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but the building has developed problems we can no longer afford to ignore, including mold, plumbing and roof leaks and outdated and inefficient kitchen and HVAC equipment.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)

Rep. Chris Sainato's 2022 Health Care Report. Read more

 

Rep. Sainato's 2022 Budget Newsletter

(Aug 08, 2022)

Rep. Chris Sainato's 2022 Budget Report Read more

 

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)

Rep. Chris Sainato's Summer 2022 Newsletter. Read more

 

Sainato votes ‘yea’ for budget strong on education

(Jul 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – State Rep. Chris Sainato voted to support the 2022-23 state budget, which has passed the General Assembly and is now headed for the governor’s desk. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the plan holds the line on taxes while delivering robust funding for public education and programs to help seniors and families with housing and other essential services. “We entered budget negotiations this year with a surplus of state dollars but the same responsibility to invest wisely in ways to help families, seniors and small businesses while protecting taxpayers,” Sainato said. “The budget we passed promises to do that while also delivering a historic boost for public education, including Level Up funding to help underfunded districts like New Castle and reduce the burden on local taxpayers.” Sainato said the plan would deliver more than $4 million in additional funding to New Castle schools, and that schools throughout the district would see the following increases: Laurel School District: $135,200 (1.8% increase) for basic education and $25,200 (3% increase) for special education. Mohawk Area School District: $459,200 (4.5% increase) for basic education and $66,300 (5.3% increase) for special education. Neshannock Township School District: $165,200 (4.9% increase) for basic education and $44,800 (6.3% increase) for special Read more

 

Sainato: General Assembly passes bill to smooth professional licensing path for military members

(Jun 30, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – The General Assembly has passed legislation to make the professional licensing process more accommodating for service members, according to state Rep. Chris Sainato, one of the bill’s prime sponsors. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said he and colleagues introduced H.B. 1868 to give military applicants a smoother path through the licensing process. “Returning to civilian life poses a range of challenges for veterans, and many involve adapting to the civilian job market,” Sainato said. “Our bill would help make that transition easier for service members by ensuring that licensing boards consider an applicant’s military training and education and by making the process more convenient.” Sainato said under some of the bill’s provisions: Military applicants would have up to six months to complete continuing education requirements following deployment. Service members and spouses who are deployed when a license is due for renewal would have the option to submit their application before deployment (and DoS will hold it until the renewal window opens). There would be expedited application review for veterans and military spouses and initial licensure fee waivers for military spouses relocating to Pennsylvania. Military experience would be considered when making qualification determinations. Specific guidelines would be Read more

 

Sainato: $800,000 awarded for Lawrence County affordable housing, blight-fighting projects

(Jun 09, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 9 – Four projects to fight blight and expand affordable housing are receiving a combined $800,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding comes at an important time. “With housing costs rising, expanding the supply of affordable housing is more important than ever, especially for seniors and others on a fixed income,” Sainato said. “The funding awarded today will expand these important programs and also fund the blight remediation needed to encourage further development.” A breakdown of the funding: $300,000 to the Lawrence County Department of Planning and Community Development for a blight removal program that works with stakeholders to identify “tipping-point” neighborhoods in which public intervention has the potential to kickstart private investment. $250,000 to the Redevelopment Authority of Lawrence County to support the Countywide Housing Rehabilitation and Blight Removal Program being implemented. $200,000 to Urban Commonwealth CDC Inc. for the proposed New Horizons Senior Living project, a 55+ mixed income housing development in New Castle. $50,000 to Housing Opportunities of Beaver County Inc., to expand the first-time homebuyer program in Lawrence Read more

 

Sainato: More than $250,000 awarded to strengthen support for child assault victims, bolster probation and parole services

(Jun 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – Lawrence County programs to treat child victims of sexual or physical abuse are receiving $200,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, while the county is receiving an additional $51,174 to enhance adult probation and parole services, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said $200,000 in funding to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County will help expand available services and reduce treatment waiting times. “With certain funding ending, the Children’s Advocacy Center has been forced to cut back on the services of some of its full-time therapists,” Sainato said. “At a time when there is already a waiting list of 30 children each month, with many waiting six months for treatment, any further reduction in resources could be disastrous. “Children who have been traumatized by sexual or physical abuse cannot afford to wait. This funding is going to help ensure these child victims receive the trauma-focused, evidence-based mental health services they need as soon as possible.” Sainato said the additional funding of more than $50,000 for adult probation and parole resources will strengthen supervisory services and evidence-based programs. Read more

