Sainato delivers farewell remarks in state House chamber

(Nov 15, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, addressed colleagues in the Pennsylvania House today in advance of his retirement from the legislature after 14 terms. Sainato, who served for 11 years as Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, expressed gratitude to his staff and emphasized the importance of constituent service. “It’s so important to know how to take care of people and treat them respectfully. People relied on us, and we were there for them,” Sainato said. “And while helping neighbors is gratifying in itself, I was also grateful for the privilege of advocating for the people of our district and being their voice in Harrisburg.” Sainato also stressed the importance of bipartisanship and said he was thankful for the many working friendships he formed with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, particularly during his committee work. “It has been an incredible privilege to sit with such dedicated servants on both sides of the aisle as we have worked for the people of Pennsylvania,” Sainato said. “For the past 28 years, I have been thankful for their friendship and our collaboration. You always try to build relationships on both sides of the aisle, because at the end of the day, that’s how you get things done. “In 2011, I got one of the greatest privileges of all when I became a chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Read more

 

Sainato announces $20,000 grant for improvements to Lawrence County Historical Society

(Nov 04, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 4 – New grant funding of $20,000 will support needed upgrades to the Lawrence County Historical Society’s research room, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the grant – administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development – will fund upgrades to the building’s Medure History Annex. “The Lawrence County Historical Society collects and preserves the documents and artifacts that tell the story of our past, but it also houses a research library that provides students and other residents unique information about family histories, properties, gravesites and much more. I was proud to secure this funding to help the society complete much-needed upgrades to the Medure History Annex, including painting, new furnishings and new carpet in the research room. “It’s important to preserve special community places like this, which keep us connected to our history.” Read more

 

Sainato: $260,000 in tax credits awarded for New Castle projects to help homeowners, boost affordable housing

(Nov 04, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 4 – Newly awarded tax credits totaling $260,000 will leverage investments in New Castle projects to help homeowners, expand access to fresh food and affordable housing and boost homeownership, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced. Sainato said the tax credits awarded under the Neighborhood Partnership Program include $180,000 to First Commonwealth Bank, FNB Corporation and UPMC Health Benefit for their contributions to 10 Thousand Friends of Pennsylvania and $80,000 in tax credits to DON Management LLC and WesBanco for contributions to DON Enterprises, Inc. “The new funding to 10 Thousand Friends will support the group’s efforts to reduce poverty and boost neighborhood stability,” Sainato said. “The funding will support programs to provide down payment assistance to aspiring homeowners, expand food assistance and youth programs, fund neighborhood renewal projects to improve public spaces and assist small businesses, among other projects. “Likewise, the funding to DON Enterprises will aid the group’s work in revitalizing New Castle’s Lower East Side through programs that fight blight, refurbish storefronts, improve neighborhood security and help residents with home renovations. Some of the new funding will support projects to rehabilitate 10 homes in the Elm Street area, demolish one home, and improve a business storefront and Read more

 

Sainato: $20,000 grant will fund improvements to New Castle Public Library

(Nov 03, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 3 – New grant funding of $20,000 will help the New Castle Public Library expand study areas and work stations and fund painting work for the library’s interior, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the grant – administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development – will fund practical improvements to a place that has served the community in special ways. “While personal computers and internet access can bring instant information, they can’t replace the value and the simple pleasure of face-to-face, human interactions,” Sainato said. “For a century, the New Castle Library has been a place where residents can go to learn, attend community events, share hobbies and crafts, admire local talent and take their kids for storytelling. It has also been an essential resource for students and others who might lack access to needed information. “I am proud to help the library continue that tradition by delivering grant money that will help fund public seating for study areas and shared work stations and also allow the library to repaint the interior of the first and second floors. We need to make sure the building has the upgrades it needs to continue serving our community to its fullest.” Read more

 

