Bethlehem Steel ruins among 18 Lehigh Valley projects awarded $30M for redevelopment

(Oct 30, 2022)

“Education is the pathway to success for our children and they deserve to have the proper facilities for their learning environments,” said state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh. Read more

 

McNeill: $1.5 million RACP grant for Bethlehem Area School District

(Oct 26, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill today announced state funding totaling $1.5 million has been awarded to the Bethlehem Area School District. “Education is the pathway to success for our children and they deserve to have the proper facilities for their learning environments,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “I am pleased to see this funding create a state-of-the-art facility that can be used by school children and teachers during the school year and by community organizations on evenings and weekends.” According to McNeill, the grant will be used by the school district to replace existing infrastructure at Fountain Hill Elementary School, including all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, which are 80 years old and past the end of their useful life; along with upgrading and repairing the building envelope, which will significantly increase energy efficiency. The classroom reconstruction will be able to accommodate 21st-century learning and eliminate the open concept classrooms. Additional security improvements include an expanded administration offices area with secure entry and cafeteria relocation. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Read more

 

McNeill applauds state funding for ArtsQuest

(Oct 26, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill announced today that ArtsQuest has been awarded $46,956 in state funding for its security and staff. “Our community is truly blessed to have an organization like ArtsQuest providing cultural and entertainment experiences throughout the year,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “I am pleased to see this funding secured to ensure everyone from the visitors to the performers to the staff are safe at these events.” According to McNeill, ArtsQuest will use the funding for two-way radios and related communications equipment for its security officers. The state funding is administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development . ArtsQuest was founded in 1984 and its mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements of economic development for urban communities. Read more

 

McNeill, Zabel introduce legislation to cap soaring insulin prices

(Oct 24, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill and Mike Zabel have introduced legislation that would cap out-of-pocket insulin prices at $35 a month. “The prices for insulin have been skyrocketing for decades in Pennsylvania and sadly too many people are resorting to rationing their life-sustaining medicine or deciding between it and putting food on their table or paying their bills,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “It’s time to stop the out-of-control costs and allow everyone who needs this medicine the ability to access it affordably.” “Millions of Americans, including a large swath of seniors, depend on insulin in their daily lives. It is unacceptable that the price of this life-sustaining medication continues to rise year after year,” said Zabel, D-Delaware. “Representative Jeanne McNeill’s and my legislation would seek to reduce the cost burden on individuals who rely on insulin by capping the price at $35. This would help alleviate the financial stress of so many who have been unfairly forced to choose between their medication and other basic necessities.” According to McNeill, H.B. 2878 is a new version of H.B. 460, which the legislators introduced earlier this legislative session, but instead of capping the amount an insured patient could spend per 30-day supply at $100, this would cap the price at $35 per 30-day supply. McNeill said that insulin caps are a bipartisan issue. Twenty-one states Read more

 

GRANT MEMO: Nonprofit Security, Boating Facility, and Water/Sewer Funding Opportunities

(Oct 19, 2022)

Read about the latest state grant opportunities open for applications. Read more

 

McNeill’s free Disability Resource Fair to be held Oct. 21

(Oct 14, 2022)

CATASAUQUA, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill will hold her Disability Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct 21 at the Suburban North Family YMCA. This event will feature vendors and organizations who will have information on programs and services available to help adults and children with mental and physical disabilities. “The resource fair brings the necessary products, programs and services together under one roof for people with disabilities and their families and caregivers,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “I am very grateful to the individuals and organizations participating in this year’s fair and I look forward to connecting more people and increasing opportunities for everyone in the community.” For more information, please call McNeill’s office at (610) 266-1273. Read more

 

Carbon monoxide leak at Pennsylvania day care sickens children, staff

(Oct 12, 2022)

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill (D) urged the House to bring the safety bill to a floor vote in a short statement on Twitter that mentioned the incident. Read more

 

Pa. does not require carbon monoxide detectors in day cares. Legislators want to change that.

