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

 

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

 

State Rep. Chris Sainato's 2021 VAEP newsletter

(Nov 17, 2021)

State Rep. Chris Sainato's fall 2021 VAEP Committee newsletter. 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

 

Sainato: $260,000 in tax credits awarded to boost New Castle revitalization projects

(Nov 09, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 9 – Funding from $260,000 in tax credits will leverage investments in New Castle projects to combat blight, improve neighborhood security, assist residents with renovations and expand access to affordable housing and fresh food, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced. Sainato said the tax credits – which include $180,000 to 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania and $80,000 to DON Enterprises Inc. – were awarded under the Neighborhood Assistance Program to help revitalize aging, distressed areas and tackle the problems they can pose for residents. “Aging homes pose very real challenges for New Castle residents contending with costly repairs, while distressed areas can bring down property values, discourage growth and invite crime,” Sainato said. “The tax credit funding awarded today will attack those issues by leveraging investments in projects to fight blight, help residents with home renovations, enhance neighborhood security, combat food insecurity, expand access to affordable housing and create other opportunities for residents who are building back.” The NAP program is designed to encourage investment in distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital. The program can be used for projects such as affordable housing, education, charitable food, crime prevention and other long-term community revitalization. More about the tax Read more

 

Sainato, Wheatley, Pisciottano, Webster unveil new bills to boost Pa. veterans

(Nov 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 8 – As Pennsylvania prepares to celebrate Veterans Day, state Reps. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence; Jake Wheatley and Nick Pisciottano, both D-Allegheny; and Joe Webster, D-Montgomery, joined fellow lawmakers at Soldier’s Grove to unveil a package of bills aimed at improving the lives of those who have served. Sainato, Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said he is proud to be part of a bipartisan effort to shape policy and legislation for the commonwealth’s large and active veteran population. “Our veterans deserve the most vigilant, responsive lawmaking we can provide,” Sainato said. “There is always more we can do to improve the laws in ways that address their concerns. It’s what motivated us to introduce legislation to improve the professional licensing process, so boards better understand how military skills and experience translate to civilian license requirements and veterans have an easier time getting those licenses.” Wheatley, who is Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee and a Marine veteran, said, “I want to thank my fellow members for working with me to get this bill across the finish line in the House. This bill will help veterans, service members and their families as they transition to civilian life, smoothing the path for them to join the work force or start their own Read more

 

Sainato: $10,000 grant will boost pre-k access to healthy food, agricultural ed

(Oct 26, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Oct. 26 – State grant funding of $9,800 will provide New Castle pre-k students access to healthy foods and new, hands-on lessons in agriculture, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the Department of Agriculture grant, awarded under the Pennsylvania Farm Bill’s Farm to School Grant Program, will help the center teach lessons and cultivate interests that can last a lifetime. “Securing this funding will allow Pre-K Kids Learning Center to offer healthy, farm-fresh foods, including local dairy products and produce, so students realize there are alternatives to junk food and learn to make the right choices early on, before bad eating habits set in. “The funding will also allow the center to offer gardening programs and local field trips, to give kids memorable, hands-on experiences that teach about the life cycle and foster a love of growing and the natural world. Those programs also plant the seeds to ensure Pennsylvania has a healthy supply of future farmers to continue our critically important agriculture industry.” The grant is part of a package of funding to 47 projects designed to improve access to healthy local foods and boost agricultural learning for pre-K through 5 th grade students. More information about the funding is available here . Read more

 

Sainato bill would extend disabled veteran tax exemption to surviving spouses

(Oct 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – A bill recently introduced by state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, would expand the property tax exemption currently available to Pennsylvania’s disabled combat veterans so that it also benefits the surviving spouses of service members who were killed in action or passed away after receiving a disability rating. Sainato, Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said he introduced H.B. 1953 – which would amend the state constitution – because he believes Pennsylvania needs to do more to recognize the sacrifices made by military spouses. “Military service resulting in disabling injury or death has a profound, life-altering impact on a service member’s spouse,” Sainato said. “Unfortunately, our laws do not do enough to recognize that sacrifice. Currently, Pennsylvania provides a property tax exemption for veterans who suffered disabling injuries in combat, but our state constitution limits that exemption to the veteran service members themselves. “That limitation creates an unfair result: it deprives the spouse of a military member who died from their injuries an important benefit they would have been guaranteed had their service member spouse survived, but with disabling injuries. My bill would correct that inequity and amend the state constitution to make the property tax exemption available to Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $300,000 awarded to bolster pregnancy, postpartum supports for women in recovery

(Oct 05, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Oct. 5 – Grant funding of $296,092 will expand access to pregnancy and postpartum support services for Lawrence County women recovering from substance use disorder, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant to the Center for Community Resources Inc. – administered by the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs – will help the center provide services and make referrals for outpatient treatment. “Pregnant and postpartum women recovering from substance use disorder have a hard road as they work to transition from treatment back to the community and responsible parenthood,” Sainato said. “Securing this funding will help ensure that there are services and supports that pick up where inpatient treatment ends so they don’t have to go that path alone.” The funding is part of a package of more than $12 million in grants announced today to help Pennsylvanians in recovery. That funding is part of a larger package of $55 million in federal money awarded to Pennsylvania through the SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental Awards. The grant will help the center serve residents in Lawrence, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties. More information about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Bipartisan group advances legislation to benefit veterans in PA

