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

 

Sainato announces nearly $109,000 in fire, EMS grants

(Jun 29, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, June 29 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced that eight fire and EMS companies in his district have been awarded $108,974 in state grants for training, equipment and other operating costs. “Frontline workers faced new risks and huge obstacles fundraising because of the pandemic,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “Securing this funding is going to help get critical resources into the hands of those who continue to protect us so vigilantly.” Sainato said these fire and EMS companies will receive the following amounts: Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $11,520. Mahoning Township Volunteer Fire Dept – $12,411. Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $14,193. North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Dept. – $12,054. Pulaski Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $12,233. Pulaski Township Volunteer Fire Co. (EMS) – $8,993. Shenango Township Vol. Fire Dept. – $25,159. Union Township Volunteer Firemans Association – $12,411. The grants come from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Eligible projects include Read more

 

Sainato: $850,000 awarded to fund veteran housing, fight blight

(Jun 10, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, June 10 – State grants totaling $850,000 will support veterans facing mental health issues and help Lawrence County fight blight, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund – will go in part to help those who have sacrificed the most for the community. “Veterans have paid some heavy prices for their service, and some continue to live with post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues,” said Sainato, Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “Part of the funding awarded today will be used to help renovate a former Red Cross Building into a Fairweather Lodge for veterans with mental health needs. It’s hard to imagine a better investment than one that promises to bring hope to those who have sacrificed so much for the rest of us.” Sainato said additional funding will support community revitalization by allowing the county to continue with successful efforts to clear localized blight. The grants include: $250,000 to Human Service Center for the Veterans Fairweather Lodge Program. $400,000 to the Lawrence County Department of Planning and Community Development for its blight removal program. $200,000 to the Redevelopment Authority Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $50,000 awarded to bolster Lawrence County probation services

(Jun 09, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, June 9 – Grant funding of $46,366 will enhance Lawrence County probation programs and services, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will fund programs and resources that help the county steer offenders away from crime and toward more successful outcomes. “What happens during probation can strongly influence whether an offender makes a successful transition to work and the community or returns to a pattern of repeat crimes,” Sainato said. “Today’s funding is going to support Lawrence County’s probation officers and other staff as they work to help guide offenders back on the path to productive lives with their families – and away from the kind of destructive behaviors that lead to recidivism. “Taxpayers benefit from fewer incarcerations, and our community regains responsible wage earners who can contribute back to the economy.” Sainato said that in addition to the direct grant to benefit probation services, the county will benefit from nearly $50,000 in grant funding to the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center, which will use the funding to train therapists in Lawrence and several other counties on specialized treatment for child victims of sexual abuse. Read more

 

Sainato, colleagues unveil bipartisan bills to benefit Pa. veterans

(Jun 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 9 – Continuing his efforts to improve life for Pennsylvania’s veterans, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, joined fellow lawmakers today at Soldiers’ Grove to highlight a package of bills that would improve services for the commonwealth’s large veteran community. Sainato, Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said the bi-partisan bill package, “For Those Who Served,” would expand state resources and make life easier for veterans and their families. “The package includes my bill to supplement the Veterans’ Trust Fund with $1 million from the billions Pennsylvania is receiving under the American Rescue Plan,” Sainato said. “As Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I have seen firsthand how grants from the fund can provide veterans in need with transportation, housing and other essential services. Tapping into this federal funding is a unique opportunity that would directly benefit those who have served and sacrificed so much for us. “Our committee worked together, in true bi-partisan fashion, to approve these bills for the benefit of our heroes, and I’m hopeful we’ll see them soon passed and signed into law.” Sainato said some of the bills include: H.B. 1389 , which would strengthen the Veterans Trust Fund by supplementing it with $1 million in American Read more

 

Sainato: More than $136,000 awarded for renovation, repair of historic Lawrence County sites

(Jun 02, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, June 2 – State grants totaling $136,250 from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will fund critical renovations for several Lawrence County historic sites to ensure their continued safe and efficient operation, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding awarded under the Keystone Historic Preservation grant program will support needed electrical, cooling and masonry work, among other renovations. “Lawrence County has some beautiful old buildings that give us a unique landscape and showcase our region’s fascinating history,” Sainato said. “At the same time, many sites also welcome residents for practical activities, so keeping them safe for visitors is as important as preserving them for historical purposes. Securing these grants is going to help us accomplish both.” Sainato said the grants include the following: $100,000 to Hoyt Center for the Arts for a mechanical system project The project will increase the center’s capacity to host public programming in the Hoyt West Period House through installation of a VRF cooling system on the ground level and rehabilitation and enhancement of interior lighting, wiring and receptacles throughout. $31,250 to Human Services Center for office space improvements The project will allow the behavioral center to make needed structural improvements to the historic Read more

 

