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

 

Gainey: $123,000-plus awarded to combat blight in local communities

(May 26, 2021)

Grants will allow for planning, property redevelopment Read more

 

Wilkinsburg will receive $372K grant for vital revitalization project

(Apr 16, 2021)

Through PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, Wilkinsburg Borough in Allegheny County will receive a grant worth $372,030 for the restoration of roadway and pedestrian access to the restored Wilkinsburg Train Station. Read more

 

Gainey, Cephas legislation aims to combat false reports to law enforcement

(Apr 15, 2021)

In response to increased calls to law enforcement over crimeless activities, state Reps. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., plan to introduce two bills that seek to put an end to false reports of crime to law enforcement. Read more

 

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Today, a website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. The House Democratic Caucus has been working on these proposals since a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in January, when members were briefed by legal scholars, hate crimes experts and members of Congress on the language of false conspiracy and election fraud being used to undermine democracy. That same language has shifted from encouraging outright attack to what many perceive as insidiously undermining basic voting rights. “We cannot allow the outrage and disgust of the American people watching an armed invasion of our government to be subverted by a slick rebranding into attacks on our right to fair and free elections” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Members of the House Democratic Caucus have introduced dozens of measures to expand voting rights, preserve election security, protect access to mail-in ballots and polling places, and to clarify and consolidate the often-outdated Election Code. Bizzarro said the site – www.pahouse.com/policy/defendingdemocracy -- will serve as a great Read more

 

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications

(Mar 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 15 – Financial assistance is now available to help Allegheny County residents struggling to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a program that is partially funded by legislation members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation helped to pass. The Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance program has a total of $79.9 million to distribute to eligible county residents. Of that funding, $43 million came from Act 1 of 2021, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last month. Eligibility requirements for the program include: having at least one person who qualifies for unemployment, has lost income or suffered financially due to COVID-19. being at risk of experiencing homelessness. having a total income below 80% of the Area Median Income for Allegheny County. ACDD Chairman state Rep. Austin Davis, as well as state Reps. Jessica Benham, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Emily Kinkead, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Robert Matzie, Dan Miller, Nick Pisciottano and Jake Wheatley, issued the following statement: “People living in Allegheny County have been struggling for over a year during this pandemic. This program has been a long time coming and helps provide direct relief to those who’ve been scrambling to pay their rent and bills during this Read more

 

Legislative proposal seeks to protect vulnerable inmates from COVID-19

(Mar 09, 2021)

State Reps. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., and Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, are introducing a bill that would protect elderly and ailing inmates from contracting COVID-19 by granting them a reprieve of their prison sentence. Read more

 

Gainey pushes legislation to ban assault weapons in Pennsylvania

(Mar 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, has reintroduced a bill that would ban high-capacity, semi-automatic rifles in Pennsylvania. Gainey’s bill, H.B. 770, would ban the possession, purchase, transfer, use, and manufacture of an assault weapon. These firearms, like AR-15s, were used in the mass shootings at a high school and night club in Florida, an elementary school in Connecticut, and a church in Texas. It was also used in the shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh. “Following those tragic events, several states passed legislation that banned these types of weapons,” said Gainey. “But even though one of those mass shootings happened right here in our own backyard, Pennsylvania lawmakers have failed to follow in their footsteps. It’s time we take action.” This legislation would make exceptions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserve, National Guard, and law enforcement while performing and traveling to and from official duties. It would also not impact a person’s lawful ownership of these weapons before the date of the new policy enforcement. The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee where it awaits further action. Read more

 

