Kosierowski supports relief to restaurants, bars and clubs to help workers

(Jul 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 28 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today announced her support of a House Democratic legislative package of bills aimed to provide relief to owners and workers of Pennsylvania’s restaurants, bars and clubs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a serious financial blow to an industry that is the backbone of local economies,” Kosierowski said. “There is no doubt that the hardworking staff and owners of these businesses need our help now more than ever to prevent these businesses from facing permanent closure.” The House Democratic package includes: Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government to be directed to small, community restaurants instead of national chains to ensure those dollars are invested back into the region. Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government for Pennsylvania breweries, distilleries and wineries forced to reduce capacity to protect patrons. Most of these businesses are small and family operated and help support multiple community efforts, and this funding will help keep them in operation. Expanding access to outdoor dining for restaurants and diners, including removing limitations concerning public thoroughfares, fees and delays in approval. Scientific evidence is growing that outdoor activity is a much lower risk than indoor dining, and helping restaurants add space outdoors can Read more

 

Shusterman’s, Kosierowski’s calls for updated nursing home guidance enacted

(Jul 01, 2020)

PAOLI, June 30 – State Reps. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, and Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, commended the release of updated guidance by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services to loosen restrictions on long-term care facilities throughout the commonwealth. According to DHS’ three-step process, long-term care facilities may return to activities, welcome visitors and hold other events for residents as long as a specific list of prerequisites are met and there are no new COVID-19 cases among staff and residents for 14 consecutive days. This is a cause that Shusterman and Kosierowski advocated for throughout the governor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration. Shusterman worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the PA House Aging Committee to ensure these facilities could reopen and resume their daily activities as quickly and as safely as possible. “Pennsylvania’s seniors were not only an at-risk population for COVID-19, but they spent the last three months separated from their loved ones, which created even more hardships for them during the pandemic,” Shusterman said. “I fought to reopen these facilities to ease this burden on our seniors while still mitigating the virus’ presence within them. I’m pleased to see that restrictions are slowly being lifted, as it’s another step closer toward reuniting families throughout the Read more

 

Renter and homeowner aid available

(Jun 30, 2020)

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief beginning Monday, June 29. At that time, applications will be accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at www.PHFA.org . Homeowners who became unemployed after March 1 or who suffered at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income due to reduced work hours and wages related to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial assistance to help with missed mortgage payments. To qualify for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program, the applicant must be an owner-occupant of their residence, the dwelling must consist of one or two separate units, the mortgage must be at least 30 days delinquent, and the applicant-homeowner’s annual household income must not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For renters to be eligible for financial assistance under the CARES Rent Relief Program, they will need to document at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or they must have become unemployed after March 1. If unemployed, they must have filed for Unemployment Compensation. Their household income cannot exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For more information Read more

 

Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more

 

Senate committee unanimously approves Kosierowski’s worker protection bill

(Jun 23, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 23 – A bill which would provide worker protections to essential workers in Pennsylvania’s food industries was unanimously reported out of the state Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced today. “This bill goes beyond protecting food industry workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, it will also protect all of us who are buying food for our families,” Kosierowski said. “I am pleased to see the unanimous, bipartisan support on this crucial bill and hope the full state Senate acts quickly to provide these much-needed protections.” Kosierowski authored the bill that would create a Food Establishment Pandemic Disease Remediation Cost Reimbursement Grant Program within the state Department of Agriculture to help food packers and processors pay for personal protective equipment for workers, physical barriers to help protect workers, the cost of hand washing stations, enhanced sanitation efforts and medical monitoring such as temperature checks of employees. House Bill 2435 now heads to the state Senate for further consideration. Read more

 

Kosierowski calls on Wolf to allow retail businesses to open for curbside sales

(May 21, 2020)

TAYLOR, May 21 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced today she has joined others in asking Gov. Tom Wolf to allow curbside transactions for retail businesses still shuttered by the administration’s closure order, including those in Lackawanna County. Read more

 

Kosierowski, Day working together across aisle

(May 13, 2020)

A bill that would protect people working in Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been introduced in the PA House, according to prime co-sponsor state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna. Read more

 

Kosierowski encourages schools to apply for emergency funding

(May 08, 2020)

TAYLOR, May 8 – State Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, is encouraging area school districts to consider applying for funds to assist them in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Education submitted an application to the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Once the state’s application is approved, school districts will need to apply for the funding. “We’ve already observed the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our educational system, and, as we move forward, our schools will need the ability to properly face any additional challenges that come their way,” Kosierowski said. “Funding like this will aid our districts in ensuring quality education in a safe environment.” Locally, it is anticipated that school districts would receive the following funding: Abington Heights School District: $226,310 Carbondale Area School District: $629,788 Forrest City Regional School District: $187,215 Lakeland School District: $196,233 Mid Valley School District: $486,487 Old Forge School District: $186,968 Riverside School District: $323,316 The U.S. Department of Education is expected to approve the application within a week and is working on a streamlined application process to ensure Read more

