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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania / USA – Oct 30 2018: A makeshift shrine to the victims of Saturday's deadly shooting outside of Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.Remembering the Victims of the Tree of Life Mass Shooting

On October 27, 11 worshippers were murdered at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This anti-Semitic hate crime happened just a few blocks from where I grew up. Squirrel Hill is a peaceful, welcoming community full of wonderful people.

The tragedy that happened there is devastating, and I have offered any support I can give to the president of the Pittsburgh Jewish Federation.  

As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us as we remember them.

Joyce Fienberg, 75, Of Oakland
Richard Gottfried, 65, Of Ross Township
Rose Mallinger, 97, Of Squirrel Hill
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, Of Edgewood
Cecil Rosenthal, 59, Of Squirrel Hill, And His Brother, David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84, Of Wilkinsburg, And Her Husband, Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71, Of Squirrel Hill
Melvin Wax, 88, Of Squirrel Hill
Irving Younger, 69, Of Mount Washington

On the Environment

Earlier this year, I introduced Senate Bill 15 which would require Pennsylvania to commit to honoring the standards of the international Paris Climate Accords. President Trump removed the United States from the agreement, but other nations are moving forward and Pennsylvania should commit to cleaner air for its residents.

I am disappointed to say that it was not considered in this legislative session, but to keep the conversation on this issue going for the next session, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will have a hearing on carbon emissions later this month in Pittsburgh.

For more information on that hearing, visit

Protecting Our Communities Event

On December 6 at 7pm, I will be speaking on a panel hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. They’re having a conversation with regional leaders about the environmental challenges of fossil fuel extraction, promote sustainable energy, and combat climate change. I hope you’ll join us for the event!

December 6, 2018 – 7:00 - 9:00pm
JCC of Greater Pittsburgh

5738 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15217

In the 43rd 3 Rivers Outdoor Co.

My short web series, In The 43rd, continues! In the latest episode, I went to the new outdoor supply store in Regent Square called 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. They have everything you need for hiking, biking, camping and much more. Plus, the owners’ friendly dogs walked around the shop with me. Check it out!

3 Rivers Outdoor Co.

Later this month, I’ll be sharing an episode that wrapped up our public meetings with the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority and the Public Utilities Commission. Stay tuned for that.

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1501 Ardmore Blvd. | Suite 403
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Phone: (412) 241-6690
Fax: (412) 731-2332
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
2306 Brownsville Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15210
Phone: (412) 884-8308
Fax: (412) 886-2080
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
314 E. Eighth Ave.
Homestead, PA 15120
Phone: (412) 462-4204
Fax: (412) 462-4543
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Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203043
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717) 787-7683
Fax: (717) 783-5976
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
3 Rivers Outdoor Co.