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: Area hospitals receiving more than $400,000 for pandemic relief

(Mar 24, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, March 24 – Area hospitals are receiving more than $400,000 in federal funding to restore resources and personnel exhausted by the pandemic, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the money – which comes from $225 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding he and other lawmakers helped allocate – includes $408,677 to UPMC Jameson. “Our community’s health care workers remained on the front lines resolutely during the pandemic, continuing to care for patients despite overworked, understaffed conditions,” Sainato said. “Securing this funding is going to help bring critical reinforcements to ease their burden and ensure our community’s patients continue receiving the excellent care they deserve.” The money is part of Act 2 of 2022, legislation that appropriated $225 million to support the following health care areas: $100 million to be distributed to acute care, critical access and children’s hospitals licensed by the Department of Health on a per-bed basis. The funding will be used strictly for recruitment and retention payments to direct care staff. $110 million to be distributed on a per-bed basis to high-Medical Assistance hospitals, designated Critical Access Hospitals, and inpatient and residential behavioral health facilities for recruitment and retention payments to key staff. $15 million to quadruple the funds available for the Read more

 

Rep. Sainato's Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Newsletter

(Mar 18, 2022)

Rep. Sainato's Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Newsletter Read more

 

Rep. Chris Sainato's Senior Update newsletter

(Mar 18, 2022)

Rep. Chris Sainato's "Senior News" Newsletter Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato announce $45,000 digital literacy grant

(Mar 18, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – A $45,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry will help job seekers in Mercer and Lawrence counties develop important tech skills, state Reps. Mark Longietti and Chris Sainato announced today. The lawmakers said West Central Job Partnership will use the Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grant to teach job seekers how to search for jobs online and use digital platforms, making them more attractive to prospective employers. “Digital literacy – the ability to find, use and communicate information using digital technology – is a critical skill in the modern workforce,” said Longietti, D-Mercer. “Knowing how to navigate online platforms is key to searching for good jobs – and often key to getting good jobs, as more and more businesses that rely on the internet to remain competitive are demanding a digitally literate workforce. The training funded by this grant will help job seekers develop those skills.” Sainato, D-Lawrence, said, “The grant is going to fund eight eight-week, in-person sessions of intensive training to help people with low levels of digital literacy improve those tech skills. Although the program will actively recruit some people – such as residents without a secondary diploma/GED and folks coming from re-entry programs – the classes will be open to everyone and should open doors to greater opportunities.” The Read more

 

Sainato: $500,000 awarded to support housing needs for vulnerable residents

(Feb 14, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Feb. 14 – A $500,000 grant will help ensure Lawrence County’s most vulnerable residents have safe, secure housing, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the money will fund a program to help the county – working with Lawrence County Community Action Partnership – serve the elderly, people with disabilities and residents with health issues that make them more susceptible to COVID-19. “Everyone needs a safe place to call home, but for vulnerable residents of our community, including those who are elderly, disabled, or vulnerable to COVID-19, essential safety repairs like stair handrails, electrical issues and other issues are not always a simple matter,” Sainato said. “That’s especially true when residents are living in older homes. “The funding awarded today is going to address those issues and help ensure these residents can stay in their homes to maintain their independence in familiar surroundings.” The funding is part of a package of nearly $14.2 million in Community Development Block Grant – CARES Act funding to support continued recovery from the pandemic. More information about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Sainato announces $105,000 in fire grants

(Feb 10, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced that six fire companies in the 9th Legislative District have been awarded $105,000 in grants for training, equipment and other critical resources. “These grants will supply some needed resources for our local fire companies that have been operating under tight budgets and severe staff shortages,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “The funding won’t solve the long-term recruitment and retention problems plaguing fire and EMS companies throughout the state. Those challenges, which have been compounded lately by fundraising problems, will require longer-term solutions and incentives. “But for now, we can at least replenish resources and address immediate needs like equipment, training and certification, building repairs, and other expenses.” Sainato said the following funding was awarded to these companies: Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $15,000. Mahoning Township Volunteer Fire Dept – $15,000. Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $15,000. North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Dept. – $15,000. Shenango Area Fire District – $30,000. Union Township Volunteer Firemans Association – Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato: $150,000 grant will provide real-world career planning

(Feb 01, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – Students searching for the right career path in Mercer and Lawrence counties will be gaining real-world experience to shape their decisions, thanks to $150,000 in grant funding, state Reps. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. The lawmakers said that the Business-Education Partnership Grant to West Central Career Connections, serving Mercer and Lawrence counties, will fund students’ visits to jobsites and other real-world connections to help guide their career choices. “Securing this funding is going to allow students, parents and educators to connect directly with local businesses in key, high-demand areas, so students can see firsthand how their own interests and skills translate to the workforce,” Longietti said. “That real-world experience will be incredibly valuable in helping them shape academic and career plans.” Sainato said, “Choosing a career path is one of life’s most important decisions, and students need relevant, accurate information to inform those decisions. The funding awarded today will allow students to visit workplaces, ask questions, and gain insights into where they belong in the working world.” Business-Education Partnership grants from the Department of Labor and Industry are funded at 100% through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. The Read more

