O’Mara applauds grants awarded to five Delaware County higher education institutions

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SPRINGFIELD Aug. 5 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara applauded over $850,000 in grant funding awarded to Cabrini University, Eastern University, Valley Forge Military College, Delaware County Community College and Villanova University. The five postsecondary institutions within O’Mara’s legislative district received the following amounts: Cabrini University: $96,215 Eastern University: $108,458 Valley Forge Military College: $56,842 Delaware County Community College: $493,101 Villanova University: $104,982 The funding, which was made available from the federal CARES Act, will help the schools implement public health and safety plans so they may resume operations this fall. It will be used to help keep students, faculty and staff safe and assist in meeting the unique challenges of providing education during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Reopening schools, including colleges and universities, has been a complicated, multi-dimensional process in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. There isn’t one right or wrong way to approach it, so I’m confident that this funding will help these schools determine the best way to resume learning this fall and cater to the unique needs of their students,” O’Mara said. “Ensuring that Pennsylvania’s postsecondary schools remain on track for the academic year is a crucial element in restoring our economic Read more

 

ATTN: First responders, students, pet owners and voters

(Jul 31, 2020)

This summer has been unlike any other, but I’m glad to see our community make the most of it despite the difficult circumstances. I wanted to remind everyone of the importance of celebrating the summer season as safely and responsibly as possible. Read more

 

O’Mara invites Morton Borough residents to socially distant, community-building forum this week

(Jul 27, 2020)

MORTON July 27 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara will hold a community forum, “Building Unity in Morton Borough” to discuss how everyone can work together to nurture a supportive and safe community. The discussion will begin promptly at 7 p.m. July 29 outside Morton Borough Hall, 500 Highland Ave. This is an outdoor event and face masks must be worn. In case of inclement weather, the forum will take place on Aug. 5. O’Mara will be joined by a panel of elected leaders, Morton residents and the Morton police chief. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions centered around coming together to build unity in Morton. “As our nation continues to reel in the aftershock of George Floyd’s murder, I was approached by local Morton residents about planning a community forum so we can have meaningful discussions right here in our town,” O’Mara said. “My goal is to have everyone come with open hearts and minds so we can work toward making Morton a stronger and safer community for all.” Questions may be directed to O’Mara’s office at (610) 544-9878. Read more

 

July Updates from my District Office

(Jul 20, 2020)

I hope you’re all staying healthy, well and cool as we’re currently experiencing an excessive heat warning throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. The hottest times of the day are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so remember, “10 to 3: it’s not for me!” Read more

 

Hazard pay grants now available to support frontline workers

(Jul 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 17 – Workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic could see hazard pay through funding advocated for by the Pennsylvania House Democrats. Eligible employers can now apply for $50 million in available grants to offer hazard pay to frontline workers in life-sustaining industries. Throughout the COVID-19 health crisis, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus has fought to support frontline workers and worked to ensure federal CARES Act dollars were allocated as part of the state budget package. Businesses in the following industries are eligible to apply for the grant funding: Health care and social assistance Food manufacturing Food retail facilities Public transit and ground passenger transportation Security services Janitorial services to buildings and dwellings More information on the grants is available here . Since the very beginning of the pandemic, and during 2020-21 budget negotiations, House Democrats have advocated for fair compensation and protections for frontline workers. Democratic state representatives from across Pennsylvania lauded the opening of the new grant program. Northeast Region Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe : "I am a strong advocate for better wages and conditions for all workers. During times of financial uncertainty, hazard pay is crucial for all frontline workers facing increased exposure to the COVID-19 Read more

 

July 2020 4-page newsletter

(Jul 15, 2020)

4-page summer newsletter detailing local COVID-19 resources, updates on reforming Pennsylvania's police force, grants awarded to the district and more. Read more

 

Small business owners, tune in to my webinar tomorrow!

(Jun 30, 2020)

As we head into the holiday weekend, I wanted to share some information that I hope you find informative and useful. Read more

 

O’Mara applauds $23K grant awarded to Wayne Senior Center

(Jun 29, 2020)

WAYNE, June 29 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, today announced that the Wayne Senior Center has been approved for a $23,194 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. This funding will go toward the center’s technology needs, including expanding its programming to include virtual reality and armchair travel. “I know that many constituents were impacted by senior centers closing during the stay-at-home order, so I’m proud to see funding come through to help them stay afloat,” O’Mara said, who serves on the House’s Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. “This grant will help ensure that the Wayne Senior Center can continue to offer not only the same critical services it did before the pandemic, but also strengthen its technological capabilities to better serve its patrons.” There are more than 500 senior community centers throughout Pennsylvania that provide a variety of offerings, such as nutritious meals, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, and exercise programs. Proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery help to fund these programs every year. For more information on senior community centers, visit aging.pa.gov/SCC . Read more

 

O’Mara motion to designate area roadway as “Capt. Michael Malinowski, Sr. Memorial Bridge” passes House

