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Sainato: More than $3.3 million to support continued learning during pandemic

(May 07, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, May 7 – Lawrence County school districts will receive approximately $3.31 million in federal funding under the CARES Act to ensure students have the resources they need to continue learning during the pandemic, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today. Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding to seven area school districts will make it possible to develop a reliable, well-equipped system that is accessible to all students. “When the pandemic erupted, it drastically limited the way we interact, and that created major challenges for our education system,” Sainato said. “Our dedicated teachers stepped up to fill the void with online lessons, but additional planning and resources are essential. “The funding coming our way will provide critical resources for planning and coordination, the purchase of necessary technology, and the creation of curricula and programs that ensure all our students continue to learn and thrive -- regardless of the setting.” Sainato said districts will receive the following funding: Laurel School District - $139,567 Mohawk Area School District - $259,494 Neshannock Township School District – $108,449 New Castle Area School District - $1,928,552 Shenango Area School District - $266,552 Wilmington Area School District - $413,689 Union Area School District - $191,515 Read more

 

Sainato votes to protect Pennsylvanians through COVID-19 testing

(May 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 5 – State Rep. Chris Sainato voted Monday for legislation that would require Pennsylvania to develop a comprehensive plan for COVID-19 testing, saying the move is essential to properly protect residents as the state begins to reopen. Sainato, D-Lawrence, joined an overwhelming bipartisan majority of House members in passing H.B. 2455 , which would require the state to first develop and then fund and implement a comprehensive testing plan. The funding would include resources for development and manufacturing of testing equipment and supplies, contact tracing and other measures. Health care and other essential workers would be given testing priority once the plan was activated. “Our community has faced an unprecedented threat, and in response, our residents have risen to the occasion by practicing safety protocols to contain the spread of the virus,” Sainato said. “But without comprehensive testing, we are missing an essential element of emergency preparedness: understanding the full extent of the risk. As we begin reopening the state in the days ahead, that will become more important than ever. If we can’t pinpoint who is or is not vulnerable, we can’t properly plan to protect those residents. “A comprehensive and effective testing plan will allow us to meet the threat head on by identifying who is at risk and focusing safety resources where they are most needed. Read more

 

Sainato: Newly passed bill would help replenish funding for volunteer fire, EMS companies

(Apr 28, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, April 28 – The House today unanimously passed a bill that would speed funding to volunteer fire and emergency medical service companies, which are facing even greater financial challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic because of restrictions on fundraising activities, announced state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. House Bill 2413 – introduced to get funding to the state’s first responders during the pandemic – was amended to create a program that would provide automatic crisis grants funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund. “Our state’s first responders are as resourceful as they are courageous, but the pandemic and measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 removed a major source of fundraising for these frontline workers,” said Sainato, who is Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “I’m encouraged that the House acted today to begin concrete steps to restore that funding, so our men and women working on the front lines will have access to the equipment and resources they need to stay safe and save lives.” Sainato said the emergency grants would be subject to approval by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The bill heads to the Senate for further consideration. Read more

 

Sainato: Lawrence County, local municipalities to receive nearly $479,000 in emergency funding

(Apr 27, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, April 27 – About $479,000 in emergency federal funding will soon be on its way to help Lawrence County and local municipalities address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the funding – the first of several rounds planned under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act – will support critical food, affordable housing and community development programs. “This pandemic came along and upended nearly every aspect of our lives, leaving little time to prepare for something our community had never experienced,” Sainato said. “Residents have stood strong and have been resourceful, but the economic impact has taken its toll – particularly on our most vulnerable residents and families with limited resources. “Knowing that our federal tax dollars are on the way back home to address food shortages, provide affordable housing and restore life to our communities is cause for hope. I will be working with county and local officials to make sure that once received, these dollars are quickly put to work where they will do the most good.” Sainato said the first round of funding – coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – will include: $186,556 to New Castle. $159,506 to Lawrence County. $69,429 to Shenango Township. Read more

 

Sainato: Nearly $133,000 to help equip students for remote learning during pandemic

(Apr 22, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, April 22 – A $132,850 grant to the New Castle Area School District will help ensure students have the resources they need to benefit from internet-based and other remote learning programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the Continuity of Education and Equity Grant awarded by the state Department of Education will help eliminate obstacles faced by students whose families may be unable to afford laptops and other equipment for remote learning during the 2019-20 academic year: “A student’s economic status should never stand in the way of their getting the best possible education the state can provide,” Sainato said. “I believe our Lawrence County schools provide students an excellent start, but when challenges such as COVID-19 force major changes to the way learning happens, we need to make sure kids are equipped for those changes. “Thanks to this funding, all students in the district will have the laptops and other resources they need to continue learning and benefiting from online and remote programs.” CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet Read more

 

Sainato: Reopening of some construction jobs, online auto sales steps in the right direction

(Apr 20, 2020)

NEW CASTLE, April 20 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, issued the following statement today regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that the state will begin a phased reopening of certain jobs. “Last week, I voiced my support for online auto sales, and I am pleased to announce that Governor Wolf is responding to our calls for action. Online auto sales will begin later today once the governor signs into law legislation allowing remote notary service. Limited construction work will be permitted starting May 8 as a step in our phased re-opening of Pennsylvania. “Early in the pandemic, the move to shut down non-essential businesses was essential to control the spread of COVID-19. As we continue working to address the impact of the virus, it’s also time to return some workers to jobs that can be performed safely, without risking public safety. “I believe that remaining responsive to the science and the data about the virus while moving to reconnect residents with the goods and services they need is the right path for Lawrence County and the commonwealth.” Read more

 

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 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with 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

 

Sainato: More than $3.3 million to support continued learning during pandemic
May 07, 2020

Sainato votes to protect Pennsylvanians through COVID-19 testing
May 05, 2020

Sainato: Newly passed bill would help replenish funding for volunteer fire, EMS companies
Apr 28, 2020

Sainato: Lawrence County, local municipalities to receive nearly $479,000 in emergency funding
Apr 27, 2020

Sainato: Nearly $133,000 to help equip students for remote learning during pandemic
Apr 22, 2020

Sainato: Reopening of some construction jobs, online auto sales steps in the right direction
Apr 20, 2020

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