 

Kosierowski COVID-19 worker protection bill unanimously passes House

(Apr 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – A bill that would protect Pennsylvania’s food supply chain workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic unanimously passed the House today, according to prime sponsor Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna. “If our hardworking food packing and processing workers contract COVID-19, that can create a serious disruption of available food for families to put on their tables,” Kosierowski said. “I am pleased to see my colleagues working in a bipartisan way to recognize the seriousness of this issue and voting not only to protect our food processing workers, but also to ensure our food supply will also be protected.” Her legislation would create a Food Establishment Pandemic Disease Remediation Cost Reimbursement Grant Program within the state Department of Agriculture to help food packers and processors pay for personal protective equipment for workers, physical barriers to help protect workers, the cost of hand washing stations, enhanced sanitation efforts and medical monitoring such as temperature checks of employees. House Bill 2435 now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Kosierowski Food Worker Safety Bill Advances

(Apr 29, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski speaks about her bill that would help food processing plants pay for personal protective equipment for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Kosierowski Working to Track CARES Act Funding

(Apr 27, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski discusses her legislation which would require the state's Independent Fiscal Office to track funding from the federal CARES Act going directly to local entities and not flowing through the state. Read more

 

Kosierowski Introduces Bill to Provide COVID-19 Protections for Food Processing Workers

(Apr 27, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski speaks about H.B. 2435, her legislation that would create a state grant program to help food processing plants pay for PPE to keep their workers safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Kosierowski introduces legislation to save lives while protecting food supply chain during COVID-19

(Apr 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 24 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today introduced a bill which would protect Pennsylvania’s food supply chain amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The idea of not being able to provide food for our families is one of the most terrifying thoughts to have during a major crisis,” Kosierowski said. “This bill would not only make sure we continue to have enough food, but also protect the brave, essential workers who are processing and packing that food for us.” Her legislation would create a Food Processing Plant Reimbursement Program to help the Department of Agriculture pay for personal protective equipment for workers and more frequent cleaning of plants and facilities to help reduce the number of workers who become infected. Kosierowski said H.B. 2435 will be referred to a committee for consideration when the House returns to session Monday. Read more

 

Lawmakers to introduce legislation to address maternal/infant health crisis in PA

(Apr 23, 2020)

Coronavirus crisis underscores need for material, infant supports Read more

 

Kosierowski: I Chose Caution

(Apr 14, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski spoke in opposition to Senate Bill 613, advocating for the health and safety of health care workers amid a push to reopen the state in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact ra-dcexemptions@pa.gov . Other questions about closures can be directed to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: https://dced.pa.gov/resources . Read more

 

Northeast representatives available to constituents despite office closures

(Mar 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Rep. Mike Carroll D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, along with state Reps. Marty Flynn, Bridget Kosierowski and Kyle Mullins, all D-Lackawanna, today announced the closure of their district offices until further notice following the guidance of Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest COVID-19 mitigation plan. The representatives and their respective staff members will be working remotely and will continue to provide assistance with state-related issues and concerns. They urge their respective constituents to contact them via the following: Carroll's constituents should contact mcarroll@pahouse.net or call 570-655-4883. Flynn's constituents should contact repflynn@pahouse.net or call 570-342-4348. Kosierowski's constituents should contact apopish@pahouse.net or call 570-562-2350. Mullins' constituents should contact kmullins@pahouse.net or call 570-383-9795. “The governor’s plan may sound dramatic, but it is so important that everyone who can work and stay home do it,” Carroll said. “By closing our offices, we are taking action and showing how important social distancing is and hopefully reduce the number of cases across the commonwealth.” “Please know that everyone’s health is our highest priority and we are diligently following health related procedures,” Flynn said. “This is an Read more

 

Kosierowski announces district office closing to public effective March 16

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, is alerting residents that her district office will close to the public and operations will be by telephone and email only starting Monday, March 16 to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. “As both a registered nurse and a legislator I understand how necessary this step is to keep our residents and my staff safe and prevent the virus from spreading,” Kosierowski said. “I am continuing to monitor COVID-19 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the PA Department of Health, and the Lackawanna County State Health Center.” Kosierowski added that residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19, such as: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (time to sing the Happy Birthday song twice). Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or use a tissue. Do not use your hands . Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, door handles, stair rails and other frequently touched items. Avoid touching your hands to your face, eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Clean and disinfect surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfectant wipe. If you are sick, Read more