Longietti says liquor license waiver will help area bars and restaurants, but comprehensive relief package needed

(Oct 22, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Oct. 22 – A plan being finalized to waive liquor license fees for the state’s bars, clubs and restaurants should give these key local businesses more capital to navigate the tremendous financial challenges they face, but a comprehensive relief package is also needed as soon as possible, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “A plan to waive liquor license fees for the year ahead is a good start,” Longietti said. “A reprieve from fees means business owners will have extra capital to put to other pressing expenses, and any help right now is critically important. “While a fee waiver will help, though, it isn’t going to be enough to save businesses that are teetering on the verge of collapse,” Longietti said. “Shutdowns and restrictions from the pandemic have already destroyed some of our beloved area bars and restaurants and pushed others so far into the red, they may not survive. They need major assistance now in the form a comprehensive relief package. “The state still has more than $1 billion in CARES Act funding left, and a major priority should be to get part of that money into the hands of our local businesses. Their efforts have built our economy and enriched our community in a hundred different ways. Now, when time is of the essence, we have to get them a lifeline.” Longietti was among 133 lawmakers who voted earlier this week to override the Read more

 

Longietti honored for Early Childhood Education Caucus leadership

(Oct 19, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Oct. 19 – State Rep. Mark Longietti is being honored this evening as a “Legislative Champion” by state education advocates for his work as chairman of Pennsylvania’s bipartisan, bicameral Early Childhood Education Caucus. Longietti, D-Mercer, said his leadership role with the caucus is focused on ensuring that the interests of Pennsylvania’s at-risk children remain a top legislative priority. “Early education programs benefit young children a hundred different ways beyond the ABCs,” Longietti said. “They make a huge difference in helping kids develop the skills that determine success later in life, from forming friendships and working with peers to developing creative thinking and sharpening problem-solving skills. “That’s why it’s so critical to ensure all kids have access to these resources. We need to give them an even playing field from the start, because when they don’t have this during their early formative years, it’s very difficult to make that up later. “I’m deeply honored to receive this award. Our state’s dedicated education advocates recognize the importance of early childhood programs and provide indispensable support by making sure at-risk kids have a voice in Harrisburg. It’s up to us as lawmakers to ensure their message is heard and reflected in legislation and policy.” Receiving Read more

 

Longietti announces $317,501 in fire, rescue grants

(Oct 08, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Mark Longietti announced that 13 fire companies and one ambulance service in his district will receive grant funding totaling $317,501 for operational expenses incurred as a direct result of COVID-19. Longietti said the grant funding from the Office of State Fire Commissioner is being awarded to help allay expenses created by the pandemic. " Rescue operations impose a substantial cost burden on fire and EMS companies even under regular circumstances, when there is no public health crisis,” Longietti said. “Since the start of the pandemic, however, fire and EMS operations have been complicated by new risk situations demanding additional resources, including special protective and sanitization equipment. “At the same time, fundraising activities have been short-circuited by limits on gatherings and events. The funding announced today will help our dedicated rescue workers meet these financial challenges and remain safe on the front lines.” Longietti said the following fire companies will receive grants in these amounts: Clark Volunteer Fire Department – $23,562 Farrell Fire Department Inc. – $24,247 Greenville Fire Department – $24,520 Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $25,342 McGonigle Ambulance Service, Inc. - $5,856 Patagonia Volunteer Fire Department – $23,425 Sharon Fire Department – $25,342 Read more

 

Longietti: $103,200 awarded to fund Buhl Park wetland restoration project

(Oct 01, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Oct. 1 – A $103,200 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will help restore the Buhl Park’s wetlands and fund other improvements to the park, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the grant to Buhl Park Corp. – awarded through DCNR’s 2020 Community Conservation Partnerships Program – will fund work to remove invasive plant species and add features that enhance residents’ access and enjoyment of the area. “Healthy wetlands perform a critical function of filtering out pollution and contaminated runoff,” Longietti said. “The funding awarded today will allow the park to move forward with plans to protect Buhl Park’s wetlands by excavating and removing non-native, invasive plants and constructing a device allowing the water to pool in the wetlands. The work will improve water quality in the lower Shenango River Watershed, reduce algae building in Lake Julia, and provide a safer habitat for fish and wildlife. “In addition to the watershed restoration work, the project will include construction of boardwalk, observation decks and pedestrian pathways, ADA access, and landscaping and related improvements. The new features will help visitors enjoy more of the park’s natural beauty and will expand environmental education for area students by allowing school districts to expand field trips and Read more

