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HARRISBURG, May 29 – Mt. Lebanon Township will undergo a slew of traffic-related improvements following Wednesday’s disbursement of $268,149 to the township, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny. The grant funding is from PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program, designed to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where traffic data shows red-light running is a concern. The funding will go toward constructing an auxiliary right-turn lane on the Segar Road approach to Bower Hill Road; constructing an auxiliary right-turn lane on the Bower Hill Road approach to Washington road, and the replacement of strain poles with mast arms at the intersection; and the installation of new LED pedestrian signal heads, emergency vehicle preemption, emergency generator panels, and pedestrian push buttons at various locations. “This is excellent news for the township,” Miller said. “Traffic and pedestrian safety are crucial, and I’m confident this funding will work wonders in regard to the overall safety of township residents and those traveling the roadways.” Funding for the program, as required under state law, is supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia. More information on the ARLE program can be found here: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Portal Information/Traffic Signal Portal/FUNDARLE.html Read more
HARRISBURG, May 29 – State Rep. Perry Warren today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded Morrisville an Automated Red Light Enforcement grant of $20,000. The money is to update and replace existing regulatory signage at various locations throughout the borough and install breakaway sign posts. “The key to keeping communities like Morrisville safe and economically competitive are infrastructure investments,” Warren said. Under state law, grant funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 134 applications, totaling almost $38 million in requests. PennDOT is distributing $15.4 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to 38 municipalities statewide to fund 50 safety projects. Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing. This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $78.49 million, funding 416 safety projects since 2010. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 29 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, along with other legislators and local officials, today announced legislation that would invest $85 million to make critical repairs to school buildings in Philadelphia. “Our children spend their days in leaking buildings surrounded by lead, rodents and outdated electrical systems. They get a very clear message: our society does not value them in the same way it values children in richer parts of our state,” Fiedler said. “As they grow up, this knowledge is buried deep into their understanding of the world. It is long past time for us adults to change that. That’s what our legislation is aimed at doing.” The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Vincent Hughes, proposes half the $170 million that the Fund our Facilities Coalition said is needed to address the immediate safety and health issues in the school buildings, and to ensure they are safe, clean and healthy. Fiedler said she plans on introducing companion legislation in the House. The Fund our Facilities Coalition kicked off its work during a news conference in Fiedler’s South Philadelphia district , outside Francis Scott Key Elementary, which is the school district’s oldest school. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 29 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded four Automated Red Light Enforcement grants totaling more than $1.3 million to communities in Bucks County. Bristol Township – $308,200 to improve safety at the intersection of Hood Boulevard and Queen Anne Drive by installing mast arms, conduit, signal cables, uninterruptable power supply, LED vehicular signal heads, LED countdown pedestrian signal heads, pedestrian push buttons, video detectors, radar detection system and emergency preemption system. Doylestown Township – $380,817 to improve safety at the intersection of Swamp Road and Easton Road by retiming the traffic signal and installing mast arms, emergency preemption, dilemma zone detection, video detection, uninterruptable power supply, pedestrian push buttons and dedicated hand/man pedestrian signals with countdown timers. Morrisville Borough – $20,000 to update and replace existing regulatory signage at various locations throughout the borough and install breakaway sign posts. Plumstead Township – $646,128 to improve pedestrian safety at the center of Plumsteadville by installing ADA ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian push buttons Hand/Person pedestrian signals with countdown timers, and signalization upgrades. In a joint statement, Davis and Galloway said, “This grant money will help make a busy intersection in Read more
HARRISBURG, May 29 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, said the state’s highest court did the right thing in overturning Commonwealth Court’s decision that the June 30 termination date in the UPMC/Highmark agreements cannot be modified. Earlier this month, Kortz was among 60 state representatives and six senators who signed a legal brief supporting state Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s February lawsuit against UPMC, which sought to modify and indefinitely extend the UPMC/Highmark consent decrees that expire on June 30. Shapiro had filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court, asking the court to either expedite review of the consent decrees before they expire, or to keep them in place while the lawsuit is ongoing. “I am pleased that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the lower court’s poor decision,” said Kortz. “I want to thank Attorney General Josh Shapiro for his excellent legal skills in taking on the goliath that is UPMC and winning this round at the high court level. My hope is that after careful deliberation, the Commonwealth Court will come to the conclusion that an extension is warranted, allowing people continued access to the healthcare facilities and providers they trust.” The state Supreme Court ruling returns the case to Commonwealth Court for further action. Read more
