Longietti: $400K tax credit will help finance downtown Sharon revitalization

(Apr 09, 2021)

HERMITAGE, April 9 – Tax credit funding of $400,000 will help finance a project to bring an affordable student housing and multipurpose event facility to downtown Sharon, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said that the award to JCL Development, which was made under the Community Revitalization Fund Program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, will help JCL pay to repurpose a vacant warehouse into The Flats Center – a mixed-use facility that would provide affordable apartments and an athletic event center serving the Penn State-Shenango community. “News of today’s funding is truly exciting because it will help launch a project that promises to reinvigorate a vital area of our community that is finally starting to emerge from years of declining industrial activity and population loss,” Longietti said. “Downtown Sharon is seeing seeds of renewal, thanks to a dedicated redevelopment plan and the development of new retail and dining opportunities in the corridor. “A new student housing and event center for Penn State’s Shenango campus would build on that trend by bringing students, staff and visitors – a natural consumer base – to a campus that has been a community anchor for more than 50 years. It’s the perfect complement to the school’s recent efforts to attract more students to live on or near campus.” Longietti said that Read more

 

Longietti warns of new scam involving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

(Apr 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 7 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is warning residents to be aware of a new scam targeting Pennsylvanians who receive benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program. “Claimants under the state’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program need to remain on the alert for a recent scam,” Longietti said. “Criminals are impersonating Labor and Industry Department staff or officials and asking people to verify their identities via text messages and web forms. “The scammers are devious, and some requests closely resemble legitimate inquiries. It’s important to remember that the department uses only the ID.me network to verify identity. Any other attempts to solicit information using other methods are fraudulent, and claimants should not respond to them.” Longietti said claimants should report suspected fraud by calling the PA Fraud Hotline at 1-800-692-7469. Read more

 

Committee approves Longietti bill to protect drug rehab patients from relapse

(Apr 06, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 6 – Legislation to open a potentially lifesaving window for drug rehabilitation patients in danger of relapse was unanimously approved today by the House Human Services Committee, according to state Rep. Mark Longietti, one of the bill’s prime sponsors. Longietti, D-Mercer, said H.B. 944 , which he introduced with state Rep. Eric Nelson, R-Westmoreland, would require inpatient rehabilitation facilities to notify a patient’s designated emergency contact when the patient leaves the facility against medical advice. “This bill is designed to save lives,” Longietti said. “I have heard far too many stories of drug rehabilitation patients who backslide and discharge themselves against medical advice. Before their family members are even aware this has happened, their loved one is picked up by their dealer or enabler and suffers a fatal relapse. “It is already best practice for inpatient facilities to notify designated emergency contacts, but not all facilities follow this practice. Our bill would write a requirement into law so that families would receive notice in time for potentially lifesaving intervention.” Longietti said the bill would mandate that the emergency contact be notified immediately and at the very latest within 12 hours after the patient leaves the facility. There would be exceptions for cases when the patient revoked consent to notify the emergency contact or when the facility knew or Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County schools receiving more than $33 million to ensure successful return to classroom learning

(Mar 30, 2021)

HERMITAGE, March 30 – Mercer County school districts and charter schools are receiving approximately $33.2 million in federal funding to ensure students enjoy a safe and successful return to the classroom, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti, who is Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said schools will be able to use the funding to address a broad range of needs, such as programs to remedy the loss of learning, resources to replenish depleted supplies and funding to ensure a safe school environment. “Some challenges posed by the pandemic – such as the need for additional educational supplies and building-related needs – are relatively obvious and easy to determine,” Longietti said. “Others – such as the loss of learning and other progress gaps or setbacks some students may have experienced – are more subtle. Fortunately, the funding will be allocated by dedicated school professionals who understand their districts’ needs and will ensure the resources go where they are most needed.” Longietti said the funding includes the following: Farrell Area School District – $6.5 million. Greenville Area School District – $4.2 million. Hermitage School District – $3.2 million. Keystone Education Center Charter School – $546,000. Reynolds School District – Read more

 

Longietti: Neighborhood Assistance Program now accepting applications

(Mar 29, 2021)

