Kirkland announces grants to support community projects

(Apr 21, 2021)

“I’m happy to see state funding support projects that will contribute to the revitalization of our community. These funds will help create a place for kids to play, support an employer, and make safety enhancements so that residents can access the waterfront,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Mobile office Tuesday; COVID-19 resources

(Mar 22, 2021)

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Kirkland issues statement on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

(Feb 19, 2021)

CHESTER, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, issued the following statement regarding the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine: “I’ve heard the frustration from residents of my district about the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Many community members were excited about the potential of a new vaccine provider location supposed to open yesterday in Chester, only to be let down when no doses were available. “I’ve been in communication with the state Department of Health, and alongside my colleagues, have been pushing to get more vaccine to our communities here in Delaware County. After confusion over first- and second-dose allocations, the Department of Health, working with a new joint legislative task force, has assured us that there will be enough second doses of vaccine for those who need them and that they are working to minimize the impact on first-dose vaccinations. “Vaccine supply remains our biggest hurdle, and we need a clear process for making sure those who need the vaccine most are able to get in line. I will continue to fight for my city and community and do everything I can to see that we get a more effective process in place.” Read more

 

Kirkland applauds budget proposal that supports schools, working families

(Feb 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, released the following statement about Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2021-22 state budget. “I’m happy to see the governor propose a budget that focuses on meeting the needs of Pennsylvanians, including our communities right here in Delaware County. “Our public schools have been inequitably funded for far too long, and Governor Wolf’s plan would not only significantly increase funding but distribute that funding more fairly, to ensure all of our school districts can provide a good education for kids without placing more of a burden on our communities through property taxes. “This proposal would help hard-working men and women support their families through a long-overdue increase in the minimum wage as well as targeted tax cuts for working Pennsylvanians and businesses that pay their fair share. When people have more money in their pockets, that’s more money they can spend, supporting our local economy. “And while Pennsylvania has made strides in criminal justice reform in recent years, there’s much more work to do, and I’m pleased to see the governor push us in that direction with this proposal. As we move through the budget process, I will continue to examine the details of the governor’s proposal and look forward to a final product that is good for residents of my district and Pennsylvania as a whole.” Read more

 

Kirkland to offer new Upper Chichester mobile office

(Jan 22, 2021)

CHESTER, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland will hold mobile office hours for the Upper Chichester community beginning Feb. 3. His new mobile office will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Upper Chichester Community Room, 1950 Market St., Boothwyn. Residents of the 159 th District are invited to stop by for help with state services including the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PennDOT paperwork, SEPTA Key Senior Cards and more. “These mobile office hours are designed to make state services more easily accessible for residents of my district. My staff and I are ready to help with a host of state-related issues, and I invite community members to stop by,” Kirkland said. Kirkland also holds mobile office hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Lighthouse Hall, 1401 9 th St. in Eddystone. Anyone with questions can call Kirkland’s office at 610-876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland announces nearly $10 million grant for Chester stormwater project

(Jan 20, 2021)

CHESTER, Jan. 20 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that a nearly $10 million grant has been awarded to the Stormwater Authority of the city of Chester for the third phase of a comprehensive stormwater infrastructure project. The $9.96 million grant was approved today by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, commonly known as Pennvest. The project includes approximately 1,600 feet of pipe, 325 inlets, four manholes and roadway restoration, as well as construction of a regional stormwater control basin and more. “This project will improve an outdated stormwater system, which, in turn, will help address flooding issues – a safety hazard – in the Veterans Park area of Chester,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “This kind of infrastructure work is absolutely essential for our community, and I’m pleased that state funding will help get the job done.” Pennvest serves the communities and residents of Pennsylvania by funding sewer, stormwater and drinking water projects. Residents can learn more here: https://www.pennvest.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Kirkland assigned to House Urban Affairs, Tourism, Gaming committees

