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Cruz: Nearly 1.5 million awarded for local projects

Cruz to host new voting machine demonstrations Sept. 6

(Aug 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – With voters soon going to the polls and casting their ballots on new voting machine technology, state Rep. Angel Cruz will host an event where people can become familiar and comfortable with these new machines. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Cruz’s district office at 3503 North B St., Unit 7, 19134. Representatives from the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office will be in attendance to provide demonstrations on how the new machines operate. For more information, constituents can call Cruz’s office at 215-291-5643. Read more

 

Cruz: Nearly 1.5 million awarded for local projects

(Aug 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced today that three local projects will receive a total of $1.48 million in state grants. Esperanza Health Center was awarded two grants totaling $1 million. Half of the funds were awarded for Esperanza’s new medical care and wellness campus in Kensington, which will be comprised of a health center to expand access to behavioral health services, substance abuse therapies, primary medical care and dental treatment. The remaining $500,000 was awarded to convert a former bank building at 861 E. Allegheny Ave. into a new community medical center. The site will expand Esperanza’s medical and dental care capacity by 33% over the existing site. Additionally, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation received $480,000 for repairs and safety upgrades to the two library buildings. The renovations will include technology upgrades, an ADA-compliant ramp, and expanded security features. “Renovations and repairs like these are crucial for protecting the safety and well-being of our community,” Cruz said. “I am thrilled to see this funding come to the 180 th district to help create new jobs while enhancing medical and library services for residents.” The grants were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program. The program provides funding for regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

Republicans vote to kill emergency assistance

(Jun 20, 2019)

House Bill 33 will leave our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians without crucial assistance, which is why I voted against it. The bill would eliminate the modest emergency funds — typically less than $205 per month — paid to more than 11,000 people. These citizens, including veterans who were wounded in service to our country and pregnant women, count on this assistance to make ends meet. HB 33 robs them of that security. Read more

 

Cruz calls for standardized training for poll watches in proposed legislation

(Jun 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is introducing legislation (H.B. 1643) that would require the Secretary of the Commonwealth to develop a mandatory professional certification and poll watcher training program to be used by county election officials. “The only lawful requirement for a poll watcher is that they must be a registered voter in the county of the polling place and certified by their county board of elections, but there is no official training process. Insufficiently trained poll watchers can lead to chaos, disorder and disruption of an election,” Cruz said. “In fact, the haphazard training poll watchers do receive is from their candidate, a political party or organization which, in today’s political climate, could easily result in voter intimidation and suppression. We must do all we can to prevent that from happening.” Cruz’s legislation would establish a state mandated uniform training and certification procedure to be used by all 67 county election boards. It would also limit poll watchers to perform election activities in the district they permanently reside in. “Election tampering has been reported in many areas in our commonwealth, and nationally,” Cruz said. “It’s important that the basic American cornerstone of representative democracy- the right to vote- is protected at all costs.” Read more

 

House Urban Affairs Committee sends Cruz’ waste tire bill to full House

(May 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – The House Urban Affairs Committee this week unanimously voted to curb illegal dumping of waste tires in Philadelphia and sent state Rep. Angel Cruz’ bill to the full House for consideration. “I’m thankful the committee understood the need for and merit of House Bill 342 to better address the serious problem of illegal tire dumping in Philadelphia,” said Cruz, D-Phila. “The legislature last addressed illegal dumping when I championed legislation in 2004, but the law did not include waste tires, which caused the problem to build to a critical point in the city. If we are going to protect the health and wellness of our neighborhoods, then we need to provide enforcement of all trash laws, including waste tires.” “My House Bill 342 works to make sure we enforce ordinances, rules and regulations prohibiting dumping or disposal of waste, trash or debris, as well as fine those who violate them. Furthermore, by providing enforcement of trash laws, we better protect the health and wellness of our neighborhoods.” Cruz said when the legislature last addressed illegal dumping in 2004, the law did not include waste tires, which caused the problem to build to a critical point in the city. House Bill 342 would set penalties for illegal dumping of waste tires at no more than $500 per tire and require documentation and recordkeeping by businesses dealing in waste tires and waste tire haulers within Philadelphia. Read more