 

Longietti: Funding awarded for improvements to South Pymatuning softball complex

(Sep 24, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 24 – A $70,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will help fund major improvements to South Pymatuning’s Regional Community Softball Complex, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding – awarded through DCNR’s 2020 Community Conservation Partnerships Program – will make the complex and surrounding area safer, more accessible and more useful to area residents. “The funding awarded today is a great investment in a well-loved area resource and comes at an important time,” Longietti said. “Now more than ever, with the pandemic impacting household budgets and limiting recreational opportunities, families need safe outlets for healthy play – and something to cheer about. “The improvements to the softball complex are going to bring more families to the park, make it accessible to more residents, improve the ballfields and expand play opportunities for younger siblings. It’s going to be exciting to see all the changes take shape.” Longietti said that in addition to renovation of the ballfields, the project calls for construction of a parking area, pedestrian walkway, dugouts, bleachers, fencing, playground equipment with safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping, storm water management measures and other improvements. The grant is part of a package of Read more

 

Longietti lauds passage of bill to loosen restaurant, bar restrictions

(Sep 23, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 23 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, issued the following statement in response to House passage of H.B. 2513, which would expand bar, restaurant and banquet hall capacity to a minimum of 50%, permit patrons to sit at bars and remove the requirement of a meal with alcohol purchase. “I voted for House Bill 2513 because I believe this legislation is critical for the continued existence of local bars, restaurants and banquet halls. The legislation provides important safeguards, including social distancing and physical barriers, when needed, but also provides for greater than 50% occupancy if allowed by Centers for Disease Control guidelines. It would also allow bingo halls to operate at these same occupancy levels. “Our bars, restaurants and banquet and bingo halls have been up against impossible odds. They are being asked to operate under capacity limits that make it impossible for them to survive – while at the same time facing direct competition from businesses over the state line. “These establishments have already shown that they know how to safeguard patrons. An arbitrary capacity limit of 25% does nothing to enhance public safety and is instead dealing a crushing blow to these mom-and-pop businesses that are the lifeblood of our local economy. “I’m encouraged that many of my colleagues joined me in supporting this important legislation, which passed with Read more

 

Longietti: Grant funding will help ensure elementary students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables

(Sep 21, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 21 – Grant funding to two elementary schools in the Sharon City School District will ensure students have access to fresh, nutritious produce, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program includes grants to Musser and West Hill elementary schools. “The nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables are essential for helping keep young minds sharp, combating disease and boosting the immune system, all of which equals better attendance and better academic performance,” Longietti said. “Since the start of the pandemic, however, keeping fresh fruits and vegetables on the table has been a challenge for many households. Securing this funding is going to help provide that access to nutrition so students have a level playing field to learn and succeed, regardless of household income or other obstacles.” The funding, which was not broken down by district, is part of a package of more than $7 million in grants to 230 elementary schools. Under the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, schools will receive between $50 and $75 per student, based upon the federal allocation to the state. Funding priority was given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $12,000 to support Mercer County Veterans Affairs Office

(Sep 18, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 18 – A grant of $11,387 from the state Veterans Trust Fund will allow the Mercer County Office of Veterans Affairs to expand outreach services for area veterans, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “Efforts by the Mercer County Veterans Affairs Office directly benefit the many veterans who have served our nation and continue to enrich our community,” Longietti said. “Securing this funding to enhance services is especially important this year, as more veterans and their families are feeling the economic impact of the pandemic. “The grant announced today – which comes from the Veterans Trust Fund – will allow the office to expand and improve outreach. The fund provides a way for Pennsylvanians to give back to these heroes and let them know how much we respect and appreciate their sacrifice.” The Mercer County Veterans Affairs Office is one of 10 state offices statewide receiving a total of $150,000 in grants from the Veterans Trust Fund. In addition, 18 charitable or Veteran Service Organizations statewide received $650,000 in grants. The Veterans Trust Fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The fund is supported by Pennsylvanians who donate $3 when applying for or renewing their driver’s license, photo ID or a motor vehicle registration; the sale of Honoring Our Veterans and Honoring our Women Veterans Read more

 

