ERIE, May 6 – Erie fire and EMS services are receiving $41,623 in grants, state Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, announced today. “Erie’s firefighters and emergency medical workers answer the call tirelessly, despite tight budgets that can limit resources,” Merski said. “It’s my hope that these grants will ease some of those financial challenges and provide needed equipment, training and other resources that reinforce these essential front-line workers.” Merski said the grants – provided by Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program – are as follows: Belle Valley Fire Department Inc. – fire company – $12,502. EmergyCare Inc. – EMS – $7,155. Perry Hi-Way Hose Company – fire company – $14,811. Perry Hi-Way Hose Company – EMS – $7,155. The state Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. In addition to funding equipment and training, the money can be used for repairing, building or renovating facilities and for repaying debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 6 – The Philipsburg-Osceola Area School has been awarded $97,008 in state funds to support and implement school safety efforts, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today. “These state funds can provide much needed tools and programs to help keep students and school staff safe,” Conkin said. “That includes counseling services, training for guidance counselors and school psychologists, and technology to enhance security at school buildings.” The grants were announced by the state’s School Safety and Security Committee, part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Act 44 of 2018 resulted in the creation of this committee, which is responsible for developing the criteria schools are to use in performing school safety and security assessments. The funds can be used for a wide variety of programs that address school safety, including risk assessment and violence-prevention efforts, classroom management, conflict resolution or dispute management initiatives and the installation or purchase of technology related to school and student safety. More information about the grants can be found at this link: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx . Read more
HARRISBURG, May 6 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca today announced a $7,500 state grant has been awarded to the Latrobe Center for Active Adults. “This grant will enable the center to provide continued services and support to our seniors in the Latrobe community,” Petrarca said. “These funds can be used to make needed refurbishments to the center, or to create a new program or service to help our seniors maintain their independence and wellness.” The Latrobe Center for Active Adults provides a wide variety of programs and services for seniors, including educational classes, nutritious meals, activities, transportation services, health screenings and more. The grant announcement occurs during national Older Americans Month – a time to pay tribute to older adults and their contributions to the country and their communities. The Pennsylvania Lottery is responsible for funding this project. For more information on senior community centers, visit aging.pa.gov/SCC . Read more
HARRISBURG, May 6 – In an effort to curtail sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, reintroduced her legislation that would require lobbyists to complete ethics and discrimination training in order to legally register as a lobbyist in Pennsylvania. “Lobbyists are in the Capitol with state officials and state employees who are required to complete this training, so it only makes sense that they too must complete it and be held accountable for their action,” Snyder said, “Lobbyists are not above the law or our compliance standards, so the fact that they are not required to receive harassment and discrimination training truly is a liability and it’s unacceptable.” National movements, such as #MeToo and Time’s Up, have revealed instances of discrimination and sexual misconduct in state governments throughout the country. Snyder said to ensure that Pennsylvania’s Capitol is free from harassing and discriminatory behaviors, policies and procedures must be in place holding people that are in the Capitol responsible for their actions. “As times change, it’s imperative that legislation does as well. Therefore, we need to ensure we have all our bases covered in order to create and maintain a safe work environment and be proactive about mitigating any form of misconduct. It’s especially important because harassment and discrimination cases have Read more
ERIE, May 6 – The Erie Fire Department is receiving a grant of $14,811, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced. The grant is provided by Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. “Our firefighters never hesitate to be on the front lines, regardless of the emergency, and even while having to work under tight budget constraints,” Harkins said. “These first responders deserve the best for their courageous service, and this funding will help address some of the financial challenges they are facing.” Harkins added that in addition to funding equipment and training, the money can be used for repairing, building or renovating facilities and for repaying debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. Read more
ERIE, May 6 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced the awarding of $114,410 in state grants to eight fire and EMS companies in the 3 rd Legislative District. “Our area firefighters and medical rescue workers stand between our community and any kind of danger — from fires to hazmat incidents to medical emergencies – even as departments face financial constraints and units are asked to do more with less,” Bizzarro said. “I’m so glad our efforts in securing these grants were successful because the funding should help defray costs and provide essential resources to help our first responders continue their life-saving work.” Bizzarro said the grants are as follows: Central Erie County Paramedic Association Inc . – EMS – $12,667. Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department – fire company – $14,811 / EMS – $7,155. Kearsarge Fire Department – fire company – $13,326. Lake Shore Fire Department – fire company – $12,172 / EMS – $5,007. McKean Hose Company – fire company – $12,337 / EMS – $7,155. Millcreek Paramedic Service – EMS – $7,155. West Lake Fire Department – fire company – $14,151. West Ridge Fire Department – fire company – $13,986. The grants are provided by Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 6 – $778,119 in state funds to enhance and implement school safety and security efforts were awarded to four local school districts, state Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, announced today. The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments. Grant recipients in Rep. Otten’s district include: Phoenixville Area School District, receiving $194,480 Renaissance Academy Charter School, receiving $59,447 Spring-Ford Area School District, receiving $386,192 Coatesville Area School District, receiving $138,000 It will be the choice of the school districts to determine how exactly the funds will be used. Eligible purposes include, but are not limited to: safety and security assessments, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, intervention training programs, training of school police officers and counseling services for students. “It is vital that we provide the supports and resources necessary to keep our children safe,” Otten said. “I’m very grateful that these schools in my district will have the opportunity to use these funds to develop the programs and services that will best help them maintain a safe learning environment.” Read more