Sainato: $1.25 million awarded to help rehabilitate Lawrence County homes

(May 20, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, May 20 – Grant funding of $1.25 million will help bring safer living conditions for low-income residents in Lawrence County by financing needed renovations to owner-occupied homes, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding under the HOME Investments Partnership Program will help some residents address code deficiencies that have prevented access to other home-related assistance programs. “The challenges of the past year have highlighted the importance of having a safe, secure place to call home,” Sainato said. “With the pandemic straining budgets everywhere, low-income residents have found it tougher than usual to make needed home repairs. In some cases, homes are facing code deficiencies that have prevented residents from accessing other important programs, such as weatherization assistance. Today’s funding is going to help them move forward with those repairs so they can protect their families.” Sainato said the grants include the following funding: $750,000 to the city of New Castle to rehabilitate 18 owner-occupied homes (to be administered by third-party provider Lawrence County Community Action Partnership). $500,000 to Lawrence County to rehabilitate 12 owner-occupied homes (with grant administration by third-party provider LCCAP). Eligibility will be owner-occupied homes deferred from the county’s Read more

 

Sainato: $75,000 awarded to help fund new canoe/kayak launch in New Castle

(Apr 13, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, April 13 – A $75,000 grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will help fund design and construction of a new canoe and kayak launch that will provide area boaters easier access to the Shenango River, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant to Human Services Center under the Boating Facility Grant Program will help finance the center’s plans to add the launch to its one-acre property located in New Castle. “We’re so fortunate here in Lawrence County to share our home with part of the Shenango River, which was recently named River of the Year by Pennsylvania voters,” Sainato said. “In addition to the natural beauty, the river provides a great source of healthy exercise for the many residents in our area who enjoy canoeing and kayaking. “Access to the river has not always been as convenient as it could be for many residents here in New Castle because the closest public boat launch facilities are several miles away. This funding is going to help bring those boaters one step closer to the water’s edge so they can spend less time commuting and more time doing what they love.” Sainato said that in addition to the launch, the project includes plans for the construction of an ADA-accessible fishing pier and installation of a small walking trail, picnic tables, benches and other minor site amenities. Read more

 

Sainato: District schools slated to receive nearly $32 million to keep students learning during pandemic

(Mar 30, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, March 30 – School districts in the 9th Legislative District are expected to receive approximately $31.7 million in federal funding to ensure programs, services and safety measures are in place as more students return to the classroom, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding will help schools address a broad range of needs, from educational and building supplies to special programs that will counter learning loss and progress gaps resulting from the pandemic. “The pandemic created a slew of challenges for school districts, including how to keep kids engaged during a confusing and disruptive period and how to ensure a safe learning environment. As more of the school community becomes vaccinated and we see a full return to classroom instruction, districts will be focused on bringing students back up to speed and ensuring supports are in place for those who may have fallen behind. Securing this funding is going to help make that happen.” Sainato said allocations to school districts are as follows: Laurel School District - $1.4 million. Mohawk Area School District - $2.5 million. Neshannock Township School District – $1 million. New Castle Area School District - $18.1 million. Shenango Area School District - $2.9 million. Union Area School District - $1.8 million. Wilmington Area Read more

 

Sainato urges bars, restaurants to apply to COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program

(Mar 15, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, March 15 – The COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program is now open in Lawrence County, and state Rep. Chris Sainato is encouraging local bars, restaurants and other businesses in the hospitality industry to apply as soon as possible. “The pandemic’s impact has spared few businesses, but for the many mom-and-pop bars and restaurants in our community that have faithfully complied with mitigation measures, COVID has been devastating,” Sainato said. “Now, with the CHIRP grants available, these Lawrence County businesses so important to our community will have an opportunity to share in nearly $1 million in funding. “I encourage every eligible hospitality industry business in our community – bars, restaurants, caterers, food service businesses and others – to apply as soon possible to start the process of getting meaningful relief flowing. Today’s news that the administration will be loosening restrictions April 4 by increasing indoor dining capacity to 75 percent and permitting resumption of bar service and alcohol purchases without food should also help this critically important industry back on the path to economic health.” Sainato said eligible businesses may apply here for grant funding available in increments of $5,000 up to $25,000. To qualify, a business must: have a NAICS code beginning 721 or 722 in the hotel, motel, Read more

 

Sainato demands answers from state in vaccine rollout hearing

(Feb 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, demanded answers at a House Policy Committee meeting on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, urging state officials to bring greater consistency and accountability to the process. Sainato cited missteps that have created logistical problems and questioned why the state does not have a centralized system in place. “At today’s vaccine rollout policy hearing, I demanded answers regarding why the state decided to adopt the CDC’s recommendations several weeks ago to expand the list of people eligible to get the vaccine when we did not have the assurance that there were enough doses coming in to take care of those people,” Sainato said. “We added about 4 million people to the eligible list, but with 160,000 or 175,000 people actually receiving vaccines, it will take months before we even get to the next round. Now, many first responders, frontline workers and eligible teachers in the classroom can’t even get the vaccine. We need accountability and transparency regarding how this poor decision was made – and how to prevent similar missteps in the future. “I also demanded answers regarding why there is no centralized system for vaccine distribution in place. Right now, vaccine distribution is a mess. There are so many older adults who have no computer access and who are unable to get on a list. It Read more

