Williams to hold free spring shred event Saturday, May 7

(Apr 28, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 28 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, will host his free spring shred event on Saturday, May 7. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at his district office at 3496 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale, 19372. “I’m very glad to be able to offer to my constituents this free and safe way to dispose of personal documents to help protect them from identity theft,” Williams said. “I’ll be at the event with my all-star staff to also provide constituents with information on state government-related programs and services available.” It will be a drive-through event, with a limit of 4 banker boxes or grocery bags allowed per household. Common types of unwanted items for shredding include credit card statements or applications, bank and investment statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance and health records, and retirement or pension fund information. Any questions regarding the drive-through shred event can be addressed to Williams’ office by calling 484 200-8256 . Read more

 

Williams announces $1M grant for Coatesville train station parking facility

(Apr 22, 2022)

“This funding will help transform what was once a brownfield into a parking structure that will support current and expanded commuter service,” said Williams, D-Chester. “I’m pleased to see these state dollars dedicated to an important project that will serve our community.” Read more

 

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RELEASE: Reps. Shusterman, Williams, Howard joint statement on health care access following recent violence

(Feb 17, 2022)

CHESTER COUNTY, Feb. 17 – State Reps. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, Dan K. Williams, D-Chester, and Kristine Howard, D-Chester, have released a joint statement following the violent attack that occurred at Lincoln University on Wednesday night. “We were appalled to learn this morning of the three students stabbed in a Lincoln University dorm room last night. While many details are still unknown, we do know that one of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene and that the other two victims were taken to Christiana Hospital – some 26 miles away – for treatment. “Twenty-six miles is no short ride under the best of circumstances, but when the circumstances are literally life and death, 26 miles is endless. “Until December, hospital care for Lincoln University students was just four miles away at Jennersville Hospital. Unfortunately, Jennersville closed at the end of 2021. This was followed by the closure of Brandywine Hospital in Caln Township last month. These closures were the result of a sale that fell through. “While the victim who was killed died before help could arrive, it is hard to believe a closer treatment option would not have made a difference in only slightly different circumstances, or that a timelier arrival may have changed this outcome. Whether you have a broken arm or COVID-19 symptoms or you are giving birth, time is a serious factor. “Last Read more

 

Williams announces $119K in fire, EMS company grants

(Feb 11, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, announced today that the fire and emergency medical services companies in the 74 th District have been awarded $ 119,400 through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program. “So many of us take for granted the fact that if a fire breaks out or if we have a medical emergency, help is there,” Williams said. “Our fire and EMS companies throughout the pandemic have been there for us, despite increased personal risk due to the virus and tough financial circumstances. I am grateful to help these heroes receive the funding they need so they can continue providing these critical services to our communities.” The fire and EMS companies in the 74 th District that have been awarded grants in the following amounts are: City of Coatesville Bureau of Fire $11,100 Minquas Fire Co. No. 2 Inc. $23,325 Modena Fire Co. No. 1 $23,325 Sadsburyville Fire Co. $15,000 Thorndale Fire Co. $15,000 Washington Hose Co. No. 1 $8,325 Westwood Fire Co. $23,325 “Fire companies and emergency medical services companies throughout the commonwealth continue to deal the negative impacts the COVID-19 pandemic,” Acting State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook said. “Increased call volume, rising costs, and revenue loss have each made Read more

 

Williams named to powerful Professional Licensure Committee

(Feb 09, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – In recognition of his success fostering economic development projects in the 74 th district , State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, has been named to the House Professional Licensure Committee. “Since I was elected to the house in 2018, I have made economic development a priority as it is the primary way to uplift our communities,” Williams said. “As a member of the powerful House Professional Licensure Committee, I will be able to advocate for bills that will foster job development and business growth in our district and throughout Pennsylvania. As a bridge builder, I will work across the aisle to ensure that bills that would help our businesses and workers thrive will come up for a vote on the House floor.” In the House, the Professional Licensure Committee reviews bills related to the state’s diverse professional and occupational licensing boards located administratively in the Department of State. The scope includes businesses as diverse as funeral homes, doctors, vehicle sales and crane operators to auctioneers, pharmacists and beauticians. Williams also serves on Aging & Older Adult Services , Human Services, Urban Affairs, Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness committees, as well as in the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Williams’ office can be reached by calling (484) 200-8256 . Read more

