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Burgos applauds new appointees to PA commission on Latino affairs

(Jan 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today congratulated the 15 newly appointed commissioners and the 18 returning commissioners sworn in to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. “I commend this group of commissioners, who not only represent the cultural diversity of our community, but also career and geographical diversity. Each appointee lends a tremendous amount of experience and each demonstrates the potential that our exponentially growing community possesses,” Burgos said. “These roles carry immense responsibility and I look forward in helping to shoulder this responsibility as we work together in not only improving the quality of life of Pennsylvania’s Latinos, but also showcasing the caliber of our worth and contributions across our commonwealth.” GACLA, established by executive order in 2015 and comprising volunteer members, is dedicated to advising the governor on policies that impact Latino American communities and ensures that Latinos across the commonwealth are given the opportunity to thrive in community development, education, equal rights, the workforce, and health and social services in the commonwealth. The list of the new and returning appointees can be found at this link: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-appoints-33-members-to-the-governors-advisory-commission-on-latino-affairs/ . Read more

 

Fall 2019 Newsletter

(Nov 22, 2019)

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Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the House Philadelphia Delegation, along with delegation members Reps. Joseph C. Hohenstein, Danilo Burgos, Angel Cruz, and Isabella V. Fitzgerald, announced that the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation received a $100,000 state grant to launch development plans for the Tacony Creek Park. Dawkins said the city will use the grant, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation Grant Program, to prepare a master site development plan for the 300-acre park, which lies in portions of the 177 th ,197 th , 180 th , 203 rd Legislative Districts, including Dawkins’ 179 th District. “It’s imperative for public servants to shoulder responsibility in ensuring greenspaces like Tacony Creek Park remain healthy and viable,” Dawkins said. “As public servants, it is always our privilege and honor to advocate to bring funding to the district and we will continue advocating for more state dollars in the future.” Hohenstein, who represents the 177 th Legislative District, agreed. “It is certainly our responsibility as state legislators,” Hohenstein said. “We are obligated to ensure the preservation of our natural resources and this grant fulfills that obligation.” Burgos, who represents the 197 th District added, “Rich in history and biodiversity, the Tacony Creek Park is an Read more

 

Reps. Burgos, Toohil Achieve Big Win for Insuring the Spanish-Speaking Community

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – The Pennsylvania Insurance Department recently issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) with the goal to be able to offer, for the first time, insurance licensing educational materials and examinations in Spanish and Chinese, according to Reps. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., and Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne. “The option to offer these exams in Spanish is most welcomed and long overdue. My district has a very diverse population with many Spanish-speaking constituents. The Spanish educational materials and exams will benefit these citizens to help them navigate the system to easily access the information when they need it,” said Burgos. “I have many Spanish-speaking constituents who are finding it difficult to take the insurance class and pass the final exam to obtain a state license,” said Toohil. “By offering the educational materials and tests in Spanish, we are bolstering Pennsylvania’s insurance industry with new agents and allowing the minority populations greater access to the financial safety net that insurance can provide.” The two legislators met recently with Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman to discuss the department’s efforts to seek a vendor to offer the educational materials and exams in the two languages. “As a department, we are committed to advancing consumer protections through our licensing programs and remain dedicated to educate Read more

 

Burgos announces $477,000 grant for Beury Building redevelopment

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – Following approval by the Commonwealth Financial Authority, state Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., announced 3701 N. Broad LLC has been awarded a $477,400 Multimodal Transportation Fund Program state grant for its Beury Building redevelopment project. “The Beury Building is one of north Philadelphia’s greatest treasures and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Burgos said. “This grant will not only help to preserve this significant structure, but also continue to revitalize our community and commercial corridors. I applaud 3701 N. Broad LLC in its efforts to create a robust north Philadelphia for years to come.” The grant will be used to install new sidewalks, ADA ramps, streetlights and trees. The total project cost is $682,000. It is part of a redevelopment project to transform the Beury Building into a hotel, residences and a business incubator space. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, including streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. Read more

 

Burgos announces $11K grant for Norris Square Neighborhood Project, $2K grant for Jig-Bee