(Oct 11, 2022)

“It just blows my mind this has not been made a law sooner,” Rep. Jeanne McNeill said. “At this point, whatever bill gets passed, it’s not about the name on the bill, it’s about the children.” Read more

 

McNeill’s office to hold monthly veterans outreach Oct. 17

(Oct 03, 2022)

WHITEHALL, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill is alerting local veterans her monthly veterans support program will be held on Oct. 17 at her district office, 1080 Schadt Ave., Whitehall. “Our veterans gave and sacrificed a lot in defense of our freedom and we need to ensure they receive the benefits they’ve earned for their service,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “I encourage veterans and their families to contact my office and make an appointment to meet the outreach specialist to review these benefits and programs.” According to McNeill, a representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in her office to provide information on education, health care and death benefits. Appointments with the outreach specialist are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Those interested in meeting with the specialist should make an appointment by calling 610-266-1273. Read more

 

Pa. lawmakers visit Banana Factory in Bethlehem

(Sep 29, 2022)

The group toured the building and got a look at some galleries, artist studios, and classrooms. Read more

 

Women's Re-Entry, Fire Company/EMS, and Open Space Funding Opportunities

(Sep 26, 2022)

Read about the latest state grant opportunities open for applications. Read more

 

McNeill bill would require insurance coverage for prostate cancer screenings

(Sep 21, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – Insurance companies would be required to provide coverage for prostate cancer screenings under legislation introduced by state Rep. Jeanne McNeill. “Prostate cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer among men and it affects our husbands, fathers, brothers, loved ones and friends,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “By requiring coverage in insurance policies, we ensure that our friends and family receive the proper care they deserve early enough before it is too late.” According to data from the American Cancer Society, one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. The illness can also lay dormant for many years without going detected; screenings can help find the cancer at an early stage. Under McNeill’s bill, insurers would be required to provide access to prostate-specific antigen blood tests and digital rectal examinations annually to those identified as being at average or high risk of prostate cancer. These screenings would be administered under the screening guidelines provided by the American Cancer Society. Added McNeill, “I have always believed in access to quality health care, and I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will work together so we can protect Pennsylvanians from this terrible illness.” House Bill 2842 has bipartisan support and has been referred to the House Insurance Committee for consideration. Read more

 

McNeill announces $250,000 grant for Catasauqua Borough flood mitigation project

(Sep 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill today announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a $250,000 Flood Mitigation Program grant for the Borough of Catasauqua. “This funding will help to protect the residents of the Borough of Catasauqua from the impacts and dangers of future flooding,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “I am honored to support this project and help the borough make these preemptive flooding measures and provide a greater peace of mind for residents.” According to McNeill, the borough will use the funding to mitigate flooding near Lehigh Valley International Airport by making necessary water drainage improvements along Tioga, Williams, Main and Erie streets and Pennsylvania Avenue. The project will involve installing a new network of storm pipes and manholes. Funded through Act 13 of 2012, FMP provides funding for statewide initiatives to assist with flood mitigation projects. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages . Read more

 

McNeill procures additional funding for Samuel Balliet Stadium improvement project

(Sep 19, 2022)

COPLAY, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill today announced she has secured additional funding up to $50,000 through a state grant to help the ongoing improvement project at historic Samuel Balliet Stadium in Coplay. “Samuel Balliet Stadium continues to be one of the most recognized facilities in the baseball community in the Lehigh Valley and we need to support the efforts underway to breathe new life back into the complex, restore its legacy, and return it to its former glory as the crown jewel of baseball stadiums in the area,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “As the stadium is getting ready to install a completely new lighting system, it is critical that the bleachers and stands will be safe for the patrons who will be attending games and events.” According to McNeill, Coplay Sports Inc. has requested additional state funding to replace broken and unsafe bleachers and for upgrades to the field. The grant will provide $20,000 to replace the bleachers and $30,000 for infield and outfield materials and equipment. Earlier this month, McNeill helped secure over $243,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development which will be used to replace the stadium lights that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012. The stadium was built in the 1940s and was named after Samuel “Sammy” Balliet, a local American Legion Baseball coach for the Coplay Athletic Association throughout the 1950s and 1960s. His teams Read more

 

Bill Would Cap PA Insulin Prices Amid Rationing, Skyrocketing Costs

(Sep 14, 2022)

Pennsylvania aims to take action after a new federal law fell just shy of passing. Rationing has led to severe illness and death. Read more

 

McNeill announces nearly $20 million to support small businesses in the greater Lehigh Valley

(Sep 13, 2022)