HERMITAGE, March 29 – Applications open today for the Neighborhood Assistance Program, and state Rep. Mark Longietti is encouraging Mercer County organizations with eligible projects to apply. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the program – which provides tax credits to businesses in exchange for investment in revitalization projects – can benefit companies and empower communities struggling to recover from the pandemic. “The Neighborhood Assistance Program is an excellent way for businesses to partner with local nonprofits and support community projects while benefiting their own bottom lines,” Longietti said. “Past projects have shown the power of these investments to change lives by creating affordable housing, job training, education, and other critical programs and resources for distressed and underserved communities. “Over the last two years, the Community Action Partnership of Mercer County, in conjunction with the city of Sharon, had successful applications to support the “Lots to Love” program, which repurposes formerly blighted properties. Two local businesses supported that project with donations of over $100,000 and received a 55% tax credit on their state taxes, reducing their out-of-pocket cost to $45,000. This powerful tool is revitalizing Sharon neighborhoods right now. “This year, with so many residents and local programs struggling to recover from the impacts of the Read more

 

As COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program opens in Mercer County, Longietti urges local bars, restaurants, motels to apply

(Mar 15, 2021)

HERMITAGE, March 15 – With the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program now accepting applications in Mercer County, state Rep. Mark Longietti is encouraging bars, restaurants and other businesses in the hospitality industry to apply as soon as possible. “Few businesses have felt the impact of the pandemic more keenly than our local bars, restaurants and motels,” said Longietti, D-Mercer. “Despite their best efforts to keep serving the community while complying with COVID-19 safety measures, those restrictions have strained resources to the breaking point, and many businesses are struggling just to keep their doors open. “Now that the CHIRP program is open and accepting applications, I am urging all eligible businesses in the hospitality industry to apply. Mercer County has received nearly $1.3 million for distribution, which will be distributed as grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. It’s time to speed that relief to the mom-and-pop businesses that give so much back to our community. Today’s news that the state will be easing more restrictions effective April 4 – including permitting bar service and raising indoor dining capacity to 75 percent – is also a hopeful development for the industry. Longietti said businesses can apply here. To qualify, a business must: Have a North American Industry Classification System designation in the Accommodation subsector Read more

 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library launching in Longietti’s district

(Mar 05, 2021)

HERMITAGE, March 5 – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – a unique, internationally recognized literacy program that gifts monthly books to children from birth to 5 – is coming to the 7th Legislative District, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti, who is Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said he worked with United Way of Mercer County and local foundations to bring the program to the area because of its proven literacy benefits. “I am thrilled about the local launch of Imagination Library here in our district because the program inspires a love for reading in children at the youngest ages, when it makes the greatest impression,” Longietti said. “By delivering a new book to the child’s home every month, the program gets kids excited about reading and strengthens family ties. Something magical happens when a parent, grandparent or other caregiver puts a child in their lap and reads to them. "Most important, the program helps build the skills linked to success later in life. Decades of research show early reading builds cognitive and communication skills, improves attention span and creativity, and promotes social and emotional development by opening kids’ minds to new worlds and situations, and teaching them coping and problem-solving skills." Longietti said Imagination Library negotiates wholesale pricing for the books Read more

 

Longietti: Greenville office to resume ‘Satellite Saturday’ hours

(Mar 03, 2021)

GREENVILLE, March 3 – Residents in the Seventh Legislative District will be able to schedule appointments at state Rep. Mark Longietti’s Greenville satellite office on alternative Saturdays beginning March 13. Longietti, D-Mercer, said he is opening his office at 182 Main St. (Chamber of Commerce building) for some Saturday hours to provide greater convenience for residents unable to visit during the work week. “For many residents, more time spent at home because of COVID-19 restrictions does not necessarily translate to a less-complicated schedule,” Longietti said. “With the pandemic making life difficult in so many ways, my staff and I are trying to do what we can to assist folks who have limited weekday options. Residents found ‘Satellite Saturdays’ helpful in the fall, so we are bringing them back for the spring. “My satellite office staff can assist with a range of services, including helping residents file applications for property tax or rent rebates, heating assistance and other forms of assistance as new state programs become available. The office will be following COVID-19 safety protocols, and residents are asked to wear a mask while there.” 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: March 13 and 27. April 10 and 24. May 8 and 22. June 12 and 26. Read more

 

