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Comitta hosts House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on child care

(Jan 30, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion in the West Goshen Township Building on child care issues and her H.B. 2035 , which would provide a tax deduction for the cost of child care. Comitta was joined by House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster; legislators from across the state and local childcare advocates. “All families deserve access to safe, reliable, quality care for their children. That care can get costly, and I believe that offering tax relief up to $10,000 would provide a great benefit to working families. I am thrilled that the House Democratic Policy Committee came to West Chester to discuss how my legislation might positively impact families across the state,” Comitta said. Sturla added, “One of the main goals of our Plan4PA is to give kids a great start in life. Giving parents a tool that will help them afford quality child care is an important component of our plan. When parents pay for child care, it’s so much more than a babysitter. It’s an investment in their child’s future. Rep. Comitta’s bill is a simple concept that could make a big difference in the lives of Pennsylvania families.” Panelists included Andrea Youndt, senior vice president and chief operating officer, YMCA of Greater Brandywine; and Bill Shoffler, Bucks County Coordinator for PreK for PA Campaign and Campaign Read more

 

Comitta to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on child care Tuesday in West Chester

(Jan 25, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 25 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable to discuss child care issues, including accessibility and affordability. The roundtable will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the West Goshen Township Building, board room, 1025 Paoli Pike. The media and public are invited to attend. Comitta requested the meeting to also get public input on her H.B. 2035, which would provide a dollar-for-dollar tax deduction up to $10,000 annually to help offset the cost of child care. Policy experts and state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will participate in the discussion. The House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA strives to provide safe, affordable care for children. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Discussion with panelists: Andrea Yound t, senior vice president and chief operating officer, YMCA of Greater Brandywine Bill Shoffler , Bucks County Coordinator for PreK for PA Campaign and Campaign for Fair Education Funding, Public Citizens for Children and Youth Representative from Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce 3:30 p.m. Closing remarks Visit http://planforpa.pahouse.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. Read more

 

Comitta: Grateful for Governor’s Response to Residents Call for Action

(Jan 03, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 3 – The Department of Environmental Protection’s order to temporarily suspend work on the Mariner East 2 pipeline is a win for public safety, said state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. “I thank the people for speaking loudly and persistently,” she said. “I also thank Governor Tom Wolf for listening to the concerns of our citizens and for making public safety a priority.” DEP announced today that it issued an order suspending the construction permits associated with the Mariner East 2 pipeline until the permittee, Sunoco, meets the requirements outlined in the order. Sunoco must cease all construction activity on the pipeline project, except for maintenance of erosion controls and limited maintenance of horizontal directional drilling equipment, according to DEP. The full order can be found here: http://files.dep.state.pa.us/ProgramIntegration/PA Pipeline Portal/MarinerEastII/OrderSuspendingConstructionActivities010318.pdf A list of the Notices of Violations issued to Sunoco for Mariner East 2 can be found on the DEP website: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/ProgramIntegration/Pennsylvania-Pipeline-Portal/Pages/Mariner-East-II.aspx Read more

 

Comitta announces $500,000 state grant for Borough of West Chester municipal hall renovations

(Dec 22, 2017)

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today the Borough of West Chester will receive a $500,000 grant for municipal hall renovations through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Read more

 

Comitta joins voices calling for halt to Mariner East II pipeline construction

(Dec 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, has joined with residents from across Chester and Delaware counties and fellow lawmakers to call for a halt in construction on the Sunoco Mariner East II pipeline so that a safety risk assessment can be performed. Comitta joined state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, and several residents from Uwchlan, Middletown and East Goshen townships in a meeting with Gov. Tom Wolf in Harrisburg on Wednesday, where Comitta presented him a formal letter requesting the halt. Other letters from U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, state Sens. Andrew Dinniman and John Rafferty, and state Reps. Becky Corbin and Duane Milne were also referenced. A petition containing the names of 6,000 area residents also was presented to the governor. The citizen groups Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety and Goshen United for Public Safety were represented at the meeting. Goshen United is led by Caroline Hughes, an East Goshen Township resident. “I have been talking and meeting with constituents, state agency heads, township officials and Sunoco representatives regarding the Mariner East II project since I took office,” Comitta said. “Unfortunately, this project has experienced a record number of incidents and that is completely unacceptable. It’s past time to assess the safety risks so that our first responders and residents have the information they need to be safe, and it’s regrettable that this Read more

