WEEKLY E-BLAST (Feb 4): Revving up for budget season

(Feb 04, 2022)

Next Tuesday, Governor Wolf will deliver his final Budget Address before the General Assembly, highlighting his administration’s legislative priorities for the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget. Read more

 

Rep. Otten's budget letter to Gov. Wolf

(Feb 04, 2022)

Rep. Otten outlines her priorities for this year's budget. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 28): It’s time to invest in Pennsylvania’s communities

(Jan 28, 2022)

In last week’s newsletter, I talked about the upcoming budget season and the fact that the General Assembly is irresponsibly sitting on billions of dollars in federal American Rescue Plan funds and greater-than-expected state revenues. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 21): We need to talk about the budget

(Jan 21, 2022)

We need to talk about Pennsylvania’s budget. Last summer, the legislature left $5 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funds unallocated, in addition to putting $2.5 billion in greater-than-expected state revenue in the state’s Rainy-Day Fund. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 14): Recap of the first session week of 2022

(Jan 14, 2022)

The preliminary state House and Senate maps released in December by the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC) reflect a changing demographic in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 7): Redistricting and hospital updates

(Jan 07, 2022)

In December, the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC) voted to approve Preliminary House and Senate Maps for Pennsylvania’s 203 House districts and 50 Senate districts. Read more

 

Public Comment on Legislative Redistricting 

(Jan 06, 2022)

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC) will accept public comment on the proposed state House and Senate maps until January 18, 2022. To view the proposed maps, click here or here . To submit public comment, view submissions from other Pennsylvania residents, or attend or view a public hearing, visit the Legislative Reapportionment Commission website . Today I submitted the feedback below to LRC regarding proposed state House districts 155, 167, and 74: While the proposed state House maps are more fair and representative of local communities than our current legislative districts, I have specific concerns about the newly drawn 155th, 167th, and 74th districts that I believe should be corrected in the interest of preservation of political subdivisions, communities of interest, contiguity, and community representation. Namely: (1) The split of East Caln Township from Downingtown Borough: In the proposed House map, Downingtown Borough is drawn into the 155th Legislative District, while East Caln Township is drawn into the 167th. However, Downingtown and East Caln are closely linked communities that share many common interests and concerns. East Caln Township is served by the Downingtown Borough Police Department, fire departments, and emergency services, as well as by nonprofits and community organizations serving the greater Downingtown area. East Caln Township lies within the Downingtown Area School District. Read more

 

Otten announces $917K in grants to benefit park projects

(Jan 04, 2022)

EAST PIKELAND TOWNSHIP, Jan. 4 — State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today announced that three projects in her legislative district received $917,200 in community conservation grants. The grants are part of an investment in 317 projects across the commonwealth funded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program. Funding has been distributed as follows: East Brandywine Township: $59,800 to rehabilitate and develop Bondsville Mill Park, to include adding a parking area, installing a horticultural garden, increased ADA access, landscaping and other site improvements. East Pikeland Township: $607,400 to develop the Hidden River Park and Preserve. This grant will help fund the construction of a pavilion, comfort station, park maintenance building, nature play area, pedestrian walkways and bridge, observation deck, parking area and stormwater management measures. Funding will also help cover costs associated with installing fencing and utilities, strengthening ADA access, landscaping, and related site improvements. West Vincent Township: $250,000 to develop Opalanie Park. This will include building a pavilion, fishing pier, pedestrian walkway, loop trail, parking area, stormwater management measures and installing play equipment. Funding will also help strengthen ADA access and other site improvements. “Modern, safe, and accessible parks are Read more

 

Otten, Sappey, Williams and Hennessey congratulate Downingtown Marching Band

(Dec 28, 2021)

State Reps. Danielle Friel Otten, Christina Sappey, Tim Hennessey and Dan Williams, all of Chester County, are happy to present a citation to the Downingtown Marching Band for their invitation to the Rose Parade. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 21): Recap of the last session week of 2021

(Dec 21, 2021)

Last week, the House held its final days of session for 2021. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 10): We must keep fighting to save community hospitals

(Dec 10, 2021)

Last week, I shared my concerns regarding the pending sale of Brandywine and Jennersville hospitals to Canyon Atlantic Partners. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 3): Jennersville and Brandywine Hospital Updates

(Dec 03, 2021)

In October, following the announcement that Jennersville Hospital would close, and with the fate of Brandywine Hospital and other Tower Health properties uncertain, I co-hosted a policy hearing on protecting access to quality health care in our communities. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 19): The political theater needs to stop in Pennsylvania

(Nov 19, 2021)

In last week’s newsletter, which is available to view on my website, I talked about my frustration with how the legislature too often spends its time in Harrisburg on ceremonial or partisan pursuits, instead of working to improve our constituents’ lives by addressing actual problems that need to be solved here and across the state. Read more

 

