Featured News

Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package

Isaacson, Policy Committee discuss legislation to stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images

(Jan 10, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at the Crane Center on her H.B. 1974, which would prohibit someone from distributing sexually explicit images without consent from the receiving party. “It’s concerning that there’s nothing in place currently to protect unsuspecting Pennsylvanians from opening a text message or an email to find an unsolicited sexually explicit image,” Isaacson said. “Unsolicited sexually explicit images aren’t a flirtation tool nor are they a joke. They’re a form of sexual harassment, a contributor to rape culture, and a serious breach of consent, which is why I’ve introduced this legislation and why today’s hearing to discuss the issue was so important.” Testifiers during the hearing included Caroline Ellis Roche, chief of staff at Bumble; Jovida Hill, executive director of the Philadelphia Commission for Women; and Monique Howard, executive director of WOAR. This hearing was one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, a legislative and policy agenda focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . Hearing materials will be available at Read more

 

Isaacson to hold Policy hearing Friday in Philadelphia on her legislation that would stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images

(Jan 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her legislation (House Bill 1974) that would prohibit someone from distributing sexually explicit images without consent from the receiving party. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10. at the Crane Center, 1001 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Isaacson requested the hearing to discuss the issues of sexual harassment and consent as it relates to distributing sexually explicit images. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Caroline Ellis Roche, Chief of Staff, Bumble 10:40 a.m. Panel of Advocates: Jovida Hill, Executive Director, Philadelphia Commission for Women Dr. Monique Howard, Executive Director, Women Organized Against Rape 11:20 a.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . ### Read more

 

Isaacson Continues Fight To Raise The Wage

(Dec 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson voiced her frustration about not getting the chance to vote on legislation to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Winter 2019 Newsletter

(Dec 18, 2019)

Read my Winter 2019 newsletter now! Read more

 

Isaacson announces more than $250K in grant funding awarded in her district to fight opioids, help people with mental illness

(Dec 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that more than $250,000 in state grant funding has been awarded to organizations or efforts in her district dedicated to fighting the opioid epidemic and promoting the flow of information across criminal justice and behavioral health systems to help people with mental illness. “This grant money will go far in helping people in Philadelphia who are at risk of substance use disorder and those battling it, as well as people struggling with mental health who have found themselves in the criminal justice system,” Isaacson said. “This vital funding will be put to use in providing resources for our most vulnerable, which will in turn improve our neighborhoods and the quality of life in our communities.” The grants awarded in Isaacson’s district include: A $104,952 federal justice assistance grant awarded to Philadelphia County’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services for its cross-systems data and information sharing project. The project will support the Philadelphia Stepping Up Initiative by identifying and eliminating barriers in data sharing and promoting the flow of information across criminal justice and behavioral health systems with a goal of improving cross-systems data integration and information sharing to reduce the number of individuals in jail with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance Read more

 

Get Help with Your Property Tax and Rent

(Dec 10, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson says applications are being accepted NOW for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Contact her office to see if you're eligible and for help applying. Read more

 

Isaacson announces historical and archival records care grants totaling $18K for organizations in the 175th Legislative District

(Dec 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that grants totaling more than $18,000 have been awarded to the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia and to Christ Church Preservation Trust to further preserve their historic records. “Philadelphia and the organizations that call our great city home are rich with history,” Isaacson said. “That history needs to be preserved. But so often, funding for preservation of records is scarce. These grant dollars will enable the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia and the Christ Church Preservation Trust to ensure their records are preserved for future generations.” The Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia was awarded $13,875 to be used for digitizing key original records from 1860 to 1960, and to make the information available online and publicly accessible to company members and interested individuals all over the world. Christ Church Preservation Trust was awarded $4,143 to be used for the conservation of key 18th - century documents that trace an important historical arc from being a faithful member of the Anglican church in England to its evolution as a significant player in the fight for American independence. Among the most significant is the "Oath of Allegiance," written by Rev. Robert Jenney to the Bishop of London in 1742 that promises to conform to the liturgy of the Church Read more

 

