Report to the People

Summer 2020 newsletter

Summer 2020 newsletter

(Sep 02, 2020)

Check out my summer 2020 newsletter Read more

 

Upcoming SHRED events on Sept. 19, Oct. 3

(Aug 26, 2020)

I want to remind you of the upcoming SHRED and Project D.U.M.P. events in our community. Read more

 

ICYMI: Virtual Town Hall with Duquesne Light; Deasy’s Outdoor Immunization Clinics/Mobile Mini Senior Expos; Don’t miss upcoming SHRED events!

(Aug 26, 2020)

Check out my latest e-news alert and learn more about the opportunities available to you! Read more

 

Miss the live virtual panel discussions? Watch them here!

(Aug 21, 2020)

Chairman Dan Miller and the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation (ACHDD) concluded their summer hearing work with five public virtual panel discussions: Health of our Hospitals, Future of Work, Update on Police Reform, COVID and Worker Safety , and Housing Crisis . Each discussion featured a presentation by relevant experts from Allegheny County and then a question and answer session with state representatives from the ACHDD. You can watch them all below: Read more

 

Deasy: Roughly $500,000 awarded to help local special needs students during COVID-19 crisis

(Aug 20, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 20 – With an unprecedented school year ahead, state Rep. Dan Deasy today announced $452,530 in COVID-19 relief funding has just been awarded to local schools to assist students with special needs. “Our special needs kids need all the support they can get while their normal school routines continue to be disrupted by the pandemic,” said Deasy, D-Allegheny. “As they and their families work to adapt to COVID-19-prompted changes, this money will help to make sure they continue to have access to the services and support that is critical for them to have a successful year.” Grants awarded to school districts with schools in the 27th Legislative District are: Pittsburgh Public Schools: $368,856. Keystone Oaks School District: $21,757. Carlynton School District: $16,576. Montour School District: $19,217. Sto-Rox School District: $21,122. Propel Charter Schools – Montour: $5000. The Special Education COVID-19 Impact Mitigation Grant will provide $15 million statewide in financial support to local education agencies to: Provide enhanced, real-time instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs. Provide services and supports to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closures. Funding from the program comes from federal coronavirus relief money, which states can allocate to meet Read more

 

Deasy: $250K awarded to install storm sewer project

(Aug 17, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 17 – The Commonwealth Financing Authority has announced the approval of a $250,000 H20 PA fund grant to install a storm sewer collection system in Crafton Borough in Allegheny County, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, announced. Deasy said these funds will assist borough officials in addressing issues cited by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection by allowing for the construction and installation of a new stormwater sewer system, finalizing an ongoing multi-phase Clearview Avenue storm sewer separation and detention project. “This is certainly welcome news for Crafton Borough, as these funds will help them address needed stormwater sewer issues and ultimately complete this project in a timely manner,” Deasy said. “This funding will allow the borough to make these needed repairs now, protecting taxpayers from costly repairs and infrastructure issues in the future.” More information can be found at the following link: https://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/h20-pa/ . Read more

 

Small business funding now available; Upcoming events in the fall

(Aug 11, 2020)

I’m happy to inform you that the second and final application round for COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance funding is now open until Friday, Aug. 28 at 11:59 p.m. Read more

 

House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District

(Aug 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – House Democrats representing the city of Pittsburgh announced Friday the disbursement of $409,000 in education funding to the Pittsburgh School District. Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation members who represent the city of Pittsburgh include state Reps. Dan Deasy, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Summer Lee, Dan Miller, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley. “This is substantial funding for the Pittsburgh School District,” said state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the delegation. “The allotted funding will go toward well-needed resources, and it will ensure students in the district have a better chance of achieving academic success.” The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. The Continuity in Education and Equity Grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Read more

 

Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package

(Jul 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 27 -- Citing the distressing impacts COVID-19 is having on Pennsylvania’s restaurant industry and a recent Yelp survey showing more than half of restaurants could close permanently due to the virus’ impact, Democrats in Harrisburg have crafted a legislative package aimed at providing relief to community business owners and the workers that cook and serve our food. The package includes nine bills that would provide grants to local restaurants, bars and clubs, reduce and eliminate specific licensing fees, extend discounts to licensees and protect businesses by guaranteeing their insurance pays out in future emergencies. These efforts will provide direct relief to an industry of Pennsylvania businesses the virus has hit hard, House Democratic leaders said. Restrictions put in place have been necessary in the state’s response to COVID-19. The leaders said they recognize the hardship the virus has continued to place on the restaurant industry. Restaurants have served as the backdrop of many life occasions and special moments and they need support more now than ever. The House Democratic package includes: Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government to be directed to small, community restaurants instead of national chains to ensure those dollars are invested back into the region. ( Rep. Joe Ciresi, Montgomery County & Rep. Tina Davis, Bucks County ) Earmarking CARES grant Read more

 

Rep. Wheatley to introduce bill to give restaurants, bars, taverns a break on penalties, fees for sales tax payments, including liquor tax

(Jul 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 27 – In an effort to help restaurants, bars and taverns impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Jake Wheatley has announced he will soon introduce legislation that would eliminate penalties and fees for delayed sales tax payments and provide a grace period for paying the 6% liquor sales tax for these businesses. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the businesses, who lost significant amounts of revenue after closing their doors for months to help prevent the spread of the virus, deserve this break. “It’s imperative that restaurants, bars and taverns be given a financial break for being responsible and doing their part during the state’s emergency declaration,” Wheatley said. “With many of these businesses beginning the process of reopening, removing these additional fees would give them some additional breathing room and go a long way to help them recover from their losses and get back on their feet.” Back in May, Wheatley and state Rep. Dan Deasy, also D-Allegheny, sent a letter to the governor , requesting that liquor license fees be waived for restaurants and bars due to the devastating financial impacts they’ve experienced due to the pandemic. More information on his pending legislation can be found at this link: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20190&cosponId=32170 Read more

 

Deasy to introduce legislation to help restaurants weather COVID crisis

(Jul 24, 2020)

Bill would remove barriers to outdoor dining, encourage people to patronize struggling restaurants Read more

 

The District Office is open – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; Gov Wolf announces protections from foreclosures, evictions through Aug. 31 -- and more!

(Jul 10, 2020)

As you know, my office has been open for quite some time. If you need assistance, please call the office at 412-928-9514. If Read more

 

Police reform passes unanimously; Two senior centers receive funding; Please wear your mask; Our District Office is now open

(Jun 26, 2020)

I was honored to cast my vote in the House this week to pass two bills that would change policing here in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Deasy: $70K awarded to two senior centers for facility upgrades

(Jun 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, today announced that the Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center and the Elizabeth Seton Center in Brookline were awarded a combined total of $77,000. The funding was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-20 Senior Community Center grant program. Deasy said the grants will help senior centers fund projects based on their applications, such as updating and modernizing facilities, providing new health and entertainment programs, upgrading technology and enhancing marketing opportunities. “Senior centers are instrumental to the quality of life for our senior community,” Deasy said. “They provide our most vulnerable population the resources to engage in healthy activities, socialization and provide nutritious meals that help keep the senior community healthy. This funding is going to go a long way in helping both senior centers remain the go-to place in the 27 th Legislative District for senior or retirement living.” There are more than 500 senior community centers throughout Pennsylvania that provide a variety of offerings, such as nutritious meals, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, and exercise programs. Proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery help to fund these programs every year. For more information on senior community centers and other services and programs offered by Read more

 

2020 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

(Jun 09, 2020)

2020 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is now available! Read more

 

Deasy applauds bill that calls for surcharge exemption for volunteer fire companies and Veterans’ organizations

(May 29, 2020)

Noting the additional financial burdens and loss of fundraising income opportunities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and incurred by Pennsylvania volunteer fire companies and veterans’ organizations, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, said he is applauding the unanimous passage this week of H.B. 1048, legislation that would exempt the $700 liquor licensee surcharge for these fire companies and veterans’ organizations. Read more

 

Tomorrow's SHRED event postponed; Allegheny County transitioning to yellow phase of reopening on May 15

(May 08, 2020)

The Governor’s office today announced that Allegheny County is slated to be among other southwestern Pa. counties to transition to the yellow phase of reopening on May 15. Read more

 

