DeLissio to discuss PA budget deficit means reduction in funding, services at 60th town hall Jan. 28

(Jan 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 60th town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Cathedral Hall Auditorium, Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Road. “We will discuss where state government programs could be reduced and whether or not state taxes should be raised,” DeLissio said. “Pennsylvania has a significant budget deficit now and discussing how decisions at the federal level may impact Pennsylvania and our state budget is a topic that I want to discuss with constituents. “I look forward to hearing from my constituents as to their identification of state funding priorities and where the revenue should be obtained. Various government programs could be reduced or eliminated to save money but at what cost to citizens who may utilize these programs.” DeLissio said that this town hall will be quite timely due to the fact that the Pennsylvania governor’s budget proposal for 2017-2018 will be delivered Feb. 7. There is free parking in the St Mary’s Church parking lot or street parking. If travelling by bus, Cathedral Village is on routes 9 and 27. Read more

 

DeLissio office offers 1-stop shop for vehicle registration renewals

(Jan 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that her office is prepared to assist constituents of the 194th Legislative District with the renewal process for registration of their vehicles now that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is no longer issuing stickers. She said that the change, which went into effect Jan. 1, will result in a significant cost savings for taxpayers. Drivers are still required to maintain current vehicle registration, and must present a registration card to law enforcement when asked. A valid registration card also is still required when having a safety and/or emissions inspection. The elimination of the stickers allows motorists to renew a vehicle registration online and to print a valid registration card to carry with them. Drivers will eventually be able to upload the registration credential to their smart device. “If you are without a computer or printer, my office can assist you in providing your new valid registration card by applying online on your behalf,” DeLissio said. “Simply bring in your current registration card and proof of insurance, and staff will print out for you your new valid, updated card. You will need to provide a credit card in order to complete the transaction. “As always, my office will continue to provide assistance with other PennDOT needs such as disability parking placards, disability plates, driver’s license Read more

 

DeLissio sworn in as state representative for fourth term

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., was sworn into office today for a fourth term as representative for the 194th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in is constitutionally mandated to occur on the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “As we begin a new legislative session, I am optimistic,” she said. “My optimism stems from the fact that as a governing body it is imperative that we consider all views of the citizens in the commonwealth and in my experience, compromise often leads to the best solution. I look forward to continuing to work closely with my colleagues from the majority party and am committed to building on the solid relationships that I have worked to establish over the past six years.” DeLissio said that she is looking forward to contributing as a member of the newly reconstituted Pennsylvania Long Term Care Council, helping to shape policies as they relate to the commonwealth’s long-term care services and support systems. As an active member of the Government Reform Caucus, she is eager to continue the exchange of ideas and strategies, in particular as they pertain to redistricting and campaign finance reform and updating our election system. DeLissio additionally anticipates reintroducing her legislation for Read more

 

DeLissio announces $1.76M in state grants for area bike, pedestrian projects

(Dec 09, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today announced the approval of a $1.21 million Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) grant to improve Manayunk’s Main Street pedestrian walkway and another $550,000 CFA grant for river trail improvements in Lower Merion Twp. The Manayunk Development Corporation and Manayunk Special Services District will use the money to buy and install pedestrian-scale street lighting and LED luminaires to improve safety at eight pedestrian crossings between Shurs and Green lanes. “The added street lighting will assist in providing greater visibility and ease when strolling and crossing the streets of Manayunk, particularly where there may not be a traffic signal,” DeLissio said. “The lighting is expected to help the district become more pedestrian and cycling friendly. “These improvements will enhance the Manayunk Street Corridor section of Philadelphia, heightening its safety and vibrancy, and encourage pedestrian traffic to frequent this long established and welcoming business corridor.” In Lower Merion Twp., Penn Real Estate Group will use this grant to further the Pencoyd Landing Redevelopment Project by developing a public-use walking and biking trail along the Schuylkill River in Lower Merion Twp., Montgomery County. These plans also call for repairing and renovating a deteriorated river wall for safety measures and beautification. “This Read more

 

DeLissio: Long-Term Care Council work begins in earnest

(Dec 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 1 – Members of the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council, including state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., met in Harrisburg Wednesday to announce its launch and discuss the direction of the council. The 35-member body is charged with making recommendations on regulations, licensure, financing and any other responsibilities of the departments and agencies that relate to the commonwealth’s long-term care services and supports systems. “I’m thrilled to begin work on the council and look forward to helping shape long-term care policies in the commonwealth,” said DeLissio, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the fields of long-term care and small-business ownership and has been a member of the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee since elected to office in 2010. “As it stands, our services are difficult to navigate and one of my goals will be to ensure that the continuum of housing and services is as seamless as possible.” Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the country with the percentage of citizens 65 or older, and citizens 85 or older are the most rapidly growing segment of seniors in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Care Council Act, Act 64 of 2015, was passed by the General Assembly as a replacement for the Intergovernmental Council on Long-Term Care in order to reflect today’s broader long-term care continuum. The council is intended to Read more