Longietti announces opening of Hermitage Photo License Center

(Feb 11, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Mark Longietti announced today that a new PennDOT Photo License Center has opened in Hermitage. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the new location at 1749 E. State Street, located in the AAA office, will bring a critical service closer to home and make it more accessible for residents. “It is truly exciting seeing a new photo license center come to Hermitage,” Longietti said. “I have been working with PennDOT Deputy Secretary Kurt Myers to ensure PennDOT understood the practical problems created by the lack of a conveniently located center, which had forced Shenango Valley residents to travel 15 miles or more to the only photo license center in Mercer County. “I’m heartened that PennDOT heard our concerns and responded. The new center, with its familiar location in the Shenango Valley’s commercial corridor, will be much more accessible for residents. It will also be a huge benefit for area seniors who will no longer have to drive the additional distance in inclement weather or struggle to arrange rides.” Longietti said the new Hermitage site will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The center will have one photo station. Customers in need of a photo must bring the provided camera card to obtain photo services. Read more

 

At vaccine rollout hearing, Longietti calls on state to do better

(Feb 08, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Mark Longietti today questioned state officials at a House Policy Committee hearing regarding why the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is not proceeding more efficiently. Citing delays and frustration, Longietti, D-Mercer, urged the state to implement a centralized system that will bring greater efficiency and certainty to the rollout. “Today at the Policy Committee hearing on the vaccine rollout, I had a chance to question the state’s senior health adviser on why Pennsylvania is not doing a better job of administering the vaccine. “I related the extreme frustration that people are feeling trying to sign up for the vaccine and encountering dead ends, going on five or six websites – or waiting more than an hour online – only to find that they didn’t even get on the list. The situation reminds me of the story of the paralyzed man in the Gospel of John. He goes to the healing pool, but he never gets healed because he doesn’t have anyone to help him into the pool. “Our state needs to do better, and this means implementing a centralized registration system so folks who meet the qualifications can sign up, rather than being stuck in limbo with no assurance of help on the way. “I also demanded answers regarding why UPMC is not starting to vaccinate the community in Mercer County and whether they plan to reach out to the entire community or only Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: April 5 Update

(Feb 02, 2021)

A listing of state grant programs open for applications. Click here to learn more. Read more

 

Longietti: Sharpsville Area School District awarded more than $22,000 for food service equipment

(Jan 26, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 26 – A state grant of $22,346 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education will allow Sharpsville Area Senior High School to purchase a new gas-powered combination oven, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the grant to the Sharpsville Area School District will boost the high school’s production of appetizing, nutritious meals. “There is a direct link between nutrition and the cognitive skills that help students focus, concentrate and retain information, which are critical for academic success,” Longietti said. “But half the battle is getting kids to embrace those healthy choices, and that poses a constant challenge for school cafeteria staff. “With this funding, Sharpsville Area School District will be able to purchase a gas-powered combination oven, which will allow cafeteria staff to produce a wider variety of fresh meals with shorter cooking times, greater yields and the kind of aromas and textures that appeal to students. The new equipment will also yield greater energy efficiency and savings for the district.” The funding is part of a package of $875,000 in competitive grants awarded to 59 elementary, middle and high schools statewide. Funding for the food-service equipment grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. Schools can use the Read more

 

Longietti: More than $16.5 million in CARES Act funding allocated for Mercer County schools

(Jan 15, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 15 – More than $16.55 million in funding to Mercer County school districts and schools will ensure area students continue learning during the pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding to seven school districts and one charter school will help them meet new challenges created by the pandemic. “School districts face tough challenges under any circumstances, but as a result of the pandemic, districts, officials and educators have been confronted by a slew of new logistical and funding issues. The grants announced today are going to allow districts to allocate resources where they are most needed to keep students safe and engaged, and it will allow officials to do comprehensive planning needed for the year ahead. “I’m encouraging all districts to apply for the funding as soon as they are able. “I am also looking forward to my new role as Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee and the opportunity it will give me to help districts in Mercer County and throughout the state overcome the challenges facing them.” Longietti said districts will be able to apply for the following amounts: Farrell Area School District – $3.7 million. Greenville Area School District – $2.1 million. Hermitage Read more

 

