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
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.
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