(Oct 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – A bipartisan group of five legislators is advancing efforts to remove obstacles for military members transitioning to civilian work under a bill approved unanimously by the House Professional Licensure Committee today. House Bill 1868 – which would increase veterans’ presence on licensing boards and implement other veteran-friendly measures – was introduced by state Reps. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence; Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny; Zach Mako, R-Lehigh/Northampton; Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming; and Dave Hickernell, R-Lancaster/Dauphin. “Pennsylvania’s military men and women give some of their prime years to serving our country,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “Unfortunately, many face challenges transitioning to civilian work – in part, because of licensing regulations that fail to account for military skills, training and experience. The process can prove challenging for military spouses, as well, because of frequent relocations. “Our bill would help remove those obstacles by adding more veterans and military spouses to state licensing boards, ensuring military experience is properly considered in the review process and providing expedited review, among other measures.” Mako, prime sponsor of the bill, said, “As a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, I know how difficult it can Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $385,000 awarded to help local students stay connected

(Oct 01, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Oct. 1 – Grant funding of $383,660 will help ensure students in two Lawrence County school districts don’t fall behind because they lack the tech tools to stay connected. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said New Castle Area School District was awarded $273,880 – including $219,880 for technology equipment and $54,000 for internet services – and the Laurel School District was awarded $109,780 – including $104,200 for tech equipment and $5,580 for internet services. “Kids can’t compete in a modern academic setting without reliable access to technology and the internet,” Sainato said. “Unfortunately, providing those resources can be challenging for some families. Securing this funding will help Laurel and New Castle Area school districts bridge that digital divide by ensuring household income never stands in the way of connectivity.” Sainato said the grants are part of a package of $20 million in funding to school districts statewide under the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a temporary fund created through the American Rescue Plan and administered by the Federal Communications Commission. The fund helps schools and libraries cover costs associated with digital devices such as laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, educators and library patrons who currently lack Read more

 

Sainato co-hosts news conference highlighting free services for veterans

(Sep 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – Highlighting the multiple ways Veterans Service Officers can assist Pennsylvanians who served our nation was the focus of a news conference today at the state Capitol co-hosted by state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the PA House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said he wants to be sure Pennsylvania veterans and their families are aware of the broad range of free services these trained, accredited professionals can provide. “For their valor and service to our nation, Pennsylvania’s veterans deserve the best programs and services our state can offer,” Sainato said. “Part of that means ensuring veterans and their families have the help they need navigating the system and accessing those services. That’s where Veterans Service Officers come in. “Pennsylvania has a broad network of trained, accredited VSOs who can assist with nearly every veteran-related service, from recovering lost paperwork and filing claims to advocating at VA hearings and helping families secure benefits. They can also help veterans review their eligibility for programs and services to determine whether they may be newly eligible based on changed circumstances or policies. “It’s invaluable assistance, and it’s all free.” The news conference was held in conjunction with “Veterans Service Officers Day at the Capitol,” which Read more

 

Sainato: New Castle elementary schools awarded more than $100,000 to boost access to fresh fruits and vegetables

(Aug 04, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Aug. 4 – Grant funding of $101,010 will expand access to fresh fruits and vegetables for New Castle grade-schoolers, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding awarded under the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program includes two separate grants to New Castle Area School District elementary schools. “In a world where junk food is everywhere, we need to make sure kids have easy access to nutritious alternatives like fruits and vegetables, which can help them stay healthy and fight off sickness,” Sainato said. “That’s more important than ever as kids return to the classroom this year.” Sainato said the grants are part of a package of more than $7 million awarded to 288 elementary schools statewide under the FFVP. 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

 

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

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

State Rep. Chris Sainato's 2021 VAEP newsletter
Nov 17, 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

Sainato: $260,000 in tax credits awarded to boost New Castle revitalization projects
Nov 09, 2021

Sainato, Wheatley, Pisciottano, Webster unveil new bills to boost Pa. veterans
Nov 08, 2021

Sainato: $10,000 grant will boost pre-k access to healthy food, agricultural ed
Oct 26, 2021

Sainato bill would extend disabled veteran tax exemption to surviving spouses
Oct 07, 2021

Sainato: Nearly $300,000 awarded to bolster pregnancy, postpartum supports for women in recovery
Oct 05, 2021

Bipartisan group advances legislation to benefit veterans in PA
Oct 04, 2021

Sainato: Nearly $385,000 awarded to help local students stay connected
Oct 01, 2021

Sainato co-hosts news conference highlighting free services for veterans
Sep 15, 2021

Sainato: New Castle elementary schools awarded more than $100,000 to boost access to fresh fruits and vegetables
Aug 04, 2021

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