Abney: Local projects receive $12.85 million in state grant funding

(Nov 21, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 21 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that eight local projects have been awarded more than $12 million in state grant funding. “Once again, I am thrilled to announce these major investments in our community and in our neighborhoods,” Abney said. “These projects will not only support existing businesses or cultural programs but also will create opportunities for businesses to invest and grow in our community. I want to congratulate all the people and organizations that have worked to bring these projects to fruition and look forward to seeing them succeed in the future.” Projects awarded today include: $2.1 million for Pittsburgh Gateways Corp. to convert the former Connelley Vocational School into the Pittsburgh's Energy Innovation Center, creating flexible spaces for companies focusing on workforce training, energy innovation and incubation. $1.5 million to Riverlife for renovations at Allegheny Riverfront Park. Measures will include removal of existing pavement, site preparation and grading, installation and sealing of new stone pavers, refurbishment of existing light posts and railing, tree pruning, planting soil amendments and perennial planting. $3 million to help fund Astrobotic’s construction of a new four-story facility, adjacent to their current headquarters, to house labs, cleanrooms and offices. Read more

 

Abney: More than $1.2 million awarded for 6 local projects

(Nov 15, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 15 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that six local projects have been awarded a combination of more than $1.2 million in state grants. “ These funds are a considerable investment for the entire Pittsburgh region ,” Abney said. “After undergoing construction, renovation or repair, these projects will enhance the social and cultural fabric of our communities and have lasting impacts for generations to come. ” Projects awarded today include: $100,000 for ACH Clear Pathways to update/replace the inherited HVAC system at the Kaufmann Center which is over 12 years old and has an expired warranty. $200,000 for the Amani Christian Community Development Corporation to undertake construction, namely earthwork and foundation work, at what will be the Ledlie St. Townhomes. $100,000 to renovate the North Side Animal Shelter. Renovations would include reconfiguring the veterinary clinic layout, relocating and downsizing certain areas to increase the number of animals that can be treated and updating the building’s community room. $200,000 for the Pittsburgh Musical Theater to address water infiltration issues caused by copper flashing being severed. The damaged flashing will be removed and replaced with continuous aluminum. Additionally, programmable LED lighting will be installed, and the masonry caps will be replaced along the Read more

 

Abney: $23.5 million in state grants for local projects

(Nov 01, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 1 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that seven local projects have been awarded a combined $23.5 million in state grants. “The projects mark a major state investment in our community,” Abney said. “Whether it’s construction, renovation or conversion, all these endeavors will improve the welfare of my constituents in multiple ways.” Projects awarded today include: $3 million for construction of a multi-story parking garage at the Pittsburgh Technology Center. The garage will feature high-tech electric vehicle charging stations, bicycle infrastructure and a multimodal connection to the Port Authority of Allegheny County's bus service. $2 million to renovate and update all common spaces, kitchen, member fitness facilities including the wellness floor, pool area and locker rooms, and meeting rooms at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. Rental units will also be renovated on the third, fourth and fifth floors with a new configuration that replaces shared bathrooms with private facilities and provides a community room. Rooms and corridor renovations will include flooring, painting and ceilings. Additional work includes replacement of mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems and installation of a sprinkler system, air-conditioning and elevators. $2 million for Phase 1 preparations at the future site of Centre Avenue Avenues Read more

 

Abney: $10.5 million awarded for 9 local projects

(Oct 27, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 27 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that nine local projects have been awarded a combined $10.5 million in state grants. “These projects mark a major state investment in our community,” Abney said. “Whether it’s housing, office renovation, historic preservation or building habitat for the National Aviary, these projects will have a lasting impact on our community, and I want to thank everyone involved who has helped make them happen.” Projects awarded today include: $750,000 to Bethlehem Haven Women's Permanent Supportive Housing to reconfigure living spaces for 26 women to have their own independent living. $750,000 to Cineplex on Sixth Street to redevelop 119 Sixth Street (the former site of Bally Total Fitness Club) into a cineplex in downtown Pittsburgh. It will cover metals, millwork, plumbing and HVAC systems and flooring for the site. $1 million to Emerald City Development to acquire the Pitt Building downtown and develop the infrastructure to create an event space, office suites, daycare, warehouse and performance space and a restaurant. $500,000 to Hazelwood Equity One-Stop Resource Center to acquire and renovate the former Church of the Good Shepherd along with an adjoining two-story hall. $3 million to Horace Mann Village for a project which includes the redesign and renovation of the Read more

 

