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(Sep 07, 2022)

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Ciresi announces nearly $800K in grants for local parks

(Sep 06, 2022)

POTTSTOWN, Sept. 6 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi today announced an investment of nearly $800,000 in state funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and invest in local communities. The money is part of a $90 million grant round that is the largest single investment in Pennsylvania recreation and conservation in agency history , surpassing the previous record of $70 million in 2021. Under the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, DCNR has awarded more than $430 million in grants to more than 2,300 projects across the commonwealth. The local projects awarded are: Pottstown Borough – $85,200 – Rehabilitation and further development of Chestnut Street Park and South Street Park. Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee – $100,000 – Funding for the 2023 Pottstown Regional Park improvement mini-grant program, which helps municipal park improvements in the Pottstown area. Royersford Borough – $172,500 – Rehabilitation of Chestnut Street Park. Trappe Borough – $369,500 – Expansion of Trappe Borough Hall Park to include a rain garden and stormwater playground. “ These neighborhood parks are an important asset for the local community, and the redevelopment projects will greatly improve their potential in serving the outdoor recreation needs of residents,” said Ciresi, Read more

 

Pa. L&I secretary, Ciresi promote job, industry opportunities in western Montgomery County

(Aug 29, 2022)

POTTSTOWN, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, and Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier showcased the strength of and opportunities for development in western Montgomery County businesses and industries, through roundtable discussions and visits to local businesses in Limerick and Pottstown on Thursday. “I want to thank Secretary Berrier for coming to our district to meet with the men and women whose businesses and factories are the engine of Montgomery County’s economic power,” Ciresi said. “I am especially appreciative of her discussions on how the commonwealth can best support workforce development and industry expansion in the 146 th Legislative District. State support of local industries is the key to helping business owners thrive by providing critical resources, training a highly skilled workforce to succeed in profitable industries, and support economic growth in Pennsylvania.” Berrier’s tour began with a roundtable discussion with multi-generational business owners in the Pottstown-Collegeville area. She outlined how the Department of Labor & Industry can support local businesses by connecting them with job applicants and supporting workforce development, such as through PA CareerLink and apprenticeship programs. Roundtable participants included Tom and Jane Perkins, owners, TP Trailers; Paul Sawchuck, owner, Sawchuck’s Garage; Rick Wojton, Read more

 

Ciresi applauds $467,636 state award for cleanup at former plating works site

(Aug 25, 2022)

POTTSTOWN, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today congratulated the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Montgomery for its state award of $467,636 to clean up the former Pottstown Plating Works property. The funds will go toward remediating the former manufacturing site, which has remained vacant since 2009. The redeveloped property, once finished, will be able to house light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and general small businesses. “For Pottstown to reach its full economic potential of providing jobs and family-sustaining wages to its residents, we must look for new ways to creatively re-use our legacy industrial buildings,” Ciresi said. “The new owners of Pottstown Plating Works have a solid plan for bringing this building back to productive use.” The redeveloped site will provide additional tax revenue for the borough and create jobs. According to records, the property’s former owner was delinquent in taxes and fees. As a result, the Borough of Pottstown, Pottstown School District and the county were receiving no property tax or other revenue from the property. The current owner has paid the school district, borough and county taxes since taking possession of the property, which were over $1 million. The payments are the first payments this property has produced in more than 10 years. Specifically, the funds will be used for site remediation activities, including capping a Read more

 

Ciresi, Webster introduce legislation to designate a part of Trappe’s Main Street in honor of State Trooper Branden T. Sisca

(Aug 24, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 24 – State Reps. Joe Ciresi and Joe Webster, both D-Montgomery County, have introduced legislation to rename a portion of State Route 4031 in Trappe Borough in honor of Branden T. Sisca, a Trappe resident and one of two troopers struck and killed by a drunk driver earlier this year. House Bill 2786 would designate part of the route – also known as Main Street – as the Trooper Branden T. Sisca Memorial Highway. Sisca, 29, and another trooper, Martin F. Mack III, were on duty when they were struck and killed by a drunk driver along a section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. Trooper Sisca served on the Pennsylvania State Police for 13 months. The governor ordered all flags flown at half-staff in honor of both Sisca and Mack. “The death of State Trooper Branden T. Sisca was a terrible loss for the Trappe community and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Ciresi said. “As both a volunteer firefighter and a state trooper, Trooper Sisca dedicated his life to protecting Pennsylvanians, some he had known all his life, others strangers. To both, his commitment was total. We’ve chosen to rename the section of Main Street after him because it would be close to the Trappe Fire Company where he volunteered for close to half of his life, and this designation would serve as a reminder of his selfless service and sacrifice.” Born in Norristown on June 23, 1992, State Trooper Sisca and his family were residents of Read more

