Longietti: Mercer County schools awarded $120K for school resource officers

(Jan 21, 2022)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 21 – The Hermitage and Sharpsville Area school districts were each awarded $60,000 to fund continuing school resource officer positions, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti, who is Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said both grants were awarded under the 2021-22 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program, which is administered by the state Department of Education “No student or school staffer should ever have to worry about safety in the classroom, the halls, or any other school setting,” Longietti said. “The grants awarded today will allow the Hermitage and Sharpsville Area school districts to continue school resource officer positions, which help both districts maintain the kind of productive, secure environment that promotes confidence and learning.” The grants are part of a package of $8 million in competitive grants awarded statewide. More information on the specific awardees and amounts is available here . Read more

 

Longietti: $600,000 awarded to help maintain owner-occupied housing in Hermitage

(Jan 10, 2022)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 10 – Hermitage homeowners will have help with needed home repairs thanks to $600,000 in new grant funding, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding to the city, awarded under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, will provide key help for residents maintaining older properties. “Home maintenance can place a big strain on household budgets, especially in the case of older homes,” Longietti said. “Securing this funding is going to help ensure residents have the resources they need to maintain safe, secure premises for themselves and their loved ones while also protecting the value of their largest investment.” The grant is part of a package of more than $8.2 million to support affordable housing in 15 counties. More about the funding is available here. Read more

 

State Rep. Mark Longietti's 2022 Capitol Scenes calendar

(Dec 28, 2021)

State Rep. Mark Longietti's 2022 Capitol Scenes calendar Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County Career Center awarded $35,800 for equipment

(Dec 20, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 20 – New grant funding of $35,813 to the Mercer County Career Center will ensure that students benefit from state-of-the-art training tools, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti, who is the Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said the funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded under the Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant Program will provide resources that are key to remaining competitive. “The most critical aspect of career training is ensuring that students land in the modern workforce with the skills they need to compete, which includes the ability to work on state-of-the-art equipment, adapt to fast-paced changes in technology, serve as a resource to coworkers and prepare to step into leadership roles,” Longietti said. “Securing this funding will ensure that Mercer County Career Center has the resources it needs to continue providing that kind of leading-edge training so graduates secure good-paying jobs and our regional workforce remains competitive.” More about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Longietti: New funding will bring training in cybersecurity

(Dec 20, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 20 – New funding of $250,000 to the Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Center will help launch a unique, Hermitage-based pilot program to prepare students for high-demand careers in cybersecurity, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said Hermitage-based LindenPointe Development Corp. will share in the PAsmart Industry Partnership grant to develop a new program to offer cybersecurity training and certification opportunities for high school, college and local employees. “As the world grows increasingly digital, the demand for high-paying cybersecurity jobs has quickly increased, and our region needs to keep pace with that demand by providing training for those careers,” Longietti said. “This funding will allow the eCenter@LindenPointe to lay the groundwork for its pilot program geared toward area high school and college students by funding efforts at recruitment, industry exposure, curriculum and placement.” Longietti said the pilot program plans to enroll 15 high school students and 15 college students in the first cohort for training that would lead to an industry credential. High school students would take three courses designed by LindenPointe partner Comp Tia, while college students would take five courses designed by partner Cisco Network Academy. The grant would cover the student costs for the courses. After being credentialed, students would be qualified to work as Read more

 

Longietti applauds $17 million grant to boost state tourism

(Dec 15, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 15 – State Rep. Mark Longietti today praised news that the Wolf administration will allocate more than $17 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to expand the state’s tourism industry, and he encouraged Mercer County to apply for some of those dollars to bolster local tourism marketing efforts. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the grant money – which comes from the U.S . Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration – includes $10 million to create advertising opportunities for destination marketing organizations. “This new infusion of funding for destination marketing is a terrific opportunity to boost our own local tourism marketing efforts,” Longietti said. “I encourage groups like Visit Mercer County PA to compete for those dollars, which will help draw more visitors to our area. With natural attractions like the Shenango River, recently named ‘2021 River of the Year,’ Mercer County has so much to offer, and this new funding promises to give local marketing efforts greater reach.” Longietti said that in addition to the $10 million earmarked for destination marketing, the grant includes $6.8 million to attract new visitors and residents to the state and another $250,000 to protect outdoor recreational assets. The grant is administered through the Pennsylvania Tourism Office at the Department of Community and Economic Development. The $17 million Read more

