HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – After advocating for upgrades to be made to the activities field at Sto-Rox High School, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, is pleased to announce the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $100,000 grant for the project. Deasy said the funds will be used to construct a synthetic turf, which will replace the natural grass football field. The field was last sodded, rolled and leveled over 40 years ago in 1976. “Raising awareness and funding for this project started last year with alumni, friends and businesses coming together to pitch in,” Deasy said. “The current field is outdated and lacks a proper irrigation system. Our students deserve a first-class, modern and safe field. All of our hard work is finally coming to fruition.” Additionally, Deasy said the grant would help the school expand its sports teams and become a more welcoming place where the community would have access to it. The total projected cost to refurbish the field is $610,364. The McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation, or CDC Rocks, applied for the grant and a fundraising committee has helped lead the charge through its “It Starts with the Field,” slogan to help with donations. Earlier this year, the NFL Grassroots Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant for the new field. The CFA is a seven-member board created to administer and fund projects from programs that are part of the economic stimulus package passed by the Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded $194,242 to McKees Rocks, in addition to $100,000 given to the borough to rehabilitate four pedestrian stairways and $50,000 for the Construction Workforce Development Program. Deasy said the $194,242 will help redirect stormwater runoff from the combined sewer system along Gardner and Catherine streets. The projected total project cost is $319,376. “The project includes changing the flow of five catch basins to an underground infiltration tank that is proposed to be located on borough property at the Rangers Field Park,” Deasy said. “Anytime we make upgrades to our sewer systems, it improves safety to our residents and environment.” Additionally, the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County through the Allegheny County GEDTF Program, will help to develop a mobile construction video game for the Construction Workforce Development Program. “The proposed game aims to increase diversity, promote awareness of construction careers and science, technology, engineering and math, connect students with apprenticeship programs, help them to understand the roles of commercial builders and how to start a career as a commercial builder,” Deasy said. “Employment in the trade industry provides a good income and are skills that will be in high demand in the future.” The Construction Advancement Program of Read more
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Rep. Dan Deasy reports that projects in the 27th Legislative District have been awarded more than $1 million in state grants, including almost $700,000 for pedestrian safety upgrades in Green Tree. Read more
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Rep. Dan Deasy reports that a telephone scam is making the rounds where fraud artists claiming to be state Treasury employees threaten arrest if unpaid taxes are not paid. Read more
State Rep. Dan Deasy and state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana report that Green Tree was awarded a $243,360 state Green Light-Go grant to improve aging traffic signals and message boards along Greentree Road from Carnahan Road to McKinney Lane. Read more
Rep. Dan Deasy reports that a Port Authority of Allegheny County Ticket Vending Machine is now available outside of his office at 436 S. Main St. in the West End. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, announced today that West View Water Authority will receive a $210,800 grant to help replace water lines along Thompson Avenue in McKees Rocks. The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer grant was approved Wednesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funding will support installation of 1,225 feet of water line and associated improvements along Thompson Avenue, replacing water lines that cross under railroad tracks. “The location of these very old water lines would make a potential water line break disruptive to the railroad lines and difficult to repair,” Deasy said. “Solid infrastructure keeps our communities running, and this grant is an important investment in McKees Rocks.” The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer grants are available for the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. Total project costs must be between $30,000 and $500,000. The Commonwealth Financing Authority was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. Read more
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.
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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. Read more
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
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