Longietti: Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County awarded $137,000 for building expansion

(Dec 09, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 9 – Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County has been awarded $137,000 to expand the facility’s cold storage capacity, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding – awarded under the COVID-19 Food Bank Cold Storage Infrastructure Program – will increase the food bank’s ability to maintain fresh, perishable foods. “Securing this funding is going to enable Community Food Warehouse to expand its cold storage area by 20 feet, which will triple that storage capacity,” Longietti said. “That’s terrific news because it means the facility will be able to maintain a greater supply of the fresh, nutritious foods – including fruits, vegetables, and dairy products – that families need for good nutrition.” The COVID-19 Food Bank Cold Storage Infrastructure Program allows Pennsylvania food banks to purchase, expand, or upgrade cold storage facilities to ensure that they can deliver fresh food to struggling families. Eligible purchases include refrigerators, coolers, freezers, refrigerator trailers and cargo vans, building expansions, and more. The grants are part of a package of $11.4 million in funding to food banks statewide. More information on the grants is available here. Read more

 

Burns: $279,000 in funding awarded to local food bank

(Dec 09, 2021)

Funds will help food bank with cold storage facilities Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA awarded nearly $750,000 for upgrades

(Dec 09, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 9 – Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA has been awarded nearly $750,000 for upgrades, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding will help the food bank expand its capacity for storing and transporting supplies. “No household should have to deal with the stress of food insecurity, especially during the holidays,” Merski said. “Securing this funding will ensure that Second Harvest Food Bank has the equipment it needs to store and transport plentiful supplies so that families have fewer worries about keeping nutritious food on the table.” Harkins said: “Second Harvest has always been a wonderful resource for our region. With so many residents still feeling the effects of the pandemic, it’s important for folks to know that the food bank is there for them and – thanks to this new funding – able to serve our community with expanded capacity.” The COVID-19 Food Bank Cold Storage Infrastructure Program allows Pennsylvania food banks to purchase, expand, or upgrade cold storage facilities to ensure that they can deliver fresh food to struggling families. Eligible purchases include refrigerators, coolers, freezers, refrigerator trailers and cargo vans, building expansions, and more. The grants are part of a package of $11.4 million in funding to food banks statewide. More information on the Read more

 

Sainato: Lawrence County Historical Society awarded nearly $14,000

(Dec 08, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 8 – Two state grants totaling nearly $14,000 will support the Lawrence County Historical Society’s efforts to continue preserving and showcasing the county’s unique past, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission – which includes a $9,950 Historical and Archival Records Grant and a $4,000 Cultural and Historical Support Grant – will fund the society’s ongoing work preserving history and educating the public. “Our county’s beautiful historical society plays such an important role in preserving the past, from collecting and restoring rare documents to showcasing artifacts and educating the public through events, exhibits and publications. The funding awarded today will help the many dedicated volunteers at the society by providing the resources needed to continue telling our county’s story and connect new generations with their roots.” Sainato said the funding is part of a package of nearly $2 million in grants awarded to 154 museums and county historical societies statewide under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program and more than $175,000 awarded to 34 organizations statewide under the Historical and Archival Records Care Program. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: More than $23,000 awarded to fund historical societies, children’s museum

(Dec 08, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 8 – The Erie County Historical Society, expERIEnce Children’s Museum, and Harborcreek Historical Society have been awarded more than $23,000 in state funding to help support their operations, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said that funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission includes $12,003 to the Erie County Historical Society and $6,067 to the children’s museum under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program and $5,000 to the Harborcreek society under the Historical and Archival Records Grant Program. “Erie’s historical societies are the keepers of our region’s rich cultural heritage, and this new funding will support staff at the county historical society and Harborcreek in their efforts to preserve and chronicle our history in a way that keeps it alive for future generations.” Merski said, “The expERIEnce Children’s Museum is another unique place that brings learning to life by allowing kids to interact with hands-on displays and exhibits that stimulate the senses. The new grant funding to help support operations follows last week’s award of $5 million from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for major expansions and improvements to the museum.” The funding is part of a package of nearly $2 million in grants awarded to 154 Read more

 

Longietti: More than $660,000 awarded for Mercer County programs to combat domestic violence, enhance crisis response, support victims

(Dec 08, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Dec. 8 – New state funding of $663,434 will bolster Mercer County efforts to fight crime, reduce violence against women, improve services and supports for victims, enhance crisis response and reduce recidivism rates, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the grants were awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and will fund five separate programs. “Mercer County law enforcement and community partners work tirelessly to keep our communities safe and protect residents,” Longietti said. “This funding is going to put new resources into their hands for programs to enhance policing and crisis response, combat domestic abuse, reduce recidivism rates and better serve some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.” Longietti said the funding includes: $375,000 to AWARE, Inc. for the Mercer County STOP Project. Funds will support a collaborative effort to reduce violence against women through special law enforcement and prosecution units, continue a deputy sheriff to serve protective orders and track weapons relinquished, support domestic violence/sexual assault victims and offer outreach for elder victims. $96,669 to the Mercer County Commissioners to continue the CJAB Cross Systems Alignment Project. Funds will support efforts to increase collaboration among criminal justice system stakeholders, improve offender outcomes/reduce Read more

