Ciresi applauds $1.5 million in additional state funding for Pottstown schools

(Sep 27, 2019)

POTTSTOWN, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, said $1.5 million in additional state funding that’s on its way to Pottstown School District is just the start of his fight to ensure equitable and adequate funding for schools in his district and across the state. A grant of $1.5 million is expected to be awarded to the district when contracts are signed and will be used to put a dent in the $24 million the school district said it will take to make needed facility repairs and upgrades over the next five years. According to Ciresi, Pottstown was awarded the additional funds because state budget negotiators continue to delay distributing all basic education dollars through the fair funding formula enacted by the legislature in 2016. Because of this, Pottstown loses $13 million or more each year in state funding. “ I am happy the state is trying to make up for this disparity and know that the $1.5 million Pottstown schools are receiving will be put to good use,” Ciresi said. “I voted ‘no’ on my first budget because schools like Pottstown are not being fairly funded. My constituents sent me to Harrisburg to fight for property tax reform, fair funding for education and infrastructure investment. I will continue to fight for any extra money the state is able to provide our underfunded schools, and certainly will continue to fight each budget season to distribute all education dollars through the new, fairer Read more

 

Ciresi announces over $56K in state funding for Pollock Park remediation

(Sep 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development has approved $56,704 in new funding through a Industrial Sites Reuse Program grant to perform an environmental assessment and remediation plan for Pollock Park on the former Mayer Pollock Steel Company site in Pottstown Borough, Montgomery County. The borough plans to remediate the site, which has been closed since 2017, and return it to recreational use. “With the commonwealth’s help, we will restore this recreational space in Pottstown and make it safe once again,” Ciresi said. “With this new funding, we come a step closer to properly cleaning and reopening Pollock Park, which will lead to years of enjoyment of this outdoor space for our residents. I’d like to thank the DCED and Governor Wolf for their support of public health and outdoor recreation with this funding.” Pollock Park is a public park serving a residential neighborhood in Pottstown Borough and is a designated trail head park for the Schuylkill River Trail. Heavy metals and Polychlorinated biphenyl have been identified in the soil throughout the property. It is believed that contamination originates from the previous use of the site as a scrap yard. The grant will provide $56,704 to perform the comprehensive scope of work which includes soil tests, installing and monitoring ground water wells, data validation, Read more

 

Ciresi announces over $280K for Pottstown stormwater arch repairs

(Sep 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced that a $281,884 grant has been awarded to assist with storm sewers and flood mitigation for a rehabilitation project in Pottstown. Ciresi strongly recommended and pushed for the funding made available through a Flood Mitigation Program grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development. “Safe roadways and functioning water systems are two of the basic things government has to get right,” Ciresi said. “Pottstown is a historic, once-industrial town with stormwater systems under our feet that date back to Civil War Reconstruction. Before Pottstown’s leaders write the next chapter, we have to make sure the foundation is safe and stable.” Ciresi has been working to call attention to and advocate for a solution for the poor state of repair for the Pottstown stormwater arch system, much of which was built over 150 years ago. In July, he joined state and local officials in touring the arch system and calling for funding to repair and maintain the arches and to pass Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure investment proposal. Ciresi also visited the underground portion of the arch system in May to better understand its current state, including several collapsed portions. The $281,884 grant will allow the Borough of Pottstown to undertake a comprehensive inspection and evaluation Read more

 

Ciresi announces over $120K approved for Royersford’s Victory Park

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced that a $120,000 grant has been awarded to construct ADA improvements at Royersford’s Victory Park. “Exciting changes are underway in Royersford, with new businesses popping up regularly,” Ciresi said. “This grant award will improve the borough’s largest recreational resource – Victory Park. These overdue improvements will create a truly integrated and accessible site that will provide safe and comfortable recreation for years to come.” The $120,000 grant will support improvements at Victory Park in Royersford Borough, Montgomery County, which currently has no ADA-accessible facilities. The project includes the construction of an ADA-accessible playground, pathways to connect the park’s facilities, accessible parking spaces, improved signage, and other upgrades such as benches and trash receptacles. Ciresi said the project also addresses residents’ safety concerns by installing safety fencing along the park’s busy 2nd Avenue entrance. Additionally, this project improves the park’s environmental sustainability by installing native landscaping and rain gardens to improve water quality of the runoff into the nearby Schuylkill River. The total cost of this project is $448,500. Additional information is available by contacting Ciresi’s district office at 484-200-8265. Read more

 