 

Sainato: Mohawk Junior/Senior HS awarded $4,000 for food service equipment

(Jan 27, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 27 – A $3,933 grant will allow Mohawk Area Junior/Senior High School to purchase a new heated holding cabinet for the school cafeteria, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the new equipment will make the cafeteria’s operations more efficient. “The new heated cabinet will allow cafeteria staff to prepare food in advance and then safely store it in a way that keeps it hot,” Sainato said. “It’s going to make cafeteria operations more efficient and help staff serve students more quickly.” The funding to the Mohawk Area School District is part of package of competitive grants awarded to 44 elementary, middle and high schools through a program administered by the state Department of Education. Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Grants are awarded to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Schools can use the funding to purchase or upgrade equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. The list of schools receiving food service equipment grants can be found on PDE’s website. Read more

 

Sainato: Lawrence County schools awarded more than $167K in safety grants

(Jan 21, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 21 – More than $167,200 in grant funding will boost safety at Lawrence County schools, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding – administered by the state Department of Education under the competitive 2021-22 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program – will pay for security equipment and personnel at schools in the New Castle, Mohawk, and Shenango area school districts and the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center. “Our schools must be safe havens where students can feel confident to learn and thrive, free from worry or distraction, and staff can focus on teaching and supporting students,” Sainato said. “The grants awarded today will help our area schools maintain that kind of secure, productive environment.” Sainato said the grants include the following: New Castle Area School District: $60,000 for a school resource officer and $23,824 for security equipment. Mohawk Area School District: $19,892 for security equipment. Shenango Area School District: $40,000 for a police officer. Lawrence County Career and Technical Center: $23,510 for security equipment. The grants are part of a package of $8 million in competitive grants awarded statewide. More information on the specific awardees and amounts is available here . Read more

 

Sainato: $1.25 million awarded to maintain owner-occupied housing in Union Township and Lawrence County

(Jan 10, 2022)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 10 – Grant funding of $1.25 million will help homeowners in Union Township and throughout Lawrence County maintain their homes, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding includes $750,000 to Lawrence County and $500,000 to Union Township, each awarded in partnership with the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership. “For homeowners, taking care of needed repairs is an essential part of protecting the health and safety of their family – and the value of their largest investment,” Sainato said. “This grant funding is going to ensure residents in Union Township and throughout Lawrence County have the help they need in maintaining their properties.” The grants – awarded under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program – are part of a package of more than $8.2 million in funding to 15 counties statewide. More about the funding is available here. Read more

 

Sainato: $70,000 awarded for improvements to Mahoning Township Park

(Dec 30, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 30 – A new state grant of $70,000 will fund multiple improvements to Mahoning Township Park, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will make the park safer, more accessible and more attractive for residents. “The new funding is going to help bring needed improvements to the park, including renovation of the pavilion, construction of a pedestrian walkway and parking area, and installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing,” Sainato said. “Part of the work will include ensuring that the area is ADA accessible so everyone in our community can enjoy it.” In addition to those structural improvements, Sainato said the project will include landscaping, project signs and other site improvements. The grant is administered by DCNR through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The “C2P2” program funds projects such as planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas, motorized and non-motorized trails, river conservation and access, and conservation of open space. More information about the grants awarded today is available here . Information about the C2P2 program is available at https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

State Rep. Chris Sainato's 2022 Capitol Scenes calendar

(Dec 28, 2021)

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Sainato: New Castle, Union building projects to receive $600,000 in funding

(Dec 20, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 20 – Three Lawrence County building projects are receiving $600,000 in grant funding, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding – awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development under the Keystone Communities Program – will revitalize areas of New Castle and Union Township. “The funding awarded today is going to help transform the landscape for areas of New Castle and Union Township,” Sainato said. “Some of the money will fund ongoing renovation and restoration of New Castle’s Wright Building to give this vacant, mixed-use property new life, while other funding will boost new façade programs for businesses in New Castle and Union. The projects promise to invite new business and residential activity to these areas while at the same time creating jobs. These are exciting developments.” Sainato said the funding includes the following: $50,000 to DON Enterprise, Inc., to establish a façade program for businesses in the Elm Street-designated Lower East Side neighborhood of New Castle City. $500,000 to DON Enterprise, Inc., for phase 2 restoration of the Wright Building – a vacant, mixed-use building located in the City’s Elm Street designated neighborhood on East Washington Street in New Castle. $50,000 to Lawrence County to implement a new residential façade Read more

