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(Oct 05, 2020)

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Markosek: $400K awarded for renovation projects in North Versailles Township, Plum Borough

(Sep 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, today announced that a combined $400,000 was awarded to North Versailles Township and Turtle Creek Council of Governments in Plum Borough. Markosek said the funding was awarded through the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund and approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “I’m excited to announce this funding,” Markosek said. “Funding like this makes a huge impact in our community, and I look forward to the positives that come from these projects for years to come.” Specifically, Markosek said $250,000 in funding will be used by North Versailles Township for phase two of a project that will complete the LED lighting upgrades at Crestas Ballfield. The remaining $150,000 will be used by Turtle Creek Council of Governments to replace the storm sewer pipes at Holiday Park. The funds originate from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund Program – a program established to fund community and economic development projects in Allegheny County through revenues generated from all casinos. The funds are determined via a daily assessment of the licensed facility’s gross terminal revenue. The GEDTF program provides grants for single-year and multi-year projects that promote development in Allegheny County, including economic, infrastructure and community improvements, Read more

 

Summer 2020 Newsletter

(Aug 31, 2020)

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2019-20 grants awarded to our District

(Aug 25, 2020)

Click here to read more about all the grants awarded to our district since I took office! Read more

 

Markosek: Almost $150K in COVID-19 funding awarded to help local special needs students

(Aug 20, 2020)

MONROEVILLE, Aug. 20 – With challenges never seen before affecting the school year ahead, Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, today announced $147,633 in COVID-19 relief funding has been awarded to local schools to assist students with special needs. “All of our kids will be adjusting to the new routine that COVID-19 has forced on our schools,” Markosek said. “Our special needs students require extra accommodations to deliver all the support they need to succeed. None of these school modifications are ideal, but this money will help to make sure schools can continue to connect students to the services and support that is critical for them to grow academically.” Grants awarded to school districts with schools in the 25th Legislative District are: Woodland Hills School District: $62,080. Plum Borough School District: $26,772. Gateway School District: $25,118. Penn-Trafford School District: $22,166. East Allegheny School District: $9781. Propel Charter Schools – Pitcairn: $1,713. Markosek has been a strong supporter of special education students and the programs that support them. As co-chair of the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus, he has worked on legislation to help overcome challenges that these students and their families face. “Coronavirus or not, all students need a quality education to thrive, and they can’t afford to miss a year. I want to make sure school Read more

 

Markosek: Nearly $1.2 million in water, sewer grants awarded

(Aug 17, 2020)

MONROEVILLE, Aug. 17 – Five grants totaling nearly $1.2 million approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority will fund vital sewer and flood management projects, state Rep. Brandon Markosek announced. “These infrastructure projects are worthwhile investments in our communities’ quality of life, addressing a number of sewer and flooding concerns,” said Markosek. “These state funds will make sure that critical repairs are made to fix these problems and prevent more costly repairs in the future.” The funded projects are as follows: PA Small Water and Sewer grants Monroeville Municipal Authority ($422,675) – Funding to be used to fix sanitary sewer overflow issue on Woodhaven Avenue in Monroeville Borough with the goal of reducing/ eliminating sanitary sewer overflow events. North Versailles Township Sanitary Authority ($146,942) – These funds will be used to repair the aging and defective Star Alley sewer line. H20 PA grants Monroeville Municipal Authority ($300,000) – These funds will be used toward the rehabilitation of a sanitary sewer overflow issue on Woodhaven Drive to reduce or eliminate the number of sanitary sewer overflow events. North Versailles Township Sanitary Authority ($200,000)­ – This project will use grant funds to construct two new pump stations in the township to help mitigate issues from a major landslide Read more

 

Markosek: A combined $263K awarded to technical center, school district

(Aug 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – On Thursday, a technical center and a local school district were awarded a combined total of $263,006 in education funding, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek. The Forbes Road Career Technical Center was awarded $186,856, funding that was set aside to assist the center in implementing public and safety plans and to help resume operations. Markosek said the Continuity of Education and Equity Grants provide funding to support effective continuity of education programs such as summer and other expanded programming and industry credential assessments for students enrolled in CTCs negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. “This funding, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is crucial to the forward progression of many educational and technical careers in our community,” Markosek said. “I’m grateful the commonwealth recognizes the importance of continued education, even in the wake of a pandemic.” In addition, Markosek said the Woodland Hills School District was awarded $76,150 in Governor's Emergency Education Relief funding for the 2020-21 academic year. Markosek said this funding will be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all Read more

 

State Fire Commissioner Opens $50 Million Grant Program to Support Fire, Rescue and EMS Companies Affected by COVID-19

(Jul 09, 2020)

Harrisburg, PA – State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego announced today that the Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) opened registration on July 6 for state grants aimed at providing direct financial relief to fire, rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) companies negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. “Fire, rescue and EMS companies throughout the state have struggled since the state began taking action to curtail the spread of COVID-19,” said Trego. “Increased operational tempo, and an inability to raise funds through community events have hit these organizations hard. The financial lifeline these grants provide will help hundreds of companies keep their lights on.” Of the $50 million in funding set aside for this new program, $44 million will be made available to fire and rescue companies and the remaining $6 million will go to EMS companies. Grant funding must be used for operational and equipment expenses. Additional guidance, including detailed registration instructions are available online at OSFC’s website . The registration period for this grant program ends August 7, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. Read more

