PHILADELPHIA, April 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., hosted a House Human Services Committee hearing at Philadelphia City Hall to examine the pipeline that sends Puerto Rican drug addicts to Philadelphia -- known as Air Bridge -- and the effectiveness of the treatment users receive in recovery homes. “The Air Bridge is a money-making problem, and the people coming from Puerto Rico are the victims,” Cruz said. “Their families pay money for them to come to Philadelphia to get treatment, but when they arrive, options for treatment don’t exist. Instead, they’re prisoners of unregulated recovery homes that collect money, food stamps and other government assistance as payment for their stay.” Cruz, who represents the 180th Legislative District which also houses “the tracks” – a Conrail train trench -- where users live and seek drugs, is planning to introduce legislation intended to curb the exploitation of addicts, establishing standards that recovery homes would need to comply with in order to get state or federal money. Puerto Rican Sen. Carmelo Rios described the drug crisis in the island and attributed its inability to take appropriate actions to the insufficiency of funds due to Congressional budget cuts under the Affordable Care Act. The island’s Senate adopted a bipartisan effort to contribute with Pennsylvania’s lawmakers and develop a solution for both. Testifiers included Jose Benitez, Read more
FILADELFIA, Abril 12 – El representante estatal Ángel Cruz, D-Fila., organizó una audiencia pública en la alcaldía de la ciudad para analizar la práctica conocida como puente aéreo, que consiste en enviar puertorriqueños usuarios de drogas a recibir tratamiento en casas de recuperación en Filadelfia. “El puente aéreo es un negocio y los puertorriqueños son las víctimas”, dijo Cruz. “Las familias pagan para que ellos y ellas puedan venir a Filadelfia a recibir tratamiento, pero cuando llegan descubren no existe una opción real. En cambio, son presos de un sistema no regulado de casas de recuperación que retienen dinero, asistencia nutricional y otras ayudas gubernamentales como pago por su estadía”. Cruz, quien representa el Distrito Legislativo 180 –área de mayor concentración de usuarios de drogas víctimas del puente aéreo-, planifica presentar legislación para frenar la explotación de los adictos, estableciendo estándares que las casas de recuperación tendrían que cumplir para recibir fondos estatales o federales. El senador puertorriqueño Carmelo Ríos describió la crisis en la que se encuentra la isla y atribuyó la incapacidad de ofrecer tratamientos efectivos a la falta de fondos por causa de los recortes que aprobó el Congreso a Read more
Angel Cruz, who represents West Kensington, is again pushing a bill that would require Pennsylvania elected officials to submit to drug testing. “It puts the fear of God in everybody,” he says. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., voiced his continued concern today for the safety of Pennsylvania’s drinking water after an analysis by PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center gave the state an F grade for preventing lead in drinking water in schools, in a report released on Feb. 28. “Last year Flint brought the dangers of lead poisoning to the forefront nationally; this report by PennEnvironment serves as a chilling reminder that the dangers are real and impact children in Pennsylvania,” Cruz said. “This is not an issue we can afford to take lightly, as the Department of Health has already shown some of Pennsylvania’s children have tested positive for high blood lead levels. This is especially alarming because there is no safe blood lead level in children.” According to PennEnvironment , Pennsylvania received an F grade because it has no required testing regimen for school drinking water, no limits on the allowable lead levels and no plan to remove lead infrastructure from its schools. The PennEnvironment report does note the City of Philadelphia passed an ordinance last December setting stricter limits on lead in drinking water, improving the public’s right-to-know on the issue and requiring testing of all school faucets and fountains. “PennEnvironment’s failing grade for Pennsylvania reinforces the need to take legislative action at the state level to test, monitor and address Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced today that older residents will soon be able to apply for their SEPTA Key photo ID card at his district office.
Cruz said that constituents will be able to fill out their SEPTA Key application and get their picture taken starting on Monday, Feb. 27.
"SEPTA is an invaluable resource for getting around the city, especially for seniors who often rely on it taking them shopping, to appointments, and other various destinations, and I want to help make their trips easier," Cruz said. "My staff and I look forward to assisting our residents in getting their ID card."
SEPTA Key is the modern fare payment and collection system being used by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. It offers seniors an alternative to using their Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
The new Key cards have contactless chips, so all riders will have to do is pass it across the face of the validator to pay for their ride.
Cruz said seniors should call his office at (215) 291-5643 to make an appointment to get their picture taken and get their ID card. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3503 North B Street, Unit 7 in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced he will host a news conference later this week to discuss Pennsylvania’s REAL ID noncompliance issue and the extension recently granted to the state by the Department of Homeland Security.
