'We have entrusted these companies with an enormous responsibility and an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars, but it’s become clear that they are abusing that trust. ' Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – Municipalities, institutions of higher education, counties, and community-based organizations implementing violence-prevention initiatives can apply to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for competitive grant funding. Applicants for 2019 Community Violence Prevention Grants may submit proposals for one-time events or for one- or two-year projects, and may request up to $350,000. “The promise of wholly supported public safety in Pennsylvania represents an important change in priorities among the General Assembly, and I’m ready to make sure that initiatives from our communities get the state support they need to help keep us safe,” said state Rep.-Elect Christina Sappey, D-Chester. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 7. Awards will be approved and announced at the public meeting of the School Safety and Security Committee in April. Projects should begin May 1, 2019. Those interested in applying must visit https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Interested applicants who are not already registered in PCCD’s E-grants system must register here before applying: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Funding/Pages/Egrants-Home.aspx The funding for this grant became available in 2018/19 under Act 44 of 2018, which established the School Safety and Security Grant Program and specified that up to 12.5 percent, or $7.5 million, would be earmarked for community violence Read more
PHILADLEPHIA, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Wednesday in Harrisburg was awarded the Champion for Long Term Care Award by the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. DeLissio was recognized for her passion, advocacy and support for legislation that addresses the commonwealth’s long-term care services and supports system. “Representative DeLissio began her career in long-term care, and she has never forgotten her roots,” PHCA CEO Russ McDaid said. “She has been a fantastic advocate for the providers, the direct-care workers and the seniors in her district and across the commonwealth. We are proud to present her with this award.” A member of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Long-Term Care Council and the House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee, DeLissio said that she is a strong partner for stakeholders of long-term care due to her professional background in providing housing and services to older adults with limited incomes. Prior to her election to the legislature in 2010, DeLissio had nearly 30 years of experience in the fields of long-term care and small business ownership. She also played a major role in reviewing the state’s delivery of long-term care services and support for independent and care dependent older Pennsylvanians as member of the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Long Term Care Services and Supports for Older Pennsylvanians. Read more
State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced the city of York will receive $180,000 through the Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more
WEST CHESTER, Dec. 6 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded a $150,000 competitive grant to the Brandywine Regional Airport to improve the airfield with new hangar space, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta said today. Twenty-six airports across the commonwealth will make infrastructure and equipment upgrades to maintain safety and expand aviation-related operational and economic opportunities with the help of over $6 million in targeted state investments announced by Gov. Tom Wolf today. “I’m pleased that the Brandywine Airport is getting this attention from the state – it’s an amazing economic multiplier for our region – and the development there is sure to create jobs,” said Comitta, D-Chester. “I look forward to supporting more development at Brandywine, as officials there continue to grow and improve its services and infrastructure.” State funding from PennDOT’s Aviation Development Program comes from the state’s jet fuel tax, and $4 million from the Multimodal Transportation Fund. Read more
The grant will be used to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield including a new plow truck, landscaping equipment and a wheel loader to replace existing equipment that is old and unreliable. Read more
On Tuesday, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, had the honor of recognizing Elva Bertha and celebrating her 100th birthday. Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – Hazleton Regional Airport today was awarded an $112,500 state grant, announced Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne. Mullery said the airport will use the funding to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield. “It’s always important to improve our regional assets and this grant will help the airport maintain its operations for years to come. I thank the Wolf administration for recognizing the Hazleton Regional Airport during this round of grants,” Mullery said. In total, 26 airports across the state will be receiving over $6 million in state investment. Included in the grants is $2.2 million in state funding from PennDOT’s Aviation Development Program, which comes from the state’s jet fuel tax, and $4 million from the Multimodal Transportation Fund. Read more
STROUDSBURG Dec. 6 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced today that the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport was awarded $30,000 in grant funding. The funding will be used to acquire necessary equipment to maintain the airfield. The Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport is one of 26 airports across the state to receive a combined total of more than $6 million in state grants. “Investments into the upkeep and maintenance of the airport are necessary,” Madden said. “The airport provides significant and positive economic impact on our region, and this funding aids in assuring operations will continue to be safe and efficient.” The investments include $2.2 million in state funding from the state Transportation Department’s Aviation Development Program, which comes from the state’s jet fuel tax, and $4 million from the multimodal fund. Read more