 

Longietti: Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County awarded $137,000 for building expansion

(Dec 09, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 9 – Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County has been awarded $137,000 to expand the facility’s cold storage capacity, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding – awarded under the COVID-19 Food Bank Cold Storage Infrastructure Program – will increase the food bank’s ability to maintain fresh, perishable foods. “Securing this funding is going to enable Community Food Warehouse to expand its cold storage area by 20 feet, which will triple that storage capacity,” Longietti said. “That’s terrific news because it means the facility will be able to maintain a greater supply of the fresh, nutritious foods – including fruits, vegetables, and dairy products – that families need for good nutrition.” The COVID-19 Food Bank Cold Storage Infrastructure Program allows Pennsylvania food banks to purchase, expand, or upgrade cold storage facilities to ensure that they can deliver fresh food to struggling families. Eligible purchases include refrigerators, coolers, freezers, refrigerator trailers and cargo vans, building expansions, and more. The grants are part of a package of $11.4 million in funding to food banks statewide. More information on the grants is available here. Read more

 

Longietti: More than $660,000 awarded for Mercer County programs to combat domestic violence, enhance crisis response, support victims

(Dec 08, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 8 – New state funding of $663,434 will bolster Mercer County efforts to fight crime, reduce violence against women, improve services and supports for victims, enhance crisis response and reduce recidivism rates, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the grants were awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and will fund five separate programs. “Mercer County law enforcement and community partners work tirelessly to keep our communities safe and protect residents,” Longietti said. “This funding is going to put new resources into their hands for programs to enhance policing and crisis response, combat domestic abuse, reduce recidivism rates and better serve some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.” Longietti said the funding includes: $375,000 to AWARE, Inc. for the Mercer County STOP Project. Funds will support a collaborative effort to reduce violence against women through special law enforcement and prosecution units, continue a deputy sheriff to serve protective orders and track weapons relinquished, support domestic violence/sexual assault victims and offer outreach for elder victims. $96,669 to the Mercer County Commissioners to continue the CJAB Cross Systems Alignment Project. Funds will support efforts to increase collaboration among criminal justice system stakeholders, improve offender outcomes/reduce Read more

 

Longietti, Brooks: More than $425,000 awarded for Mercer County revitalization, wetland restoration projects

(Nov 19, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Mark Longietti and state Sen. Michele Brooks announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded $426,067 in grants to fund expansions to the Hermitage Athletic Complex and improvements to Greenville’s Riverside Park and Hermitage’s Bobby Run stream. The Hermitage Athletic Complex was awarded $183,167, helping to advance a planned expansion that would include open play fields, softball and baseball fields, parking facilities, playgrounds, access drives, sidewalks and amenities related to the recreation complex. “From the day it opened, the Hermitage Athletic Complex has been tremendously popular with the community, both as a venue for local sports teams and their supporters and as a green space for folks looking to get outside and exercise,” Longietti said. “Now, the city will have the funds needed to acquire nearly 20 more acres to expand the complex and accommodate the growing demand for recreational opportunities.” “The impact of this award will extend far beyond the city of Hermitage,” Brooks said. “Residents from surrounding municipalities – including the cities of Sharon and Farrell and the boroughs of Sharpsville, Wheatland and West Middlesex – and truly the county as a whole will benefit from this expansion as competitions bring teams and their families into the area.” In addition to Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $25,000 in tax credits will fight blight, food insecurity in Mercer County

