Gainey thankful for mobile COVID testing in Homewood, urges community to get tested

(May 13, 2020)

Says testing key to identifying, slowing the spread of the Coronavirus Read more

 

Davis, Lee, Gainey and Wheatley pen letter of support for COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity

(Apr 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 28 – State Reps. Austin Davis, Ed Gainey, Summer Lee and Jake Wheatley, all D-Allegheny, on Tuesday penned a letter of support to Gov. Tom Wolf praising his administration’s enactment of the COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity , which was designed to help identify how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and vulnerable populations. A copy of the joint letter sent to the governor on Tuesday can be found here . “The COVID-19 pandemic – even in its earliest days – quickly shed light on many longstanding issues of inequality faced by minority communities,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, these are key issues these minority populations have dealt with for many years, COVID-19 just illuminated it for the rest of the state to see. So, while I’m hopeful and grateful for the institution of this task force, it’s my sincerest hope that this produces real results, saves lives and leads to longstanding change for Pennsylvania’s minority communities.” Lee added: “The coronavirus has brought to the surface all of the structural inequalities that marginalized communities in our state are dealing with – including those in our healthcare system. While I appreciate this effort, I would also hope that this task force is a starting point for us as a society to acknowledge and address the disparities in our healthcare Read more

 

Urging Safe Food Purchasing Options for SNAP Recipients

(Apr 21, 2020)

Legislators urge state to address serious challenges to the public health regarding the SNAP program Read more

 

Automatic mail-in ballot legislation to be introduced

(Apr 15, 2020)

Proposed bill would send ballots to voters 60 days before an election Read more

 

Rise in hate crimes leads to warning from state police, lawmakers

(Apr 02, 2020)

Lawmakers, PSP discuss increase in incidents and urge public action Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 18, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday announced their legislative priorities to support Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak, including the need to support low-income and working-class families without paid family leave or the ability to work from home. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement in response to Friday’s statewide school closure: “The delegation, first and foremost, wants to be supportive of the school districts during this time. It is clear that both they and the governor are motivated by an abundance of concern for the health and safety of both their students and staff. We respect their decision and will work to support their needs in Harrisburg. However, while the closure may have been a necessary step, it is not without its subsequent challenges -- and those challenges must be addressed by the legislature. “At a minimum, in order to help people across Pennsylvania, Harrisburg should prioritize the following items for discussion and vote: Paid family leave legislation. Emergency funding for childcare support. Assistance for Read more

 

What you need to know about coronavirus

(Mar 13, 2020)

The latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) Read more

 

PA HOUSE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT LANDMARK VOTING, CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ETHICS REFORMS

(Mar 11, 2020)

“For the People” legislative package -- including Gainey bill -- will return political power to the people Read more

 

More than $1 million in safety grants issued for Allegheny County nonprofits

(Mar 11, 2020)

Grant awards first under new program established last year Read more

 

Gainey: The Frick Art and Historical Center receives $40K grant

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, today announced that a $40,000 grant has been approved for The Frick Art and Historical Center. “The Frick is instrumental in the greatness that is Allegheny County,” Gainey said. “It’s also a part of what makes Pittsburgh a destination hub for those looking to explore the arts and historical buildings formed around the Frick family’s 19 th century residence, and it’s one of many things that makes the great city of Pittsburgh unique. This funding will go a long way in assisting the museum with its day to day operation.” Cultural and Historical Support grants are to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission received 153 applications. All applicants were eligible. A total of 56 official county historical societies applied for support grants and 12 qualified in the museum category. The number of counties to receive funding increased from 57 to 58 of the 67 counties. Museums outside of Philadelphia with budgets between $100,000 and $3.5 million receive a grant based on 1.235% of its operating budget with a grant of Read more

 

Gainey, Costa announce nearly $1.5 million for local school, community safety grants

(Feb 26, 2020)

Grants part of more than $5.5 million awarded to Allegheny County schools, organizations Read more

 

PLBC unveils statewide anti-gun violence measures

(Feb 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today announced the caucus’ comprehensive measures to reducing gun violence statewide. The first was the appointments of Reps. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, and Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, as chairs of the caucus’ anti-gun violence subcommittee, who began their tenure immediately. “In the fight to eradicate gun violence in their own communities and across our commonwealth, Representatives Kirkland and Gainey have always been on the frontlines,” Kinsey said. “Both lawmakers serve with me on the PA Safe Caucus and both respectively lend a set of skills and perspectives on how we can move forward with ensuring all communities are safe.” Gainey, who is serving in his fourth term representing the 24 th Legislative District, lost his sister to gun violence after she rejected a man’s advances. He also recently introduced legislation, H.B. 307, that would ban the possession, purchase, transfer and use or manufacture of assault weapons. “My sister’s life was tragically cut short for simply standing her ground and telling a man no. Her memory guides me in ensuring no other woman or person is innocently gunned down for their right to live,” he said. “As legislators, it is our duty to protect and serve our constituents through the creation of comprehensive laws and initiatives. Read more

