PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will partner with Saladeen Art to provide 500 families in the 191st Legislative District with turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinners. The giveaway will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave., 19143. Media coverage is invited. ### CONTACT: Thaís Carrero House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 Email: email@example.com Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – The Southeast Delegation of the state House Democratic Caucus has elected the first African-American woman to chair the delegation, Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. Davidson is the second-most senior legislator in Delaware County. She was elected in 2010 as the first female, the first African-American and the first Democrat ever elected to represent her district. She is also the first Democratic woman ever elected from Delaware County in the history of the commonwealth. Davidson will continue to make history as chairwoman, leading the 33-member delegation which is the largest and fastest-growing delegation in the Democratic Caucus, including 16 women and five people of color. The delegation serves the people in the eight counties that make up the delegation: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and York. Davidson and the delegation will be selecting vice chairpeople and other officials by the second session day in January 2019. Davidson said the recent election in which the delegation gained 14 new representatives showed that people in the Southeast want legislators who will fight for what matters most to them -- good jobs, affordable health care, a clean environment, quality schools and a fair economy for everyone. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislative initiatives that will improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians,” Davidson said. “Now is the time to fight for social Read more
ALLENTOWN, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today announced more than $350,000 in grants was awarded for recreation improvements in Lehigh County. The grant program is administered through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for projects across Pennsylvania. The development of Jordan Park Skate Park in Allentown was awarded $300,000 while the Wildlands Conservancy in Lehigh and Northampton counties was awarded $52,000. “Our region has some of the best recreation spaces people could ask for,” Schlossberg said. “This does not happen by accident. It takes vision, planning, and committed partners. I am proud of the work local partners are doing to create these spaces in the Lehigh Valley to ensure they are available for future generations and I am happy to see Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to support these efforts.” The funding for the Jordan Park Skate Park will be used for construction of a skate park, pedestrian walkways, storm water management, fencing, landscaping and other related site improvements. The funding for Wildlands Conservancy will be used for construction of approximately 15 acres of riparian forest buffers along the waterways in the Delaware River Watershed. Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the ATV/Snowmobile Fund license fees and federal monies including the Land and Water Read more
State Reps. Neal P. Goodman (D-Schuylkill), Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin), and Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon), as well as state Sen. David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), today announced Auburn, Mahanoy City, Saint Clair, and Shenandoah boroughs will receive grants for community improvement projects. Read more
DARBY, Nov. 14 – Darby-area seniors who need their photo taken for a SEPTA Key senior ID can have their picture taken and applications filed during a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority application day at Darby Recreation Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Darby Recreation Center is located at 1022 Ridge St., 19023. Cards will be delivered by mail. State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., and her staff will be on hand during the event to help seniors with state programs and other services. Applicants must bring a photo ID to apply – preferably either a driver’s license or state-issued ID. Seniors can no longer use paper Pennsylvania Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards or Medicare cards for SEPTA travel. A SEPTA Key Senior photo ID will be needed to take advantage of free rides on Transit and $1 Regional Rail fares. Read more
State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, has announced that Gallitzin Borough will receive a $40,000 state grant for the development of Gallitzin Athletic Field Park. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today announced Upper Merion Township has been awarded a $300,000 Community Conservation Partnership Program state grant for the rehabilitation of Swedeland Park, Bob White Park and Township Park. Upper Merion Township will use the grant to make improvements at the three parks, including installing play equipment with safety surfacing, handicap access, landscaping, project signs and other improvements. “Congratulations to Upper Merion Township for securing funding to enhance these three wonderful public parks.” Briggs said. “These upgrades and improvements will make our parks even more welcoming and accessible to all members of our community. I thank the township and CCPP for recognizing the important role that public parks play here in the district and across Pennsylvania.” CCPP grants are administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and is administered by DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, nonprofits and other organizations for planning acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects. Read more