Hanbidge, Ciresi announce $2.9M for Montgomery County Community College

(Sep 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – State Reps. Liz Hanbidge and Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced that the estimated amount of $2,900,000 has been approved for funding by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to help Montgomery County Community College with renovating the South Hall Building on the West Campus in Pottstown. This projects total cost is approximately $4,225,000. “I’m very pleased to see that Montgomery County Community College’s application for state assistance has been approved, and the project can now get underway,” Hanbidge said. “This substantial investment in our own community college will offset construction costs and renovations, serving to allow greater investment in our students’ education. The infrastructure and facilities of our educational institutions are pivotal to ensuring students enter an environment where they can learn to their full potential.” “Local sponsorship will be needed to fill out any remaining funds, but with this head start, I can’t wait to see the results of this project,” Ciresi said. “I want to thank the Wolf administration for their approval of these Community College projects and look forward to seeing more investments in education here and around the state. It’s important that we take a keen interest in our students and ensure that they have all of the tools they need to succeed and fill the job roles across the state Read more

 

9/12/19 – Economic Impact of the Arts – Pottstown

(Sep 13, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Joe Ciresi. Read more

 

Ciresi, Policy Committee focus on economic impact of the arts

(Sep 12, 2019)

POTTSTOWN, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the economic impact of the arts at the Steel River Playhouse. Ciresi requested the hearing on the arts to learn how to ensure that arts organizations are financially stable, promote attendance and participation in arts programs, and determine what overall work can be done to broaden support for the arts. Ciresi was joined by legislators from across the state. “Today’s hearing was a great example of how we can work together to learn from one another in order to create policy decisions that benefit all Pennsylvanians,” Ciresi said. “With the information we have shared with each other today, we will be able to grow our arts programs and move towards an age of ingenuity, creativity and excitement. The arts lead to higher civic engagement, child welfare, and lower crime and poverty rates. They bring about social awareness and a better understanding of our cultures and the world around us. By introducing our children to the arts, and continuing to stay creative in our older age, we create lasting memories and the foundations for skills that can last a lifetime. In addition, the arts provide for three percent of the nation’s GDP alone, an $800 billion industry. When you consider traveling expenses and local merchants that benefit from strong art programs, the numbers begin to add up quickly economically too.” Read more

 

Ciresi honored at Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center meeting

(Sep 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, recently announced a $40,000 grant for the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center in Limerick. Funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this Career and Technical Education (CTE) Supplemental Equipment Purchase grant will boost job readiness and training. “I has been my privilege to serve the students of my district by helping them obtain this grant,” Ciresi said. “This money will go towards creating a job training program specifically designed for single mothers to land an entry level job in an auto shop, on top of transporting high school students to co-op jobs for hands-on learning and experience. With these jobs in high demand, we can ensure that we are filling these positions and getting more people to work. I am looking forward to continuing my work with WMCTC to make sure it remains a leader in providing technical skills and opportunities.” For more information about this grant, call Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265. ### Attention Editors: Photos can be found here . Read more

 

Policy Hearing in Pottstown Next Week; PennDOT updates

(Sep 06, 2019)

You are invited to a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the economic impact of the arts in Pottstown. When: Thursday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.Where: Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown We requested the hearing on the arts to learn how to ensure that arts organizations are financially stable, promote attendance and participation in arts programs, and what overall work can be done to broaden support for the arts. We will be joined by fellow legislators from across the commonwealth. I hope you can attend. Read more

 

Ciresi: Fair Funding Key To Providing Safe Classrooms

(Sep 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi joined Pottstown School District's superintendent and the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the health hazards of aging school buildings across the commonwealth. He explained how providing fair school funding for public schools is critical in ensuring students and teachers have a safe learning environment. Read more

 

Ciresi to be honored at WMCTC meeting

(Sep 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 5 – Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center announced this week that its board of directors will thank state Rep. Joe Ciresi at an upcoming meeting for securing a $40,000 grant. “This grant will help provide students with transportation to co-op jobs, where they can get hands-on experience and training,” said Ciresi, D-Montgomery. “The funds will also allow WMCTC to create a job training program specifically designed for single mothers to get training in automotive skills that will enable them to learn the basics required to land an entry level position at a shop. These jobs are in high demand and pay well. By ensuring that these initiatives are properly funded, WMCTC remains a leader in providing technical skills and opportunities for students who want to land a job in these fields.” The WMCTC meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 at 77 Graterford Road, Limerick, PA 19468. For more information, call Ciresi’s district office at 484-200-8265. ### ATTENTION EDITORS: Media coverage of this event is invited. Read more

 

First week of school and traffic updates

(Aug 30, 2019)

