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Deasy: Alcohol education grants available through PLCB

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – Hoping to promote responsible alcohol consumption by those of legal drinking age, state Rep. Dan Deasy, Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, is announcing the availability of funds for programs that seek to reduce underage and dangerous drinking practices. Deasy, D-Allegheny, said the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is now accepting applications through Friday, March 15. “Eligible applicants include commonwealth school districts and higher education institutions, community organizations, municipal police departments, municipal officials and representatives, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations,” Deasy said. “This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to promote safe, responsible drinking at a legal age. During the last grant cycle, the PLCB awarded nearly $1 million in alcohol education grants.” The grant cycle is for one year, from July 2019 through June 2020. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis with a maximum award of $20,000. Applications will be received and evaluated by the PLCB’s Bureau of Alcohol Education. The grant application and related information can be found at https://www.lcb.pa.gov/Education/Programs/Pages/Grants.aspx . For additional assistance, contact Deasy’s office at 412-928-9514. Read more

 

Deasy issues statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: “Today, Governor Tom Wolf presented his annual budget address before the state House of Representatives, and I’m encouraged by what I heard. “I support Governor Wolf’s Plan for PA as detailed in his budget address. I’m also committed to continuing the fight to increase the state minimum wage, improving school safety, increasing education funding, fighting the opioid epidemic, helping adults struggling with intellectual disabilities, and so much more. “There’s also a need to address our infrastructure needs, as well as increase the minimum pay for teachers to $45,000. The current base salary of $18,500 was set 30-something years ago, and nobody pays that little now. This increase would primarily impact small, rural districts. “Nonetheless, I’m hopeful for a positive, progressive budget situation come June. The foundation provided by the governor gives us all something to work with, and if the House and Senate can work in bipartisan manner, I am hopeful we will be able to get it done on time.” Read more

 

SNAP benefits administered today; House Liquor Control Committee appointment; LIHEAP is still OPEN -- and more!

(Jan 18, 2019)

For those who receive SNAP food aid benefits – this may be of importance to you. Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

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

 

Learn more about state programs at these upcoming events!

(Jan 15, 2019)

February is fast approaching, so I wanted to share my calendar of upcoming events with you. Many are geared toward introducing you to the wealth of state programs available to Pennsylvania residents. Read more

 

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

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

 

Deasy appointed Democratic chairman of House Liquor Control Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, was appointed today as Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. This is Deasy’s first committee chairman appointment. “I’m elated to have been appointed as Democratic chair of the House Liquor Control Committee,” Deasy said. “I’d like to thank House leadership for this assignment, and I’m eager to get to work and do what we can – in bipartisan fashion – to further progress the state’s Liquor Code, adequately enforce liquor licensing and keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.” The House Liquor Control Committee reviews and deliberates all legislation involving the state’s Liquor Code and oversees operations of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which includes liquor enforcement and licensing. Deasy represents the 27th Legislative District, which includes part of Wards 19, 20 and 28 in the City of Pittsburgh, and the boroughs of Crafton, Green Tree, Ingram, McKees Rocks and Thornburg. Constituents can visit his website at www.pahouse.com/Deasy for information on various state-related services and programs. They can also visit www.twitter.com/RepDeasy for important state and regional information. Read more

 

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – The Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation (ACHDD) today proudly announced that seven of its 16 members were appointed to key chair positions on House committees that handle major issues in western Pennsylvania and the state as a whole. State Rep. Dan Miller, chair of the ACHDD for the 2019-20 legislative session, noted the importance of the delegation’s appointments. “The ACHDD and its members take their responsibilities very seriously,” Miller said. “As Democrats, we will continue to prioritize family sustaining jobs, access to quality health care, and investments in education, and having so many of our members in the Caucus leadership will only aid in achieving those goals. Allegheny County will continue to be well-represented.” The newly appointed chairs and their committees include: Rep. Dan Deasy , Liquor Control Committee. Rep. Tony DeLuca , Insurance Committee. Rep. Dan Frankel , Health Committee. Rep. Bill Kortz , Game and Fisheries Committee. Rep. Rob Matzie , Consumer Affairs Committee. Rep. Harry Readshaw , Professional Licensure Committee. Rep. Jake Wheatley , Finance Committee. The appointments were announced by state Rep. Frank Dermody, also a member of the ACHDD, who recently was unanimously re-elected as the House Democratic Caucus leader. First-time chairs include Matzie, Kortz and Deasy. All leadership positions are determined every two years. The ACHDDs website, Read more

