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Comitta's Corner: Fall 2019 Newsletter

Comitta applauds funds awarded to Cheyney University to fight on-campus sexual violence

(Jan 16, 2020)

CHEYNEY, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that Cheyney University received a $30,000 “It’s On Us” grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to combat campus sexual assault. Cheyney University is one of 36 higher education institutions across the commonwealth to receive these. “Approximately 11% of all students experience some form of sexual violence, and this number only includes students who choose to report it,” Comitta said. “I’m deeply grateful to see these funds awarded to Cheyney University, as this is a step in the right direction from eradicating these traumatizing crimes from the community.” Since 2016, the Wolf administration has awarded 113 It's On Us PA Grants totaling nearly $3 million to more than 60 postsecondary institutions across the state -- including public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The institutions use grant funds to implement strategies on their campuses to address goals of Wolf's It's On Us PA campaign . Programs or activities considered for funding include campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students' rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous Read more

 

Comitta, Sappey applaud $150K Business-Education Partnership grant awarded to Chester County Workforce Development Board

(Jan 16, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 16 — State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey today announced that the Chester County Workforce Development Board has been awarded $150,000 to help businesses and school districts work together to better prepare students for in-demand careers. “I’m thankful that our community’s next generation of workers will have extensive opportunities to learn about the multitude of careers available to them,” Comitta said. “This is a promising investment into the future of our commonwealth, our job market and our students.” “While I believe strongly in learning for learning’s sake, it is important to offer opportunities for children and youth to explore different careers, which in turn better prepare tomorrow’s workforce,” Sappey said. The Department of Labor & Industry awarded $2.4 million for Business-Education Partnership grants to 19 local workforce development boards across the commonwealth. The partnerships will connect schools, employers and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of preparing students for good local jobs. The Business-Education Partnership grants from L&I are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. For more information about pursuing an education and Read more

 

Comitta applauds awarding of funds to West Chester University to fight opioid epidemic

(Jan 08, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 8 – West Chester University has been awarded $99,936 in federal grant money to expand opioid preventive programs available to students, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta said. WCU is one of 13 higher education institutions throughout the commonwealth to receive these funds, which the Wolf administration procured from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Projects developed from the infusion will focus on raising campus awareness, reducing stigma, increasing access to overdose training and grief support. The grant prescribes that initiatives will be built with local partners specialized in fighting the opioid epidemic within the community. “The opioid epidemic has sadly impacted Chester County tremendously, so it is crucial to educate as many people as possible on the risks of opioid use and how to administer naloxone,” Comitta said. “I’m confident that these funds will help save lives on West Chester’s campus and in the community.” The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. For more information about the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids . Read more

 

PA House Members laud Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as he moves his draft methane rule to the state’s Environmental Quality Board

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – Heeding the call of a majority of Pennsylvanians across the state who support immediate and multi-pronged action on climate, the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf today presented its draft methane rule to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Quality Board. Legislators statewide, including members of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus, led in the House of Representatives by Co-Chair state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, and Vice Chair state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, have urged the governor to act forcefully on climate, as families and communities in the commonwealth experience the increasingly harmful impacts of global warming. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas. Its emissions -- leaked from thousands of sources of natural gas development and infrastructure in the state -- are estimated to be five times higher than what is reported to DEP, or over 500,000 tons annually. Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. “Members of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus came together in the Capitol this fall to call on Governor Wolf to move quickly to regulate methane emissions, and we are thrilled to say today that the governor heeded that call and those of Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth by taking action and launching a rulemaking process at the EQB,” McCarter said. “This is the kind of leadership we need on Read more

 

Comitta announces $31.9K in historical preservation grants awarded to Chester County

(Dec 06, 2019)

WEST CHESTER, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that the Borough of West Chester and the Chester County Historical Society have been selected to receive a total of $31,926.75 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC). West Chester Borough secured a $25,000 grant through PHMC’s Certified Local Government Program to conduct a historic resources inventory and to create a historic resource atlas. Chester County’s Historical Society will receive a $6,926.75 Historical & Archival Records Care (HARC) grant to house, arrange and describe photographs from the Schramm Company. This company created parts for WWII U.S. Army Signal Corps floodlights and later mining, construction and utilities equipment. “I’m so thankful that these funds will be distributed to West Chester so residents can preserve and uncover our neighborhood’s colorful history,” Comitta said. “Learning more about the unique stories that played an important role in creating the fabric of our community will be an enriching experience for many.” To learn more about the grants, those interested can visit PHMC’s website or call Comitta’s office at (610) 696-4990. Read more

 

Comitta's Corner: Fall 2019 Newsletter

(Dec 05, 2019)

It is an honor to continue to serve as your state representative. I want to share some important legislative updates about my work in Harrisburg and our events in the 156th Legislative District. Read more

 

