Sappey, Otten, Williams and Hennessey congratulate Downingtown Marching Band

(Dec 28, 2021)

Downingtown, Dec. 28 – State Reps. Christina Sappey, Danielle Friel Otten, Tim Hennessey and Dan Williams, all of Chester County, are happy to present a citation to the Downingtown Marching Band for their invitation to the Rose Parade. Read more

 

Sappey, Comitta and DCNR Announce State Investment in Environmental Pilot Project in Chester County

(Dec 21, 2021)

Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced $333,991 in Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund grant funding for a Stroud Water Research Center water quality pilot project aimed at finding market-driven solutions to improving environmental conditions. “This project represents a unique and innovative look at addressing a critical need to help improve water quality and stewardship of our freshwater systems in Chester County,” Dunn said. “We are proud to award this grant to Stroud Water Research Center and look forward to seeing the ecological and economic impact strategic agroforestry initiatives can have when focused on and incentivized.” The grant will help fund Stroud Center’s implementation of 60-acres of multifunctional riparian forest buffers. Mutlifunctional buffers are an agroforesty practice that provide ecological benefits while producing income. Stroud Water Research is partnering with Propegate Ventures to demonstrate proof of concept for investment in agroforestry practices that improve water quality and soil health, while assisting landowners in meeting their production and income goals. “Stroud Water Research Center deeply appreciates support from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to demonstrate agroforestry as a way of increasing forest cover in Pennsylvania to meet a long Read more

 

Sappey, Comitta and DCNR Announces State Investment in Public Recreation and Natural Resource Protection in Chester County

(Dec 17, 2021)

Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced $1.2 million in federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant funding for the acquisition of Starr Farm in East Bradford Township, Chester County. “With more and more people turning to the outdoors since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to support land acquisitions of this nature that help expand outdoor recreation opportunities in Pennsylvania communities,” Dunn said. “This grant will help ensure current and future generations can have nearby access to a large, beautiful park and I look forward to seeing the impact this acquisition has in East Bradford Township and for Chester County at large.” With help from the grant, funding from the Chester County Preservation Partnership Program, and its own investment, the township will acquire the deed to the 156-acre property, which includes a half-mile stretch of West Valley Creek, for natural resource conservation and passive recreational public use and enjoyment. The township will manage the property as part of a 477-acre complex of contiguous public parkland under the township's jurisdiction. “The acquisition of the 156-acre addition to the Starr Farm Park caps an over two-decade program of perpetually protecting the Paradise Valley and Harmony Hill Conservation Area, including virtually all of the Read more

 

Sappey and Herrin announce It’s On Us PA grant for West Chester University

(Dec 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec.10 – State Reps. Christina Sappey and Dianne Herrin, both D-Chester, announced today that West Chester University will receive $24,725 through the It’s On Us PA grant program, a statewide campaign to protect students from sexual violence. “These funds help ensure the proper education and equipment to keep students safe on campus grounds,” said Sappey. “We all have to do our part to stop sexual violence. This grant will help West Chester University continue to challenge students, teachers, faculty, staff and more to say something when they see something .” "The college years should be a time of self discovery, personal growth, and relationship development. Sadly, every 1 in 5 college-aged women and 1 in 20 college-aged men experience a trauma," Herrin said. “The It's On Us program helps address this reality and will give WCU more resources to take a proactive stance in combatting sexual assault by recognizing and addressing the warning signs.” The grants will provide funding from January 2022 through May 2023 to implement safety strategies on campuses, such as improving awareness, knocking down barriers that prevent survivors from reporting and/or accessing resources, and changing campus culture. Th e It’s On Us campaign is a national initiative to raise awareness about sexual assault. Its goal is to teach students that Read more

 

Sappey, Comitta Announce $830,000 for Public Safety, Crime Prevention and Victims’ Services Programs

(Dec 09, 2021)

WEST CHESTER (December 9, 2021) – Important programs to prevent crime, support community policing efforts, assist victims in recovery, and enhance mental health services in Chester County will receive more than $830,000 in state and federal grant support, state Rep. Christina Sappey and state Senator Carolyn Comitta said today. Sappey said the grants would help Chester County continue to implement the latest public safety strategies and best practices while ensuring compliance with necessary standards and regulations. “The PCCD grants that Chester County received will provide essential funding for programs serving the most vulnerable and working to keep our communities safe,” said Sappey. “I’m proud to see investments that will prevent crime, help victims of domestic violence and child abuse, update law enforcement policies and support crisis intervention services to better address our county’s needs.” Comitta, who previously served as Mayor of the Borough of West Chester, overseeing the West Chester Police Department, said the investments would support initiatives that aim to more efficiently and effectively manage public safety and address mental health needs. “These investments help prevent crime, support victims, and reduce recidivism through a data-driven approach and better understanding of mental health and community needs,” she said. “Our county and local law enforcements Read more

 

Sappey, Williams and Kane Announce an Additional $1.9 Million State Grant for Kennett Library

