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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

 

Spotted Lanternfly Information

(Jul 18, 2019)

Information on the invasive Spotted Lanternfly Read more

 

Chester County receives $3.08 million in PHARE funding to support affordable housing

(Jul 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 12 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Kristine Howard, Melissa Shusterman, Dan Williams, Christina Sappey and Danielle Friel Otten announced that housing programs in Chester County will receive $3.08 million through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund. The PHARE fund is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and funds are sourced from Marcellus shale fees, realty transfer taxes and the national housing trust fund. Awardees within Comitta’s legislative district will receive the following: Housing Authority of the County of Chester’s Locust Court Windows: $100,000 Charles A Melton Arts & Education Center; Melton Center Expanded Services Program: $200,000 Melton Center Apartments (LIHTC); The NRP Group LLC: $875,000 Safe Harbor of Chester County, Inc.: $150,000 Housing Locator Program through the Housing Authority of the County of Chester: $100,000 Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children’s Homeless Prevention Program $75,000 Gaudenzia Concord Place: $50,000 Chester County Department of Community Development’s Decade to Doorways System Prioritization and Realignment: $350,000 “I am absolutely thrilled to see state funds directed to such incredible programs in our community. These funds will allow our local organizations to continue providing their critical services, as well as expand in order to Read more

 

Comitta outlines opposition to state budget plan

(Jun 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a state spending plan Tuesday which is expected to gain Senate approval and be sent to the governor’s desk today. State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, commented on her opposition to the final proposal: “I can embrace many items that are part of this budget, notably the strong support for continued progress in educational funding, Comitta said. “The plan invests more money in pre-K programs and early childhood education, basic and special education, public universities like West Chester, Cheyney and Lincoln, community colleges and PHEAA. “Even in Harrisburg where partisanship is so common, I’m glad to see there’s a bipartisan agreement that investing education is worthwhile for the future of Pennsylvania. “But looking at the entire package on balance I cannot support it because of the damage it does to several crucial environmental funds that are supposed to be kept safe from raids like this. At a time when our clean air and water are at stake, this plan would pull millions of dollars from dedicated environmental funds to help fund the general costs of government operations. “Given the constitutional right we have to a clean environment here in Pennsylvania, I think it’s very likely that diverting money from these special funds, including the Environmental Stewardship Fund and the Recycling Fund, will be found unconstitutional. Read more

 

Chester County receives $1.25 million in grants to increase security measures, help crime victims

(Jun 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Melissa Shusterman, Kristine Howard, Danielle Friel Otten, Dan Williams and Christina Sappey announced that $1.2 million worth of grant funds from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will be distributed across the county to increase safety and help crime victims. Within Comitta’s legislative district, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County will receive $531,835 to provide direct services for domestic abuse survivors. Additionally, the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. will receive $624,328 to meet the needs of crime victims. “I am grateful for the grants awarded to the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County and the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County. These local organizations have a tremendous impact across our county, and they deserve our full support to continue to provide critical services to residents,” Comitta said. Represented by Shusterman, Phoenixville Borough will receive $7,685 to install security cameras at their police department’s impound lot. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues to bring state money back to Chester County,” Shusterman said. “I’m confident that this initiative will make our communities safer by curtailing crime in and around the impound lot.” Howard’s district, including West Pikeland and Easttown townships, will receive grants Read more

 

Comitta named West Chester University Legislative Fellow

(Jun 10, 2019)

WEST CHESTER, June 10 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, has been appointed West Chester University’s political science department’s Legislative Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. “The Department of Political Science is especially pleased that Representative Carolyn Comitta has accepted an invitation from the department to serve as our Legislative Fellow for the next two-year cycle,” said Professor of Political Science John Kennedy. “All of us are very excited about the vast knowledge and expertise that she brings, and her willingness to share these insights with our students.” During the upcoming fall semester, Comitta will actively participate in WCU’s Pennsylvania Government and Politics course taught by Kennedy. “As a West Chester University alum, I am delighted to serve as Legislative Fellow. I look forward to sharing experience and insights about the legislative process in Pennsylvania with the students in this program,” Comitta said. According to officials at WCU, the Legislative Fellow Program was established in 2001 along with other colleges within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to help build bridges between lawmakers and the faculty, staff and students who are part of these universities. The goal of the Legislative Fellow Program is to foster communication and understanding by working directly with a state legislator on both classroom and extracurricular projects. ### Read more

 

