Davis secures $75k grant for historic Penn McKee hotel

(Oct 05, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today Pittsburgh Rebuilding Together was awarded $75,000 in state funding for the Penn McKee hotel stabilization project in the city of McKeesport. “The Penn McKee has been through its share of ups and downs. What was once the Mon Valley’s premier hotel and home to countless events, including the first debate between then-Congressmen John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, has now stood vacant and in severe disrepair for a couple of decades,” Davis said. “I helped to secure this funding with the hopes that it will help to create a new chapter in the Penn McKee’s rich history, one that holds a brighter future for the blighted landmark and the city of McKeesport.” Davis said the funding comes from the state Department of Community and Economic Development and will be used for demolition, asbestos abatement, engineering and administration costs associated with the Penn McKee hotel stabilization project. The grant is from DCED’s Keystone Communities Program , which is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities, social and economic diversity, and a strong and secure quality of life. Read more

 

Davis unveils highway sign honoring Mon Valley Civil Rights leader

(Sep 24, 2021)

DUQUESNE, Sept. 24 – The life and legacy of local civil rights leader Clifton P. Pitts was honored today with a ceremony dedicating The Clifton P. Pitts Memorial Highway along a portion of state Route 837 in Duquesne and West Mifflin. State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, whose legislation enabled the dedication, said the highway will serve as a lasting reminder of Pitts’ dedication to his community and his steadfast leadership. “Clifton Pitts was an influential trailblazer in the Mon Valley who not only fought to improve the lives of everyone he met, but also inspired many people, like myself, to follow his lead in dedicating their time and talents to serving others,” Davis said. “I introduced the proposal to establish the Clifton P. Pitts Memorial Highway so that those in our community would have a permanent place to remember and reflect on Mr. Pitts’ legacy.” Today’s ceremony was attended by members of Pitts’ family, state Sen. Jay Costa, state Sen. Jim Brewster, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and city of Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby. “The hard work, leadership and legacy left by Clifton Pitts in our communities and beyond is extraordinary. He worked every day to create the world that he wanted to see for himself and for future generations, and I am proud to join in the commemoration of this memorial highway in his honor,” Costa Read more

 

Davis to introduce legislation to reinstate, fund Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

(Sep 16, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Sept. 16 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, will introduce legislation to reinstate and fully fund the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which recently expired. “Throughout the pandemic, PUA has been a critical lifeline for workers who are historically excluded from traditional unemployment compensation, such as gig workers, recent college graduates, contract workers, and the self-employed,” Davis said. “Low-wage and minority workers are also more likely to be part of this excluded workforce and are now left with little support during the Delta variant surge, a new school year, and an unemployment rate that remains well above pre-pandemic levels.” Davis said while the federal government ceased funding the PUA directly, the state legislature can and must step in to resume this critical program. He said his proposed legislation would utilize unspent American Rescue Plan dollars to fully fund the PUA program through the end of the year. “Pennsylvanians have stopped receiving help, but make no mistake, they’re still in need,” Davis said. “We have money available to reinstate this safety net for people who’ve been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and we need to ensure they receive the help they need as they work to acquire well-paid, life-sustaining employment.” Davis said he plans to introduce his legislation soon. Read more

 

Davis: Mon Valley gun violence reduction and drug prevention programs awarded more than $587K in grants

(Sep 08, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded $587,180 in grants to programs that prevent gun violence and substance abuse for youth and young adults in the Mon Valley. “Young people in underserved communities within the Mon Valley have alternatives to gun violence and substance use,” Davis said. “The funding awarded to these programs will help them continue to provide resources, skills and experiences to our youth that will help guide them toward a better future.” The following programs received PCCD funding: Healthy Village Learning Institute - $211,680 – Healthy Village Learning Institute will use the grant funding for its P.O.W.E.R. (Positive Outcomes With Excuses Removed) Prevention Program in McKeesport, Duquesne and Clairton. The program’s goal is to decrease gun use/abuse, increase self-esteem, improve family functioning, increase decision-making, develop problem-solving skills, improve academic performance and increase community awareness of negative factors affecting youth and young adults. Center for Victims - $225,000 – McKeesport is one of the Allegheny County communities that will benefit from the funding awarded to the Center for Victims to enhance and expand its Family & Community Support Team. The grant money will be used to find staff in the communities the Read more

 

Davis: Masking important step in protecting our children and keeping schools open

