In honor of Women’s History Month, I am honoring women leaders in our district by hosting the annual Women Leading the 175th Program. Each of these women have had significant impact not only in our neighborhoods but across the city of Philadelphia. They have received official Pennsylvania House of Representative Citations because of their outstanding contributions to our communities. The theme for Women’s History Month this year is Celebrating Women who Tell our Stories. We are honoring women who have devoted their lives to making the 175th District a great place to live, work and grow. Rep. Isaacson is honored to tell these women’s stories. Their perseverance, integrity and fight for equality will not go unrecognized. I am humbled and full of gratitude for these women and their lasting contribution to the betterment of Philadelphia. Sheri Cole is Career Wardrobe’s (also known as The Wardrobe) founding executive director and has been with the agency since 2000. Under her leadership, The Wardrobe has grown from a grassroots volunteer organization to a nonprofit social enterprise that has scaled its impact throughout the Philadelphia region and the Wardrobe’s mission is to eliminate clothing insecurity and to do that provides outfits for work or life to anyone in need throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2003, Ms. Cole was honored by The Philadelphia Business Read more
Driving from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia costs $34.70 for EZ-Pass drivers, but non-EZ-Pass drivers have to pay $70.80. Although taking the same Turnpike the non-EZ Pass driver is billed more than double the EZ-Pass rate.Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia) said, “We need to get some uniformity going with regard to how people are charged.” Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson is ready to work with Gov. Josh Shapiro on a budget that invests in Pennsylvanians. She says his proposed budget would make historic investments in education, childcare, mental health treatment, the environment, and still work to make PA a competitive place to do business. She's eager to invest in workers by raising the wage and creating safer work spaces. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson and colleagues from the Pa. Senate met at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia to honor the sacrifices of law enforcement and security personnel who fought to defend the U.S. Capitol from seditionists on January 6th, 2021. Isaacson called the attack an attempted coup and called on all Pennsylvanians to focus on rebuilding our democracy by fighting the lies and hyper-partisanship that fueled the Jan. 6th attack in the first place. Read more
With a promise to continue to fight for her neighbors and across the Commonwealth, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson takes the oath of office and begins her third term in the House. She vows to focus her energies on education, the environment and effective, working government. Isaacson also congratulated newly elected Speaker of the House, Rep. Mark Rozzi and says she is ready to get to work for the people of Pennsylvania. Read more
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State Rep. Mary Isaacson, along with state Sen. Nikil Saval, were instrumental in securing funding for the Fishtown-Kensington Business Improvement District’s Vision Plan Initiative. A grant for $72,750 was awarded to the Fishtown Kensington Area Business Improvement District to complete the project. “I am committed to bringing funding home to the district that will enhance the safety and quality of life of my constituents,” Isaacson said. “This award will go a long way to improve a vital transportation hub while also creating spaces for art and connection, highlighting local artists and vendors.” The legislators aid the program seeks to rejuvenate Front Street and Girard Avenue by activating and beautifying a transportation hub to illuminate, connect, and make this busy intersection safer and more accessible to the thousands who pass by daily. The upgrades also will include space under the Market-Frankford Line, which will be a combined space that merges art with community services. “Public transit and spaces that are safe, accessible and beautiful are core to upholding Philadelphians' right to freedom of movement,” Saval said. “This grant is an investment in the lives and livelihoods of the thousands of neighbors who pass through this space every day. I'm proud to add my efforts with those of the community.” Read more
State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, announced new vice chairs, as well as two new subcommittee chairs. Read more
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency/Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Innovative Solicitation (Funding Source: Justice Reinvestment Fund) Who May Apply : Existing PACTT Affiliates. Use : To improve services for delinquent youth receiving academic and career/technical training services. Funds : Awards up to $75,000 for 24-month projects. Application Deadline : December 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Pumpout Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities. Use : To fund the construction, renovation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service pleasure boats. Funds : Reimburse up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations. Application Deadline : December 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/PumpoutGrantProgram.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022-23 School Safety and Security Training and Technical Assistance Program (Funding Source: FY 2022 School Safety and Security Grant Program Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education (not-for profit), and for-profit organizations. Use : To Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson reminds you that the December 31st deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is fast approaching. Rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2021 are available to many older or disabled adults living in Pa. To see if you qualify or for help applying, call Rep. Isaacson's district office at 215-503-3245. You can also get more information or apply online at www.mypath.pa.gov Read more