 

SEPTA Reminds Riders of Medicare Card Phase Out Effective Jan. 16

(Dec 18, 2017)

SEPTA would like to remind riders that Medicare Cards will no longer be accepted for free-and reduced-fare rides as of Jan. 16, 2018. SEPTA had initially announced this would take effect Jan. 1, however, it has been extended two weeks to give riders additional time to prepare. The phase-out of Medicare Cards is part of the transition to the SEPTA Key. It was part of the fare tariffs that were approved by the SEPTA Board and went into effect July 1. Many senior citizens and riders with disabilities have already transitioned to new SEPTA Key Photo ID Cards, ensuring they will continue to receive eligible free and reduced fares without interruption. SEPTA has issued 90,000 SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Cards, and nearly 15,000 SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Photo ID Cards for riders with disabilities. Senior Citizens With a valid ID, senior citizens age 65 and older ride free at all times on all SEPTA Transit Routes (Bus, Trolley, Trackless Trolley, Broad Street/Broad Ridge Spur Line, Market Frankford Line/Norristown High Speed Line). In addition, seniors pay just a $1 fare on Regional Rail for travel within Pennsylvania, and receive 50 percent off the weekday fare for travel to/from New Jersey and Delaware. As of Jan. 16, 2018: ? - Medicare Cards and Railroad Retirement Cards will no longer be accepted for senior rides. ? - SEPTA will continue to accept Pennsylvania Driver/Non-Driver Licenses with magnetic stripes. ? - Paper Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards will also Read more

 

Comitta's Corner Winter 2017

(Dec 18, 2017)

Catch up on the latest news from the 156th district and legislation in Harrisburg in the winter 2017 edition of Comitta's Corner. This edition covers the 2017 state budget, the passage of historic pension reform, Blue Ribbon Schools in the district and much more! Read more

 

Comitta Stands Against Sexual Harassment and Abuse

(Dec 11, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Carolyn Comitta joined women of the Pennsylvania House and Senate to take a stand against sexual harassment and abuse and discuss proposed legislation to better protect victims. Read more

 

Comitta announces West Chester University to receive funding to train military veterans to be teachers

(Nov 28, 2017)

WEST CHESTER, Nov. 28 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that West Chester University will receive approximately $112,000 in funding under the federal Troops to Teachers grant program as part of a more than $272,000 award shared with Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. The universities will partner with Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh Public Schools and Chester Upland School District to prepare military veterans to be teachers. “I am very pleased that West Chester University has been awarded this important funding to help assist veterans and address Pennsylvania’s growing teacher shortage,” Comitta said. “This program meets two critical needs and I am very proud that West Chester was selected.” The Troops to Teachers grant program, managed by the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support, provides institutions with the funding needed to implement an alternative post-baccalaureate program to prepare eligible veterans to teach in one of Pennsylvania's subject shortage areas. Additionally, it aims to provide hard-to-staff schools with appropriately certified teachers. The program will enable veterans to gain critical skills and experience in the classroom, and help them with everything from navigating the certification process to securing a job in the field. Certification costs will also be discounted, and application processing Read more

 

Comitta announces $250,000 grant for conservation easement in Birmingham, Westtown townships

(Nov 14, 2017)

WEST CHESTER, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced today that Natural Lands Trust Inc. will receive a $250,000 grant through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to acquire a conservation and trail easement for a half-mile trail and public parking on the Moore property, located in Birmingham and Westtown townships. The grant comes from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. “I’m pleased and thankful that the Moore property’s natural and historical benefits will be preserved for years to come with the help of this grant,” Comitta said. “Congratulations to Natural Land Trust for successfully applying for these funds.” The Moore property is 88.1 acres and contains fields, open meadows, woodlands, steep slopes, several tributaries to Radley Run, and Osborne Hill, which is associated with the Revolutionary War’s Brandywine Battlefield. According to Natural Lands Trust, the total project cost is $2,274,375. Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which allocates funds to the CFA for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using the GTRP. Program grants cannot exceed $250,000 for any project, and a 15 percent match of the total project cost is Read more