 

Sainato lauds passage of bill to involve National Guard in vaccine rollout

(Feb 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, applauded the unanimous House passage of a measure that would enlist the state National Guard to speed the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. House Bill 326 originated in the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the committee, said it is the first step toward shoring up a state rollout plan that has been sluggish and frustrating to residents. “The No. 1 issue in our state right now – and a matter we need to resolve before we can get our economy going and keep our residents healthy – is to get these COVID-19 vaccines in people’s arms and to do it as quickly as we can,” Sainato said. “I have been hearing from seniors and other residents with illnesses in our community who are eligible for the vaccine but can’t even get an appointment or get on a list to get the vaccine. It’s time to do something about that. “Later, there will be time to analyze what went wrong with the rollout. But now is not the time for finger pointing; now is the time to mobilize. We have one of the largest and most talented National Guards in the nation, and they are ready to help assist with the rollout and make it the efficient operation it needs to be. Passage of this legislation is going to be the first important step in that direction.” Read more

 

As Pa.’s vaccine rollout stumbles, House will vote on whether to turn it over to National Guard

(Feb 04, 2021)

Residents have been encountering frustration and delays over a vaccine rollout that is leaving some eligible residents without access even as their neighbors in adjacent counties are able to get the vaccine. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: July 22 Update

(Feb 02, 2021)

A listing of state grant programs open for applications. Click here to learn more. Read more

 

Sainato elected secretary of House Democratic Caucus’ Northwest Delegation

(Jan 28, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Chris Sainato announced today that he has been elected secretary of the House Democratic Caucus’ Northwest Delegation, which represents the interests of the region’s residents in the state legislature. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said he plans to ensure that the needs of Lawrence County residents are heard in Harrisburg. “Reviving our local economy and boosting job opportunities for residents have always been top priorities, but the pandemic and related restrictions have created an entirely new wave of challenges – from helping business owners keep their doors open to helping working families keep food on the table. The delegation is our region’s voice in Harrisburg, and we need a strong, clear one now more than ever. “In my new leadership role, I’ll be working with my colleagues to make sure our voices are heard on behalf of working families here in Lawrence County and throughout the region.” Sainato said his colleagues on the delegation include state Reps. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, who is chairman; state Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, who are vice chairman and treasurer, respectively; and Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie; Mark Longietti, D-Mercer; and Scott Conklin, D-Centre. Read more

 

Southwest House Democrats issue statement regarding RestorePA

(Jan 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington and chairwoman of the Pennsylvania House Democrats’ Southwestern Delegation, has issued the following statement regarding comments made by Gov. Tom Wolf today on RestorePA. This statement is made on behalf of the delegation, which includes state Reps. Frank Burns, D-Cambria; Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny; and Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence: “Pennsylvania’s small businesses and citizens absolutely need relief, and we applaud Governor Wolf for continuing to pursue efforts to generate and deliver COVID relief. However, the pandemic prescription he proposed today is misguided. “Targeting a single industry with another layer of taxes – our oil and gas industry that employs tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians – is a nonstarter. This industry was deemed an essential industry by Governor Wolf last year, has produced the materials to manufacture the PPE that allowed us to respond to the pandemic, and is now producing the byproducts that are fueling the manufacturing, storage, and distribution of the vaccine to Pennsylvanians. This is not just a tax on the oil and gas industry, it would be a tax on our pandemic recovery. “The administration and all four caucuses need to get together to work on a plan that can actually pass in both chambers of the General Assembly.” Read more

 

Sainato: Union Area SD awarded $21,000 food service equipment grant

(Jan 26, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 26 – A $20,887 state grant to Union Area School District will allow Union Area High School to purchase a new electric conveyor oven for the school cafeteria, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education should reduce cooking times, increase yields and help the school produce appetizing meals. “Proper nutrition is critical for learning and having state-of-the-art cafeteria equipment allows schools to ensure quick and efficient preparation of meals that are fresh, nutrient-rich and enticing to students,” Sainato said. “The high school will use the grant to purchase an electric conveyor oven, which is especially helpful for producing fast cooking times and moist, flavorful meals. “I’m excited about the new investment, which should help cafeteria staff do their work more efficiently, save costs and allow for a broader range of menu options.” The funding is part of package of $875,000 in competitive grants awarded to 59 elementary, middle and high schools statewide. Funding for food service equipment grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. Schools can use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. More information on the Read more

 

