Shusterman applauds Historic Philadelphia Inc. on $225K grant

(Nov 13, 2019)

PAOLI, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today that a $225,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has been awarded to Historic Philadelphia Inc. to enhance their educational, interactive, free programming. HPI attracts more than 1.2 million visitors annually through their storytelling benches -- Once Upon A Nation and heritage sites such as Franklin Square and the Betsy Ross house. HPI will use the grant funds to cover critical operations costs, including the hiring and training of dozens of seasonal employees, and to continue to offer free, historically accurate programs. “The tourism industry is among our commonwealth’s most profitable. Historical tourism is specifically prominent in our community and it tremendously boosts our local economy year after year,” Shusterman said. “This grant is an investment into our community’s culture, economy and education. I applaud Historic Philadelphia Inc. for securing these funds as they may continue to educate visitors of all ages on Pennsylvania’s unique history.” “Historic Philadelphia Inc. is extremely grateful to Representative Shusterman for supporting our work in Philadelphia’s historic district, Independence National Historical Park, and Valley Forge National Historical Park,” Amy Needle, president and CEO of Historic Pennsylvania Inc. said. “HPI tells true Read more

 

Shusterman announces $1 million grant awarded to Schuylkill Township for sidewalk installation

(Nov 12, 2019)

SCHUYLKILL, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman today announced that Schuylkill Township will receive $1 million from the Multimodal Transportation Fund to construct a sidewalk along Valley Forge Road. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Currently, sections of Valley Forge Road do not have any sidewalks. Shusterman noted that this is problematic because several SEPTA bus stops are located along this heavily traveled roadway. To increase pedestrian safety, Schuylkill Township plans to install sidewalks along state Route 23 from White Horse Road to Valley Road in Phoenixville. The project will consist of installing 2,200 linear feet of ADA sidewalks and ramps, as well as drainage improvements. “I’m thankful that Schuylkill was selected to receive this million-dollar grant, especially because it will benefit everybody in our community,” Shusterman said. “These funds will increase pedestrian safety, as well as decrease mobility issues for Chester County residents living with a disability by providing easier access to public transportation.” “This is very exciting news for Schuylkill Township as this grant will help provide much needed safety and connectivity improvements for our residents and neighboring communities,” Township Manager E.J. Mentry Read more

 

Shusterman to visit, pay respects to local servicemen and women this Veterans Day

(Oct 30, 2019)

PAOLI, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, will visit local veterans at several locations across the 157th Legislative District to personally thank them for their service this Veterans Day. Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, Shusterman will visit Paoli Hospital to meet with veterans on staff, followed by stops to visit veterans living at Brandywine Living at Upper Providence, the Phoenix Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Highgate at Paoli Pointe and Daylesford Crossing. “I recently held a free veterans’ breakfast honoring those who served our country, but I wanted to do more to show my appreciation this holiday,” Shusterman said. “I understand that not all local veterans were able to attend my breakfast due to mobility reasons or prior obligations, so I wanted to ensure everyone who served receives a proper thank you.” Constituents with questions or those who would like to receive information on veterans’ services may contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260. Read more

 

Shusterman drafts legislation to fight food insecurity, reduce food waste

(Oct 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, will introduce legislation that seeks to address food insecurity and excessive food waste throughout the commonwealth. House Bill 1999 seeks to explicitly add legal immunity to the donations of past-date foods through the Donated Food Limited Liability Act. “More than 1.5 million people right here in Pennsylvania are food insecure, meaning that at some point within the year, their access to healthy, nutritious food is limited,” Shusterman said. “Meanwhile, as a country, we do not eat about 40% of the food we produce, which results in 63 million tons of food waste annually. If we could recover and redistribute even a fraction of this, we could feed the hungry Pennsylvanians who need it most.” Shusterman said her legislation would encourage businesses and organizations to donate foods that they would otherwise discard because of it being past its labeled date. Shusterman added that since these dates are typically not indicators of safety, but of freshness, donors would be free from liability. “Food that is disposed of solely due to its labeled freshness date could easily be going to those who need it most,” Shusterman said. “My bill seeks to bring this issue to light and put the idea that food that is past its labeled date is inedible to rest. This misconception is a huge contributor to food waste throughout Read more

 

Shusterman announces PA House has passed package of bills to support volunteer first responders

(Oct 25, 2019)

