Abney praises nearly $500,000 state grant to rehabilitate Allegheny Landing Park

(Jan 13, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that a nearly $500,000 state grant is being awarded to Allegheny Landing Park. The grant will be used to make an array of improvements at the site including renovations to its plaza, historic railings and pedestrian walkways, installation of lawn, meadow and rain gardens, Americans with Disabilities Act access and landscaping. “Allegheny Landing Park was one of the first in Pittsburgh to integrate the scenic backdrop of the Three Rivers into its own appeal,” Abney said. “This grant will ensure that the citizens I represent can enjoy the space now and for many more years.” Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources administered the grant via their Community Conservation Partnerships Program . Read more

 

Abney: $10.3 million in state grants awarded to decrease community gun violence

(Jan 12, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that a total of $10.3 million in state grants is being awarded to multiple Allegheny County entities for the purpose of preventing and limiting the frequency and severity of community gun violence. “Far too many innocent people have lost their lives to these senseless acts of violence, and far too many families have been irreversibly torn apart,” Abney said. “These funds are weapons in their own right to help stamp out the prevalence of these violent crimes.” Abney said that a $3 million Coordinated Community Violence Intervention grant is being allotted to the Neighborhood Resilience Project to supplement the Allegheny County Violence Prevention Plan. Abney also outlined that a total of $7.3 million in Violence Intervention and Prevention grants shall be utilized by several county organizations for outreach efforts, educational sessions, trauma aid and additional services. Beneficiaries of these grants are: Aaron Donald 99 Solutions Foundation: $80,015 for their Community Defense Project. ACH Clear Pathways: $450,000 to support their R.E.A.C.H. program. Allegheny County Chief Executive Officer: $2.43 million to implement the Rapid Employment and Development Initiative. Amachi Pittsburgh: $440,500 to their Hear4U Mobile Outreach. Read more

 

Abney announces a total of nearly $370,000 in multi-faceted school grants

(Jan 12, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that a total of nearly $370,000 in state grants is being awarded to colleges and public schools throughout Pittsburgh. Abney said the first set of grants, totaling slightly above $150,000, will be utilized to promote and strengthen university campus security, with a special emphasis on curtailing acts of sexual violence. These grants are part of Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us campaign, launched statewide by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2016 following President Obama’s national initiative. Beneficiaries of these grants include: Bidwell Training Center Inc.: $8,000 Community College of Allegheny County: $55,000 Duquesne University: $40,000 Point Park University: $40,000 Vet Tech Institute: $7,600 Per Abney, a second grant, nearly $217,000 and made possible by the Schools-to-Work Program, would help prepare Pittsburgh Public Schools students for careers in trades. Specifically, these monies will go to the Pipeline Into The Trades Pre - Apprenticeship Program which aids students seeking to enter the Carpenters’ Union Apprenticeship Program upon high school graduation. “Maintaining a safe space for students to pursue their dreams and goals is paramount to not only their success but to their overall well-being,” Abney said. “Furthermore, students deserve every and all opportunities to thrive Read more

 

Abney: $200,000 in preparatory state grants for Duquesne University announced

(Jan 09, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that a total of $200,000 in state grants is being awarded to Duquesne University for the purpose of preparing the school’s faculty and staff members to educate students. “These individuals are the integral resource dedicated to preparing young adults for the next important phase of their lives,” Abney said. “I’m thrilled that these grants will help professors and university leadership members excel at the highest level so they can impart that success on students.” Abney said Duquesne’s faculty and staff members will be the beneficiaries of two $100,000 grants made possible by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. One grant will help connect members of school leadership with local education agencies to better acclimate them to their roles, and the other grant will provide an interlinked process of training for prospective educators. More information about PDE’s policies and programs is available on the department’s website . Read more

 

Abney announces $500,000 in state grants for several community projects

(Dec 20, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 20 – State Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that $500,000 in state grants is being awarded to multiple community improvement projects. “The funds will provide housing and other essential services to many neighbors and their families,” Abney said. “Moreover, these projects are integral to maintaining the safety and quality of the neighborhoods I’m proud to represent.” Today’s grants include: Hazelwood Initiative Inc.: $25,000 for a feasibility study for an anchor building located in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Perry Hilltop Citizens Council Inc.: $132,900 for the renovation of a three-story, mixed-use structure at 2115 Perrysville Ave. in Pittsburgh. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh: $197,225 for the Aging in Place Home Modification Program. Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh: $150,000 for the Homeowner Accessibility Program of Independence, which provides grants for accessibility modifications to low-income city homeowners with permanent disabilities and landlords who do not reside on the property but have tenants with permanent disabilities. The grants are made possible by the Keystone Communities Program , whose aim is to allocate finances to foster cooperation between the public and private sectors in their shared goal of community growth and preservation. Read more