MALVERN, May 5 – Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, called on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to investigate Sunoco’s recent purchase of two homes on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, the site of multiple sinkholes, including one in January that exposed part of the Mariner East 1 pipeline. According to documents posted on the Chester County Recorder of Deeds website, Sunoco bought the two homes for $400,000 apiece. No other information has been made public, and the residents are subject to nondisclosure agreements. “Where is the transparency?” Rep. Howard wondered. “What about the rest of the homes on the street? Are residents safe? Why buy these homes and not all the homes along the pipeline? What are we not being told? “The DEP needs to compel Sunoco to release more information regarding their actions. Sunoco needs to be a better member of the community.” ### About Rep. Kristine Howard – Kristine Howard (D-Chester) was elected state representative for the 167th Legislative District in November 2018. The district includes parts of Charlestown, East Whiteland, Easttown, West Pikeland, West Whiteland, Willistown Township, and Malvern Borough. Read more
Understanding the impact people have on the environment has never been more important. Join myself, environmental groups, and community organizations on May 18 for a family-friendly event to learn more about environmental action in Pennsylvania. This community event will include an interactive virtual reality presentation about oil and gas pollution, a panel discussion about climate change and air pollution issues in Pennsylvania, fun kid-friendly activities, and more. Please join us to learn more about policies and practices that protect our environment and put our children’s health and well-being first. The Community Power Summit will take place on Saturday, May 18 at Lionville Middle School, 550 W. Uwchlan Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please call Sarah Heil at 484-200-8259. Read more
ERIE, May 3 – A $200,000 state grant will provide on-the-job training to Erie job seekers while strengthening the talent pool for regional manufacturers, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The funding to Erie Regional Manufacturer Partnership will allow it to partner with workforce development boards to create WorkAdvance – a short-term manufacturing training program that will provide job-training skills tailored to workforce needs as well as placement assistance for the Erie County region. “As the manufacturing industry continues to advance and incorporate new technologies such as robotics, it’s essential that our region has qualified workers who can step into these high-tech jobs,” Bizzarro said. “Programs such as WorkAdvance are extremely helpful because they address that potential manufacturing workforce gap and help ensure that our regional industries remain competitive.” Harkins agreed, noting, “While we are always looking for new business opportunities, it’s also essential to make sure we are doing all we can to strengthen our current industries. The funding for this program will help ensure that our local manufacturers have the pool of skilled workers they need to keep pace and remain competitive in today’s business world.” Merski added that the program will fund a range of services for area job seekers. “The program will be a terrific Read more
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, today announced that the Brighton Heights Senior Center has been selected to receive a $100,000 state grant. Read more
PITTSBURGH, May 3 – State Representatives Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable discussion on pharmaceutical cost drivers at the Comfort Inn Conference Center. DeLuca and Frankel requested the meeting as Democratic Chairman of the House Insurance and Health Committees respectively to bring stakeholders and legislative colleagues from across the state to identify what makes prescription drugs so expensive. Improving patient access to medicines was also a highlight of the discussion. “The bottom line is people cannot afford their medicine. They are suffering through pain, discomfort and at risk all because they have to make a decision of whether to scale back dosages to pay a utility bill. This just isn’t right. We need our pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies to come together to work out solutions that help make sure people can afford their medicine and afford to get better per the doctor’s orders,” said DeLuca. "According to what we heard today, more than 80 percent of Pennsylvanians that are asked want aggressive action on pharmacy costs. That's Republicans and Democrats, because the pain of high drug costs is bi-partisan," said Frankel. "This conversation is the beginning step in bringing transparency to a complex industry. Now we must go further, and make both process, and costs, transparent." Panel participants Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, today announced state grants totaling more than $260,000 are headed to three school districts in the area of Lackawanna County he represents. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced the award of $181,457 in state grants to 14 fire companies in the 7 th Legislative District. “Our firefighters risk their lives for us every day, and in addition to combating a wide range of hazards, they also contend with financial challenges that can impact services,” Longietti said. “These grants, which will fund equipment, training and other vital resources, will help defray costs and maximize firefighter safety so these professionals and volunteers can continue their life-saving work.” Longietti said the grants are as follows: Clark Volunteer Fire Department – $12,667 Farrell Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $13,326 Greenville Fire Department – $13,656 Greenville Volunteer Fire Company – $12,172 Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – $14,811 Patagonia Volunteer Fire Department – $12,502 Sharon Fire Department – $14,481 Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department – $13,656 Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,172 South Pymatuning Township Volunteer Fire Association – $11,677 Transfer Volunteer Fire Department – $13,491 West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – $13,162 West Salem Fire Department – $12,007 Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department – $11,677 The grants are provided by Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said that a $40,800 Senior Community Center Grant has been awarded to the Center in the Park senior center in Philadelphia. “I’m grateful that this grant has been awarded to make improvements and modernize these facilities,” Kinsey said. “I want to thank Governor Tom Wolf for the ongoing commitment in investing in the future of Philadelphia. With proper funding, this center ensures that our older population ages with grace.” Center in the Park has a wide variety of offerings that include nutritious meal programs, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, exercise programs, and more. The Pennsylvania Lottery is responsible for funding this project with a total of $2 million being distributed to 49 senior centers throughout the commonwealth. This announcement takes place during Older Americans Month – a time for the nation to pay tribute to older adults and their contributions to the country and their communities. For more information on senior community centers, visit aging.pa.gov/SCC . ### Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – Fourteen fire and EMS companies in the 16 th Legislative District will receive $186,951 in grants, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. “Our firefighters and EMS professionals work tirelessly on the front lines to keep us safe, often while contending with tight budgets that stretch resources,” Matzie said. “These grants will help ensure they have the training, equipment and other essential resources they need to carry on their life-saving work.” Matzie said the funding is as follows: Allegheny County Leetsdale Fire Department – $12,172 Beaver County Aliquippa Bureau of Fire – $13,326 Ambridge Borough Fire Department – $12,007 Ambridge Volunteer Fire Department – $12,832 Baden Volunteer Fire Department – $14,646 Conway Volunteer Fire Department – $13,656 Economy Vol Ambulance Service – $7,155 Economy Volunteer Firemen’s Association – $14,151 Freedom Volunteer Fire Department – $11,512 Harmony Township Volunteer Firemen Inc. – $13,162 Hopewell Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,007 Monaca #4 Volunteer Fire Department – $12,172 Monaca No. 1 Volunteer Fire Department – $11,842 Rochester Fire Department – $26,311 The grants are provided by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. In addition to Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced the award of $102,971 in state grants to seven fire companies in the 9 th Legislative District. “These grants are essential to ensure that our local firefighters have the resources they need to carry out their life-saving work,” Sainato said. “Our firefighters put their lives on the line for us every day. This funding will provide equipment, training and other resources to help departments meet financial challenges and – most importantly – to help those on the front lines stay safe.” Sainato said the grants are as follows: Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Company – $12,007 Mahoning Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,337 Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Company – $14,151 New Castle Fire Department – $13,986 North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,667 Shenango Area Fire District – $25,486 Union Township Volunteer Firemans Association – $12,337 The grants are provided by Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. In addition to funding equipment and training, the money can be used for repairing, building or renovating facilities and for repaying debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. Read more
MALVERN, Pa. – Today, Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, commended the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) for ruling that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Prospective Purchaser Agreements (PPAs) with Constitution Drive Partners (CDP) were void. The PPAs would have allowed for the development of the contaminated Bishop Tube site in East Whiteland Township, and the EHB’s decision prohibits CDP developer Brian O’Neill from building homes on the toxic waste site. The DEP entered into two PPAs with CDP in 2018. The EHB ruled on April 26 that the steps taken by the DEP to provide notice and secure comment on those PPAs were inadequate, and so they were declared void. “This is a terrific first step,” Rep. Howard said. “Progress is being made, and now, we can begin moving forward with the clean up of the Bishop Tube site. Rep. Howard met with the DEP on Wednesday to discuss further steps regarding the remediation of the former Superfund site. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Maureen Madden is reintroducing legislation that would require school districts and charter schools to share student records with one another within 10 days of receiving the request. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 3 -- State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 84 th Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at Roxborough Memorial Hospital located at 5800 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia. The discussion this month will center on the future of nuclear energy, the current state of the nuclear industry and how it compares to wind, solar and fossil fuels as an electricity producer. The implications of the discussion will impact the consumer’s pocketbook; both residential and commercial consumers will be impacted. It should also be emphasized that this discussion is time-sensitive as the nuclear industry has indicated that it needs legislation passed in June 2019. “This will be a good opportunity to learn about the implications of reopening the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004 and better understand the debate on the state policy effort to address the needs of the nuclear energy industry,” DeLissio said. “As always, I’m looking forward to the dialogue with my constituents. We will have representatives of the nuclear industry and environmental champions present to give their views on pending legislation. As I have mentioned at many town halls, the ‘devil is in the details.’” Folks from all parts of the 194 th Legislative District are welcome, and more information can be obtained by calling DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726 or visiting Read more
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