Gainey: Republican budget finance plan would endanger opioid abuse progress

(Sep 12, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny and approximately two dozen Democratic House colleagues offered a new budget funding option during a media event in the Capitol Media Center this afternoon. The state is facing a possible credit downgrade if a balanced budget finance package is not in place by the end of the week. The Democratic plan builds on a package that passed the state Senate in July but has not been brought up for a vote in the House. House Republicans have been focusing on a plan that would balance the budget by a series of monetary moves that would weaken many existing agencies and programs. “Many of the Republican proposals would affect our battle against opioid abuse,” Gainey said. “Cutting money from the state’s Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Fund would affect prevention and treatment programs, including youth and workplace education. “Cutting money from the Human Services funding will affect our new Centers for Excellence that provide comprehensive health service to those dealing with substance abuse. “Cutting money to public safety will hurt our first responders as well as the Department of corrections, and we all have heard so many stories about our first responders saving lives with Narcan.” Credit agencies have reported that Pennsylvania is on a credit watch and could be downgraded as early as next week. It would be Read more


Gainey honored to speak at the YES Research Symposium and Awards Banquet; Changes to Pennsylvania’s DUI law now in effect

(Aug 29, 2017)

Rep. Ed Gainey helped salute summer graduates at the YES -- Youth Enrichment Services – Research Symposium and Awards Banquet in East Liberty. Rep. Gainey also reports that Pennsylvania’s new DUI law makes ignition interlock on vehicles mandatory for first-time DUI offenders with a blood alcohol content of 0.10 or higher, and for people who refuse testing. Read more


Gainey to host Senior Fair on Sept. 6

(Aug 28, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will host his 5 th Annual Senior Fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at The Pittsburgh Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh. Gainey said the popular event will feature information on programs and services for senior citizens, along with free health screenings, entertainment, door prizes, and a strong presence by local, county and state agencies. “This is one of the largest and most successful constituent service programs we offer each year, and that’s because it helps folks learn how they and their families can get help,” Gainey said. “My staff and I also look forward to hosting this event because it puts us in face-to-face contact with so many who live in the 24 th Legislative District .” Among the senior-related programs Gainey and his staff can discuss are those that handle health insurance counseling, long-term care or nursing facility complaints, elder abuse, consumer protection, insurance company disputes, legal services, and volunteer and community service opportunities. Anyone desiring more information on Gainey’s 2017 Senior Fair should call his office at (412) 665-5502. Read more


First day of school just 2 weeks away; New school rules require vaccinations within 5 days

(Aug 15, 2017)

Rep. Ed Gainey reports that schools in Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg reopen soon, and he provides links to their school calendars. Rep. Gainey also notes that new school vaccination rules require children to be fully vaccinated within the first five days of school, and some of the immunization requirements have changed. Read more


Senior Fair 2017

(Aug 08, 2017)

My 5th Annual Senior Fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at The Pittsburgh Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Ave. Read more


Gainey: Human Service Losses Hurt Children, Families

(Jul 11, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey rails against the Pa. GOP cuts to human services in the 2017-18 state budget, arguing that it will hurt children and families who need that care and assistance the most. Read more


Gainey: Right To Work Is Wrong

(Jun 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey speaks at a Capitol labor rally in defense of jobs that provide a family sustaining wages, good benefits and a Pennsylvania worker's right to unionize. Read more


State grants available for alternative fuel transportation

(Jun 20, 2017)

Rep. Ed Gainey reports that DEP is accepting grant applications from school districts, municipal authorities, nonprofits and other groups for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects that produce cleaner advanced alternative transportation within the state. Read more


Registration under way for Project C.H.U.C.K. free summer basketball league; Pa. Tax Amnesty Program is now more than half over

(May 25, 2017)

Rep. Ed Gainey reports that registration is underway for this summer's 16th annual Project C.H.U.C.K. free summer basketball league. Also, June 19 is the deadline to apply for the Pa. Tax Amnesty Program. Read more