Democratic lawmakers select Dawkins to lead Philadelphia Delegation in Pa. House HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will serve as chairman of the Philadelphia County Delegation for the 2019-20 legislative session. Democratic lawmakers of the delegation selected Dawkins during leadership elections on Tuesday. Dawkins said the leadership team is filled out by state Rep.-elect Malcolm Kenyatta, who will serve as vice chairman, and state Rep.-elect Elizabeth Fiedler as treasurer and secretary. “This new slate of leadership represents the direction of Philadelphia as a whole – inclusion, diversity, and progressive values,” Dawkins said. “I look forward to continuing my role as a leader and member of the delegation to move Philadelphia forward.” The Philadelphia delegation has been successful in pushing for legislation to address “stop-and-go” nuisance market areas, state funding for gun violence reduction, police-community relations, and getting more funding for school safety, business development and transportation grants within the Philadelphia area. “I grew up in Philadelphia, and I will continue to work tirelessly to make sure Philadelphians know they are taken care of,” Dawkins said. “By working together toward a common goal, we can ensure that Philadelphia remains an economic powerhouse for Pennsylvania.” For the last two years, Dawkins served as the delegation’s vice Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Representative Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced that he was elected into House Democratic Caucus leadership as Democratic Appropriations Committee chairman for the 2019-20 legislative session. “It’s an honor to be elected to serve as Appropriations chairman,” Bradford said. “During most of my time in the legislature, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Appropriations committee. I learned during those years that a budget is a statement of values – almost all matters of public policy come down to the matter of funding, and that’s where you see government’s priorities. I look forward to playing even more of a role in crafting those priorities.” He joins the new Pennsylvania House Democratic leadership team comprising Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, Whip Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, Administrator Neal Goodman, D-Schuykill, Secretary Rosita Youngblood, D-Philadelphia, Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., and Democratic Policy Committee Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The Appropriations Committee meets regularly while the House is in session to consider fiscal-related matters and conducts budget hearings each spring to review and evaluate the governor's executive budget proposal. In accordance with House rules, the committee also evaluates legislative proposals for fiscal implications prior to voting a bill out of committee. The committee plays a Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Brentwood Community Park will receive substantial upgrades thanks to a $697,600 state grant that will aid in the rehabilitation of the park, announced state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny. The grant, awarded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, will be administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “I’m happy to announce this funding that will aid in the much-needed renovation and rehabilitation of certain aspects of Brentwood Community Park,” Readshaw said. “I’m confident members of the 36 th Legislative District will be just as excited as I am once they see the impact this funding will have at this location.” Readshaw said the grant money will be used for the reconstruction of the park’s swimming pool, which will include the installment of a zero-depth entry deck for ADA compliance; installation of a pool liner and water features piping; site-fencing amenities; ADA access; and a landscaping project. The Community Conservation Partnerships Program is administered by DCNR and includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources. The CCPP is administered by DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits for Read more
The portions of the trail scheduled for work include those in Elizabeth Township and Lincoln Borough. Read more
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, announced Avalon Borough will receive $77,500 in state funding for rehabilitation of Avalon Community Park. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Calling it a great opportunity to continue to be the voice for African-Americans and minorities across the commonwealth, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was elected Wednesday to serve as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “Being chosen by my colleagues to serve as the chairman of the PLBC is truly an honor. It is a tremendous responsibility that I will not take lightly,” Kinsey said. “It is the job of the PLBC to be a voice for African-Americans and people of color across Pennsylvania. As we have witnessed in recent years, minorities are facing injustice and discrimination more than ever, not only in the commonwealth but across our nation. I look forward to advancing the discussion to ensure African-Americans and people of color are equally respected and represented in Pennsylvania.” The PLBC leadership team is further made up of Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chairwoman; Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, secretary; and Rep.-elect Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, treasurer. “I am honored to be reelected as vice chairwoman of the PLBC and will continue working to create opportunities and reduce barriers for black Pennsylvanians,” Bullock said. “I will keep having tough conversations with my colleagues in the House to make sure that our communities are heard and that legislation and policies from Harrisburg are inclusive of all communities.” “I am extremely honored Read more
