Message from State Representative Dom Costa

Fall is upon us; winter with its harsh weather isn’t far behind.That is why I want to remind you about the state’s LIHEAP program to help you pay your winter heating bills, and let you know about ACCESS service to Morningside, and my Senior Fair that will provide free flu shots.

I have been working tirelessly with Port Authority to restore bus service for the Morningside area. While progress has been slow, I have been able to obtain ACCESS/OPT service for our senior citizens – many of whom do not drive, or are uncomfortable driving in bad weather – by providing them transportation to shop at Waterworks Mall.

As many of you may already know, there is now an ACCESS/OPT bus designated for Morningside residents age 60 and older at 10 AM on Tuesdays and 12:30 PM on Thursdays. ACCESS will pick you up at your home or the Senior Center, take you to the Waterworks Mall and return you right to your door. Fare is 3 OPT tickets each way ($0.75). You must call ACCESS the day before to schedule pick up.

I was hoping that this service would be so popular that we could use the overwhelming response to show Port Authority how badly we need service restored to the neighborhood. Unfortunately, four weeks into this program, we are already in danger of losing it since no one has utilized it. Please know that I have not stopped fighting for service restoration but also understand, if this service is not utilized within the next three weeks, it will be discontinued, and along with it goes our bargaining chip for service to the Waterworks/St. Margaret’s area.

I will be holding a Senior Fair on Wednesday, November 10th from 10 AM to 1:00 PM at the Cherry City Volunteer Fire Hall. There will be free flu shots, free health screenings, representatives from several senior programs and speakers on PACE, PACEnet, the doughnut hole and the new changes coming to insurance coverage. There will also be free light refreshments, and my staff and I will be on hand to help you with any state government-related question you may have. I look forward to seeing you there.

Don’t forget that the LIHEAP program will begin taking applications in November. LIHEAP helps low income people pay their heating bills. You can receive this money without being in the Cash Assistance program and no lien is placed on your property. Please visit my office at 6808 Greenwood St. for applications or assistance in filling out the forms.

You may also call my office at 412-361-2040 with any questions or further information on any of the topics listed above.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to you and your family, and thank you for letting me serve as your State Representative.

State Representative Dom Costa