(Nov 09, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 9 – An award of $24,750 in state tax credits will leverage investments in projects to continue fighting blight and combat food insecurity, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding includes $13,750 in tax credits to the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County and $11,000 in tax credits to the Community Action Partnership of Mercer County. “This latest infusion of tax credits is going to bolster programs that have been working to improve lives and fight blight in our district,” Longietti said. “Community Food Warehouse is Mercer County’s primary source of emergency food assistance, and investments generated by these tax credits will allow the food bank to purchase, store, and mass-distribute fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable foods to alleviate hunger throughout our area. “The tax credits to Community Action Partnership will fund ongoing Sharon revitalization efforts by building on the Lots to Love Program. Management of cleared lots is critical to the program’s success to ensure that newly created vacant spaces do not invite crime or additional blight.” The tax credits are part of a package funded through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. The program encourages investment in distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital. The program can be used for projects such as affordable housing, Read more

 

Longietti to host free home heating assistance workshops this fall

(Nov 04, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, will host several free workshops on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to help Mercer County residents learn whether they qualify and apply for the program. “With frost already in the air, I want to remind residents that the LIHEAP program is now open and that they can get free help applying at one of my workshops,” Longietti said. “This year, the minimum cash grant has increased from $200 to $500, and the maximum has increased from $1,000 to $1,500. The grants are sent directly to the utility provider and do not need to be repaid. I encourage anyone who may be struggling with heating bills to attend.” Longietti said the workshops will be held at the following times and places: Saturday Nov. 13 & Saturday, Nov. 20 ( open to public; walk-ins welcome ) 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Greenville Satellite Office Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Bldg. 182 Main St., Greenville, PA 16125 Thursday, Nov. 18 ( Greenville House residents only ) 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Greenville House 9 N. Penn Ave., Greenville, PA 16125 Tuesday, Dec. 14 ( open to public; walk-ins welcome ) 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Pymatuning Township Municipal Bldg. 256 Edgewood Drive Ext., Transfer, PA 16154 Residents who want help applying for LIHEAP must bring a valid photo ID; recent heating bill; and the names, birthdates, Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $3 million awarded to fund electric freight locomotive

(Nov 01, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 1 – Grant funding of $2.9 million will allow Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad Co. to reduce its fleet’s diesel emissions by replacing an aging, diesel-powered locomotive with an electric model, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding awarded under the Marine and Rail Freight Movers Grant Program will allow the railroad to replace a nearly-50-year-old freight switcher locomotive with a new electric model powered by a lithium-ion battery – a move that will reduce the diesel-based nitrogen oxide emissions that harm human health. “Securing this funding to allow B&LER to replace some of its aging, diesel-powered equipment with low-emission electric equipment means the company can keep freight moving efficiently while at the same time reducing an important health risk,” Longietti said. “Exposure to diesel emissions is linked to a higher risk of lung cancer and other diseases, so any steps we can take to reduce that exposure directly benefits workers as well as residents in the vicinity.” In addition to the locomotive being replaced, B&LER operates a fleet of six long-haul locomotives and three additional freight-switcher locomotives. The grant is part of a package of $9.5 million in “Driving PA Forward” funding, which supplies the Marine and Rail Freight Movers Grant Program and the Fast Charging and Hydrogen Fueling Grant Program. Read more

 

Longietti: $15,000 grant will add agriculture to curriculum at Zion Education Center

(Oct 26, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Oct. 26 – Students at Zion Education Center in Farrell will have new opportunities to learn about nutrition and agriculture, thanks to a $15,000 grant that will fund hands-on greenhouse programs and cooking demonstrations, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding comes from the state Department of Agriculture under the Pennsylvania Farm Bill’s Farm to School Grant Program. “Programs funded by this grant will teach young students about the importance of nutritious, farm-to-table foods and the ways they can participate in making healthy eating choices and even growing their own food. Those are great lessons at an important age that can shape kids’ habits and even possibly inspire future farmers.” The grant is part of a package of funding to 47 projects designed to improve access to healthy local foods and boost agricultural learning for pre-K through fifth grade students. More information about the funding is available here . Read more

