Delaware County lawmakers call for investigation into violence against Black Lives Matter supporters

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG (August 7, 2020) – Today, a group of state lawmakers from Delaware County called for District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer to investigate violence and intimidation aimed at Black Lives Matter supporters during a march in Ridley Township on Saturday, August 1 st . State Sens. Tim Kearney and Anthony Williams as well as State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Margo Davidson, David Delloso, Brian Kirkland, and Joanna McClinton signed the letter, which details how peaceful protesters were met with violence and intimidation by a group of counter-protesters. The letter calls for Delaware County’s District Attorney to investigate the counter-protesters’ actions and the Ridley Township Police Department’s response. “I was proud to participate in the Black Lives Matter protest and stand with people of all races and all ages against systemic racism,” said Sen. Tim Kearney . “But I was disturbed by the hate and intimidation that I witnessed firsthand from counter-protesters. We are better than that. We need to make sure our community feels safe when peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.” “I join others across our community in expressing horror that this demonstration of love and support for Black lives was met by a menacing group with a mission to taunt and intimidate peaceful protesters,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger . “Instead of actively protecting the First Amendment rights of our Read more

 

Guidance for Schools, pediatricians support masks for kids

(Aug 06, 2020)

I hope this email finds you safe after the rough weather from Hurricane Isaias earlier today. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to sign up for DelcoAlert, a free public emergency notification service provided by Delaware County and the Department of Homeland Security. You can receive alerts about storms, Amber alerts, road closures and other critical information to remain safe and vigilant here in Delco. Read more

 

Krueger releases statement on violence toward BLM marchers in Ridley

(Aug 05, 2020)

RIDLEY, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, released the following statement denouncing violence and intimidation aimed at Black Lives Matter supporters during a march over the weekend here. “I am in awe of our neighbors, especially the young people, who organized a peaceful march through Ridley in support of Black Lives last weekend. By all accounts — from community members with whom I have spoken and video I have seen on social media — the group marching in support of Black Lives was inclusive and peaceful. “I join others across our community in expressing horror that this demonstration of love and support for Black lives was met by a menacing group of predominantly white men, some brandishing weapons and openly intoxicated, standing outside of the Ridley Township Police Station. White men in trucks and on motorcycles were also seen driving recklessly on MacDade Boulevard, dangerously close to protesters. “Videos posted online clearly show hostile and vitriolic language hurled at our neighbors, some of whom marched with young children, and the violent act of ripping a BLM flag out of the hands of a protester. Other incidents captured on camera and by the media suggest a potentially unsafe situation for the protesters. “Instead of actively protecting the First Amendment rights of our neighbors, it appears that Ridley Police were both late to the scene and seemed to be protecting the white counter-protesters Read more

 

E-BLAST: Staying safe; Updates on legislation to support restaurants, first responders

(Jul 28, 2020)

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Preventing another COVID-19 surge; Hazard pay grants

(Jul 21, 2020)

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Krueger announces $1.8 million grant for Concord Road intersection improvements

(Jul 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 16 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger announced that Aston Township was awarded a $1.8 million state grant to support intersection improvements along Concord Road. The grant comes through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. The township will use the funding to convert two traditional intersections along a highly traveled portion of Concord Road into modern roundabouts to reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance pedestrian mobility. “Reducing congestion is critical for the safety of drivers and others on the road, so I’m pleased to see state funding support improvements for one of the busier stretches in our district,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “I look forward to seeing these improvements come to fruition and make it a little easier to get around our community.” Act 89 established the dedicated Multimodal Transportation Fund, which stabilizes funding for ports and rail freight, increases aviation investments, establishes dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and allows targeted funding for priority investments in any mode. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

COVID-19 updates; Police reform bills signed

(Jul 14, 2020)

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Medigap Basics online event

(Jul 14, 2020)

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Help the Helpers flyers

(Jul 14, 2020)

Flyers for Help the Helpers virtual support groups Read more

 

