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2020 Summer Newsletter

Comitta and McCarter introduce legislation to reduce carbon pollution from PA electric power sector at least 90% by 2040

(Sep 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 3 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, and state Rep. Stephen McCarter, D-Montgomery, announced today that they are introducing H.B. 2856 , known as a cap-and-invest program. “July was the hottest month ever recorded in Earth’s history, and the last five years have been the hottest on record,” Comitta said. “We are beyond the time of action. Amazon rainforests burn; polar ice caps melt faster every day; sea levels continue to rise and flood coastal cities across the US. We must do our part to fight global climate change and protect our environment and natural resources for future generations of Pennsylvanians. This includes improving our local air quality and, as a result, ensuring public health and well-being. It’s time Pennsylvania became an economic competitor for a clean energy future.” “Because the federal government has abdicated its responsibility on climate change, it's up to the rest of us to take the lead in enacting equitable policies to mitigate the growing impacts of climate change,” McCarter said. “We must reach zero carbon emissions by 2050 to avoid its most devastating effects. Many of our neighboring states have already taken steps to combat climate change, and now we need to do our part to ensure a healthy planet moving forward." The legislation would instruct the Environmental Quality Board to reduce carbon pollution emissions from the electric Read more

 

Comitta announces more than $383K in funding for Chester County charter schools

(Aug 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, August 26 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School and Collegium Charter School will be receiving a total of $383,559 in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds. The funding is aimed at improving educational services for approximately 180,000 students at schools designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor's GEER Funds. Local grants will be awarded as follows: Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School- $200,629. Collegium Charter School- $182,930. “These are crucial investments in our most overwhelmed school districts,” Comitta said. “This funding is targeted to schools that are typically underserved or struggle with additional needs. I fully support evening the playing field and making sure that our students get the same opportunities, school supplies, and resources. Our children all deserve the same chance to succeed.” Grants were calculated based on elements of the federal Title I, Part A formula, including the number of economically disadvantaged students and other school enrollment data. More information on the grants is available here . ### Read more

 

2020 Summer Newsletter

(Aug 24, 2020)

Dear Neighbor, I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well. These past few months have been a difficult time for all of us. We’ve all experienced a disruption to our daily lives and continue to adjust to a new normal with COVID-19. I hope to share valuable information and updates on my work in Harrisburg and news from around the district. It’s an honor to serve the 156th Legislative District. Please know that my office is here to assist you with any state-related concern or question. Read more

 

PA Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee: A 50-Year Retrospective

(Aug 21, 2020)

Legislative and Oversight Accomplishments of Pennsylvania's Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee: A 50-Year Retrospective Read more

 

Comitta announces bipartisan legislation to preserve Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee

(Aug 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that she will be the co-prime sponsor on House Bill 2797; bipartisan legislation that would maintain the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee, as it is currently scheduled to close on July 1, 2021. “Since its formation in 1968, the JLCC’s mission remains to care for our natural resources and ensure that our executive branch and state government agencies do their jobs,” Comitta said. “It can be as simple as electronic waste and tires being recycled and disposed of properly, to keeping acid mine drainage out of our water supply. I’m proud to be a part of this bicameral, bipartisan committee that has worked to preserve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, and hope to see its continuation.” “For more than 50 years, the JLCC has provided invaluable legislative oversight to the executive branch and delivered numerous up-to-the-minute policy reports to the General Assembly,” Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer, said. “In addition to providing thorough and consistent analysis of environmental and conservation law, the JLCC has also made significant progress in addressing other pressing issues such prescribed burns, waste tire remediation, electronic waste recycling, and rails-to-trails initiatives. It is my hope that this legislation paves the way Read more

 

Comitta announces more than $1M in water and sewer grants for East Goshen Municipal Authority and West Goshen Sewer Authority

(Aug 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that $910,896 has been awarded to West Goshen Sewer Authority in the form of two separate grants: $500,000 from the H20 PA program and $410,896 from the PA Small Water and Sewer program. An additional $152,890 has been awarded to the East Goshen Municipal Authority in the form of a PA Small Water and Sewer grant. “Investments in our infrastructure now will prevent emergency disasters and collapses in the future,” Comitta said. “None of us want to have our water sources threatened. These resources allow our treatment plants to continue to provide us with cleaner and safer water. Although these projects can be costly and disruptive, they are essential to maintaining our daily lives.” Funding was awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Comitta worked with state Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, on obtaining the West Goshen Sewer Authority funds. The funding is broken down as follows: West Goshen Sewer Authority: $500,000 H20 PA – Water Supply, Sewer and Stormwater funding. The project includes the rehabilitation of cured-in-place pipe lining of approximately 1,195 linear feet of 30-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipe, 793 linear feet of 24-inch diameter RCP, and 6,469 linear feet of 20-inch diameter RCP. This project also includes the lining of 37 manholes used to convey flow from West Goshen Township, West Read more