 

Rep. Longietti's latest newsletter now available online

(Oct 08, 2021)

My latest newsletter is now available online and offers a look at recent legislation, new funding, and pictures from around the district! You can read it here. Read more

 

Longietti hosting Oct. 15 flu shot clinic

(Oct 07, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Mark Longiett i, D-Mercer, is hosting a free flu shot clinic in partnership with Primary Health Network. The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 at the Greenville Knights of Columbus , 170 Clarksville St. (Route 18) in Greenville. “Getting a flu shot now allows folks to get a jump on protection and shore up their immunity before flu activity starts ramping up in winter,” Longietti said. “This year, the clinic will also offer a limited number of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, so residents who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine – or who are eligible for a third Moderna shot based on compromised immunity – will have an opportunity to get that, as well.” Longietti said participants must bring a valid photo ID and insurance card to receive a shot. Pre-registration is preferred (though not mandatory) and can be done by visiting www.primary-health.net or calling (724) 699-9211 and selecting option 3. Residents with questions may also call Longietti’s district office Monday through Friday at (724) 981-4655 or his satellite Greenville office on Tuesdays or Thursdays at (724) 588-1005. Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $53,000 awarded to strengthen outreach for veterans

(Sep 28, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 28 – Mercer County veterans in need will benefit from stronger support services, thanks to $52,762 in grant funding from the Veterans Trust Fund, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said two separate grants – including $32,762 to the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County and $20,000 to the Mercer County Office of Veterans Affairs – from the Veterans’ Trust Fund will expand outreach to veterans in need and ensure they and their families do not face food insecurity. “Veterans devote some of their prime years to serving our country, and they often continue giving back after their service, through volunteerism and community support work,” Longietti said. “But these heroes sometimes struggle themselves. Service has its costs, and some veterans face issues such as post-traumatic stress and depression. Others – like many in our community – are still feeling the impacts of the pandemic and the threat of homelessness and food insecurity. “This funding will help ensure that the full range of services – including housing, food, employment, behavioral health counseling and other social services – are available for those who have given so much of themselves to defend our freedom.” The Veterans Trust Fund is supported by Pennsylvanians who make a $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license, photo Read more

 

Longietti to host Senior & Health Education Fair Sept. 16

(Sep 02, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 2 – Area seniors will want to mark their calendars for state Rep. Mark Longietti’s 14th annual Senior & Health Education Fair, which is returning to Sharon later this month after a one-year hiatus. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Sharon American Legion, 1395 E. State St. “The senior fair is returning this month after a one-year hiatus, and I am pleased to be back hosting this popular event for our large, vibrant senior community,” Longietti said. “As in previous years, the fair will feature dozens of exhibits showcasing the latest products and services for seniors, from fitness and health to housing and finance. “Seniors will also find free health screenings, door prizes and valuable information on state programs and services. There’s something for everyone – I encourage everyone to come see what’s new.” Longietti said there is no need to pre-register for the event and that walk-ins are welcome. Face masks are recommended. Those interested in learning more should contact Longietti’s Hermitage office at 724-981-4655. Read more

 

Longietti: $7,000 awarded to equip Shenango firefighters for brushfire risk

(Aug 18, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 18 – Grant funding of $7,000 will help ensure Shenango Township firefighters are equipped to handle the recurring risk of brush fires that threaten the region, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant to the Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department will fund training and equipment geared toward meeting the specific challenges posed by fighting fires in dense brush. “Shenango’s volunteer firefighters are vigilant about fighting brush fires, but the work – which often requires transporting heavy water tanks through dense vegetation – never gets any less dangerous or difficult,” Longietti said. “This spring was no exception, when firefighters braved thorny terrain and other obstacles to contain multiple fires spurred on by dry conditions and high winds. “With the threat likely to recur as fall brings drier air and fallen leaves, securing this funding now will give first responders a key chance to replenish equipment and renew training so they have the resources needed to stay safe while protecting lives, wildlife and property.” The funding is part of a package of more than $600,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants to 109 volunteer fire companies in the state. The grants are administered through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Read more

