Rep. Kirkland issues statement on potential sale of Chester Water Authority, suggests town hall for residents

(Aug 19, 2019)

“Let me be clear: I support our rate payers and our workers, and I know that Chester Water is the best water available. Let the conversation begin, and let’s stop the politics.” Read more

 

Kirkland announces nearly $10 million in funding for stormwater improvements in Chester

(Jul 17, 2019)

CHESTER, July 17 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced today that the Stormwater Authority of the City of Chester has been awarded a nearly $10 million low-interest loan to improve stormwater systems, which will mitigate localized flooding and erosion, and improve water quality. “This project will make improvements that will benefit public health and the quality of life for residents,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. The $9.98 million will cover the complete cost of the first phase of the project, which will consist of approximately 9,500 feet of pipe, 65 catch basins, 200 manholes and associated stormwater roadway restoration. Additionally, water quality devices will be installed to remove trash and sediment from the system, and to remove pollutants from the water. The interest rate for the 20-year loan is 1 percent. Rates for the 10,000 low-income households served by the system are not expected to increase. The award was finalized today by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Authority, commonly known as Pennvest. To learn more, www.pennvest.pa.gov . Read more

 

Kirkland announces $113K in fresh food grants to local elementary schools

(Jul 16, 2019)

“Our youth is our priority, and one way we show that is by making sure they’re eating well and learning about the benefits of healthy living.” Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland stands up against elimination of straight-party ticket voting

(Jun 27, 2019)

As legislators, we should be encouraging all who are eligible to express their desires at the polls, to act on their inalienable right to vote. Elimination of the straight-ticket voting option muddies that process and makes it more difficult to participate. So I stand against Senate Bill 48. Read more

 

Delaware County receives $1.4M for countywide services, including for women

(Jun 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Members of the House Democratic Southeast Delegation today lauded the announcement of more than $1.4 million in grants for Delaware County family, women, victim and related countywide services. “The public investments coming to our communities in Delco reflect the hard work and collaboration among its citizens and public servants first and foremost,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. “I’d also like to thank the Wolf administration for putting public money back into the hands of the people.” The grants were approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at its meeting Wednesday. “Helping a victim become a survivor is the kind of work we must support with all our might,” said Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware. “It is not easy work, and it often comes at a price that exceeds what local taxes can support. Any time that the state invests in the systems working on the ground directly with people, we’re delivering literal hope to those who need it most.” “I have been to visit service providers here in Delaware County and have seen firsthand the need for these services. The difference this funding makes is truly life-changing for survivors, women, children, their families and our community,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware. “I will always fight for survivors.” “Congratulations to these hardworking groups that go to work for Read more

 

Kirkland congratulates Chester-Upland School District on $443K school safety grant

(May 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, today congratulated the Chester-Upland School District for earning a $443,172 school safety grant from the state School Safety and Security Committee. “All students should be afforded the right to a safe learning environment, and students of the Chester-Upland School District are no different,” Kirkland said. “The Chester-Upland School District team worked very hard on this, and I am happy to see this grant used towards securing classrooms and schools.” The School Safety and Security Committee is a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, established by Act 44 of 2018. School districts across the commonwealth were able to submit applications to the committee for evaluation. 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. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will discuss the award and specific projects with the school district in days to come. A full list of approved school districts and more information about the committee can be found on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security web page. Read more

 

PLBC condemns divisive invocation given in the House Chamber

(Mar 26, 2019)

Members from Philadelphia and of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today condemned a divisive opening prayer delivered Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Here’s a selection of quotes. Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC chairman: “On a day that should have been celebrated, we found ourselves confused and mortified. The swearing-in of Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell as the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was overshadowed by the outrageous remarks made by the Republican member. This is disgusting behavior. I choose to celebrate the diversity of our caucus, and welcome Representative Johnson-Harrell with open, loving arms. I believe our Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said it best, ‘It was beneath the dignity of the House.’ There is no room for hate.” Rep. Donna Bullock, PLBC vice chairwoman: “It is unfortunate that prayer was used to intimidate and divide. As our state legislature becomes more diverse, as we elect more women, more people of color, and people of different faiths and experiences, our ability to work together for all Pennsylvanians will be tested. I pray that my colleagues come to understand that Pennsylvania's diversity is our strength, not the enemy.” Rep. Summer Lee, PLBC treasurer who represents a portion of Allegheny County: ”We want to foremost, recognize and celebrate the historic victory and swearing-in of Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland secures four committee assignments

