Rep. Joseph Petrarca announces that the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe was awarded an $805,000 state grant to improve safety aspects of the main apron ramp.
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chairman of the legislature's LGBT Equality Caucus, said President Donald Trump has broken his promise to protect LGBT Americans. "By revoking the Obama guidelines that gave transgender students equal access to restrooms and locker rooms at school, President Trump has broken his promise to protect LGBT Americans. And he's done it in the worst way – abandoning vulnerable children to little or no protection in many states and school districts. It's shameful," Frankel said. "With this action, the Trump administration has given the clearest indication yet that it puts misguided ideology before the safety, health and welfare of LGBT students. President Trump, Education Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions should be ashamed of abandoning transgender children across the country. "By punting this issue to the states, the Trump administration is picking winners and losers – some states will quickly pass laws to protect transgender students while other states will do nothing. 'States' rights' hasn't worked for African Americans denied basic civil rights, including equal restroom access, and it won't work for protecting transgender kids, either. "In her confirmation hearings before the Senate, Secretary DeVos said that a student’s zip code should not affect his or her educational opportunities. Unfortunately, with this shameful Read more
EBENSBURG, Feb. 23 – Slightly more than four months after he hosted a public hearing in Ebensburg on innovative job creation, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is announcing a $1.9 million state grant to develop a Business Aviation Management Degree Program at Saint Francis University. Burns said the funding, awarded to the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, will upgrade and enhance an existing airport facility; purchase a flight simulator for the degree; assist with the first five students' tuition and room and board; and market the new program . Burns, who brought the House Democratic Policy Committee to the Ebensburg Borough Municipal Building in October, said the testimony on employer needs and employee training using an innovative approach came to fruition with this grant. “Our testifiers – including Barry Surma, director of the St. Francis University Small Business Development Center, and RaNell Fenchak, director of the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport – made a convincing case for thinking outside the box and being attuned to employer needs with job training efforts,” Burns said. “This grant is one manifestation of a new way of thinking when it comes to economic development in Cambria County.” Other testifiers at the October hearing were Augie Didiano, president, Johnstown Building and Construction Trades Council; Don Arena, business agent, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 354; and 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.
State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, has been appointed to serve on the 17-member Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Advisory Council by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Bizzarro said the council will examine and make recommendations regarding existing technical regulations and policies for oil and gas implemented by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “I consider it a great honor to serve on this council because I have an interest in the way oil and gas are not only extracted but distributed here in Pennsylvania,” Bizzarro said. “I look forward to working with the secretary of DEP on new policies that would impact the conventional oil and gas industry.” The council will also provide institutional support for the conventional oil and gas industry, develop a plan to increase grade crude oil production in an environmentally friendly way, develop a joint working group to develop ways to provide viable production water management options, and annually issue a report of its activities and recommendations. Bizzarro said the council will review the regulatory framework for environmental oversight and enforcement regarding the oil and gas industry. The next council meeting is scheduled for May. The council is comprised of state elected officials and representatives from the oil and gas industry. Bizzarro is vice-chairman of the House Northwest Caucus Delegation. Read more
Calling it a much-needed boost for seniors, state Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, and state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, announced today a $150,000 grant to the Berks Encore Senior Community Center. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown today announced the West Philadelphia Senior Community Center has been awarded a $19,053 state grant. The funds are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging through part of its multimillion dollar grant program intended to enhance Pennsylvania's senior centers. Throughout the state, the awards are used to modernize facilities, enhance innovative programming, attract new members, build on successful practices and better meet the needs of their participants. "The West Philadelphia Senior Community Center is a very empowering place where local seniors go for educational and recreational opportunities," Brown said. "Any way a senior center can enhance its services will translate into real-life benefits for those it serves." More information about the state’s senior community centers can be found online at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s website at www.aging.pa.gov . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., announced today that the Philadelphia Housing Authority's Wilson Park Senior Community Center has been awarded a $22,280 Senior Community Center grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The grant is part of a $2 million Senior Community Center Grant program available through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for enhancements that increase participation and programming, attract a new generation of older adults, and enable senior community centers to provide a safe and healthy environment for participants. "I am thrilled PHA’s Wilson Park Senior Community Center has been awarded funding to enhance the services offered to seniors in my district. Senior community centers like Wilson Park provide valuable services and this funding will help improve and expand access to these programs," Harris said. Applications for the grant were open to any of the more than 500 senior community centers across the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., voiced his support today for reforms recently ordered by the School District of Philadelphia in 11 area schools intended to improve academic performance and student attendance. The schools were identified last October by the district as needing immediate academic attention and additional support to provide their students with high-quality learning opportunities. Two of the schools, Harding Middle School and John Marshall Elementary School, operate in Dawkins’ district. Harding is one of seven schools selected to receive investments of up to $1 million for school-specific improvement plans designed to keep and hire the best teachers, as well as work to increase engagement with school communities and parents. Harding’s self-developed improvement plan will use technology and personalized learning to reach their goals of increasing student attendance and achievement in math and literacy. “These interventions are an important step towards ensuring children have access to the best educational opportunities possible. I’m particularly enthusiastic that using technology and individualized learning plans are both points of emphasis for improving academic performance and student attendance,” Dawkins said. In addition to the planned investment in Harding, the school district will move three schools, including John Marshall, into the district’s Turnaround Network. The goal of the Read more
ERIE, Feb. 22 – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced a number of senior community center grants this afternoon. State Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, reports that the John F. Kennedy Senior Center will receive $129,239 for capital improvements. "I am thrilled to announce this grant to such an important part of our senior community," Harkins said. "This grant will allow the center to take care of long-overdue maintenance and upgrades, which have been bypassed so that the center could focus the majority of its funds on the critical programs they provide." The grant money will be used for a seven-part project that is expected to run from this September through April, 2018. The initial phase will upgrade the freezer, cooler and ice-maker for the kitchen. Future improvements include renovating the men's and women's gym restrooms to bring them in to ADA compliance, leveling and replacing the tile floor in the gymnasium, replacing some carpeting and re-doing some walls. The final part of the project, currently scheduled for next April, is the purchase and installation of an outdoor L.E.D. JFK Senior Center sign. "I look forward to the completion of these improvements and the long-term benefits for our senior community," Harkins said. ### Read more
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 22 – Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Teresa Osborne announced a number of senior community center grants this afternoon. State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is proud to report that the Plum Senior Community Center will receive a grant of $15,000. The funding was requested to expand and enhance the Center's Caregiver Support program, which offers advice and support for those providing care to physically disabled or mentally incapacitated family members at home. "This relatively new program has already proven its value to local families," DeLuca said. "The funds will help expand the program that currently serves about a dozen families. This extra funding will permit the center to add more families and will also help the center to bring in experts to speak on family care topics such as elder abuse, Alzheimer's care and caregiver support. "I would like to acknowledge Governor Wolf and the Department of Aging for their support of this grant and their recognition of the value of our seniors. I would also like to acknowledge the work of the center's executive director, Nina Segelson, who manages to create a full program schedule on a very minimal budget." ### Read more
Rep. Adam Ravenstahl announces that the Catholic Youth Association’s Stephen Foster Center in Lawrenceville has been awarded a $70,000 state grant to refurbish fitness facilities. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, announced today that the Snow Shoe Senior Resource Center was awarded a $39,450 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. “This funding will provide many senior members of our area an accessible, comfortable home away from home,” Hanna said. “I am thrilled to see funding come back to Centre County to provide our seniors with the means and support for them to stay active and involved in their communities.” This grant is part of $2 million in funding generated from the Pennsylvania Lottery and will be distributed to 34 senior community centers across the commonwealth. “The grants can be used for a variety of reasons - to advance senior community center projects and modernize facilities, encourage technology improvements, enhance innovative programming, attract new members and build on successful practices,” Hanna said. “Overall, the money will help meet the needs of our growing senior population. “When it comes to our seniors, I believe they deserve the utmost care.” With over 500 senior community centers across the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, these organizations serve as a resource for older adults by connecting them to vital community services that can help them stay healthy and independent. Centers offer a wide variety of programs and services that may include: healthy and nutritious meal programs; Read more
Rep. Rep. Joseph Petrarca announces that the Latrobe Center for Active Adults will receive a $76,717 state grant through revenues provided by the Pennsylvania Lottery.