Abney, Bullock lead PLBC voting rights roundtable

(Oct 27, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – Yesterday at the Capitol, Reps. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, and Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia, conducted a voting rights roundtable, joined by members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh M. Chapman. The goal of the discussion was to address items that individuals need to be aware of when voting, including providing details about mail-in and absentee ballots. “Folks that are in this room and have access to the information need to make sure they don’t keep it internal,” Abney said. “We need to be pushing this information back out into our communities.” “Today, we hope to have more conversation about the parameters of voting in Pennsylvania,” added Bullock, chair of the PLBC. “As we go back to our respective communities, remind folks how important their vote is.” A recording of the roundtable in its entirety can be viewed here . Read more

 

Abney announces loan to replace catch basins in PWSA system

(Oct 19, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 19 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that a $46 million low-interest loan is being awarded to Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority . The loan will be utilized to install new catch basins in the sewer system. “These structures are outdated and on the verge of failure,” Abney said. “This project ensures that all my constituents readily have clean and safe water to use as needed.” Catch basins and similar inlets collect debris and prevent stormwater from being contaminated or impeded in its flow throughout the remainder of the sewer system. Approximately 3,600 catch basins will be replaced over the next three years. Read more

 

Abney announces grant to Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for North Park Promenade

(Sep 20, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 20 – Rep. Aerion Abney, D-Allegheny, announced today that a $92,000 grant is being awarded to Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to repair the North Park Promenade . “The Allegheny Commons North Park Promenade is in need of significant renovation,” Abney said. “This project will eliminate unnecessary paths and excess pavement throughout the park while beautifying its flora as well.” The grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority . The grant is one of several awarded today from the CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program . Read more

 

Abney introduces bill to help small, local businesses get up and running

(Sep 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – Rep. Aerion A. Abney, D-Allegheny, is introducing a bill today that would provide capital to small, local businesses eager to open their doors. “Local businesses are the engines driving our economy,” Abney said. “A financial jumpstart to help small businesses get established should encourage entrepreneurship.” A modernization and recapitalization of the Small Business Incubators Act, House Bill 2839 would provide up to $20 million in grants and loans for small businesses in Pennsylvania. These funds can be used to cover startup and overhead costs. Workers and investments also would be protected in Abney’s bill because grant recipients who leave the commonwealth would be required to repay those funds awarded to them in full. “Successful, local businesses help grow our economy and create good jobs everywhere,” Abney said. “These jobs pay real wages and offer both real benefits and a chance to retire, so all Pennsylvanians can have a better future.” Read more

 

Benham, Abney to host Hilltop Health Check in Mt. Oliver

(Sep 20, 2022)

MT. OLIVER, Sept. 20 – State Reps. Jessica Benham and Aerion Abney, both D-Allegheny, are inviting members of the community to join them for a health resource fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Brashear CARES Center located at 320 Brownsville Road. The Hilltop Health Check will feature a variety of health-related vendors, as well as information on state resources that are available to the public. There will also be a flu vaccination clinic happening simultaneously nearby at the Mt. Oliver Borough Firehall, located at 120 Brownsville Road. Questions about the event can be directed to Benham’s district office. The official event flyer can be found here. Read more

 

2022 Summer Newsletter

(Sep 01, 2022)

State budget a win for the people of Pennsylvania Read more

 

Aerion Abney: Despite the attacks, let’s vote — mail-in voting’s still an option in Pa.

(Aug 10, 2022)

The PA Supreme Court has upheld that mail-in voting remains viable in the state Read more

 

Pittsburgh Public Schools receiving early childhood education program funds

(Aug 02, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 2 – Pittsburgh Public Schools are receiving $300,000 in PA Pre-K Counts grants and $2.56 million in grants from the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program, according to state Rep. Aerion Abney, D-Allegheny. “Early education is vital to the development of our children,” Abney said. “This investment in our future generation is something I’m excited to see materialize.” Abney voted to increase funding by $79 million in the 2022-23 budget to bolster opportunities for schools across Allegheny County and to provide high-quality early learning to area children. More than 37,200 students will be beneficiaries of the $384 million being allocated to school districts statewide. For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website . Read more

 

Abney: $291,990 awarded to local traffic signal projects

(Jul 14, 2022)

Funding awarded through state Green Light-Go program Read more

 

PLBC honors the late House Speaker Irvis with day of action

(May 23, 2022)