 

Comitta congratulates 3 area schools for National Blue Ribbon selections

(Oct 25, 2017)

WEST CHESTER, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta today congratulated three West Chester area schools, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish School, Saints Simon and Jude School and West Chester East High School, for their selection as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The award is based on each school’s overall academic performance, or the progress on closing the achievement gap among sub-group students. This year, 18 schools in Pennsylvania were selected among 342 recognized nationwide. “This is an incredible achievement by the students, teachers, staff and administrators of each of these schools,” Comitta said. “I have seen firsthand the impact that our schools can have on our young people and am proud that three of our local schools are being recognized nationally for their excellence. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for everything you do to prepare our students for life and to join the 21 st century workforce.” Since 1982, the National Blue Ribbons Schools Program has recognized more than 8,500 schools across the nation and more than 420 schools are nominated each year. On Nov. 6-7, USDE will hold an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., honoring the Blue Ribbon Schools. To learn more about the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, please visit https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html Left: Rep. Comitta with Principal Monica Malseed at St. Maximilian Kolbe. Read more

 

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Information for 2018

(Oct 24, 2017)

What's the concern about this year's Open Enrollment Period? The Open Enrollment period has changed from 3 months to 6 weeks. Open Enrollment goes from Nov 1st through Dec 15th. The current Administration has slashed marketing & outreach budgets for this year by 90% and in-person outreach & enrollment assistance by 43%. With a shortened enrollment period and reduced resources, this means people will more likely miss deadlines and ultimately lose their health coverage if they don't take action before this year's Open Enrollment deadline of Dec 15th. Who needs to sign up for insurance during the Open Enrollment Period? If you don't have health insurance from another source, you must sign up during Open Enrollment. Other sources of insurance include: your employer or your spouse's employer, government coverage such as Medicaid, Medicare, or Veterans' benefits, or your parents' insurance if you're under 26. If you don't have insurance and miss Open Enrollment, you may not be able to sign up for coverage and may have to wait for a year to sign up. This will leave you with no coverage unless you qualify for a special enrollment period or for government programs like Medicaid or CHIP. Special enrollment includes: divorce, marriage, birth or adoption of a child, death of a spouse or partner that leaves you without health insurance, your spouse or partner who has you covered loses his/her job and Read more

 

November 2017 Constitutional Amendment Ballot Question FAQ

(Oct 12, 2017)

House Bill 1285 (HB 1285), introduced by Representative Maloney, is an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. HB 1285 was approved by both Chambers of the General Assembly during both the 15/16 Legislative Session and the 17/18 Legislative Session, and is now scheduled for public vote via referendum on November 7th, 2017. Below are some frequently asked constituent questions and their answers: Read more

 

Resident questions answered during tele-town hall

(Sep 21, 2017)

Many thanks to everyone who participated in my tele-town hall meeting last night, especially members of the PUC, who were most helpful in addressing issues regarding pipelines. Read more

 

Comitta: Your Vote Is Your Voice

(Sep 12, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Carolyn Comitta attended a rally in support of two bills that would end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Invitation to Participate in Online Safety Survey

(Sep 08, 2017)

Roads and public safety are some of the things that constituents contact me about the most. I invite you to share your thoughts on highway safety, traffic safety enforcement, and driving behaviors through an annual online survey located on PennDOT’s website and Facebook page . “Safety is our top priority and we value continued public engagement in making our roadways safer,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “The results help us gauge public knowledge and attitudes on highway safety, and potentially allow us to adjust our safety activities so we can further reduce crashes and fatalities.” The brief survey will be available until September 27 and focuses on highway safety issues such as seat belts, impaired driving, speeding, motorcycles, and distracted driving. People completing the survey may remain anonymous, but are asked to provide their gender, age, and county of residence. Last year, 6,619 people responded to the survey. Among last year’s results, respondents noted that in the previous 60 days, 79 percent of them had not driven a motor vehicle within two hours after consuming alcoholic beverages. Also, 92 percent of drivers indicated they used a seat belt all or most of the time. Over 90 percent of respondents indicated they rarely or never talk on a hand-held cell phone, text, or check email while driving. However, the most commonly addressed topic in participant comments included the high frequency of observing Read more