 

Longietti: Sharon schools awarded more than $65,000 to expand access to fresh fruits, vegetables

(Aug 04, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 4 – Grant funding of $65,585 will help ensure more Sharon students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti, who is Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said the funding awarded under the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program consists of three separate grants to elementary schools in the Sharon City School District. “Kids need fresh, nutrient-rich foods to thrive and learn,” Longietti said. “This year, expanding access to fresh fruits and vegetables is especially important because these healthier snacks can boost immunity in a setting where germs and close contact are inevitable. The funding is great news for Sharon’s grade-schoolers and their families.” Longietti said the grants are part of a package of more than $7 million awarded to 288 elementary schools statewide under the FFVP. Funding priority was given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. More information about the grants is available here , and a full list of the schools receiving funding is available here . Read more

 

Longietti: More than $4 million awarded to modernize Greenville water lines

(Jul 23, 2021)

HERMITAGE, July 23 – A state grant of nearly $4.1 million will fund a major overhaul of Greenville’s water distribution system, including replacement of the aging, corroded pipes used to supply the borough’s drinking water, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority will allow the Greenville Water Authority to replace existing cast iron and lead pipes with 9,600 feet of new main, addressing longstanding problems caused by aging, corroded infrastructure. “Greenville residents have been living with an antiquated water distribution system plagued by a history of leaks, main breaks and service interruptions,” Longietti said. “In some cases, the pipes are more than 100 years old. It’s an issue that has affected quality of life and could lead to health risks if not addressed. “The funding awarded today will bring much-needed, long-overdue modernizations that will prevent future service interruptions, enhance public health and create jobs.” Longietti said that in addition to construction of new water main, the project will include construction and installation of new fire hydrants, service lines, connections, valves and related upgrades. Greenville is an Act 47 Distressed Community, and Longietti said the project would not have been possible without the funding. The grant was Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County schools awarded $120K for school resource officers
Jan 21, 2022

Longietti: $600,000 awarded to help maintain owner-occupied housing in Hermitage
Jan 10, 2022

State Rep. Mark Longietti's 2022 Capitol Scenes calendar
Dec 28, 2021

Longietti: Mercer County Career Center awarded $35,800 for equipment
Dec 20, 2021

Longietti: New funding will bring training in cybersecurity
Dec 20, 2021

Longietti applauds $17 million grant to boost state tourism
Dec 15, 2021

Longietti: Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County awarded $137,000 for building expansion
Dec 09, 2021

Longietti: More than $660,000 awarded for Mercer County programs to combat domestic violence, enhance crisis response, support victims
Dec 08, 2021

Longietti, Brooks: More than $425,000 awarded for Mercer County revitalization, wetland restoration projects
Nov 19, 2021

Longietti: Nearly $25,000 in tax credits will fight blight, food insecurity in Mercer County
Nov 09, 2021

Longietti to host free home heating assistance workshops this fall
Nov 04, 2021

Longietti: Nearly $3 million awarded to fund electric freight locomotive
Nov 01, 2021

Longietti: $15,000 grant will add agriculture to curriculum at Zion Education Center
Oct 26, 2021

Rep. Longietti's latest newsletter now available online
Oct 08, 2021

Longietti hosting Oct. 15 flu shot clinic
Oct 07, 2021

Longietti: Nearly $53,000 awarded to strengthen outreach for veterans
Sep 28, 2021

Longietti to host Senior & Health Education Fair Sept. 16
Sep 02, 2021

Longietti: $7,000 awarded to equip Shenango firefighters for brushfire risk
Aug 18, 2021

Longietti: Sharon schools awarded more than $65,000 to expand access to fresh fruits, vegetables
Aug 04, 2021

Longietti: More than $4 million awarded to modernize Greenville water lines
Jul 23, 2021