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


Williams hosting cleanup event for Old Evergreen Cemetery

(May 10, 2019)

COATESVILLE, May 10 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, invites constituents to join him from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18 for his cleanup of the Old Evergreen Cemetery, located at 206 Cemetery Road, Coatesville, 19320. Williams said the Old Evergreen Cemetery has historical significance to the local African American community. Many African American veterans were laid to rest at the cemetery dating back to the Civil War. Then, following Coatesville’s first wave of the Great Migration between the 1900s and 1920s, dozens of black families buried their loved ones there until the cemetery reached capacity in the 1960s. “This cleanup event seeks to brighten the cemetery and honor those resting there, to show their legacies as veterans and Coatesville’s first African American migrants have not been forgotten,” Williams said. “The grounds of the Old Evergreen Cemetery hold many stories, and it is important for us to help preserve them.” According to Williams, before it was a cemetery, a church of the Religious Society of Friends, otherwise known as a Quaker church, stood at the location. It later became the site of the Saint Paul Methodist Church, which is now on Merchant Street in Coatesville. Williams added that the cemetery’s Quaker roots play a significant role in its meaning to the African American community. “Historically, Quakers were conductors on the underground railroad, so the location of the Quaker Read more


Williams announces $138,000 grant to Coatesville school district

(May 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 9 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, announced today that Coatesville Area School District will receive a $138,000 grant to enhance and implement school safety and security efforts. “You can’t put a price on the safety of our children, so I’m very grateful that Coatesville Area School District is receiving this grant to better ensure the well-being of its students,” Williams said. The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments. It will be the choice of the school district to determine how exactly the funds will be used. Eligible purposes include, but are not limited to: safety and security assessments, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, intervention training programs, training of school police officers and counseling services for students. Further information about the grants can be found here: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx . Read more


Rep. Williams appointed as Democratic secretary of the Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, was recently appointed Democratic secretary of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee assists the House of Representatives by developing amendments and related legislation and reviewing bills pertinent to veteran-related and other military issues, as well as disaster preparation and emergency response. It has oversight of the Department of Military Affairs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services under the Department of Health. “Most of the real heroes in our communities don’t wear capes, but they defend and rescue, often with little acknowledgment of their efforts,” Williams said. “I’m honored to serve as secretary of this committee.” Williams, who was sworn in for his first term Jan. 1, also serves on the Children and Youth Committee and the Urban Affairs Committee. He represents the 74 th Legislative District in Chester County. Read more


Williams kicks off spring season of Caln Little League of the Coatesville Area

(Apr 09, 2019)

State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, joined Little Leaguers of all ages and community members to open the first day of the season for the Caln Little League of the Coatesville Area. Read more


Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place

(Mar 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Pennsylvania lawmakers representing 11 House districts and three Senatorial districts across Chester and Delaware counties have signed a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking him to impose a moratorium on the transmission of natural gas liquids products through the Mariner East pipeline system until the mandated protocols are in place for local responders to properly manage a pipeline emergency. Chester County Emergency Services and local school districts along the pipeline, including Downingtown Area School District, Rose Tree Media School District and West Chester Area School District have requested Energy Transfer Partners' subsidiary SPLP to provide its Emergency Response Plan for the Mariner East project, which the responders and school districts need to complete their comprehensive All Hazards Emergency Response Plans and fulfill their statutory requirements under Title 35 of state law . The letter urges Wolf to preserve the health, welfare and safety of constituents who live, work and raise their families in the high-consequence areas of Chester and Delaware counties within the impact radius of Mariner East. “We have pipelines currently transporting highly volatile products through our communities, and our local first responders are not able to adequately plan their emergency response or mitigate our risk because the operator has failed to cooperate with repeated requests for their Emergency Response Plan,” said Read more


Coatesville anticipates return of SEPTA rail service

(Mar 08, 2019)

