Longietti: More than $1.2 million awarded to boost Mercer County early education programs

(Aug 02, 2022)

HERMITAGE, Aug. 2 – Mercer County families will see expanded access to early education programs thanks to more than $1.2 million in new grant funding, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti, who is Democratic chairman of the PA House Education Committee, said the funding from the state Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning will strengthen area Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs. “When it comes to success in life, so much depends on the quality of a child’s early learning experiences,” Longietti said. “Attention span, independent thinking, confidence among peers – all of these skills and others start forming in young minds before a child ever steps through the kindergarten door. I’m thrilled by this new funding because it will increase the number of Pre-K Counts slots available to our community and ensure that local Head Start programs – which also provide critical nutritional and health benefits – have the resources they need to continue.” Longietti said the funding includes the following grants: Head Start More than $1.1 million to Community Action Partnership of Mercer County Pre-K Counts $80,000 to Building Blocks Child Center $35,000 to Zion Education Center Inc. More information on the funding is available here: Read more

 

Longietti serving Seventh District residents through Nov. 30

(Jul 15, 2022)

HERMITAGE, July 15 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, issued the following statement to confirm that although he will be retiring from the legislature, he and his staff remain available to help residents through the end of his current term on Nov. 30. “Earlier this year, I announced my decision not to seek a ninth term in office. Although I will be retiring from the state legislature, I want to ensure that the residents of our district understand that my talented staff and I remain available to serve their needs through the end of November, whether it’s for application assistance, answers to questions or help with any other state-related matter. “Folks can stop into my Hermitage office located at 2213 Shenango Valley Freeway between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or call 724-981-4655 for help or an appointment.” Residents can also get help through Longietti’s satellite office, located at 182 Main St. inside the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Building. The office is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment. Residents can call 724-588-1005 to schedule. Longietti announced in February that he is leaving the state legislature after eight terms in office. Read more

 

Longietti: $348,000 awarded for improvements to key Sharon intersection

(Jul 13, 2022)

HERMITAGE, July 13 – The city of Sharon is receiving $348,000 for major upgrades to the traffic signal located at the intersection of West State Street and Irvine Avenue, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding will allow the city to modernize a key intersection located at the base of the business district. “The new funding will allow the city to overhaul signal equipment at the West State Street-Irvine Avenue intersection in ways that greatly improve traffic flow and safety,” Longietti said. “The work will include installation of new mast arms to improve signal visibility, pedestrian signals with countdown features to enhance crossing safety, controllers that operate based on traffic demand to better regulate traffic flow, and emergency vehicle preemption features that provide responders right-of-way to improve response times and reduce the risk of collisions.” Longietti said the improvements will complement other upgrades to Sharon’s business district. “The city has been revitalizing the State Street corridor and recently completed a streetscape project to add new ADA ramps and pedestrian-level lighting at the eastern section. As Downtown Sharon continues experiencing a revival, with new shops bringing increased pedestrian traffic, the signal safety enhancements are all the more important.” Longietti said the grant – which funds most of Read more

 

Longietti hosting Senior Health & Education Fair July 21

(Jul 12, 2022)

HERMITAGE, July 12 – State Rep. Mark Longietti is hosting his 15 th annual Senior Health & Education Fair in Sharon on Thursday, July 21. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sharon American Legion, 1395 E. State St. “I love being able to host the fair annually for our community’s seniors because they bring so much energy and enthusiasm to the event,” Longietti said. “As in previous years, this year’s fair will be a great opportunity for folks to learn about the latest state programs and services and to check out multiple exhibits featuring new products and services from local vendors. “There will also be door prizes, free health screenings, free brochures and staff on hand to answer questions. I encourage all of our area seniors to stop by.” Longietti said that there is no need to pre-register and that walk-ins are welcome. Those interested in learning more should contact Longietti’s Hermitage office at 724-981-4655. Read more

 

