Expungement Pre-Screen Questionnaire

(May 09, 2022)

On Saturday, June 25, I am holding a Free Expungement Clinic co-hosted by Legal Aid of Southeastern PA and Montgomery County Public Defenders. Read more


Bi-weekly Update: Making investments in our communities

(May 02, 2022)

Regarding COVID news, official cases seem to be on the rise, and anecdotally I have heard of COVID cases rising in my own personal orbit. Read more


Nelson announces $2.5 million in state funding for two projects

(Apr 22, 2022)

CHELTENHAM, April 22 – State Rep. Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, today announced two Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants worth $2.5 million have been secured for Beth Sholom Synagogue and Salus University. “I am pleased to see this RACP funding invested into our community,” Nelson said. “The money will be used to help preserve an iconic landmark, the Beth Sholom Synagogue. It will also allow Salus University to modernize and better serve its students. I want to thank Governor Tom Wolf and all the hard-working people who helped secure this funding.” $2 million was awarded to the Beth Sholom Synagogue Preservation Foundation in Cheltenham Township. The funding will be used to repair and restore the synagogue’s dome. The building was designed by the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is a National Historic Landmark. Special attention will be paid to both exterior and interior elements, including the landscaping. “As a National Historic Landmark, I am pleased to see the commonwealth invest this funding into our synagogue,” said Herb Sachs, immediate past president of the Beth Sholom Synagogue Preservation Foundation. “Our goal is to ensure the synagogue can still be used as a place of worship and future generations can continue to appreciate the architectural designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. We are grateful to Representative Nelson and Read more


Bi-weekly Update: Happy Easter & Passover

(Apr 14, 2022)

My Glenside office has a new Constituent Services Advisor, Leah Abrams Read more


Nelson announces more than $124,000 in security grants for local nonprofits

(Apr 14, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 14 – State Rep. Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, announced today three organizations in the 154 th Legislative District will receive Nonprofit Security Grants. The grant program funds security enhancement projects for churches, synagogues and other nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities across the commonwealth. The local recipients include: Congregation Adath Jeshurun: $25,000. Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim (DBA Mesivta Yesodei Yisroel): $75,000. Reconstructing Judaism: $24,967. “ “I am grateful that I can bring these much-needed resources back to our district, but I wish it wasn’t necessary,” Nelson said. “It is unconscionable to me that we must take these extraordinary steps to ensure all people can feel safe where they worship .” The grants, administered through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency , may be used for the following: Safety and security planning. Purchase of safety and security equipment. Purchase of security-related technology including, but not limited to, metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, special emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, deadbolts, trauma kits, and theft-control devices. Safety and security training. Threat awareness and response training. Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security. Read more


Weekly Update: Celebrating Read Across America Week with Myers Elementary School Students

(Mar 04, 2022)

This week kicked off the beginning of Women’s History Month, Colon, Kidney, and Multiple Myeloma Cancer Awareness Month among others. One of my favorite celebrations as we begin the month of March is Read Across America Day (Week). Read more


Weekly Update: Congressional Redistricting Update

(Feb 25, 2022)

3G is going away: what you need to know. Read more


Weekly Update: My Confessions about Presidents' Day

(Feb 18, 2022)

Plus millions in proposed education funding Read more


Weekly Update -- Redistricting: What's Next?

(Feb 11, 2022)

Celebrating members of my staff Read more


News Release: Nelson, local leaders request funding for local synagogue

(Feb 08, 2022)

ELKINS PARK, Feb. 8 – Joined by community leaders, state Rep. Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, wrote to Gov. Tom Wolf supporting a grant application submitted by Beth Sholom Synagogue. The letter followed a previous message sent by Nelson in October regarding the funding. Beth Sholom applied for a grant for structural repairs through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program in 2021. “Beth Sholom has been part of the Elkins Park community since 1951,” Nelson said. “Having been a beautiful centerpiece for decades and designated as a National Historic Landmark, it is paramount that we address the physical structure's needs so that the congregation can continue their amazing outreach to the members of the community in need.” Nelson said the synagogue prominently features a historic and distinctive roof that is in desperate need of extensive repairs. He also highlighted the many community services Beth Sholom conducts to help their neighbors. “Beth Sholom, the building, stands as an architectural symbol for our community,” said Brian Rissinger, executive director of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. “Beth Sholom, the congregation, stands as a testament to how lives can be changed through study, worship and social action.” Beth Sholom was built in Elkins Park in 1951 and was the only synagogue designed by Read more