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland today announced he was assigned to four House of Representative committees. Kirkland’s assignments include Children and Youth, Urban Affairs, Gaming Oversight, and Tourism and Recreational Development. “I am excited about the committees I am part of,” said Kirkland, who represents the 159 th Legislative District, including the city of Chester. “These committees are important to me, specifically for the needs of my district.” The Children and Youth Committee focuses on Pennsylvania’s youngest residents, reviewing bills that impact the Office of Child Development and Learning, as well as the Office of Children, Youth and Families under the Department of Human Services. The Urban Affairs Committee focuses on housing and public safety issues in first-, second- and third-class cities and counties. The Gaming Oversight Committee centers on bills affecting gaming and casinos in Pennsylvania, while the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee oversees legislation regarding to the tourism industry. Its responsibilities include jurisdiction over the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, with other focus on arts, entertainment, recreation and travel. Kirkland was sworn in earlier this month to begin his second term in the House. Read more

 

Kirkland sworn in for second term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – During a Capitol ceremony, state Rep. Brian Kirkland today was sworn in for his second term as state representative for the 159 th Legislative District. “Serving the residents of this district is an honor, and as I enter my second term, I’m focused on addressing the issues that matter to them,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “We need to continue to increase our investment in public education, work to connect residents with in-demand jobs, and ensure our communities are safe places to live. I’m proud to keep fighting on residents’ behalf.” Kirkland was first elected in 2017. In his first term, he helped secure numerous grants for projects in the 159 th District and hosted a number of community events, including senior health events, job fairs and expungement clinics. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year marks Pennsylvania’s 203 rd legislative session. Learn more about the House Democrats’ Plan for PA here . Read more

 

Fighting hunger this holiday season

(Nov 20, 2018)

With the holidays upon us, I want to remind everyone that the commonwealth offers some excellent resources to help families who may be struggling with food insecurity. Check out these links to: A list of food banks by county An interactive map of food pantries A list of state food programs A program through which hunters can share extra venison Ideas for fighting hunger in your community If you don’t need help but want to volunteer your time or resources, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in the links above. This holiday season, let’s work together to make sure everyone has blessings to count. Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Delaware County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Kirkland, Policy Committee examine jobs and economic development

(Oct 25, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on jobs and economic development at Chester City Hall. Kirkland was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the importance of creating more jobs that offer good pay and benefits while boosting local economic development. “We had a great discussion today on what more we can do to connect Pennsylvania’s hard workers to the jobs that businesses need to fill,” Kirkland said. “We need to invest in projects that create good jobs and continue to fight for workers, so that we can strengthen the middle class.” Sturla added, “Jobs that offer family-sustaining pay and benefits are essential to creating an economy that works for everyone. I thank Representative Kirkland for spotlighting his region’s perspective in growing Pennsylvania’s economy.” The committee heard testimony from Carol Kilko, deputy secretary for business financing with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Drake Nakaishi, executive director of the Chester Economic Development Authority; and John Daly, executive director of the Delaware County Workforce Development Board. Testimony, photos Read more

 

Kirkland to host Policy Committee hearing on jobs and economic development Thursday in Chester

(Oct 23, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 23 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on jobs and economic development. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in City Council Chambers at Chester City Hall, 1 E. 4 th St. Kirkland requested the hearing to discuss the importance of creating more jobs that offer good pay and benefits while boosting local economic development. Kirkland will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. State panel: Carol Kilko , deputy secretary for business financing, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Eileen Cipriani , deputy secretary for workforce development, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry 10:45 a.m. Local panel: Drake Nakaishi , executive director, Chester Economic Development Authority John Daly , executive director, Delaware County Workforce Development Board 11:20 a.m. Closing remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first by growing good jobs, investing in quality schools and working toward a fair economy. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and Read more

 

Kirkland announces $5.6 million in Pennvest funding for Chester City Stormwater Authority

(Oct 17, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland today announced the Chester City Stormwater Authority was awarded a $5.6 million low-interest loan for a stormwater management project. The loan was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority on Wednesday. The project will address an area subject to flooding and overflows from excessive runoff volume and lack of capacity in the conveyance and storage systems. The funds will be used to retrofit about 125 catch basins, remove impervious roadway and install stormwater controls for a recreational trail at Crozer Park. “This project is going to help reduce sediment to the Ridley and Chester creeks, reduce flooding and improve the stormwater system that serves 10,000 low-income households in the area,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “In addition, the work will create 50 construction jobs for Pennsylvania residents. This is important, necessary work, and I’m pleased that the Pennvest board saw fit to approve this loan.” Pennvest serves Pennsylvania communities by funding sewer, storm water and drinking water projects. The projects contribute to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and residents’ health, as well as provide jobs and opportunities for economic growth. Read more

 