(Jan 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that he has been assigned to serve on the House Urban Affairs, Tourism and Recreational Development, and Gaming Oversight committees for the new legislative session. Kirkland was sworn in on Jan. 5 for his third term as representative for the 159 th Legislative District in Delaware County. “As I begin a new term, I am looking forward to advocating for the needs of my district’s residents, and these committee assignments position me well to do just that,” Kirkland said. “Each of these committees reviews legislation regarding matters that affect our community. I am ready to get to work and serve as a strong voice in the legislature for my neighbors.” The Urban Affairs Committee reviews bills which pertain to cities and counties of the first, second and third class. The Tourism and Recreational Development Committee oversees legislation which pertains to the state’s large tourism industry and has jurisdiction over the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The Gaming Oversight Committee works with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to evaluate bills that affect gaming in Pennsylvania, including the types of gaming allowed, as well as rules for casinos and using the proceeds of gaming in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Kirkland announces grant for Chester Senior Center

(Jan 08, 2021)

CHESTER, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that Chester Senior Center will receive a state grant of nearly $5,000 to help support its work with area seniors. The grant was part of $2 million awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to be distributed equally among the 405 Area Agency on Aging-affiliated Senior Community Centers throughout the commonwealth. The grants are typically competitive, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the department instead distributed the funding to the 52 Area Agencies on Aging to allocate among all eligible centers. “This global health crisis has been especially hard on older adults in our community, who need our support. I’m pleased to see this grant awarded to help Chester Senior Center with the important work of connecting local seniors with the assistance and resources they need, now and when the pandemic is over,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. Chester Senior Center will receive funding through the allocation to the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging. Senior centers can use the funding through June 30, 2022 on a variety of projects to meet the needs of the center and participants during the pandemic, according to the Department of Aging. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

Kirkland announces more than $5M in grants for local projects

(Jan 04, 2021)

CHESTER, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that four state grants totaling more than $5 million will support redevelopment and construction projects in the 159 th District. “I’m pleased to see grants awarded to help support projects in Trainer, Eddystone and Chester,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “These projects aim to revitalize areas in need, create jobs and make needed municipal building upgrades. This work will help create a brighter future for our community, and I’m grateful to Governor Tom Wolf for seeing the value of these projects and supporting them with funding.” Grants in the 159 th District were awarded as follows: Monroe Energy, in Trainer - $1.5 million for Phase II of a multi-phase investment to convert once-through cooling water from the Delaware River to a closed-loop, city water cooling tower system. Once all three phases are complete, three cooling towers will have been erected, reducing Monroe’s water intake from the Delaware River by 90% or 90 million gallons. Eddystone - $500,000 for the Eddystone Municipal Complex project, which includes constructing an addition to the existing firehouse, constructing a new maintenance facility, rehabilitating an industrial building for office space and constructing a municipal recreation area on the former commercial site. A World So Special Inc., in Chester - $1 million for the Seaport Commissary and Event Center, a Read more

 

Delaware County elected officials laud $1.5M grant to strengthen 911 system

(Dec 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 29 – State representatives and senators from Delaware County applauded a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program award to strengthen the county’s 911 system. Through bipartisan efforts, elected officials helped secure grants to benefit more than 560,000 Pennsylvanians and help Delaware County’s first responders. This project will strengthen the security and reliability of the county’s public safety communication system. This includes 24 tower upgrades to provide acceptable county-wide communication coverage, shelter structures, an ice bridge, grounding, electric, HVAC, core work additions and 911 center equipment to communicate effectively in emergency situations with citizens, first responders and with surrounding counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. “Calling 911 and receiving a timely response has been an issue for years throughout Delaware County,” House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., said. “Thankfully, this funding will help streamline our communications system to ensure that residents in crisis can quickly receive help and support. I’m proud to see lawmakers from both the House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, come together for the safety of the people we represent.” “I’ve heard from many constituents about frustrations they’ve experienced with calling 911 since 2016,” Read more

