PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a weekly radio program from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday on radio station WTTM, 1680 AM. The program, entitled "Voices from the Inside," will focus on the state's prison system and reducing crime. McClinton will be joined by co-hosts state Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Phila., Esteban Cabrera and author Hugh Taft-Morales. "I am excited to have this opportunity to discuss our criminal justice system," McClinton said. "This new program will offer a voice to those currently incarcerated and will promote the sharing of ideas between prisoners and us on the outside. Thanks to Rep. Acosta, who developed the idea and invited me to participate in such a meaningful program. "By meeting those currently in prison, I hope that the listeners will understand the need for changes and improvements in our current system. We need to establish more humane methods to house our prisoners and work with them so they can be rehabilitated and can return to society and contribute. We waste so much money incarcerating those who have committed minor offenses and by locking them up for extended periods of time, we make it harder for them to blend back in to society and hold a meaningful job. "Additionally, we will be discussing community programs which may reduce violence and crime." The program will air live at 11 a.m. every Thursday on 1680 AM, and it can also Read more
State Rep. Gerry Mullery, D-Newport Township, said members of the House of Representatives Northeast Delegation are showing solidarity by sending a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf expressing dismay at the recent state Department of Corrections announcement of impending closure of two state correctional facilities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The pending closure date is Jan. 26. Mullery said members want to delay any decision about the closings until public hearings are held so that those affected can offer testimony. “Our region has been disproportionately impacted by the decision, with three of the potential five facilities within our boundaries.” Mullery said. “We need to hold public hearings so our constituents can be heard before any decisions are made.” The Luzerne County legislator said with less than six months of notice, staff and their families may be forced to relocate from the areas around SCI Frackville, SCI Retreat, and SCI Waymart as they seek employment at other correctional institutions or in other fields. “Besides the pending loss of jobs in our area, the economic impact is estimated to be more than $57 million and $1 million in annual tax revenue to local school districts,” Mullery said. “We need to look at all the facts and figures before the Governor makes his decision.” The SCI-Retreat, which is located in Mullery's legislative district, houses 1,103 inmates. It employs 400 people, 79 Read more
SCRANTON, Jan. 13 – Responding to the announcement from the state Department of Corrections that it plans to close two prisons in the coming months, state Rep. Marty Flynn has created a petition on his website asking that the three Northeastern Pennsylvania prisons remain open. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, welcomes the news that Core-Mark Holding International Inc. will bring 25 jobs to its expanded operations in Hanover Township. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, announced that she will join Sen. Anthony Williams in co-hosting a free criminal record expungement and sealing clinic. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingseeing Ave., Philadelphia . “Many times, a person’s past comes back to haunt them and ruin their chances of living and improving their lives,” McClinton said. “The event provides a great opportunity for people to clear their name in an effort to better themselves and our community.” In order to participate in the clinic, reservations are required. Those eligible for the expungement and sealing clinic include individuals with: Philadelphia County arrests only; non-conviction charges or summary convictions with no arrests in the past five years; no pending criminal charges. The person also cannot be on probation. Some second and third degree misdemeanor convictions may be sealed. McClinton added to RSVP, people should call Williams’ office at 215-492-2980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 60th town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Cathedral Hall Auditorium, Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Road. “We will discuss where state government programs could be reduced and whether or not state taxes should be raised,” DeLissio said. “Pennsylvania has a significant budget deficit now and discussing how decisions at the federal level may impact Pennsylvania and our state budget is a topic that I want to discuss with constituents. “I look forward to hearing from my constituents as to their identification of state funding priorities and where the revenue should be obtained. Various government programs could be reduced or eliminated to save money but at what cost to citizens who may utilize these programs.” DeLissio said that this town hall will be quite timely due to the fact that the Pennsylvania governor’s budget proposal for 2017-2018 will be delivered Feb. 7. There is free parking in the St Mary’s Church parking lot or street parking. If travelling by bus, Cathedral Village is on routes 9 and 27. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted an Energy Forum for area residents to learn about ways they can save money heating and cooling their homes. The forum was held Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Ave. McClinton said nearly 100 individuals were in attendance. "This is a very important issue for so many people who connect with me," McClinton said. "My staff and I were happy to take this information beyond our office walls and bring it all under one roof." Representatives from Philadelphia Gas Works, the Public Utility Commission, Utility Emergency Services Fund, Energy Coordinating Agency, and PECO were on hand to answer questions, explain details of consumer-related programs and provide information on how to save money on heating and cooling costs. McClinton's staff also provided information and helped a number of low-income families apply for the state's heating grant program, LIHEAP. "We're in the middle of winter so the timing could not have been better for those who need help or want to know what they can do to better weatherize their homes," McClinton said. "In addition, this event was a great way to learn about ways to reduce energy costs all year round." McClinton will host a second Energy Forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the 18th District Police Station, 5510 Pine St. Read more
LANSDOWNE, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will hold a College Planning Fair from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne, 140 N. Lansdowne Ave. in Lansdowne. “Financial aid is more important than ever thanks to increasing tuition at colleges and universities,” Davidson said. “I will continue advocating for fair funding for our colleges and universities and the students and families they serve.” At the College Planning Fair, students and parents will learn about saving for college and will receive information and assistance completing applications for colleges and financial aid. The event will include presenters from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the state Treasury, as well as representatives from several local colleges. The PHEAA presenter will provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. That application is a mandatory first step for most federal, state, local and individual college grants. The Treasury presenter will discuss college savings programs. For more information and to register, please call 610-259-7016 or email email@example.com . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that her office is prepared to assist constituents of the 194th Legislative District with the renewal process for registration of their vehicles now that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is no longer issuing stickers. She said that the change, which went into effect Jan. 1, will result in a significant cost savings for taxpayers. Drivers are still required to maintain current vehicle registration, and must present a registration card to law enforcement when asked. A valid registration card also is still required when having a safety and/or emissions inspection. The elimination of the stickers allows motorists to renew a vehicle registration online and to print a valid registration card to carry with them. Drivers will eventually be able to upload the registration credential to their smart device. “If you are without a computer or printer, my office can assist you in providing your new valid registration card by applying online on your behalf,” DeLissio said. “Simply bring in your current registration card and proof of insurance, and staff will print out for you your new valid, updated card. You will need to provide a credit card in order to complete the transaction. “As always, my office will continue to provide assistance with other PennDOT needs such as disability parking placards, disability plates, driver’s license Read more
