Committee to discuss pandemic impact on PA’s tourism economy

(Jul 26, 2021)

WEST MIFFLIN, July 26 – The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic impact of amusement parks on the regional economy is the topic of a tour and hearing hosted by state Rep. Nick Pisciottano. The tour will start at 9 a.m. on July 28th at Kennywood, 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122. The media is encouraged to attend and media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, will be joined by committee chair, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, Allegheny County Delegation Chairman Austin Davis and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on amusement parks, and their role in supporting the local economy and providing employment opportunities. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Davis ready to assist McKeesport residents impacted by water advisory

(Jul 20, 2021)

McKEESPORT, July 20 – State Rep. Austin Davis has issued the following statement about the water warning for some residents in McKeesport after chemicals from firefighting foam may have gotten into the supply: “Throughout this week, I’ve been in contact with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, the McKeesport Mayor’s Office and the state Department of Environmental Protection about the possibility of harmful chemicals in the water impacting the residents of the Lower 10 th Ward. “I stand ready to assist local government leaders and residents to make sure any necessary state resources are organized and used in a way that best benefits them. “I also encourage a review of this incident by the appropriate parties, so that something like this does not happen again, leaving our neighbors without drinkable or usable water for nearly a week.” Read more

 

Davis: With smart investments, Pittsburgh can lead U.S. manufacturing renaissance

(Jul 16, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, July 16 – Following a meeting Friday on the future of manufacturing and the environment with the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb and others, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement: “By making smart investments in infrastructure, technology and in workforce development initiatives, we can build on our region’s history as a manufacturing engine, while continuing to address the environmental legacy left by the past. "We have been told that this is a choice we must make – clean energy or jobs, the environment or industry – but the truth is, that’s simply political rhetoric by those who are afraid to make the investments necessary to allow our companies and workers to compete globally. "In Washington D.C., Congress is debating an infrastructure bill that could make many of those investments – and help to revitalize the economy of the Mon Valley and Allegheny County. In Harrisburg, I’ve advocated for similar investments using billions of dollars the state has received through federal COVID-19 relief. "If we, as political leaders can be brave enough to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow by making smart investments today, then we can set up our communities, industries and workers to compete – and win – on a global scale.” Read more

 

Davis releases statement on rollout of police misconduct database

(Jul 14, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, July 14 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, joined Attorney General Josh Shapiro today in Pittsburgh to mark the rollout of the statewide database of police misconduct allegations and issued the following statement: “Getting this database up and running within a year of Act 57 being signed into law is an important step in providing transparency, accountability and rebuilding trust and safety from police departments entrusted with protecting and serving their communities. “It is important for people in the Mon Valley, Black and Brown communities and all Pennsylvanians that police departments have greater access to a database to ensure officers who have past records of misconduct are not rehired in other communities. I encourage police departments across the commonwealth to adopt these measures. “And it is only through measures like this and others that I have proposed and supported – including my own H.B. 533, which would create county law enforcement review boards – that we can begin to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. “Again, this database is a significant step, but we must continue to push for further policing reforms to enact systemic change that so many Pennsylvanians and those across the country demanded last summer and continue to fight for more than a year later.” Editors/Assignment Desks : Photos from Read more

 

Davis: Mon Valley Civil Rights leader honored with highway designation

(Jul 06, 2021)

McKEESPORT, July 6 – State Rep. Austin Davis announced that his proposal to establish the Clifton P. Pitts Memorial Highway in Duquesne was included in legislation that was recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. “ Clifton P. Pitts fought for equal housing, employment, and education in the Mon Valley for over 50 years, helping to improve the lives of many of our most vulnerable residents,” said Davis, D-Allegheny. “I’m honored to have helped in this effort to recognize the life and contributions of this remarkable leader from our community.” Pitts was a graduate of Duquesne Senior High school. He worked as a Director of Job Replacement for Allegheny County for 21 years, as well as Director of the Mon-Yough Action Program and Director of the Help Initiate Pride Program. Pitts also served as President of the Duquesne-West Mifflin National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Concerned Citizens, the Freshman Society Club, the Western Pennsylvania Black Assembly, as well as Chairman of the Mon-Valley People Action Committee. He passed away at 76 on Nov. 23, 2020. The Clifton P. Pitts Memorial Highway will be designated along a portion of Pennsylvania Route 837, also known as Duquesne Boulevard, between Center Street in Duquesne and Hoffman Boulevard in West Mifflin. Davis said a sign unveiling ceremony is expected later this summer. Read more

 

Davis announces $164K in grants awarded to Mon Valley fire, EMS companies

(Jun 30, 2021)