 

Sainato: $422,000 awarded to help Lawrence County combat domestic violence and child abuse, serve and support victims

(Dec 08, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 8 – New state funding of $422,000 will support Lawrence County programs to prevent domestic violence and child abuse, bring offenders to justice, and serve and support victims, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said two grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will improve investigation and prosecution of these crimes while minimizing the additional trauma that investigations can bring. “Violence and abuse directed at women and children can leave lasting emotional scars that traumatize victims and their loved ones for life,” Sainato said. “Unfortunately, the process of investigating and prosecuting these crimes can re-traumatize victims. “Securing this funding will help our community’s dedicated law enforcement professionals and community partners carry out these investigations in ways that improve results while minimizing additional trauma to victims. The funding will also help ensure that they receive the services and supports they need to heal.” Sainato said the funding includes: $375,000 to Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County for a STOP Violence Against Women Grant The grant will fund specialized law enforcement and prosecution units and help investigators develop techniques to make the investigation process more effective and less traumatic for victims. $47,000 to Children's Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: Erie child protection and advocacy efforts to benefit from more than $400,000 in funding

(Dec 08, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 8 – Efforts to improve child abuse investigation and assist young victims will benefit from $447,000 in funding awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski announced today. The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said the Children’s Advocacy Center in Erie will receive $47,000 in direct funding to continue its advocacy and support for abuse victims and will also benefit from an additional $400,000 awarded to the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Pennsylvania to help the state center provide individual CACs with training and technical support. “Our Children’s Advocacy Center here in Erie plays multiple critical roles, from being a voice for young abuse victims and assisting in investigations to providing a safe, supportive environment and resources to help kids heal,” Harkins said. “The new funding to the center will ensure that it has the resources to continue those crucial services.” Merski said: “In addition to the specific funding earmarked for our Erie center, the grant to the state center is great news because it will fund a team of experts in the field who can provide additional support. With changes in the law, an increase in child abuse referrals and the development of new, evidence-based techniques, our dedicated and talented professionals at the county level can benefit from that extra training and Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: $5 million awarded to expand, improve expERIEnce Children’s Museum

(Dec 03, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 3 – A $5 million state grant will fund expansion and improvements to the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski announced today. The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said the funding – supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program – will help fund a building addition, outdoor space and improvements to the existing structure. “Securing this funding is going to allow the museum to expand its footprint and also offer new outdoor spaces for open-air programs,” Harkins said. “With those additions, the museum will be able to accommodate more people and add additional exhibits and programs, making the experience even more exciting for young visitors.” Merski said, “It’s hard to overstate the importance of vivid, hands-on exhibits that stimulate kids’ senses and help them learn. Our children’s museum gives kids an amazing educational experience to complement what they learn in the classroom, and today’s funding is going to help ensure the museum has the capacity to expand those resources even further.” The lawmakers said that the three-story addition to the current facility includes site preparation, foundation and concrete slabs, structural steel, building envelope, interior walls, and ceilings, finishes, and mechanical and electrical systems. In addition, renovations include reworking of structural steel and the addition of energy Read more

 

Sainato: $2.25 million loan secured for Mahoning industrial park project

(Dec 01, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 1 – A newly approved low-interest loan of $2.25 million will allow a Pennsylvania developer to move forward with plans for an industrial park in Mahoning Township, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding to Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern PA Growth Fund – approved by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority – will allow the developer to acquire nearly 250 acres for the future site, located at Route 422 and Baird Road. “Securing this loan is going to lay the groundwork for a project that promises to create jobs, invite new business activity and generate additional investment in this region,” Sainato said. “It’s going to be exciting seeing the changes that take shape as the park’s construction brings more people back to work and infuses new life into this area.” Sainato said RIDC of Southwestern PA was approved for the 15-year, $2.25 million loan at a 2.5% fixed interest rate. Additional costs for the project – which has an estimated total cost of $3 million – include new roadways, utilities, stormwater management, earthmoving, fine and rough grading, and placement of erosion and sediment controls. More information about the funding is available here . Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: $1.6M awarded to reduce gun violence, assist law enforcement, help former offenders return to community

(Dec 01, 2021)