 

Rep. Dan Williams' Statement on Act. 77 Being Ruled Unconstitutional

(Jan 31, 2022)

Last week, the Commonwealth Court ruled that Act 77, the two-year-old legislation that permits mail-in voting in Pennsylvania, was unconstitutional. Although the Republicans in the legislature originally supported mail-in voting, they turned on the law after former President Trump’s defeat in 2020. Are Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers falling for Trump’s repeatedly disproven claims that the election was rife with fraud? Or are they just looking at the numbers---that the majority of the 2.5 million people who cast their votes by mail were Democrats—and have decided to cut off that avenue to voting? Republican politicians know they can’t win a statewide election fair and square, so they are trying to find ways to make it harder for people to exercise their constitutionally given right to vote. This bill will likely go to the Supreme Court for further review. But here’s the reality: Republican officials do NOT want you to vote, and they'll do whatever they can to stop you from doing so. I believe every citizen should have easy and equitable access to vote. Period. Read more

 

Williams to hold virtual meeting on Brandywine Hospital Jan. 25

(Jan 21, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, will hold a virtual meeting on the closure of Brandywine Hospital and healthcare concerns in the community at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, on Facebook. “I’m holding this virtual meeting to offer concerned residents the opportunity to hear and ask the questions about Brandywine Hospital’s closure on January 31,” Williams said. “Although the hospital closing is biggest and most recent blow to a community suffering with poor healthcare services, I believe that residents will come away from the meeting hopeful after having heard the larger picture of the healthcare solutions being considered in the district.” Williams will be joined by Vanessa Briggs, president & CEO , The Alliance for Health Equity . “At The Alliance for Health Equity, ‘Community Voice’ is a major strategy that we uphold as we partner with others to be inclusive and listen to the community,” Briggs said. “Keeping the community informed regarding the Brandywine Hospital closure is critically important, and I applaud Rep. Dan Williams for hosting a virtual townhall to not only communicate the tireless efforts of local leaders and government officials to address the disruption of health services, but also creating space to hear the concerns from the community.” The virtual meeting will be streamed here: Read more

 

Fighting for the Soul of Our Nation

(Jan 07, 2022)

Our democracy is at risk. A year after that act of domestic terrorism on the U.S. Capitol, our country continues to be a battlefield over the legitimacy of our elections and the right to vote. Believing the lies spread by the former president, elected Republicans and the right-wing media, thousands lay violent siege to our seat of American government, determined to stop the certification of the rightfully elected winner, Joe Biden. At least seven people lost their lives in connection to that day. The forces of authoritarianism and minority rule didn’t win that day, but Jan. 6 spelled the beginning of an attempted coup to overturn American democracy that has taken place in our state houses every day since. Hundreds of voter suppression bills have been introduced and nearly three dozen laws passed which will enable state legislatures to undermine their elections and subvert the will of the people. These laws in particular have sought to disenfranchise Black and Brown people’s right to vote We have to protect American democracy and every citizen’s constitutionally guaranteed right to vote here in Pennsylvania. That is why I am supporting the K. Leroy Irvis Voting Rights Protection Act (House Bill 2090), which aims to make casting a ballot easier by continuing to allow early voting; providing for more ballot drop boxes; and permitting same day registration, which have all been adopted in other states. Named Read more

 

Williams announces nearly $474,000 in funding for redevelopment projects in the 74th District

