Burns: Grants available to support law enforcement

(Aug 31, 2021)

Says his office stands ready to support local police Read more

 

Harkins reappointed Democratic chair of House Gaming Oversight Committee

(Aug 19, 2021)

ERIE, Aug. 19 – State Rep. Pat Harkins announced today that he has been reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee. Although he is not new to the role – Harkins served as Democratic chair of the committee during the 2017-18 legislative session – he said he is especially excited to be returning now, at a time when state gaming revenue is setting new records. “Pennsylvania’s gaming industry is shattering records,” said Harkins. “This week, the state Gaming Control Board reported that combined total revenue for July from all forms of gaming topped $423 million – the highest monthly revenue recorded for regulated games. That’s on top of last month’s news that gaming brought a record $3.9 billion over the past fiscal year.” Harkins said casino revenue showed especially strong gains from last summer to this one, with Erie’s own Presque Isle Downs and Casino reporting a 40% increase. “It’s great to see casinos rebounding after being shuttered by the pandemic, especially because gaming funds so many critical areas, from property tax relief to seniors’ programs to local government services and contributions to the state’s General Fund,” Harkins said. “But there are issues – including protecting those vulnerable to the risk of addiction and rooting out competition from illegal, unlicensed machines – that require attention. Read more

 

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

(Aug 18, 2021)

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

 

Conklin chosen to chair House State Government Committee

(Aug 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 10 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, has recently been appointed by House Democratic leadership to serve as the Democratic chair of the House State Government Committee. This committee primarily reviews legislation on issues ranging from voting and elections to campaign finance reform and oversees various state agencies, including the Pennsylvania Department of State, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Public Employees’ Retirement System, the State Employees’ Retirement System and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. “I am hopeful that we can bring an honest conversation to the table when it comes to governing and specifically how this committee operates,” Conklin said. “My goal is that we leave partisanship at the door and lead a committee that works for all citizens of Pennsylvania in a dignified, honest and forthright manner.” More information on the House State Government Committee, including upcoming hearings, can be found at the following link: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/index.cfm?Code=36&CteeBody=H . Read more

 

Harkins mourns loss of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

(Aug 05, 2021)

ERIE, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, issued the following statement in response to news that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has died: “I was shocked and saddened to learn that labor leader Richard Trumka has died. “I attended a labor event with Richard in Pittsburgh two years ago, and I was taken by the depth of his insight, the passion of his commitment to workers’ rights issues, and how gracious he was with his time. “Richard was truly old-school labor, and he worked tirelessly to make life better for Pennsylvania workers – both union and non-union alike. “My heartfelt condolences go out to Richard’s family. The commonwealth has lost a great asset to labor and a true champion of workers’ rights.” Read more

 

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

(Aug 04, 2021)

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

 

Sainato: New Castle elementary schools awarded more than $100,000 to boost access to fresh fruits and vegetables

(Aug 04, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Aug. 4 – Grant funding of $101,010 will expand access to fresh fruits and vegetables for New Castle grade-schoolers, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding awarded under the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program includes two separate grants to New Castle Area School District elementary schools. “In a world where junk food is everywhere, we need to make sure kids have easy access to nutritious alternatives like fruits and vegetables, which can help them stay healthy and fight off sickness,” Sainato said. “That’s more important than ever as kids return to the classroom this year.” Sainato said the grants are part of a package of more than $7 million awarded to 288 elementary schools statewide under the FFVP. Funding priority was given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. More information about the grants is available here , and a full list of the schools receiving funding is available here . Read more

 

Burns: Cambria County schools receive $161,655 for healthy food

(Aug 04, 2021)

Grant program to expand fruit, vegetable offerings in schools Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: More than $350,000 in grant funding will bring fresh produce to Erie elementary schools

(Aug 04, 2021)