(Dec 09, 2021)

CHADDS FORD - Rep. Christina Sappey (D-Chester), Rep. Craig Williams (R-Chester and Delaware) and Sen. John Kane (D-Chester and Delaware) jointly announce the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program award of $1.9 million in new grant funding for the Kennett Library. The three legislators worked together to secure the awarded funds as part of the 2021 grant cycle. “I am extremely pleased by this grant approval,” said Sappey. “The Kennett Library serves numerous townships in the Kennett area and this project gives thoughtful consideration to the collaborative way we work and learn now. The facility will provide a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building with event space, auditorium, and multipurpose rooms for public gatherings and educational programs. Numerous individuals and groups came together to make this modern library a reality. It’s a testament to the people and creativity here, so I am grateful for their efforts and very pleased that this funding will help complete a dream in our community.” Matching funds for the project were raised through efforts of the Campaign for the Kennett Library and Resource Center. In addition to nearly $2 million in state funding, the campaign has raised over $11 million. The first round of state funding allowed the Kennett Library to break ground in August, which Sappey, Williams and Kane attended together. “This project is part of an initiative to bring additional educational opportunities to Read more

 

Longwood Gardens awarded $550,000 to expand wastewater treatment plant

(Dec 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 8 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and State Sen. John Kane, D-Chester, announced $550,000 in state grant funding has been awarded to Longwood Gardens to help complete a comprehensive wastewater treatment plant expansion project. “Longwood is not only part of the fabric of Chester County, but recognized worldwide for its research, sustainability, educational outreach and economic development,” Sappey said. “It’s important for the commonwealth to partner with forward thinking organizations, so I’m very pleased they have received this funding.” “Bringing money back into our communities is one of the most rewarding parts of this job, and I’m so proud to have worked with Representative Sappey to deliver this funding to Longwood,” Kane said. “Longwood is world-renowned not only for its beauty, but for the groundbreaking research into conservation and sustainability. This funding will help Longwood operate more sustainably in the future and continue to be a great part to our community for decades to come." Longwood Gardens owns and operates its own private wastewater treatment plant. The plant currently handles 100,000 gallons per day. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding will not only improve water quality, but also help the facility expand to increase its capacity by more than 50%. The project will install test wells to Read more

 

Sappey announces $2.5 million in grants for community projects

(Nov 19, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced today state grant funding totaling more than $2.5 million has been awarded to support several community projects. Read more

 

Rep. Sappey to hold annual drive-thru donation drive Dec. 4

(Nov 16, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey’s annual Drive-Thru Charitable Item Donation Drive will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at her district office, located at 698 Unionville Road. Read more

 

State Rep. Sappey recognizes veterans during annual breakfast

(Nov 12, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey honored approximately 50 veterans who live in her legislative district and their family members during her annual veterans’ breakfast at the Unionville Presbyterian Church. Read more

 

Sappey to host free breakfast for veterans Nov. 12

(Nov 01, 2021)

KENNETT SQUARE, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites veterans in the 158 th district and their families to attend her annual veterans breakfast at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12 at the Unionville Presbyterian Church, located at 815 Wollaston Road in Kennett Square. In addition to a free, hot breakfast, the recognition event will feature a keynote speaker and offer information on services and assistance available to Pennsylvania veterans. “Veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to protect us and our freedoms,” Sappey said. “This breakfast is a small token of appreciation for them this Veterans Day. I look forward to spending time with some of the most selfless and courageous members of our community.” An RSVP is required to attend this event. Call Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264 or email RepSappey@pahouse.net by Friday, Nov. 5 to RSVP. Veterans can use this link to see if they are in the 158 th Legislative District. Read more

 

State Rep. Sappey to testify with Chester County residents against water rate hikes at Nov. 10 hearing

(Oct 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, has planned an in-person event to support southern Chester County communities in testifying against Aqua Pennsylvania Inc.’s proposed water rate increases of over 17% at a telephonic public input hearing. The in-person event hosted by Sappey and Rep. John Lawrence, to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Penn Township building in West Grove, is happening in response to the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission’s Oct. 21 decision to not hold in-person hearings and instead hold six virtual hearings to collect input from the public on Aqua’s proposed increases. The purpose of the in-person event is to assist seniors and people with technological difficulties who would still like to testify. “Those without adequate access to the internet or comfort with technology deserve to be heard as well as those who do,” Sappey said. Sappey made the initial request for a public hearing through a letter to the PUC on Oct. 6. “Hundreds of constituents have contacted me expressing strong opposition to Aqua’s increase request,” Sappey wrote. “Many of them are seniors living on fixed incomes and are still recovering from the financial impact of the pandemic. The timing of this increase is egregious and unfair.” After the virtual hearings were announced, Sappey and Read more

 

2021 Fall Newsletter

(Oct 15, 2021)

News and updates for the 158th District Read more

 

Miss my latest Telephone Town Hall? Catch the discussion here.

