PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today responded to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s findings that the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s former executive director sexually harassed employees, manipulated leave records, ignored outdated employment policies, and caused the School District of Philadelphia to lose out on more than $77 million in revenue. Boyle called for the state legislature to return control of the PPA to the City of Philadelphia. He is a sponsor of H.B. 874 , which would sunset the commonwealth’s control of the PPA on June 30, 2018. “In recent years, when we put our quarters in the meter on Market Street, it paid for parking,” Boyle said. “Unbeknownst to us, for a period of time, it also paid for the executive director to get his perversions up and running by abusing a position of power through continued harassment and degradation of women under his supervision. The PPA board chairman knew about it – and did little to nothing to stop it from continuing. “This is beyond comprehension for any reasonable person. The PPA needs serious reform. It should not continue to operate under the leadership of Chairman Ashdale and it would behoove him to resign immediately. As a state legislator, I will continue to push for my legislation that would return the PPA back to the City of Philadelphia” H.B. 874 was introduced in March and currently sits in the House Urban Read more
Pa state Rep. Kevin Boyle is fighting to offer new job opportunities to hard working Pennsylvanians that provide a respectable paycheck to put food on the table and a roof over their head. Plan for PA will help open those doors of employment. Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today joined fellow legislators for a Capitol news conference laying out the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania . At the news conference, House Democrats outlined the plan’s goals to put Pennsylvanians first through investing in good jobs, quality schools and a fairer tax system. McClinton, secretary/treasurer of the Philadelphia County Delegation, spoke on the importance of putting everyday Pennsylvanians first through fighting for fair wage policies such as increasing the minimum wage and ensuring equal pay for equal work. “Each day, I speak with countless neighbors in West and Southwest Philadelphia and they are tired of living paycheck to paycheck,” McClinton said. “As legislators, it is our duty to make sure that all Pennsylvanians are not only employed, but are financially secure. The Plan for PA allows us to find solutions to the complex problems residents face whether they live in Delaware County or Centre County.” Boyle, vice chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, spoke on the importance of growing Pennsylvania’s economy and investing in good jobs that would not only protect Pennsylvania’s middle class, but expand it. “The success of the Plan for PA starts with good jobs, but not just any job that offers a paycheck, but those that provide enough income for families to put food Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 28 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the recent rise of anti-Semitic acts in Northeast Philadelphia at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim. Boyle requested the hearing to discuss recent incidents, including rocks thrown through windows at Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai in Tacony, and the more than 270 tombstones overturned at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Wissinoming. The committee discussed how the community can work together to curb these senseless acts and was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, along with other committee members from across the state. “A recent report by the Anti-Defamation League stated that anti-Semitic incidents in Pennsylvania have increased by 71 percent this year. I could not stand by and continue to hear of these stories of vandalism, harassment and vulgar acts against our neighbors and not take further action. When teachers are receiving anti-Semitic letters with feces, or people are caught urinating on a religious building, there is a clear lack of respect and disregard for others. My hope is that following today’s discussion, we can determine a course of action that will significantly reduce the number of these unfortunate incidents,” Boyle said. Sturla added, “Acts of hate, terrorism or racism against any group of people is inexcusable. As today’s testifiers indicated, we must work together to Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the recent rise of anti-Semitic acts at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road. Boyle requested the hearing to discuss how the community can work together to curb these senseless acts. Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will be in attendance with other committee members from across the state. The current agenda is: 2:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Panelists: Jeremy Bannett , associate regional director, Anti-Defamation League Naomi Adler, Esq. , president and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Michele Foster , president-elect, The Philadelphia Region of Hadassah Chuck Feldman , president, Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center 2:50 p.m. Questions from Committee Members 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks Media coverage is invited. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger-Braneky and Kevin Boyle today unveiled a plan to protect access to birth control under health insurance coverages in Pennsylvania. The legislation, proposed by Krueger-Braneky, Boyle and Rep. Tina Davis, would require that all state-regulated insurance plans in Pennsylvania cover contraceptives and vasectomies. It would further require that plans provide coverage for any prescription or non-prescription method of birth controlled approved by the FDA. It also would: Eliminate most co-payments for birth control and vasectomies Enable women to receive 12 months of birth control at one time Lift pre-authorizations on intrauterine devices (IUDs) On Oct. 6, the Trump administration announced it would roll back the contraceptive coverage requirements within the ACA. The rollback allows any employer to opt-out of providing contraceptive coverage in its health plan based on religious beliefs or moral convictions. At least 2.5 million women in Pennsylvania depend on this coverage to access affordable, effective contraceptives. “Contraception is health care, and access to health care is a fundamental human right that is inextricably tied to economic mobility and freedom,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware . “By making basic preventive care like the pill a costly luxury, the Trump administration is sidelining girls and women – whether they are students, hourly wage workers, Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – Joined by Democrats and Republicans from the Senate and House, state Reps. Kevin J. Boyle, D-Phila., and Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Phila., called upon the General Assembly during a Capitol news conference to pass legislation to strengthen the hate crimes law in Pennsylvania. House Bill 505, co-sponsored by Boyle and Murt, would amend current state law to expand the offense of ethnic intimidation to include malicious intention against the actual or perceived ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity of another person or a group of people. Senators Lawrence Farnese and Anthony Williams also have legislation ( S.B. 96 ) regarding hate crimes. Boyle said under H.B. 505, a crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded one degree higher than already specified in law. “Pennsylvania’s lack of protections against hate crimes for LGBT communities and persons with disabilities is a national embarrassment. We remain the only state in the Northeast to not enshrine protections against hate crimes for these groups into law,” Boyle said. “I have introduced this bill for two consecutive sessions to add these protections but it has never been brought to a vote. Our legislature is failing its duty to protect the citizens of this commonwealth, and ignoring the constitutional rights of the physically and intellectually disabled, and the LGBT communities.” Boyle Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, is hosting a Senior Fair for older Pennsylvanians to obtain their SEPTA Key photo ID cards from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia. “With this event I want to make sure our citizens take advantage of the SEPTA Key and many other state programs and benefits,” Boyle said. “Most of our seniors rely on SEPTA for transportation throughout the city and some of them don’t know that if they’re 65 or older, they can use SEPTA service free. All they need to do is bring a state-issued Photo ID and we’ll do the rest.” Boyle said local and state organizations and exhibitors will provide health resources and other information on credit and debt education, legal and social services for older residents. Boyle and his staff will be available to discuss how his office can help seniors access programs like the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and prescription assistance through PACE and PACENET. Residents with questions or who need more information about the event are encouraged to call Boyle’s office at 215-695-1016. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 27 – As Pennsylvania deals with yet another frustrating budget impasse, state Rep. Kevin Boyle is looking forward, seeking ways to prevent the commonwealth from finding itself in a similar situation in the very near future. Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, plans on re-introducing a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, requiring the General Assembly to stay in session until a state budget is adopted by both the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as signed into law by the governor. “As legislators, we owe it to our constituents to conduct the people's business without needless delays and to concentrate on passing a responsible, complete, and balanced budget for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians,” Boyle said. For this legislation to be added to the state Constitution, the bill would have to be voted and passed in two consecutive legislative sessions and then go to Pennsylvania voters in the form of a ballot question. “We are only one year removed from the historical 2015-2016 budget stalemate that lasted nearly nine months from July 2015 to March 2016,” Boyle said. “It appears the General Assembly hasn’t learned its lesson.” Boyle said it’s been three weeks since the start of the fiscal year and Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai has continued pushing for irresponsible funding schemes, which, in turn, has prevented the rest of the representatives from formulating a Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – Members of the Philadelphia Delegation in the state House of Representatives today urged Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, to call the House back to Harrisburg to wrap up the 2017-18 state budget. "The main spending bill was passed on June 30, on a bipartisan basis, and it became law on July 10. So now we have to pay for that budget. And we need recurring, sustainable revenue to do it. Another year of mostly using gimmicks, what I refer to as 'smoke and mirrors,' will put us at risk of more credit downgrades, which