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 22 – State Reps. Bill Kortz and Harry Readshaw, both D-Allegheny, in conjunction with the Baldwin Football Boosters, are cosponsoring a concussion prevention and management seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 in the LGI Room at Baldwin High School, 4653 Clairton Road, Pittsburgh, 15236. The seminar will be offered by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society and is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. "Concussions in sports have always been an issue," Readshaw said. "However, medical advances have been highlighting the dangers of concussions, which was brought to the forefront by the plight of Steelers Hall of Fame center ‘Iron Mike’ Webster, who suffered from dementia, depression and amnesia following his career. After he died at age 50, an autopsy revealed he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which has since been discovered in the brains of more than 90 former NFL players." "Parents, players, coaches and all who treat athletes or are involved in youth contact sports should attend," Kortz said. "Concussions have been part of sports for so long, and considered just a part of the game, but we are starting to see the long-term effects. Proper diagnosis and treatment can help limit long-term effects. Brain injuries are common in football, hockey and even soccer due to heading the ball, but can also happen Read more
Do you have unclaimed property? Let my office help you check for unclaimed property. On Thursday, March 16 th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. I will hold an unclaimed property event to help you recover lost revenue and property for free . The state Treasury Department estimates it is holding $2.3 billion in unclaimed property. This means many of you may have unclaimed property coming to you but don’t know about it! Not sure what unclaimed property is? Unclaimed property is essentially money or valuables left behind waiting for owners like YOU to claim! You may have unclaimed property or if you started a new job without receiving your final paycheck from your last job, opened a savings or checking account and forget about it, have inheritance from a relative that you never received, of if you forgot to redeem a gift certificate and it expired. My staff and I want to help you put your money back in your wallet. See you there! As always, if you have a state-related concern please contact my office. Read more
The free “Pathways to Pardons” event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave. Read more
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YARDLEY, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, introduced a bill this month to create the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force in Pennsylvania. The task force would study the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act’s effect on premiums for flood insurance, the latest FEMA flood maps that classify new flood zones and the federal discount program to identify areas and neighborhoods that need additional assistance to keep flood-insurance premiums affordable. “Flood zones shift and can cause someone who didn’t need flood insurance before to now need it. That can cause a significant change in a homeowner’s budget,” Warren said. “We need to examine these issues closely.” According to the National Flood Insurance Program, Pennsylvania is among the 10 highest states for flood insurance payouts between January 1978 and March 2011, ranking eighth at $773 million. Warren added that almost every legislative district is impacted by the new flood maps and the flood insurance premium increases. House Bill 530, which has been referred to the House Insurance Committee , has bipartisan support and would address the impact upon residents across Pennsylvania. It would require that the task force, comprised of nine appointed members from state government, issue a final report within six months of its creation. The task force’s recommendations would include: Potential programs that provide premium Read more
CHESTER, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland will hold an official grand opening of his district constituent service office, from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, March 3. His district office, which is open now, is located at 401 Avenue of the States in Chester, 19103. Constituents of the 159 th Legislative District are invited to the free event. There will be door prizes, refreshments, music and opportunities to meet with Kirkland and his office staff regarding legislation and state services. There is no need to RSVP. “It’s really exciting to officially announce our open doors, services and staff here in Chester and for the surrounding region,” Kirkland said. “We’re here to serve people first, and I look forward to meeting as many constituents as possible.” Read more
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