Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: Protecting your health info, voting reminders and more!

(May 07, 2021)

A recent data breach prompted me to partner with fellow state Rep. Natalie Mihalek on legislation requiring vaccine providers to take steps to protect PA’s personal health information after registering to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Our bipartisan efforts were included in an amendment to H.B. 1264 – which passed unanimously. Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: Move Over Law, PA Rescue Plan, redistricting and more!

(May 03, 2021)

It’s vital we reform the reapportionment and redistricting efforts for state legislative and congressional districts here in our state. That’s why I’ve signed on in support of H.B. 22, also known as the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act. It would introduce enhanced transparency into the processes, allow more input from residents and create a user-friendly website with data, proposed maps, public comments and related information. Read more

 

Pisciottano: Disappointed in U.S. Steel decision, urges reconsideration

(Apr 30, 2021)

DRAVOSBURG, April 30 – Today state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding U.S. Steel Corp. announcing its cancellation of a $1.5 billion update to its Mon Valley Works facility. “I am very disappointed to hear of U.S. Steel’s decision to set aside its planned investment in our region, which would have modernized the plants and continued to provide good union jobs for years to come. I urge U.S. Steel to reconsider its decision and work with the communities, elected officials, and residents in the Mon Valley to chart a path forward. “One of my primary goals is to create economic conditions that are conducive to attracting and maintaining a strong business community in this region of Allegheny County. I will continue to work with local and state officials to keep family-sustaining jobs in our community, as I believe we can still come to a workable solution to benefit all parties.” Read more

 

Pisciottano, Mihalek: Bill would protect Pennsylvanians’ personal health information

(Apr 30, 2021)

DRAVOSBURG, April 30 – State Reps. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, and Natalie Mihalek, R-Allegheny/Washington, plan to introduce legislation soon to require COVID-19 vaccine providers to take specific steps to protect the privacy of residents who have registered to receive a vaccine. Pisciottano said in light of a recent data breach this week, where health and other personal information of more than 70,000 Pennsylvanians collected during contact tracing was compromised, it’s even more important that protections are immediately put in place. “In the rush for many residents to get vaccines, many registered with several providers, providing their personal information in order to secure an appointment,” said Pisciottano. “While only one provider ends up vaccinating them, the other providers still have access to their information, which includes their name and address, but could also include their medical history, Social Security number and insurance information. Our legislation would require vaccine providers to delete this information from those who may have registered but did not receive a vaccine within six months of registering.” “Medical history is the most private information a Pennsylvanian has, and it deserves to be treated sensitively,” said Mihalek. “In light of recent news that 70,000 residents’ medical information had been compromised due to contract tracing, I feel this legislation is more important Read more

 

Pisciottano supports bill to reform redistricting process

(Apr 28, 2021)

DRAVOSBURG, April 28 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano is supporting legislation to reform the reapportionment and redistricting efforts for both state legislative and congressional districts in Pennsylvania. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said H.B. 22 , also known as the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act, would introduce enhanced transparency into the processes, allow more input from residents and create a user-friendly website with data, proposed maps, public comments and related information. “Pennsylvanians deserve a fair and open redistricting process free from political processes designed to punish or discriminate against a particular legislator or political party, and ensure accountability,” said Pisciottano. “I support Fair Districts PA’s efforts to see this legislation move forward and signed into law. Residents are tired of extreme partisan actions as it relates to their legislators and this measure is certainly a step in the right direction.” Pisciottano added the measure would also ban gerrymandering, place limits on splitting counties beyond what’s required by population, ban dividing voting precincts and ensure protection of racial and language minorities against discrimination in the mapping process. The bill is currently under consideration in the House State Government Committee. Read more

 

Pisciottano: New “Move Over Law” will save lives across PA

(Apr 26, 2021)