Longietti appointed Democratic chairman of House Education Committee

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Mark Longietti announced today that he has been appointed Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee for the 2021-22 legislative session. Longietti, D-Mercer, said he is looking forward to his new role as an opportunity to help shape the future of Pennsylvania’s public education system and ensure that all families – regardless of economic status – have equal access to the opportunities it affords. “I am honored and excited to be appointed Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee,” Longietti said. “Quality public education can be a great equalizer and the gateway to economic success – but only if the strength and quality of that education is not dependent on a family’s ZIP code. One of my top priorities will be ensuring that the highest quality public education at all levels is within the reach of all Pennsylvania families.” Longietti said his passion for promoting quality education began early in life. “My mother taught at Sharpsville Area School District for 20 years and was an incredibly dedicated teacher and advocate of education,” Longietti said. “That inspired me to work as a school district solicitor, and over the course of 15 years, I counseled districts in Sharon, Sharpsville and Reynolds. The work fueled my passion for promoting education and gave me an in-depth understanding of the many challenges school districts face. Read more

 

Longietti: Senior community centers to benefit from nearly $10,000 in funding

(Jan 07, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 7 – Two area senior community centers will benefit from nearly $10,000 in funding from the state Department of Aging to help them continue operating during the pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said funding of nearly $5,000 each to the Shenango Valley Senior Center and the Greenville Senior Community Center will provide critical relief to help allay the impact of the pandemic. “Our area senior centers play an incredibly important role for older adults in the community,” Longietti said. “In addition to nutritious meals and transportation, the centers are places where seniors can go to connect with the community, pursue new interests, volunteer their time, stay fit and get helpful financial and other advice. “As with nearly every other business or organization, however, these centers have felt the impact of the pandemic. Securing this funding will help them make it through this difficult period and will ensure that they are around to continue enriching seniors’ lives, both now and more fully, after the pandemic is over.” The grant is part of a package of $2 million in funding to the state’s 405 Agency on Aging-affiliated senior community centers. The funding – appropriated by the General Assembly from the Pennsylvania Lottery – may be used for COVID-19 mitigation, capital improvements and renovations, programs and Read more

 

Longietti sworn in to eighth term representing 7th Legislative District

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Mark Longietti was sworn in today at the state Capitol in Harrisburg to begin his eighth term representing the state’s 7th Legislative District. Longietti, D-Mercer, said that while his top priority is maximizing funding to the district to hasten economic recovery, he also will be working as the new Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee to ensure the next generation of Pennsylvanians does not fall behind. “When the pandemic arrived, it upended life as we know it, claiming loved ones and destroying jobs and small businesses,” Longietti said. “My main priority in the year ahead will be bringing funding back to the district to speed economic recovery for the business owners and working families who have suffered through no fault of their own. With more stimulus funding on the way, I will be working to make sure our district gets its fair share. “As the new Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, I also will be working to ensure that when signs of economic life return, bringing new job opportunities, our next generation is equipped to step into those jobs. We accomplish that by providing kids the best possible start in life through early education and a high-quality k-12 experience and by making sure that higher education – whether it be college, trade school or career or technical education – is affordable and accessible Read more

 

Longietti: More than $6.2 million will bring high-speed broadband access to more Mercer County residents, businesses

(Dec 10, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 10 – More than 3,300 residents and business owners in Mercer County will gain access to high-speed internet, thanks to $6.23 million the Federal Communications Commission has awarded four companies serving the region, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti said the funding will bring high-speed connections to many in the region who have lacked access for years. “So many of us automatically turn to our computers to search for important information, shop, or simply touch base with relatives, but many homes and businesses in more rural areas still lack those connections the rest of us take for granted,” Longietti said. “Reliable, high-speed access is essential these days, especially as the pandemic has limited real-world interactions. Thanks to this funding, more residents and business owners will finally be receiving the high-speed service they need and deserve.” Longietti said the funding, which will provide access to 3,344 additional homes and businesses in Mercer County, includes the following: $4,317,810 to Windstream Services LLC to provide services to 1,835 locations. $1,453,539 to Connect Everyone LLC to provide service to 1,098 locations. $448,071 to Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to provide service to 352 locations. $13,852 to Armstrong Telephone Company – Northern Division to provide services to 59 locations. The funding is part of a package of Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $400,000 in grant funding to prevent violence against women, support crime victims, at-risk youth