Isaacson announces a $1M state grant to make Graffiti Pier a public space

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced that a $1 million state grant is headed to the Philadelphia Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to convert longtime local tourist attraction Graffiti Pier into a public park. Isaacson said the grant, funded by a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ grant program, will be used to acquire the 5-acre stretch of Pier 18, colloquially known as Graffiti Pier because of the graffiti art that covers its concrete columns, to re-open it for public use. “Graffiti Park has served as a canvas for local artists to showcase their creativity,” Isaacson said. “It’s essentially a contemporary relic of Philly’s street art culture and I’m proud that longtime efforts for the preservation of this modern landmark have finally come to fruition.” This latest grant awarded to the Delaware Waterfront Corp. comes after Isaacson helped the corporation secure a $150,000 state grant from the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program to construct the Delaware River Trail and a $400,000 DCNR grant that will be put towards expanding 0.35 miles of the trail. DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments and recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to parks, recreation and conservation. To learn more about the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, visit the grants page Read more

 

Reps. Isaacson, Hohenstein and Cruz announce $75K in tax credits for revitalizing Kensington

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 –State Reps. Mary Isaacson, Angel Cruz and Joseph Hohenstein, all D-Phila., today announced that $75,000 in tax credits were awarded to the New Kensington Community Development Corp., to allow NKCDC to combat the opioid crisis and gentrification in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, which spans across the 175 th , 177 th and 180 th legislative districts. The tax credits were funded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program. The tax credits will allow NKCDC to continue tackling poverty, joblessness and homelessness through housing advisors that provide financial coaching to increase homeownership rates and reduce foreclosure rates; and to create open space management and community engagement teams to stabilize vacant lots and convert them for community use. The community engagement teams will also help local youth and adults connect with support services. Lastly, NKCDC will create an economic development team to leverage resources from local businesses to develop self-sufficiency skills. “Kensington is the epicenter of the opioid crisis and, like a shockwave, it has crippled the community’s ability to not only thrive, but move forward,” said Isaacson, who represents the 175 th district. “This tax credit will help NKCDC to rebuild and revitalize this community by addressing substance abuse disorder, poverty, affordable housing and economic Read more

 

Isaacson announces $55,000 in state tax credits to help enhance Philadelphia Rail Park

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson today announced $55,000 in state tax credits for the Friends of the Rail Park to help in their ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of the Philadelphia Rail Park and its surrounding neighborhoods. “The 3-mile Rail Park project not only transformed a vacant area into a beautiful outdoor space from which all of our neighbors can benefit, but it’s also helping revive the area for long-time residents, small-business owners and Philadelphians across the city,” said Isaacson, D-Phila. “I am proud to work with The Friends of the Rail Park to remove blight, strengthen the quality of life for our residents and move this revitalization project forward.” The tax credit was awarded through the Neighborhood Assistance Program, or NAP, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. It’s intended to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improve distressed areas or support neighborhood conservation. For more information about the NAP funding, visit the DCED site online . Read more

 

Isaacson applauds $500K in state grants for district

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced $500,000 in state funding is being invested in her district for two multimodal transportation projects. The state Multimodal Transportation Fund Program awarded funding for the following: $150,000 to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. to construct the Delaware River Trail, a multi-use trail running 2 miles between Spring Garden Street and Washington Avenue, on the eastern side of Columbus Boulevard. The trail will provide a bicycle path, a separate pedestrian walkway, solar lighting and a landscaped buffer across from the parking and vehicle lanes. Additionally, the trail will provide vital connections to recreational destinations like Penn's Landing, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Washington Avenue Pier, Cherry Street Pier, and Race Street Pier. The total project cost is $21.02 million. $350,000 to the Philadelphia City Treasurer Streets Department for the construction of multimodal safety improvements along Market Street from 2 nd to 6 th streets by converting the road from a 4-lane to a 3-lane cross section and introducing protected bike lanes in both directions. The project also includes traffic signal improvements at 3 rd through 6 th streets, bus boarding islands and pedestrian islands at 3 rd , 4 th , and 5 th streets, and a channelizing island at 5 th Street. Lastly, the project will repave Market Street from Front Street to 6 th Street to include ADA ramps Read more