State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has continued her support for community projects by securing $3.3 million in state funding for her district. The amount of $750,000 will be awarded to KPG-MCG Curtis Tenant LLC for renovations in the Curtis Building Life Science Redevelopment. This project will transform currently vacant space into first-class laboratory research space, plus include work on the HVAC and electric throughout the building. Nerd Street Gamers Inc. received $550,000 for construction of a state-of-the-art esports training room, sound stages for broadcast and back-office support. It will also support construction, electrical and HVAC throughout the building. Two million dollars was secured for Roman Catholic High School for its Vision of Promise campus extension. This funding will provide for a new fieldhouse for sports events and a community fitness center. “I will never stop working to bring home state funding to invest in the district,” Isaacson said. “Investments in these three projects are investments in the communities and future of not only my legislative district, but Philadelphia as a whole.” Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson has advocated for the importance of child lead testing since taking office and her efforts were finally realized. The Child Lead Testing Act provides for blood lead assessment and testing of children up to six years of age and pregnant women. Isaacson says though this is a major step toward keeping kids safe, there is still much work to be done on the issue of lead poisoning and infrastructure. Read more
The application period for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now open. And Pa. state Rep, Mary Isaacson’s office can help you and your loved ones to apply for help with winter bills. Call her office at 215-503-3245 or go to LIHEAP.com for more information. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has announced two state grants awarded to the 175 th Legislative District for a combined total of more than $2.5 million. The recipients of these grants are: New Kensington Community Development Corp., receiving more than $1 million for the renovation of 2917-21 Kensington Ave. WHYY Inc, receiving $1.5 million for renovations to its facility. “I am excited to see this funding awarded to two very deserving recipients,” Isaacson said. “WHYY and Kensington Ave are crucial parts of the 175 th district, and I can’t wait to see how these renovations improve both places.” The funds are from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenue or other measures of economic activity. Read more
State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has secured a total of $14 million for 10 separate projects throughout the 175 th Legislative District. The Sunday Breakfast Association of Philadelphia gained $1.5 million for renovations in their building as well as transitional living spaces and a new dining hall. Isaacson said she believes that robust outdoor recreation is a must for any city and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. was awarded $2 million to repair the bulkhead along the trail, install lighting, and for repaving and stabilizing the trail. Old City District received $1 million to connect Philadelphia’s historic district to the riverfront as well as educate the nearly 4 million visitors each year about the Lenni Lenape nation, the first people to live on the land before William Penn. Isaacson said it’s her steadfast belief that mental health is equally important to physical health, and we need to provide better access to quality physical and mental health. Temple University Hospital was awarded $2 million to modernize its Behavioral Health Facility to help people with substance use disorder. Isaacson said to enhance Philadelphia’s stellar reputation regarding the arts, the Pennsylvania Association/Philadelphia Ballet received $1.5 million to expand and complete its existing facility – the Center for Dance, as well as construction of new studios, a dancer wellness/physical therapy center, a costume shop, classroom and a gallery Read more
The House Democratic Policy Committee convened a hearing Wednesday morning in Harrisburg to discuss the affordability and accessibility of online higher education options across Pennsylvania. Read more
State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., secured $2.8 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for safety enhancements to the Frankford Avenue Corridor. The intersections include: • Carteret Drive. • Rhawn Street. • Sheffield Avenue. • Tyson Avenue. • Harbison Avenue/Devereaux Avenue/Hawthorne Street. • Wakeling Street. • Oxford Avenue/Margaret Street/Arrott Street. • Tioga Street. • Ontario Street. • Allegheny Avenue. • Clearfield Street. • Ann Street. • Orleans Street. • Cambria Street. • Somerset Street. • Lehigh Avenue. “I am grateful to PennDOT for funding this project. It will be a massive improvement to safety concerns and save countless lives along the Frankford Avenue Corridor,” Isaacson said. “I am always happy to bring resources back to our community that will enhance safety and improve the quality of life of Philadelphians.” Under this project, PennDOT will replace traffic signals and related equipment, updated signage at intersections, LED light installation and restoration of pavement markings. Construction for the Frankford Avenue Signal Improvements project is slated to begin this fall and finish in spring 2024. Read more
Reflecting on the current difficulties facing those affected by Hurricane Ian, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson discusses the need for proper stormwater management and regional planning. Read more
According to reports, 79% of teenage students feel they need more education on menstruation. Many young students report that their first period was “embarrassing, traumatic, scary and confusing” and that they felt dirty during their period. Read more
The coal mines that once fueled Pennsylvania’s industrial growth are still impacting many communities across the Commonwealth. Recognizing the environmental and safety hazards that abandoned mines pose to their neighbors, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson and the House Democratic Policy Committee are looking at clean, creative ways to repair these scars left on the land. Read more
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