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Rep. Madden announces over $225K for charitable food pantries in district

(May 21, 2020)

MONROE, May 21 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is diligently working to help keep food banks in the 115 th legislative district stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced two food pantries in Madden’s district were awarded a total of $225,322 in Food Recovery Infrastructure Grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Madden announced the following grant awards: $188,396 – Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church $36,926 – Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry at East Stroudsburg’s United Methodist Church. “The demand for food assistance is rising at an extraordinary rate because of the COVID-19 crisis, and these grants will go a long way in helping families put food on the table at a time when they are struggling to make ends meet,” Madden said. “I am continuing to work at many food bank distribution pantries in my district, and we have already served hundreds of families who have food shortages.” Madden said the Wolf administration is providing the food recovery infrastructure grants to keep food banks stocked and to prevent farm losses. The program encourage partnerships between nonprofit organizations such as food banks and farms, processors and cooperatives that continue to experience challenges within the food supply chain as the result of COVID-19 emergency. Read more

 

Madden Discusses the Importance of Fair Redistricting

(May 07, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden sits down with Rep. Steve Samuelson to discuss the importance of redistricting reform in Pennsylvania and highlight legislation aimed at ending gerrymandering. Read more

 

Madden Discusses the Potential Impacts of Senate Bill 613

(Apr 16, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden discusses her opposition to Senate Bill 613, saying that we must follow the guidance of our medical experts and not rush to re-open businesses and our economy. Read more

 

COVID-19 in Pa.: During This pandemic, we must address Pa.’s Black maternal health crisis | Opinion

(Apr 14, 2020)

In support of my colleagues representing Allegheny, Philadelphia, and Delaware counties in our state assembly. Read more

 

Madden: Short term rentals banned in the Poconos during the Stay-At-Home order

(Apr 01, 2020)

MONROE, APRIL 1 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, and other regional lawmakers wrote a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking him to remove short-term rentals, such as Airbnb’s, from the list of essential businesses that may remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, Wolf has now deemed short-term rentals as non-essential businesses that must cease operating while the statewide Stay-at-Home order is in place. “Closing short-term rentals in my district is for the safety of everyone because the number of COVID-19 cases is exploding and I have a real concern about this,” Madden said. Madden said certain rental companies had been advertising to New York and New Jersey residents to come to the Poconos for a coronavirus-free environment. “They are coming here, they’re spreading more germs and they are taking more germs back with them,” Madden said. At today’s news briefing, Wolf said he’s ordering short-term rentals to close and thanked both Democratic and Republican state representatives and senators for alerting him to the public health and safety concerns. “There is nothing essential to short-term rentals in the Poconos, so I’m glad to see the governor is shutting them down,” she said. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there are 278 positive COVID-19 cases in Monroe County and that number grows every day. In addition, Madden said because of the 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

 

Rep. Madden announces changes to district office operations effective March 13

(Mar 12, 2020)

MONROE, March 12 – State Rep. Maureen Madden D-Monroe, is alerting residents that her district offices will close to the public and operations will be by phone, mail and email only starting Friday, March 13 to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of the public. Madden said constituents can email her at RepMadden@pahouse.net . “My office will be closed starting tomorrow and we will reassess the situation as warranted,” Madden said. “We have access to voicemail, and we will be responding to messages and email.” Madden’s phone numbers are: (570) 420-2850 in the Stroudsburg Office. (570) 894-7905 in the Tobyhanna Office. Residents are also advised to take precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19, such as the following: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (time to sing Happy Birthday song twice). Cover coughs or 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 Read more

 

Rep. Madden: Most Holy Trinity Parish gets $74, 482 for safety and security

(Mar 11, 2020)

CRESCO, March 11 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church has been awarded a $74,482 safety and security grant to establish security enhancements in the facility. “Violence is becoming all too familiar to us and this funding is a great mechanism to help prevent cases of violence targeting faith-based institutions and other situations that could harm members of our community,” Madden said. The grants, administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, are for organizations that serve communities that fit into one of six hate crime categories as defined by the FBI: race/ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and gender and gender identity. Madden said faith-based institutions and nonprofits could use the money for a variety of security planning, equipment and technology needs, including surveillance cameras, emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, threat assessments and building upgrades. The Nonprofit Security Grant Program was established by Act 83 of 2019 and has made $5 million available to faith-based institutions and nonprofits that serve individuals, groups or institutions and have been deemed vulnerable to hate crimes across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Rep. Madden brings $248,664 to her district for summer intern jobs

(Mar 09, 2020)

MONROE, March 9 - State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said today that a $248,664 Workforce Development grant was awarded to the Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board to fund summer internship jobs. “Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills and experience while establishing important connections in the job field,” Madden said. “Young workers from my area will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience and get paid while they work.” The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development awarded more than $4.7 million to local workforce development boards for the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) to provide nearly 1,500 summer internships across Pennsylvania. The 2020 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 1 and Aug. 28. The program will offer wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years. For more information, those interested can visit http://www.pcwia.org/ . Read more

