Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Talking tourism, organ and tissue donation, UC fraud alert and more!

(Jul 30, 2021)

Tourism is our state’s second largest industry and a huge economic growth industry for our state that already generates billions in tax revenues. Our group discussion with Kennywood focused on how we can help grow the state’s tourism industry and what can be done locally to further capitalize on the potential of this world-renowned asset in our own backyard. Read more

 

Tourism, jobs, sustainability and more focus of Policy Committee tour, discussion at Kennywood Amusement Park

(Jul 28, 2021)

West Mifflin, July 28 -- Today’s House Democratic Policy Committee tour at Kennywood highlighted the far-reaching impacts and boosts Kennywood and other state amusement parks have on the communities they call home. State Reps. Nick Pisciottano and Austin Davis welcomed chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the Policy Committee to Kennywood for a tour of the facility and round table on the jobs it brings to the region and further economic impacts on the tourism industry, trades and more. “Kennywood remains an economic driver for the Mon Valley, bringing in families from near and far,” said Davis, Vice Chair of the Policy Committee and chairman of the Allegheny County Delegation. “I continue to support efforts to boost tourism and recreational opportunities at Kennywood and other destinations like it across Pennsylvania, especially as they rebuild from the pandemic. Today’s discussion opened up pathways for solutions to boost our state’s finest attractions and keep them running for years to come.” “As a member of the House Tourism and Recreation Committee, I’ve been touring several great attractions across Allegheny County this summer, including Kennywood,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny. “We know that many tourism sites across our state are continuing to recover from the pandemic, and we had a productive conversation about the best ways we can support them and help Read more

 

Committee to discuss pandemic impact on PA’s tourism economy

(Jul 26, 2021)

WEST MIFFLIN, July 26 – The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic impact of amusement parks on the regional economy is the topic of a tour and hearing hosted by state Rep. Nick Pisciottano. The tour will start at 9 a.m. on July 28th at Kennywood, 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122. The media is encouraged to attend and media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, will be joined by committee chair, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, Allegheny County Delegation Chairman Austin Davis and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on amusement parks, and their role in supporting the local economy and providing employment opportunities. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: District school funding info, emergency rental assistance, tourism’s economic impacts and more!

(Jul 22, 2021)

I wanted to share some good news for our school districts included in our most recently passed state budget, which includes funding increases for basic and special education. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Alternative fuels vehicle and infrastructure funding opportunities

(Jul 22, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection : Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : School districts, municipal authorities, municipalities, nonprofits, private businesses. Use : Purchase or retrofit vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, purchase and install refueling equipment, and research or develop new technologies. Funds: Infrastructure and innovative technology project g rants up to $600,000. Vehicle grants up to $100,000 per vehicle, depending upon class of vehicle. Application Deadline : August 27; a second application round will close December 17 More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program: Until Funds Expended ( Funding Source: State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement) Business, charitable organizations, incorporated nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, and other entities. - Rebates for Level 2 EV charging equipment for public use at government owned property, public use at non-government owned property, non-public use at work places, non-public use at multi-unit dwellings. DHS Children’s Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: UC work search requirements reminder, Port Vue district office hours, visits around the district and more!

(Jul 16, 2021)

I also had the opportunity to visit the training facilities of Operating Engineers Local 66, Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union #12, and IBEW Local #5 this week. We have so many unions in our region that provide skilled labor to the private and public sectors while offering excellent training programs to the next generation of apprentices. Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Highlighting great parks, honoring a special educator, grant resources and more!

(Jul 09, 2021)

Our region has so much to offer residents and visitors, and my latest video with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald highlights our great parks – and what better time to enjoy them than this summer! Read more

 

A list of grant opportunities available right now

(Jun 30, 2021)

From support for local businesses to job training, there are a number of grant funding opportunities in Pennsylvania. Here's a look at what's available right now: STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Driving PA Forward Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program (Funding Source: State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement) Who May Apply : Business, charitable organizations, incorporated nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, and other entities. Use : Rebates for Level 2 EV charging equipment for public use at government owned property, public use at non-government owned property, non-public use at work places, non-public use at multi-unit dwellings. Funds : Maximum rebates of $4,000 per plug for full public access and networked charging projects, $3,500 per plug for multi-unit dwelling projects and $3,000 per plug for all other eligible projects, including workplace charging. Application Deadline : First come, first-served. More Information : Click on https://gis.dep.pa.gov/drivingpaforward/ . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Children’s Trust Fund (Funding Source: Children’s Trust Fund) Who May Apply : Any organization operating in Pennsylvania that provides direct services and meets the criteria in this Request for Applications (“RFA”) is eligible to apply. Use : To support community-based child abuse and neglect Read more