The news conference will start at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Cruz’s District Office, 3503 N. B St., Unit 7.
Last week, Pennsylvania received a limited extension through June 6 to update driver’s licenses to meet requirements under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said he recently helped to secure a $2,500 donation for the John B. Stetson Charter School. Cruz said the money donated by Walmart was used to purchase new computers and printers for the school’s community center. “These resources will not only benefit our youth, but all of the residents in the community,” Cruz said. “It is crucial these tools be available and I’m proud to have been a part of securing the donation.” School officials say the four computers that were purchased will be put to good use. “From taking classes online to resume building, the opportunities are endless for the betterment of our community,” said Joanna Esquilin, community outreach coordinator for John B. Stetson Charter School. “We are so thankful that Representative Cruz suggested us for this donation.” John B. Stetson Charter School is a part of ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to Hispanic education in the nation. The organization and its charter schools are located in the Hunting Park, Olney and Kensington neighborhoods of North Philadelphia. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., joined area children at the Norris Square Children's Center on Jan. 5 to celebrate Three Kings' Day. "This is a festive holiday marked with music, food and fun. It's a day to celebrate traditions and culture and I'm happy to have hosted local festivities," Cruz said. During the event, Cruz joined those portraying the three kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar, to distribute hundreds of gifts to children who attended the event. "I could find no better way to celebrate the 12 th Day of Christmas than to think of children in need," Cruz said. "Some of these children may not have received any gifts during the holidays, so to close out the season by seeing so many smiling faces is truly humbling." Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., began his ninth term as state representative of the 180th Legislative District at a swearing-in ceremony held at the state Capitol Tuesday.
“Representing the people of my district in Harrisburg has been, and continues to be, one of the biggest honors of my life,” Cruz said.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session.
Cruz said his legislative interests include job creation, criminal justice reform and public safety and health issues. He said he will continue to support legislation aimed at reducing the number of minors exposed to lead in the commonwealth.
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 14 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said he is proud to have assisted in obtaining funding for the construction and opening of a new facility to further promote Latino culture in Philadelphia. Taller Puertorriqueno Inc. was founded in 1974 as a community-based cultural organization whose primary purpose is to preserve, develop and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture. The organization celebrated the grand opening of its new home on Dec. 7. Cruz said he was honored to work with Dr. Carmen Febo, executor director and CEO of Taller Puertorriqueno, to acquire two separate grants of $2.5 million each to go toward the construction of the new building. "The work that Taller Puertorriqueno does to promote Latino culture throughout our city is invaluable in enriching our personal experiences and the experiences of all Philadelphians," Cruz said. "I look forward to what the future holds in the city for this organization and the Latino community as a whole." Cruz noted that Taller is the largest Latino arts organization in Pennsylvania. Read more
State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, today called on the Pennsylvania Department of Health to stop holding up the implementation of Act 148 of 2014, also known as Hannah’s Law, and begin screening newborns for the lysosomal storage disorders as called for under the law.
"This law was passed by the House, passed by the Senate, and signed by the governor," Cruz said. "There is no question that the Department of Health must begin implementing this law and stop dragging their feet when it comes to the health of our newborns." Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Juniata Boys and Girls Club, 1001 E. Cayuga St. in Philadelphia to discuss information about the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Read more
State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, today announced he will be hosting a flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at his district office, 3503 North B St., unit 7 (corner of B and Tioga sts.), Philadelphia, PA 19134. Read more
Joined by Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, announced today that he and Williams will be hosting a drug takeback event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Cruz’ district office, 3505 North B St., Philadelphia. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz was honored to take part in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania. The celebration in Harrisburg highlighted the proud traditions of the many cultures that make up Hispanic heritage and the contributions they have made to the state and the nation. Read more
State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., reminds constituents that certificates of appreciation for the brave men and women who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom are available from his office. Read more
In light of recent controversy over possibly illegally towed vehicles in Philadelphia, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said there is no better time than now for the House to take up his House Bill 550, which would increase tow truck operator accountability. Read more
The discovery of elevated levels of lead in Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority lines underscores the need to make sure it isn’t in our children, too.
The Legislature is considering a bill that would mandate lead testing for expectant mothers and for 1- and 2-year-olds, with high-risk children getting annual checks through age 6. If lawmakers don’t pass the bill, sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia, the Allegheny County Health Department could move forward on its own and implement the testing of children here. But the Legislature should pass Mr. Cruz’s testing bill — and related legislation — so children statewide are protected. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz speaks on his amendment that would further protect the privacy of Pennsylvanians from unauthorized drone use. The amendment ultimately failed, but began a discussion on the need to protect citizens in their homes and on their property from drones. Read more
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