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Ciresi introduces legislation on clear signage for land development projects

(Mar 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 8 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, introduced legislation to create signage requirements for subdivision and land development. The legislation would amend the Municipalities Planning Code to ensure that posted signs meet minimum size standards, are conspicuously posted, and include required information on the development and construction schedule. This signage would be required for land undergoing subdivision and land development. “Currently, property developers can provide ‘notice’ with nothing more than an 8½-inch by 11-inch sheet of paper, which is often easy to miss for anyone passing by and leaving many residents unaware of development happening near them,” Ciresi said. “My bill would guarantee more transparency with specific requirements for posted signage on property under development, giving residents a better understanding of what is happening in their community.” The legislation has been introduced as H.B. 2375 and referred to the House Local Government Committee. Read more

 

Advocates urge lawmakers to get proactive about making Pennsylvania schools safer

(Feb 16, 2022)

On the week of the fourth anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, parents of students lost during that tragedy joined lawmakers for a joint hearing with the PA House and Senate Democratic Policy Committees to explore how to prevent similar tragedies from happening in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Ciresi announces nearly $190K in fire and EMS company grants

(Feb 10, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi announced today that the fire and emergency medical services companies in the 146 th District have been awarded $189,975 through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program. “Our fire and EMS companies daily put their lives on the line to save ours, especially during the pandemic,” Ciresi said. “As our fire and EMS services have suffered doubly from the impact of both the pandemic and weakened financial circumstances, they will be bolstered by the injection of these necessary funds so they can continue providing essential and often lifesaving services to our communities.” The fire and EMS companies in the 146 th District that have been awarded grants in the following amounts are: Empire Hook & Ladder Co. 1 – $15,000 Friendship HLH&A Inc. – $8,325 Goodwill Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 1 – $23,325 Limerick Fire Department – $30,000 North End Fire Co. No. 1 of Pottstown – $15,000 Perkiomen Township Fire Co. 1 – $15,000 Philadelphia Steam Fire Engine Co. 1 – $15,000 Ringing Hill Fire Co. – $15,000 Royersford Fire Department – $15,000 Sanatoga Fire Co. – $15,000 Trappe Fire Co. No. 1 – $23,325 “Fire companies Read more

 

Ciresi and Shusterman introduce legislation to exempt at-home Covid tests from sales tax

(Feb 09, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Reps. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, and Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, have introduced H.B. 2327, which would exempt at-home COVID-19 tests from the state sales tax. “As the pandemic rages on, we need all the tools in our arsenal to fight the virus,” Ciresi said. “By exempting at-home COVID-19 tests from the sales tax, we can help our residents and improve access to convenient diagnostic testing by removing this financial barrier. These tests are vital to public health and should not be taxed when Pennsylvanians are fulfilling their duty to their neighbors by testing themselves for the virus.” “Accessing at-home COVID-19 tests allows people to quickly get results so they do not put others at risk,” Shusterman said. “These important medical devices should be exempt from sales tax because they serve the greater good of the community.” Read more

 

Ciresi applauds record investment in local schools in Governor Wolf’s budget proposal

(Feb 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2022-23 budget unveiled today: “Governor Wolf’s budget outlines a clear vision to make up for years of underfunding education and local development with historic investments in public education and our communities that will improve our schools, reduce property taxes and breathe new life into the 146th,” Ciresi said. “This funding would be a major help to all of our local districts and have a transformative effect on Pottstown, which has long been one of the most underfunded in the state.” The budget includes an additional $2.1 billion for public education statewide, achieved through increases in basic and special education funding and cost savings through comprehensive charter school reform without raising taxes. It also expands on the “Level Up” funding included in this year’s budget, designed to help Pennsylvania’s most underfunded school districts such as Pottstown School District. The charter school reform that Ciresi and Wolf have partnered on would achieve over $373 million in savings statewide. These reforms include using the same special education funding formula used by school districts and setting a data-driven statewide tuition rate for cyber charter attendance. The local impact of these investments in education for the 146 th Read more

 

Ciresi announces five-year PennDOT resurfacing plan for western Montgomery County

(Feb 04, 2022)

Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has prepared and released their updated 5-year resurfacing plan. This dynamic plan is designed to resurface pavement most in need of attention based on assessments of road condition. “Ensuring good quality roads is an essential component of our infrastructure and a key function of government,” Ciresi said. “I am pleased to see that so many state roads in our local communities are getting deserved attention, allowing for safer and more comfortable commutes for my constituents.” The resurfacing plan includes the following roads in and around the 146 th District in western Montgomery County: 2022: Linfield Trappe Rd between Lewis Rd and Township Line Rd (2.18 miles) – Limerick Township New Hanover Square between Bleim Road and New Hanover Township Line (0.46 miles) – Lower Pottsgrove Township Armand Hammer Blvd between Industrial Hwy and High Street (0.69 miles) – Pottstown Borough, Lower Pottsgrove Township Lewis Road between Linfield Trappe Road and Main St (5.27 miles) – Trappe and Royersford Boroughs, Upper Providence Township Yerkes Road between Collegeville Road/Route 29 and Level Road (1.26 miles) – Upper and Lower Providence Townships 2023: Evergreen Road between Lightcap Road and High Street/Ridge Pike (0.83 miles) – Read more

 

Ciresi introduces legislation to provide for sustainable community safe houses

(Feb 01, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, introduced H.B. 2321, which would provide grant money to build sustainable community safe houses so that residents would have shelter in case of natural disaster. “This past year, many families in our communities have been left without shelter in the wake of serious storms like Ida,” Ciresi said. “Our residents need to have somewhere to go when their homes have been damaged by floods, wind or other types of natural disasters that we’re increasingly seeing in Pennsylvania.” If passed, H.B. 2321 would allow counties, municipalities and councils of governments to apply for grants to develop and maintain community buildings powered by and storing green energy. Grants of up to $250,000 would be issued to create emergency systems and centers, sustainably and reliably backed up by renewable energy, that would be there for our communities in their time of need. Money for these grants would be appropriated to the already existing State Sustainable Energy Fund to help get these projects off the ground. As they would be powered by renewable energy backup systems, Ciresi said these sustainable community safe houses would remain operational even when the power in the community goes out. Volunteers would be able to plug in refrigerators and fans, residents could charge their cell phones, and all sorts of other needs could continue to be met. Read more

 

Ciresi announces $647.8K in grants for Limerick Community Park and Schuylkill River Trail

(Dec 30, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 30 – A passionate advocate for the development of outdoor recreation and trails, state Rep. Joe Ciresi announced today that Limerick Township was awarded $250,000 to develop Limerick Community Park and Montgomery County $397,800 to extend the Schuylkill River Trail in Pottsgrove Township and Pottstown Borough. The Community Conservation Partnership Program grants are from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). “I’m glad to see that the vital work of community improvements will be possible thanks to this state investment in the 146 th District,” Ciresi said. “These grants will enhance the quality of life in our communities for residents and increase the economic potential of this area by making the possibility of living here even more attractive to potential residents.” Limerick Township has been awarded $250,000 for the development of Limerick Community Park. The funding will help construct softball fields, a pedestrian walkway, a parking area and stormwater management measures, install equipment with required safety surfacing and provide ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. This funding award follows a $225,000 DCNR grant for improvements to Limerick Community Park, which Ciresi announced in September 2020. Montgomery County has been awarded $397,800 for the development Read more

 

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Ciresi announces $37,290 PennDOT grant for Limerick Township

(Dec 23, 2021)

The money will be used to install pedestrian signal improvements comprising of LED Hand-Man Countdown pedestrian signal heads, controller assembly modifications to accommodate the Hand-Man Countdown pedestrian signals, pavement marking adjustments on Tenth Street and revised location of an ADA ramp. Read more

 

Ciresi announces $100K in grants for area career and technical education programs

(Dec 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced today that competitive Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant Program awards were given in the amount of $50,000 to the Pottstown School District and $50,000 to Western Montgomery CTC from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to purchase new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand occupations . “I’m very glad that Montgomery County’s career and technical education programs are receiving this needed financial support to help our students get the critical skills and training they need to enter into meaningful, family-sustaining careers,” Ciresi said. “This is a win-win for the county as our students will have access to first-class equipment and experiences, which in turn will make Montgomery County even more attractive to companies seeking to locate to an area where there are highly skilled workers.” Each grant must be matched dollar for dollar from a local source, which could include local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners. Since 2015, the number of career and technical education students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 38.7 percent and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has grown by 33.6 percent. Read more

 

Ciresi announces $320,400 grant to redevelop Pottstown’s former PNC Bank building

(Dec 20, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – A forceful advocate for economic development in the 146 th District, state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, was instrumental in securing a Keystone Communities Program grant of $320,400 for renovations to the former PNC Bank building in Pottstown. Ciresi, who has successfully secured funding for other Pottstown redevelopment projects, praised the grant to renovate the former PNC bank building. “ The instrumental redevelopment of this 7,550-square-foot building, which has lain vacant for over 15 years in the middle of Pottstown’s downtown business district, will be a significant boost to the town’s ongoing revitalization,” Ciresi said. “With the return of this site to economically productive use, this redevelopment project will provide significant benefits for the borough and regional community and continue the momentum that Pottstown is experiencing.” The Keystone Communities Program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to tailor the assistance to meet the needs of its specific revitalization effort. Since January 2015, the Wolf administration has Read more