 

Sainato: $150,000 awarded to Villa Maria farm center for hands-on learning

(May 11, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, May 11 – The Villa Maria Farm Center for Regenerative Agriculture is receiving a $151,106 grant from the state Department of Agriculture to help train new and beginning farmers about growing organic specialty crops, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding will support in-person learning in demonstration gardens, as well as virtual learning, for an organization especially devoted to the community. “The Villa Maria Farm Center is a special place that embodies the self-reliance and community-minded spirit of the sisters who run it,” Sainato said. “A good portion of the farm’s produce is donated to food banks, shelters and parishes, and one of the center’s expressed goals is ensuring a fresh local food supply to those who need it. “Thanks to the new funding, the center will be able to provide hands-on learning and virtual lessons in organic agriculture to 10 new farmers each year. It’s a great investment that will bolster local agriculture while reinforcing the center’s messages of self-sufficiency, sustainability and community giving.” The farm, which operates on 759 acres, is part of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary’s Villa Maria Community Center. The grant is part of a package of $2.45 million in federal grants awarded statewide to 23 projects that will grow markets and increase the quality, safety Read more

 

Sainato: $1 million awarded for state-of-the-art training equipment

(Apr 22, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, April 22 – A $1 million grant from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program will fund state-of-the-art training equipment for solar and other alternative energy technologies at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 712 Solar Training Facility in Neshannock, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding to Western Central PA Electrician Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the IBEW facility equipment will ensure local workers have cutting-edge training on alternative energy technologies that are becoming more and more a part of modern production. “Our district has deep roots in manufacturing and industry and an extremely talented workforce, but it’s critical to keep pace with changing technologies and alternative energy sources,” Sainato said. “Today’s funding is going to support construction of cutting-edge alternative energy training equipment for the electrical apprenticeship training center in Neshannock Township. “The building’s HVAC system will get a geothermal heat pump, and electricity will be generated by an on-site solar array. Additional alternative energy equipment will include vehicle charging stations, wind turbines, a welding and charging building and an energy dashboard. “With more and more automakers turning to electric and an increasing demand for alternative energy Read more

 

Sainato: $270,000 awarded for Union Township sidewalk construction

(Apr 20, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, April 20 – New sidewalks and related safety improvements are coming to multiple streets in Union Township with help from $270,000 in federal infrastructure dollars, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the project, partially funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will offer important safety protections for pedestrians. “Constructing sidewalks along these routes will keep pedestrians out of the road, where they are much more vulnerable to being struck, particularly during the evenings and other times of poor visibility,” Sainato said. “It’s an important step we can take to better protect folks traveling on foot and also give them greater peace of mind.” Sainato said project includes the following streets: Bluff Street from Boroline Street to West Division Street. Spring Street from Smithfield Street to Bluff Street. Smithfield Street from Boroline Street to West Division Street. Walter Street. Magee Street. West Division Street from Smithfield Street to Bluff Street. Boroline Street from Smithfield Street to Bluff Street. The funding is part of a package awarded to 64 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside projects in 34 counties. The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside of the Federal Highway Administration’s Read more

 

Sainato: $600,000 grant awarded to DON Enterprises for Wright Building Project

(Apr 15, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, April 15 – New funding of $600,000 will boost a developer’s efforts to revitalize part of downtown New Castle, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant to DON Enterprises Inc. under the Community Revitalization Fund Program will fund the developer’s ongoing project to rehabilitate the Wright Building into a mix-used property. “This is a great boost for DON’s efforts to revitalize this area of New Castle’s Lower East Side,” Sainato said. “Historic old buildings like the Wright Building hold so much promise for residential and commercial development, but often require extensive rehabilitation. This grant will help bolster those efforts that promise to turn the space into real-world opportunities for affordable housing and new business activity.” Funding for the project was raised through the sale of tax credits under the Mixed-Use Development Tax Credit Program. The Community Revitalization Fund Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, which works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. The grant is one of six awarded statewide under the program. More information about the grants is available here: Read more

 

