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Longietti will host 12th annual senior fair July 19

(Jul 13, 2018)

SHARON, July 13 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, will host his 12th annual senior fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Sharon American Legion, 1395 E. State St. Longietti is encouraging constituents to attend so they can learn more about the wealth of state and local programs designed to help Pennsylvania’s seniors live happier, healthier lives. He said that he expects approximately 50 exhibitors. Constituents will find information about health care, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, prescription drug plans, unclaimed property, free senior farmers market vouchers and more. The event will also feature free health care screenings, giveaways and door prizes. Registration is not required, but constituents with questions may contact Longietti’s office at 724-981-4655. Read more

 

County gets green light on funding for traffic signal upgrades

(Jul 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 12 – Mercer County residents will benefit from upgrades to area traffic signals thanks to two grants totaling $520,701 provided under the state’s Green Light-Go program, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “Whether they’re commuting to work, walking or cycling, residents must be able to rely on smooth operation of traffic signals,” Longietti said. “These grants are funding improvements that are critical for safety and traffic flow in our area.” The grants will fund the following projects: Hermitage City – $204,640 to upgrade the intersection of Keel Ridge Road and East State Street, including installation of new signal heads, mast arms, controller assembly, wiring and traffic congestion detection. Sharon City – $316,061 to complete modernization of a traffic signal at South Sharpsville Avenue, East Connelly Boulevard (U.S. Route 62) and Shenango Valley Freeway. The grants are part of a $31 million funding package to 70 municipalities statewide for signal upgrades. The Green Light-Go program is administered by the state Department of Transportation. Read more

 

Longietti: General Fund bill passes House, provides increase in funding for early childhood education

(Jun 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, issued the following statement on his support of the 2018-19 General Fund bill, which passed the House today: “I am pleased to have voted for a budget bill that holds the line on taxes, while making strategic investments in education, career training and services to our most vulnerable citizens. This bipartisan spending bill demonstrates that, working together, we can address our citizens’ most pressing needs, while being mindful of the financial pressures faced by taxpayers.” Longietti pointed to critical investments in education programs for children and training programs for those seeking jobs. “As co-chairman of the House/Senate Early Childhood Education Caucus, I am pleased that the budget includes $25 million in additional funding for early childhood education programs like Pre-K Counts and Head Start. These investments will open the doors to high-quality early learning for thousands of children across the commonwealth, including many right here in Mercer County.” In addition to a 1.7 percent increase in Basic Education Funding for schools, Longietti also highlighted an investment of $30 million in additional funding for career and technical education. “In Mercer County, there are family-sustaining jobs available in trades and advanced manufacturing, but there is a need for qualified workers. The investment in career and technical education will help students Read more

 

Longietti: Bill that would create database for unclaimed life insurance benefits passes House

(Jun 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – On Monday, a House bill that would require the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to create a database to be used by beneficiaries in search of unclaimed life insurance benefits unanimously passed the House, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced. “The passing of this legislation is a significant benefit for family members of a decedent,” said Longietti, a co-sponsor of H.B. 152 . “The creation of a database that allows family members to see if their loved one had a life insurance policy or annuity contract in place will provide families with death benefits during their time of need.” Under the legislation, insurers would be required to maintain a valid email address with the state’s Insurance Department. The department then would be tasked with maintaining an electronic database of this information so that family members know how to reach a company to determine whether a life insurance policy or annuity contract is valid. Additionally, insurance companies are required to participate in the Life Insurance Policy Locator Service adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners , which provides a method for searching for life insurance policies and annuity contracts in effect. “I have had a number of families come to my office in hopes of tracking down a life insurance company to see if the policy they found at the home of decedent was valid. Other times, they’re simply trying to determine Read more

 

Longietti, state leaders highlight importance of ‘building’ high-quality child care in Pennsylvania

(Jun 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, co-chairs of the 140-member Early Childhood Education Caucus, today joined Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera at the Capitol to welcome children from Hansel and Gretel, a high-quality Keystone 4 child care center, to commemorate Early Childhood Action Day. Longietti, Rivera and other legislators participated in a block tower building competition to highlight the importance of continued state investments in high-quality child care. As part of the event, advocates distributed a recent poll of 602 Pennsylvania residents conducted by Magellan Strategies that demonstrated strong support for funding high-quality child care. Key findings from the poll show: Seventy-seven percent support and 55 percent strongly support increased funding for high-quality child care programs. Seventy-seven percent believe high-quality child care is very expensive and 82 percent believe the government needs to do more to make programs affordable for families. “We know that investing in our children early, when the infrastructure of their brains is being formed, is the best first step we can take to promote their lifelong success,” Longietti said. “We have to make sure these types of investments reach our most vulnerable populations, and that can only be accomplished by funding programs like Pre-K, child care, home visiting, and early intervention at a level that Read more

