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Introducing Haley’s Law

$400K awarded for local projects in Pitcairn, Wilmerding

(Nov 13, 2019)

Tuesday proved to be an enriching day for entities in the 25th Legislative District! Read more

 

Markosek: $400K awarded for local projects in 25th Legislative District

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced on Tuesday the disbursement of $400,000 in state grants for rehabilitation projects in the 25 th Legislative District. Markosek said $300,000 was provided through the Multimodal Transportation Fund, and an additional $100,000 was granted by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. “This is substantial funding that will assist in the beautification and rehabilitation efforts currently underway in our district,” Markosek said. “This is funding that counts, funding that matters and funding that will be appreciated by the community. I look forward to the outcome once the projects are complete.” Markosek said the $300,000 from the Multimodal Transportation Fund will go toward roadway repairs and slope stabilization along Hillside Avenue in Pitcairn between Broadway Boulevard and Elm Street. The project, drafted to prevent further slide damage due to an abnormally wet spring, will consist of the stabilizing of approximately 280 feet of slope and one lane reconstruction. The project also will include guiderail installation and one stormwater inlet. The remaining $100,000 administered by RAAC will go toward the following: $50,000 to assist in demolishing four single-family homes and one duplex in Pitcairn. The demolition will include the removal of asbestos, demolition materials/debris, backfilling Read more

 

Markosek: Host of bills supporting emergency responders pass House

(Oct 30, 2019)

State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, lauded the passing of a package of bills that would help both volunteer and paid emergency companies attract and retain more members. “The women and men who continue to answer the call when our communities need them most unfortunately have undergone a drastic decline in membership,” Markosek said. “Fortunately, but not surprisingly, state legislators here at the Capitol knew the importance of this bill package, which is why we were able to vote and push this bill package onward to the state Senate.” The bills, which would expand support for emergency provider companies and reward first responders for their service, include: Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program ( H.B. 1834 ) – would expand the eligible uses of grants through the program to include recruitment and retention initiatives. Property Tax Relief for Volunteers ( H.B. 1839 , H.B. 1705 ) – would allow property tax credits of up to 100% for active members of volunteer fire companies and nonprofit ambulance companies whose names are on their primary residence’s property tax bills – up to full property tax relief, depending on local ordinances and school districts. Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Forgiveness for Volunteers ( H.B. 1773 , H.B. 1786 ) – would create programs for tuition assistance and student loan forgiveness for active members Read more

 

Introducing Haley’s Law

(Oct 28, 2019)

Does your child suffer from epilepsy? Do you worry for their safety during school hours? Read more

 

Markosek: $200,000 in funding awarded to North Versailles Township, Plum Borough for park improvement projects

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State grants totaling a combined $200,000 were awarded Tuesday to North Versailles Township and Plum Borough, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. Markosek said the funding – awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and funded through the state’s Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program – will help finance park improvements in both areas. “Today, both North Versailles and Plum received substantial funding for beautification efforts at two parks heavily trafficked by residents in the 25 th Legislative District,” Markosek said. “I’d like to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this funding, and I look forward to the park improvements that will follow this disbursement.” Markosek said $50,000 was awarded to North Versailles for light installation at Crestas Terrace Park and one of its baseball fields. Seven lights, poles and fixtures will be installed, Markosek said. He said the installation at the field and along the park’s main pathway will allow for more games to be held and the hosting of large tournaments. Plum Borough received $150,000 for the rehabilitation of Logan’s Ferry Park. Markosek said the project will focus on a new play area, as well as improvements to an existing parking area and basketball court. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department Read more

 

You can now apply online to get an absentee ballot!

(Sep 16, 2019)

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvanians can now apply online for an absentee ballot application. Read more

 

It's back to school time, please drive carefully

(Sep 03, 2019)

Many students are already in school, so I’d like to take this time to remind drivers to be cautious and be on the lookout for children and school buses. Read more

 

Great fun around the district!

(Aug 26, 2019)

Saturday proved to be a vibrant day in the district, as I attended several community events showcasing the best of the 25th Legislative District. Read more

 

Low-interest loan available for flood damage

(Aug 12, 2019)

My job is to look out for the best interests of residents, which is I why I want to let you know that your concerns and struggles following the devastating flooding that caused widespread damage in our district and across the county have not fallen upon deaf ears. Read more

 

$1 million in RACP funding to go toward expansion project; Around the district!