McKEESPORT, June 30 – State Rep. Austin Davis announced a total of $164,448 in grants have been awarded to 13 volunteer fire and emergency medical services companies in the Mon Valley. Davis, D-Allegheny, said the annual Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is overseen by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, provides funding for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads. “First responders stood fast on the front lines during the pandemic to help their communities when we needed them the most,” Davis said. “This grant funding will help fire and EMS companies rebuild following severe impacts to fundraising efforts and other essential needs during COVID-19.” The grants awarded are as follows: City of McKeesport Fire Department: $14,850. Clairton Volunteer Fire Department: $8,545. Coulter Volunteer Fire Co. & Relief Inc.: $11,876. Duquesne Volunteer Fire Department: $12,589. Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. #1: $13,302. McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service (EMS): $8,993. Munhall Area Prehospital Services (EMS): $8,993. Munhall Fire & Rescue Co. 5: $12,411. Munhall Volunteer Fire Co. #2: $23,276. Munhall Volunteer Fire Co. #1: $13,659. Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co.: $13,124. White Oak Emergency Medical Read more

 

Davis: State budget delivers on education, but misses opportunity to reimagine PA

(Jun 25, 2021)

State budget sends critical funding to local schools Read more

 

PA House Dems stand with election officials to defend democracy, preserve voter access

(Jun 22, 2021)

Pennsylvania House Democrats today voted against legislation that would make it more difficult for Pennsylvanians to vote, and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and county executives shared their concerns. Read more

 

Davis unveiled legislation to support families grieving gun violence victims

(Jun 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, unveiled a legislative package at a news conference today that would support parents and families grieving the death of a child due to gun violence. Davis said gun violence takes the lives of more than 100 children and teenagers in Pennsylvania in an average year, causing devastating grief for the victims’ families that can have psychological and financial consequences. “Parents of gun violence victims experience additional difficulties throughout the grieving process,” Davis said. “It may take several years before they can truly begin to heal, at which point the economic damage may be done. The financial impact takes an even greater toll for low-income parents of color.” Davis said his legislation, H.B. 1677 and H.B. 1678 , would permit gun violence victims’ parents to defer debt payments or apply for a grant program that can provide financial assistance. Members of the Mothers of Murdered Sons joined Davis at today’s news conference. Tina Ford helped to found MOMS following the 2019 death of her son, Armani Ford, to provide support to other families who have also lost a child to gun violence. Ford reached out to Davis to request legislation to support gun violence victims’ parents and families. “We want to thank Representative Davis for not only listening to us, but for taking action on to introduce this bill,” Ford said. Read more

 

$4.9 million in state funding awarded to support housing initiatives in Allegheny County

(Jun 10, 2021)

Funding comes from reality transfer tax, Marcellus Shale Impact Fees Read more

 

Davis: Ending disaster declaration leaves too many questions about providing aid and federal funding

(Jun 10, 2021)

McKEESPORT, June 10 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding the House vote on H.R. 106, which ends the emergency COVID-19 declaration: “I voted against this legislation because there are too many questions on how ending the disaster declaration would impact programs, like SNAP funding, unemployment benefits and federal funding. “The state is already 100 percent open, but withdrawing the disaster declaration could hurt Pennsylvanians and create uncertainty for people who are struggling to stay in their homes and apartments, shut off utilities for thousands of families, take food away from school children, remove the national guard from long-term facilities and send away doctors and nurses who have come out of retirement to help battle the virus and administer vaccinations. “We need to protect federal funding and make sure we are getting aid to those who need it as we come out of this pandemic.” Read more

 

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus condemns Zappala actions

(Jun 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., chair of the PA Legislative Black Caucus, along with members of the PLBC today condemned the actions of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala to ban plea deals for clients of attorney Milton Raiford because Raiford said publicly he felt the DA’s office was systemically racist in dealing with defendants of color. In an email made public, Zappala ceased plea deals for anyone Raiford is or would be defending moving forward, pending a decision by him. “For the district attorney of any county to say the office will cease plea deals across the board for an attorney’s clients because that attorney has disagreed with the DA publicly is abuse of power, period,” Bullock said. “But in this particular case, a Black lawyer and his clients, many of them people of color, are being treated differently because the DA refuses to face the criticism of systemic racism in our criminal justice system. This is disgraceful, appalling, disturbing and unacceptable, and needs to be remedied immediately. A full investigation needs to be launched as well with the findings made public.” “Over the past several years, we have seen the systemic inequality and bias of the criminal justice system laid bare,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, chair of the House Allegheny County Delegation and a PLBC member. “This past week, we have seen just how local this issue truly is in the Read more

 

Kinkead: Allegheny County DA Zappala’s actions are reprehensible and must be immediately addressed

