Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: District happenings, UC system updates and more!

(Jun 07, 2021)

It’s certainly been a busy few weeks across the district – one of the highlights of my job is visiting communities and learning more about how their work positively impacts our residents. Read more

 

Kinkead: Allegheny County DA Zappala’s actions are reprehensible and must be immediately addressed

(Jun 04, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, June 4 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s public comments against Milton Raiford, a Black attorney who spoke out against racism in the criminal justice system. “It is undisputed that our criminal justice system has real, systemic and systematic issues of racism and Allegheny County is far from immune. DA Stephen Zappala’s decision not to address these issues but instead to instruct his staff not to offer plea deals to attorney Milton Raiford’s clients after he voiced concerns about these issues betrays public trust in their ability to receive equal justice in Allegheny County, not to mention violating attorney Raiford’s free speech rights. “To potentially punish clients because of the statements their attorney made is beyond reprehensible and must be addressed immediately. This latest action raises additional concerns as to how the district attorney’s office has conducted its business, notably in how it has treated clients of other attorneys, including those with whom DA Zappala may have disagreed, now or in the past. “Several of my colleagues in the state House and Senate today have joined me in signing a letter , urging DA Zappala to take immediate actions that would work to restore public confidence in the district attorney’s office, including rescinding the action taken against attorney Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - UC updates needed, steel’s future, grant awards and more!

(May 28, 2021)

There’s been a great deal of discussion since U.S. Steel’s announcement cancelling an update to its Mon Valley Works facility. I truly believe there is a way forward for steel production. Read more

 

Pisciottano announces $95K in state funding for blight reclamation

(May 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded $95,000 in grants for three projects to clean up and reclaim blighted areas, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. CFA grants were awarded for the following projects: $45,000 to the Borough of Liberty to demolish a former school in danger of collapsing. $30,000 to the Steel Rivers Council of Governments to demolish 12 properties in the Borough of Glassport – funding to be used for demolition, environmental clean-up and engineering costs. $20,000 awarded to the Borough of Dravosburg to demolish two residential properties presenting a danger to the community. “Ensuring our communities remain safe places to live and work is paramount, and these investments will allow these properties to be safely rehabilitated, providing for additional growth and recreational opportunities.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. More information can be found at the following link: https://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/ . Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Honoring a hero, upcoming grant opportunities and more!

(May 24, 2021)

Earlier this week, I was honored to present a special House citation to Officer Kristin Mitrisin of the Pleasant Hills Police Department for a recent act of heroism. Read more

 

Grant opportunities: Historical & Archival Records Care program open for applications

(May 20, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission: Historical & Archival Records Care grant program (Funding Source: Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund ) Who May Apply : H istorical societies, libraries, museums, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, local governments, school districts. Use : Surveying, inventorying, preserving, arranging and describing historical records relevant to Pennsylvania. Funding may also be requested for reformatting or the purchase of supplies and equipment. Funds : Collaborative grants up to $15,000 for a two-year project. Single entity grants up to $5,000 for a two-year project. No match required. Application Deadline : August 1 More Information : Click on https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Records-Care-Grants.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: PCCD Communities That Care: May 24 (Funding Source: General Fund ) Nonprofit organizations and units of local government. - Planning grants to help communities apply the Communities That Care (CTC) model. DCED Neighborhood Assistance Program: May 28 (Funding Source: General Fund) 501c3 nonprofits . – Tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects by eligible nonprofits to serve low-income Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Upcoming UC changes, supporting our healthcare workers, satellite office reopening and more!

(May 17, 2021)

I joined nurses, hospital workers, and SEIU Healthcare in support of safe staffing legislation. Back in March, I was joined by my colleagues urging movement on H.B. 106, known as the Patient Safety Act. Nurses and hospital staff have worked on the front lines for all of us for months, and it’s time we repay the favor to ensure they have safe working conditions! Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: Protecting your health info, voting reminders and more!

(May 07, 2021)

A recent data breach prompted me to partner with fellow state Rep. Natalie Mihalek on legislation requiring vaccine providers to take steps to protect PA’s personal health information after registering to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Our bipartisan efforts were included in an amendment to H.B. 1264 – which passed unanimously. Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: Move Over Law, PA Rescue Plan, redistricting and more!

(May 03, 2021)

It’s vital we reform the reapportionment and redistricting efforts for state legislative and congressional districts here in our state. That’s why I’ve signed on in support of H.B. 22, also known as the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act. It would introduce enhanced transparency into the processes, allow more input from residents and create a user-friendly website with data, proposed maps, public comments and related information. Read more

 

Pisciottano: Disappointed in U.S. Steel decision, urges reconsideration

(Apr 30, 2021)

DRAVOSBURG, April 30 – Today state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding U.S. Steel Corp. announcing its cancellation of a $1.5 billion update to its Mon Valley Works facility. “I am very disappointed to hear of U.S. Steel’s decision to set aside its planned investment in our region, which would have modernized the plants and continued to provide good union jobs for years to come. I urge U.S. Steel to reconsider its decision and work with the communities, elected officials, and residents in the Mon Valley to chart a path forward. “One of my primary goals is to create economic conditions that are conducive to attracting and maintaining a strong business community in this region of Allegheny County. I will continue to work with local and state officials to keep family-sustaining jobs in our community, as I believe we can still come to a workable solution to benefit all parties.” Read more