(Oct 03, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., announced Thursday that the Norris Square Neighborhood Project, which serves local youth and community residents in a variety of ways, including by developing their sustainable agriculture skills, has been awarded $11,910 to fund a farm stand, and Jig-Bee, a flower farm on a former vacant lot, has been awarded a $2,500 to help with its operations. “Norris Square Neighborhood Project has been making a difference in the community for more than 45 years, and I know this funding will allow the organization to do even more good for all those it serves,” Burgos said. “Jig-Bee is beautifying a former vacant lot and offering local fresh flowers to individuals and businesses. I am excited about the potential that can grow from these grant awards and investments in our community.” The $11,910 grant awarded to Norris Square Neighborhood Project and $2,500 grant awarded to Jig-Bee are two of 28 projects across the commonwealth. The money is from Pennsylvania’s Urban Agriculture Grants program, part of the first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which provides both microgrants, for one-time projects or single applicants and up to $2,500 in funding, and macro grants, for projects that demonstrate cooperative or regional efforts with multiple partners and up to $50,000 in funding. Norris Square Neighborhood Project will use its grant for farm stand materials, a composting system, grow lights, Read more

 

9/23/19 – PA’s Hemp Industry – Harrisburg

(Sep 30, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing co-chaired by State Rep. Danilo Burgos. Read more

 

Burgos, Policy Committee discuss hemp industry in Pa. Capitol

(Sep 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., co-chaired a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing in the Capitol today on the hemp industry in Pennsylvania. “We know that the hemp industry has a strong future here in Pennsylvania, if it gets the support that it needs,” Burgos said. “Having representatives from the Pennsylvania hemp industry here, along with members of our own state Department of Agriculture and from the state of Kentucky, which has an industrial hemp program, provided a huge opportunity for us to learn more ways to support the hemp industry here in our commonwealth.” Burgos was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. He had requested the hearing to discuss the burgeoning hemp industry in Pennsylvania. Testifiers included representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Ruth Welliver, director of the bureau of plant industry, and Natalie Krak, policy director; representatives from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture: Keith Rogers, chief of staff, and Doris Hamilton, manager of the industrial hemp program; Steve Bevan, president of GenCanna Global Inc. and chairman of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable; Marielle Weintraub, president of the U.S. Hemp Authority; and Dr. Steven Groff, founding chairman of Groff North America and Farmacy Partners. This hearing was one in a series held across the state on House Read more

 

Burgos kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., on Monday joined representatives with the Commission on Latino Affairs in the state Capitol to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. “Today, we celebrate Latinos and their contributions to Pennsylvania,” Burgos said. “We also join together to ensure that Latinos who give so much of themselves to make our state a great place to live, work and play have access to the resources they need. There are so many tools and resources available to our Latino brothers and sisters, but those tools do no good if Latinos are not aware of them or able to access them.” Burgos drew attention to the importance of Latinos being counted in the 2020 Census. The theme for this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month is “A History of Serving Our Nation.” The theme is a reflection on Hispanic American’s service and contributions to the history of the nation and honors the significant achievements and contributions of Latino cultural leaders. ### Read more

 

Burgos to host End of Summer Blast on Aug. 31

(Aug 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., will host his End of Summer Blast, a communitywide festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at Rivera Recreation Center, located at 3201 N. Fifth St., 19140. “The End of Summer Blast is a great way to celebrate the end of the summer and to kick-off the upcoming school year,” Burgos said. “I’m proud to host this event to celebrate the 197 th Legislative District community.” The event will include: Food. Face painting. Live performances. Amateur boxing tournament. Burgos and his district office staff will be available to answer questions about state issues and programs. Read more

 

Burgos Stands Up Against Gun Violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Danilo Burgos joined federal, state, and local leaders in responding to the recent mass shooting in Philadelphia. He explains why addressing this issue now is critical to families across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Burgos announces $750,000 grant to help fund next phase of Uptown Theater improvements

(Aug 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – As part of the ongoing efforts to revitalize the Philadelphia Uptown Theater , state Rep. Danilo Burgos today announced $750,000 in state funding to help cover upcoming construction costs. “The Uptown Theater is a community landmark that dates back decades, and this money is critical in keeping its history alive,” explained Burgos, D-Phila. “Redeveloping the building will help improve our neighborhood’s landscape, attract visitors, create good paying jobs, provide a safe environment for families, and ultimately strengthen our local economy.” The grant was made possible by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and will go towards phase three of renovations, which includes: Demolition of the basement to the sixth floor Updates to the theater’s roof, lobby, and security system New windows, doors, and lights Restoring the subway entrance The total cost for the project is $10 million and is expected to be completed by 2021. Burgos said he’s committed to working with the nonprofit organization Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation, which has played a vital part in preserving the North Philadelphia staple. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

Burgos to host First Time Homebuyer’s seminar

(Jul 30, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 30 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., is hosting a seminar to help constituents who are looking to purchase a home for the first time. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17 at Burgos’ district office, 635 W. Erie Ave., 19140. “Being a first-time homebuyer can be an overwhelming experience. Not only can it be stressful to find the perfect home and in the perfect location, but also how to pay for it,” Burgos said. “This seminar is a great opportunity for people to learn the process and discover ways to help make a home purchase.” Those who attend can learn how to establish credit and about free credit repair, down payment and closing cost assistance, and grant opportunities. For more information, constituents can call Burgos’ district office at 215-223-1890. Read more