 

Chester County Legislators Letter to DEP, DOH, and PUC

(Aug 14, 2020)

Dear Secretary McDonnell, Secretary Levine, and Chairwoman Brown Dutrieuille:Chester County has been plagued yet again by a recent string of Mariner East pipeline construction incidents.Over the past month, more than a dozen land subsidence events occurred near a valve station on Business Route 30, one of our most active county thoroughfares. Last week, drilling on another segment of the Mariner pipeline hit an aquifer, resulting in approximately 250,000 gallons per day of water pouring out of a hillside, with a blowout event damaging private property and causing the drill there to be shut down, just days after being allowed to restart following a similar incident in October 2019.Now Energy Transfer has spilled an estimated 10,000 gallons of proprietary drilling mud of undisclosed composition into a tributary to a drinking water source, recreation area, and wildlife habitat at Marsh Creek State Park. Enough is enough. It is time to pull Energy Transfer’s permits in Chester County. Read more

 

PA Senate and House Democrats & CDFI Network Announce $96 Million in Small Business Grants

(Aug 10, 2020)

Statewide, Pa. – August 10, 2020 – The Pennsylvania CDFI Network and the PA State Senator Democrats today announced $96 million in grant awards under the COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program. The small businesses that have been approved for awards span all 67 Pennsylvania counties.“These grants and the relief they will provide are testament to what we can do when we prioritize the right initiatives,” said Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery). “It is because of collaboration and a collective focus that today we were able to deliver help to the auto body shops, the barbershops, the beauticians, the pizza shop owners, the soul food establishments and other businesses across the commonwealth. And though we are gathering today virtually to recognize the positive impact these grants will have, it is critical to understand that there is still a great deal of need and must continue to direct resources and aid to our small business community to help it recover from the devastation of the pandemic.” Read more

 

Small Business Grants- LIVE Press Conference August 10 at 11 a.m.

(Aug 10, 2020)

The 2nd round of Small Business Assistance Grant applications are NOW OPEN. This round will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Aug. 28th.For more information, and to learn how to apply, visit pabusinessgrants.com. A small group of state Senators and Representatives are providing details on these grants live today at 11 a.m. Watch LIVE here- PASenate.com/live Read more

 

Comitta announces over $1.1M in emergency education relief funds for West Chester and Cheyney Universities

(Aug 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 4 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that Cheyney University and West Chester University have been named as recipients of $750,000 and $353,678, respectively, in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds. “The top priority for the upcoming school year is our students’ safety,” Comitta said. “We still have many challenges ahead, but this funding will support a return to safe instruction, whether in-person, remote, or a mixed approach. Students, faculty and staff can be assured that our public universities will be better prepared and equipped to handle the impacts of the pandemic.” Approximately $28 million has been dedicated to postsecondary institutions and adult basic education providers across Pennsylvania to assist them in implementing public health and safety plans to help resume operations in the fall. These funds come from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, and are authorized by the governor. GEER Funds may be used for, but not limited to, the purchase of protective equipment; hand sanitizer/cleaning products; equipment or technology to take classrooms online; installation of barriers or other protective devices in buildings; or to purchase health apps to assist in contact tracing and monitoring of student health. More information is available by contacting Comitta’s office at 610-696-4990. Read more

 

Focus on Mariner 2

(Jul 08, 2020)

The Mariner East 2 Pipeline bisects Chester County, bringing with it challenges to prioritizing public health and safety in the face of industrial energy development. Area elected officials, including myself, must remain allied with residents, emergency responders and public safety planners to make informed decisions for the benefit of the communities we represent. This blog contains news, state bills and laws, commentary and other resources related to Mariner East 2. Read more

 

Sappey and Comitta announce $35K for West Chester Area Senior Center

(Jun 26, 2020)

CHESTER, June 26 –State Reps. Christina Sappey and Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that a $35,000 senior center grant has been approved for West Chester Area Senior Center. The grant comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-20 Senior Community Center Grants, totaling $2 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery. “These grants will be used to make improvements and renovations on our community senior center,” Sappey said. “We all deserve to age gracefully and these centers are a vital part of ensuring access to support services for our seniors.” “I am happy to see our lottery funds being directly reinvested into our seniors,” Comitta said. "Senior centers serve as a valuable resource that directly works to support and empower our older adult community. These renovations and investments allow our senior centers to continue delivering the vital programs and services for all to enjoy." Senior centers have a wide variety of offerings that may include nutritious meal programs, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, exercise programs and more. Pennsylvania has more than 500 senior community centers and they serve as an access point for older adults in need of service. For more information on senior community centers, visit aging.pa.gov/SCC . ### Read more

