Otten and Muth announce $32k grant to update Upper Uwchlan Township’s sewage plan

(Sep 18, 2019)

EXTON, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten and state Sen. Katie Muth today announced that a $32,610 Commonwealth Financing Authority grant will be awarded to Upper Uwchlan Township’s Sewage Facilities Program. Upper Uwchlan Township is looking to update its sewage plan in accordance with Act 537 and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The revised plan will address the planning requirements necessary to meet future sanitary sewer service needs not currently served by the central Route 100 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The total project cost is $65,220. “I’m thankful that we could bring these funds back to the 155th,” Otten said. “This grant will allow Upper Uwchlan Township to determine the most efficient and best practices for providing future public sewer services to its residents while effectively maintaining existing sewage facilities.” “It is important to support projects that will improve services for current and future residents,” Muth said. “The funding awarded today serves to update and advance current sewer operations in Upper Uwchlan, allowing for future operational expansion to address the needs of those living in the township.” The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA provides funding for various projects that help Read more

 

Otten and Muth to hold series of town halls this month

(Sep 03, 2019)

EXTON, Sept. 3 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold three town hall meetings this month to address topics such as the cost of living, youth mental health and more. Sen. Katie Muth will co-host two of the three meetings. Town halls will take place on the following days: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the East Pikeland Township Building with Muth. 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at Henrietta Hankin Library Annex. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at Brandywine Wallace Elementary School with Muth. “I encourage my constituents to come out prepared with questions or concerns so we can have a productive discussion and attendees can leave feeling much more informed about their state legislature,” Otten said. “We’ll be covering topics that are important to the community and me, so I want to ensure everyone’s voice is heard at each meeting. When constituents express their views in an open forum like this, I can make better decisions on behalf of this community in Harrisburg.” “Coming together to discuss the issues that matter to our area is an important part of civic engagement and why I enjoy having the opportunity to host town hall meetings such as these. I look forward to hearing the questions and topics community members wish to discuss as it helps Representative Otten and me better understand how we can best serve those we’ve been elected to represent,” Muth said. Constituents can call Otten’s Read more

 

Otten and community members submit pipeline safety letter to PUC

(Aug 28, 2019)

EXTON, Aug. 28 – Rep. Danielle Friel Otten was joined by more than 220 members of the public in submitting a letter to the Public Utility Commission today outlining recommendations for pipeline safety regulations. The unified statement, drafted with help from community members and signed by constituents and other Pennsylvanians, was submitted in response to the Commission’s request for public comment on proposed rulemaking regarding hazardous liquid public utility safety standards. Otten and her staff worked with constituents impacted by Mariner East pipeline construction to write the letter, which contains specific recommendations for regulations surrounding all aspects of pipeline safety, including construction methods, leak detection, public notification, liability and property rights-of-way. Maggie Quinn and Rebecca Britton of Uwchlan Safety Coalition led the efforts on the community side. “Our constituents have lived with and experienced these pipelines and the shortcomings of current regulations,” Otten said. “They shared their experiences with various aspects of pipeline construction and operation and helped us identify, research, and cite these recommendations to create a list that encompasses the most pressing concerns of Pennsylvanians impacted by pipelines.” By working with the community to create a collaborative response to the PUC, Otten hoped to make it easier for community members who want to provide public comment Read more

 

Letter to the PUC on pipeline safety regulations

(Aug 28, 2019)

Pipeline construction and safety is of great concern in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Although much public and media focus has been on the Mariner East project, tens of thousands of miles of pipeline upgrades and installation are anticipated in the next 10 years, according to state officials. Read more

 

Public Comment on Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Hazardous Liquid Public Utility Safety Standards

(Aug 16, 2019)