(Dec 10, 2020)

HERMITAGE , Dec. 10 – State grants totaling $396,661 will enhance Mercer County services and supports for victims of domestic violence and child abuse, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding is from three separate grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, based on recommendations by advisory committees. "Mercer County social service workers, investigators and advocates are an incredibly dedicated and talented group, but skills and determination aren’t enough – they need funding and resources to do the investigations, examinations, advocacy and one-on-one support their jobs demand. This funding from the PCCD is going to fund those critical resources – staff, training, program resources – that speed justice, foster recovery and bring hope to victims.” Longietti said the grants include the following: Victims' Services Advisory Committee – federal funding to prevent violence against women AWARE Inc., Mercer County STOP Project 2021 – $125,000. Mercer County Commissioners, Victim Services Program – $224,718. Children's Advocacy Center Advisory Committee – state funding to improve advocacy on behalf of abused and at-risk children County Behavioral Health Commission Inc., Children's Advocacy Center Medical Exam Component – $46,943. PCCD initiates Read more

 

Longietti: $11,000 in tax credits to continue blight removal efforts in Sharon

(Dec 08, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 8 – Tax credits of $11,000 under the Neighborhood Assistance Program will leverage investments to fight blight in Sharon, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the new tax credits will continue a promising program that was launched last year. “Blight has been a major obstacle to economic growth and development in Sharon,” Longietti said. “The ‘Lots to Love’ program has seen tremendous success in its first year and has been an effective strategy for stabilizing neighborhoods that have been marked by blight. This year’s tax credit award will build on the tax credit support that helped launch the program last year and allow more properties to be repurposed. “This is a 55% tax credit program, so the $11,000 in tax credits awarded to First National Bank of Pennsylvania will leverage a donation of $20,000 from First National Bank to Community Action Partnership. That funding will allow project participants to repurpose vacant properties which have been cleared of blighted structures and turn them into side lots for adjacent homeowners, community gardens, pocket parks and other beneficial uses. “Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce and other participating groups have been providing terrific assistance, as well. I’m encouraged that our partnerships and these ongoing investments will bring the changes needed to attract businesses and Read more

 

Rep. Mark Longietti's 2021 Capitol Scenes calendar

(Dec 04, 2020)

Rep. Mark Longietti's 2021 Capitol Scenes calendar is available to download. Read more

 

Longietti: $400K tax credit will help finance downtown Sharon revitalization
Apr 09, 2021

Longietti warns of new scam involving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Apr 07, 2021

Committee approves Longietti bill to protect drug rehab patients from relapse
Apr 06, 2021

Longietti: Mercer County schools receiving more than $33 million to ensure successful return to classroom learning
Mar 30, 2021

Longietti: Neighborhood Assistance Program now accepting applications
Mar 29, 2021

As COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program opens in Mercer County, Longietti urges local bars, restaurants, motels to apply
Mar 15, 2021

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library launching in Longietti’s district
Mar 05, 2021

Longietti: Greenville office to resume ‘Satellite Saturday’ hours
Mar 03, 2021

Longietti announces opening of Hermitage Photo License Center
Feb 11, 2021

At vaccine rollout hearing, Longietti calls on state to do better
Feb 08, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: April 5 Update
Feb 02, 2021

Longietti: Sharpsville Area School District awarded more than $22,000 for food service equipment
Jan 26, 2021

Longietti: More than $16.5 million in CARES Act funding allocated for Mercer County schools
Jan 15, 2021

Longietti appointed Democratic chairman of House Education Committee
Jan 12, 2021

Longietti: Senior community centers to benefit from nearly $10,000 in funding
Jan 07, 2021

Longietti sworn in to eighth term representing 7th Legislative District
Jan 05, 2021

Longietti: More than $6.2 million will bring high-speed broadband access to more Mercer County residents, businesses
Dec 10, 2020

Longietti: Nearly $400,000 in grant funding to prevent violence against women, support crime victims, at-risk youth
Dec 10, 2020

Longietti: $11,000 in tax credits to continue blight removal efforts in Sharon
Dec 08, 2020

Rep. Mark Longietti's 2021 Capitol Scenes calendar
Dec 04, 2020