Longietti votes for budget, citing historic education funding

(Jul 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – State Rep. Mark Longietti voted Thursday to support Pennsylvania’s new budget plan, saying it spends responsibly while making historic investments in public education. “As Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, I worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft a budget that would deliver the kind of meaningful education funding that has been long overdue for Pennsylvania’s public schools,” Longietti said. “The new plan delivers increases of $525 million for basic education and $100 million for special education. It also includes $225 million in level-up funding to help even the playing field for students in underfunded districts, including those in Farrell Area, Sharon City and Greenville Area schools.” Longietti said the new plan – which also includes $95 million each for student mental health and school security programs – includes the following school district funding increases: Farrell Area: $2 million (24.7% increase) for basic education; $100,000 (10.5% increase) for special education. Greenville Area: $836,600 (11.3% increase) for basic education; $102,300 (9.1% increase) for special education. Hermitage: $490,000 (7.5% increase) for basic education; $102,300 (8%) for special education. Reynolds Area: $373,300 (4.6% increase) for basic education; $71,700 (6.7%) for special education. Sharon City: $2.9 million Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $400,000 awarded for ‘Digital Passport’ learning project

(Jun 15, 2022)

HERMITAGE, June 15 – United Way of Mercer County and the Mercer County Career Center are receiving a $389,898 PAsmart Advancing Grant from the state Department of Education for a program that will teach area students the kinds of STEM and computer science skills needed for high-demand regional careers, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, who is Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said the “Digital Passport” program will help expand opportunities for all students – including those in underserved areas. “Collaboration will help guarantee the program’s success,” Longietti said. “Partners in the project have the knowledge and experience needed to build a curriculum that aligns with the specific needs of our region’s high-demand employers. The program will also reach students in underserved areas to ensure they have the same opportunities. “In addition to putting students on a promising career path, the program will help ensure that our region’s employers have the continuing pool of talented applicants they need to stay competitive. It’s a winning proposition all around.” Longietti said the grant is part of a package of nearly $20 million in PaSmart Advancing Grants awarded to schools statewide and designed to bolster computer science and STEM learning. More information about the grants is available here: Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County programs receiving more than $130,000 for housing counseling, ‘Lots to Love’ programs

(Jun 09, 2022)

HERMITAGE, June 9 – Mercer County organizations are receiving $133,000 from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund to support a housing and budget counseling program and help continue the successful Lots to Love program, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D–Mercer, said the funding includes $40,000 to the Community Action Partnership of Mercer County to support programs that help lower-income residents acquire the money management and budgeting skills needed for home ownership. “Community Action Partnership has played a key role in helping low- and middle-income families in our community navigate the path to home ownership through housing counseling and an incentive-based budget counseling program that matches participants’ investments,” Longietti said. “The funding awarded today is going to ensure the partnership can keep that program and those incentives flowing to low-income families needing them.” Longietti said an additional $93,000 will allow the organization to continue the successful Lots to Love program. “Lots to Love has been incredibly successful at helping the City of Sharon repurpose vacant lots in ways that invite investment and development,” Longietti said. “Securing this additional funding will bolster the program to continue stabilizing neighborhoods and also help Community Action Partnership create a Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $90,000 awarded for program to bolster restrictive probation, reduce recidivism among nonviolent offenders

(Jun 08, 2022)

HERMITAGE, June 8 – Mercer County is receiving $89,997 to support a restrictive probation program designed to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes among substance use disorder offenders, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D–Mercer, said the funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is an effective way to help nonviolent offenders transition back to the community. “Restrictive supervision probation programs help lower recidivism rates by giving people convicted of nonviolent drug- and alcohol-related offenses the treatment they need for a fresh start,” Longietti said. “The funding awarded today will ensure the Mercer County program has the staff, drug-testing equipment and supplies, and laboratory fees needed to vigilantly monitor offenders and keep them on the path to remaining drug and alcohol free.” The funding was recommended by PCCD’s County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee. More about the committee is available here . Read more

 

Longietti receives ‘Friend of Education’ award from Pa. Association of Intermediate Units

(Jun 03, 2022)

