State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, announced Avalon Borough will receive $77,500 in state funding for rehabilitation of Avalon Community Park. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Calling it a great opportunity to continue to be the voice for African-Americans and minorities across the commonwealth, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was elected Wednesday to serve as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “Being chosen by my colleagues to serve as the chairman of the PLBC is truly an honor. It is a tremendous responsibility that I will not take lightly,” Kinsey said. “It is the job of the PLBC to be a voice for African-Americans and people of color across Pennsylvania. As we have witnessed in recent years, minorities are facing injustice and discrimination more than ever, not only in the commonwealth but across our nation. I look forward to advancing the discussion to ensure African-Americans and people of color are equally respected and represented in Pennsylvania.” The PLBC leadership team is further made up of Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chairwoman; Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, secretary; and Rep.-elect Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, treasurer. “I am honored to be reelected as vice chairwoman of the PLBC and will continue working to create opportunities and reduce barriers for black Pennsylvanians,” Bullock said. “I will keep having tough conversations with my colleagues in the House to make sure that our communities are heard and that legislation and policies from Harrisburg are inclusive of all communities.” “I am extremely honored Read more
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Maureen Madden D-Monroe www.pahouse.com/Madden HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, said she is pleased to announce that the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted her resolution as “National Diabetes Month” in Pennsylvania. Madden’s resolution, H.R. 1170 , calls attention to diabetes, which is a group of diseases characterized by high blood sugar that results from an insufficient production of insulin in the body. Madden said in Monroe County, the Juvenile Diabetes ‘One Walk,’ brings out many participants. “The diabetes organization in Monroe County has been doing the walk since 2012 in Stroudsburg to raise tens of thousands of dollars each year to fight this deadly disease and to help local folks with programs who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes,” Madden said. But further research and greater awareness continues to be needed, she said. “I am sure we all know someone who suffers from the disease, whether it’s a family member, friend or co-worker, and that is one of the reasons my resolution calls for a heightened understanding of diabetes which can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, limb amputation and even death,” Madden said. According to the American Diabetes Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Neal P. Goodman on Tuesday was re-elected to the House Democratic leadership team and will continue serving as caucus administrator for the 2019-20 legislative session. In that position, Goodman oversees day-to-day operations of the caucus at the Capitol. "I'm looking forward to continuing to carry out my responsibilities as caucus administrator, and continuing to represent the interests of the people of the 123 rd Legislative District," said Goodman, D-Schuylkill County. Goodman began serving as caucus administrator in 2012. House Democrats elect their leaders as part of reorganization every two years. Goodman is the first House Democrat from Schuylkill County to hold a leadership position in the caucus since his uncle, James Goodman, served as chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee from 1977 to 1980. Goodman has worked in state government for 28 years, serving as chief of staff to retired state Rep. Edward J. Lucyk from 1993 to 2002. During that time, he served as executive director of the House Veterans Affairs and Tourism and Recreational Development committees. He took office as state representative in 2003, and was recently elected to a ninth term. Other members of the Democratic leadership team elected Tuesday are: Leader Frank Dermody, Allegheny County; Whip Jordan Harris, Philadelphia County; Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton, Philadelphia County; Caucus Secretary Rosita Youngblood, Philadelphia Read more
The funds will be used to make improvements at both Headwaters Park and Scott Park. Read more
State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, has announced that his offices in Lower Yoder Township, Ebensburg, Portage and Patton are again serving as toy drop-off locations for Johnstown-based Cuddles for Kids. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Jordan Harris was elected today to be Democratic whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during the 2019-20 session. Harris has represented the 186 th District in Philadelphia since first being elected to the House in 2012. “I am ecstatic to serve in this new post and to have a larger role in shaping the agenda of the House Democratic Caucus,” Harris said. “I’m thankful to my colleagues for placing their trust in me. “I look forward to building on what the current leadership team has done. The general election results highlighted the strength and diversity of our caucus. The future is very bright for Democrats in Pennsylvania.” The whip is responsible for making sure that Democratic members attend session and generally understand the specifics of legislation and procedural votes in the House. Harris currently chairs the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and he will be the first African-American to serve as whip since Rep. K. Leroy Irvis in the 1970s. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today was selected by her peers to serve as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session. McClinton represents the 191 st District in parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County and has served in the House since 2015. McClinton is the first African-American and woman to hold the caucus chairman leadership position. The chair is responsible for conducting caucus meetings on each day of voting session and helps Democratic members understand the legislation called up for votes in the House chamber. “It is an honor to have the confidence and trust of my peers to help lead the House Democratic Caucus into the future, a future that includes better public education, fair wages for working people, a more equitable justice system, sustainable environmental policies and earnest and honest approaches to combat the opioid and gun-violence epidemics plaguing our state and nation,” McClinton said. “Last week’s midterm elections showed politicians across the state and nation that people are looking for strong leadership and a desire for lawmakers to collectively make a difference. While the priorities of urban and rural legislators may vary, we in the House Democratic Caucus have a sincere desire and plan to put people first and work together to build a strong economy that works for all of us.” All of the Democratic members returning to Read more