 

Isaacson applauds New Kensington Community Development Corporation on receiving $150K state grant

(Nov 06, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced that the New Kensington Community Development Corp. received a $150,000 grant through the Department of Community Economic Development for new commercial and residential spaces at 2513-15 Frankford Ave. in the 175 th Legislative District. The funds were provided through the department’s Local Share Account – Philadelphia Program, or LSA, and will be used to redevelop a vacant building owned by NKCDC into a mixed-use building consisting of two commercial storefronts and three residential apartments above. It is estimated the project will create six jobs and provide affordable rents for local businesses and residents. “NKCDC is an asset to the revitalization of the Kensington, Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods through affordable business and housing opportunities,” Isaacson said. “Congratulations to NKCDC for this grant that will help promote equity and economic advancement locally.” Felix Torres-Colon, executive director of New Kensington Community Development Corp., said the grant will bring the plan East Kensington residents collectively created to bolster the community’s economic viability to fruition. “NKCDC is very excited to receive this local share grant from Pennsylvania DCED,” Torres-Colon said. “In their neighborhood plan, East Kensington residents asked for development that promotes local businesses and Read more

 

Isaacson to introduce legislation to regulate lead in playground areas

(Oct 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – In the wake of published reports spotlighting the high levels of lead on playground equipment and in soil, state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., is introducing legislation that would help reduce those toxic levels. The legislation would lower the acceptable limit of lead in playground soil in Pennsylvania to 200 parts per million. Currently, the limit is 400 parts per million as set in federal regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Philadelphia has a serious lead issue and as a result, our children are facing serious health risks. Lead has no place where we live, where our kids go to schools and especially where they play,” Isaacson said. “My legislation is just one way to help lower the health hazards of lead while helping families keep their children safe and healthy.” In September, Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation Department reportedly closed the Monkiewitz Playground along with Hieztman and Samuels recreation centers due to elevated levels of lead found in the soil. The department had also reportedly shut down the athletic field at Chew Playground for similar reasons in June. Isaacson noted she has also introduced legislation ( H.B. 79 ) that would require all children in Pennsylvania to be tested for lead at ages one and two. Read more

 

Isaacson Rallies For Menstrual Product Accessibility

(Oct 22, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson participated in a rally to address period poverty. She discussed legislation that would help make menstrual products more accessible across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School receives $12,000 Safe School Targeted Grant

(Oct 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School has been awarded $12,205 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives. “We unfortunately live in a time where making such measures are a necessity. No child or staff member should have to fear for their lives. Our schools are supposed to provide a safe, learning environment,” Isaacson said. “Crucial investments like these grants for our schools not only provide a little peace of mind, but also continue to be great investments for our future.” The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced $7.2 million in Safe Schools Targeted Grants, awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents. The grants are used to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and grants can be used to fund training for staff and police officers. “Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School appreciates being selected for this grant. We believe that our student’s safety is paramount. This grant gives us the means to maintain a safe environment and continue our efforts to be a beacon of hope in inner city Philadelphia,” said Ed Coleman, principal. PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Read more

 

Isaacson calls for more action to fight opioid epidemic

(Sep 17, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is recognizing Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week following a resolution introduced by state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila. While Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week is also nationally recognized, Isaacson said her resolution is meant to underscore the need for a solution in the Commonwealth, which suffered one of the highest rates of opioid-related deaths in the nation in 2017. “The opioid crisis has taken a physical and emotional toll on millions of Pennsylvanians, and it impacts people across races, genders, incomes and religions,” Isaacson said. “It is time for us lawmakers and elected officials to recommit ourselves to finding a solution to this problem so we can all continue the long process of healing together.” Isaacson also expressed support for the opioid disaster declaration signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in June. The declaration, which loosens regulations that slow down access to treatment, includes planned naloxone distribution days to get free kits into the hands of Pennsylvanians. Two upcoming distribution days are slated for Sept. 18 and 25 . Read more

 