 

Deasy sworn in for sixth term in state House

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, was sworn into office today for his sixth two-year term representing the 27 th Legislative District. “It’s the beginning of a new legislative session, and I’m more than ready to get to work on addressing constituents’ needs,” Deasy said. “We have plenty to get done this year, and I’m confident in House Democrats’ ability to do what is best to help move the commonwealth in the right direction.” Deasy said he plans to continue to spearhead a variety of outreach events, such as his senior information series, job fairs, shredding events to help residents protect their identity information, and more. He’ll also continue helping residents find gainful employment, noting the Employment Center in his district office is open to job seekers during weekday regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Deasy also has a running list of legislation for which he’s seeking co-sponsorship. Some of this proposed legislation would prohibit use of handheld electronic devices while driving in a construction zone, establish cultural development districts, amend the taxpayer relief act relating to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, and establish a community college education assistance program within the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. “The legislation I’ve already circulated to House members not only will benefit people locally, Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications due by Dec. 31

(Dec 27, 2018)

The deadline to file a state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application is Dec. 31, which means your application must be postmarked by that date. Read more

 

Deasy: Tax credits totaling $685,000 awarded to entities in 27th Legislative District

(Dec 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – Four entities located in the 27 th Legislative District today were awarded $685,000 in tax credits, announced state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny. The tax credits will aid in funding four community redevelopment projects, Deasy said. The projects range from bolstering educational opportunities for children and families, to community and economic development, and to renovate and revitalize commercial buildings. “The tax credits awarded today to this district will play a large role in rectifying issues we’ve been working to fix for quite some time,” Deasy said. “Not only will this help fix the blight situation scattered across the district, but it also will assist in enhancing educational opportunities for area youth.” The entities that received tax credits include: McKees Rocks Community Development Corp., $400,000. Center of Life, $55,000. Landmarks Community Capital, $80,000. McKees Rocks Partners LLC, $150,000. The tax credit program, managed by the state Department of Community and Economic Development, provides the credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems, including affordable housing, veteran’s initiatives, crime prevention education, job training and long-term community revitalization. A full list of programs and projects that will be supported by the tax credits in southwest Pennsylvania can be found here . Read more

 

Rep. Deasy's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click on the link above to download Rep. Deasy's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Allegheny County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 05, 2018)

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

 

Learn more about state programs at these upcoming events!

(Oct 18, 2018)

With December just around the corner, I wanted to share my calendar of upcoming events with you. Many are geared toward introducing you to the wealth of state programs available to Pennsylvania residents. Read more

 

Deasy: Green Tree Borough awarded nearly $78,000 for recycling efforts

(Oct 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – Green Tree Borough was awarded a $77,958 Recycling Development and Implementation Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said state Rep. Daniel Deasy, D-Allegheny. The grant can be used for a number of things. Funding eligibility is allocated for expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials or operating leaf compost facilities. “Recycling is beneficial to both our community and environment,” Deasy said. “Any way that we can reduce waste and conserve energy is a win-win situation and I’m thankful that this grant will help us achieve that in some way.” Deasy noted that Green Tree has been extremely proactive with its recycling efforts. The Borough’s Aluminum Can Recycling program benefits Green Tree Rotary Charities, which funds local projects like college scholarships, youth sports or education programs. The Green Tree Recycling Center is located at the Public Works parking lot behind the Fire Hall/Pool parking lot at 825 Poplar St. Nearly 200 county and municipal governments were awarded grants for recycling collections, education and leaf litter pickup. Up to 90 percent of approved recycling program costs are eligible under the grant program. For more information, visit Green Tree’s website or for more information on the Read more

 