SEVEN SPRINGS, June 3 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, was awarded the “Friend of Education” award – which recognizes a person or organization making a “significant impact” on childhood education – by the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units yesterday. Longietti – who co-chairs the bipartisan, bicameral Pennsylvania Legislative Early Childhood Education Caucus and is Democratic chairman of the state House Education Committee – said he was honored to be recognized by the group, whose efforts improve student lives and open doors. “Education is the great equalizer, and it represents the gateway to opportunity,” Longietti said. “When we invest in our children and provide them with the educational resources they need to succeed, we reap a harvest that is many times greater than our investment. “The Intermediate Unit professionals help maximize that investment through work that helps schools overcome obstacles, expand resources and strengthen special, individualized attention to students needing it.” Longietti accepted the award at the association’s annual conference held at Seven Springs. The Intermediate Units are regionally based and provide a range of services to schools in their area, including in the fields of special education, technology, finance, human resources and transportation. Schools in Mercer County and the region are served by Midwestern Read more

 

State Rep. Mark Longietti offers boating safety tips

(May 23, 2022)

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Longietti receives ‘Legislative Excellence in Caring’ award from early education commission

(May 10, 2022)

HARRISBURG, May 10 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, was honored today by the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission for his legislative support and advocacy on behalf of improving early childhood education and child care in the commonwealth. Longietti – who co-chairs the bipartisan, bicameral Pennsylvania Legislative Early Childhood Education Caucus and is Democratic chairman of the state House Education Committee – said he was honored to be recognized by the commission because he is a strong supporter of the group’s work. “I will treasure this award because I am a such big fan of the work this commission does to ensure Pennsylvania’s kids receive the best possible start in life through quality child care and early learning programs,” Longietti said. “These are some of the best investments we can make in state government, and the commission’s voices are essential to making them happen.” In presenting the award on behalf of the commission, former Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker called Longietti an “outstanding champion for children and families,” saying he was instrumental in securing funding for the state’s Pre-K Counts Program, bringing the Nurse-Family Partnership to Mercer County and working with United Way to launch the county’s chapter of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Praising Longietti as a “reliable and stout advocate with stakeholders across Read more

 

Longietti honored by University of Pittsburgh Occupational Therapy Department

(Apr 26, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Occupational Therapy today presented State Rep. Mark Longietti with the school’s Award of Appreciation, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated meaningful engagement with the University’s OT students. Longietti – who was nominated based on his service as a guest lecturer for the university’s Master in OT Program – said he was deeply honored by the award. “Receiving this recognition from the University of Pittsburgh’s Occupational Therapy Department is a special honor because the folks presenting it are models of dedication to their field,” Longietti said. “The passion and devotion to the work these educators show every day inspires students to take that with them into the field, and it makes a world of difference to their patients. “I have felt humbled to play a role in helping teach these students about the legislative process and the importance of becoming engaged in policies affecting their profession.” In presenting the award, professor and Department Chair Elizabeth Skidmore noted that Longietti has been consistently engaged with students in creditable and valuable ways during the past five years, has regularly made time for in-person lectures on the complexity of government, and has taken information from hearings and meetings with those in the profession to the House chamber to Read more

 

Longietti: PHEAA board votes to raise maximum student aid grant amount

(Apr 22, 2022)

HERMITAGE, April 22 – Eligible Pennsylvania college students may see an increase in financial aid grant funding after the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency board voted to raise the maximum amount available under the PA State Grant Program from $5,000 to $5,750, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti, who is a member of the PHEAA board, said he voted for the increase because it is a sound financial investment that will pay off for the state economy. “These are challenging times for everyone, but for young adults just starting out in life, the weight of student debt can be crushing,” Longietti said. “The grant program makes it possible for low- and middle-income students to pursue their career goals and allows them to graduate with less debt and more disposable income to invest back into the economy. “Supplementing the program at a time when household budgets are strained only makes sense. It’s a move that will encourage more students to stay in state, study here and raise families here.” Longietti said the proposed funding formula for 2022-23 also would allow an additional 9,000 students to benefit from the grant system. The increase depends on the state legislature’s approval of a proposed $350 million appropriation for the PA State Grant Program, which represents a 12.8% increase over the current year. Read more

 

Longietti: $9 million loan secured to improve Greenville water service

(Apr 20, 2022)

