Harkins issues statement on Pittsburgh bridge collapse

(Jan 28, 2022)

ERIE, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, issued the following statement in response to this morning’s collapse of the Forbes Avenue bridge over Frick Park in Pittsburgh: “To awaken to this news today out of Pittsburgh was both terrifying and disturbing. I have family, friends and former UPS colleagues who use that bridge daily. Thank God no one was killed, and let’s hope those who were injured recover quickly. “It is ironic that the collapse happened the same day of the president’s planned trip to Pittsburgh to discuss critical infrastructure rebuilding and investment. “Restoring the bridge – a lifeline to so many in the community – will not be a small investment. It will take significant cooperation and call on government at all levels to work together to get the job done. “The collapse raises the chilling question: How many other bridges – including those in Erie – are in a similar condition? It should cause alarm bells to go off throughout every level of government. “Reviewing the safety and structural integrity of every Pennsylvania bridge has to be a top priority, and we should commit every available resource we have to make sure the public is safe.” Read more

 

Sainato: Mohawk Junior/Senior HS awarded $4,000 for food service equipment

(Jan 27, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 27 – A $3,933 grant will allow Mohawk Area Junior/Senior High School to purchase a new heated holding cabinet for the school cafeteria, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the new equipment will make the cafeteria’s operations more efficient. “The new heated cabinet will allow cafeteria staff to prepare food in advance and then safely store it in a way that keeps it hot,” Sainato said. “It’s going to make cafeteria operations more efficient and help staff serve students more quickly.” The funding to the Mohawk Area School District is part of package of competitive grants awarded to 44 elementary, middle and high schools through a program administered by the state Department of Education. Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Grants are awarded to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Schools can use the funding to purchase or upgrade equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. The list of schools receiving food service equipment grants can be found on PDE’s website. Read more

 

New relief package a healthy first dose to ease strain on PA health care heroes

(Jan 26, 2022)

With so many bitter divisions between the aisles, the chance to come together and help some of Pennsylvania’s most selfless, dedicated workers feels like a rare opportunity to heal some of those rifts. Maybe that’s why it also seems fitting that H.B. 253 – which just passed the House with unanimous, bipartisan support – is dedicated to helping our healers: the nurses and other frontline hospital workers who are currently facing crisis conditions. Of course, this isn’t the first time they have faced the incredible stresses of working in overcrowded, understaffed conditions. In fact, it seems like a hellish cycle: a COVID surge happens, hospitals swell to near-bursting with unvaccinated patients, and nurses and other frontline support staff face horrendous shortages and near-impossible conditions as they continue trying to help as many patients as possible. This time, however, a meaningful relief package will provide help, and hope. Once signed by the governor, the legislation we passed today will speed $210 million in federal pandemic relief directly to hospitals, which will put those dollars to work bringing nurses and other frontline staff the support they desperately need. Specifically, the funding will include $100 million to hospitals statewide to help them retain and recruit direct care staff. The pandemic has underscored the critical need for a strong nursing and direct patient care workforce. The funding will include Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $340,000 awarded to fund Hermitage transportation, housing projects

(Jan 24, 2022)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 24 – The city of Hermitage has been awarded $337,249 to fund transportation and housing rehabilitation projects, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development will help finance two separate projects. “Securing this funding is going to help Hermitage address some important resident needs,” Longietti said. “Some of the money will fund roadway repaving and stormwater improvements on Concord Road, Trace Street, Meadowbrook Road and Shadyside Drive, in Hermitage. Additional grant money will fund a project to rehabilitate about seven single-family, owner-occupied homes.” The funding comes from the Community Development Block Grant Program and is part of a package of more than $2.1 million awarded to projects statewide. More about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Harkins: Nearly $25,000 in security funding for Iroquois School District

(Jan 21, 2022)

ERIE, Jan. 21 – Students and staff in the Iroquois School District will benefit from a $24,500 grant awarded to fund security equipment, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today. Harkins said the funding was awarded by the state Department of Education under the competitive 2021-22 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program. “Schools need to be safe, supportive places where students and staff feel secure and protected,” Harkins said. “The funding awarded today will ensure that schools in the Iroquois School District have the resources to maintain that environment so teachers and kids can go about the business of teaching and learning, unbothered by fear or safety concerns.” The grants are part of a package of $8 million in competitive grants awarded statewide. More information on the specific awardees and amounts is available here . Read more