 

Burgos to partner with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer breast cancer screenings

(Jul 25, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 25 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos announced he will partner with Fox Chase Cancer Center to host breast cancer screenings at his district office. The mobile mammography event will be held outside of Burgos’ office at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at 635 W. Erie Ave. Those interested in receiving a breast cancer screening are required to make an appointment. “Many of us have had either a friend or loved one who has battled this deadly disease. About one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime and some will be diagnosed with it at a young age,” Burgos said. “Early detection is so important in the fight against breast cancer and I am pleased to partner with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer these lifesaving screenings.” Additional requirements include: Must be 40 or older and provide photo ID and insurance card. Prescription from a doctor. May not be breast feeding nor have breast fed within the last nine months. Must not have had a breast cancer diagnosis within the past three years. Must not be under treatment for breast cancer. Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months. Must be able to board the van and stand while being examined. To make an appointment or for more information, constituents should contact Burgos’ district office at 215-223-1890. Read more

 

Burgos lauds new law to make professional licensing

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., hailed the enactment of legislation (H.B.1172) that will make it easier for people who need professional licenses to work in the state. Gov. Tom Wolf today signed the bill co-sponsored by Burgos which establishes an endorsement process for all boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to issue licenses to applicants who are licensed to practice in another state. Under the law, Pennsylvania boards and commissions will be able to issue a provisional endorsement license to allow the applicant, who must be in good standing, to practice while completing the remaining requirements for licensure. “This new law benefits people in my legislative district and the entire city of Philadelphia, where we have many burgeoning industries that attract licensed professionals from across the country,” Burgos said. “Waiting for approval for transferring certain licenses is a risk that can result in loss of income; it’s a risk that many aren’t willing to take, which in turn results in missing out on diverse talent for our local growing industries. “With this law, these professionals can relocate to our city and state, and seamlessly enter the workforce on a provisional license while the permeant license is being processed.” Burgos said the provisional endorsement license would expire if the applicant is denied a Read more

 

Burgos lanza nueva ley para simplificar licencias profesionales proceso en Pennsylvania

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, 1 de julio -- representante estatal Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., celebró la promulgación de la legislación (H. B. 1172) que hará más fácil para las personas que necesitan licencias profesionales para trabajar en el estado. El Gobernador Tom Wolf ha firmado hoy el proyecto de ley Co-patrocinado por Burgos que establece un proceso de aprobación para todas las juntas y comisiones de la oficina de asuntos Profesionales y Ocupacionales para emitir licencias a los solicitantes que tienen licencia para ejercer en otro estado. Bajo la ley, las juntas y comisiones de Pennsylvania podrán emitir una licencia de endoso provisorio para permitir al solicitante, que debe estar en buen estado, a la práctica mientras que completan los requisitos restantes para la licencia. "Esta nueva ley beneficia a la gente en mi distrito legislativo y en toda la ciudad de Filadelfia, donde tenemos muchas industrias florecientes que licenciaron a profesionales de todo el país", dijo Burgos. "Esperar la aprobación para la transferencia de ciertas licencias es un riesgo que puede resultar en la pérdida de ingresos; es un riesgo que muchos no están dispuestos a asumir, lo que a su vez resulta en la falta de talento diverso para nuestras industrias locales en crecimiento. "Con esta ley, estos profesionales pueden trasladarse a nuestra ciudad y estado, y entrar en la Read more

 

Burgos lauds new law to make professional licensing

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., hailed the enactment of legislation (H.B.1172) that will make it easier for people who need professional licenses to work in the state. Gov. Tom Wolf today signed the bill co-sponsored by Burgos which establishes an endorsement process for all boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to issue licenses to applicants who are licensed to practice in another state. Under the law, Pennsylvania boards and commissions will be able to issue a provisional endorsement license to allow the applicant, who must be in good standing, to practice while completing the remaining requirements for licensure. “This new law benefits people in my legislative district and the entire city of Philadelphia, where we have many burgeoning industries that attract licensed professionals from across the country,” Burgos said. “Waiting for approval for transferring certain licenses is a risk that can result in loss of income; it’s a risk that many aren’t willing to take, which in turn results in missing out on diverse talent for our local growing industries. “With this law, these professionals can relocate to our city and state, and seamlessly enter the workforce on a provisional license while the permeant license is being processed.” Burgos said the provisional endorsement license would expire if the applicant is denied a Read more