 

Ciresi applauds Wolf Administration’s $17M investment in PA tourism industry

(Dec 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 14 – An advocate for the Pennsylvania tourism industry, state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, applauded the Wolf Administration’s dedication of $17,086,197 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to kickstart the recovery of the tourism industry in Pennsylvania in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a member of the House Tourism & Recreational Development Committee, I’ve been pushing for the state to invest in Pennsylvania’s tourism industry, as too many marketing opportunities were going to waste,” Ciresi said. “This money will provide opportunities to promote Pennsylvania’s destinations to diverse audiences, and so increase the numbers of people interested in visiting--and perhaps moving to--our beautiful state. This grant money will help the tourism industry build back better, supporting the wide range of jobs and businesses that benefit from tourism. I applaud Gov. Wolf’s decision to make this strategic investment in Pennsylvania’s future.” Pennsylvania’s travel and tourism industry supports over 490,000 jobs and generates $4.3 billion in annual tax revenue. Over 200 million people visit Pennsylvania each year, creating an economic impact of $46 billion. After consulting with tourism stakeholders across the state and colleagues around the nation, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office at the Department of Community and Economic Development will invest the $17,086,197 in the Read more

 

Ciresi introduces legislation to establish a state disaster relief program

(Dec 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, introduced legislation to establish a State Emergency Supplemental Grant Program for disaster relief. As representative of the 146th Legislative District, Ciresi has been particularly concerned how Hurricane Ida had devastated the commonwealth, causing over $100 million in public infrastructure damage and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, leaving many Pennsylvanians struggling to pay for the damages. Currently, Pennsylvania residents rely on the Federal Emergency Management Agency for financial assistance to help cover the cost of storm damage. Unfortunately, FEMA often can only cover a portion of the costs associated with damage deemed eligible for aid. In cases when only a state disaster declaration has been issued, Pennsylvania residents are not eligible for FEMA aid. “With each passing year, we are seeing increasingly dangerous weather,” Ciresi said. “We need to put a safety net in place to protect and support Pennsylvanians when natural disaster strikes. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to establish a State Emergency Supplemental Grant Program, which would provide individuals who have maximized their federal assistance grants from FEMA with supplemental grants from the state to cover recovery costs. In addition, when there is only a state disaster declaration, affected individuals and businesses would still be eligible for financial assistance to Read more

 

Ciresi announces $1M in redevelopment funding for Royersford Borough

(Dec 06, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, was instrumental in securing a $1 million state grant for Royersford Borough’s Riverfront at Royersford LLC redevelopment project. Ciresi said the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will help realize the plans for the Riverfront at Royersford LLC, a mixed-use development that will include living, restaurant and entertainment venues and retail opportunities. “I’m very proud that I was able to secure this $1 million redevelopment grant that will help bring back social life and economic opportunity to this stretch of Schuylkill riverfront,” Ciresi said. “This state grant money will help transform what was once industrial brownfields into a vital economic, leisure and residential hub for the 146 th District. The Riverfront at Royersford will be a pioneer of mixed-use development in southeastern Pennsylvania, while expanding amenities and opportunities for all area residents.” “We are extremely thankful to Representative Ciresi for his unwavering advocacy of this project and to the borough council, mayor and staff for being excellent public partners in this process,” said Richard Lewis, president & CEO of The Lewis Group. "This team has repeatedly proven its commitment to the continued revitalization of Royersford through careful collaboration and action to mitigate barriers to Read more

 

Ciresi announces $753.8K in state grants for Trappe and Royersford multimodal projects

(Nov 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced today that Trappe was awarded $423,833 to install sidewalks and pedestrian crossings and the Riverfront at Royersford LLC was provided $330,000 to construct a trail along the Schuylkill River by the Commonwealth Financing Authority though the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. “This grant will help improve quality of life by improving pedestrian infrastructure in Trappe and creating multiuse trails in Royersford,” Ciresi said. “This money will help improve pedestrian and bicyclists’ safety and so encourage physical activity, healthier lifestyles, and walkable communities in our area.” Trappe will use the grant to install sidewalks and pedestrian crossings along Main Street as part of Phase II of the Downtown Trappe Pedestrian Improvements project. Phase II includes replacing the walkway along the historic Augustus Church, installing new sidewalk in the western part of downtown Trappe, and upgrade several of Main Street’s crosswalks for pedestrian safety. Ciresi had announced $250,000 in Commonwealth Financing Authority funding for Trappe sidewalk improvements earlier this year. Riverfront of Royersford LLC will use the grant to construct an eight-foot-wide walking trail with adequate lighting for both pedestrian and bicycle traffic along a ¾ mile stretch running parallel with the Schuylkill River. This Read more