PAOLI, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced that several bills that would benefit Pennsylvania’s volunteer firefighters and EMTs passed the House of Representatives this week. The package of 23 bills includes legislation that would enact tuition assistance and loan forgiveness, as well as increase access to mental health care for volunteer first responders who suffer from trauma. “Since the 1970s, the number of volunteer firefighters fell from over 300,000 to below 38,000. As legislators, we need to acknowledge this and realize that we must do more to help those who serve our communities before it’s too late and no one is there to help us,” Shusterman said. The following bills in the package have been passed by the full House. Many others are set for upcoming consideration. HB 269: Would exclude an eligible surviving spouse or minor children of a first responder from paying a realty transfer tax. HB 732: Would exempt volunteer service providers from the Pennsylvania realty transfer tax. HB 1673: Would allow volunteer fire relief money to be used for retention of existing volunteer members. HB 1705: Would authorize school districts to enact a tax credit against the property tax liability of active volunteers of a fire or EMS company. HB 1773: Would create the Tuition Assistance for Active Volunteers Program for first Read more

 

Shusterman Hosts Veteran Breakfast

(Oct 22, 2019)

Veterans have sacrificed so much to protect our rights and freedoms, and we can always do more to repay them. Pa. state Rep. Melissa Shusterman was so happy to host this breakfast to honor veterans and all they've done for our country. Read more

 

Shusterman announces school safety grant awarded to YSC Academy

(Oct 21, 2019)

WAYNE, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced that YSC Academy, Chester County Intermediate Unit 24, will receive $33,681.15 through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted grant program. The money is part of $7.3 million in competitive grants that were awarded to schools statewide to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide training and compensation of school resource and police officers. “Ensuring the safety of our children is among my top priorities,” Shusterman said. “A safe classroom is a successful classroom, so I’m confident that these funds will positively impact each student at YSC Academy.” Further information on the school safety grants can be found here. Read more

 

Shusterman announces $50K grant awarded to Tredyffrin Township Library

(Oct 17, 2019)

TREDYFFRIN, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today that Tredyffrin Township Library will receive $50,000 in state funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Keystone Grants. The funds will be used toward replacing first floor lighting with an all new LED lighting system in the Tredyffrin public library. “I’m thankful that our community library was selected to receive these funds,” Shusterman said. “This upgrade will help enhance library patrons’ experience by creating a more ideal space for learning, gathering, working or simply enjoying a good book.” Keystone Grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction. Read more

 

Paying college athletes can help close economic gaps

(Oct 15, 2019)

Going to college is a time to assert yourself into being the best version of yourself. For some, this means annually making the dean’s list or landing an exciting internship. For others, it’s working toward making it to the big leagues – literally. Time and again, college athletes have showcased their stellar abilities on the court or in the field, granting them a sizable fanbase and dedicated following. Jerseys featuring their name and number may be sold or players may be featured in NCAA video games, however, the athlete doing all the work does not get to reap any of these benefits. Instead, the money goes to the Fortune 500 companies that profit off these athletes through branding equipment and advertisements during televised events. Currently, college athletes may not profit from the use of their own name or likeness, or their potentially prominent and influential social media presence. Whereas, many of their fellow classmates are already doing exactly that. Millennials are making a living by simply posting on social media. For example, gamers livestream themselves playing the latest video games and beauty gurus share makeup tutorials. The possibilities are endless, and they make money. However, college athletes are barred from leveraging their own popularity and seizing the same opportunities as their classmates using the image that they’ve built for themselves as renowned athletes. This constraint also prohibits college Read more

 

Shusterman announces $64K in traffic safety improvements in Schuylkill Township

(Oct 04, 2019)

PAOLI, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today that Schuylkill Township will receive a $64,455 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program. Shusterman said the funds will be used to upgrade vehicle detection technology at two intersections along Valley Forge Road. “This will increase safety, efficiency and traffic flow at busy intersections,” Shusterman said. “I’m proud that I could help bring these funds back to the district to alleviate a problem that I know has been a burden to many constituents.” Questions or concerns may be directed to Shusterman’s office by calling 484-200-8260. Read more

 

Southeastern PA lawmakers: Pennsylvania must join RGGI states now

(Oct 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – A plan to finally add Pennsylvania to the Northeast’s carbon trading market is being met with praise from state lawmakers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf this morning announced that his administration will put its weight behind adding the commonwealth to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation’s first competitive carbon-credit market to incentivize clean emissions across the northeast states’ energy-industry sector. Companies that innovate and produce clean energy will keep credits in the market, which are ante’d by all participants and lost by those that fail to meet modern benchmarks on pollution. “I applaud Governor Wolf for his leadership,” said state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. “We must take strong action to stop climate change and shape a healthy future for our children. Joining RGGI positions Pennsylvania to protect our children’s future while strengthening our economy.” Comitta is one of 31 early sponsors of House legislation that backstops the governor’s order. “It’s time that Pennsylvania steps up to become a leader in fighting climate change and grow our economy through this partnership with neighboring states,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, chair of the House Southeast Democratic Delegation. “RGGI is a win for the environment, our neighbors and families and our economy.” Read more