 

Comitta: There's still work to be done for women's equality

(Sep 06, 2017)

This Saturday, Aug. 26, is Women’s Equality Day, marking the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.Today, outside of the voting booth, other obstacles for women remain. Limited access to top level positions and pay inequity for women hold everyone back.In 2020, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. While the challenges women face 100 years later are different, we nevertheless experience inequality. Read more

 

Comitta announces Senior Expo, invites vendors to participate

(Aug 21, 2017)

WEST CHESTER, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced that she will hold her 2017 Senior Expo in October. The Senior Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at West Chester East High School, 450 Ellis Lane. “There are so many opportunities and programs for seniors in our community, and this fun, free event will bring them together to make them easily accessible,” Comitta said. The event will feature nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies and others offering information and services geared toward older adults. Vendors and senior service providers interested in participating in the expo can contact Comitta’s office at (610) 696-4990. Read more

 

Comitta wants to hear what you think about Pa.'s state budget

(Aug 14, 2017)

As your representative, I would like to hear what you think about the Senate proposed revenue bill. Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey. Read more

 

Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction Update

(Jul 26, 2017)

Last week I joined those calling for a halt to drilling on the Sunoco Mariner East II pipeline, and I want to let you know that our voices were heard. Today, three judicial measures were announced that forces the Mariner East 2 project to be accountable and place on hold all scheduled drilling. • The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it will enforce a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with Sunoco Pipeline L.P. (Sunoco) for violations associated with projects in West Whiteland and Uwchlan townships, Chester County. Click here for more details. • The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board ordered all drilling operations associated with the construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline halted. The temporary order will remain in effect until a full hearing and further investigations have been completed. The hearing is scheduled for August 7, 2017. Click here for more details. • In West Goshen Township, an advisory law judge for the PA Public Utility Commission has ordered to halt all horizontal directional drilling and current construction along its Chester County route. Click here for more details. I remain committed to protecting the safety of the people I represent. That is why I took action on this issue and have announced proactive legislation that would create better communication and safety measures pertaining to pipelines. I will continue to keep you informed. For more information regarding this matter or any other Read more

 

Comitta hosts House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on child care
Jan 30, 2018

Comitta to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on child care Tuesday in West Chester
Jan 25, 2018

Comitta: Grateful for Governor’s Response to Residents Call for Action
Jan 03, 2018

Comitta announces $500,000 state grant for Borough of West Chester municipal hall renovations
Dec 22, 2017

Comitta joins voices calling for halt to Mariner East II pipeline construction
Dec 21, 2017

SEPTA Reminds Riders of Medicare Card Phase Out Effective Jan. 16
Dec 18, 2017

Comitta's Corner Winter 2017
Dec 18, 2017

Comitta Stands Against Sexual Harassment and Abuse
Dec 11, 2017

Comitta announces West Chester University to receive funding to train military veterans to be teachers
Nov 28, 2017

Comitta announces $250,000 grant for conservation easement in Birmingham, Westtown townships
Nov 14, 2017

Comitta congratulates 3 area schools for National Blue Ribbon selections
Oct 25, 2017

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Information for 2018
Oct 24, 2017

November 2017 Constitutional Amendment Ballot Question FAQ
Oct 12, 2017

Resident questions answered during tele-town hall
Sep 21, 2017

Comitta: Your Vote Is Your Voice
Sep 12, 2017

Invitation to Participate in Online Safety Survey
Sep 08, 2017

Comitta: There's still work to be done for women's equality
Sep 06, 2017

Comitta announces Senior Expo, invites vendors to participate
Aug 21, 2017

Comitta wants to hear what you think about Pa.'s state budget
Aug 14, 2017

Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction Update
Jul 26, 2017