 

DeLissio plans holiday open house for December

(Nov 22, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her annual open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at her constituent services office, 6511 Ridge Ave. All constituents who reside in the 194th Legislative District are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be prepared by students in the culinary arts program at the A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, located in the 194 th Legislative District. “ Our open houses are lively and fun, with neighbors and friends coming in and checking out the services the district office provides,” she said. “It is an opportunity to ask questions and interact with me and staff, who can share information on state services and how we can best assist you. “You also will have the opportunity to find out if the Pennsylvania Treasury has any unclaimed property for you, enter a raffle for a day of shadowing me in Harrisburg, and post a favorite location in the 194th Legislative District on the ‘brag wall.’” Although not necessary, DeLissio said it would be helpful for attendees planning to attend to RSVP her office. To RSVP or obtain more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726 or email RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Read more

 

DeLissio to discuss government reform at 59th town hall on Nov. 17

(Nov 04, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will hold her 59th town hall meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Bala Cynwyd Library Community Room, 131 Old Lancaster Road in Bala Cynwyd, 19004. The discussion will center on state government reform topics addressing voting improvements, gift and hospitality bans, campaign finance and redistricting. “I hope to see you for this informative and thought-provoking discussion on government reform,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “The intersecting subjects of special interests, money and the legislative process have long-lasting and deep effects in all corners of government, and it’s imperative that constituents stay informed on these matters. “This is a town hall meeting you don’t want to miss if you have any interest in better understanding some of the dynamics in play and what needs to be done to reform government practices to enhance the voice of every citizen.” There is free parking in the library lot or street parking. Read more

 

DeLissio announces state grant for pocket park in Roxborough

(Oct 28, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28 – Commonwealth Financing Authority this week approved a $200,000 grant for Roxborough Development Corp. (RDC) to continue redevelopment of a vacant lot into the Roxborough Pocket Park, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced. This development is part of the RDC Roxborough 2020 initiative, said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Philadelphia. The grant, which was authorized under the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Funding Program, will go to excavate, grade and pave the lot before a rain garden, shrubbery, bleachers, steel-cabling market lights and a boardwalk are added to the site. Overall plans for the site call for repurposing this vacant lot into a community hub, thereby connecting residents, serving as a catalyst for neighborhood change, and assisting in reinvigorating downtown Roxborough. “Roxborough 2020 is an exciting vision for the future of this business corridor, and I am pleased to have helped to advocate for and secure this funding,” DeLissio said. “The further development of this park is a catalyst for additional business development along this corridor, and we are grateful to the Department of Community and Economic Development for this significant grant." Read more

 

DeLissio: Don't Put Off Mammograms

(Oct 25, 2016)

Pennsylvania state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., spoke on the House floor Oct. 25, 2016, about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the importance of not putting off mammograms. Surrounded by her colleagues in pink, DeLissio talked about her own experience with breast cancer and how others can get the help they need. Read more

 

DeLissio: Bills for long-term care council, oral chemo access signed

(Oct 21, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – Two crucial pieces of legislation that state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio worked on this legislative session and became law were honored in a ceremonial bill signing this week. DeLissio joined Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday to commemorate the signing of H.B. 753, which replaces the former Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care as the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council. This council comprises long-term care providers, advocates, consumers and elected officials and will be a valuable resource and sounding board for the departments of Aging, Health and Human Services on long-term care public policy issues, DeLissio said. The new council, of which DeLissio is an appointed member, broadens the scope of the previous council and addresses topics ranging from facility-based care to home- and community-based services. DeLissio’s amendment from the previous session was included in this legislation. Her amendment increased the number of consumers to be seated on the council from one to two, and at least one of those required consumers must have personal experience as a family caregiver. "Our state ranks fourth in the country with the percentage of citizens 65 or older, and citizens 85 or older are the most rapidly growing segment of seniors in the commonwealth,” she said. “Our current system is difficult for consumers and caregivers to navigate and one of my goals as a member of the Read more

 

