Markosek: East Pittsburgh Borough awarded additional $500,000 grant

(Nov 21, 2022)

McKEESPORT, Nov. 21 – East Pittsburgh Borough will receive an additional $500,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants for the construction of a new municipal facility, state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced today. The funding will be used to demolish the old gymnasium facility and construct the municipal facility, which will be more centrally located to a majority of residents in the borough. The project will also allow all borough services to be located in the same building and move the public works department closer to the salt and construction storage area. “This new municipal facility will not only be more accessible to many folks who live in East Pittsburgh, but it will also help to simplify borough communications and streamline its operations,” Markosek said. “Last month, the project secured a $500,000 grant, which brings the total amount of funding to $1 million. I’d like to thank everyone involved in supporting East Pittsburgh Borough’s vision for a space that will help it better serve those who live in the community.” The funds were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program , a commonwealth grant program overseen by the Office of the Budget to assist with regional cultural, economic, civic and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities. Read more

 

Markosek: Six projects awarded $450,000 in state investments

(Nov 15, 2022)

MONROEVILLE, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced today that the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority selected several local projects to receive $450,000 in state funding. The following funding amounts were awarded: $200,000 for Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments to address the demolition of several structures in Pitcairn and Wall, playground renovations in Turtle Creek, and street reconstruction in Wilmerding. $150,000 to revitalize the Crestas Terrace Community Center in North Versailles Township. The project includes demolition, roofing, flooring, HVAC and electrical work, plumbing and exterior improvements. $100,000 to the Monroeville Baseball and Softball Association for improvements to the infrastructure at Monroeville Community Park West baseball and softball complex. The upgrades include replacing field turf, lighting and safety netting, and the installation of scoreboards and batting cages. “These projects will provide many benefits to their respective communities, from tearing down buildings in disrepair to rehabilitating outdated parks and places to play,” Markosek said. “I’m very pleased to see the investment to help restore the Crestas Terrace Community Center so it can return to being a local resource and gathering spot for the neighborhood and future generations.” The Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund Read more

 

Markosek: $250,000 state grant a home run for Monroeville Baseball & Softball Association

(Oct 27, 2022)

MONROEVILLE, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced today a $250,000 grant for the Monroeville Baseball & Softball Association. Markosek said the funding will help the MBSA improve the infrastructure, facilities and resources at Monroeville Community Park West Baseball and Softball Complex. The planned improvements include replacing the field’s turf, safety netting and fencing, equipment and startup costs to install scoreboards and batting cages. “MBSA has been growing the love for the sports of baseball and softball while also teaching the value of good sportsmanship to young athletes,” Markosek said. “Securing this funding will give young men and women quality tools to improve their skills and talents at great facilities. I’m pleased to have helped bring this money back to our area to support our young people, regardless of socioeconomic status.” The grant funding was awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more

 

Markosek: $3.5 million in state investments support local projects

(Oct 26, 2022)

MONROEVILLE, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced Redevelopment Assistance Capital grants totaling $3.54 million were awarded to three local projects. “I’m proud to have helped secure funding for projects that are committed to improving the quality of life and economic opportunities in the communities they serve,” Markosek said. “These investments will have a positive and long-lasting impact, and I want to thank everyone involved in helping make them happen.” The following projects received funding: $2.046 million for renovations and improvements to Jewish Community Center’s Monroeville Family Park facility. The project includes renovations to its aquatics center, shaded play areas, construction of a new indoor building with classroom space and a kitchen and dining area to facilitate meal preparation and dining needs during the summer. $1 million for the Allegheny Petroleum Expansion in Wilmerding Borough. The overall proposed project involves the purchase of the company's existing leased building and renovations to improve the building's structure and manufacturing capabilities. $500,000 to East Pittsburgh Borough to demolish the old gymnasium facility and construct the East Pittsburgh Municipal Facility, which would be more centrally located to most residents. RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget Read more

 

Markosek: Nearly $122,000 in state funding for Pitcairn sports complex

(Sep 20, 2022)

