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Schlossberg begins new term

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today took the oath of office to begin his fourth term representing the 132nd Legislative District. Read more

 

2018-19 PA Grant & Resource Directory

(Dec 11, 2018)

The 2018-19 PA Grant & Resource Directory may be found here. Read more

 

Allentown State Hospital to be razed

(Nov 30, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - After closing in 2010, the Allentown State Hospital will soon be no more. Read more

 

Allentown State Hospital to be razed by the state amid sale talks

(Nov 30, 2018)

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration plans to raze the closed Allentown State Hospital in what could become a trend for the state shedding costly, useless properties. Read more

 

Schlossberg comments on Allentown State Hospital demolition

(Nov 30, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement of the demolition of the Allentown State Hospital buildings. “In a perfect world, the Allentown State Hospital buildings would be preserved and repurposed to create jobs and grow our economy, but we have to face the facts. Taxpayers are paying millions of dollars every year to keep the buildings from falling down, and no private investors want to buy them. The only answer is the one the state came up with – demolition. “Now, it’s on us to make sure history is preserved while we move our area forward safely. I’m ready to work with state and local officials to make sure these buildings are taken down safely, with the main concern being the people who live near the buildings. Beyond that, we will make sure Community Services for Children can keep doing their great work, and, of course, we’ll do everything we can to ensure this site is redeveloped responsibly and enhances the quality of life for the surrounding neighborhood. “Right now, aside from the removal of the buildings from the property, the future uses of the property are unknown. When I know, my constituents will know. Until then, I’ll answer every question I can,” Schlossberg said. He can be reached by phone (610-821-5577), email ( RepSchlossberg@pahouse.net ) or Facebook ( www.facebook.com/RepSchlossberg ). He also will Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Please download and enjoy this free 2019 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more

 

Up-To-Date Information about the Allentown State Hospital

(Nov 29, 2018)

Here you'll find a webpage about the Allentown State Hospital, updated as often as new information becomes available. Read more

 

Fighting hunger this holiday season

(Nov 20, 2018)

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment and highlight resources across Pennsylvania that can assist those who may be experiencing food insecurity. Read more

 

REAL ID Update

(Nov 19, 2018)

Find out the latest news on getting a REAL ID. Read more

 

Schlossberg announces funding for recreation improvements in Lehigh County

(Nov 15, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today announced more than $350,000 in grants was awarded for recreation improvements in Lehigh County. The grant program is administered through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for projects across Pennsylvania. The development of Jordan Park Skate Park in Allentown was awarded $300,000 while the Wildlands Conservancy in Lehigh and Northampton counties was awarded $52,000. “Our region has some of the best recreation spaces people could ask for,” Schlossberg said. “This does not happen by accident. It takes vision, planning, and committed partners. I am proud of the work local partners are doing to create these spaces in the Lehigh Valley to ensure they are available for future generations and I am happy to see Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to support these efforts.” The funding for the Jordan Park Skate Park will be used for construction of a skate park, pedestrian walkways, storm water management, fencing, landscaping and other related site improvements. The funding for Wildlands Conservancy will be used for construction of approximately 15 acres of riparian forest buffers along the waterways in the Delaware River Watershed. Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the ATV/Snowmobile Fund license fees and federal monies including the Land and Water Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 09, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Lehigh County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 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

 

Construction begins on new Allentown elementary school

(Oct 31, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Construction on a new elementary school in Allentown is officially underway. Read more

 

Statement from Jewish members of Pa. House on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

(Oct 27, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Reps. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, Michael Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today issued the following statement on the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh: “We are shocked, horrified and deeply saddened by the tragic shooting today at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Our deepest sympathies are with the victims, their families and friends, and the entire community as we all begin to come to terms with what transpired today. We are also immeasurably grateful to the swift and courageous response of local law enforcement who managed to force the suspect into surrendering, and we salute particularly those officers who were injured in the fight. “These acts of hate and violence have no place in our communities, our Commonwealth or our country. Sadly, they have become all too common. And for it to occur in a synagogue on the Sabbath is all the more heartbreaking, that someone would take the holiest of days to murder innocent worshipers. “With each shooting we all ask, 'Will this be the one that prompts real change?' Yet, instead of fostering change, it seems to foster a numbness and a callousness in our culture, a culture that accepts these incidents as a fact of life. We cannot and will not live in a society where we have to explain to our children and their children that this behavior is something that just happens in the United Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Lehigh County and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania Read more

 

Local firefighters union Allentown 302 president speaks against PTSD

(Oct 18, 2018)

It's been almost two weeks since a man blew himself up in a car in Allentown along with his 2-year-old child and another man. Read more

 

Schlossberg and Browne applaud final passage of school bus safety legislation

(Oct 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – Legislation drafted by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and state Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, aimed at curtailing vehicles illegally passing school buses in Pennsylvania is on its way to the governor’s desk. The approved legislation is designed to place stop-arm cameras on school buses to catch drivers illegally passing school buses. The bill also will establish a grant program, funded by a portion of fines collected from violations, to help defray the cost for school districts to install stop-arm cameras. Both legislators introduced identical companion bills. Senate Bill 1098, authored by Browne, was approved by both the Senate and the House and sent to Gov. Tom Wolf to be signed into law. “Every day, thousands of Pennsylvania students take the bus to school,” Schlossberg said. “Our children’s arrival to and from home is on the mind of parents, bus drivers and teachers so we must keep them as safe as possible during their daily journey.” “There have been many instances where the safety of our children has been endangered as they travel to and from school by drivers not following laws currently in place,” Browne said. “This legislation provides police with an additional tool to help identify and reprimand those who fail to follow the law and stop for school buses when the red lights are flashing and the arm bar is out.” The Lehigh County Read more

 

Schlossberg Recognizes Adrenoleukodystrophy Awareness Month in Pennsylvania

(Oct 17, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg speaks on his Resolution designating the month of November 2018 as Adrenoleukodystrophy Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Suicide prevention and mental health services bill passes Senate

(Oct 17, 2018)

A bill supporting suicide prevention and and mental health services at institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania was passed by the Senate and is headed towards Governor Tom Wolf's desk. Read more

 

Schlossberg’s mental health legislation headed to governor

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – Legislation that would support suicide prevention and mental health services at institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania today passed the state Senate and is headed to the governor’s desk, according to the bill’s author Rep. Mike Schlossberg. “It’s vitally important that we take the correct steps to help ensure mental health problems are addressed before a student is found contemplating suicide. A supportive community and the correct treatment can be the difference in helping a student stay on track toward success and it can save lives,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. Schlossberg’s legislation (H.B. 1822) would establish a certification process and standards for those schools which elect to become a Certified Suicide Prevention Institution of Higher Education. Through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, institutions would be recognized for their commitment to providing students with information and services to meet their mental health needs and to assist in the event a student experiences a mental health crisis. The proposal was initiated as a result of a study initiated by Sen. Vince Hughes, D-Phila., after multiple suicides at the University of Pennsylvania. “Mental health counseling was essential in helping me to deal with my own experiences with depression and anxiety when I was attending college,” Schlossberg said. “By making sure that students know which services and Read more