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Longietti: Bill would help thousands more seniors pay for medicine

(Oct 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – Thousands of seniors in the commonwealth would receive vital assistance paying for prescription medicines under a bill the House passed unanimously today, according to the bill’s co-sponsor, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer. House Bill 270 would increase the income limit for PACENET prescription-drug coverage from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. According to estimates from the state Department of Aging, the expanded guidelines would make more than 14,000 additional seniors eligible for the state-sponsored prescription assistance program. “I have spoken to a number of area seniors who are in need of prescription assistance but who don’t meet the current income guidelines,” Longietti said. “This legislation aims to provide these folks with the help that they need. Our Mercer County seniors are the backbone of our community. They should never have to choose between paying for food, rent or heat and paying for prescription medications.” The PACE and PACENET programs offer lower-cost prescription medications to qualified residents 65 or older. Funding is provided by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. The bill now heads for the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County school districts to receive $65,600 in safety grants

(Oct 04, 2018)

HERMITAGE, Oct. 4 – Two Mercer County school districts have been awarded a total of $65,600 in school safety grants, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said funding to Farrell Area School District and West Middlesex Area School District will be used to provide school resource and police officers at two area schools. “Ensuring a safe learning environment in Mercer County schools is one of my top priorities,” Longietti said. “In evaluating safety, some of our school districts determined that school safety resource or police officers are necessary to enhance security. This funding will ensure that these districts can go forward with hiring the needed personnel. The result will be a safer place to learn and teach – and peace of mind – for students, teachers and school workers.” Longietti said the specific funding includes: A $35,600 Fiscal Year 2018-19 school police officer grant to Farrell Area School District. A $30,000 Fiscal Year 2017-18 school resource officer grant to West Middlesex Area School District. The grants are awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted Grants program. A total of $8.4 million in competitive grants has been awarded to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, purchase safety and security-related equipment and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. More Read more

 

Longietti: $1M grant awarded to fund Mercer County road improvements

(Oct 02, 2018)

HERMITAGE, Oct. 2 – A $1 million grant to Mercer County will fund multiple improvements to Emerson Avenue in the City of Farrell, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said that the grant – awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund – will fund road resurfacing, replacement of damaged sidewalks, installation of ADA-compliant curb ramps and a public bike rack. "The grant announced today will fund the kind of improvements that benefit everyone,” Longietti said. “The projects being funded will provide smoother travel for motorists, safer walkways for pedestrians, easier access for individuals needing handicap accessibility and facilities for cyclists. As the City of Farrell emerges from Act 47 Distressed Community status, this grant will facilitate a much-needed infrastructure improvement that the city could not otherwise afford. In addition, it will provide for construction-related jobs as this significant improvement is made.” The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89 of 2013. Program eligibility and project selections were made according to safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability. Read more

 

Nearly $300,000 in grants to help fund sanitary sewer line projects

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – Nearly $300,000 in grants from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will fund sanitary sewer improvements for two Mercer County communities, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, announced today. The funding includes $197,434 to the Hermitage Municipal Authority and $100,000 to the South Pymatuning Township Municipal Authority to extend sanitary sewer lines. “I was pleased to support these projects, which will provide needed help to citizens in Hermitage and South Pymatuning, and I am gratified that critical funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority,” Longietti said. “The grants will help eliminate malfunctions and system failures that have plagued residents in these communities. The funding made possible today will ensure that families have access to essential sewer services while at the same time creating jobs for local residents.” The Hermitage project was proposed in response to a recent survey of on-lot septic systems in the North Darby Road area indicating a 35-percent suspected failure rate. The project – estimated to cost $232,276 – will involve constructing 3,500 feet of line that will serve 30 new residential customers. “These projects are examples of intergovernmental cooperation and people working together to help address the challenges that local families and communities are experiencing with these systems,” Brooks said. The Read more

 

Longietti: $150,000 grant to fund Hermitage youth sports facility

(Sep 18, 2018)