 

Pisciottano announces $224K in grants awarded to area volunteer fire, EMS companies

(Jun 29, 2021)

DRAVOSBURG, June 29 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano announced a total of $224,010 in grants have been awarded to local volunteer fire and emergency medical services companies. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said the annual Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is overseen by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, provides funding for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads. “Our first responders have continued, time and time again, to answer the call, even during the pandemic,” said Pisciottano. “Many of them struggled to keep their doors open during that time and were unable to conduct fundraising activities. These funds will be instrumental in helping our volunteer fire and EMS companies to continue to serve our communities.” The grants awarded are as follows: Baldwin Emergency Medical Services (EMS): $11,520. Baldwin Independent Fire Co.: $14,193. Broughton Volunteer Fire Department : $15,000. Citizens Hose Co. #1 : $15,000. Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Co. #1 : $13,837. Duquesne Annex Volunteer Fire Co. : $12,233. Homeville Volunteer Fire Department #1 : $12,946. Library Volunteer Fire Co. : $13,302. McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service (EMS) : $8,933 Option Independent Fire Co. : $13,124. Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Co. : $14,015. Skyview Volunteer Fire Co. West Mifflin #4 : $13,124. South Baldwin Volunteer Read more

 

Now open for applications: Historical Records Care and Lead Hazard Reduction Funding Opportunities

(Jun 24, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission: Historical & Archival Records Care grant program (Funding Source: Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund ) Who May Apply : H istorical societies, libraries, museums, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, local governments, school districts. Use : Surveying, inventorying, preserving, arranging and describing historical records relevant to Pennsylvania. Funding may also be requested for reformatting or the purchase of supplies and equipment. Funds : Collaborative grants up to $15,000. Single entity grants up to $5,000. No match required. Application Deadline : August 2 More Information : Click on https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Records-Care-Grants.aspx . FEDERAL PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): FY 2021 Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program ( Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : States, cities, counties, Native American Tribes or other units of local government. Use : To identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible housing. Funds : Grants of $1 million to $5 million per awardee. A total of $356,841,000 is available nationwide. HUD expects to make 80 awards. Application Deadline : July 12 Read more

 

Pisciottano announces passage of bill in honor of Scott Hirsh

(Jun 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 23 – A measure to rename the Camp Horne Road Interchange in honor of Scott Hirsh, who was killed by a distracted driver in 2017, passed unanimously in the PA House today, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano announced. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said the initial efforts in crafting H.B. 636 began under the work of his predecessor, state Rep. Bill Kortz. Earlier this year, Act 105 went into effect, which requires drivers to take proactive steps when approaching or passing a disabled vehicle. In addition, it also established a new point system for a “Move Over” violation and doubled the fines for a summary offense. “It was an honor to introduce this legislation to rename the interchange on behalf of Scott and his family,” Pisciottano said. “It will serve as a reminder to drivers to please move over and slow down when approaching a disabled vehicle, and lead to more saved lives.” The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration. Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - West Mifflin flooding issue updates, Kennywood, hunting license info and more!

(Jun 21, 2021)

I wanted to provide an update on the dangerous flooding issue we've repeatedly seen on Lebanon Church Road and Clairton Road in West Mifflin. Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: Supporting our veterans, Children’s Museum reopening and more!

(Jun 14, 2021)

I was honored to join a bipartisan group to discuss 12 bills benefitting Pennsylvanian veterans that are scheduled for a vote this month. State Rep. Jim Gregory and I have been working hard on H.B. 1220, which would increase the stipends paid to disabled veterans. Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: District happenings, UC system updates and more!

(Jun 07, 2021)

It’s certainly been a busy few weeks across the district – one of the highlights of my job is visiting communities and learning more about how their work positively impacts our residents. Read more

 

Kinkead: Allegheny County DA Zappala’s actions are reprehensible and must be immediately addressed

(Jun 04, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, June 4 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s public comments against Milton Raiford, a Black attorney who spoke out against racism in the criminal justice system. “It is undisputed that our criminal justice system has real, systemic and systematic issues of racism and Allegheny County is far from immune. DA Stephen Zappala’s decision not to address these issues but instead to instruct his staff not to offer plea deals to attorney Milton Raiford’s clients after he voiced concerns about these issues betrays public trust in their ability to receive equal justice in Allegheny County, not to mention violating attorney Raiford’s free speech rights. “To potentially punish clients because of the statements their attorney made is beyond reprehensible and must be addressed immediately. This latest action raises additional concerns as to how the district attorney’s office has conducted its business, notably in how it has treated clients of other attorneys, including those with whom DA Zappala may have disagreed, now or in the past. “Several of my colleagues in the state House and Senate today have joined me in signing a letter , urging DA Zappala to take immediate actions that would work to restore public confidence in the district attorney’s office, including rescinding the action taken against attorney Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - UC updates needed, steel’s future, grant awards and more!