 

Rep. Madden gets $4K for Monroe County Historical Association

(Mar 04, 2020)

STROUDSBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today announced that the Monroe County Historical Association has been selected to receive $4,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “I am very appreciative of this funding so the society can continue to preserve Monroe County’s history and to promote our community investments,” Madden said. Cultural and Historical Support Program grants provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the commonwealth. Read more

 

Rep. Madden brings home $921K to three school districts in region

(Feb 26, 2020)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said East Stroudsburg School District will receive $449,969, Pocono Mountain School District will get $426,240 and Stroudsburg School District will receive $45,000 in school safety and security grant funds for a total of $921,209. Madden brings home $921K to three school districts in region EAST STROUDSBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said East Stroudsburg School District will receive $449,969, Pocono Mountain School District will get $426,240 and Stroudsburg School District will receive $45,000 in school safety and security grant funds for a total of $921,209. The school safety grant program was made available for school districts to address safety and security issues. "Our schools must be safe places to learn and where students can feel comfortable and supported, so these grants are designed to meet those needs and challenges within the school districts,” Madden said. Madden said Pocono Mountain school plans to hire a trauma informed project coordinator and behavioral and health sciences specialists. East Stroudsburg Area School plans to purchase security cameras, bus cameras, and conduct other professional development projects for school safety. The grants are made available from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to support community violence prevention/reduction in school districts. Read more

 

Rep. Madden's 2020 Winter Newsletter

(Feb 25, 2020)

Read Rep. Maureen Madden's 2020 winter newsletter Read more

 

February Monroe Matters

(Feb 25, 2020)

On this episode of Monroe Matters, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden reacts to Gov. Tom Wolf's 2020-21 state budget proposal and discusses the role that this year's census and redistricting reform plays in bringing dollars and resources home to Monroe County. Read more

 

Madden: $88K awarded to East Stroudsburg School District for cafeteria equipment

(Jan 28, 2020)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Jan 28 – State Rep Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced today that $88,571 is coming to her legislative district in the form of grants to five schools in the East Stroudsburg Area School District to purchase new food service equipment for cafeterias. “Nutrition plays a critical role in a child’s ability to succeed academically, and these grants can help purchase needed equipment in order to serve well-balanced meals to students each day,” Madden said. The following schools each received grant funding: $17,151 to Bushkill Elementary School – Double Stacker Steamer $11,396 to J M Hill Elementary School – Hot/Cold Server Line $35,795 to Middle Smithfield School – Walk in Box Freezer $17,151 to Smithfield Elementary School – Double Stack Steamer $7,077 to East Stroudsburg Elementary Madden said funding for the grants is made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. More than $925,000 in competitive grants were awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across Pennsylvania through the PA Department of Education. Read more

 

Rep Madden brings home over $2 million to district for local projects

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, said the Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved 11 projects in her legislative district totaling $2,549.909. “The economic development projects are the continued growth of the Poconos and they help to improve the standard of living and local quality of life for our residents,” Madden said. “I am truly appreciative of state Senator Mario Scavello and my fellow colleagues for sitting down at the table and working out details of projects that are beneficial to our area.” The Local Share Accounts grants include: $500,000 for road improvements along Route 447 in East Stroudsburg Borough, Smithfield Township and Stroud Township, Monroe County. The total project cost is $2.1 million. $400,000 to Stroudsburg Area School District to purchase computers for students in the school system. The total project cost is $1.2 million. $315,000 to the Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services for building renovations to the ambulance station in Coolbaugh Township. The total project cost is $673,500. $308,165 to St. Luke’s health network to construct a family medical clinic inside the Mountain Center facility located in Coolbaugh Township. $324,061 to the Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corporation to extend natural gas to existing homes on Lindbergh Avenue; Queen Street; Avenue A, B, C; Horizon Drive; Red Maple Read more

 

Rep. Madden brings home $47,000 grant for child victims

(Dec 12, 2019)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, has worked to secure a $47,000 grant for the Child Advocacy Center of Monroe County for services to child victims and their non-offending caregivers in the community. Madden said the grant will promote community awareness of child abuse issues, assist members with training on issues in the field, and facilitate efficient and meaningful case review. “I am happy to secure grant funding for our child advocacy center to help victims of abuse and for other programs in Monroe County,” Madden said. Madden said it is critically important that some of the funding be used for workers to continue their education and training in conjunction with the local Judge’s Children Roundtable. The $47,000 grant comes from the Children’s Advocacy Center Funds Act (Act 28 of 2014), which highlighted the importance of Children’s Advocacy Centers and established a dedicated funding stream for CACs and the training of mandated reporters. Centers are eligible to receive up to $47,000. Madden is a member of the House Human Services Committee and the Early Childhood Education Caucus. Read more

 

Transportation woes continue at Pocono Mountain School District

(Dec 12, 2019)

Transportation woes continue at Pocono Mountain School District Read more

 

12/3/19 – College Affordability – East Stroudsburg

(Dec 05, 2019)

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