 

House approves Career and Technical Education package

(Apr 30, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – A package of bipartisan bills boosting Career and Technical Education was approved by the House today, according to state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, a strong supporter of the legislation. “I am pleased these bills passed, which will go a long way toward closing the skills gap and helping students and workers become career ready,” said Longietti, a member of the House Education Committee. “There is a growing need for non-degree CTE credentials, which can lead to good-paying jobs and satisfying careers.” The bills include H.B. 2155 , a measure that would reform certification requirements for CTE teachers by emphasizing work experience in the field over additional course credits. “In eliminating redundant course credits while increasing hands-on work experience in the field, we can attract additional qualified CTE teachers while boosting quality,” Longietti said. House Bill 2156 would provide tax credits to businesses which invest in schools offering CTE programs to students. Schools may use these funds to purchase relevant equipment and create career training programs. Scholarships would also be made available to post-secondary students pursuing a CTE credential. “Mercer County business leaders have stressed to me the growing need for a skilled workforce,” Longietti said. “This tax credit program would allow local businesses to invest in area schools offering CTE and in the Read more

 

Longietti receives PSLA Presidential Award for advocating for strong library programs across the commonwealth

(Apr 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, has been awarded the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association inaugural Presidential Award for his efforts to maintain strong school library programs across the commonwealth staffed by certified librarians. “The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association is proud to recognize Representative Mark Longietti with their inaugural Presidential Award,” PSLA President Jennifer Bates said. Longietti will be recognized during the PSLA Awards Breakfast from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 4 during the 45 th Annual PSLA Conference at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, 325 University Drive in Hershey. “Receiving this award is a great honor and I am extremely humbled,” Longietti said. “Libraries, especially those located in our schools, are essential to our communities because they open a child’s imagination and provide a world of information to anyone seeking it.” Last year, Longietti reintroduced H.B. 740 , legislation that would require public schools to have at least one certified librarian per school. The bill was referred to the House Education Committee. “Having a professional librarian in our schools is a vital part of a youth’s education, ultimately helping them to become stronger, more independent thinkers,” said Longietti. “School librarians help provide quality library resources, can help youths achieve higher reading test scores, Read more

 

Longietti votes for Career and Technical Education package

(Apr 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced that a package of bipartisan bills boosting Career and Technical Education today were approved by the House Education Committee. “I was pleased to vote for each of these proposals, which will go a long way toward closing the skills gap and helping students and workers become career ready,” said Longietti, a member of the House Education Committee. “There is a growing need for non-degree CTE credentials, which can lead to good-paying jobs and satisfying careers.” The bills include H.B. 2155 , a measure that would reform certification requirements for CTE teachers by emphasizing work experience in the field over additional course credits. “In eliminating redundant course credits while increasing hands-on work experience in the field, we can attract additional qualified CTE teachers while boosting quality,” Longietti said. House Bill 2156 would provide tax credits to businesses which invest in schools offering CTE programs to students. Schools may use these funds to purchase relevant equipment and create career training programs. Scholarships would also be made available to post-secondary students pursuing a CTE credential. “Mercer County business leaders have stressed to me the growing need for a skilled workforce,” Longietti said. “This tax credit program would allow local businesses to invest in area schools offering CTE and in the Read more

 

Mercer County will share in $221,400 grant to train young adults

(Apr 13, 2018)

Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, today announced that the West Central Workforce Development Board was awarded $221,400 to help educate youth and young adults. Mercer County is among five counties that the West Central Workforce Development Board will use funding to provide six business and industry career fairs and 30 paid work experiences in targeted industries. Longietti was pleased the grant also includes funding for two educator-in-the workplace programs. “The face of modern manufacturing has changed dramatically with the use of technology,” said Longietti. “It’s important that educators have an opportunity to experience the 21 st century workplace so that they may translate these changes to the classroom and get students interested in the rewarding careers available in our local economy.” The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded nearly $3.5 million from the Reemployment Fund for 16 Strategic Innovation projects across the state. The grants were given to local Workforce Development Boards. “Providing high school students with real life career experiences is a plus for both young adults and potential future employers,” said Longietti. “Educating young people is one of the best investments that we can make.” Click here for a full list of 2017-18 Strategic Innovation Grant Awardees. Read more