Improvements unveiled at South Elementary SchoolToday, I joined Perkiomen Valley School District officials and others for a ribbon cutting at South Elementary School. Fresh paint, new flooring, and new windows and doors will give the building a more modern look and contribute to the school’s overall safety and energy efficiency. This $6 million upgrade was approved by the school board in January. Read more

 

PennDOT Updates; 422 Inspection and Construction

(Aug 23, 2019)

The following updates were provided by PennDOT. I hope you find them helpful. U.S. 422, I-95 Restricted Next Week for Bridge Inspections in Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties Lane closures are scheduled next week on U.S. 422 in Montgomery County and Interstate 95 in Philadelphia for bridge inspections. The work schedule is: •Monday, August 26, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, a right lane closure is scheduled on westbound U.S. 422 between the Trooper Road and Egypt Road interchanges in Upper Providence and Lower Providence townships, Montgomery County;•Tuesday, August 27, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, a left lane closure is scheduled on eastbound U.S. 422 between the Egypt Road and Trooper Road interchanges in Upper Providence and Lower Providence townships, Montgomery County;•Tuesday, August 27, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, a left lane closure is scheduled on northbound I-95 between the Interstate 76 and Broad Street interchanges in Philadelphia; and•Thursday, August 29, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, a right lane closure is scheduled on northbound I-95 between the I-76 and Broad Street interchanges in Philadelphia. Read more

 

Ciresi announces state and private funding for Pottstown H.S. auto program

(Aug 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 22 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced that the Pottstown School District will receive additional funding for its high school automotive department and program. A news conference will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at Pottstown Senior High School, 750 N. Washington St., Pottstown, 19464. The school Auto Shop is located on Adams Street across from the Pottstown YMCA. There will be students on hand to greet visitors and point them in the right direction. The Pottstown School District will celebrate and thank its sponsors for contributing to the much-needed automotive alignment equipment that was installed over the summer. This device will allow students to be trained and tested on a vital piece of automotive technology, while helping them prepare to enter the workforce market with employable skills. In addition to Ciresi, who recommended the Pottstown School District for career and technical education funding from the state, the event will feature: Joe Rusiewicz, executive director of the Foundation for Pottstown Education, who helped secure local and private donors. Mike Hewitt, auto tech teacher. Dave Livengood, Director of Career and Technical Education. Stephen Rodriguez, Superintendent of Pottstown School District. Questions can be directed to Ciresi’s district office at 484-200-8265. Media coverage is invited. ### Read more

 

Ciresi to join Humane Society and Finding Shelter Animal Rescue to host rally in King of Prussia Aug. 25

(Aug 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, today announced a rally in support of S.B. 44, to be known as Victoria’s Law , that will feature several state senators and representatives, as well as local shelter and rescue representatives. The rally will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at The Upper Merion Township Building Park, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406. In addition to Ciresi, D-Montgomery, the list of participants includes: Sen. Tom Killion , R-Delaware, co-sponsor of S.B. 44. Sen. Andy Dinniman , D-Chester, co-sponsor of S.B. 44. Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks. Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery. Kristen Tullo , Humane Society of the United States, Pennsylvania state director. Grace Kelly Herbert , Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, president and co-founder. Many other humane legislators and shelter/rescue representatives. Several shelters and rescues will be in attendance with rescue puppies and puppy mill survivors. Supporters are encouraged to wear purple and bring their rescued furry friend. Victoria’s Law is a consumer protection bill that would drive the pet market towards more humane sources by prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. The bill is named after Victoria, a German shepherd who bred over 150 puppies during her life in a puppy mill. Victoria passed down an incurable disease to her puppies and unknowing consumers who purchased her puppies were faced with high vet bills and Read more

 

422 Construction and PennDOT Repair and Resurfacing

(Aug 16, 2019)

Greetings, This week, I updated the community on transportation initiatives during the Aug. 15 Pottstown School Board meeting – specifically congestion along Route 422.Check out the short video here, courtesy of The Mercury. “We need something here for our residents…to begin to alleviate the problem. Some solution on this side of the county.” – Rep. Joe Ciresi In case you missed it, here is an editorial I wrote on transit alternatives. The following updates were provided by PennDOT. I hope you find them helpful. U.S. 422 East, Airport Road Lane Closures Next Week for Construction in Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove TownshipsLane closures are scheduled next week on eastbound U.S. 422 and Airport Road for bridge construction and pavement and joint repair under a project to rehabilitate and improve a five-mile section of U.S. 422 between the Royersford/Trappe and Sanatoga interchanges in Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove townships, Montgomery County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. Read more

 

