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Davidson to hold public forum on scams, internet safety Nov. 14

Davidson to hold public forum on scams, internet safety Nov. 14

(Nov 12, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Margo Davidson will host her fifth annual public safety forum, this year entitled: Internet Safety: Avoiding Scams During the Holidays. The forum will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 50 E. Plumstead Ave., Landsdowne, PA 19050. “With online shopping at a peak during the holidays, people are particularly vulnerable to cyberthieves,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “I’m holding this forum so that people are informed and protected from falling prey to internet scams.” The event will feature important discussions from members of local law enforcement, the police, state officials and community advocates. Scheduled speakers include: • George Dillman, Pennsylvania Department of Banking • Habibah Smith, Human Trafficking Task Force • Jessica Tobin, Pennsylvania State Trooper • A Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General representative • Kelly Ace, Family Support Line Staff will be present to offer state services. For more information and to register, those interested can call 610-259-7016 or email jcarey@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Davidson announces $250K grant for Millbourne Borough infrastructure project

(Nov 12, 2019)

UPPER DUBLIN, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced Tuesday that WRD Sears L.P. has received a $250,000 state grant to fund an intersection improvement project located in Millbourne Borough. Davidson and others have long been working to secure this funding and now that Children’s Hospital is attached to the project, she said, it can finally move forward. WRD Sears L.P. plans to develop a former Sears department store into a new warehouse and office facility on behalf of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, located at the corner of 63 rd and Market streets. To facilitate this project and ensure public safety, the company will install a new traffic signal and intersection at the entrance of the site, as well as a new crosswalk. lt is anticipated 100 jobs will be created at the project site. “Children’s Hospital is a world-class institution and a prestigious tenant. After years of hard work together with Millbourne Borough and the developer, it is very exciting to see this project moving forward. This development project will help enhance the borough's economic vitality by bringing in new jobs,” Davidson said. “I’m very glad that this grant money was awarded to ensure motorist and pedestrian safety at what will be a very busy intersection." The funding that Davidson announced Tuesday was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding Read more

 

Burns, Davidson introduce legislation to stop medical transport changes

(Oct 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – Life-sustaining medical transportation would be kept in the hands of local providers, alleviating confusion for riders and instability for transit agencies, under legislation introduced by state Reps. Frank Burns and Margo Davidson. House Bill 2008 would remove a mandate in state law that requires public transit services for Medical Assistance recipients to shift to a regional or statewide contractor. Local transit agencies currently provide this transportation along with other shared rides and subsidized transportation options. Burns, D-Cambria, and Davidson, D-Delaware, noted that outsourcing to a third-party contractor adds a layer of bureaucracy and unnecessary confusion for users. Taking these trips out of local hands also creates financial strain for already cash-strapped transit agencies. “For nearly 40 years, these rides have been coordinated by local transit authorities who know their riders and their needs. We refuse to allow the state to tear apart a system that works, just because some bureaucrats believe they can save money,” said Burns. “Without our bill, local agencies would be forced to increase rates while cutting services and hours of operation. This would be devastating to residents in Cambria County and across the state who rely on these services.” “I want to thank Representative Burns for his leadership and partnership on this important legislation to assist our most Read more

 

Powerful House Democratic Southeast Delegation Express Opposition to Eliminating Straight Ticket Voting

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, chair of the House Democratic Southeast Delegation, sent a letter on behalf of the delegation to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting that he veto S.B. 421 if it lands on his desk, because the bill would eliminate straight-ticket voting, which the delegation writes is an act of voter suppression on minorities, low-income communities and individuals with disabilities. The bill passed the House today (138-61). The bill heads back to the Senate for concurrence in amendments. Davidson, D-Delaware, said, “The elimination of straight-ticket voting is a form of voter suppression — a blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Minorities, low-income communities and people with disabilities are going to be the people negatively impacted by the elimination of straight-ticket voting. These communities have historically been among our most vulnerable citizens, and we must preserve their constitutional right to vote.” The letter outlines three principal concerns: Eliminates freedom of choice for voters -- voters have traditionally been able to choose to vote either straight ticket or cast individual votes for over a century in Pennsylvania. Additional voter suppression -- the elimination of straight-ticket voting would act as a form of voter suppression in high-density precincts – which predominantly comprise people Read more

 

Davidson, Zabel: $25,000 in school safety grants awarded to Upper Darby School District

(Oct 18, 2019)

“I’m very happy that Upper Darby School District has received this important grant as our children need to be in safe environments in order to learn. This funding will help ensure that the students, faculty and staff in our schools are safe and secure.” Read more

 

Davidson, SEPTA talks progress on 69th Street Transportation Center

(Oct 18, 2019)

