PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., invites west Philadelphia residents to a free document shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21 at his district office, 4712 Baltimore Ave. "This will help people to protect themselves from identity theft by safely disposing of unneeded documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, bank or credit card account numbers, credit card applications, canceled or unused checks, insurance and income tax records and pension information," Roebuck said. "Please don't bring digital or electronic media, such as computer disks, CDs or DVDs," Roebuck added. For more information, those interested can call Roebuck's office at 215-724-2227. ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host his first Grown Folks Fall Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at New Covenant Campus, located at 7500 Germantown Ave., 19119. “The Grown Folks Fall Festival will provide a one-stop shop for seniors to access helpful resources in their community. We want to enhance the mind, body and soul of our seniors and empower them by listening to their concerns and answering their questions,” Rabb said. “As legislators one of the best parts of our job is when we get to inform our local communities about the issues we are fighting for on their behalf.” Attendees will be able to receive information about the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PACE and PACENET prescription-drug plans, SEPTA Key ID, heating assistance and other state programs. The event will feature fun for the entire family, including music, line dancing, face painting and more. Constituents may bring up to two bags of old documents to shred during the event. For more information individuals can reach out to his office at (215) 242-7300 or visit his website www.pahouse.com/Rabb . Read more
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 12 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today took part in an invitation-only, bipartisan Pennsylvania House of Representatives White House Conference. “I am often contacted by constituents with issues pertaining to federal programs and impediments encountered with our federal government. As such, I will take advantage of any educational opportunities or cooperation I can foster with federal officials to help those I represent,” Mullery said. “Today, I was able to meet with many of the officials with whom I contact to solve constituent problems,” Mullery added. The conference was coordinated by the White House Intergovernmental Affairs team and included discussions among senior-level federal agency officials including Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more
JOHNSTOWN, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, chaired today’s House Democratic Policy Committee forum at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness on groundbreaking traumatic brain scan technology. “ Today we hosted a community forum to show the public brain scan technology that identifies invisible wounds suffered by our returning troops,” Barbin explained. The committee viewed a video presentation by Dr. Walt Schneider chief scientist of the innovative technology from the University of Pittsburgh and Dr. Ava Puccio, co-director of Team TBI (traumatic brain injury), which provides integrative medical treatment. State legislators, veterans advocates and students discussed the technology and Barbin’s H.B. 1784 which would provide additional funds to allow more veterans to access this new technology. Forum materials will be available at www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 10 – In an effort to clean up the lower northeast part of Philadelphia, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., held a news conference to announce a six-month street cleaning pilot program. “This is our home and we should take pride in where we live,” Solomon said. “It’s our responsibility to take care and maintain it in order to attract more people, which, in turn, would continue growing our great community.” Speaking on Bustleton Avenue Tuesday morning, Solomon stood alongside Streets Department Commissioner Carlton Williams and the founder of Steve's Prince of Steaks Steve Iliescu, who are both helping with the program. Solomon stressed the fact that his plan goes beyond just picking up trash and is a key step in keeping the community safe. “Garbage-littered streets and alleyways can attract criminals, but maintaining our appearance can help deter them from striking,” Solomon explained. This pilot program will target core areas of the following business corridors: Castor Avenue between Knorr and Levick Street; Bustleton Avenue between St. Vincent Street and Unruh Avenue; and Rising Sun Avenue between Comly and Levick Street, Tyson Avenue and Five Points. “After the six-month pilot, my hope is we will expand to cover the full length of each corridor,” Solomon said. The idea is associated with H.Bs. 1812 and 1813 , both co-sponsored by Solomon. The Read more
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Dom Costa, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Teamsters Local Union 249 Hall to discuss affordable housing and rebuilding neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. Costa, chairman of the Allegheny County Delegation, said the hearing generated good discussion from city officials and redevelopment professionals about opportunities to improve neighborhoods and develop more affordable housing. “Affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization are important issues in my district and throughout our communities. I am glad to bring the Policy Committee here to explore the issues firsthand,” Costa said. Testifiers included: Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor, District 5; Eric Stoller, chief development officer, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh; Jason Tigano, real estate director, Economic Development South; Robert Rubinstein, executive director, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh; Ray