Sainato: More than $15.6 million to Lawrence County schools to support continued learning during pandemic

(Jan 15, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 15 – Lawrence County school districts will receive approximately $15.65 million in federal funding under the CARES Act to ensure students have the resources they need to continue learning during the pandemic, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato said the funding will help the districts overcome ongoing challenges created by the pandemic. “Our schools have faced extreme financial burdens because of the pandemic, and those will continue in the months ahead,” Sainato said. “This funding is going to help ease those burdens and allow our dedicated educators to continue providing quality curriculum. “The funding can also be used to ensure that our students have the safest possible learning environment, to bolster after-school programs and to support food service, technology equipment and other essential resources. I’m encouraging school districts to apply as soon as they are able.” Sainato said districts will receive the following funding: Laurel School District - $720,600. Mohawk Area School District - $1.25 million. Neshannock Township School District – $494,882. New Castle Area School District - $8.88 million. Shenango Area School District - $1.42 million. Union Area School District - $914,362. Read more

 

Sainato: More than $262,000 awarded to expand freight rail track capacity

(Jan 12, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 12 – A $262,500 state grant will enable New Castle Industrial Railroad to expand its main line track capacity, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant approved by the State Transportation Commission is a critical investment in Lawrence County’s rail infrastructure. “Successful commerce relies on efficient channels of distribution, and that means having sufficient network of track to keep goods flowing,” Sainato said. “Funding from this grant will allow New Castle Industrial Railroad to construct additional track to minimize slowdowns and ensure the smoothest possible flow of products and materials. The project will also create new jobs for our community.” Sainato said the project will fund the construction of a new 3,200-foot siding that will expand the railroad’s main line track capacity and accommodate increased interchange traffic with CSX and NS railroads. The grant is part of a package of $31.3 million to 26 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program. Pennsylvania has 65 operating railroads, which is more than any other state. PennDOT is committed to working with private rail operators and rail-served businesses to construct new rail lines and assist in maintaining and improving Pennsylvania’s roughly 5,600 miles of freight Read more

 

Sainato reappointed Democratic chairman of House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Chris Sainato announced today that he has been reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee for the 2021-22 legislative session. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said he embraces the opportunity to help guide the committee as it navigates additional challenges this year created by the pandemic. “I’m incredibly honored to be reappointed to serve Pennsylvania’s veterans and first responders as Democratic chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee,” Sainato said. “It is because of the courage, commitment and sacrifice of both groups that we live in freedom and safety. “Developing ways to minimize the ongoing impact of the pandemic will dominate VAEP’s agenda this year. COVID-19 rivals some of the toughest enemies our veterans and first responders have battled. Thankfully, all six state veterans’ homes have begun vaccination of residents and staff. Getting that vaccine into the arms of all Pennsylvania veterans will remain a top priority as we work to guide policy and pass legislation to protect those who have spent their lives protecting us. “The pandemic has struck a double blow for our police, fire and other first responders by adding risks and challenges on the job, while at the same time shuttering venues and suspending events that are essential for fundraising. In the year ahead, I will be working with Read more

 

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

Sainato announces nearly $109,000 in fire, EMS grants
Jun 29, 2021

Sainato: $850,000 awarded to fund veteran housing, fight blight
Jun 10, 2021

Sainato: Nearly $50,000 awarded to bolster Lawrence County probation services
Jun 09, 2021

Sainato, colleagues unveil bipartisan bills to benefit Pa. veterans
Jun 09, 2021

Sainato: More than $136,000 awarded for renovation, repair of historic Lawrence County sites
Jun 02, 2021

Sainato: $1.25 million awarded to help rehabilitate Lawrence County homes
May 20, 2021

Sainato: $75,000 awarded to help fund new canoe/kayak launch in New Castle
Apr 13, 2021

Sainato: District schools slated to receive nearly $32 million to keep students learning during pandemic
Mar 30, 2021

Sainato urges bars, restaurants to apply to COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program
Mar 15, 2021

Sainato demands answers from state in vaccine rollout hearing
Feb 08, 2021

Sainato lauds passage of bill to involve National Guard in vaccine rollout
Feb 05, 2021

As Pa.’s vaccine rollout stumbles, House will vote on whether to turn it over to National Guard
Feb 04, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: July 22 Update
Feb 02, 2021

Sainato elected secretary of House Democratic Caucus’ Northwest Delegation
Jan 28, 2021

Southwest House Democrats issue statement regarding RestorePA
Jan 28, 2021

Sainato: Union Area SD awarded $21,000 food service equipment grant
Jan 26, 2021

Sainato: More than $15.6 million to Lawrence County schools to support continued learning during pandemic
Jan 15, 2021

Sainato: More than $262,000 awarded to expand freight rail track capacity
Jan 12, 2021

Sainato reappointed Democratic chairman of House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee
Jan 12, 2021