 

Sainato: Lawrence County schools awarded more than $167K in safety grants

(Jan 21, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 21 – More than $167,200 in grant funding will boost safety at Lawrence County schools, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding – administered by the state Department of Education under the competitive 2021-22 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program – will pay for security equipment and personnel at schools in the New Castle, Mohawk, and Shenango area school districts and the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center. “Our schools must be safe havens where students can feel confident to learn and thrive, free from worry or distraction, and staff can focus on teaching and supporting students,” Sainato said. “The grants awarded today will help our area schools maintain that kind of secure, productive environment.” Sainato said the grants include the following: New Castle Area School District: $60,000 for a school resource officer and $23,824 for security equipment. Mohawk Area School District: $19,892 for security equipment. Shenango Area School District: $40,000 for a police officer. Lawrence County Career and Technical Center: $23,510 for security equipment. The grants are part of a package of $8 million in competitive grants awarded statewide. More information on the specific awardees and amounts is available here . Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County schools awarded $120K for school resource officers

(Jan 21, 2022)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 21 – The Hermitage and Sharpsville Area school districts were each awarded $60,000 to fund continuing school resource officer positions, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti, who is Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said both grants were awarded under the 2021-22 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program, which is administered by the state Department of Education “No student or school staffer should ever have to worry about safety in the classroom, the halls, or any other school setting,” Longietti said. “The grants awarded today will allow the Hermitage and Sharpsville Area school districts to continue school resource officer positions, which help both districts maintain the kind of productive, secure environment that promotes confidence and learning.” The grants are part of a package of $8 million in competitive grants awarded statewide. More information on the specific awardees and amounts is available here . Read more

 

Sainato: $1.25 million awarded to maintain owner-occupied housing in Union Township and Lawrence County

(Jan 10, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 10 – Grant funding of $1.25 million will help homeowners in Union Township and throughout Lawrence County maintain their homes, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding includes $750,000 to Lawrence County and $500,000 to Union Township, each awarded in partnership with the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership. “For homeowners, taking care of needed repairs is an essential part of protecting the health and safety of their family – and the value of their largest investment,” Sainato said. “This grant funding is going to ensure residents in Union Township and throughout Lawrence County have the help they need in maintaining their properties.” The grants – awarded under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program – are part of a package of more than $8.2 million in funding to 15 counties statewide. More about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Longietti: $600,000 awarded to help maintain owner-occupied housing in Hermitage

(Jan 10, 2022)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 10 – Hermitage homeowners will have help with needed home repairs thanks to $600,000 in new grant funding, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding to the city, awarded under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, will provide key help for residents maintaining older properties. “Home maintenance can place a big strain on household budgets, especially in the case of older homes,” Longietti said. “Securing this funding is going to help ensure residents have the resources they need to maintain safe, secure premises for themselves and their loved ones while also protecting the value of their largest investment.” The grant is part of a package of more than $8.2 million to support affordable housing in 15 counties. More about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Sainato: $70,000 awarded for improvements to Mahoning Township Park

(Dec 30, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 30 – A new state grant of $70,000 will fund multiple improvements to Mahoning Township Park, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will make the park safer, more accessible and more attractive for residents. “The new funding is going to help bring needed improvements to the park, including renovation of the pavilion, construction of a pedestrian walkway and parking area, and installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing,” Sainato said. “Part of the work will include ensuring that the area is ADA accessible so everyone in our community can enjoy it.” In addition to those structural improvements, Sainato said the project will include landscaping, project signs and other site improvements. The grant is administered by DCNR through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The “C2P2” program funds projects such as planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas, motorized and non-motorized trails, river conservation and access, and conservation of open space. More information about the grants awarded today is available here . Information about the C2P2 program is available at https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: Nearly $600,000 awarded to boost Erie attractions