Isaacson: $175,000 awarded to local project

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced that $175,000 in funding has been awarded to help Delaware River Waterfront Corp. with a local project. The $175,000 grant was given for improvements to the Beach Street Trail located in Philadelphia. “I am glad to see this money come to the district to help improve the Delaware River Trail and recreation for residents,” Isaacson said. “I hope the Riverwards community and neighbors will get more use out of this area once the project is complete and further enjoy all that the waterfront has to offer.” The project will include the acquisition of 2.7 acres of property adjacent to the Delaware River in Fishtown, as well as a 1/3-mile extension to the multi-modal Delaware River Trail. This segment of the trail will also connect other segments of the Delaware River Trail via Richmond, Beach and Cumberland streets. The total project cost is estimated to be $4.3 million. The funds were awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Read more

 

Isaacson Fights To Rid Schools Of Dangerous Toxins

(Sep 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson joined the House Democratic Policy Committee to talk about the health concerns outdated school buildings are creating across the commonwealth. She explains the action needed in Harrisburg to ensure students and teachers have a safe learning environment. Read more

 

Isaacson joins Wolf in call for commonsense gun safety reforms

(Aug 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 – The week Philadelphia endured its eighth mass shooting of the year, state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., joined Gov. Tom Wolf in calling on state legislative leaders to schedule votes on the commonsense gun safety reforms supported by most Americans. At a Capitol news conference today, Wolf signed an executive order directing his administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states. He also called on the legislature to act on legislation to make sure guns don’t get in the wrong hands. Isaacson said there are at least a half dozen bills waiting to be voted on to help reduce gun violence in the state. “What more can we say? What more can we do to convince these people that guns are the problem and that there are commonsense solutions,” Isaacson asked, referencing the state and federal lawmakers who have been blocking gun reforms. “The only thing left to be said is that further bloodshed that could be prevented by the commonsense reforms we propose is blood on their hands. The amount of gunfire coming out of the house in North Philly on Wednesday and the amount of gunfire seen in too many other shootings in recent years has our nation at the tipping point and parents afraid Read more

 

Isaacson Committed To Passing Gun Reform

(Aug 16, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson joined Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, the Philadelphia Police Department, and other lawmakers in response to the recent mass shooting in the city. She explains her commitment to taking action and passing commonsense gun reform. Read more

 

Isaacson, Policy Committee discuss legislation to stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images
Jan 10, 2020

Isaacson to hold Policy hearing Friday in Philadelphia on her legislation that would stop transmission of unsolicited sexually explicit images
Jan 06, 2020

Isaacson Continues Fight To Raise The Wage
Dec 19, 2019

Winter 2019 Newsletter
Dec 18, 2019

Isaacson announces more than $250K in grant funding awarded in her district to fight opioids, help people with mental illness
Dec 12, 2019

Get Help with Your Property Tax and Rent
Dec 10, 2019

Isaacson announces historical and archival records care grants totaling $18K for organizations in the 175th Legislative District
Dec 05, 2019

Isaacson announces a $1M state grant to make Graffiti Pier a public space
Nov 21, 2019

Reps. Isaacson, Hohenstein and Cruz announce $75K in tax credits for revitalizing Kensington
Nov 20, 2019

Isaacson announces $55,000 in state tax credits to help enhance Philadelphia Rail Park
Nov 19, 2019

Isaacson applauds $500K in state grants for district
Nov 12, 2019

Isaacson applauds New Kensington Community Development Corporation on receiving $150K state grant
Nov 06, 2019

Isaacson to introduce legislation to regulate lead in playground areas
Oct 30, 2019

Isaacson Rallies For Menstrual Product Accessibility
Oct 22, 2019

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School receives $12,000 Safe School Targeted Grant
Oct 21, 2019

Isaacson calls for more action to fight opioid epidemic
Sep 17, 2019

Isaacson: $175,000 awarded to local project
Sep 17, 2019

Isaacson Fights To Rid Schools Of Dangerous Toxins
Sep 06, 2019

Isaacson joins Wolf in call for commonsense gun safety reforms
Aug 16, 2019

Isaacson Committed To Passing Gun Reform
Aug 16, 2019