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Sainato: $350,000 awarded to bolster security for Lawrence County schools

(8 hours ago)

NEW CASTLE, Feb. 26 – State grants totaling $350,000 will boost safety for seven Lawrence County school districts, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will go a long way toward keeping school environments safe. “The funding announced today will allow our school districts to implement a broad spectrum of resources, including retaining social workers and other staff who can recognize warning signs and prevent incidents; implementing critical planning; and upgrading security equipment with the latest technology,” Sainato said. “Thanks to this funding, schools in our district will be able to ensure the safest possible environment for our students.” Sainato said the funding includes the following: $30,000 to Laurel School District for training and compensation of school resource and police officers. $35,000 to Mohawk Area School District for security planning and purchase of school safety equipment. $35,000 to Neshannock Township School District for security planning and purchase of school safety equipment. $40,000 to New Castle Area School District for security planning, purchase of school safety equipment and training and compensation of school resource and police officers. $30,000 to Shenango Area School District for safety and security assessments and Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $117,000 awarded for criminal justice diversion programs

(Feb 18, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Feb. 18 – People facing incarceration because of substance abuse disorder will have an alternative to jail and new avenues for treatment and recovery, thanks to a $116,861 grant from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant – funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – will allow the Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol Commission to collaborate with local law enforcement and treatment providers to offer a more effective, treatment-based approach. “For people who end up in the criminal justice system because of Opioid Use Disorder, treating the underlying illness often is the only way to break the cycle of recidivism,” Sainato said. “Unfortunately, jail time fails to provide this treatment, and after these folks are released, they return to the same criminal behavior. It perpetuates a vicious cycle that drains taxpayer resources and injures families and communities. “That’s why drug courts and police diversion programs – in which participants are closely supervised and monitored as they receive treatment and rehabilitation – are proving so successful nationwide. Securing this funding means that we can implement these programs on the local level and bring recovery to those who’ve turned to criminal behavior solely because of their underlying Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $150,000 to combat opioid use disorder in county inmates

(Feb 10, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Feb. 10 – A $149,525 grant will bring an important treatment resource to Lawrence County Jail inmates struggling with opioid use disorder, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant, which is funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will expand a program that is already working successfully at the state level. “Medication-Assisted Treatment – an evidence-based program that treats substance use disorder as a chronic disease – has been shown to produce lasting benefits,” Sainato said. “If we’re going to successfully attack the opioid and heroin addiction crisis in our region, then we can’t overlook the importance of making this treatment available in our jails, where a disproportionately large number of inmates suffer from drug use disorders. “Securing this funding also means that we can help combat the destructive effects of opioid use on those transitioning from jail to the community. Studies show that 40-50% of formerly incarcerated individuals with an opioid use disorder are arrested for a new crime within a year after their release. Their relapses damage entire families and communities and burden the taxpayers forced to support them. “This funding will allow us to attack the opioid use problem with a program that has already proven successful on the state level, Read more

 

Office closed Monday, 2/10 during sewer line repair

(Feb 10, 2020)

Please be aware that due a sewer line issue, our New Castle District Office will be closed today, Feb. 10. The issue is being addressed, and we anticipate that the office will be open tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Read more

 

Rep. Sainato's Winter 2020 Senior Report

(Feb 07, 2020)

Ensuring that our seniors have access to the best programs and services is an important part of my job. Read more

 

Sainato announces nearly $134,000 in fire, EMS grants

(Jan 21, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced that 10 fire and EMS companies in his district will be receiving $133,859 in state grants for training, equipment and other operating costs. “Our firefighters and emergency rescue workers are willing to lay down their lives for us, yet their companies must struggle daily simply to meet operating expenses,” Sainato said. “It’s a burden they should not have to shoulder. This grant funding will help ease that burden and ensure that our firefighters have the regular training, properly functioning equipment and other resources they need to do their lifesaving work.” Sainato said these fire and EMS companies will receive the following amounts: Bessemer Volunteer Fire Co. – $11,509 Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $12,057 Mahoning Township Volunteer Fire Dept – $12,194 Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $13,974 New Castle Fire Dept. – $13,563 North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Dept. – $12,467 Pulaski Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $12,057 Pulaski Township Volunteer Fire Co. (EMS) – $9,192 Shenango Area Fire Dept. – $24,926 Union Township Volunteer Firemans Association – $11,920 The grants come from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Read more

 

Sainato: $70,000 in state grants will expand computer science learning for Lawrence County students