Gainey: HOPE Caucus discusses policy options with stakeholders

(May 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, and co-chairmen from the other three caucuses in Harrisburg held its 2017 kick-off meeting this week for the PA HOPE Caucus. The PA HOPE Caucus, which stands for Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education, is a bipartisan, bicameral group of state lawmakers who have focused their attention on the prescription drug crisis that is affecting people and communities across Pennsylvania. The other chairmen of the caucus include Republican state Rep. Aaron Kaufer and Democrat and Republican state Sens. Jay Costa and Gene Yaw, respectively. The meeting featured panelists giving an overview of their organization’s concerns and policy issues, followed by a round-table discussion among the participants. Participants were: Dr. Rachel Levine, physician general, PA Department of Health Laura Conrad, deputy secretary, Legislative Affairs, PA Department of Drugs & Alcohol Susan Shanaman, legal counsel, PA Coroners Association Deb Beck , president, Drug & Alcohol Service Providers Organization of PA Marianna Horowitz, program coordinator, PA Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A) Kristen Varner , director of training & advocacy and Denise Holden , CEO, RASE Project Donald Holman , parent advocate. “The discussion was a sobering event,” Gainey said. “So many people and families are affected by this scourge, and so much of Read more


Wheatley, Gainey issue Hunger Challenge for month of June, won’t eat or drink between sunrise and sunset for 30 days

(May 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – Seeking to raise awareness and become the faces of hunger, state Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, plan to go without anything to eat or drink from sunrise until sunset for the entire month of June – and are issuing the same Hunger Challenge to their House and Senate colleagues. Wheatley and Gainey also plan to log the approximate cost of the daily sustenance they forego, then donate that amount to hunger relief organizations in their respective 19 th and 24 th legislative districts. “This sacrifice will allow us to experience some of the pains felt by those in our communities – and there are more of them than you think – who struggle with food insecurity,” Wheatley said. “Representative Gainey and I have decided to lend not just words, but our actions to bring attention to this problem.” Gainey said that in addition to being a great cause, issuing and participating in the legislative Hunger Challenge during the month of June coincides with the tough decision-making that accompanies shaping the state budget due June 30. “For those who think that we in Harrisburg too often make decisions that have little bearing on ourselves, this challenge presents an opportunity to show that we, as elected officials, are willing to personally experience and gain understanding of a problem,” Gainey said. “If your belly’s always full, you’ll never really understand Read more


Gainey on Sickle Cell Advocacy

(May 23, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey spoke to a group of advocates gathered in the State Capitol for Sickle Cell Advocacy Day. Gainey encouraged them to speak to as many legislators as possible and to advocate with anyone who will listen for restored funding in the state budget for Sickle Cell resources. Read more


Important discussion May 25 on teen suicide, prevention

(May 18, 2017)

Rep. Ed Gainey will be participating in a discussion on teen suicide awareness and prevention and is urging residents to attend. The event is set for 6 p.m. May 25 at Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 in, Homestead. Read more


Jazz Honored by PA House

(Apr 19, 2017)

Pa. state Reps. Jake Wheatley, Ed Gainey, Stephen Kinsey, Patty Kim and others celebrated April as National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania. With the help of musician Calvin Stemley, they recognized the treasured American art form's contributions to PA and the world. Read more


Gainey Rallies for Marijuana Decriminalization

(Apr 19, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey joined marijuana law reform supporters in Harrisburg for a rally about decriminalizing marijuana. Gainey has introduced legislation that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a summary offense with a maximum fine of $100. Read more


Gainey Welcomes All-City High School Choir

(Mar 31, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey welcomes the Pittsburgh Public Schools All-City High School Choir to Harrisburg for a performance in the Capitol Rotunda on March 31, 2017. Read more


Gainey on Wilkinsburg Education

(Mar 06, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey talks with the Secretary of Education about the success of the consolidation within the Wilkinsburg schools and Pittsburgh Public School system, putting the schools on a better financial footing. Also, they discuss the building of a strong curriculum for technical education. Read more


Gainey on Technical and Job Training

(Mar 06, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey takes with the Pa. Secretary of Education about guiding high school curriculum for technical and occupational education for CTEs and higher education institutions to better prepare our students to compete in a global economy. Read more


Keep government out of health decisions between a woman and her doctor

(Feb 23, 2017)

Rep. Ed Gainey says politicians have no business interfering with a woman’s most personal, private medical decision and taking away the safest option for care. Read more


COSTARS members save $94,101, suppliers make $2.35 million in sales

(Feb 23, 2017)

The COSTARS cooperative purchasing program operated by the PA Department of General Services saved 24th District local governments and nonprofits $94,100 in the six months ending with September 2016, while generating $2.34 million in supplier sales. Here's the full listing. Read more