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

 

Kosierowski introduces legislation to expand home visiting support for new and expecting mothers

(Mar 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 6 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today introduced legislation that would expand maternal home visits to give new parents the tools they need to ensure their children grow up healthy. “ Motherhood is already challenging for those who know where their next meal is coming from, have secure housing, are financially stable, and have the support of family and friends. But what about the mothers who don’t, where do they turn?” Kosierowski said. “This bill will help our kids and save money in the long run by providing better health outcomes and improved child development.” House Bill 2335 would direct the Department of Health to create a plan to make maternal home visits available to every parent who needs or wants them. Federal dollars would be used to support the program. It would also set up strict accountability and evaluation standards to know these infants and parents are getting the best possible care and attention. Maternal home visits bring in professionals like nurses and social workers to provide additional support to families or single parents, babies facing medical issues, or parents struggling with limited resources. The bill is awaiting referral to a committee. Read more

 

Kosierowski announces federal grant for local organization to help veterans battling addiction

(Mar 02, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – A Clarks Summit organization has been awarded a $50,000 federal grant to assist its programs to help veterans overcome opioid addiction, state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, announced today. Kosierowski said The Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County will use the funding to provide case management, family assessments and family service plans for veterans suffering from opioid use. TCAC helps individuals in various Lackawanna County Treatment/Problem solving Courts as they work to achieve sober, drug free and productive lives. “Our veterans sacrifice so much to protect our country and our freedom, and sadly many of them return from service battling a different enemy, drug addiction,” Kosierowski said. “This funding will help provide needed treatment and support to the selfless heroes affected by opioid use disorder.” The funding is part of $1 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grants awarded to seven programs across Pennsylvania which offer treatment and recovery, suicide prevention services, homelessness support and other programs to help veterans overcome their addiction disorder. Read more

 

Kosierowski Secures Grant to Help Modernize Old Forge Borough Building

(Feb 28, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski helped secure a $300,000 grant for repairs and upgrades to the aging borough building in Old Forge. Read more

 

Kosierowski: Local school districts awarded more than $360K

(Feb 26, 2020)

A total of $361,253 in state funding has been awarded to five schools within the 114th Legislative District to support and implement school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna. Read more

 

2/19/20 – Mental Health Professional Shortages in Schools – Dickson City

(Feb 20, 2020)

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

 

Kosierowski to introduce legislation addressing shortage of mental health professionals in schools

(Feb 20, 2020)

TAYLOR, Feb. 20 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today said she plans to introduce legislation to address the shortage of mental health professionals in schools. Under H.B. 2320, a loan forgiveness program would be established for individuals seeking to serve as school counselors, psychologists or social workers. Qualifying mental health school professionals would be able to receive up to $40,000 in loan forgiveness in exchange for serving in a Pennsylvania school for a minimum of four years. “Currently, many of our children across Pennsylvania do not have access to mental health professionals when they may need it most,” Kosierowski said. “This bill would encourage these qualified and bright individuals to study and join these important workforces, which will improve school safety and support our students.” Kosierowski said she authored the bill after holding a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing this week which addressed the issue. Kosierowski is currently seeking co-sponsors of the legislation. Read more

 

Kosierowski, HDPC look at mental health professionals in schools

(Feb 19, 2020)

DICKSON CITY, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Dickson City Borough on the shortage of mental health professionals in schools. Kosierowski was joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to discuss the importance of schools having mental health professionals available. She is working on legislation that would establish a loan forgiveness program for individuals seeking to serve as school counselors, psychologists, or social workers. “The mental health crisis does not only impact adults, it affects many of our young students as well,” Kosierowski said. “The safety and well-being of children is one of my core issues as a lawmaker, and I want to make sure our schools have the staff and resources they need to help students address mental issues like depression and anxiety.” Sturla added, “It is critical that schools have mental health professionals that can readily help students who are overcoming adverse childhood experiences. I commend Representative Kosierowski for spotlighting this issue, so we can provide better support to schools and to those Pennsylvanians pursuing a career in this mental health field. The panelists included: Meghna Patel, deputy secretary for health innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Sister Gail Cabral, professor of Read more

 

Kosierowski to host HDPC hearing on mental health Feb. 19 in Dickson City

(Feb 13, 2020)

DICKSON CITY, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lehigh, announced today she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing next week on the shortage of mental health professionals in Pennsylvania schools. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Dickson City Borough, 901 Enterprise Street, Dickson City. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Kosierowski requested the hearing to discuss the importance of having mental health professionals available in schools. She will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Meghna Patel , deputy secretary for health innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health 2:40 p.m. Panel of Experts Sr. Gail Cabral Ph.D. , professor of psychology, Marywood University Sandie Lamanna M.S. , psychologist in private practice Jenna Kelly, M.S., p sychologist in private practice 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, an 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 Read more

 

2020 Winter Newsletter

(Feb 07, 2020)

Serving the residents of the 114th District has truly been the most rewarding feeling. I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the short time I have been in office. Read more

 

Kosierowski responds to Wolf budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, offered the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget plan, which was unveiled today. “First of all, it was a pleasure to serve on the escort committee this year to walk Governor Wolf into the Hall of the House to deliver his budget address. This year’s plan contains many items I am pleased to support, which will greatly benefit my district. “I am pleased to hear the governor’s plan to reform many aspects of our education system. From expanding full-day kindergarten programs and increasing funding for special education, to reforming student loans and scholarships for higher education, these are designed to give our children the best chances to succeed. “I am also hopeful for Governor Wolf’s plan to address the opioid crisis. With over 25 years working as a registered nurse, I have seen firsthand how difficult the battle of addiction is for families. We have seen how these initiatives are working to reduce overdose deaths, so I want to ensure these programs continue to prevent people from losing their lives. “There is still a long way to go in the budget process and I look forward to learning more details as wells as doing everything I can to support the governor’s plan to improve the lives of the residents of Lackawanna County and Pennsylvania,” Kosierowski said. Read more

 

Kosierowski Working to Track CARES Act Funding
Apr 27, 2020

Kosierowski Introduces Bill to Provide COVID-19 Protections for Food Processing Workers
Apr 27, 2020

Kosierowski introduces legislation to save lives while protecting food supply chain during COVID-19
Apr 24, 2020

Lawmakers to introduce legislation to address maternal/infant health crisis in PA
Apr 23, 2020

Kosierowski: I Chose Caution
Apr 14, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 26, 2020

Closure List Exemptions
Mar 20, 2020

Northeast representatives available to constituents despite office closures
Mar 17, 2020

Kosierowski announces district office closing to public effective March 16
Mar 13, 2020

Kosierowski introduces legislation to expand home visiting support for new and expecting mothers
Mar 06, 2020

Kosierowski announces federal grant for local organization to help veterans battling addiction
Mar 02, 2020

Kosierowski Secures Grant to Help Modernize Old Forge Borough Building
Feb 28, 2020

Kosierowski: Local school districts awarded more than $360K
Feb 26, 2020

2/19/20 – Mental Health Professional Shortages in Schools – Dickson City
Feb 20, 2020

Kosierowski to introduce legislation addressing shortage of mental health professionals in schools
Feb 20, 2020

Kosierowski, HDPC look at mental health professionals in schools
Feb 19, 2020

Kosierowski to host HDPC hearing on mental health Feb. 19 in Dickson City
Feb 13, 2020

2020 Winter Newsletter
Feb 07, 2020

Kosierowski responds to Wolf budget proposal
Feb 04, 2020