HERMITAGE, April 20 – Better water service is on tap for Greenville residents, thanks to a $9 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the loan to Greenville Water Authority will fund a project to replace and relocate the Hadley Road Booster Pump Station and replace approximately 25,600 linear feet of leaded-joint, cast-iron pipe with polyvinyl chloride mains and 272 service connections, including 32 known/suspected lead service lines. “The new pump station and service lines will improve the delivery and safety of drinking water for Greenville," Longietti said. “The Hadley Road Booster Pump Station was built during the early 1900s and is long overdue for replacement. The new station, which will be installed near UPMC Horizon Hospital, will be more efficient and better at reducing unwanted disinfection byproducts in the water. The installation of a new, permanent generator at the site will ensure a continuous, reliable water supply to customers. “The new service lines will replace the existing cast-iron pipes and lead joints that had a history of leaks and water main breaks and will give residents better peace of mind in knowing that their drinking water is free of contaminants.” Longietti said the project will also include replacing fire hydrants, service lines, interconnections to side streets and Read more

 

Longietti: Area child care providers receiving more than $2.2 million to stabilize operations

(Apr 11, 2022)

HERMITAGE, April 11 – Area child care providers are receiving more than $2.2 million in federal funding to help them reopen their doors and return to full capacity, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding under the American Rescue Plan Act will provide grants to 24 area providers ranging from approximately $5,000 to more than $290,000. “Pandemic-related shutdowns and declining enrollments have had a devastating impact on child care providers in our community, and it’s an issue that is not only hurting these business owners and their families, but also complicating plans for working parents trying to return to the workplace. “This funding – which providers can use for operating expenses, personnel and program costs, equipment and supplies, and reimbursement for past COVID-19-related expenses – will help stabilize operations for these businesses that play such a key role for our community.” According to the state Department of Human Services, which administers the funding, providers will receive the funding in six monthly installments and must use it within nine months after their applications were approved. Centers also must report to DHS on how the funding is spent. A list of the approved funding to the 24 providers is available here . The American Rescue Plan Act provided $24 billion to states nationwide to stabilize the child care sector. The local grants Read more

 

Policy Committe Hearing: Charter schools raise property taxes

(Apr 04, 2022)

“The Special Education Funding Commission established a formula to pay for special education students based upon their level of need, but that formula was never applied to charter schools, which means we end up paying more for less,” said Rep. Mark Longietti, Democratic chair of the House Education Committee. Read more

 

Longietti: Area hospitals receiving more than $1.6 million for recruitment, retention, critical resources

(Mar 24, 2022)

HERMITAGE, March 24 – Two hospitals in the 7th Legislative District are receiving nearly $1.65 million in federal funding to help address staffing shortages and replenish resources drained by the pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the money, which comes from $225 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding, includes $962,517 to Sharon Regional Health System and $684,982 to UPMC Horizon. “During the worst of the pandemic, our community’s frontline health care workers worked around the clock to save lives, despite incredibly stressful conditions,” Longietti said. “The funding coming to our community hospitals should help ease the strain by funding recruitment and retention efforts and the purchase of additional critical resources.” The money is part of Act 2 of 2022, legislation that appropriated $225 million to support the following health care areas: $100 million to be distributed to acute care, critical access and children’s hospitals licensed by the Department of Health on a per-bed basis. The funding will be used strictly for recruitment and retention payments to direct care staff. $110 million to be distributed on a per-bed basis to high-Medical Assistance hospitals, designated Critical Access Hospitals, and inpatient and residential behavioral health facilities for recruitment and retention payments to key staff. $15 million Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato announce $45,000 digital literacy grant

(Mar 18, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – A $45,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry will help job seekers in Mercer and Lawrence counties develop important tech skills, state Reps. Mark Longietti and Chris Sainato announced today. The lawmakers said West Central Job Partnership will use the Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grant to teach job seekers how to search for jobs online and use digital platforms, making them more attractive to prospective employers. “Digital literacy – the ability to find, use and communicate information using digital technology – is a critical skill in the modern workforce,” said Longietti, D-Mercer. “Knowing how to navigate online platforms is key to searching for good jobs – and often key to getting good jobs, as more and more businesses that rely on the internet to remain competitive are demanding a digitally literate workforce. The training funded by this grant will help job seekers develop those skills.” Sainato, D-Lawrence, said, “The grant is going to fund eight eight-week, in-person sessions of intensive training to help people with low levels of digital literacy improve those tech skills. Although the program will actively recruit some people – such as residents without a secondary diploma/GED and folks coming from re-entry programs – the classes will be open to everyone and should open doors to greater opportunities.” The Read more

