DARBY, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host her annual Delaware County Back to School Community Resource Fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Darby Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby. "I love seeing children so excited to start the school year," McClinton said. "I want to encourage that excitement with the school supplies giveaway. The kids aren’t just receiving pens or notebooks. They are being empowered to succeed in school, and when they succeed, we as a community succeed.” Local vendors will provide free haircuts and hairstyles in addition to the free school supplies. Refreshments will be available. “It is a priority that parents and students have access to the critical resources they need to thrive,” McClinton said. “My staff and I will be there to talk to residents about how to improve education in the district, as well as answer any state-related questions they may have.” McClinton said students must reside in the 191 st Legislative District , which includes parts of Philadelphia and all of Darby and part of Yeadon in Delaware County, and must be present to receive school supplies. For more information, call McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Read more
Residents in Monroeville and Pitcairn will soon have improved water and sewer systems now that nearly $275,000 in new state grants have been approved through the work of Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) and Rep. Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny). Read more
CARMICHAELS, Sept. 18 - State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette / Washington, announced today the state has awarded $1.47 million to six different projects throughout the 50 th Legislative District. “I’m so happy to be able to bring this large amount of funding back home to my district so that these desperately needed infrastructure projects can move forward,” Snyder said. “This will allow water and sewer lines to be replaced, and treatment plants to receive the upgrades they need.” Snyder said at least one project in each of the three counties she represents have received a state grant. The funding consists of: $425,000 for Waynesburg Borough to replace 2,060 feet of sewer main along College and West streets, and the rehab of the Morgan Street sewer overflow; $40,000 for the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Carmichaels to rehab the water treatment plant backwash tank in Cumberland Township; $422,581 for Masontown Borough to replace 4,957 feet of galvanized and transite water mains along five streets; $416,449 for the Masontown Municipal Authority to replace 3,710 feet of leaking compromised sewer mains, and reduce the infiltration of the sewer plant; $45,300 for the Redstone Township Sewer Authority to rehab the dilapidated treatment plant building; and $125,000 for East Bethlehem Township to convert a brownfield site into the gateway for the Monongahela River Water Trail Snyder Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Ángel Cruz, D-Phila., will host a flag-raising ceremony at noon Thursday, Sept. 20 at Antonio Pantoja Charter School, 4401 N. American St., to mark the beginning of Puerto Rican festivities in Philadelphia. "Starting on the twentieth, and for two weeks following, hundreds of people will gather to enjoy music, dancing, and food to celebrate our heritage across Philadelphia,” Cruz said. “However, 2018 is special. We will commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria and pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the massive storm. I invite everyone to come and be part of this year's celebration to demonstrate that we remain committed to the American citizens of Puerto Rico and to rebuilding the island stronger than ever.” The Puerto Rican Day Parade – to be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – is Philadelphia's oldest and largest outdoor event celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino heritage. The parade draws thousands to show island pride on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year’s theme is “Renacer de Puerto Rico,” the rebirth of Puerto Rico. Read more
State Reps. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, joined with advocates Monday in calling upon their colleagues to swiftly open a “Window To Justice” for past sexual abuse victims. Read more
MONACA, Sept. 17 – State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale joined state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, and others today for a public hearing on practices by some pharmacy benefit managers that are hurting taxpayers, consumers and local pharmacies. Practices by at least one PBM are currently under investigation by the auditor general. “PBMs hired by employers, unions and health care plans to manage prescription drug benefit plans are supposed to be negotiating with drug makers and setting fair reimbursement rates – they’re supposed to be working to lower drug costs,” said Matzie, who is co-chairman of the state Community Pharmacy Caucus. “Instead, what we’re finding is that some of them are reimbursing pharmacies for way below their dispensing costs, up-charging the insurance plans and keeping the profit. “What you have is a largely unregulated middleman that can do a tremendous amount of harm. Unfair practices by PBMs can cost taxpayers millions, drive up the cost of health care, and force mom-and-pop pharmacies out of business.” Matzie said the hearing featured testimony by independent pharmacists, who explained how they are being squeezed out of the business by unfair PBM practices. He said he believes the ongoing investigation is a positive first step. “We have entrusted these companies with an enormous responsibility and an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars – $3.4 billion in 2017 alone. Yet Read more
LANGHORNE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on child custody issues at the Middletown Township Municipal Building in Langhorne. Davis was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. Two bills for custody cases involving domestic violence and child abuse allegations were discussed: Davis’ H.B. 956 (updates court procedures) and H.B. 2058 (improves custody and visitation adjudications) that she is co-sponsoring. “Today’s hearing was an important discussion about the child custody crisis and what we legislators can do to improve how the courts handle cases of child and domestic abuse,” Davis said. “As a lawmaker, I am deeply concerned by how the courts fail to read the signs of domestic abuse and, as a result, award the custody of a child to their abuser. We must strengthen child custody laws to prevent this from happening again.” Sturla added: “Our most vulnerable citizens and children need to have strong protection by the courts. I commend Representative Davis for requesting this hearing, so we could explore her important legislation.” The committee heard testimony from Kathryn Sherlock, mother of Kayden Mancuso; Danielle Zarenkiewicz, mother; Danielle Pollack, ambassador, CHILD USA; Amy Tielemans, president, Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; Diane Read more
