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Comitta's Corner - August 2018 newsletter

(Jul 31, 2018)

Find news and events from around the 156th District in my summer newsletter. Read more

 

Comitta announces West Chester grant for traffic signal improvements

(Jul 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta announced that West Chester Borough was awarded a $688,000 state grant for traffic signal upgrades. West Chester’s grant will be for the installation of radio communications and modernization of traffic signal controllers to 23 traffic signals in the borough with a connection to the PennDOT District 6 Regional Traffic Management Center. “This funding is great news for West Chester and will help improve systems to keep traffic running smoothly and safely in the borough,” said Comitta, D-Chester. The borough was among 70 municipalities around the state that will receive more than $31 million through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go program. The grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grants can be used for projects such as installing LED technology, traffic signal retiming, upgrading to the latest technology and more. Read more

 

Marking the one-year anniversary of Libre’s Law

(Jul 11, 2018)

We recently marked the one-year anniversary of Act 10 of 2017 – more commonly known as Libre’s Law. This legislation – which created tougher penalties for extreme abuse and neglect of animals, as well as tethering limitations – came about following the discovery of Libre, a Boston terrier who suffered severe neglect and starvation in Lancaster County. The anniversary is a good time for a refresher on the law and other ways we can protect our pets. Here are some resources: An overview of Pennsylvania’s animal abuse law Anti-tethering/chaining resource sheet Summer reminder: Don’t leave your pets in hot cars Read more

 

Comitta: Fight Back Against Inhumane Immigration Policies

(Jun 21, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Carolyn Comitta joined colleagues and advocates to fight to protect children, keep families together and crack down on President Trump’s inhumane immigration policies. Read more

 

Comitta releases statement on judge’s decision to halt pipeline projects

(May 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, released the following statement regarding a Pennsylvania judge’s decision to halt operation of the Mariner East 1 pipeline in Chester County, as well as the construction of two new Mariner East pipelines. “I’m pleased that Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth Barnes saw fit to stop construction and operations until the public’s safety can be assured. As these projects have progressed, public health and safety have been my main concerns and I’ve advocated for the needs of residents to be put first. Today’s action demonstrates that concerns many of us have raised are being taken seriously. "In her order, Judge Barnes noted that local and state government agencies need time to create emergency evacuation and notification plans and educate the public before operations resume. The timely communication of information to community members affected by these projects has long been one of my concerns, and so I proposed legislation to create the Pipeline Safety and Communication Board to keep residents updated. House Bill 1700 is currently in the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. "We’ve seen a record number of incidents occur along the path of the pipeline projects in Chester and Delaware counties, so this emergency action is appropriate. Community members have a right to know that their water supplies will be safe and their homes will be Read more

 

Comitta Honors Bayard Rustin High School Boys Ice Hockey Team

(May 23, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Carolyn Comitta recognizes the West Chester Bayard Rustin High School Boys Ice Hockey Team for their 5th consecutive PIAA Class A state championship in 2018. Read more

 

Comitta to host Senior Expo on May 19

(May 08, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, May 8 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta will host a Senior Expo this month to help older adults access the services and opportunities available to them. The Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19 in the Bayard Rustin High School gymnasium, 1100 Shiloh Road. Numerous vendors and senior services providers will be on hand with information. There also will be health screenings, entertainment, door prizes and light refreshments. “A host of programs and services are available to help older adults maintain healthy and active lifestyles,” said Comitta, D-Chester. “I’m happy to be able to bring agencies together to make it easier for local seniors to access the information they need.” Anyone with questions should call Comitta’s district office at 610-696-4990. Read more

 

Highlighting efforts to protect the environment

(Apr 30, 2018)

I was pleased to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee last week! I serve as a member of the committee, which does valuable work to protect our environment. Last week I had the opportunity to share some of that work during a presentation at the World Information Transfer’s 27th International Conference at the United Nations in New York. I’ve been an executive board member of World Information Transfer since 1992, and I’ve had the pleasure to take more than 2,600 Chester County students to the conference in that time. Click here to see my presentation. Read more