NEW CASTLE, Dec. 6 – A $112,500 grant will fund the purchase of airfield maintenance equipment for New Castle Municipal Airport, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. “The New Castle Municipal Airport serves thousands of travelers annually, including a large number of business travelers,” Sainato said. “The funding announced today not only ensures that the airport obtains the equipment it needs for safe operation, it also preserves an essential community asset that fuels area business and creates regional jobs. It’s an investment that brings returns on multiple levels.” The funding is part of a $6.2 million package of grants to 26 airports statewide. It includes $2.2 million from the state Department of Transportation's Aviation Development Program, which comes from the state’s jet fuel tax, and $4 million from the state multimodal fund, which finances development and improvement of transportation assets. Read more
Several significant projects at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport will receive grant funding. Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – Two resolutions introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, call on Pennsylvanians to honor uniquely American events this December. The House recently adopted both resolutions by unanimous vote. House Resolution 1125 designates Dec. 7, 2018, as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” in Pennsylvania, while H.R. 1126 designates Dec. 15, 2018, as “Bill of Rights Day.” “With fewer World War II veterans around to provide first-hand accounts, it’s more important than ever that we keep their stories alive by remembering the attack that precipitated our entry into the war,” Readshaw said. “Even as our nation reeled from the loss of more than 2,400 military and civilian lives, thousands more rushed to enlist. We need to encourage our younger generations to study this event 77 years ago that summoned our nation’s resolve and played such a pivotal role in our history. “As a related point, World War II – like so many wars – was fought in defense of our most cherished freedoms. The constitution laid the foundation for our government, but it was the Bill of Rights, ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, that gave birth to the individual liberties we hold so dear 227 years later. It’s fitting that we remember and reflect on these two uniquely American events together.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 3 – The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate will both serve on the bipartisan Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission formed by Gov. Tom Wolf and they intend to participate fully in the panel’s work. Sen. Jay Costa and Rep. Frank Dermody look forward to helping in a comprehensive review of Pennsylvania’s redistricting process and offering recommendations later in 2019 to improve its integrity and fairness. “The commission has no authority to change state law and will simply be offering ideas for the governor and legislature to consider using during the redistricting process,” Dermody said. “That’s a worthy purpose and we’re proud to join Governor Wolf’s appointees in undertaking a serious effort that will offer needed perspective.” “A key part of the group’s effort will be getting citizens to engage in our work. For too long they have felt shut out of a meaningful role in redistricting,” Costa said. “The upcoming work of the commission will prioritize hearing what the public has to say.” Wolf established the commission with an executive order last week and appointed 11 of the 15 members. The remaining four slots are for legislators chosen by the respective leaders of the four legislative caucuses. Wolf also named David Thornburgh of the Committee of Seventy in Philadelphia to lead the commission and gave the group nine months to do its work and Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., has announced two constituent-related events for the month of December. “It is both the end of the year and the end of my first term as state representative,” Solomon said. “I want to hear from my constituents so they can hold me accountable, so I can tell them about my plans for my second session, and we can celebrate another great year in the northeast.” A town hall meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Exchange; 6434 Castor Ave., 19149. Constituents will be able to ask questions about Solomon’s first two years in office and learn about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Solomon also is inviting citizens to join him from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 for a Holiday Open House at his district office; 7012 Castor Ave, 19149. Attendees are invited to share ideas to improve the community and learn about the many ways in which their state representative can help families across the district. Solomon’s staff will be on site during both events to help constituents with state-related matters. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced that he will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at his district office located at 7216 Germantown Ave., 19119. “I’m always excited for the chance to hear from my constituents and to celebrate the holidays together,” Rabb said. “But it’s also important to keep in touch and to make sure that fellow community members know how to apply for and access programs like LIHEAP that can be crucial for keeping the heat on during these cold winter months.” District office staff will be available to assist constituents with applications and information on LIHEAP, SEPTA Key and Property Tax Rent Rebate assistance programs, or other state-related issues. Refreshments such as hot chocolate, coffee, tea and dessert will be available. Contact the district office at (215) 242-7300 for more information. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Read more
