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Ballot Return Available Daily 8 AM to 8 PM until Election Day

(1 day ago)

The Elections Division today reminded voters that ballot return is available until Election Day in the lobby of the County Office Building from 8 AM to 8 PM daily. On Election Day – November 3, 2020 – the lobby will open at 7 AM for ballot return. Voters who have made errors on or misplaced their security or declaration envelope may get replacements at the window. Read more

 

10/15/20 – Women In Business – Carnegie

(Oct 16, 2020)

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

 

Kulik hosts policy hearing on how women in business manage COVID-19

(Oct 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today held a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on women in business and how they’ve fared through the COVID-19 pandemic. The hearing, held at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, featured testimony from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and local businesswomen about their experiences. Kulik was joined by HDPC Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other committee members. “It’s my hope today’s discussion was both informative and beneficial to women in business, especially in regard to the current COVID-19 pandemic,” Kulik said. “Now is a better time than ever to check in and make sure no one is being left behind. COVID-19 is something we weren’t prepared to tackle, and Pennsylvania businesses were hit especially hard in late spring. Holding today’s hearing was a way for state representatives and businesswomen to come together to discuss their struggles and the needed resources going forward.” Testifiers at today’s hearing included: Carol Kilko , deputy secretary for business finance, DCED. Eva Trout , artist and owner, Firebox Art Studio. Tammy Bellotti , travel agent and owner, Magical Moments Vacations. Marianne Skiba , Emmy-winning makeup artist and owner, Glam Earth. Tiffany Battaglini , insurance agent and agency owner, Erie Read more

 

Kulik to hold House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Thursday in Carnegie on Women in Business

(Oct 09, 2020)

CARNEGIE, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, announced today that she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on women in business and how they fared through the COVID-19 pandemic. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave. The public also may watch the livestream at www.pahouse.com/live . Requested by Kulik, the hearing will feature testimony from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and local businesswomen about their experiences. She will be joined by HDPC Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other committee members. Testifiers will include: Carol Kilko , deputy secretary for business finance, DCED. Eva Trout , artist and owner, Firebox Art Studio. Tammy Bellotti , travel agent and owner, Magical Moments Vacations. Marianne Skiba , Emmy-winning makeup artist and owner, Glam Earth. Tiffany Battaglini , insurance agent and agency owner, Erie Insurance. Kanak Iyer , owner, Kanakadhara Financial Enterprises LLC. Coleen Melani Baldwin , owner, Tootsie’s Diner. Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Media coverage is invited Read more

 

Kulik: $30K awarded for study that will decide on renovations for Avonworth Community Swimming Pool

(Sep 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded $30,000 to Avonworth Municipal Authority to help prepare for the possible renovation of the community pool. Specifically, Kulik said the funding will help gauge the feasibility of renovating the Avonworth Community Swimming Pool. A written, bound report will follow. “I’m happy to announce this funding because this is a highly trafficked and used pool in our community,” Kulik said. “Our residents work hard and deserve to have a nice community pool in the summertime months to visit when they have the free time to do so.” DCNR’s Community Parks and Recreation Grants program is funded with a variety of state and federal sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, or Key 93, which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails Fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants/CommunityParks%20andRecreationGrants/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Kulik: Four elementary schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables

(Sep 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 22 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today announced that four schools were awarded grants to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables. Kulik said the funding was dispersed through the Department of Education and awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students’ present and future health. “These grants do more than simply provide money to selected schools,” Kulik said. “In fact, they provide kids with the necessary foods required for them to succeed inside the classroom, while also setting an example for a healthy diet.” The following elementary schools in the 45 th Legislative District were awarded funding through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Carlynton Elementary School. Cornell School Elementary School. Sto-Rox Primary Center. Sto-Rox Upper Elementary School. Kulik said the program works by giving select elementary schools $50 to $75 per student for each school year. The exact amount of per student funding is determined by the Department of Education and is based on the total funds allocated to the state and the student enrollment at Read more

 

Pennsylvanians Reminded to Apply Now For Up To 6 Weeks of Lost Wages Assistance Program

(Sep 17, 2020)

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak reminded eligible Pennsylvanians to apply as soon as possible for up to six weeks of assistance through the federal Lost Wages Assistance Program (LWA), which provides up to $300 a week extra in additional funds to individuals that are unemployed (or partially unemployed) because of COVID-19. Read more