Gastil, director of city planning, City of Pittsburgh; and Larry Swanson, executive director, ACTION-Housing Inc. Hearing testimony will be available at www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is taking action to combat bullying following an alarming attack that happened in his community. “It made me sick to see video of Mark Smith, a man who has an intellectual disability, innocently standing in broad daylight over the summer, when he was suddenly attacked by a group of teenagers right on a main business strip in the northwest section of Philadelphia,” Kinsey said. “This kind of senseless behavior has to stop and it’s time we all got onboard to find a solution.” Kinsey was joined today by Smith and his caregiver, Pamela Pendleton, along with a number of local elected officials, including state Reps. Izzy Fitzgerald and Chris Rabb, both D-Phila.; and Councilwoman Cindy Bass; and Philadelphia Police Inspector Anthony Washington for a news conference at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center where he introduced House Resolution 450 , which would recognize October as Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. “This month-long effort is to jumpstart a movement for everyone across the commonwealth to take an active role in putting an end to these emotional and physical acts of violence against people of all ages,” Kinsey said. Local advocates were also on hand, including Know Bully Coalition, Every Murder is Real, Northwest Victims Services, Men Who Care, Teach Anti-Bullying, and Staying Positive Equals Amazing Kids (S.P.E.A.K.), One Love Philly Read more
Rep. Brandon Neuman reports that Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law his measure, now Act 34 of 2017, which dedicates a local bridge in honor of slain Canonsburg police officer Scott L. Bashioum. Read more
Rep. Harry Readshaw served as host of his 17th Annual “Ride to Gettysburg” on Sept. 23, with 473 riders participating in the motorcycle ride from the state Capitol in Harrisburg to Gettysburg. “We – we’re known as ‘Readshaw’s Raiders’ -- haven’t forgotten the importance of Gettysburg and the sacrifices made in that Adams County hamlet 154 years ago,” Readshaw said. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – As part of his ongoing constituent and community outreach service dubbed “One.19,” state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, this week visited Wright Township. “The ‘One.19’ initiative enables me to hear firsthand concerns, complaints and priorities directly from my constituents,” Mullery said. The lawmaker is scheduling meetings and constituent service hours in all 19 communities of the 119 th Legislative District . This week, Mullery met with Ron Carter, Chris Mackiewicz and the staff at Performance Biomedical Inc. The company is a veteran-owned small business that provides specialized medical supplies. “Ron communicated his story and told how his business has grown thanks to his partnerships with CanBe, a small business incubator under CanDo, the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University and Ben Franklin Technology Partners,” Mullery said. Kenneth Okrepkie from Ben Franklin also joined the meeting. Mullery then met with officials from an automotive marshalling, inspection, processing and reconditioning company considering redevelopment of the former Foster Wheeler site in the Crestwood Industrial Park. The meeting included a review of plans and discussion of state assistance. Members of the Governor’s Action Team, state Sen. Lisa Baker’s office and Wright Township Supervisors were also present. “As part of this week’s visit, we did another Read more
State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a Senior Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Dunmore Senior Center, 1414 Monroe Ave. Read more
Beginning Monday, Oct. 16, state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will hold weekly Medicare open enrollment meetings t his office. “Every Monday through Dec. 4, we will have an APPRISE counselor in my district office for people wishing to sign up for Medicare, or those who want to change their plan. This is a time when current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluate part of their Medicare coverage and compare it against other plans on the market,” Schweyer said. The visits will take place Mondays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Appointments are required by calling Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. The APPRISE counselor will be available to help answer questions about original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State. Rep. Pamela DeLissio will offer several sessions with an APPRISE counselor in her district office through the fall open enrollment period for Medicare, which takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 of every year. APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare and provide senior citizens with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid and long-term care insurance. The sessions are scheduled for: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Meeting with an APPRISE counselor is a good way to learn more about the various health care plans and make sure you have the best plan to meet your budget and suit your needs,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “This is a valuable program, and I’m glad to be able to connect our local older adults to this resource.” DeLissio has offered an APPRISE counselor in her office monthly since 2011 to assist with Medicare questions. Interested constituents should call to make a free half-hour appointment by calling DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., reintroduced legislation this week that would provide health care coverage in Pennsylvania at a lower cost and with freedom to choose health care providers because the concept of “networks” would go away. House Bill 1688 would establish the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan, a blueprint of bold steps that would result in a