PLEASANT HILLS, April 26 – Surrounded by family members of a constituent who died after being hit by a distracted driver in 2017, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano today lauded Act 105 , which goes into effect tomorrow and will require drivers to take proactive steps when approaching or passing a disabled vehicle. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said Scott Hirsh was struck and killed by a distracted driver as he was changing a tire on his camper, despite pulling off onto the shoulder of the roadway and using road flares and caution signs. Pisciottano joined members of the Hirsh family, representatives from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, AAA and local officials to discuss the new law. House Bill 636 – a bill to rename the Camp Horne Road Interchange in honor of Scott Hirsh – is currently being considered. “Act 105 will require drivers to move over to one lane, or if that’s not possible, to pass the disabled vehicle at a rate of no more than 20 miles per hour less than the roadway’s posted speeding limit. While Scott Hirsh did everything correctly when his vehicle became disabled, an amendment that was adopted into the law includes a provision to further protect disabled vehicles and increase penalties for drivers who fail to move over or slow down.” "The day my dad was killed, he did everything right,” Christian Hirsh said. “He had Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Disability advocacy, vaccine update, Green Grocer info and more!

(Apr 16, 2021)

Disability advocacy, info on vaccines and much more in this week's update! Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Vaccine information, PUA scam update, help for our communities and more!

(Apr 09, 2021)

As part of the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress last month, our local municipalities will have access to funding they can use to spur economic recovery and infrastructure investment here in our community. Read more

 

Pisciottano: American Rescue Plan is great news for communities

(Apr 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 7 – Approximately $8.5 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan will make a significant and positive impact to communities throughout the district, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. The American Rescue Plan, signed last month by President Joseph Biden, includes funds earmarked for local municipalities and counties to use to offset economic losses due to the pandemic. The funding can also be used toward water, sewer and infrastructure projects and toward projects to safely reopen schools. “This financial support is certainly welcome relief for our residents and our communities, who have been struggling for more than a year since the pandemic hit,” Pisciottano said. “These funds will be essential in providing vital economic support to our local and county governments and ensure our communities continue to operate and remain connected.” Municipalities in the 38 th Legislative District that are slated to receive the funds are as follows: Baldwin Borough: $1.9 million. Dravosburg Borough: $170,349. Glassport Borough: $426,615. Liberty Borough: $242,622. Pleasant Hills Borough: $793,514. Port Vue Borough: $360,967. South Park Township: $1.3 million. West Mifflin Borough: $1.9 million. Whitehall Borough: $1.3 million. Read more

 

Pisciottano announces federal COVID-19 relief funding for area school districts

(Mar 31, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 31 – An estimated $33.6 million in federal funding is expected to be allocated to area school districts to assist them in reopening safely and to address learning losses as more students and teachers return to classrooms, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano announced. “Teachers and school staff have faced many challenges during this time while they continue to educate our children and keep them safe,” said Pisciottano, D-Allegheny. “These federal funds will help our schools by providing them with the support they need to help students, whether it’s additional instructional materials, equipment upgrades, professional training and mental health and related services. This investment will help our schools in their efforts to navigate a safe, in-person learning environment.” The funding is part of nearly $5 billion allocated to Pennsylvania in federal relief under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. The estimated funding for school districts in the 38 th Legislative District is as follows: Baldwin-Whitehall School District - $5.1 million. McKeesport Area School District - $16.9 million. South Allegheny School District - $3.4 million. South Park School District - $1.3 million. West Jefferson School District - $1 million. West Mifflin Area School Read more

 