(Dec 30, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, today announced that $473,991 in Community Conservation Partnership Program funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has been awarded for various conservation projects in Chester County. “These state grants will help protect our land and water supply in Chester County by enabling us to update our river conservation plan and construct riparian buffers along our rivers,” Williams said. “Our communities’ health and well-being are dependent on the safeguarding of our water, and this money will help ensure the integrity of our watersheds and rivers.” The awards include: $60,000 to Chester County to prepare a countywide trail plan. $80,000 to the Community Chester County Commissioners Water Resource Authority to prepare an update to the 2002 River Conservation Plan for multiple watersheds in Chester County. $333,991 to the Stroud Water Research Center Inc. for the construction of approximately 60 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways in the Lower Susquehanna River and Lower Delaware River watersheds in Chester, Berks, Lancaster, Montgomery and Lehigh counties. The work includes landowner outreach and engagement; buffer plantings and post-planting establishment; project sign and other related site improvements. The Community Conservation Partnership Program grants provide local Read more

 

Williams, Otten, Sappey and Hennessey congratulate Downingtown Marching Band

(Dec 28, 2021)

Downingtown, Dec. 28 – State Reps. Dan Williams, Danielle Friel Otten, Christina Sappey and Tim Hennessey, all of Chester County, are happy to present a citation to the Downingtown Marching Band for their invitation to the Rose Parade. Read more

 

A Betrayal of the Public Trust: Tower’s Closure of Brandywine Hospital

(Dec 10, 2021)

I was dismayed and disgusted when I heard that Tower Health was going to close Brandywine Hospital on Jan. 31, along with Jennersville Hospital on Dec. 31, due to the company’s gross negligence and betrayal of the public trust. These closures will negatively impact the lives of more than 100,000 Chester County residents – including all who live in the 74 th District. Additionally, we will lose our only inpatient behavioral health facility in the region . Most troubling is that this horrible situation has been caused by unfettered corporate greed incompetently administering a vital community asset. As the state representative for the 74 th District, I had been working with state, county, and local authorities to help keep Brandywine Hospital open. During these discussions we had been assured by Tower that a closure was not imminent. When news that these hospitals were being sold broke, Tower again clearly told us the behavioral health facility at Brandywine would remain open. Tower’s abrupt announcement of an about-face leaves us scrambling to find an 11 th hour solution to clean up their mess. As a member of the community, the losses I truly fear are the compounding impacts of a lack of nearby hospital care. You will have to travel further for emergency care when every minute is critical. Will you get there in time? Those who suffer from mental illness will lose the one place you could receive inpatient treatment Read more

 

Williams announces $3M in funding for redevelopment projects in the 74th district

(Dec 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 8 -- State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, was instrumental in securing a $2 million state redevelopment grant for the C oatesville Redevelopment Authority/City of Coatesville to construct the multimodal commuter parking facility adjacent to the city’s new train station and $1 million for Chester County Immediate Unit 24 to construct a new Toddler Center in Caln Township. Williams said the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will help realize the plans for new Coatesville train station parking facility to support access to the existing rail system and allow for expanded commuter service, and to demolish the existing Toddler Center in order to construct a new, expanded building. “I’m very proud that I was able to secure this $3 million in redevelopment grants that will help bring increased economic opportunity by building a multimodal commuter parking facility next to Coatesville’s new train station and invest in our future by building a bigger and safer Toddler Center for our young residents in Caln Township,” Williams said. “This state grant money will transform what was once a brownfield into the Coatesville new train station’s multimodal parking facility that will support current and expanded commuter service. The state redevelopment money, by facilitating the building of this commuter parking structure, will help spur on the City of Coatesville’s Read more

 

Representative Williams supports local students’ Diwali food drive

(Nov 22, 2021)