(Oct 14, 2021)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that matter to our communities. Read more

 

Mushroom Phorid Fly Infestations in Mushroom Farms and Surrounding Neighborhoods

(Oct 13, 2021)

Information from Penn State Extension on the phorid fly. Read more

 

Catch up on my virtual events

(Oct 13, 2021)

Replays of my virtual events can be found here. Read more

 

Sappey announces grants for local school districts

(Oct 01, 2021)

Harrisburg, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced that two local school districts were awarded funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund to help close the digital divide and homework gap. Kennett Consolidated School District was awarded $94,800 and West Chester Area School District was awarded $34,775. Created through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund is considered the nation’s largest single effort to ensure students have access to the digital devices and resources they need for the school year. The program will also help libraries offer their patrons internet connectivity and digital devices to continue their learning at home. “Having access to technology and the internet is a must for today’s students,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “I’m pleased to see these funds support our school districts, so that all students are better equipped to succeed.” A total of $20.5 million was awarded to 126 applicants, including 86 school districts, 29 schools and 11 libraries. Of the total, $15.7 million will be used for equipment and $4.9 million will be directed to securing internet service. Sappey said applications for the second round of this program are being accepted until Oct. 13 and is encouraging interested school districts and libraries to apply as soon as possible. Eligible schools and Read more

 

Sappey: PA One reforms will save taxpayer dollars

(Oct 01, 2021)

“The reforms being studied will make the House more accountable to the public and create institutional efficiencies that will save taxpayer dollars,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “I’m proud to be part of this bipartisan effort, and I hope we will see improvements that will result in benefits for both the Democratic and Republican caucuses, but most importantly, for Pennsylvania residents.” Read more

 

Sappey to Host Economic Recovery Forum Sept. 23

(Sep 14, 2021)

At the forum, Sappey and panelists will discuss post-pandemic economic challenges and opportunities facing employers, employees, businesses and consumers in Chester County. Read more

 

Sappey introduces resolution designating September as International Underground Railroad Month

(Sep 13, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Christina Sappey has introduced a resolution designating September 2021 as “International Underground Railroad Month” in recognition of the pivotal role that Pennsylvania played in the abolition movement during the 19th century via the Underground Railroad. “Pennsylvania, and Chester County in particular, played a crucial role in assisting enslaved people flee to freedom via the Underground Railroad,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Our commonwealth was dotted and crossed with hundreds of safehouses, escape routes and hiding places. Who were the heroes of the Underground Railroad? Everyone from political leaders to ordinary citizens, as well as former slaves--known as ‘stationmasters’--who would risk their own hard-won freedom to help their loved ones escape. “It’s critical to recognize the importance of the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania’s history, not only for the sake of those who put their lives on the line so that all Americans could be free before the Civil War, but also to remember that in Pennsylvania the fight for the true freedom of all people is still being fought.” Pennsylvania has a long history of freedom seekers and abolitionists, and H.R. 980 would honor their stories: The American Anti-Slavery Society was an interracial organization dedicated to the entire abolition of slavery in the United States. This society was founded in Philadelphia in Read more

 

Sappey, Otten, Williams and Hennessey congratulate Downingtown Marching Band
Dec 28, 2021

Sappey, Comitta and DCNR Announce State Investment in Environmental Pilot Project in Chester County
Dec 21, 2021

Sappey, Comitta and DCNR Announces State Investment in Public Recreation and Natural Resource Protection in Chester County
Dec 17, 2021

Sappey and Herrin announce It’s On Us PA grant for West Chester University
Dec 10, 2021

Sappey, Comitta Announce $830,000 for Public Safety, Crime Prevention and Victims’ Services Programs
Dec 09, 2021

Sappey, Williams and Kane Announce an Additional $1.9 Million State Grant for Kennett Library
Dec 09, 2021

Longwood Gardens awarded $550,000 to expand wastewater treatment plant
Dec 08, 2021

Sappey announces $2.5 million in grants for community projects
Nov 19, 2021

Rep. Sappey to hold annual drive-thru donation drive Dec. 4
Nov 16, 2021

State Rep. Sappey recognizes veterans during annual breakfast
Nov 12, 2021

Sappey to host free breakfast for veterans Nov. 12
Nov 01, 2021

State Rep. Sappey to testify with Chester County residents against water rate hikes at Nov. 10 hearing
Oct 29, 2021

2021 Fall Newsletter
Oct 15, 2021

Miss my latest Telephone Town Hall? Catch the discussion here.
Oct 14, 2021

Mushroom Phorid Fly Infestations in Mushroom Farms and Surrounding Neighborhoods
Oct 13, 2021

Catch up on my virtual events
Oct 13, 2021

Sappey announces grants for local school districts
Oct 01, 2021

Sappey: PA One reforms will save taxpayer dollars
Oct 01, 2021

Sappey to Host Economic Recovery Forum Sept. 23
Sep 14, 2021

Sappey introduces resolution designating September as International Underground Railroad Month
Sep 13, 2021