Did you know there’s a chance you may be owed money and not even realize it? The Pennsylvania Treasurer’s Office holds onto unclaimed property from abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, checks that haven’t been cashed and many other sources. You could even be owed money if you were named as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy. There are many reasons the state could be holding onto your money. The good news is, it only takes a minute to check to see if there is any unclaimed property waiting for you by visiting www.patreasurery.org . Searching for and recovering unclaimed property held by the state is free; if you’re contacted by someone offering to help you search for unclaimed property for a fee should ignore those solicitations. My staff is also available to help. Read more
Some of you have contacted my office with regard to the proposed work on US 202. I’d like to share the following information, as it was provided to me via PennDOT recently. PennDOT has initiated the SR 202-ITS project under a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant. As you know, US 202 and Route 1 are very heavily traveled corridors in our region. Currently, there are adaptive traffic signals on US 202 from the Delaware state line to US 202 and on Route 1 from US 202 to US 322. In addition, there are Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) devices within the corridors along with fiber optic cable. Despite these existing locations, there are gaps in the adaptive signal and ITS network. There are no adaptive signals on US 202 from Matlack Street to Route 1, and on Route 1 there are no adaptive signals from Lenape Road to US 202. The proposed project will install 7 adaptive traffic signals along US 202 and 11 adaptive traffic signals along Route 1 to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and improve air quality along these corridors. The proposed project will also include implementing Bluetooth Readers, DMS signs and CCTV cameras along these corridors. The proposed ITS equipment will connect to PennDOT’s Regional Traffic Management Center and provide information that will help PennDOT better manage traffic flow in the event of an incident. Since Brandywine Creek in this area is prone to flooding, the proposed ITS equipment will allow Read more
If you are a World War II or Korean War Veteran, I encourage you to take part in the Honor Flight program. If you know of a local World War II or Korean Veteran, please share this information with them. Honor Flight Philadelphia is currently looking for World War II and Korean Veteran’s to join them in the upcoming trip to Washington, DC. On June 10 th. This is a wonderful experience, as my father’s college roommate attended the event last year at the age of 93! He wore his bomber jacket and hat and had a profoundly moving and fun experience. He brought home photos and stories. Each hero gets a buddy to help take care of him/her on the trip. It’s free and priceless! Honor Flight will depart by bus from St. Kevins Church, 200 West Sproul Road in Springfield Township—Delaware County. Breakfast, lunch and a tour of all the memorials dedicated to veterans’ are included. Also included is a heroes’ welcome home and a dinner in their honor. There are many wonderful surprises along the way. This is a free trip for the veterans – paid for by generous sponsors. Find out more at www.HonorFlightPhiladelphia.org email firstname.lastname@example.org , or call 610-431-0911 or contact my office for assistance. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 30 – Two West Chester organizations will receive funding through the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Awards from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta announced Tuesday. The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center was awarded a grant of $7,577 and the Chester County Historical Society was awarded $23,692, according to the museum commission. “Both the Chester County Historical Society and the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center preserve and share important stories from our past,” said Comitta, D-Chester. “I’m so pleased to see these organizations receive funding that will help them continue their valuable work in our community.” Almost $2 million was awarded to 141 eligible museums and official county historical societies from across Pennsylvania, to be used for general operations. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 25 – The state House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would help put Pennsylvania in line with federal Real ID rules and ensure that state residents don’t face difficulty using their IDs for air travel or visits to federal facilities, said state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. Once S.B. 133 is signed into law, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will provide Pennsylvanians the option of choosing a standard driver’s license or photo ID card, or IDs that are Real ID-compliant. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office has indicated that he will sign the bill in short order. Before those changes can take effect, the federal Department of Homeland Security is expected to issue extensions that would allow Pennsylvanians to continue using their standard driver's license to fly and access federal buildings until 2020. “Our freedom to travel shouldn't be hindered because of a decision legislators made on your behalf back in 2012,” Comitta said. Pennsylvania had been given a deadline of June 6 to adhere to the 2005 federal Real ID Act, which set minimum standards for issuing identification cards. Otherwise, residents could have been prohibited from using their state-issued identification to board a plane, starting in 2018, or enter certain federal buildings, starting this summer. The Real ID Nonparticipation Act prohibited state agencies from complying with the federal Real ID law. Pennsylvania and Read more
