WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 23): Happy Holidays!

(Dec 23, 2020)

As we near the end of 2020 and enter the holiday season, I want to pause to wish each of you the peace and love of the season and hope for the new year ahead. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 18): Vaccine & Small Business Grant Info

(Dec 18, 2020)

Last Friday, I hosted a virtual Community Resource Town Hall, where we were joined by speakers from Chester County Food Bank, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, and Communities that Care of Greater Downingtown. Read more

 

RepDanielle.com: Local Resources Virtual Townhall

(Dec 15, 2020)

Watch my Dec. 11 Virtual Local Resources Townhall here. Send your questions to RepOtten@pahouse.net. Read more

 

RepDanielle Town Hall 12_11_2020

(Dec 15, 2020)

RepDanielle Town Hall 12_11_2020 Read more

 

Otten's Testimony for CO2 Budget Trading Program Regulation

(Dec 10, 2020)

I support linking our state to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI gives us an opportunity to clean up our air, protect our citizens from the impacts of climate change,and move away from Pennsylvania’s legacy as one of the biggest greenhouse gas producers in the country, toward a science-based solution to reduce carbon emissions. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 10): Tune in to my community resource town hall tomorrow

(Dec 10, 2020)

To say the least, 2020 has been a difficult year. I know that many people are struggling financially, mentally, and emotionally. Read more

 

Otten to host virtual community resource town hall

(Dec 07, 2020)

EXTON, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, will hold a virtual Community Resource Town Hall to share information on the state and local resources available to assist with food insecurity, housing, utilities and mental health. The town hall will take place at 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 and will include a lineup of speakers from Chester County Food Bank, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA and Communities that Care of Greater Downingtown. The event will be livestreamed through Otten’s website, www.RepDanielle.com . Community members may submit questions in advance through an online form or send questions in during the event by emailing repotten@pahouse.net or calling (484) 200-8259. “Many Chester County residents have been hard hit by this pandemic and are in need of support and assistance, particularly as we head into the winter months,” Otten said. “My district office has always been a place where constituents can learn about the state and local resources available to them. Since we are not able to gather in person right now, we wanted to provide a safe, virtual space for our neighbors to ask questions, share concerns, and find information to help them through these challenging times.” For more information about Otten’s Community Resource Town Hall, contact Otten’s district office at (484) 200-8259 or Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 4): Community resource town hall and RGGI public comment period

(Dec 04, 2020)

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. I know for many of us, this year was very different from others. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 25): Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving

(Nov 25, 2020)

Last Friday marked the last voting day of our 2019-2020 legislative session. The House and Senate passed a supplemental state budget that covers the remainder of our fiscal year, December 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 20): Latest COVID-19 guidelines

(Nov 20, 2020)

This week, as Pennsylvania broke records for single-day increases in new COVID cases nearly every day, the PA Department of Health announced targeted mitigation efforts to protect our public health without shutting down our economy... Read more

 

Otten: $176K in Safe Schools grants awarded

(Nov 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, today announced that six schools educating students throughout her legislative district received Safe School grants. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awards the competitive grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for training and compensation of school resource and police officers. The following schools received grants to purchase security-related equipment and technology: Owen J Roberts: $21,960. Coatesville Area School District: $25,000. Downingtown Area School District: $25,000. Spring-Ford Area School District: $24,354. IU 24 - Pope John Paul II: $20,937. IU 24 - Windsor Christian Academy: $19,693. Additionally, Spring-Ford Area School District received a $40,000 grant to enhance school security, including costs associated with the training and compensation of school police officers. “While this school year has been like no other, our school administrators are still working and planning to create school environments that are safe in every way,” Otten said. “These targeted grants allow our schools to determine their own areas of need and apply for the specific grants that best help them ensure that students, faculty and staff remain and feel safe while they learn and work.” A full list of grant recipients Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 13): Historical House leadership election, open enrollment with Pennie + COVID-19 news

(Nov 13, 2020)

With the election behind us and every state House seat decided, my colleagues and I went to Harrisburg this week to elect new caucus leadership. These positions are very important in deciding an agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 6): Election & COVID-19 Updates

(Nov 06, 2020)

What a week! With Election Day behind us, I would like to thank everyone who made time to vote, either in-person or by mail-in ballot. Chester County’s voter turnout exceeded 80 percent! Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 30): Vote on Tuesday or drop off your mail-in ballot ASAP

(Oct 30, 2020)

With Election Day just a few days away, I hope that you have already made your plans to vote or voted early. If you have not voted yet, here are some helpful reminders to make sure that your voice is heard and counted: Read more

 

Public Comment on Sunoco’s HDD Reevaluation Report for Biddle Drive/Devon Drive/Shoen Road Crossing