Rep. Danielle Friel Otten is collecting signatures on a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) for public comment on proposed rulemaking regarding hazardous liquid public utility safety standards. This letter is intended to be a unified comment to the PUC from Pennsylvanians who have been impacted by pipeline construction across the state. Please read this letter and list of recommendations for regulations that will protect the health and safety of our communities and show your support by signing below! If you would like to write and submit your own public comment to the PUC regarding new pipeline regulations, we also encourage you to do so! Click here to learn more. THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS TO THE PUC IS WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2019. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT YOUR NAME IS ADDED TO THIS LETTER , PLEASE RESPOND BY 5 P.M. TUESDAY, AUG. 27. Read more

 

Addressing the Need for a Pipeline Early Detection and Warning Board

(Aug 08, 2019)

Monday night, at a time of night that many Chester County families would be putting young children down to bed for the night, a loud boom shook residents living in and near West Goshen and East Goshen townships. Similar to the incident that happened earlier this year at Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, there was a void of immediate information available to the public, a widespread concern about public health and safety, and confusion about what was happening. One of the most clear questions I have seen about Monday's incident is, "how are we supposed to know when to evacuate, on foot, upwind, 1/2 mile?" On May 30, 2019 Tim Boyce, Director of Delaware County Emergency Management , testified before the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee at a public hearing about the lack of state funding for emergency preparedness around potential pipeline incidents and the lack of plans in place for a community-wide evacuation, especially within the first 30 minutes of an incident. My proposed House Bill 1735 aims to rectify this void by establishing an early detection and warning system for communities facing oil and gas infrastructure and creating a funding source for affected local municipalities to implement that warning system BEFORE those facilities go into operation. Read more here On a personal note, as a parent to small children who put their heads down every night next to the Mariner East project, I share many of the Read more

 

Friel Otten: Policy, Change, and Leadership Are Needed to End Gun Violence

(Aug 08, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten and her colleagues urge Governor Wolf to call for a special session to address gun violence. Read more

 

Otten, legislators call for special session to address gun violence

(Aug 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – Following the recent deadly shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, state Reps. Kevin Boyle, Malcolm Kenyatta, and Danielle Friel Otten were joined by other legislators to call on Gov. Tom Wolf to convene a special session of the House and Senate to address gun violence in the commonwealth. “From Ohio to Texas, California to Pennsylvania, one shooting is one too many. People should not have to fear for their lives by just walking out of their house, going to the store or attending an event in their community. These tragedies are beyond commonplace,” Boyle said. “The continuous lack of action and the thoughts and prayers mentality must be a thing of the past. We can no longer stand idly by and watch communities and families being torn apart by these senseless acts of violence. The time to act on commonsense gun reform in Pennsylvania must be now.” Boyle added there is legislation pending in both the House and Senate that includes bills to ban assault weapons, close the loophole for gun background checks, and adopt Extreme Risk Protective Orders that equip families, law enforcement, and the courts to temporarily restrict access to guns for people at risk of violence to themselves or others. Kenyatta stated that the ongoing gun violence in Pennsylvania, particularly in Philadelphia, has become a public epidemic. Kenyatta said, “I’ve sat with way too many families who have lost loved ones to gun Read more

 

Otten introduces legislation to create Pipeline Early Detection and Warning Board

(Jul 29, 2019)

EXTON, July 29 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today announced the introduction of H.B. 1735 , which would establish a Pipeline Early Detection and Warning Board. The proposed bill would empower the board to collect fees from pipeline operators, and distribute those fees in the form of grants for the development of early detection and warning systems to alert communities in the event of a pipeline incident. “My legislation would properly place the costs associated with early detection and warning systems on pipeline operators rather than on our communities, taxpayers, or first responders,” Otten said. Otten worked with Uwchlan Safety Coalition founder and organizer Rebecca Britton to draft the legislation. Britton is a Uwchlan Township resident who lives near the Mariner East pipeline and is a school board director for the Downingtown Area School District. As a school board director, Britton shares responsibility for six schools in the path or potential impact radius of the pipeline. “This bill is an extension of the work that we began long before either one of us thought about running for office,” Otten said regarding her collaboration with Britton. “When we have refineries exploding at one end of the state and pipelines exploding at the other after just one week in service, it is incumbent upon us as elected officials to codify how we will protect public safety and hold pipeline operators responsible for the costs Read more