MONROEVILLE, Sept. 20 – Pitcairn Borough will receive $121,931 in state funding to update and expand its sports complex facilities, state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced today. The project will construct additional parking areas near the trail and basketball courts, an access road through the complex and convert part of the existing gravel and impervious surfaces into lawn or planting areas. “The sports complex has provided recreational opportunities for many residents in the community,” Markosek said. “The funding for this project will allow more people to access the complex. I’m encouraged to see that the grant will also add some green spaces to the area.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, administered the funding from its Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. More information about the program is available here: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/greenways-trails-and-recreation-program-gtrp/ . Read more

 

Markosek: Monroeville Senior Center awarded $24,000 to replace flooring

(Sep 19, 2022)

MONROEVILLE, Sept. 19 – A $24,000 grant will help the Monroeville Senior Center replace the flooring in its fitness center, state Rep. Brandon Markosek announced today. Markosek, D-Allegheny, said the funding for this project will cover the cost to remove the current carpet flooring in the Senior Center’s fitness area and install athletic rubber flooring. “The new fitness center flooring will help the Senior Center meet COVID cleaning standards and allow it to disinfect the floors on a daily basis,” Markosek said. “I’m pleased to assist the Senior Center in securing funding for this project, which will help to protect the health of Monroeville and Pitcairn residents using the facility.” The grant was administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more

 

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First responders applaud tax exemption bill during Democratic Policy hearing

(Aug 08, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee convened a hearing in Monroeville Monday afternoon to gather stakeholder feedback on a bill that would provide a tax exemption to firefighters who purchase equipment with their own money. Read more

 

Markosek introduces bill to give more veterans access to state programs

(Jun 30, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, has authored a bill to ensure those who fought on behalf of the commonwealth and the country can take advantage of state programs that their disability benefits may push them out of. “During these challenging times when inflation is driving up prices,” Markosek said, “I feel it is our responsibility to do all we can to care for our veterans, who have bravely put their lives on the line to defend our nation and our freedom.” Currently a veteran's disability benefits are considered income for several state senior citizen programs. Markosek's bill would exempt those disability benefits from being counted as income for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, the PACE/PACENET pharmaceutical drug assistance program funded by lottery proceeds, and the reduced vehicle registration fee program. Nearly 800,000 veterans live in Pennsylvania, and approximately 300,000 of them served during wartime. Additionally, three-quarters of veterans living in the state are older than 55. The bill (H.B. 2708) has been referred to the Pennsylvania House Finance Committee for review. Read more

 

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Markosek announces $42,000 for Pitcairn Borough Police Department

(Mar 15, 2022)

MONROEVILLE, March 15 – The Pitcairn Borough Police Department secured a $42,000 grant to purchase a new police patrol vehicle, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. “Pitcairn Borough Police recently took over policing in the neighboring community of Wilmerding Borough,” Markosek said. “I’m pleased this new funding will allow the department to purchase a new vehicle that will help its officers cover the additional territory and adequately serve the new jurisdiction.” The grant was administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development . Read more

 

Markosek announces $116,350 in grants for fire, EMS companies

(Feb 14, 2022)

MONROEVILLE, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced nine fire and EMS companies in the 25 th Legislative District were awarded $116,350 in grants. “We often take for granted that our first responders will be there when we need them most, but fire and EMS companies need our support so they can continue to answer the call,” Markosek said. “Constant challenges from the pandemic have put an extra strain on these heroes and their financial operations, which is why this funding is essential for them to continue extending life-saving services to our communities.” The grants come from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. The following amounts were awarded: Plum Emergency Medical Service Inc. - $8,325. Monroeville EMS Inc. - $8,325.05. Monroeville Vol Fire Co. No. 5 - $15,000. Monroeville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 4 - $15,000. Monroeville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3 - $15,000. Pitcairn Fire Co. #1 - $12,708. West Wilmerding Volunteer Fire Department - $12,000. Wilmerding Volunteer Fire Department. - $15,000. United Volunteer Fire and Rescue Fire - $14,992. The funding can be used for facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training, education and public outreach, recruitment and retention, construction savings accounts, overtime costs associated with Read more

 

Markosek announces $425,000 in Allegheny County gaming grants

(Jan 26, 2022)