 

Kulik: $450K awarded for renovation projects in Stowe, Robinson townships

(Sep 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today announced that a combined total of $450,000 was approved for renovation projects in Stowe, Moon and Robinson townships. Kulik said the funding was awarded through the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund and approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “It’s always a pleasure announcing funding, but it’s even more rewarding when it is going toward infrastructure and renovation projects right here in our community,” Kulik said. “I’m excited to see the outcome of these projects once they’re complete.” Kulik said Stowe Township was awarded $350,000 for the replacement of a retaining wall on Stowe Avenue. The remaining $100,000 will be used by Hollow Oak Land Trust in Moon and Robinson townships to construct a trail connector. The funds originate from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund Program – a program established to fund community and economic development projects in Allegheny County through the revenue generated from all casinos. The funds are determined via a daily assessment of the licensed facility’s gross terminal revenue. The GEDTF program provides grants for single-year and multi-year projects that promote development in Allegheny County, including economic, infrastructure and community improvements, job training, public safety, Read more

 

DMVA Encourages Everyone to Light a Candle on World Suicide Prevention Day

(Sep 09, 2020)

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is encouraging everyone to light a candle at 8 p.m. on Sept. 10 in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day. The annual observance is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Read more

 

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(Aug 31, 2020)

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Kulik announces more than $100K in federal COVID-19 relief funding for two school districts

(Aug 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today announced the disbursement of $108,953 in federal COVID-19 relief funding for two school districts in the 45 th Legislative District. Kulik said the funding will help the school districts prepare for and address the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. “The start of a new academic school year has sent school districts across the state scrambling to assemble safety precautions that will keep students and teachers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kulik said. “The funding awarded will give both school districts a much-needed financial cushion to ensure they’re able to do whatever necessary to conduct learning safely and effectively.” Funded using federal emergency relief dollars, the local grants announced include: Sto-Rox School District - $67,944. Carlynton School District - $41,009. Grants were calculated based on elements of the federal Title I, Part A formula, including the number of economically disadvantaged students and other school enrollment data under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The act requires states to develop plans to designate schools for support and improvement based on the performance of individual student groups in key areas, including academic achievement and growth; graduation rate and English learner progress; and student success factors such as regular attendance and Read more

 

Shred It Event on August 29

(Aug 21, 2020)

Shred it event in Robinson Township on Saturday, August 29 Read more

 

Kulik: $102K awarded to help local special needs students during COVID-19 crisis

(Aug 20, 2020)

CORAOPOLIS Aug. 20 – As parents of students with special needs look to their schools for help with the unprecedented school year that lays ahead, state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today announced that $102,053 in COVID-19 relief funding has been awarded to local schools to assist students with special needs. “Our special needs students are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19-prompted changes our school leaders had to put into effect this year,” Kulik said. “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. I am confident that our educators, with the help of this money, can give their students and their families the instruction they need during the challenges ahead.” Grants awarded to school districts with schools in the 45th Legislative District are: Carlynton School District: $16,576. Chartiers Valley School District: $23,850. Cornell School District: $10,852. Montour School District: $19,217. Sto-Rox School District: $21,122. Avonworth School District: $$5,434. Propel Charter Schools - Montour: $5,000. 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 Read more

 

Kulik announces $1 million-plus in grants for water, sewer system improvements

(Aug 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, announced the awarding of $1.23 million in grants to area municipalities for improvements and repairs to water and sewer systems. “Deteriorating systems can cause problems for residents, from flooding and service interruptions to health dangers. These investments are essential for ensuring the infrastructure supporting our water and sewer systems is functioning properly for the benefit of area residents,” Kulik said. The grants awards are: Scott Township -- $338,613 H20 PA grant. The township will use the funds for its North Wren storm sewer improvement project, which will replace existing undersized lines to increase overall system capacity to reduce local flooding and system backups. Kennedy Township -- $237,891 PA Small Water and Sewer grant. Kennedy Township will replace a 48-inch deteriorated culvert along Clever Road, eliminating the flooding and ponding of water upstream from the culvert and properly carrying it to the Moon Run stream. Carnegie Borough -- $375,000 PA Small Water and Sewer grant. Carnegie will rehab its sanitary sewer system to eliminate unwanted inflow and infiltration from the system, using a CCTV inspection to determine the main locations of need. Emsworth Borough -- $140,000 PA Small Water and Sewer grant. Emsworth will eliminate sewage discharge to state waters, replacing 646 linear feet of 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

