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

 

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

 

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 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

 

Markosek hosts Policy Committee hearing on transportation

(Mar 14, 2019)

MONROEVILLE, March 14 – State and local transportation issues were the focus of state Rep. Brandon Markosek’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Monroeville Municipal Building. Markosek requested the hearing to discuss how state and local governments could improve public safety and the economy by investing in transportation improvement projects. He was joined by colleagues from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Pennsylvanians need structurally sound bridges and roads. Our families and friends should be able to travel safely to and from work, school, activities and home. I’m grateful to Chairman Sturla for bringing the committee to Monroeville to discuss how local transportation officials can worth with PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission to improve roadway safety for all,” Markosek said. Sturla added, “While we work to improve public safety and Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges, we have to remember that there are hundreds of millions of Motor License Fund dollars being used to provide free local police coverage to about 28 percent of the population. If we could spend that money on its intended purpose of road and bridge projects, we could afford to bring more than $3 million additional to every single House and Senate district for road and bridge improvements.” The committee heard testimony from: Cheryl Moon Sirianni, District 11 executive, Pennsylvania Read more

 

Markosek to hold Policy Committee hearing on transportation Thursday in Monroeville

(Mar 11, 2019)

MONROEVILLE , March 11 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public forum to discuss transportation in Allegheny County and throughout the state. The forum will be held at 2 p.m . Thursday, March 14 at the Monroeville Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 2700 Monroeville Blvd. The media and public are invited to attend. Markosek requested the hearing to discuss how state and local governments could improve public safety and the economy by investing in transportation improvement projects. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel one: Cheryl Moon Sirianni, District 11 executive, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Charles Duncan, director of legislative affairs, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission 2:40 p.m. Panel two: Katharine Kellemen, CEO, Port Authority of Allegheny County Mary Ann Bucci, executive director, Port of Pittsburgh Commission 3:10 p.m. Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive 3:30 p.m. Panel three: Richard Barcaskey, executive director, Constructors Association of Western PA Chris Petrone, legislative director, Local 66 IUOE Dan Laird, project management/legislative outreach coordinator, A&A Consultants 4:20 p.m. Closing remarks The meeting is one in a series Read more

 

Need help with REAL ID or Property Tax/Rent Rebate? Visit my office!

(Feb 28, 2019)

The REAL ID Act is a federal law that requires state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards to meet certain security requirements to be used as proper ID to board domestic commercial flights or enter military installations or other secure federal facilities. REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents, so you can choose to keep your current driver’s license or identification card if you wish. Read more

 

Markosek appointed to three House committees

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, today announced he was appointed to serve on three House committees for the 2019-20 legislative session: Professional Licensure, Commerce and Gaming Oversight. “As a freshman lawmaker, I’m looking forward to my first committee appointments from House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody,” Markosek said. “Each committee entails different responsibilities, but they all have the same goal of getting the best version of a respective bill to the full House. I look forward to the challenge, and I am grateful for the opportunity to best serve my constituents and the commonwealth.” The Commerce Committee reviews legislation involving the banking and financial services industries. It has oversight of the Department of Banking, Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Securities Commission and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. The Professional Licensure Committee reviews bills which pertain to positions requiring licensing for qualified employees and businesses. The Gaming Oversight Committee oversees Pennsylvania’s table games, slot machine gaming, small games of chance and amusement laws. Markosek’s district office is located at the Monroeville Commerce Building, 4232 Northern Pike, Suite 303. For information on constituent services available through his office, visit www.pahouse.com/Markosek . Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more

 

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more

 

On the job, working for you!

(Jan 09, 2019)

On Jan. 1, I took an oath to best represent YOU, and that’s precisely what I plan to do. Read more

 

Rep. Brandon Markosek sworn in for 1st term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today to his first term representing the 25th Legislative District. “I am deeply honored to serve the people of the 25th District,” Markosek said. “I thank them for their confidence in my ability to best serve their interests in Harrisburg. In the coming term, I look forward to working with my Democratic colleagues and those across the aisle to achieve the House Democrats’ #Plan4PA.” Markosek explained that the Plan for PA is focused on creating a Pennsylvania that puts working families first by providing good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. “The items laid out in the #Plan4PA are sure to enrich the lives of people in Allegheny County and across the commonwealth,” Markosek said. Markosek is one of 91 House Democrats starting the 2019-20 legislative session, and one of the 24 first-term House Democrats elected for this session. The remaining two seats will be decided by special election this spring. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Tuesday in January. This is the 203 rd legislative session. Read more

 

Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more

 

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

You can now apply online to get an absentee ballot!
Sep 16, 2019

Low-interest loan available for flood damage
Aug 12, 2019

$1 million in RACP funding to go toward expansion project; Around the district!
Aug 02, 2019

Markosek: $1 million in RACP funding awarded to local real estate developer
Aug 01, 2019

Markosek supports budget bill, notes substantial funding for education
Jun 26, 2019

Markosek lauds new deal between UPMC and Highmark
Jun 24, 2019

State invests $64,000 in local manufacturing partnership
Jun 21, 2019

My legislation; Citation presentation for Eagle Scouts; Happy Easter!
Apr 18, 2019

Money coming back to the district; Statewide disaster relief approved for PA farms
Mar 27, 2019

Markosek: $525,000 state grant will fund critical repairs to Pitcairn’s Center Avenue
Mar 26, 2019

Markosek hosts Policy Committee hearing on transportation
Mar 14, 2019

Markosek to hold Policy Committee hearing on transportation Thursday in Monroeville
Mar 11, 2019

Need help with REAL ID or Property Tax/Rent Rebate? Visit my office!
Feb 28, 2019

Markosek appointed to three House committees
Jan 28, 2019

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools
Jan 17, 2019

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry
Jan 10, 2019

On the job, working for you!
Jan 09, 2019

Rep. Brandon Markosek sworn in for 1st term as state representative
Jan 01, 2019

Veterans services
Dec 01, 2018