Longietti: $1.7 million grant to fund Farrell roadway improvements

(Jul 16, 2020)

HERMITAGE, July 16 – Several roads in the City of Farrell are receiving a facelift, thanks to $1.7 million in grant funding, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding – awarded under the state Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund – will pay for paving, sidewalk repair and additional construction and maintenance work. “The grant money is going to fund much-needed improvements to Farrell’s Idaho Street, Spearman Avenue, and Darr Avenue,” Longietti said. “The work – which will include repaving the roads, preparing ADA curb cuts for intersections, replacing damaged, broken sidewalks and installing a public bike rack – will make travel smoother and safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. “It’s great to see this project come to fruition. Farrell residents have been waiting for these improvements and will now get to see their tax dollars returning to our district in one of the most important ways – to bolster our infrastructure.” The funding is part of a package of $30.2 million in grants awarded to fund 27 projects in 23 counties statewide. The PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund stabilizes funding for ports and rail freight, increases aviation investments, establishes dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements and allows targeted funding for priority Read more

 

New law gives towns, boroughs access to key planning tool for first time

(Jul 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 14 – Gov. Tom Wolf today signed into law a measure that will place a key planning tool into the hands of smaller towns and boroughs for the first time, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced. Longietti’s bill – now Act 58 – will eliminate an arbitrary size restriction that has permitted cities of all sizes to create redevelopment authorities while prohibiting towns and boroughs from doing so unless they had a population of 10,000 or more. “Redevelopment authorities are true instruments of change – it’s through these essential planning bodies that true progress is made – ideas take shape, blight is cleared, lots and abandoned property are repurposed and real, concrete changes to a community’s landscape take root. “For years, planners in towns and boroughs have tried establishing these boards, only to be told that their population doesn’t meet the size restriction. At the same time, small cities – some no larger than those towns and boroughs – have been permitted to do so. There was no justification for this arbitrary restriction. “I’m truly excited to see this bill finally become law, because it will permanently remove a major impediment to progress in our smaller towns and boroughs and give the green light to revitalizing growth and change.” Longietti said that there are at least 25 cities in Read more

 

Longietti: More than $351,000 to help end, prevent homelessness in Mercer County

(Jul 10, 2020)

HERMITAGE, July 10 – Grant funding of $351,477 will help bring new options to Mercer County residents who have lost access to housing or are struggling to stave off the threat of homelessness, state Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the grant to Mercer County Commissioners – part of a package of CARES Act funding made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – will help address a serious problem made more urgent by the pandemic. “One of the most dangerous aspects of this pandemic is the effect it has had in disrupting residents’ access to vital life resources,” Longietti said. “Hardworking families for the first time are finding themselves suddenly displaced or facing the threat of homelessness, and our most vulnerable residents are finding it harder to find shelter. “This funding is going to help us tackle this alarming trend by providing resources that can help restore housing options for vulnerable residents in need and prevent the loss of housing by hardworking residents who are facing this threat through no fault of their own.” The funding is the first of two allocations of Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act funding provided through the HUD CARES Act supplemental appropriation. The funding is being administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. More information about Read more

 

Updated: Longietti: Nearly $2,000 in CARES Act funding to support community event organizer

(Jul 07, 2020)

HERMITAGE, July 7 – WaterFire Sharon – a nonprofit fund of the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio – will benefit from $1,930 in CARES Act funding, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding – awarded through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts – will help the fund continue operating during the pandemic . “Events organized by WaterFire Sharon bring substantial tourism dollars to our community each year. Like other businesses and nonprofits, however, they are feeling the impact of the pandemic. This funding will help keep the fund operating so it can continue keeping our community an engaging place that attracts visitors.” Pennsylvania arts and cultural organizations received a total of $2.3 million in pandemic relief. Grants were awarded through both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. More information about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Longietti bill to assist municipal planning heads to governor’s desk

(Jun 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – A bill that would provide Pennsylvania boroughs and municipalities of all sizes a critical planning tool is on the way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk after it passed the state Senate today, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer. Longietti said his H.B. 1860 would eliminate an unfair obstacle facing smaller boroughs and other municipalities: Under existing law, cities of any size are able to create redevelopment authorities, while boroughs and other municipalities must have a population of 10,000 or more to do so. “Redevelopment authorities are true vehicles for progress,” Longietti said. “Because they are empowered to acquire blighted, abandoned properties and authorize revitalization projects, these planning boards can power major, positive changes to a community’s landscape that pave the way for investment, new businesses and affordable housing. “The existing size restriction that prevents many boroughs and municipalities from creating redevelopment authorities has no logical basis and only serves to curtail growth in these communities. I was encouraged when the House passed my bill earlier this year, and I am even more so now that the Senate has done the same. “With the bill now awaiting the governor’s signature, we are finally on the verge of getting boroughs and municipalities access to this incredibly important Read more

