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


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


Mental health of students the focus of Wednesday’s virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

(Mar 02, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – State House Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, will host a virtual hearing to discuss the mental health of students during the current pandemic. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3. To view, the media and public can tune in to or the committee’s Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to . Pisciottano will be joined by committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and Democratic Policy Committee members to focus on the mental health of our high school students, notably during the current pandemic. This meeting is part of a weekly series focused on education, ensuring a quality education for all Pennsylvania children. Read more


Rep. Pisciottano Weekly Email Update - Vaccines, mental health policy hearing, heating assistance and more!

(Feb 26, 2021)

I continue to work closely with our area’s health system, small pharmacies, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to coordinate increased vaccine supply. I have weekly meetings with state health officials and a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus today to stay up to date and do all I can to get these much-needed vaccines to our county. Please know that I share your frustration in this process, and I am doing all I can to improve our current situation. Read more


Reps. Pisciottano and Brown introduce effort to increase stipend for veterans

(Jan 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – State Reps. Nick Pisciottano and Amen Brown are leading an effort to boost the state stipend for veterans who are blind, paralyzed or amputees due to their military service. The $150 monthly stipend has not seen an increase for more than two decades. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, and Brown, D-Philadelphia, said they plan on introducing legislation that would increase the monthly stipend disabled veterans receive to $200 per month. Based on rising costs and inflation, the current $150 a month these veterans receive is worth about $98 a month, reflecting a 34% decrease in value. “These men and women gave so much in service to our country and to keep each one of us safe, including the loss of their sight and their mobility,” said Pisciottano. “Each one of them who suffered life-altering, debilitating injuries is truly deserving of a long-overdue increase to this benefit, a benefit that is well within our state’s budgetary means. I’m proud to partner with Representative Brown to make this happen and I anticipate more of our colleagues will sign on to support this worthwhile effort to provide this assistance to our disabled veterans.” “Our veterans deserve our deep gratitude and a salute for their service and for keeping our imperfect democratic republic safe.” Brown said. “However, what veterans deserve – and need more – is real, tangible assistance from our state and federal Read more


Pisciottano signs on to effort to provide rent, mortgage relief for those impacted by pandemic

(Jan 13, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – Newly sworn-in state Rep. Nick Pisciottano has joined House Democratic leadership in co-sponsoring a measure designed to help Pennsylvanians struggling to pay their rent or mortgage during the current pandemic. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said the Pennsylvania Housing Energy Lessee Protection Strategy , or PA HELPS, is a $974 million proposal that would keep people in their homes, thus avoiding evictions and foreclosures, and it also would help local landlords. PA HELPS would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to set up an easy-to-use program to quickly provide assistance to those in need. “We have thousands of Pennsylvanians, including many in my district, who continue to struggle to pay their rent or mortgage as this pandemic continues, and they can’t afford to wait any longer for the help they need and deserve,” said Pisciottano. “This proposal would do just that and remove the fear and anxiety they’ve been experiencing and allow them to stay safely in their homes.” The $974 million in funding included in the proposal is composed of $852 million in estimated federal aid allocated to Pennsylvania for emergency rental assistance. It also includes $122 million that would be redirected back from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. In November, the $122 million that was originally earmarked toward rental and mortgage relief was instead used to close a Read more


Pisciottano announces committee assignments

(Jan 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano announced he has been named to serve on three standing committees in the PA House of Representatives. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, will serve on the Commerce, Labor & Industry, and Tourism & Recreational Development committees. “It’s no secret that our communities have been devastated by the current pandemic and serving on the Commerce and Labor and Industry committees will provide me with an opportunity to help with unemployment compensation issues, protect workers’ rights and assist our small businesses with much-needed relief and support,” said Pisciottano. “With tourism considered the second-largest industry in our state, and many of my constituents working in this industry, I am proud to have a voice at the table to promote and expand our tourism and recreational opportunities here in Allegheny County.” Pisciottano is among 25 new members in the House who were recently sworn into office. For assistance with a variety of state-related services, including property tax/rent rebate assistance, help with unemployment compensation, or home heating help, residents may visit his website at . Read more


Pisciottano officially sworn in for first term in office

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, has been sworn into office for his first term representing the 38 th Legislative District. “Today is an exciting day, and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to bring much-needed support to help residents locally and across Pennsylvania with the relief they need and deserve,” said Pisciottano. “The current pandemic has put enormous stress on our residents, many who are worried about how they’re going to stay afloat and pay their bills or afford groceries or health care. Our local businesses, healthcare workers and first responders are hurting and need immediate help. There’s no better time than today to begin a new session with a commitment to provide COVID-19 pandemic relief and work together to make this happen.” By the end of his first year in office, Pisciottano said he will develop a comprehensive economic development plan for the district, which includes support for the expansion of the Mon-Fayette Expressway, a move he said will spur investments in local businesses and reduce pollution along the Monongahela River. His other priorities during his first term include increasing state investments in public schools and special education. Pisciottano was elected in November 2020 following the retirement of former state Rep. Bill Kortz. He is a certified public accountant and auditor with an Read more


Pisciottano: $50,000 state grant awarded to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

(Dec 17, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 17 – The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has been awarded a $50,000 grant to upgrade equipment used to train students pursuing aviation careers, state Rep.-elect Nick Pisciottano announced. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, said the Keystone Communities Program grant process began under his predecessor, former state Rep. Bill Kortz, and he was able to complete Kortz’s efforts and secure the grant with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. PIA will use the grant to replace its 1200Y3 transponder bench unit test with a more updated version, which will provide students the ability to accurately test transponders and equipment used for air traffic control reporting, he added. “This Keystone Communities Program grant will help to ensure that PIA graduates remain at the top of the hiring list for aviation employers all across the industry for years to come,” Pisciottano said. “As young people realize careers in the technical trades are just as financially rewarding and professionally gratifying as those obtained with a four-year college degree, we hope more people will see schools like PIA – a prestigious, nationally top-ranked program – as an excellent option toward a great career, right here in our backyard.” “PIA is grateful to work with the Keystone Communities Program to ensure that this grant is put to practical use in a way that will enhance the career prospects of our Read more


2021 Web Calendar - Rep. Pisciottano

(Dec 07, 2020)

Rep. Pisciottano's 2021 Capitol Scenes calendar is available to download. Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Dec 01, 2020)

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 at , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more