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Sainato applauds expansion of senior prescription program

(Oct 23, 2018)

It’s estimated the expansion will allow for an additional 17,000 seniors to be eligible for the program. Read more


Grants available for veterans’ programs

(Oct 17, 2018)

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Veterans’ Trust Fund grant program. Read more


National Guard Adjutant General presents Sainato with state service medal

(Oct 16, 2018)

Rep. Chris Sainato was recognized by Pennsylvania Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli through the presentation of the Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Award at a ceremony in Fort Indiantown Gap. Read more


Sainato announces $289,399 for local recycling program

(Oct 12, 2018)

Grant will enhance recycling in Lawrence and Mercer counties. Read more


Sainato announces $79,000 in local school safety grants

(Oct 04, 2018)

Grants will help local schools protect children and teachers. Read more


Sainato: Veterans’ bill highlighted at ceremony

(Oct 02, 2018)

Act 64 changed the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Monuments and Memorial Trust Fund, administered by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Funds will be used for the operation and maintenance of monuments designated by the DMVA and in consultation with the State Veterans Commission. Read more


Sainato announces $425,000 grant for sewer upgrades

(Sep 18, 2018)

State grant will help rehabilitate sewer lines in New Castle, Union and Shenango townships. Read more


House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Newsletter

(Aug 15, 2018)

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Summer Newsletter

(Aug 15, 2018)

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Summer Senior Report

(Aug 15, 2018)

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Sportsmen Update

(Aug 15, 2018)

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$1 million grant will fund new training center for electrical trade

(Aug 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 14 – A $1 million grant from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program will bring vastly improved training resources for those learning the electrical trade, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. The grant for the IBEW Apprenticeship Training Program in Lawrence County will provide expanded facilities and high-tech equipment for area journeymen and apprentices. “The new training facility and resources made possible by this funding will provide tremendous benefits for new generations of electrical workers,” Sainato said. “High-skill jobs such as those in the electrical trade require cutting-edge equipment and resources that supplement on-the-job learning with digital and online media, among other high-tech resources. I’m extremely excited about these new resources on the horizon. I’m also excited about the jobs this project will create, which provide a great boost for the local economy.” The site for the new training center is undeveloped land along Route 18 in Neshannock Township. After the land is developed and utilities are installed, construction will begin on the new center, which will house modern classrooms, a computer lab, and specialized instruction spaces. The RACP grant program – administered by the Office of the Budget – funds regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. The projects have a regional or multi-jurisdictional Read more


Summer 2018 Health Care Report

(Jul 30, 2018)

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Sainato, Longietti succeed in getting restoration of public services at New Castle Division of Vital Records

(Mar 15, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 15 – Walk-in service at the New Castle Division of Vital Records will be restored Monday at a new location – 105 Nesbit Road in New Castle – according to state Reps. Chris Sainato and Mark Longietti, who lobbied for the move after those services were ended late last year. Sainato and Longietti were notified of the restoration today by the Department of Health, meaning residents in their districts and the general area will regain the ability to personally obtain important documents such as birth and death certificates. Under information revealed to Sainato and Longietti, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and citizens can get birth and death certificates the same day if they make the request by 11:30 a.m. “This is a great move that removes a huge obstacle, which was the 60- to 90-minute drive to Pittsburgh that was necessary after the old office closed,” said Sainato, D-Lawrence. “I thank Representative Longietti for helping put forth a united front on this matter, and am grateful that the administration listened.” Longietti, D-Mercer, also hailed the move, reiterating the two representatives’ longstanding point that it’s more important than ever for rural and suburban dwellers to have such access, particularly with the advent of REAL ID driver’s license requirements. “We respectfully asked that this administrative decision be reversed, and now that it has Read more


Winter 2018 Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Newsletter

(Feb 09, 2018)

Click here to read the latest news from the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Read more


Sainato, Longietti formally request restoration of public services at New Castle Division of Vital Records

(Jan 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – Restoration of public services at the New Castle Division of Vital Records, such as the ability to obtain birth and death certificates, is the objective of a letter state Reps. Chris Sainato and Mark Longietti sent to the top Pennsylvania Health Department official. Sainato, D-Lawrence, and Longietti, D-Mercer, asked Dr. Rachel Levine, the department’s acting secretary, to reconsider the administrative decision, noting it was announced late last year with no input from them or the public. “The process by which this change to the Division of Vital Records policy was implemented ignored our voices and the voices of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians in Lawrence and Mercer counties,” wrote the state representatives. “Our voice wasn’t asked for, and we had no opportunity to be heard.” Unless the change is reversed, they noted that residents of the counties they represent will have to travel 60 to 90 minutes to Pittsburgh to obtain vital records like birth certificates in person, at an office possibly overburdened with additional workload. Timely access to vital records has never been more important, Sainato and Longietti wrote, noting the Real ID Act requires the presentation of certain records, including birth certificates, to acquire compliant driver’s licenses and other essential forms of identification. “Creating barriers to those documents for the residents of the New Castle area is Read more


Letter asking for restoration of public services at New Castle Division of Vital Records

(Jan 23, 2018)

Keeping full public services -- such as providing birth and death certificates -- at the New Castle Division of Vital Records is the subject of this letter I sent to the PA Health Department's acting secretary. Read more


Winter 2018 Senior Report

(Jan 09, 2018)

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2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

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Sainato clears up confusion over new animal cruelty laws taking effect Monday

(Aug 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, is reminding residents that on Monday, Aug. 28, Pennsylvania’s new animal cruelty laws will take effect, just a few months after Gov. Tom Wolf signed Libre’s Law. “Animal abuse is a serious problem across the commonwealth,” Sainato said. “It’s time we crack down on offenders by laying out harsher penalties to keep pets out of harm’s way.” Named after a Boston terrier puppy rescued from near death on a Lancaster County farm last summer, Libre’s Law makes it possible for felony charges to be handed down to first-time animal cruelty offenders. This is a first for the state. According to Humane PA, this level of punishment was usually used in cases of animal fighting or killings of endangered species. The law also spells out the rules for tethering an animal. It specifically requires: A leash must be three times the length of the pet or 10 feet, whichever is longer. No tow or logged chain or pinch, choke, or prong collars used with a tether. A well-fitted collar and no open sores or wounds on the dog's body. The lead must be on a swivel and ideally a lead that has a coated cover to avoid getting tangled. The area where the pet is kept must be kept clear of excessive feces with access to drinkable water and shade. No more than nine consecutive hours on a leash in a day's time. No more than 30 minutes tied Read more