 

Sainato honors military, remembers fallen at Wreaths Across America ceremony at state Capitol

(Dec 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 14 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, joined fellow lawmakers, military, and representatives from Wreaths Across America at the state Capitol today for a ceremony honoring service members, veterans, and fallen heroes and their families. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said the event and upcoming wreath-laying ceremonies are opportunities to honor those who served and remember those who paid the ultimate price. “Military members and their families make tremendous sacrifices to defend our freedom, and that is never more evident than during the holidays, when an empty seat at the table is felt profoundly,” Sainato said. “Words and gestures are never adequate, but as we present this wreath today and join other Americans in laying wreaths on Saturday, we can reflect on the courage and selflessness of those in uniform, honor the memories of our fallen heroes and hold in our hearts the families whose loved ones never made it home.” Sainato said that there will be a wreath-laying ceremony organized by Wreaths Across America at noon on Saturday, Dec. 18 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Its mission to “Remember, Honor, and Teach” encourages people to remember our fallen military heroes, Read more

 

Sainato: Lawrence County Historical Society awarded nearly $14,000

(Dec 08, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 8 – Two state grants totaling nearly $14,000 will support the Lawrence County Historical Society’s efforts to continue preserving and showcasing the county’s unique past, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission – which includes a $9,950 Historical and Archival Records Grant and a $4,000 Cultural and Historical Support Grant – will fund the society’s ongoing work preserving history and educating the public. “Our county’s beautiful historical society plays such an important role in preserving the past, from collecting and restoring rare documents to showcasing artifacts and educating the public through events, exhibits and publications. The funding awarded today will help the many dedicated volunteers at the society by providing the resources needed to continue telling our county’s story and connect new generations with their roots.” Sainato said the funding is part of a package of nearly $2 million in grants awarded to 154 museums and county historical societies statewide under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program and more than $175,000 awarded to 34 organizations statewide under the Historical and Archival Records Care Program. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and Read more

 

Sainato: $422,000 awarded to help Lawrence County combat domestic violence and child abuse, serve and support victims

(Dec 08, 2021)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 8 – New state funding of $422,000 will support Lawrence County programs to prevent domestic violence and child abuse, bring offenders to justice, and serve and support victims, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said two grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will improve investigation and prosecution of these crimes while minimizing the additional trauma that investigations can bring. “Violence and abuse directed at women and children can leave lasting emotional scars that traumatize victims and their loved ones for life,” Sainato said. “Unfortunately, the process of investigating and prosecuting these crimes can re-traumatize victims. “Securing this funding will help our community’s dedicated law enforcement professionals and community partners carry out these investigations in ways that improve results while minimizing additional trauma to victims. The funding will also help ensure that they receive the services and supports they need to heal.” Sainato said the funding includes: $375,000 to Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County for a STOP Violence Against Women Grant The grant will fund specialized law enforcement and prosecution units and help investigators develop techniques to make the investigation process more effective and less traumatic for victims. $47,000 to Children's Read more

 

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

Sainato: Area hospitals receiving more than $400,000 for pandemic relief
Mar 24, 2022

Rep. Sainato's Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Newsletter
Mar 18, 2022

Rep. Chris Sainato's Senior Update newsletter
Mar 18, 2022

Longietti, Sainato announce $45,000 digital literacy grant
Mar 18, 2022

Sainato: $500,000 awarded to support housing needs for vulnerable residents
Feb 14, 2022

Sainato announces $105,000 in fire grants
Feb 10, 2022

Longietti, Sainato: $150,000 grant will provide real-world career planning
Feb 01, 2022

Sainato: Mohawk Junior/Senior HS awarded $4,000 for food service equipment
Jan 27, 2022

Sainato: Lawrence County schools awarded more than $167K in safety grants
Jan 21, 2022

Sainato: $1.25 million awarded to maintain owner-occupied housing in Union Township and Lawrence County
Jan 10, 2022

Sainato: $70,000 awarded for improvements to Mahoning Township Park
Dec 30, 2021

State Rep. Chris Sainato's 2022 Capitol Scenes calendar
Dec 28, 2021

Sainato: New Castle, Union building projects to receive $600,000 in funding
Dec 20, 2021

Sainato honors military, remembers fallen at Wreaths Across America ceremony at state Capitol
Dec 14, 2021

Sainato: Lawrence County Historical Society awarded nearly $14,000
Dec 08, 2021

Sainato: $422,000 awarded to help Lawrence County combat domestic violence and child abuse, serve and support victims
Dec 08, 2021

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