 

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline

(Apr 23, 2018)

The 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline is Tuesday, May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions). Additionally, unlike a student loan, a grant is gift aid which does not have to be repaid. To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access this form online by clicking here or here . In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a completed PA State Grant Form. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit. First-time applicants who plan to enroll in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, a designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution, or a non-transferable 2-year degree program at a community, 2-year or 4-year college have until Aug. 1, 2018 to complete their PA State Grant application. Students and families are Read more

 

Pa. legislators call for action on Equal Pay Day

(Apr 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State legislators and advocates held a rally in the Capitol today to call for action on strengthening Pennsylvania's outdated, ineffective equal-pay law. Today is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s average earnings catch up to men’s from the previous year. "Our state ranks 29th in the United States for pay equity. Women in Pennsylvania on average make 79 percent of what men make. It takes women an additional four months and four days to get paid the same as their male counterparts. This is despite the fact that we are just as qualified and have the same amount of experience," said state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation. "I am fighting for change with my legislation, House Bill 830 . It would ensure equal pay for equal work. The bill currently sits in the House Labor and Industry Committee, where it has remained for more than a year. The facts have remained the same for far too long: women make far less than men here in Pennsylvania and that is unfair and economically self-defeating." Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chairman of the Women's Health Caucus, said, "Mother's Day is coming up next month. Instead of nice words, it's time to deliver something that working mothers and all Pennsylvania working women deserve: equal pay for equal work! I have been hearing from so many women who are angry about what's been going Read more

 

Your voice is needed to spark reform and prevent violence

(Mar 06, 2018)

In the wake of the Parkland shooting massacre, my office has received many calls from constituents about my stance on gun violence prevention and what action is being taken locally and beyond to help prevent future mass shootings. Here, I will share an overview of my work and thoughts on gun violence prevention and some ways you can get involved. Your voice is needed to spark reform and prevent violence We again mourn the tragic loss of 17 precious lives, the wounding of many more and grieve with the Parkland victim’s family and friends. Our grief is combined with a call to action that has been so passionately and eloquently expressed by young survivors of the Parkland shooting: “This isn't about the GOP. This isn't about the Democrats,” said Cameron Kasky, a student of Stoneman Douglas High School. “This is about the adults. We feel neglected and at this point, you're either with us or against us." “Any politician on either side who is taking money from the NRA is responsible for events like this,” the high school junior said of the shooting. “At the end of the day, the NRA is Read more

 

PennDOT Begins Process to Update Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, Seeks Public Feedback

(Feb 13, 2018)

2/13/2018-KING OF PRUSSIA The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, (PennDOT) today announced that it has begun the process of updating the Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and is inviting the public to weigh in through an online survey. The plan, last updated in 2007, will outline a vision and framework for improving conditions for walking and bicycling across Pennsylvania, especially for those Pennsylvanians who walk and bicycle out of necessity rather than for leisure and recreation. “Keeping our transportation network safe and accessible for all transportation modes is a crucial responsibility,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S.Richards, “We are accountable for supporting and improving quality of life for communities, and updating our bicycle and pedestrian master plan is a crucial step in that process.” Over the next 18 months, PennDOT will use the project website to provide information on the department’s progress. The community survey also will be accessible on the site and will play a critical role in understanding the current issues and challenges facing people who walk and bike across Pennsylvania. Once completed, the Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will be a resource for Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs), Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs), and municipalities throughout Pennsylvania, providing guidance to local governments on best practices for Read more

 

Comitta announces $750,000 award to improve U.S. 202 near schools

(Feb 08, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, Feb. 8 – A $750,000 grant to help build a connector road and pedestrian path along two major intersections along U.S. Route 202 in Westtown was approved today, said state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. The new connector road and pedestrian/bicycle path will make the area more walkable and provide children access to safer routes to school. The road and path will be immediately west of and run parallel to U.S. 202, connecting West Pleasant Grove Road and Stetson School Drive. The total project cost is $2.397 million. “The Commonwealth Finance Authority recognized another great opportunity to invest in Westtown, and I believe that reflects on the hard work in a well-run and vibrant community,” Comitta said. “Congratulations to Westtown planners and residents.” The CFA approved the funding, which was made possible through the state Transportation Department's Multimodal Transportation Fund. The MTF was created by Act 89 of 2013, Pennsylvania’s broad transportation funding plan. When enacted, transit, aviation, rail freight and pedestrian and bicycle modes obtained dedicated sources of funds, putting the modes on a firmer footing for future initiatives. Read more