MONROEVILLE, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced today the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund awarded a total of $425,000 in grant funding for projects in Plum, Wilmerding, Wall and North Versailles Township. “I want to congratulate the awardees for securing funds that will further assist in the economic development of our area,” Markosek said. “This funding will help to make these communities better places to live by reducing flooding in Plum, making improvements to the Wilmerding Community Center, replacing a retaining wall in Wall and revitalizing the wastewater collection system in North Versailles Township.” The following amounts were awarded: $150,000 to Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments for proposed flood improvement through the Center Beach Project in the borough of Plum. The project is in response to a damaging flood in July 2019 and includes a proposal to create a series of four interconnected impoundments that will reduce the stormwater peak flows and volume. Walking trails, along with a gazebo and benches, will be installed to provide recreation for the public. $75,000 to the Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments to rehabilitate the Wilmerding Community Center. The project includes HVAC in the locker rooms, a spin/aerobics studio, an indoor track, a new walking/running track, basketball court repairs and resurfacing, playground equipment, Read more

 

Markosek announces $40,000 grant awarded to Pitcairn Fire Co. #1

(Jan 25, 2022)

MONROEVILLE, Jan. 25 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced today that Pitcairn Fire Co. #1 has been awarded $40,000 in state funding. The company will use the investment for water/sewer to replace a water line. The project includes evacuating and digging up the existing line, back filling, and fees for engineering and permitting. “I’m pleased to have helped secure funding for our firefighters in Pitcairn,” Markosek said. “Our volunteer firefighters never hesitate to respond when called, and their selfless efforts remains an inspiring example of what it means to serve a community. “I also know how difficult it can be for them to raise the funds to buy needed equipment, or undertake a major project like this, which is why I am thrilled that they are receiving this support from the state to hopefully get this project done. That’s also why I’ve backed legislation to get our community fire and EMS companies financial assistance during the COVID crisis and have always supported our first responders.” The state Department of Community and Economic Development distributed the funding. Read more

 

Markosek: $250,000 grant awarded for Boyce Park improvements

(Dec 30, 2021)

MONROEVILLE, Dec. 30 – A $250,000 grant will be used for the rehabilitation and further development of Boyce Park, which is in Monroeville and Plum, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek. Markosek said the funding from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be used to construct tennis and pickleball courts, a pavilion, walkways, rain gardens, and provide ADA access and other improvements. “Boyce Park has something for everyone – from skiing and snow tubing to trails and a skate park,” said Markosek, D-Allegheny. “I’m happy to have helped to secure funding that will bring even more activities to the park and make it more accessible for everyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors any time of the year.” The DCNR grant was made available through the Community Conservation Partnership Program. More information about the program is available here . Read more

 

Markosek: More than $1.34 million in state funding for projects for intersection relocation and retaining wall repair

(Nov 19, 2021)

MONROEVILLE, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced today the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded $1.34 million to projects that would address traffic hazards in North Versailles Township and shore up a retaining wall at a park in East McKeesport. Markosek said the CFA awarded $1.3 million from its Multimodal Transportation Fund to North Versailles to relocate Naser Road to connect U.S. Routes 30 and 48 to help address recurring traffic issues at the intersection of McKee Road and U.S. Route 30. The project would redesign Naser Road to enter Route 30 at ninety degrees to create a safe entrance and exit way. The project includes a new traffic light, pedestrian sidewalks, a four-way interchange, a turning lane and connectivity to other communities. Markosek said East McKeesport was awarded $40,000 from CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to remove and repair a retaining wall at the East Field Park that is no longer structurally sound. The retaining wall supports the baseball fields and part of an alley at the park. “The funding we secured today will tackle safety concerns that directly impact these communities,” said Markosek. “The improvements slated for North Versailles will help drivers and pedestrians by creating a safer and more direct connection to the area, while the repairs to the East Field Park retaining area will help to ensure the baseball fields remain Read more

 

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Markosek announces $243K in grants awarded to area first responders

(Jun 30, 2021)