State Rep. Mary Jo Daley will welcome the public to see the artwork of budding artists from the Wissahickon School District to her district office, 815 Fayette St., Suite 200, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. “This annual art show event has quickly become a great way to highlight and enjoy the incredible artistic ability right here in our school systems,” Daley said. “It’s also another wonderful opportunity for folks to gather and provide encouragement to those who have such amazing talent.” Refreshments will be provided during the event. Registration is not necessary to attend, but Daley said constituents with any questions should contact her office at (610) 832-1679 . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was recently nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf, and confirmed by the state Senate, to serve on the West Chester University Council of Trustees. "This appointment is a tremendous honor and privilege," Kinsey said. "I was in those shoes that tens of thousands of students are walking in today and I understand the importance of receiving a quality education. I look forward to the opportunity to help West Chester continue to move forward and help create even greater opportunities for future generations." Kinsey is a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in elementary education. "I can attest to the value of this great institution," Kinsey said. "Serving on the council is an opportunity to look forward to advancing the university, as well as give back to my alma mater." Kinsey will serve as a member of the Advancement Subcommittee, which will review and recommend to the council actions of the president regarding private sector support and the public image of the university, and serve as the liaison for the Pennsylvania Association Council of Trustees. Each Pennsylvania-owned university has a council of trustees, consisting of 11 members who are nominated and appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate. Student members of the council are nominated by their respective campus. The trustees are tasked with making recommendations to the chancellor for Read more
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
Residents will soon see pedestrian safety improvements at a high-volume intersection adjacent to the school district’s new public high school, according to state Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg and Sen. Pat Browne. The project is part of a statewide initiative geared at enhancing communities across the commonwealth, tapping into $33 million in federal funds via the Transportation Alternatives Program. “Martin Luther King Boulevard is a gateway to the downtown arena, shops and restaurants. This project will give us the needed pedestrian safety improvements to allow residents and visitors alike to really explore all that the city of Allentown has to offer,” Schweyer said. “I am pleased to see that Allentown will receive funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program for public safety improvements,” Browne said. “This funding will allow for the completion of necessary safety improvements at a dangerous intersection with a heavy volume of pedestrian traffic, especially children as they make their way to-and-from the new high school.” One of 51 projects slated to provide enhancements or alternatives to the current transportation infrastructure statewide, the $297,274 in funding for Allentown will be used to make improvements to the connection point between the downtown and the city’s western park resources. “I am glad to see the safety improvements for this intersection Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., will co-host the Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Raising Consciousness, which will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut St. This year's theme is "Post 2016 Election: Surviving and Thriving in our Community and School." Roebuck, Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, and the high school are jointly sponsoring the event. The schedule is as follows: 9:15 a.m. - Sign-in and refreshments 10 a.m. - Program: Guest speaker Student panel discussion and spoken word presentations Alumni participation Words of encouragement from area elected officials 12:30 p.m. - Choice of: School tour for alumni and community members FAFSA (federal financial-aid form) workshop for seniors and their parents Career and college workshop for juniors and seniors ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said Pennsylvania should work to comply with the federal REAL ID law. Read more
SCRANTON, Jan. 10 – A staff member from state Rep. Marty Flynn's office will provide outreach assistance from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Bob Freeman reminds residents they can attend or testify at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Jan. 17 public hearing regarding Chrin Landfill’s permit application to expand its existing facility in Williams Township. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host an Energy Forum to provide constituents with information on how they can save money heating and cooling their homes. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Ave. McClinton said attendees can learn how the state and other groups can help save money during the winter heating season and all year round. Representatives from local utility companies will be on-hand to discuss their products. “This free event is a great one-stop shop for constituents to get information and ask questions on the best options for them to save money,” McClinton said. “My staff will also be available to help low-income families apply for the state’s heating grant program, LIHEAP.” The event is free and refreshments will be served. More information can be obtained by calling McClinton's district office at (215) 748-6712. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, has been re-appointed as Democratic chairman of the Children and Youth Committee for the 2017-2018 legislative session. This will be Conklin's second consecutive term to lead the committee's Democrats. He will work alongside the committee’s majority chairperson, Rep. Katharine Watson of Bucks County. "Pennsylvania children remain high on the list of our most vulnerable," Conklin said. "This position allows us to narrow the focus on doing everything we can in the best interest of our youngest citizens. "The work of this committee has been known to be very effective, deliberate and productive. I look forwarding to continuing that work." Conklin noted that during this session, the committee is expected to address the needs of children affected by the state's heroin and opioid epidemic. "Not addressing this issue would be turning our backs and covering our ears," Conklin said. "We lose too many young people every day through drug overdoses. We lose too many parents everyday through drug overdoses that leave small children behind. It's a trickle-down effect and it's not stopping until we address it." Conklin was first elected to the House in 2006 and currently is serving his sixth term. Read more
State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today invited constituents to join him at a town hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 701 Penn St. in Reading to discuss the pros and cons of decriminalizing marijuana. Read more
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