Sainato delivers $50,000 for new animal shelter start-up costs

(Nov 02, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 2 – A new facility for the Lawrence County Humane Society is one step closer to taking shape thanks to $50,000 in new grant funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the grant will fund startup costs that will allow the Humane Society to move forward with plans to construct a new building on land the organization owns. “The staff at Lawrence County Humane Society’s no-kill shelter works hard to provide safe harbor for homeless, neglected and abused animals and find them loving homes – and many residents in our community have opened their hearts and homes to welcome those animals,” Sainato said. “But feeding, housing and caring for animals in need requires space, and the shelter needs a much larger facility. “I was proud to secure this grant, which will allow the Humane Society to hire an architect to finalize plans and blueprints for the new facility, retain a contractor, and move forward other essential start-up work. A new facility large enough to properly serve our community will mean more stray and abandoned animals will have a chance at a new life.” Lois Winter-McElravy, president of the Lawrence County Humane Society Board of Directors, said the grant will support essential planning and development costs. “This grant is extremely helpful for Read more

 

Sainato: New program will aid our first responders

(Nov 01, 2022)

While the pace of life has picked up, some things still take time – including legislation in Harrisburg. Legislating is an intentionally deliberative process. It takes time for a good idea to earn the support of enough lawmakers to be approved and sent to the governor. And the clock resets every two years. Knowing this tenuous timeline, I was proud a measure I introduced and promoted was unanimously approved in the legislature and sent to the governor’s desk for his signature last week. My measure, which was added to another bill (HB 397), creates a first responder tuition and loan assistance program to help us recruit and retain our first responder volunteers. This is sorely needed in Pennsylvania, where the number of volunteer first responders has declined by nearly 90% – from about 300,000 in the 1970s to as few as 38,000 in 2018. Meanwhile, communities like ours depend on these hometown heroes to respond quickly during emergencies and to help our neighbors in their most vulnerable times. As the Democratic chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I saw this data as a wakeup call. Pennsylvania needs to find a solution to the declining numbers of first responders. The program will be managed by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and will provide tuition or loan assistance equal to $1,000 per academic year for full-time students and $500 per academic year for part-time students. In exchange, Read more

 

Sainato: $50,000 secured to fund new roof for New Castle Playhouse

(Nov 01, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 1 – A $50,000 state grant will fund a new roof for the New Castle Playhouse, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development will support a much-needed renovation. “The New Castle Playhouse is a beloved landmark that has been entertaining residents for decades,” Sainato said. “But the rubber roof of the main playhouse theater is in dire need of replacement. I was proud to secure this funding, which will allow the roof to be replaced and ensure patrons can continue enjoying shows in safety and comfort.” Sainato said the total project cost of $75,000 will be supplemented by internal donations. Read more

 

Sainato supports bill to cut red tape for patients needing medical procedures

(Oct 27, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep Chris Sainato voted yesterday for legislation that would make it easier for patients to receive needed medical procedures without added delays caused by insurance-related red tape. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said S.B. 225 – which passed the House and Senate unanimously and now heads for the governor – would also deliver stronger patient protections when claims are denied. “Few things are more frustrating to patients than having to wait for a needed medical procedure because of insurance red tape,” Sainato said. “This bill would eliminate some of those delays by allowing doctors who are treating patients for conditions already covered by insurance to also treat those patients for potential complications that require related procedures – without having to get a second authorization. That means fewer risks and better outcomes for patients. “The bill would also strengthen patient protections by ensuring patients whose claims are denied receive clear explanations and more avenues to appeal those decisions.” Sainato said the bill would: Allow doctors to bill insurers for “closely related procedures” so if a patient is getting care for an already covered issue and the doctor sees a potential complication, they can address the condition immediately without having to get a second authorization for a service. Read more

 

General Assembly passes legislation establishing Sainato’s First Responder Tuition and Loan Assistance Program

(Oct 26, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – The General Assembly today unanimously passed legislation including a measure drafted by state Rep. Chris Sainato that would create a tuition and loan assistance program for first responders. Sainato, who is longtime Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, introduced the program, amended into HB 397 , to help the state recruit and retain volunteer first responders, whose numbers have been declining. “A Senate commission report showing that the number of Pennsylvania’s volunteer first responders has declined by nearly 90% – from about 300,000 in the 1970s to as few as 38,000 in 2018 – was a wakeup call that we need commonsense, bipartisan solutions to attract young people back to volunteer public safety jobs,” Sainato said. “Helping pay their tuition at state schools in exchange for service would be an effective recruiting tool that would ensure an ongoing supply of volunteers. “Passage of this bill is a terrific example of what we can accomplish when we work together, in a bipartisan fashion, to deliver for the first responders who always answer the call for us.” The program would be established within the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and would provide tuition or loan assistance equal to $1,000 per academic year for full-time students and $500 per academic year for part-time students. In exchange, applicants would agree to Read more

