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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


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more