Green and Shusterman announce loan forgiveness legislation for health workers

(Apr 08, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 8 – State Reps. Roni Green, D-Phila., and Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced the introduction of legislation to provide Pennsylvania health workers with student loan forgiveness. The loan forgiveness program would reward nurses and employees of personal care and assisted living facilities who have been forced on the front lines of the COVID-19 public health emergency. “Through a loan forgiveness program, we can reward and support these front-line personnel working around the clock, while also encouraging more people to enter the caring professions,” Green said. Average monthly student loan payments are $196 for nurses with an associate’s degree and $234 for those with a bachelor’s. Nurses with a master’s degree face monthly bills of $544, on average. Providing loan forgiveness for nurses would bring much needed financial relief to ensure the well-being and safety of those who work so hard to safeguard the health of Pennsylvanians. The measure would also demonstrate that the commonwealth values and appreciates the contributions nurses and health workers make caring for the most vulnerable and working at the forefront of the difficult and growing COVID-19 pandemic. “Nurses and personal care workers rarely get the recognition they deserve for the vital work they do during normal times, making it more important than ever that we say thank you to them for being Read more

 

PA Legislature Takes Action in Response to COVID-19

(Apr 03, 2020)

This is a challenging time for Pennsylvanians throughout the commonwealth, but I wanted to check in with you and ensure that you are receiving the most accurate, up-to-date information available. Read more

 

Kenyatta, Shusterman demand protections for gig economy workers in final federal COVID-19 recovery bill

(Mar 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 25 – As a historic $2 trillion COVID-19 financial response legislation package struck a deal in Congress early Wednesday morning, state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta and Melissa Shusterman today introduced a resolution urging federal lawmakers to ensure unemployment compensation for the nation’s 57 million independent contractors and “gig” economy workers (or app based independent contractors) is included in the final financial aid legislation aimed at helping workers during the coronavirus crisis. “These employees comprise over a third of the country’s working population and remain among the most critically under-protected workers, with many not qualifying for unemployment benefits. During this pandemic, they were left with the terrible ultimatum of continuing to work to make ends meet or do their part in reducing spreading the virus by staying home. Many have chosen the latter, resulting in loss of income at alarming rates and the prospect of recouping those losses is uncertain,” Kenyatta, D-Phila., said. “We’re demanding that all independent contractors are protected in any final package.” Shusterman, D-Chester, concurred with Kenyatta’s assertion saying, “It is important that we help this sector of our work population navigate this crisis with immediate relief and action.” Kenyatta said that a copy of the resolution would also be sent to President Donald Trump and Vice Read more

 

Your Localized COVID-19 Update

(Mar 17, 2020)

Your Localized COVID-19 Update Read more

 

Shusterman announces office closure due to COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak

(Mar 12, 2020)

PAOLI, March 12 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced that her office will remain closed until further notice beginning immediately. Shusterman said that the closure aligns with Gov. Wolf’s and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine’s guidance on how to slow down the spread of the virus in Montgomery County. “The health and safety of constituents is my top priority which is why I’ve chosen to close my office for the time being,” Shusterman said. “It will re-open when I receive notice from the Department of Health that it is safe to do so.” Shusterman encouraged those who need help with any state-related matters to contact her through her website: https://www.pahouse.com/Shusterman/Contact Read more

 

Shusterman applauds $240K in grants to enhance safety and security

(Mar 11, 2020)

PAOLI, March 11 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today announced that two community organizations each received grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to enhance their safety and security measures. Valley Forge Educational Services received a $150,000 grant and Khair Inc. received a $90,952 grant. Funds may be used toward safety and security planning, purchase of security-related technology such as metal detectors, surveillance equipment and theft control devices, threat awareness and response training and any other safety or security-related project. “Every Pennsylvanian deserves the opportunity to learn and worship in peace,” Shusterman said. “It is disheartening that our society needs to resort to installing metal detectors at schools or members of faith-based organizations must be escorted in by a guard, but these funds will ensure people can safely practice any religion or pursue an education across the commonwealth, including right here in our community.” The grants are provided through PCCD’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019 . The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes, according to the FBI’s 2017 Hate Crime Statistics publication. Priority consideration for funding was given to organizations that indicated they – or their Read more