FOLSOM, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky will hold her annual Open House from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at her district office. Residents of the 161 st Legislative District can stop by the free event to meet Krueger-Braneky and her staff, enjoy light refreshments and learn more about the services available. The office can help with birth and death certificates, unclaimed property filing, PACE prescription discount cards, SEPTA Key cards and more. “I enjoy the chance to connect face to face with residents of the 161 st District and make sure they know about all of the valuable services my office provides,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. The office also is collecting donations for a Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the open house or brought to the district office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The district office is at 701 E. MacDade Blvd. in Folsom (at the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Fernwood Avenue, a half mile from the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Route 420). Anyone with questions can call Krueger-Braneky’s office at 610-534-6880. Read more
SCRANTON, Dec. 1 -- Rep.-elect Kyle Mullins and Sen. John Blake will co-host an Affordable Care Act enrollement event Tuesday at the Throop Civic Center. Enrollment experts from the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance will be available to answer any questions and guide users through the process of enrolling in the individual insurance marketplace or Medicare. The consultations are free of charge and no appointments are necessary. The ACA enrollment event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Throop Civic Center, 500 Sanderson St. Anyone interested in pursuing enrollment must bring documentation to verify their annual income (W-2 or pay stub) and a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification. The event is part of a joint effort by Pennsylvania Senate and House Democrats to provide ACA enrollment opportunities for Pennsylvania residents during the open enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 15. Read more
EBENSBURG, Nov. 30 – In response to an outpouring of questions and concerns from residents about a proposed windmill farm, state Rep. Frank Burns is hosting a town hall meeting to gather facts on the project. The town hall will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Westmont Hilltop High School, 200 Fair Oaks Drive, Johnstown, 15905. Burns, D-Cambria, said he wants to provide a forum for residents to ask questions and learn more about the proposed installation of wind turbines along the ridge in Upper Yoder Township. Burns has invited officials from the Greater Johnstown Water Authority, which has leased a tract of land in Upper Yoder for the windmill farm, and Maryland-based Competitive Power Ventures, the wind energy developer. “People deserve to have their voices heard and to be part of the planning process before an unknown number of giant windmills are constructed along the Laurel Ridge,” Burns said. “Our region cherishes outdoor recreation such as hunting, hiking, biking and skiing. The addition of these turbines could have a devastating impact on tourism, an industry that’s vital to our local economy.” In a little-noticed court order this month, a Cambria County judge approved changes to the water authority’s deed of trust to allow it to enter into a lease agreement with CPV to develop the windmill farm. No other information has been made available regarding the size, scope, impact or timeline for the project, Read more
ALLENTOWN, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement of the demolition of the Allentown State Hospital buildings. “In a perfect world, the Allentown State Hospital buildings would be preserved and repurposed to create jobs and grow our economy, but we have to face the facts. Taxpayers are paying millions of dollars every year to keep the buildings from falling down, and no private investors want to buy them. The only answer is the one the state came up with – demolition. “Now, it’s on us to make sure history is preserved while we move our area forward safely. I’m ready to work with state and local officials to make sure these buildings are taken down safely, with the main concern being the people who live near the buildings. Beyond that, we will make sure Community Services for Children can keep doing their great work, and, of course, we’ll do everything we can to ensure this site is redeveloped responsibly and enhances the quality of life for the surrounding neighborhood. “Right now, aside from the removal of the buildings from the property, the future uses of the property are unknown. When I know, my constituents will know. Until then, I’ll answer every question I can,” Schlossberg said. He can be reached by phone (610-821-5577), email ( RepSchlossberg@pahouse.net ) or Facebook ( www.facebook.com/RepSchlossberg ). He also will Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host her annual Senior Health Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Motivation High School, 5900 Baltimore Ave. “The expo is a free event to provide our wisest neighbors with the opportunity to easily get information about the services and programs available to them in one place,” McClinton said. “We’ll have free health screenings and flu shots, exercise demonstrations, line dancing and door prizes. I hope seniors of the 191st District come out to take advantage of the benefits to which they are entitled.” McClinton’s staff and representatives from local and state agencies will be on-site offering information geared toward older adults. Lunch will be served. Read more
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