May. 31, 2019

Veterans Assistance Available June 21

Please register for veterans outreach hours at my district office in McCandless on Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Through this outreach, we have been able to provide some direct links between our veterans and the services and programs available just for them.

Please call my office at 412-369-2230 to schedule an appointment. If you can’t make it on June 21, we have scheduled additional hours that may fit into your busy schedule better. The dates include:

   • July 19, 2019
   • Aug. 16, 2019
   • Sept. 20, 2019
   • Oct. 18, 2019
   • Nov. 15, 2019
   • Dec. 20, 2019

My district office is located at 125 Hillvue Lane, first floor, in McCandless.
Memorial Day 2019


I was honored to participate at the 73rd Catholic War Veterans Memorial Day service held at Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery in Pittsburgh.

Let us never forget our veterans and their families. We owe them our highest honors. Many veterans gave their lives in the line of duty, thereby securing the liberties we enjoy each day in Pennsylvania and the United States of America.

Pictured with me is my son Matt.


I participated in a Memorial Day service sponsored by American Legion Post 548 at the Richland Township Park in Bakerstown. The Legion also celebrated its 100th anniversary.

We should be thankful for our veterans and for everyone who turned out to remember that we are free because so many gave their lives to make sure we have the liberties we enjoy each day.
Thank You For Attending


This week, my district office in McCandless hosted a REAL ID informational event at the Northland Public Library in Pittsburgh.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) gave an informational presentation to residents about the REAL ID program, their options and how to obtain a REAL ID if they choose to do so.

Starting on Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID driver's license or identification (ID) card will be needed to board domestic flights and enter military buildings, some federal buildings and nuclear facilities, unless you have an alternate form of federally approved identification such as a valid passport or military ID.

Many thanks go out to PennDOT officials for conducting the event, my office staff who coordinated the event, and to those residents from the 28th District who attended.
Congratulations to North Allegheny Volleyball Team


The Tigers are champions again! The North Allegheny Boys’ Volleyball team earned a WPIAL three-peat this week with a 3-0 victory over Bethel Park at Fox Chapel High School.

It was a rematch of last year’s WPIAL Class AAA title match, which ended with the same result, a North Allegheny victory. The Tigers won their 11th WPIAL crown in the last 13 years and the 20th championship overall.

The Tigers record improves to 19-0 on the season and extends their winning streak to 42 in a row. They now look to defend their state crown with a PIAA first round matchup on Tuesday, June 4, at a site and time to be determined.

Congratulations on a job well done! We’re rooting for you guys to win the state championship!
Pine-Richland Baseball Team Wins Title


Congratulations to the Pine-Richland Baseball team as they beat Penn Trafford 7-2 on Thursday to win the WPIAL title.

The Rams record improves to 18-4 on the season to earn their sixth title and fourth under coach Kurt Wolfe.

Pine-Richland now moves on to the PIAA tournament which begins on Monday, June 3. An outstanding effort by an outstanding team!
Reducing Barriers for Junior Firefighters

As part of efforts to address staffing issues in the volunteer fire service and to spur the next generation of firefighters, House Bill 1522 was introduced to modernize requirements for junior firefighters.

The bill would remove a requirement that junior firefighters take Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) training on how to battle wildfires. This current requirement is superfluous in today’s fire services and is a barrier to enter for many prospective junior firefighters.

The number of volunteer firefighters in the Commonwealth has shrunk from about 300,000 in the 1980s to about 38,000.

Junior firefighters would still have to complete training with the state Fire Commissioner and would still be subject to all the other current requirements. Even if the wildfire training requirement is removed, any volunteer fire company would still be able to require the DCNR training if it is determined to be relevant for that area.
Committee Tackles Bills to Protect Homeowners, Minors and Victims of Sexual Extortion

The House Judiciary Committee recently approved three bills to help protect Pennsylvanians from a variety of crimes. Recognizing that some children are coerced into a childhood marriage, House Bill 360 would prohibit the issuance of a marriage license to anyone under the age of 18. The change in law would also better ensure a person choosing to be married is prepared to make this life-altering commitment.

Responding to the growing problem of illegal residential trespassers or “squatters” essentially taking over properties that don’t belong to them, House Bill 365 would give law enforcement officers better tools to remove such individuals from the property.

Finally, the committee approved legislation to create the offense of sexual extortion, which occurs when a person uses coercion and misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims. Establishing this specific offense better equips law enforcement officers to protect victims and prosecute offenders.

The bills now head to the full House for consideration.
Explore Summer Fun Opportunities in PA

Pennsylvania has thousands of places to visit for summer fun, and the Happy Traveler Guide, now available for download here is a great tool to help you plan!

Categorized by region, the guide includes nearly 100 pages of attractions, lodging options, dining and many other recreational activities, stretching from Lake Erie to the City of Brotherly Love. The attractions are specially marked for these traveler categories: adventure, arts and culture, family, foodie, history buff, party animal and shopper.

This year’s guide celebrates our awesome amusement parks, eight of which are more than 100 years old including Idlewild and SoakZone in Ligonier. Pennsylvania is also home to more roller coasters rated in the top 100 by Amusement Today than other state.

Tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, injecting $41 billion annually in the state’s economy and supporting nearly half a million jobs. Each year, Pennsylvania hosts nearly 200 million travelers from across the United States. An estimated $2.8 billion is spent each year by international visitors.