SCRANTON, Sept. 17 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program next week at the office of state Rep. Marty Flynn. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in Flynn's office – Jay's Commons, 409 N. Main Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The American Legion representatives are available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers is recommended to schedule an appointment through Flynn’s office at 570-342-4348. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced he will hold a Human Services job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Treasures Banquet Facility, 5549 Germantown Ave., 19144. “In a series of meetings with constituents, we listened to their concerns on the need for employment in the northwest,” Kinsey said. “My colleagues and I understand that looking for a job can be a very frustrating process and that’s why we came up with this job fair – to fill in many positions available in the human services field. Folks who come to the job fair should have a sense that they are coming with the intent to work in this specific field.” Kinsey said more than 25 agencies will be in attendance looking to fill various human services positions that are currently open. Candidates should dress to impress and bring copies of their resume. More information can be obtained calling Kinsey’s constituent service office at (215) 849-6592. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., will co-host a free paper-shredding event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave. “This is an opportunity for the community to come and dispose of important documents safely,” Youngblood said. “Protecting your information by shredding is a safe measure to get rid of paperwork you no longer need.” Residents are encouraged to bring any documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card statements and applications, medical records, banking statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Papers must be loose. Binders or paper clips cannot be accepted. Documents will be shredded on site. More information is available by calling Youngblood’s office at 215-849-6426. The event is in partnership with state Sen. Art Haywood and state Reps. Chris Rabb, Isabella Fitzgerald and Stephen Kinsey. Read more
YARDLEY, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on emergency services issues at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Station 80, 652 Stony Hill Road, Yardley. Warren requested the hearing to highlight the drastic need for volunteers and the importance of state programs that provide vital funding assistance to local emergency services. Warren will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including State Rep. Chris Sainato, Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Dylan Ferguson Director of Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Pennsylvania Department of Health 10:40 p.m. Panel of Local Emergency Responders: Evan Resnikoff , president, Newtown Ambulance Squad Larry Newman , president, Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Glenn Forsyth , fire chief, Newtown Township Emergency Services Department 11:20 a.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which focuses on people first and working together to build a stronger Pennsylvania through good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. Visit plan4pa.com for additional information about the Democrats’ plan and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Read more
On Thursday, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, joined with fellow lawmakers, to unveil a slate of measures to improve community-police relations and prevent unnecessary deaths like that of Antwon Rose in June. Read more
ABINGTON, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, will host two town hall meetings this month focusing on the state budget, legislation advancing in the General Assembly and matters important within the district. The first meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Upper Dublin Library, 805 Loch Alsh Ave., Ft. Washington. The second meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 in the Ardsley Community Center Cafeteria, 2868 Spear Ave., Ardsley. Dean said the meeting will focus on the enacted state budget and important bills advancing in the state House and Senate, as well as road and infrastructure projects in the region. There also will be time for discussion on topics of interest to residents such as on water quality in the district, Real ID, and how to obtain a SEPTA Senior Pass. “There is a significantly shortened session this fall, and that will affect much of the legislation moving in Harrisburg,” she said. “Please come out to learn more about what that means for the commonwealth and our communities.” Read more
NORRISTOWN, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced that Laborers' Local 135 will receive a $1.5 million grant for the construction of a new union hall and community meeting room through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The new facility will contain office space and a 3,000-square-foot hall which will be available to the community as a meeting or general purpose room. “Thanks to the work of many local officials and community members, Norristown, our county seat, is in the midst of many exciting redevelopment projects,” Bradford said. “This project will be an asset to the region as we work to ensure our local workforce is part of this redevelopment.” RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more
