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Neilson announces $2.8M in Alternative and Clean Energy grants for Rhawnhurst and Anne Frank elementary school projects

(Jul 14, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, July 14 – State Rep. Ed Neilson announced Tuesday that more than $2.8 million in grant funding has been awarded to Rhawnhurst and Anne Frank elementary schools for building projects expected to reduce energy and water usage. “I’m incredibly happy to see this much-needed funding awarded to schools in my district,” Neilson said. “Investments in our children and their education pay dividends, and investments that also work toward energy efficiency are doubly valuable.” Anne Frank Elementary School was awarded an $800,154 Alternative and Clean Energy Program grant for a two-story, nearly 25,000 square foot LEED Gold certified addition to its existing 103,000 square foot-building. The project includes LED lighting fixtures, low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water bottle-filling stations. The project is expected to reduce the school’s energy use by nearly half and its water usage by 35%. The grant funding will go toward the total project cost of about $9 million, with the School District of Philadelphia providing about $8 million in matching funds. Rhawnhurst Elementary School has been awarded a $2 million Alternative and Clean Energy Program grant to renovate its existing 58,000 square foot-building, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The planned energy-saving features include a high-efficiency HVAC system with radiant heat, LED energy-efficient Read more

 

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Resources and info for you during this COVID-19 pandemic

(Mar 18, 2020)

I realize that this health situation with the COVID-19 pandemic will affect people in multiple ways in our community and my office is committed to assisting however we can. My office is closed, but my staff is still here to help While my staff and I decided to close our office in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, we are still here to help you. We will be responding to emails and returning phone calls. You can reach my office at 215-330-3714, or email my staff and me through the form you can find online by clicking here . Important updates about local/regional services The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) has announced that to keep travelers from interacting with tolling personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, cash and credit cards will NOT be accepted at any interchange statewide. Click here for more info . SEPTA has announced it will be operating the Severe Weather Plan for Regional Rail. Click here for more info . If you’re employed in Pennsylvania and unable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers' Compensation benefits : Click here for more info . PennDOT has issued an announcement about expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections. Those dates Read more

 

Matzie and Neilson urge telecom companies to suspend data caps, fees for overages during pandemic response

(Mar 13, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 13 – Responding to the need for broadband internet access as Pennsylvania schools transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, state Reps. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, and Ed Neilson, D-Philadelphia, are calling on internet providers statewide to temporarily remove data caps on home broadband internet and wireless internet service. In a letter to telecom providers throughout the state , the lawmakers are urging the companies to suspend data caps and overage fees, citing the need to minimize the pandemic’s impact on students and their families. “As lawmakers, our No. 1 priority is always the safety and health of residents,” Matzie said. “But in challenging times, when circumstances force prolonged changes to our daily routine, it’s also important to ensure that residents continue receiving the benefit of essential services. That’s especially true when it comes to services like education. “With internet learning becoming a reality as we take measures to ensure safety during the pandemic, it’s essential that all families – regardless of household budget – have uninterrupted access to internet, without having to worry about the cost of overages. Continuing access to education should never depend on a family’s ability to afford an internet bill.” Neilson agreed, noting, “We are urging Pennsylvanians to do what is in Read more

 

Neilson continues fight for state grants to keep local community safe

(Mar 11, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 11 – State Rep. Ed Neilson announced today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has awarded $52,890 in grants to two nonprofit organizations in his district that serve populations who are often targeted by hate crimes. These grant dollars are the first awarded by the commission as part of a new grant program it is administering, after legislation to create the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program was signed into law last year “Any program that increases safety measures for our most vulnerable neighbors – like people who are often targeted because of their religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability – is one I’m proud to support,” Neilson said. “I’m grateful that Federation Housing Inc. and Congregation Ahavas Torah Rhawnhurst Torah Center have received this funding, especially considering the many organizations that applied, and I know that they will put this funding to use to keep the people they serve safe.” Federation Housing Inc., which provides affordable housing to low- and moderate-income seniors, was awarded a $27,890 grant, and Congregation Ahavas Torah Rhawnhurst Torah Center, a synagogue in Northeast Philadelphia, was awarded a $25,000 grant. The grants awarded to the two organizations were among 805 total applications submitted for grant funding through the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program. Of those 805 Read more

