State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that a total of $2.27 million in liquid fuels payments will be released to help municipalities in the 156th Legislative District maintain roads and bridges. Read more
More than $52,000 in grants will be available to three volunteer fire companies and one volunteer ambulance company from West Chester who applied for the funds through the Fire Company/Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta announced today. Initiated in 2000, and funded by gaming revenue, the program is open to all fire companies, volunteer ambulance services and volunteer rescue squads in Pennsylvania. Grant awards can be used for construction or repair of facilities, purchase or repair of equipment, debt reduction and training. “These monies will be of great aid to the three volunteer fire companies and volunteer emergency ambulance company in West Chester,” said Comitta. “It’s just one example of the ways that we can offer funding support to the 100 percent volunteer and 100 percent certified services that are so vital to our public safety. At a time when many volunteer fire companies and emergency service organizations are struggling to survive in Pennsylvania, these programs enable many to grow and thrive, not to mention provide first-class protection for all citizens across the commonwealth.” According to Comitta, the following received award notification from the program: First West Chester Fire Company, $15,000; Flame Fire Company No. 3, $15,000; Good Will Fire Co. No. 2 , $15,000; and Good Fellowship Club of Chester County, Inc. (EMS). $7448.21. In total, some $30 Read more
WEST CHESTER, Feb. 16 – The state Department of Community and Economic Development awarded $200,000 to the Borough of West Chester to help further transition the National Guard Armory here into a performing arts center, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta announced today. The money, which comes from DCED’s Keystone Communities program, will go toward specialized lighting, visual and audio equipment, and theater seating in the Knauer Theater for the Performing Arts. "This project is the fantastic result of neighbors bringing together a patchwork of community-improvement opportunities, residents and their passions to make something that the entire state has now recognized as an economic driver and sound investment in our region," said Comitta, D-Chester. "I could not be more proud of the project’s champions. Kudos to them." The theater is part of UPTOWN! Entertainment Alliance, a non-profit organization promoting cultural, economic and civic life experiences in the community through live theater, music, dance, film and other local events in the heart of West Chester's historic district. The West Chester National Guard Armory building was built in 1916 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It housed the National Guard’s Bravo Co., 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry and 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, which traces its lineage directly to Benjamin Franklin, who formed the unit in 1747 to protect the colonies in the Read more
Pa state Rep. Carolyn Comitta shares her background in getting to Harrisburg as well as how to get in touch with her while she settles in to her new District Office, which will open in West Chester in early March. Read more
I had the pleasure of speaking with Junior Girl Scout Troop #41889 at Hillsdale Elementary School for their "Inside Government" badge. It's an honor be able to help these young girls further their understanding of government and how it works! Read more
State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, applauded many of the initiatives put forth by Gov. Tom Wolf in his third budget address this morning, specifically signaling out how the proposed budget would help middle-class Pennsylvanians. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Carolyn Comitta says Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a common sense plan that makes smart choices to streamline government without cutting services or raising taxes. The next step is the House closely examining the plan in public hearings. Read more
State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that she has been appointed to serve on five standing committees in the House: Aging and Older Adult Services, Environmental Resources and Energy, Local Government, Professional Licensure and Urban Affairs. Read more
HARRISBURG , Jan. 25 – Citing the very real threat posed by climate change, state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, was joined today by legislators and advocacy groups to announce the formation of the bicameral Climate Caucus. “With a new administration at the federal level, it’s now more important than ever for legislators to collaborate and share information and ideas concerning climate change and how its impact will affect Pennsylvania,” McCarter said. “The Climate Caucus aims to provide a forum for discussion and to increase information so we as legislators can ensure we’re making informed decisions in the best interest of the environment and the people of Pennsylvania.” McCarter was joined by state Reps. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery; Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware; Bob Freeman, D-Northampton; Donna Bullock, D-Phila.; Chris Rabb, D-Phila.; Greg Vitali, D-Delaware; Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester; and Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. "There's indisputable proof that our climate is changing at a rapid and unsustainable rate, and there are ways to protect our environment for current and future generations while also encouraging job growth, such as in the fields of clean energy and energy efficiency,” Frankel said. Legislators were also joined by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, the Environmental Defense Fund, Penn Environment, PennFuture and the Sierra Club. “Our climate is in a fragile state Read more
Thanking Gov. Tom Wolf and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today a $113,000 investment to plant trees along streams and improve water quality for residents of the 156th Legislative District. Read more
WEST CHESTER, Jan. 20 – State lawmakers must still act quickly to bring Pennsylvania in line with federal REAL ID requirements, despite an extension to comply offered Thursday by the federal Department of Homeland Security, said state Rep. Carolyn Comitta. Pennsylvania received an extension through June 6 to resolve non-compliance issues related to Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and requirements under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. Due to the act, parts of which were to be effective Jan. 30, Pennsylvanians with only a driver’s license or state ID could have been denied access to facilities such as military installations and federal agency offices. Beginning January 2018, updated licenses will be required for all air travel. “Pennsylvania has had time to respond to these requirements but has not acted,” said Comitta, D-Chester. “Barring another extension, if we do not address these concerns quickly and thoroughly, millions of Pennsylvanians could be left without access to places of employment, federal services and eventually even air travel. “My House colleagues and I are encouraged by the promise of quick action in the House, and we’ll be looking for the Senate to act quickly, as well. Legislatively speaking, June 6 is a lot closer than it appears.” REAL ID requirements were put in place by the federal government in 2005, but Pennsylvania does not meet these standards due to the passage of Pennsylvania Act 38 Read more
Calling it a tremendous honor, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta was sworn in yesterday to represent the 156th Legislative District in Chester County.
“It’s truly humbling to be sent to Harrisburg as a representative of our district to fight for what’s best for Pennsylvania,” Comitta said. “I look forward to working in a bipartisan fashion to get things done and serve the residents of the 156th District as best I can.” Read more
Pa. state Rep. Carolyn Comitta talks about her legislative priorities as she is officially sworn into the House of Representatives.
All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. All Pennsylvania residents have the right to choose their electric supplier, but your ability to switch depends on where you live. Competitive offers may not be available in all areas. PAPowerSwitch provides much of the information that you need. Before approving any agreement with a supplier, you should always read the contract thoroughly and understand the product you are purchasing, its price, when the contract ends, cancellation or other fees, and any other terms and conditions that apply, including if and when the price might change. As always, if you need more help or have questions about your situation, please contact my office . Read more
To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit Pennsylvania's Do-Not-Call list or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. If you continue to receive unwanted telemarketing phone calls, complaints can be filed with the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the state Attorney General's Office by calling 1-800-441-2555. Violation of the law carries a civil penalty of up to $1,000 and as high as $3,000 if the person contacted is 60 or older. Please keep in mind that existing law does not prevent telemarketers from calling those with whom they had an established business relationship within 12 months preceding the call, or telemarketers calling on behalf of charities, political parties or candidates. Read more
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more
If you choose to have a professional home-energy audit and meet the requirements, you might qualify for the Pennsylvania’s Weatherization Assistance Program . Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. One easy way to start is by locating air leaks. Common air leak locations include gaps along baseboards and doors to the outside, along with windows and junctures of the walls and ceiling. These leaks can sometimes be fixed by caulking holes and gaps or by applying weather stripping to doors and windows. It’s also easy to lose heat through poor insulation. Especially in older homes, insulation in attics and garages can wear down over time or simply not be adequate by today’s standards. Inspecting the quality and type of insulation you have and replacing it if necessary could keep your home much warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer. The type of light bulb you use can also save money on energy bills. Consider replacing inefficient bulbs with energy-saving incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). If you choose to have a professional Read more
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