Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Available
Property Tax Rent/Rebate Applications Now Available

Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for those eligible to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018.

For more information on how to receive an application, call my district office in McCandless at 412-369-2230.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2018. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law. More than $252.6 million in property tax and rent rebates have been sent to more than 527,000 homeowners and renters across the state for property taxes and rend paid in 2017.

For more information on this important program, click here.
Veterans Assistance Available

I urge veterans to take advantage of a very beneficial program. My district office in McCandless is hosting veterans’ outreach hours on Friday, Feb.15.

Openings are available by appointment only. Please call my office at 412-369-2230 to schedule an appointment.

During these special hours, a veterans outreach specialist is available to meet with local veterans and assist them with issues they may be having accessing benefits and services from the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Veterans are encouraged to apply for federal health care and state benefits by visiting their local county director of veterans affairs or area accredited service organizations. County directors can by found by clicking here.

To get timely information about state benefits, programs and services, veterans are urged to sign up for DMVA’s Veterans Registry at

It gives me great satisfaction to make programs available to our men and women who have served with such dignity.

Veterans are a symbol of what makes our country great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.
PennDOT Summer Maintenance Program

College students can now apply for PennDOT’s 2019 Summer Maintenance Program which will run May through August.

The program is designed to supplement PennDOT’s permanent workforce by providing maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities and supplying additional labor and performing flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites. The hourly rate for these positions is $13.56.
To be eligible for consideration, students must:

  • Be 18 years of age.

  • Be enrolled full-time in college for the fall 2019 semester.

  • Have a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License.

Interested students are encouraged to contact my district office at 412-369-2230 to convey interest in the position and to apply online at to the PennDOT Summer Maintenance Program posting under the Opens Jobs section of the website.

Applications should be made no later than Friday, Feb. 15.
Increasing Access to Life-Saving Medication

As the spring semester gets underway at colleges and universities across the state, students with known or unknown food allergies could have an extra layer of protection the event of an allergic reaction.

Act 93 of 2018 authorizes colleges and universities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency. The law also applies to law enforcement agencies, summer camps, restaurants, amusement parks, sports facilities and other facilities to carry non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors.

Experts estimate 1 in 13 children in the United State have food allergies and allergic reactions result in 90,000 emergency room visits and approximately 1,500 deaths.
New Tool to Fight Drug Abuse

To help continue efforts to fight prescription drug abuse, there is a new tool available for health care providers and the general public to report suspicious activity involving prescription medication.

The Suspicious Activity Report form, administered by the Office of Attorney General, gives an easy way for people to report fraudulent, stolen or altered prescriptions, or a suspicious doctor/pharmacy.

Tips can be submitted anonymously or with your contact information included for follow up from the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations.
The form and answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.
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