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: More than $101,000 in grants will ensure students are equipped for remote learning during pandemic

(Apr 22, 2020)

HERMITAGE, April 22 – Two state grants totaling $101,300 will ensure Mercer County students have the resources they need to access remote and online learning programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said Reynolds School District will receive $59,750 and Farrell Area School District will receive $41,550 to outfit students with laptops or other remote-access tools they may lack. “Every student deserves the best possible education, regardless of their family’s income, Longietti said. “I believe our educators are doing a good job of adapting traditional classroom learning for remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the new programs require additional resources that some students may be unable to afford. “The funding awarded today will help remove those barriers and make sure all our students continue to learn, not just those who can afford the technology.” The Continuity of Education Equity Grants – administered by the state Department of Education – are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or to provide instructional materials, such Read more

 

Longietti: More than $4 million awarded for Shenango Township sewer project

(Apr 22, 2020)

HERMITAGE, April 22 – A major sewer project in Mercer County’s Shenango Township will receive approximately $4.16 million to fund the project’s third phase, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority – which includes nearly $3.68 million in grant money and a low-interest loan of approximately $481,500 – will move the township closer to satisfying its obligation with state environmental authorities. “The Department of Environmental Protection has mandated this work,” Longietti said. “Under the DEP consent decree, the township is required to extend existing sewage and collection into areas with a higher on-lot septic system failure rate. “That project is a major financial undertaking that involves installation of nearly 12 miles of new sewer lines. We have been working to help the township meet its obligation while at the same time keeping the costs as low as possible for residents. This funding brings us one step closer to that goal.” Longietti said the Phase 3 work to be funded by today’s award includes: 9,515 feet of 8-inch-diameter gravity sewer main. 4,190 feet of 2-inch and 4-inch-diameter force mains. two sewage pump stations. wastewater treatment plant improvements, including a new headworks facility that removes Read more

 

Longietti welcomes governor’s move to reopen some jobs

(Apr 20, 2020)

HERMITAGE, April 20 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, said he welcomes Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today that the state will reopen limited construction activity May 8 and online auto sales, calling it a needed move that will bring relief to workers and small businesses while maintaining safety protocols. “Our workers and small businesses have been feeling the brunt of this pandemic,” Longietti said. “Our workers just want to get back on the job and continue providing for their families. Much of the work can be done either in a solitary environment or with distancing and protective equipment that keeps everyone safe from COVID-19. “We have been pushing to get the governor to recognize this, and today, it appears those efforts are succeeding. It’s one more step back to normalcy and rebuilding our economy.” Read more

 

Longietti urges all residents to participate in U.S. Census, be counted

(Apr 01, 2020)

HERMITAGE, April 1 – On Census Day, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, urges all residents to compete the U.S. Census form and be counted, saying that their participation is vital to securing federal funding for essential programs and services. “The U.S. Census only happens once every 10 years, and it’s our community’s once-in-a-decade chance to stand up and be counted,” Longietti said. “That count is critical because it determines who gets access to billions of dollars in federal funding. If our residents don’t respond in full force, those dollars – for health care, roads, education, transportation and other essential services – end up going elsewhere. “In addition to funding, the count also determines the extent of our representation in Congress, so participating and being counted directly affects how much of a say we have in Washington. I’m urging everyone to do their part and get counted – so much is at stake for our county and our community.” Longietti said based on the last census count, Pennsylvania receives $27 billion annually for federally funded programs. He said residents should not have safety or security concerns because census answers can’t be used against someone responding, and data security is managed by experts in the field. Moreover, the U.S. Census Bureau is prohibited by law from releasing any information Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

Longietti: House passes bills to provide relief and flexibility for students, teachers, unemployed workers, health care providers and taxpayers

(Mar 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 25 -- The House today passed several bills to provide relief and flexibility to citizens experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced. Longietti supported S.B. 751 which will relieve schools of the 180-day education requirement for this year, while keeping state funding flowing to school districts so that staff may deliver education to students through online learning and lesson distributions. Also, funding will allow for meal preparation and pick-up to continue for needy students. “As we navigate these difficult days, it is important that we provide for ongoing learning support for our students,” Longietti said. It’s important from a learning perspective, and it also brings a sense of normalcy to our children’s lives, by reassuring them that even though their daily routine looks different, their teachers and parents are there for them with the resources they need.” He added that PSSA testing and Keystone Exams will be suspended for this year. Longietti also said that the House unanimously passed S.B. 422 , which will postpone the state primary election to June 2, giving counties extra time to make adjustments and allowing for polling places to be consolidated and moved out of high-risk areas. The House also unanimously passed: H.B. 68 , eliminating the one-week waiting period for unemployment Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 19, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

Longietti lauds selection of Schaller as ‘STEM ambassador’

(Mar 13, 2020)

HERMITAGE, March 13 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that Lori Schaller has been named a 2020 Pennsylvania STEM ambassador – one of 28 experts tapped to positively shape the state’s education policy. Longietti, who sponsored Schaller for the position, said he is looking forward to the progress she and the other experts will make in advancing education policy statewide in areas such as computer science, workforce development and STEM ecosystems – enriched learning environments that allow students to learn in diverse settings such as schools, museums and science centers. “Pennsylvania has a progressive record when it comes to policies promoting education in the ever-important science, technology, engineering and math fields,” Longietti said. “Advocates like Lori, who bring expertise and innovative ideas to the table, will keep the commonwealth moving forward in this area by developing policies to ensure STEM education remains a priority of our state education system. “Those policies help ensure that new generations of students continue developing the skill sets they need for today’s high-tech jobs, and employers have access to a talented pool of workers they need to remain competitive.” Laura Saccente, director of the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, agreed that Pennsylvania is considered a leader in STEM policy and said that experts like Read more

 

Longietti hosting Property Tax/Rent Rebate workshops

(Mar 12, 2020)

HERMITAGE, March 12 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is hosting three free workshops in March and April to help eligible residents apply for rebates under the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. “The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been around for nearly 50 years and has helped bring back nearly $7 billion in rebates,” Longietti said. “Given the large bite housing expenses take out of a household budget, the program continues to be an excellent way for residents meeting the age, income and other requirements to recoup some of those expenses. “I’m encouraging anyone interested to stop by one of my free sessions to learn whether they qualify and get help applying.” The sessions – all held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and open to the public – are scheduled for the following dates and locations: Thursday, March 19 at the Pymatuning Township Building, 256 Edgewood Drive Ext., Transfer, PA 16154. Monday, March 30 at the Greenville Senior Center, 45 Alan Ave., Greenville, PA 16125. Thursday, April 16 at the Pymatuning Township Building, 256 Edgewood Drive Ext., Transfer, PA 16154. Longietti noted that the program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and people with disabilities 18 or older. The annual income limit is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, and half of Social Security is excluded. He Read more

 

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

Longietti: More than $101,000 in grants will ensure students are equipped for remote learning during pandemic
Apr 22, 2020

Longietti: More than $4 million awarded for Shenango Township sewer project
Apr 22, 2020

Longietti welcomes governor’s move to reopen some jobs
Apr 20, 2020

Longietti urges all residents to participate in U.S. Census, be counted
Apr 01, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

Longietti: House passes bills to provide relief and flexibility for students, teachers, unemployed workers, health care providers and taxpayers
Mar 25, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 19, 2020

Longietti lauds selection of Schaller as ‘STEM ambassador’
Mar 13, 2020

Longietti hosting Property Tax/Rent Rebate workshops
Mar 12, 2020