(Oct 23, 2020)

I write to submit my comments to the public record on Sunoco LP/Energy Transfer’s Horizontal Directional Drilling Analysis for the installation of a 20” pipeline at HDD S3-03-0360 - Biddle Crossing. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 23): Legislative Update and Election information

(Oct 23, 2020)

This week in Harrisburg my colleagues and I participated in our last scheduled voting session of the year. On Wednesday, we passed two pieces of bipartisan legislation improving access to and coverage for mental health treatment, which I was proud to cosponsor. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 16): Resources for seniors & important election info

(Oct 16, 2020)

I hope all is well and everyone is staying safe! As we enter the fall and winter months, we are preparing for flu season while we continue to face the challenges of this global pandemic. Read more

 

Fall/Winter 2020 Senior Resources 

(Oct 16, 2020)

Back in April, my staff and I created a list of resources to help connect seniors and their families with the services they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. I encourage you to refer to that list for important information about our State and County Departments of Aging, as well as resources for seniors in need of meals, economic assistance, and more. The list below contains additional resources and suggestions to help seniors stay safe and beat boredom and isolation in the coming fall and winter months. If you have suggestions for the list, please contact my office at repotten@pahouse.net . COVID AND FLU RESOURCES Nasal Swab COVID-19 Testing Chester County offers nasal swab diagnostic tests for individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 and live or work in Chester County. Testing is offered at multiple sites, and registration is required. Visit the county website for registration and an up-to-date weekly schedule of dates, times, and locations. Free Flu Shots The single most effective protection against the flu is getting a flu vaccine. It is recommended that everyone aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine every year. It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. The flu and COVID-19 have many similar symptoms (cough, Read more

 

Otten, Shusterman announce $428K Recreation and Conservation grant

(Oct 15, 2020)

ROYERSFORD, Oct. 15 — State Reps. Danielle Friel Otten and Melissa Shusterman today announced that Royersford secured a $428,000 Recreation and Conservation grant to rehabilitate an area trail. Funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and will go toward increasing ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements on the Royersford Trestle Bridge. “I’m glad to see this project gaining more momentum,” Shusterman said. “Restoring this trail creates a great outdoor recreation opportunity for community members, and I’m pleased that this funding will help everyone of all abilities utilize it.” “Restoring the Royersford Trestle Bridge will make pedestrian and bicycle travel a safe, easy and appealing option between Royersford and the Borough of Spring City, just across the Schuylkill River,” Otten said. “This expands opportunities for business and community while providing us with a new way to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Strengthening ADA access ensures that all residents will be able to benefit from this project.” The investments are among 41 grants supported by the Keystone and Environmental Stewardship funds, ATV and Snowmobile restricted accounts and federal Pennsylvania Recreational Trails funds awarded statewide, totaling approximately $7.6 million for trail projects including planning, construction and rehabilitation, as Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 9): "Pennie" replacing healthcare.gov for Pennsylvanians

(Oct 09, 2020)

With so much happening in the world these past few weeks, I want to make sure this piece of good news for Pennsylvania families doesn’t get lost in the shuffle: Last month, Pennsylvania announced the launch of its new state-based health insurance marketplace, "Pennie." Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 23): Happy Holidays!
Dec 23, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 18): Vaccine & Small Business Grant Info
Dec 18, 2020

RepDanielle.com: Local Resources Virtual Townhall
Dec 15, 2020

RepDanielle Town Hall 12_11_2020
Dec 15, 2020

Otten's Testimony for CO2 Budget Trading Program Regulation
Dec 10, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 10): Tune in to my community resource town hall tomorrow
Dec 10, 2020

Otten to host virtual community resource town hall
Dec 07, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 4): Community resource town hall and RGGI public comment period
Dec 04, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 25): Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving
Nov 25, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 20): Latest COVID-19 guidelines
Nov 20, 2020

Otten: $176K in Safe Schools grants awarded
Nov 16, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 13): Historical House leadership election, open enrollment with Pennie + COVID-19 news
Nov 13, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 6): Election & COVID-19 Updates
Nov 06, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 30): Vote on Tuesday or drop off your mail-in ballot ASAP
Oct 30, 2020

Public Comment on Sunoco’s HDD Reevaluation Report for Biddle Drive/Devon Drive/Shoen Road Crossing
Oct 23, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 23): Legislative Update and Election information
Oct 23, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 16): Resources for seniors & important election info
Oct 16, 2020

Fall/Winter 2020 Senior Resources 
Oct 16, 2020

Otten, Shusterman announce $428K Recreation and Conservation grant
Oct 15, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 9): "Pennie" replacing healthcare.gov for Pennsylvanians
Oct 09, 2020