State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will host his 5 th Annual Community Police Service Award ceremony from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, 1203 Western Ave. The purpose of the event is to recognize the outstanding and committed service of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Detective Robert White. “Our office is looking forward to honoring and recognizing Detective Robert White for his exemplary service to the Pittsburgh community,” Gainey said. Invited guests include Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh Chief of Police Scott Schubert, Pittsburgh Assistant Chief of Police Lavonnie Bickerstaff, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police staff, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle and White’s family and friends. For more information, contact Melvin Hubbard El in Gainey’s office at (412) 665-5502. Media coverage is invited . Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny and approximately two dozen Democratic House colleagues offered a new budget funding option during a media event in the Capitol Media Center this afternoon. The state is facing a possible credit downgrade if a balanced budget finance package is not in place by the end of the week. The Democratic plan builds on a package that passed the state Senate in July but has not been brought up for a vote in the House. House Republicans have been focusing on a plan that would balance the budget by a series of monetary moves that would weaken many existing agencies and programs. “Many of the Republican proposals would affect our battle against opioid abuse,” Gainey said. “Cutting money from the state’s Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Fund would affect prevention and treatment programs, including youth and workplace education. “Cutting money from the Human Services funding will affect our new Centers for Excellence that provide comprehensive health service to those dealing with substance abuse. “Cutting money to public safety will hurt our first responders as well as the Department of corrections, and we all have heard so many stories about our first responders saving lives with Narcan.” Credit agencies have reported that Pennsylvania is on a credit watch and could be downgraded as early as next week. It would be Read more
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will host his 5 th Annual Senior Fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at The Pittsburgh Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh. Gainey said the popular event will feature information on programs and services for senior citizens, along with free health screenings, entertainment, door prizes, and a strong presence by local, county and state agencies. “This is one of the largest and most successful constituent service programs we offer each year, and that’s because it helps folks learn how they and their families can get help,” Gainey said. “My staff and I also look forward to hosting this event because it puts us in face-to-face contact with so many who live in the 24 th Legislative District .” Among the senior-related programs Gainey and his staff can discuss are those that handle health insurance counseling, long-term care or nursing facility complaints, elder abuse, consumer protection, insurance company disputes, legal services, and volunteer and community service opportunities. Anyone desiring more information on Gainey’s 2017 Senior Fair should call his office at (412) 665-5502. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey rails against the Pa. GOP cuts to human services in the 2017-18 state budget, arguing that it will hurt children and families who need that care and assistance the most. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey speaks at a Capitol labor rally in defense of jobs that provide a family sustaining wages, good benefits and a Pennsylvania worker's right to unionize. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, and co-chairmen from the other three caucuses in Harrisburg held its 2017 kick-off meeting this week for the PA HOPE Caucus. The PA HOPE Caucus, which stands for Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education, is a bipartisan, bicameral group of state lawmakers who have focused their attention on the prescription drug crisis that is affecting people and communities across Pennsylvania. The other chairmen of the caucus include Republican state Rep. Aaron Kaufer and Democrat and Republican state Sens. Jay Costa and Gene Yaw, respectively. The meeting featured panelists giving an overview of their organization’s concerns and policy issues, followed by a round-table discussion among the participants. Participants were: Dr. Rachel Levine, physician general, PA Department of Health Laura Conrad, deputy secretary, Legislative Affairs, PA Department of Drugs & Alcohol Susan Shanaman, legal counsel, PA Coroners Association Deb Beck , president, Drug & Alcohol Service Providers Organization of PA Marianna Horowitz, program coordinator, PA Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A) Kristen Varner , director of training & advocacy and Denise Holden , CEO, RASE Project Donald Holman , parent advocate. “The discussion was a sobering event,” Gainey said. “So many people and families are affected by this scourge, and so much of Read more