 

Pisciottano, Mihalek: Bill would protect Pennsylvanians’ personal health information

(Apr 30, 2021)

DRAVOSBURG, April 30 – State Reps. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, and Natalie Mihalek, R-Allegheny/Washington, plan to introduce legislation soon to require COVID-19 vaccine providers to take specific steps to protect the privacy of residents who have registered to receive a vaccine. Pisciottano said in light of a recent data breach this week, where health and other personal information of more than 70,000 Pennsylvanians collected during contact tracing was compromised, it’s even more important that protections are immediately put in place. “In the rush for many residents to get vaccines, many registered with several providers, providing their personal information in order to secure an appointment,” said Pisciottano. “While only one provider ends up vaccinating them, the other providers still have access to their information, which includes their name and address, but could also include their medical history, Social Security number and insurance information. Our legislation would require vaccine providers to delete this information from those who may have registered but did not receive a vaccine within six months of registering.” “Medical history is the most private information a Pennsylvanian has, and it deserves to be treated sensitively,” said Mihalek. “In light of recent news that 70,000 residents’ medical information had been compromised due to contract tracing, I feel this legislation is more important Read more

 

Pisciottano supports bill to reform redistricting process

(Apr 28, 2021)

DRAVOSBURG, April 28 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano is supporting legislation to reform the reapportionment and redistricting efforts for both state legislative and congressional districts in Pennsylvania. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said H.B. 22 , also known as the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act, would introduce enhanced transparency into the processes, allow more input from residents and create a user-friendly website with data, proposed maps, public comments and related information. “Pennsylvanians deserve a fair and open redistricting process free from political processes designed to punish or discriminate against a particular legislator or political party, and ensure accountability,” said Pisciottano. “I support Fair Districts PA’s efforts to see this legislation move forward and signed into law. Residents are tired of extreme partisan actions as it relates to their legislators and this measure is certainly a step in the right direction.” Pisciottano added the measure would also ban gerrymandering, place limits on splitting counties beyond what’s required by population, ban dividing voting precincts and ensure protection of racial and language minorities against discrimination in the mapping process. The bill is currently under consideration in the House State Government Committee. Read more

 

Pisciottano: New “Move Over Law” will save lives across PA

(Apr 26, 2021)

PLEASANT HILLS, April 26 – Surrounded by family members of a constituent who died after being hit by a distracted driver in 2017, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano today lauded Act 105 , which goes into effect tomorrow and will require drivers to take proactive steps when approaching or passing a disabled vehicle. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said Scott Hirsh was struck and killed by a distracted driver as he was changing a tire on his camper, despite pulling off onto the shoulder of the roadway and using road flares and caution signs. Pisciottano joined members of the Hirsh family, representatives from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, AAA and local officials to discuss the new law. House Bill 636 – a bill to rename the Camp Horne Road Interchange in honor of Scott Hirsh – is currently being considered. “Act 105 will require drivers to move over to one lane, or if that’s not possible, to pass the disabled vehicle at a rate of no more than 20 miles per hour less than the roadway’s posted speeding limit. While Scott Hirsh did everything correctly when his vehicle became disabled, an amendment that was adopted into the law includes a provision to further protect disabled vehicles and increase penalties for drivers who fail to move over or slow down.” "The day my dad was killed, he did everything right,” Christian Hirsh said. “He had Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Disability advocacy, vaccine update, Green Grocer info and more!

(Apr 16, 2021)

Disability advocacy, info on vaccines and much more in this week's update! Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Vaccine information, PUA scam update, help for our communities and more!

(Apr 09, 2021)

As part of the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress last month, our local municipalities will have access to funding they can use to spur economic recovery and infrastructure investment here in our community. Read more

 

Pisciottano: American Rescue Plan is great news for communities

(Apr 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 7 – Approximately $8.5 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan will make a significant and positive impact to communities throughout the district, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. The American Rescue Plan, signed last month by President Joseph Biden, includes funds earmarked for local municipalities and counties to use to offset economic losses due to the pandemic. The funding can also be used toward water, sewer and infrastructure projects and toward projects to safely reopen schools. “This financial support is certainly welcome relief for our residents and our communities, who have been struggling for more than a year since the pandemic hit,” Pisciottano said. “These funds will be essential in providing vital economic support to our local and county governments and ensure our communities continue to operate and remain connected.” Municipalities in the 38 th Legislative District that are slated to receive the funds are as follows: Baldwin Borough: $1.9 million. Dravosburg Borough: $170,349. Glassport Borough: $426,615. Liberty Borough: $242,622. Pleasant Hills Borough: $793,514. Port Vue Borough: $360,967. South Park Township: $1.3 million. West Mifflin Borough: $1.9 million. Whitehall Borough: $1.3 million. Read more