Pa. state Rep. Carolyn Comitta speaks at a Capitol rally in support of "Teacher Education Day" in Pennsylvania and to honor the outstanding service of teacher educators who prepare teachers for Pennsylvania's classrooms. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced a $180,000 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grant to improve area traffic signals. Read more
WEST CHESTER, May 4 – Former West Chester mayor and council member, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, congratulated the West Chester Business Improvement District today for winning one of three 2017 Great American Main Street Awards from National Main Street Center Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to commercial district preservation. “West Chester’s main street rebirth took vision, patience and persistence – add in lots of hard work and entrepreneurial spirit, diverse partners and an exceptional BID and today we celebrate a revitalized, vibrant downtown,” Comitta said. “I am proud to have been mayor and now state representative, so I can help champion all the good work of our BID, our diverse partners and all the joys of our beautiful downtown!” The West Chester BID was recognized because of its efforts over the last 17 years to preserve historic and cultural heritage while modernizing the area into a fine-dining destination. Those efforts include leading the effort that successfully brought West Chester’s business vacancy rate from 22 percent to 4 percent, while adding nearly 250 businesses and 1,000 jobs for the area. “West Chester has become a dining and cultural destination thanks to the vision, entrepreneurial energy, and years of hard work by our exceptional BID,” Comitta said. “I extend particular congratulations and thanks to Malcolm Johnstone and the BID Board. They harness and direct Read more
HARRISBURG, April 27 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that West Chester will receive a $40,000 state grant to develop a multi-year financial management plan. The grant comes through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Early Intervention Program. “I’m pleased that West Chester will be able to use this funding to look at how to best deliver services in our community. I look forward to seeing the borough develop a plan that paves the way to a bright future,” Comitta said. The Early Intervention Program helps communities develop comprehensive financial plans and establish short- and long-term financial objectives. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Carolyn Comitta speaks on the House Floor in support of an amendment to allow local municipalities to govern themselves in respect to firearms laws. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 25 – Members of the House Climate Change Caucus today announced their opposition to an overreaching and environmentally hazardous bill that would prevent Pennsylvania communities from protecting land and water from pollution caused by plastic bags. House Bill 1071 would permanently prohibit municipalities and other local authorities from banning or applying any surcharge or tax on the use of plastic grocery bags. York, Erie, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia represent just a few of the city councils across Pennsylvania that have voiced opposition to H.B. 1071. “This bill hamstrings local governments from protecting their land and water from ecologically hazardous and unsightly garbage,” said state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery . “Proponents of this bill try to make the case that recycling numbers are up but leave out the fact that proliferation is the real cause for the increase in those numbers. Widespread and growing use is also to blame for the drastic increase in wayward and littered bags, too.” Currently, 165 municipalities across the country have adopted some form of single-use plastic bag fee legislation or bag regulation to positive results. Following implementation of a citywide bag fee in 2010, the presence of bags in Washington, D.C., decreased by 67 percent, saving waste collection services there both time and money. If H.B. 1071 is enacted, constituents would not have the opportunity to press their case for Read more
A tax amnesty period for Pennsylvanians will run from April 21, 2017 through June 19, 2017. During this limited 60-day period, the state Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and half of the interest on eligible tax delinquencies for anyone who participates in the 2017 Tax Amnesty Program. For more information, please click here . Read more
WEST CHESTER, April 6 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta is inviting community members to an Evening with PennDOT from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 20 at Fugett Middle School. A panel of representatives from the state Transportation Department's District 6 will share information about how the department operates and makes decisions about roadway construction and maintenance projects. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions about local projects during a Q&A session at the end. “PennDOT plays such a big role in our community, keeping our roads in good shape so that we can go about our daily lives,” Comitta said. “But we don’t always know what’s happening behind the scenes. This event is a great chance to learn more about the work that keeps us moving.” Fugett Middle School is at 500 Ellis Lane, West Chester. The event will be in the auditorium. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Carolyn Comitta has an office in West Chester to help people with a variety of state government programs and services. If you need help, contact her office at 21 West Washington Street in West Chester or call 610-696-4990. Read more