 

Veterans Discount ID Card & Homeowner FraudSleuth Sign-Up Event

(Aug 22, 2022)

]Veterans Discount ID Card & Homeowner FraudSleuth Sign-Up Event Read more

 

Unclaimed Property & SEPTA Senior Key Card Sign-Up Event

(Aug 22, 2022)

Unclaimed Property & SEPTA Senior Key Card Sign-Up Event Read more

 

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Free Electronics Recycling Event

(Aug 22, 2022)

Free Electronics Recycling Event Read more

 

Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event

(Aug 22, 2022)

Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event Read more

 

Telephone Town Hall

(Aug 22, 2022)

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Summer 2022 Newsletter

(Aug 22, 2022)

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Ciresi, James applaud the inclusion of dance teacher certification legislation in 2022-23 state budget

(Jul 14, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – Legislation authored by state Reps. Joe Ciresi and R. Lee James to create a direct path for dance teacher certification, H.B. 2678, was included in the 2022-23 state budget. Due to Ciresi and James’ legislative push, the Public School Code now includes a provision directing the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop an instructional certificate in pre-K through grade 12 dance, with exceptions for current dance teachers and those in the process of obtaining a dance teaching certificate. “I am proud that this year’s budget has incorporated Representative James’ and my legislation to create a direct path for dance certification,” said Ciresi, D-Montgomery. “Our legislation sought to improve Pennsylvania’s dance programs by requiring discipline-specific education in dance for new teachers. Now, there will be a clear path to certification for dance teachers, which will improve the quality of Pennsylvania’s dance programs, benefitting the thousands of Pennsylvania students in K-12 schools.” Previously, Pennsylvania dance teachers could not be directly certified in dance and, instead, were certified in communications or physical or vocational education. According to the legislators, the certification process had a negative impact on dance teacher preparedness, continuing education and Pennsylvania school districts’ dance programs. “We had introduced this Read more

 

Ciresi and Tomlinson highlight budget increase for film production tax credit

(Jul 13, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 13 – The co-chairs of the bipartisan Film Industry Caucus, state Reps. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, and K.C. Tomlinson, R-Bucks, highlighted the successful increase of the cap for the film production tax credit to $100 million in the 2022-23 budget. “Last year, Rep. Tomlinson and I introduced HB 1432 to expand the film production tax credit’s cap because Pennsylvania was losing out on film productions to other states due to our program’s limitations,” Ciresi said “Thanks to our legislative push, the budget increased the cap from $70 million to $100 million, making Pennsylvania a more attractive place for television productions in which to film. Fostering the film industry in Pennsylvania will have a tremendous positive economic impact on the commonwealth through job creation and by generating economic activity in host communities, bringing local and state benefits.” According to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s 2019-20 Film Production Tax Credit Program Report, since the program’s inception in 2007 through the end of FY 2019-20, approximately 860 applicants have applied to the program and 509 productions have been approved/awarded tax credits. These film productions have directly injected nearly $3.3 billion into the state’s economy; generated an estimated $5.2 billion in total economic activity and $785 million in total state and local taxes; and supported an Read more

 

Ciresi: Budget invests in local schools and moving PA forward

(Jul 07, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 7 – Having voted in favor of a state budget bill this evening, state Rep. Joe Ciresi said that it earned his vote because of new robust investments in education, mental health care and property tax relief. Pennsylvania’s 2022-23 budget as proposed in S.B. 1100 also sets out to reduce the Corporate Net Income Tax rate and funds area schools at record levels, helping address systematic underfunding, supporting expanded programming, and allowing for property tax relief. Ciresi, D-Montgomery, said, “Pennsylvania took a big step forward today with major investments in our communities that we can be proud of. This product of bipartisan negotiations delivers help for our underfunded schools, relief for our property taxpayers, and investments in boosting our economy and creating high-quality jobs for years, paying dividends for many years to come.” Locally, the budget increases funding for Montgomery County school districts, including $7.5 million in increased funding for school districts in the 146th Legislative District: Pottstown School District: $3,899,078 . Spring-Ford Area School District: $1,843,226 . Pottsgrove School District: $848,859 . Perkiomen Valley School District: $902,489 . “By expanding ‘Level Up’ funding and adding on substantial funding Read more