LEVITTOWN, Nov. 13 – State Rep. John Galloway announced his Levittown office will again serve as a drop off location for this year’s Toys for the YMCA drive. Now through Dec. 18, new and unwrapped toys, books, gloves, hats and scarves will be collected at the office during normal business hours. The items will be distributed through the YMCA to needy families, children and disabled adults in the area. The collection is part of the Lower Bucks Family YMCA and Ivins Outreach Center Giving Tree program, which shares gifts and food with local families in need during the holiday season. “As the holidays approach, it’s important that we remember those among us who may be in need, so I’m proud that my staff and I are able to participate in this program,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “Last year, these organizations fulfilled the wish lists of 887 children from 404 families. I’m always in awe of the generosity of our community and I look forward to another successful toy drive.” Galloway’s office is at 8610 New Falls Road, Levittown. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, call Galloway’s office at 215-943-7206. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – Members of a significantly stronger House Democratic Caucus today re-elected Rep. Frank Dermody to lead them in the 2019-20 session along with a leadership team featuring several new faces. “More Democratic candidates successfully flipped seats to our side this year than in any election in the last 44 years,” said Dermody, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland. “I’m honored to be chosen to continue leading the House Democratic Caucus as we go forward together, fighting for our Plan For Pennsylvania .” Dermody noted that 30 of the 93 Democrats elected to the House are women, the largest number ever. Overall, 24 new people are joining the House Democratic ranks to serve their first term as lawmakers. In other caucus elections held today, Rep. Jordan Harris of Philadelphia was chosen as Democratic whip, responsible for making sure that Democrats attend session and understand the specifics of legislation. Harris, 34, was first elected to the House in 2012 and is currently chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Rep. Matt Bradford of Montgomery County will chair the Democratic side of the House Appropriations Committee. He has served in the House since 2008 and previously was Democratic chairman of the State Government Committee. Rep. Joanna McClinton will be the new caucus chair, responsible for conducting caucus meetings on each day of voting session. She represents the 191 st Read more
State Rep. Frank Burns will honor Cambria County veterans at the Saint Francis University men’s basketball game tonight, donating 720 flag lapel pins for veterans attending the home opener against Morgan State. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Joe Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, today announced that the Derry Township Municipal Authority was awarded a $500,000 Community Conservation Partnership Program grant to be used for the development of a recreational trail in Westmoreland County. The grant, awarded through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will fund the development of the Loyalhanna Trail. The trail is expected to run through multiple townships – Derry and Salem – and New Alexandria Borough. “I’m happy to announce this funding,” Petrarca said. “This grant money will allow for the development of a trail that will connect two local parks and give residents an outlet to explore the wonderful scenery encompassed by the 55 th Legislative District.” Petrarca said the grant money will fund the construction of approximately 3.8 miles of trail from New Alexandria Borough Municipal Park to Keystone State Park; two trailheads and seven bridges; ADA access; landscaping; a project sign; and other site-related improvements. “A lot of individuals at the local level worked extremely hard to make this grant and project come to fruition, and I’m happy to say I was fortunate enough to play a part in securing this funding,” Petrarca said. “The benefits from this project will be felt across the 55 th Legislative District for years to come.” The DCNR’s Community Read more
UPPER DARBY, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host her fourth annual public safety forum to address the issue of community violence and building trust with the criminal justice system from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Fresh Anointing Christian Center, 141 Garret Road, 19082. Davidson noted that since the summer there has been an uptick in community violence, with a teenager shot and killed at a house party, a storeowner nearly shot to death by a thief, and a man shot while fleeing from two Upper Darby teenagers who stole his car. This fall, there was an online threat of a shooting at Upper Darby High School. Fortunately, someone was arrested before anything happened. "Frayed relations between the community and the criminal justice system have had a negative impact on attempts to address this public safety crisis. It is only by building bridges between the community and the criminal justice system that we will be able to make our communities safe for all who live it in it," Davidson said. The event will feature important discussions from members of local law enforcement, the judiciary, and community advocates. Scheduled speakers include: Pennsylvania Superior Judge Carolyn Nichols. Delaware County Sheriff Jerry Sanders. Anthony Murphy, Neighborhood Watch Association trainer. Moms Demand Action. Victims Services Advocate. Pennsylvania State Police Chief Joseph Blackburn. Movita Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 8 – A luncheon for veterans living the 103 rd Legislative District will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church Family Center. State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, will host the event. “Veterans in the 103rd Legislative District are invited to join me for my sixth annual Veterans Day Recognition as we celebrate and honor the service of those who sacrificed their time, energy and families for our country and our freedoms,” she said. “This luncheon is a time for our veterans to hear in person from community leaders about how much our residents and local officials appreciate them and to learn more about state programs available to them.” For more information or to RSVP, those interested may call 717-986-1673. Read more