HERMITAGE, Sept. 18 – A $150,000 state grant will help fund construction of a new youth sports and maintenance facility at the Hermitage Athletic Complex, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti noted that the project – which involves construction of a new facility with 2,400 feet of storage space and installation of related utilities and landscaping – is necessary because the complex’s existing storage is insufficient for the multiple area teams that use it. The total project is estimated to cost $250,000. “The new facility will assist Girls Softball, Little League, Soccer and Youth Football programs, while helping to meet expanded demand for the athletic complex by residents from across the Shenango Valley,” Longietti said. “The extra space for sports and maintenance equipment will ensure that area residents continue to get maximum use and enjoyment from this loved community resource.” Longietti thanked the Commonwealth Financing Authority board for approving the grant, which was funded through the state Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $700,000 in grants awarded to fund Mercer County water and sewer improvements

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – Two grants totaling nearly $700,000 will fund water and sewer infrastructure improvements for Mercer County residents, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. The funding includes a $382,670 grant to South Pymatuning Township to extend a water main along 2,750 feet of roadway. The project – estimated to cost $450,200 – will allow the township to increase public water service to at least 45 residences currently served by private well water that is subject to contamination from natural gas migration. A second grant of $306,600 to the City of Farrell will help fund improvements to the city’s water pollution control plant. The project – estimated to cost $363,000 – will include the replacement of two blowers in the plant’s aeration tanks that have been in service since 1976 and prevent the plant from operating at maximum efficiency. "Both grants are going to help fund critical improvements in these communities’ water and wastewater systems by eliminating long-range problems caused either by environmental conditions or outdated equipment," Longietti said. "The projects are also going to create jobs, save taxpayer dollars and eliminate possible health hazards. It’s a win-win for everyone." Longietti supported the consideration of both projects by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which made the awards from the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program. Read more

 

Rep. Longietti's Summer 2018 Newsletter

(Sep 04, 2018)

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$1 million grant will support renovation of Thiel College Academic Center

(Aug 30, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 30 - A $1 million grant to Thiel College will fund renovation of the college’s Academic Center, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, announced today. The grant – which will target improvements to laboratories, classrooms and common areas in the college’s largest facility – was awarded through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project. “Returns from this investment will reach far beyond the campus,” Longietti said. “Thiel College is a driving force for the local economy and the entire region. The new center’s enhanced resources – including expanded STEM training that’s so vital to today’s high-skill jobs – will help fortify our manufacturing industry and allow it to keep pace with changes in the global market. “At the same time, as our area economy expands to include the health and education fields, the new academic center will help meet those demands by providing expanded research facilities and new programs of study." Longietti said the improvements – which will include a new environmental center to support the emerging oil and gas industry and facilities for a new speech-language program – will also encourage students to remain in the commonwealth. “A thriving economy depends on a vibrant workforce,” Longietti said. “Historically, we’ve had a problem with high school graduates leaving the Read more

 

Longietti: $1 million in DEP grants available to help small businesses conserve resources while boosting productivity

(Jul 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 23 – The state Department of Environmental Protection is offering $1 million in Small Business Advantage grants for projects that reduce energy use, cut pollution and conserve natural resources, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced. “By funding projects that improve energy efficiency, these grants can be extremely valuable in helping small businesses cut operating costs and boost productivity,” Longietti said. “It’s a win-win for business and the environment.” Longietti noted that for the first time, the program will include farmers and ranchers, who may seek funding for projects that conserve and protect working lands. He added that because the grants are non-competitive and awarded on a first-come basis, it’s important for anyone interested to submit an application as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until fiscal year 2018-19 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2019, whichever occurs first. Pennsylvania small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution-related expenses. Examples of eligible projects include HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks. Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or Read more

 

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

 

Longietti: Bill would help thousands more seniors pay for medicine
Oct 11, 2018

Longietti: Mercer County school districts to receive $65,600 in safety grants
Oct 04, 2018

Longietti: $1M grant awarded to fund Mercer County road improvements
Oct 02, 2018

Nearly $300,000 in grants to help fund sanitary sewer line projects
Sep 18, 2018

Longietti: $150,000 grant to fund Hermitage youth sports facility
Sep 18, 2018

Longietti: Nearly $700,000 in grants awarded to fund Mercer County water and sewer improvements
Sep 18, 2018

Rep. Longietti's Summer 2018 Newsletter
Sep 04, 2018

$1 million grant will support renovation of Thiel College Academic Center
Aug 30, 2018

Longietti: $1 million in DEP grants available to help small businesses conserve resources while boosting productivity
Jul 23, 2018

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