 

The PA Budget on the issues you care about most

(Jul 05, 2019)

Last week, the PA House of Representatives passed a 2019-20 budget bill ahead of the June 30 deadline. While the budget and some budget-adjacent bills did include some bright spots, the budget as a whole does not reflect the values or priorities of our legislative district, nor does it begin to resolve our Commonwealth’s ongoing issues with property taxes, education funding, wages for direct support professionals, and more. I wanted to provide an overview of the budget and my budget-related votes, broken out by some of the key issues in our legislative district based on feedback we’ve received from constituents. Taxes After Governor Wolf vetoed Speaker Mike Turzai’s proposed $100 million Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and its escalator clause ensuring continued increases to EITC, the final budget included a compromise $25 million increase to the EITC program for 2019-2020. While the idea of EITCs may sound appealing, these programs reduce our overall tax revenues and provide tax shelter for corporate entities and the wealthiest among us, allowing these organizations and individuals to make direct investments in private education with no accountability, transparency, or requirement to serve all students equally, bypassing the duly elected legislature and our constitutional mandate: “The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Read more

 

Williams, Otten announce $400,000 worth of grants awarded to Coatesville Area School District

(Jun 11, 2019)

COATESVILLE, June 11 — State Reps. Dan Williams and Danielle Friel Otten, both D-Chester, announced that five schools within the Coatesville Area School District will share $400,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and its 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. Schools within Williams’ legislative district that will receive these funds are Gordon Learning Center, South Brandywine Middle School and Scott Middle School; and schools awarded within Otten’s legislative district are Reeceville Elementary School and North Brandywine Middle School. According to Coatesville Area School District superintendent Cathy Taschner, the funds will go toward implementing before- and after-school programming. “The Coatesville Area School District is excited to be able to offer much needed before- and after-school programming for students through the 21st century learning grant,” Taschner said. “We want to thank our Chester County Intermediate Unit partners who have applied for this grant and included us in the process. We know that quality before- and after-school programming can improve academic performance, improve physical health, and provide a structured, safe environment for students. We look forward to the impact this grant will have on our students.” “This is a step in the right direction. All our Commonwealth’s businesses and citizens should be contributing to the costs required Read more

 

Otten to host youth mental health discussion Thursday

(May 20, 2019)

EXTON, May 20 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will host a discussion on youth mental health and how parents can support their children from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 in the Annex Room of the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, located at 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs. The parent-focused discussion will cover five culprits that can interfere with a child’s development and how parents can play a positive role in helping their children overcome these obstacles. Otten, who serves on the House Children and Youth Committee, will also discuss legislation that seeks to promote and protect youth mental health, such as an anti-bullying bill that she is co-sponsoring, the Beyond Safe Schools package and other pending legislation related to mental health. “A child’s mental health is crucial for their development, and it’s important that we empower and inform parents so they can give their children the foundation they need to thrive in today’s world,” Otten said. “I encourage attendees to bring any questions they have about this issue, and I welcome any input my constituents may have on the bills I’ll be discussing.” Staff from Otten’s district office will be available to answer questions about state-related services. To RSVP for the event, call Otten’s district office at 484-200-8259. Read more

 

