Gergely bill passes in the PA House

(May 03, 2023)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Matthew R. Gergely, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement today after his first piece of legislation as a state representative, H.B. 829 , passed 199-2 in the House. The legislation would allow employees who work for distributors or importing distributors to also be allowed to work at other licensees’ establishments. “The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on small business profits across the country, including those in the food and beverage industry. Bars, restaurants, and similar liquor license entities are also facing a worker shortage when it comes to hiring experienced and knowledgeable staff. Yet, the current law on the books exercises an exclusive grip and only allows these employees to work at one such establishment at a given time. “House Bill 829 releases those workers from that tight grip and fosters inclusivity among liquor license ventures. Larger and more experienced labor forces will contribute to these businesses turning a higher profit and strengthening local economies. Not only that, having extra money in their pockets will help these workers and their families afford daily necessities and benefit their overall well-being. “This bill is a win-win for Pennsylvania residents and businesses, and I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their collective confidence and support of my first bill. ” House Bill 829 now heads to the Senate for consideration. Read more


Gergely praises first bill as state representative moving out of committee

(Apr 26, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State Rep. Matthew R. Gergely, D-Allegheny, announced today that his first piece of legislation as a state representative has moved out of the House Liquor Control Committee and will now head to the full House for consideration. House Bill 829 would allow employees who work for food/liquor establishments or importing distributors to pursue simultaneous careers with such additional establishments. Current law prohibits that practice. “This legislation is a win-win for restaurants and food/liquor distributors to acquire experienced employees and the employees themselves who will be able to earn extra income,” Gergely said. Read more


Gergely introduces bill to address staffing needs in food and liquor industries

(Apr 06, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 6 – State Rep. Matthew R. Gergely, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation today that would increase the pool of trained and experienced employees available to restaurants and food/liquor distributors. House Bill 829 would allow employees who work for food/liquor establishments or importing distributors to also work at other licensees’ establishments. Current law prohibits such a practice. “As legislators, we must continue to identify where our small businesses are struggling and implement commonsense policies to assist them,” Gergely said. “This added flexibility will not only benefit businesses struggling to hire workers, but also will give employees the opportunity to earn extra income in a post-pandemic world.” Read more


Matthew Gergely sworn in as representative of the 35th District

(Feb 21, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 21 – Rep. Matthew Gergely , D-Allegheny, today took the oath of office as PA’s 35 th District representative at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. “I am excited to continue to serve my community and I am humbled by the trust the people I represent have placed in me,” Gergely said. “I look forward to working with my fellow legislators to pass smart policies that will have a positive impact on our communities and families.” Gergely previously served as chief of staff to McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko from 2012-17 and then as McKeesport Area School District’s business manager from 2017-2020. Since last year, he held the position of McKeesport’s chief revenue officer. As a legislator, Gergely said he plans to focus on supporting both public schools and unions, helping to create better jobs and prepare students for lifelong success. Photos of today’s swearing-in can be found here . Read more



(Feb 21, 2023)

Neighbors can now apply to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program . Spouses, personal representatives, or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in the claim year and meet all other eligibility criteria. Additionally, eligible senior Pittsburgh households with incomes under $30,000 will have their property tax rebates increased by an additional 50 percent , due to high wage/income tax rates. Click here to apply and to learn more. Apply by June 30th. Read more



(Feb 21, 2023)

Graduating high school seniors in the state can now apply for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship, offered in conjunction with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities . To review the criteria and to apply, click here . The deadline to apply is April 1st . Read more


Changes Coming to SNAP

(Feb 21, 2023)

The state Department of Human Services estimates that 5,000-20,000 households statewide will be disenrolled from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), due to a federal cost-of-living increase to Social Security that results in ineligibility. For these cases, January will be the final month of eligibility. Additionally, approximately 249,000 households will see a decrease in their monthly SNAP benefit, with the average reduction being $40 per household. This will take effect in March 2023, following the end of COVID-19 SNAP emergency allotments. I want to remind my neighbors that by clicking here , there is information on a host of additional programs that can ensure food stays on the table for you and your families. You can also check out the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank here for food assistance as well. Read more



(Feb 21, 2023)

Graduating high school seniors of color are encouraged to apply for the James R. Roebuck PLCB Scholarship. Awardees will receive a $1,000 scholarship for educational purposes such as tuition, fees, books, and school-related supplies. Roebuck served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1985-2020 and served as chair of the House Education Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. This scholarship was named for him to honor his deep commitment to expanding educational opportunities for all Pennsylvania students, especially students of color. Go to to apply. Read more


PA Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Feb 21, 2023)

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 or call 1-800-222-2046. There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more


Need help heating your home? Apply to LIHEAP this winter.

(Feb 21, 2023)

Pennsylvanians in need of energy assistance are encouraged to apply to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for 2022-2023 winter heating season. To see if you qualify, view the table via the link above, and click here to apply online using COMPASS. A paper application can also be found here . Everyone should be able to keep warm during the coldest months of the year, and LIHEAP is a true security blanket for those who are in need. Read more