Lyme disease presentations and resources

(May 16, 2019)

Thank you to all who attended my informational panel discussion on Lyme disease. For your convenience, you can access presentations from the evening below as well as other information on resources pertaining to Lyme disease. Free tick testing by East Stroudsburg University. Diagnosing and Treating Tick-Borne Diseases by Amanda Mehall on Scribd Public Health's Role in Lyme Disease by Amanda Mehall on Scribd Lyme Overview by Amanda Mehall on Scribd Read more

 

Comitta, Sappey welcome state ice hockey champions from Bayard Rustin High School

(May 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 10 — State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey welcomed Bayard Rustin High School’s Golden Knights ice hockey team to the House chamber on Wednesday, commemorating their Pennsylvania Cup State Championship victory. This is the Golden Knights’ seventh Class A Pennsylvania Cup State Championship win, and it also marked their sixth consecutive championship win, which broke the state’s record. In the 11-to-3 victory against Montour High School’s Spartans, team captain Matt Owens had a hat trick and an assist, teammate Nicholas Ferraro contributed a goal and four assists and goalie Joel Keller stopped 29 out of the 32 shots he faced. “I’m happy to recognize the Golden Knights in the House chamber. Their demonstrated dedication and commitment continually leads them to victory, and our community is very proud of their record-breaking accomplishments,” Comitta said. The Golden Knights have also earned nine Flyer Cups, breaking the regional record by winning six of them in a row, and also won first place in nationals in 2017 and placed third this year. “I’m extremely proud of these young athletes,” Sappey said, “They constantly strive for perfection, and when they work together as a team under incredible coaches, they achieve exactly that. It’s admirable how they embody persistence, dedication and determination year after year on the ice.” Read more

 

Comitta announces $448k grant to support school safety and security

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that two school districts in her legislative district have been awarded Pennsylvania school safety and security grants totaling $448,450. The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments. Grant recipients in Comitta’s district are: Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, receiving $48,400. West Chester Area School District, receiving $400,050. It will be the choice of the school districts to determine how exactly the funds will be used. Eligible purposes include, but are not limited to: safety and security assessments, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, intervention training programs, training of school police officers and counseling services for students. “These grants serve as an investment benefitting our children’s education and well-being,” Comitta said. “I’m proud to support our schools and students in every way that I can to foster the safest learning environment possible.” Further information about the grants can be found here: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Comitta, McCarter seek to modernize Pennsylvania’s renewable energy standards

(Apr 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 17 — At a Capitol news conference, state Reps. Carolyn T. Comitta, D-Chester, and Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, joined state Sens. Art Haywood, Thomas H. Killion and Steven J. Santarsiero to call attention to climate change, its grave impacts and the urgent need to modernize the commonwealth’s renewable energy standards. Comitta and McCarter are both members of the bicameral, bipartisan Pennsylvania Climate Caucus. Comitta is vice chair; McCarter is its founder and chair. Their bill and a Senate companion bill introduced by Haywood, Killion and Santarsiero both seek to implement stronger renewable energy goals within the commonwealth to create good jobs, cut pollution and ensure a sustainable and prosperous Pennsylvania for future generations. “I am proud to join the calls for modernizing the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards,” Comitta said. “Our state has already made important investments in alternative and clean-energy technologies, but we must do more. Adjusting our electrical energy requirements to 30 percent by 2030 will solidify our path to reducing our carbon footprint and advance Pennsylvania toward becoming a national energy leader.” The Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act was a forward-looking policy when it was enacted in 2004. But in the intervening years, Pennsylvania has fallen behind neighboring states like New Jersey and Maryland, which have enacted stronger energy standards, creating Read more

 

Pipeline town hall scheduled Wednesday, March 27 in Downingtown

(Mar 22, 2019)

EXTON, March 22 – Mariner East Town Hall: Know Your Rights! will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 in the Shamona Creek Elementary School Gymnasium, 501 Dorlan Mill Road in Downingtown. State Reps. Danielle Friel Otten, Kristine Howard and Carolyn Comitta organized the town hall to help ensure that residents know how to protect their homes and property during pipeline construction. As Mariner East construction continues, temporary workspace easements are beginning to expire. Uwchlan Township Solicitor Mark Freed will explain property rights and easement agreements. Friel Otten, Howard and Comitta will hear and address concerns from their constituents. The three state lawmakers are members of the General Assembly’s newly formed Pipeline Safety Caucus, whose mission is to keep Pennsylvanians safe as pipeline infrastructure grows across the commonwealth. All community members are invited to attend. For more information, contact Friel Otten’s office at 484-200-8259. Read more