Kinkead introduces measure to help protect residents from landslides

(Mar 30, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 30 – Landslides have devastated families across Allegheny County and are only becoming more of a problem throughout Pennsylvania, so state Rep. Emily Kinkead is spearheading a bill that would create a program to help. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said H.B. 1054 would establish the Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The program would establish a special insurance and assistance funds to ensure Pennsylvanians are properly protected from the destructive and devastating force of landslides. “In my district, an entire house fell off the side of a hill because of landslides and because it was not caused by mine subsidence, there was absolutely no insurance coverage to help the family rebuild their lives from the loss. While landslides resulting from mining practices receive special insurance coverage, those that occur due to excessive rain or snowfall aren’t typically covered, and that leaves far too many residents vulnerable to financial ruin,” said Kinkead. “These landslides can occur anywhere if the right conditions are present. With warmer weather here, it’s vital we take action now on this issue.” Several Allegheny County representatives, including state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Sara Innamorato and Nick Pisciottano, have signed on in support of Kinkead’s bill. “People in my district have seen their share of disruptive landslides. Read more

 

Pisciottano supports bill to protect patients, nurses

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Ensuring patient safety and keeping nurses safe are the primary goals behind legislation supported by state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, and several members of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. Pisciottano said the pandemic has brought serious safety concerns into the spotlight, as more nurses are being assigned an increasing number of patients, while at the same time, nurse staffing levels in hospitals continue to decline. House Bill 106, also known as the Patient Safety Act, would set appropriate nursing ratios for hospitals dependent upon the severity of the nursing unit’s patient needs. “As our state and nation begin to emerge from the pandemic, it’s critical we look at ways to improve our health systems and put procedures into place to enhance patient and workers’ safety,” said Pisciottano. “Our nurses and health care staff are doing all they can to help keep patients safe, and with the extra demands on their care during the current pandemic, we must join other states in instituting safe patient limits and create working conditions which protect the physical and mental health of our nurses. This measure would significantly raise the standards of care of patients while keeping our nurses safe.” A letter of support for the bill, signed by state Reps. Jessica Benham, Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Emily Kinkead, Sara Read more

 

As Biden heads to Pittsburgh to talk infrastructure, Mon Valley legislators urge federal investment in two long-awaited projects

(Mar 29, 2021)

Projects would open region for economic turnaround, investment in communities Read more

 

Rep. Nick Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update: Legislative action, tax filing info and more!

(Mar 29, 2021)

I was back at the state Capitol for the last two weeks for House session and busy working on several issues facing our communities. Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - COVID-19 updates, economic development and more!

(Mar 19, 2021)

I want to hear from you! I am reaching out to begin a discussion about the coming years of economic development for our communities and what you think are the biggest priorities. Your input will help me with a comprehensive economic plan that will be helpful for our region. Read more

 

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications

(Mar 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 15 – Financial assistance is now available to help Allegheny County residents struggling to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a program that is partially funded by legislation members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation helped to pass. The Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance program has a total of $79.9 million to distribute to eligible county residents. Of that funding, $43 million came from Act 1 of 2021, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last month. Eligibility requirements for the program include: having at least one person who qualifies for unemployment, has lost income or suffered financially due to COVID-19. being at risk of experiencing homelessness. having a total income below 80% of the Area Median Income for Allegheny County. ACDD Chairman state Rep. Austin Davis, as well as state Reps. Jessica Benham, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Emily Kinkead, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Robert Matzie, Dan Miller, Nick Pisciottano and Jake Wheatley, issued the following statement: “People living in Allegheny County have been struggling for over a year during this pandemic. This program has been a long time coming and helps provide direct relief to those who’ve been scrambling to pay their rent and bills during this Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Safety and security grants, tax assistance and more!

(Mar 12, 2021)

In my last update, I shared information about the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program to help our impacted restauarants, bars and hotels. Allegheny County is currently working with a number of local Certified Economic Development Organizations and Community Development Financial Institutions in setting up an application portal by 3/15. Read more

 

Allegheny County Delegation announces $1.5 million in security grants for nonprofit organizations