HARRISBURG, May 23 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and colleagues from the PLBC today commemorated the 45th anniversary of the inauguration of the late Speaker K. Leroy Irvis with a day of action. “This inaugural day of action not only commemorates the accomplishments of the first and only Black speaker in the Pennsylvania legislature to date,” Bullock said, “but it is also an opportunity to amplify the voices of Black Pennsylvanians and the issues that are important to our communities." Irvis was born in New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany. He moved to Baltimore and taught high school English and history until World War II. He was a civilian flying instructor for the War Department. After, he settled in Pittsburgh where he earned a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1958, he was elected to the state legislature, eventually being elected by his peers as speaker of the House. He served in the legislature for 15 consecutive terms. “Forty-five years after his historic election as House Speaker, K. Leroy Irvis’s leadership is still felt by countless Pennsylvanians. He was a man of great character who forged a path that many of us have worked to emulate,” said House Democratic Leader, Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware. “To fully recognize his contributions, we should view Speaker Irvis’s legacy Read more

 

PLBC honors the late House Speaker Irvis with day of action

(May 23, 2022)

HARRISBURG, May 23 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and colleagues from the PLBC today commemorated the 45th anniversary of the inauguration of the late Speaker K. Leroy Irvis with a day of action. “This inaugural day of action not only commemorates the accomplishments of the first and only Black speaker in the Pennsylvania legislature to date,” Bullock said, “but it is also an opportunity to amplify the voices of Black Pennsylvanians and the issues that are important to our communities." Irvis was born in New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Albany. He moved to Baltimore and taught high school English and history until World War II. He was a civilian flying instructor for the War Department. After, he settled in Pittsburgh where he earned a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1958, he was elected to the state legislature, eventually being elected by his peers as speaker of the House. He served in the legislature for 15 consecutive terms. “Forty-five years after his historic election as House Speaker, K. Leroy Irvis’s leadership is still felt by countless Pennsylvanians. He was a man of great character who forged a path that many of us have worked to emulate,” said House Democratic Leader, Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware. “To fully recognize his contributions, Read more

 

Abney: State awards $14.3 million in grants to local projects

(Apr 26, 2022)

Funding marks major investment in local communities Read more

 

Abney takes oath for state representative

(Apr 26, 2022)

State Rep. Aerion Abney, D-Allegheny, took office at the state Capitol today to begin his first term representing the 19th Legislative District. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Environmental funding opportunities

(Apr 25, 2022)

Read more about the latest grant programs open for applications. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Transportation, recovery housing, and public health funding opportunities

(Apr 19, 2022)

Check out the state grant programs that are now open for applications. Read more

 

PA Treasury could be holding your Unclaimed Property

(Apr 14, 2022)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database here . You can also contact my office and somebody will the search while you are on the phone. If you do the search on your own and find property or need help searching, please allow my office to assist you in claiming this property. We can help you determine how much the property is worth and make sure all the documents needed to avoid delays are in order. There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property, whether you claim the property on your own or with assistance from my office. Read more

 

Abney: Local projects receive $12.85 million in state grant funding
Nov 21, 2022

Abney: More than $1.2 million awarded for 6 local projects
Nov 15, 2022

Abney: $23.5 million in state grants for local projects
Nov 01, 2022

Abney: $10.5 million awarded for 9 local projects
Oct 27, 2022

Abney, Bullock lead PLBC voting rights roundtable
Oct 27, 2022

Abney announces loan to replace catch basins in PWSA system
Oct 19, 2022

Abney announces grant to Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for North Park Promenade
Sep 20, 2022

Abney introduces bill to help small, local businesses get up and running
Sep 20, 2022

Benham, Abney to host Hilltop Health Check in Mt. Oliver
Sep 20, 2022

2022 Summer Newsletter
Sep 01, 2022

Aerion Abney: Despite the attacks, let’s vote — mail-in voting’s still an option in Pa.
Aug 10, 2022

Pittsburgh Public Schools receiving early childhood education program funds
Aug 02, 2022

Abney: $291,990 awarded to local traffic signal projects
Jul 14, 2022

PLBC honors the late House Speaker Irvis with day of action
May 23, 2022

PLBC honors the late House Speaker Irvis with day of action
May 23, 2022

Abney: State awards $14.3 million in grants to local projects
Apr 26, 2022

Abney takes oath for state representative
Apr 26, 2022

Now open for applications: Environmental funding opportunities
Apr 25, 2022

Now open for applications: Transportation, recovery housing, and public health funding opportunities
Apr 19, 2022

PA Treasury could be holding your Unclaimed Property
Apr 14, 2022