 

Shusterman invites servicemen and women of the 157th to veterans’ breakfast

(Oct 02, 2019)

PAOLI, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, invites her constituents who have served in any branch of the U.S. military to her veterans’ breakfast. The breakfast will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Shusterman asks those interested to RSVP by calling her office at 484-200-8260 by Oct. 9. “Veterans have sacrificed so much to protect our rights and freedoms, and we can always do more to repay them,” Shusterman said. “This free breakfast is meant to honor you and all you’ve done for our country, and is my staff and I’s way of thanking you for your service.” Residents who are not sure if they live in the 157 th legislative district can verify they are eligible to attend the breakfast by clicking the following link: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/#address Questions may be directed to Shusterman’s office by calling 484- 200-8260. Read more

 

Shusterman presents citation to Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust president

(Sep 27, 2019)

PAOLI, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, presented Pattye Benson, president of the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust, with a House citation in honor of the trust's 15th annual historic house tour yesterday. The historic house tour, which will take place this Saturday, is a longstanding community tradition. This year, the money raised will go toward the completion of the Jones Log Barn project, which will serve as a “living history center.” “I’m honored to be a part of this long-loved tradition, and I was proud to present the citation to Pattye Benson on Thursday,” Shusterman said. “I look forward to seeing the interactive history center once it’s completed because I know it will be an asset to our community.” Click here for a photo of Shusterman and Benson. Click here to buy tickets for the 15 th annual historic house tour. Read more

 

RESCHEDULED: Policy hearing on stormwater management with Shusterman

(Sep 26, 2019)

PHOENIXVILLE, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on residential stormwater management originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4 has been rescheduled to Friday, Dec. 13. The hearing will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 at the Upper Providence Township Building, 1286 Black Rock Road in Phoenixville. For updates regarding the hearing, visit the official Facebook event page. Questions or concerns may be directed to Shusterman’s office at (484) 200-8260. Read more

 

Legislators fight to bring back General Assistance Fund

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – Joining advocates, former recipients of General Assistance and state senators, state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, Melissa Shusterman and Elizabeth Fiedler repeated the call for the General Assembly to restart the program that many vulnerable residents depended on in the commonwealth. “Ending General Assistance was one of the cruelest legislative decisions that has been made in this body since I became a member. There is no logical excuse or argument for denying support for the most vulnerable communities when they needed it most. It was like kicking them while they’re down,” Kenyatta, D-Phila., said. “That is why I’ve introduced House Bill 1709 to bring this vital resource back. I’m urging my colleagues across the aisle to understand the severity of the harm this has caused for Pennsylvania families and fix it now.” Kenyatta is the main sponsor of H.B. 1709, which would provide emergency relief to those Pennsylvanians who previously received support through the General Assistance Fund. The program provided $200 a month in cash assistance to those who were unable to work, those caring for loved ones who were sick or disabled, veterans, victims of domestic violence and those receiving treatment for substance abuse, among others. In June, the General Assembly voted to end the program, despite the pleas from many, including Kenyatta and Shusterman, Read more

 

Shusterman announces completion of accessible train station

(Sep 23, 2019)

PAOLI, Sept. 23 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today announced that the Paoli train station has completed modifications to increase accessibility throughout the facility. Modifications at the Paoli station include a new center high level platform, elevators, and ramps; a pedestrian overpass; parking lot improvements; ADA improvements to the existing station building; and improvements to the existing rail infrastructure. These modifications bring the Paoli station into full ADA compliance. Shusterman made remarks at toady’s ribbon cutting celebrating these upgrades, highlighting that passengers who require a fully accessible facility will now be able to access the Paoli train station and utilize regional transportation services for the first time in the station’s history. “Together, SEPTA and Amtrak partnered to make modifications that bring this facility into compliance with Department of Transportation Accessibility standards and the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Shusterman said. “These types of projects are what set our district as a leader in Pennsylvania time and time again.” A photo of Shusterman at the Paoli station ribbon cutting can be found here. Read more

 

Shusterman returns to Harrisburg today, outlines legislative priorities

(Sep 17, 2019)

State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, returns to Harrisburg today to start the post-budget legislative session. Earlier this year, which was Shusterman’s first time in session, she introduced five bills and two resolutions , and co-sponsored 91 bills and 37 resolutions. Her resolution declaring March 21 as “Rosie the Riveter Day” in Pennsylvania was adopted by the House unanimously. Shusterman also serves in the following roles: secretary of the House Judiciary Committee. Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Caucus co-chair. Democratic chairwoman of the House Travel and Tourism Committee’s Subcommittee on Arts and Entertainment. Aging and Older Adult Services Committee member. Additionally, Shusterman is deputy whip for the House Democratic Caucus. Shusterman was the first freshman legislator to earn this title. “Today is the first day back in session since we passed the budget on June 28th,” Shusterman said. “I’m ready to hit the ground running and continue to fight for the issues my district is most passionate about.” Prior to the start of today’s legislative session, Shusterman spoke at a Moms Demand Action rally, emphasizing the need for Extreme Risk Protection Order laws to prevent suicides. Shusterman said in the coming weeks, she plans on introducing three bills that would increase firearm Read more

