Allegheny County Airport to receive $223,000 in grant funding

(Dec 06, 2018)

The grant will be used to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield including a new plow truck, landscaping equipment and a wheel loader to replace existing equipment that is old and unreliable. Read more

 

Kortz honors 100-year-old local WW II Army nurse for service

(Dec 06, 2018)

On Tuesday, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, had the honor of recognizing Elva Bertha and celebrating her 100th birthday. Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Check out my 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar 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

 

Kortz to host annual Senior Fair and Shred-It events in October

(Oct 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, will host two free events – days apart from each other – for constituents in October. The 11 th annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Broughton Volunteer Fire Department, 1030 Cochran Mills Road in Pittsburgh (South Park). “This is a yearly event that I look forward to every year,” Kortz said. “In addition to having the pleasure of meeting with and talking to older residents within my district, they will have access to an overwhelming amount of information on programs and services that benefit seniors.” Aside from exhibitors and light refreshments, there will be opportunities to receive free blood pressure screenings, and get flu and pneumonia shots with an eligible Medicare card. A sheriff’s deputy from Project D.U.M.P. (Disposal of Unused Medications Properly) will be onsite to collect unused or expired medications for proper disposal. Needles and syringes are excluded. Then, two days after the fair, Kortz will host his 6 th annual Shred-It event from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the West Mifflin No. 3 Volunteer Fire Co., 3722 Rodeo Drive in West Mifflin. There is a two-box limit per vehicle for shredding, and the event is not open to businesses. “If you have any personal documents, such as used financial statements, old bills or other things, this is the time to dispose of them Read more

 

Kortz pays tribute to late state Rep. Raymond T. Book

(Sep 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, paid tribute today to late three-term state Representative Raymond T. Book. Book died in May at age 93. Kortz issued the following statement: “We’re here to say thank you to a man whose tireless dedication to serving Whitehall Borough, the commonwealth and the nation has been an inspiration to all of us. Elected to the House for three terms, Ray was a model of integrity and approachability. But even before his election to the House, he dedicated his life to serving his country and his community. “With World War II raging, Ray enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought under Gen. George Patton, battling through the tumult of the second wave of invasions of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. A hard-working family man, he served as Whitehall Borough councilman for two terms before being approached to run for representative of the 41 st Legislative District. He accomplished much during his three terms, but one of proudest achievements was his primary sponsorship and the passage of Pennsylvania’s Organ Donor legislation. “Ray’s contributions to his country and community are surpassed only by his pride in, and love for, his family, who miss him dearly. His legacy of public service is remembered through his many achievements, but will also live on through his daughter Linda, who is serving her fifth term on the Whitehall Borough Council.” Family members attending the Read more

 

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission sponsoring Mentored Youth Fishing Day; Happy Labor Day!

(Aug 29, 2018)

On Monday, Sept. 3, we celebrate Labor Day. For many, this is an end-of-the-summer send-off, but it is important to remember and reflect on its true meaning. Read more

 

As students return to school, please drive carefully

(Aug 22, 2018)

Most students have or will be returning to school at the end of the month. I’d like to remind drivers to be cautious and on the lookout for children and school buses. Read more

 

Kortz: Glassport Borough tracts gain ‘Qualified Opportunity Zone’ status

(Jun 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, announced today that two low-income census tracts in the 38th Legislative District, which he represents, were approved by the U.S. Treasury Department as “Qualified Opportunity Zones.” The census tracts – both located in Glassport Borough – were nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf under a federal program that provides tax incentives to private investors for investing in low-income communities. “Private investment will revitalize these areas by funding development that will create job opportunities, better housing and expanded community resources,” Kortz said. “Hardworking residents of these communities deserve the promise of a better life for themselves and their families.” Under the program – which is administered by the Treasury under the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – states may nominate a certain percentage of census tracts as Qualified Opportunity Zones. Private investors receive tax benefits for investing capital gains in these areas. Pennsylvania had 1,197 low-income census tracts eligible for Qualified Opportunity Zone status and was given the opportunity to nominate 25 percent, or 300 tracts. The nominations were announced in April and approved this month. An interactive map of the tracts is available here . Read more

