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Kinsey sworn in for fourth term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol to open the 203rd legislative session, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey took the oath of office to begin his fourth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “It’s an honor to be able to serve the people back home in the 201st district of Philadelphia,” Kinsey said. “I reaffirm my commitment to my community. I will push for more legislation to answer the needs of my district and their families, and bring awareness to the issues affecting us most.” During his third term, Kinsey secured state money to protect children from bullying and rid classrooms of dangerous toxins. He also helped to pass a law that offered a clean slate to those trying to turn their lives around. “As we head into the New Year, I plan to stand up to senseless gun violence, push for quality schools, rally to create jobs, and work to increase the minimum wage. We continue to make progress, but we cannot stop fighting to achieve our goals. Only by working together can we make the change that we want to see a reality,” Kinsey said. The 2019-20 legislative session marks Kinsey’s first term as chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, a position his colleagues elected him to serve in November. Kinsey said, “I’m proud to serve in this new capacity, and I will continue my fight to make sure no one feels left behind in the fight for equality, tolerance and Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus selects new leadership

(Nov 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Calling it a great opportunity to continue to be the voice for African-Americans and minorities across the commonwealth, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was elected Wednesday to serve as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “Being chosen by my colleagues to serve as the chairman of the PLBC is truly an honor. It is a tremendous responsibility that I will not take lightly,” Kinsey said. “It is the job of the PLBC to be a voice for African-Americans and people of color across Pennsylvania. As we have witnessed in recent years, minorities are facing injustice and discrimination more than ever, not only in the commonwealth but across our nation. I look forward to advancing the discussion to ensure African-Americans and people of color are equally respected and represented in Pennsylvania.” The PLBC leadership team is further made up of Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chairwoman; Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, secretary; and Rep.-elect Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, treasurer. “I am honored to be reelected as vice chairwoman of the PLBC and will continue working to create opportunities and reduce barriers for black Pennsylvanians,” Bullock said. “I will keep having tough conversations with my colleagues in the House to make sure that our communities are heard and that legislation and policies from Harrisburg are inclusive of all communities.” “I am extremely honored Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Kinsey Honors the late Rep. David P. Richardson, Jr.

(Oct 31, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey honored the legacy of public service of the late Honorable David P. Richardson, Jr., a giant in the Northwest Philadelphia community of Germantown, with the addition of his name to the now Pastorius-Richardson Elementary School. Read more

 

Kinsey Kappa Alpha Psi Day

(Oct 17, 2018)

Rep Kinsey welcomes Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity to the state capitol as the PA House recognizes Kappa Alpha Psi Day in the state of Pennsylvania 2018. Read more

 

Kinsey: State grant to restore historic site in Germantown

(Sep 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced Awbury Arboretum Association will receive a $75,000 grant to restore a historic man-made pond at the arboretum in Germantown. “The arboretum’s watercourses have faced many challenges to maintain their water sources and hold onto their fragile ecosystem. This grant will help achieve a successful restoration of the site by taking a holistic approach to do it,” Kinsey said. “The Awbury Arboretum is an ecological education facility that we must preserve to diversify our classrooms, while reducing flooding and sewer overflows, and improving surface water quality.” Kinsey said the funding was provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program. The money will go toward a series of expansions to increase the capacity of safely conveying offsite storm water to the property, with the goal of adding an additional 13.95 acres to the existing 24.8 drainage area. The total project cost is $278,971. The purpose of the WRPP is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Impaired Waters list. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for Read more

 

Kinsey to host Human Services job fair on Sept. 20

(Sep 17, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced he will hold a Human Services job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Treasures Banquet Facility, 5549 Germantown Ave., 19144. “In a series of meetings with constituents, we listened to their concerns on the need for employment in the northwest,” Kinsey said. “My colleagues and I understand that looking for a job can be a very frustrating process and that’s why we came up with this job fair – to fill in many positions available in the human services field. Folks who come to the job fair should have a sense that they are coming with the intent to work in this specific field.” Kinsey said more than 25 agencies will be in attendance looking to fill various human services positions that are currently open. Candidates should dress to impress and bring copies of their resume. More information can be obtained calling Kinsey’s constituent service office at (215) 849-6592. Read more

 

On the 17th anniversary of 9/11

(Sep 11, 2018)