 

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge

(Feb 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – Following Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli being reassigned on Tuesday to summary appeals after allegedly calling a Black female juror “Aunt Jemima” and making other racist remarks toward her, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now urging the Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate. Leading the effort are PLBC members representing Allegheny County, who condemned Tranquilli’s comments as another manifestation of a broken criminal justice system that systemically targets black and brown people. “The alleged comments made by Judge Mark Tranquilli are alarming on multiple fronts,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, who represents the 35 th Legislative District in Allegheny County. “On one hand we have an individual tasked with upholding the law to the highest extent but who clearly harbors bias and judgment toward defendants before a verdict is even reached. On the other hand, we have a judge who harbors an even stronger bias toward people of color, both of which are a recipe for disaster and an injustice to our community. I’m calling on the Judicial Conduct Review Board to do a thorough investigation into this matter.” State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, who represents the 24 th Legislative District, also in Allegheny County, echoed similar sentiments. “Our society is based on the belief that justice is blind – that regardless of race, color Read more

 

Gainey applauds Gov Wolf’s commitment to education

(Feb 04, 2020)

Budget renews commitment to raising the minimum wage, criminal justice reform Read more

 

PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution

(Jan 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – Following the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who were among 9 people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, along with caucus members, reflected on the Pennsylvania native’s legacy and his activism, and spearhead bi-partisan effort to have Bryant’s memory etched in the state’s legislative record by way of a House resolution. “Lives were lost, and families are mourning. A wife and mother is mourning the loss of her husband and child; siblings are reeling from the loss of their father and sister,” Kinsey said. “Across the globe, our nation and in our commonwealth -- where Kobe grew up -- young children are trying to comprehend the death of a world-famous athlete, a role model they innocently thought was immortal. “Through basketball, Kobe inspired, unified and uplifted people around the world. As chairman of a legislative body that tirelessly advocates for policy that is inclusive and demands fairness for black lives across our commonwealth, I especially appreciate Kobe using his celebrity platform for his activism to elevate black voices by unapologetically wearing a ‘I can’t breathe’ shirt, compelling everyone to recognize our humanity and the pervasive culture of police brutality,” he said. State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, Read more

 

2019 Report to the People - Winter Newsletter

(Dec 13, 2019)

Read Rep. Gainey's 2019 Winter newsletter Read more

 

Homewood, Hunt Armory projects to receive state funding

(Nov 12, 2019)

Projects will support park area, pedestrian and bicycle access paths Read more

 

Hate crime legislation introduced in Pa. House, Senate

(Oct 13, 2019)

The legislation, sponsored by state Reps. Dan Frankel and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Phila., will bring Pennsylvania’s hate crime laws into the modern era, extend protections to threatened communities, and give law enforcement the tools it needs to prevent and address hate crimes across the commonwealth. Read more

 

10/10/19 – Ending Assault Weapons Violence – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more

 

Gainey thankful for mobile COVID testing in Homewood, urges community to get tested
May 13, 2020

Davis, Lee, Gainey and Wheatley pen letter of support for COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity
Apr 28, 2020

Urging Safe Food Purchasing Options for SNAP Recipients
Apr 21, 2020

Automatic mail-in ballot legislation to be introduced
Apr 15, 2020

Rise in hate crimes leads to warning from state police, lawmakers
Apr 02, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 18, 2020

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak
Mar 13, 2020

What you need to know about coronavirus
Mar 13, 2020

PA HOUSE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT LANDMARK VOTING, CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ETHICS REFORMS
Mar 11, 2020

More than $1 million in safety grants issued for Allegheny County nonprofits
Mar 11, 2020

Gainey: The Frick Art and Historical Center receives $40K grant
Mar 04, 2020

Gainey, Costa announce nearly $1.5 million for local school, community safety grants
Feb 26, 2020

PLBC unveils statewide anti-gun violence measures
Feb 14, 2020

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge
Feb 12, 2020

Gainey applauds Gov Wolf’s commitment to education
Feb 04, 2020

PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution
Jan 30, 2020

2019 Report to the People - Winter Newsletter
Dec 13, 2019

Homewood, Hunt Armory projects to receive state funding
Nov 12, 2019

Hate crime legislation introduced in Pa. House, Senate
Oct 13, 2019

10/10/19 – Ending Assault Weapons Violence – Pittsburgh
Oct 10, 2019