 

Abney: Local projects receive $12.85 million in state grant funding

(Nov 21, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 21 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that eight local projects have been awarded more than $12 million in state grant funding. “Once again, I am thrilled to announce these major investments in our community and in our neighborhoods,” Abney said. “These projects will not only support existing businesses or cultural programs but also will create opportunities for businesses to invest and grow in our community. I want to congratulate all the people and organizations that have worked to bring these projects to fruition and look forward to seeing them succeed in the future.” Projects awarded today include: $2.1 million for Pittsburgh Gateways Corp. to convert the former Connelley Vocational School into the Pittsburgh's Energy Innovation Center, creating flexible spaces for companies focusing on workforce training, energy innovation and incubation. $1.5 million to Riverlife for renovations at Allegheny Riverfront Park. Measures will include removal of existing pavement, site preparation and grading, installation and sealing of new stone pavers, refurbishment of existing light posts and railing, tree pruning, planting soil amendments and perennial planting. $3 million to help fund Astrobotic’s construction of a new four-story facility, adjacent to their current headquarters, to house labs, cleanrooms and offices. Read more

 

Abney: More than $1.2 million awarded for 6 local projects

(Nov 15, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 15 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that six local projects have been awarded a combination of more than $1.2 million in state grants. “ These funds are a considerable investment for the entire Pittsburgh region ,” Abney said. “After undergoing construction, renovation or repair, these projects will enhance the social and cultural fabric of our communities and have lasting impacts for generations to come. ” Projects awarded today include: $100,000 for ACH Clear Pathways to update/replace the inherited HVAC system at the Kaufmann Center which is over 12 years old and has an expired warranty. $200,000 for the Amani Christian Community Development Corporation to undertake construction, namely earthwork and foundation work, at what will be the Ledlie St. Townhomes. $100,000 to renovate the North Side Animal Shelter. Renovations would include reconfiguring the veterinary clinic layout, relocating and downsizing certain areas to increase the number of animals that can be treated and updating the building’s community room. $200,000 for the Pittsburgh Musical Theater to address water infiltration issues caused by copper flashing being severed. The damaged flashing will be removed and replaced with continuous aluminum. Additionally, programmable LED lighting will be installed, and the masonry caps will be replaced along the Read more

 

Abney: $23.5 million in state grants for local projects

(Nov 01, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 1 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that seven local projects have been awarded a combined $23.5 million in state grants. “The projects mark a major state investment in our community,” Abney said. “Whether it’s construction, renovation or conversion, all these endeavors will improve the welfare of my constituents in multiple ways.” Projects awarded today include: $3 million for construction of a multi-story parking garage at the Pittsburgh Technology Center. The garage will feature high-tech electric vehicle charging stations, bicycle infrastructure and a multimodal connection to the Port Authority of Allegheny County's bus service. $2 million to renovate and update all common spaces, kitchen, member fitness facilities including the wellness floor, pool area and locker rooms, and meeting rooms at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. Rental units will also be renovated on the third, fourth and fifth floors with a new configuration that replaces shared bathrooms with private facilities and provides a community room. Rooms and corridor renovations will include flooring, painting and ceilings. Additional work includes replacement of mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems and installation of a sprinkler system, air-conditioning and elevators. $2 million for Phase 1 preparations at the future site of Centre Avenue Avenues Read more

 

