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Longietti: Nearly $600,000 in grants will fund Mercer County victims’ services, substance abuse treatment programs

(Jun 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – Grants totaling $599,257 will fund Mercer County programs to help victims of domestic violence and child abuse, as well as those struggling with addiction, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D- Mercer, announced. The funding comes from grants administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “I’m extremely pleased that our efforts to help secure this funding were successful,” said Longietti, who is a member of the At Risk Children and Families Caucus. “Our community’s strength lies not only in the achievements of our most successful residents, but in our ability to protect the most vulnerable among us. The funding approved by PCCD will give those whose lives have been turned upside down by violent crime, abuse or addiction a chance at a new future.” Longietti said three separate grants will fund the following projects: $349,969 to Aware Inc., to fund the Mercer Aware Supplemental Victim Services Project. The funding will support Aware in its mission of eliminating domestic violence and sexual abuse in Mercer County. $100,000 to Aware Inc. to fund the Mercer Aware Child Sexual Assault Project. The funding will allow Aware to improve systems response from the agency’s collaborating partners by hiring a youth advocate to support child/teen victims of sexual violence and a criminal investigator to investigate child sexual violence cases. $149,288 to the Mercer County Read more

 

Longietti: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline extended

(Jun 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – Residents have more time to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2018, as the deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “The program is a terrific way for qualifying residents to recoup a portion of their prior year’s housing expenses, and last year, nearly 572,000 applicants did just that,” Longietti said. “It’s helpful that the deadline has been extended, but I’m urging residents who meet the eligibility requirements to apply sooner, rather than later. Rebates take about six to eight weeks to process and are mailed out in the order claims are received and processed.” Longietti noted the program applies to residents who are 65 or older, widows or widowers 50 or older, and individuals with disabilities who are 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 annually for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security benefits are excluded when calculating income. Those eligible may qualify for a standard rebate of $650, although supplement rebates for some qualifying homeowners can boost that amount to $975. Spouses, personal representatives, or estates may file claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all the other requirements. Longietti said that his district office has applications, and any Read more

 

Longietti: Grant will fund expansion of afterschool program for area elementary school students

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – A $375,000 grant will allow United Way of Mercer County to expand a popular afterschool program to reach area elementary school students in four school districts, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and the United Way of Mercer County announced today. Longietti said the federally funded grant – part of a package of 21st Century Community Learning Center grants administered by the state Department of Education – will provide important academic and other opportunities for elementary students in the Farrell, Hermitage, Sharpsville, and Sharon City school districts, including Artman, Farrell, Ionta, Musser, Case, Sharpsville, and West Hill elementary schools. “I’m delighted that we were able to help secure this funding, which will allow United Way of Mercer County to expand its popular afterschool middle school program to include grade school students,” Longietti said. “Programs like these, which reinforce core concepts and broaden learning opportunities, are especially helpful because they can level the playing field for students facing obstacles and ensure every kid gets the best possible start, which can make a huge difference later on.” Lori Schaller, project director for United Way of Mercer County’s 21 st Century Learning Center Program, echoed Longietti’s sentiments. “The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant provides a unique opportunity to offer dynamic learning Read more

 

Longietti: State grants of nearly $20,000 to fund area school breakfast programs

(May 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 16 – State grants totaling $19,161 will fund breakfast programs for four schools in the 7 th Legislative District, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced. Longietti said the funding – part of the governor’s School Breakfast Initiative – should boost student performance. “There’s a clear link between nutrition and academic achievement, and that’s especially true when it comes to breakfast,” Longietti said. “Studies have shown that kids who eat breakfast before class are two times more likely to perform well on tests than those who don’t. I’m especially pleased that we were able to help secure this funding, which will go a long way toward ensuring our kids perform at their best.” Longietti said the following Mercer County schools will receive grants: Case Avenue Elementary School – $4,860 Sharon Senior High School – $4,958 West Hill Elementary School – $4,976 C.M. Musser Elementary School – $4,367 Launched two years ago, the School Breakfast Initiative provides schools funding to implement breakfast programs using alternative serving methods such as “grab-and-go” or breakfast in the classroom. Schools can also expand an existing program to include an alternative serving method. Read more

 