 

Ciresi introduces legislation to expand Property Tax and Rent Rebate program

(Jun 30, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – To address the impact of rising inflation and high property taxes, state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today introduced legislation (H.B. 2721) that would significantly expand the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which provides relief to certain financially vulnerable Pennsylvanians, including seniors. “Pennsylvania residents are struggling to afford basic necessities, including housing, due to rising inflation,” Ciresi said. “While inflation has risen, the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program’s stagnant income limits have prevented increasing numbers of individuals from accessing this critical lifeline. My legislation will update income requirements and other provisions of the PTRR so more individuals in need can receive assistance and property tax relief from this vital program.” The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows or widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 and older. The current income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. Ciresi’s legislation would expand PTRR by: Increasing income limits for homeowners and renters to $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, recognizing the impact inflation has had since the last increase in 2008. Permanently reinstating a Read more

 

Ciresi: Provide financial relief to Pennsylvanians by freezing the state gas tax

(Jun 29, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 29 – To provide immediate relief to Pennsylvania’s motor vehicle drivers from high gas prices, state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, believes that legislation to support a freeze on the gas tax for the rest of the year should be included in the 2022-23 state budget given the current budgetary surplus. “Inflationary gas prices are hitting Pennsylvanians hard, with many people struggling to pay for the gas needed so they can go about their lives, like commuting to work, picking their kids up from school, and going grocery shopping,” Ciresi said. “I am advocating that the two bills I am co-sponsoring that would support a freeze on the gas tax should be included in this year’s state budget to provide immediate financial relief to Pennsylvanians. With our significant budget surplus this year, we have a unique opportunity to use it to make sure there’s no negative impact on transportation funding.” House Bill 2453 , the Gas Tax Holiday bill, would provide a six-month pause on the state gas tax. House Bill 2506 would suspend the state’s gasoline and diesel tax until the end of 2022. Both bills are before the House Transportation Committee. “It’s time to take action on behalf of working Pennsylvanians and move these crucial bills out of the Transportation Committee and into the state budget,” Ciresi said. “This budget surplus is precisely meant to be used to lessen the Read more

 

Ciresi and James introduce legislation to modernize dance teacher certification in Pennsylvania

(Jun 15, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 15 – State Reps. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, and R. Lee James, R-Venango, today announced the introduction of their legislation to create a direct path for dance teacher certification, H.B. 2678. Under current regulations, Pennsylvania dance teachers cannot be directly certified in dance and, instead, are certified in communications or physical or vocational education. According to the legislators, the current certification process has had a negative impact on dance teacher preparedness, continuing education and Pennsylvania school districts’ dance programs. “We introduced this legislation to modernize dance teacher certification in Pennsylvania by enabling dance instructors to be certified in their discipline and ensure our dance teacher certification standards align with national standards,” Ciresi said. “We owe it to our dance teachers, students and school district dance programs to have the PA Department of Education establish a direct path for new dance teacher certification, requiring discipline-specific education in dance for new dance teachers, just as we do for instructors in music, visual art, math and science.” Critics have faulted both the fact that dance teachers’ certification does not have any dance-specific content and that the current different paths to dance teacher certification create undue confusion, promote work-arounds, and make it unreasonably difficult for dance educators to pursue Read more

 

Montgomery County organizations awarded $494K in state grants

(Jun 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Reps. Joe Ciresi, Liz Hanbidge and Joe Webster, all D-Montgomery, today announced that three local children and youth welfare organizations would be receiving $494,102 in state grants to support substance use treatment services and education programs and child abuse victims’ programs in Montgomery County from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The state representatives all expressed how meaningful these funds would be in improving lives in vulnerable or critical situations in the county. “There are many people who are struggling here in Montgomery County -- who desperately need assistance -- and thanks to this funding to these amazing organizations, will get the help they deserve,” Ciresi said. “No one is more vulnerable than a child, and so I am very glad that the Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County has received $199,836 to expand its trauma therapy services and implement a new telehealth trauma therapy program to support underserved victims of child abuse in Montgomery County.” “Addressing the root cause of substance abuse and trauma through comprehensive, evidence-based therapy results in more lives being restored and more success stories being written,” Hanbidge said. “These grant dollars will be earmarked toward ensuring those who need assistance are able to get the high-quality, timely help they Read more