Longietti: $15,000 grant to help Kovach Farms continue serving community

(Sep 18, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 18 – A $15,000 grant to Kovach Farms Inc., will help this local business impacted by the pandemic continue providing fresh meat and poultry to the community, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding was awarded under the Fresh Food Financing Initiative and funded through the federal CARES Act. “The economic impact of the pandemic has not spared any business in our area, including livestock farmers like Kovach Farms, which provide a vitally important staple to area families,” Longietti said. “The funding awarded today will help the farm defray pandemic-related expenses such as COVID-19 safety measures, increased inventory costs, additional refrigeration and other adaptations, so they can continue safely serving our community.” The grant is part of a package of $10 million in COVID-19 relief funding to 115 retailers in 39 counties. Grocery stores, cooperative entities, farmers, farmers’ markets and other eligible profit and nonprofit entities may use the funding for COVID-19 mitigation efforts, refrigeration equipment, mobile market expansion, offsetting the higher cost of goods and transportation, online marketing efforts and other pandemic-related expenses. Priority was given to businesses located in and serving low-income communities. More information on this grant and others is available here . Read more

 

Longietti: $25,000 grant will help historical society continue preserving Mercer County’s unique past

(Sep 15, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 15 – A $25,000 grant to the Mercer County Historical Society will help the organization offset losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced. Longietti said the grant – approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – will allow the society to continue its important mission of preserving and chronicling Mercer County’s history. “The historical society and its staff protect and showcase the documents and artifacts that tell our county’s story,” Longietti said. “The society’s efforts and the locations it maintains also promote area tourism, encourage students to learn about our history and preserve the past for future generations. “Like all businesses and organizations, however, the organization has felt the brunt of COVID-19, losing more than $42,000 in revenue because of shutdowns and restrictions. Securing this funding will help the society restore critical operations and ensure that it is able to move forward with its critical work as keeper of Mercer County’s unique history.” Longietti said the grants are part of a package of $20 million awarded through the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program to 164 organizations in 36 counties to help offset pandemic-related losses. The program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more

 

Rep. Mark Longietti's Summer 2020 Newsletter

(Sep 10, 2020)

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Longietti: Greenville satellite office to provide some Saturday hours

(Sep 01, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Mark Longietti’s Greenville satellite office will offer Saturday hours by appointment only on alternating Saturdays beginning Sept. 12. Longietti, D-Mercer, said he is opening his office at 182 Main St. (Chamber of Commerce building) for Saturday hours to offer greater flexibility for residents who are unable to visit during the work week. “As our community continues rebuilding, more residents are returning to a busy work schedule but still need assistance with various state matters,” Longietti said. “To provide greater convenience, my satellite office staff will be available by appointment only on alternate Saturdays to assist with a range of services, from filing applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and other programs to addressing questions and problems regarding state benefits and services. “I’m hoping the expanded hours will help us accommodate more residents while making it easier for folks to find time to come in and get help.” Longietti said the satellite office will be open Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by appointment only on the following dates: Sept. 12 and 26. Oct. 10 and 24. Nov. 14 and 28. To schedule a Saturday appointment, residents should call the satellite office at (724) 588-1005 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Longietti emphasized that Read more

 

Longietti urging state to expand hazard pay grants

(Aug 26, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 26 – Calling the situation “deeply unfair,” state Rep. Mark Longietti is urging officials in charge of Pennsylvania’s hazard pay program to issue a new round of grants, saying the previous round excluded multiple categories of essential workers. In a letter to Dennis Davin, secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development, Longietti and several other lawmakers from Northwestern Pennsylvania wrote that additional grants are needed to remedy an unfair situation. “While it is heartening to know that thousands of frontline workers are receiving a much-deserved temporary pay boost, the hazard pay program also created a disturbing discrepancy by leaving many essential workers out in the cold,” Longietti said. “First responders, nurses, pharmacy workers, healthcare aides and so many others whose jobs put them directly into the line of danger were excluded. “Providing hazard pay to some essential workers while withholding it from others is no way to treat frontline heroes who have given their all for the commonwealth, and we need to correct it now. All of these workers are essential, and they deserve a hazard pay program that recognizes this, not one that arbitrarily picks and chooses who is rewarded.” Read more

 

