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National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) would rebuild, replace and revolutionize Pa.’s and nation’s infrastructure without raising taxes

(May 06, 2021)

In 2021, we have the chance to build back better using the same tool used by great presidents of the past, with an even better America emerging in the face of national tragedy and challenges. Read more

 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th

(Apr 23, 2021)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen on Saturday, April 24. Updated documents and guidance will be available today (Friday, April 23rd) by clicking here . This is a grant program established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, and is administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue , with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible entities include: Live venue operators or promoters. Theatrical producers. Live performing arts organization operators. Museum operators. Motion picture theater operators (including owners). Talent representatives. Other requirements of note: Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount. Read more

 

March 9 email: A COVID-19 community vaccine site is coming to our area and others are opening around Philly

(Mar 09, 2021)

A COVID-19 community vaccine site is scheduled to open in the 174th Legislative District the week of March 22, while other sites are opening elsewhere in Philly. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update

(Feb 18, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Hemp Promotion, Education and Export Promotion Matching Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit agricultural product promotion and marketing organizations. Use : Projects aimed at increasing sales, export or consumer awareness of Pennsylvania hemp products. Eligible projects may include regional or national promotion. Funds : Reimbursement grants up to 50% of project costs. The minimum matching grant is $1,000. A total of $253,000 will be available statewide. Application Deadline : March 5 More Information : See the February 13, 2021, PA Bulletin at Pennsylvania Bulletin (pacodeandbulletin.gov) . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Fund ing ) Who May Apply : State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. Use : Projects that will increase visibility and competitiveness of the state’s horticultural specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants and nursery crops. Funds : Requests may be made for a minimum of $20,000, provided the amount reasonably represents the cost of the Read more

 

Improving rail, roads, waterways, technology could fuel jobs and public safety efforts

(Feb 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 – Economic recovery, job creation, improved infrastructure and statewide development could benefit from a $4 trillion National Infrastructure Bank as discussed at today’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing. The committee heard testimony and held a roundtable discussion on how implementation of the National Infrastructure Bank would help the state improve broadband access, address transportation needs and invigorate the economy. “We’re in need of a revolutionary approach to addressing technological and public safety needs. Invoking the National Infrastructure Bank would have impacts that reach every community of this state,” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. State Rep. Ed Neilson, co-host of today’s hearing, added, “If we have an opportunity to bridge the digital divide for both cities and rural areas, we must take it. Ultimately, our future depends on this investment. We can improve the trajectory of our economic recovery, help develop a workforce for the future and be a leader in both.” Macroeconomist Alphecca Muttardy noted that every $1 invested via the National Infrastructure Bank could generate a $3 to $7 return and that .09 cents of every dollar would go back to the state government in revenues. This return would help repay the low-interest loans used to fund projects. Stanley Forczek, an infrastructure expert having previously served Amtrak, highlighted that Read more

 

Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim

(Jan 28, 2021)

How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim : Log in to your dashboard Select “File for Weekly Benefits” Then select “File Your Weekly Certification to Continue Your Claim” You will see the message “You currently have a claim established however it is inactive.” Click on “here.” It will seem as if you are opening a new claim. The system knows you are only attempting to reopen the claim you already have established. Click Next. You will see the Welcome to Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Portal Page. Click next. The next eight pages are pre-populated based on your initial claim information. You will click next after verifying the information is correct on each page. If it is not correct, you should make updates at this time. Note: This includes things such as your email, address, date of birth, education information and employment status. You will also be asked the COVID questions. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE MAJOR DISASTER INFORMATION QUESTION YOU SHOULD SELECT COVID -19 NOT COVID 19 -2 If you reported that you are self-employed, the system will ask for you 2020 wages. This is an error. You should enter all 0s for those wages. You will also need to answer if you have worked since you last filed for weeks. If you have worked, you must click the “I have worked since my last Read more

 

Philadelphia residents can now reserve their place to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine

(Jan 26, 2021)

Philadelphia residents can now reserve their place in line for the vaccine and are encouraged to do so using the Philadelphia Department of Public Health online sign-up form . The city is distributing the vaccine in phases based on individuals’ level of risk. Philadelphia residents will become eligible to receive the vaccine at different times. Residents who complete the City’s vaccine interest form will ensure they will be contacted directly when they become eligible. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to wear masks, stay socially distanced, and refrain from gathering with people outside of their household. Until many more people in Philadelphia get vaccinated, this is still the best way to stop the pandemic. Read more

 

The COVID-19 vaccine interest form REMAINS ACTIVE

(Jan 26, 2021)

The COVID-19 vaccine interest form REMAINS ACTIVE. Read more

 

Neilson takes oath for fourth term

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Ed Neilson took the oath of office at the state Capitol today to begin his fourth term representing the 174th District in Philadelphia. Read more

 

Neilson, Driscoll respond to state budget bill that denies relief to local business owners, allotting $1.3B in CARES Act funds to budget

(Nov 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 22 – State Reps. Ed Neilson and Michael Driscoll, both D-Phila., on Friday voted against a lame-duck session budget which they say denies needed relief to local business owners reeling from closures connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

 

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

(Sep 03, 2020)

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Summer 2020 Newsletter

(Sep 03, 2020)

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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

 

July 2, Email: Happy Fourth of July!

(Jul 02, 2020)

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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

 

National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) would rebuild, replace and revolutionize Pa.’s and nation’s infrastructure without raising taxes
May 06, 2021

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th
Apr 23, 2021

March 9 email: A COVID-19 community vaccine site is coming to our area and others are opening around Philly
Mar 09, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update
Feb 18, 2021

Improving rail, roads, waterways, technology could fuel jobs and public safety efforts
Feb 17, 2021

Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim
Jan 28, 2021

Philadelphia residents can now reserve their place to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine
Jan 26, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine interest form REMAINS ACTIVE
Jan 26, 2021

Neilson takes oath for fourth term
Jan 05, 2021

Neilson, Driscoll respond to state budget bill that denies relief to local business owners, allotting $1.3B in CARES Act funds to budget
Nov 22, 2020

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