Gainey, Miller introduce bill allowing college athletes to get paid

(Feb 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – State Reps. Ed Gainey and Dan Miller, both D-Allegheny, are renewing their efforts on legislation that would allow college student-athletes in Pennsylvania to be fairly compensated for their efforts. Their bill, H.B. 632, would allow college athletes in Pennsylvania to sign endorsement deals, earn compensation for their name, image and likeness, and sign licensing contracts that would allow them to earn money. It would also allow them to hire professional representation, like agents, to manage their contracts and finances. Through ticket sales, TV contracts, apparel sales, and more, student athletes generate millions of dollars in revenue for their schools each year. If coaches and athletic directors are making money from their talent, Gainey says athletes should too. “Think about all of the money these students make for their schools through athletic competition,” said Gainey. “They are the only ones not getting paid for their efforts in this billion-dollar industry. It’s time we made the system fairer and more equitable, and we have to make sure our great colleges remain competitive nationwide.” To date, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, and Nebraska have passed similar legislation. Miller believes the time is right for Pennsylvania to be added to that list. “Several states have passed similar legislation and multiple others have at least introduced it. There is national momentum Read more

 

Gainey introduces automatic voter registration legislation

(Jan 21, 2021)

Proposal would register people when they access state services Read more

 

Gainey: $580,000 grant awarded to Wilkinsburg water project

(Dec 30, 2020)

Grant will address runoff, improve Nine Mile Run stream quality Read more

 

Gainey: $4 million in state grants awarded to local projects

(Dec 23, 2020)

Grants will help boost redevelopment, create jobs Read more

 

Gainey: State to invest $1.3M in local orgs, projects and programs

(Dec 09, 2020)

Tax credits to help keep projects moving forward during difficult times Read more

 

CommUnity –Be safe

(Nov 02, 2020)

Trust the system, vote Read more

 

Gainey, Wheatley sponsor weekend event at CCAC

(Oct 07, 2020)

Wellness/street fair coincides with Allegheny County voter access efforts Read more

 

2020 Report to the People Newsletter

(Sep 18, 2020)

Read state Rep. Ed Gainey's 2020 'Report to the People' newsletter Read more

 

Grants awarded to help fund health, arts projects in Pittsburgh

(Sep 16, 2020)

$350,000 allocated through gaming grants program Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on House Republican Policy hearing on law enforcement; calls for further legislative action

(Aug 27, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of local and state elected officials and advocates, issued the following statement in response to a Pennsylvania House Republican Policy Committee hearing on law enforcement interactions with the community:“We appreciate the House Republican Policy Committee shining a light on how law enforcement interacts with communities around the state. This is a necessary discussion that is long overdue and it’s encouraging to hear presenters today acknowledge that police reform is necessary. Read more

 

Sen. Costa, Reps Lee, Gainey announce $1M for local water, sewer projects

(Aug 17, 2020)

Grants to help local communities fund projects 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

 

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

Gainey: $123,000-plus awarded to combat blight in local communities
May 26, 2021

Wilkinsburg will receive $372K grant for vital revitalization project
Apr 16, 2021

Gainey, Cephas legislation aims to combat false reports to law enforcement
Apr 15, 2021

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy
Mar 29, 2021

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications
Mar 15, 2021

Legislative proposal seeks to protect vulnerable inmates from COVID-19
Mar 09, 2021

Gainey pushes legislation to ban assault weapons in Pennsylvania
Mar 05, 2021

Gainey, Miller introduce bill allowing college athletes to get paid
Feb 23, 2021

Gainey introduces automatic voter registration legislation
Jan 21, 2021

Gainey: $580,000 grant awarded to Wilkinsburg water project
Dec 30, 2020

Gainey: $4 million in state grants awarded to local projects
Dec 23, 2020

Gainey: State to invest $1.3M in local orgs, projects and programs
Dec 09, 2020

CommUnity –Be safe
Nov 02, 2020

Gainey, Wheatley sponsor weekend event at CCAC
Oct 07, 2020

2020 Report to the People Newsletter
Sep 18, 2020

Grants awarded to help fund health, arts projects in Pittsburgh
Sep 16, 2020

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on House Republican Policy hearing on law enforcement; calls for further legislative action
Aug 27, 2020

Sen. Costa, Reps Lee, Gainey announce $1M for local water, sewer projects
Aug 17, 2020

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