(Dec 30, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 30 – New grants totaling nearly $600,000 will enhance area attractions by funding improvements to the Erie Zoo and equipment for maintaining snowmobile trails, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources includes $500,000 to the Erie Zoological Society for rehabilitation and construction of a giraffe exhibit with public viewing structures and related improvements. “The grant to the zoo will help fund construction of a unique exhibit that is part of the zoo’s efforts to expand its ‘Wild Open Spaces,’ where visitors can observe animals in their natural habitat,” Merski said. “The improvements will expand the zoo’s capacity, increase tourism revenue, and help educate visitors about wildlife and conservation.” Other funding includes nearly $100,000 to three snowmobile organizations for purchase of equipment needed to construct and maintain trails. “Erie is an all-season destination, with miles of trails for winter recreation,” Harkins said. “Some of the grants awarded today will fund equipment needed for construction, maintenance and grooming of nearly 120 miles of snowmobile trails to ensure the sport remains safe and enjoyable for residents and visitors.” The snowmobile grants include $38,200 to Wales Sno-Drifters, Read more

 

Burns: $50,000 state grant awarded to Greater Johnstown CTC

(Dec 21, 2021)

Grant to purchase equipment to train students in high-demand careers Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County Career Center awarded $35,800 for equipment

(Dec 20, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 20 – New grant funding of $35,813 to the Mercer County Career Center will ensure that students benefit from state-of-the-art training tools, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti, who is the Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said the funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded under the Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant Program will provide resources that are key to remaining competitive. “The most critical aspect of career training is ensuring that students land in the modern workforce with the skills they need to compete, which includes the ability to work on state-of-the-art equipment, adapt to fast-paced changes in technology, serve as a resource to coworkers and prepare to step into leadership roles,” Longietti said. “Securing this funding will ensure that Mercer County Career Center has the resources it needs to continue providing that kind of leading-edge training so graduates secure good-paying jobs and our regional workforce remains competitive.” More about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Sainato: New Castle, Union building projects to receive $600,000 in funding

(Dec 20, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 20 – Three Lawrence County building projects are receiving $600,000 in grant funding, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding – awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development under the Keystone Communities Program – will revitalize areas of New Castle and Union Township. “The funding awarded today is going to help transform the landscape for areas of New Castle and Union Township,” Sainato said. “Some of the money will fund ongoing renovation and restoration of New Castle’s Wright Building to give this vacant, mixed-use property new life, while other funding will boost new façade programs for businesses in New Castle and Union. The projects promise to invite new business and residential activity to these areas while at the same time creating jobs. These are exciting developments.” Sainato said the funding includes the following: $50,000 to DON Enterprise, Inc., to establish a façade program for businesses in the Elm Street-designated Lower East Side neighborhood of New Castle City. $500,000 to DON Enterprise, Inc., for phase 2 restoration of the Wright Building – a vacant, mixed-use building located in the City’s Elm Street designated neighborhood on East Washington Street in New Castle. $50,000 to Lawrence County to implement a new residential façade Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: $165,000 awarded to expand Erie affordable housing

(Dec 20, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 20 – A $165,000 grant will enable Our West Bayfront to redevelop three vacant properties into affordable housing in Erie, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding – awarded through the Keystone Communities Program – will boost ongoing efforts to bring more affordable housing to the city. “Affordable housing is critical for our community,” Merski said. “This new funding is going allow us to expand housing options for residents while creating jobs. It’s an investment that will improve life for families and continue creating spaces where they can thrive.” Harkins said, “By funding work to redevelop three vacant properties into affordable housing units, this funding is going help prevent blight and expand our community in a way that creates new opportunities for residents. I’m looking forward to seeing the new project take shape.” The grants are part of a package of $6 million in funding for 34 community improvement projects statewide. More information about the funding is available here . Read more

 

Longietti: New funding will bring training in cybersecurity

(Dec 20, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 20 – New funding of $250,000 to the Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Center will help launch a unique, Hermitage-based pilot program to prepare students for high-demand careers in cybersecurity, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said Hermitage-based LindenPointe Development Corp. will share in the PAsmart Industry Partnership grant to develop a new program to offer cybersecurity training and certification opportunities for high school, college and local employees. “As the world grows increasingly digital, the demand for high-paying cybersecurity jobs has quickly increased, and our region needs to keep pace with that demand by providing training for those careers,” Longietti said. “This funding will allow the eCenter@LindenPointe to lay the groundwork for its pilot program geared toward area high school and college students by funding efforts at recruitment, industry exposure, curriculum and placement.” Longietti said the pilot program plans to enroll 15 high school students and 15 college students in the first cohort for training that would lead to an industry credential. High school students would take three courses designed by LindenPointe partner Comp Tia, while college students would take five courses designed by partner Cisco Network Academy. The grant would cover the student costs for the courses. After being credentialed, students would be qualified to work as Read more