ERIE, Dec. 1 – A grant of more than $1.64 million to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office will fund measures to reduce gun violence, bolster law enforcement, and provide former offenders the supports and services needed to resume productive lives in the community, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski announced today. The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said the grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will fund resources over a 24-month period to help implement UnifiedErie’s Group/Gun Violence Reduction Strategy. “This grant is going to fund targeted intervention strategies, street outreach, and other programs that have proven to reduce violence and help former offenders transition back to productive lives,” Merski said. “All are investments in a safer, stronger community.” Harkins said, “The funding awarded today is going to support programs that give residents a greater voice in fighting crime, expand outreach to at-risk youth beyond the schools and into the neighborhoods, boost law enforcement’s ability to track and prosecute offenders, and connect former offenders with job resources and other supports to help them turn their lives around.” The grant is part of a package of $15.7 million in funding from PCCD to support local strategies to stop gun and group violence. More information about the grants is available here . Read more

 

Burns announces $800,000 to help veterans find employment

(Nov 29, 2021)

Grants available to connect vets with jobs, remove barriers Read more

 

Longietti, Brooks: More than $425,000 awarded for Mercer County revitalization, wetland restoration projects

(Nov 19, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Mark Longietti and state Sen. Michele Brooks announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded $426,067 in grants to fund expansions to the Hermitage Athletic Complex and improvements to Greenville’s Riverside Park and Hermitage’s Bobby Run stream. The Hermitage Athletic Complex was awarded $183,167, helping to advance a planned expansion that would include open play fields, softball and baseball fields, parking facilities, playgrounds, access drives, sidewalks and amenities related to the recreation complex. “From the day it opened, the Hermitage Athletic Complex has been tremendously popular with the community, both as a venue for local sports teams and their supporters and as a green space for folks looking to get outside and exercise,” Longietti said. “Now, the city will have the funds needed to acquire nearly 20 more acres to expand the complex and accommodate the growing demand for recreational opportunities.” “The impact of this award will extend far beyond the city of Hermitage,” Brooks said. “Residents from surrounding municipalities – including the cities of Sharon and Farrell and the boroughs of Sharpsville, Wheatland and West Middlesex – and truly the county as a whole will benefit from this expansion as competitions bring teams and their families into the area.” In addition to Read more

 

Sainato: $1 million secured to fund Enterprise Park transportation projects

(Nov 19, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 19 – A state grant of $1 million will help fund multiple improvements to bring safer, smoother travel in New Castle’s Enterprise Park section, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund will help finance construction of a new road, intersection and signals; pavement repairs; installation of new sidewalks and streetlights; railroad crossing upgrades; and a bike trail extension. “A safe and efficient commute is a quality-of-life issue,” Sainato said. “The funding we secured today is going to bring motorists, pedestrians and cyclists smoother travel, improved traffic flow, safer roads and sidewalks, and better connections. I’m excited that the work is also going to create new jobs and invite future economic development.” Sainato said the newly funded projects include: Pavement repairs to Produce, Kurtz and Countyline streets and to an unnamed alley. Construction of a new roadway by extending Grove Street to the intersection with East Washington Street. Installation of traffic signals and other improvements to this new intersection as well as the intersection of Grove, Neal and Taylor streets. Upgrades to railroad crossings on South Mill, Taylor and Produce streets. Replacement or construction of sidewalks and 30 streetlights along East Read more

 

Burns: $1.2 million in state grants coming to region for parks, street projects

(Nov 19, 2021)

Burns worked with communities to bring funding to region Read more

 

Merski, Harkins urge residents to apply now for emergency rental assistance

(Nov 18, 2021)

ERIE, Nov. 18 – Help is still available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, and state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins are urging residents who may be struggling with rent or utility payments to apply now. “With eviction protections no longer in place, it’s important for residents to remember that help is still available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program,” Merski said. “The program can provide up to 18 months of assistance for past-due rent or utilities dating back to March 2020, or for future payments. It can also help with housing-related expenses such as relocation, security deposits, application fees, accrued late fees and attorney fees related to eviction proceedings. “But residents – especially those facing an imminent risk of eviction or utility shutoff – should not wait. Applying now may help prevent those circumstances and other major life disruptions.” Harkins said, “As we head into winter, I urge anyone who is having trouble paying rent or utilities to apply for emergency assistance. Help is available even if residents are living in subsidized or Section 8 housing, as long as those costs are not reimbursed through another program.” To qualify, a household must be responsible for paying rent and must meet the following criteria: One or more household members has qualified for unemployment benefits, had a decrease in Read more

 

