Sep. 06, 2019

You’re Invited to My Senior Health Fair/Flu Shot Clinic

Our annual Senior Citizens Health Fair/Flu Shot Clinic will take place at the Community College of Allegheny County North Campus on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.

We are looking forward to spending time with our neighbors and friends who come out to visit us.

Dozens of local vendors will discuss programs and services available to our seniors. Free flu shots will be available, but you must call 412-369-2230 to schedule an appointment. There is a limited supply of flu shots.

Remember, getting the flu vaccine protects you and prevents you from spreading the flu to your spouse, children or grandchildren.

The Community College of Allegheny County is located at 8701 Perry Highway in Pittsburgh.
Register for Senior’s ConnectCard at My District Office


Our constituents can register for the Port Authority Senior Citizen ConnectCard at our main district office, located at 125 Hillvue Lane, First Floor, in McCandless. You can also call us at 412-369-2230.

The Senior Citizen ConnectCard permits adults age 65 or older to ride for free on Port Authority vehicles, including buses, light rail and inclines, during all hours of operation. The ConnectCard can be used with other transportation authorities across the Commonwealth by flashing the card to the operator.

It is important to bring valid proof-of-age documentation with you to our office. We will accept a photo driver’s license, PA ID card, passport, PACE ID card, armed forces discharge/separation papers or a birth certificate.

Seniors are reminded that their blue or yellow transit flash passes will continue to be accepted, but if you currently show the driver a Medicare card to ride public transit in Allegheny County or you will soon be turning 65, you will need to get a Senior ConnectCard before Jan. 1, 2020.
My Day as a Firefighter


This week, we had an outstanding time with the Pittsburgh Firefighters IAFF Local No. 1 in North Park.

Along with my colleagues from the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, we received on-the-job training on how to become an effective firefighter.

Trust us - this is not an easy job. It takes quick thinking, dedication and determination because lives may be on the line. It takes much more than one day of training. We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who help to make us safe.

It was a fun and unique day for all of us. Thank you to Tim Leach, Pittsburgh Firefighters IAFF Local No. 1, for organizing the event.
Flying with the 171st Air Refueling Wing


Tuesday, we spent the day with the 171st Air Refueling Wing. We had the opportunity to fly on an air refueling mission of a C-17. Our ride was a KC-135 Stratotanker which has been in service for more than 40 years.

The team that took us out has completed missions all over the world. What they do every day is nothing short of amazing and they make it look easy. It was such an honor to fly with these American heroes. They are proud to serve our country and humble about the risk they take in service.
Educating All Students for Success

Working to ensure Pennsylvania’s special education students have access to the quality education they deserve, the General Assembly recently reestablished a Special Education Funding Commission to review the formula that determines payments to school districts across the Commonwealth.

First formed in 2012, the commission conducted several meetings to gather information and made recommendations to improve the special education funding formula by better reflecting student need, as well as community differences such as market value/personal income aid ratio, equalized millage rate, and small and rural school districts.

The changes were adopted by the General Assembly and since the 2013-14 fiscal year, lawmakers have continued their commitment to supporting all students, increasing funding for special education by 15.6% or $160 million. Total education funding has jumped by 29.5% from $9.85 billion to more than $12.75 billion this year.

The newly reestablished commission features a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers, as well as the secretary of education and other representatives of the Wolf administration. The group will meet throughout the fall and intends to issue its report to the General Assembly no later than Nov. 30.
Schedule Your Capitol Tour!

President Theodore Roosevelt called Pennsylvania’s Capitol “the handsomest building” he ever saw. Tours of the historic building, which highlight its artistic and architectural features as well as provide information about state government, are offered daily for individuals and groups of up to 80 people.

Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, but all visitors interested in touring the Capitol are encouraged to make reservations through the Capitol tour office. Tour dates fill up quickly in the spring due to school field trip season.

Tour reservations may be made by calling the tour office directly at 1-800-868-7672, or call our office and we’ll set it up for you. When you call, have your group name, total number of participants and contact information ready.

Tours are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and most holidays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Capitol is closed for tours New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Weekday tours begin at the top of the hour and every half hour.

The tours last between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the size of the group.
You may also explore the Capitol using the self-guided tour mobile app available at Google Play and the App Store. Self-guided tours may only be done on regular weekdays.

More information about visiting the Capitol is available here.
Prepared. Not Scared.

In recognition of September being National Preparedness Month, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all of us to take steps to plan for emergencies by participating in September’s 30 Days/30 Ways preparedness event.

This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is “Prepared. Not Scared.” Much like a fire drill, knowing what to do in an emergency makes the situation a little less frightening for everyone.

Some simple steps to boost your preparedness include taking a basic first aid or CPR class, creating a family emergency plan, assembling a small kit of emergency supplies for your home and car, reviewing insurance coverage, and building up an emergency fund.

PEMA is inviting anyone who wants to participate to register here for weekly updates with helpful hints and tips to get them started on their journey to preparedness. At the end of the month, participants who fill out a brief survey about their experience will be entered to win a random drawing of a wind-up radio, flashlight or phone charger.

More information about how to prepare for an emergency, including specific information for people with access and functional needs or pets, is available on the ReadyPA webpage.