ERIE, Aug. 4 – Erie elementary school students will see more fresh fruits and vegetables on the menu, thanks to $354,705 in grant funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins announced today. The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said funding under the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program includes $311,870 to elementary schools in the Erie City School District and $42,835 to the Iroquois School District. “Decades of studies show a direct link between nutrition and kids’ ability to focus and learn, and it’s something I have seen firsthand during my years in the classroom,” Merski said. “Securing this funding is going to help ensure Erie’s grade-schoolers have access to those dietary benefits, regardless of household income." Harkins said, “I’m thrilled we were able to secure this funding. In addition to staving off hunger and providing the kinds of healthy menu options kids need to do well in class, fresh fruits and vegetables are key to boosting the immune system and fighting disease. That’s more important than ever this year.” The lawmakers said the grants are part of a package of more than $7 million awarded to 288 elementary schools statewide under the FFVP. Funding priority was given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: Nearly $500,000 awarded to fight blight, boost urban renewal in Erie

(Aug 02, 2021)

Erie, Aug. 2 – State grant funding of $482,251 will boost projects to clear blight and revitalize Erie’s urban landscape, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins announced today. The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said three grants awarded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development under the Keystone Communities Program are: $229,251 to the City of Erie for the West Eighth Street Anchor Buildings Project. $150,000 to the Erie Redevelopment Authority for the City of Erie Blight Reduction Project. $103,000 to the PA Route 6 Alliance for the PA Route 6 Façade Program in the Great Lakes. “The grant to the city for the West Eighth Street Anchor Buildings Project is extremely exciting because it will build on investments and projects already underway to renew and regrow Erie’s commercial corridor,” Merski said. “With the additional funding, the city can continue efforts to anchor revitalization of this key section of the city with new residential and commercial spaces that draw families, businesses and jobs.” Harkins said the funding to the redevelopment authority will allow it to continue battling blight. “The redevelopment authority has been working hard to acquire abandoned and distressed properties and demolish or renovate them,” Harkins said. “While those efforts are Read more

 

Erie Delegation to tour LECOM Tuesday

(Aug 02, 2021)

ERIE, Aug. 2 – State Representatives Pat Harkins, Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro are welcoming members of the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour of Lake Erie College of Medicine, the nation’s most applied-to medical school. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 3 at 1858 W. Grandview, Blvd., Erie. The media is encouraged to attend and can submit inquiries to policy@pahouse.net . A roundtable discussion will follow the facility tour, aimed at learning more about LECOM’s impact on education, medical care and Erie’s economy. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro, Policy Committee to tour Presque Isle State Park Monday

(Jul 30, 2021)

ERIE, July 30 – In an effort to highlight the economic and environmental beauty that is Presque Isle State Park, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro is welcoming DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour of the 3000+ acre state park. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, August 2 at Presque Isle State Park, 301 Peninsula Dr., Tom Ridge Center. The media is encouraged to attend. Inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Burns: Cambria County must receive fair share of opioid pharma settlement

(Jul 23, 2021)

County among the hardest hit by pill dumping, overdoses Read more

 

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

(Jul 23, 2021)

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

 

Nomination period for annual Charlie Vizzini Volunteerism Award extended

(Jul 23, 2021)

Deadline for nominations extended until Aug. 2 Read more

 

Merski hosting grant seminar for small businesses, nonprofits

(Jul 22, 2021)

ERIE, July 22 – Area businesses and nonprofits can get expert tips on tapping into state funding opportunities by attending “A Guide to Pennsylvania Grants” – an Aug. 5 seminar co-hosted by state Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the Admiral Room of the Blasco Library, at 160 E. Front St. “With so many small businesses and nonprofits still hurting from the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to know what funding opportunities are out there and how to tap into them,” Merski said. “Our seminar will feature expert tips and a question-and-answer session to help business owners and organizations maximize their chances for success.” Merski said participants will receive a copy of the updated grant guide and state literature with contact information. Attendance is limited, so those interested should RSVP in advance by calling 814-455-6319. Anyone who cannot attend but would like a copy of the updated grant guide can pick one up at Merski’s 3901 Liberty St. office Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Read more

