Williams applauds grant extension for Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

(1 day ago)

The funding helps the Domestic Violence Center provide services to survivors of domestic violence, including their children. Read more


Williams works to help foster children

(Sep 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams joined the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the need to address Pennsylvania's foster care system. He explains the action needed to help keep families together in a safe environment. Read more


Williams remembers 9/11 victims

(Sep 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams says we must continue to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001, and honor them for their valor and sacrifice. Read more


Voting made easier: absentee ballots

(Sep 11, 2019)

This quickens the application process and makes it more accessible for thousands of voters. Read more


Williams hosting Senior Fair on Sept. 19 in Coatesville

(Sep 06, 2019)

"Our seniors are such an important part of our community, and this senior fair gives me the opportunity to applaud and appreciate what they mean to us." Read more


Williams: Concern for emergency responders

(Sep 06, 2019)

Pa. state Representative Dan Williams took part in emergency responder training exercises to help understand the challenges of the job. Read more


Williams flies mission with PA Air Guard

(Sep 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams joined members of the 171st Air Refueling Wing as they flew an air-to-air refueling mission out of their facility near Pittsburgh. As a member of the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, Williams explains why he works on legislation that gives the Guard the tools they need to succeed. Read more


Rep. Williams announces state investment for Chester County airport

(Aug 28, 2019)

“Investing in infrastructure is critical to our community’s economic revitalization,” Williams said. “My thanks to Governor Wolf and PennDOT for this grant to improve Chester County Airport and for committing to our commonwealth’s growth and restoration for all Pennsylvanians. These funds will help the airport complete expansions and improvements that fuel economic development in the area.” Read more


Williams Hosts Hearing On Fair Education Funding

(Aug 13, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss fair education funding across the commonwealth. He explains why this issue is critical for children and taxpayers. Read more


Rep. Williams, Policy Committee discuss fair education funding

(Aug 12, 2019)

Williams requested the hearing to discuss ways to improve the allocation of educating funds for school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Read more


Williams Supports Sustainable Energy

(Jul 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams joined the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the importance of sustainable energy. He explains how these resources help ensure the health and well-being of communities across the commonwealth. Read more


Williams Impressed with New Ideas to End Gun Violence

(Jul 25, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams was impressed with the new ideas and resources that were discussed by the House Democratic Policy Committee at a public hearing on treating gun violence as a public health crisis. Read more


Chester County receives $3.08 million in PHARE funding to support affordable housing

(Jul 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 12 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Kristine Howard, Melissa Shusterman, Dan Williams, Christina Sappey and Danielle Friel Otten announced that housing programs in Chester County will receive $3.08 million through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund. The PHARE fund is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and funds are sourced from Marcellus shale fees, realty transfer taxes and the national housing trust fund. Awardees within Comitta’s legislative district will receive the following: Housing Authority of the County of Chester’s Locust Court Windows: $100,000 Charles A Melton Arts & Education Center; Melton Center Expanded Services Program: $200,000 Melton Center Apartments (LIHTC); The NRP Group LLC: $875,000 Safe Harbor of Chester County, Inc.: $150,000 Housing Locator Program through the Housing Authority of the County of Chester: $100,000 Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children’s Homeless Prevention Program $75,000 Gaudenzia Concord Place: $50,000 Chester County Department of Community Development’s Decade to Doorways System Prioritization and Realignment: $350,000 “I am absolutely thrilled to see state funds directed to such incredible programs in our community. These funds will allow our local organizations to continue providing their critical services, as well as expand in order to Read more


Why I Voted for an Imperfect Budget

(Jul 02, 2019)

When running for office, I promised to serve the public with honesty and integrity. This was not just campaign rhetoric. I take that commitment seriously. This was my first time voting on Pennsylvania’s budget and it required a difficult decision. Admittedly, this budget is riddled with missed opportunities, but there are also positive aspects that benefit residents throughout the commonwealth. It was important to consider both. One missed opportunity is raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Everyone deserves to earn a living wage as soon as possible, and it can be done through stand-alone legislation. That is why I signed on early to House Bill 1215 – legislation that would immediately raise the minimum wage to $12/hour, provide gradual yearly increases to $15/hour, and further link automatic increases to the regional Consumer Price Index. This is an effective and sensible measure to aid hardworking Pennsylvanians and assist them in averting the grasp of poverty. I agree we need to do more and I’m proud to support this measure. Some have claimed they couldn’t vote for this budget because it didn’t include funding for the General Assistance Program. In 2012, then-Gov. Corbett dismantled this program, which helped residents in extreme need (people with long-term disabilities, fleeing domestic abuse victims, and veterans injured during service) afford the bare necessities like toiletries and transportation. Governor Wolf kept Read more


Williams supports new auto shop opening in Coatesville

(Jun 26, 2019)

COATESVILLE, June 26 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, attended the ribbon-cutting of a Coatesville auto store on Saturday, June 22. America’s Finest Automotive Concepts, LLC is open for business on East Lincoln Highway. Store owner Jose Colón is a Coatesville native and has worked in the automotive industry for the last nine years. “I will always support my constituents for chasing their dreams and contributing to our community,” Williams said. “Local businesses are an asset to our community and I’m proud to support my constituents on their entrepreneurial endeavors. I was honored to attend this ceremonial ribbon-cutting and to be a part of Mr. Colón’s special day. I wish him nothing but the best.” ### Read more