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Maureen Madden D-Monroe www.pahouse.com/Madden HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, said she is pleased to announce that the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted her resolution as “National Diabetes Month” in Pennsylvania. Madden’s resolution, H.R. 1170 , calls attention to diabetes, which is a group of diseases characterized by high blood sugar that results from an insufficient production of insulin in the body. Madden said in Monroe County, the Juvenile Diabetes ‘One Walk,’ brings out many participants. “The diabetes organization in Monroe County has been doing the walk since 2012 in Stroudsburg to raise tens of thousands of dollars each year to fight this deadly disease and to help local folks with programs who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes,” Madden said. But further research and greater awareness continues to be needed, she said. “I am sure we all know someone who suffers from the disease, whether it’s a family member, friend or co-worker, and that is one of the reasons my resolution calls for a heightened understanding of diabetes which can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, limb amputation and even death,” Madden said. According to the American Diabetes Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Neal P. Goodman on Tuesday was re-elected to the House Democratic leadership team and will continue serving as caucus administrator for the 2019-20 legislative session. In that position, Goodman oversees day-to-day operations of the caucus at the Capitol. "I'm looking forward to continuing to carry out my responsibilities as caucus administrator, and continuing to represent the interests of the people of the 123 rd Legislative District," said Goodman, D-Schuylkill County. Goodman began serving as caucus administrator in 2012. House Democrats elect their leaders as part of reorganization every two years. Goodman is the first House Democrat from Schuylkill County to hold a leadership position in the caucus since his uncle, James Goodman, served as chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee from 1977 to 1980. Goodman has worked in state government for 28 years, serving as chief of staff to retired state Rep. Edward J. Lucyk from 1993 to 2002. During that time, he served as executive director of the House Veterans Affairs and Tourism and Recreational Development committees. He took office as state representative in 2003, and was recently elected to a ninth term. Other members of the Democratic leadership team elected Tuesday are: Leader Frank Dermody, Allegheny County; Whip Jordan Harris, Philadelphia County; Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton, Philadelphia County; Caucus Secretary Rosita Youngblood, Philadelphia Read more
The funds will be used to make improvements at both Headwaters Park and Scott Park. Read more
State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, has announced that his offices in Lower Yoder Township, Ebensburg, Portage and Patton are again serving as toy drop-off locations for Johnstown-based Cuddles for Kids. Read more
LOCK HAVEN, Nov. 14 – Design work for rehabilitation of a railroad bridge over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Pine Creek and Wayne townships will take a major step forward due to a $84,700 state grant announced today by state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre. Awarded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Hanna said the funding will cover the cost of drawings, specifications and related documents for the project, which benefits the Clinton County Rail Trail. “This grant represents further state investment in the 76 th Legislative District, which ultimately benefits our area’s economy and quality of life,” Hanna said. “I thank DCNR for making an allotment to Clinton County in its latest round of funding from this important program.” The Community Conservation Partnerships Program is administered by DCNR and includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources. The CCPP program is administered by DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Jordan Harris was elected today to be Democratic whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during the 2019-20 session. Harris has represented the 186 th District in Philadelphia since first being elected to the House in 2012. “I am ecstatic to serve in this new post and to have a larger role in shaping the agenda of the House Democratic Caucus,” Harris said. “I’m thankful to my colleagues for placing their trust in me. “I look forward to building on what the current leadership team has done. The general election results highlighted the strength and diversity of our caucus. The future is very bright for Democrats in Pennsylvania.” The whip is responsible for making sure that Democratic members attend session and generally understand the specifics of legislation and procedural votes in the House. Harris currently chairs the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and he will be the first African-American to serve as whip since Rep. K. Leroy Irvis in the 1970s. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today was selected by her peers to serve as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session. McClinton represents the 191 st District in parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County and has served in the House since 2015. McClinton is the first African-American and woman to hold the caucus chairman leadership position. The chair is responsible for conducting caucus meetings on each day of voting session and helps Democratic members understand the legislation called up for votes in the House chamber. “It is an honor to have the confidence and trust of my peers to help lead the House Democratic Caucus into the future, a future that includes better public education, fair wages for working people, a more equitable justice system, sustainable environmental policies and earnest and honest approaches to combat the opioid and gun-violence epidemics plaguing our state and nation,” McClinton said. “Last week’s midterm elections showed politicians across the state and nation that people are looking for strong leadership and a desire for lawmakers to collectively make a difference. While the priorities of urban and rural legislators may vary, we in the House Democratic Caucus have a sincere desire and plan to put people first and work together to build a strong economy that works for all of us.” All of the Democratic members returning to Read more
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