 

Markosek’s bill exempting CARES Act funding from state, local tax unanimously passes House

(May 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 4 – On Monday, state Rep. Brandon Markosek’s H.B. 2408 that would exempt cash payments disbursed by the CARES Act from state and local taxation was unanimously passed by the state House of Representatives. “COVID-19 has been harsh for all residents in one form or another. Unfortunately, many struggled financially due to a sudden loss of income, which is why the CARES Act was passed. This funding was exempt from federal taxation with hopes that it would maximize the impact of the distributed funding. This bill does the same exact thing at the state level,” Markosek said. Congress recently voted and passed the CARES Act, which was put in place to help residents and businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the coronavirus response were provisions to provide cash payments to people making less than $99,000 and couples making less than $198,000. These funds are exempt from federal taxation. Markosek’s bill seeks to ensure the funds are exempt from state and local taxation, too. “I’m grateful to know that even in our darkest moments, my colleagues and I are willing and able to set aside political differences and vote on bills that can truly make a difference in the commonwealth,” Markosek said. H.B. 2408 now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Markosek seeks to exempt CARES Act funding from state, local taxation

(Apr 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – Looking to maximize relief and minimize the financial burden associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, on Thursday introduced legislation that would exempt the cash payments disbursed by the CARES Act from state and local taxation. “This is much-needed money for many families in Pennsylvania who have lost their source of income due to COVID-19 state emergency,” Markosek said. “The funding from the CARES Act is meant to help state residents – not add to their struggles. My bill seeks to ensure the CARES Act remains a positive legislative measure for Pennsylvanians at the state level.” Congress recently voted and passed the CARES Act, which was put in place to help residents and businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the coronavirus response were provisions to provide cash payments to people making less than $99,000 and couples making less than $198,000. These funds are exempt from federal taxation. Markosek’s bill seeks to ensure the funds are exempt from state and local taxation, too. “It’s our responsibility to minimize the negative impact felt by Pennsylvanians due to the ongoing health crisis, so it’s my hope that my colleagues will see the benefit of this legislation and move it through the state House,” Markosek said. State Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny, has Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! Read more

 

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday announced their legislative priorities to support Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak, including the need to support low-income and working-class families without paid family leave or the ability to work from home. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement in response to Friday’s statewide school closure: “The delegation, first and foremost, wants to be supportive of the school districts during this time. It is clear that both they and the governor are motivated by an abundance of concern for the health and safety of both their students and staff. We respect their decision and will work to support their needs in Harrisburg. However, while the closure may have been a necessary step, it is not without its subsequent challenges -- and those challenges must be addressed by the legislature. “At a minimum, in order to help people across Pennsylvania, Harrisburg should prioritize the following items for discussion and vote: Paid family leave legislation. Emergency funding for childcare support. Assistance for Read more

 

Markosek: Local school districts awarded $606K in state funding

(Feb 26, 2020)

A total of $606,508 in state funding was awarded to four school districts in the 25th Legislative District for the implementation of school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. Read more

 

Info on my anti-bullying legislation

(Nov 22, 2019)

In my continued effort to combat bullying and its damaging effects, I announced a bipartisan anti-bullying proposal this week that would add bullying to the Crimes Code and provide law enforcement with the tools it needs to combat the crisis in Pennsylvania’s schools. Read more

 

Markosek, fellow legislators introduce anti-bullying legislation

(Nov 19, 2019)

Bill would add ‘bullying’ to Crimes Code, give law enforcement tools to combat crisis Read more

 

$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

 

PA voting guide
Oct 05, 2020

Markosek: $400K awarded for renovation projects in North Versailles Township, Plum Borough
Sep 15, 2020

Summer 2020 Newsletter
Aug 31, 2020

2019-20 grants awarded to our District
Aug 25, 2020

Markosek: Almost $150K in COVID-19 funding awarded to help local special needs students
Aug 20, 2020

Markosek: Nearly $1.2 million in water, sewer grants awarded
Aug 17, 2020

Markosek: A combined $263K awarded to technical center, school district
Aug 06, 2020

State Fire Commissioner Opens $50 Million Grant Program to Support Fire, Rescue and EMS Companies Affected by COVID-19
Jul 09, 2020

Markosek’s bill exempting CARES Act funding from state, local tax unanimously passes House
May 04, 2020

Markosek seeks to exempt CARES Act funding from state, local taxation
Apr 09, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak
Mar 13, 2020

Markosek: Local school districts awarded $606K in state funding
Feb 26, 2020

Info on my anti-bullying legislation
Nov 22, 2019

Markosek, fellow legislators introduce anti-bullying legislation
Nov 19, 2019

$400K awarded for local projects in Pitcairn, Wilmerding
Nov 13, 2019

Markosek: $400K awarded for local projects in 25th Legislative District
Nov 12, 2019

Markosek: Host of bills supporting emergency responders pass House
Oct 30, 2019

Introducing Haley’s Law
Oct 28, 2019

Markosek: $200,000 in funding awarded to North Versailles Township, Plum Borough for park improvement projects
Sep 17, 2019