Pa. bill would give public housing authorities in smaller cities the power to make their own police departments

(Oct 10, 2023)

"Currently, the only communities that are able to create public housing police forces are Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and yet, many smaller cities also face similar problems with crime," said state Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Freeman: Local parks will be renovated with $469,000 in grants

(Oct 06, 2023)

“These grants show the importance of improved and accessible recreational spaces in our communities,” Freeman said. “Parks, trails and other green spaces offer relaxation and locations for people to enjoy either alone or with friends and family.” Read more

 

State Grant Programs Open For Application (10/03/2023)

(Oct 03, 2023)

Here are several grant programs that recently opened for applications. Read more

 

Freeman introduces bill to let housing authorities set up police departments

(Sep 28, 2023)

"All public housing authorities should have the ability to set up their own police force in order to better combat crime. A public housing police force also would greatly enhance community policing efforts, making public housing projects safer for their residents and their families, especially children and the elderly," Freeman said. Read more

 

Lafayette College celebrates new alumni plaza and trail, plus refurbished steps

(Sep 28, 2023)

Funding included a $869,694 state grant secured in 2021 by state Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton. Read more

 

Warehouses dominate discussion of proposed law to add oversight to Pennsylvania development

(Sep 06, 2023)

State Rep. Bob Freeman (D-Northampton) led the hearing on Rep. Schlossberg's House Bill 782, which would require more information from builders about the impact of big developments. Read more

 

Lehigh Valley experts testify on PA bill addressing warehouse development

(Sep 06, 2023)

"This is something that needs our attention, and this is a start," said Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, the committee chair. "As far as whether there's an appetite for this, I think it comes down to the quality of the product we as a committee might be able to report." Read more

 

‘Long overdue’: Pa. towns would get more control over warehouses under Lehigh Valley lawmaker’s bill

(Sep 06, 2023)

“I think a lot of the developments that would occur as residential, would probably not come under the purview of this legislation,” Rep. Freeman said. “The main focus is on larger developments of truly regional nature. If you think about putting in an airport, oil refinery or a large-scale warehouse, that would have a regional impact on this legislation.” Read more

 

State Grant Programs Open For Application (09/05/2023)

(Sep 05, 2023)

Here are several grant programs that recently opened for applications. Read more

 

Helping Communities Who Are On the Frontlines: 2023-24 Budget Increases Funding for Municipal Assistance Program by More than 250 Percent

(Aug 23, 2023)

“[The MAP increase] is a very promising start … for the state to step up to the plate and provide more support for municipalities.” Read more

 

New bills would let Pennsylvania local governments hire firms as managers

(Aug 21, 2023)

The change would allow municipalities to hire a range of professional groups to serve as managers, said Rep. Bob Freeman, a prime sponsor for one of the bills. Read more

 

Pa. lawmakers push set of bills that would allow firms to manage municipalities

(Aug 21, 2023)

"For smaller communities, it becomes rather difficult to hire someone in the role of either administrator or manager," said State Rep. Robert Freeman (D-Northampton County), one of the bill's prime sponsors. "Often times salaries that are requested can be tough for a smaller community with a limited tax base." Read more

 

Freeman joins county and Easton city officials to promote clean vehicles

(Aug 15, 2023)

State Rep. Robert Freeman joined Northampton County and Easton officials Tuesday to promote transition to zero-emission transportation and advocate for the strongest possible federal clean car standards. Read more

 

PA Rep. Freeman, Northampton Co. commissioner and Easton councilman among those calling on EPA to pass clean car standards

(Aug 15, 2023)

Freeman says the Lehigh Valley's increase in cars on the road has led to more pollution, causing more respiratory issues, like asthma. Read more

 

Freeman welcomes $405,572 to improve Easton traffic signals

(Aug 11, 2023)

“By using the latest electronic traffic technology, we can help to ensure that motorists, pedestrians and cyclists stay safer on our city streets. These updates also will keep traffic moving efficiently,” said Freeman. Read more

 

Infrastructure, Housing, Transportation, and Safety Funding Opportunities

(Jul 05, 2023)

Here are several grant programs that recently opened for applications. Read more

 

PA House passes Freeman land bank legislation

(Jun 20, 2023)

“Land banks are a transformative resource that allow affected neighborhoods and business districts to be revitalized. We should be doing everything we can as a state to encourage economic development and improve quality of life in all municipalities, big and small,” said Freeman. Read more

 

Infrastructure, Housing, and Safety Funding Opportunities

(Jun 16, 2023)

Here are several grant programs that recently opened for applications. Read more

 

Police and fire gear from Pennsylvania might help protect people of war-torn Ukraine

(Jun 15, 2023)

“This is a way for those municipalities that feel they have surplus property they can dispose of and benefit the Ukrainian people to be able to do so without receiving a surcharge for the, for the actual disposal of the property,” Rep. Freeman said. Read more

 

Freeman bill seeks to extend Main Street program, which has been a resounding success in Easton

(Jun 07, 2023)

“A community’s Main Street initiative often just gets started with implementing its revitalization plan when the funding ends, undermining the ability to realize the plan’s objectives," Freeman, D-Northampton, said. Read more

 

Pa. bill would give public housing authorities in smaller cities the power to make their own police departments
Oct 10, 2023

Freeman: Local parks will be renovated with $469,000 in grants
Oct 06, 2023

State Grant Programs Open For Application (10/03/2023)
Oct 03, 2023

Freeman introduces bill to let housing authorities set up police departments
Sep 28, 2023

Lafayette College celebrates new alumni plaza and trail, plus refurbished steps
Sep 28, 2023

Warehouses dominate discussion of proposed law to add oversight to Pennsylvania development
Sep 06, 2023

Lehigh Valley experts testify on PA bill addressing warehouse development
Sep 06, 2023

‘Long overdue’: Pa. towns would get more control over warehouses under Lehigh Valley lawmaker’s bill
Sep 06, 2023

State Grant Programs Open For Application (09/05/2023)
Sep 05, 2023

Helping Communities Who Are On the Frontlines: 2023-24 Budget Increases Funding for Municipal Assistance Program by More than 250 Percent
Aug 23, 2023

New bills would let Pennsylvania local governments hire firms as managers
Aug 21, 2023

Pa. lawmakers push set of bills that would allow firms to manage municipalities
Aug 21, 2023

Freeman joins county and Easton city officials to promote clean vehicles
Aug 15, 2023

PA Rep. Freeman, Northampton Co. commissioner and Easton councilman among those calling on EPA to pass clean car standards
Aug 15, 2023

Freeman welcomes $405,572 to improve Easton traffic signals
Aug 11, 2023

Infrastructure, Housing, Transportation, and Safety Funding Opportunities
Jul 05, 2023

PA House passes Freeman land bank legislation
Jun 20, 2023

Infrastructure, Housing, and Safety Funding Opportunities
Jun 16, 2023

Police and fire gear from Pennsylvania might help protect people of war-torn Ukraine
Jun 15, 2023

Freeman bill seeks to extend Main Street program, which has been a resounding success in Easton
Jun 07, 2023