Longietti: Grant will help Sharon trucking business go green

(May 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 8 – A Mercer County small business is receiving a $7,000 matching grant to help it operate in a more environmentally friendly manner, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. The funding to Sharon’s Chadderton Trucking Inc. – awarded under the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Advantage Program – will allow the company to purchase an auxiliary power unit. These systems reduce the amount of diesel fuel a truck burns – and resulting emissions – by providing power for climate control and electrical devices without idling. “I’m extremely pleased that we were able to help procure this funding for Chadderton Trucking,” Longietti said. “Companies that take steps to ‘go green’ are not only benefiting the environment by reducing our carbon footprint, they’re helping their own bottom line. The equipment funded by this grant will increase fuel savings while reducing fuel emissions and maintenance costs. Chadderton Trucking has been an important employer in the local trucking and transportation sector for the past 90 years, and this grant will enhance its ability to compete and thrive.” The Small Business Advantage Program provides 50 percent matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500, to enable Pennsylvania small business to purchase energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or to implement waste-reduction processes. Since Read more

 

Longietti: Bill would ensure Pa. schools have at least one certified librarian

(May 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 8 – A bill introduced today by state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, would ensure that public schools throughout the state have at least one certified librarian per building. Longietti said he introduced H.B. 1355 – part of a package of student-centered bills known as "Beyond Safe Schools" – to ensure that students have the skills they need to compete and thrive in the Information Age. “Research and critical thinking skills are more important now than ever before, as our society is bombarded by often-misleading information from online and social media news outlets,” Longietti said. “Librarians fulfill an essential need by teaching these skills, which help students navigate large amounts of material and distill out reliable information. “Unfortunately, current law does not require school districts to employ a librarian, and the number of certified school librarians has declined. Some school districts have no certified librarian at all, while 115 school districts have one certified librarian serving the entire district. My bill would restore these positions to ensure that our students get these essential research and critical-thinking skills at a time when they need them the most.” The “Beyond Safe Schools: Safe and Supportive Schools” package aims to save lives and save money, deliver better graduation rates, reduce suspensions and expulsions and lead to more successful outcomes for Read more

 

Longietti announces more than $181,000 in fire grants

(May 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced the award of $181,457 in state grants to 14 fire companies in the 7 th Legislative District. “Our firefighters risk their lives for us every day, and in addition to combating a wide range of hazards, they also contend with financial challenges that can impact services,” Longietti said. “These grants, which will fund equipment, training and other vital resources, will help defray costs and maximize firefighter safety so these professionals and volunteers can continue their life-saving work.” Longietti said the grants are as follows: Clark Volunteer Fire Department – $12,667 Farrell Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $13,326 Greenville Fire Department – $13,656 Greenville Volunteer Fire Company – $12,172 Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $14,811 Patagonia Volunteer Fire Department – $12,502 Sharon Fire Department – $14,481 Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department – $13,656 Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,172 South Pymatuning Township Volunteer Fire Association – $11,677 Transfer Volunteer Fire Department – $13,491 West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – $13,162 West Salem Fire Department – $12,007 Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department – $11,677 The grants are provided by Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County schools to receive more than $250,000 in safety grants

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – Three grants totaling $253,734 will bolster safety for students and employees of Mercer County schools, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – is part of a package of competitive grants and will provide solutions that are tailored to each school or district’s needs. “The grants announced today are great news for school security, and I’m especially pleased that they will enable our schools to implement specific, identified needs. As essential as security is, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, schools will be able to use this funding to implement a variety of measures that include not only personnel and equipment, but a range of supportive services and programs that can address the root causes of violence and create a safe school culture,” he said. Longietti noted that the districts and schools below will use the following amounts for these resources. $142,675 to Keystone Education Center Charter School for districtwide school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazard plans; security planning and purchase of security related equipment; school resources officers; and special behavior support and training programs including positive behavior support, research-based violence prevention programs; risk assessment; classroom management, trauma-informed Read more

 

Longietti Discusses Ways To Prevent Bullying

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti participated in a public hearing in Philadelphia to address the issue of bullying. He explains the preventative measures needed to protect children across the commonwealth. Read more

 

