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Longietti, Sainato: $150,000 grant to educate students about high-priority career paths

(22 hours ago)

HERMITAGE, Jan. 16 – A $150,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry will help students and educators in Mercer and Lawrence County learn about high-priority career paths, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. The lawmakers said the Business-Education Partnership grant will allow the West Central Workforce Development Board to raise awareness about high-demand jobs by establishing connections between school districts and area businesses. “This funding is going to help educators and students become familiar with high-priority, good-paying jobs in our area and the kinds of requirements demanded by those jobs,” Longietti said. “Providing a pipeline connecting the classroom to the workplace allows students and educators to develop an understanding of what kinds of skills are needed in today’s work force so teachers can tailor the curriculum accordingly and students can decide which career paths best suit their skills and talents.” Sainato agreed, noting, “School-business partnerships are incredibly productive because they provide students with hands-on learning opportunities such as internships and job shadowing, which help them make informed career choices. At the same time, area employers benefit from being able to provide input into the learning process and from getting the chance to attract qualified applicants. It’s truly a Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Sainato ‘Risk Reduction Week’ resolution

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – Raising awareness about how risk reduction concepts can improve community safety is the aim of a resolution the House adopted unanimously today, according to the author, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. Sainato said he introduced H.R. 660 – designating the week of Jan. 20 through 26 as “Community Risk Reduction Week” in Pennsylvania – to make the public aware of how fire departments and community partners can use risk reduction techniques to reduce fire and carbon monoxide events, among other incidents. “Every 24 seconds, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “While their brave efforts at the scene are essential to community safety, there are also techniques that can help our first responders and their community partners reduce the risk. “In this regard, data collection can be an incredibly useful tool that helps identify and prioritize these local risks so we can reduce their incidence, making life safer for our communities and those who put their lives on the line for us every day." The resolution was adopted by a vote of 194-0. Read more

 

Sainato receives Civil Air Patrol Commander’s Commendation Award

(Jan 14, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, was awarded the Civil Air Patrol Commander’s Commendation Award – the highest non-valor award that can be bestowed on a member – in honor of his service to the patrol at a meeting of the House Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today. A congressionally chartered organization that serves as the U.S. Air Force’s official civilian auxiliary, CAP bestows the award on those “who clearly stand out from the others and who contributed most to the success of the program.” “I am so very honored to receive this award,” Sainato said. “The patrol is an organization of immensely talented, service-minded volunteers dedicated to doing all they can on the civilian front to keep our nation safe and prepared for any emergency. I’m humbled to be in the company of other medal recipients and very much looking forward to continuing my service in the years ahead.” Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, received the medal in recognition of his longtime support for CAP and his work toward passage of legislation facilitating federal and state funding for CAP’s mission. Also receiving the award today was state Rep. Steve Barrar, R-Chester/Delaware; state Rep. Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks; Sainato’s committee executive director, Read more

 

Sainato: $100,000 in funding will help Lawrence County teachers model curriculum to fit employers’ needs

(Jan 06, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 6 – Four separate “Teacher in the Workplace” grants totaling $100,000 will allow Lawrence County educators to visit area businesses and develop a curriculum tailored to current workforce needs, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding from the Department of Education – which includes four separate grants of $25,000 each to Laurel School District, Mohawk Area School District, New Castle Area School District, and Union City Area School District – will provide a vital link between the classroom and the workplace. “When it comes to preparing students for successful careers, there is no substitute for instruction based on real-world demands,” Sainato said. “The funding announced today will allow our teachers to gather an in-person understanding of the skills employers are demanding and to carry that information back to the classroom, where they can prepare students with the skills they need to succeed. “Teaching those skills not only helps our next generation of career-seekers, but it also supplies our businesses and industries with the pool of talented workers they need to compete.” The funding is part of a $2.2 million package of competitive grants providing $25,000 each to 92 local education agencies throughout the commonwealth. The grants are funded through federal money made available through Read more

 

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(Dec 26, 2019)

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Longietti, Sainato: $800,000 to help Mercer and Lawrence county youth progress from justice system to workplace