 

Sainato: $3.5 million awarded for major plant expansion

(Oct 26, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Oct. 26 – A $3.5 million grant from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program will fund a major addition to the Steelite facility in Neshannock Township, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. “It’s extremely exciting to see Steelite continue expanding in our district,” Sainato said. “Securing the current funding will allow the plant to expand its operations to meet increased demand by erecting a pre-engineered steel building. The grant will support site development; purchase and construction of the building; and related electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems. “These are the kind of changes to the landscape that fund new jobs, fuel new economic growth and spell new progress for our region.” Read more

 

State Rep. Chris Sainato's Fall 2022 Newsletter

(Sep 23, 2022)

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Sainato: House unanimously passes legislation to establish first responder tuition and loan assistance program

(Sep 21, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – A tuition and loan assistance program to help the state recruit and retain volunteer first responders is one step closer to becoming law after legislation including the proposal passed the House unanimously today, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said he introduced the program as an amendment to H.B. 1178 – which also would strengthen the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program and provide extra funding to firefighters and EMS workers from the recently passed Fireworks Law – to address a growing public safety issue. “A Senate commission report showing that the number of Pennsylvania’s volunteer first responders has declined by nearly 90% – from about 300,000 in the 1970s to as few as 38,000 in 2018 – was a wakeup call that we need commonsense, bipartisan solutions to attract young people back to volunteer public safety jobs,” Sainato said. “Helping pay their tuition at state schools in exchange for service would be an effective recruiting tool that would ensure an ongoing supply of volunteers. “The House’s vote today moves us one step closer to establishing that program and other measures to begin building back the ranks of volunteers while also supporting paid municipal fire and EMS services.” The program, which would be established within the Read more

 

Sainato: $250,000 awarded to help rehab Neshannock community center

(Sep 20, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Sept. 20 – A $250,000 grant to Neshannock Township will help fund renovations to the Hutchison Community Center in Pearson Park, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program will help modernize the building, which has been falling into disrepair. “Without periodic upgrades, aging buildings can burden taxpayers and create health and safety hazards,” Sainato said. “The Hutchison Community Center has been serving our community for decades, but the building has developed problems we can no longer afford to ignore, including mold, plumbing and roof leaks and outdated and inefficient kitchen and HVAC equipment. “The grant awarded today will help fund work to repair the roof; create an ADA accessible entrance and bathrooms; and upgrade the kitchen, HVAC systems, and wiring for a security system.” Sainato said the total project cost is $661,080, of which the township has committed $411,080. More information about the Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program is available at: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/greenways-trails-and-recreation-program-gtrp/ Read more

 

Sainato: More than $1 million awarded to boost Lawrence County businesses

(Sep 14, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Sept. 14 – Lawrence County businesses will have access to new loan funding thanks to $1.1 million awarded to the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development will allow the local economic development partner to create or recapitalize revolving loans for small businesses. “The new funding will strengthen resources for small business in our community by expanding access to loan funding,” Sainato said. “Having cash on hand for daily operations and other expenses is more important than ever as businesses continue rebuilding, and this fresh infusion of funding will help with that effort.” The funding is part of a package of $246 million in American Rescue Plan funding awarded statewide under both the Revolving Loan Fund and the Direct Venture Investment programs. Capital programs administered by economic development partners are scheduled to be open by Oct. 17. Small businesses should apply for funding through their economic development organizations. More about the funding is available here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-246-million-awarded-to-support-small-businesses-across-pennsylvania/ . Read more

 

Sainato: More than $550,000 awarded to fund major Lawrence County park improvements

