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: $4,000 grant to support Mercer County Historical Society

(Dec 02, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 2 – A $4,000 state grant will help the Mercer County Historical Society continue in its mission of educating residents about the county’s unique past, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the grant – awarded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program , will provide critical operational support at a time when COVID-19 restrictions have drained those resources. “Artifacts and documents tell the story of our rich past,” Longietti said. “They help us understand the obstacles our ancestors faced and the challenges they overcame. They also help connect us to our roots and teach us more about our identity. We have the historical society to thank for safeguarding and displaying these pieces of our past. “Unfortunately, the historical society, like so many other organizations statewide, have suffered financially because of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings and events. This funding should go a long way toward helping them continue in their mission of keeping us connected to our history.” Longietti said the funding is part of a package of nearly $2 million in grants awarded to 155 museums and county historical societies statewide. The Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program is designed to strengthen Pennsylvania’s museum community by supporting the Read more

 

Longietti: Bill to help service clubs survive passes General Assembly

(Nov 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – Local clubs and service organizations struggling to survive would receive a lifeline under a bill passed today that would permit them to use 100% of their Small Games of Chance revenue toward operating expenses for a limited time during the pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced. Longietti, D-Mercer, said he co-sponsored H.B. 777 – which passed the General Assembly unanimously and now heads to the governor’s desk – to help ensure the survival of these organizations that play such an important role in the community. “Many of these organizations are facing a fight to survive as the pandemic has driven up costs while drying up revenue sources,” Longietti said. “To compound the problem, these clubs are unable to access small business assistance programs because they are nonprofit organizations. “Over the years, clubs have used Small Games of Chance revenue to support dozens of local charitable and community causes, from Little League teams to food banks. Current law requires service clubs to return 60% of this gaming revenue to charitable causes while keeping 40% for themselves. Given the effects of the pandemic, which has left these organizations on the brink of folding, that income is not enough. “The bill passed today allows clubs to tap into that 60% of additional revenue and use it for operating expenses such as rent, utilities and payroll. Considering how much these organizations do Read more

 

Longietti: More than $39,000 awarded to fund equipment for Mercer County Career Center

(Nov 18, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 18 – The Mercer County Career Center is receiving a $39,025 grant to fund the purchase of training equipment, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the grant from the state Department of Education will help ensure training is tailored to current workforce demand. “To stay productive, business and industry rely heavily on having a well-trained pool of job applicants, and Mercer County Career Center has been meeting that demand in our region for nearly 50 years,” Longietti said. “The funding awarded today will ensure students continue to have state-of-the-art equipment as they learn so that they graduate with the confidence and skills they need to compete in a wide range of modern work settings.” The competitive grants are part of a statewide package of nearly $1.2 million to 32 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools and two school districts. The maximum grant under the program is $50,000 and each must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source, such as local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $38,000 in school safety grants to Mercer County schools

(Nov 16, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 16 – Grant funding of $37,847 will help several Mercer County schools obtain needed security equipment, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding awarded under the competitive 2020-21 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program includes a $15,246 grant to West Middlesex Area School District and a $22,601 grant to St. Michael School. “Mercer County is fortunate to have incredibly dedicated school officials who assess security and pinpoint needs while developing tailored safety plans,” Longietti said. “Officials at West Middlesex Area School District and St. Michael School have determined that additional security-related equipment is needed to complement existing safety measures. “The funding awarded today will provide the resources to move forward with those plans, help ease the burden on taxpayers, and bring peace of mind so teachers can focus on educating and inspiring, and students can feel secure to learn and thrive.” The grants, awarded by the state Department of Education, are part of a package of more than $9 million awarded statewide. The PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer (SPO) grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Officer (SRO) grants of up to $60,000. More information on the specific Read more

 

Longietti: $75,000 grant to fund key upgrades to Greenville Area Public Library

(Nov 12, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 12 – A $75,000 state grant will help the Greenville Area Public Library make critical building improvements that include a new roof, a new boiler and upgraded lighting, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding from the state Department of Education’s Keystone grant program comes at a critical time. “With the pandemic still preventing or postponing so many community activities, it’s more important than ever for residents to have a trusted, safe place to go for learning, accessing employment information, participating in educational and community programs, and just generally connecting to the outside world. “Greenville Area Library has been all of that and more to area residents for nearly 50 years, but improvements are needed – the current boiler has reached the end of its useful life, and the roof is leaking in public areas where books are shelved. Securing this funding is going to help ensure that the library continues providing a warm, secure, protective environment for community and staff alike.” Longietti said a Keystone grant approximately five years ago helped the library – which is located in an Act 47 “distressed community” – expand more than 1,500 square feet to accommodate growing demand. The grant is part of a package of $5.1 million in competitive grants to 18 public libraries statewide funded Read more

 

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

(Oct 22, 2020)

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

 

Longietti honored for Early Childhood Education Caucus leadership

(Oct 19, 2020)

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

 

Longietti announces $317,501 in fire, rescue grants

(Oct 08, 2020)

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

 

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

(Oct 01, 2020)

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

 

Longietti: Funding awarded for improvements to South Pymatuning softball complex

(Sep 24, 2020)

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

 

Longietti lauds passage of bill to loosen restaurant, bar restrictions

(Sep 23, 2020)

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

 

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

(Sep 21, 2020)

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

 

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

(Sep 18, 2020)

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

 

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

(Sep 18, 2020)

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

 

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

(Sep 15, 2020)

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

 

Rep. Mark Longietti's Summer 2020 Newsletter

(Sep 10, 2020)

State Rep. Mark Longietti's Summer 2020 Newsletter Read more

 

Longietti: Greenville satellite office to provide some Saturday hours

(Sep 01, 2020)

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

 

Longietti urging state to expand hazard pay grants

(Aug 26, 2020)

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

 

Longietti: $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

Longietti: $4,000 grant to support Mercer County Historical Society
Dec 02, 2020

Longietti: Bill to help service clubs survive passes General Assembly
Nov 20, 2020

Longietti: More than $39,000 awarded to fund equipment for Mercer County Career Center
Nov 18, 2020

Longietti: Nearly $38,000 in school safety grants to Mercer County schools
Nov 16, 2020

Longietti: $75,000 grant to fund key upgrades to Greenville Area Public Library
Nov 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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