Rep. Otten's Feb. 2022 print newsletter

(Feb 25, 2022)

Rep. Otten's February 2022 newsletter including topics such as the state budget, redistricting, access to health care and more. Read more


WEEKLY E-BLAST (Feb. 18): Financial relief available to PA homeowners

(Feb 18, 2022)

When the COVID-19 pandemic first arrived, all our lives were instantly changed. For some, it was a matter of transitioning to a work-from-home schedule and helping our children with remote learning. Read more


WEEKLY E-BLAST (Feb. 11): Budget and Redistricting Updates

(Feb 11, 2022)

On Tuesday, Governor Wolf delivered his eighth and final state budget address as governor of Pennsylvania, highlighting his administration’s priorities for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Read more


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