 

Burns’ Blue Lives Matter Caucus welcomes Rigby as GOP chairman

(Jul 20, 2021)

Bipartisan effort centered in Cambria County Read more

 

Matzie urges DEP to deny Penn Energy petition to source water from Big Sewickley Creek

(Jul 19, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, July 19 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, has written to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection urging it to deny Penn Energy’s request to withdraw water from Big Sewickley Creek. In a July 16 letter to DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Matzie expressed his opposition to the permit application, which would allow Penn Energy to withdraw 3 million gallons of water daily from the creek. Read more

 

Kinkead, Pashinski to discuss driving down drug costs

(Jul 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – The runaway costs of prescription medication will be the focus of a virtual hearing of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hosted by state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, Emily Kinkead and Eddie Day Pashinski. The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 12. The media and public are invited to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy or on the committee’s Facebook page--@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Kinkead, D-Allegheny, and Pashinski, D-Luzerne, will be joined by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss innovative approaches to reducing drug costs, providing pathways to low-cost prescriptions, and how drug costs factor into Pennsylvania’s healthcare framework. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Sainato: More than $200,000 awarded to modernize New Castle traffic signal

(Jul 07, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, July 7 – A $201,600 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will give the green light to modernizing upgrades at a busy New Castle intersection, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant – awarded under PennDOT’s Green Light-Go Program – will fund important safety-related upgrades to the traffic signal located at the intersection of Taylor Street, East Washington Street/Route 65 and Butler Avenue. “It’s great to know that modernizing improvements are on the way for this intersection,” Sainato said. “The funding is going to allow for much-needed upgrades, including installation of new signal heads and support structures; a new signal controller and cabinet; an updated vehicle detection system; and pedestrian accommodations, including ‘walk’ signal heads, pushbuttons, curb ramps and signage. “It all spells greater safety and smoother traffic flow for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.” The grant is part of a package of more than $15.6 million awarded for signal upgrades in 50 municipalities statewide under the Green Light-Go program. Green Light-Go grants reimburse municipalities for updates to improve traffic signal efficiency and operation. The grants can be used for projects such as installation of LED technology; traffic signal retiming; developing special event plans; monitoring Read more

 

Burns: Grants available to support law enforcement
Aug 31, 2021

Harkins reappointed Democratic chair of House Gaming Oversight Committee
Aug 19, 2021

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

Conklin chosen to chair House State Government Committee
Aug 10, 2021

Harkins mourns loss of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
Aug 05, 2021

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

Sainato: New Castle elementary schools awarded more than $100,000 to boost access to fresh fruits and vegetables
Aug 04, 2021

Burns: Cambria County schools receive $161,655 for healthy food
Aug 04, 2021

Merski, Harkins: More than $350,000 in grant funding will bring fresh produce to Erie elementary schools
Aug 04, 2021

Merski, Harkins: Nearly $500,000 awarded to fight blight, boost urban renewal in Erie
Aug 02, 2021

Erie Delegation to tour LECOM Tuesday
Aug 02, 2021

Rep. Bizzarro, Policy Committee to tour Presque Isle State Park Monday
Jul 30, 2021

Burns: Cambria County must receive fair share of opioid pharma settlement
Jul 23, 2021

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

Nomination period for annual Charlie Vizzini Volunteerism Award extended
Jul 23, 2021

Merski hosting grant seminar for small businesses, nonprofits
Jul 22, 2021

Burns’ Blue Lives Matter Caucus welcomes Rigby as GOP chairman
Jul 20, 2021

Matzie urges DEP to deny Penn Energy petition to source water from Big Sewickley Creek
Jul 19, 2021

Kinkead, Pashinski to discuss driving down drug costs
Jul 08, 2021

Sainato: More than $200,000 awarded to modernize New Castle traffic signal
Jul 07, 2021