(Jan 17, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 17 – Computer science will play an expanded role in the curriculum for Lawrence County students, thanks to $70,000 in state grants awarded under the PAsmart Initiative, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said Neshannock Township and Union Area School Districts will each receive a $35,000 PAsmart targeted grant from the state Department of Education. “There is an important place for computer science in our school curricula right beside traditional subjects such as math, science and engineering,” Sainato said. “ In today’s digital era, information technology plays a critical role in nearly every field, and computer skills are becoming an expected part of the skillset demanded by today’s employers. The funding announced today will move us one step closer toward ensuring that our students are prepared for the tech-intensive jobs of the future.” The grants – a component of Gov. Wolf’s PAsmart Initiative – are part of a $5.7 million package providing $35,000 apiece to 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units statewide. The grants are designed to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide teacher training in computer science. The awardees have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, including students of color, girls, low-income students and Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato: $150,000 grant to educate students about high-priority career paths

(Jan 16, 2020)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 16 – A $150,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry will help students and educators in Mercer and Lawrence County learn about high-priority career paths, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. The lawmakers said the Business-Education Partnership grant will allow the West Central Workforce Development Board to raise awareness about high-demand jobs by establishing connections between school districts and area businesses. “This funding is going to help educators and students become familiar with high-priority, good-paying jobs in our area and the kinds of requirements demanded by those jobs,” Longietti said. “Providing a pipeline connecting the classroom to the workplace allows students and educators to develop an understanding of what kinds of skills are needed in today’s work force so teachers can tailor the curriculum accordingly and students can decide which career paths best suit their skills and talents.” Sainato agreed, noting, “School-business partnerships are incredibly productive because they provide students with hands-on learning opportunities such as internships and job shadowing, which help them make informed career choices. At the same time, area employers benefit from being able to provide input into the learning process and from getting the chance to attract qualified applicants. It’s truly a win-win Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Sainato ‘Risk Reduction Week’ resolution

(Jan 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – Raising awareness about how risk reduction concepts can improve community safety is the aim of a resolution the House adopted unanimously today, according to the author, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. Sainato said he introduced H.R. 660 – designating the week of Jan. 20 through 26 as “Community Risk Reduction Week” in Pennsylvania – to make the public aware of how fire departments and community partners can use risk reduction techniques to reduce fire and carbon monoxide events, among other incidents. “Every 24 seconds, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “While their brave efforts at the scene are essential to community safety, there are also techniques that can help our first responders and their community partners reduce the risk. “In this regard, data collection can be an incredibly useful tool that helps identify and prioritize these local risks so we can reduce their incidence, making life safer for our communities and those who put their lives on the line for us every day." The resolution was adopted by a vote of 194-0. Read more

 

Sainato receives Civil Air Patrol Commander’s Commendation Award

(Jan 14, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, was awarded the Civil Air Patrol Commander’s Commendation Award – the highest non-valor award that can be bestowed on a member – in honor of his service to the patrol at a meeting of the House Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today. A congressionally chartered organization that serves as the U.S. Air Force’s official civilian auxiliary, CAP bestows the award on those “who clearly stand out from the others and who contributed most to the success of the program.” “I am so very honored to receive this award,” Sainato said. “The patrol is an organization of immensely talented, service-minded volunteers dedicated to doing all they can on the civilian front to keep our nation safe and prepared for any emergency. I’m humbled to be in the company of other medal recipients and very much looking forward to continuing my service in the years ahead.” Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, received the medal in recognition of his longtime support for CAP and his work toward passage of legislation facilitating federal and state funding for CAP’s mission. Also receiving the award today was state Rep. Steve Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware; state Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks; Sainato’s committee executive director, Read more

 

Sainato: $100,000 in funding will help Lawrence County teachers model curriculum to fit employers’ needs

(Jan 06, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 6 – Four separate “Teacher in the Workplace” grants totaling $100,000 will allow Lawrence County educators to visit area businesses and develop a curriculum tailored to current workforce needs, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding from the Department of Education – which includes four separate grants of $25,000 each to Laurel School District, Mohawk Area School District, New Castle Area School District, and Union City Area School District – will provide a vital link between the classroom and the workplace. “When it comes to preparing students for successful careers, there is no substitute for instruction based on real-world demands,” Sainato said. “The funding announced today will allow our teachers to gather an in-person understanding of the skills employers are demanding and to carry that information back to the classroom, where they can prepare students with the skills they need to succeed. “Teaching those skills not only helps our next generation of career-seekers, but it also supplies our businesses and industries with the pool of talented workers they need to compete.” The funding is part of a $2.2 million package of competitive grants providing $25,000 each to 92 local education agencies throughout the commonwealth. The grants are funded through federal money made available through Read more

 