 

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place

(Mar 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Pennsylvania lawmakers representing 11 House districts and three Senatorial districts across Chester and Delaware counties have signed a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking him to impose a moratorium on the transmission of natural gas liquids products through the Mariner East pipeline system until the mandated protocols are in place for local responders to properly manage a pipeline emergency. Chester County Emergency Services and local school districts along the pipeline, including Downingtown Area School District, Rose Tree Media School District and West Chester Area School District have requested Energy Transfer Partners' subsidiary SPLP to provide its Emergency Response Plan for the Mariner East project, which the responders and school districts need to complete their comprehensive All Hazards Emergency Response Plans and fulfill their statutory requirements under Title 35 of state law . The letter urges Wolf to preserve the health, welfare and safety of constituents who live, work and raise their families in the high-consequence areas of Chester and Delaware counties within the impact radius of Mariner East. “We have pipelines currently transporting highly volatile products through our communities, and our local first responders are not able to adequately plan their emergency response or mitigate our risk because the operator has failed to cooperate with repeated requests for their Emergency Response Plan,” said Read more

 

Legislators respond to DEP decision to suspend review of Energy Transfer permits

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Danielle Friel Otten, Kristine Howard, Leanne Krueger, Christina Sappey and Melissa Shusterman met with Gov. Tom Wolf and his staff last week to address the growing problems with Energy Transfer’s Mariner East project. Today, those representatives have issued the following statement regarding news that the Department of Environmental Protection has suspended review of all permit applications and other pending approvals for Energy Transfer due to noncompliance: “We applaud the unwavering efforts of community members who continue to make their voices heard and draw attention to serious hazards and areas of oversight that need improvement. "The action taken by the Department of Environmental Protection today is a step in the right direction. "We are grateful for the opportunity to have a seat at the table for our communities and we look forward to continued collaboration with our state agencies and the governor’s staff to put the interests of the people of Pennsylvania first and foremost. There is still a lot of work to be done and we will use every tool available to us to make our community’s voice heard." The same six representatives sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission earlier this week, urging action related to a recent sinkhole along the Mariner East 1 pipeline. The letter can be found here. A statement sent last week by the legislators to the Read more

 

Comitta to review governor’s budget proposal through Appropriations appointment

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta said today that she looks forward to reviewing Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2019-20 budget as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I’m pleased to see the governor’s plan to continue to boost our investment in education, starting with early childhood programs. Providing children with quality education programs from an early age is key to preparing them for a successful future,” said Comitta, D-Chester. “With my recent appointment to the Appropriations Committee, I’ll be reviewing the entire budget proposal in more detail and look forward to helping the legislature adopt a plan that works for all of us.” The House Appropriations Committee, which reviews bills that regulate state spending, will hold a series of hearings on the governor’s budget proposal beginning Monday, Feb. 11. Comitta was also recently appointed to the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. As pipeline projects have cut through her district, Comitta has been a strong advocate for putting the health and safety of residents first. She recently convened a meeting of multiple state and federal agencies to give residents the opportunity to ask questions about the safety of pipeline projects. “Serving on the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee gives me a greater opportunity to advocate for pipeline safety on the community’s behalf,” Comitta said. Read more

 

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

Spotted Lanternfly Information
Jul 18, 2019

Chester County receives $3.08 million in PHARE funding to support affordable housing
Jul 12, 2019

Comitta outlines opposition to state budget plan
Jun 27, 2019

Chester County receives $1.25 million in grants to increase security measures, help crime victims
Jun 14, 2019

Comitta named West Chester University Legislative Fellow
Jun 10, 2019

Lyme disease presentations and resources
May 16, 2019

Comitta, Sappey welcome state ice hockey champions from Bayard Rustin High School
May 10, 2019

Comitta announces $448k grant to support school safety and security
May 01, 2019

Comitta, McCarter seek to modernize Pennsylvania’s renewable energy standards
Apr 17, 2019

Pipeline town hall scheduled Wednesday, March 27 in Downingtown
Mar 22, 2019

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place
Mar 11, 2019

Legislators respond to DEP decision to suspend review of Energy Transfer permits
Feb 08, 2019

Comitta to review governor’s budget proposal through Appropriations appointment
Feb 08, 2019