In my short time in office, I’ve had the opportunity to put together important legislation that will benefit commonwealth residents. Read more
I’m happy to announce that a $525,000 state grant announced Tuesday will go toward repairing a section of Pitcairn’s heavily traveled Center Avenue. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 26 – Damage to a popular Pitcairn road will soon be repaired with help from a $525,000 state grant announced today by state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. The funds will repair a section of Center Avenue located between Fifth and Highland avenues in the “Abnormally wet conditions this spring destabilized the bank of land alongside a stretch of Center Avenue, leading to slope damage that could endanger residents,” Markosek said. “I’m grateful to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this grant, which will help fund the essential repairs needed to make sure the road is safe.” According to Markosek, the work will entail cutting the uphill slope back and removing and disposing of 24,000 cubic yards of material, relocating and reconstructing about 640 linear feet of Center Avenue, and completely stabilizing the bank. The project will also include installing 360 linear feet of storm sewer with four inlets and new guide rail. Total project cost is $2.3 million. The grant comes from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, which provides funds to encourage economic development and ensure a safe and reliable system of transportation for all residents of the commonwealth. The Department of Community and Economic Development grant was approved through the CFA. Read more
MONROEVILLE, March 14 – State and local transportation issues were the focus of state Rep. Brandon Markosek’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Monroeville Municipal Building. Markosek requested the hearing to discuss how state and local governments could improve public safety and the economy by investing in transportation improvement projects. He was joined by colleagues from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Pennsylvanians need structurally sound bridges and roads. Our families and friends should be able to travel safely to and from work, school, activities and home. I’m grateful to Chairman Sturla for bringing the committee to Monroeville to discuss how local transportation officials can worth with PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission to improve roadway safety for all,” Markosek said. Sturla added, “While we work to improve public safety and Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges, we have to remember that there are hundreds of millions of Motor License Fund dollars being used to provide free local police coverage to about 28 percent of the population. If we could spend that money on its intended purpose of road and bridge projects, we could afford to bring more than $3 million additional to every single House and Senate district for road and bridge improvements.” The committee heard testimony from: Cheryl Moon Sirianni, District 11 executive, Pennsylvania Read more
MONROEVILLE , March 11 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public forum to discuss transportation in Allegheny County and throughout the state. The forum will be held at 2 p.m . Thursday, March 14 at the Monroeville Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 2700 Monroeville Blvd. The media and public are invited to attend. Markosek requested the hearing to discuss how state and local governments could improve public safety and the economy by investing in transportation improvement projects. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel one: Cheryl Moon Sirianni, District 11 executive, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Charles Duncan, director of legislative affairs, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission 2:40 p.m. Panel two: Katharine Kellemen, CEO, Port Authority of Allegheny County Mary Ann Bucci, executive director, Port of Pittsburgh Commission 3:10 p.m. Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive 3:30 p.m. Panel three: Richard Barcaskey, executive director, Constructors Association of Western PA Chris Petrone, legislative director, Local 66 IUOE Dan Laird, project management/legislative outreach coordinator, A&A Consultants 4:20 p.m. Closing remarks The meeting is one in a series Read more
The REAL ID Act is a federal law that requires state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards to meet certain security requirements to be used as proper ID to board domestic commercial flights or enter military installations or other secure federal facilities. REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents, so you can choose to keep your current driver’s license or identification card if you wish. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, today announced he was appointed to serve on three House committees for the 2019-20 legislative session: Professional Licensure, Commerce and Gaming Oversight. “As a freshman lawmaker, I’m looking forward to my first committee appointments from House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody,” Markosek said. “Each committee entails different responsibilities, but they all have the same goal of getting the best version of a respective bill to the full House. I look forward to the challenge, and I am grateful for the opportunity to best serve my constituents and the commonwealth.” The Commerce Committee reviews legislation involving the banking and financial services industries. It has oversight of the Department of Banking, Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Securities Commission and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. The Professional Licensure Committee reviews bills which pertain to positions requiring licensing for qualified employees and businesses. The Gaming Oversight Committee oversees Pennsylvania’s table games, slot machine gaming, small games of chance and amusement laws. Markosek’s district office is located at the Monroeville Commerce Building, 4232 Northern Pike, Suite 303. For information on constituent services available through his office, visit www.pahouse.com/Markosek . Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more
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HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today to his first term representing the 25th Legislative District. “I am deeply honored to serve the people of the 25th District,” Markosek said. “I thank them for their confidence in my ability to best serve their interests in Harrisburg. In the coming term, I look forward to working with my Democratic colleagues and those across the aisle to achieve the House Democrats’ #Plan4PA.” Markosek explained that the Plan for PA is focused on creating a Pennsylvania that puts working families first by providing good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. “The items laid out in the #Plan4PA are sure to enrich the lives of people in Allegheny County and across the commonwealth,” Markosek said. Markosek is one of 91 House Democrats starting the 2019-20 legislative session, and one of the 24 first-term House Democrats elected for this session. The remaining two seats will be decided by special election this spring. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Tuesday in January. This is the 203 rd legislative session. Read more
Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more
The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . 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. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more
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