DOWNINGTOWN, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, congratulated Downingtown High School students for their efforts to collect food for the less fortunate. More than 10 cases of canned goods, pounds of pasta and rice, soup and other items collected were donated to the Chester County Food Bank. The students coordinated the food drive themselves as part of their annual Diwali Celebration. Diwali, referred to as the festival of lights, is one of India’s most celebrated holidays. It coincides with the harvest and new year celebrations and is a commemoration of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. One of the traditions of Diwali is the giving of gifts. Several students in the Downingtown area collected food and asked for contributions throughout the community – even going door to door to raise awareness and seek donations. They were lead by Stuti Anand and Sreesh Gudala. Srinidh Bonigiri, Meenansree Gudala, and Greeshma Bolla also participated. “Our community emphasizes the value of showing concern for and helping others,” Stuti said. “Diwali seemed like the perfect time to do what we can to help those suffering through food insecurity.” Williams said he was sincerely impressed with their steadfast efforts. “I’m inspired and hopeful when I see the resourcefulness these kids showed to help those in Chester County Read more

 

Williams announces more than $91,000 in funding for Coatesville organizations

(Nov 10, 2021)

COATESVILLE, NOV. 10 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, announced today that Coatesville 2 nd Century Alliance was awarded $80,000 in funding and Habitat for Humanity Chester County $11,250 through the state’s Neighborhood Assistance Program. “I’m glad to see this funding coming to help downtown Coatesville’s revitalization efforts and to provide housing to those in need at a critical period in the city’s history,” Williams said. “ At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted economic life and made it more difficult for people to get by, Coatesville’s ongoing revitalization will be supported and housing-insecure residents given shelter thanks to the innovative NAP’s public-private partnerships.” The Coatesville 2 nd Century Alliance will use the funding to continue its revitalization plan for the downtown commercial district of the city of Coatesville by awarding three façade improvement grants to enhance the existing building stock and entice new businesses to the district and establish a systemized, reliable and regular cleanup program to mitigate the weeds and litter that line the streets. Habitat for Humanity Chester County will use the funding to complete an affordable housing development in the city of Coatesville. NAP encourages private sector investment into projects that will help improve distressed communities by providing Read more

 

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Lawmakers hear from healthcare workers, first responders, administrators and advocates impacted by hospital consolidation

(Oct 12, 2021)

EAST BRANDYWINE, Oct. 12 -- Last month, Tower Health announced that it will sell Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia and close Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, Pa. With the fate of Tower’s Brandywine, Phoenixville, Pottstown, and Reading hospitals up in the air, local healthcare workers, first responders, administrators and advocates addressed concerns and impacts on quality and access to health care, and township services. The event, called Saving Community Hospitals: Keeping Care Close, took place at 11 a.m. today at East Brandywine Township Building, 1214 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown. “The pandemic has exposed how badly people need close and affordable healthcare,” said Rep. Dan Williams, D-Sadsbury Township. “Discussion today emphasized that we need to keep healthcare facilities open and improve care. Hospital consolidation can be a good thing if healthcare workers are respected and services to patients are upgraded.” Hospital administrators, Andrew Wigglesworth, vice president of Wojdak Government Relations, and Bill Ryan, vice president of Einstein Health Network/Urban Health Care Coalition, described how hospitals are dependent on Medicare or Medicaid, sharing that more than 62% of payers use that public funding mechanism. The funding mechanism results in strains on hospitals and could lead to more consolidations, such as those happening in the region. “Closures and consolidations impact our seniors and put stress Read more

 

Williams announces $99K grant for Downingtown

(Sep 08, 2021)

DOWNINGTOWN, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, announced today that Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has approved the Chester County Intermediate Unit #24 request of $99,705 in federal SOR funds to implement the LifeSkills Training program in the middle and high schools of 12 school districts. LST is a classroom-based tobacco-, alcohol-, and drug abuse–prevention program for upper elementary and junior high school students. LST targets students who have not yet initiated substance use or are early-stage users with the goal of preventing or ending tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug abuse by raising student awareness of the negative consequences of substance use, encouraging the resistance of social influences to drink, smoke, use illicit drugs or engage in aggressive or violence-related behaviors and more. “This federal grant money will help educate our children of the dangers to body and spirit of cigarette, alcohol and illegal drug use,” Williams said. “I hope this program will teach our children that their lives are simply too valuable to risk by indulging in such dangerous behaviors.” Through this initiative, Chester County Intermediate Unit #24 will coordinate implementation of LST within each school district. The funds will be used for the following: LifeSkills Training curriculum, materials, training, staff time dedicated to the implementation of the program, and Read more

