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
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
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
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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
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced she will host an open house at her district office for constituents of the 203rd Legislative District. The free event will take place 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7178 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia, 19138. “I’m thrilled to take this opportunity to have my constituents stop by the office, meet me and my staff and learn how we can assist them with any state-related program and service,” Fitzgerald said. Refreshments will be served. Fitzgerald added people can visit her website – www.pahouse.com/Fitzgerald – which has links to information on state services and includes a form that enables constituents to email her. Fitzgerald also maintains a legislative Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepIzzy and Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/RepIzzy . Read more
State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, invites residents of his district to a free document shredding event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at his constituent service office, 4933 Kutztown Road. Read more
READING, Feb. 20 - State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks, today released the following statement on the conclusion of THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, which raised $10,045,478.44 in the last year to fight pediatric cancers. The Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) hosted more than 16,500 student volunteers at the Bryce Jordan Center this weekend during its annual 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon to fight childhood cancer. The fundraising total is calculated at the culmination of the dance marathon. "What these student-philanthropists accomplish each year is nothing less than a miracle for the thousands of children fighting cancer," Caltagirone said. "The students, donors and organizers serve as inspiration to us all. "I've walked the halls of kids fighting cancer in Pennsylvania's specialized cancer hospitals and was forever changed. Once you pick up this fight, it never leaves you. The kids up in State College, and all over Pennsylvania, recognize that as well. Their work has arguably put Pennsylvania at the nation's forefront for cancer-research awareness, and I'm proud to do what I can to add to that legacy." Caltagirone this month introduced a package of legislation to help fund pediatric cancer research. The package comprises: H.B. 46 , which would establish a check-off box on Pennsylvania's state income tax form where a taxpayer could voluntarily contribute no less than $5 for Read more
State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, released the following statement today about the Bucks County Solebury School Grand Jury Report released earlier this month and his introduction of H.B. 612. The report summarized decades-long widespread sexual abuse of dozens of students at the elite private school, but no charges could be brought against perpetrators because of the expired statute of limitations. House Bill 612, known as the Real Deal, would eliminate the criminal and civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual assault claims and allow for a revival of the civil window. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host a community meeting Feb. 25 on fire safety and prevention following a recent rash of house fires in west Philadelphia. "Even one preventable house fire is one too many. In at least one case, I'm told someone worried about heating costs tried to use the oven to heat the home, so we'll also have information on how to get help with your heating bills," Cephas said. The community meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25 at Freedom Christian Bible Fellowship, 6100 W. Columbia Ave. In addition to Cephas, participants will include the Philadelphia Fire Department (Fire Prevention Division, Fire Administration, fire house and Engine 54), the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and block captains. RSVPs to Cephas' office are encouraged but not required. To RSVP or for more information, residents may contact Donna at 215-879-6625. Cephas represents the 192nd Legislative District in west Philadelphia, which is home to more than 60,000 residents from the Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Morris Park, Overbrook Park, Overbrook, Haddington, Hestonville and Carroll Park areas. ### Read more
Rep. Petrarca reports that his offices in Vandergrift, Derry and Latrobe have federal and state income tax forms and applications for the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program available for constituents. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 – State Rep Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced that $250,000 in state funding through the Keystone Communities program will support a community revitalization effort in Norristown. “Investment in our communities is an investment in our future,” Bradford said. “When we are able to aid our communities in ways that encourage revitalization, we are planting seeds for a prosperous future that will contribute to the overall benefit of the commonwealth.” Bradford explained that Genesis Housing Corp. is one of nine community revitalization projects across Pennsylvania slated to receive a total of $1.4 million in funding. The amount allotted to Montgomery County will be used to ensure completion of 34 affordably priced townhouse units in a distressed, transitional area of Norristown. “This project replaces a blighted property and will provide opportunities for first-time homeowners,” Bradford said. “It is important that we recognize the value this program and these partnerships have as a means of addressing housing needs and making Pennsylvania an encouraging option for job expansion and retention.” For more information about the Keystone Communities program, visit www.dced.pa.gov . Read more
State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, announced today that West Reading has received a $246,512 grant from the Keystone Communities program to go toward community revitalization. Read more
WEST CHESTER, Feb. 16 – The state Department of Community and Economic Development awarded $200,000 to the Borough of West Chester to help further transition the National Guard Armory here into a performing arts center, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta announced today. The money, which comes from DCED’s Keystone Communities program, will go toward specialized lighting, visual and audio equipment, and theater seating in the Knauer Theater for the Performing Arts. "This project is the fantastic result of neighbors bringing together a patchwork of community-improvement opportunities, residents and their passions to make something that the entire state has now recognized as an economic driver and sound investment in our region," said Comitta, D-Chester. "I could not be more proud of the project’s champions. Kudos to them." The theater is part of UPTOWN! Entertainment Alliance, a non-profit organization promoting cultural, economic and civic life experiences in the community through live theater, music, dance, film and other local events in the heart of West Chester's historic district. The West Chester National Guard Armory building was built in 1916 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It housed the National Guard’s Bravo Co., 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry and 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, which traces its lineage directly to Benjamin Franklin, who formed the unit in 1747 to protect the colonies in the Read more
State Reps. Ryan Bizzarro and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, have co-sponsored legislation ( H.B. 34 ), that would restore the full $57.5 million to reopen unemployment call centers and bring back all furloughed jobs. “People need their unemployment benefits to pay the mortgage, buy food and just to survive,” Bizzarro said. “Every day I am hearing from frustrated constituents who are spending upwards of six weeks, calling hundreds of times trying to get through to the call centers. The call center situation needs to be fixed fast because these people need their money.” "This has been a devastating problem for the entire state, affecting people in Erie and everywhere ,” Harkins said. “Our unemployed, who need the financial assistance to get by, are struggling to get their claims processed in a timely manner. We need to fix this immediately.” Bizzarro said House Labor and Industry and Appropriations committee hearings are scheduled. “How long can the state continue to operate under these circumstances by literally stringing along claimants?” Bizzarro said. Bizzarro said the legislation has bipartisan support in the House. Read more
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