Comitta announces school safety grants awarded to Goshen Friends School and St. Maximillian Kolbe School

(Oct 18, 2019)

WEST CHESTER, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced that Goshen Friends School and St. Maximillian Kolbe School are recipients of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s School Safety grants. The money is part of the $7.3 million in competitive grants that were awarded to schools statewide to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide training and compensation of school resource and police officers. Goshen Friends School was awarded a $7,819 equipment grant and St. Maximillian Kolbe School was awarded a $20,186 equipment grant. “As a former teacher, I am so thankful that these funds are benefitting and protecting students right here in Chester County,” Comitta said. “The safety of our children is of the utmost importance, and I am pleased that these two schools are creating the safest learning environments possible.” Further information on the school safety grants can be found here. Read more

 

Climate Caucus Praises Governor’s Proposal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Oct 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG- State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Steve McCarter (D-154), co-chairs of the bipartisan, bicameral Climate Caucus, along with vice-chair state Representative Carolyn Comitta (D-156) offered praise for Governor Tom Wolf’s Executive Order this morning instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is a cooperative effort among nine states to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through regulation or legislation. “Pennsylvania joining RGGI allows yet another avenue for Pennsylvania to combat climate change while promoting economic innovation throughout the Commonwealth,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “In recent years, Pennsylvania has been seriously outpaced by stronger energy standards in neighboring states like Maryland, which is already a RGGI member, and New Jersey, which soon will be,” said Rep. McCarter. “Joining RGGI is an important step in reducing our CO2 emissions, improving our energy profile, spurring innovation in the clean energy economy and creating green jobs.” "I applaud Governor Wolf for his leadership,” said Rep. Comitta. “We must take strong action to stop climate change and shape a healthy future for our children. Joining RGGI, positions Pennsylvania to protect our children’s future while strengthening our economy.” The states currently Read more

 

Southeastern PA lawmakers: Pennsylvania must join RGGI states now

(Oct 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – A plan to finally add Pennsylvania to the Northeast’s carbon trading market is being met with praise from state lawmakers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf this morning announced that his administration will put its weight behind adding the commonwealth to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation’s first competitive carbon-credit market to incentivize clean emissions across the northeast states’ energy-industry sector. Companies that innovate and produce clean energy will keep credits in the market, which are ante’d by all participants and lost by those that fail to meet modern benchmarks on pollution. “I applaud Governor Wolf for his leadership,” said state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. “We must take strong action to stop climate change and shape a healthy future for our children. Joining RGGI positions Pennsylvania to protect our children’s future while strengthening our economy.” Comitta is one of 31 early sponsors of House legislation that backstops the governor’s order. “It’s time that Pennsylvania steps up to become a leader in fighting climate change and grow our economy through this partnership with neighboring states,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, chair of the House Southeast Democratic Delegation. “RGGI is a win for the environment, our neighbors and families and our economy.” Read more

 

Comitta elected vice chair of Joint Legislative Conservation Committee

(Sep 26, 2019)

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, was elected vice chair of the Joint Legislative Conservation Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 24. This committee examines environmental and conservation issues throughout the commonwealth. “Since the committee’s inception 50 years ago, it has accomplished so much in regard to helping legislators, stakeholders and state agencies work to curtail environmental pollution throughout our state and to protect our vast wildlife and resources,” Comitta said. “This week, I was honored to be elected vice chair of the committee. I am eager to work in this new capacity and ensure that we continue to be environmental stewards in our communities and fight to guarantee basic rights for Pennsylvanians such as clean air and water.” Click here to learn more about the Joint Legislative Conservation Committee. ### Read more

 

Comitta invites constituents to Community Conversations

(Sep 24, 2019)

WEST CHESTER, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, will host two Community Conversations in October. Constituents are encouraged to come ready to ask questions, voice opinions and share concerns regarding state-related issues. The first Community Conversation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at West Chester Borough Hall, 401 E. Gay St., West Chester. The second Community Conversation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Hershey’s Mill Community Center, 25 Hershey’s Drive, West Chester. “My Community Conversations are meant to open a dialogue with my constituents on the state-related matters that they are most passionate about,” Comitta said. “I want to hear your thoughts and opinions so I can make more informed choices on behalf of all of us in Harrisburg.” Comitta’s district office staff will be available at each meeting one hour prior to the event, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, to help eligible attendees apply for SEPTA Senior Key passes or assist with any other constituent services. ### Read more

 

Bipartisan, bicameral legislators join call for quick, strong advancement of methane rules in face of federal rollbacks