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(Dec 26, 2019)

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Longietti, Sainato: $800,000 to help Mercer and Lawrence county youth progress from justice system to workplace

(Dec 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – A grant of $800,000 from the state Department of Labor and Industry will help provide a smoother, more successful path for youth in Mercer and Lawrence counties transitioning from the justice system to the workforce, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. “The resources funded by this grant will make a huge difference for so many young people who may have started out on the wrong path in life,” Longietti said. “The benefit of education, mentoring, vocational training and other hands-on programs will get them back on their feet and open doors. It will also send an important message that we believe in them and in their ability to overcome a rough start in life.” Sainato agreed, adding, “Funding to retrain and redirect youth whose past actions may have landed them in the justice system is an investment that stands to pay off on so many levels. It gives young adults a chance to prove themselves and become productive citizens, it reduces the burden on taxpayers who would otherwise have to support them, and it replenishes our economy with members of the community who can give back to it.” The lawmakers said that the grant to the West Central Workforce Development Board will allow the board to conduct needs assessments to determine skill sets and training gaps, the need for supportive services and training options, as well as literacy Read more

 

Sainato: Grant of nearly $49,000 awarded to fund equipment for Lawrence County Career and Technical Center

(Dec 19, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 19 – A $48,938 grant from the state Department of Education will help Lawrence County Career and Technical Center purchase the equipment it needs to ready students for high-demand tech jobs, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. “The beauty of this funding is that it is going to allow the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center to purchase equipment that is aligned with the needs of area employers,” Sainato said. “That means students will get the benefit of training on state-of-the-art equipment and will develop real-world skills that meet the demand of the modern workforce. “At the same time, it’s ensuring that our area employers have the skilled pool of new workers they need to stay competitive. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Sainato said that the equipment being funded includes a Haas TM-3P/HRT 160 CNC Toolroom Mill with Tool Changer, an IR Rotary Screw Air Compressor, and a Laser Engraver Epilog Helix. The competitive grant is part of a package of $1.2 million in funding to 32 career and technical centers and area vocational-technical education schools statewide. The maximum grant under the program is $50,000, and each must be matched dollar for dollar from a local source such as local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners. More information on career and technical education can be found here . Read more

 

Sainato: Grant of nearly $264,000 gives green light to Neshannock Township traffic signal

(Dec 17, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 17 – A $263,672 grant will fund the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Wilmington Road/State Route 18 and Oakwood Way in Neshannock Township, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. The grant was awarded by the state Department of Transportation under the department’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Program. “This funding will bring a much-needed improvement to this very busy intersection,” Sainato said. “By reducing the risk of a collision, the new signal will ensure a safer, smoother commute for motorists and greater protection for pedestrians and cyclists. “The new signal will also include automated enforcement technology to help police clamp down on red-light running. The presence of this technology will help save lives by reminding motorists to heed the signal.” The grant is part of a package of $13.1 million in funding to improve safety at signalized intersections in 34 municipalities throughout the state. The funding will provide automated enforcement technology at 41 locations where data show red light violations or related safety concerns. The ARLE program is funded from fines collected for red-light violations at 31 intersections in Philadelphia. More information about the program is available here . Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $116,000 to bolster investigation, treatment of child abuse

(Dec 11, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 11 – Improved services and supports are on the way for Lawrence County children victimized by physical or sexual abuse, thanks to $115,816 in grant money to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grants – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency acting on recommendations from the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee – will improve both the investigation and treatment of suspected abuse. “These grants are going to strengthen our community’s ability to root out and prosecute child abuse by enhancing the quality of investigations and forensic interviews,” Sainato said. “The funding is also going to improve treatment resources by expanding therapeutic services available to child victims – which should reduce or eliminate the current waiting list for these services – and by providing resources for additional medical examinations.” Sainato said CAC of Lawrence County will be receiving the following amounts for these purposes: $49,997 to expand the capacity of evidence-based therapeutic services provided to child victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and increasing personnel for medical examinations. $47,000 to improve the quality of joint investigations, forensic interviews, Read more

 

Fall 2019 Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Newsletter

(Nov 25, 2019)

Click here to read the latest news from the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Read more

 