BETHLEHEM, Sept. 13 – The Lehigh Valley will receive economic development funding to support area small businesses from $246.8 million of American Rescue Plan funding that is being distributed across Pennsylvania, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill announced today. The funding will be distributed through the State Small Business Credit Initiative and will be utilized by local economic development partners who will make direct equity investments and loans to small businesses that can grow and expand job opportunities throughout the commonwealth, including in the Lehigh Valley. “As we saw throughout the pandemic, small businesses are the backbone of the local and state economies and they need support in order for them to succeed and the economy to grow and thrive,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “I am excited to see the funding come to Bethlehem where it will help new and innovative businesses succeed and stay in Pennsylvania.” According to McNeill, $19,678,479 was awarded to Ben Franklin Technology Partners Northeastern Pennsylvania, which is based in Bethlehem and covers the Lehigh Valley. It was part of nearly $123 million in Direct Venture Investment funding which was awarded statewide. An additional $123.8 million in Revolving Loan funds was also awarded statewide which provides funding to economic development organizations to create or recapitalize revolving loan funds to support financing for Pennsylvania small businesses. For more information Read more

 

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities

(Sep 13, 2022)

Learn about the latest grant opportunities that are open for applications. Read more

 

Summer 2022 Newsletter

(Sep 08, 2022)

Read my Summer 2022 Newsletter. Read more

 

McNeill’s office to hold monthly veterans outreach Sept. 26

(Sep 06, 2022)

WHITEHALL, Sept. 6 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill is alerting local veterans her monthly veterans support program will be held on Monday, Sept. 26 at her district office, 1080 Schadt Ave., Whitehall. “We need to ensure our veterans have the care and support they need following their service to our country,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “This is a great opportunity for veterans to learn about all of the available benefits and programs and receive assistance with the application process.” A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in her office to provide information on education, health care, death benefits and other programs and services. According to McNeill, appointments with the outreach specialist are usually available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Due to a scheduling conflict this month, the outreach specialist will not be available on Monday, Sept. 19 – the third Monday this month. Instead, appointments are being accepted for Monday, Sept. 26 to offer this service. Read more

 

McNeill announces over $243K for Samuel Balliet Stadium upgrade

(Sep 02, 2022)

COPLAY, Sept. 2 – State funding totaling $243,545 has been awarded to Coplay Sports Inc. for a critical upgrade at Samuel Balliet Stadium, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill announced today. The grant, funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development , will be used for the replacement of lights at Samuel Balliet Stadium which were destroyed by hurricane Sandy in October 2012. “It’s been inspiring to see the community and businesses coming together over the years to repair the park, but without lights the stadium has not been able to be utilized to its original, full potential,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “Now, nearly 10 years after Sandy left her devastation on this historic sports landmark, this funding will ensure Samuel Balliet Stadium will once again be the place schools and teams use for playoffs and night games. This will also benefit the community as well by providing another venue option for concerts and evening events.” Samuel Balliet Stadium was built back in the 1940s and was named after Samuel “Sammy” Balliet, a local American Legion Baseball coach for the Coplay Athletic Association throughout the 1950s and 1960s. His teams went on to win a total of 6 PA State Championships. Read more

 

Bethlehem Steel ruins among 18 Lehigh Valley projects awarded $30M for redevelopment
Oct 30, 2022

McNeill: $1.5 million RACP grant for Bethlehem Area School District
Oct 26, 2022

McNeill applauds state funding for ArtsQuest
Oct 26, 2022

McNeill, Zabel introduce legislation to cap soaring insulin prices
Oct 24, 2022

GRANT MEMO: Nonprofit Security, Boating Facility, and Water/Sewer Funding Opportunities
Oct 19, 2022

McNeill’s free Disability Resource Fair to be held Oct. 21
Oct 14, 2022

Carbon monoxide leak at Pennsylvania day care sickens children, staff
Oct 12, 2022

Pa. does not require carbon monoxide detectors in day cares. Legislators want to change that.
Oct 11, 2022

McNeill’s office to hold monthly veterans outreach Oct. 17
Oct 03, 2022

Pa. lawmakers visit Banana Factory in Bethlehem
Sep 29, 2022

Women's Re-Entry, Fire Company/EMS, and Open Space Funding Opportunities
Sep 26, 2022

McNeill bill would require insurance coverage for prostate cancer screenings
Sep 21, 2022

McNeill announces $250,000 grant for Catasauqua Borough flood mitigation project
Sep 20, 2022

McNeill procures additional funding for Samuel Balliet Stadium improvement project
Sep 19, 2022

Bill Would Cap PA Insulin Prices Amid Rationing, Skyrocketing Costs
Sep 14, 2022

McNeill announces nearly $20 million to support small businesses in the greater Lehigh Valley
Sep 13, 2022

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities
Sep 13, 2022

Summer 2022 Newsletter
Sep 08, 2022

McNeill’s office to hold monthly veterans outreach Sept. 26
Sep 06, 2022

McNeill announces over $243K for Samuel Balliet Stadium upgrade
Sep 02, 2022