Cephas applauds city grants for continued improvements to business corridors in 192 nd district PHILADELPHIA, July 22 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., congratulated the Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corp. on being awarded a $65,000 Commercial Corridor Cleaning Assistance Program grant from the Philadelphia Department of Commerce. “The Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation has been an integral part of the community by addressing the essential points of community-building such as development, employment and ensuring nearby residents have a decent quality of life,” Cephas said. “I’d like to thank City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and the department’s director, Harold Epps, for their continued support to improve our commercial corridors. I am proud to see this grant be used to further this mission.” Cephas said the grant will be used towards creating local employment to maintain the cleanliness of streets, sidewalks and storefront areas, through a partnership between Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corp. and Juveniles Active in Science and Technology Development Services Inc., a local non-profit that focuses on improving public health by ensuring communities in Philadelphia are more livable, sustainable and equitable. “This partnership will allow our young people to have access to jobs, most importantly jobs directly contributing and investing in their own community,” Cephas said. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 19 – Today, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that the PA Liquor Control Board denied the renewal of a local liquor license to a Stop N’Go following complaints from the recently established Liquor Control Task Force and the community. “Stop N’Go establishments like this have been a major problem throughout our communities,” Cephas said. “Two years ago, my office launched a local Liquor Enforcement Taskforce in partnership with area stakeholders, including the 191st and 190th legislative districts. If a business doesn’t meet the requirements in the Liquor Code for seating, square footage, food or health, it shouldn’t be serving our community. This is about keeping people safe and ensuring these establishments aren’t circumventing the law.” Cephas said the business will have to cease operations at 11:59 pm on July 19. However, the licensee, Yong’s Place, will have 20 days to file an appeal in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. If an appeal is filed, the owner will be allowed to continue operating during the appeal process. “I appreciate my West Philadelphia colleague, Representative Cephas, for working collaboratively with me to address our quality of life concerns,” Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., said. “Bad businesses that do not follow the established protocols serve as a haven for crime, and that reduces property values. I am thrilled to Read more
HARRISBURG, July 19 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, is responding to recent media reports over ethylene oxide emissions at the B. Braun plant in Lehigh County. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns about elevated cancer risks for residents who live near the B. Braun facility, which produces medical and pharmaceutical devices. “I am very concerned about the ethylene oxide emissions from the B. Braun plant on Marcon Boulevard which is in my legislative district. The EPA and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection needs to look further into this to assure that our residents are not faced with a cancer risk due to the release of this chemical in the air,” McNeill said. “The safety and health of my constituents is my top priority, and I want to make sure that everything is being done to allow the residents of my district and beyond to breathe clean, unpolluted air.” Ethylene oxide is a gas which is used mainly for the sterilization of medical devices and equipment, and it has been linked to breast cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The EPA has said B. Braun has not broken any laws regarding its ethylene oxide emissions. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 19 – Rep. Joanna McClinton spoke with members of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Drexel University on Thursday, on the 10 th anniversary of Nelson Mandela International Day and what would have been the humanitarian’s 101 st birthday. “Meeting with the Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders on such an auspicious day, and sharing with them my own professional journey, was an inspiring experience,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “These young people are tomorrow’s leaders, and I’m excited to see all that they will go on to accomplish to make their communities and the world a better place.” Mandela Day is recognized each July 18, in honor of the legacy of Mandela. The day is intended to remind those observing it of all that has been done to make the world a better place, and to consider the work that is still to be done. McClinton, the first African-American and woman to be elected as the House Democratic Caucus chair for the 2019-20 legislative session, fielded public policy questions from the group Thursday, and presented legislative citations on behalf of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative , which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training and networking. The fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, have established Read more
NORRISTOWN, July 19 – State Rep. Joe Webster, D-Montgomery, will host a community policy hearing on Revitalizing Main Street moderated by the House Democratic Policy Committee. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the Lower Providence Township Building, 100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville. The media and public are invited to attend. Webster requested the hearing to bring the community together to discuss prospective development on Ridge Pike, otherwise known as Main Street. He will be joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, community leaders and experts in development. Local officials from Collegeville, Lower Providence, Skippack, West Norriton, the Montgomery County Planning Commission and GVF will speak about what has already been accomplished on Main Street, what is needed to continue development, and present a vision for what can be accomplished going forward. The hearing, focusing on community development and good jobs, is one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . “The area of Main Street from Norristown to Pottstown is one of our community’s major roadways, which links together several parts of the 150 th district,” Webster said. “Hardly a day goes by where I don’t drive on Main Street, and I am sure that it is the same for Read more