Davidson, SEPTA talks progress on 69th Street Transportation Center HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Margo Davidson joined SEPTA officials this afternoon to discuss the progress of the construction of the SEPTA-Upper Darby’s new state-of-the-art parking structure for the 69th Street Transportation Center in the municipality. The 69th Street Parking Garage project addresses the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s growing transit ridership and would aid Upper Darby’s local business development and economic growth. “I am pleased to stand with SEPTA officials today to announce the progress on the 69 th Street Parking Garage, which is a direct result of my vote for Act 89.” Davidson said. “The 69th Street Parking Garage will make commuting easier and develop business opportunities in Upper Darby. This is an example of good government at work.” The parking structure is part of the “Rebuilding the SEPTA System” capital improvement plan to make long-needed upgrades in Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. It is funded by Act 89 of 2013, which Davidson voted for and championed. Read more

 

Davidson creates Intergovernmental County Legislative Summits to increase transparency on federal, state & county issues

(Oct 10, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, in her role as chair of the House Democratic Caucus Southeast Delegation, has launched an intergovernmental public forum to increase transparency on federal, state and county issues in southeastern Pennsylvania. These intergovernmental forums are held on a county-by-county basis, with the first taking place in Delaware County in June and the second in Montgomery County last week. At the summit, Montgomery County Democratic elected officials met with members of the public to give updates about county-wide improvement projects and participated in discussions concerning critical issues facing the commonwealth, including the economy, education, jobs, health care and the environment. Montgomery County regional vice chair, state Rep. Liz Hanbidge, executed Davidson’s plans for the Montgomery County Legislative Summit and leveraged the experience of a wide range of state and federal officials from Montgomery County for an informative and wide-ranging summit. Davidson and Hanbidge welcomed U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, Montgomery County members of the House Democratic Caucus' Southeast Delegation, state senators, county leaders and members of the public Monday for the first-ever Montgomery County Legislative Summit. "As chair of the House Democratic Caucus Southeast Delegation, I understand the critical role this summit plays in achieving the delegations' 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

 

Delaware County receives over $600,000 in grants for countywide services

(Sep 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, chair of the Southeastern PA Democratic Delegation, announced today that critical Delaware County initiatives to reduce gun violence and provide aid to victims of abuse were awarded $623,963 in state funds by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “When the state invests in programs that work directly with people, they help lift up not just individuals, but the communities in which they live,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. She said that the grants will expand a gun violence initiative and protect victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual abuse and senior abuse. The grants were approved by PCCD at its meeting Wednesday. The following grant was funded with money from the Gun Violence Reduction Initiative through PCCD: Delaware County District Attorney's Office, for its gun violence initiative: $250,000. The following grants were funded with money from Pennsylvania’s Victims of Crime Act through PCCD: Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County Inc., for services for victims of domestic violence: $95,795. Family Support Line of Delaware County Inc., for child sexual abuse treatment: $60,314. Delaware Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania Legal Services, for sexual abuse victims: $228,321. CASA Youth Advocates Inc. for child victim advocacy: $71,422. Delaware County for senior victim services: $18,111. Read more

 

'It’s time to end the violence:'

(Aug 16, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced her strong support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to address the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania, saying it was a necessary first step. “I applaud the governor’s decisive leadership to halt the epidemic of gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Davidson said. The executive order makes widespread changes to executive branch agencies and programs to reduce the number of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. The order names Charles Ramsey, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, to lead a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the agency, and the office will contain a Special Council on Gun Violence which will meet within 60 days to begin developing a plan to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania. The executive order also creates a Division of Violence Prevention within the Department of Health. Together, the two offices will address gun violence from the gun safety and public health perspectives. They will establish new oversight and data sharing, reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and stop domestic violence related and self-inflicted shootings. In her roles as chair of the powerful Southeast Delegation and as a consistent leader in the PA Safe Caucus, Davidson said, "I will continue to lead the charge to enact commonsense gun safety reforms that will protect the lives of Read more

 

'It’s time to end the violence:'

(Aug 16, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced her strong support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to address the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania, saying it was a necessary first step. “I applaud the governor’s decisive leadership to halt the epidemic of gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Davidson said. The executive order makes widespread changes to executive branch agencies and programs to reduce the number of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. The order names Charles Ramsey, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, to lead a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the agency, and the office will contain a Special Council on Gun Violence which will meet within 60 days to begin developing a plan to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania. The executive order also creates a Division of Violence Prevention within the Department of Health. Together, the two offices will address gun violence from the gun safety and public health perspectives. They will establish new oversight and data sharing, reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and stop domestic violence related and self-inflicted shootings. In her roles as chair of the powerful Southeast Delegation and as a consistent leader in the PA Safe Caucus, Davidson said, "I will continue to lead the charge to enact commonsense gun safety reforms that will protect the lives of Read more