(Sep 06, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Sept. 6 – Major improvements are coming to two Lawrence County recreational areas thanks to $553,900 in grant funding, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding – administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program – includes $374,800 for improvements to Pearson Park in Neshannock Township and $179,100 for further development of Quaker Falls Recreation Area in Mahoning Township. “The grants we secured today are going to fund major improvements that will offer residents new ways to enjoy the outdoors,” Sainato said. “The grant to Neshannock Township will help fund a pedestrian walkway, pickleball courts, comfort station and operations facilities for Pearson Park, while a second grant to Lawrence County will help fund walkways, a pavilion and observation areas for Quaker Falls Recreation Area in Mahoning. “Both projects will also include installation of fencing, landscaping and ADA access, so everyone in our community has a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty and fresh air these beloved outdoor areas have to offer.” More about the funding is available here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-historic-90-million-investment-to-improve-recreation-community-revitalization-across-pennsylvania/ Read more

 

Sainato: More than $100,000 awarded to boost fresh produce for New Castle schools

(Sep 01, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Aug. 31 – Nearly $103,000 in grant funding will expand the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables available to New Castle students, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding awarded under the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program includes $52,150 to the Harry W. Lockley Early Learning Center and $50,750 to Washington Intermediate School. “We have known for years that nutritious, natural snacks sharpen focus and reduce hyperactivity in kids, while the additives in junk food do just the opposite,” Sainato said. “Securing this funding is going to bring more of the right kind of fuel to keep Lawrence County students healthy, engaged and learning.” 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

 

Rep. Sainato's 2022 Health Care Report

(Aug 19, 2022)

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Rep. Sainato's 2022 Budget Newsletter

(Aug 08, 2022)

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Sainato: More than $3 million awarded to fund Lawrence County early education programs

(Aug 02, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Aug. 2 – Lawrence County early education programs are receiving more than $3 million in funding to bolster resources for area preschoolers, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding from the state Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning will open up new Pre-K Counts slots and help Head Start programs manage increased operating costs. “It’s hard to overstate the importance of early learning programs and the related nutrition, health and socialization benefits they provide for young, developing minds,” Sainato said. “Studies show kids who have access to these resources from an early age are much more likely to succeed in life, and thanks to this new funding, we can ensure more kids in our district will have that access.” Sainato said the funding includes the following: Pre-K Counts Lawrence County Social Services Inc. - $400,000 Pre-K Kids Learning Center Inc. – $200,000 TROB Enterprises, LLC/dba Sweet Pea Patch – $200,000 Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program Lawrence County Social Services – more than $2.2 million More information about the grants is available here: Read more

 

Rep. Sainato's Summer 2022 Newsletter

(Jul 16, 2022)

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Sainato delivers farewell remarks in state House chamber
Nov 15, 2022

Sainato announces $20,000 grant for improvements to Lawrence County Historical Society
Nov 04, 2022

Sainato: $260,000 in tax credits awarded for New Castle projects to help homeowners, boost affordable housing
Nov 04, 2022

Sainato: $20,000 grant will fund improvements to New Castle Public Library
Nov 03, 2022

Sainato delivers $50,000 for new animal shelter start-up costs
Nov 02, 2022

Sainato: New program will aid our first responders
Nov 01, 2022

Sainato: $50,000 secured to fund new roof for New Castle Playhouse
Nov 01, 2022

Sainato supports bill to cut red tape for patients needing medical procedures
Oct 27, 2022

General Assembly passes legislation establishing Sainato’s First Responder Tuition and Loan Assistance Program
Oct 26, 2022

Sainato: $3.5 million awarded for major plant expansion
Oct 26, 2022

State Rep. Chris Sainato's Fall 2022 Newsletter
Sep 23, 2022

Sainato: House unanimously passes legislation to establish first responder tuition and loan assistance program
Sep 21, 2022

Sainato: $250,000 awarded to help rehab Neshannock community center
Sep 20, 2022

Sainato: More than $1 million awarded to boost Lawrence County businesses
Sep 14, 2022

Sainato: More than $550,000 awarded to fund major Lawrence County park improvements
Sep 06, 2022

Sainato: More than $100,000 awarded to boost fresh produce for New Castle schools
Sep 01, 2022

Rep. Sainato's 2022 Health Care Report
Aug 19, 2022

Rep. Sainato's 2022 Budget Newsletter
Aug 08, 2022

Sainato: More than $3 million awarded to fund Lawrence County early education programs
Aug 02, 2022

Rep. Sainato's Summer 2022 Newsletter
Jul 16, 2022