairman; More than $230K in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to educational entities serving Mon Valley students

(Nov 19, 2020)

I’m happy to announce that I’m embarking on a new opportunity as chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation for the 2021-22 legislative session. Read more

 

More than $230K in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to educational entities serving Mon Valley students

(Nov 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – An influx of more than $230,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants were awarded today to educational entities that serve students in the Mon Valley, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The grants, awarded by the state Department of Education, are awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. “Providing a safe environment for students to thrive has been an important issue my office has hoped to tackle,” Davis said. “The work is far from done, but today’s grants are a stepping stone to ensuring our students can attend school safely, without the fear of violent acts taking place on school property.” Davis said PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer grants of up to $60,000. Each of the grants aims to assist schools in: Reducing unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promoting an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning. Enhancing anti-violence efforts between schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations. Davis said The Propel Charter School in Homestead was Read more

 

Rep. Austin Davis elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation

(Nov 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, was elected chairman Thursday of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation for the 2021-22 legislative session. Davis, a third-term state legislator representing the Mon Valley, was elected to fill the delegation’s vacancy following state Rep. Dan Miller’s – prior chairman of ACHDD - appointment to House Democratic Caucus chairman. Davis, who previously served as ACHDD’s secretary, hopes to continue the delegation’s success of best representing Allegheny County and its residents. “It’s an honor to have the confidence and respect of my colleagues to receive this appointment to chairman of ACHDD,” Davis said. “Just like those who came before me, it’s my goal to be the best I can for this delegation and Allegheny County. I look forward to working more in-depth with the rest of the delegation, as we work toward pushing and advancing legislative issues that matter most to residents in our community.” Davis, who also serves as Democratic vice chairman of the House Insurance Committee, said that while his duties may expand to cover Allegheny County as a whole, his commitment to Mon Valley initiatives is unwavering. “While I’m excited for this new opportunity, the priorities and key issues that matter most to Mon Valley residents will always be in the forefront, and I remain committed to advancing legislation that Read more

 

Turkey giveaway; LIHEAP accepting applications

(Nov 06, 2020)

Learn more about my office's Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway! Read more

 

Davis working to ensure families in need have Thanksgiving dinner with giveaway

(Nov 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, who has observed the financial hardship the coronavirus pandemic has placed on families across the Mon Valley, is hoping to ease concerns leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday by hosting a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway in mid-November. The event, co-hosted in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21 at McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd. Registration is required for this drive-up event. Residents should call 412-460-3663 ext. 655 or visit pittsburghfoodbank.org/get-help/drive-up to register. Reservations for this event are limited to 700 individuals and must be made by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. “I think it goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year for many, especially when it comes to the financial hardship that was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis said. “Families have been forced to take on a lot this year, and I think the last thing residents should be worrying about is putting food on the table on Thanksgiving. So, please, if you’re worried about paying for food, don’t hesitate to register for this event.” In addition to 700 turkeys, Davis said food boxes containing essential food items for a Thanksgiving meal – such as boxes of stuffing and potatoes, canned foods like gravy and Read more

 

Licensing fees waived for bars, restaurants through 2021; Making sure our first responders get the support they need; $23 million investment in Clairton's water, wastewater system

(Oct 23, 2020)

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that his administration is requesting the state Liquor Control Board to waive licensing fees through 2021 for bars and restaurants in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Davis, state representative and advocate for clean air, heartened by Allegheny County’s report on improved air quality
18 hours ago

Davis urges eligible veterans to visit walk-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccine
Jan 14, 2021

Great news for area veterans regarding COVID-19 vaccine
Jan 14, 2021

A year in review; Don't miss the COVID-19 vaccine virtual town hall on Jan. 21
Jan 13, 2021

Davis champions Port Authority’s McKeesport Transportation Center project, notes phase two of project begins Saturday
Jan 12, 2021

Davis sworn in for third term as state representative of 35th Legislative District
Jan 05, 2021

$4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program grants awarded in Mon Valley; We did our part – it’s time Republicans meet us in the middle -- and more!
Dec 30, 2020

Davis announces $4 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance Fund grants
Dec 23, 2020

Davis: $860K in tax credits awarded to organizations, nonprofits in Mon Valley
Dec 09, 2020

Davis presents $50,000 check to Clairton City School District Superintendent Dr. Ginny Hunt
Dec 07, 2020

Davis urges Congress to act on CARES funding
Dec 02, 2020

Davis: $1.2 million in funding awarded to Allegheny County to assist with homelessness during winter months
Nov 30, 2020

Davis’ Turkey Giveaway a success; 800 turkeys handed out to Mon Valley families
Nov 21, 2020

My opposition to closing of LaRosa Boys & Girls Club
Nov 20, 2020

My election as ACHDD Chairman; More than $230K in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to educational entities serving Mon Valley students
Nov 19, 2020

More than $230K in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to educational entities serving Mon Valley students
Nov 16, 2020

Rep. Austin Davis elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation
Nov 13, 2020

Turkey giveaway; LIHEAP accepting applications
Nov 06, 2020

Davis working to ensure families in need have Thanksgiving dinner with giveaway
Nov 04, 2020

Licensing fees waived for bars, restaurants through 2021; Making sure our first responders get the support they need; $23 million investment in Clairton's water, wastewater system
Oct 23, 2020