 

Pisciottano announces federal COVID-19 relief funding for area school districts

(Mar 31, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 31 – An estimated $33.6 million in federal funding is expected to be allocated to area school districts to assist them in reopening safely and to address learning losses as more students and teachers return to classrooms, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano announced. “Teachers and school staff have faced many challenges during this time while they continue to educate our children and keep them safe,” said Pisciottano, D-Allegheny. “These federal funds will help our schools by providing them with the support they need to help students, whether it’s additional instructional materials, equipment upgrades, professional training and mental health and related services. This investment will help our schools in their efforts to navigate a safe, in-person learning environment.” The funding is part of nearly $5 billion allocated to Pennsylvania in federal relief under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. The estimated funding for school districts in the 38 th Legislative District is as follows: Baldwin-Whitehall School District - $5.1 million. McKeesport Area School District - $16.9 million. South Allegheny School District - $3.4 million. South Park School District - $1.3 million. West Jefferson School District - $1 million. West Mifflin Area School Read more

 

Kinkead introduces measure to help protect residents from landslides

(Mar 30, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 30 – Landslides have devastated families across Allegheny County and are only becoming more of a problem throughout Pennsylvania, so state Rep. Emily Kinkead is spearheading a bill that would create a program to help. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said H.B. 1054 would establish the Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The program would establish a special insurance and assistance funds to ensure Pennsylvanians are properly protected from the destructive and devastating force of landslides. “In my district, an entire house fell off the side of a hill because of landslides and because it was not caused by mine subsidence, there was absolutely no insurance coverage to help the family rebuild their lives from the loss. While landslides resulting from mining practices receive special insurance coverage, those that occur due to excessive rain or snowfall aren’t typically covered, and that leaves far too many residents vulnerable to financial ruin,” said Kinkead. “These landslides can occur anywhere if the right conditions are present. With warmer weather here, it’s vital we take action now on this issue.” Several Allegheny County representatives, including state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Sara Innamorato and Nick Pisciottano, have signed on in support of Kinkead’s bill. “People in my district have seen their share of disruptive landslides. Read more

 

Pisciottano supports bill to protect patients, nurses

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Ensuring patient safety and keeping nurses safe are the primary goals behind legislation supported by state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, and several members of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. Pisciottano said the pandemic has brought serious safety concerns into the spotlight, as more nurses are being assigned an increasing number of patients, while at the same time, nurse staffing levels in hospitals continue to decline. House Bill 106, also known as the Patient Safety Act, would set appropriate nursing ratios for hospitals dependent upon the severity of the nursing unit’s patient needs. “As our state and nation begin to emerge from the pandemic, it’s critical we look at ways to improve our health systems and put procedures into place to enhance patient and workers’ safety,” said Pisciottano. “Our nurses and health care staff are doing all they can to help keep patients safe, and with the extra demands on their care during the current pandemic, we must join other states in instituting safe patient limits and create working conditions which protect the physical and mental health of our nurses. This measure would significantly raise the standards of care of patients while keeping our nurses safe.” A letter of support for the bill, signed by state Reps. Jessica Benham, Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Emily Kinkead, Sara Read more

 

As Biden heads to Pittsburgh to talk infrastructure, Mon Valley legislators urge federal investment in two long-awaited projects

(Mar 29, 2021)

Projects would open region for economic turnaround, investment in communities Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: District happenings, UC system updates and more!
Jun 07, 2021

Kinkead: Allegheny County DA Zappala’s actions are reprehensible and must be immediately addressed
Jun 04, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - UC updates needed, steel’s future, grant awards and more!
May 28, 2021

Pisciottano announces $95K in state funding for blight reclamation
May 25, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Honoring a hero, upcoming grant opportunities and more!
May 24, 2021

Grant opportunities: Historical & Archival Records Care program open for applications
May 20, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Upcoming UC changes, supporting our healthcare workers, satellite office reopening and more!
May 17, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: Protecting your health info, voting reminders and more!
May 07, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: Move Over Law, PA Rescue Plan, redistricting and more!
May 03, 2021

Pisciottano: Disappointed in U.S. Steel decision, urges reconsideration
Apr 30, 2021

Pisciottano, Mihalek: Bill would protect Pennsylvanians’ personal health information
Apr 30, 2021

Pisciottano supports bill to reform redistricting process
Apr 28, 2021

Pisciottano: New “Move Over Law” will save lives across PA
Apr 26, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Disability advocacy, vaccine update, Green Grocer info and more!
Apr 16, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Vaccine information, PUA scam update, help for our communities and more!
Apr 09, 2021

Pisciottano: American Rescue Plan is great news for communities
Apr 07, 2021

Pisciottano announces federal COVID-19 relief funding for area school districts
Mar 31, 2021

Kinkead introduces measure to help protect residents from landslides
Mar 30, 2021

Pisciottano supports bill to protect patients, nurses
Mar 29, 2021

As Biden heads to Pittsburgh to talk infrastructure, Mon Valley legislators urge federal investment in two long-awaited projects
Mar 29, 2021