 

Williams announces nearly $147K in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grants for Coatesville Area School District

(Aug 05, 2021)

COATESVILLE, Aug. 4 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, announced that the Coatesville Are School District will receive $146,900 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants which will be distributed among the following schools: Caln Elementary School , East Fallowfield Elementary School, Kings Highway Elementary School , Rainbow Elementary School, and Reeceville Elementary School. “It is critical that fresh, healthy food is regularly available to our students to support physical and academic growth, but fresh fruits and vegetables are often not easily available in schools,” Williams said. “This program addresses this problem, ensuring that students have the opportunity to eat healthy at school.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students’ present and future health. The FFVP was implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and is now available in all 50 states. Priority is given to schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Grantees must spend most of their grant on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables and develop a plan to establish partnerships to reduce Read more

 

Williams announces $300,000 in state funding to make residences of people with disabilities more accessible

(Aug 03, 2021)

COATESVILLE, Aug. 3 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, announced $300,000 in Keystone Communities Program grant funding has been awarded to the Chester County Home Modification Program, which makes homes more accessible for low-income residents with disabilities. “For many of our residents with disabilities, their houses often feel like potential danger zones as they haven’t been constructed with their unique needs in mind,” Williams said. “By providing for modifications that increase safety and mobility, this state money will help our residents truly feel safe and secure in their homes.” The Chester County Home Modification Program assists low-to-moderate-income residents of Chester County with permanent disabilities to make their current residences more accessible. The CCHMP allows for a wide range of adaptive modifications, which include, but are not limited to, ramps, lifts, door and hallway widening, kitchen and bathroom modifications, visual doorbells, audio phones, and visual phone signalers. The Keystone Communities Program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between public and private sector that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to tailor assistance to meet the needs of specific Read more

 

Williams to hold free spring shred event Saturday, May 7
Apr 28, 2022

Williams announces $1M grant for Coatesville train station parking facility
Apr 22, 2022

Winter 2022 Newsletter
Mar 01, 2022

RELEASE: Reps. Shusterman, Williams, Howard joint statement on health care access following recent violence
Feb 17, 2022

Williams announces $119K in fire, EMS company grants
Feb 11, 2022

Williams named to powerful Professional Licensure Committee
Feb 09, 2022

Rep. Dan Williams' Statement on Act. 77 Being Ruled Unconstitutional
Jan 31, 2022

Williams to hold virtual meeting on Brandywine Hospital Jan. 25
Jan 21, 2022

Fighting for the Soul of Our Nation
Jan 07, 2022

Williams announces nearly $474,000 in funding for redevelopment projects in the 74th District
Dec 30, 2021

Williams, Otten, Sappey and Hennessey congratulate Downingtown Marching Band
Dec 28, 2021

A Betrayal of the Public Trust: Tower’s Closure of Brandywine Hospital
Dec 10, 2021

Williams announces $3M in funding for redevelopment projects in the 74th district
Dec 08, 2021

Representative Williams supports local students’ Diwali food drive
Nov 22, 2021

Williams announces more than $91,000 in funding for Coatesville organizations
Nov 10, 2021

Fall 2021 Williams NL
Oct 18, 2021

Lawmakers hear from healthcare workers, first responders, administrators and advocates impacted by hospital consolidation
Oct 12, 2021

Williams announces $99K grant for Downingtown
Sep 08, 2021

Williams announces nearly $147K in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grants for Coatesville Area School District
Aug 05, 2021

Williams announces $300,000 in state funding to make residences of people with disabilities more accessible
Aug 03, 2021