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – A bipartisan group of state legislators joined environmental organizations today to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to advance a crucial state Department of Environmental Protection rule to cut methane pollution from the natural gas industry. The legislators urged the governor to act on his 2016 plan now, in the face of proposed rollbacks of federal methane standards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Controls that Wolf’s administration already emplaced cover new oil and gas drilling technology. The lawmakers said they also want Wolf to enact standards that cover methane emissions on existing sources of infrastructure used for natural gas development. “The climate crisis is urgent, and targeting infrastructure that has been polluting Pennsylvania for nearly a decade is necessary to protect clean air – especially as the Trump administration moves in the opposite direction,” said Rep. Steve McCarter, D- Montgomery . Recent analysis by Environmental Defense Fund found that methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry, the second largest in the nation, are five times higher than what is reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection – a staggering 520,000 tons of methane every year. “Gov. Wolf stood with us in July as we announced the state’s entry into the U.S. Climate Alliance and pointed to methane reduction as one of the solutions. Pennsylvania needed Read more

 

Comitta hosting third annual Senior Fair on Saturday

(Sep 11, 2019)

WEST CHESTER, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, will host her annual senior expo this Saturday at West Chester East High School. The expo is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and will feature over 50 vendors providing information on health and wellness, state and local resources that benefit seniors, transportation and more. Attendees will also have multiple chances to win a door prize, with one being raffled off every hour. “My senior expo is a valuable, one-stop-shop type of event for not only seniors, but also caregivers and the family members and friends of seniors,” Comitta said. “There are many resources out there dedicated to helping seniors lead healthy and productive lives, and I’m happy to introduce my constituents to them and answer any questions they may have.” This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Comitta’s office at 610-696-4990 or email repcomitta@pahouse.net with any questions. Read more

 

Comitta to host two REAL ID information sessions this month

(Sep 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 3 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, will host two informational events on REAL ID this month presented by a representative from PennDOT. These free events will include a short presentation and a Q&A session. The two events will take place at the following times, dates and locations: 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Sept. 9 at West Chester Area Senior Center, 530 E. Union St., West Chester, 19382 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26 at G.A. Stetson Middle School, 1060 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, 19382 “REAL ID can be a confusing and intimidating topic to approach, so I’m happy to help my constituents see if it’s something that would be right for them,” Comitta said. “My office and I are always here to help with any state-related matter, so please reach out to me if you cannot attend one of the presentations but would like detailed information on Pennsylvania’s REAL ID.” Constituents can call Comitta’s office at (610) 696-4990 with any questions. ### Read more

 

Comitta announces annual senior expo, still time to reserve vendor space

(Aug 26, 2019)

WEST CHESTER, Aug. 26 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, will hold her third annual senior expo from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14 at West Chester East High School, 450 Ellis Lane in West Chester. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about local services available to seniors regarding health and wellness, transportation, affordable food and housing programs and more. SEPTA will be available to help seniors apply for a SEPTA Senior Key Card. There will also be nursing students from Delaware County Community College providing free blood pressure screenings. “Whether you are a senior, have elderly parents, or just want to know about the resources in our community, there is something for everyone,” Comitta said. “In previous years, residents have stated they came not looking for anything in particular yet left with useful resources and information that they shared with their friends, family, and neighbors. I hope to see you on September 14!” There is still time and space available for organizations to reserve a spot at the event. Vendors or organizations interested in participating in the fair can call Comitta’s office at 610-696-4990 or email repcomitta@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Concerned state reps tour pipeline sites with governor

(Aug 22, 2019)

WEST GOSHEN, Aug. 22 – State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Kristine Howard today toured the Mariner East 1 pipeline with Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Environmental Protection Executive Deputy Secretary Ramez Ziadeh. A high-consequence area, Pennsylvania’s Chester County is disproportionately affected by pipelines, with over 600 miles of pipe crisscrossing the county, including the 80-year-old Mariner East 1 pipeline. Constituents are concerned with safety and transparency. Comitta and Howard are committed to improving lines of communication among elected officials, regulatory agencies, and operators to ensure proper oversight. “Public health and safety must always be our number one priority,” said Comitta, D-Chester. “Our families deserve to be and feel safe in their homes, schools and places of work. It is the job of elected officials to do all we can to protect the people we serve. “We appreciate very much that Gov. Wolf is here in our community listening to the serious concerns of residents who live along the Mariner East pipeline. We will continue to work closely with the governor to keep public safety our top priority.” “Nowhere else in the commonwealth do pipelines zig-zag through so many high-density residential areas as here in our own backyard,” said Howard, D-Chester. “We let Governor Wolf know that Chester County will not be kept in the dark. My constituents – and my family – Read more

 

Public hearing on Comitta’s Pipeline Safety and Communication Board legislation to be held Wednesday