Deasy: Grant will help make upgrades to city’s recreational area

(Oct 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Daniel Deasy, D-Allegheny, said a Community Conservation Partnership Program grant in the amount of $200,000 that will help revitalize Townsend Parklet was awarded today through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Deasy said Townsend Parklet was awarded the funding in order to help provide additional playground equipment and renovate a basketball court, along with installing new surface material and lighting. Townsend Parklet is located at 817 Chartiers Ave., and sits on almost 2 acres in Pittsburgh. “I couldn’t be more pleased that our community will receive this funding to renovate one of our recreational areas,” Deasy said. “Providing safe spaces that are accessible to all of our residents is important and imperative.” Deasy, who advocated on behalf of the project that is located in the Elliott neighborhood of his district, said the renovation will create a more welcoming atmosphere for the community. The source of funding for the grant is the Keystone Fund. More information about the grant is available on the DCNR website. Read more

 

School safety grant awarded to Keystone Oaks School District

(Oct 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Daniel Deasy, D-Allegheny, announced today that $20,000 was awarded to the Keystone Oaks School District for the training and compensation of school police officers. “This funding will help ensure that the school district can provide some funding for school police officers,” Deasy said. “I know that by having a SPO on staff, it will make students, teachers and parents feel safer while at school.” The Keystone Oaks School District , is located right outside of the city of Pittsburgh and includes the communities of Castle Shannon, Dormont and Green Tree. It has three elementary schools, and its middle and high school share a campus, which is located outside of Dormont in Mt. Lebanon. Approximately 88 school entities received part of the $3 million awarded for the training and compensation of school police officers. Applicants were eligible for a maximum individual grant of up to $40,000. This state Education Department program is separate from the new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program created this year and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. For a list of awardees and their award amounts, visit the PDE’s website . Read more

 

Dispose of your old, unwanted prescriptions this month

(Oct 02, 2018)

Pennsylvania has higher than normal rates of heroin and opioid substance abuse, along with alcohol abuse among youth. It’s why I’ve introduced a resolution to mark October 2018 as Substance Abuse Prevention Month in Pennsylvania and is why I’m hosting prescription drug disposal events throughout the month of October. The first disposal event is at my district office tomorrow evening. Read more

 

Deasy resolution would recognize October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

(Sep 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – Citing the commonwealth’s higher than normal rates of heroin and opioid substance abuse, along with alcohol abuse among youth, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, introduced a resolution highlighting October 2018 as Substance Abuse Prevention Month in Pennsylvania. House Resolution 1053 , coincides with the Office of National Drug Control Policy in observing National Substance Abuse Prevention Month in order to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in both individual and community health, and to remember those who have lost their lives while fighting substance abuse. “Substance abuse is a disease and a real issue not only across America, but right here in the commonwealth,” Deasy said. “Prevention strategies and early intervention efforts are essential to decreasing drug use, help people lead healthier lives and reduce the negative consequences of addiction.” Deasy said $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care, are associated with the abuse of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse . Each dollar invested in an evidence-based prevention program can reduce costs related to substance use disorders by an average of $18.30. In the hopes of curtailing drug use, Deasy is partnering with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office’s Project D.U.M.P. (Disposal of Unused/Expired Medications Properly) Read more

 

Deasy: Alcohol education grants available through PLCB
Feb 11, 2019

Deasy issues statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address
Feb 05, 2019

SNAP benefits administered today; House Liquor Control Committee appointment; LIHEAP is still OPEN -- and more!
Jan 18, 2019

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools
Jan 17, 2019

Learn more about state programs at these upcoming events!
Jan 15, 2019

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry
Jan 10, 2019

Deasy appointed Democratic chairman of House Liquor Control Committee
Jan 07, 2019

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees
Jan 07, 2019

Deasy sworn in for sixth term in state House
Jan 01, 2019

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications due by Dec. 31
Dec 27, 2018

Deasy: Tax credits totaling $685,000 awarded to entities in 27th Legislative District
Dec 17, 2018

Rep. Deasy's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 03, 2018

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans
Nov 08, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 05, 2018

Learn more about state programs at these upcoming events!
Oct 18, 2018

Deasy: Green Tree Borough awarded nearly $78,000 for recycling efforts
Oct 12, 2018

Deasy: Grant will help make upgrades to city’s recreational area
Oct 11, 2018

School safety grant awarded to Keystone Oaks School District
Oct 04, 2018

Dispose of your old, unwanted prescriptions this month
Oct 02, 2018

Deasy resolution would recognize October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
Sep 26, 2018