Otten, Williams announce $33k in grants to expand school breakfast programs

(May 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 16 — State Reps. Danielle Friel Otten and Dan Williams, both D-Chester, announced that the Coatesville Area School District will receive $33,296 in state funds to ensure every student can start his or her day with a wholesome, healthy breakfast. The grants are provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative and were rewarded to 151 schools across the commonwealth. Schools may use this grant toward expanding upon its current breakfast program, or to implement new breakfast options such as grab-and-go style breakfasts or breakfast in the classroom. Schools in Williams’ legislative district each received grants worth $4,162: Coatesville Area Senior High School East Fallowfield Elementary School Coatesville Intermediate High School Caln Elementary School Rainbow Elementary School Scott Middle School Schools in Otten’s legislative district each received grants worth $4,162: North Brandywine Middle School Reeceville Elementary School “For too many students, a well-balanced meal may not be available at home. No student should ever be prevented from achieving their highest learning potential because of an empty stomach,” Williams said. “I sincerely thank Governor Wolf for sharing my values and for helping the Coatesville Area School District to provide for students who deserve every chance at success.” "Even in our wealthy county, many Read more

 

Otten hosting community power summit this weekend

(May 16, 2019)

EXTON, May 16 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten will host a community power summit featuring various environmental and community organizations from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Lionville Middle School, located at 550 W Uwchlan Ave, Exton, PA 19341. The summit will include interactive activities such as a virtual reality presentation about oil and gas pollution, several fun, kid-friendly activity stations and a panel discussion about climate change and air pollution issues in Pennsylvania. This summit also seeks to provide constituents with an opportunity to learn more about climate policies and practices that protect Pennsylvania’s environment and public health. Otten will share information on proposed environmental legislation in the House, including the following bills: H.B. 531: Legislation that seeks to create a community solar initiative in Pennsylvania to provide residents, businesses, farms and other community members the ability to acquire solar energy via a communal solar project. H.B. 1314: Legislation that seeks to expand the usage, accessibility and affordability of solar power throughout Pennsylvania by working with utility companies. H.B. 1425: Legislation that would put Pennsylvania on track to use 100% carbon-free, energy-efficient, renewable energy by 2050. Otten will also discuss her bill seeking to promote organic waste composting, which is a part of the Zero Waste PA package recently introduced by House Read more

 

Friel Otten announces $60,000 to expand Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown’s Youth Prevention Councils

(May 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 9 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today announced $60,000 in state funding is headed to Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown to expand the organization’s number of Youth Prevention Councils. Otten was instrumental in securing the state grant, which comes from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development funding for community improvement initiatives. “This grant will enable CTC of Greater Downingtown to continue its mission of creating a safe, supportive community that promotes mental and behavioral health and positive choices for our youth,” Otten said. “Together we advocated for this funding, and together we’ll continue to work to address the growing youth mental health crisis in our communities and support our kids through their teens and into adulthood.” CTC of Greater Downingtown Executive Director Bethann Cinelli echoed the sentiment, saying, “CTC is grateful for Representative Otten’s efforts in securing this grant to allow us to grow our Youth Prevention Councils, giving students the lead in educating and supporting their peers about positive mental health and prevention of substance abuse.” Otten said CTC plans to use the grant funds to more than quadruple the number of Youth Prevention Councils in the Downingtown area schools and community from three to 14 and create smaller “mini-grants” to empower the student Read more

 

Four Chester County school districts receive grants to enhance safety and security

(May 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – $778,119 in state funds to enhance and implement school safety and security efforts were awarded to four local school districts, state Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, announced today. The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments. Grant recipients in Rep. Otten’s district include: Phoenixville Area School District, receiving $194,480 Renaissance Academy Charter School, receiving $59,447 Spring-Ford Area School District, receiving $386,192 Coatesville Area School District, receiving $138,000 It will be the choice of the school districts to determine how exactly the funds will be used. Eligible purposes include, but are not limited to: safety and security assessments, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, intervention training programs, training of school police officers and counseling services for students. “It is vital that we provide the supports and resources necessary to keep our children safe,” Otten said. “I’m very grateful that these schools in my district will have the opportunity to use these funds to develop the programs and services that will best help them maintain a safe learning environment.” Read more

 

Community Power Summit is May 18

(May 03, 2019)