 

Neilson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to include $1 billion in budget for lead, asbestos remediation in PA schools

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Ed Neilson today commended Gov. Tom Wolf for his plan to include $1 billion in funding in the 2020-21 budget for lead and asbestos remediation in Pennsylvania schools. “Because of my career working in construction, I’m aware of the prevalence of asbestos around the Philadelphia region,” Neilson said. “I know that these toxic chemicals are nothing to play with, and yet we’ve allowed our children to go to schools where these toxins are present year after year. It’s time we make our children and teachers a priority, and I’m glad that Governor Wolf has stepped up to do the right thing.” Wolf today presented a series of proposed 2020-21 budget items totaling more than $1.1 billion to support reducing the risks to Pennsylvanians of lead and asbestos, and remediating existing toxins in schools, day care centers, homes and public water systems. Learn more about Wolf’s announcement on his website, https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-billion-dollar-plan-to-fix-toxic-schools-address-lead-across-pennsylvania/ . ### Read more

 

Neilson announces $5,800 in grants to help local schools provide quality meals for students

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Ed Neilson announced today that Robert B. Pollock School and Anne Frank School each received a grant of $2,908 to purchase needed equipment for their cafeterias, including a milk cooler. Neilson, D-Phila, said the grant is part of more than $925,000 in competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state to buy new food service equipment for their cafeterias . “A quality lunch plays a critical role in ensuring students have the energy they need to focus and excel in the classroom,” Neilson said. “This funding will go toward providing our schools the tools they need to prepare meals safely and help fuel the minds and bodies of our children.” Neilson noted that other two area schools also received funding: Stephen Decatur Elementary School: $8,314 for a walk-in freezer Abraham Lincoln High School: $3,193 for a reach-in refrigerator Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grants are 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 to ensure safe food handling. ### Read more

 

House clears Neilson measure to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day in PA on Jan. 27

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today adopted a resolution introduced by Rep. Ed Neilson to recognize Jan. 27, 2020 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania. “ Between 1933 and 1945, nearly 17 million people were tragically murdered in the horrifying, state-sponsored genocide known as the Holocaust,” Neilson said. “It is critical to our humanity and to the memory of the millions of people who were murdered during the Holocaust that we commemorate Jan. 27 – 75 years to the day of the liberation of the largest and deadliest concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau – as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania.” The Holocaust was a human rights crisis of epic proportions. While Jews were the priority target of Nazi racism, other groups within Germany were persecuted for racial reasons. Studies have shown that a growing number of Americans lack a basic knowledge of the Holocaust and the events that led up to it. Commemorating the day is one way to try to educate the public, Neilson said. It is also about more than just remembering history and honoring the victims, Neilson added. “ This is a day to remember and mourn, and a day to stand up against hate and violence,” Neilson said. “We have seen recent violent acts inspired by hate perpetrated against people throughout our country, including the Read more

 

Neilson calls on Congress to fix Pa.’s infrastructure crisis, create National Infrastructure Bank

(Dec 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec.10 – Pennsylvania is in the midst of an infrastructure crisis, said state Rep. Ed Neilson on Wednesday, as he introduced a resolution calling on Congress to establish a National Infrastructure Bank. “Our infrastructure, from the school buildings we send our children off to each day, to the roads and bridges we navigate daily, is crumbling,” Neilson said. “To fix this problem, I’m calling on Congress to establish a National Infrastructure Bank to finance the improvements we need.” In 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Pennsylvania a cumulative “C-” infrastructure grade across 18 categories that included a “D+” grade for roads, a “D” grade for drinking water, and a “D-” grade for wastewater treatment, Neilson said. Additionally, the report noted that traffic congestion in Pennsylvania results in more than $3.7 billion in lost time and wasted fuel annually. Neilson said the concept of a National Infrastructure Bank has been used by past presidents, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. Investments from a National Infrastructure Bank would restart various industries, Neilson said, and create millions of new jobs and supply the needed financing to repair Pennsylvania’s crumbling infrastructure. ### Read more