WEST CHESTER, March 29 – Commonwealth Financing Authority today awarded to Westtown Township a $210,975 PA Small Water and Sewer grant to renovate Kirkwood Pump Station, announced state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. According to the grant application, new controls, a grinder, meters and valves will be used to outfit the station. “The new machinery is expected to greatly increase reliability and efficiency, and that equates to better service for Westtown-area customers and increased longevity for our sewer infrastructure,” Comitta said. “Additionally, the state funding will offset sewer rates for residents. I applaud the CFA for recognizing a wise investment in our community.” Under auspices of the Department of Community and Economic Development and backed by the CFA, the PA Small Water and Sewer grant program funds activities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. Eligible projects must have a total project cost between $30,000 and $500,000, and funding is available for municipalities and municipal authorities. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 22 – Lawmakers and advocates held a news conference today announcing the re-formation and legislative priorities of the PA SAFE Caucus, which aims to bring attention to state firearm and public-safety legislation, said the group’s co-chairs, state Reps. Madeleine Dean and Dan Frankel. Members of the caucus discussed how the issue of gun safety is gaining traction across political lines and outlined their support for legislation needed in the commonwealth, including for universal background checks, limits on magazine capacity and requirements to report lost or stolen guns. “Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support sensible gun-safety legislation,” said Dean, D-Montgomery. “The members of PA SAFE know this, and in no way are we proposing measures that infringe on the rights of lawful gun owners. We simply want to protect our constituents, and if our measures can save even just one person, I feel that we have a duty to make it law.” “As a vice chair of the PA SAFE Caucus, I’m proud to be part of this group that is working together on commonsense gun safety legislation,” said state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “This session, I’m hoping we’ll be able to move forward on issues that have strong bipartisan support, such as the universal background check bill (known as H.B. 1010 last session), and that we’ll actually see a vote in committee and on the House floor.” Read more
Pa. state Rep. Carolyn Comitta will hold an open house at her new office in West Chester on Friday March 24, 2017 from 11am until 2pm.
Stop by, enjoy some refreshments and find out more about state programs. Read more
State Rep. Carolyn Comitta will host an open house event at her district constituent service office, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 24. Her district office, which is open now, is located at 21 W. Washington St., Suite A. The 156 th Legislative District includes West Chester Borough, West Goshen, East Goshen, Westtown, Birmingham and Thornbury/Chester County. This open house event is an opportunity to meet Comitta and her staff and to learn about the services they provide locally. All are invited to this free event. Light refreshments will be served and no RSVP is required. Parking is also available. “I’m excited to welcome residents of the 156 th and for them to know we are here for them,” Comitta said. “We can assist with all state-related business, and refer out when necessary, so we encourage constituents to come in or contact us anytime.” Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 9 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today urged members of the House Appropriations Committee to include in its ongoing state budget negotiations a strong funding plan to address the consequences of natural-gas drilling on the environment and public safety. Comitta made those remarks before members of the House Appropriations Committee, which today concluded three weeks of public hearings on Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2017-18 state budget. Comitta said while there are myriad concerns to address in the annual state budget, including adequate investments in schools and job training initiatives, a great concern in her Chester County legislative district is the natural-gas pipeline infrastructure and its effect on environmental and public safety. She encouraged the committee to ensure adequate funding for the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and for the legislature to remain focused on it. “Right now, pipelines are coming through our state, passing by our homes, our businesses and our schools,” Comitta told the committee. “It is essential that we have oversight of construction, inspection and maintenance of these pipelines, and that we have highly trained professionals working on the installation and maintenance of these pipelines. It is essential that our municipalities and emergency responders plan and train for accidents, and take into Read more
It was a pleasure receiving the Dr. John H. Hewlett Award from the Henderson High School Black Student Union during a presentation at their 33rd Annual Scholarship Banquet on Feb. 25, 2017. The award is presented each year to community members who support the Henderson HIgh School Black Student Union. Read more
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