(Dec 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – A grant of $800,000 from the state Department of Labor and Industry will help provide a smoother, more successful path for youth in Mercer and Lawrence counties transitioning from the justice system to the workforce, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. “The resources funded by this grant will make a huge difference for so many young people who may have started out on the wrong path in life,” Longietti said. “The benefit of education, mentoring, vocational training and other hands-on programs will get them back on their feet and open doors. It will also send an important message that we believe in them and in their ability to overcome a rough start in life.” Sainato agreed, adding, “Funding to retrain and redirect youth whose past actions may have landed them in the justice system is an investment that stands to pay off on so many levels. It gives young adults a chance to prove themselves and become productive citizens, it reduces the burden on taxpayers who would otherwise have to support them, and it replenishes our economy with members of the community who can give back to it.” The lawmakers said that the grant to the West Central Workforce Development Board will allow the board to conduct needs assessments to determine skill sets and training gaps, the need for supportive services and training options, as well as literacy Read more

 

Sainato: Grant of nearly $49,000 awarded to fund equipment for Lawrence County Career and Technical Center

(Dec 19, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 19 – A $48,938 grant from the state Department of Education will help Lawrence County Career and Technical Center purchase the equipment it needs to ready students for high-demand tech jobs, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. “The beauty of this funding is that it is going to allow the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center to purchase equipment that is aligned with the needs of area employers,” Sainato said. “That means students will get the benefit of training on state-of-the-art equipment and will develop real-world skills that meet the demand of the modern workforce. “At the same time, it’s ensuring that our area employers have the skilled pool of new workers they need to stay competitive. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Sainato said that the equipment being funded includes a Haas TM-3P/HRT 160 CNC Toolroom Mill with Tool Changer, an IR Rotary Screw Air Compressor, and a Laser Engraver Epilog Helix. The competitive grant is part of a package of $1.2 million in funding to 32 career and technical centers and area vocational-technical education schools statewide. The maximum grant under the program is $50,000, and each must be matched dollar for dollar from a local source such as local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners. More information on career and technical education can be found here . Read more

 

Sainato: Grant of nearly $264,000 gives green light to Neshannock Township traffic signal

(Dec 17, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 17 – A $263,672 grant will fund the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Wilmington Road/State Route 18 and Oakwood Way in Neshannock Township, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. The grant was awarded by the state Department of Transportation under the department’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Program. “This funding will bring a much-needed improvement to this very busy intersection,” Sainato said. “By reducing the risk of a collision, the new signal will ensure a safer, smoother commute for motorists and greater protection for pedestrians and cyclists. “The new signal will also include automated enforcement technology to help police clamp down on red-light running. The presence of this technology will help save lives by reminding motorists to heed the signal.” The grant is part of a package of $13.1 million in funding to improve safety at signalized intersections in 34 municipalities throughout the state. The funding will provide automated enforcement technology at 41 locations where data show red light violations or related safety concerns. The ARLE program is funded from fines collected for red-light violations at 31 intersections in Philadelphia. More information about the program is available here . Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $116,000 to bolster investigation, treatment of child abuse

(Dec 11, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 11 – Improved services and supports are on the way for Lawrence County children victimized by physical or sexual abuse, thanks to $115,816 in grant money to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grants – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency acting on recommendations from the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee – will improve both the investigation and treatment of suspected abuse. “These grants are going to strengthen our community’s ability to root out and prosecute child abuse by enhancing the quality of investigations and forensic interviews,” Sainato said. “The funding is also going to improve treatment resources by expanding therapeutic services available to child victims – which should reduce or eliminate the current waiting list for these services – and by providing resources for additional medical examinations.” Sainato said CAC of Lawrence County will be receiving the following amounts for these purposes: $49,997 to expand the capacity of evidence-based therapeutic services provided to child victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and increasing personnel for medical examinations. $47,000 to improve the quality of joint investigations, forensic interviews, Read more

 

Fall 2019 Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Newsletter

(Nov 25, 2019)

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Sainato: Grant of nearly $86,000 to fund preservation of historical site