EBENSBURG, Nov. 8 – Following a report by the Pennsylvania auditor general, state Rep. Frank Burns announced that Central Cambria School District will receive $119,517 this year in transportation funding the district is owed by the state Department of Education. “This back pay from the state ensures that local tax dollars are kept where they’re needed most – directly benefitting our children in the classroom,” Burns said. “I’m happy to make sure that state funding that is rightfully theirs is coming back to Central Cambria.” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently identified more than $8.4 million in incorrect transportation reimbursements to schools statewide. A series of audits identified clerical errors that led to the inaccurate payments. State transportation subsidies help school districts defray the cost of student transportation. Central Cambria was underpaid $46,017 for the 2012-13 school year and $73,500 for the 2013-14 school year, an audit showed. The Department of Education confirmed that Central Cambria will receive the $119,517 it is owed before this fiscal year ends on June 30, 2019. “Safe transportation to and from school is a right of all students, but the cost can be substantial in rural communities where students live farther apart,” Burns said. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 8 – A $106,000 grant will fund construction of six new outdoor pickleball courts at Buhl Park in Hermitage, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti noted that the paddle sport – which combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong – is growing in popularity and has been shown to promote multiple physical benefits. “I’m delighted to see this project I’ve supported come to fruition through funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,” Longietti said. “Buhl Park is an outdoor gem for our citizens and a gathering place for fishing, bicycling, walking, running, exploring nature and enjoying disc golf. This grant will allow us to add yet another recreational activity to the mix – one that has been shown to improve muscular strength, endurance and cardiovascular health.” Park staff noted that demand for the courts has been increasing. “We’re very excited to receive the news of the grant award, and extremely thankful to DCNR and our local community and state representatives for their support,” said Mary Lynn Reid, grant writer for Buhl Park. “A great many people in our community have been asking for us to install pickleball courts for several years, and I am sure they will be thrilled to hear this news.” The grant – made available through the Community Conservation Partnership Program – will fund the Read more
WEST HAZLETON, Nov. 7 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced that Summit Utility Structures LLC has been approved for a $1 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. Mullery said the company will purchase machinery and equipment to be installed at its new manufacturing facility in West Hazleton Borough. “Job creation is vital in our area and this project will create 25 full-time jobs and help retain 42 additional jobs,” Mullery said. “I am very excited Summit has decided to expand here in the 119 th Legislative District and offer family-sustaining wage jobs for my constituents.” The company plans to acquire a CNC plate processor, welding equipment, sand blaster, long seamer and overhead cranes. This month, PIDA approved a total of more than $3 million in low-interest loans to projects statewide, including Luzerne County. Mullery said that in 2018, PIDA approved $76.5 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $109.5 million in private investment and supported 4,167 created and retained full-time jobs. “I am pleased the PIDA board felt the West Hazleton project warranted approval,” Mullery said. PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction, renovation work, machinery and equipment loans, along with Read more
ALLENTOWN, Nov. 7 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer invites local veterans to take part in a support program on Nov. 16 at his district office. A representative from the American Legion will be present in Schweyer’s office – 1912 S. Fourth St. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov 16 to highlight services available for veterans and their families. The representative also will be available to discuss pensions and other compensation, as well as education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of this help. Anyone interested in speaking to the adviser is recommended to schedule an appointment through Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270 . The help is normally available on the third Friday of every month at Schweyer’s office, but this month's date was moved up a week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 7 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today said a senior fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17 at the St. Thomas Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Ave. “I’m looking forward to meeting with our seniors, and helping to connect them with the government agencies and representatives that can best serve them,” Solomon said. “It’s important to meet with our older residents and make sure that they are taking care of themselves, and have access to the resources and help they need for a fulfilling and quality life.” Seniors will be able to talk to state and local government resource officials, representatives from hospitals and insurance companies, and local businesses and senior homes. Providers will hear directly from seniors what services would be most helpful to them, to better serve their members and patients. Solomon said the Senior Fair will offer the option to get vaccinations before flu season goes into full effect, and provides more convenient access to government programs and services. The event will feature: Light refreshments Free flu shots, with most insurance and Medicare cards Blood pressure screenings Medicine drop off to safely dispose of unused or expired medication Giveaways and much more! For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Solomon’s district office at 215-342-6340. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Read more
NANTICOKE, Nov. 2 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today that several local school districts were approved for school safety grants by the state School Safety and Security Committee. Crestwood School District, Greater Nanticoke Area School District, Hanover Area School District, Hazleton Area School District, and Wyoming Valley West School District each received $25,000 to support one or more practices in their districts that promote school safety. “Continuing to ensure that our students are safe day in and day out while at school is an issue I take very seriously,” Mullery said. “I am happy to see this important funding come to the different school districts in my legislative district, and I look forward to continue working with school leaders to maximize funding for our students.” The School Safety and Security Committee was established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency by Act 44 of 2018 . School districts were able to submit to the committee an application to receive $25,000. The approved schools can use the funding for a variety of services, including purchasing security-related technology, hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists or supporting school safety-related trainings. Mullery said that he noted his thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration’s dedication to enhancing school safety across Read more
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