 

Longietti: $3,000 mini grant to fund workshops on stormwater management, water conservation

(Jun 26, 2020)

HERMITAGE, June 26 – A mini grant to the Buhl Park Corp. will create opportunities for Mercer County residents to learn more about stormwater management and water conservation, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection will fund the project titled, “DIY Water Conservation: Educational Programs and Public Workshops” -- two hands-on workshops addressing stormwater management, non-point source pollution and the benefits of backyard water conservation. “Mercer County residents have always shown a keen interest in practical, hands-on ways to benefit the community, and the workshops funded by this grant are going to provide that kind of information when it comes to local environmental issues,” Longietti said. “Residents will be able to learn more about the challenges posed by stormwater management and non-point source pollution and about how their own efforts at backyard water collection and conservation can help.” Longietti said one goal of the project is to increase the number of commercial and residential gardens and flower plantings by providing rain barrels in practical locations. The grant is part of a package of $434,168 in Environmental Education Grants to 55 projects that will engage youths and adults in environmental justice, climate change, and/or water quality improvement, expanding Read more

 

Longietti: More than $150,400 in federal funding to fight homelessness

(Jun 23, 2020)

HERMITAGE, June 23 – Mercer County will receive more than $150,400 in federal funding to help residents combat homelessness, an imminent threat of homelessness, or the immediate need to secure safer surroundings, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced. Longietti said that in addition to a grant totaling $150,438, Mercer County will share in more than $1.72 million in funding being distributed to 20 counties throughout the central and western portions of the state. “Clean, safe housing is a precursor to all other life successes,” Longietti said. “It enables parents to protect and nurture their children, workers to rest and regenerate for a new workday and older, more vulnerable residents a place to live with dignity. “Although the threat of homelessness is not new, the pandemic and related business shutdowns that have slowed our local economy have left more residents than ever feeling the burden – or threat – of losing a home. This funding will work to restore their hope.” The funding – administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development – is provided through the federal Emergency Solutions Grant program and is part of a package of nearly $5.5 million that will fund rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, street outreach, and emergency shelter, among other resources. Priority for funding is given to applicants representing areas of the commonwealth Read more

 

Longietti urges dairy farmers to apply for relief under new federal program

(Jun 22, 2020)

HERMITAGE, June 22 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is encouraging area dairy farmers who have suffered financial losses because of COVID-19 to apply for relief under a new program that can help offset some of those losses. The Dairy Indemnity Program – funded through the federal CARES Act and administered by the state Department of Agriculture – will distribute $15 million in funding to dairy farmers who have suffered financial losses as a result of discarded or displaced milk during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Like other businesses, our dairy farms have been hit hard by COVID-19,” Longietti said. “But our resilient farmers have been facing tough challenges based on market conditions long before the pandemic. This recent disaster merely added insult to injury by shuttering major customers like businesses and schools. “While the new program won’t solve some of the more long-term issues facing our dairy farmers, it will at least help to offset immediate losses to this important industry, which supplies a vital product and contributes billions annually to Pennsylvania’s economy. I’m urging all dairy farmers to determine whether they are eligible and, if so, to apply.” Longietti said that any dairy farm that experienced financial losses due to discarded or displaced milk during the COVID-19 emergency disaster may apply for assistance. E ach farm with a documented loss Read more

 

Longietti urges small businesses to sign up for grant program updates

(Jun 16, 2020)

HERMITAGE, June 16 – With small businesses poised to receive millions in federal coronavirus funding, state Rep. Mark Longietti is advising local business owners about a simple step they can take now to be prepared once the funding becomes available. Longietti, D-Mercer, said applications for the Statewide Small Business Assistance Program – designed to benefit small businesses with up to 25 full-time equivalent employees – are expected to be available by the end of this month, but businesses can sign up now to be alerted when that happens by visiting www.bridgewaycapital.org and completing the online contact form. “This program will benefit our smallest mom-and-pop businesses by providing grants of up to $50,000 to cover COVID-19-related expenses,” Longietti said. “Businesses can use the funding in a variety of ways, from paying rent and utility bills they accrued while closed, to acquiring safety-related items and equipment such as Plexiglas barriers and personal protective equipment. “Timing is critical, however. As our community business owners already know, it’s crucial to stay on top of developments and be prepared to act quickly once applications become available. I’m urging all eligible businesses to sign up now so they can be alerted as soon as that happens.” Longietti said funding for Mercer County businesses will be administered Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $87,000 to support law enforcement coronavirus response

