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PA Senate and House Democrats & CDFI Network Announce $96 Million in Small Business Grants

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Statewide, Pa. – August 10, 2020 – The Pennsylvania CDFI Network and the PA State Senator Democrats today announced $96 million in grant awards under the COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program. The small businesses that have been approved for awards span all 67 Pennsylvania counties.“These grants and the relief they will provide are testament to what we can do when we prioritize the right initiatives,” said Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery). “It is because of collaboration and a collective focus that today we were able to deliver help to the auto body shops, the barbershops, the beauticians, the pizza shop owners, the soul food establishments and other businesses across the commonwealth. And though we are gathering today virtually to recognize the positive impact these grants will have, it is critical to understand that there is still a great deal of need and must continue to direct resources and aid to our small business community to help it recover from the devastation of the pandemic.” Read more

 

Small Business Grants- LIVE Press Conference August 10 at 11 a.m.

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The 2nd round of Small Business Assistance Grant applications are NOW OPEN. This round will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Aug. 28th.For more information, and to learn how to apply, visit pabusinessgrants.com. A small group of state Senators and Representatives are providing details on these grants live today at 11 a.m. Watch LIVE here- PASenate.com/live Read more

 

Comitta announces over $1.1M in emergency education relief funds for West Chester and Cheyney Universities

(Aug 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 4 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that Cheyney University and West Chester University have been named as recipients of $750,000 and $353,678, respectively, in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds. “The top priority for the upcoming school year is our students’ safety,” Comitta said. “We still have many challenges ahead, but this funding will support a return to safe instruction, whether in-person, remote, or a mixed approach. Students, faculty and staff can be assured that our public universities will be better prepared and equipped to handle the impacts of the pandemic.” Approximately $28 million has been dedicated to postsecondary institutions and adult basic education providers across Pennsylvania to assist them in implementing public health and safety plans to help resume operations in the fall. These funds come from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, and are authorized by the governor. GEER Funds may be used for, but not limited to, the purchase of protective equipment; hand sanitizer/cleaning products; equipment or technology to take classrooms online; installation of barriers or other protective devices in buildings; or to purchase health apps to assist in contact tracing and monitoring of student health. More information is available by contacting Comitta’s office at 610-696-4990. Read more

 

Focus on Mariner 2

(Jul 08, 2020)

The Mariner East 2 Pipeline bisects Chester County, bringing with it challenges to prioritizing public health and safety in the face of industrial energy development. Area elected officials, including myself, must remain allied with residents, emergency responders and public safety planners to make informed decisions for the benefit of the communities we represent. This blog contains news, state bills and laws, commentary and other resources related to Mariner East 2. Read more

 

Sappey and Comitta announce $35K for West Chester Area Senior Center

(Jun 26, 2020)

CHESTER, June 26 –State Reps. Christina Sappey and Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that a $35,000 senior center grant has been approved for West Chester Area Senior Center. The grant comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-20 Senior Community Center Grants, totaling $2 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery. “These grants will be used to make improvements and renovations on our community senior center,” Sappey said. “We all deserve to age gracefully and these centers are a vital part of ensuring access to support services for our seniors.” “I am happy to see our lottery funds being directly reinvested into our seniors,” Comitta said. "Senior centers serve as a valuable resource that directly works to support and empower our older adult community. These renovations and investments allow our senior centers to continue delivering the vital programs and services for all to enjoy." Senior centers have a wide variety of offerings that may include nutritious meal programs, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, exercise programs and more. Pennsylvania has more than 500 senior community centers and they serve as an access point for older adults in need of service. For more information on senior community centers, visit aging.pa.gov/SCC . ### Read more

 

Comitta, Sappey announce grant to enhance local police accountability and transparency

(Jun 10, 2020)

WEST GOSHEN, June 10 — State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey today announced the West Goshen Township police force received a $24,626 grant to be used toward purchasing body cameras. The funding comes from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and $600,000 in federal Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program funds. This grant will support developing and implementing policies and practices for effective program adoption, and includes factors such as the purchase, deployment, and maintenance of camera systems and equipment, data storage and access, and privacy considerations. “In light of recent events and a wave of protests erupting across the country and around the world, this funding will help protect both police officers and citizens,” Comitta said. “Instances of violence against innocent Pennsylvanians is unacceptable, and these body cameras will help ensure transparency and accountability for unjust actions.” “Body-worn cameras provide accountability during interactions, resulting in improved law enforcement,” Sappey said. “As a member of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I believe providing our officers with body cameras is an important step in working toward equal and fair treatment for every resident of our commonwealth.” PCCD said utilizing body cameras will strengthen officer performance and accountability; enhance agency Read more

 