just cost Pennsylvania taxpayers more. Unfortunately, Republican leaders shut down the House without finishing the job," said delegation chair Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Legislators outlined three major solutions to Pennsylvania's revenue gap that should receive votes in the full House: A severance tax on natural gas drilling companies: "Pennsylvania has already given away more than $2 billion in potential revenue by writing the natural gas law to favor the industry and shortchanging Pennsylvania residents. We simply want a severance tax comparable to the one every other natural gas-producing state in the nation have already put in place," said Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. Closing corporate tax loopholes: "Without closing the so-called Delaware loophole here in Pennsylvania, we lose hundreds of millions in revenues each year by allowing large corporations to avoid state Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 6 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle announced that he will host breast cancer screenings at his Fox Chase office in late July. Boyle will partner with the Fox Chase Cancer Center to host his annual mobile mammography event outside of his district office at 9 a.m. Friday, July 21 at 7801 Hasbrook Ave. in Fox Chase. Those interested in receiving a breast screening are required to make an appointment. Appointments are available starting at 9 a.m. “I am pleased to partner with the Fox Chase Cancer Center to host my annual mobile mammography event,” Boyle said. “It is important that we make these services accessible to those who need them the most. These services are more important now than ever and are under attack if President Trump’s healthcare plan passes Congress. Under 'Trumpcare,' the costs for breast cancer screenings would drastically rise. One in eight American women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. This places them in serious jeopardy.” Additional requirements include: Must be 40 or older. Name and address of one of your doctors. Prescription from your doctor. May not be breast feeding nor have breast fed within the last nine months. Must not have had a breast cancer diagnosis within the past three years. Must not be under treatment for breast cancer. Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months. Must be able to board the van and stand while being examined. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 5 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., is hosting a free shredding event for the community to destroy unwanted confidential documents from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in front of his district office at 7801 Hasbrook Ave. The event will allow people to protect themselves from identity theft by disposing of unwanted documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers. Residents may bring up to four plastic shopping bags of documents to shred. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 5 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., will host a senior lunch and expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Fox Chase Recreation Center, 7901 Ridgeway St., 19111. Parking will be available at the Fox Chase Elementary School, the entrance is on Rhawn Street. Boyle said there will be entertainment, giveaways, an opportunity for seniors to get a SEPTA Key Card and information about state and local programs that may benefit them. Seniors looking to attend must RSVP by calling Boyle’s district office at (215) 695-1016. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 22 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, is calling attention to the value of the Meals on Wheels program in Pennsylvania as the program faces proposed cuts in President Donald Trump's budget. The state House today adopted Boyle's H.R. 175 , designating March 22, 2017 as March for Meals Day in Pennsylvania. March for Meals is the annual campaign the Meals on Wheels Association of America sponsors to raise awareness of senior hunger. "Research indicates that 10.2 million seniors across the country, and nearly 320,000 seniors here in Pennsylvania, face the threat of hunger," Boyle said. "Now, more than ever, we must remind ourselves of the importance of Meals on Wheels, which could be headed for the budget chopping block in Washington, D.C. The Trump administration in defending cuts to the program made claims that Meals on Wheels is 'just not showing any results' and the program 'sounds great…but doesn’t work.'" "But the truth is – Meals on Wheels has shown some great results here in Pennsylvania, and across the country. In fact, according to a 2014 study conducted by the University of Illinois, programs like Meals on Wheels improve the quality of life for seniors. "According to the study, Meals on Wheels is showing results by offering an effective and vital nutritional and health program for seniors. And Meals on Wheels is showing results by helping to offset Read more
