Ciresi, Kerr laud Globus for expansion into Limerick

(9 hours ago)

LIMERICK, Sept. 25 – Area officials expressed their excitement over news today that Globus Medical will expand manufacturing of musculoskeletal implants in Montgomery County. The decision is expected to create 243 jobs and help retain more than 1,000 other Pennsylvania jobs, according to the announcement made by Gov. Tom Wolf this morning. “Manufacturing strength is a core marker of a healthy economy, and with all that’s going on across the globe, this is truly encouraging news,” said state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery. “Globus made a wise choice investing in the hard workers and family-sustaining neighborhoods found in the 146 th District community.” Globus Medical will purchase and renovate a facility in Limerick Township near its worldwide headquarters in Audubon, which has been vacant for nearly two years. The company will invest $36 million into the expansion. The Pennsylvania company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $750,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $729,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. “Limerick is pleased to welcome Globus Medical to our community and excited to work with them on the expansion of their medical manufacturing operation,” Limerick Township Manager Daniel Kerr said. “The township is proud of the proactive relationship that Limerick has with the entire Read more

 

Sept. 25 update: Crucial voting information; Grants for the 153rd; Hazardous waste event

(13 hours ago)

In Pennsylvania, a voter puts a completed mail-in ballot into a “secrecy envelope” that purposefully does not include any identifying information, and then THAT envelope is placed into a larger mailing envelope that the voter signs. Read more

 

Sept. 24 update: Legislation on restaurants and school sports; Household Hazardous Waste event

(1 day ago)

Plus news on a grant for Limerick Community Park and the latest U.S. 422 traffic updates. Read more

 

Ciresi celebrates $225K development grant for Limerick Community Park

(1 day ago)

“As one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Montgomery County, Limerick Township has growing needs that will be addressed by this expansion,” Ciresi said. “They have demonstrated a commitment to providing high-quality recreational facilities to all residents of all abilities. I am grateful to the DCNR for its support on behalf of the park and all who will enjoy it.” Read more

 

Sept. 18 update: Increased restaurant capacity, LWA reminder, traffic updates, and more

(Sep 18, 2020)

The PA Department of Labor & Industry is reminding Pennsylvanians who are receiving unemployment benefits to apply as soon as possible for up to six weeks of assistance through the federal Lost Wages Assistance Program, which provides up to $300 a week in additional funds to individuals who are unemployment because of COVID-19. Read more

 

Sept. 16 update: Oct. 4 Shredding Event; REAL ID Issuance Resumes; the Environmental Economy

(Sep 16, 2020)

PennDOT announced today that it has resumed issuing REAL IDs at reopened Driver License Centers offering driver license services throughout the state. Read more

 

Ciresi announces $25K grant for Pottstown’s Steel River Playhouse

(Sep 16, 2020)

“Steel River Playhouse has been part of Pottstown’s creative and economic revitalization since its inception,” said Ciresi, who was on the steering committee for the formation of the theater and has also performed there. “In melding the traditions of volunteerism, camaraderie and community theater entertainment, this playhouse has increased community-wide access to the arts, particularly for children with disabilities and those who are generally underserved." Read more

 

Ciresi: Renewable Energy Creates Jobs

(Sep 15, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi attended a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss how climate change is damaging our environment. Renewable resources could create more jobs throughout the commonwealth. Read more

 

Sept. 2 update: Back to session in Harrisburg; Get your flu vaccines; Upcoming shred event

(Sep 02, 2020)

Return to session included votes on the PA Election Code and school athletics. Read more

 

Ciresi: Now is Not the Time to Confuse Voters

(Sep 02, 2020)

With just two month until the general election, Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi called on his House colleagues to prevent ballot drop boxes from being taken away in November and to adopt his proposal delaying any changes to vote by mail ballot deadlines until after this election. Read more

 

Ciresi: Shared Services Saves Money

(Sep 01, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on reducing costs through greater efficiency in local government with a special focus on shared services and cooperation. Read more

 

Transit Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday; Route 422 Update

(Aug 28, 2020)

Read about my upcoming transit virtual town hall and more news. Read more

 

Summer 2020 Newsletter

(Aug 28, 2020)

Check out the Summer 2020 newsletter with updates on transportation, grants and more. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee to hold hearing on local government efficiency and shared services Monday in Capitol

(Aug 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 27 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on reducing costs through greater efficiency in local government with a special focus on shared services and cooperation. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. The media and public are urged to watch the livestream at www.pahouse.com/live . Requested by state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, the hearing will feature a discussion on the potential of local governmental cooperation and shared services to achieve cost savings, as well as other ideas, from various experts and stakeholders. Testifiers will speak remotely while members will participate in person and remotely. Ciresi has introduced H.B. 2760 , which would establish a new shared services grant program for school districts, counties and municipalities. Testifiers will include: Eric Wolfgang, president, Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Dr. John George, executive director elect, Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units. Dr. Kevin Singer, executive director, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. Melanie Walter, director of division of local government services, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Dr. Peter Newman, professor of sustainability at Curtin University and lead author for transport on Read more

 

Ciresi announces grants for Pottstown and Pottsgrove high schools, MCIU

(Aug 25, 2020)