(Jun 10, 2020)

HERMITAGE, June 10 – Local law enforcement in Mercer County will have access to up to $86,844 in federal funding for COVID-19 prevention, response and preparedness, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding will help the many frontline workers in the criminal justice system keep the system running while remaining safe. “Our criminal justice system doesn’t stop because there is a pandemic going on. Our police are out there on the front lines – along with correctional, probation, and parole officers; case workers; court workers; victim service providers and so many others. This funding will help ensure they receive the resources they need – including training, personal protective equipment, supplies, overtime pay and any other resources – to continue their essential work while minimizing the infection risk to themselves and the community.” Longietti said the funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – comes from federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding. Of $850 million in CESF funding designated for state and local law enforcement assistance nationwide, PCCD was eligible to apply for a state share of approximately $17.6 million. Of that amount, PCCD said $8 million in CESF dollars is being made available now, based on an “unprecedented need to immediately address” Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County moving to ‘green’ phase of reopen plan June 5

(May 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 29 – Mercer County will be moving to the “green” phase of the state’s reopen plan on June 5, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the news is especially welcome to residents and small business owners, who were forced to remain under yellow phase restrictions because of a brief spike in cases even as surrounding counties moved to green. “I’m pleased that the governor heard my message,” said Longietti, who recently drafted a letter to the administration that was co-signed by fellow lawmakers and officials. “Our small businesses are ready to reopen, and our residents are ready to go out and support them. It’s time to reignite our local economy. “We are resourceful, smart and resilient, and Mercer County will emerge from this period with momentum and strength to meet the future.” Longietti noted that the green phase of the state’s reopen plan allows remaining businesses – including restaurants, bars, barbershops, hair salons, gyms, casinos, theaters and shopping malls – to reopen at 50% capacity. Barbershops and salons may operate by appointment only, while appointments are strongly recommended for gyms and spas. Organized sports such as youth activities may resume with social distancing, while gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed with social distancing and Read more

 

Longietti offices reopening June 3 for appointments

(May 29, 2020)

HERMITAGE, May 27 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is reopening his offices for appointments beginning June 3 and is encouraging residents to call now to schedule a time. Longietti said both his district office in Hermitage – open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday – and his satellite office in Greenville – open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays – will be taking appointments. “Since the pandemic forced us to close temporarily to foot traffic, my staff and I have been serving residents over the phone and online, but we are looking forward to resuming in-person services so we can help residents with hands-on projects such as filing property tax and rent rebate applications and other forms. I’m encouraging residents to call now to begin setting up appointments.” Longietti said both offices are putting procedures in place to reopen safely. “We have installed plexiglass barriers, and we will be limiting the number of residents in the district office waiting room to two, in addition to the person being served at the counter. Appointments at the Greenville office will be spaced out to prevent residents from having to wait. We are also encouraging residents to wear masks. As long as the virus is a threat, the safety of our residents and staff remains priority No. 1.” Residents can reach the district office at (724) Read more

 

Longietti offices reopening June 3 for appointments

(May 27, 2020)

HERMITAGE, May 27 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is reopening his offices for appointments beginning June 3 and is encouraging residents to call now to schedule a time. Longietti said both his district office in Hermitage – open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday – and his satellite office in Greenville – open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays – will be taking appointments. “Since the pandemic forced us to close temporarily to foot traffic, my staff and I have been serving residents over the phone and online, but we are looking forward to resuming in-person services so we can help residents with hands-on projects such as filing property tax and rent rebate applications and other forms. I’m encouraging residents to call now to begin setting up appointments.” Longietti said both offices are putting procedures in place to reopen safely. “We have installed plexiglass barriers, and we will be limiting the number of residents in the district office waiting room to two, in addition to the person being served at the counter. Appointments at the Greenville office will be spaced out to prevent residents from having to wait. We are also encouraging residents to wear masks. As long as the virus is a threat, the safety of our residents and staff remains priority No. 1.” Residents can reach the district office at (724) Read more