On this, the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Somerset County, Pa., and on the United States as a whole, we reflect on our painful past, but are grateful for how much our nation has accomplished in the face of tragedy. It is painful to remember that day, and it will always be painful. But let us not forget the stories of heroism, courage and bravery that reflect the very core of what it means to be American. Let us never forget the first responders who saved lives in New York City and Washington D.C., or the group of courageous passengers who saved lives by fighting back on that plane that crashed in Somerset County. Were it not for them, the loss could have been much worse. The actions of our soldiers, firefighters, EMTs and police officers are courageous. Today, we reflect on what now is the most somber occasion for our nation. We also mark this occasion by sharing not only in our grief, but in our patriotism and overwhelming pride for our country. Today is a date that will always be sacred in America. Our backgrounds and our lives may differ greatly, but there is a common thread that holds us all together and connects us on a very deep level; that is that this country has shaped those lives, this country has affords us all opportunities and allowed many of us to see our dreams and the dreams of our children come true. That common thread is that we all take pride in our country and its people. Read more

 

Kinsey: $1 million grant for WES health service hub and headquarters

(Sep 07, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is pleased to announce that WES Corp. has been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to build a state of the art medical service hub and headquarters on 13th Street. “I’m thrilled to see WES getting this grant,” Kinsey said. “This money will help them fulfill and grow their mission of promoting the total wellness of our neighbors. As a state representative, it is my job to make health resources more accessible and affordable for people. I’m proud to take part in the amazing job WES is doing to improve the well-being of our communities.” The project includes a new four-story office building to hold corporate and service staff. It will also host medical offices to service behavioral health needs, outpatient clinics, patient direct services, underground parking and complementary business services including daycare and retail services. The RACP grant program is administered by the governor’s Office of the Budget to foster economic, cultural, civic and historical projects with significant potential for improving economic growth with new jobs. Read more

 

8/30/18 – Victim Support Services – Philadelphia

(Aug 30, 2018)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey and State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald. Read more

 

Kinsey, Fitzgerald to host Policy hearing on victim support services

(Aug 28, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on victim support services. The hearing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. at Tabor Services, 57 East Armat Street, Philadelphia. Kinsey and Fitzgerald requested the hearing to determine how the state can better assist victim support services. They will be joined by a number of state representatives from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. – Panel One: Tinesha Banks, President and CEO, Tabor Services Melany Nelson, Executive Director, Northwest Victim Services Dr. Kevin London, Dir. Behavioral Health, Greater Phila Health Action Mike Lee, Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office 11:10 a.m. – Panel Two: Victoria Greene, Founder/Executive Director, Every Murder Is Real Chantay Love, Program Director, Every Murder Is Real Kimberly Tameria, Parent George Timbers, Care Manager, Greater Phila Health Action 12:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for Read more

 

Kinsey: Budget bill passed is step toward financial health of the state

(Jun 21, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 21 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., issued the following statement following the passage of the budget in the state House: “We continue to take positive steps toward the financial health of our commonwealth. The spending plan passed by the legislature Wednesday reflects outstanding investments in public education, the opioid epidemic, and supports our seniors and human services. It also replenishes the Rainy Day Fund, which was currently empty after balances were spent during the past two recessions. “I’m thrilled to see $140 million more earmarked for basic, special and early education; and significant increases for career, technical and higher education, as well. Extra investments for school and community safety, support for older Pennsylvanians and citizens with disabilities also are allocated. While there is still work that needs to be done, this budget envisions the direction we must take to move our commonwealth forward and improve the quality of life in our state. “The 2018-19 budget is balanced, there are no tax increases and it was done in a timely manner for the first time in more than a decade. I’m glad we were able to reach bipartisan support to fund important services and initiatives and maintain existing programs that benefit all Pennsylvanians.” Read more

 

Kinsey resolution celebrates Juneteenth Independence Day

(Jun 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution (H.R. 871) introduced by Rep. Stephen Kinsey and co-sponsored by Rep. Vanessa Brown, both D-Phila., which recognizes today as Juneteenth Independence Day in Pennsylvania. “Juneteenth celebrates the heritage, family and community spirit of African culture. We commemorate this day to the freedom of the millions of Africans who survived their harrowing journey, and to the continued education and achievement of African-Americans today,” Kinsey said. “It is also an opportunity for everyone – as individuals, as institutions – to recommit to liberty, justice and equality, so we can move our nation forward, providing opportunities and promoting success for all.” On June 19, 1865, troops under the command of Major Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and, in addition to announcing the end of the Civil War, issued General Order No. 3 proclaiming all slaves to be free, including absolute equality in personal rights. Although President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863, the news had not reached Texas and other southwestern states until this day. The celebration kick-started a 140-year-old “Juneteenth” tradition that today recognizes both the freedom of slaves and the endurance of African culture in North America. Juneteenth Independence Day is recognized as the Read more