 

Register now for Davidson’s annual Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway

(Aug 06, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, and Upper Darby Councilwoman-At-Large Barbarann Keffer are inviting parents to register now for the representative’s 9th Annual Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway. Free bookbags will be provided while supplies last but parents must register by Aug. 31 to guarantee a free bookbag for their children. The pre-registration is first-come, first-serve while supplies last, so it is important for families to pre-register before the Aug. 31 deadline. Residents of all ages from across the 164th Legislative District – Yeadon, Upper Darby, Millbourne, Lansdowne and East Lansdowne – are invited to Davidson’s 9th Annual Community Picnic & Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Second Ward Playground, 747 Crosley Ave., Upper Darby, across the street from Fernwood Cemetery on Church Lane. "We'll have free barbecue and drinks, family games, entertainment, state resources and information for students and families. We provide this service every year so that families can have a successful school year," Davidson said. “Since I have been in office, I have provided over 5,000 bookbags to children and families in the 164 th district.” Pre-registration is mandatory to receive a free bookbag and is first-come, first-served while supplies last. To pre-register, parents can call 610-259-7016, email Read more

 

Davidson announces 2019 Summer Senior Celebrations

(Jul 03, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, July 3 – State Rep. Margo Davidson announced her 2019 Summer Senior Celebrations, scheduled throughout the 164 th District in July. The events will feature resources for seniors, assistance with state services like the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, help with SEPTA Senior Key ID card applications, refreshments and more. “I’m excited to host these events that give seniors, their family members and caregivers access to information on community programs and services – all in one place,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “It’s important that our seniors have all the tools needed to maintain healthy and active lifestyles.” The Senior Celebrations will be held: Thursday, July 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Simpson Gardens, 84 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne Tuesday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watkins Center, 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby Thursday, July 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alician Senior Apartments, 140 Hampden Road, Upper Darby Tuesday, July 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grace Court, 550 S. Landsdowne Ave., Yeadon The date of the Senior Celebration at ManorCare Health Services in Yeadon is yet to be determined. This event will be open only to ManorCare residents. Anyone with questions should contact Davidson’s office at 610-259-7016 or jcarey@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Delaware County receives $1.4M for countywide services, including for women

(Jun 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Members of the House Democratic Southeast Delegation today lauded the announcement of more than $1.4 million in grants for Delaware County family, women, victim and related countywide services. “The public investments coming to our communities in Delco reflect the hard work and collaboration among its citizens and public servants first and foremost,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. “I’d also like to thank the Wolf administration for putting public money back into the hands of the people.” The grants were approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at its meeting Wednesday. “Helping a victim become a survivor is the kind of work we must support with all our might,” said Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware. “It is not easy work, and it often comes at a price that exceeds what local taxes can support. Any time that the state invests in the systems working on the ground directly with people, we’re delivering literal hope to those who need it most.” “I have been to visit service providers here in Delaware County and have seen firsthand the need for these services. The difference this funding makes is truly life-changing for survivors, women, children, their families and our community,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware. “I will always fight for survivors.” “Congratulations to these hardworking groups that go to work for Read more

 

Davidson and fellow legislators propose anti-sexual harassment and workplace discrimination package

(Jun 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, today led a news conference regarding the introduction of her two bills addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, “Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace” and “#TimesUP - Sexual Harassment by Public Officials.” These bills together carry a bipartisan group of over 50 co-sponsors. The first bill would extend the amount of time a person has to file discrimination complaints with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in order to give victims and whistleblowers more time to come forward. “The majority of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace goes unreported,” Davidson said. “Potential whistleblowers may fear the threat of retaliation or be uncertain whether the incident qualifies as harassment or discrimination. Often, it takes time for whistleblowers to build up the courage to come forward, but it is vitally important to the safety and productivity of our workplaces that they do so.” The second bill would expand the duties of the State Ethics Commission, an independent state agency, to include investigating sexual harassment claims against officials and public employees at all levels of government in Pennsylvania. “For those who commit sexual harassment, we say, ‘Time’s Up,’” Davidson said. “Victims of sexual harassment involving people in positions of power must have the Read more

 

Davidson Community Health Fair is Thursday

(May 17, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, May 17 – State Rep. Margo Davidson will host a Community Health Fair on May 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Upper Darby Watkins Senior Center, 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby, 19082. “My Community Health Fair is a great way for my neighbors in the 164 th Legislative District to find out what they need to do to get on the right track health wise,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. The event will include: Free health screenings. Giveaways. Health and wellness resources for the whole family. For more information, contact Davidson's office at (610) 259-7016. Read more

