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On Census Day, Sainato urges community to be counted

(Apr 01, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, April 1 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, is reminding residents on Census Day of the importance of participating and being counted. “The census count determines our share of billions of dollars in federal funding for health care, roads, education, emergency services and other essential federal programs and services,” Sainato said. “These resources make our community that much stronger and make life for our residents that much safer. “But our residents are the only ones who can make that happen, by responding. If they don’t, that money goes somewhere else. I’m urging everyone who hasn’t already done so, to take a few minutes and complete this vital task. If we all do our part to get counted, we’ll be bringing federal dollars home to our community, where they belong.” Sainato said the census is safe and secure, noting that answers can’t be used against residents who respond, and data security is managed by high-level experts. The law prohibits the U.S. Census Bureau from releasing any information that identifies individuals, under penalty of large fines and possible prison time. He said although April 1 is known as “Census Day” because the date is used as a key reference date in the census questionnaire, it is not a deadline, and residents can respond after that date, by phone, by mail or online. Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

Sainato: House unanimously passes bill to postpone state primary until June 2

(Mar 25, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, March 25 – A bill that would postpone the state primary election to June 2 and allow for consolidation of polling locations to address COVID-19 safety issues passed the House unanimously today, according to state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. Sainato said S.B. 422 would provide critical extra time for counties to make adjustments and allow for consolidation of polling places to protect voters and poll workers. “We are navigating a difficult time because of what is happening both here in Pennsylvania and throughout our nation,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. "It's important to uphold the integrity of our election. It is also critical to protect the health and welfare of our voters and the people who work on our election boards, including the many senior citizens who have worked on these boards for years. “Fortunately, there are options in addition to the polls. Pennsylvania has come far with our efforts in changing the Election Code to include no-excuse mail-in ballots. I urge residents everywhere, and particularly our seniors and more vulnerable residents, to apply for and complete mail-in ballots from the privacy and safety of their own homes.” Sainato said that the House also unanimously passed S.B. 751 – which removes the 180-day requirement for schools and authorizes the Read more

 

COVID-19 Testing Factsheet

(Mar 20, 2020)

IF YOU ARE A PROVIDER WANTING TO TEST A PATIENTFor testing through the PA Department of Health (DOH), consultation with the DOH IS REQUIRED. Call us at 1-877-PA-HEALTH for a consultation and advise the patient to stay home. Call for consultation if:• The patient is a contact of a confirmed case and is sick;• The patient resides in a congregate care setting and is sick;• The patient is a healthcare worker and is sick;• The patient is hospitalized with relevant symptoms and has no alternative diagnosis. Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 19, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities The following link provides you with information on what steps Pennsylvania utilities have taken to assist customers, including a moratorium on shutoffs for all regulated utilities: https://pahouse.com/News/?id=113134 Sign Up for PA Alerts Sign up for emergency and weather alerts, health notifications, building alerts and other Read more

 

Longietti, Sainato: $140,000 awarded to provide paid internships in high-demand careers

(Mar 05, 2020)

HERMITAGE, March 5 – Students and young adults in Mercer and Lawrence counties will have new opportunities for paid internships, thanks to a $140,000 grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding awarded to the West Central Workforce Development Board under the State/Local Internship Program will provide area summer internships paying a minimum of $10.35 an hour for students and young adults between 16 and 24. “Internships are incredibly valuable career-training tools because they provide the kind of real-world experience not available in the classroom,” Longietti said. “That’s especially important in today’s high-tech career market, where new innovations and technology mean a constantly changing job landscape.” Sainato agreed, noting, “In addition to providing hands-on opportunities that help equip students and young adults for the modern workplace, these internships help build a stronger talent pool for area employers by producing applicants who understand more and are better prepared to hit the ground running. It all works to build a stronger workforce.” The funding is part of a $4.7 million package of grants to 21 Local Workforce Development Boards statewide to create nearly 1,500 summer internships. The SLIP program is fully funded through federal money available under the Read more

 

Sainato: $4,000 state grant will support Lawrence County Historical Society

(Mar 04, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, March 4 – A $4,000 state grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will bolster the Lawrence County Historical Society as it works to preserve important county history, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the society’s work benefit residents of all ages, as well as future generations. “The Lawrence County Historical Society’s work in collecting, cataloging and preserving historical documents and artifacts is so important because they tell the story of our county’s unique history and give us a shared perspective on how far we have come,” Sainato said. “They teach us about the unique challenges faced by prior generations of residents and how the progress they made has shaped our identity. “They also remind us of our proud roots in this part of Pennsylvania and provide future generations with a critical link to the future.” Sainato said the funding is part of a package of grants awarded to applicants under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program, which is administered by PHMC. The program is designed to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. Read more

 

Sainato: $350,000 awarded to bolster security for Lawrence County schools

(Feb 26, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Feb. 26 – State grants totaling $350,000 will boost safety for seven Lawrence County school districts, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will go a long way toward keeping school environments safe. “The funding announced today will allow our school districts to implement a broad spectrum of resources, including retaining social workers and other staff who can recognize warning signs and prevent incidents; implementing critical planning; and upgrading security equipment with the latest technology,” Sainato said. “Thanks to this funding, schools in our district will be able to ensure the safest possible environment for our students.” Sainato said the funding includes the following: $30,000 to Laurel School District for training and compensation of school resource and police officers. $35,000 to Mohawk Area School District for security planning and purchase of school safety equipment. $35,000 to Neshannock Township School District for security planning and purchase of school safety equipment. $40,000 to New Castle Area School District for security planning, purchase of school safety equipment and training and compensation of school resource and police officers. $30,000 to Shenango Area School District for safety and security assessments and Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $117,000 awarded for criminal justice diversion programs

