Senator Robinson E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Robinson Secures $2.3 Million for Allegheny County
  • Honoring 21st Anniversary of the Battle of Nasiriyah
  • Community Highlights
  • Senate Votes for Athletic Trainers to Provide Important Care
  • Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety
  • Voter Registration Deadline is April 8
  • Free Tax Resource for Pennsylvanians

  • Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8
  • Happy Easter to You and Your Family

Robinson Secures $2.3 Million for Allegheny County

I’m thrilled to secure $2.3 million in funding for local transportation improvement projects in Allegheny County. These funds are awarded from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, which encourages economic development and ensures that safe and reliable transportation systems are in place for commonwealth residents. The projects include:

  • $300,800 to replace the West End Stairway in Moon Township.
  • $249,900 for Crescent Township to replace sidewalks on McGovern Boulevard.
  • $127,400 to install sidewalks on six streets in Leet Township.
  • $456,516 to the Borough of Coraopolis to reconstruct two blocks of Montour Street.
  • $248,780 for Bridgeville Borough to construct a new public stairway and bicycle runnel at Gregg Avenue.
  • $163,463 to Thornburg Borough for sidewalk installation along Hamilton Road.
  • $500,000 for transportation improvements by Friends of Pittsburgh Professional Soccer at the Sports and Athletic Complex at Montour Junction in Coraopolis.
  • $262,500 for Upper St. Clair Township for the construction of a sidewalk along Fort Couch Road.

I look forward to seeing these projects benefit residents and visitors of the 37th district, and I look forward to securing more funding for our area in the future. You can read my full press release here.

Honoring the 21st Anniversary of the Battle of Nasiriyah

This past weekend marked the 21st anniversary of the Battle of Nasiriyah. On March 23rd, 2003, the Marines of Task Force Tarawa entered the city of an-Nasiriyah, situated on the banks of the Euphrates River in Iraq’s Dhi Qar Province. Task Force Tarawa did not expect to encounter intense fighting, as U.S. forces already on the ground did not expect heavy resistance in southern Iraq. Instead, Task Force Tarawa was met with fierce resistance from paramilitary forces, including Fedayeen Saddam fighters, and found themselves in heavy combat for weeks.

Eighteen Marines were killed that first day. Eleven U.S. Soldiers were also killed, and six soldiers were taken prisoner. Among those captured was Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who was later rescued by a special operations mission and became the first American Prisoner of War successfully rescued since WWII.

The Battle of Nasiriyah was the first major battle fought by U.S. Marines in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I am proud to have fought alongside my fellow Marines in an-Nasiriyah and to have aided in Pfc. Lynch’s rescue, and I am deeply humbled when I think of those we lost on that first day and throughout the entire battle. I encourage you to honor their memory and read the full story here.

I was humbled to welcome Army Private First Class Jessica Lynch to the Pennsylvania State Capitol in September 2023.

Community Highlights

I was glad to participate in a legislative panel at the Jefferson Community Collaborative and Jefferson Regional Foundation’s legislative breakfast. We discussed a variety of issues ranging from affordable housing to healthcare, with House and Senate colleagues and local community leaders. 

What a treat to enjoy live music from the River City Brass Band at the newly reopened Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh! The music hall recently reopened after a year of renovations by the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Looking forward to more concerts in this beautiful space!

Thank you to everyone who helped plants 24 trees in Leetsdale Borough last weekend! I had a lot of fun participating in this community project.

Coughlin’s Law Kitchen and Ale House opened a new location at Mt. Nebo Point! Congratulations on your new facility!

Congratulations to the graduates of PIT2Work! These individuals completed courses and training at Pittsburgh International Airport, paving their way to a selected trade. Best of luck as you enter your respected work force, and congratulations to everyone involved in this tremendous program!

Senate Votes for Athletic Trainers to Provide Important Care

Two bills modernizing the capabilities of athletic trainers in Pennsylvania were passed by the Senate and moved to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Senate Bill 559 and Senate Bill 560 would allow athletic trainers to deliver a wider scope of health care services to more individuals.

The bills would permit athletic trainers to practice specific invasive procedures under a written protocol with a licensed physician. Some of the procedures include medication injections, blister and nail care, administration of Naloxone and any other procedures authorized by the State Board of Medicine.

Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety

Applications for the federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs will be accepted until Friday, April 12. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering webinars to assist in the process.

The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

SAFER Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, front-line firefighters available in their communities. SAFER’s goal is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards.

Voter Registration Deadline is April 8

The deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania’s April 23 primary election is Monday, April 8. Your county election board must receive your application for a mail-in or absentee ballot by Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.

To legally register, individuals must be a citizen of the United States, reside in their local voting precincts at least 30 days prior to the election and be at least age 18 on Election Day, Tuesday, April 23. Once registered to vote, you are not required to register again unless you change your residence, name or political party affiliation.

Voter registration forms, mail-in ballot applications and absentee ballot applications are available here or from your local county’s Board of Elections. You can also use the site to check your registration status.

Free Tax Resource for Pennsylvanians

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue myPATH site is a free resource all Pennsylvanians can use.

Using the website, residents can file their PA personal income taxes, make a payment and check the status of their refund. There is also an option to verify your tax refund to expedite processing.

Anyone who needs some extra help using myPATH can access video tutorials explaining how to create a profile, file a personal income tax return and use a smart device to access myPATH.

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

On Monday, April 8, the continental United States will experience its last total solar eclipse until 2044. As it travels from the southwest to the northeast, the eclipse will cross through a portion of northwest Pennsylvania, including Erie, Crawford, Warren and Mercer counties. For nearly four minutes around 2:30 p.m., the afternoon sky will go dark. The sun will slowly reemerge, and by 4:30 p.m., it will be as if nothing happened.

You must be in the path to see the sun totally eclipsed by the moon. Most of Pennsylvania lies within the 90% coverage range, so there will be excellent viewing across the state, weather permitting, even outside the path of totality. Before the total solar eclipse, many state parks have free eclipse educational programs.

To safely view the eclipse, do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye, through an unfiltered camera lens or with any kind of standard sunglasses. Find more information about safety and what to expect here.

Happy Easter to You and Your Family

Warmest wishes for you and your family as we prepare to celebrate the holy holiday of Easter. While we reflect on the hope and love the day symbolizes, may you enjoy time surrounded by loved ones. Happy Easter!


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