(Aug 02, 2019)

On Thursday, a real estate developer in Monroeville was awarded $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding! Read more

 

Markosek: $1 million in RACP funding awarded to local real estate developer

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – A real estate developer in Monroeville was awarded $1 million Thursday in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. Markosek said Jamison Lane LP will use the allotted funding for phase two of an expansion project that will consist of constructing an extension onto an existing office building. “To announce such a significant grant like this is not only exciting for Jamison Lane LP but also the district as a whole,” Markosek said. “These grants help entities expand and refurbish their current facilities, so I’m happy to see state funding go toward initiatives that will help businesses located in our district with their continued growth.” The funding will assist Jamison Lane LP in constructing a new addition onto its existing facility, Markosek said. The three-story addition will include exterior masonry and glass and metal construction. The interior will be an open office space with a variety of conference rooms and include demountable partitions that will allow for open collaboration between coworkers. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional Read more

 

Beat the heat; Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program reminder

(Jul 26, 2019)

The commonwealth recently experienced a serious heat wave. It’s my hope that you all remained safe and indoors as we waited out the extremely hot temperatures. Read more

 

Markosek supports budget bill, notes substantial funding for education

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, cast a “yes” vote for the budget on Tuesday, noting the bill’s substantial investments in education, job training, and no new taxes or fees, but added he was disappointed the General Appropriations bill didn’t include funding that would address workers’ wages. “On Tuesday, a good bill that will do a lot of great things for the commonwealth passed the House. I voted for this bill in support of the initiatives that will assist in the forward progression of the commonwealth, including a substantial investment in the educational sectors of Pre-K and early childhood education; elementary and secondary basic education; special education; job training; career and technical training; school security funding; more funding to support students through PHEAA; and more. “A key element of our job as state legislators is to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass a budget that saves taxpayers money and is passed on time. Though this budget did not raise taxes, I was disappointed to see that House Bill 790 failed to include funding for workers’ wages. Raising the minimum wage was something House Democrats were hoping to achieve this legislative session, and I believe we still need to work together in order to accomplish that goal. “However, I voted for this bill because it still included a lot of positives for state residents. I will remain steadfast in my Read more

 

Markosek lauds new deal between UPMC and Highmark

(Jun 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, on Monday released a statement following the announcement that UPMC and Highmark have entered into a 10-year contract that will extend UPMC facilities to Highmark-insured patients: “It’s with great pleasure that I announce that UPMC and Highmark have come to an agreement that will finally put an end to their longstanding dispute. Residents who would have been affected by this – had the decree expired – can now rest easy knowing they have access to one-of-a-kind medical services, regardless of the insurance listed on their insurance cards. “I’d also like to thank state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Governor Tom Wolf for bringing both parties together so that a deal that would provide western Pennsylvanians with the heath care they deserve could be made. “While details regarding this contract will come with time, it’s my hope that this 10-year contract will eventually transition into a long-term contract so that residents never again have to undergo the anguish this dispute has put them through. “Most importantly, I want to remind residents that since the contract has yet to be formalized, please contact your health insurer before making any important health care decisions.” Read more

 

State invests $64,000 in local manufacturing partnership

(Jun 21, 2019)

The state continued its investment into the workforce and economy of tomorrow with a series of grants that will strengthen partnerships between manufacturers and research institutions. Read more

 

My 2019 Spring Newsletter!

(Jun 07, 2019)

Check out my 2019 Spring Newsletter! Read more

 

My legislation; Citation presentation for Eagle Scouts; Happy Easter!

(Apr 18, 2019)

In my short time in office, I’ve had the opportunity to put together important legislation that will benefit commonwealth residents. Read more

 

Money coming back to the district; Statewide disaster relief approved for PA farms

(Mar 27, 2019)

I’m happy to announce that a $525,000 state grant announced Tuesday will go toward repairing a section of Pitcairn’s heavily traveled Center Avenue. Read more

 

Markosek: $525,000 state grant will fund critical repairs to Pitcairn’s Center Avenue

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Damage to a popular Pitcairn road will soon be repaired with help from a $525,000 state grant announced today by state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. The funds will repair a section of Center Avenue located between Fifth and Highland avenues in the “Abnormally wet conditions this spring destabilized the bank of land alongside a stretch of Center Avenue, leading to slope damage that could endanger residents,” Markosek said. “I’m grateful to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this grant, which will help fund the essential repairs needed to make sure the road is safe.” According to Markosek, the work will entail cutting the uphill slope back and removing and disposing of 24,000 cubic yards of material, relocating and reconstructing about 640 linear feet of Center Avenue, and completely stabilizing the bank. The project will also include installing 360 linear feet of storm sewer with four inlets and new guide rail. Total project cost is $2.3 million. The grant comes from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, which provides funds to encourage economic development and ensure a safe and reliable system of transportation for all residents of the commonwealth. The Department of Community and Economic Development grant was approved through the CFA. Read more

 

3/14/19 – Transportation – Monroeville

(Mar 18, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Brandon Markosek. Read more