 

Shusterman announces cultural and historical grant awarded to Wharton Esherick Museum

(Mar 04, 2020)

PAOLI, March 4 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today announced that the Wharton Esherick Museum received a $4,490 cultural and historical support grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “The Wharton Esherick Museum is a critical piece of Chester County showcasing how art and history go hand in hand and contribute to the fabric of our community,” Shusterman said. “I’m proud that I could help bring these funds home to preserve the works of Wharton Esherick, so residents can continue to find inspiration and meaning in his beautiful work.” The grants are from the PHMC’s Cultural and Historical Support grant program. The purpose of the program is to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. Anyone who needs more information can contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260 or visit https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Museum-Support.aspx . Read more

 

Chester County Democratic Reps applaud $2.1 million awarded in school safety grants county-wide

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Kristine Howard, Dan Williams, Melissa Shusterman and Danielle Friel-Otten announced that 13 school districts throughout the county received $2.1 million in grant funding to enhance school safety and security. Awardees in Chester County received the following: Avon Grove School District: $45,000 Chester County Intermediate Unit 24: $256,693 Coatesville Area School District: $45,000 Downingtown Area School District: $45,000 Great Valley School District: $244,660 Kennett Consolidated School District: $45,000 Owen J. Roberts School District: $343,588 Phoenixville Area School District: $495,000 Royer-Greaves School for the Blind: $26,133 Tredyffrin-Easttown School District: $480,065 Unionville-Chadds Ford School District: $45,000 West Chester Area School District: $45,000 “I am thankful for these funds that will go directly to support and protect Chester County students. It is our duty to make sure we are creating a safe and healthy school environment for our students to prosper,” Comitta said. “As a former child welfare investigator, ensuring the safety of our community’s children has always been a top priority of mine. A safe learning environment is a productive learning environment, and I thank the Wolf administration for prioritizing our Read more

 

Shusterman weighs in on Governor Wolf’s budget, addresses workforce development and economic sustainability

(Feb 06, 2020)

The governor’s proposed budget plan for 2020-21 contained multiple elements that would benefit the future of Pennsylvania’s children, our developing workforce, and the emerging fields and industries that I believe will significantly help move Pennsylvania forward. Affordable Education & Workforce Development I support the governor’s proposal to invest $60 million with PHEAA to increase the amount of grants for students, on one condition. Instead of students receiving their education in Pennsylvania then moving away and utilizing their new skills and talents elsewhere, grants should be awarded to those who commit to staying in Pennsylvania post-graduation. This would incentivize graduates to help move Pennsylvania forward, and see to it that the state gets a positive return on its investment. We cannot afford to keep exporting the skills of our talented Pennsylvanians to other states, but we also need to hold up our end of the bargain. A strong job market and continual workforce development are key to attracting more generations to put down roots in PA—and that doesn’t stop with college students. Building trades are back on the rise, with a 22% increase of registered apprentices since 2016. Salaries to build a family on, good benefits, and debt-free education are at the forefront of recruiting new talent to fill trades positions. We must set the standard and prove that Pennsylvania can be an Read more

 

Shusterman invites families to 2nd Annual Winter Kids Fest next Saturday

(Jan 23, 2020)

PAOLI, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, invites families of the 157th Legislative District to her 2nd Annual Winter Kids Fest. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Technical College High School, 1580 Charlestown Road in Phoenixville. Multiple children’s activities will be available including an interactive nature exhibit, mini bowling, indoor soccer goal shoot, make and take art projects and more. Additionally, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to connect with Shusterman and learn about state and local resources available to them. “I encourage anyone raising children to come out and enjoy the festivities,” Shusterman said. “My staff and I will also be on-site to assist attendees with any state-related issue.” For more information, visit the official Facebook event page or call Shusterman’s office at (484) 200-8260. Read more

 

Shusterman announces $70K in grants for two local school districts

(Jan 17, 2020)

