Featured News

Climate Caucus members call on the legislature to act during Climate Action Week

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 8): Talking about electric vehicles in Chester County

(Nov 18, 2022)

On Thursday, I was excited to attend an Electric Vehicle Summit hosted by TMACC, the Transportation Management Association of Chester County. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 10): The results are ALMOST in

(Nov 10, 2022)

It was great to see so many people at the polls on Tuesday as voters across the 155th Legislative District carried out their civic duty. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 4): Addressing the root causes of crime

(Nov 04, 2022)

Election Day is this upcoming Tuesday, Nov. 8, and your participation is more important now than ever before! Because this year, there is more on the ballot than just candidates. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 28): Literacy grants coming to Coatesville & Downingtown

(Oct 28, 2022)

We were back in Harrisburg this week for the last session days before Election Day. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 21): Working for you here in the district

(Oct 21, 2022)

Next week, we return to Harrisburg for legislative session, and this week, my staff and I have been busy here at home. Read more

 

GRANT MEMO: Nonprofit Security, Boating Facility, and Water/Sewer Funding Opportunities

(Oct 18, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: PA Industry Partnership Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Local workforce development boards, non-profit and non-governmental entities, community-based organizations, educational and post-secondary educational organizations, labor organizations, business associations, and economic development entities. Use : To identify workforce, education & training, and economic development needs, coordinate regional teams to support industry needs, identify public and community resources to address industry identified needs and increase collaboration among businesses within a targeted industry sector. Funds : Up to $250,000 per partnership. Application Deadline : October 28, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program (Funding Source: Nonprofit Security Grant Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations. Use : To support security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the Commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization. Funds : Awards between $5,000 and $150,000. Application Deadline : October 31, 2022 More Information : Click on Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct 14): Make sure you're prepared this Election Day

(Oct 14, 2022)

With the November 8 general election less than four weeks away, Chester County Voter Services began sending out mail-in ballots this week to those who have requested them. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 7): Supporting our firefighters and first responders

(Oct 07, 2022)

October is Fire Safety Month, a perfect time to acknowledge how vital our firefighters and first responders are to the safety and protection of our communities. Read more

 

Democratic lawmakers introduce bills focused on protecting reproductive rights

(Oct 06, 2022)

Bills would protect both healthcare providers and patients. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 30): Getting to the root of Pennsylvania’s gun violence epidemic

(Sep 30, 2022)

The senseless and heartbreaking shooting deaths of a 14-year-old student in Roxborough this week and a 23-year-old Temple University and Great Valley High School graduate last week have left many of us feeling not only saddened, but angry all over again at the continued inaction on our growing gun violence epidemic. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 23): Tackling climate change in Harrisburg

(Sep 23, 2022)

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 23): Tackling climate change in Harrisburg Read more

 

Climate Caucus members call on the legislature to act during Climate Action Week

(Sep 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Reps. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., and Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, and state Sen. Carolyn Comitta, D-West Chester, led a Climate Caucus news conference celebrating Climate Action Week Tuesday in the Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda. “One of the biggest issues facing Pennsylvania is that our polluters are not held accountable for their actions and the effects they have on public health,” Krajewski said. “We have an underfunded and under-resourced DEP that has had to make significant staffing cuts, whilst the fracking industry the DEP is tasked to regulate has flourished with the aid of technology. This has become a growing problem that demands concrete actions and I believe H.B.1467 is a step in that direction.” “Every day in the news, we see stories that should serve as red-flag warnings about the very real and present impacts of climate change,” Otten said. “Seeing the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Fiona; the growing threats throughout the United States from historic droughts, fires and floods; and the communities that are too often impacted first and hit the hardest by the economic and public health effects of climate change, we need to expand the conversation and the scope of what climate action means. During Climate Week, we’re lifting up the dozens of bills and solutions proposed by Climate Caucus members that would help Pennsylvania advance environmental justice, hold Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 16): We’re back in session in Harrisburg

(Sep 16, 2022)

The House returned to session this week for the first time since July. Throughout the session, you can check the “How I Voted” section of my website for information about the bills that have come before the House, how I’ve voted on those bills, and why I voted the way I did. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 9): $218K in Conservation Grants Awarded to our Community!