(Jun 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – Legislation to declare the bridge on Morton Avenue, a portion of State Route 2025, as “Capt. Michael Malinowski, Sr. Memorial Bridge” unanimously passed the House as omnibus H.B. 1597 on Wednesday, June 24. House Bill 1597 sought to re-name several bridges and roads throughout the commonwealth after area veterans and first responders. O’Mara’s motion to honor Malinowski can be found in section seven of the bill. Malinowski was the captain of Morton Rutledge Volunteer Fire Co. and passed away on Dec. 3, 2019. This was only one day after he reported feeling ill after responding to a call regarding downed trees and wires. Malinowski is widely remembered for his selfless service to the community and for serving on the company’s board of directors where he provided department trainings and helped repair the company’s crew room. “The loss of Captain Malinowski was a tragic and devastating one. He was an instrumental member of the Morton-Rutledge Fire Company, and his department and community sorely miss him,” O’Mara said. “This fallen hero is so deserving of this bridge dedication for protecting and serving his community. I believe honoring his legacy is the least we can do to show our thanks and respect.” For more information, contact O’Mara’s office at (610) 544-9878. Read more

 

Delco House Democrats thank fellow residents for work toward Green Phase

(Jun 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – Pennsylvania House Democrats representing Delaware County praised residents for their diligence and sacrifice in flattening the deadly curve of COVID-19 infections following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today that the county will enter Green Phase recovery efforts on June 26. During the Green Phase, aggressive mitigation tactics to control the spread of the disease are lifted, but several key defenses against it stay in effect. Personal care services, including hair salons and barber shops, must operate at 50% capacity or by appointment only; appointments or reservations also are strongly encouraged for gyms or spas. Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing or theater performance. Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Nursing home visitation restrictions remain in place. Restaurants and bars may be open at 50% occupancy. Casinos, theaters, and shopping malls can open at 50% occupancy. Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are excluded from limitations. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as masking at their gatherings. Other details can be found here . Read more

 

Recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day

(Jun 18, 2020)

Tomorrow Pennsylvania recognizes Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Read more

 

Seeing change from Delco to the Capitol

(Jun 11, 2020)

Without a doubt there is a lot going on right now in Delco, and around the world. We were called to stand united to fight a global pandemic, which still remains within our community and surrounding areas. Read more

 

Budget update

(Jun 11, 2020)

While I support the swift, bipartisan action taken to pass a state budget plan, I could not support the central House-written bill within the complete budget package of legislation signed into law by the governor today. In that bill, majority House leadership left a $300 million deficit in property tax relief. I was able to vote to fill that gap in a different budget-related bill thankfully led by cooler heads in the Senate. The bottom line is that this year’s temporary budget is critical to keep school doors open through the next school year. First and foremost, students cannot afford to go without classroom or properly equipped home instruction any longer. You also could call this budget an expeditionary budget, as it provides the first five months of funding to most state agencies, but 12 months of funding to education at the same levels as last year’s budget. The overall state plan consists of the $25 billion General Fund allotment as well as $2.6 billion in federal funding that Pennsylvania received from the CARES Act. Pennsylvanians will not see any new taxes for at least the next six months. From the $2.6 billion CARES Act funding, the following money has been earmarked to directly offset the ravaging effect COVID-19 is taking on Pennsylvania. $632M for vulnerable populations including long-term care centers and nursing homes, who have been impacted the most by COVID-19 $150M toward worker protections $870M for business and local services Read more

 

TOMORROW is Election Day

(Jun 01, 2020)

Tomorrow is the Pennsylvania primary, so whether you are voting in-person or by mail, be sure you are prepared. Read more

 

Thank you, Delco!

(May 15, 2020)

I hope you continue to stay safe and well during this uncertain time for our commonwealth. I wanted to take a moment to let the residents of the 165th Legislative District know that I am listening and reading every message that you send to my office with your concerns, fears, and ideas. Read more

 

Updates on Reopening PA and Small Business Resources

(Apr 30, 2020)

I hope that you’re all doing well and staying healthy during this uncertain time. Thankfully, I have some uplifting information to share with you regarding Pennsylvania’s phased reopening process. Read more

 

Info for seniors, students, pet owners and more

(Apr 17, 2020)

Despite this difficult and uncertain time we’re facing, I’m so proud to see Delco standing strong. Read more

 

O’Mara, Snyder draft legislation to aid essential employees with collecting workers compensation

(Apr 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 15 — State Reps. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, and Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, will introduce a bill this legislative session to make it easier for essential employees to collect workers compensation if they contract COVID-19 coronavirus on the job. Their legislation would deem COVID-19 as an occupational disease for employees of life-sustaining businesses and occupations. This would remove the burden of proving that COVID-19 is occurring more in their occupation than in the general population. “Pennsylvanians who still are showing up to work every day as we overcome a global pandemic jeopardize or sacrifice their health and the health of their families to ensure that our state continues to function,” O’Mara said. “Chances are that they will come into contact with COVID-19. “We need to make filing for workers compensation as simple as possible to show that we haven’t forgotten or given up on our essential employees, just like how they aren’t giving up on us.” “We rely on these essential employees to protect us and keep us safe, and right now, they are on the front lines responding to the pandemic that’s affected every corner of our state,” Snyder said. “Removing the burden of proof on workers who have contracted COVID-19 is the right thing to do. They’re putting their lives on the line to help each one of us, and we need to Read more

 

My office is here to help

(Apr 02, 2020)

As we’re working toward overcoming this difficult time in our nation’s history, I hope you’re doing your part and staying home. Read more

 

Still here for you, Delco

(Mar 20, 2020)

I hope you’re safe and healthy in the comfort of your home. This is a challenging time in Pennsylvania’s history, but remember that we’re all in this together. If we continue to be supportive of one another, our community will come out of this stronger than ever. Read more