Bishop Shanahan STEM team places first in Governor’s annual STEM competition

(Jun 18, 2019)

COATESVILLE, June 17 – Students from Bishop Shanahan High School’s STEM team won the grand champion title at Gov. Wolf’s STEM Competition this year. The theme was “Improving Pennsylvania through STEM.” The team of seven students won the overall medical category by creating a portable, life-saving device that improves the success rate of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. This prototype earned Bishop Shanahan’s STEM team first place out of 26 student teams from across Pennsylvania. The challenge was to address the needs of Pennsylvanians while utilizing their STEM-related knowledge and skills. On Wednesday, June 12, Williams welcomed the Bishop Shanahan STEM team into the House chamber to be recognized for their accomplishment. “To see the innovation and dedication these students gave to building a life-saving device is truly remarkable. Our future is in good hands with these bright minds. I’m so pleased that my House colleagues joined me in recognizing these fine students and thank Governor Wolf and Senator Dinniman for taking time out of their day to congratulate them as well,” Williams said. ### Read more


Chester County receives $1.25 million in grants to increase security measures, help crime victims

(Jun 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Melissa Shusterman, Kristine Howard, Danielle Friel Otten, Dan Williams and Christina Sappey announced that $1.2 million worth of grant funds from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will be distributed across the county to increase safety and help crime victims. Within Comitta’s legislative district, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County will receive $531,835 to provide direct services for domestic abuse survivors. Additionally, the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. will receive $624,328 to meet the needs of crime victims. “I am grateful for the grants awarded to the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County and the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County. These local organizations have a tremendous impact across our county, and they deserve our full support to continue to provide critical services to residents,” Comitta said. Represented by Shusterman, Phoenixville Borough will receive $7,685 to install security cameras at their police department’s impound lot. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues to bring state money back to Chester County,” Shusterman said. “I’m confident that this initiative will make our communities safer by curtailing crime in and around the impound lot.” Howard’s district, including West Pikeland and Easttown townships, will receive grants Read more


Williams, Otten announce $400,000 worth of grants awarded to Coatesville Area School District

(Jun 11, 2019)

COATESVILLE, June 11 — State Reps. Dan Williams and Danielle Friel Otten, both D-Chester, announced that five schools within the Coatesville Area School District will share $400,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and its 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. Schools within Williams’ legislative district that will receive these funds are Gordon Learning Center, South Brandywine Middle School and Scott Middle School; and schools awarded within Otten’s legislative district are Reeceville Elementary School and North Brandywine Middle School. According to Coatesville Area School District superintendent Cathy Taschner, the funds will go toward implementing before- and after-school programming. “The Coatesville Area School District is excited to be able to offer much needed before- and after-school programming for students through the 21st century learning grant,” Taschner said. “We want to thank our Chester County Intermediate Unit partners who have applied for this grant and included us in the process. We know that quality before- and after-school programming can improve academic performance, improve physical health, and provide a structured, safe environment for students. We look forward to the impact this grant will have on our students.” “This is a step in the right direction. All our Commonwealth’s businesses and citizens should be contributing to the costs required Read more


Williams and constituents clean up veteran cemetery in time for Memorial Day

(May 24, 2019)

COATESVILLE, May 24 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, accompanied by nearly 40 volunteers, beautified the Old Evergreen Cemetery in Coatesville in honor of Memorial Day approaching. Old Evergreen Cemetery is the eternal resting place for many local African American veterans. Tombstones in the Old Evergreen Cemetery honor veterans from as far back as the Civil War. Williams and volunteers removed weeds and shrubberies that were consuming graves to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country. “These veterans who gave their lives for our freedom deserve the respect and honor of having their graves visible,” Williams said. “It’s not just on Memorial Day we should recognize these individuals, but it should be throughout the year.” Williams said he was thrilled that the Coatesville community saw the importance of preserving this cemetery and all the stories that it holds. He added it was uplifting to see volunteers ranging from toddlers to seniors come together to revitalize Old Evergreen Cemetery and honor the legacies of those buried there. “It’s reassuring to see that community members want to honor those buried here and ensure their stories aren’t forgotten,” Williams said. “Memorial Day is all about recognizing veterans who are no longer with us, and this cleanup was our way of thanking them for everything they did for our country.” Read more


Otten, Williams announce $33k in grants to expand school breakfast programs

(May 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 16 — State Reps. Danielle Friel Otten and Dan Williams, both D-Chester, announced that the Coatesville Area School District will receive $33,296 in state funds to ensure every student can start his or her day with a wholesome, healthy breakfast. The grants are provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative and were rewarded to 151 schools across the commonwealth. Schools may use this grant toward expanding upon its current breakfast program, or to implement new breakfast options such as grab-and-go style breakfasts or breakfast in the classroom. Schools in Williams’ legislative district each received grants worth $4,162: Coatesville Area Senior High School East Fallowfield Elementary School Coatesville Intermediate High School Caln Elementary School Rainbow Elementary School Scott Middle School Schools in Otten’s legislative district each received grants worth $4,162: North Brandywine Middle School Reeceville Elementary School “For too many students, a well-balanced meal may not be available at home. No student should ever be prevented from achieving their highest learning potential because of an empty stomach,” Williams said. “I sincerely thank Governor Wolf for sharing my values and for helping the Coatesville Area School District to provide for students who deserve every chance at success.” "Even in our wealthy county, many Read more