Ciresi supports Gov. Wolf’s Charter School Reforms

(Aug 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, applauded the executive action Gov. Tom Wolf announced today to reform Pennsylvania’s charter school law, and echoed his call for comprehensive charter school reform legislation. “Charter school costs have been growing at an unsustainable rate at the expense of PA taxpayers, and it’s time we got better results,” Ciresi said. “The outdated charter school law written in 1997 doesn’t fit the new reality of cyber charter education, and too many charter schools statewide underperform without any accountability to their students and our taxpayers. “The additional oversight Governor Wolf announced today, including holding charter schools to the same transparency and ethical standards as school districts, limiting enrollment at under-performing charter schools, providing more oversight of for-profit charter operators, and preventing charter schools from overcharging taxpayers are all commonsense measures that will give us greater confidence that taxpayer funds are being spent responsibly. “I have been actively working towards charter school reform in the legislature, including pushing for cyber charter funding reform, returning local control over charter funding to school districts, and ensuring accountability over how taxpayer money – $9.7 million just from my district – is spent through elected school board oversight. I am pleased to see the governor Read more

 

Representative Ciresi, Senator Mensch, Pottstown NAACP, and Pottstown YMCA Invite Media/Public to Attend Event Recognizing James Frymoyer

(Aug 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, state Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Montgomery, the NAACP Pottstown Chapter, and the Pottstown YMCA are pleased to invite members of the media and public to attend a commemoration ceremony Thursday for Mr. James Frymoyer. The ceremony is being held in recognition of Frymoyer’s 40 years of community service. The event will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Pottstown YMCA, located at 724 N. Adams St., Pottstown. ### Read more

 

PennDOT Alerts and SEPTA Regional Rail

(Aug 09, 2019)

U.S. 422 East Lane Closures Next Week for Construction in Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove TownshipsLane closures are scheduled on eastbound U.S. 422 between Airport Road and Township Line Road for bridge construction under a project to rehabilitate pavement and repair seven structures along a five-mile section of U.S. 422 between the Royersford/Trappe and Sanatoga interchanges in Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove townships, Montgomery County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. Weather permitting, the work schedule on eastbound U.S. 422 is: •Tuesday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 14, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, the right lane and shoulder will close for bridge reconstruction; and•From 10:00 AM Friday, August 16, to 5:00 AM Monday, August 19, the left lane and shoulder will close for bridge reconstruction. In addition to the lane closures, on Monday, August 12, through Saturday, August 17, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 AM the following morning, traffic shifts will occur on the eastbound ramps between the Sanatoga and Limerick interchanges for concrete patching. Read more

 

PennDOT update for 422 and several highways

(Jul 26, 2019)

I received the following information from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. I hope you find it useful. As always, drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area because slowdowns will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent. Read more

 

Ciresi applauds $1.5 million in additional state funding for Pottstown schools
Sep 27, 2019

Ciresi announces over $56K in state funding for Pollock Park remediation
Sep 25, 2019

Ciresi announces over $280K for Pottstown stormwater arch repairs
Sep 19, 2019

Ciresi announces over $120K approved for Royersford’s Victory Park
Sep 17, 2019

Hanbidge, Ciresi announce $2.9M for Montgomery County Community College
Sep 16, 2019

9/12/19 – Economic Impact of the Arts – Pottstown
Sep 13, 2019

Ciresi, Policy Committee focus on economic impact of the arts
Sep 12, 2019

Ciresi honored at Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center meeting
Sep 10, 2019

Policy Hearing in Pottstown Next Week; PennDOT updates
Sep 06, 2019

Ciresi: Fair Funding Key To Providing Safe Classrooms
Sep 06, 2019

Ciresi to be honored at WMCTC meeting
Sep 05, 2019

First week of school and traffic updates
Aug 30, 2019

PennDOT Updates; 422 Inspection and Construction
Aug 23, 2019

Ciresi announces state and private funding for Pottstown H.S. auto program
Aug 22, 2019

Ciresi to join Humane Society and Finding Shelter Animal Rescue to host rally in King of Prussia Aug. 25
Aug 21, 2019

422 Construction and PennDOT Repair and Resurfacing
Aug 16, 2019

Ciresi supports Gov. Wolf’s Charter School Reforms
Aug 13, 2019

Representative Ciresi, Senator Mensch, Pottstown NAACP, and Pottstown YMCA Invite Media/Public to Attend Event Recognizing James Frymoyer
Aug 12, 2019

PennDOT Alerts and SEPTA Regional Rail
Aug 09, 2019

PennDOT update for 422 and several highways
Jul 26, 2019