 

Kirkland announces grant for Chester waterfront project

(Dec 17, 2020)

CHESTER, Dec. 17 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that the Pennsylvania Environmental Council was awarded a $50,000 state grant for a project to help reconnect Chester residents with the Delaware River. The Department of Environmental Protection awarded the Pennsylvania Environmental Council a $50,000 Coastal Zone grant for the Chester City East Coast Greenway (Highland and Norris) engineering design. The project aims to start the process of connecting Chester residents with the Riverwalk Trail and the environmental assets of the Delaware River. A key step is to rebuild Highland Avenue and Norris Street as safe multi-use corridors, including an ADA-accessible shared-use path that will serve as the East Coast Greenway and facilitate access to the river. “The waterfront is a vital part of plans for Chester’s future. Once complete, this project will make the waterfront area more easily accessible for our residents to enjoy, and I’m pleased to see the state invest in our community,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. Find more information on the grants here . Read more

 

Delaware County representatives laud awarding of $1.8M in grants

(Dec 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – Delaware County state representatives applauded the awarding of more than $1.8 million in grants for Delaware County organizations and agencies. The funds, approved today by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, support a variety of programs and services, including adult probation services, body-worn camera initiatives, domestic abuse programs, and more. “This money represents an investment in Pennsylvania’s women, our vulnerable communities of color, and children who face indescribable pain,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, who is chair of the House Democratic Caucus Southeast Delegation. “This is precisely why I serve my community – to lift up and help those who need help the most and cannot help themselves. Thank you to the dedicated support staff working for these programs in Upper Darby and Delaware County. Their professionalism and advocacy is why this funding is finding its way here to our community.” Rep. David Delloso said, “These important programs and services are designed to decrease crime in Delaware County. They provide a pathway back to life for juvenile and adult offenders, while a number of these other programs serve as lifelines for victims.” Rep. Leanne Krueger said, “These funds support incredibly important programs and services that reach so many community members around Delaware County. This is an investment in the safety and Read more

 

O’Mara, Kirkland announce grant awarded to Delaware County Historical Society

(Dec 03, 2020)

CHESTER, Dec. 3 — State Reps. Jennifer O’Mara and Brian Kirkland, both D-Delaware, are applauding the Delaware County Historical Society for securing a $4,000 state grant. Funding comes from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and will help make up for lost revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions. “I’m grateful for this grant,” Kirkland said. “In the same way a child who learns about their family history can understand and appreciate who he or she is, citizens can grasp what their community has been and what it might become by studying local history.” “As a board member of the Delaware County Historical Society, I can attest that we were severely impacted by COVID-19 and missed out on several fundraising opportunities,” O’Mara said. “This grant will help us ensure that we can continue preserving and learning from our local history as we continue to wade through this public health crisis.” The PHMC awarded almost $2 million in grants to 155 eligible museums and official county historical societies in 58 Pennsylvania counties. Award amounts are determined using an equation based on a percentage of the eligible museum’s previous year’s operating budget. The maximum any museum could receive is $40,000. All official county historical societies receive a $4,000 minimum grant. The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is Read more

 

Kirkland announces more than $300K in grants for local schools

(Nov 16, 2020)

CHESTER, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, helped announce more than $9 million in state Safe School grants, with more than $300,000 headed to schools in his legislative district. Read more

 

Kirkland announces $60,000 grant for Chester

(Oct 15, 2020)

State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, today announced the city of Chester has been approved for a $60,000 grant through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee-PA Legislative Black Caucus to hold sixth hearing on Police Reform Friday in Capitol

(Sep 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 22 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will hold its sixth hearing on police reform and community solutions. Read more

 

State Reps. Krueger, Kirkland announce more than $100K in grants for Delaware County schools

(Aug 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger and Brian Kirkland announced a pair of grants for local school districts to improve educational services during the COVID-19 pandemic at schools designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Read more

 

