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Pest Alert: Spotted Lanternfly

(Mar 26, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey provides information on how to protect your property and the surrounding communities from the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species from Assia. Read more

 

Sappey appointed to Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Facilities

(Mar 20, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced she was appointed to the Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Facilities. Read more

 

District Office Open House: March 22, 2019

(Mar 19, 2019)

State Rep. Christina Sappey will host her District Office Open House, Friday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Read more

 

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place

(Mar 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Pennsylvania lawmakers representing 11 House districts and three Senatorial districts across Chester and Delaware counties have signed a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking him to impose a moratorium on the transmission of natural gas liquids products through the Mariner East pipeline system until the mandated protocols are in place for local responders to properly manage a pipeline emergency. Chester County Emergency Services and local school districts along the pipeline, including Downingtown Area School District, Rose Tree Media School District and West Chester Area School District have requested Energy Transfer Partners' subsidiary SPLP to provide its Emergency Response Plan for the Mariner East project, which the responders and school districts need to complete their comprehensive All Hazards Emergency Response Plans and fulfill their statutory requirements under Title 35 of state law . The letter urges Wolf to preserve the health, welfare and safety of constituents who live, work and raise their families in the high-consequence areas of Chester and Delaware counties within the impact radius of Mariner East. “We have pipelines currently transporting highly volatile products through our communities, and our local first responders are not able to adequately plan their emergency response or mitigate our risk because the operator has failed to cooperate with repeated requests for their Emergency Response Plan,” said Read more

 

Sappey appointed to Local Government Commission

(Feb 14, 2019)

KENNETT SQUARE, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced she was appointed to the General Assembly’s Local Government Commission. The commission, created in 1935, is a bicameral, bipartisan legislative service agency that provides the General Assembly with research and analysis on matters affecting local governments. “I’m honored to receive this appointment. I am ready to join my colleagues on the commission and eager to learn from them,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Local governments play a huge role in our everyday lives, and I look forward to tackling some of our larger, more complex local government issues in a way that best serves local governments and the taxpayers.” Sappey’s record of working with residents, local governments and state agencies to address traffic concerns, protect natural resources and preserve open space will allow her to contribute to the commission’s vision of bridging gaps between constituents and local governments throughout the commonwealth. Sappey was recommended for the commission by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody and appointed by House Speaker Mike Turzai. The commission is made up of five House members and five Senate members. Sappey also was appointed to the House Local Government Committee, as well as the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Local Government Commission Read more

 

Legislators respond to DEP decision to suspend review of Energy Transfer permits

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Danielle Friel Otten, Kristine Howard, Leanne Krueger, Christina Sappey and Melissa Shusterman met with Gov. Tom Wolf and his staff last week to address the growing problems with Energy Transfer’s Mariner East project. Today, those representatives have issued the following statement regarding news that the Department of Environmental Protection has suspended review of all permit applications and other pending approvals for Energy Transfer due to noncompliance: “We applaud the unwavering efforts of community members who continue to make their voices heard and draw attention to serious hazards and areas of oversight that need improvement. "The action taken by the Department of Environmental Protection today is a step in the right direction. "We are grateful for the opportunity to have a seat at the table for our communities and we look forward to continued collaboration with our state agencies and the governor’s staff to put the interests of the people of Pennsylvania first and foremost. There is still a lot of work to be done and we will use every tool available to us to make our community’s voice heard." The same six representatives sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission earlier this week, urging action related to a recent sinkhole along the Mariner East 1 pipeline. The letter can be found here. A statement sent last week by the legislators to the Read more

 

Sappey named to House Agriculture, Local Government and Veterans committees

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced she was appointed to the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Local Government and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees. “These committees handle matters that are of great importance to members of our community,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “I’m looking forward to serving on these committees and ensuring that residents of Chester County are well-represented on issues that would affect them.” The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee reviews bills affecting the state’s agriculture industry, with oversight of the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Show Bureau and more. The Local Government Committee reviews legislation that would affect counties, cities, boroughs, and townships, and includes issues such as statewide zoning regulations and municipal pensions. The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee reviews bills related to veterans and the military as well as disaster preparedness and emergency response. The committee has oversight of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Read more

 

Tips for staying safe in the cold

(Jan 28, 2019)

With winter in full swing, the Health Department recently shared precautions you can take to stay safe when the temperatures drop. Read more

 

Sappey to host public forums on bridging political division

(Jan 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 18 – Rep. Christina Sappey announced that she will hold two public forums this month for discussion on bridging political division. The forums, titled “Let’s Talk: Working to Bridge Division,” will focus on finding compromise, communicating and working together during a time of political divide. Dr. Kirby Wycoff, associate professor and co-director of the School Psychology Program at Eastern University, will offer a presentation. “These events are a great chance to bring together the diverse voices in our community and learn how we can best work together, and I look forward to a great discussion,” said Sappey, D-Chester. The forums will be held as follows. Southern District Event 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 New Garden Township Building 299 Starr Road Landenberg, PA 19350 Northern District Event 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 East Bradford Township Building 666 Copeland School Road West Chester, PA 19380 In the event of inclement weather, event updates will be posted on Sappey’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/repsappey , and sent out by email. Those interested can sign up for her email updates on her website, www.pahouse.com/sappey . Anyone with questions should call Sappey’s office at 717-772-9973 or email RepSappey@pahouse.net. Read more

 

Sappey sworn in to serve first term in Pa. House of Representatives

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Christina Sappey was sworn in to represent Pennsylvania’s 158th Legislative District during a Capitol ceremony today. Sappey is the first woman and first Democrat to represent the 158th District. “I hope to help accelerate Pennsylvania’s move to renewable energy, encourage a growth economy that creates family-sustaining jobs, properly fund the Department of Environmental Protection so that it can do its job, end the growing inequity in education funding, promote gun violence prevention measures and foster accountability and transparency in state government,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “I’m proud to be a part of this new class of legislators. We are committed to changing business as usual. We are a diverse group and are more representative of the people.” Constituents and those who want to learn more about Sappey can visit www.pahouse.com/Sappey . The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. This year marks Pennsylvania’s 203rd legislative session. Read more

 

Sappey: Competitive state funding available for violence prevention initiatives

(Dec 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – Municipalities, institutions of higher education, counties, and community-based organizations implementing violence-prevention initiatives can apply to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for competitive grant funding. Applicants for 2019 Community Violence Prevention Grants may submit proposals for one-time events or for one- or two-year projects, and may request up to $350,000. “The promise of wholly supported public safety in Pennsylvania represents an important change in priorities among the General Assembly, and I’m ready to make sure that initiatives from our communities get the state support they need to help keep us safe,” said state Rep.-Elect Christina Sappey, D-Chester. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 7. Awards will be approved and announced at the public meeting of the School Safety and Security Committee in April. Projects should begin May 1, 2019. Those interested in applying must visit https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Interested applicants who are not already registered in PCCD’s E-grants system must register here before applying: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Funding/Pages/Egrants-Home.aspx The funding for this grant became available in 2018/19 under Act 44 of 2018, which established the School Safety and Security Grant Program and specified that up to 12.5 percent, or $7.5 million, would be earmarked for community violence Read more

 

Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Nov 30, 2018)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more