COATESVILLE, March 8 – The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority announced plans Thursday to return its regional rail service to Coatesville in the near future, and Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, joins with SEPTA, PennDOT and other local officials in a commitment to ensure the new train station is completed as soon as possible. SEPTA Service to Coatesville was discontinued in 1996, and population increases in the city and across Chester County have prompted plans to reinvest in this transportation opportunity, Williams and other officials said. Williams , elected last fall to represent the 74 th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, expressed gratitude to SEPTA and Chester County Commissioners for their diligent work on restoring service to Coatesville. “Residents in our district have been requesting the return of SEPTA service for a long time, and I’m excited for this opportunity,” Williams said. “Our residents deserve it. My deepest appreciation goes out to SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel and all parties whose hard work and determination has helped us reach this point in the process, and I look forward to contributing to helping us reach our ultimate goal of service restoration in Coatesville.” Williams said he’s partnering with Coatesville City Council, Chester County government, SEPTA and PennDOT to initiate this service as soon as possible and to extend SEPTA service to Read more


Rep. Williams: $2.8 million in grants allotted for upgrades, improvements to Chester County Airport, Mortonville Road

(Feb 01, 2019)

THORNDALE, Feb. 1 – A pair of state grants totaling $2.8 million will fund upgrades and improvements to Chester County Airport and to Mortonville Road in East Fallowfield Township, state Rep. Dan Williams announced today. The grants, which come through the Multimodal Transportation Fund, provide funding throughout the state. That includes the following projects in Williams’ 74 th Legislative District: $1.8 million to Chester County Airport to extend the existing terminal building (first constructed in 1993), which will allow for the addition of a public terminal, a new Fixed-Base Operator space, and expansion of the parking and access way. $1 million for repairs to Mortonville Road in East Fallowfield Township, including embankment stabilization, drainage improvements and roadway reconstruction. “This is outstanding news for our community,” Williams said. “This funding will help improve our airport as well as make one of our roads much safer. It’s great to see these funds invested back into our infrastructure and local projects that will also help create jobs.” The funds are part of a package of 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties receiving $44.5 million in funding provided through the fund. The state Transportation Department evaluated the applications and selected the projects based on criteria such as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and Read more


Rep. Williams lands three influential committee assignments

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – Freshman state Rep. Dan Williams announced today his assignment to three influential House committees. Williams’ first turn in Harrisburg will see him serving on the Children & Youth, the Urban Affairs, and the Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness committees. “Many citizens are not aware that bills which become laws have origins in committee work,” Williams said. “It’s why serving on committees that can directly impact citizens within my district is an honor.” The Children & Youth Committee focuses on Pennsylvania’s youngest residents, reviewing bills that impact the Office of Child Development and Learning, as well as the Office of Children, Youth and Families under the Department of Human Services. The Urban Affairs Committee centers its focus on housing and public safety issues in cities and counties of the first, second and third class. And the Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee oversees the Department of Military Affairs and the Pa. Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services under the Department of Health. Its focus is on issues affecting veterans and the military, plus disaster preparedness and emergency response. Williams’ initial swearing-in occurred Jan. 1, and he represents the 74 th Legislative District in Chester County. ### CONTACT: Geoff Morrow House Democratic Communications Read more


Williams sworn in, set to begin service as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – Longtime Chester County resident and first-time state Rep. Dan Williams was officially sworn in today to begin representing the 74 th Legislative District. “Pastor Dan” has been a senior pastor at New Life in Christ Fellowship Church in Coatesville for nearly three decades and said he’s prepared to use his community-based background and experience to push for positive change in Pennsylvania. Among his most pressing issues, Williams said, are investing in community, improving schools and protecting neighborhoods. His individual goals blend into the broader Plan for PA , which seeks to return power to working families. “Investing in high-quality jobs, maintaining our public infrastructure and stimulating responsible economic growth promote our American ideals and restore depleted revenues to our local communities,” said Williams, a Geneva College graduate. Williams said he also plans to promote public education by supporting students with quality teachers and fairly funded classrooms. In addition, he sets to improve background checks and champion responsible gun safety measures, as well as combat the opioid crisis by focusing on treatment instead of incarceration. More information about Williams is available on his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Williams . The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year marks Read more


Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. Read more