(Mar 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 10 – Members of the PA House Democratic Allegheny County Delegation said $1.5 million will be awarded to nonprofit organizations across the county for security projects. The funding is being provided through the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund, set up by Act 83 of 2019 and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The goal is to better protect individuals, groups and organizations that are susceptible to hate crimes. The program was created largely as a result of the Squirrel Hill synagogue attack of 2018 that claimed the lives of 11 Pennsylvanians. Grant recipients can use the funds for security enhancements designed to protect the safety of the users of the facility that is owned and operated by the nonprofit organization. These include safety and security planning, purchase of security equipment, safety and security training, and other safety-related projects. The following nonprofit organizations will receive grants through the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund in 2021: Chabad Lubavitch of the South Hills Inc.: $25,000 Congregation Poale Zedeck: $150,000 Tzohar Seminary: $56,312 Saint Brendan’s Episcopal Church: $25,000 Beth El Congregation of the South Hills/ United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism: $56,391 Yeshivath Achei Tmimim of Pittsburgh: $75,000 Ebenezer Baptist Church: $120,000 The Neighborhood Academy: $ 18,800 Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - vaccine updates, policy hearing recap and more!

(Mar 05, 2021)

This week, we received official word from state health and education officials that teachers and other school personnel will be vaccinated, using the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for PreK-12 teachers and other school staff. Read more

 

Pisciottano chairs roundtable discussion on improving mental health for high school students

(Mar 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, brought together school professionals, mental health advocates, human services professionals and legislators for a discussion on how resources can be allocated to better serve Pennsylvania students, during a PA House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today. Strengthening teachers and support staff was a natural part of the discussion that highlighted how the pandemic has exacerbated existing systemic issues with providing services to students, teachers and staff. “Our high school students have had to overcome so many challenges during the pandemic, including virtual schooling, a lack of real social interaction and constant disruptions to daily life during the most turbulent periods of growing up. It’s imperative we do all we can to support their mental health needs as they mature into young adults,” Pisciottano said. “This policy hearing was very helpful in hearing from a variety of experts on how state and local officials can best help students and work with our schools to give them the tools they need moving forward.” Michael Fiore, school social worker/home and school visitor for Council Rock School District, and Dr. Mike Ghilani, superintendent of West Jefferson Hills School District, shared the struggles students face and their efforts to make swift changes to policies and procedures that have had lifesaving impacts on students. Ghilani shared a tragic case Read more

 

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: Protecting your health info, voting reminders and more!
May 07, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update: Move Over Law, PA Rescue Plan, redistricting and more!
May 03, 2021

Pisciottano: Disappointed in U.S. Steel decision, urges reconsideration
Apr 30, 2021

Pisciottano, Mihalek: Bill would protect Pennsylvanians’ personal health information
Apr 30, 2021

Pisciottano supports bill to reform redistricting process
Apr 28, 2021

Pisciottano: New “Move Over Law” will save lives across PA
Apr 26, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Disability advocacy, vaccine update, Green Grocer info and more!
Apr 16, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update - Vaccine information, PUA scam update, help for our communities and more!
Apr 09, 2021

Pisciottano: American Rescue Plan is great news for communities
Apr 07, 2021

Pisciottano announces federal COVID-19 relief funding for area school districts
Mar 31, 2021

Kinkead introduces measure to help protect residents from landslides
Mar 30, 2021

Pisciottano supports bill to protect patients, nurses
Mar 29, 2021

As Biden heads to Pittsburgh to talk infrastructure, Mon Valley legislators urge federal investment in two long-awaited projects
Mar 29, 2021

Rep. Nick Pisciottano's Weekly Email Update: Legislative action, tax filing info and more!
Mar 29, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - COVID-19 updates, economic development and more!
Mar 19, 2021

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications
Mar 15, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - Safety and security grants, tax assistance and more!
Mar 12, 2021

Allegheny County Delegation announces $1.5 million in security grants for nonprofit organizations
Mar 10, 2021

Rep. Pisciottano’s Weekly Email Update - vaccine updates, policy hearing recap and more!
Mar 05, 2021

Pisciottano chairs roundtable discussion on improving mental health for high school students
Mar 03, 2021