MONROEVILLE, June 30 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek announced a total of $243,113 in grants have been awarded to 20 fire and emergency medical services companies. Markosek, D-Allegheny, said the funding is provided by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is overseen by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. “First responders showed courage and dedication to their communities in the face of COVID-19, while struggling with the impacts to revenue and resources inflicted by the pandemic,” Markosek said. “Securing this funding will help to support essential needs so that these men and women can continue to keep the neighborhoods they serve safe.” The grants awarded are as follows: Chalfant Volunteer Fire Co.: $11,876. Crestas Volunteer Fire Co. #4: $11,520. Eastern Area Prehospital Service (EMS): $8,993. Fire Department of North Versailles: $13,124. Fire Department of North Versailles (EMS): $8,993. Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department: $13,302. Monroeville EMS Inc.: $8,282. Monroeville Fire Co. #6: $13,837. Monroeville Volunteer Fire Co. #5: $14,193. Monroeville Volunteer Fire Co. #4: $15,000. Monroeville Volunteer Fire Co. #3: $12,054. Monroeville Volunteer Fire Co. #1: $15,000. Pitcairn Fire Company #1: $12,589. Plum Emergency Medical Service Inc. (EMS): $8,993. Renton Volunteer Read more

 

Markosek: $50,000 grant awarded to Pitcairn Borough

(Jun 03, 2021)

MONROEVILLE, June 3 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek announced today that Pitcairn Borough was awarded a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Markosek said the borough will use the grant for Opticom lights for emergency vehicles, which allows equipped vehicles to signal traffic lights to give them the right-of-way at intersections, and an asphalt roller. “I’m pleased to have worked with DCED to secure this funding for Pitcairn,” said Markosek, D-Allegheny. “Opticom lights will help to clear the way for our first responders to reach the scene of an emergency, when every second counts. The asphalt roller will be useful for the borough to smooth out any road issues.” Read more

 

Markosek: $55K to combat blight in Wilmerding, East Pittsburgh

(May 25, 2021)

MONROEVILLE, May 25 – A round of state grants announced today by state Rep. Brandon Markosek will enable Wilmerding to demolish 10 hazardous, unsafe dwellings and will fund an East Pittsburgh plan that aims to restore 80 properties to taxpaying status. Markosek, D-Allegheny, said Commonwealth Financing Authority grants of $30,000 to Wilmerding and $25,000 to East Pittsburgh for blight remediation will make both projects possible. “This wise state investment will help our local communities achieve their goal of eradicating blight and its negative fallout, which includes unsightly, unsafe and undesirable structures,” Markosek said. “Today, we’re taking a big step forward in the quest to turn eyesores into attractive, marketable properties.” Markosek said the Wilmerding demolition project lines up with the borough’s blight remediation plan, as most – if not all – of the 10 structures are tax-delinquent and unsafe for human habitation. Markosek explained that the East Pittsburgh grant will assist the borough in creating tools aimed at mitigating the effects of blight, including how to handle transfers of properties via land banks, conservatorships and sheriff's sales; incentives for owners to maintain their properties; and a plan for properties to be demolished. “East Pittsburgh’s proposed planning project basically will develop a Read more

 

Markosek: East Pittsburgh Borough awarded additional $500,000 grant
Nov 21, 2022

Markosek: Six projects awarded $450,000 in state investments
Nov 15, 2022

Markosek: $250,000 state grant a home run for Monroeville Baseball & Softball Association
Oct 27, 2022

Markosek: $3.5 million in state investments support local projects
Oct 26, 2022

Markosek: Nearly $122,000 in state funding for Pitcairn sports complex
Sep 20, 2022

Markosek: Monroeville Senior Center awarded $24,000 to replace flooring
Sep 19, 2022

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Aug 08, 2022

Markosek introduces bill to give more veterans access to state programs
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Jun 01, 2022

Markosek announces $42,000 for Pitcairn Borough Police Department
Mar 15, 2022

Markosek announces $116,350 in grants for fire, EMS companies
Feb 14, 2022

Markosek announces $425,000 in Allegheny County gaming grants
Jan 26, 2022

Markosek announces $40,000 grant awarded to Pitcairn Fire Co. #1
Jan 25, 2022

Markosek: $250,000 grant awarded for Boyce Park improvements
Dec 30, 2021

Markosek: More than $1.34 million in state funding for projects for intersection relocation and retaining wall repair
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Nov 18, 2021

Markosek announces $243K in grants awarded to area first responders
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Markosek: $50,000 grant awarded to Pitcairn Borough
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Markosek: $55K to combat blight in Wilmerding, East Pittsburgh
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