DeLissio announces 58th town hall Oct. 27

(Oct 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 58th town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Community Room of Falls Ridge, 4349 Ridge Ave. DeLissio said there is plenty of free parking by the entrance in the lot off of Merrick Road. This location is served by SEPTA Bus Route 9. “There is still much legislation expected to be discussed and passed in the six upcoming session days,” DeLissio said. “It is uncertain what will be brought up on the voting calendar, but legislation pertaining to pension reform, election reform, gun control, ride-sharing permitting – Uber and Lyft – to operate, and eliminating the criminal and civil statutes of limitation for sexual abuse of children may be brought to the House floor.” Discussion will center on the significant legislation that will be headed to the governor’s desk as a result of the end of the two-year legislative session. Technically the last day of the two-year session is Nov. 30, and any legislation not passed by both the Senate and House will die and will need to be re-introduced after the next General Assembly is elected. The last session day scheduled for the House and Senate is Oct. 26. To date, a total of 3,691 bills have been introduced in the General Assembly with 252 of those bills signed into law. “The end of session can be a fast-moving time for the legislature, and I look forward to keeping my Read more

 

DeLissio announces state grant for City Avenue redevelopment

(Oct 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today announced approval of an $889,846 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund grant for corridor improvements along City Avenue. The planned improvements, which also received funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority this summer , will provide for new drainage, turning lanes, crosswalks, signal upgrades and lighting. "Revitalization of the City Avenue corridor is critical to driving economic growth in our community, and I’m happy to announce this latest round of financing," DeLissio said. "The state has recognized an excellent investment in our community and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Work has already begun, thanks to new zoning in both Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township and ongoing expansion at Saint Joseph’s University, she said. The project is one of 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects that will receive $40 million in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund grants, announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan. DeLissio voted for legislation to create the fund in November 2013. Complete second-phase work along the corridor is estimated to cost $3.8 million. "Between recent zoning changes and Read more

 

DeLissio to offer paper shredding events Oct. 15, Oct. 29

(Oct 07, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio is holding two free shredding events this month for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents. The events are: Saturday, Oct. 15 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Magisterial District Court 901 Montgomery Ave. Penn Valley, 19072 (Next to Staples) Saturday, Oct. 29 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Roxborough Municipal Lot 514 Dupont St. Philadelphia, 19128 Availability is on a first-come basis. Shredding will take place from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. or until the truck is full. There is a limit of four bags per household (standard storage/banker boxes or grocery bags). "Safe disposal of documents with personal information is one of the best defenses against identity theft,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "Shredding also is a great way to dispose of unneeded paper in an environmentally friendly way, and I am happy to offer this service to my constituents." DeLissio said common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Shredding will be done on site and all shredded paper will be recycled. For more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more

 

DeLissio: Share food facility project receives $1M state grant

(Oct 06, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6 – Share Food Program Inc. received a $1 million state grant to replace its warehouse roof and upgrade electrical systems, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced today. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Office of the Budget Secretary Randy Albright released the latest round of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants Sept. 29. “Share is a true mission-oriented not-for-profit agency with stellar leadership, and they help many who experience food insecurity,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Share is powered by committed volunteers who assist with the unloading, storing and transporting of millions of pounds of food to more than 505 volunteer-led food cupboards. Share’s food relief helps an average of 607,000 low-income individuals each month and without Share, local food cupboards would not be able to meet the growing need. “This is a premier investment, and I wholeheartedly thank Governor Wolf for making this grant happen.” Infrastructure improvements being paid for by the grant include electrical-system repairs and a new roof on Share’s 133,000-square-foot warehouse at 2901 Hunting Park Ave. These integral improvements will keep Share’s large walk-in coolers and freezers working consistently and reliably; frozen food, consisting of chicken, fish, beef and pork, offers an important protein source for the low-income households that rely on food cupboard distributions. Read more

 

On judge retirement ballot question: are politics at play?

(Sep 29, 2016)

If you have attended any of my 56 Town Halls in the past five and a half years, you have most likely heard me say that in Harrisburg I witness politics trumping policy at the expense of the greater good of our citizens with alarming frequency. On the ballot on November 8th is a proposed amendment to our state constitution that if voted affirmatively will increase the age of mandatory retirement for judges from 70 to 75. To amend our state constitution, legislation must pass both chambers of the PA House and Senate in two successive sessions. Appropriate notice is then provided to citizens, and the amendment will appear on the ballot for citizens to ultimately decide. This particular amendment has had multiple challenges and lawsuits. First, it was to appear on the ballot on April 26th – the date of the primary election. It actually was on the ballot, however, the majority party in the General Assembly thought the language was confusing and had it postponed at the last minute. The wording is below – you decide the clarity. "Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to require that justices of the Supreme Court, judges and justices of the peace (known as magisterial district judges) be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years, instead of the current requirement that they be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 70?" The new wording could lead voters to Read more