Comitta applauds safe reopening of real estate industry statewide

(May 19, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, May 19 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, expressed her support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today that real estate services may resume throughout the commonwealth while following strict safety guidelines. Comitta noted that she could not support legislation that sought to reopen the industry without outlining specific safety protocols, so she worked with her colleagues, the Wolf administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ensure that proper protections are in place for real estate clients and employees. This includes minimizing in-person contact, staggering property showings, wearing masks/face coverings and exercising appropriate social distancing. “Shelter is a life-sustaining entity, so I’m pleased to see the governor loosening restrictions for the real estate industry,” Comitta said. “The guidelines that are in place would preserve the health and safety of our residents while gradually working toward reopening Pennsylvania and getting residents back to work. Even though Chester County remains in the ‘red phase’ this is a huge, positive step forward for our community and our commonwealth.” For more information, contact Comitta’s office at RepComitta@pahouse.net or 610-696-4990. Read more

 

Sappey, Comitta announce $175K workforce development grant

(Mar 05, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, March 5 – State Reps. Christina Sappey and Carolyn Comitta, both D-Chester, today announced that the Chester County Workforce Development Board received a $175,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. This grant will go toward funding summer internships in Chester County through the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP). “This funding will provide job seekers with the experience that they need to secure steady, full-time employment to provide for themselves and their families while contributing to our local economy,” Sappey said. “We have unfortunately seen a decline in skilled workers throughout Pennsylvania, so preparing tomorrow’s workforce for the jobs we need most will benefit Chester County residents and Pennsylvanians everywhere.” “Investing in quality workforce training promises Pennsylvania a prosperous future with a strong economy,” Comitta said. “This funding can pave the way for many Pennsylvanians to pursue lifelong careers with livable wages. My thanks to the governor for investing in the people of Chester County and providing in-demand job training to our residents.” The department awarded SLIP funding to 21 Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) that submitted proposals. The program, funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), helps young adults develop workforce preparation Read more

 

Comitta applauds $24K in grants to preserve Chester County history

(Mar 04, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, March 4 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that the Chester County Historical Society and American Helicopter Museum and Education Center each received grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The organizations received $17,441 and $6,769, respectively. The grants are from the PHMC’s Cultural and Historical Grant program. The purpose of the program is to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. “Chester County has such a rich and fascinating history that these two organizations showcase extraordinarily,” Comitta said. “I am so proud to help bring these funds home so that all community members can learn more about Chester County’s contributions to the commonwealth and recognize the residents who helped shape our home into what it is today.” For more information on PHMC’s Cultural and Historical Grant program, visit: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Museum-Support.aspx . Read more

 

Comitta, Zabel fight to ban use of toxic pesticide in Pennsylvania

(Mar 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, voiced her support for H.B. 2091, which aims to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, an insecticide, in Pennsylvania during the Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Advisory Board meeting today. Chlorpyrifos is the nation’s most used insecticide, with approximately six million pounds being used across 10 million acres between 2009 and 2013. Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, authored H.B. 2091, which specifically aims to prohibit its use in any amount in Pennsylvania. During the meeting, Comitta cited the possible side effects from being exposed to chlorpyrifos in high doses, including headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, vomiting, abdominal pain and even death at extremely high levels of exposure. “States throughout the country such as California, Hawaii and New York have already banned this toxin, and the Environmental Protection Agency even recommended it be banned five years ago because of the serious harm it can pose to human health, particularly for children,” Comitta said. “I proudly support my colleague Representative Zabel’s legislation and call for a thorough examination of this deadly toxin to eradicate it from our commonwealth.” “I introduced this bill to ban a toxic insecticide that threatens the health of Pennsylvanians – and in particular, the neurological development of our children,” Zabel said. “The continued use Read more

 

Chester County Democratic Reps applaud $2.1 million awarded in school safety grants county-wide

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Kristine Howard, Dan Williams, Melissa Shusterman and Danielle Friel-Otten announced that 13 school districts throughout the county received $2.1 million in grant funding to enhance school safety and security. Awardees in Chester County received the following: Avon Grove School District: $45,000 Chester County Intermediate Unit 24: $256,693 Coatesville Area School District: $45,000 Downingtown Area School District: $45,000 Great Valley School District: $244,660 Kennett Consolidated School District: $45,000 Owen J. Roberts School District: $343,588 Phoenixville Area School District: $495,000 Royer-Greaves School for the Blind: $26,133 Tredyffrin-Easttown School District: $480,065 Unionville-Chadds Ford School District: $45,000 West Chester Area School District: $45,000 “I am thankful for these funds that will go directly to support and protect Chester County students. It is our duty to make sure we are creating a safe and healthy school environment for our students to prosper,” Comitta said. “As a former child welfare investigator, ensuring the safety of our community’s children has always been a top priority of mine. A safe learning environment is a productive learning environment, and I thank the Wolf administration for prioritizing our Read more