 

Cruz reacts to announcement on legal action against Purdue Pharma in opioid crisis

(May 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – State Rep. Angel Cruz D-Phila., today applauded Attorney General Josh Shapiro for seeking legal action against Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis, an act mirroring legislation Cruz announced earlier this year. Cruz announced in early April his intent to introduce a resolution (H.R. 344) that would urge the attorney general to file a lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies, distributors and manufacturers that have contributed to the state's opioid addiction and overdose crisis, and pursue wrongful death suits on behalf of families. His legislation followed a letter that he and members of the Human Services Committee sent to the Attorney General urging action. He said applauds the attorney general for his efforts to address the epidemic. Shapiro announced the lawsuit against Purdue Pharma , the creator of prescription painkiller OxyContin. The announcement occurred earlier this week in Philadelphia, one of the area’s most devastated by the opioid crisis, much of which Cruz has seen firsthand. “I’m glad the attorney general is now pursuing legal action on behalf of the thousands of Pennsylvania families who have lost loved ones to this epidemic,” Cruz said. “With nearly 5,500 drug-related deaths in 2017 alone, holding those who contributed to and created the opioid crisis is not only responsible, but the best step forward. I further urge the Attorney General to continue to explore Read more

 

House Human Services Committee approves Cruz resolution on cognitive disabilities, opioid bills

(Apr 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, said the committee unanimously approved a legislative package today that would fight the ongoing opioid epidemic and ensure equal rights for people with cognitive disabilities to technology and information access. “I’m very thankful that we could approve these bills in committee and allow the full House to vote on these important issues,” said Cruz, D-Phila. “My House Resolution 74 , works to make sure we close the gap on the vast majority of people with cognitive disabilities who have limited or no access to the comprehensible information and usable communication technologies that most of us today have in the palm of our hands. When we have these tools at our disposal, we can make better educated decisions about our health and wellness as a result.” Nearly 30 million citizens in the United States are living with some form of cognitive disability, whether an intellectual disability, severe mental illness, learning disability, brain injury, and many others such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Other measures approved by the committee include H.R. 216, H.B. 596, and H.B. 1024: House Resolution 216 would establish a task force on overdose recovery and direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on warm hand-off to treatment for people with substance abuse disorder in the commonwealth and Read more

 

House Human Services Committee writes letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro urging action on opioid crisis

(Apr 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila. and Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, today announced a letter has been written and signed by members of the House Human Services Committee to urge the state attorney general to explore all legal avenues, including wrongful deaths lawsuits, against pharmaceutical companies, distributors and manufacturers that have contributed to the state’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis. “I’ve sponsored legislation, and now we as a committee are acting together to call on the attorney general to pursue wrongful-death suits on behalf of the thousands of Pennsylvania families that have lost loved ones to this epidemic,” Cruz said. “We cannot thank the Attorney General’s Office enough for the actions that they have already taken, but it is time to join with other states and pursue legal action over this opioid crisis. Pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and distributors need to answer for the role that they play in this crisis.” Nearly 5,500 drug-related overdose deaths occurred in Pennsylvania in 2017 alone. Purdue Pharma recently settled its first lawsuit with Oklahoma on March 26. Cruz noted that Pennsylvania needs to act now to save as many lives as possible. More information about Cruz's legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925. ### Read more

 

Cruz sponsors bill to urge Attorney General action on opioid crisis

(Apr 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced legislation that would urge the attorney general to file a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies, distributors and manufacturers that have contributed to the state's opioid addiction and overdose crisis. “I am urging the attorney general to pursue wrongful-death suits on behalf of the thousands of Pennsylvania families that have lost loved ones to this epidemic,” Cruz said. “Great strides have been taken -- including a statewide disaster declaration and making naloxone available to everyone to help save thousands of lives from overdose death. But Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states that has yet to pursue legal action over this opioid problem. We need to get to the root of the problem, and that started decades ago with the questionable and possibly illegal marketing and sales of these opioids.” Nearly 5,500 drug-related overdose deaths occurred in Pennsylvania in 2017 alone. Purdue Pharma recently settled its first lawsuit with Oklahoma on March 26, 2019. Cruz noted that Pennsylvania needs to act now to save as many lives as possible. More information about Cruz' legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925. ### Read more