 

DeLissio Senior Expo Partnership Benefits Community

(Sep 23, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio hosted her Senior Expo in conjunction with Roxborough Memorial Hospital's Good Neighbor Day, bringing hundreds of people together to learn more about the things people need as they age. Working with the hospital and other community organizations, seniors had a one-stop-shop to help enrich their lives. Read more

 

DeLissio promotes online learning resource for direct-care workers, caregivers

(Sep 23, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 23 – A free online training program for direct-care workers in Pennsylvania is making a great impression on long-term care professionals, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, a member of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. DeLissio remarked on how helpful the videos are during a committee meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday. “This is a great public-private partnership that will help improve and elevate the quality of long-term care in Pennsylvania and enhance skills,” DeLissio said of the project, which received public funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The videos on LearningCenter.PaHomeCare.org cover training on topics such as proper skin care and bathing, detecting and understanding levels of pain and understanding family dynamics. There are currently 59 videos. They are free and may be used as a tool to meet Pennsylvania Department of Health requirements for homecare licensure. The program helps to develop and reinforce the necessary skills that direct-care workers and caregivers use every day. “In the field of long-term care, direct-care workers are critically important and work the closest with the many older and younger folks who rely daily on their support,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Direct-care workers handle tasks to ensure comfort and care by providing assistance with bathing and dressing, fixing meals, helping with Read more

 

DeLissio to hold 57th town hall Sept. 30; ballot questions to be discussed

(Sep 16, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 16 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 57 th Town Hall meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30 in the Wolcoff Auditorium, Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. The discussion will center on two of the questions that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot this fall. Slated for the ballot is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that if voted affirmatively will increase the age of mandatory retirement for judges from 70 to 75. The other question asks citizens if they believe that the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives should be reduced. “These are two very important issues facing Pennsylvania this fall, and their effects will be far-reaching,” DeLissio said. “Please join me as we have an objective discussion of those effects and possible outcomes.” To amend the state constitution, legislation must pass the House and Senate in two successive sessions. Appropriate notice is then provided to citizens, and the amendment will appear on the ballot for citizens to ultimately decide. There is free parking in the Jamestown Parking Lot on Jamestown Avenue. Read more

 

‘We are informed by our experiences’

(Sep 16, 2016)

We are informed by our experiences. As of this past May, the 5th to be exact, I can add the experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer to my knowledge base. It is indeed a unique experience for me as I have enjoyed relatively good health for the majority of my 60 years. As I was soon to find out, for many in my circle of constituents, colleagues and acquaintances, this is a shared experience. The good news is that my breast cancer is curable; the treatment plan of 14 months, which includes 28 rounds of chemotherapy, plus weeks of radiation should ensure that I am cancer free. It has already been interesting how my diagnosis overlaps with my legislative role as state representative for the 194th. In late June I spoke at a news conference at the Capitol to encourage the Senate to vote on final passage of H.B. 60 that ensures oral chemotherapy would be available to patients at the same co-pay as intravenous chemotherapy. Insurance companies have been, in many instances, charging patients cost prohibitive co-pays for oral chemotherapy. I had been a champion of this legislation long before my diagnosis but hope that speaking out and being public about my own situation helped to get this bill to the governor’s desk. H.B. 60 is now the law. In addition, an early observation in this 14-month adventure is the number of times that my health care provider has stated that a certain test or treatment is recommended, however, it Read more

 

DeLissio advises of judicial ballot question on Nov. 8

(Sep 02, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., said she continues to be amazed over the confusion and turmoil that has resulted in what should have been a simple ballot question put to voters regarding the retention of judges in Pennsylvania. She is encouraging voters to review its history to better understand what they will be voting on Nov. 8. On the Nov. 8 General Election ballot is a proposed amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution that, if voted affirmatively, would increase the age of mandatory retirement for all judges from 70 to 75. “Constituents who have attended any of my 56 Town Halls in the past five and half years have most likely heard me say that in Harrisburg I witness politics trumping policy at the expense of the greater good of our citizens with alarming frequency and this ballot initiative is an example of that maneuvering,” DeLissio said. To amend the state constitution, legislation must pass both chambers of the House and Senate in two successive legislative sessions. Appropriate notice is then provided to citizens and the amendment will appear on the ballot for citizens to ultimately decide. DeLissio said the question that will be put to voters regarding the constitutional amendment has had many twists and turns on its way to November’s ballot, involving multiple court challenges and lawsuits. It was first advertised to appear on the April 26 Primary Election Read more