 

State Assistance Available Now and After $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit Ends Saturday

(Jul 22, 2020)

Harrisburg, PA – With the additional $600 federal unemployment benefit about to end, the Departments of Labor & Industry (L&I) and Human Services (DHS) are reminding Pennsylvanians that other state programs are available. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) , which funds the extra $600 in unemployment compensation each week, ends July 25 unless extended by the federal government. “L&I has helped get more than $13.8 billion from the FPUC program into the pockets of Pennsylvanians out of work because of COVID-19,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “This extra $600 per week has been a lifeline for many people and the department has encouraged Congress to extend it. However, if the federal program does end, there are important state services available to help people.” DHS’ programs are designed to help eligible Pennsylvanians who have lost income or employment meet essential needs until they are able to start work again. Public assistance programs help ensure that individuals and families can access health care, have enough food to eat, and can pay utilities – things everyone needs to stay healthy and safe and succeed in the workforce. “The additional unemployment funds have been a lifeline that, in many cases, may be keeping people financially stable and able to meet essential needs despite losing employment,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “Without Read more

 

Info on PA's Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits Program

(Jul 01, 2020)

If you have exhausted your regular unemployment compensation and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), you may now qualify for 13 additional weeks of payments through the state’s Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits program. Read more

 

Small Business Grant Program now accepting applications

(Jun 30, 2020)

Small business owners: The Statewide Small Business Assistance Program is now accepting applications. Read more

 

More than $60K awarded to LifeSpan Chartiers Senior Center

(Jun 24, 2020)

Great news! LifeSpan Chartiers Senior Center was awarded $64,346 in funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-20 Senior Community Center grant program. Read more

 

Kulik: LifeSpan Chartiers Senior Resource Center awarded more than $60K for facility upgrades

(Jun 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today announced the disbursement of $64,346 to the LifeSpan Chartiers Senior Resource Center. The funding was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-20 Senior Community Center grant program. Kulik said the grants 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 play a large role in ensuring our senior community has the resources and housing needed to live comfortably following retirement or in the later years of life,” Kulik said. “This funding will help LifeSpan Chartiers – already a stellar senior center in our community – provide the resources our seniors want and need, which makes it all the more rewarding to announce this funding.” 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 the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, visit aging.pa.gov . Read more

 

Ballot Return Available Daily 8 AM to 8 PM until Election Day
1 day ago

10/15/20 – Women In Business – Carnegie
Oct 16, 2020

Kulik hosts policy hearing on how women in business manage COVID-19
Oct 15, 2020

Kulik to hold House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Thursday in Carnegie on Women in Business
Oct 09, 2020

Kulik: $30K awarded for study that will decide on renovations for Avonworth Community Swimming Pool
Sep 24, 2020

Kulik: Four elementary schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables
Sep 22, 2020

Pennsylvanians Reminded to Apply Now For Up To 6 Weeks of Lost Wages Assistance Program
Sep 17, 2020

Kulik: $450K awarded for renovation projects in Stowe, Robinson townships
Sep 15, 2020

DMVA Encourages Everyone to Light a Candle on World Suicide Prevention Day
Sep 09, 2020

Summer 2020 Newsletter
Aug 31, 2020

Kulik announces more than $100K in federal COVID-19 relief funding for two school districts
Aug 26, 2020

Shred It Event on August 29
Aug 21, 2020

Kulik: $102K awarded to help local special needs students during COVID-19 crisis
Aug 20, 2020

Kulik announces $1 million-plus in grants for water, sewer system improvements
Aug 17, 2020

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

State Assistance Available Now and After $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit Ends Saturday
Jul 22, 2020

Info on PA's Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits Program
Jul 01, 2020

Small Business Grant Program now accepting applications
Jun 30, 2020

More than $60K awarded to LifeSpan Chartiers Senior Center
Jun 24, 2020

Kulik: LifeSpan Chartiers Senior Resource Center awarded more than $60K for facility upgrades
Jun 24, 2020