 

1/30/18 – Child Care – West Chester

(Feb 02, 2018)

Materials from roundtable discussion hosted by State Rep. Carolyn Comitta. Read more

 

Comitta hosts House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on child care

(Jan 30, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion in the West Goshen Township Building on child care issues and her H.B. 2035 , which would provide a tax deduction for the cost of child care. Comitta was joined by House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster; legislators from across the state and local childcare advocates. “All families deserve access to safe, reliable, quality care for their children. That care can get costly, and I believe that offering tax relief up to $10,000 would provide a great benefit to working families. I am thrilled that the House Democratic Policy Committee came to West Chester to discuss how my legislation might positively impact families across the state,” Comitta said. Sturla added, “One of the main goals of our Plan4PA is to give kids a great start in life. Giving parents a tool that will help them afford quality child care is an important component of our plan. When parents pay for child care, it’s so much more than a babysitter. It’s an investment in their child’s future. Rep. Comitta’s bill is a simple concept that could make a big difference in the lives of Pennsylvania families.” Panelists included Andrea Youndt, senior vice president and chief operating officer, YMCA of Greater Brandywine; and Bill Shoffler, Bucks County Coordinator for PreK for PA Campaign and Campaign Read more

 

Comitta to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on child care Tuesday in West Chester

(Jan 25, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 25 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable to discuss child care issues, including accessibility and affordability. The roundtable will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the West Goshen Township Building, board room, 1025 Paoli Pike. The media and public are invited to attend. Comitta requested the meeting to also get public input on her H.B. 2035, which would provide a dollar-for-dollar tax deduction up to $10,000 annually to help offset the cost of child care. Policy experts and state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will participate in the discussion. The House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA strives to provide safe, affordable care for children. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Discussion with panelists: Andrea Yound t, senior vice president and chief operating officer, YMCA of Greater Brandywine Bill Shoffler , Bucks County Coordinator for PreK for PA Campaign and Campaign for Fair Education Funding, Public Citizens for Children and Youth Representative from Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce 3:30 p.m. Closing remarks Visit http://planforpa.pahouse.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. Read more

 

Comitta: Grateful for Governor’s Response to Residents Call for Action

(Jan 03, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 3 – The Department of Environmental Protection’s order to temporarily suspend work on the Mariner East 2 pipeline is a win for public safety, said state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. “I thank the people for speaking loudly and persistently,” she said. “I also thank Governor Tom Wolf for listening to the concerns of our citizens and for making public safety a priority.” DEP announced today that it issued an order suspending the construction permits associated with the Mariner East 2 pipeline until the permittee, Sunoco, meets the requirements outlined in the order. Sunoco must cease all construction activity on the pipeline project, except for maintenance of erosion controls and limited maintenance of horizontal directional drilling equipment, according to DEP. The full order can be found here: http://files.dep.state.pa.us/ProgramIntegration/PA Pipeline Portal/MarinerEastII/OrderSuspendingConstructionActivities010318.pdf A list of the Notices of Violations issued to Sunoco for Mariner East 2 can be found on the DEP website: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/ProgramIntegration/Pennsylvania-Pipeline-Portal/Pages/Mariner-East-II.aspx Read more

 

Comitta announces $500,000 state grant for Borough of West Chester municipal hall renovations

(Dec 22, 2017)

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today the Borough of West Chester will receive a $500,000 grant for municipal hall renovations through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Read more

 