 

Wolf firma el paquete de ley Agrícola el cual incluye una de las legislaciones de Burgos para mejorar las iniciativas de nutrición infantil

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, 1 de Julio: el Representante Estatal Danilo Burgos, D-Filadelfia, anunció hoy que el Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó el paquete de Ley Agrícola de PA, el cual incluye su legislación la cual aumentará la educación infantil y los expondrá a alimentos nutritivos y a la industria agrícola de Pennsylvania. Burgos dijo que su legislación ampliará las subvenciones para apoyar a los niños de preescolar a quinto grado. El programa anterior solo proporcionaba dinero para aquellos niños en jardines infantiles. Estas subvenciones ayudarán a aumentar la educación en temas relacionados con la nutrición y la agricultura, incluida la integración de ambos temas en asignaturas escolares regulares. “Estas ayudas se otorgarán a las áreas donde hay un alto porcentaje de niños que reciben comidas gratis a precio reducido en las escuelas. Muchos de los jóvenes en Filadelfia están bajo esa guía y se han limitado a no exponerse a alimentos saludables o nutritivos. Ese es un gran problema,” dijo Burgos. “Al exponer a los niños a alimentos que son beneficiosos para la buena salud, esperamos les brinde una base para que puedan tomar decisiones nutritivas por el resto de sus vidas.” "Me gustaría agradecer al Representante Johnathan Hershey por su trabajo bipartidista en esta legislación y al Read more

 

Wolf signs Farm Bill package with Burgos legislation to improve childhood nutrition initiatives

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today announced Gov. Tom Wolf signed the PA Farm Bill package into law, including his legislation that will increase childhood education and exposure to nutritious foods and Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Burgos said the legislation will expand grants to support children in pre-k through fifth grade. The previous program only provided money to children in kindergarten. These grants will aid in increasing nutrition and agriculture education, including the integration of both topics into regular school subjects. “These grants will be awarded to areas where there is a high percentage of children who receive free or reduced-price meals at schools. Many of the young people in Philadelphia fall under that guideline and have limited to no exposure to healthy or nutritious foods. That is a big problem,” Burgos said. “By exposing children to foods that are beneficial to good health, it hopefully will provide a foundation for them to make nutritious choices for the rest of their lives. “I would like to thank Representative Johnathan Hershey for his bipartisan work on this legislation and to Governor Wolf for signing it into law.” Burgos added these grants will support training for teachers and other educational staff on nutrition and agriculture education; field trips to Pennsylvania farms and other agricultural educational experiences; and will allow inclusion of parents, Read more

 

Burgos To Hold Medical Marijuana Seminar

(Jun 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Danilo Burgos is holding his Medical Marijuana Seminar to give his community a chance to ask questions and learn the process of how to be granted access to use it. He lays out the details for those interested in attending. Read more

 

Burgos applauds new appointees to PA commission on Latino affairs
Jan 10, 2020

Fall 2019 Newsletter
Nov 22, 2019

Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park
Nov 21, 2019

Reps. Burgos, Toohil Achieve Big Win for Insuring the Spanish-Speaking Community
Nov 20, 2019

Burgos announces $477,000 grant for Beury Building redevelopment
Nov 12, 2019

Burgos announces $11K grant for Norris Square Neighborhood Project, $2K grant for Jig-Bee
Oct 03, 2019

9/23/19 – PA’s Hemp Industry – Harrisburg
Sep 30, 2019

Burgos, Policy Committee discuss hemp industry in Pa. Capitol
Sep 23, 2019

Burgos kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month
Sep 17, 2019

Burgos to host End of Summer Blast on Aug. 31
Aug 21, 2019

Burgos Stands Up Against Gun Violence
Aug 16, 2019

Burgos announces $750,000 grant to help fund next phase of Uptown Theater improvements
Aug 02, 2019

Burgos to host First Time Homebuyer’s seminar
Jul 30, 2019

Burgos to partner with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer breast cancer screenings
Jul 25, 2019

Burgos lauds new law to make professional licensing
Jul 01, 2019

Burgos lanza nueva ley para simplificar licencias profesionales proceso en Pennsylvania
Jul 01, 2019

Burgos lauds new law to make professional licensing
Jul 01, 2019

Wolf firma el paquete de ley Agrícola el cual incluye una de las legislaciones de Burgos para mejorar las iniciativas de nutrición infantil
Jul 01, 2019

Wolf signs Farm Bill package with Burgos legislation to improve childhood nutrition initiatives
Jul 01, 2019

Burgos To Hold Medical Marijuana Seminar
Jun 19, 2019