PAOLI, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today announced that Tredyffrin-Easttown and Phoenixville school districts each received a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted grant to expand computer science classes and teacher training. The grants are one component of the PAsmart initiative to improve computer science and STEM – or science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education. These funds will be used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training to teach CS. “The STEM field is constantly growing and changing, so these jobs will always be in high demand,” Shusterman said. “Ensuring that the next generation of our workforce is highly trained in Pennsylvania and then gives back to the commonwealth through their expertise is crucial to keep us moving forward and a leader in the industry. I’m extremely grateful for this investment in our children and commonwealth’s future.” For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, visit the Department of Education’s website . Read more

 

Shusterman hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to benefit local charities

(Jan 14, 2020)

DEVON, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, and Mt. Zion AME Church will host a day of service from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 20 at Mt. Zion AME Church, 380 N. Fairfield Road in Devon, in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy. Donation items and volunteers for the event are needed. Items needed include food donations, new socks, school and art supplies, feminine hygiene products, postage stamps, winter weather clothing items, fleece fabric to make tie blankets out of and more. A complete list can be found on the official Facebook event page. “Dr. King made such a profound difference in our country, and I think one of the best ways to celebrate his legacy is to give back to your community,” Shusterman said. “A little bit of compassion and generosity can certainly go a long way for those who need it most, like the senior citizens, homeless college students and military personnel whom this event will benefit.” The day of service will benefit the following organizations: Socks for Seniors, Walker House, The Clinic – Phoenixville, Surrey Services for Seniors, Trinity House and Student Closet – West Chester University. Items will also be used to assemble military care packages. Constituents with questions may contact Shusterman’s office at (484) 200-8260. Read more

 

2020 Winter Newsletter

(Jan 07, 2020)

Read my latest newsletter to learn about achievements in our community and in Harrisburg throughout 2019. Read more

 

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here.

(Jan 07, 2020)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say on the issues that matter to our community Read more

 

Shusterman announces telephone town hall for January 6

(Jan 02, 2020)

PAOLI, Jan. 2 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, invites residents of the 157th Legislative District to participate in her upcoming telephone town hall. At 7 p.m. Monday, January 6, residents will receive a call on their landlines inviting them to join the discussion. Those who wish to participate or just want to listen should stay on the line. “I’m excited to connect with community members in a way that is convenient for them,” Shusterman said. “This is a time for me to answer questions and address concerns regarding state-related issues, all from the comfort of residents’ homes.” Anyone interested in receiving the call on a cell phone must register their mobile number here. Questions may be directed to Shusterman’s office by calling 484-200-8260 or emailing RepShusterman@pahouse.net . Read more

 

12/13/19 – Residential Stormwater Management – Phoenixville

(Dec 16, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public forum hosted by State Rep. Melissa Shusterman. Read more

 

Shusterman to hold policy hearing on residential stormwater management Friday in Phoenixville

(Dec 09, 2019)

PHOENIXVILLE, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on residential stormwater management. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at the Upper Providence Township Building, 1286 Black Rock Road. The media and public are invited to attend. Shusterman requested the hearing to discuss the effects of watershed degradation on local homes and infrastructure, along with proposed solutions from experts on how to minimize its future impacts. Shusterman will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The hearing’s agenda includes: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Campaign associate, PennEnvironment 10:30 a.m. Panel from Tredyffrin Township Resident Task Force on Stormwater: Ray Clarke, co-chair Anne Murphy, co-chair 10:55 a.m. Panel of local township officials: David Boelker, director of planning/zoning/code enforcement and zoning officer, Borough of Phoenixville Murph Wysocki, Board of Supervisors president, Tredyffrin Township Bill Martin, township manager, Tredyffrin Township 11:20 a.m. Adam Suplee, trustee, RLA, PA-DE Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects 11:40 a.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

It’s time to protect Pennsylvania’s courts and judges

(Dec 03, 2019)

The gun violence epidemic has gripped Pennsylvania for the last several years. Lives are lost every day because of it, and it’s occurring in places where we expect to be protected and for justice to be delivered. Just yesterday, Monday, Dec. 2, an individual took his own life in front of a waiting room full of people inside of a district magistrate’s office. The person shot himself in the head in Lower Paxton Township, PA, in front of several district court staff members and civilians. This was not an isolated incident. On Sept. 19, 2018, in Masontown, PA, four people were shot, including a police officer. The shooter? A disgruntled 61-year-old man whose wife had just filed a Protection from Abuse order against him. He was later shot by police during the standoff. The location of the shooting? A magisterial district court. Although the person from this most recent incident in Lower Paxton Township did not threaten anyone else at the scene, why were either of these people permitted to bring a firearm into the building? It is crucial to understand our commonwealth’s judicial system and the obstacles it faces to better address this issue. There are five levels of courts in Pennsylvania’s judicial system. Magisterial district courts are the lowest level of court in our state. Each county (except Philadelphia) has magisterial district courts. These courts can cover several municipalities or there can be several municipalities covered by one court, Read more