Abney: $10.5 million awarded for 9 local projects

(Oct 27, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 27 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that nine local projects have been awarded a combined $10.5 million in state grants. “These projects mark a major state investment in our community,” Abney said. “Whether it’s housing, office renovation, historic preservation or building habitat for the National Aviary, these projects will have a lasting impact on our community, and I want to thank everyone involved who has helped make them happen.” Projects awarded today include: $750,000 to Bethlehem Haven Women's Permanent Supportive Housing to reconfigure living spaces for 26 women to have their own independent living. $750,000 to Cineplex on Sixth Street to redevelop 119 Sixth Street (the former site of Bally Total Fitness Club) into a cineplex in downtown Pittsburgh. It will cover metals, millwork, plumbing and HVAC systems and flooring for the site. $1 million to Emerald City Development to acquire the Pitt Building downtown and develop the infrastructure to create an event space, office suites, daycare, warehouse and performance space and a restaurant. $500,000 to Hazelwood Equity One-Stop Resource Center to acquire and renovate the former Church of the Good Shepherd along with an adjoining two-story hall. $3 million to Horace Mann Village for a project which includes the redesign and renovation of the Read more

 

Abney, Bullock lead PLBC voting rights roundtable

(Oct 27, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – Yesterday at the Capitol, Reps. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, and Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia, conducted a voting rights roundtable, joined by members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh M. Chapman. The goal of the discussion was to address items that individuals need to be aware of when voting, including providing details about mail-in and absentee ballots. “Folks that are in this room and have access to the information need to make sure they don’t keep it internal,” Abney said. “We need to be pushing this information back out into our communities.” “Today, we hope to have more conversation about the parameters of voting in Pennsylvania,” added Bullock, chair of the PLBC. “As we go back to our respective communities, remind folks how important their vote is.” A recording of the roundtable in its entirety can be viewed here . Read more

 

Abney announces loan to replace catch basins in PWSA system

(Oct 19, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 19 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that a $46 million low-interest loan is being awarded to Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority . The loan will be utilized to install new catch basins in the sewer system. “These structures are outdated and on the verge of failure,” Abney said. “This project ensures that all my constituents readily have clean and safe water to use as needed.” Catch basins and similar inlets collect debris and prevent stormwater from being contaminated or impeded in its flow throughout the remainder of the sewer system. Approximately 3,600 catch basins will be replaced over the next three years. Read more

 

Abney announces grant to Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for North Park Promenade

(Sep 20, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 20 – Rep. Aerion Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that a $92,000 grant is being awarded to Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to repair the North Park Promenade . “The Allegheny Commons North Park Promenade is in need of significant renovation,” Abney said. “This project will eliminate unnecessary paths and excess pavement throughout the park while beautifying its flora as well.” The grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority . The grant is one of several awarded today from the CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program . Read more

 

Abney introduces bill to help small, local businesses get up and running

(Sep 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, is introducing a bill today that would provide capital to small, local businesses eager to open their doors. “Local businesses are the engines driving our economy,” Abney said. “A financial jumpstart to help small businesses get established should encourage entrepreneurship.” A modernization and recapitalization of the Small Business Incubators Act, House Bill 2839 would provide up to $20 million in grants and loans for small businesses in Pennsylvania. These funds can be used to cover startup and overhead costs. Workers and investments also would be protected in Abney’s bill because grant recipients who leave the commonwealth would be required to repay those funds awarded to them in full. “Successful, local businesses help grow our economy and create good jobs everywhere,” Abney said. “These jobs pay real wages and offer both real benefits and a chance to retire, so all Pennsylvanians can have a better future.” Read more

 

Benham, Abney to host Hilltop Health Check in Mt. Oliver

(Sep 20, 2022)

MT. OLIVER, Sept. 20 – State Reps. Jessica Benham and Aerion Abney, both D-Allegheny, are inviting members of the community to join them for a health resource fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Brashear CARES Center located at 320 Brownsville Road. The Hilltop Health Check will feature a variety of health-related vendors, as well as information on state resources that are available to the public. There will also be a flu vaccination clinic happening simultaneously nearby at the Mt. Oliver Borough Firehall, located at 120 Brownsville Road. Questions about the event can be directed to Benham’s district office. The official event flyer can be found here. Read more

 

2022 Summer Newsletter

(Sep 01, 2022)

State budget a win for the people of Pennsylvania Read more

 

Aerion Abney: Despite the attacks, let’s vote — mail-in voting’s still an option in Pa.

