HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., has introduced legislation that would outlaw untraceable firearms and require firearms that are homemade or assembled from parts to have a serial number or other identifiable mark from a licensed dealer affixed to them. “Right now, teenagers and people prohibited from purchasing firearms can legally buy gun parts that they can assemble into a firearm, allowing them a workaround to get firearms they would otherwise be unable to lawfully obtain,” Driscoll said. “The legislation I’ve introduced would make these untraceable firearms traceable and, in turn, stop the flow of these deadly guns in our communities.” House Bill 1748 would also prohibit the possession, sale, delivery, transfer, manufacture, or advertising of DIY semiautomatic weapons, including the components of such firearms. Among other things, the legislation would update Pennsylvania law to require that all firearms, prior to being manufactured or assembled, have a unique serial number or other identifying mark assigned and affixed to them by a licensed dealer, beginning July 1, 2020. Additionally, by Jan. 1, 2021, any person who as of July 1, 2020, owns a firearm that doesn’t have a serial number assigned to it must apply to a licensed dealer for a serial number or other identification mark and then engrave or affix that number or mark to the firearm. “This legislation is a critical step toward keeping Read more
UPPER DARBY, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, and Upper Darby Councilwoman-At-Large Barbarann Keffer are inviting parents to register now for the representative’s 9th Annual Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway. Free bookbags will be provided while supplies last but parents must register by Aug. 31 to guarantee a free bookbag for their children. The pre-registration is first-come, first-serve while supplies last, so it is important for families to pre-register before the Aug. 31 deadline. Residents of all ages from across the 164th Legislative District – Yeadon, Upper Darby, Millbourne, Lansdowne and East Lansdowne – are invited to Davidson’s 9th Annual Community Picnic & Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Second Ward Playground, 747 Crosley Ave., Upper Darby, across the street from Fernwood Cemetery on Church Lane. "We'll have free barbecue and drinks, family games, entertainment, state resources and information for students and families. We provide this service every year so that families can have a successful school year," Davidson said. “Since I have been in office, I have provided over 5,000 bookbags to children and families in the 164 th district.” Pre-registration is mandatory to receive a free bookbag and is first-come, first-served while supplies last. To pre-register, parents can call 610-259-7016, email Read more
PAOLI, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, is one of several House Democrats urging Gov. Tom Wolf to call a special joint session of the legislature to address gun violence and extremism in the wake of two mass shootings within 13 hours of each other last weekend. Shusterman, accompanied by members of the PA SAFE Caucus , called for a special session to consider legislation in the House and Senate that would address access to guns for people at risk of violence to themselves or others, close the loophole for gun background checks, and to ban assault weapons. “We cannot afford another preventable tragedy in our own backyard. What happened in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio can be avoided here in Pennsylvania, so instead of wallowing in this seemingly never-ending cycle of tragedy, let's end it,” Shusterman said. “We can go into session right now and pass legislation that would make it more difficult to put guns in these people’s hands.” Shusterman and members of the PA SAFE Caucus noted that most public opinion polls reveal that the most Americans support mandatory background checks on gun purchases, as well as other safety legislation. “When two of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history happen within the same news cycle you know our nation is in a dark place. It is clear that we as a society have become numb to such events,” Shusterman said. “I’ve heard the cliché Read more
WHITEHALL, Aug. 6 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program at the office of state Rep. Jeanne McNeill. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in McNeill's office at 1080 Schadt Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 19 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The representative will be available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers is encouraged to schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. CONTACT: Thomas LeClair House Democratic Communications Office 717-787-7895 LCO-Northeast@pahouse.net Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta on Monday commended the citizen who reported hearing suspicious statements by a man later charged with terroristic threats involving Temple University . “’If you see something, say something,’ has become a mantra of public safety experts, but it’s not always advice the general public follows,” Kenyatta said Monday. “Last week, an employee in the sporting goods department of a store heard something that did not sit right with them. That employee reported what they heard, and the store took the report seriously and passed it along to law enforcement. Thanks to that quick-thinking employee, a man who police say had made multiple purchases of ammunition, knives, small-cylinder propane bottles, and other items, has been arrested.” According to news reports , a store employee overheard a 29-year-old man talking to another customer about the security at Temple University on July 31, while he was buying ammunition. The man was asking questions about the campus police’s response time and commenting that the customer would see him in the news in the next two weeks. A store employee overheard the conversation and reported it to a manager. Police investigated the case and filed charges against the 29-year-old. Temple University President Richard M. Englert said Monday that the university was immediately made aware of the situation and remains in contact with local and Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 5 – PA House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody released the following statement today in response to the mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio: “As we mourn another weekend of gun violence across the nation and here in Pennsylvania, we need to identify action we can and should take to make our communities safer. “We need a stronger and more comprehensive system of background checks at the national and state level to make sure we preserve the rights of lawful gun owners while getting rid of the loopholes that put weapons in the hands of the people who are prohibited from having them legally or because they pose a clear danger to themselves and others. “And, we must address the sickness of hate in our society. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, but one that all reasonable people and public officials agree on and can act on; the strong bipartisan response our legislature took to the Tree of Life shooting earlier this session demonstrates that. House Democrats are ready to work at the state level with national and local officials to move beyond words and toward meaningful action that brings about real change for the safety and well-being of our families and communities.” Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced today that three local projects will receive a total of $1.48 million in state grants. Esperanza Health Center was awarded two grants totaling $1 million. Half of the funds were awarded for Esperanza’s new medical care and wellness campus in Kensington, which will be comprised of a health center to expand access to behavioral health services, substance abuse therapies, primary medical care and dental treatment. The remaining $500,000 was awarded to convert a former bank building at 861 E. Allegheny Ave. into a new community medical center. The site will expand Esperanza’s medical and dental care capacity by 33% over the existing site. Additionally, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation received $480,000 for repairs and safety upgrades to the two library buildings. The renovations will include technology upgrades, an ADA-compliant ramp, and expanded security features. “Renovations and repairs like these are crucial for protecting the safety and well-being of our community,” Cruz said. “I am thrilled to see this funding come to the 180 th district to help create new jobs while enhancing medical and library services for residents.” The grants were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program. The program provides funding for regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects. Read more
DOYLESTOWN, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman will host Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Tinicum Park, 963 River Road, Erwinna 18920, rain or shine. “Community Day is a fun day out for residents of the 143 rd Legislative District to meet neighbors, enjoy food, games and everything our vibrant community has to offer,” said Ullman, D-Bucks. The event will include: Nature and recreational demonstrations Family games Entertainment Bike rodeo Free food Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets to participate in the rodeo. Staff from Ullman’s district office and representatives from government agencies will be available to answer questions about state issues and programs. People who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by calling Ullman’s office at 267-768-3670 or by emailing RepUllman@pahouse.net . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that a $1.5 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program has been awarded to The Williams Group for its Cobbs Creeks Commons project in the 192 nd district. “This project will bring economic growth to the area, and I’m excited to see these funds come to our community,” Cephas said. “Multi-use projects like this can bring great benefits for business owners and residents alike.” The $1.5 million grant is expected to fund repairs at the existing property where portions of the building will be demolished, reconstructed and renovated. The building will accommodate multiple tenants on two floors of commercial space and contain 40 residential units. “I am always grateful to see investments in development in the district, especially those that help sustain jobs and provide critical services to constituents,” said state Sen. Vincent Hughes, who also represents the neighborhood. “We are continuing to see the benefits of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program in the district and statewide, which is why I am hopeful the commonwealth can devote more resources to this wonderful program.” The state funds are administered by the Office of the Budget to assist in construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. More information on the RACP program is available at Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the PA House of Representatives, along with delegation members, called on state and federal lawmakers