(May 28, 2021)

There’s been a great deal of discussion since U.S. Steel’s announcement cancelling an update to its Mon Valley Works facility. I truly believe there is a way forward for steel production. Read more

 

Pisciottano announces $95K in state funding for blight reclamation

(May 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded $95,000 in grants for three projects to clean up and reclaim blighted areas, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. CFA grants were awarded for the following projects: $45,000 to the Borough of Liberty to demolish a former school in danger of collapsing. $30,000 to the Steel Rivers Council of Governments to demolish 12 properties in the Borough of Glassport – funding to be used for demolition, environmental clean-up and engineering costs. $20,000 awarded to the Borough of Dravosburg to demolish two residential properties presenting a danger to the community. “Ensuring our communities remain safe places to live and work is paramount, and these investments will allow these properties to be safely rehabilitated, providing for additional growth and recreational opportunities.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. More information can be found at the following link: https://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/ . Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Honoring a hero, upcoming grant opportunities and more!

(May 24, 2021)

Earlier this week, I was honored to present a special House citation to Officer Kristin Mitrisin of the Pleasant Hills Police Department for a recent act of heroism. Read more

 

Grant opportunities: Historical & Archival Records Care program open for applications

(May 20, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission: Historical & Archival Records Care grant program (Funding Source: Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund ) Who May Apply : H istorical societies, libraries, museums, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, local governments, school districts. Use : Surveying, inventorying, preserving, arranging and describing historical records relevant to Pennsylvania. Funding may also be requested for reformatting or the purchase of supplies and equipment. Funds : Collaborative grants up to $15,000 for a two-year project. Single entity grants up to $5,000 for a two-year project. No match required. Application Deadline : August 1 More Information : Click on https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Records-Care-Grants.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: PCCD Communities That Care: May 24 (Funding Source: General Fund ) Nonprofit organizations and units of local government. - Planning grants to help communities apply the Communities That Care (CTC) model. DCED Neighborhood Assistance Program: May 28 (Funding Source: General Fund) 501c3 nonprofits . – Tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects by eligible nonprofits to serve low-income Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Upcoming UC changes, supporting our healthcare workers, satellite office reopening and more!

(May 17, 2021)

I joined nurses, hospital workers, and SEIU Healthcare in support of safe staffing legislation. Back in March, I was joined by my colleagues urging movement on H.B. 106, known as the Patient Safety Act. Nurses and hospital staff have worked on the front lines for all of us for months, and it’s time we repay the favor to ensure they have safe working conditions! Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Talking tourism, organ and tissue donation, UC fraud alert and more!
Jul 30, 2021

Tourism, jobs, sustainability and more focus of Policy Committee tour, discussion at Kennywood Amusement Park
Jul 28, 2021

Committee to discuss pandemic impact on PA’s tourism economy
Jul 26, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: District school funding info, emergency rental assistance, tourism’s economic impacts and more!
Jul 22, 2021

Now open for applications: Alternative fuels vehicle and infrastructure funding opportunities
Jul 22, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: UC work search requirements reminder, Port Vue district office hours, visits around the district and more!
Jul 16, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Highlighting great parks, honoring a special educator, grant resources and more!
Jul 09, 2021

A list of grant opportunities available right now
Jun 30, 2021

Pisciottano announces $224K in grants awarded to area volunteer fire, EMS companies
Jun 29, 2021

Now open for applications: Historical Records Care and Lead Hazard Reduction Funding Opportunities
Jun 24, 2021

Pisciottano announces passage of bill in honor of Scott Hirsh
Jun 23, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - West Mifflin flooding issue updates, Kennywood, hunting license info and more!
Jun 21, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: Supporting our veterans, Children’s Museum reopening and more!
Jun 14, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: District happenings, UC system updates and more!
Jun 07, 2021

Kinkead: Allegheny County DA Zappala’s actions are reprehensible and must be immediately addressed
Jun 04, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - UC updates needed, steel’s future, grant awards and more!
May 28, 2021

Pisciottano announces $95K in state funding for blight reclamation
May 25, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Honoring a hero, upcoming grant opportunities and more!
May 24, 2021

Grant opportunities: Historical & Archival Records Care program open for applications
May 20, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Upcoming UC changes, supporting our healthcare workers, satellite office reopening and more!
May 17, 2021