 

Longietti hosting free state program workshops

(Mar 16, 2022)

HERMITAGE, March 16 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is hosting a series of free workshops in March, April and May to help eligible residents apply for the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program, and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. “Although residents can apply online for state programs offering water or heating assistance or rebates on 2021 property taxes or rent, some folks may have questions about whether they qualify, and others may prefer to complete the application with assistance from my staff,” Longietti said. “My series of free workshops can provide that help and make the process as easy as possible.” The sessions – all held from noon to 3 p.m. and open to the public – are scheduled for the following dates and locations: Saturdays, March 26, April 9, and April 23 (appointments preferred): Greenville Satellite Office, 182 Main St., Chamber of Commerce Building, Greenville, 16125. Wednesday, April 27 (walk-ins welcome): Greenville Municipal Building, Council Chamber Room, 125 Main St., Greenville, 16125. Wednesday, May 18 (walk-ins welcome): Pymatuning Township Building, 256 Edgewood Drive Ext., Transfer, 16154. (PTRR/LIHWAP assistance only; LIHEAP deadline is May 6.) Longietti said the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Read more

 

Longietti, Brooks: $223,000 awarded for Hermitage stream restoration project

(Mar 15, 2022)

HERMITAGE, March 15 – New funding of $223,000 will help the city of Hermitage complete a project to restore a section of the Bobby Run stream, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Mercer/Erie/Warren, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development will allow the city to address erosion and sediment runoff that have deposited high levels of phosphorus into a section of the stream located several hundred feet west of the PA Route 18 and 518 intersection. “This section of Bobby Run Stream has been plagued by erosion and designated impaired by the state Department of Environmental Protection because of high phosphorous levels entering as runoff,” Longietti said. “The sediments have damaged water quality and endangered the ecosystem. “The city has already begun efforts to slow erosion and stabilize the stream bank, but more work has been needed. The new grant will help the city complete the project by funding more substantial efforts – including installation of plantings, rock clusters, and other structures – that should slow the pollutant loading and restore nearly 750 feet of the stream located upstream of the Longview Road bridge.” Brooks said, “I appreciate the incredible amount of time and effort everyone contributed to help this project come to fruition. I am confident that it will Read more

 

Longietti: More than $1.2 million awarded to boost Mercer County early education programs
Aug 02, 2022

Longietti serving Seventh District residents through Nov. 30
Jul 15, 2022

Longietti: $348,000 awarded for improvements to key Sharon intersection
Jul 13, 2022

Longietti hosting Senior Health & Education Fair July 21
Jul 12, 2022

Longietti votes for budget, citing historic education funding
Jul 08, 2022

Longietti: Nearly $400,000 awarded for ‘Digital Passport’ learning project
Jun 15, 2022

Longietti: Mercer County programs receiving more than $130,000 for housing counseling, ‘Lots to Love’ programs
Jun 09, 2022

Longietti: Nearly $90,000 awarded for program to bolster restrictive probation, reduce recidivism among nonviolent offenders
Jun 08, 2022

Longietti receives ‘Friend of Education’ award from Pa. Association of Intermediate Units
Jun 03, 2022

State Rep. Mark Longietti offers boating safety tips
May 23, 2022

Longietti receives ‘Legislative Excellence in Caring’ award from early education commission
May 10, 2022

Longietti honored by University of Pittsburgh Occupational Therapy Department
Apr 26, 2022

Longietti: PHEAA board votes to raise maximum student aid grant amount
Apr 22, 2022

Longietti: $9 million loan secured to improve Greenville water service
Apr 20, 2022

Longietti: Area child care providers receiving more than $2.2 million to stabilize operations
Apr 11, 2022

Policy Committe Hearing: Charter schools raise property taxes
Apr 04, 2022

Longietti: Area hospitals receiving more than $1.6 million for recruitment, retention, critical resources
Mar 24, 2022

Longietti, Sainato announce $45,000 digital literacy grant
Mar 18, 2022

Longietti hosting free state program workshops
Mar 16, 2022

Longietti, Brooks: $223,000 awarded for Hermitage stream restoration project
Mar 15, 2022