(Aug 10, 2022)

The PA Supreme Court has upheld that mail-in voting remains viable in the state Read more

 

Pittsburgh Public Schools receiving early childhood education program funds

(Aug 02, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 2 – Pittsburgh Public Schools are receiving $300,000 in PA Pre-K Counts grants and $2.56 million in grants from the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program, according to state Rep. Aerion Abney, D-Allegheny. “Early education is vital to the development of our children,” Abney said. “This investment in our future generation is something I’m excited to see materialize.” Abney voted to increase funding by $79 million in the 2022-23 budget to bolster opportunities for schools across Allegheny County and to provide high-quality early learning to area children. More than 37,200 students will be beneficiaries of the $384 million being allocated to school districts statewide. For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website . Read more

 

Abney: $291,990 awarded to local traffic signal projects

(Jul 14, 2022)

Funding awarded through state Green Light-Go program Read more

 

PLBC honors the late House Speaker Irvis with day of action

(May 23, 2022)

HARRISBURG, May 23 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and colleagues from the PLBC today commemorated the 45th anniversary of the inauguration of the late Speaker K. Leroy Irvis with a day of action. “This inaugural day of action not only commemorates the accomplishments of the first and only Black speaker in the Pennsylvania legislature to date,” Bullock said, “but it is also an opportunity to amplify the voices of Black Pennsylvanians and the issues that are important to our communities." Irvis was born in New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany. He moved to Baltimore and taught high school English and history until World War II. He was a civilian flying instructor for the War Department. After, he settled in Pittsburgh where he earned a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1958, he was elected to the state legislature, eventually being elected by his peers as speaker of the House. He served in the legislature for 15 consecutive terms. “Forty-five years after his historic election as House Speaker, K. Leroy Irvis’s leadership is still felt by countless Pennsylvanians. He was a man of great character who forged a path that many of us have worked to emulate,” said House Democratic Leader, Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware. “To fully recognize his contributions, we should view Speaker Irvis’s legacy Read more

 

PLBC honors the late House Speaker Irvis with day of action

(May 23, 2022)

HARRISBURG, May 23 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and colleagues from the PLBC today commemorated the 45th anniversary of the inauguration of the late Speaker K. Leroy Irvis with a day of action. “This inaugural day of action not only commemorates the accomplishments of the first and only Black speaker in the Pennsylvania legislature to date,” Bullock said, “but it is also an opportunity to amplify the voices of Black Pennsylvanians and the issues that are important to our communities." Irvis was born in New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany. He moved to Baltimore and taught high school English and history until World War II. He was a civilian flying instructor for the War Department. After, he settled in Pittsburgh where he earned a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1958, he was elected to the state legislature, eventually being elected by his peers as speaker of the House. He served in the legislature for 15 consecutive terms. “Forty-five years after his historic election as House Speaker, K. Leroy Irvis’s leadership is still felt by countless Pennsylvanians. He was a man of great character who forged a path that many of us have worked to emulate,” said House Democratic Leader, Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware. “To fully recognize his contributions, Read more

 

Abney praises nearly $500,000 state grant to rehabilitate Allegheny Landing Park
Jan 13, 2023

Abney: $10.3 million in state grants awarded to decrease community gun violence
Jan 12, 2023

Abney announces a total of nearly $370,000 in multi-faceted school grants
Jan 12, 2023

Abney: $200,000 in preparatory state grants for Duquesne University announced
Jan 09, 2023

Abney announces $500,000 in state grants for several community projects
Dec 20, 2022

Abney: Local projects receive $12.85 million in state grant funding
Nov 21, 2022

Abney: More than $1.2 million awarded for 6 local projects
Nov 15, 2022

Abney: $23.5 million in state grants for local projects
Nov 01, 2022

Abney: $10.5 million awarded for 9 local projects
Oct 27, 2022

Abney, Bullock lead PLBC voting rights roundtable
Oct 27, 2022

Abney announces loan to replace catch basins in PWSA system
Oct 19, 2022

Abney announces grant to Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for North Park Promenade
Sep 20, 2022

Abney introduces bill to help small, local businesses get up and running
Sep 20, 2022

Benham, Abney to host Hilltop Health Check in Mt. Oliver
Sep 20, 2022

2022 Summer Newsletter
Sep 01, 2022

Aerion Abney: Despite the attacks, let’s vote — mail-in voting’s still an option in Pa.
Aug 10, 2022

Pittsburgh Public Schools receiving early childhood education program funds
Aug 02, 2022

Abney: $291,990 awarded to local traffic signal projects
Jul 14, 2022

PLBC honors the late House Speaker Irvis with day of action
May 23, 2022

PLBC honors the late House Speaker Irvis with day of action
May 23, 2022