EBENSBURG, July 19 – Nearly $4.5 million in state funding will help to restore reliable sewer service to residents in Adams Township, Cambria County, state Rep. Frank Burns announced today. The Forest Hills Municipal Authority received the $4.467 million loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to address ongoing issues with a malfunctioning sewer system, eliminating significant impacts on local streams and drinking water wells, said Burns, D-Cambria. Specifically, the loan will allow the authority to: Extend 23,000 feet of gravity sewers; Extend 1,900 feet of force main; and Improve manholes and a pump station to provide service to residents in the Luther/Salix Airport area of the township. “This loan provides critical funding for the reliable wastewater treatment our residents deserve, while helping to keep utility bills from skyrocketing,” Burns said. “These are the types of state investments in our communities I’m proud to fight for in Harrisburg.” The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, commonly known as Pennvest, offers low-cost loans and grants throughout the state to fund sewer, storm water and drinking water maintenance and improvement projects. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Chris Rabb said the move by the Philadelphia Police Department to fire more than a dozen police officers who made racist or offensive Facebook posts is the right thing to do. “We rely on police officers to protect us, all of us, and to serve as an example of appropriate behavior in our community,” said Rabb, D-Phila. “Unethical, racist, inappropriate behavior or comments by police officers, like that exhibited by these officers from the Philadelphia Police Department, undermines the public’s trust in an institution that is supposed to serve us all. “Sending the message that such behavior will not be tolerated in any police department is the right thing to do,” Rabb said. “But it’s not enough if those police officers are able to find employment in another community that’s unsuspecting of their past behavior.” Rabb said his legislation, H.B. 1666 , would ensure that officers like those being fired by the Philadelphia Police Department cannot just move on to another department without leadership and the community being aware of their past behavior. Rabb said H.B. 1666 would not stop a department from hiring a police officer who separated from their last job after a pattern of allegations, complaints or charges for inappropriate behavior. But, it would ensure that the hiring departments are fully informed about whom they are hiring. “This legislation would empower Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 17 –State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on hospital closures in Pennsylvania. The hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 22 at American Legion Post 366-Corp. John Loudenslager, 7976 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111. The media and public are invited to attend. Boyle requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can do to address the impact on employment and public health when a hospital plans to close its doors, especially in the wake of Hahnemann Hospital announcing its scheduled closing in the fall, which will leave more than 1,000 employees unemployed. Boyle will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 3:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 3:10 p.m. Panel One: U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle, Pa.’s 2 nd Congressional District Chris Woods , executive vice president, District 1199C (the union that represents the Hahnemann workers who will be impacted by the closure) Maureen May, RN, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals 4:00 p.m. Panel Two: Dr. Marc Hurowitz , CEO of Jeanes Hospitals and CEO of Temple Physicians Inc. (testifying for Jeanes Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center on behalf of Temple Health) Bill Ryan, assistant vice president of Read more
Two residential development projects in Larimer and East Liberty have been selected to receive substantial support from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Read more
State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, announced today that two organizations in his district received a total of $950,000 from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund to help renovate and construct affordable housing.“This much-needed funding will improve and maintain access to affordable housing for those who need it the most,” Harris said. “Having consistent access to affordable housing is key in helping people maintain a quality standard of life in a place they can call their own home.” Read more
EBENSBURG, July 18 – Weeks after working collaboratively to bring a first-of-its-kind Keystone Opportunity Zone to Cambria County, state Rep. Frank Burns has followed up on a prior effort by reminding Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos of the tax incentives the KOZ provides in exchange for job creation. Burns, D-Cambria, initially contacted Bezos in February, urging Amazon to consider Cambria County as an expansion location after New York City officials rejected the firm’s 25,000 jobs that sport a $150,000 average annual salary. With the KOZ added to the county’s economic development arsenal, Burns believes Cambria County offers an even stronger investment opportunity and reached out to notify Bezos of the new program’s existence. “As a follow-up to my February letter inviting you to consider Cambria County, Pa., as an Amazon expansion location, I wanted you to be among the first to know of a powerful economic development tool that makes our county even more attractive to new businesses,” Burns recently wrote . “Pennsylvania recently designated up to 375 acres in Cambria County as a Keystone Opportunity Zone – meaning we now can offer substantial state and local tax incentives for companies interested in creating jobs in our area.” Burns said with all the efforts he marshalled into obtaining the KOZ, which included bipartisan support and a boost from House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, who Read more
SCRANTON, July 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, held a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today at the West Scranton Intermediate School to discuss fair education funding. “There is a great disparity in the way education funds are allocated across the commonwealth. The students in the Scranton Area School District, and districts throughout Pennsylvania all deserve the same, equal opportunities to succeed in school,” Flynn said. Flynn requested the hearing to discuss ways to improve the allocation of education funds for Pennsylvania school districts . He was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Sturla said, “As someone who has been a long-time advocate for fair education funding, I am appreciative that Representative Flynn wanted to showcase how northeastern Pennsylvanians also experience funding inequities like many school districts all over the state. We must continue to fight for this fairness.” Testifiers included Kelly Lewis, president & CEO of Lewis Strategic PLLC; Dr. Alexis Kirijan, superintendent of the Scranton Area School District; Paul Duffy, chair of the board of Intergovernmental Committee for the Scranton Area School Board; and Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers Union. This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 17 — Today, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced his support for four organizations that are coming together to attempt to buy St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Temple Health have joined forces to negotiate the acquisition of the hospital from its owner, American Academic Health System. “I’m thrilled that these healthcare groups have decided to come together to save this important children’s hospital from closure,” Kenyatta said. “These kids will be able to continue their care without relocating and it will help protect jobs for many of the nurses and doctors. ” The group will submit a letter of intent to the owner in hopes of keeping the doors to St. Christopher’s open while the sale is discussed. All four organizations use St. Christopher’s as a training hospital for their medical education programs. Kenyatta also opposed the closing of Hahnemann, which recently stopped admitting patients into the emergency room. Read more