 

Sainato, Longietti succeed in getting restoration of public services at New Castle Division of Vital Records

(Mar 15, 2018)

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 Read more

 

Longietti: Persian Gulf veterans bonus program accepting applications through Aug. 31

(Mar 01, 2018)

GREENVILLE, March 1 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is reminding eligible veterans that they have six months to apply for a maximum $525 under the state’s Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus program. Longietti said veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 are eligible. He added that an additional $5,000 is available for surviving family of personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, and that service members declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for $5,000. “I urge every veteran who meets the qualifications to apply, and the same goes for any surviving family member,” Longietti said. “Even though the deadline is six months away, please don’t wait until the last minute if you can avoid that. If you have any questions, my offices are available to help.” To be eligible for the bonus, a service member must have: Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not Read more

 

Thirteen fire and EMS grants awarded to the 7th District

(Feb 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner has awarded 13 grants to fire and EMS companies within his district through its Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program. “First responders, many of whom are volunteers, put their lives on the line every day to ensure those living in our communities are safe,” Longietti said. “I hope the funds from these grants help in some way, whether through training, purchasing equipment, for facilities or career development.” The companies that received 2017-18 grants in the 7 th District include: Clark Volunteer Fire Department $12,649 Farrell Volunteer Fire Dept. Inc. $12,649 Greenville Fire Department $13,939 Greenville Volunteer Fire Company $12,280 Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department Inc.$15,000 Patagonia Volunteer Fire Department $12,464 Sharon Fire Department $14,307 Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department $13,754 South Pymatuning Township Volunteer Fire Assoc.$11,543 Transfer Volunteer Fire Department $14,123 West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department $13,386 West Salem Fire Department $12,096 Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department $11,727 Applications for the grant program are available in September and the program is open to all fire companies, emergency medical services and volunteer rescue squads. “Again, Read more

 

Longietti: $820,441 grant will fund Sharon road maintenance

(Feb 08, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today the awarding of $820,441 in PennDOT grant money for repairs and improvements to Sharon roads. Longietti said the grant from the Multimodal Transportation Fund will finance much-needed repairs and renovations to 13 roads. The project will include “mill and overlay” work—a process that involves milling the road surface and laying new asphalt—and will include work to curbs and ramps. “The funding clears the way for vital improvements without requiring local taxpayers to shoulder the burden,” Longietti said. “Sharon is a core community, and its roads are used by residents across the Shenango Valley to access health services, businesses, the community library and the Penn State Shenango branch campus. This grant will significantly improve road safety and efficiency for these citizens.” PennDOT grants through the Multimodal Transportation Fund benefit a wide range of projects, from sidewalks and pedestrian safety enhancements to repair and renovation of roadways to investments that benefit the state’s public transit systems. Read more

 

Longietti encouraged by lean proposal that makes strategic investments

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, said he is encouraged by Gov. Tom Wolf’s lean budget proposal that makes strategic investments in education, college and career readiness for students and job training for workers. “I have been a strong proponent of investing in our children, and I am particularly pleased by the governor’s proposal to increase, by 50 percent, the number of 3- and 4-year-olds who can access pre-K,” Longietti said. “A strong foundation starts with high-quality pre-K, and it gives students a great leg up for the rest of their lives. After all, today’s children are our future business owners, workers and community leaders.” Longietti noted that the governor is seeking $120 million for K-12 public education and special education, in addition to a $40 million increase in pre-K funding. “The additional funding for schools will not only help our children succeed in college and careers, but will also help control local property taxes for our citizens,” he said. Longietti also lauded the governor’s focus on career and technical education and job training. The proposed budget would provide a $10 million increase in career and technical education funding and $50 million to launch PAsmart, an effort to promote 21st century job skills. PAsmart would invest $40 million in science, technology, engineering and math -- known as STEM -- and computer science-related education and $10 Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato formally request restoration of public services