(Aug 31, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement on the Wolf administration’s requirement for children to wear masks in Pennsylvania schools and daycare centers starting on Sept. 7: “Keeping our children in school and keeping them safe is a top priority. With COVID-19 case counts increasing, the situation has reached a point where we need to take this action to protect our children, teachers and staff. “Vaccination rates in the Mon Valley are among the lowest in Allegheny County and since many school-aged children aren’t yet eligible for the shot, masking will play an important role in protecting them from the virus. “If we want to keep our schools open, maintain classroom learning and allow sports and other activities to continue, we need to mask up.” Read more

 

Statement on passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

(Aug 05, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Austin Davis, chair of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, issued the following statement on behalf of its members regarding the recent passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka rose from working in coal mines in Pennsylvania to become a leader and fighter for working families across the country. His dedication to ensure good jobs, fair wages, and safe working conditions helped to improve the lives of millions of workers. “For more than a decade he guided the AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12.5 million workers, leading the labor movement’s efforts to create an economy based on broadly shared prosperity and to hold elected officials and employers accountable to working families. “The labor movement is part of the fabric of our communities. From the steel mills that built this nation, to the educators ensuring that our children will be able to compete in the 21 st century, labor, Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County are part and parcel of our region’s history and culture. “Trumka leaves behind an indelible legacy that we must all work together to continue to build upon. He will be missed.” Read more

 

Tourism, jobs, sustainability and more focus of Policy Committee tour, discussion at Kennywood Amusement Park

(Jul 28, 2021)

West Mifflin, July 28 -- Today’s House Democratic Policy Committee tour at Kennywood highlighted the far-reaching impacts and boosts Kennywood and other state amusement parks have on the communities they call home. State Reps. Nick Pisciottano and Austin Davis welcomed chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the Policy Committee to Kennywood for a tour of the facility and round table on the jobs it brings to the region and further economic impacts on the tourism industry, trades and more. “Kennywood remains an economic driver for the Mon Valley, bringing in families from near and far,” said Davis, Vice Chair of the Policy Committee and chairman of the Allegheny County Delegation. “I continue to support efforts to boost tourism and recreational opportunities at Kennywood and other destinations like it across Pennsylvania, especially as they rebuild from the pandemic. Today’s discussion opened up pathways for solutions to boost our state’s finest attractions and keep them running for years to come.” “As a member of the House Tourism and Recreation Committee, I’ve been touring several great attractions across Allegheny County this summer, including Kennywood,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny. “We know that many tourism sites across our state are continuing to recover from the pandemic, and we had a productive conversation about the best ways we can support them and help Read more

 

Davis applauds AG’s Office and local police for shutting down drug-trafficking ring in McKeesport

(Jul 28, 2021)

McKEESPORT, July 28 – State Rep. Austin Davis issued the following statement regarding state Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s announcement of an operation that disbanded a drug-trafficking ring in McKeesport, where agents seized several guns and a significant amount of illegal substances: “I want to thank Attorney General Josh Shapiro for his efforts in working with McKeesport and Elizabeth Township police departments to target people who bring drugs and guns into our community. “This effort highlights the need for safe communities and holding those who intend to cause harm responsible. But at the same time, we need to continue to work together to address the root causes of crime and violence – to end generational poverty and give our young people the opportunity to succeed in life. Whether that is funding underfunded schools, or helping folks find career training and employment opportunities, we need to be offering folks a hand up, hope and a chance to get away from the streets. “Reducing crime and violence in our communities remains my highest priority. I will continue to work in Harrisburg to help secure resources that will help deliver results here in the Mon Valley.” Editors/Assignment Desks: Photos from today’s press conference are available here . Read more

 

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

 

Republican voting legislation a solution in search of a problem

(Jun 16, 2021)

Instead of making it harder for folks to vote, we need to be addressing the issues that election officials have asked us to address. 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

 

Davis secures $75k grant for historic Penn McKee hotel
Oct 05, 2021

Davis unveils highway sign honoring Mon Valley Civil Rights leader
Sep 24, 2021

Davis to introduce legislation to reinstate, fund Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Sep 16, 2021

Davis: Mon Valley gun violence reduction and drug prevention programs awarded more than $587K in grants
Sep 08, 2021

Davis: Masking important step in protecting our children and keeping schools open
Aug 31, 2021

Statement on passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
Aug 05, 2021

Tourism, jobs, sustainability and more focus of Policy Committee tour, discussion at Kennywood Amusement Park
Jul 28, 2021

Davis applauds AG’s Office and local police for shutting down drug-trafficking ring in McKeesport
Jul 28, 2021

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

Republican voting legislation a solution in search of a problem
Jun 16, 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