TAYLOR, May 29 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today announced a $335,000 grant will be coming to Dickson City to enhance traffic safety. The funding, drawn from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light program, will be used to install a traffic signal and pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Bowman Street and Main Street in Dickson City. “I am happy to see the state making investments into our community’s traffic safety,” Kosierowski said. “When we improve safety and reduce congestion on our roads, we all benefit. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project has on our community.” An estimated $15.4 million in funding will be distributed to 50 safety projects in 38 different municipalities statewide. The funds are supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia. Since 2010, 416 safety projects totaling more than $78.49 million in funding has been awarded. Kosierowski noted and thanked Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration for their commitment to invest in community safety across Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 29 – $50,000 in state transportation funds designed to improve pedestrian and driver safety has been awarded to Loretto Borough, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced today. The funds will be used to install pedestrian crossing and detectable warning devices, pavement markings, a level walkway, and flashing warning signs at Syberton Road from Saint Michael School to the Basilica of Saint Michael Church. Burns said he met with school officials, who voiced concerns over student safety when crossing the street with the speed of drivers within the school zone. “After learning of this dangerous situation, I set up a meeting with PennDOT officials about improving safety for the children of Saint Michael’s School and members of the church,” Burns said. “PennDOT and Loretto Borough agreed on a solution – and this state grant makes it a reality. “I thank the Loretto Borough council for their willingness to apply for the funds, making the community a better place to live,” he said. The program is competitive, with Burns noting grants were awarded to 38 municipalities to fund 50 safety projects out of a total of 134 applications submitted. More information on the ARLE program can be found here: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Portal Information/Traffic Signal Portal/FUNDARLE.html Read more
HARRISBURG, May 29 – McKeesport will benefit from the implementation of a traffic safety program and other traffic-related improvements following Wednesday’s $344,000 grant disbursement to the city, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The grant funding is from PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program, designed to improve the safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where traffic data shows red-light running is a concern. McKeesport’s ARLE funding will be used to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Versailles Avenue and Evans Street by installing new traffic signal supports, signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection, and new ADA curb ramps; to create a traffic safety program that would assess the needs of intersections throughout the city where there are large pedestrian and vehicle conflicts, speeding issues and sight distance problems; and to install accessible pedestrian signals at the intersection of Lysle Boulevard and Coursin Street. “This is great news for the city of McKeesport. Improving traffic and pedestrian safety is key to ensuring the safety of our residents, as well continuing progress in our revitalization efforts. These funds will help ensure McKeesport is a destination attraction here in the Mon Valley,” Davis said. Funding for the program, as required under state law, is supplied by fines from red light Read more
HARRISBURG, May 29 – Huston Township in Centre County will receive $25,000 in funds earmarked to improve traffic safety and enhance traffic flow, state Rep. Scott Conkin, D-Centre, announced today. The grant funding is from PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) program, designed to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where traffic data shows red-light running is a concern. The funds for Huston Township will be used to improve safety on Route 3040 to the east of the village of Julian through the installation of a new solar-powered flashing warning sign. “Keeping drivers and pedestrians safe, while also improving traffic congestion and flow, is a benefit to everyone,” Conklin said. “This is a wise use of state funds and significantly complements the various ongoing road projects in our neighborhoods.” Funding for the program, as required under state law, is supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia. More information on the ARLE program can be found here: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Portal Information/Traffic Signal Portal/FUNDARLE.html Read more
