Mar. 28, 2019

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Redevelopment Funding Awarded to Prepare for Future District 49 Manufacturing Jobs

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today met and approved a $4 million Business in Our Sites (BIOS) grant in combination with a $6 million BIOS loan to assist the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington with the redevelopment of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation site in Allenport Borough, Washington County.

Funding for this redevelopment project is specifically aimed at jumpstarting economic growth and job creation throughout the Mon Valley. This is a perfect example of what can happen when the Commonwealth, state and local government officials and the private sector all come together to improve our overall quality of life and empower more local workers to obtain family-sustaining employment with quality benefits.

The Redevelopment Authority is partnering with Mon River Partners, LP, to demolish the unusable building slabs on the site and then complete environmental assessment and abatement, excavating and grading, and engineering. The site’s capacity is for approximately 1.6 million square feet of manufacturing facilities.

Total project cost is $10 million. The BIOS loan will be secured by a first mortgage lien on 415 acres at the site, as well as a guarantee from Mon River Industrial Group, LLC.

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth and holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.
New Belle Vernon and California Office Locations Opening April 1

Effective April 1, we will be opening a new Belle Vernon district office and a new satellite office in California (Center in the Woods). In addition, the current Bentleyville district office will close on Friday, March 29.

Each of these changes is part of our ongoing effort to reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies, while maintaining the highest level of constituent service for residents of the 49th Legislative District. During my first term in office, we saved Pennsylvania taxpayers more than $12,500 by taking services directly to the constituents and other prudent tax saving management practices.

Fulfilling my responsibilities as an effective and accessible public servant will always be my top priority. The people of the 49th District should know that my team and I are here to do everything we possibly can to meet and exceed your expectations both at home and in Harrisburg while reducing the cost of services delivered. Most importantly, I invite everyone to stop by or give us a call because we are here to serve you!

District office contact information and operating hours are as follows:

Belle Vernon
10 Main St. Belle Vernon, PA 17745 Phone: (724) 669-2242 Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

California, Center in the Woods (Satellite Office) 
130 Woodland Court Brownsville, PA 15417 Phone: (724) 669-2242 Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Thursday.

Available services include assisting District 49 residents with PennDOT paperwork, driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals; information and applications for senior citizen benefit programs, including Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug programs; securing birth and death certificates (photo identification required); organizing tours of the State Capitol; copies of legislation; and many others.

For the latest district event information and state government updates, visit and
Keeping Vaping Products Out of the Hands of Minors

To help keep harmful vaping products out of the hands of minors, the House this week passed legislation that would add “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS) to the law that currently makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and, for students, to possess or use such products on school grounds.

ENDS include, but are not limited to, e-cigarettes, JUULs and vape pens.

While the products are touted as harmless by some, medical experts have warned that the high doses of nicotine available in many products negatively affect the developing adolescent brain, and the long-term effects of inhaling vaporized chemicals is unknown.

House Bill 97 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
How Much Do My Prescriptions Cost?

The state Department of Aging maintains a database to help consumers compare the cost of frequently used medications.

The cost of prescriptions for cash-paying customers can vary widely between pharmacies, as each pharmacy sets its own prices for cash payers. Patients with prescription insurance coverage will also find price shopping useful if their coinsurance is based on a percent of the total cash price.

The online tool updates prices weekly, lists prices by ZIP code or distance from location, includes pharmacy store details, and lists pharmacies with low-cost generics and those that match lower prices.

You can learn more about the tool by clicking here or calling 1-800-835-4080.
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