 

Comitta, Sappey announce grant to enhance local police accountability and transparency

(Jun 10, 2020)

WEST GOSHEN, June 10 — State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey today announced the West Goshen Township police force received a $24,626 grant to be used toward purchasing body cameras. The funding comes from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and $600,000 in federal Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program funds. This grant will support developing and implementing policies and practices for effective program adoption, and includes factors such as the purchase, deployment, and maintenance of camera systems and equipment, data storage and access, and privacy considerations. “In light of recent events and a wave of protests erupting across the country and around the world, this funding will help protect both police officers and citizens,” Comitta said. “Instances of violence against innocent Pennsylvanians is unacceptable, and these body cameras will help ensure transparency and accountability for unjust actions.” “Body-worn cameras provide accountability during interactions, resulting in improved law enforcement,” Sappey said. “As a member of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I believe providing our officers with body cameras is an important step in working toward equal and fair treatment for every resident of our commonwealth.” PCCD said utilizing body cameras will strengthen officer performance and accountability; enhance agency Read more

 

Comitta applauds safe reopening of real estate industry statewide

(May 19, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, May 19 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, expressed her support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today that real estate services may resume throughout the commonwealth while following strict safety guidelines. Comitta noted that she could not support legislation that sought to reopen the industry without outlining specific safety protocols, so she worked with her colleagues, the Wolf administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ensure that proper protections are in place for real estate clients and employees. This includes minimizing in-person contact, staggering property showings, wearing masks/face coverings and exercising appropriate social distancing. “Shelter is a life-sustaining entity, so I’m pleased to see the governor loosening restrictions for the real estate industry,” Comitta said. “The guidelines that are in place would preserve the health and safety of our residents while gradually working toward reopening Pennsylvania and getting residents back to work. Even though Chester County remains in the ‘red phase’ this is a huge, positive step forward for our community and our commonwealth.” For more information, contact Comitta’s office at RepComitta@pahouse.net or 610-696-4990. Read more

 

Sappey, Comitta announce $175K workforce development grant

(Mar 05, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, March 5 – State Reps. Christina Sappey and Carolyn Comitta, both D-Chester, today announced that the Chester County Workforce Development Board received a $175,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. This grant will go toward funding summer internships in Chester County through the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP). “This funding will provide job seekers with the experience that they need to secure steady, full-time employment to provide for themselves and their families while contributing to our local economy,” Sappey said. “We have unfortunately seen a decline in skilled workers throughout Pennsylvania, so preparing tomorrow’s workforce for the jobs we need most will benefit Chester County residents and Pennsylvanians everywhere.” “Investing in quality workforce training promises Pennsylvania a prosperous future with a strong economy,” Comitta said. “This funding can pave the way for many Pennsylvanians to pursue lifelong careers with livable wages. My thanks to the governor for investing in the people of Chester County and providing in-demand job training to our residents.” The department awarded SLIP funding to 21 Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) that submitted proposals. The program, funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), helps young adults develop workforce preparation Read more

 

Comitta applauds $24K in grants to preserve Chester County history

(Mar 04, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, March 4 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that the Chester County Historical Society and American Helicopter Museum and Education Center each received grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The organizations received $17,441 and $6,769, respectively. The grants are from the PHMC’s Cultural and Historical Grant program. The purpose of the program is to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. “Chester County has such a rich and fascinating history that these two organizations showcase extraordinarily,” Comitta said. “I am so proud to help bring these funds home so that all community members can learn more about Chester County’s contributions to the commonwealth and recognize the residents who helped shape our home into what it is today.” For more information on PHMC’s Cultural and Historical Grant program, visit: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Museum-Support.aspx . Read more

 

Comitta, Zabel fight to ban use of toxic pesticide in Pennsylvania

(Mar 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, voiced her support for H.B. 2091, which aims to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, an insecticide, in Pennsylvania during the Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Advisory Board meeting today. Chlorpyrifos is the nation’s most used insecticide, with approximately six million pounds being used across 10 million acres between 2009 and 2013. Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, authored H.B. 2091, which specifically aims to prohibit its use in any amount in Pennsylvania. During the meeting, Comitta cited the possible side effects from being exposed to chlorpyrifos in high doses, including headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, vomiting, abdominal pain and even death at extremely high levels of exposure. “States throughout the country such as California, Hawaii and New York have already banned this toxin, and the Environmental Protection Agency even recommended it be banned five years ago because of the serious harm it can pose to human health, particularly for children,” Comitta said. “I proudly support my colleague Representative Zabel’s legislation and call for a thorough examination of this deadly toxin to eradicate it from our commonwealth.” “I introduced this bill to ban a toxic insecticide that threatens the health of Pennsylvanians – and in particular, the neurological development of our children,” Zabel said. “The continued use Read more