 

Cruz sponsors bill to require diverse culture and history lessons in schools

(Apr 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced legislation that would require African American, Native American and Hispanic history, culture and diversity to be included in history curricula in public schools. “Many of us were taught history in school, but from a homogeneous perspective,” Cruz said. “Other races are often portrayed in negative, over-simplified, or victimized ways. I want to ensure that our schools give a more complete picture of history. History should include all stories, regardless of culture or race.” Cruz noted that research has shown that inclusive lessons lead to fewer absences, higher grades and better graduation rates. Additionally, inclusive lessons help to bridge differences that exist in experiences and perspectives, building tolerance and understanding in communities. More information about Cruz's legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925. ### Read more

 
 

Cruz: $750k grant approved for MaKen City improvements

(Mar 27, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 27 – State Rep. Angel Cruz announced today that a $750,000 grant was approved for 956 Erie Partners LLC to improve the transportation infrastructure around MaKen City at the 900 block of East Erie Avenue. “If we can improve the pedestrian, bicyclist and vehicle accessibility around MaKen City, imagine the kind of foot traffic and commerce we might be able to produce,” Cruz said. “With improvements like this, safety can be assured for the folks who frequent these streets. It’s all about creating spaces where people feel comfortable, and can easily get from point A to point B without any fear.” Along G Street, East Erie Avenue and I Street, the sidewalk and 2,231 linear feet of curbing will be replaced. Four SEPTA bus shelters will be installed along G and I streets. A bicycle lane will be demarcated along G Street. A chain link fence will be installed along the south side of the block along the railroad tracks to restrict pedestrian access for safety purposes. A vehicle entrance ramp will be constructed in the public right of way for entrance onto the property. Lighting and streetscaping will be completed to improve the pedestrian areas. The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority under its Multimodal Transportation Fund. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure safe transportation is available to all Pennsylvania residents. ### Read more

 

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more

 

Cruz appointed to PHEAA Board of Directors

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Board of Directors by House Speaker Michael Turzai. "PHEAA is a national leader in creating greater access to higher education," Cruz said. "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board of directors and begin working to make higher education more affordable for every Pennsylvanian." Cruz has represented the 180 th Legislative District since 2001. Currently he also serves as the Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee. The PHEAA Board of Directors consists of 20 members: eight from the Senate, eight from the House, three non-legislative members and the Secretary of Education as a member ex officio. Board members serve six-year terms, with the possibility of reappointment. Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Summer jobs - $13.56 per hour – for college students!

(Jan 08, 2019)

PennDOT will again sponsor an extensive Summer Maintenance Program for college students. The program runs May through August 2019 to supplement the permanent workforce. These students assist in completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, enrolled full-time in college for the fall 2019 semester, and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The pay is $13.56 per hour. If you're interested, you should apply online AND you can also seek a recommendation from my office. If you are seeking a recommendation from me, please contact my office by Feb. 8. Remember, to be considered for this opportunity, you must apply online at www.employment.pa.gov to the PennDOT Summer Maintenance Program posting under the Open Jobs section of the website, even if you have worked for PennDOT before. Read more

 

Cruz to host information sessions on Medicare changes

(Jan 07, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., will host two information sessions to discuss Medicare benefits changes starting in 2019. The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 and Feb. 4 at his district office, 3503 North B St., Philadelphia, 19134. “Medicare provides critical health benefits for thousands of seniors in Philadelphia. And whether they’re new to the program or are already enrolled, 2019 will bring many changes. With this event, we will make sure that seniors are up to date with premiums, prescription and therapy costs, deductibles, home health care, and many other topics so they can get the most out of their coverage,” Cruz said. Cruz’s staff will be on-site providing information and answering questions on the state-related concerns people may have. For more information, contact Cruz’s office at (215) 291-5643. Read more