Pa. state Rep. Kevin Boyle questions Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne on the savings Pennsylvania has seen from Affordable Care Act. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today was sworn into office for his fourth term as representative for the 172nd Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. “As a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, it is truly an honor to continue serving the people of the city in the Pennsylvania General Assembly,” Boyle said. “As a new year and a new session is upon us, I am ready to get back to work fighting to make this state a better place for every man, woman and child in the commonwealth.” Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 19 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from SEPTA and other interested parties about defective SEPTA train cars and affected services, at a hearing convened at the request of state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery. “Since SEPTA’s announcement a few weeks ago that it was taking the defective cars out of service, travelers have been affected by modified schedules and crowded trains,” Boyle said. “I called this meeting to determine SEPTA’s long-term plan to improve this situation. I am hopeful that their plans will reduce delays and inconvenience for local transit riders.” At the hearing, SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel gave a presentation explaining the current situation and outlining the agency’s latest plans. He said the agency has expanded service, including an extended rush hour, leased four trains to provide additional seating capacity (up to 2,420 seats) and increased parking options. He said they are continuing to work on optimizing railroad schedule operation and developing express bus service to supplement rail service. With regard to the defective train cars, Kneuppel said SEPTA is working on two replacement options for the broken train cars. He expects service to continue to be impacted through at least August as they work on fixing the problem. Held at CORA Services in Northeast Philadelphia, other participants included: William Shanahan, director of government Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – A bill giving emergency vehicle designation to Philadelphia Prison System prisoner transport units sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montco., was signed into law by Governor Wolf on Friday, July 8. "My bill, H.B. 898 , is important because this designation allows prisoner transport units to operate using flashing lights when transferring prisoners," Boyle said. "There is no doubt this will reduce risks associated with prisoner transfers." Due to the vast State Road prison complex, prisoners are transported across Northeast Philadelphia every day. All of these transfers can potentially lead to problems if there are traffic issues or one of the prisoner transport units gets into an accident. Boyle explained that prison transports are subject to high-volume traffic, which poses a risk when moving prisoners from location to location. Also, the complex infrastructure of the City of Philadelphia makes it necessary for prisoner transport units to have a clear path to facilities. The bill also allows high ranking fire department officials, such as a fire chief or assistant in chief, to use flashing lights when responding to emergencies in both fire department and privately-owned vehicles. "I am thrilled that this bill is finally a law because it will definitely make Philadelphia’s streets safer," Boyle said. ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 7 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Mont., is hosting two events at his Fox Chase office during the month of July. A Department Service officer from the American Legion will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 18th., in Boyle’s district office at 7801 Hasbrook Ave in Fox Chase to assist with Veteran service issues . The service officer is able to answer questions and offer assistance in completing paperwork for Veterans’ services. Appointments are available and walk-ins are accepted. Rep. Boyle will also be partnering with the Fox Chase Cancer Center to host his annual mobile mammography event outside of his district office at 7801 Hasbrook Ave in Fox Chase. Women interested in receiving a breast screening are required to make an appointment . Appointments are available starting at 9 a.m. Additional requirements include: Must be 40 or older. Name and address of one of your doctors. Prescription from your doctor. May not be breast feeding nor have breast fed within the last nine months. Must not have had a breast cancer diagnosis within the past three years. Must not be under treatment for breast cancer. Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months. Must be able to board the van and stand while being examined. For more information on either event, please call his district office at 215-695-1016. ### CONTACT: Amanda Zellner Phone: 215-331-2600 Email: email@example.com Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 21 -- State Reps. Mike Driscoll, Ed Neilson, Jason Dawkins and Kevin Boyle announced today that four ambulance companies in Northeast Philadelphia are sharing nearly $29,000 in state grants.
"First responders are essential to public safety, and these grants provide them with resources so they can remain more focused on saving lives than on raising funds," Driscoll said. "These men and women make a tremendous sacrifice, and I applaud their service to our communities."
The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded in February. In all, 2,538 grants were awarded statewide. The grants are partly funded from gaming revenue.
"Northeast Philadelphia relies on these ambulance companies and their volunteers to be there for us when every second counts," Neilson said. "These grants will help them continue to provide this invaluable services to our community."
Grant recipients and amounts awarded in Northeast Philadelphia are as follows:
• Northeast First Aid Corps – $7,202
• Burholme First Aid Corps Inc. – $7,202
• Rhawnhurst Bustleton Ambulance Association Inc. – $7,202
• Wissinoming Volunteer First Aid Corps – $7,202
"Serving on the front lines whenever there is a fire, accident or other calamity, these essential service providers are among the most worthy recipients of state aid," Dawkins said. "These funds will allow them to continue their mission of providing life-saving services for our Read more
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