Rise in hate crimes leads to warning from state police, lawmakers

(Apr 02, 2020)

Lawmakers, PSP discuss increase in incidents and urge public action Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 18, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities The following link provides you with information on what steps Pennsylvania utilities have taken to assist customers, including a moratorium on shutoffs for all regulated utilities: https://pahouse.com/News/?id=113134 Sign Up for PA Alerts Sign up for emergency and weather alerts, health notifications, building alerts and other Read more

 

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday announced their legislative priorities to support Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak, including the need to support low-income and working-class families without paid family leave or the ability to work from home. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement in response to Friday’s statewide school closure: “The delegation, first and foremost, wants to be supportive of the school districts during this time. It is clear that both they and the governor are motivated by an abundance of concern for the health and safety of both their students and staff. We respect their decision and will work to support their needs in Harrisburg. However, while the closure may have been a necessary step, it is not without its subsequent challenges -- and those challenges must be addressed by the legislature. “At a minimum, in order to help people across Pennsylvania, Harrisburg should prioritize the following items for discussion and vote: Paid family leave legislation. Emergency funding for childcare support. Assistance for Read more

 

What you need to know about coronavirus

(Mar 13, 2020)

The latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) Read more

 

PA HOUSE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT LANDMARK VOTING, CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ETHICS REFORMS

(Mar 11, 2020)

“For the People” legislative package -- including Gainey bill -- will return political power to the people Read more

 

More than $1 million in safety grants issued for Allegheny County nonprofits

(Mar 11, 2020)

Grant awards first under new program established last year Read more

 

Gainey: The Frick Art and Historical Center receives $40K grant

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, today announced that a $40,000 grant has been approved for The Frick Art and Historical Center. “The Frick is instrumental in the greatness that is Allegheny County,” Gainey said. “It’s also a part of what makes Pittsburgh a destination hub for those looking to explore the arts and historical buildings formed around the Frick family’s 19 th century residence, and it’s one of many things that makes the great city of Pittsburgh unique. This funding will go a long way in assisting the museum with its day to day operation.” Cultural and Historical Support grants are to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission received 153 applications. All applicants were eligible. A total of 56 official county historical societies applied for support grants and 12 qualified in the museum category. The number of counties to receive funding increased from 57 to 58 of the 67 counties. Museums outside of Philadelphia with budgets between $100,000 and $3.5 million receive a grant based on 1.235% of its operating budget with a grant of Read more

 

Gainey, Costa announce nearly $1.5 million for local school, community safety grants

(Feb 26, 2020)

Grants part of more than $5.5 million awarded to Allegheny County schools, organizations Read more

 

PLBC unveils statewide anti-gun violence measures

(Feb 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today announced the caucus’ comprehensive measures to reducing gun violence statewide. The first was the appointments of Reps. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, and Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, as chairs of the caucus’ anti-gun violence subcommittee, who began their tenure immediately. “In the fight to eradicate gun violence in their own communities and across our commonwealth, Representatives Kirkland and Gainey have always been on the frontlines,” Kinsey said. “Both lawmakers serve with me on the PA Safe Caucus and both respectively lend a set of skills and perspectives on how we can move forward with ensuring all communities are safe.” Gainey, who is serving in his fourth term representing the 24 th Legislative District, lost his sister to gun violence after she rejected a man’s advances. He also recently introduced legislation, H.B. 307, that would ban the possession, purchase, transfer and use or manufacture of assault weapons. “My sister’s life was tragically cut short for simply standing her ground and telling a man no. Her memory guides me in ensuring no other woman or person is innocently gunned down for their right to live,” he said. “As legislators, it is our duty to protect and serve our constituents through the creation of comprehensive laws and initiatives. Read more

 

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge

(Feb 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – Following Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli being reassigned on Tuesday to summary appeals after allegedly calling a Black female juror “Aunt Jemima” and making other racist remarks toward her, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now urging the Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate. Leading the effort are PLBC members representing Allegheny County, who condemned Tranquilli’s comments as another manifestation of a broken criminal justice system that systemically targets black and brown people. “The alleged comments made by Judge Mark Tranquilli are alarming on multiple fronts,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, who represents the 35 th Legislative District in Allegheny County. “On one hand we have an individual tasked with upholding the law to the highest extent but who clearly harbors bias and judgment toward defendants before a verdict is even reached. On the other hand, we have a judge who harbors an even stronger bias toward people of color, both of which are a recipe for disaster and an injustice to our community. I’m calling on the Judicial Conduct Review Board to do a thorough investigation into this matter.” State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, who represents the 24 th Legislative District, also in Allegheny County, echoed similar sentiments. “Our society is based on the belief that justice is blind – that regardless of race, color Read more

 

Gainey applauds Gov Wolf’s commitment to education

(Feb 04, 2020)

Budget renews commitment to raising the minimum wage, criminal justice reform Read more

 

PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution

(Jan 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – Following the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who were among 9 people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, along with caucus members, reflected on the Pennsylvania native’s legacy and his activism, and spearhead bi-partisan effort to have Bryant’s memory etched in the state’s legislative record by way of a House resolution. “Lives were lost, and families are mourning. A wife and mother is mourning the loss of her husband and child; siblings are reeling from the loss of their father and sister,” Kinsey said. “Across the globe, our nation and in our commonwealth -- where Kobe grew up -- young children are trying to comprehend the death of a world-famous athlete, a role model they innocently thought was immortal. “Through basketball, Kobe inspired, unified and uplifted people around the world. As chairman of a legislative body that tirelessly advocates for policy that is inclusive and demands fairness for black lives across our commonwealth, I especially appreciate Kobe using his celebrity platform for his activism to elevate black voices by unapologetically wearing a ‘I can’t breathe’ shirt, compelling everyone to recognize our humanity and the pervasive culture of police brutality,” he said. State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, Read more

 

2019 Report to the People - Winter Newsletter

(Dec 13, 2019)

Read Rep. Gainey's 2019 Winter newsletter Read more

 

Homewood, Hunt Armory projects to receive state funding

(Nov 12, 2019)

Projects will support park area, pedestrian and bicycle access paths Read more

 

Hate crime legislation introduced in Pa. House, Senate

(Oct 13, 2019)

The legislation, sponsored by state Reps. Dan Frankel and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Phila., will bring Pennsylvania’s hate crime laws into the modern era, extend protections to threatened communities, and give law enforcement the tools it needs to prevent and address hate crimes across the commonwealth. Read more

 

10/10/19 – Ending Assault Weapons Violence – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more

 

Gainey to host Policy hearing on banning assault weapons Thursday in Pittsburgh

(Oct 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on his legislation, H.B. 307, an assault weapons ban. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Homewood Library, 7101 Hamilton Ave. in Pittsburgh. Media coverage is invited. Gainey requested the hearing to explore how Pennsylvania can improve public safety by effectively banning the possession, purchase, transfer, and use or manufacture of assault weapons. He will be joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth. Testifiers will include: Dr. Raquel Forsythe , director of trauma, UPMC Presbyterian; Dr. Dana Kellerman , policy director, Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence; Rich Fitzgerald , Allegheny County executive; Erika Strassburger , Pittsburgh city councilwoman, District 8; Daniel Lavelle , Pittsburgh city councilman; Shira Goodman , executive director, CeasefirePA; and victims of gun violence Debra Short and Jason Hate . The hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, supporting quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . Hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Gainey to host hearing on ending assault weapons violence

(Oct 03, 2019)

State Rep. Ed Gainey is hosting a public hearing with the House Democratic Policy Committee on ending assault weapon violence. Read more

 

Miller, Gainey to introduce legislation that would allow student-athletes to get paid

(Oct 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law which will allow college student-athletes in the state to get fairly compensated for their work and effort. Pennsylvania now has a similar bill in the works, thanks to state Reps. Dan Miller and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny. Miller and Gainey made the announcement Monday afternoon, stating that in a time of billion-dollar television deals and video game products, the limitations placed on today’s college athletes are disproportionately harsh. “Athletes are forced to give up their rights and economic freedom while the colleges make hundreds of millions of dollars off of their talent and likeness,” Miller said. “This bill would help to balance the scales by allowing them to sign endorsements, earn compensation, and hire agents to represent their interests in exchange for the work they do, and the benefit provided to the college.” “Our student-athletes give their blood, sweat and tears to a sport they love, while colleges, universities and corporations reap the financial benefits of their work,” Gainey said. “If a college football head coach can earn $4.8 million for coaching ‘amateur student-athletes,’ and if corporations can earn billions of dollars using the players’ names and faces, then how is it not fair for them to earn some sort of financial compensation? The chances of a Read more

 

Gainey joins Wolf to call on legislature to act on decriminalization of marijuana

(Sep 25, 2019)

Calls governor’s report and call to action ‘the start of a new Pennsylvania’ Read more

 

Rise in hate crimes leads to warning from state police, lawmakers
Apr 02, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 18, 2020

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak
Mar 13, 2020

What you need to know about coronavirus
Mar 13, 2020

PA HOUSE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT LANDMARK VOTING, CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ETHICS REFORMS
Mar 11, 2020

More than $1 million in safety grants issued for Allegheny County nonprofits
Mar 11, 2020

Gainey: The Frick Art and Historical Center receives $40K grant
Mar 04, 2020

Gainey, Costa announce nearly $1.5 million for local school, community safety grants
Feb 26, 2020

PLBC unveils statewide anti-gun violence measures
Feb 14, 2020

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge
Feb 12, 2020

Gainey applauds Gov Wolf’s commitment to education
Feb 04, 2020

PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution
Jan 30, 2020

2019 Report to the People - Winter Newsletter
Dec 13, 2019

Homewood, Hunt Armory projects to receive state funding
Nov 12, 2019

Hate crime legislation introduced in Pa. House, Senate
Oct 13, 2019

10/10/19 – Ending Assault Weapons Violence – Pittsburgh
Oct 10, 2019

Gainey to host Policy hearing on banning assault weapons Thursday in Pittsburgh
Oct 07, 2019

Gainey to host hearing on ending assault weapons violence
Oct 03, 2019

Miller, Gainey to introduce legislation that would allow student-athletes to get paid
Oct 01, 2019

Gainey joins Wolf to call on legislature to act on decriminalization of marijuana
Sep 25, 2019