 

Chester County Democratic Reps applaud $2.1 million awarded in school safety grants county-wide

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Kristine Howard, Dan Williams, Melissa Shusterman and Danielle Friel-Otten announced that 13 school districts throughout the county received $2.1 million in grant funding to enhance school safety and security. Awardees in Chester County received the following: Avon Grove School District: $45,000 Chester County Intermediate Unit 24: $256,693 Coatesville Area School District: $45,000 Downingtown Area School District: $45,000 Great Valley School District: $244,660 Kennett Consolidated School District: $45,000 Owen J. Roberts School District: $343,588 Phoenixville Area School District: $495,000 Royer-Greaves School for the Blind: $26,133 Tredyffrin-Easttown School District: $480,065 Unionville-Chadds Ford School District: $45,000 West Chester Area School District: $45,000 “I am thankful for these funds that will go directly to support and protect Chester County students. It is our duty to make sure we are creating a safe and healthy school environment for our students to prosper,” Comitta said. “As a former child welfare investigator, ensuring the safety of our community’s children has always been a top priority of mine. A safe learning environment is a productive learning environment, and I thank the Wolf administration for prioritizing our Read more

 

Comitta commends Gov. Wolf’s budget plan prioritizing education, pipeline safety and deterring gun violence

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to include efforts to reduce gun violence, prioritize pipeline safety and allot additional funding toward Pennsylvania’s K-12 education program. “I am proud to see Governor Wolf prioritizing education, gun violence and pipeline safety in this year’s budget address. These are prevalent issues in Chester County that I’ve strongly advocated for since I’ve been elected as state representative of the 156th Legislative District,” Comitta said. “These proposed measures would protect and benefit many Pennsylvanians by curtailing gun violence through universal background checks, red flag laws and safe storage practices. “Additionally, Governor Wolf addressed the need for action on pipeline safety to ensure the well-being of impacted communities, like ours. For the last three years I have heard consistently from residents living along the pipeline about serious health, safety and quality of life concerns for their families, schools and senior living communities. It is time we address these concerns through effective legislation. Fellow legislators from Chester County and I have re-introduced bills this session that aim to increase communication efforts, transparency and safety regulations on these pipeline projects. “Finally, as a former teacher, I fully support investing an additional $405 million into Read more

 

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(Jan 30, 2020)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that matter to our communities. Read more

 

Comitta and McCarter introduce legislation to reduce carbon pollution from PA electric power sector at least 90% by 2040
Sep 03, 2020

Comitta announces more than $383K in funding for Chester County charter schools
Aug 25, 2020

2020 Summer Newsletter
Aug 24, 2020

PA Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee: A 50-Year Retrospective
Aug 21, 2020

Comitta announces bipartisan legislation to preserve Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee
Aug 21, 2020

Comitta announces more than $1M in water and sewer grants for East Goshen Municipal Authority and West Goshen Sewer Authority
Aug 17, 2020

Chester County Legislators Letter to DEP, DOH, and PUC
Aug 14, 2020

PA Senate and House Democrats & CDFI Network Announce $96 Million in Small Business Grants
Aug 10, 2020

Small Business Grants- LIVE Press Conference August 10 at 11 a.m.
Aug 10, 2020

Comitta announces over $1.1M in emergency education relief funds for West Chester and Cheyney Universities
Aug 04, 2020

Focus on Mariner 2
Jul 08, 2020

Sappey and Comitta announce $35K for West Chester Area Senior Center
Jun 26, 2020

Comitta, Sappey announce grant to enhance local police accountability and transparency
Jun 10, 2020

Comitta applauds safe reopening of real estate industry statewide
May 19, 2020

Sappey, Comitta announce $175K workforce development grant
Mar 05, 2020

Comitta applauds $24K in grants to preserve Chester County history
Mar 04, 2020

Comitta, Zabel fight to ban use of toxic pesticide in Pennsylvania
Mar 03, 2020

Chester County Democratic Reps applaud $2.1 million awarded in school safety grants county-wide
Feb 26, 2020

Comitta commends Gov. Wolf’s budget plan prioritizing education, pipeline safety and deterring gun violence
Feb 04, 2020

Miss my latest Tele-Town Hall? Click here to listen!
Jan 30, 2020