EBENSBURG, July 18 – State Rep. Frank Burns said he wants to alert victim service providers and child advocacy centers of a grant opportunity to support their efforts in meeting the needs of children who are victims of physical or sexual abuse. Burns said the funding originates from Act 1 of 2013 , also known as the “Endowment Act,” which directs the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to expand the monetary penalty imposed on the Pennsylvania State University by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to aid victims of child sexual abuse in the commonwealth. Approximately $500,000 in funds is available and a total of 10 grants, with a maximum amount of $50,000, are anticipated to be funded through this initiative. "This funding can go a long way to assist local victim service providers who are helping children who suffered such abuse get the services and support they need and deserve to help to heal,” Burns said. Applicants for these grants must visit the following link and choose “Endowment Act-CACs & Victim Service Providers: https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . The application deadline to apply is Aug. 16 . Approved applications will be one-year projects and have a beginning date of Jan. 1, 2020, and an end date of Dec. 31, 2020. Child advocacy centers and sexual abuse victim service providers that do not currently have a grant under this Read more
HARRISBURG, July 17 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced there will be an LGBTQ Town Hall style event held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Candy Factory, Warehouse D, 342 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603. The event includes questions and answers about LGBTQ issues with local state representatives, an early access dance party, and will serve as a Pride fundraiser. State Reps. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, will be joining Hill-Evans in support of the event. This is the first collaborative event by members of the South Central Pennsylvania Delegation of the House Democratic Caucus. The South Central Pennsylvania Delegation of the House Democratic Caucus will be holding a listening tour this summer with a stop in each city of the region, hosted by a local LGBTQ organization. To find out more about this event and the listening tour, residents can call Hill-Evans’ district office at 717-848-9595. MEDIA COVERAGE IS INVITED ### Read more
Multiple speakers will be featured, with experts showing the types of trees the spotted lanternflies infest and other ways to spot the invasive insect. Read more
CARBONDALE, July 17 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, held a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today on clean renewable energy at the Carbondale Area JR/SR High School. Kosierowski requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can do to support clean renewable energy while protecting the environment. She was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Increasing the use of clean renewable energy like wind and solar will help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. This will be a big part of the ongoing efforts toward a cleaner Pennsylvania,” Kosierowski said. Testifiers included Dave Althoff , director of the Energy Programs Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and Rob Altenburg, director of PennFuture Energy Center. Sturla added “I commend Representative Kosierowski for wanting to further explore Pennsylvania’s clean renewable energy industry, so we can figure out ways to help grow the industry while protecting our environment.” This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at Read more
HARRISBURG, July 17 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi has introduced legislation that would make it easier for a deceased person’s relatives to claim the deceased's property the state is holding. The Pennsylvania treasury holds more than $3 billion in unclaimed property, such as uncashed checks, lost stocks or bonds, or closed bank accounts. But because of an inconsistency in law, some categories of relatives have a harder time legitimately claiming that property on behalf of their deceased relatives. “As constituents visit my office for help with unclaimed property searches, we’ve seen this problem arise, so we worked with the state Treasurer's Office to find a solution,” said Ciresi, D-Montgomery. Certain close relatives of a deceased person – surviving spouse, child, parent, sibling – can file for unclaimed property using a notarized sworn relationship affidavit, which saves them the effort and expense of having to open or re-open the deceased’s estate. But other relatives – grandchildren, nephews, nieces and others – are not included in that section of law and cannot claim by affidavit even if they are the closest surviving relative. “The dollar value of the unclaimed property might not make it worthwhile for a relative to open or re-open their relative’s estate. So that money will remain with the state treasury, unclaimed, and the problem will just get worse with time,” Ciresi said. Read more
MALVERN, July 17 – Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, congratulated the Brandywine Valley SPCA Animal Health Center and Animal Intake on receiving a $60,000 grant through the Municipal Assistance Program. The BVSPCA is a veterinary clinic that provides low-cost veterinary services to the public, in addition to facilitating pet adoptions and caring for homeless pets. “Pets are more than animals, they’re members of the family,” Howard said. “This grant helps enrich and improve the services BVSPCA provides to all the beloved pets in Chester County.” MAP funding assists local governments in planning and efficiently implementing a variety of services and improvements, as well as the managing of development, with an emphasis on intergovernmental approaches. “The BVSPCA is thrilled to receive this grant,” said Eli Martinez, senior director of development for the clinic. “The additional funding will provide for a teacher to focus on our humane education program, support our humane law officers as they uphold our state's animal laws, and allows the BVSPCA to provide free medical care/resources for disadvantaged pet owners in our community.” Martinez noted these measures will help keep pets out of shelters and with their owners. ### Read more
State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, expresses his sorrow and condolences for the family and friends of a Pittsburgh Police officer who died Wednesday after being shot over the weekend while off duty in Homewood. Read more
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