(Nov 20, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 20 – A grant of $85,650 will support preservation of an important part of Lawrence County history, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant will fund the purchase of approximately 58 acres in Mahoning Township adjacent to Quaker Falls and will permit preservation of historic Quakertown homesteads and tanner sites. “This area that was home to a 19 th century Quaker settlement is an important connection to our past and our regional identity” Sainato said. “Preserving it allows us to maintain that connection and ensure that this part of our history won’t be lost to development.” Sainato noted that the area, which will become part of the County Parks system and will be open to the public, includes homesites that were part of a thriving village settled around 1800. The area supported mills and other businesses and later became a farming community, but the settlement ceased to exist after residents left in the early 1900s to find jobs in the coal and steel industries. The land borders the recently acquired Penn Power property, where plans for a public park and facilities are underway. The grant is administered by DCNR through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The program funds projects such as planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas, trails, river conservation and access, and conservation of open Read more

 

Sainato: More than $320,000 in tax credits to address New Castle housing, blight issues

(Nov 18, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Nov. 18 – Funding from $322,500 in tax credits will bolster efforts to mitigate blight and address a housing problem that has left many residents struggling with the cost of repairing aging homes, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced. “With so many homes in our area built before World War II, repair costs needed to address essential code and safety issues can far surpass the resources available for hardworking families on a budget,” Sainato said. “As a related issue, homes abandoned by homeowners no longer able to maintain them is leading to increasing blight. “These tax credits awarded under the Neighborhood Assistance Program are going to help address these issues by funding programs to demolish blighted properties, rehabilitate vacant lots and assist homeowners with essential repairs. In addition to easing the burden on homeowners, improvements made possible by the funding will stimulate business investment back into our community that can be a major revitalizing force.” Sainato said the following tax credits will go to these recipients and projects: $142,500 to DON Enterprise, Inc., to tackle blight through owner-occupied rehabilitation of more than 20 properties, demolition of blighted buildings and rehabilitation of vacant property. $180,000 to 10 Thousand Friends of Pennsylvania for work to revitalize New Castle’s South Side, including demolition of blighted Read more

 

House unanimously passes Sainato bill to extend, expand Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program

(Oct 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – Pennsylvania’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program is set to expire next summer, but a bill the House passed unanimously today would extend the program and expand its use to fund volunteer recruitment efforts, according to the author, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said he introduced H.B. 1834 to preserve a critical program and address an urgent need. “Our fire and EMS companies rely on these grants to fund critical resources, including protective equipment and training,” Sainato said. “My bill would extend the program for another four years and expand its use to address another urgent need – recruiting and retaining volunteers. In addition, it would allow fire companies to save grant money for up to five years to help finance the construction of new facilities. “The SR 6 Commission’s report last year detailed an alarming decline in volunteer first responders and recommended the grant program as an ideal resource for funding recruitment efforts. We need to do whatever we can to build back the ranks of volunteers before this becomes a public safety issue. Offering recruitment and retention initiatives such as length-of-service programs that financially reward volunteers would be a great step in the right direction.” Sainato’s bill Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Sainato’s ‘NICU Awareness Day’ resolution

(Oct 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – Supporting and honoring families with children in neonatal intensive care units and recognizing the difference NICU staff make in these families’ lives are the aims of a resolution the House adopted unanimously yesterday, according to the author, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. Sainato said he introduced H.R. 504 – designating Sept. 30, 2019, as “NICU Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania – to highlight how a newborn’s NICU stay can profoundly affect a family’s life and to shed light on the lifesaving work and support provided by NICU staff. “Each year, about half a million newborns are admitted to neonatal intensive care units in the United States,” Sainato said. “Although some newborns are there for just a few days, very young preemies or newborns with serious medical conditions may be there for months. For parents of these infants, the NICU can become like a second home, and the incredibly dedicated men and women on staff can help parents get through what could otherwise be an overwhelming experience. “Thanks to these front-line professionals, together with advances in neonatal medicine, more and more newborns are achieving successful outcomes. Even so, ongoing research is essential to understand the different medical reasons for NICU stays and the ways to best support families with children who are patients there. Read more

 