Longietti: More than $161,000 in funding for targeted support to area students

(Aug 25, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 25 – Funding totaling $161,189 will ensure Mercer County schools with identified groups of underperforming students have the resources to help those students succeed, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “The pandemic has created new obstacles for all educators and schools everywhere, but those with underperforming student groups face an added challenge,” Longietti said. “This funding is going to help level the field by targeting extra resources to students who need them most.” Longietti said the grants include the following: Farrell Area School District - $41,791. Greenville Area School District – $45,002. Hermitage School District – $39,000. Sharon Area School District – $35,396. The funding is part of a package of approximately $17 million to help 220 local education agencies, including school districts, to improve educational services for approximately 180,000 students at schools designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The act requires Pennsylvania and other states to develop plans to assist students based on a variety of factors, including attendance, English language learners, and students with disabilities. More information about the funding is available here . Read more

 

Longietti: More than $53,400 in funding to ensure Mercer County students with special needs continue learning during pandemic

(Aug 20, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 20 – Funding totaling $53,415 will ensure Mercer County students with special needs continue learning and progressing during the pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “The pandemic has deprived students of the benefits of classroom learning, and that is particularly problematic for special needs students, who benefit most from directed, specially designed programs,” Longietti said. “Securing this funding means that educators and staff will have the added resources and flexibility to keep these students learning and thriving through special real-time programs and other methods.” Longietti said the grants include the following: Farrell Area School District - $5,000. Greenville Area School District – $10,879. Hermitage School District – $8,461. Keystone Education Center Charter School – $1,000. Reynolds School District – $7,060. Sharon City School District – $8,533. Sharpsville Area School District – $7,482. West Middlesex Area School District – $5,000. The funding is part of a package of $20 million to 678 local school districts and other local education agencies. The sources include $15 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funding and $5 million from the Department of Education’s federal funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Read more

 

Longietti: $170,000 grant will improve stormwater management, bring flood relief for Hermitage residents

(Aug 17, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 17 – Relief is on the way for some Hermitage residents plagued by flooding, thanks to a $170,000 grant that will fund upgrades to the infrastructure, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funds from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s PA Small Water and Sewer Program will complete funding for the $202,000 project, which already has a $32,000 commitment from the city. “Deteriorating and undersized stormwater piping has been causing flooding problems for about 15 to 20 residences along South Darby Road,” Longietti said. “The problems have been recurring for years, and past events have caused considerable property damage. “This grant brings us one step closer to eliminating those problems by funding installation of nearly 2,500 feet of piping and 18 new catch basins along each side of South Darby Road between Virginia and Miller roads. The project is going to lift a longtime burden for these residents and help restore property values for the area.” More information about the PA Small Water and Sewer program is available here . Read more

 

Longietti: More than $140,000 in funding to ensure Mercer County students continue learning remotely

(Aug 07, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 7 – Funding to four Mercer County school districts totaling $140,650 will ensure all students have an equal opportunity to benefit from online and remote learning, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today Longietti said the grants – administered by the state Department of Education through the Continuity of Education and Equity Grant program – include the following: Sharon City School District – $76,000. Greenville Area School District – $28,350. Sharpsville Area School District – $20,250. West Middlesex Area School District – $16,050. “Online and remote lessons are providing a valuable way to ensure students don’t face major learning gaps during the pandemic,” Longietti said. “In much the same way, this funding will bridge the gap for students who lack the necessary technology to participate along with their peers. “By helping schools obtain computer equipment, mobile hot spots and other remote learning resources for students who need them, this funding will work to even the playing field and ensure all our kids can take advantage of these programs.” Grants under the CEEG program are designed to help provide access and inclusion for students with limited ability to participate in continuity of education. The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot Read more

 

Mercer County Career Center on track to receive more than $106,000 in COVID safety funding

(Aug 06, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 6 – Mercer County Career Center is set to receive $106,378 in federal funding to help the center continue operating safely despite the impact of COVID-19, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today The funding comes from the CARES Act, which authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds. " Just as our area’s young adults were in the process of shoring up career paths, the pandemic arrived, upending plans and injecting uncertainty,” Longietti said. “Thanks to this funding – which will allow the career center to go forward with safe operations – our newest generation of future workers can begin to emerge from this COVID-19-induced limbo and resume planning their lives." The funds may be used for a variety of resources, including protective equipment, hand sanitizer/cleaning products; equipment or technology to take classrooms online; installation of barriers or other protective devices in building structures; and to purchase health apps to assist in contact tracing and monitoring of students. The funding is part of a $10.2 million package allocated to career and technical schools throughout the state. These funds have been allocated by the governor, and schools will be able to access the funds in the next week. Grants were calculated based on the allocation formula for federal Perkins CTC grants, which takes into Read more