 

Comitta commends Gov. Wolf’s budget plan prioritizing education, pipeline safety and deterring gun violence

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to include efforts to reduce gun violence, prioritize pipeline safety and allot additional funding toward Pennsylvania’s K-12 education program. “I am proud to see Governor Wolf prioritizing education, gun violence and pipeline safety in this year’s budget address. These are prevalent issues in Chester County that I’ve strongly advocated for since I’ve been elected as state representative of the 156th Legislative District,” Comitta said. “These proposed measures would protect and benefit many Pennsylvanians by curtailing gun violence through universal background checks, red flag laws and safe storage practices. “Additionally, Governor Wolf addressed the need for action on pipeline safety to ensure the well-being of impacted communities, like ours. For the last three years I have heard consistently from residents living along the pipeline about serious health, safety and quality of life concerns for their families, schools and senior living communities. It is time we address these concerns through effective legislation. Fellow legislators from Chester County and I have re-introduced bills this session that aim to increase communication efforts, transparency and safety regulations on these pipeline projects. “Finally, as a former teacher, I fully support investing an additional $405 million into Read more

 

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(Jan 30, 2020)

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Comitta, Sappey recognize West Chester University athletes with citations

(Jan 23, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 23 — State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey presented West Chester University’s women’s field hockey and rugby teams with a citation honoring their national championship titles today. During the title-winning field hockey game, the Golden Rams beat the Saint Anselm College Hawks 2-1 on Nov. 24, 2019. Marre Corver and Katie Thompson scored goals early in the game, and goalkeeper Claire Nielsen made three saves. This victory is the school's seventh national title in school history and third at the Division II level. The rugby game, a 15-14 victory against Brown University, was the Golden Rams’ first time ever winning the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association Tier II National Championship title. While the Golden Rams were down for the first half, Corinne Gallagher scored the team’s first try with assistance from Lauren Madalian. Senior co-captain Haley Spangler then scored the second try followed by Autumn Czaplicki who made the game-winning try. This was Czaplicki’s 13th try of the season, which placed her in the program’s Top 10 history by scoring 25 tries in only two seasons. “We are immensely proud of these extraordinary college athletes and the extreme effort they put forth to win these impressive titles,” Comitta said. “I was honored to present them with official citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. They are so deserving of this special Read more

 

Comitta hosting telephone town hall next Wednesday

(Jan 22, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, invites residents of the 156th Legislative District to participate in a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Residents of the district will receive a call to their landline at 7 p.m. that evening. To “attend” the meeting, people will be asked to stay on the phone. Anyone wanting to make sure they receive the phone call, or to register a cellphone, can register at https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/register-for-rep-carolyn-comittas-teletownhall/ Comitta will discuss issues of importance in the state and to the community such as education, environmental concerns, pipeline safety and more. “I look forward to connecting with constituents in a comfortable, convenient way for them,” Comitta said. “This is a great opportunity to learn more about what’s going on in Harrisburg and to ask me questions or voice any concerns on state-related matters. I look forward to a great discussion with community members.” Anyone with questions should call Comitta’s office at 610-696-4990. Read more

 

Comitta applauds funds awarded to Cheyney University to fight on-campus sexual violence

(Jan 16, 2020)

CHEYNEY, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that Cheyney University received a $30,000 “It’s On Us” grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to combat campus sexual assault. Cheyney University is one of 36 higher education institutions across the commonwealth to receive these. “Approximately 11% of all students experience some form of sexual violence, and this number only includes students who choose to report it,” Comitta said. “I’m deeply grateful to see these funds awarded to Cheyney University, as this is a step in the right direction from eradicating these traumatizing crimes from the community.” Since 2016, the Wolf administration has awarded 113 It's On Us PA Grants totaling nearly $3 million to more than 60 postsecondary institutions across the state -- including public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The institutions use grant funds to implement strategies on their campuses to address goals of Wolf's It's On Us PA campaign . Programs or activities considered for funding include campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students' rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous Read more

 

Comitta, Sappey applaud $150K Business-Education Partnership grant awarded to Chester County Workforce Development Board

(Jan 16, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 16 — State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey today announced that the Chester County Workforce Development Board has been awarded $150,000 to help businesses and school districts work together to better prepare students for in-demand careers. “I’m thankful that our community’s next generation of workers will have extensive opportunities to learn about the multitude of careers available to them,” Comitta said. “This is a promising investment into the future of our commonwealth, our job market and our students.” “While I believe strongly in learning for learning’s sake, it is important to offer opportunities for children and youth to explore different careers, which in turn better prepare tomorrow’s workforce,” Sappey said. The Department of Labor & Industry awarded $2.4 million for Business-Education Partnership grants to 19 local workforce development boards across the commonwealth. The partnerships will connect schools, employers and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of preparing students for good local jobs. The Business-Education Partnership grants from L&I are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. For more information about pursuing an education and Read more