 

Burns: $150,000 state grant awarded to regional workforce development program

(Dec 17, 2021)

Program aims to connect industry, training and students Read more

 

Merski hosting drive-thru open house Wednesday, Dec. 22

(Dec 16, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 16 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, is inviting residents to a Drive-Thru Holiday Open House from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at his 3901 Liberty St. office. Merski is encouraging residents to drive over for some warm conversation and a sweet holiday treat. “Our Drive-Thru Holiday Open House may look a bit different this year, but it will still be a great opportunity for residents to share their thoughts, get information on state programs and services, and enjoy a local holiday treat, all from the warmth of their own cars,” Merski said. “I’m encouraging everyone to stop by, pick up a treat and let us know how we can help – or simply exchange some holiday cheer.” Merski said residents should enter the parking lot from Liberty Street. Anyone with questions can call 814-455-6319. Read more

 

Burns: $3 million state grant awarded to improve industrial rail in Cambria, Clearfield counties

(Dec 15, 2021)

Project includes work at Cresson subdivision Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: Grassroots organizations receiving $35,000 for vaccine outreach

(Dec 15, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 15 – Grants totaling $35,000 will fund outreach efforts by two groups as they work to encourage Erie residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding – awarded through the COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program – includes $15,000 to the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School and another $20,000 to the Sikh Society of Harrisburg, which will benefit residents in Erie and several other counties. “Despite some progress in community vaccine rates, there are still residents who are reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” Harkins said. “This new funding will help grassroots organizations reach out with the message that getting the vaccine is a critically important way to protect themselves and their loved ones.” Merski said, “For those who are still hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, sometimes the right message, from a trusted neighbor or group, is all that is needed. Securing this funding is going to allow R.B. Wiley and the Sikh Society to reach out and provide residents the reassurance they need that the vaccine is safe and effective.” The grants are part of a package of $2.5 million to support vaccine outreach efforts statewide. The COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more

 

Harkins issues statement on Pittsburgh bridge collapse
Jan 28, 2022

Sainato: Mohawk Junior/Senior HS awarded $4,000 for food service equipment
Jan 27, 2022

New relief package a healthy first dose to ease strain on PA health care heroes
Jan 26, 2022

Longietti: Nearly $340,000 awarded to fund Hermitage transportation, housing projects
Jan 24, 2022

Harkins: Nearly $25,000 in security funding for Iroquois School District
Jan 21, 2022

Sainato: Lawrence County schools awarded more than $167K in safety grants
Jan 21, 2022

Longietti: Mercer County schools awarded $120K for school resource officers
Jan 21, 2022

Sainato: $1.25 million awarded to maintain owner-occupied housing in Union Township and Lawrence County
Jan 10, 2022

Longietti: $600,000 awarded to help maintain owner-occupied housing in Hermitage
Jan 10, 2022

Sainato: $70,000 awarded for improvements to Mahoning Township Park
Dec 30, 2021

Merski, Harkins: Nearly $600,000 awarded to boost Erie attractions
Dec 30, 2021

Burns: $50,000 state grant awarded to Greater Johnstown CTC
Dec 21, 2021

Longietti: Mercer County Career Center awarded $35,800 for equipment
Dec 20, 2021

Sainato: New Castle, Union building projects to receive $600,000 in funding
Dec 20, 2021

Merski, Harkins: $165,000 awarded to expand Erie affordable housing
Dec 20, 2021

Longietti: New funding will bring training in cybersecurity
Dec 20, 2021

Burns: $150,000 state grant awarded to regional workforce development program
Dec 17, 2021

Merski hosting drive-thru open house Wednesday, Dec. 22
Dec 16, 2021

Burns: $3 million state grant awarded to improve industrial rail in Cambria, Clearfield counties
Dec 15, 2021

Merski, Harkins: Grassroots organizations receiving $35,000 for vaccine outreach
Dec 15, 2021