 

PDAC members, parishioners spruce up local church

(Nov 20, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20 – Thanks to a grant from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, members of the 8th Police District Advisory Council, the 8th Police District, parishioners and community volunteers recently gave the Bethany African Methodist Episcopal church in northeast Philadelphia a fresh coat of paint, said state Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila. Neilson said his office assisted the 8th PDAC with applying for the Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania grant. “By partnering with 8th PDAC, it was a great opportunity to bring a sense of community to this important project,” Neilson said. “It was great to see high school students and community members working alongside our police officers to bring new life into the historical Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church.” Neilson added Patricia Rosati, the 8th Police District community relations officer, headed up the project, applied for the grant and organized the paint days. Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania is a program designed to provide community groups with paint and supplies to enable them to renew a community structure in need. A list of the 2019 grant winners and projects can be found here . Read more

 

College affordability: Tips to help you get a higher education

(Aug 27, 2019)

Pennsylvania ranks 48th, or third worst, in the United States at funding colleges, technical schools and universities. So how can someone who wants a higher education afford to get it? My staff and I are happy to help. Here’s some information to get you started. Planning for college If you’re thinking about college and looking for ways to pay for your education, you will want to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA . FAFSA is what determines someone’s eligibility for federal student aid, like federal grants, work-study and loans. It typically takes about 30 minutes to complete the application, which can be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov , and it’s totally free. You must complete a FAFSA each school year. If you have completed a FAFSA in the past, most of your information will roll-over automatically. You should fill out your FAFSA as soon as possible. You can apply as early as Oct. 1 the year before you start college . The deadline is June 30 the year after for when you are applying. But the sooner you apply, the better to meet your school deadlines and receive aid for the start of the school year. Many states and colleges have earlier deadlines for applying for state and institutional financial aid. You can find your state’s deadline at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa#deadlines . Items you may need in order to complete your FAFSA: Federal Student Aid ID Social Security Read more

 

Neilson to host 2020 Census Job Fair

(Jun 27, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, June 27 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., will hold a job fair for interested residents looking for opportunities to help with the 2020 Census. The job fair will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, July 12 at Neilson’s district office, 16 Old Ashton Road, 19152. Neilson said there are temporary positions available, including census takers, recruiting assistants and supervisory staff. “The Philadelphia region hopes to employ more than 3,000 people to ensure a complete and accurate count of everyone during the 2020 Census,” Neilson said. “These open positions will pay up to $35.50 an hour and offer weekly paychecks, flexible hours and paid training.” For more information or to reserve a spot at the job fair, constituents should call Neilson’s office at 215-330-3714. Read more

 

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(Jun 10, 2019)

I'm happy to announce that the deadline for the 2018 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded, and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. You can get your application at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190. My office also can help you, so don’t hesitate to contact me. Read more

 

Training workers of the future focus of Neilson’s Policy Committee hearing

(Apr 25, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 25 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on workforce development at the UA Steamfitters Local 420 Hall. Neilson requested the hearing to discuss efforts to recruit and train a workforce prepared for quality-wage jobs. Legislators from across the state including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, joined Neilson for the policy discussion. “I’m glad to have the opportunity to bring my colleagues to talk about how we can help train Pennsylvania’s future workforce. We have an obligation to educate the future electricians, builders, and plumbers. These are jobs that fuel our economy and communities, and can’t be outsourced,” explained Neilson. “It’s also imperative that moving forward, we are following the latest safety measures and taking code enforcement seriously. Workers take uninhabitable places and make them homes and businesses for generations to come. Let’s make sure we’re educating the public about the opportunities available for building a better future for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.” Sturla added: “As we work on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, we’re working hard to learn more how we can equip businesses with a well-trained workforce prepared to carry out the needs of the future. When we create quality educational opportunities for the trades, we create family-sustaining careers that Read more

 

Neilson to host Policy Committee hearing on workforce development Thursday in Philadelphia