Krueger issues statement on Supreme Court birth control decision

(Jul 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger issued the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing employers with religious or moral objections to decline to provide health care coverage for contraception: “I’m deeply disappointed in today’s decision from the Supreme Court. Contraception is health care, and employers should not be allowed to decide what medical care a woman has the right to receive. Access to health care is inextricably linked to economic mobility, and basic preventative care like birth control should not be a luxury that is only available to some. We should be reducing barriers to health care, not creating more. “Everyone deserves quality, affordable health care, and I intend to keep fighting to see that everyone has access to it. I will soon reintroduce legislation to protect and expand access to birth control in Pennsylvania. It’s time to support women and preserve their fundamental right to health care.” Read more

 

E-BLAST: Offices reopening by appointment only; Small business grants

(Jul 07, 2020)

Now that Delaware County has moved into the green phase, my office has reopened for scheduled appointments while we continue to provide remote services by phone and email. We will be following CDC guidelines to protect you and our staff team. Read more

 

July 2020 Newsletter

(Jul 01, 2020)

Updates on COVID-19 and resources for the 161st Legislative District. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Keep working to prevent the spread of COVID-19

(Jun 30, 2020)

Delaware County is now officially in the green phase of reopening, and it’s your hard work and cooperation that have gotten us this far. Read more

 

Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 30, 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. The first round of the $225 million COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance grant program is expected to open for applications on Tuesday, June 30 and will remain open for 10 business days. Additionally, applications will continue to be accepted after 10 business days to be considered for future rounds of funding. Those rounds will be announced soon. This program will award grants ranging from $5,000 - $50,000 to small businesses economically impacted by the coronavirus, and money is specifically set aside for businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people. For an application preparation checklist, criteria for eligibility and consideration, and a full list of participating Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), please click below to go to the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance website. https://pabusinessgrants.com/ Read more

 

Krueger announces $30,123 grant for Schoolhouse Senior Center

(Jun 24, 2020)

FOLSOM, June 24 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger announced today that Schoolhouse Senior Center was awarded a $30,123 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The grant comes through the department’s 2019-20 Senior Community Center Grant Program, which aims to help centers increase participation and programming, attract a new generation of older adults, and provide a safe and healthy environment for participants. Schoolhouse Senior Center, in Folsom, will use the funds for the second phase of a project to revitalize and modernize the building, including replacing windows, lighting, ceiling and air conditioning vents, refinishing floors and more. “I’ve seen firsthand the wonderful work that Schoolhouse Senior Center does to keep our older neighbors active and engaged,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “This project will extend the life of the building and help the center create a more welcoming environment where seniors can enjoy activities and connect with resources. I was pleased to assist the center with the grant application process, and I’m glad funding was awarded to support the vital service the center provides to our community.” The center was one of 60 throughout the state to receive funding. A complete list of recipients is available here . Read more

 

E-BLAST: Delco moves to green soon; More COVID-19 resources

(Jun 23, 2020)

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Delco House Democrats thank fellow residents for work toward Green Phase

(Jun 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – Pennsylvania House Democrats representing Delaware County praised residents for their diligence and sacrifice in flattening the deadly curve of COVID-19 infections following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today that the county will enter Green Phase recovery efforts on June 26. During the Green Phase, aggressive mitigation tactics to control the spread of the disease are lifted, but several key defenses against it stay in effect. Personal care services, including hair salons and barber shops, must operate at 50% capacity or by appointment only; appointments or reservations also are strongly encouraged for gyms or spas. Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing or theater performance. Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Nursing home visitation restrictions remain in place. Restaurants and bars may be open at 50% occupancy. Casinos, theaters, and shopping malls can open at 50% occupancy. Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are excluded from limitations. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as masking at their gatherings. Other details can be found here . Read more

 

State lawmakers take on coronavirus recovery's racial implications

(Jun 19, 2020)

State Sen. Tim Kearney, D-26 of Swarthmore joined state Reps. Leanne Krueger, D-161 of Nether Providence and Joanna McClinton, D-191 of Philadelphia, in talking about actions that need to be taken to ensure a just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

EMAIL: COVID-19 Updates; Guidance for sports; Biz resources

(Jun 16, 2020)

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House committee takes first step to block Pa.’s entry into regional cap-and-trade program

(Jun 12, 2020)

A key state House committee Tuesday advanced a proposal to stop Pennsylvania from entering a regional cap-and-trade program with 10 other northeastern states. Read more