Comitta joins voices calling for halt to Mariner East II pipeline construction

(Dec 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, has joined with residents from across Chester and Delaware counties and fellow lawmakers to call for a halt in construction on the Sunoco Mariner East II pipeline so that a safety risk assessment can be performed. Comitta joined state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, and several residents from Uwchlan, Middletown and East Goshen townships in a meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf in Harrisburg on Wednesday, where Comitta presented him a formal letter requesting the halt. Other letters from U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, state Sens. Andrew Dinniman and John Rafferty, and state Reps. Becky Corbin and Duane Milne were also referenced. A petition containing the names of 6,000 area residents also was presented to the governor. The citizen groups Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety and Goshen United for Public Safety were represented at the meeting. Goshen United is led by Caroline Hughes, an East Goshen Township resident. “I have been talking and meeting with constituents, state agency heads, township officials and Sunoco representatives regarding the Mariner East II project since I took office,” Comitta said. “Unfortunately, this project has experienced a record number of incidents and that is completely unacceptable. It’s past time to assess the safety risks so that our first responders and residents have the information they need to be safe, and it’s regrettable that this Read more

 

SEPTA Reminds Riders of Medicare Card Phase Out Effective Jan. 16

(Dec 18, 2017)

SEPTA would like to remind riders that Medicare Cards will no longer be accepted for free-and reduced-fare rides as of Jan. 16, 2018. SEPTA had initially announced this would take effect Jan. 1, however, it has been extended two weeks to give riders additional time to prepare. The phase-out of Medicare Cards is part of the transition to the SEPTA Key. It was part of the fare tariffs that were approved by the SEPTA Board and went into effect July 1. Many senior citizens and riders with disabilities have already transitioned to new SEPTA Key Photo ID Cards, ensuring they will continue to receive eligible free and reduced fares without interruption. SEPTA has issued 90,000 SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Cards, and nearly 15,000 SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Photo ID Cards for riders with disabilities. Senior Citizens With a valid ID, senior citizens age 65 and older ride free at all times on all SEPTA Transit Routes (Bus, Trolley, Trackless Trolley, Broad Street/Broad Ridge Spur Line, Market Frankford Line/Norristown High Speed Line). In addition, seniors pay just a $1 fare on Regional Rail for travel within Pennsylvania, and receive 50 percent off the weekday fare for travel to/from New Jersey and Delaware. As of Jan. 16, 2018: ? - Medicare Cards and Railroad Retirement Cards will no longer be accepted for senior rides. ? - SEPTA will continue to accept Pennsylvania Driver/Non-Driver Licenses with magnetic stripes. ? - Paper Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards will also Read more

 

Comitta's Corner - August 2018 newsletter
Jul 31, 2018

Comitta announces West Chester grant for traffic signal improvements
Jul 12, 2018

Marking the one-year anniversary of Libre’s Law
Jul 11, 2018

Comitta: Fight Back Against Inhumane Immigration Policies
Jun 21, 2018

Comitta releases statement on judge’s decision to halt pipeline projects
May 24, 2018

Comitta Honors Bayard Rustin High School Boys Ice Hockey Team
May 23, 2018

Comitta to host Senior Expo on May 19
May 08, 2018

Highlighting efforts to protect the environment
Apr 30, 2018

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline
Apr 23, 2018

Pa. legislators call for action on Equal Pay Day
Apr 10, 2018

Your voice is needed to spark reform and prevent violence
Mar 06, 2018

PennDOT Begins Process to Update Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, Seeks Public Feedback
Feb 13, 2018

Comitta announces $750,000 award to improve U.S. 202 near schools
Feb 08, 2018

1/30/18 – Child Care – West Chester
Feb 02, 2018

Comitta hosts House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on child care
Jan 30, 2018

Comitta to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on child care Tuesday in West Chester
Jan 25, 2018

Comitta: Grateful for Governor’s Response to Residents Call for Action
Jan 03, 2018

Comitta announces $500,000 state grant for Borough of West Chester municipal hall renovations
Dec 22, 2017

Comitta joins voices calling for halt to Mariner East II pipeline construction
Dec 21, 2017

SEPTA Reminds Riders of Medicare Card Phase Out Effective Jan. 16
Dec 18, 2017