 

Kortz: Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended

(Jun 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2017 under the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, announced today. “The extension is great news for the many eligible Pennsylvanians who benefit from this program,” Kortz said. “They include residents 65 and older; widows and widowers 50 and older; and people with disabilities 18 and older. It costs nothing to apply, and my offices can help. Stop by to determine whether you’re eligible. We can also provide application forms and help you fill them out.” Kortz’s Dravosburg Office is located at 751 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd. and can be reached at 412-466-1940. His Pittsburgh Office is located at 5101 Old Clairton Road and can be reached at 412-886-2870. Kortz noted that the program’s income eligibility limits are $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. For purposes of calculating income, half of Social Security is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, although supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. Kortz asked that constituents seeking assistance bring proof of local (county, borough and school) property taxes and proof of income, such as an IRS Form 1099. Residents can learn more about the program and download an application from the state Department of Revenue’s website. The Read more

 

Kortz bill requiring school civics test heads to governor’s desk

(Jun 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 7 – A bill that would require Pennsylvania schools to test students on their competency in civics, government and U.S. history is heading to the governor’s desk after the House yesterday passed a final version, according to the bill’s co-prime sponsor, Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny. “The test that schools would administer would be the same or similar to the test immigrants must take to become U.S. citizens,” Kortz said. “If we’re requiring new citizens to learn fundamental concepts about how our democracy works, then our students should have the same basic knowledge upon graduation. “The ultimate goal of the bill is to ensure that our graduating students have a basic knowledge of our constitutional democracy so that they can become engaged citizens in our great nation. We can’t expect kids to grow into informed, responsible citizens and leaders if we don’t teach them about how our government works.” House Bill 564 would require schools to administer either a locally developed civics assessment – or they can use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services test or parts thereof – at least once to all students between grades seven and 12. Ultimately, the local school districts would decide the final version of the test. Students who obtain a perfect grade would receive a certificate of recognition from the state Department of Education. The certificate would not be a Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Kortz resolution commemorating 74th anniversary of D-Day

(Jun 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – The House today unanimously adopted a resolution commemorating the 74th anniversary of D-Day, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny. “More than 160,000 U.S. and allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on that day in 1944,” Kortz said. “It was the crucial turning point in World War II because on that day, America and her allies started the campaign that was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. “D-Day represented so much for our nation. It showed us the power of our strength and resolve as Americans. Perhaps most importantly, the victory reassured us that the nearly 10,000 lives lost were not lost in vain. The “greatest generation” answered the call and rose up to scale the Normandy beaches and cliffs that day en route to defeat the Axis powers who were focused on world domination. “My father, while not part of the Normandy invasion, fought in the European theater during World War II, and I am forever grateful for his service and all the soldiers who sacrificed so much to win this terrible war. “I want to thank my colleagues for unanimously adopting this resolution so that we can keep alive the memory of those who began the campaign to liberate the world that day.” Read more

 

Kortz: Construction on Streets Run Road Bridge expected to begin in June

(May 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is alerting motorists that construction on the Streets Run Road Bridge at the intersection of Doyle Road (bridge closest to Thee Olde Place Inn) is anticipated to begin in early June and continue throughout the summer. “In order to remove the bridge from Allegheny County’s structurally deficit bridge list, this replacement has to occur,” Kortz said. “While construction is underway, I would like to remind drivers to leave home a little earlier to get to their destination and to drive cautiously along the detour route.” During construction, drivers will be directed to the detour route along Clairton Boulevard/Saw Mill Run Boulevard (Route 51), Lebanon Church Road (Route 2040) and Route 885 (Lebanon Road). The project is expected to be completed by Sept. 1. This project follows the completion of the Lutz Hollow Bridge located at the intersection of Lutz Hollow Road and Streets Run Road and traffic will resume on that end. Access to the City of Pittsburgh can be made by traveling the route of Delwar Road to Streets Run Road. The schedule may change in the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities. The project is part of the Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Program. The bridge is among 558 bridges being redone under the state’s $899 million Rapid Bridge Replacement Project that is taking place over a Read more

