HERMITAGE, March 29 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R- Crawford/Erie/Mercer/Warren, are pleased to report that the Greenville Borough Municipal Authority will receive a $320,000 state grant to update the control system at the Greenville water treatment plant. The grant will help fund a $387,800 project to improve communication from the West End and East End tanks and the booster pump station to the water treatment plant to prevent costly overflows and the drainage of tanks. The current system relies on telephone landlines to monitor water levels in the storage tanks and has experienced failures from various causes, including tree limbs falling on the lines. The new system will ensure more reliable communication from the main control building and will provide real-time data on system water levels. Under auspices of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the PA Small Water and Sewer grant program funds activities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. Eligible projects must have a total project cost between $30,000 and $500,000, and funding is available for municipalities and municipal authorities. "These upgrades are way overdue," Longietti said. "Controlling the proper water levels can reduce system failures and overflows. This upgrade is a solid step forward for Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, has issued a statement upon the announcement that SCI-Mercer will not be closed as part of a cost reduction plan announced by Gov. Tom Wolf. Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced that the only prison that will be closed is SCI-Pittsburgh, the oldest prison that was under consideration for elimination. "The community dodged a major bullet this morning," Longietti said. "I believe the community's united stand in presenting our case made a real difference. "I appreciate that the governor and the closure committee had a very tough decision. All five locations under consideration provide a real benefit to their communities, but I believe we made a very strong case for the value of SCI-Mercer to the community. "Now that this decision is behind us, I will continue to work with our local economic development professionals and elected officials to foster economic opportunities and job growth in Mercer County." According to the Wolf administration, the prison closure plan is one step in the effort to reduce the projected 2017-18 state budget deficit. The closure of Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh, including the relocation of up to 1,900 inmates, is expected to be completed by the end of June. Many are expected to be moved to SCI-Camp Hill where 1,000 beds were recently made available. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – Flanked by Pittsburgh Steelers legend Franco Harris and four-time Olympic medal-winning wrestler Bruce Baumgartner, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, joined the call for quality Pre-K programs at a Capitol news conference today. Longietti, who serves as co-chairman of the joint House/Senate Early Childhood Education Caucus, said high-quality Pre-K programs have a demonstrated, positive impact on student achievement. “In Pennsylvania, when we have invested in our children early, we have realized results, such as an 80-percent reduction in at-risk behaviors among 3-year-olds participating in PA Pre-K Counts,” Longietti said. “In Mercer County, the United Way’s ‘Success by Six’ Pre-K summer program has demonstrated consistent achievement results, according to a longitudinal study following participants over time.” Longietti said it is particularly important to reach at-risk and disadvantaged children, because studies have shown that 60 to 70 percent of the achievement gap between low- and high-income children in high school was already present by the time they were in kindergarten. Longietti drew a parallel to sports in his district, noting that the Reynolds High School wrestling program, which has won several state championships, is fed by a junior wrestling program that starts teaching athletes at a very young age. He said the same concept applies to the Hickory High School football program, Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, has been appointed Democratic chairman of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session. "I am excited for the opportunity to chair this important committee," Longietti said. "Tourism is the state's second-largest industry, providing nearly $40 billion in annual economic impact and supporting more than 450,000 jobs. "As the state continues to deal with severe budget shortfalls, it is important to understand that the tourism industry also provides $4 billion annually in state and local taxes. "I have served on this committee my entire time in the legislature, so I am very familiar with the goals, purposes and processes of the committee and I have already established many important connections with people in the industry, such as Sharon's Karen Winner Sed, co-chair of the Pennsylvania Tourism Partnership. The PTP shares the committee's goal of promoting the amazing tourism assets Pennsylvania offers. "Mercer County is a prime example of the wide variety of tourism opportunities, from the outlets in Grove City to the Avenue of 444 Flags in Hermitage, and WaterFire Sharon, which brings arts, culture and tourists to downtown Sharon three weekends a year. "This committee is crucial for providing ideas and support for sites and events throughout the region and the entire Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Mark Longietti today was sworn in for a sixth, two-year term representing the 7th Legislative District in Mercer County during a ceremony at the state Capitol that started the 2017-18 legislative session. Longietti, D-Mercer, will look to extend his ten-year record of perfect attendance when the House is in session. “The people of the 7 th Legislative District sent me to Harrisburg to serve as their voice, and I take my responsibility seriously to cast votes on all issues that come before the state House,” Longietti said. He said his top priorities continue to be education, economic development and constituent service. “I will fight to ensure Pennsylvania makes the necessary investments in education so that our students are ready to pursue a college degree or enter the workforce,” Longietti said. “We also must work to improve the state’s economy. During the past four years, Pennsylvania has fallen behind other states in job creation, and we must increase our economic development efforts.” Longietti served as a member of the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission, which recommended a new funding formula for distributing basic education dollars to public school districts. The recommended funding formula was adopted by the General Assembly and used for the first time during the 2016-17 state budget. Longietti also serves as co-chairman of the bipartisan Early Childhood Education Read more
Harrisburg – State Sen. Michele Brooks and Rep. Mark Longietti announced a $1 million Multimodal Transportation Program grant that will allow NLMK Pennsylvania to upgrade its Farrell rail operation and help retain more than 700 jobs. The grant will permit rehabilitation of 8,300 feet of track, crossties and ballast and improve grade crossings in its 13-mile rail network at the plant. The company also will replace locomotives and install and modify loading docks. “Our area competes not only against others states, but globally, for jobs. It is important that our region and Pennsylvania is competitive in keeping these family sustaining manufacturing jobs,” said Senator Brooks. “If NLMK is able to flourish here, there will be correlative opportunity for employment and economic development in the region. I was happy to have the opportunity to be a partner in helping obtain this funding.” “This grant will allow NLMK to move a sufficient amount of product to remain competitive, thereby helping to retain over 700 well-paying jobs in our community,” Representative Longietti said. “I am pleased to have played a role in securing this funding which will help preserve these important jobs.” The grant application was submitted by Penn Northwest Development Corporation on behalf of NLMK, formally known as Duferco Farrell Corporation. The scrap salvage company makes metal casing for Whirlpool, Frigidaire and other products for Read more
The Republican Party controls the Pennsylvania General Assembly, but a Democrat, Tom Wolf, still occupies the governor’s mansion.