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a strong economy in PA

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – With the president leading a renewed push to dismantle affordable healthcare coverage in the United States, a group of House Democratic lawmakers are reinforcing their commitment to a package of proposals designed to make sure people in Pennsylvania can always afford to see a doctor when they get sick. The “Healthy People, Stronger Economy” plan protects consumers even if special interests are able to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The plan contains four bills putting people first, including: Protecting Your Coverage, Protecting Your Health (HB 469) – sponsored by Reps. Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both of Allegheny County – recognizes that a consumer paying for an insurance plan that doesn't cover items as basic as hospitalization and emergency services has insurance that is almost worse than having no insurance at all. The bill guarantees all insurance plans sold in the state cover 10 essential benefits: • emergency services; • hospitalization; • prescription drugs; • maternity & newborn care; • mental health & substance abuse disorder services; • rehabilitation; • laboratory services to aid in diagnosis and treatment; • chronic disease management; • ambulatory patient services; and • pediatric services, including oral and vision care. "If the Federal Health Care Reform law is ever abolished by the United States Supreme Court or Read more

 

Longietti, Brooks: $450,000 grant to fund repair, rehabilitation of South Pymatuning Township roads

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – A $450,000 grant will help fund the repair and rehabilitation of three South Pymatuning Township roads, state Rep. Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Mercer/Erie/Warren, announced today. The funds will be used to address safety concerns and improve motorist visibility on Wynnewood Drive at the intersection of Route 18, as well as to ground down and repave both Kane and Orangeville roads. “This funding will enhance our local infrastructure and help improve safety for motorists and bicyclists traveling on South Pymatuning roads,” said Longietti. “The safety of all those on our roads is extremely important, and I’m pleased that this grant request has been approved so that these necessary improvements can be made.” Brooks was similarly enthusiastic about the approval. “A strong system of roadways is vital to an improving economy,” Brooks said. “This investment of state dollars is an important step forward in keeping our communities connected and our families safe. We are so happy to see this project approved for funding and advancing toward completion.” The plan for the improvements to Kane and Orangeville roads also includes the replacement of nine culverts and the berm area of both roads. The improvements to Wynnewood Drive include raising and repaving the road. Longietti added that in February, South Pymatuning received a PennDOT grant of $261,585 for Read more

 

Longietti, Brooks: Grant of more than $22,000 to support community food bank veterans’ program

(Feb 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – A state grant of $22,102 will bolster a local food bank’s ongoing efforts to address hunger and food insecurity among Mercer County’s veterans and military families, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Mercer/Erie/Warren, announced today. The grant from the state Veterans’ Trust Fund to Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County will go to support the organization’s MilitaryShare program — a special food distribution program that helps veterans and current military personnel. “The funding announced today is especially good news because it will help support a program that has been particularly successful in helping our area veterans,” Longietti said. “Supplies under the program are distributed discretely, outside the general public food distribution system, which helps veterans and their families maintain their pride and dignity. “The system also helps increase program participation for our county’s large number of veterans, which allows us to give back to these members of our community who have spent their lives in service to us.” Brooks agreed, adding, “This is another opportunity to assist our veterans, and I want to thank the Community Food Warehouse for their efforts, as well as the many citizens who so generously donated to the Veterans Trust Fund, by buying ‘Honoring Our Veterans’ license plates or donating Read more

 

Longietti named co-chair of Rare Disease Caucus

(Feb 28, 2019)

Feb. 27 -- State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, has been named co-chair of Pennsylvania's Rare Disease Caucus for the 2019-20 Legislative Session. He will serve with Sens. Judy Ward (R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon) and John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe). “It’s an honor to help guide the state’s efforts in such an important area,” Longietti said. “More than one million Pennsylvanians live with a rare disease, and more than half of these patients are children. The battle is made more difficult by the fact that some of these diseases aren’t being adequately studied by medical researchers. One of our aims on the caucus will be to help raise public awareness about these diseases to spur research. Another will be to advocate behalf of residents living with these diseases and to connect them with available resources.” You can read more about the caucus and appointments here . Read more

 

Longietti: Grant will help fund Sharon business revitalization plan

(Feb 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – A $15,000 grant from the Keystone Communities program will help fund a coordinated business development plan for the City of Sharon, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “At the heart of any successful community is a thriving, prosperous downtown area that attracts businesses, shops and pedestrian traffic,” Longietti said. “Downtown Sharon has developed a vibrant landscape thanks to the grassroots efforts of various local organizations. The city has experienced a renaissance of new businesses, storefronts and community events that is attracting businesses and consumers alike. “Now, we have to build on that success. It’s time for a unified business development strategy to ensure that we continue moving forward with a common vision that will make the city even more attractive to investors, shoppers, tourists and students attending the Penn State Shenango campus. The funding awarded today is going to help make that happen.” Sharon Community and Economic Development Director Melissa Lynn Phillips is equally enthusiastic. “The efforts of our small business community and dedicated volunteers have created a flower-laden downtown where visitors can enjoy shopping, dining and special events,” Phillips said. “Sharon’s growth potential has surpassed the capacity of volunteers alone, however. This grant creates an opportunity for those of us in the public sector to better Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato: Grant of nearly $142,000 will fund paid summer internships for area students