 

Longietti urges Wolf to reopen Mercer County

(May 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 26 – State Rep. Mark Longietti is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to add Mercer to the list of counties moving to the “green” phase of the state’s reopen plan on May 29. In a letter co-signed by several other Mercer County lawmakers, Longietti urged Wolf to amend his May 22 order, which authorized 17 western Pennsylvania counties to move to the green phase but excluded Mercer County. “Mercer County residents have been patient,” Longietti said. “We have followed safety protocol and flattened the curve, and the data supports that. Now, we’re ready and waiting to reopen. Our small businesses are ready. Our residents are ready. Our entire community is ready and able to open in a safe, responsible manner so that we can recharge our local economy. “Continuing the restrictions on Mercer County is senseless; our metrics are in line with the criteria to move and with data from many surrounding counties. And if Mercer County remains in the yellow, our residents will only start crossing county lines, taking business away from our own local mom and pop stores. “Our message to the governor is clear: It’s Mercer County’s turn to open. We are ready and waiting. And it’s time for the governor to go ahead and make that happen.” Read more

 

Longietti: More than $250,000 in funding to help Mercer County child care safely reopen

(May 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 20 – Federal funding of $253,900 under the CARES Act will help Mercer County child care providers safely reopen their doors, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding will help ensure providers have the resources they need for adequate sanitization and other important safety procedures. “Like other businesses forced to shut their doors, child care providers have struggled with the economic impact of the pandemic,” Longietti said. “The fact that they are able to begin reopening is great news for the many families who rely on their services. “But resuming operations isn’t as simple as reopening doors and rehiring staff. New health risks offer special challenges for businesses – particularly those responsible for our children’s health. The funding awarded is going to help ensure that when child care centers open their doors, kids will be returning to a sanitary environment with procedures in place to ensure they remain safe.” The funding is part of an initial $51 million round of funding that will go to nearly 7,000 child care centers statewide preparing to reopen In all, Pennsylvania will receive a total of $106 million in funding to support child care providers. The second round of funding will be allocated after completion of a study assessing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Read more

 

Longietti: More than $3.2 million in CARES Act funding allocated for Mercer County school districts

(May 08, 2020)

HERMITAGE, May 8 – Nearly $3.23 million designated for seven Mercer County school districts located in the 7th Legislative District will ensure area students continue learning during the pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the districts can apply to receive the funding as soon as the U.S Department of Education approves the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s application – expected to happen in about one week, according to the administration. “We don’t know what shape education will take in the months ahead, but we do know that our students need to continue learning and thriving – and that our dedicated teachers and support staff stand ready to make that happen,” Longietti said. “The funding set aside for our school districts is going to ease the extreme financial burdens they are facing because of the pandemic, allow them to continue providing high-quality education to our students and ensure that students have resources and supports they need to keep learning – regardless of household income. “I’m encouraging our school districts to apply as soon as the U.S. Department of Education approves the funding and our state Department of Education makes those applications available.” Longietti said districts will be able to apply for the following amounts: Farrell Area School District – $547,497 Read more

 

Longietti votes to develop statewide testing plan

(May 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 5 – State Rep. Mark Longietti voted Monday for legislation that would require the state to develop and implement a plan for COVID-19 testing, calling the measure a critical step in protecting Pennsylvanians as the economy reopens. Longietti joined an overwhelming House majority to pass H.B. 2455 , which would require the state to first develop and then fund a comprehensive testing plan. Funding would include resources for development and manufacturing of testing equipment and supplies, contact tracing and other measures. Health care and other essential workers would be given testing priority once the plan was activated. “We can do our best to implement safety protocols, but without being able to identify who is or is not at risk of infection, we are left to guess – and that approach will leave our residents open to greater danger as the state reopens and the exposure risk grows,” Longietti said. “One of the most important ways we can protect our community is by making widespread testing available so we can determine who is at risk and where we need to target safety measures. This bill is a good first step toward making that happen.” The bill heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Longietti: House unanimously passes bill exempting federal stimulus money from state, local taxation