 

Comitta applauds awarding of funds to West Chester University to fight opioid epidemic

(Jan 08, 2020)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 8 – West Chester University has been awarded $99,936 in federal grant money to expand opioid preventive programs available to students, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta said. WCU is one of 13 higher education institutions throughout the commonwealth to receive these funds, which the Wolf administration procured from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Projects developed from the infusion will focus on raising campus awareness, reducing stigma, increasing access to overdose training and grief support. The grant prescribes that initiatives will be built with local partners specialized in fighting the opioid epidemic within the community. “The opioid epidemic has sadly impacted Chester County tremendously, so it is crucial to educate as many people as possible on the risks of opioid use and how to administer naloxone,” Comitta said. “I’m confident that these funds will help save lives on West Chester’s campus and in the community.” The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. For more information about the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids . Read more

 

PA House Members laud Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as he moves his draft methane rule to the state’s Environmental Quality Board

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – Heeding the call of a majority of Pennsylvanians across the state who support immediate and multi-pronged action on climate, the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf today presented its draft methane rule to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Quality Board. Legislators statewide, including members of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus, led in the House of Representatives by Co-Chair state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, and Vice Chair state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, have urged the governor to act forcefully on climate, as families and communities in the commonwealth experience the increasingly harmful impacts of global warming. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas. Its emissions -- leaked from thousands of sources of natural gas development and infrastructure in the state -- are estimated to be five times higher than what is reported to DEP, or over 500,000 tons annually. Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. “Members of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus came together in the Capitol this fall to call on Governor Wolf to move quickly to regulate methane emissions, and we are thrilled to say today that the governor heeded that call and those of Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth by taking action and launching a rulemaking process at the EQB,” McCarter said. “This is the kind of leadership we need on Read more

 

Comitta announces $31.9K in historical preservation grants awarded to Chester County

(Dec 06, 2019)

WEST CHESTER, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced that the Borough of West Chester and the Chester County Historical Society have been selected to receive a total of $31,926.75 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC). West Chester Borough secured a $25,000 grant through PHMC’s Certified Local Government Program to conduct a historic resources inventory and to create a historic resource atlas. Chester County’s Historical Society will receive a $6,926.75 Historical & Archival Records Care (HARC) grant to house, arrange and describe photographs from the Schramm Company. This company created parts for WWII U.S. Army Signal Corps floodlights and later mining, construction and utilities equipment. “I’m so thankful that these funds will be distributed to West Chester so residents can preserve and uncover our neighborhood’s colorful history,” Comitta said. “Learning more about the unique stories that played an important role in creating the fabric of our community will be an enriching experience for many.” To learn more about the grants, those interested can visit PHMC’s website or call Comitta’s office at (610) 696-4990. Read more

 

PA Senate and House Democrats & CDFI Network Announce $96 Million in Small Business Grants
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Small Business Grants- LIVE Press Conference August 10 at 11 a.m.
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Comitta announces over $1.1M in emergency education relief funds for West Chester and Cheyney Universities
Aug 04, 2020

Focus on Mariner 2
Jul 08, 2020

Sappey and Comitta announce $35K for West Chester Area Senior Center
Jun 26, 2020

Comitta, Sappey announce grant to enhance local police accountability and transparency
Jun 10, 2020

Comitta applauds safe reopening of real estate industry statewide
May 19, 2020

Sappey, Comitta announce $175K workforce development grant
Mar 05, 2020

Comitta applauds $24K in grants to preserve Chester County history
Mar 04, 2020

Comitta, Zabel fight to ban use of toxic pesticide in Pennsylvania
Mar 03, 2020

Chester County Democratic Reps applaud $2.1 million awarded in school safety grants county-wide
Feb 26, 2020

Comitta commends Gov. Wolf’s budget plan prioritizing education, pipeline safety and deterring gun violence
Feb 04, 2020

Miss my latest Tele-Town Hall? Click here to listen!
Jan 30, 2020

Comitta, Sappey recognize West Chester University athletes with citations
Jan 23, 2020

Comitta hosting telephone town hall next Wednesday
Jan 22, 2020

Comitta applauds funds awarded to Cheyney University to fight on-campus sexual violence
Jan 16, 2020

Comitta, Sappey applaud $150K Business-Education Partnership grant awarded to Chester County Workforce Development Board
Jan 16, 2020

Comitta applauds awarding of funds to West Chester University to fight opioid epidemic
Jan 08, 2020

PA House Members laud Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as he moves his draft methane rule to the state’s Environmental Quality Board
Dec 17, 2019

Comitta announces $31.9K in historical preservation grants awarded to Chester County
Dec 06, 2019