(Jun 04, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, June 4 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s public comments against Milton Raiford, a Black attorney who spoke out against racism in the criminal justice system. “It is undisputed that our criminal justice system has real, systemic and systematic issues of racism and Allegheny County is far from immune. DA Stephen Zappala’s decision not to address these issues but instead to instruct his staff not to offer plea deals to attorney Milton Raiford’s clients after he voiced concerns about these issues betrays public trust in their ability to receive equal justice in Allegheny County, not to mention violating attorney Raiford’s free speech rights. “To potentially punish clients because of the statements their attorney made is beyond reprehensible and must be addressed immediately. This latest action raises additional concerns as to how the district attorney’s office has conducted its business, notably in how it has treated clients of other attorneys, including those with whom DA Zappala may have disagreed, now or in the past. “Several of my colleagues in the state House and Senate today have joined me in signing a letter , urging DA Zappala to take immediate actions that would work to restore public confidence in the district attorney’s office, including rescinding the action taken against attorney Read more

 

Davis: $100,000 grant awarded to Carnegie Library of Homestead

(Jun 02, 2021)

MUNHALL, June 2 – State Rep. Austin Davis announced today that The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission awarded $100,000 in grant funding to the Carnegie Library of Homestead in Munhall. Davis said the grant will be used for the Carnegie Library of Homestead’s continued upgrade of its fire protection systems. The project includes installing a fire sprinkler system in the music hall, which will provide protection for the thousands of people who attend performances and events held at the music hall each year. The Carnegie Library of Homestead is the oldest Carnegie library in continuous operation in its original structure in the U.S. “Carnegie of Homestead has been a cornerstone of learning and improved the quality of life in the Mon Valley since it was built in 1898,” said Davis, D-Allegheny. “I’m pleased to see the funding will help to preserve and protect the music hall, which has been a special place for community events, from graduations to dance recitals, as well as an economic driver for the area by bringing in nationally known entertainment.” The funding comes from the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program, which supports the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic sites that are eligible or listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The PHMC awarded a total of more than $2.3 million to 54 projects across the state. Read more

 

Davis: Nearly $325,000 in grants awarded to Mon Valley blight remediation projects

(May 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that two remediation projects in the Mon Valley have been awarded a combined $324,063 in grant funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Blight Remediation Program. “Blighted properties can be an eyesore and a strain on communities,” Davis said. “The funding secured shows a committed investment to the Mon Valley and will help support projects that rebuild and revitalize these communities, making them better places to live, work and visit.” The projects and the specific funding amount are as follows: $30,000 to Steel Rivers Council of Governments for the Glassport and Versailles Demolitions. The SRCOG identified 12 properties in Glassport and one property in Versailles to be demolished based on the “Allegheny County Market Value Analysis” in 2017, which outlined the impact the demolitions would have on the surrounding market. The funding will be used for demolition, environmental cleanup and engineering costs. $294,063 to the city of McKeesport for the demolition of downtown business district buildings located at 903 5 th Ave., 907 5 th Ave., 911 5 th Ave., 328 6 th Ave., 422 Shaw Ave., 1013 5th Ave. and 1017 5 th Ave. The funding will also be used for environmental cleanup, professional services and engineering costs. The CFA awarded a total of $12 million from its Blight Remediation Read more

 

Davis tours problem roads in the Mon Valley with PennDOT

(May 21, 2021)

McKEESPORT, May 21 – State Rep. Austin Davis joined state Transportation Department District 11 Director Cheryl Moon-Sirianni today on a tour of the Mon Valley to meet with municipal managers and elected officials to discuss road issues in their communities. “Each year, my office reaches out to communities in the Mon Valley to hear what road problems concern them the most,” said Davis, D-Allegheny. “Tours like the one today open up a dialogue with PennDOT by bringing pressing safety issues to its attention and in some cases, getting them resolved.” Davis and Sirianni visited Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, West Mifflin, Whitaker and White Oak. “These communities are dealing with a variety of road issues, from repaving and potholes, to speed limit signs and catch basins,” Davis said. “Today’s tour is one of the ways I’m working to make sure concerns in my district are heard and finding solutions that can improve infrastructure and safety in our area.” PennDOT District 11 covers 2,570 total road miles, 1,804 total bridges, and four tunnels that span Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. Editors/Assignment Desks : Photos from today’s tour are available here . Read more

 

Investment for affordable housing support strategies focus of Davis, House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing

(May 11, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, May 11 – The need for affording housing is a need only exacerbated by the pandemic and Allegheny County Delegation Chairman Austin Davis today hosted a hearing to discuss how the PA Rescue Plan would invest federal funding to bring relief to homeowners and renters. “Wages have not kept up with the rise in housing costs. With the oldest housing stock in the country and a minimum wage that remains stagnant, Pennsylvanians need us to take action in Harrisburg. Today, we learned how the PA Rescue Plan funding would be helpful and the legislative actions we can take to empower local municipalities so that state and local governments and developers can work together to solve this problem.” Testifiers included Larry Swanson, executive director of Action Housing; and Robert Damewood, staff attorney for Regional Housing Legal Services. Swanson advocated for affordable housing assistance as lender forbearance programs come to an end this summer. Damewood shared that over 299,000 Pennsylvania families cannot afford rent and the state desperately needs expansion of affordable, safe and stable housing. He called on the legislature to apply rights in the Manufactured Homes Community Rights Act to renters across the board. “Housing is a human right, period, and the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the fact that too many Pennsylvanians can’t afford to stay in their homes, especially in our communities of color,” said House Democratic Read more

 

Davis to champion PA Rescue Plan’s proposed affordable housing investment at Tuesday hearing

(May 07, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, May 7 – Making Housing Affordable and mitigating the housing hardships exacerbated by COVID-19 will be the focus of Tuesday’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by Allegheny County Delegation Chairman Austin Davis. Read more

 

Rep. Davis, advocates introduce legislation to address health insurance coverage gap

(May 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today joined the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, Pennie and SEIU Healthcare PA to introduce legislation that could make it easier for thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians to enroll in health insurance coverage. “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored many of the old fault lines in our healthcare system,” Davis said. “Access to health care remains a critical barrier in our society. This legislation is an opportunity to knock down that barrier for more than 400,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians, more than 120,000 of whom are children, and help them enroll in healthcare coverage.” Davis said H.B. 1030 could help to close the insurance gap by creating the Pennsylvania Easy Enrollment Program. It would allow Pennsylvanians to check a box on their state income tax returns to connect them to Pennie, the state’s health insurance marketplace, for a free evaluation to see if they qualify for a low-cost plan on the marketplace, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or Medicaid. "Every year, we talk to thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians who lack easy-to-understand information about the affordable coverage options available to them,” said Pennsylvania Health Access Network Executive Director Antoinette Kraus. “Adding simple questions to the tax filing process already completed by millions and then giving individuals personalized options creates a Read more

 

Davis: U.S. Steel’s broken promises to the Mon Valley

(Apr 30, 2021)

McKEESPORT, April 30 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement following U.S. Steel’s announcement that it will cancel plans for $1 billion in upgrades to the Mon Valley Works steel mill due to the company’s recent environmental sustainability goals: “I have always supported U.S. Steel’s reinvestment project in the Mon Valley Works, which is why I am deeply disappointed that the company has broken its promise to the Mon Valley and its own workers by scrapping a plan that would have made the Mon Valley Works the first project of its kind, provided cleaner air for our community and good jobs that would have helped this area prosper for decades. I believe that we can create family-sustaining jobs and a clean environment. “I remain committed to working with our region’s businesses, communities and elected leaders to continue to improve our region’s long-term economic future and bring sustainable investment and development into our communities.” Read more

 

Committee to discuss pandemic impact on PA’s tourism economy
Jul 26, 2021

Davis ready to assist McKeesport residents impacted by water advisory
Jul 20, 2021

Davis: With smart investments, Pittsburgh can lead U.S. manufacturing renaissance
Jul 16, 2021

Davis releases statement on rollout of police misconduct database
Jul 14, 2021

Davis: Mon Valley Civil Rights leader honored with highway designation
Jul 06, 2021

Davis announces $164K in grants awarded to Mon Valley fire, EMS companies
Jun 30, 2021

Davis: State budget delivers on education, but misses opportunity to reimagine PA
Jun 25, 2021

PA House Dems stand with election officials to defend democracy, preserve voter access
Jun 22, 2021

Davis unveiled legislation to support families grieving gun violence victims
Jun 22, 2021

$4.9 million in state funding awarded to support housing initiatives in Allegheny County
Jun 10, 2021

Davis: Ending disaster declaration leaves too many questions about providing aid and federal funding
Jun 10, 2021

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus condemns Zappala actions
Jun 04, 2021

Kinkead: Allegheny County DA Zappala’s actions are reprehensible and must be immediately addressed
Jun 04, 2021

Davis: $100,000 grant awarded to Carnegie Library of Homestead
Jun 02, 2021

Davis: Nearly $325,000 in grants awarded to Mon Valley blight remediation projects
May 25, 2021

Davis tours problem roads in the Mon Valley with PennDOT
May 21, 2021

Investment for affordable housing support strategies focus of Davis, House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing
May 11, 2021

Davis to champion PA Rescue Plan’s proposed affordable housing investment at Tuesday hearing
May 07, 2021

Rep. Davis, advocates introduce legislation to address health insurance coverage gap
May 03, 2021

Davis: U.S. Steel’s broken promises to the Mon Valley
Apr 30, 2021