(Feb 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 25 – Students in Mercer and Lawrence counties will have an opportunity to benefit from paid summer internships thanks to a $141,632 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, according to state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. The funding awarded to the West Central Workforce Development Board will give area students and job seekers between ages 16 and 24 the opportunity to earn a minimum of $10.35 per hour as they participate in summer internships with local employers. “I’m excited about the opportunities this program will provide Mercer County students,” Longietti said. “Paid summer internships give students a taste of real-world work experience at an age when they’re starting to ponder career-path decisions. This program is going to broaden employment horizons for area students by helping them develop employable skills and allowing them to discover how their interests and talents match up with real-life opportunities." Sainato agreed, noting, “The internships funded by this program will give Lawrence County students and young adults hands-on work experience in public- or private-sector jobs that can become a springboard for successful careers later. Students get the chance to 'earn while they learn' and build skills and confidence that will equip them for a successful transition to the work place.” The funding is part of the Read more

 

The scoop on REAL ID – whether you need one and how to become pre-verified

(Feb 19, 2019)

I want to get the word out about REAL ID – including helping you decide whether you need one and, if so, explaining how you can become “pre-verified” for one now to save time later. WHAT IT IS: A REAL ID is a new, optional form of driver’s license or identification card that PennDOT will issue after verifying certain identification and residency documents provided by you. REAL IDs will become available in March and will resemble a regular driver’s license or identification card, but will have a gold star. WHETHER YOU NEED ONE: Getting a REAL ID is not mandatory but may be useful depending on your needs. Once card-based enforcement of the REAL ID Act begins on Oct. 1, 2020 , you’ll no longer be able to use your regular, state-issued driver’s license or identification card to board commercial flights or enter high-security federal facilities such as military bases. Instead, you will either have to use the new REAL ID or rely on your passport, military ID or other form of federally accepted identification. You don’t need a REAL ID to visit regular federal buildings like the post office, vote, apply for or receive federal benefits, or gain access to hospitals and health clinics. WHAT DOCUMENTS YOU’LL NEED: If you decide you want a REAL ID, you can become pre-verified for one now by bringing the required documents to any PennDOT driver’s license center so they can be verified in person. (See below for Read more

 

Longietti: $327,000 grant to advance STEM and computer science learning, expand access to career development programs

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – A $327,000 state grant will promote computer science and STEM learning in Mercer County schools while expanding hands-on career development opportunities for students, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “Today’s high-paying, family sustaining jobs demand a strong grasp of STEM and computer science skills,” Longietti said. “The funding announced today will help Mercer County schools tailor these classes to the specific demands of the 21st century job market. The grant also will help connect students with educational and career development programs that offer stimulating, hands-on learning and real-world work experience.” The grant recipient – United Way of Mercer County – will use the funding to administer the 4C Catalyst program, a cross-sector partnership of area schools, businesses, workforce partners and community organizations that aims to engage 1,500 students in grades five through nine annually in computer science and STEM education. “We’re extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Jim Micsky, executive director of United Way of Mercer County. “We have been working hard to increase student learning and heighten awareness about STEM. A grant like this provides an opportunity to rally the community behind the importance of STEM training and education, and it will make our community a better place to live and work." The grant, administered Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $325,000 in grants will expand regional job opportunities, promote industry growth

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – Nearly $325,000 in state grants will expand job-training opportunities for students and job seekers in western Pennsylvania, including Mercer County, while helping area industries grow more competitive, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. The grants, which are part of the PAsmart initiative, will be used to identify local needs and connect students and other job seekers to regional industries, with a focus on strengthening and expanding apprenticeship programs. “Apprenticeship programs are excellent ‘earn while you learn’ opportunities for young Pennsylvanians,” Longietti said. “They provide hands-on training plus the guidance and support of a mentor, which helps students gain confidence as they acquire real-world skills. The programs are also great for area employers because they allow businesses to tailor training to their specific needs.” The funding – which is shared among multiple legislative districts – includes: A $280,555 Ambassador Network grant to Thomas P. Miller and Associates to convene a consortium of partners to identify needs, provide quarterly webinars and technical assistance and promote apprenticeship growth and retention. A $43,252 Next Generation Manufacturing Industry Partnership grant to NWPA Job Connect to create a partnership in the advanced manufacturing industry. The Ambassador Network grant is administered by the state Department of Labor Read more