Kirkland announces recycling grants for local municipalities

(Oct 15, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced today that two local municipalities were awarded grants to boost recycling and leaf collection programs. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to 195 county and municipal governments for recycling collections and education, as well as leaf litter pickup. Upper Chichester Township was awarded $31,774 and Ridley Township was awarded $163,018. “It’s important that we encourage recycling for the health of our environment and our communities,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “I’m pleased to see the state award this funding to help local municipalities make it easier for residents to protect our environment.” Projects eligible for the grants include operating leaf compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, and continuing or creating curbside recycling programs. Learn more at www.dep.pa.gov . Read more

 

Kirkland announces school safety grants

(Oct 04, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that several local school and police agencies were awarded state grants aimed at improving safety in schools. The grants were among $8.4 million in Safe Schools grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education today. The funding includes program grants for school entities to establish programs to prevent and reduce violence; equipment grants to help school entities procure security or safety equipment; funding for the training and compensation of school resources officers, employed by law enforcement agencies and assigned to schools, and school police officers, employed directly by school districts. Local grants were awarded as follows: Chichester School District, Equipment Grant, $22,465 Chester-Upland School District, Program Grant, $19,998 Upland Borough Police Department, School Resource Officer Grant, Year 1, $60,000 Chester Community Charter School, School Police Officer Grant, Year 1, $40,000 “Keeping our children safe is the greatest responsibility we have. These grants will help ensure that schools have what they need to better protect our students, and I’m pleased that many of our local schools will benefit from this funding,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. More information about the grants is available here . Kirkland also supported the creation of a new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program to be administered through the Pennsylvania Read more

 

Kirkland to host senior health event

(Oct 01, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland will host a senior health event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16, at the Chester Senior Center. The Get Right with Health event will include free demonstrations of fun and healthy activities, including yoga, Zumba and cooking. Health-related educational services will be provided, and Kirkland’s office will offer help with state government-related programs and services. “Seniors are an important part of our community, and I’m happy to bring these services and opportunities together to help older adults maintain active and healthy lifestyles,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. The event will be held at the Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes St., Chester PA 19013. Anyone with questions should contact Kirkland’s office at 610-876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland bill would require ID for firearm ammunition purchases

(Sep 13, 2018)

CHESTER, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, is introducing legislation that would require people purchasing firearm ammunition to present an official form of photo identification. Currently, ammunition cannot be sold to anyone who sellers reasonably believe to be under the minimum age. However, sellers are not required to check a buyer’s ID to verify age. Kirkland’s legislation would require identification be presented every time ammunition is purchased, helping to eliminate illegal sales. “Protecting our communities from the horrific impact of gun violence is extremely important to me,” Kirkland said. “From Sandy Hook to Stoneman Douglas High School, we too often grieve the loss of precious life taken by those who should not have access to firearms and ammunition. “Sadly, young people, especially African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, face significantly higher-than-average risks of being a victim of gun-related homicide. We can – and we must – do everything in our power to curtail this epidemic, and this legislation is just one step of many necessary to take on this issue.” Kirkland said that photo ID is required to purchase alcohol, allergy medicine, lottery tickets and other items, so it is reasonable to require identification for purchasing the element that makes a firearm lethal. He said that his legislation would serve as reasonable reform to save lives without infringing Read more

 

Kirkland announces over $385,000 in grants for Chester-Upland School District

(Aug 30, 2018)

CHESTER, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced today that the Chester-Upland School District received $385,884 in Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) grants to improve schools. Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland issues statement on potential sale of Chester Water Authority, suggests town hall for residents
Aug 19, 2019

Kirkland announces nearly $10 million in funding for stormwater improvements in Chester
Jul 17, 2019

Kirkland announces $113K in fresh food grants to local elementary schools
Jul 16, 2019

Rep. Kirkland stands up against elimination of straight-party ticket voting
Jun 27, 2019

Delaware County receives $1.4M for countywide services, including for women
Jun 13, 2019

Kirkland congratulates Chester-Upland School District on $443K school safety grant
May 02, 2019

PLBC condemns divisive invocation given in the House Chamber
Mar 26, 2019

Rep. Kirkland secures four committee assignments
Jan 29, 2019

Kirkland sworn in for second term as state representative
Jan 01, 2019

Fighting hunger this holiday season
Nov 20, 2018

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans
Nov 08, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 01, 2018

Kirkland, Policy Committee examine jobs and economic development
Oct 25, 2018

Kirkland to host Policy Committee hearing on jobs and economic development Thursday in Chester
Oct 23, 2018

Kirkland announces $5.6 million in Pennvest funding for Chester City Stormwater Authority
Oct 17, 2018

Kirkland announces recycling grants for local municipalities
Oct 15, 2018

Kirkland announces school safety grants
Oct 04, 2018

Kirkland to host senior health event
Oct 01, 2018

Kirkland bill would require ID for firearm ammunition purchases
Sep 13, 2018

Kirkland announces over $385,000 in grants for Chester-Upland School District
Aug 30, 2018