Kirkland announces nearly a $200K grant for local services

(Aug 17, 2020)

State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced Monday that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved a $182,740 grant for Chester Township to improve stormwater management. Read more

 

Delaware County lawmakers call for investigation into violence against Black Lives Matter supporters

(Aug 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG (August 7, 2020) – Today, a group of state lawmakers from Delaware County called for District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer to investigate violence and intimidation aimed at Black Lives Matter supporters during a march in Ridley Township on Saturday, August 1 st . State Sens. Tim Kearney and Anthony Williams as well as State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Margo Davidson, David Delloso, Brian Kirkland, and Joanna McClinton signed the letter, which details how peaceful protesters were met with violence and intimidation by a group of counter-protesters. The letter calls for Delaware County’s District Attorney to investigate the counter-protesters’ actions and the Ridley Township Police Department’s response. “I was proud to participate in the Black Lives Matter protest and stand with people of all races and all ages against systemic racism,” said Sen. Tim Kearney . “But I was disturbed by the hate and intimidation that I witnessed firsthand from counter-protesters. We are better than that. We need to make sure our community feels safe when peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.” “I join others across our community in expressing horror that this demonstration of love and support for Black lives was met by a menacing group with a mission to taunt and intimidate peaceful protesters,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger . “Instead of actively protecting the First Amendment rights of our Read more

 

Delco House Democrats thank fellow residents for work toward Green Phase

(Jun 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – Pennsylvania House Democrats representing Delaware County praised residents for their diligence and sacrifice in flattening the deadly curve of COVID-19 infections following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today that the county will enter Green Phase recovery efforts on June 26. During the Green Phase, aggressive mitigation tactics to control the spread of the disease are lifted, but several key defenses against it stay in effect. Personal care services, including hair salons and barber shops, must operate at 50% capacity or by appointment only; appointments or reservations also are strongly encouraged for gyms or spas. Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing or theater performance. Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Nursing home visitation restrictions remain in place. Restaurants and bars may be open at 50% occupancy. Casinos, theaters, and shopping malls can open at 50% occupancy. Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are excluded from limitations. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as masking at their gatherings. Other details can be found here . Read more

 

Kirkland announces grants to support community projects
Apr 21, 2021

E-BLAST: Mobile office Tuesday; COVID-19 resources
Mar 22, 2021

Kirkland issues statement on COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Feb 19, 2021

Kirkland applauds budget proposal that supports schools, working families
Feb 03, 2021

Kirkland to offer new Upper Chichester mobile office
Jan 22, 2021

Kirkland announces nearly $10 million grant for Chester stormwater project
Jan 20, 2021

Kirkland assigned to House Urban Affairs, Tourism, Gaming committees
Jan 11, 2021

Kirkland announces grant for Chester Senior Center
Jan 08, 2021

Kirkland announces more than $5M in grants for local projects
Jan 04, 2021

Delaware County elected officials laud $1.5M grant to strengthen 911 system
Dec 29, 2020

Kirkland announces grant for Chester waterfront project
Dec 17, 2020

Delaware County representatives laud awarding of $1.8M in grants
Dec 09, 2020

O’Mara, Kirkland announce grant awarded to Delaware County Historical Society
Dec 03, 2020

Kirkland announces more than $300K in grants for local schools
Nov 16, 2020

Kirkland announces $60,000 grant for Chester
Oct 15, 2020

House Democratic Policy Committee-PA Legislative Black Caucus to hold sixth hearing on Police Reform Friday in Capitol
Sep 22, 2020

State Reps. Krueger, Kirkland announce more than $100K in grants for Delaware County schools
Aug 25, 2020

Kirkland announces nearly a $200K grant for local services
Aug 17, 2020

Delaware County lawmakers call for investigation into violence against Black Lives Matter supporters
Aug 07, 2020

Delco House Democrats thank fellow residents for work toward Green Phase
Jun 19, 2020