Sainato, Longietti succeed in getting restoration of public services at New Castle Division of Vital Records
Health Department to reopen office Monday at new location
HARRISBURG, March 15 – Walk-in service at the New Castle Division of Vital Records will be restored Monday at a new location – 105 Nesbit Road in New Castle – according to state Reps. Chris Sainato and Mark Longietti, who lobbied for the move after those services were ended late last year.
Sainato and Longietti were notified of the restoration today by the Department of Health, meaning residents in their districts and the general area will regain the ability to personally obtain important documents such as birth and death certificates.
Under information revealed to Sainato and Longietti, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and citizens can get birth and death certificates the same day if they make the request by 11:30 a.m.
“This is a great move that removes a huge obstacle, which was the 60- to 90-minute drive to Pittsburgh that was necessary after the old office closed,” said Sainato, D-Lawrence. “I thank Representative Longietti for helping put forth a united front on this matter, and am grateful that the administration listened.”
Longietti, D-Mercer, also hailed the move, reiterating the two representatives’ longstanding point that it’s more important than ever for rural and suburban dwellers to have such access, particularly with the advent of REAL ID driver’s license requirements.
“We respectfully asked that this administrative decision be reversed, and now that it has been, Representative Sainato and I are pleased to report this news to those for whom it matters most: the people of our area of Northwestern Pennsylvania,” Longietti said.
Sainato, D-Lawrence, and Longietti, D-Mercer, in January wrote to Dr. Rachel Levine, the department’s acting secretary, asking for reconsideration of the administrative decision, noting the closing was announced late last year with no input from them or the public.
Afterward, the representatives met with Levine on Feb. 21 in Sainato’s Harrisburg office to state their case. That meeting lasted approximately 45 minutes and led to the eventual positive outcome.
Video of Rep. Sainato’s reaction to today’s news of the reopening is available HERE. A copy of the letter Reps. Sainato and Longietti sent to Dr. Rachel Carson in January is available HERE.