 

Webster and Shusterman announce grant for Upper Providence Township

(Nov 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 22 – State Reps. Joe Webster and Melissa Shusterman announced that Upper Providence Township was awarded a $25,000 grant for the development of active transportation plans and policies. The funding comes through the WalkWorks program, a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Ten communities and agencies were selected for the grants. The plans will emphasize new or improved pedestrian, bicycle and/or transit systems, thereby establishing activity-friendly routes that connect residents and visitors to everyday destinations. “We know how important it is for community members to be active, and it’s great to see Upper Providence Township taking that into consideration,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased to see this funding awarded. By encouraging healthy activities through transportation planning, we can make our community a better place to live.” Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, added: “I’m grateful that our community was selected to receive these funds, as they will help bring friends, families and neighbors together. Ensuring that everyone has access to all of our outdoor recreational areas is crucial to increasing physical and mental health throughout the district. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this initiative will have on Upper Providence Read more

 

Shusterman, Gov. Wolf welcome title-winning baseball team from Devon Preparatory School to the Capitol

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, welcomed Devon Prep’s baseball team to the House chamber in the PA Capitol on Tuesday to congratulate them on their PIAA Class 2A championship win. Gov. Wolf also personally congratulated the team during their visit. Devon Prep won the PIAA Class 2A baseball championship by defeating Serra Catholic High School, 3-2, in June in State College. After allowing two runs in the first inning, Devon Prep held Serra Catholic scoreless for the remainder of the game. In the biggest game of the season, Devon Prep capped its state championship season with a come-from-behind victory, clinching the program’s first state title since 2014 by scoring the game’s final three runs. “I’m extremely proud of Devon Prep’s baseball team and I congratulate them on earning their second state title,” Shusterman said. “I applaud their determination and impressive teamwork that led them here today. Their resilience and persistence on the field is truly admirable.” Click here for photos of Shusterman and Gov. Wolf with The Tide in the Capitol. Read more

 

Green and Shusterman announce loan forgiveness legislation for health workers
Apr 08, 2020

PA Legislature Takes Action in Response to COVID-19
Apr 03, 2020

Kenyatta, Shusterman demand protections for gig economy workers in final federal COVID-19 recovery bill
Mar 25, 2020

Your Localized COVID-19 Update
Mar 17, 2020

Shusterman announces office closure due to COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak
Mar 12, 2020

Shusterman applauds $240K in grants to enhance safety and security
Mar 11, 2020

Shusterman announces cultural and historical grant awarded to Wharton Esherick Museum
Mar 04, 2020

Chester County Democratic Reps applaud $2.1 million awarded in school safety grants county-wide
Feb 26, 2020

Shusterman weighs in on Governor Wolf’s budget, addresses workforce development and economic sustainability
Feb 06, 2020

Shusterman invites families to 2nd Annual Winter Kids Fest next Saturday
Jan 23, 2020

Shusterman announces $70K in grants for two local school districts
Jan 17, 2020

Shusterman hosting Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to benefit local charities
Jan 14, 2020

2020 Winter Newsletter
Jan 07, 2020

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here.
Jan 07, 2020

Shusterman announces telephone town hall for January 6
Jan 02, 2020

12/13/19 – Residential Stormwater Management – Phoenixville
Dec 16, 2019

Shusterman to hold policy hearing on residential stormwater management Friday in Phoenixville
Dec 09, 2019

It’s time to protect Pennsylvania’s courts and judges
Dec 03, 2019

Webster and Shusterman announce grant for Upper Providence Township
Nov 22, 2019

Shusterman, Gov. Wolf welcome title-winning baseball team from Devon Preparatory School to the Capitol
Nov 20, 2019