HARRISBURG, May 24 – Seeking to raise awareness and become the faces of hunger, state Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, plan to go without anything to eat or drink from sunrise until sunset for the entire month of June – and are issuing the same Hunger Challenge to their House and Senate colleagues. Wheatley and Gainey also plan to log the approximate cost of the daily sustenance they forego, then donate that amount to hunger relief organizations in their respective 19 th and 24 th legislative districts. “This sacrifice will allow us to experience some of the pains felt by those in our communities – and there are more of them than you think – who struggle with food insecurity,” Wheatley said. “Representative Gainey and I have decided to lend not just words, but our actions to bring attention to this problem.” Gainey said that in addition to being a great cause, issuing and participating in the legislative Hunger Challenge during the month of June coincides with the tough decision-making that accompanies shaping the state budget due June 30. “For those who think that we in Harrisburg too often make decisions that have little bearing on ourselves, this challenge presents an opportunity to show that we, as elected officials, are willing to personally experience and gain understanding of a problem,” Gainey said. “If your belly’s always full, you’ll never really understand Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey spoke to a group of advocates gathered in the State Capitol for Sickle Cell Advocacy Day. Gainey encouraged them to speak to as many legislators as possible and to advocate with anyone who will listen for restored funding in the state budget for Sickle Cell resources. Read more
Pa. state Reps. Jake Wheatley, Ed Gainey, Stephen Kinsey, Patty Kim and others celebrated April as National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania. With the help of musician Calvin Stemley, they recognized the treasured American art form's contributions to PA and the world. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey joined marijuana law reform supporters in Harrisburg for a rally about decriminalizing marijuana. Gainey has introduced legislation that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a summary offense with a maximum fine of $100. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey welcomes the Pittsburgh Public Schools All-City High School Choir to Harrisburg for a performance in the Capitol Rotunda on March 31, 2017.
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey talks with the Secretary of Education about the success of the consolidation within the Wilkinsburg schools and Pittsburgh Public School system, putting the schools on a better financial footing. Also, they discuss the building of a strong curriculum for technical education. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey takes with the Pa. Secretary of Education about guiding high school curriculum for technical and occupational education for CTEs and higher education institutions to better prepare our students to compete in a global economy. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey recognizes the players and coaches of the Westinghouse Academy football team on the house floor during session on February 7, 2017. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey discusses a Peace and Justice Initiative report released by the Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition to examine the quality of life, education, and employment of the city's African-American residents. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey calls on his colleagues and all Pennsylvanians to heed The Dream of the Rev. Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. to treat all with respect and move humanity forward.
Pennsylvanians shopping for health insurance have a new tool available to help explore their healthcare options. The Pennsylvania Checkbook website allows consumers to compare plans available on and off the federal health insurance marketplace. The site allows consumers to compare plans available to them based on the following factors: Estimate of average monthly and yearly total cost, based on an actuarial estimate of premium and out-of-pocket costs for a consumer with the same family size, ages, health status, and other characteristics, which also factors in the potential for subsidies to help pay costs. Seventy-eight percent of Pennsylvanians shopping on the marketplace in 2016 received subsidies; Cost of plan in a high-use year , which estimates out-of-pocket costs if the consumer needs to make frequent use of the plan and the likelihood of that occurring based on health status and other characteristics disclosed; Overall quality of plan, based on feedback from plan members. Consumers can personalize this rating to adjust weights of certain categories such as quality of doctors, ability to access care, and customer service; Doctor availability , which allows consumers to enter the names of their physicians to see which are in-network for each plan; Formulary availability , which allows consumers to enter prescription drugs that they take to check if they are covered in a plan's formulary. The site features information for plans available through Read more
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Ed Gainey said a Homewood redevelopment project today was approved for a $1 million state grant by Gov. Tom Wolf. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey joined Gov. Wolf, legislators and advocates in signing several bills that will help to battle Pennsylvania's growing opioid and heroin epidemic. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – Patients concerned about the addictive effects of opioids could sign a voluntary nonopioid directive to deny their administration, under legislation amended and passed by the House, according to state Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more
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