(Feb 18, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Feb. 18 – People facing incarceration because of substance abuse disorder will have an alternative to jail and new avenues for treatment and recovery, thanks to a $116,861 grant from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant – funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – will allow the Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol Commission to collaborate with local law enforcement and treatment providers to offer a more effective, treatment-based approach. “For people who end up in the criminal justice system because of Opioid Use Disorder, treating the underlying illness often is the only way to break the cycle of recidivism,” Sainato said. “Unfortunately, jail time fails to provide this treatment, and after these folks are released, they return to the same criminal behavior. It perpetuates a vicious cycle that drains taxpayer resources and injures families and communities. “That’s why drug courts and police diversion programs – in which participants are closely supervised and monitored as they receive treatment and rehabilitation – are proving so successful nationwide. Securing this funding means that we can implement these programs on the local level and bring recovery to those who’ve turned to criminal behavior solely because of their underlying Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $150,000 to combat opioid use disorder in county inmates

(Feb 10, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Feb. 10 – A $149,525 grant will bring an important treatment resource to Lawrence County Jail inmates struggling with opioid use disorder, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grant, which is funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will expand a program that is already working successfully at the state level. “Medication-Assisted Treatment – an evidence-based program that treats substance use disorder as a chronic disease – has been shown to produce lasting benefits,” Sainato said. “If we’re going to successfully attack the opioid and heroin addiction crisis in our region, then we can’t overlook the importance of making this treatment available in our jails, where a disproportionately large number of inmates suffer from drug use disorders. “Securing this funding also means that we can help combat the destructive effects of opioid use on those transitioning from jail to the community. Studies show that 40-50% of formerly incarcerated individuals with an opioid use disorder are arrested for a new crime within a year after their release. Their relapses damage entire families and communities and burden the taxpayers forced to support them. “This funding will allow us to attack the opioid use problem with a program that has already proven successful on the state level, Read more

 

Office closed Monday, 2/10 during sewer line repair

(Feb 10, 2020)

Please be aware that due a sewer line issue, our New Castle District Office will be closed today, Feb. 10. The issue is being addressed, and we anticipate that the office will be open tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Read more

 

Rep. Sainato's Winter 2020 Senior Report

(Feb 07, 2020)

Ensuring that our seniors have access to the best programs and services is an important part of my job. Read more

 

Sainato announces nearly $134,000 in fire, EMS grants

(Jan 21, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced that 10 fire and EMS companies in his district will be receiving $133,859 in state grants for training, equipment and other operating costs. “Our firefighters and emergency rescue workers are willing to lay down their lives for us, yet their companies must struggle daily simply to meet operating expenses,” Sainato said. “It’s a burden they should not have to shoulder. This grant funding will help ease that burden and ensure that our firefighters have the regular training, properly functioning equipment and other resources they need to do their lifesaving work.” Sainato said these fire and EMS companies will receive the following amounts: Bessemer Volunteer Fire Co. – $11,509 Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $12,057 Mahoning Township Volunteer Fire Dept – $12,194 Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $13,974 New Castle Fire Dept. – $13,563 North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Dept. – $12,467 Pulaski Township Volunteer Fire Co. – $12,057 Pulaski Township Volunteer Fire Co. (EMS) – $9,192 Shenango Area Fire Dept. – $24,926 Union Township Volunteer Firemans Association – $11,920 The grants come from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Read more

 

Sainato: $70,000 in state grants will expand computer science learning for Lawrence County students

(Jan 17, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 17 – Computer science will play an expanded role in the curriculum for Lawrence County students, thanks to $70,000 in state grants awarded under the PAsmart Initiative, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said Neshannock Township and Union Area School Districts will each receive a $35,000 PAsmart targeted grant from the state Department of Education. “There is an important place for computer science in our school curricula right beside traditional subjects such as math, science and engineering,” Sainato said. “ In today’s digital era, information technology plays a critical role in nearly every field, and computer skills are becoming an expected part of the skillset demanded by today’s employers. The funding announced today will move us one step closer toward ensuring that our students are prepared for the tech-intensive jobs of the future.” The grants – a component of Gov. Wolf’s PAsmart Initiative – are part of a $5.7 million package providing $35,000 apiece to 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units statewide. The grants are designed to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide teacher training in computer science. The awardees have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, including students of color, girls, low-income students and Read more

 

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

(Jan 16, 2020)

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 win-win Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Sainato ‘Risk Reduction Week’ resolution

(Jan 15, 2020)

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

 

2020 Capitol Scenes calendar

(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

 

On Census Day, Sainato urges community to be counted
Apr 01, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

Sainato: House unanimously passes bill to postpone state primary until June 2
Mar 25, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Factsheet
Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 19, 2020

Longietti, Sainato: $140,000 awarded to provide paid internships in high-demand careers
Mar 05, 2020

Sainato: $4,000 state grant will support Lawrence County Historical Society
Mar 04, 2020

Sainato: $350,000 awarded to bolster security for Lawrence County schools
Feb 26, 2020

Sainato: Nearly $117,000 awarded for criminal justice diversion programs
Feb 18, 2020

Sainato: Nearly $150,000 to combat opioid use disorder in county inmates
Feb 10, 2020

Office closed Monday, 2/10 during sewer line repair
Feb 10, 2020

Rep. Sainato's Winter 2020 Senior Report
Feb 07, 2020

Sainato announces nearly $134,000 in fire, EMS grants
Jan 21, 2020

Sainato: $70,000 in state grants will expand computer science learning for Lawrence County students
Jan 17, 2020

Longietti, Sainato: $150,000 grant to educate students about high-priority career paths
Jan 16, 2020

House unanimously adopts Sainato ‘Risk Reduction Week’ resolution
Jan 15, 2020

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