 

Kinsey Celebrates Juneteenth Independence Day

(Jun 19, 2018)

Pa. State Rep. Stephen Kinsey speaks on a resolution celebrating June 19, 2018, as "Juneteenth Independence Day" in Pennsylvania in recognition of June 19, 1865, the date on which slavery was abolished finally in all regions of the United States. Read more

 

Kinsey Keeping the PAPromise

(Jun 06, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey is standing with his colleagues in fighting for the PA Promise initiative that would make college free or more affordable, keep students out of debt and help grow the local economy. Read more

 

Kinsey, Lewis honor Tuskegee Airmen at state Capitol

(Apr 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 18 – The state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution co-sponsored by state Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Harry Lewis to pay tribute and honor the Tuskegee Airmen. Kinsey said the groundbreaking group of African-American military pilots honorably served in World War II. At the time of the Tuskegee Airmen’s service, the U.S. military was racially segregated and African-Americans were subjected to Jim Crow laws that imposed racial segregation at public facilities in southern states. “What started as an experiment simply due to the color of one’s skin, became history in the making,” Kinsey said. “They fought with distinction in the war abroad as well as the war at home. These brave men continued to serve their country and their communities despite the adversity that they faced.” On March 22, 1941, with the threat of involvement in the global war looming, the U.S. Army Air Corps 99th Pursuit Squadron was activated, becoming the first African-American fighter squadron. This group began at a segregated air base named Motion Field in Tuskegee, Ala. “We appreciate the opportunity to honor men and women who have dedicated themselves to the United States with military service – especially during war-time. Dr. Eugene Richardson and Nathan Thomas were a couple of the incredible 1,000 African-American military pilots trained in Tuskegee, AL who flew sorties in World War II,” Lewis Read more

 

Kinsey Honors Tuskegee Airmen

(Apr 17, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey welcomed two surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, as well as the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, to the House of Representatives in honor of their service to our country. Read more

 

Kinsey rallies to end bullying in Pa.

(Apr 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – Surrounded by parents, advocates and legislators in the state Capitol, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., sounded the call to bring an end to bullying in Pennsylvania schools and communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 20 percent of students were bullied on school property in Pennsylvania, while more than 14 percent of students experienced cyberbullying. The CDC also learned that close to 16 percent of young people seriously considered attempting suicide, while nearly 3 percent of students who attempted suicide were either injured or overdosed and needed medical treatment. “Whether face-to-face or online, bullying can happen anywhere and any child can fall victim,” Kinsey said. “Whether we are a parent, guardian or teacher, we must become more aware of bullying and how to prevent such incidents from spiraling out of control and ending in tragedy.” One father said he hopes he never has to deal with his children becoming victims of bullying. "Even the best parents who practice the worst case scenario with their children cannot fully prepare for bullying,” said Jeff Templeton, executive director of S.P.E.A.K (Staying Positive Equals Amazing Kids). “Bullying is a public health problem that can no longer be ignored. It is an outbreak of erratic behavior with life changing consequences.” To help remedy this, Kinsey’s legislation ( H.B. 2009 ) would Read more

 

Kinsey, Fitzgerald to host public forum on Philadelphia’s education system

(Apr 04, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 4 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., announced they will host an event for people to talk and learn what’s being done on a state and local level to support public education. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Ave., 19138. Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and Otis Hackney from Mayor Jim Kenney’s Office of Education, along with a representative from the School District of Philadelphia, will be in attendance to offer insight and answer questions. “From a proposed increase in education funding to a new local school board, a quality education for all of our students remains a top priority on the state and local levels,” Kinsey said. “This forum will allow people to engage in meaningful dialogue that is critical to our children’s future.” Fitzgerald echoed Kinsey’s comments. “We are seeing great things for the School District of Philadelphia, thanks to Governor Wolf’s budget proposal to provide more funding for education,” Fitzgerald said. “We are also seeing a switch in leadership from the School Reform Commission to a school board that will be appointed by the mayor.” Read more

 

Kinsey Hosting Anti-Bullying Rally

(Mar 29, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey talks about his fight against bullying and invites everyone to an Anti Bullying Rally at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. on April 10, 2018. Read more