Sainato honors Civil Air Patrol on 80th anniversary

(Nov 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Chris Sainato joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle today to honor the Civil Air Patrol, which functions as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, on its 80th anniversary. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said CAP’s Pennsylvania Wing traces its roots to the patrol’s earliest days. “The patrol’s Pennsylvania Wing has played a key role dating back to 1942, when members convinced the Army Air Force that they could fly cargo and courier flights for the military,” Sainato said. “The Pittsburgh Squadron’s Aviation Cadets Program also helped vet and train young men for the Air Force and became a model for similar programs around the country. “Today, Civil Air Patrol members perform a broad range of emergency services, from reconnaissance flights during flooding to hurricane relief to search-and-rescue missions. Their efforts have saved lives. At the same time, these volunteers inspire in young generations a love for service and an excitement in aviation. I am so proud to honor the patrol for its decades of achievement.” Sainato and fellow lawmakers presented a House of Representatives citation recognizing the patrol’s 80th anniversary and many accomplishments, including, among other things, deterring enemy submarine operations during WWII, assisting rescuers and state agencies after Read more

 

Sainato: House unanimously passes bill to make professional licensing process more veteran-friendly

(Nov 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 10 – With Veterans Day approaching, a newly passed bill promises to give Pennsylvania’s military men and women an easier path back to the civilian workforce by making the professional licensing process more veteran-friendly, according to the bill’s co-prime sponsor, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said he introduced H.B. 1868 – which passed the House unanimously today – with state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny; Zach Mako, R-Lehigh/Northampton; and several other lawmakers to address problems veterans commonly face when applying for professional licenses. "Men and women in the Armed Forces put their lives on hold to serve our nation, but many face a tough transition to civilian life, particularly when returning to the workforce,” Sainato said. “One problem is that professional licensing board members don’t always fully understand how military skills and experience translate to civilian license requirements. Our bill would fix that by adding more veterans to boards, mandating use of specific guidelines, and implementing other measures to make the process more veteran-friendly." “As a veteran, I know the challenges people face when they leave the service and rejoin civilian life. That transition isn’t always easy, which is why I Read more

 

Burns votes on bills to help PA veterans

(Nov 10, 2021)

Would add more veterans to licensing boards, among other measures Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $25,000 in tax credits will fight blight, food insecurity in Mercer County

(Nov 09, 2021)

HERMITAGE, Nov. 9 – An award of $24,750 in state tax credits will leverage investments in projects to continue fighting blight and combat food insecurity, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding includes $13,750 in tax credits to the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County and $11,000 in tax credits to the Community Action Partnership of Mercer County. “This latest infusion of tax credits is going to bolster programs that have been working to improve lives and fight blight in our district,” Longietti said. “Community Food Warehouse is Mercer County’s primary source of emergency food assistance, and investments generated by these tax credits will allow the food bank to purchase, store, and mass-distribute fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable foods to alleviate hunger throughout our area. “The tax credits to Community Action Partnership will fund ongoing Sharon revitalization efforts by building on the Lots to Love Program. Management of cleared lots is critical to the program’s success to ensure that newly created vacant spaces do not invite crime or additional blight.” The tax credits are part of a package funded through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. The program encourages investment in distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital. The program can be used for projects such as affordable housing, Read more

 

Longietti: Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County awarded $137,000 for building expansion
Dec 09, 2021

Burns: $279,000 in funding awarded to local food bank
Dec 09, 2021

Merski, Harkins: Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA awarded nearly $750,000 for upgrades
Dec 09, 2021

Sainato: Lawrence County Historical Society awarded nearly $14,000
Dec 08, 2021

Harkins, Merski: More than $23,000 awarded to fund historical societies, children’s museum
Dec 08, 2021

Longietti: More than $660,000 awarded for Mercer County programs to combat domestic violence, enhance crisis response, support victims
Dec 08, 2021

Sainato: $422,000 awarded to help Lawrence County combat domestic violence and child abuse, serve and support victims
Dec 08, 2021

Harkins, Merski: Erie child protection and advocacy efforts to benefit from more than $400,000 in funding
Dec 08, 2021

Harkins, Merski: $5 million awarded to expand, improve expERIEnce Children’s Museum
Dec 03, 2021

Sainato: $2.25 million loan secured for Mahoning industrial park project
Dec 01, 2021

Harkins, Merski: $1.6M awarded to reduce gun violence, assist law enforcement, help former offenders return to community
Dec 01, 2021

Burns announces $800,000 to help veterans find employment
Nov 29, 2021

Longietti, Brooks: More than $425,000 awarded for Mercer County revitalization, wetland restoration projects
Nov 19, 2021

Sainato: $1 million secured to fund Enterprise Park transportation projects
Nov 19, 2021

Burns: $1.2 million in state grants coming to region for parks, street projects
Nov 19, 2021

Merski, Harkins urge residents to apply now for emergency rental assistance
Nov 18, 2021

Sainato honors Civil Air Patrol on 80th anniversary
Nov 15, 2021

Sainato: House unanimously passes bill to make professional licensing process more veteran-friendly
Nov 10, 2021

Burns votes on bills to help PA veterans
Nov 10, 2021

Longietti: Nearly $25,000 in tax credits will fight blight, food insecurity in Mercer County
Nov 09, 2021