 

Davidson lauds state funds to support Drexeline Shopping Center

(May 02, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, May 2 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, today thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for releasing $1.5 million in state funding for a project that will ensure local access to fresh and healthy foods in Upper Darby. According to Davidson, the grant will be used to help State Road Foods demolish and then refurbish the aging Drexeline Shopping Center with a brand new 75,000 square foot ShopRite that will include green energy and building improvements to address stormwater management issues on the site. “It is always great to see state support for projects that contribute to the economic vitality of our community,” Davidson said. “Local access to healthy food is critical for everyone, and this project promises to deliver that to Upper Darby residents and so much more. I thank Governor Wolf for taking an active role in the Upper Darby community.” Davidson also acknowledged the efforts of Sen. Tim Kearney and Rep. Mike Zabel to secure the significant funds. “Senator Kearney and Representative Zabel’s advocacy for this project had a big impact on moving it forward,” Davidson said. “Our Delaware County delegation of members is strong and will continue to work together to help move more projects like this.” The grant comes from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, Read more

 

McClinton, Davidson Delaware County Community Day is Saturday

(Apr 30, 2019)

YEADON, April 30 – State Rep. Margo Davidson and Rep. Joanna McClinton will host Delaware County Community Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along Church Lane between Whitby and Gunther avenues. “Community Day is a day out for residents of the 164 th Legislative District to meet neighbors, enjoy food, culture and everything our vibrant community has to offer,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “It’s so important for constituents to get out and find out who their representatives are, where to go for state services and to enjoy the camaraderie that comes with a close-knit community like Yeadon,” said McClinton, D-Delaware/Philadelphia. The event will include: Information on public programs Wellness resources Children’s activities Door prizes and giveaways Read more

 

Davidson invites area residents to International Dining Days

(Apr 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, invites area residents to celebrate "International Dining Days" April 19-28 by sharing a meal with people of various backgrounds and cultures at local restaurants in the 164 th Legislative District. For the ninth straight year, Davidson and Destination Delco have sponsored the event, which “celebrates diversity through food” and features restaurants serving cuisines from around the world throughout the 164 th Legislative District, including all five municipalities – East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Millbourne, Upper Darby and Yeadon. "I have sponsored this celebration as a result of the "Eat 4Peace" concept, inspired by the unique experiences of Anthony Lucidonio Jr., known as ‘Tony Luke,’ who has restaurants in Delaware County and all over the world,” Davidson said. “I’m excited to continue this tradition that harvests healthy and positive relationships among the diverse people that I serve, where over 83 languages are spoken in our schools and cuisines from all over the globe can be found here locally.” Participation is open to all restaurants in the 164 th District, and this year more than 30 restaurants will take part in the celebration. “This event is an opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate our different backgrounds while sampling the various foods and learning about the Read more

 

Davidson Fights Back Against Workplace Discrimination

(Mar 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson joined colleagues and advocates to push legislation that would fight back against sexual harassment, prevent workplace discrimination, and give victims a voice across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Davidson to hold public forum on scams, internet safety Nov. 14
Nov 12, 2019

Davidson announces $250K grant for Millbourne Borough infrastructure project
Nov 12, 2019

Burns, Davidson introduce legislation to stop medical transport changes
Oct 30, 2019

Powerful House Democratic Southeast Delegation Express Opposition to Eliminating Straight Ticket Voting
Oct 29, 2019

Davidson, Zabel: $25,000 in school safety grants awarded to Upper Darby School District
Oct 18, 2019

Davidson, SEPTA talks progress on 69th Street Transportation Center
Oct 18, 2019

Davidson creates Intergovernmental County Legislative Summits to increase transparency on federal, state & county issues
Oct 10, 2019

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

Delaware County receives over $600,000 in grants for countywide services
Sep 12, 2019

'It’s time to end the violence:'
Aug 16, 2019

'It’s time to end the violence:'
Aug 16, 2019

Register now for Davidson’s annual Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway
Aug 06, 2019

Davidson announces 2019 Summer Senior Celebrations
Jul 03, 2019

Delaware County receives $1.4M for countywide services, including for women
Jun 13, 2019

Davidson and fellow legislators propose anti-sexual harassment and workplace discrimination package
Jun 10, 2019

Davidson Community Health Fair is Thursday
May 17, 2019

Davidson lauds state funds to support Drexeline Shopping Center
May 02, 2019

McClinton, Davidson Delaware County Community Day is Saturday
Apr 30, 2019

Davidson invites area residents to International Dining Days
Apr 09, 2019

Davidson Fights Back Against Workplace Discrimination
Mar 26, 2019