ROYERSFORD, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi announced today that Pottsgrove High School and the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit 23 will be among the 220 recipients of nearly $17 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds. UPDATE (Sept. 8): Due to a technical error in the listing from the Dept. of Education, it was initially missed that Pottstown High School was also included in this funding. Pottstown will receive $104,075 in Governor's Emergency Education Relief. The funding is aimed at improving educational services for approximately 180,000 students at schools designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor's GEER Funds. Local grants will be awarded as follows: Pottsgrove High School, Pottsgrove School District - $58,465 Montgomery County Intermediate Unit 23 - $66,771 “All of our schools are working incredibly hard to deliver quality education in extremely difficult circumstances. I’m pleased that funding is being awarded to help those schools identified as in need of extra support, to ensure that all students’ needs are being met,” said Ciresi, D-Montgomery. Grants were calculated based on elements of the federal Title I, Part A formula, including the number of economically Read more

 

Ciresi applauds restaurant and small business relief, hazard pay in Governor’s fall agenda

(Aug 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, applauded Gov. Tom Wolf calling for the creation of a grant program to provide relief for restaurants and bars affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as increased funding for small businesses and hazard pay, as part of his fall legislative agenda . This announcement followed Ciresi’s introduction of the bipartisan H.B. 2791 last week to provide $100 million in financial relief to bars, restaurants, and catering halls. “The comprehensive plan that Governor Wolf announced today will help Pennsylvanians and small businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ciresi. “At a time when so many businesses are struggling, I am grateful to have the governor’s support in pushing for relief for small businesses and ‘mom and pop’ restaurants – the keystones of our communities – and I urge the legislature to swiftly act to provide this crucial funding.” The governor’s proposal also included $225 million in additional hazard pay assistance for 208,000 front-line workers; Ciresi had highlighted the need for additional funding after the previous round of hazard pay grants ran out of funding. “While the previous hazard pay grant provided important support to many of our front-line heroes, it was only able to help one-sixth of eligible applicants due to lack of funds,” added Ciresi. “I applaud the Read more

 

Funding & legislative updates, plus latest news on U.S. 422

(Aug 21, 2020)

Before I dive into the usual traffic updates, I wanted to reshare some news from this past week that you might have missed. Read more

 

Ciresi announces $255K in grants to assist local students with special needs

(Aug 21, 2020)

“Students with special needs have been particularly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the changes we’ve all been forced to make because of it,” Ciresi said. “The comfort of routine has been shelved, and that can be especially distressful for young minds that require an extra degree of support. I am not only grateful for this funding, but I am hopeful it will go a long way to reestablishing a sense of structure for those facing additional challenges in this upcoming school year.” Read more

 

Legislation by Reps. Ciresi, Davis would provide financial relief to local bars, restaurants

(Aug 20, 2020)

“These establishments – particularly the smaller, ‘mom and pop’ businesses – are the lifeblood of a community and often become landmarks where we live, work and raise our families,” Ciresi said. “Because of the pandemic, so many of these bars, restaurants and catering halls are struggling to stay afloat, hurt by the inability to operate at full capacity. That’s why Rep. Davis and I have introduced this bill, to help as many local businesses as possible to get the funding they need and deserve.” Read more

 

Ciresi calls for additional hazard pay for first responders, frontline workers

(Aug 19, 2020)

“While the recent hazard pay grants provided important support to many of our frontline heroes, we need to do more,” Ciresi said. “Unfortunately, due to program guidelines and funding limitations, many of those putting themselves in harm’s way were left out, including firefighters and EMS. We have a responsibility to them – as fellow Pennsylvanians – to honor their long-term sacrifices and risks with financial assistance.” Read more

 

Ciresi, Kerr laud Globus for expansion into Limerick
9 hours ago

Sept. 25 update: Crucial voting information; Grants for the 153rd; Hazardous waste event
13 hours ago

Sept. 24 update: Legislation on restaurants and school sports; Household Hazardous Waste event
1 day ago

Ciresi celebrates $225K development grant for Limerick Community Park
1 day ago

Sept. 18 update: Increased restaurant capacity, LWA reminder, traffic updates, and more
Sep 18, 2020

Sept. 16 update: Oct. 4 Shredding Event; REAL ID Issuance Resumes; the Environmental Economy
Sep 16, 2020

Ciresi announces $25K grant for Pottstown’s Steel River Playhouse
Sep 16, 2020

Ciresi: Renewable Energy Creates Jobs
Sep 15, 2020

Sept. 2 update: Back to session in Harrisburg; Get your flu vaccines; Upcoming shred event
Sep 02, 2020

Ciresi: Now is Not the Time to Confuse Voters
Sep 02, 2020

Ciresi: Shared Services Saves Money
Sep 01, 2020

Transit Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday; Route 422 Update
Aug 28, 2020

Summer 2020 Newsletter
Aug 28, 2020

House Democratic Policy Committee to hold hearing on local government efficiency and shared services Monday in Capitol
Aug 27, 2020

Ciresi announces grants for Pottstown and Pottsgrove high schools, MCIU
Aug 25, 2020

Ciresi applauds restaurant and small business relief, hazard pay in Governor’s fall agenda
Aug 25, 2020

Funding & legislative updates, plus latest news on U.S. 422
Aug 21, 2020

Ciresi announces $255K in grants to assist local students with special needs
Aug 21, 2020

Legislation by Reps. Ciresi, Davis would provide financial relief to local bars, restaurants
Aug 20, 2020

Ciresi calls for additional hazard pay for first responders, frontline workers
Aug 19, 2020