 

Kortz: Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate is end of June

(May 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 23 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is reminding constituents that the deadline to apply for the state Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is June 30. “This program is targeted to provide property tax and rent relief to older and disabled adults,” Kortz said. “If you qualify to receive a property tax or rent rebate, please make sure to apply before the end of the month.” The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates can go as high as $975 for qualifying homeowners. Eligibility includes: Pennsylvanians 65 or older; widows and widowers 50 and older, and people with disabilities 18 and older. Residents who have an income limit of $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters; half of Social Security income is excluded . Spouses, personal representatives or estates, may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2017 and meet all other criteria. More information can be obtained by visiting the Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers or at one of my legislative offices . For more information, call 1-888-222-9190. Read more

 

Kortz: Drive safe this summer and watch for children

(May 22, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – As the weather warms up and as children are dismissed from school for the summer, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is reminding motorists to be conscious of their surroundings during these upcoming months. “Children will be outdoors throughout our neighborhoods and in our parks, and sometimes they don’t have the best sense of their surroundings,” Kortz said. “The summer is a great season to take advantage of being outside and all of the recreational activities associated with it, but please take extra precautions and look for children when driving.” Kortz said a rise in bike and foot traffic are inevitable with the turn of seasons and daylight saving hours. Contrary to what most people think, the summer is the most dangerous time to operate a motor vehicle for a variety of reasons including seasonal thunderstorms, construction, teen drivers and holiday travel, according to the Department of Transportation. Some driver safety suggestions from the AAA include: Make sure to look for pedestrians and cyclists at intersections. Make eye contact with children as they cross the street. Scan between parked vehicles to see if any children are playing. Slow down and look for cues that children may be in the area. Additionally, Kortz is cautioning parents to make sure their children wear helmets when riding a bicycle and encourage them to stay on safe roads. Read more

 

Congratulations to Saquon Barkley!

(Apr 27, 2018)

It was terrific meeting Saquon Barkley at the state Capitol. Read more

 

House passes Kortz bill requiring school civics assessment

(Apr 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – A bill that would require Pennsylvania schools to assess students’ competency in U.S. history, government and civics at least once between grades seven and 12 passed the House today, according to the bill’s co-prime sponsor, Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny. House Bill 564 would require schools to administer the assessment to ensure that students understand the nature, purpose and principles of U.S. constitutional democracy, the structure and operation of the U.S. government and its most important documents, and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. “At the end of the day, we want our students graduating high school to have the basic knowledge they need to become engaged citizens,” Kortz said. “Ours is the greatest democracy in the world, and when we welcome new immigrants, we require them to have a basic understanding of our government. It’s essential that we ensure that our young people coming out of school here in Pennsylvania are equipped with the same basic knowledge.” Under the bill, the state Department of Education would be required to post links on its website to the 100-question test administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services and any other materials the department considers useful for schools. The bill also would require the department to conduct an electronic survey of each school entity at the end of the 2020-21 school year, and every two years after, Read more

 

Kortz testifies before Judiciary Committee about school safety bills

(Apr 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – In testimony yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on gun safety, Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, talked about how his H.B. 2150 and a companion funding bill would bolster school safety by ensuring that school buildings throughout the state are better protected in the event of a shooting incident. “In today’s society, our children are becoming targets, and it’s not acceptable,” Kortz said. “There are so many ways in which we can make schools ‘hard’ targets to better protect our children. Even something as simple as having magnetic locks on classroom doors would go a long way toward protecting students by preventing an assailant from entering. My bills would enable schools to go forward with implementing these much-needed protections.” Kortz’s bill would increase funding for the Safe Schools Targeted Grants program by $30 million – to a total of about $38.5 million – to enable schools to implement security measures such as trained school resource officers and equipment such as stronger doors, metal detectors, magnetic locks and other infrastructure protections. This proposal would include incremental increases with an eventual cap of $50 million, and would allow school entities to apply for the grant annually rather than biennially. “We need to be proactive and secure our schools now to ensure the safety of children,” Kortz said. “We Read more