 

Ciresi outlines plan to relieve school cost pressures, lower property taxes

(Jun 07, 2022)

ROYERSFORD, June 7 – A long-time advocate for a strong public school system, state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, joined other legislators, school superintendents and board members, and education advocates on Monday to advocate for charter school and school funding reform to stem property tax increases in Pennsylvania. Ciresi is proposing relieving cost pressures on public schools and lowering property taxes through changes in how school funding is distributed, reforming the charter school law, and making a significant one-time investment toward school pension liabilities. Ciresi has introduced legislation to give public schools the support they need and provide meaningful property tax relief: H.B. 1595 would fully implement the fair funding formulas for basic and special education, better aligning funding to current needs. H.B. 272 would enact comprehensive charter school reform , saving $199 million by setting a data-based statewide cyber charter tuition rate and $174 million by funding special education in charter schools through the tiered, need-based formula used for public schools. According to Ciresi, if these two bills were enacted and the savings directed toward lowering property taxes, taxes would be reduced by $272 per household for the Perkiomen Valley School District, $279 for the Spring-Ford Area School District, $183 for the Pottsgrove School District, and $6,993 for the Pottstown School District. According to the school Read more

 

Ciresi to hold free Senior Fair June 16 at Pottsgrove Middle School

(Jun 03, 2022)

ROYERSFORD, June 3 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced that his office will hold a free Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16 at Pottsgrove Middle School, 1351 N. Hanover St., Pottstown. “I wanted to bring together in one place state and community resources that our seniors would find helpful -- everything from health, wellness and medical services to information about local entertainment,” Ciresi said. “I’m proud to partner with the Tri-County Active Adult Center to provide our seniors with the information and the tools they need to live even fuller lives.” The free senior fair, co-hosted with the Tri-County Active Adult Center, will feature more than 50 vendors to provide information on local senior programs, SEPTA Senior Fare Cards, senior volunteer opportunities, home health care options, Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program information, estate planning, and veterans programs. Questions about the Senior Fair should be directed to Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265 . Read more

 

Miss my latest Telephone Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here.
Sep 07, 2022

Ciresi announces nearly $800K in grants for local parks
Sep 06, 2022

Pa. L&I secretary, Ciresi promote job, industry opportunities in western Montgomery County
Aug 29, 2022

Ciresi applauds $467,636 state award for cleanup at former plating works site
Aug 25, 2022

Ciresi, Webster introduce legislation to designate a part of Trappe’s Main Street in honor of State Trooper Branden T. Sisca
Aug 24, 2022

Veterans Discount ID Card & Homeowner FraudSleuth Sign-Up Event
Aug 22, 2022

Unclaimed Property & SEPTA Senior Key Card Sign-Up Event
Aug 22, 2022

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Free Electronics Recycling Event
Aug 22, 2022

Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event
Aug 22, 2022

Telephone Town Hall
Aug 22, 2022

Summer 2022 Newsletter
Aug 22, 2022

Ciresi, James applaud the inclusion of dance teacher certification legislation in 2022-23 state budget
Jul 14, 2022

Ciresi and Tomlinson highlight budget increase for film production tax credit
Jul 13, 2022

Ciresi: Budget invests in local schools and moving PA forward
Jul 07, 2022

Ciresi introduces legislation to expand Property Tax and Rent Rebate program
Jun 30, 2022

Ciresi: Provide financial relief to Pennsylvanians by freezing the state gas tax
Jun 29, 2022

Ciresi and James introduce legislation to modernize dance teacher certification in Pennsylvania
Jun 15, 2022

Montgomery County organizations awarded $494K in state grants
Jun 08, 2022

Ciresi outlines plan to relieve school cost pressures, lower property taxes
Jun 07, 2022

Ciresi to hold free Senior Fair June 16 at Pottsgrove Middle School
Jun 03, 2022