 

Longietti: $5,000 grant to support community library’s continued programs, safe operations

(Aug 05, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 5 – A grant of $5,000 will help the Community Library of the Shenango Valley continue offering residents virtual programs and services, while also providing a safe and sanitary environment for visitors, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the grant, administered by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council through the PHC CARES program, will provide critical pandemic relief. “As the only library system serving the 40,000 residents of our region, the Community Library of the Shenango Valley has served as an essential hub for learning, entertainment and community activity," Longietti said. "Even after the pandemic forced a temporary closure, the library continued serving thousands virtually – through online resources and digital media – despite the loss of fundraising to support operations. “Securing this funding is going to help the library continue serving our community by funding upgraded videoconferencing and social media platform accounts, equipment to boost Wi-Fi capabilities, and planned virtual summer reading and other virtual programming. Additionally, now that the library has reopened its doors, the grant will fund cleaning and sanitization supplies to ensure the safest possible environment for staff and visitors. It’s a great investment in a well-loved community institution.” The grant is part of package of $780,500 in Read more

 

Nearly $81,000 in COVID safety funding to Thiel College, Laurel Technical Institute

(Aug 03, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 3 – Grant funding of $80,828 will help two Mercer County postsecondary schools ensure students can return to safe learning environments this fall, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said that Thiel College will receive $68,858 and Laurel Technical Institute-Sharon will receive $11,970 to ensure both schools can put into place the necessary planning and preparation to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19. “Learning, like everything else during the pandemic, may take on a slightly different look as safety mandates require distancing and other measures pose challenges to traditional classroom learning,” Longietti said. “But our area students are resilient, energetic, and eager to learn, and our instructors and administrators are creative and dedicated to making this work. “With funding that may be used for protective and sanitizing equipment, barriers and structural modifications, and online technology, I am confident that our students will be well-protected when they return this fall.” The funding is part of a package of $28 million in federal funding administered by the state Department of Education and was based on both the shares of total enrollments by each postsecondary sector and the number of socio-economically disadvantaged students served by institutions. Read more

 

Longietti says liquor license waiver will help area bars and restaurants, but comprehensive relief package needed
Oct 22, 2020

Longietti honored for Early Childhood Education Caucus leadership
Oct 19, 2020

Longietti announces $317,501 in fire, rescue grants
Oct 08, 2020

Longietti: $103,200 awarded to fund Buhl Park wetland restoration project
Oct 01, 2020

Longietti: Funding awarded for improvements to South Pymatuning softball complex
Sep 24, 2020

Longietti lauds passage of bill to loosen restaurant, bar restrictions
Sep 23, 2020

Longietti: Grant funding will help ensure elementary students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables
Sep 21, 2020

Longietti: Nearly $12,000 to support Mercer County Veterans Affairs Office
Sep 18, 2020

Longietti: $15,000 grant to help Kovach Farms continue serving community
Sep 18, 2020

Longietti: $25,000 grant will help historical society continue preserving Mercer County’s unique past
Sep 15, 2020

Rep. Mark Longietti's Summer 2020 Newsletter
Sep 10, 2020

Longietti: Greenville satellite office to provide some Saturday hours
Sep 01, 2020

Longietti urging state to expand hazard pay grants
Aug 26, 2020

Longietti: More than $161,000 in funding for targeted support to area students
Aug 25, 2020

Longietti: More than $53,400 in funding to ensure Mercer County students with special needs continue learning during pandemic
Aug 20, 2020

Longietti: $170,000 grant will improve stormwater management, bring flood relief for Hermitage residents
Aug 17, 2020

Longietti: More than $140,000 in funding to ensure Mercer County students continue learning remotely
Aug 07, 2020

Mercer County Career Center on track to receive more than $106,000 in COVID safety funding
Aug 06, 2020

Longietti: $5,000 grant to support community library’s continued programs, safe operations
Aug 05, 2020

Nearly $81,000 in COVID safety funding to Thiel College, Laurel Technical Institute
Aug 03, 2020