Egg Hunt and Constituent Service events
I will host three Easter Egg Hunt and Constituent Service events next week. My staff and I will be on hand to offer information about state services and programs. Check dates and locations on the image below. Click on it for more details.
Apprentice Prep with the Rep
Last Thursday, I held my third Apprentice Prep with the Rep information session. My district office was crowded with attendees who had come out to learn more about the building trades unions and their apprenticeship processes.
Representatives from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades spoke to the crowd and addressed questions about union benefits, salary and more.
I’m hosting one final workshop on Thursday, March 29, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. I encourage everyone who’s interested in starting a career in the building trades to come out and learn more.
CubeSmart receives state grant for converting to solar energy
I’m proud to announce that CubeSmart will receive a $91,711 grant for the construction of a roof-mounted solar array at its Mayfair Street location.
CubeSmart is a self-storage facility designed to offer affordable and accessible storage space to residential and commercial customers. The solar array will provide 90 percent of the existing energy consumption at its facility and will generate 125,653 kilowatt-hours per year.
I’m glad to see the state encouraging development in the clean-energy sector. By harnessing energy from natural renewable sources, we will not only create good-paying jobs, but also cutback our dependence on more environmentally harmful sources such as oil and coal.
The total project cost is $247,867. CubeSmart will provide matching funds.
PLBC Criminal Justice Subcommittee
I have been selected to serve on the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ new Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Reform!
Along with my colleagues Rep. Joanna McClinton and Sens. Sharif Street and Anthony Williams, I will advocate for a legislative agenda that encourages criminal justice reform throughout the commonwealth.
We plan to create a criminal justice advisory group that will be composed of formerly incarcerated individuals and skilled legal practitioners. This advisory group will be co-chaired by Keir Bradford-Grey, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and Bill DeWeese, former state representative.
I am excited to partner with this diverse coalition of individuals to create meaningful change within Pennsylvania’s legal and criminal justice systems. From my first day in office, I have promised to be a champion for those struggling in our courts and prison systems, and I will continue to use my positions both on this subcommittee and on the House Judiciary Committee to push for change and commonsense reform.
Be sure to keep on the lookout for updates from the subcommittee in the months to come!
As always, feel free to stop by or call my constituent service office at 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia, 19124; 215-744-7901. You also may contact me through my website, Facebook and Twitter, where you'll find additional information about state programs.