HARRISBURG, May 29 – State lawmakers recently adopted state Rep. Jennifer O’Mara’s House resolution ( H.R. 341 ) proclaiming June 10, 2019, as Delco Day in Pennsylvania. June 10 is abbreviated 6/10, named after the main area code of Delaware County. A video of O’Mara honoring DelCo Day during House session can be viewed or shared from here . “Whether you’re talking about the great people and life-long relationships made here, we should all be proud to call Delco home,” she said. “I applaud my colleagues in Harrisburg for supporting June 10 th as Delco Day across the commonwealth – a time our communities come together to celebrate a great cause.” Delco Day supports the HEADstrong Foundation, which works to provide housing for cancer patients. This year’s celebration will take place on June 1, and will feature more than a dozen local bands, celebrities, companies, and organizations working together to celebrate life. Read more
FOLSOM, May 28 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger is hosting two events in June to help local residents claim property the state may be holding in their name. Help is available in her Folsom office at 701 MacDade Blvd. on Tuesday June 4, and the Brookhaven Municipal Center at 2 Cambridge Road on Wednesday, June 5. Both events are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The state Treasurer’s Office currently holds more than $3 billion in unclaimed property that should be returned to its rightful owners,” Krueger said. “I encourage residents to stop by so we can help search and help you claim what’s yours.” Examples of unclaimed property include closed bank accounts, uncashed checks, lost stocks and bonds, contents of safe deposit boxes and expired gift cards or certificates. Krueger’s said those seeking help are encouraged to bring their driver’s license or appropriate identification so her office can notarize their claim should they have one. According to Krueger, the state Treasury is required to advertise the names and addresses of unclaimed property owners each year in general circulation newspapers in the owner’s last known county of residence. The advertisement was recently placed, but only the names of those who are owed more than $250 were listed. More information is available by calling Krueger’s office at 610-534-6880. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 28 – A Pennsylvania bill to raise money for veterans’ care, sponsored by state Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, is making its way through the House. The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee this month approved H.B. 857, which would create a space on individual tax returns to allow for a donation of not less than $5 to Pennsylvania’s Veterans’ Trust Fund. “Many of Pennsylvania’s veterans who have sacrificed dearly for our safety and freedom come home and, for a variety of reasons, end up in need of help, which is often provided by statewide charitable organizations, veterans’ service organizations and county veterans’ affairs offices,” O’Mara said. “We should do all we can to ensure that veterans receive the services they need.” The Veterans’ Trust Fund provides grants to charitable and service organizations that help veterans. The bill can now be voted on by the full House. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 28 – Improvements and replacements to fix Waynesburg Borough’s sewer system in Greene County will soon be underway, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Community Block Grant Development program, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the state funds will repair deficiencies in the sewer line and the interceptor – the structure that filters contaminants from the water system. Currently, during heavy periods of rain in the region, the system becomes overloaded, raising the possibility of untreated human waste being discharged into the nearby South Fork of Ten Mile Creek. “We realize that many areas of our state are dealing with aging and inadequate infrastructure, and this funding can help our local communities improve water quality and sewage treatment issues,” said Snyder. “These infrastructure repairs are vital to protect public health.” Snyder said the project will replace at least 630 linear feet of sewer pipeline and repair approximately 7,600 linear feet of pipeline along the interceptor. CDBG funds are provided to help specific municipalities with infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitation, and development and planning. Read more
PAOLI, May 28 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman invites residents of the 157th legislative district to participate in a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. Residents of the district will receive a call to their landlines inviting them to join the discussion. To “attend” the meeting, people will be asked to stay on the phone. Anyone who would like to make sure that they receive the phone call at home – or register a cellphone instead – should fill out this form , or call Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260. The telephone town hall will include discussion of state-related issues such as jobs, schools and infrastructure, and attendees are encouraged to ask Shusterman questions and voice their concerns. “I’m looking forward to a productive discussion with my constituents,” Shusterman said. “I’m excited to learn more about what matters most to the people of the 157th District.” People may listen in and ask questions, or leave feedback when the meeting has ended. Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing email@example.com . Anyone with questions can call Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260. The 157th District includes Tredyffrin, Schuylkill and areas of Phoenixville in Chester County and Upper Providence in Montgomery County. Read more