House unanimously passes Sainato first responder loan forgiveness bill

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – Indebted college graduates who serve with a volunteer fire or rescue company or emergency medical services agency would have up to $16,000 in student loans forgiven under a bill the House passed unanimously today, according to author state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. As Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Sainato said he introduced House Bill 1786 to provide an incentive for young Pennsylvanians to serve as volunteers at a time when they are desperately needed. “The SR6 Commission’s report released last year drove home just how urgently Pennsylvania needs to replenish its diminishing ranks of volunteer first responders,” Sainato said. “The number has declined over the decades so that today, it is nearly one-tenth of what it was in 1970. Fire and rescue companies are feeling the impact – closing their doors or being forced to hire paid staff. This is a public safety issue and a taxpayer issue. “My bill would provide a powerful motivation for young people and a well-deserved benefit for those who serve. We ask first responders to put their lives on the line for us every day. Giving something back while restoring the ranks of volunteers is a win-win proposition. I’m heartened that my colleagues in the House are moving this legislation forward.” Sainato said length-of-service requirements under Read more

 

Sainato, colleagues unveil bipartisan bills to boost ranks of first responders

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – Continuing his efforts to improve emergency preparedness in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, joined fellow lawmakers today at Soldiers’ Grove to outline legislation that would help recruit and retain first responders in the commonwealth. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, discussed a slate of bills he and other legislators introduced in response to last year’s report released by the SR 6 Commission – a bicameral, bipartisan commission formed to recommend improvements to the delivery of emergency services in Pennsylvania. “The message from the SR 6 Commission was clear,” Sainato said. “The number of volunteer firefighters and emergency responders has been declining for decades, and we need to stem the flow now, to protect public safety and keep the burden off taxpayers. We’ve relied on our first responders to answer the call. Now, we need to answer their call with legislation to turn things around. “That legislation includes my bills that would help recruit and retain volunteers by offering them a measure of student loan forgiveness after four years of service and by extending the soon-to-expire Fire Company and EMS Grant Program and expanding it to fund programs that reward volunteers for their service. These bills – together with others introduced by my colleagues – are part of Read more

 

Sainato: More than $60,000 in grants awarded to keep area schools safe

(Oct 18, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Oct. 18 – Lawrence County schools are receiving $60,165 to fund safety-related programs and equipment, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grants – which provide for a combination of different resources – should go far in protecting area students. “School safety encompasses a broad range of factors, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution,” Sainato said. “Our districts and schools have worked hard to identify both equipment and program-based strategies that will ensure safe hallways and classrooms where students can learn, free from fear and danger. It puts parents’ minds at ease and puts our students on track for a successful future.” Sainato said the recipients and grant amounts are as follows: Wilmington Area School District - $22,378 for safety-related equipment. Shenango Area School District - $10,500 for safety-related programs. New Castle Area School District - $20,000 for safety-related programs. New Castle Christian Academy - $7,287 for safety-related equipment. The grant is part of a package of $7.2 million in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants from the state Department of Education. The funding – awarded to both public and non-public schools throughout the commonwealth – is designed to help schools prevent or curb violence, purchase safety and security-related Read more

 

Sainato: $38,300 grant to fund Healthy Start facility with focus on agriculture

(Oct 02, 2019)

NEW CASTLE, Oct. 2 – Area mothers and children will benefit from a Healthy Start facility with urban agriculture as the cornerstone, thanks to a $38,300 grant, according to state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. The funding – part of the first round of Pennsylvania Farm Bill grants – will allow Lawrence County Social Services to purchase a hydroponic system, in which plants are grown in a water-based nutrient-rich solution, along with building materials and education supplies. Healthy, thriving mothers and children are essential to the future of our community, and programs that protect maternal and infant well-being while also teaching life-sustaining skills are incredibly valuable because they promote self-reliance," Sainato said. “By focusing on agriculture and providing hands-on experience in farming urban gardens, the Healthy Start program funded by this grant will teach parents and kids that they have the ability, not just to understand the basics of nutrition, but to grow their own nutritious foods. Even more important, it will teach them that they have the power to improve their lives through their own efforts. It plants the seeds for a healthier, more self-sufficient community.” Sainato said the grant money comes from the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program and is part of a $500,000 package of funding to benefit 28 projects in various counties statewide. The program is part of the Read more