(May 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 4 – Cash payments to Pennsylvanians under the federal CARES Act would be exempt from state or local taxation under a bill that passed the House unanimously today, announced state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer. Longietti said he voted for H.B. 2408 – which would exempt cash stimulus payments under the federal CARES Act from state and local taxation – to keep all of those emergency dollars in the hands of residents. “The purpose of these emergency stimulus payments is to help working families survive during an unprecedented time – one for which they had no opportunity to prepare,” Longietti said. “Families are depending on these dollars – for food, rent, prescriptions and other essentials. This is not the time to cut into that emergency funding. I’m encouraged that this bill passed unanimously, with bipartisan support.” The CARES Act stimulus payments to individuals and couples are not subject to federal taxation. The bill would also allow charities and nonprofits to restructure their investment income to help them financially during the pandemic and would exempt from taxation loan forgiveness for federal Paycheck Protection Program loans to businesses. The bill heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Longietti: House passes bill to reopen local lawn and garden stores

(Apr 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG , April 30 – A bill passed by the House today would permit local lawn and garden centers to reopen by providing them a waiver to the governor’s business closure order, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced. Longietti said he supported H.B. 2429 – along with an amendment conditioning the waiver on employers instituting worker safety protections -- as a way to stimulate the economy and help level the playing field for local businesses competing with big-box stores. “Our local businesses selling lawn and garden equipment and supplies have been feeling the brunt of the business closure order, and to make matters worse, competition from big box stores – which largely have kept their lawn and garden centers open – is making it impossible for our local stores to compete,” Longietti said. “I voted for this legislation to help put these local businesses that are so important to our economy on equal footing with the larger retail chains still operating. As amended to protect workers and the public, I believe the bill would provide a safe means of getting more workers back on the job, while ensuring more dollars go back to our local economy, not large, out-of-state corporations.” Longietti noted that lawn and garden centers that open would be required to implement safeguards, including following social distancing requirements, providing workers with personal Read more

 

Longietti: More than $659,000 in federal funding to help Mercer County residents, small business owners with critical resources

(Apr 24, 2020)

HERMITAGE, April 24 – Mercer County families and small business owners will receive help getting back on their feet thanks to $659,464 in funding under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding – not yet received but earmarked by the Department of Community and Economic Development – will help ease the burden on residents and businesses who have been hardest hit by the pandemic. “Our community is incredibly resilient, and our residents are doing everything they can to weather the brunt of this pandemic,” Longietti said. “Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, it’s often the most vulnerable among us – our seniors, people with disabilities, families with the fewest resources – who face the greatest risk. Securing this funding is going to extend a lifeline of critical resources to those who need it most.” “The funding is also going to help provide our local business owners, who have been forced to a standstill during COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the resources they need to get back up and running once restrictions are eased and the economy can fully reopen.” Longietti said the funding will include — $65,377 to Greenville Borough. $61,469 to Sharpsville Borough. $159,506 to Mercer County. $186,556 to Farrell. Read more

 

Longietti: $1.7 million grant to fund Farrell roadway improvements
Jul 16, 2020

New law gives towns, boroughs access to key planning tool for first time
Jul 14, 2020

Longietti: More than $351,000 to help end, prevent homelessness in Mercer County
Jul 10, 2020

Updated: Longietti: Nearly $2,000 in CARES Act funding to support community event organizer
Jul 07, 2020

Longietti bill to assist municipal planning heads to governor’s desk
Jun 30, 2020

Longietti: $3,000 mini grant to fund workshops on stormwater management, water conservation
Jun 26, 2020

Longietti: More than $150,400 in federal funding to fight homelessness
Jun 23, 2020

Longietti urges dairy farmers to apply for relief under new federal program
Jun 22, 2020

Longietti urges small businesses to sign up for grant program updates
Jun 16, 2020

Longietti: Nearly $87,000 to support law enforcement coronavirus response
Jun 10, 2020

Longietti: Mercer County moving to ‘green’ phase of reopen plan June 5
May 29, 2020

Longietti offices reopening June 3 for appointments
May 29, 2020

Longietti offices reopening June 3 for appointments
May 27, 2020

Longietti urges Wolf to reopen Mercer County
May 26, 2020

Longietti: More than $250,000 in funding to help Mercer County child care safely reopen
May 20, 2020

Longietti: More than $3.2 million in CARES Act funding allocated for Mercer County school districts
May 08, 2020

Longietti votes to develop statewide testing plan
May 05, 2020

Longietti: House unanimously passes bill exempting federal stimulus money from state, local taxation
May 04, 2020

Longietti: House passes bill to reopen local lawn and garden stores
Apr 30, 2020

Longietti: More than $659,000 in federal funding to help Mercer County residents, small business owners with critical resources
Apr 24, 2020