Otten announces half a million in trail and transportation grants

(Nov 19, 2021)

EAST PIKELAND TOWNSHIP, Nov. 19 — State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today announced that two communities within her legislative district each received grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development that will improve walkability and ADA access to area walkways. One grant for $395,028 was awarded to East Pikeland Township. Funding comes from the Multimodal Transportation Fund and will go toward pedestrian safety improvements along state routes 23 and 724. This includes constructing sidewalks and bus shelters, providing safe access to bus stops and adding ADA accessibility features. “State routes 23 and 724 are major transportation hubs that are used by more than 20,000 vehicles per day. This project will help to promote use of public transportation along these corridors and ensure that the roadways are as safe and accessible as possible for all who use them,” Otten said. The second award was a $113,642 Greenways, Trails and Recreation grant for Spring City. This grant will help construct an ADA accessible parklet and trail connecter between downtown Spring City and the corner of Main Street and Yost Avenue, linking the Schuylkill River Trail and the borough’s business district. Trailhead signage will also be installed. “Creating an accessible link between downtown Spring City, municipal parking and the Schuylkill River Trail is an exciting next step in the community’s Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 10): It's time we address the real issues in Harrisburg

(Nov 10, 2021)

My time as your representative in Harrisburg has been eye-opening in many ways. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 5): Election and COVID-19 vaccine updates

(Nov 05, 2021)

With Election Day behind us, I would like to thank everyone who made time to vote, either in-person or by mail-in ballot. Read more

 

Rep. Otten's fall 2021 newsletter

(Nov 03, 2021)

Rep. Friel Otten's fall newsletter containing environmental and legislative updates, youth mental health information, a recap of a House Policy Committee hearing and more. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 29): Voting to support PA's craft breweries

(Oct 29, 2021)

Pennsylvania is home to more than 350 craft breweries—an increase from just 88 in 2011—making us the nation’s top producer of craft beer. Read more

 

Herrin, Muth and Otten host event to protect water rights for Pennsylvanians affected by Mariner East

(Oct 27, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 - State Reps. Dianne Herrin and Danielle Friel Otten, both D-Chester, and state Sen. Katie Muth, D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks, hosted an event today in the state Capitol defending the water rights of those affected by the Mariner East pipeline construction. The event, Standing for the Right to Clean Water: Stories from The Mariner East Pipeline Project , featured residents from across the state whose lives have been altered by the project. “Two years of testing and two years of DEP coming out, and they blame it on everyone else,” Patrick Robinson said, an Indiana County Naval veteran and ex-Halliburton employee whose water became contaminated days after drilling began on his property back in 2017. “When is this job going to be done, and when is it going to be corrected? How many people are going to have to suffer?” “Access to clean water is a constitutional right for all Pennsylvanians, and the reckless behavior demonstrated by Energy Transfer during the construction of the Mariner East project has stripped residents of this basic necessity,” Herrin said. “These Pennsylvanians are not expendable. We call on Governor Wolf, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Public Utility Commission to do their jobs, protect our communities’ water rights and halt all permitting for this project until access to permanent, clean water has been restored to all affected residents.” Herrin Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 22): Update on Aqua PA's proposed rate increase

(Oct 22, 2021)

Last week, I submitted public comment to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in opposition to the proposed water and wastewater rate increases requested by Aqua America and its operating entities. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Feb 4): Revving up for budget season
Feb 04, 2022

Rep. Otten's budget letter to Gov. Wolf
Feb 04, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 28): It’s time to invest in Pennsylvania’s communities
Jan 28, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 21): We need to talk about the budget
Jan 21, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 14): Recap of the first session week of 2022
Jan 14, 2022

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 7): Redistricting and hospital updates
Jan 07, 2022

Public Comment on Legislative Redistricting 
Jan 06, 2022

Otten announces $917K in grants to benefit park projects
Jan 04, 2022

Otten, Sappey, Williams and Hennessey congratulate Downingtown Marching Band
Dec 28, 2021

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 21): Recap of the last session week of 2021
Dec 21, 2021

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 10): We must keep fighting to save community hospitals
Dec 10, 2021

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 3): Jennersville and Brandywine Hospital Updates
Dec 03, 2021

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 19): The political theater needs to stop in Pennsylvania
Nov 19, 2021

Otten announces half a million in trail and transportation grants
Nov 19, 2021

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 10): It's time we address the real issues in Harrisburg
Nov 10, 2021

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 5): Election and COVID-19 vaccine updates
Nov 05, 2021

Rep. Otten's fall 2021 newsletter
Nov 03, 2021

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 29): Voting to support PA's craft breweries
Oct 29, 2021

Herrin, Muth and Otten host event to protect water rights for Pennsylvanians affected by Mariner East
Oct 27, 2021

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 22): Update on Aqua PA's proposed rate increase
Oct 22, 2021