 

Shusterman co-hosts successful all-abilities morning at Elmwood Park Zoo

(Sep 09, 2019)

PAOLI, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, co-hosted Early Access morning at Elmwood Park Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 7. Early Access Morning was an opportunity for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their caretakers to enjoy a low-traffic experience at the zoo with minimal environmental stressors and sensory triggers. It is part of a larger all-abilities event series with Elmwood, the first zoo in the world to earn certification as a Certified Autism Center. The designation, given by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, is awarded to organizations that have completed a training and review process with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs. “Early Access Morning is a forward-thinking, inclusive concept that sets the standard for all-abilities events,” Shusterman said. “The highly accredited facility conditions, skilled staff and genuine passion for community engagement exhibited here gives me added motivation to keep fighting for children of all ability levels.” Shusterman is a co-chair on the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus and has been active in the disabilities rights and awareness movements both locally and in Harrisburg. Shusterman has been an avid spokesperson on topics such as assistive technology, the direct support professional crisis and working toward eliminating waitlists for disabilities vouchers. Read more

 

Shusterman Works To Eliminate Waitlist For Care

(Aug 21, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Melissa Shusterman joined the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss how to reduce the home- and community-based services’ waitlist. She explains why addressing this issue is critical to those living with autism and intellectual disabilities across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Shusterman calls for legislative special session to address gun violence

(Aug 06, 2019)

PAOLI, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, is one of several House Democrats urging Gov. Tom Wolf to call a special joint session of the legislature to address gun violence and extremism in the wake of two mass shootings within 13 hours of each other last weekend. Shusterman, accompanied by members of the PA SAFE Caucus , called for a special session to consider legislation in the House and Senate that would address access to guns for people at risk of violence to themselves or others, close the loophole for gun background checks, and to ban assault weapons. “We cannot afford another preventable tragedy in our own backyard. What happened in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio can be avoided here in Pennsylvania, so instead of wallowing in this seemingly never-ending cycle of tragedy, let's end it,” Shusterman said. “We can go into session right now and pass legislation that would make it more difficult to put guns in these people’s hands.” Shusterman and members of the PA SAFE Caucus noted that most public opinion polls reveal that the most Americans support mandatory background checks on gun purchases, as well as other safety legislation. “When two of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history happen within the same news cycle you know our nation is in a dark place. It is clear that we as a society have become numb to such events,” Shusterman said. “I’ve heard the cliché Read more

 

Shusterman applauds Historic Philadelphia Inc. on $225K grant
Nov 13, 2019

Shusterman announces $1 million grant awarded to Schuylkill Township for sidewalk installation
Nov 12, 2019

Shusterman to visit, pay respects to local servicemen and women this Veterans Day
Oct 30, 2019

Shusterman drafts legislation to fight food insecurity, reduce food waste
Oct 28, 2019

Shusterman announces PA House has passed package of bills to support volunteer first responders
Oct 25, 2019

Shusterman Hosts Veteran Breakfast
Oct 22, 2019

Shusterman announces school safety grant awarded to YSC Academy
Oct 21, 2019

Shusterman announces $50K grant awarded to Tredyffrin Township Library
Oct 17, 2019

Paying college athletes can help close economic gaps
Oct 15, 2019

Shusterman announces $64K in traffic safety improvements in Schuylkill Township
Oct 04, 2019

Southeastern PA lawmakers: Pennsylvania must join RGGI states now
Oct 03, 2019

Shusterman invites servicemen and women of the 157th to veterans’ breakfast
Oct 02, 2019

Shusterman presents citation to Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust president
Sep 27, 2019

RESCHEDULED: Policy hearing on stormwater management with Shusterman
Sep 26, 2019

Legislators fight to bring back General Assistance Fund
Sep 24, 2019

Shusterman announces completion of accessible train station
Sep 23, 2019

Shusterman returns to Harrisburg today, outlines legislative priorities
Sep 17, 2019

Shusterman co-hosts successful all-abilities morning at Elmwood Park Zoo
Sep 09, 2019

Shusterman Works To Eliminate Waitlist For Care
Aug 21, 2019

Shusterman calls for legislative special session to address gun violence
Aug 06, 2019