Monday to act on sensible gun reform. “The tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, have pained our hearts,” Dawkins said. “The news of more lives lost to gun violence is tragic. And not enacting sensible gun reform in Pennsylvania is a travesty. Dawkins pointed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s statement on Sunday, in which the governor tweeted that we can ban assault weapons and institute stricter background checks, target white nationalism and promote tolerance and invest in mental health care to help those who are struggling; but we must not accept this violence as normal. Dawkins said there are currently more than two dozen gun reform bills that could be voted on today that would make a difference in people’s lives . While we must fight back against hatred and bigotry, which seem central to the shootings this weekend, Dawkins said keeping guns out of the hands of those who wish to do harm is something we can do right now. “We are in what seems like an endless cycle of violence, killings, heartbreak, and then thoughts and prayers,” Dawkins said. “This cycle started long before El Paso and Dayton. And this cycle happens even when the shooting incidents don’t end up in national news headlines. Five people were Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Phila., announced that a $1.5 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program has been awarded to Mann Center for the Performing Arts in the 190 th district. “The arts are a great way to bring the community together and it’s important that we invest in performance centers like this one,” Johnson-Harrell said “I am thrilled to see these funds come to the area to bring an economic and cultural boost to our neighborhoods.” The $1.5 million grant is expected to fund repairs at the existing property where a new Skyline Stage, enhanced infrastructure and safety equipment will be constructed. The funds will also be used to eliminate the current rental expense to reduce operating costs dramatically. The state funds are administered by the Office of the Budget to assist in construction of regional, economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. More information on RACP is available at www.budget.pa.gov/Programs/RACP . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., announced that The Tacony Holmesburg Town Watch will host this year’s National Night Out event for residents of the 202 nd Legislative District. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Russo Park Playground, 7301 Torresdale Ave. “National Night Out is a family-friendly event that is a great way to foster a solid rapport between the community, our local town watch and the police by raising awareness of crime and drug prevention through fun, interactive activities,” Driscoll said. “I look forward to helping our community come together and to make this event as successful as in previous years.” Driscoll said there will be free door prizes, more than 100 vendors, information about state and city resources, and chances to meet with local police and emergency personnel. He and his staff will also be available to help constituents with any state government concerns or issues. National Night Out is an annual event designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Read more
State Rep. Brian Sims announced today that $7 million in state funding has been awarded to three economic development projects in the 182 nd District. “This funding will go a long way to move these projects toward completion, which will undoubtedly benefit the communities where they will operate,” Sims said. “Increasing access to the arts, supporting inclusive organizations and bolstering tourism in our community will improve quality of life in our district..” Awards from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program were awarded to the following projects: Awards from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program were awarded to the following projects: William Way LGBT Community Center, awarded $1 million for William Way LGBT Community Center Reconstruction . The project will renovate the front portion of the existing building at 1315 Spruce St., while retaining its historic elements, and demolish and replace the rear wings. The project will add 9,800 square feet of usable space, including a 51 percent increase in rental space, and make the building fully ADA compliant. Components of the project include renovation of the front façade to make the building more welcoming; glazing and opening the new rear of the building to provide a second inviting entrance; restoring the historic lobby; creating gender-neutral bathrooms with full height toilet partitions; replacing the elevator for increased handicap access; Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 5 – A bipartisan bill which would end the regulation of child-run lemonade stands on private property has been introduced by state Rep. Gerald J. Mullery, D-Luzerne. “Lemonade stands are an American summertime tradition. Many adults grew up selling lemonade at their own stands in their neighborhoods, and now their kids cannot enjoy the excitement of selling cold drinks on hot, summer days,” Mullery said. Currently, children in Pennsylvania are prohibited from setting up and operating a lemonade stand in their front yard without obtaining a permit to do so from a municipality, township, or county in which they live. The bill would end what Mullery considers government overreach by stopping permit requirements for lemonade stands run by children younger than 18 on private property. Mullery said H.B. 1744 would make it easier for kids like Brian Lyons, a Plymouth 10-year-old who is fundraising to support his local fire company, raise money to help their community. “Our children should be encouraged to run lemonade stands. They can learn the value of earning money and an understanding of business principles, instead of having red tape interfering with youthful entrepreneurs,” Mullery said. Read more