healthier citizenry without the financial burden that many people currently experience with high deductibles and premiums, DeLissio said. “Given the nationwide focus on how to best provide affordable health care, this legislation is timelier than ever,” DeLissio said. This or similar legislation has been introduced in Pennsylvania since 2005.” Starting this year, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) allows states the option to innovate with their own health care plan as long as the proposed plan is more economical and efficient. This proposed legislation meets that criteria and improves upon the current health care system in many ways, DeLissio said. “This legislation preserves the private practice of medicine and it would ensure the cost-effective delivery of covered services that range from catastrophic care to wellness and preventative care. Health care providers would have autonomy over patient care,” DeLissio said. Currently, health care practitioners often have to vigorously defend their Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her October Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Community Room of the Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, 19004. “It is my sincere hope that by my next Town Hall meeting we will have a revenue bill that will have been successfully passed by the Senate and House and signed by the governor,” DeLissio said. “It has been a bumpy ride since the spending bill was passed at the end of June, and this past week was indicative that yet again only three of the caucuses and the governor’s office can work together. Join me to find out which caucus has earned the title of contrarian.” October’s Town Hall is DeLissio’s 67 th Town Hall. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will hold a free shredding event for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 in the Magisterial District Court parking lot at 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth. Availability is on a first-come basis. Shredding will take place at the designated time or until the truck is full. The event will be held rain or shine. There is a limit of four bags per household (standard storage/banker boxes or grocery bags). "Safe disposal of documents with personal information is one of the best defenses against identity theft,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "Shredding also is a great way to dispose of unneeded paper in an environmentally friendly way, and I am happy to offer this service to my constituents." DeLissio said common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Shredding will be done on site and all shredded paper will be recycled. For more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more
Rep. Brandon Neuman announces that the Trinity Area, Washington and Canon-McMillan school districts have been awarded grants totaling $15,000 to bolster students’ career readiness. Read more
READING, Oct. 6 – Area residents interested in learning more about Pennsylvania’s pardons process are invited to attend a meeting Thursday, Nov. 9 hosted by state Rep. Mark Rozzi and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. The Pathways to Pardons meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Temple Fire Company, 4936 Kutztown Road in Temple. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The program will be interactive and questions from the audience will be welcome. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., joined House members and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Monday by turning the Capitol fountain pink for the month of October to remind women of the importance of mammograms and early detection. “Our goal clearly needs to be prevention and, short of that, early detection and access to treatment are imperative,” DeLissio said. “I am very grateful for the work of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to educate women throughout the commonwealth and to ensure that short of prevention, people are getting their mammograms for the earliest possible detection and have access to care and treatment.” During the event, DeLissio announced that after 16 months she completed treatment for breast cancer at the end of August and is cancer free. “This journey was only possible with the love, support and prayers of my family, friends, staff and colleagues who were with me every step of the way. I am eternally grateful for all of that support.” In addition to Monday’s kick-off, on Tuesday the House adopted H.R. 435, recognizing October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Oct. 20, 2017, as National Mammography day in Pennsylvania. Specifically, the resolution encourages all women and men in the commonwealth to have discussions with their doctors about breast cancer and the value of being Read more
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Dom Costa, chairman of the Allegheny County Delegation, announced today he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss affordable housing and rebuilding neighborhoods. The public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Teamsters Local Union 249 Hall, 4701 Butler St. Costa requested the hearing because it is an important issue for him and many municipalities in his district who are looking for ways to increase affordable housing while revitalizing their neighborhoods. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. – Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. – Panel One: Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor , District 5 Eric Stoller , chief development officer, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh Jason Tigano , real estate director, Economic Development South 3:00 p.m. – Panel Two: Robert Rubinstein , executive director, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh Ray Gastil , director of city planning, City of Pittsburgh Larry Swanson , executive director, ACTION-Housing Inc. 3:50 p.m. – Closing remarks Media coverage is invited. Read more
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