 

Cruz announces $100k supporting Proposed Heart of Kensington Project

(Dec 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – On Monday, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced $100,000 in tax credits approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program to support Impact Services Corp. with their proposed Heart of Kensington Project. “I can’t wait to see the progress we will be able to make with the money for this project,” Cruz said. “This project builds on our neighborhoods’ existing strengths, and the collaboration between residents creates stronger ties within the community. Each of these geographic zones bring their own sets of challenges, but if we can get the community and city agencies on the same page and working together, we will create the change we want to see. Enriching lives in the process.” Impact Services Corp. will receive $100,000 to support the proposed Heart of Kensington Project encompassing five census tracts around the Heart of Kensington, at the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny Ave. The five geographic zones being focused on include Hope Park, Indiana Avenue Corridor, McPherson Square, Tioga-Harrowgate, and the K&A Commercial Corridor. In order to provide a healthier and safer community for residents, an outreach strategy building on community resilience will build on health and safety, education, economic opportunity, housing, and a connected community. Some examples include community Narcan training, the Kensington CLEAN campaign, new investments and development of the K&A Read more

 

Cruz and Burgos announce $200k supporting revitalization projects

(Dec 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – On Monday, state Rep. Angel Cruz and state Rep.-elect Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., announced $200,000 in tax credits approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program to support community revitalization projects for Nueva Esperanza, Inc. and Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises, Inc. “It’s always exciting to see money going back into the community,” Cruz said. “Thanks to these tax credits, HACE and Nueva Esperanza will be able to stand by their commitments to helping low-income communities with meaningful projects that promote economic and community development. I will continue my fight for meaningful investments for the future success of our neighborhoods.” “We’re building on progress that’s already being made here,” Burgos said. “Some of these areas are at the epicenter of the opioid crisis and require urgent care. It’s going to take coordinated efforts between the City of Philadelphia, Conrail, and the community to continue the resident engagement, beautification, and stabilization of these projects and neighborhoods.” HACE will receive $120,000 to continue implementation efforts of its Good Lands 2025 Neighborhood Plan in the Fairhill and St. Hugh neighborhoods of Philadelphia. This community was already struggling with poverty, unemployment, and crime, and has recently become a hot-spot for opioid abuse. In 2017, the land was cleared and fenced, Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Cruz to host new voting machine demonstrations Sept. 6
Aug 21, 2019

Cruz: Nearly 1.5 million awarded for local projects
Aug 05, 2019

Republicans vote to kill emergency assistance
Jun 20, 2019

Cruz calls for standardized training for poll watches in proposed legislation
Jun 17, 2019

House Urban Affairs Committee sends Cruz’ waste tire bill to full House
May 16, 2019

Cruz reacts to announcement on legal action against Purdue Pharma in opioid crisis
May 15, 2019

House Human Services Committee approves Cruz resolution on cognitive disabilities, opioid bills
Apr 16, 2019

House Human Services Committee writes letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro urging action on opioid crisis
Apr 12, 2019

Cruz sponsors bill to urge Attorney General action on opioid crisis
Apr 04, 2019

Cruz sponsors bill to require diverse culture and history lessons in schools
Apr 04, 2019

Cruz working to combat opioid crisis in Pa.
Apr 03, 2019

Cruz: $750k grant approved for MaKen City improvements
Mar 27, 2019

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care
Mar 20, 2019

Cruz appointed to PHEAA Board of Directors
Feb 05, 2019

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Jan 24, 2019

Summer jobs - $13.56 per hour – for college students!
Jan 08, 2019

Cruz to host information sessions on Medicare changes
Jan 07, 2019

Cruz announces $100k supporting Proposed Heart of Kensington Project
Dec 19, 2018

Cruz and Burgos announce $200k supporting revitalization projects
Dec 19, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 01, 2018