 

Committee OKs Sainato bill to expand Fire Company and EMS Grant program

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – A bill that would extend Pennsylvania’s soon-to-expire Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant program and expand its use to fund recruitment and retention efforts was unanimously approved by the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the committee, said he introduced H.B. 1834 in response to a state report showing a decades-long decline in the number of volunteer firefighters – from about 300,000 in the 1970s to about 38,000 in 2018. “Last year’s SR 6 Commission report was a wake-up call that we need to develop new recruitment and retention strategies immediately,” Sainato said. “This isn’t just an emergency preparedness issue – it’s a taxpayer issue. Studies show that these volunteers save Pennsylvania communities billions annually. “The report identified the Fire Company and EMS Grant Program as an excellent vehicle for supporting these efforts. The program could be used to fund successful length-of-service programs – which recognize and financially reward volunteer firefighters after a specific length of service – and programs to attract junior firefighters.” The grant program – which currently funds fire and rescue agency projects involving facility construction and Read more

 

Sainato: First responder loan forgiveness bill headed for vote

(Sep 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – A bill that would help retain and recruit volunteer emergency responders by offering student loan forgiveness after four years of service was unanimously approved by the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee today, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. House Bill 1786 would establish The First Responder Loan Forgiveness Program, which would forgive up to $16,000 in loans to indebted college graduates after they have served four years with an emergency medical services agency, a volunteer fire company or a volunteer rescue company. “Retaining and recruiting volunteer emergency responders are among the commonwealth’s greatest challenges today,” Sainato said. “The numbers are sobering: Last year, the results of a state report commissioned to study the problem found that the number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania declined from about 300,000 in the 1970s to no more than 38,000 in 2018. Compounding the problem, agencies are struggling the most to recruit younger members, which means that the numbers will only continue to decline in the years ahead. “The consequences are already being felt, as some departments have been forced to reduce services or shut down, while others have had to hire additional paid staff. It’s a problem that threatens to undermine public safety, and surely one that will impact Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato: $150,000 grant to educate students about high-priority career paths
22 hours ago

House unanimously adopts Sainato ‘Risk Reduction Week’ resolution
1 day ago

Sainato receives Civil Air Patrol Commander’s Commendation Award
Jan 14, 2020

Sainato: $100,000 in funding will help Lawrence County teachers model curriculum to fit employers’ needs
Jan 06, 2020

2020 Capitol Scenes calendar
Dec 26, 2019

Longietti, Sainato: $800,000 to help Mercer and Lawrence county youth progress from justice system to workplace
Dec 20, 2019

Sainato: Grant of nearly $49,000 awarded to fund equipment for Lawrence County Career and Technical Center
Dec 19, 2019

Sainato: Grant of nearly $264,000 gives green light to Neshannock Township traffic signal
Dec 17, 2019

Sainato: Nearly $116,000 to bolster investigation, treatment of child abuse
Dec 11, 2019

Fall 2019 Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Newsletter
Nov 25, 2019

Sainato: Grant of nearly $86,000 to fund preservation of historical site
Nov 20, 2019

Sainato: More than $320,000 in tax credits to address New Castle housing, blight issues
Nov 18, 2019

House unanimously passes Sainato bill to extend, expand Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program
Oct 28, 2019

House unanimously adopts Sainato’s ‘NICU Awareness Day’ resolution
Oct 24, 2019

House unanimously passes Sainato first responder loan forgiveness bill
Oct 23, 2019

Sainato, colleagues unveil bipartisan bills to boost ranks of first responders
Oct 21, 2019

Sainato: More than $60,000 in grants awarded to keep area schools safe
Oct 18, 2019

Sainato: $38,300 grant to fund Healthy Start facility with focus on agriculture
Oct 02, 2019

Committee OKs Sainato bill to expand Fire Company and EMS Grant program
Sep 24, 2019

Sainato: First responder loan forgiveness bill headed for vote
Sep 18, 2019