 

Sen. Jim Brewster, Rep. Bill Kortz announce state grant for track rehabilitation in West Mifflin plant yard

(Apr 03, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 3 – State Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, and state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, today announced a $700,000 state grant to rehabilitate about one mile of track at the Tube City IMS, LLC, plant yard in West Mifflin. The money comes from the Rail Freight Assistance Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “The release of funds for this vital project to improve Tube City IMS, LLC, will not only increase efficiency of operations but also grow economic development in the area,” Brewster said. “Steel mills built the foundation of many of our communities and I am proud to have Tube City, IMS, LLC, in my district working daily to support and enhance manufacturing operations of their steel making partners.” Kortz added: “I’d like to congratulate Tube City IMS, LLC, on securing this state grant. This is a company that leads in on-site, industrial steel mill services for steelmakers around the world. Not to mention, their services lessen steelmakers’ environmental impacts and contribute to a cleaner environment for all, including those in the 38 th Legislative District.” The rehabilitation of roughly one mile of track in the West Mifflin plant yard is part of a four-pronged project, including the replacement of turnouts and ties, track surfacing, and track realignment to increase efficiency of yard operations. The Rail Freight Assistance Program Read more

 

Kortz: Four municipalities in the 38th Legislative District recognized as 2018 Banner Communities

(Mar 28, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, today announced that four municipalities in the 38 th Legislative District he represents have been recognized as 2018 Banner Communities by the Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM) and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “I’m ecstatic to announce this recognition for the four municipalities located in the 38 th Legislative District,” Kortz said. “It speaks volumes to the dedication and commitment each municipality continues to showcase as they work toward making Allegheny County a place people want to call home.” The municipalities include Whitehall Borough, Baldwin Borough, Port Vue and South Park . Whitehall Borough has been part of the Banner Community Program since its 2012 initiation. The program recognizes municipalities committed to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders. In its sixth year, the program announced record participation with 55 municipalities designated as 2018 Banner Communities. Read more

 

Allegheny County Airport to receive $223,000 in grant funding
Dec 06, 2018

Kortz honors 100-year-old local WW II Army nurse for service
Dec 06, 2018

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Nov 29, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 05, 2018

Kortz to host annual Senior Fair and Shred-It events in October
Oct 09, 2018

Kortz pays tribute to late state Rep. Raymond T. Book
Sep 24, 2018

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission sponsoring Mentored Youth Fishing Day; Happy Labor Day!
Aug 29, 2018

As students return to school, please drive carefully
Aug 22, 2018

Kortz: Glassport Borough tracts gain ‘Qualified Opportunity Zone’ status
Jun 20, 2018

Kortz: Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended
Jun 11, 2018

Kortz bill requiring school civics test heads to governor’s desk
Jun 07, 2018

House unanimously adopts Kortz resolution commemorating 74th anniversary of D-Day
Jun 06, 2018

Kortz: Construction on Streets Run Road Bridge expected to begin in June
May 24, 2018

Kortz: Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate is end of June
May 23, 2018

Kortz: Drive safe this summer and watch for children
May 22, 2018

Congratulations to Saquon Barkley!
Apr 27, 2018

House passes Kortz bill requiring school civics assessment
Apr 16, 2018

Kortz testifies before Judiciary Committee about school safety bills
Apr 10, 2018

Sen. Jim Brewster, Rep. Bill Kortz announce state grant for track rehabilitation in West Mifflin plant yard
Apr 03, 2018

Kortz: Four municipalities in the 38th Legislative District recognized as 2018 Banner Communities
Mar 28, 2018