Reps. Wheatley, Deasy urge governor to waive liquor license fees for bars, restaurants

(May 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Reps. Jake Wheatley and Dan Deasy have sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting that liquor license fees be waived for restaurants and bars, citing the devastating impacts the industry has experienced due to the pandemic. Wheatley and Deasy, both D-Allegheny, said community restaurants and bars have either had to close or significantly curb their hours and operations in order to slow the spread of the virus. They have requested the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board waive or refund this year's license renewal and/or validation fees for liquor licensees that have remained closed or that have demonstrated significant loss of 25% or more to their business. “These businesses truly deserve a break, especially when you consider that many of them have already experienced significant losses of income,” said Wheatley, Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. “They’ve been responsible and what better way can we help them get back on their economic feet than to give them this break on the liquor license fees. It’s the right thing to do.” “It is critical that we help our local restaurants and bars in their time of need, because these establishments connect communities,” said Deasy, Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee. “We cannot sit back and watch these businesses that provide not only employment but are the fabric of our community. They bring us Read more

 

Deasy introduces resolution that calls for freeze in utility rate increase proposals

(May 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – Noting the sudden and unexpected loss of income incurred by Pennsylvania residents and small business owners due to COVID-19, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, has introduced a resolution urging the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to put a freeze on all requests for utility rate increases through 2020. “Residents are experiencing financial hardships, unemployment rates are through the roof, and the public and state assistance offered to families and small businesses is but a small drop in a bucket to address the of loss of income and financial insecurity because of COVID-19,” Deasy said. “You’d think during a time like this, we’d see more compassion, but unfortunately that’s not the case, especially with utility companies. Rate increases are the last thing our struggling residents and businesses should have to worry about, which is why this resolution is so crucial during this global health crisis,” Deasy said. Aside from the increase proposals, Deasy said he was even more disappointed in the scale of which some companies were trying to raise their rates, with at least one company seeking a 24% rate increase. Deasy is the second western House Democrat in recent weeks to call on the PUC to investigate or freeze rate increase proposals received from utility companies. State Rep. Austin Davis, also D-Allegheny, called on the PUC last week to investigate a rate increase proposal Read more

 

Summer 2020 newsletter
Sep 02, 2020

Upcoming SHRED events on Sept. 19, Oct. 3
Aug 26, 2020

ICYMI: Virtual Town Hall with Duquesne Light; Deasy’s Outdoor Immunization Clinics/Mobile Mini Senior Expos; Don’t miss upcoming SHRED events!
Aug 26, 2020

Miss the live virtual panel discussions? Watch them here!
Aug 21, 2020

Deasy: Roughly $500,000 awarded to help local special needs students during COVID-19 crisis
Aug 20, 2020

Deasy: $250K awarded to install storm sewer project
Aug 17, 2020

Small business funding now available; Upcoming events in the fall
Aug 11, 2020

House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District
Aug 07, 2020

Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package
Jul 27, 2020

Rep. Wheatley to introduce bill to give restaurants, bars, taverns a break on penalties, fees for sales tax payments, including liquor tax
Jul 27, 2020

Deasy to introduce legislation to help restaurants weather COVID crisis
Jul 24, 2020

The District Office is open – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; Gov Wolf announces protections from foreclosures, evictions through Aug. 31 -- and more!
Jul 10, 2020

Police reform passes unanimously; Two senior centers receive funding; Please wear your mask; Our District Office is now open
Jun 26, 2020

Deasy: $70K awarded to two senior centers for facility upgrades
Jun 25, 2020

2020 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Jun 09, 2020

Deasy applauds bill that calls for surcharge exemption for volunteer fire companies and Veterans’ organizations
May 29, 2020

REMINDER: Tomorrow’s SHRED event is CANCELLED; Allegheny County is now in the yellow phase of reopening; PennDOT to use existing photos for driver license, ID card renewals
May 15, 2020

Tomorrow's SHRED event postponed; Allegheny County transitioning to yellow phase of reopening on May 15
May 08, 2020

Reps. Wheatley, Deasy urge governor to waive liquor license fees for bars, restaurants
May 08, 2020

Deasy introduces resolution that calls for freeze in utility rate increase proposals
May 06, 2020