DREXEL HILL, May 28 – State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, is hosting a car seat safety check event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in the front parking lot at Drexel Hill Middle School. Zabel said Upper Darby Township police officers and the Pennsylvania State Police will be there to perform safety checks and help install car seats. He and his staff also will be there to help residents with any state-related matter. According to Zabel, Pennsylvania’s child passenger safety law requires children under the age of 4 to be restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle. Children under 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until they outgrow the maximum height and weight limits designated by the car seat manufacturer. Children ages 4 through 7 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. Children ages 8 to 18 are required to wear a seat belt, though children through age 12 who do not fit in a seat belt properly are encouraged to remain in a booster seat. No RSVP is required for the safety check. More information is available by calling Zabel’s office at 484-200-8262. The Drexel Hill Middle School is located at 3001 State Road. Read more
Starting in June, Daley and staff will schedule visits to senior living facilities throughout the 148th Legislative District. They will also try to accommodate special requests to meet with constituents closer to home when travel might be difficult. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 24 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today released a statement criticizing the Trump administration for their proposal to eliminate “gender identity” as a factor in the nation’s healthcare system. “The cruelty of this administration seems to know no bounds. Time and time again, we continue to see the rights of the LGBTQ community chipped away by this administration that feeds off the hatred and fear of its base,” Kenyatta said. “I continue to do everything in my power to highlight these injustices and push for meaningful civil rights legislation at the state level to protect all of our citizens, regardless of how they identify, or on any basis of sex or gender. This political move directly threatens to undermine nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people that were provided under the Affordable Care Act. This puts LGBTQ people at a higher risk of being denied the health care they need, solely based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a direct attack on civil rights, and quite simply wrong.” LGBTQ and Transgender rights activist groups are alarmed at the rollback of protections. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published its proposed regulation on Friday, which would eliminate a 2016 regulation inserted by the Obama administration that redefined discrimination “on the basis of sex” to include gender identity. This provision of the Affordable Read more
CLARKSVILLE, GREENE COUNTY, May 24 – A special memorial bridge dedication ceremony was held today to honor Army Pfc. Brent A. McClellan, a native of Clarksville who served with dignity and honor during the Vietnam War, at the site of the newly constructed Clarksville bridge. State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was on-hand for the ceremony, which was held at State Route 1011 (Castile Run Road) between Jefferson Township and Clarksville Borough and provided opening remarks prior to the bridge dedication ceremony. “It is an honor to dedicate this bridge in memory of Private First Class Brent McClellan, who served his country with dignity,” Snyder said. “This dedication ceremony is timely, as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day. McClellan is a true hero in every sense of the word, giving his life and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. As we travel this bridge, let it serve as a reminder of his bravery, dedication and service to all that we hold dear.” McClellan, a 1963 graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School in Jefferson, Greene County, served as an infantryman to the 1 st Platoon, B Company, 1 st Battalion, 5 th Calvary, 1 st Calvary Division. On Feb. 28, 1966, McClellan was killed in an ambush by hostile forces in Bihn Dihn Province in South Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Prior to his Read more
COATESVILLE, May 24 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, accompanied by nearly 40 volunteers, beautified the Old Evergreen Cemetery in Coatesville in honor of Memorial Day approaching. Old Evergreen Cemetery is the eternal resting place for many local African American veterans. Tombstones in the Old Evergreen Cemetery honor veterans from as far back as the Civil War. Williams and volunteers removed weeds and shrubberies that were consuming graves to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country. “These veterans who gave their lives for our freedom deserve the respect and honor of having their graves visible,” Williams said. “It’s not just on Memorial Day we should recognize these individuals, but it should be throughout the year.” Williams said he was thrilled that the Coatesville community saw the importance of preserving this cemetery and all the stories that it holds. He added it was uplifting to see volunteers ranging from toddlers to seniors come together to revitalize Old Evergreen Cemetery and honor the legacies of those buried there. “It’s reassuring to see that community members want to honor those buried here and ensure their stories aren’t forgotten,” Williams said. “Memorial Day is all about recognizing veterans who are no longer with us, and this cleanup was our way of thanking them for everything they did for our country.” Read more
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