 

Ciresi announces relocation of closed Pottstown Photo Center

(Nov 18, 2021)

POTTSTOWN, Nov. 18 – After urging PennDOT to quickly relocate the closed Pottstown Photo Center, state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced today that a new location has been found at 204 Shoemaker Road, Pottstown, PA 19464, which is less than 2 miles from the previous location. The new location is anticipated to open the week of Dec. 13. “The Pottstown Photo License Center provides access to important photo services to many of my constituents,” Ciresi said. “I’m very glad PennDOT understood the importance of opening a local new facility to resume convenient access to these services as quickly as possible and appreciate their quick resolution of this issue.” The previous Pottstown Photo License Center abruptly closed Oct. 4. Ciresi remained in contact with PennDOT after the closure and advocated for a quick reopening of a Pottstown-area center. Until the new Photo License Center is opened, Pottstown-area residents can use the following centers in the region for photo license services: Harleysville Photo License Center (Montgomery County) Harley Commons, 345 Main St., Harleysville, PA 19438 Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Norristown Driver License Center (Montgomery County) 1700 Markley St., Suite 30, Norristown, PA 19401 Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Read more

 

Ciresi and Guzman applaud bipartisan infrastructure bill’s passenger rail funding

(Nov 10, 2021)

Ciresi and Guzman said they both view the restoration of a passenger rail service as the best way to alleviate this critical infrastructure issue and increase southeastern Pennsylvania’s economic growth. Read more

 

Ciresi announces $93,750 in funding to Pottstown community organizations

(Nov 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced today that Pottstown organization Genesis Housing Corp. was awarded $75,000 to improve blighted areas and Children Advocacy Center of Montgomery County $18,750 to help open a new child advocacy center through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. “This state funding from NAP will continue the efforts to remediate Pottstown’s blighted properties and provide greater safety to its children suffering from child abuse,” Ciresi said. “At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing public health disparities, the innovative NAP will support Pottstown’s ongoing revitalization and provide a critical lifeline to residents through public-private partnerships that will lead to community improvements and a better quality of life.” The funding to Genesis Housing Corp. will be used to address neighborhood revitalization and blight remediation through smaller-scale improvement projects and façade funding, including exterior renovations, housing counseling services, improved community gardens, accessible community arts programs, and other social justice and community improvement programs. Genesis Housing Corp. serves as the coordinator of a partnership for this effort including Pottstown Community Action, Habitat for Humanity, Mosaic Community Land Trust, and Hobart’s Run. The Children Advocacy Center of Read more

 

Ciresi introduces legislation on clear signage for land development projects
Mar 08, 2022

Advocates urge lawmakers to get proactive about making Pennsylvania schools safer
Feb 16, 2022

Ciresi announces nearly $190K in fire and EMS company grants
Feb 10, 2022

Ciresi and Shusterman introduce legislation to exempt at-home Covid tests from sales tax
Feb 09, 2022

Ciresi applauds record investment in local schools in Governor Wolf’s budget proposal
Feb 08, 2022

Ciresi announces five-year PennDOT resurfacing plan for western Montgomery County
Feb 04, 2022

Ciresi introduces legislation to provide for sustainable community safe houses
Feb 01, 2022

Right to Know Requests Reveal Cyber Charter Waste, Lack of Oversight; Advocates, Lawmakers to Call for Immediate Reforms
Jan 25, 2022

Ciresi announces $647.8K in grants for Limerick Community Park and Schuylkill River Trail
Dec 30, 2021

Fall 2021 Newsletter
Dec 29, 2021

Ciresi announces $37,290 PennDOT grant for Limerick Township
Dec 23, 2021

Ciresi announces $100K in grants for area career and technical education programs
Dec 21, 2021

Ciresi announces $320,400 grant to redevelop Pottstown’s former PNC Bank building
Dec 20, 2021

Ciresi applauds Wolf Administration’s $17M investment in PA tourism industry
Dec 14, 2021

Ciresi introduces legislation to establish a state disaster relief program
Dec 07, 2021

Ciresi announces $1M in redevelopment funding for Royersford Borough
Dec 06, 2021

Ciresi announces $753.8K in state grants for Trappe and Royersford multimodal projects
Nov 19, 2021

Ciresi announces relocation of closed Pottstown Photo Center
Nov 18, 2021

Ciresi and Guzman applaud bipartisan infrastructure bill’s passenger rail funding
Nov 10, 2021

Ciresi announces $93,750 in funding to Pottstown community organizations
Nov 09, 2021