With revenues falling behind projections in the current budget year, people already are asking whether the state is heading for another stalemate like it experienced two years ago, during which funding was cut for a time to many agencies, causing forced reductions in services or outright closures. Read more
SHARON, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, today announced a $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant for Winner Development, LLC to redevelop the former Westinghouse Electric, North Side property in Sharon. “Originally, the former Westinghouse Plant covered 58 acres in Sharon, and this grant will go a long way toward continuing to redevelop this brownfield and creating jobs by giving business a place to grow,” Longietti said. “My father, as well as many citizens of our local community, spent their career at Sharon Westinghouse. It makes me very proud to think that if the economic conditions develop correctly, as I believe they will, we could see a significant level of permanent jobs created at this currently underutilized site.” The proposed remediation consists of adaptive reuse of multi-tenant space to include: A laboratory for research and development regarding water treatment-related services; Revitalized space to create a functional art business; and Revitalized manufacturing and warehousing areas resulting in new value-added investments. “We’re extremely excited this grant has been awarded, as it will play an integral part in securing the funding necessary for this project to continue,” said Jack Campbell, vice president and secretary of Winner Development, LLC. “I truly believe the repurposing of this brownfield can further help revitalize the Sharon area Read more
State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, today announced a pair of upcoming Pennsylvania Department of Education Safe Schools Initiative grants for Sharon City School District and West Middlesex Area School District. Read more
Following approval by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, State Representative Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced a $52,275 grant has been awarded to the city of Sharon for construction of Wengler Park. Read more
Following approval by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced a $52,275 grant has been awarded to the City of Sharon for construction of Wengler Park. Read more
HERMITAGE, Oct. 14 – Calling it an incredibly worthwhile grant to a deserving program, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project grant to the Keystone Blind Association in Hermitage. “This is a grant that I’ve been fighting for since spring of 2015, and I’m thrilled that the governor has announced the grant will proceed and money will soon flow to the Keystone Blind Association,” Longietti said. “KBA employs hundreds of blind and disabled people in rewarding jobs, at rates above the minimum wage and with full benefits, while also advancing its mission of providing critical services to blind and disabled citizens of Mercer County since 1947.” State Sen. Michele Brooks joined in the RACP announcement, stating, “I was so pleased to work with Representative Longietti on behalf of Keystone Blind Association in support of this funding. The job training and assistance Keystone provides individuals in helping them live independently is just remarkable.” The RACP grant will allow KBA, which due to rapid growth has consolidated all its services under one roof, to renovate its new building at 3056 E. State St. and make it fully ADA compliant and accessible for blind and disabled individuals. “Keystone Blind Association and our affiliates have over 50 locations across the state,” said Jonathan Fister, CEO of KBA. “This grant award will Read more
State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today a total of $1.13 million in multi-modal grant funding coming to the 7th Legislative District for highway and bridge projects in Farrell and Sharon. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti attended a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia to explore methods to keep Pennsylvania's young people out of the criminal justice system but investing in public education. Read more
State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and Parke Wentling, R-Mercer/Crawford/Erie/Lawrence, announced today a $3.8 million investment through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for the Greenville Municipal Water Authority, which serves Greenville Borough and portions of Hempfield and West Salem townships. Read more
State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, will host his 10th annual senior fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Sharon American Legion, 1395 E. State St., Sharon. Read more
State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today two grants for Sharon and Shenango Valley totaling $325,000 from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
The funds will go toward:
• $175,000 for the downtown Sharon Riverfront Urban Park; and
• $150,000 for the Shenango Valley YMCA equipment and expansion.
State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that his legislation amending a section of the Estate Code that hasn’t been updated in 21 years unanimously passed the House.
House Bill 1974 would increase the amount an employer may pay directly to a surviving relative for a deceased family member’s final paycheck from $5,000 to $10,000. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, will vote tonight to pass S.B. 1073, the general appropriations bill for Pennsylvania’s fiscal year that begins tomorrow.
“This budget represents a true compromise between Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, and Governor Wolf’s office,” Longietti said. “It provides a solid investment in our education system, including basic, special and higher education, without a broad-based tax increase that hits our working families hardest.”
State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, issued the following statement before House consideration of Senate Bill 1073, the general appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016-17:
"While not perfect, this budget represents a compromise between House Democrats and Republicans that makes a solid investment in the education of our young people. I have long been a proponent of working across the aisle to achieve a reasonable budget in a timely fashion and one that prioritizes investments in our children’s future, and this budget accomplishes those goals.
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