SCRANTON, Aug. 5 – Older residents with questions about Medicare or health insurance coverage should visit state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office during his monthly outreach next week. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced today that four local projects will receive a total of $3.95 million in state grants. “These projects will help boost our local economy, renovate properties, and refresh our community for the benefit of everyone,” Bullock said. “I’m thrilled to see this funding come to the 195 th district.” The projects are as follows: $500,000 for WURD Radio to improve its office spaces and repair two AM tower antennas. $1 million to Mantua Supermarket for its Village Square multifamily building project. $1.7 million to Philadelphia Museum of Art Core II for building renovations and a new public space. $1 million to Hunt Development Group for its Sharswood Phase II project consisting of new multifamily housing. The grants were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program. Thee program provides funding for regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects. Read more
WILKES-BARRE, Aug. 2 -- State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today the approval of three Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants totaling $3.5 million toward projects that will enhance Luzerne County’s economy, boost tourism and preserve historic structures. “Each of these projects will improve Luzerne County’s quality of life by, preserving and rehabilitating a historic landmark, creating new opportunities to live and stay in the city, and assisting a major employer locally,” Pashinski said. “These are exactly the types of efforts the RACP was created to support and I look forward to seeing the impact of these grants for years to come.” These organizations in the 121st Legislative District were awarded funding in the following amounts for the listed purposes: Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund – $2 million toward the Gateway Center (Wilkes-Barre) project , a mixed-use urban development, comprising: a four-story building containing an 83-key select-service hotel, and an 8-story mid-rise building with 33 market-rate residences above the hotel's conference/banquet facility. Irem Temple Restoration Project Inc. – $1 million toward the Irem Temple Restoration Project, Phases One & Two . These phases will include site security that will secure all doors and windows and install security and fire alarm systems; masonry repairs that will remove plant growth and repaint the building; roof Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – As part of the ongoing efforts to revitalize the Philadelphia Uptown Theater , state Rep. Danilo Burgos today announced $750,000 in state funding to help cover upcoming construction costs. “The Uptown Theater is a community landmark that dates back decades, and this money is critical in keeping its history alive,” explained Burgos, D-Phila. “Redeveloping the building will help improve our neighborhood’s landscape, attract visitors, create good paying jobs, provide a safe environment for families, and ultimately strengthen our local economy.” The grant was made possible by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and will go towards phase three of renovations, which includes: Demolition of the basement to the sixth floor Updates to the theater’s roof, lobby, and security system New windows, doors, and lights Restoring the subway entrance The total cost for the project is $10 million and is expected to be completed by 2021. Burgos said he’s committed to working with the nonprofit organization Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation, which has played a vital part in preserving the North Philadelphia staple. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Read more
ERIE, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, hosted a street dedication ceremony today in Erie to honor the late 2 nd District representative Florindo “Flo” Fabrizio. During the event, Poplar Street between West 26 th and West 29 th streets was renamed “Rep. Florindo ‘Flo’ Fabrizio Way.” “Today was an emotional day for many of us,” Merski said. “Flo embodied the best in a leader: humility, courtesy, intelligence and an ever-present desire to do everything in his power to help the people he represented. It’s no surprise he was so popular. A street bearing his name is the perfect reminder of how hard he worked to fulfill his civic duties for the people of Erie. “Following Flo here in the 2 nd Legislative District is no small task. I have big shoes to fill, but fortunately I also have the legacy of a great leader to inspire me.” State Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, added, “We were grateful to then-Councilman Merski for taking the lead in having Poplar Street named in remembrance of “Uncle Flo.” It’s a daily reminder that his spirit lives on in our community.” The ceremony featured remarks by Merski, Erie Mayor Joseph Schember, and Fabrizio’s stepson, Matthew Sanfilippo; the dedication by Fabrizio’s wife, Vicki; and presentation of the sign by Merski. Read more
The project in Upper Lawrence was approved for a $500,000 state funding grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Read more
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