(Sep 09, 2022)

While summer may be coming to end, I am excited to get back to Harrisburg next week for what is expected to be a busy session week. Read more

 

Otten announces $218K in outdoor recreation grants

(Sep 07, 2022)

EXTON, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, today announced that two projects in her district received grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and help with revitalization efforts. Funding has been distributed as follows: Natural Lands Trust: $93,000 for the further development of Bryn Coed Preserve to construct a pedestrian walkway, observation area, parking area and stormwater management measures, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. West Vincent Township: $125,000 toward the acquisition of approximately 2.5 acres in West Vincent Township for access to the French Creek for fishing and recreation. "Public parks and protected open spaces help us build resilient communities and improve our public health and quality of life," said Otten, who serves as House chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Climate Caucus. "The preservation of natural lands and environmental conservation are at the forefront of the work we do. By making Bryn Coed Preserve and the French Creek more accessible, we can help to ensure that all members of our community are able to enjoy the beauty of Chester County. I am grateful to DCNR for this investment in conservation and recreation which will allow more residents to benefit from some of Chester County’s most beautiful Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 2): Voting to protect and preserve Pennsylvania's environment

(Sep 02, 2022)

Earlier this week, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania released their annual Legislative Scorecard for 2021-22. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (August 29): Back to School in Chester County!

(Aug 30, 2022)

The weather still says summertime, but this week means Back to School for most Chester County K-12 students. Read more

 

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities

(Aug 30, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation, cooperatives or any other legal entity. Use : To support projects that grow agricultural infrastructure in urban food deserts to improve access to fresh, local food and provide opportunities for hands-on learning, community-building, and for people to become social entrepreneurs. Community gardens are eligible projects. Funds : $2,500 micro grants or up to $50,000 for collaboration grants. Application Deadline : September 16, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Urban-Ag-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Reimbursement Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation or any other legal entity. Use : To support the development and expansion of current or future very small meat and poultry processing operations. Funds : Grants are limited to no more than $100,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : September 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Very-Small-Meat-Processor-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Agriculture and Youth Grant Program Read more

 

Rep. Otten's summer 2022 print newsletter

(Aug 22, 2022)

Print newsletter featuring updates regarding the Mariner East pipeline, this year's state budget and access to reproductive health care, Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (August 19): Rundown on the federal Inflation Reduction Act

(Aug 19, 2022)

On Tuesday, President Biden signed into law The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a comprehensive climate, healthcare, and economic package. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 8): Talking about electric vehicles in Chester County
Nov 18, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 10): The results are ALMOST in
Nov 10, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 4): Addressing the root causes of crime
Nov 04, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 28): Literacy grants coming to Coatesville & Downingtown
Oct 28, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 21): Working for you here in the district
Oct 21, 2022

GRANT MEMO: Nonprofit Security, Boating Facility, and Water/Sewer Funding Opportunities
Oct 18, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct 14): Make sure you're prepared this Election Day
Oct 14, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 7): Supporting our firefighters and first responders
Oct 07, 2022

Democratic lawmakers introduce bills focused on protecting reproductive rights
Oct 06, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 30): Getting to the root of Pennsylvania’s gun violence epidemic
Sep 30, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 23): Tackling climate change in Harrisburg
Sep 23, 2022

Climate Caucus members call on the legislature to act during Climate Action Week
Sep 20, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 16): We’re back in session in Harrisburg
Sep 16, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 9): $218K in Conservation Grants Awarded to our Community!
Sep 09, 2022

Otten announces $218K in outdoor recreation grants
Sep 07, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 2): Voting to protect and preserve Pennsylvania's environment
Sep 02, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (August 29): Back to School in Chester County!
Aug 30, 2022

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities
Aug 30, 2022

Rep. Otten's summer 2022 print newsletter
Aug 22, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (August 19): Rundown on the federal Inflation Reduction Act
Aug 19, 2022