PLBC response to Gov. Wolf’s budget address

(Feb 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 –The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus responded today to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2022-23 budget proposal, applauding his investment in important programs without a tax increase, according to PLBC Chairwoman Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “Continuing our work in addressing issues that impact communities of color will remain our focus as we move forward in this year, reaching out to the governor in urging his support for meaningful initiatives,” Bullock said. “We’ve been able to secure funding for important programs that combat community and gun violence but so much more work needs to be done. We will remain steadfast in our determination to provide guidance to the governor on these and other issues that are of importance to the people of Pennsylvania who are affected by these particular issues, like fair education funding, access to healthcare, environmental justice and programs to combat gun violence, to name a few.” “The governor’s budget address is just the first step in the long process of crafting a budget that benefits as many Pennsylvanians as possible, said PLBC Vice Chairwoman Summer Lee, D-Allegheny. “We need to draft a spending plan that funds fixes to our toxic schools, ensures fair wages for all workers, and helps folks who are struggling to pay their bills. It’s time to get to work and create a budget that is fair and equitable for all Pennsylvanians, Read more


Letter to Gov. Wolf: Community Support for Beth Sholom Repairs

(Feb 03, 2022)

A letter from Rep. Nelson and community leaders to Governor Wolf advocating for grant dollars for repairs at Beth Sholom in Elkins Park. Read more


Nelson: $74,000 awarded to schools, community agriculture efforts

(Feb 01, 2022)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, announced grants to assist local schools and improve local agriculture infrastructure. The Springfield Township School District will receive two grants of $12,713 each to go toward the purchase of new refrigerated cases to hold food and drink items in student cafeterias. The funding is part of package of competitive grants awarded to 44 elementary, middle and high schools through a program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. “Lunch is one of the most important times of the day for our students,” Nelson said. “These merchandisers will help provide students with easily accessible food and drink options to enjoy while helping streamline the work of our busy and dedicated cafeteria staff.” Funding for the PDE program is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and grants are awarded to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Schools can use the funding to purchase or upgrade equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. Additionally, Nelson announced a $50,000 grant has been awarded to LifeLeaf Organic Farms and FarmerJawn Agriculture to build a nano-farm, a corner store and a kitchen/market to serve the local community. FarmerJawn is a black-owned agricultural company aiming to eliminate Read more


From the House Floor: Support for Nurses

(Jan 28, 2022)

Looking for speakers for my conference! Read more


Weekly Update: Free COVID-19 Tests

(Jan 21, 2022)

Plus state resources and more available to you. Read more


Rep. Nelson Hosts Town Hall on Bethlehem Pike Construction and Flood Mitigation

(Jan 21, 2022)

This week, we held a town hall meeting in Springfield Township to provide residents in the area surrounding and down-stream of Cisco Park and Hillcrest Pond with an update on the coming stormwater remediation efforts. Township staff, commissioners, and PennDOT representatives were all on hand to address the next steps in our efforts to reinforce our literally crumbled infrastructure so that it may better withstand our current weather realities. As a recap and a heads up to the entire district, look for some construction along Bethlehem Pike around the area of Gordon Lane, Brookside Road, and Montgomery Avenue during the month of February and again around April or May to replace crumbled 100+ year old stormwater pipes and inlets. Feel free to check out this video of the meeting to get caught up on the discussion and, as always, contact my office, the township staff, or your local commissioners for more information. There are several other neighborhoods that have reached out to us regarding flood issues. We have not forgotten about you in the slightest. We are working to get caught up with the local municipalities on any pertinent background information as well as identifying plans or processes to bring forward. We will continue to advocate and will schedule additional townhalls as soon as is productive. Read more


Weekly Email Update: Honoring MLK Through Action

(Jan 14, 2022)

More important updates inside Read more


Open Letter to Governor Wolf: Declare an Emergency on Omicron

(Jan 11, 2022)

Do you have school-aged children or loved ones who work in school buildings? Are you close to a health care worker caring for a COVID-impacted neighbor? Check on them. They are not OK! Our global battle against the novel coronavirus has taken many different forms and has presented countless narratives. We are in a better position today than we were two years ago, before the shutdown measures were first needed. We know more about this virus and the preventative measures necessary to fight it. Many of us are vaccinated , boosted and/or recovered from COVID-19 . Many others have been provided ample opportunity to get vaccinated and have chosen a different path that they believe makes the most sense for them. What should be crystal clear to us all is the critical importance of leadership and the information needed to make decisions that best protect our communities . I commend local health and education decision-makers for doing their best to lead now that the virus has turned pages and medical guidance, supply of resources and public sentiments have shifted. You are doing your best, but sometimes your best needs additional support . It is time for Gov. Tom Wolf to declare a state of emergency to address the presently dominant Omicron variant and its impact on our school and health care capacity. Maryland has done so . Delaware has done so . Several counties here in Pennsylvania have done so. What is more alarming is the haphazard guidance and decision-making Read more


Weekly Update: Let's Get To Work!

(Jan 07, 2022)

Important updates for you in 2022. Read more


That's a Wrap!

(Dec 23, 2021)

Here's what to remember as 2021 ends. Read more