 

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – To make sure attacks on healthcare coverage don’t hurt Pennsylvania’s working families, a group of House Democratic lawmakers are introducing a package of proposals to make sure people can always afford to see a doctor when they get sick. The “Healthy People, Stronger Economy” plan protects consumers even if special interests are able to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The plan contains four bills putting people first, including: Protecting Your Coverage, Protecting Your Health – sponsored by Reps. Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both of Allegheny County – recognizes that a consumer paying for an insurance plan that doesn't cover items as basic as hospitalization and emergency services has insurance that is almost worse than having no insurance at all. The bill guarantees all insurance plans sold in the state cover 10 essential benefits: emergency services; hospitalization; prescription drugs; maternity & newborn care; mental health & substance abuse disorder services; prescription drugs; rehabilitation; laboratory services to aid in diagnosis and treatment; chronic disease management; ambulatory patient services pediatric services, including oral and vision care. “If the Federal Health Care Reform law is ever abolished by the United States Supreme Court or the Congress, you could be left with health insurance policies that don’t cover the essential services Read more

 

Longietti supports governor’s proposed budget investments for education, career and tech training

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 - State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, released the following statement today in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget address: “I am pleased that Governor Wolf’s budget proposal includes important investments to move Pennsylvania forward by providing critical funding to educate our school children and train the next generation of workers while taking care of the needs of our senior citizens. “The governor spoke of the importance of funding basic education, which I believe is the most important investment we can make. Giving our kids the strongest possible start from preK-12 has always been important. Today, however, as technology assumes an ever-increasing role in the workplace, it’s more important than ever to provide our students with a broad curriculum that includes the latest science, technology, engineering and math concepts. Additionally, when the state increases funding to our local school districts, we reduce pressure on local sources of funding like property taxes. “I also strongly support the governor’s plans for increased investments in workforce development. By strengthening career and technical training for Pennsylvanians of all ages, we’re equipping the workers who will carry forward the economic future of the commonwealth. We’re providing them with the tools they need to succeed and to stay and raise families in the state. “Finally, I support funding that ensures that Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $600,000 in grants will fund Mercer County victims’ services, substance abuse treatment programs
Jun 17, 2019

Longietti: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline extended
Jun 11, 2019

Longietti: Grant will fund expansion of afterschool program for area elementary school students
Jun 05, 2019

Longietti: State grants of nearly $20,000 to fund area school breakfast programs
May 16, 2019

Longietti: Grant will help Sharon trucking business go green
May 08, 2019

Longietti: Bill would ensure Pa. schools have at least one certified librarian
May 08, 2019

Longietti announces more than $181,000 in fire grants
May 03, 2019

Longietti: Mercer County schools to receive more than $250,000 in safety grants
May 01, 2019

Longietti Discusses Ways To Prevent Bullying
Apr 04, 2019

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a strong economy in PA
Mar 28, 2019

Longietti, Brooks: $450,000 grant to fund repair, rehabilitation of South Pymatuning Township roads
Mar 26, 2019

Longietti, Brooks: Grant of more than $22,000 to support community food bank veterans’ program
Feb 28, 2019

Longietti named co-chair of Rare Disease Caucus
Feb 28, 2019

Longietti: Grant will help fund Sharon business revitalization plan
Feb 26, 2019

Longietti, Sainato: Grant of nearly $142,000 will fund paid summer internships for area students
Feb 25, 2019

The scoop on REAL ID – whether you need one and how to become pre-verified
Feb 19, 2019

Longietti: $327,000 grant to advance STEM and computer science learning, expand access to career development programs
Feb 11, 2019

Longietti: Nearly $325,000 in grants will expand regional job opportunities, promote industry growth
Feb 08, 2019

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy
Feb 08, 2019

Longietti supports governor’s proposed budget investments for education, career and tech training
Feb 05, 2019