Understanding the impact people have on the environment has never been more important. Join myself, environmental groups, and community organizations on May 18 for a family-friendly event to learn more about environmental action in Pennsylvania. This community event will include an interactive virtual reality presentation about oil and gas pollution, a panel discussion about climate change and air pollution issues in Pennsylvania, fun kid-friendly activities, and more. Please join us to learn more about policies and practices that protect our environment and put our children’s health and well-being first. The Community Power Summit will take place on Saturday, May 18 at Lionville Middle School, 550 W. Uwchlan Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please call Sarah Heil at 484-200-8259. Read more

 

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Click to listen to the discussion

(May 03, 2019)

Listen to what your friends and neighbors had to say. Read more

 

Friel Otten issues statement responding to misinformation

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today released a statement responding to misinformation being spread in connection to the ongoing disruption caused by the Mariner East pipeline in Chester County which now has resulted in the removal of five families from their homes. “ Never did I call union workers Nazis. This outrage has been manufactured and stirred up by media consultants who are paid by the oil and gas industry to silence our voices. Our fight is not with the workers, and it never has been. “This pipeline carries highly volatile liquids 50 feet from where my children sleep at night. Mariner East has wreaked havoc and rained economic ruin on the hardworking residents of Chester County and across 350 miles of Pennsylvania. They have destroyed property and property values, violated constitutional rights, endangered our physical safety, insulted residents, disrupted our lives, and lied repeatedly to residents, legislators, public officials, and emergency responders. “In recent days we learned that five Chester County families lost their homes at the hands of this project. “If we continue to do the bidding of pipeline operators, if we continue to allow them to act as ‘public utilities’ when the products they transport are no such thing, we legitimize their operations and minimize the very real harm they have done and continue to do to our communities, our Commonwealth, and our Read more

 

Friel Otten joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. Rep. Danielle Friel Otten today joined other lawmakers and PennEnvironment to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. "I am excited to introduce legislation with the goal of diverting organic waste from our landfills and incinerators. Significant waste reduction in our landfills and disposal cost savings throughout our communities will benefit both our economy and our environment by creating a market for organic waste composting and helping to reduce environmental harms to our commonwealth. I am proud to support these bills, which are a step in the right direction for Pennsylvania’s environmental future,” said Friel Otten, D-Chester. “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in incinerators that cause air pollution, or blowing around in Read more

 

Otten and Muth announce $32k grant to update Upper Uwchlan Township’s sewage plan
Sep 18, 2019

Otten and Muth to hold series of town halls this month
Sep 03, 2019

Otten and community members submit pipeline safety letter to PUC
Aug 28, 2019

Letter to the PUC on pipeline safety regulations
Aug 28, 2019

Public Comment on Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Hazardous Liquid Public Utility Safety Standards
Aug 16, 2019

Addressing the Need for a Pipeline Early Detection and Warning Board
Aug 08, 2019

Friel Otten: Policy, Change, and Leadership Are Needed to End Gun Violence
Aug 08, 2019

Otten, legislators call for special session to address gun violence
Aug 07, 2019

Otten introduces legislation to create Pipeline Early Detection and Warning Board
Jul 29, 2019

The PA Budget on the issues you care about most
Jul 05, 2019

Williams, Otten announce $400,000 worth of grants awarded to Coatesville Area School District
Jun 11, 2019

Otten to host youth mental health discussion Thursday
May 20, 2019

Otten, Williams announce $33k in grants to expand school breakfast programs
May 17, 2019

Otten hosting community power summit this weekend
May 16, 2019

Friel Otten announces $60,000 to expand Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown’s Youth Prevention Councils
May 09, 2019

Four Chester County school districts receive grants to enhance safety and security
May 06, 2019

Community Power Summit is May 18
May 03, 2019

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Click to listen to the discussion
May 03, 2019

Friel Otten issues statement responding to misinformation
May 01, 2019

Friel Otten joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society
Apr 10, 2019