Sainato: Grant of nearly $86,000 to fund preservation of historical site

(Nov 20, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 20 – A grant of $85,650 will support preservation of an important part of Lawrence County history, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant will fund the purchase of approximately 58 acres in Mahoning Township adjacent to Quaker Falls and will permit preservation of historic Quakertown homesteads and tanner sites. “This area that was home to a 19 th century Quaker settlement is an important connection to our past and our regional identity” Sainato said. “Preserving it allows us to maintain that connection and ensure that this part of our history won’t be lost to development.” Sainato noted that the area, which will become part of the County Parks system and will be open to the public, includes homesites that were part of a thriving village settled around 1800. The area supported mills and other businesses and later became a farming community, but the settlement ceased to exist after residents left in the early 1900s to find jobs in the coal and steel industries. The land borders the recently acquired Penn Power property, where plans for a public park and facilities are underway. The grant is administered by DCNR through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The program funds projects such as planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas, trails, river conservation and access, and conservation of open Read more

 

Sainato: More than $320,000 in tax credits to address New Castle housing, blight issues

(Nov 18, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 18 – Funding from $322,500 in tax credits will bolster efforts to mitigate blight and address a housing problem that has left many residents struggling with the cost of repairing aging homes, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced. “With so many homes in our area built before World War II, repair costs needed to address essential code and safety issues can far surpass the resources available for hardworking families on a budget,” Sainato said. “As a related issue, homes abandoned by homeowners no longer able to maintain them is leading to increasing blight. “These tax credits awarded under the Neighborhood Assistance Program are going to help address these issues by funding programs to demolish blighted properties, rehabilitate vacant lots and assist homeowners with essential repairs. In addition to easing the burden on homeowners, improvements made possible by the funding will stimulate business investment back into our community that can be a major revitalizing force.” Sainato said the following tax credits will go to these recipients and projects: $142,500 to DON Enterprise, Inc., to tackle blight through owner-occupied rehabilitation of more than 20 properties, demolition of blighted buildings and rehabilitation of vacant property. $180,000 to 10 Thousand Friends of Pennsylvania for work to revitalize New Castle’s South Side, including demolition of blighted Read more

 

House unanimously passes Sainato bill to extend, expand Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program

(Oct 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – Pennsylvania’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program is set to expire next summer, but a bill the House passed unanimously today would extend the program and expand its use to fund volunteer recruitment efforts, according to the author, 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. 1834 to preserve a critical program and address an urgent need. “Our fire and EMS companies rely on these grants to fund critical resources, including protective equipment and training,” Sainato said. “My bill would extend the program for another four years and expand its use to address another urgent need – recruiting and retaining volunteers. In addition, it would allow fire companies to save grant money for up to five years to help finance the construction of new facilities. “The SR 6 Commission’s report last year detailed an alarming decline in volunteer first responders and recommended the grant program as an ideal resource for funding recruitment efforts. We need to do whatever we can to build back the ranks of volunteers before this becomes a public safety issue. Offering recruitment and retention initiatives such as length-of-service programs that financially reward volunteers would be a great step in the right direction.” Sainato’s bill Read more

 

Sainato: $350,000 awarded to bolster security for Lawrence County schools
8 hours ago

Sainato: Nearly $117,000 awarded for criminal justice diversion programs
Feb 18, 2020

Sainato: Nearly $150,000 to combat opioid use disorder in county inmates
Feb 10, 2020

Office closed Monday, 2/10 during sewer line repair
Feb 10, 2020

Rep. Sainato's Winter 2020 Senior Report
Feb 07, 2020

Sainato announces nearly $134,000 in fire, EMS grants
Jan 21, 2020

Sainato: $70,000 in state grants will expand computer science learning for Lawrence County students
Jan 17, 2020

Longietti, Sainato: $150,000 grant to educate students about high-priority career paths
Jan 16, 2020

House unanimously adopts Sainato ‘Risk Reduction Week’ resolution
Jan 15, 2020

Sainato receives Civil Air Patrol Commander’s Commendation Award
Jan 14, 2020

Sainato: $100,000 in funding will help Lawrence County teachers model curriculum to fit employers’ needs
Jan 06, 2020

2020 Capitol Scenes calendar
Dec 26, 2019

Longietti, Sainato: $800,000 to help Mercer and Lawrence county youth progress from justice system to workplace
Dec 20, 2019

Sainato: Grant of nearly $49,000 awarded to fund equipment for Lawrence County Career and Technical Center
Dec 19, 2019

Sainato: Grant of nearly $264,000 gives green light to Neshannock Township traffic signal
Dec 17, 2019

Sainato: Nearly $116,000 to bolster investigation, treatment of child abuse
Dec 11, 2019

Fall 2019 Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Newsletter
Nov 25, 2019

Sainato: Grant of nearly $86,000 to fund preservation of historical site
Nov 20, 2019

Sainato: More than $320,000 in tax credits to address New Castle housing, blight issues
Nov 18, 2019

House unanimously passes Sainato bill to extend, expand Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program
Oct 28, 2019