(Apr 22, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA. April 22 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Philadelphia, is hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on workforce development. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25 at the UA Steamfitters Local 420 Hall, 14420 Townsend Rd., Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. Neilson requested the hearing to bring stakeholders and his legislative colleagues from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, together to discuss efforts to recruit and train a workforce prepared for quality-wage jobs. A panel of local union officials will testify including Ryan Boyer, President of Philadelphia Building Trades; Pete Klein, Director of Training, Steamfitters Local Union 420; Don Sweeten, Training Coordinator/Financial Secretary, Sprinkler Fitters Local 692; and Brian Murphy, Assistant Coordinator/Director of Apprentice & Training, IUOE 542 JATC. The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools, and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . For more information about the Policy Committee, go to www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Neilson introduces legislation to protect Pennsylvanians’ personal information

(Apr 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 1 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., today introduced legislation that would protect consumers across the commonwealth by requiring the opportunity to opt out of having their personal information sold to third parties. “Everyone deserves the right to know what personal information is being collected and sold,” Neilson said. “Businesses are profiting on selling a customer’s information to third parties and most Pennsylvanians are getting tired of the robocalls and unwanted solicitations from these third parties trying to sell them something they never wanted.” Specifically, H.B. 1049 would allow customers to opt out of having their information sold or even have the information deleted. “In today’s electronic world in which we live, we read about security breaches in the paper every day. Just because you purchased goods or services does not mean we need to be in their system and others forever, nor should we have to be certain that their technology is updated on a regular basis,” Neilson said. “The people of Pennsylvania deserve better and this legislation would be a step in the right direction.” Neilson said his proposal is already gaining bipartisan traction, with House Democrats and Republicans signing on as co-sponsors even before the legislation was formally introduced. Read more

 

Neilson bill would help crack down on trespassers

(Feb 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 15 – Legislation introduced this week by state Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., would help police across the commonwealth remove illegal trespassers from residential properties. House Bill 546 would help address situations where people illegally move into a home or an apartment but claim to live there legally when police arrive. Law enforcement would have the authority to remove someone from a home if they have probable cause to believe the person is trespassing. Under the bill, the accused would be granted adequate opportunity to prove they live there legally before police can remove them. “There are cases when it’s one person’s word against another’s, so police often hesitate to remove the trespasser because the property owner could be attempting to evict rightful tenants illegally,” Neilson said. “There are certain situations when an owner may have to take legal eviction action, which could be expensive and time-consuming. My legislation would help eliminate that potential step for the property owner.” The bill would not affect landlord-tenant disputes, and a property owner making a false statement could be held criminally and civilly liable. Read more

 

Sept. 3, Email: Mark your calendar for my upcoming FREE shred events!
Sep 03, 2020

Summer 2020 Newsletter
Sep 03, 2020

Neilson announces $2.8M in Alternative and Clean Energy grants for Rhawnhurst and Anne Frank elementary school projects
Jul 14, 2020

July 2, Email: Happy Fourth of July!
Jul 02, 2020

Email, June 26: Important deadlines and new programs to help those affected by COVID-19
Jun 26, 2020

Resources and info for you during this COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 18, 2020

Matzie and Neilson urge telecom companies to suspend data caps, fees for overages during pandemic response
Mar 13, 2020

Neilson continues fight for state grants to keep local community safe
Mar 11, 2020

Neilson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to include $1 billion in budget for lead, asbestos remediation in PA schools
Jan 29, 2020

Neilson announces $5,800 in grants to help local schools provide quality meals for students
Jan 28, 2020

House clears Neilson measure to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day in PA on Jan. 27
Jan 22, 2020

Neilson calls on Congress to fix Pa.’s infrastructure crisis, create National Infrastructure Bank
Dec 10, 2019

PDAC members, parishioners spruce up local church
Nov 20, 2019

College affordability: Tips to help you get a higher education
Aug 27, 2019

Neilson to host 2020 Census Job Fair
Jun 27, 2019

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Jun 10, 2019

Training workers of the future focus of Neilson’s Policy Committee hearing
Apr 25, 2019

Neilson to host Policy Committee hearing on workforce development Thursday in Philadelphia
Apr 22, 2019

Neilson introduces legislation to protect Pennsylvanians’ personal information
Apr 01, 2019

Neilson bill would help crack down on trespassers
Feb 15, 2019