Rep. Dan Deasy reports that redevelopment efforts in McKees Rocks received a major boost with the awarding of a $100,000 state grant. The funding will help implement redevelopment programs dealing with reinvestment, land use, brownfield development and transit.
Email alert: Last chance to opt in to stay informed Starting Friday, Feb. 26, I will be unable to send you these email updates until April 27 UNLESS you have specifically opted in to keep receiving them. A House rule limits communication 60 days before an election, which means I am prohibited from sending you emails after Feb. 25 until April 27 unless you agree to receive them . T o keep receiving updates about the pending state budget and events such as the document-shredding event I’m sponsoring from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Crafton Park, please click here to opt in if you haven't done so already. Online voter registration and changes available Pennsylvania has now accepted more than 100,000 new and updated voter registrations online. March 28 is the deadline to register or make changes such as name, address or party to your registration before the primary election on April 26. You can access online voter registration here . Once you submit your online registration application, you will receive an application number. If you provided an email address, this application number will also be emailed to you. This number will allow you to track the application status through the “ Find Voter Application Status ” application. The county voter registration office will mail your voter registration card to your residence. Please contact the county voter registration office to check on the status of your application if Read more
Winter 2016 newsletter is available online My latest newsletter is available by clicking here or on the icon of the newsletter seen at the left. The Winter 2016 edition includes updates on my efforts to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program – CHIP – through 2017 and to maintain the Wabash Station post office branch. It’s also packed with information about other important state programs, including the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Last year, my staff completed over 500 property tax/rent rebate applications, putting more than $237,000 back in the hands of constituents. And, there’s information about the events I’m sponsoring, including: Free document-shredding events in Crafton Park on April 23 and in Green Tree Park on May 14; Pittsburgh Marathon Spectator Zone celebration in the West End on May 1; and Bus tour to Harrisburg to visit the Capitol, the State Museum and Hollywood Casino on May 4. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to view the newsletter so you can learn more about my efforts to represent you effectively around the district and in Harrisburg. Heating assistance available, and my office can help We’ve weathered a blizzard and some historic low temperatures. However, it’s a safe bet that some cold days and nights remain. Less than 50 days remain to apply for home heating assistance through LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP applications Read more
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free!
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650.
Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria.
The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is Dec. 31, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money.
PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
PennDOT District 11 plans to close West Carson Street -- Route 51 -- between Earl Street and the West End Circle at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, weather permitting, to allow crews to implement a new traffic pattern. The closure will occur from 9 a.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday, and traffic will be detoured. Residents and businesses will be allowed access by police officers posted at Earl Street. Please click here for the detour route and additional information. Work includes shifting temporary concrete barriers and adjustments to signs and signals in the corridor. Read more
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, is warning residents of the 27 th Legislative District of a persistent telephone scam in which taxpayers receive unsolicited calls from individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service and demanding payment. “My office has seen a significant uptick in calls from constituents receiving calls from fraud artists trying to scam them out of money,” Deasy said. “First and foremost, the IRS does not initiate contact over the phone.” Deasy said anyone who receives a phone call from someone looking to collect money should always be wary, but especially if the caller claims to be from a government agency. Additionally, it is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS: Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations. Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately after a phone conversation. Usually provides taxpayers prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies. Other characteristics of these scams include: Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves. Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number. Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number Read more
Rep. Dan Deasy has introduced legislation that would authorize local area agencies on aging to investigate those holding powers of attorney when there is reason to believe that an older Pennsylvanian is being exploited. Seniors throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually from elder financial abuse and exploitation, and only about one in every five such cases ever come to light. Read more
PITTSBURGH, May 29 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, today discussed legislation that would exempt volunteer emergency responders from paying fees that total more than $47 for state and federal background clearances. Costa, who was joined by fellow lawmakers from the Allegheny Delegation, volunteer firefighters and emergency responders at Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department, said that the financial burden on volunteers was an unintended consequence of changes to the state’s child abuse laws and that at least one bill in the House of Representatives, H.B. 1081 , would begin to right that wrong. He said that the bill would spare paid and volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service responders from the $10 clearances from the state police and state Department of Human Services. “I know that many, if not all of the volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel, are prepared to do their due diligence, but let’s remember that these are the same firefighters and first responders who save the commonwealth millions of dollars, protect our communities, and most significantly, save lives – all while placing their own lives at risk,” Costa said. “We owe them a huge debt of gratitude and more, and at the very least the state should recognize their sacrifice and contributions by doing these background and clearance checks at no charge to them.” House Bill 1081 has garnered significant bipartisan support and has been sent to Read more
HARRISBURG, April 15 – In his continued effort to protect residents from consumer fraud and identity theft, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, is partnering with state Sen. Wayne Fontana to host two free document-shredding events.
Welcome to my Employment Center. You will find everything you need for a successful job search from start to finish. I am committed to helping constituents in the 27th District find new opportunities to improve their lives and I hope you find this information useful. I also welcome your feedback on how this page has helped you... Read more
Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more
Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed.
Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed.
Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you.
Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote.
The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses.
House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session.
According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more
As we get into the coldest months of winter, many people are worried about affording their increasing heating costs. If you or someone you know qualifies, my office could help you take advantage of a program set up to curtail high home heating bills. Read more
The open enrollment period for health care coverage is now underway. If you or someone you know is in need of health insurance, please consider visiting the federal Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov. Applicants have until Feb. 16, 2015 to enroll.
Everyone, no matter what age, needs health insurance. A random accident or unexpected illness could put you in danger of losing not only your good health but also your financial future. Read more
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