CHESTER, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, is introducing legislation that would require people purchasing firearm ammunition to present an official form of photo identification. Currently, ammunition cannot be sold to anyone who sellers reasonably believe to be under the minimum age. However, sellers are not required to check a buyer’s ID to verify age. Kirkland’s legislation would require identification be presented every time ammunition is purchased, helping to eliminate illegal sales. “Protecting our communities from the horrific impact of gun violence is extremely important to me,” Kirkland said. “From Sandy Hook to Stoneman Douglas High School, we too often grieve the loss of precious life taken by those who should not have access to firearms and ammunition. “Sadly, young people, especially African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, face significantly higher-than-average risks of being a victim of gun-related homicide. We can – and we must – do everything in our power to curtail this epidemic, and this legislation is just one step of many necessary to take on this issue.” Kirkland said that photo ID is required to purchase alcohol, allergy medicine, lottery tickets and other items, so it is reasonable to require identification for purchasing the element that makes a firearm lethal. He said that his legislation would serve as reasonable reform to save lives without infringing Read more
LEVITTOWN, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on child custody issues at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at Middletown Township Municipal Building, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne. Davis requested the hearing to examine how child custody issues are being addressed in Pennsylvania. Two bills for custody cases involving domestic violence and child abuse allegations will also be discussed: Davis’ H.B. 956 (updates court procedures) and H.B. 2058 (improves custody and visitation adjudications) that she is co-sponsoring. Davis will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Kathryn Sherlock, mother of Kayden Mancuso Danielle Zarenkiewicz , mother Danielle Pollack , ambassador, CHILD USA Amy Tielemans , president, Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapy 2:40 p.m. Panel Two: Richard Ducote , attorney Lauren Bucksner , managing attorney and director of legal services, A Woman’s Place Frank Cervone, executive director, Support Center for Child Advocates 3:20 p.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which focuses on people first and working together to build a stronger Pennsylvania through good jobs, affordable health Read more
State Rep. Mary Jo Daley announced today that Wissahickon Park and Wissahickon Valley Boys and Girls Club have been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Perry Warren today honored Heather DiPrato of Yardley during a Capitol ceremony marking 2018 as the Year of the Pennsylvania Woman. A Bucks County native, DiPrato is the co-founder and publisher of Yardley Living and Newtown Neighbors. Prior to launching those publications, she rose from an entry-level position to become a senior vice president in a 25-year marketing career. DiPrato graduated from Neshaminy High School and attended Bucks County Community College. According to the Center for American Progress, only 25 percent of executive and senior level officials and managers are women. Business ownership is a growing sector. There are nearly 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., and more than 2 million businesses have been opened by women in the last 10 years. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned businesses across the nation generated $1.4 trillion in receipts and now represent some 38 percent of all U.S. businesses. “A champion for her community, Heather is at the heart of so much success for our local businesses,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Her work embodies what makes women leaders so valuable: energy, strength and the ability to connect with people over what’s most important to them and their businesses." DiPrato also serves as president of the Yardley Business Association, helping local businesses create effective campaigns to increase Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Perry Warren today honored Eileen Steele Slezak of Newtown during a Capitol ceremony marking 2018 as the Year of the Pennsylvania Woman. A Newtown native, Slezak is the business manager and co-owner of Rick Steele’s Gulf Services in Newtown, a three-generation family business opened by her father in 1970. Slezak graduated from Council Rock High School and Goldey-Beacom College with a degree in small business management. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned businesses across the nation generated $1.4 trillion in receipts and represent some 38 percent of all U.S. businesses. In Fortune 500 companies, firms that had at least three women board directors for at least five years, outperformed those with no women board directors on return on sales, return on invested capital, and return on equity. “Pennsylvania needs women business owners more than ever because they bring a fresh and unique perspective to entrepreneurship while setting an example to girls and women looking to excel in what’s typically been a male-dominated industry,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Eileen started as a teenager learning the ropes of her family’s business and mastered the skills necessary to keep a successful business not only running, but flourishing. “Eileen was an easy choice for being honored today because she stands out not only in succeeding in an industry dominated by Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 300 constituents to her Healthy from Head to Toe Senior Appreciation Fair. The event featured health screenings by Sayre Health Center and Health Partners Plans, fitness demonstrations from BeautiFitStrong and performances by The Guiding Lights Quintet and Jakeya Sanders. “I’m happy to be able to bring organizations and agencies together to make these opportunities easily accessible for older adults in our community,” said McClinton. “This event offered a one-stop shop for everything seniors might need and a wealth of information important to our older family members and neighbors.” McClinton honored constituents 90 and older with a legislative acknowledgement. Attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs such as PACE/PACENET prescription drug plans and Property Tax/Rent Rebate, among others. Health and wellness vendors included the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, JEVS at Home, Always Best Care, Philadelphia Gas Works and the office of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. McClinton said she wanted to thank Cigna Health Spring, Presbyterian Homes, Hardy Williams Academy High School, community partners and volunteers. Access photo gallery here . Read more
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