Sainato: Area child care providers receiving nearly $2.3 million in federal funding to stabilize operations

(Apr 07, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, April 7 – New federal funding of $2.3 million will help 20 child care providers in the 9th Legislative District rebuild operations and resources drained by the pandemic, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding from the American Rescue Plan Act will help stabilize these businesses, which provide critical support for working families. “The pandemic hit child care providers hard, and many struggled to meet payroll, rent, and other obligations as widescale prolonged shutdowns and plunging enrollment dried up revenue,” Sainato said. “These grants will provide a welcome infusion of funding that businesses can use for operating expenses, personnel costs, including recruitment and retention, equipment and supplies, reimbursement for past COVID-19-related expenses, and other expenses. “It’s going to help them get their doors back open and running at full capacity so they can be there to support the working families who depend on them.” According to the state Department of Human Services, which administers the funding, providers will receive the funding in six monthly installments and must use it within nine months after their applications were approved. Centers also must report to DHS on how the funding is spent. A list of the approved funding to providers in New Castle and Edinburg is available here. The American Rescue Plan Act Read more

 

Sainato: New aluminum extrusion facility coming to New Castle

(Mar 31, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, March 31 – New manufacturing jobs are coming to Lawrence County, as homegrown manufacturing company Bunting Inc. has revealed plans to expand operations to New Castle, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the company’s plans to open an aluminum extrusion mill will create 79 jobs and continue Lawrence County’s trend of attracting expanding industries. “Available spaces, workforce potential and a track record of successfully hosting diverse industries has made Lawrence County a desirable destination for businesses looking to expand,” Sainato said. “We’ve seen that recently with manufacturers like Container Services and R.G. Coating, and today’s announcement regarding Bunting continues that exciting trend. “It’s terrific news because it means our community will be seeing additional good-paying, family-sustaining jobs. We welcome Bunting and look forward a long and productive relationship together.” Sainato said Bunting’s purchase of a 333,980-square-foot building on 24.3 acres at 930 Cass St. will allow the company to enter the aluminum extrusion market and produce goods for the building, construction, automotive and transportation sectors. According to the Department of Community and Economic Development, Bunting received a funding proposal for a $2.1 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan, a Read more

 

Sainato urges residents to apply for FEMA COVID-19 funeral assistance

(Mar 28, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, March 28 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, is reminding residents who incurred funeral expenses because of a COVID-19-related death that they may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program is designed to help those who have borne the greatest burden because of the pandemic. “Although our entire community has felt the effects of the pandemic, the toll has been heaviest on those who lost a loved one,” Sainato said. “I want to be sure families who have suffered those devastating losses are aware that help is available to ease the financial burden, including reimbursement for a wide range of funeral-related expenses. “Those might include expenses for activities such as transportation to identify a deceased individual; transfer of remains; a burial plot, marker or headstone; clergy services; and other related costs.” Sainato said that to be eligible for reimbursement, the funeral expenses must have been incurred after January 20, 2020, for a COVID-19-related death occurring in the United States. The death certificate must attribute the death to COVID-19. The program may help reimburse the use of life insurance to cover funeral costs, but it will not provide reimbursement where the funds used were Read more

 

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

Sainato votes ‘yea’ for budget strong on education
Jul 08, 2022

Sainato: General Assembly passes bill to smooth professional licensing path for military members
Jun 30, 2022

Sainato: $800,000 awarded for Lawrence County affordable housing, blight-fighting projects
Jun 09, 2022

Sainato: More than $250,000 awarded to strengthen support for child assault victims, bolster probation and parole services
Jun 08, 2022

Sainato: $150,000 awarded to Villa Maria farm center for hands-on learning
May 11, 2022

Sainato: $1 million awarded for state-of-the-art training equipment
Apr 22, 2022

Sainato: $270,000 awarded for Union Township sidewalk construction
Apr 20, 2022

Sainato: $600,000 grant awarded to DON Enterprises for Wright Building Project
Apr 15, 2022

Sainato: Area child care providers receiving nearly $2.3 million in federal funding to stabilize operations
Apr 07, 2022

Sainato: New aluminum extrusion facility coming to New Castle
Mar 31, 2022

Sainato urges residents to apply for FEMA COVID-19 funeral assistance
Mar 28, 2022