Isaacson announces 13 grants totaling more than $340K awarded to historic and cultural sites, museums in her district

(Mar 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., announced that 13 cultural or historic sites or museums in her district have received a total $340,881 in grant awards from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “Philadelphia is a city rich with history and culture, and a lot of that history started here in the 175th,” Isaacson said. “As such, many residents, visitors and tourists flock to our district to learn about the history of our country. It’s wonderful to see such worthwhile organizations, museums and centers that seek to educate the public and keep a record of our history being recognized with grant funding from the state.” The organizations that received grants, and the awards they received, are as follows: • African American Museum in Philadelphia, $27,929. • American Philosophical Society, $40,000. • Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, $7,190. • Carpenters’ Company of City and County of Philadelphia, $5,275. • Christ Church Preservation Trust, $7,576. • Historic Philadelphia Inc., $40,000. • Independence Seaport Museum, $40,000. • Museum of the American Revolution, $40,000. • National Constitution Center, $40,000. • National Liberty Museum, $27,504. • Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Read more

 

Isaacson introduces legislation to increase penalties for animal ear cropping not done by licensed veterinarians

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has introduced legislation that would change the penalty for animal ear cropping by anyone other than a licensed veterinarian from a summary offense to a third-degree misdemeanor. “I’m an animal lover,” Isaacson said. “Our pets cannot defend themselves. They look to us to act in their best interest, to care for them in ways that they cannot care for themselves. Ear cropping, which is believed to have originated in ancient Rome to prevent ear injuries to dogs raised for hunting, working or fighting, continues to be done today, mostly on puppies that will become show dogs or as a way to reduce ear infections in some dogs. “The law requires that this procedure be done by a licensed veterinarian,” Isaacson added. “But some people don’t follow the law. My legislation would show those who want to skirt the law that this abuse of animals is unacceptable, and that they will be punished appropriately.” In addition to increasing the penalty for the first offense, subsequent offenses would constitute a second-degree misdemeanor. Isaacson said there are a lot of dog owners and dog lovers in her district, one of whom came forward to tell her that they know this issue is relevant in the community, and that something ought to be done about it. “I’m grateful to the people who live in my district, Read more

 

Isaacson announces $3.1 million in safety grants for schools and behavioral health programs in her district

(Mar 02, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 2 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that more than $3.1 million in state grants has been awarded to schools and behavioral health centers in her district to develop and implement safety measures, including research-based violence prevention programs, security planning and security-related technology. “The safety of our children is a priority,” Isaacson said. “Ensuring that our children are safe at school where learning should be their only worry is our responsibility. This funding will provide for the most current technology and planning tools to make our schools and our neighborhoods safer for children.” The following grants under the School Safety Grant and Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grant programs have been awarded: Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, $238,540 for a school-based behavioral health project. City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, $285,851 for Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence. Philadelphia School District, $2,607,347 for research-based violence prevention programs that address risk factors to reduce incidents of problem behaviors among students, including bullying; security-related technology; trauma-informed approaches to education, etc. These grants are among $60 million in safety grants awarded to schools and organizations across Read more

 

Fund public schools

(Feb 19, 2020)

I read with disgust the piece about “school choice” by Vice President Mike Pence. I find it disheartening that the vice president is trying to hoodwink Pennsylvanians into buying his idea of “choice,” when what he’s peddling is a plan that is not equitable for all Pennsylvania children. It seems the vice president is unfamiliar with our state constitution, since it enshrines the maintenance and support of “a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the commonwealth.” Additionally, our state constitution says, “No money raised for the support of the public schools of the commonwealth shall be appropriated to or used for the support of any sectarian school.” So, how about the vice president join elected officials like me who are familiar with what our state constitution demands and ensure that our public schools are adequately funded? Some of our Philadelphia schools aren’t safe for our children and their educators. How about we ensure that all parents have the choice to send their children to schools that won’t endanger their well-being? While we’re waiting to see if that will ever happen, I’ll be fighting for sn education system, a Philadelphia and a Pennsylvania that works for everyone. Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer Dialogue section, Feb. 17, 2020. Online at Read more

 

Isaacson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to fund lead remediation, testing in budget

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson issued the following statement to commend Gov. Tom Wolf for making lead remediation and testing a priority in the budget in response to news that he will be proposing a budget with “significant resources” for toxin cleanup in schools across Pennsylvania . “I’ve been advocating tirelessly for legislation that would protect our children from the grave dangers of lead poisoning,” Isaacson said. “From introducing legislation to fund lead abatement to creating a Childhood Blood Lead Test Act, which would require all children ages 1 and 2 in Pennsylvania be tested for lead, I have been speaking out on this critical issue for years. “I am so incredibly grateful that Governor Wolf has decided to make our children’s health a budget priority by allocating these vital funds toward getting lead out of our schools,” Isaacson said. “I have been in enough meetings, heard from enough people and read enough research to know the horrific health risk lead exposure poses to our children. Knowing that children in Philadelphia schools, and other schools across our state, where lead paint coats their classrooms and hallways might be spared dire health outcomes because of this funding is an immense victory.” While Isaacson said that she is incredibly hopeful about the news for the budget allocation, she intends to continue fighting to protect Read more

 

Isaacson announces $126K grant awarded to Perrystead Dairy LLC to start a new creamery in Fishtown-Kensington

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 27 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that Perrystead Dairy LLC has been awarded a $126,039 state grant, which it will use to purchase equipment for its new dairy processing facility in Philadelphia. “Supporting the dairy industry in Pennsylvania means helping our incredible dairy farms,” Isaacson said. “This grant will support the dairy business in our commonwealth by funding the equipment for Perrystead Dairy to process exceptional PA milk into high value dairy goods that can be sold in other states." Yoav Perry, owner, area resident and a long time cheesemaking consultant to dairies across the nation said: “Perrystead Dairy will be an urban creamery set in Philadelphia’s Fishtown-Kensington area to produce premium dairy beverages and world-class artisan cheese, helping our community, city, PA’s family farm s, animals and land.” He added: “We are looking into scalable production that can double by year two to support a growing number of PA family farms with great land and herd practices. Their success is essential to ours here in the city, so paying high premium for superior PA milk is common sense.” The grant announced today is funded through the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, under the direction Read more

 

1/10/20 – House Bill 1974 – Philadelphia

(Jan 10, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Mary Isaacson. Read more

 

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)

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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 announces 13 grants totaling more than $340K awarded to historic and cultural sites, museums in her district
Mar 06, 2020

Isaacson introduces legislation to increase penalties for animal ear cropping not done by licensed veterinarians
Mar 04, 2020

Isaacson announces $3.1 million in safety grants for schools and behavioral health programs in her district
Mar 02, 2020

Fund public schools
Feb 19, 2020

Isaacson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to fund lead remediation, testing in budget
Jan 28, 2020

Isaacson announces $126K grant awarded to Perrystead Dairy LLC to start a new creamery in Fishtown-Kensington
Jan 28, 2020

1/10/20 – House Bill 1974 – Philadelphia
Jan 10, 2020

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