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
Pa. state Rep. Kevin Boyle celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland with a unanimously approved House Resolution. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 7 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, joined with state Rep. Nick Micarelli, R-Delaware, to sponsor two pieces of legislation to ensure that Pennsylvania is using its economic power to support Israel. Boyle said the bills would specifically prohibit the state from investing pensions or contracts with companies that engage in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement is a global campaign designed to weaken the Israeli economy in an attempt to punish the government of the state of Israel for policy decisions it has made. “It is vital that the government of Pennsylvania does its part to support an important US ally, Israel,” Boyle said. “Protecting Israel has been a principle of our foreign policy. Consequently, economic actions such as boycotts and divestment should not be tolerated.” The first bill would prohibit commonwealth agencies from entering into contracts with persons who engage in boycotts against or divestment from Israel. Under this legislation, the Department of General Services would compile a list of firms and persons with stated BDS policies. The list would be updated every 180 days. DGS would also have to certify that an individual’s name does not appear on the list before a contract is signed. The second bill would require the State Treasurer, the State Employees’ Retirement System and Public School Employees’ Retirement System to divest from Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, will host two special forums to help area residents with filling out forms and services offered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The forums will be held on Thursday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Avenue. Boyle’s office will assist residents with forms and application such as: the 2015 property tax rental rebate, LlHEAP (Low Income Heating Assistance Program), PACE applications, medical assistance applications, SNAP applications, reduced senior vehicle registration, handicapped placards, PENNDOT issues, birth and death certificates, and unclaimed property applications. In addition, they can provide information on living wills, how to obtain a free credit report, senior directories, and 2015 PA tax booklets and tax forms. The public is asked to make an appointment in advance by calling his district office at 215-331-2600 in order to attend. Those responding prior to February 24th will be invited to join Klein center members for lunch. ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, responded to Friday’s guilty verdict for Kathryn Knott by reiterating the need for prosecutors in Pennsylvania to be able to charge attacks based on sexual orientation as hate crimes. “While Kathryn Knott was found guilty of assault and reckless endangerment, this attack was clearly a hate crime against a gay couple and it should have been treated as such,” Boyle said. Knott was part of a group of friends who encountered a same-sex couple in Center City Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014. News reports state that the group of friends asked the men if they were “boyfriends,” taunted them, and then physically attacked them. One of the victims was hospitalized with facial injuries that included a broken jaw from the attack. Two of the other attackers, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan, pled guilty earlier this year and accepted a plea deal while Knott decided to go to trial. Boyle introduced H.B. 218 , which would amend the state’s hate crimes law to include sexual orientation. A crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded one degree higher than already specified in law. “Many believe, and I agree, that the horrible attack perpetrated by Knott and her friends was a hate crime,” Boyle said. “Unfortunately, the current law did not give Philadelphia’s district attorney the opportunity to charge these attackers Read more
PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. 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. 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. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 - State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., announced he is holding a food drive to benefit local food banks. Non-perishable food donations may be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at either of his offices: 7420 Frankford Ave. 7801-A Hasbrook Ave. Boyle said food banks often run low during the holiday season when demand is high. "As the holidays approach, food banks will undoubtedly receive an increase in clients," Boyle said. "It is important now more than ever that we assist those in need." Boyle said his offices collected more than 200 pounds of food during last year’s food drive and he hopes to collect even more this year. Anyone with questions should contact Boyle’s office at (215) 331-2600. ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. XX – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Mont., is hosting a free shredding event for the community to destroy unwanted confidential documents from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the parking lot 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, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, issued the following statement on the budget impasse, which has left state government without a working budget for the new fiscal year that started July 1, 2015: “The budget impasse has now reached more than 130 days, which is impacting many school districts and social services agencies that serve some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. “I am disappointed that more than four months after the June 30 deadline we still do not have a balanced budget in place to pay for the programs and services that touch the lives of every Pennsylvania citizen. “Until a balanced budget is enacted into law, I refuse to accept my legislative salary because if schools and social service agencies aren’t getting paid than either should legislators.” ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, announced today that his constituent service office at 7801-A Hasbrook Ave. is offering onsite enrollment help for health care insurance coverage. Constituents can sign up for appointments or walk in between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 4 to Jan. 31. “All residents, regardless of age, income and employment status, should have access to quality health care – and the Affordable Care Act has been working to make this a reality,” Boyle said. “A random accident or unexpected illness not only jeopardizes your health, but also your financial future. Having health insurance is not only a smart health decision, but also makes economic sense.” Those enrolling for the first time should bring the following: All documents (i.e., pay stubs, pension awards, unemployment compensation, etc.) that will help determine expected annual income for 2015; The names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and immigration/naturalization documents for all household members; and Your email address and email password, if applicable. Constituents who are re-enrolling should bring all the documents mentioned above, as well as the following: Any renewal letters received from the Marketplace or their insurance provider; Sign-in information from their Marketplace account, if they have one; and Immigrants should bring their immigration documents (green Read more
Pa. state Rep. Kevin Boyle stood with gun-safety advocate, domestic-violence experts, and victims of gun violence to rally behind a plan to enact universal background checks for gun purchases in Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 11 – A bill giving emergency vehicle designation to Philadelphia Prison System prisoner transport units sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, passed the House Wednesday. "My bill, H.B. 898 , is important because this designation will allow 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. "I will continue to lead the push for this bill all the way to the governor’s desk to make Philadelphia’s streets safer," Boyle said. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Representatives Kevin Boyle, D-Mont./Phila., and Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware, have joined to form the Pennsylvania Future Caucus. Working with the Millennial Action Project (MAP), the Pennsylvania Future Caucus will seek to form a bipartisan coalition of political contemporaries in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that are dedicated to finding common ground solutions to the problems facing the commonwealth. Miccarelli and Boyle will co-chair the Pennsylvania Future Caucus and hope to recruit their Millennial Generation colleagues to join them in this new caucus. Both lawmakers have cited the need to bridge the political divide and work towards engendering a spirit of teamwork in the Pennsylvania House as a means to end the partisan gridlock that often stalls legislation in the chamber. “Many of our millennial cohorts have expressed their dissatisfaction with the perceived inability of government to address the problems facing Pennsylvania,” said Miccarelli. “What is often mistaken as political apathy among millennials is really an expression of frustration at the lack of progress and results. The Future Caucus will help to open a dialogue amongst younger lawmakers that share a desire for progress rather than platitudes.” “There is a certain lack of trust in government among the younger generations as evidenced by lower voter turnout and involvement,” added Boyle. “By uniting our Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a state Capitol ceremony Tuesday, state Rep. Kevin Boyle was sworn in to his third term representing the 172nd Legislative District.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January."Today I was honored to be sworn in to represent the people of the 172nd Legislative District for the third time," Boyle said. "In the upcoming session, I plan to continue working to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”Boyle will serve as the co-vice chairman of Philadelphia County Delegation in the House of Representatives for the new legislative session. The delegation focuses on issues and legislation to improve the lives of Philadelphia citizens.Boyle’s constituent services offices are located at 7801-A Hasbrook Ave., which can be reached at (215) 695-1016, and at 7420 Frankford Ave., which can be reached at (215) 331-2600.Constituents can also visit his website at www.pahouse.com/KBoyle for information on various state-related services and programs.### Read more
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