(Aug 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 20 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, will hold a Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee hearing on H.B. 1568 , which would establish the Pipeline Safety and Communication Board. The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Harrisburg in the Irvis Office Building, room G-50. The media and public are invited to attend. Comitta requested the hearing to address how the state legislature can help Pennsylvanians affected by the Mariner East pipeline in Chester County and other pipelines that will impact communities throughout Pennsylvania in the future. “I appreciate Chairmen Barrar and Sainato for holding a hearing on this important bill. Public safety is paramount along the pipeline as it is with any infrastructure project,” Comitta said. “Timely, accurate, and actionable information is key to ensuring public safety. House Bill 1568 asks to establish regular dialogue among state agencies, the industry, legislators, county and local EMS and the public. Such dialogue should result in well-coordinated safety planning and emergency response. It will also identify gaps in legislation, all with the goal to make sure people are and feel safe.” The hearing can also be viewed via livestream at www.pahouse.com. Read more

 

7/25/19 – Green PA: Working Towards A Sustainable Future – West Chester

(Jul 25, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Carolyn Comitta. Read more

 

Comitta, Policy Committee focus on Green PA: Working Toward a Sustainable Future

(Jul 25, 2019)

WEST GOSHEN, July 25 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Green PA: Working Toward a Sustainable Future in West Goshen Township building’s public meeting room. Comitta requested the hearing to discuss how Pennsylvania can better harness renewable energy and achieve 100% clean energy by 2050. Testifiers and lawmakers looked at different types of renewable energy, their long-term benefits, best practices, and solutions to harnessing the power of these sustainable resources. Comitta was joined by legislators from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “I want to thank all of today’s testifiers for their dedication to preserving the future of our commonwealth and our planet. The world is changing rapidly. In 2019, climate change has become an existential issue. We must find solutions and make choices that lead to our common goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050 – or face a planet that is unsustainable and largely unlivable. We must work together to forge a Green PA and a sustainable future that stops climate change and leaves PA and our planet sustainable, healthy, and green for our children and grandchildren.” Sturla added, “Investing in sustainable energy is an investment into a promising future. It will preserve the health and prosperity of all Pennsylvanians and our commonwealth’s ecosystems, as well as Read more

 

Comitta to hold Policy hearing on sustainable energy Thursday in West Goshen

(Jul 23, 2019)

WEST GOSHEN, July 23 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Green PA: Working Toward a Sustainable Future. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at West Goshen Township building’s public meeting room, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester. The media and public are invited to attend. Comitta requested the hearing to address how Pennsylvania can better harness renewable energy sources. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel One: Kerry Campbell , Environmental Program Manager in Energy Programs Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Tom Ford , Director of Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 10:50 a.m. Panel Two: Rob Altenburg , Director, PennFuture Energy Center Jim Wylie , Conservation CO-Chair of Southeastern PA Group, Sierra Club PA Chapter 11:30 a.m. Panel Three: Skelly Holmbeck , Board Member, Chester County Solid Waste Authority Nancy Fromnick , Chester County Recycling Coordinator, Chester County Solid Waste Authority Bruce Burcat , Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition 12:10 p.m. Closing Remarks The hearing is one in a series Read more

 

Comitta applauds funds awarded to Cheyney University to fight on-campus sexual violence
Jan 16, 2020

Comitta, Sappey applaud $150K Business-Education Partnership grant awarded to Chester County Workforce Development Board
Jan 16, 2020

Comitta applauds awarding of funds to West Chester University to fight opioid epidemic
Jan 08, 2020

PA House Members laud Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as he moves his draft methane rule to the state’s Environmental Quality Board
Dec 17, 2019

Comitta announces $31.9K in historical preservation grants awarded to Chester County
Dec 06, 2019

Comitta's Corner: Fall 2019 Newsletter
Dec 05, 2019

Comitta announces school safety grants awarded to Goshen Friends School and St. Maximillian Kolbe School
Oct 18, 2019

Climate Caucus Praises Governor’s Proposal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Oct 04, 2019

Southeastern PA lawmakers: Pennsylvania must join RGGI states now
Oct 03, 2019

Comitta elected vice chair of Joint Legislative Conservation Committee
Sep 26, 2019

Comitta invites constituents to Community Conversations
Sep 24, 2019

Bipartisan, bicameral legislators join call for quick, strong advancement of methane rules in face of federal rollbacks
Sep 17, 2019

Comitta hosting third annual Senior Fair on Saturday
Sep 11, 2019

Comitta to host two REAL ID information sessions this month
Sep 03, 2019

Comitta announces annual senior expo, still time to reserve vendor space
Aug 26, 2019

Concerned state reps tour pipeline sites with governor
Aug 22, 2019

Public hearing on Comitta’s Pipeline Safety and Communication Board legislation to be held Wednesday
Aug 20, 2019

7/25/19 – Green PA: Working Towards A Sustainable Future – West Chester
Jul 25, 2019

Comitta, Policy Committee focus on Green PA: Working Toward a Sustainable Future
Jul 25, 2019

Comitta to hold Policy hearing on sustainable energy Thursday in West Goshen
Jul 23, 2019