(Jan 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – Restoration of public services at the New Castle Division of Vital Records, such as the ability to obtain birth and death certificates, is the objective of a letter state Reps. Mark Longietti and Chris Sainato sent to the top Pennsylvania Health Department official. Sainato, D-Lawrence, and Longietti, D-Mercer, asked Dr. Rachel Levine, the department’s acting secretary, to reconsider the administrative decision, noting it was announced late last year with no input from them or the public. “The process by which this change to the Division of Vital Records policy was implemented ignored our voices and the voices of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians in Lawrence and Mercer counties,” wrote the state representatives. “Our voice wasn’t asked for, and we had no opportunity to be heard.” Unless the change is reversed, they noted that residents of the counties they represent will have to travel 60 to 90 minutes to Pittsburgh to obtain vital records like birth certificates in person, at an office possibly overburdened with additional workload. Timely access to vital records has never been more important, Sainato and Longietti wrote, noting the Real ID Act requires the presentation of certain records, including birth certificates, to acquire compliant driver’s licenses and other essential forms of identification. “Creating barriers to those documents for the residents of the New Castle area is Read more

 

Letter asking for restoration of public services at New Castle Division of Vital Records

(Jan 23, 2018)

Keeping full public services -- such as providing birth and death certificates -- at the New Castle Division of Vital Records is the subject of this letter I sent to the PA Health Department's acting secretary. Read more

 

Longietti: Technical Skills Mean Good Jobs

(Jan 12, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Allentown to talk about job creation, a key component of House Democrats' Plan4PA. Longietti says learning a trade or non-traditional skill will benefit job seekers as demand for those skills continue to rise. Read more

 

Longietti: $500,000 state grant to aid Farrell redevelopment

(Jan 03, 2018)

MERCER COUNTY, Jan. 3 – The City of Farrell is getting a $500,000 grant to demolish four buildings and construct a shopping plaza on a half-acre site directly across from its municipal building, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. Longietti, D-Mercer, said the Keystone Communities program funding will assist the ongoing transformation of Farrell, removing blighted and vacant properties from the landscape, and paving the way for new retail construction in the city’s main commercial corridor. “The city has already solicited interested tenants with a track record of successful business enterprises,” wrote Longietti in a letter of support for the funding. “The end result of the plaza portion of the project would be to solidify a retail and commercial area for the city and, in essence, established a new downtown that is attractive to city residents and those from nearby communities.” Responding to news of the grant approval, Michael Ceci, Farrell city manager, said, “The city is extremely humbled to be receiving this grant. The project being funded is another large step toward community and economic development success. “I anticipate this endeavor will lead the way for continuous improvements in our great city. My personal thanks to everyone that helped to make this dream a reality.” Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage Read more

 

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

Click here and download Rep. Longietti's 2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

2017 Winter Newsletter

(Dec 14, 2017)

You can read my newsletter on the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee here. Read more

 

Longietti will host 12th annual senior fair July 19
Jul 13, 2018

County gets green light on funding for traffic signal upgrades
Jul 12, 2018

Longietti: General Fund bill passes House, provides increase in funding for early childhood education
Jun 20, 2018

Longietti: Bill that would create database for unclaimed life insurance benefits passes House
Jun 19, 2018

Longietti, state leaders highlight importance of ‘building’ high-quality child care in Pennsylvania
Jun 19, 2018

House approves Career and Technical Education package
Apr 30, 2018

Longietti receives PSLA Presidential Award for advocating for strong library programs across the commonwealth
Apr 25, 2018

Longietti votes for Career and Technical Education package
Apr 16, 2018

Mercer County will share in $221,400 grant to train young adults
Apr 13, 2018

Sainato, Longietti succeed in getting restoration of public services at New Castle Division of Vital Records
Mar 15, 2018

Longietti: Persian Gulf veterans bonus program accepting applications through Aug. 31
Mar 01, 2018

Thirteen fire and EMS grants awarded to the 7th District
Feb 09, 2018

Longietti: $820,441 grant will fund Sharon road maintenance
Feb 08, 2018

Longietti encouraged by lean proposal that makes strategic investments
Feb 06, 2018

Longietti, Sainato formally request restoration of public services
Jan 23, 2018

Letter asking for restoration of public services at New Castle Division of Vital Records
Jan 23, 2018

Longietti: Technical Skills Mean Good Jobs
Jan 12, 2018

Longietti: $500,000 state grant to aid Farrell redevelopment
Jan 03, 2018

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 18, 2017

2017 Winter Newsletter
Dec 14, 2017